When the ‘likes’ on your blog taper! When the likes, comments, and views on your blog reduce gradually. What this sign is actually communicating are as follows:
1. You might have deviated from the original vision: does your vision for blogging at the beginning always come to your mind whenever you are writing a post, if not you are deviating from it, and this might be the reason the visits to your site is tapering in size. It does not mean the blog is not growing, but maybe it is not growing at the rate you want. Check this area! If your reason for blogging is not posted somewhere on your blog, it is high time you wrote it.
2. Your posts might have become too long to read: Sincerely speaking, with this little time I have spent in blogosphere, if your blog is too long, nobody will read it, except maybe one out of hundred, the length is very important, it shouldn’t be more than 3 minutes based on my experience from visiting many sites. If likes and comments on your blog posts are tapering day by day, you have to consider this area. Even some of the likes you are getting may be due to your past impacts, there are many numbers of likes on posts that are not read.
3. The use of pictures for your posts might have reduced in quality: Researches show that posts with featured image receive more likes, comments, and shares than those without one. If visits to your sites are reducing when you check your blog stats, you might want to check this area. I have gone to many sites that do post without using featured image. To stress the importance of pictures, remember pictures only can be posted, but it is not advisable to post words alone on blogs.
4. You might have reduced your visits to other sites: There is always a need to reciprocate what is given unto you. What you sow is what you reap. If you give likes, you will definitely get likes, if you give comments, you will definitely reap comments. For instance, I learned from a blogger who told me she wrote three posts a week, and use the other days to read posts from other blogs, in order to comment and learn from others. There is need to visit other bloggers, in order to give them invite to come to your site.
5. You might have reduced your response to others’ comments on your blog: A blogger told me one day, “If you don’t want answers, never ask me a question again.” Why? This is just because I did not respond to her comment on time. I quickly render my apology in order to correct this anomaly. It is very ethical as a blogger to give a quick response to comments on your blog if you don’t want to lose your blogger friends.
6. You might need to balance writing and reading of your blogs: Some bloggers read other bloggers’ posts, and they neglect theirs, sincerely speaking, it is equally important to read posts from your archives once in a while. The same way you receive inspiration when you read posts from other blogs, you will receive from reading yours, even in a better version, and this will cause increase traffic to your blog due to well-researched posts.
7. You might need to re-ignite your passion for writing and blogging: There is nothing bad in having the vision to do something, but everything is wrong with having no passion married to your vision. If there is no passion, the vision dies. You always need to fan the fire of passion when it comes to your writing and blogging. Make sure, you are writing and blogging in the area you have a passion for, your followers’ activities: their likes, comments, and views if you don’t take care, may steer you away from your course.
8. You might need to re-fuel yourself by studying: You need to study to re-fuel. Writing saps sharpens and sap you of knowledge, there are need to study along as you are writing and blogging. This is one of the reasons you need to read books, read others’ posts and your own posts. When you read from your archives, it always looks as if you are reading the writings of others.
If you can take note of all these points, your tapering blog would come back to receive more likes, comments, views, shares, and pingbacks more than before. Thanks.
© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi