Last week I talked about building relationships through your blog. There's one more piece to this that I've found really helpful and want to share with you! It has two parts.
#1 Be consistent in checking your comments! I've found the easiest way to stay on top of this is to have the comment notifications sent to me. I don't moderate my comments because I've never had any problems with spammers. I do have the word verification set, and I think that helps weed out most problems.
~ To have your comments sent to you from Blogger start by clicking on "Settings".
~ Click on "Comments."
~ Scroll down to the very bottom.
~ There will be a box that says "Comment Notification E-mail." Simply input the e-mail you want them sent to there.
#2 Did you know that if your e-mail is active on your profile then people will be able to respond to you directly when you leave comments on their blog? This actually helps other people to build relationships with YOU! Now you may be hesitant to share your e-mail with the world, and I can understand that, but if your running your blog to support a business then you should have an e-mail that anyone can have. After all, the more reachable you are the more likely you are to make a sale!
~ To set your e-mail so that it's visable on your profile first go to your blogger dashboard.
~ In the upper left next to your profile icon it will say "Edit Profile" - click on this.
~ The third option box says "Show my e-mail adress." Make sure this box is checked. And that's all there is too it!
I hope that these tips help you as you build your relationships :)
Don't forget that I'm running a comment contest on my blog - check out this post for all the details!