Running a site takes time and effort. However, it is not hard to do. By simply applying some of the following to your site, you might become a better website host/ hostess as well as a blogger. These suggestions could prevent you from losing valuable traffic.
Keep your blog updated regularly. No, this does not mean you have to blog daily, but if that is your norm, you might want to stay consistent, even harnessing the power of scheduling future blog posts if necessary.
Visit and comment at other blogs. Visit people you blog roll and people who have commented on your site. You might even want to go out of your way every so often by commenting on sites you have not visited before. You never know – you might learn something.
Be a regular participant on the social networks. Like blogging regularly, it is not necessary to be on Twitter or Facebook all the time, but make sure to continually connect with your friends/ followers to keep updated.
Keep your comment open and remember to participate in your own comment streams to keep the conversation going. Sometimes your readers comment because they would love to carry on the conversation that you started with your blog. If you do not participate, then why bother to have written the article?
Offer something even if it is advice, graphics, layouts, or a giveaway of some sort. People love free stuff. Contests are great, but they are only a quick way at attracting temporary traffic. There are no guarantees that your visitors will stay after the contest or giveaway has ended.
Be open-minded and willing to not always be the center of attention. There are always people who are or will be better, and you must be open-minded as you could be stifling your own learning as well as others who are interested in the topic at hand.
Do you have any other suggestions on how to be a better blogger?