Ok, talking about my wonderful hubby is NOT the point of this post. Don't get me wrong, I could go on and on, but that wouldn't be much of a tip now would it?
Seriously though, building relationships is key to having a successful on-line business. I'd say probably 90% of my sales are to people that I've built some sort of connection with. That's a pretty high number!
So how does that apply to blogging? Well there are a few things you can do.
1. Reply to your comments! Go to their blog or e-mail them back. Even if it's just a quick "thanks."
2. Find other blogs to follow and don't just read and leave, give them a comment!
3. From time to time do a post that requires reader interaction. That could be a contest or even just asking a simple question.
Lastly - be consistant! I try hard to respond to all my comments in some way shape or form, and I think I've really seen a difference since I started doing that. Now sometimes I won't respond to a comment if I'm really sick, or if that person has been catching up on my blog and left me four comments in a day, but I do get to the majority of them. Some times with a response to their comment, other times by leaving them a comment on their blog.
Thought for the day: Time invested in building strong relationships is time invested well :)