Essential tips for building an online community

Community Driving

At the very start of your community you must get involved and connect with your visitors through social media and by other means. Attempt to answer all questions asked by your visitors, listen to their feedback and keep them hooked. It’s only when the community has grown to a substantial amount that you can put your feet up. A successful community will keep itself alive even when the reason it began has been removed. Even then you shouldn’t really put you feet.

Community Driving
At this point your job is to develop the community by getting them work together, discuss and solve problems. The most popular posts on designs blogs are likely to be quite controversial and offer two sides of an argument. Readers feeling strongly about one side will give their opinion and vice a versa. Not only does your community strengthen but it leads to a huge rise in returning and new visitors keeping up with the discussion.

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  1. I enjoyed this post, and I agree with the need for regular content. This is especially true for those bloggers only posting once or twice a week. Not unlike a TV show that you look forward to watching every, say, Wednesday, a regularly schdeuled blog has the ability to generate loyal followers.

    I also like your idea about competitions and removing the option of losing from the equation. Would you suggest that even smaller blogs with few readers start these competitions and hope that word would spred? Or is there a better way to promote this stuff?

    I’m interested in your thoughts.

    Thanks again,
    Adaptive Consultancy

  2. Sorry about my late response Tamara.

    There is nothing wrong with competitions, they can get you noticed and lead to positive stuff but at an early stage you do have promote them yourself. Your ability to market will determine how quickly your website takes off. So long as the content, in the case what you’re giving away is relevant and worth the reader’s while then you’re in good stead. But you will have to promote/market like hell (without being spammy!) 🙂