Having a WordPress blog is fantastic. It’s freedom of speech in its true form. You own it, it serves international audience and anyone can see it.
It doesn’t matter what kind of blog do you run, whether you get to write about your hobbies, feelings, advice, lifestyle or products that you sell and just use the blog as a way to attract an audience. There’s always someone who’s interested in what you have to say.
By picking WordPress as your platform you ensure that your blog will thrive. Apart from the obvious things like self-hosting options and full control over every aspect of your site you also get access to tens of thousands of plugins, themes, widgets to extend its possibilities and turn it into a true powerhouse.
Lack of Interaction Can End Your Blog
The common issue people have with their blogs is that they’re not very interactive. Granted, there’s a built-in system where people can give their opinions and share ideas in comments under your blog posts. Come to think about it, many times people come, read, comment and… then they leave and forget. Even if you go with more sophisticated solutions like Disqus comments there’s no guarantee people will come back.
Create Your Own Social Network
Your blog doesn’t have to be a single visit thing for those people. Adding that community spark to your blog will trigger social interactions between your users. Users come for the content but they stay because of connections. They come back to your website because they find friends and social interaction. It’s that ‘notification’ whether it’s onsite or email that always drives them back to your website. ‘Eric commented on your post’, ‘Matt loved your comment’ – we’re all addicted to notifications.
It’s something that’s really NOT missing from the big social media networks like twitter or Facebook. Friends and family can be very distracting, they very often post things you are just NOT that interested in. How many times has THAT picture of a cat or a newborn shown up on your stream? You just scroll and scroll in hope for the content you are actually looking for. Not to mention the never-ending invites to random games. Enough is enough.
Let’s say you have a lifestyle blog. That’s great focus! People who visit and read it would LOVE to share their own ideas. Give them a chance to do just that. Your own social network gives them the chance to do just that. Plus it’s a vital part of your blog that’s always changing, evolving and living a bit on its own. Sharing photos and videos of outfits, décor, diet, workouts… all revolving around one topic. The topic of Your choice.
Empower Your Users
People like to be heard. They love to share opinions and those who feel they have an actual say are the ones who come back. Not to mention, they can get ahold of you easier. You become more accessible and human rather than this almighty internet persona that’s out of reach. That plays on the relationships factor. Above all else. When you interact with people, they are more likely to come back. Ask their opinions, value them. They will respect you more and keep coming back.
Your Community! Your Way!
With adding your own PeepSo based community to your site you will no longer get random visitors and a faceless crowd. You get actual users who care, help and support you and each other. This is Your Community and you have total control over it. Your Members. This is a priceless opportunity to get to know your audience so much better. It’s all done Your Way! Best of all, it’s SO easy!
How To Start Your Own Community?
Download and install PeepSo. It works out of the box 🙂 Start with FREE PeepSo, it’s already packed with awesome features that will help you create that social interaction your blog’s been missing. You can get PeepSo here.
Tell Us What You Think!
What’s your opinion on owning a social network? What are the pros and cons? We can’t find the cons, to be honest. Care to prove us wrong? 🙂 Let us know what you think in the comments below. Oh, and I hope you know that you can always join our own community! It’s totally free. Come meet other people who are already running their own social networks.