Spell to Attract Blog Readers

Go ahead, my Wicked Darlings, continue snickering. I know you are rolling on your floors laughing you butts off. I know you. And I understand you roar—and even cackle—when someone who has probably never read Pagan Culture asks one of those questions. Care for the latest one? Of course you do. Someone asked, “Can you sell me a spell to attract blog readers? I want to write paid reviews for X site and I must have 107 more readers by the end of October.”

I still laugh a bit at the inquiry. I think it is very funny that most non magic users think of magic as a miracle maker. Well, it isn’t; to do magic is to manipulate energy into producing a desired outcome. Witches tend to be good at twisting energy, but doing so is neither easy nor fast.  

Sorry, I have no magic spell to attract 107 blog readers by next week. However, I can think of a few non magical bits that might help:

Spread Comment Love – Visit other blogs, and offer insightful remarks. Saying “Nice post!” and “Wonderful!” is very cute, but it doesn’t say much. Tell the blogger what’s nice and wonderful about their ideas. Your witty words, might entice the author of the post to stop by your blog to see what you are all about. If they like what they find, they might stay.
 
Blog about Things You Really Care About – I’m sure everybody knows this already, but I’ll say it anyway: readers know liars, and they don’t like them. Even the most naive of blog readers can smell made up bullshit from a mile away. Making things up to sound cool is not cool at all. Must I elaborate on it? Doubt it...

Get Rid of Word Verification – I do most of my blogging when I’m in the middle of things (i.e. during fiction writing breaks). I stay busy. I’ve abandoned a comment or three... just because the word verification message keeps on telling me that I’m typing the freaking thing wrong. And for blind bloggers word verification is a curse: most screen readers can’t translate that kind of information. If you are extremely worried about spam, don’t be. Google and other platforms are pretty good at catching spammers. Fewer than 15 junk messages have made it into Pagan Culture’s pages since I began blogging. Google catches the bullshit and sends it to my spam folder where it rots.

In short, to attract and keep readers I try to: be a decent friend; tell it like it is; make things easier for people; stay away from being a lying bastard; treat others like I want to be treated; and take care of my bloggy love garden.

Any other suggestions, my Wicked Darlings? Um... a spell to attract readers?


Suggestions from Wicked Darlings:
- Blog prompts 
- Participate in forums on your topic
- Giveaways
- Blog!


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59 comments:

  1. Lol ... they could always cast a spell to attract readers and keep readers, and it would probably work, I've heard of people doing it, but they usually have good blogs to begin with, so its just a little nudge of magick to help things along. I think the best spell or prayer or whatever for a blogger would be to help them write things people are interested in, in essence one of those "Please gods, give me the right words to say what I'm thinking," type things. You're right ... you're an awesome blogger because you are open, honest, and a good friend. You pay attention to what's being said, you're not just here to be a big world blogger and someone too important for their own good. I find it hilarious that someone would ask something like that... I'm still laughing. I don't mean to laugh at the person that asked that question, I'm sure they were just ignorant of the way magick works and such, but I just can't help it lol. 

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  2. I think you have a good bit covered. Also follow sites that offer blog prompts. I know when I don't have a topic to discuss I can look up a prompt and usually find something of interest to me. If all else fails, take a nature walk and take pictures of what you see. Sometimes a picture is all you need to spark an idea for a blog post.

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  3. I'm always a bit on the fence with the whole Captcha thing. I keep it on mine just because the comment spam is really and truly that out of hand for me without it. If I can find something that is accessibility friendly, though, I'm all for it.

    I'd also add: participate in forums on your topic. It gets people with a vested interest in what you have to say.

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  4. Diandra Linnemann10/27/2011

    I think that's what giveaways are for - usually they involve something like "get extra points for blogging/FBing/twittering about this"... that's how word gets out, and that's how people are lured over to your blog. For them to stay, well, that's a different story. ^^

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  5. DARKWENCH10/27/2011

    Ahhh...Magaly works in mysterious ways...LOL...
    I think you covered it all quite nicely my dear,  your blogs have something special that keeps us coming back - and that is exactly what the spell requiree  needs to be aware of when writing blogs.  Something has to capture our imaginations and therefore entices us to come back for more.
    I love your bloggy love garden!!!!

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  6. As you said, being a good citizen of the blogosphere, giving comments as good as you get and tending your bloggy love garden are HUGE! Another one, and not quite as obvious as it may seem, is to actually, well...blog. If someone had told me when I started that the absolute best way to generate blog traffic is to actually sit my writerly procrastinating butt down at the computer and do the work--writing regular posts--that sure would have saved me a lot of heartache. 

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  7. Like you, I wasn't laughing at the inquirer, but the inquiry is funny indeed. I told this person that you can brew a spell to attract just about anything, but if you don't have a foundation to begin with, it usually is a waste of everybody's time. 

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  8. Robin, you are so right. Blog prompts and blog parties, too, are great if you are stuck. And Nature has always wonderful, funny, weird, or just plain unbelievable to offer, doesn't she?

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  9. You have to do what you have to do, right. For instance, discuss makes it very difficult for blind people to comment. They comment through facebook, email and sometimes twitter. I wish there was another way to have threaded comments, that were accessible to all, but...

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  10. Indeed! Giveaway always bring at least one or two readers to sites, not everybody stays. But sometimes one does.

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  11. Your first sentence made my tummy rumble with laughter and my Piano Man stated smiling (in his sleep) thinking I was playing with him lol. You see, not are only your blogs funny, but your comments are hilariously contagious too. LOL

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  12. Thank you! Someone said something about me getting so many visitors, and how did I do it. I said, "Um, I blog." And you know, it doesn't even have to be every single day. Sometimes I get extra inspired, or someone pisses me off in such a way that I must vent, but it is more regular for me to blog every few days. It gives people time to get to it. 

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  13. Sounds like a plan to me. I'm not laughing. I've been trying to figure out how to increase my blog traffic. Good luck:)

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  14. I think everyone is giving some pretty awesome suggestions.

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  15. Georginamorley10/27/2011

    I say good luck to those who blog just to make money. I can understand shop blogs and people advertising their own products/art, but I blog to meet people, not to make money. I have over 100 followers now( for whom I am eternally grateful), but I really have to force myself to advertise blog candies for challenges I enter, so I doubt I could ever "monetise" my blog. Like you Magaly, I just try to blog regularly, and wander around visiting if I have nothing of interest to blog. :D XXX

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  16. Slommler10/27/2011

    Very good advice dear friend!!!  And I do so love when giveaways are offered too!  Such fun in the blogging world.  Just need to get out and about!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  17. Nice post! Wonderful! Hahahahahaha!

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  18. zombiegoddess10/27/2011

    This did make me chuckle!  I have no clue how to "attract" readers per se.  I'm just me and that is about it lol.  I get em, I lose em, but if you read me you will never be bored!  Put off by my sarcasm but never ever bored :).

    You have no need to try to attract anyone ever Mag!  You are a MAGnet for people!  Get it..Mag...net.. I need coffee...

    \IiiI

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  19. and use full feeds!!

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  20. zombiegoddess10/27/2011

    Darkwench, your name alone has attracted me lol!!!

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  21. cool straight and honest, oooh and very funny too! :)

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  22. Rachel Wright10/27/2011

    LOL this is very cool of you to put this on here. I love it so much!! I was like what a spell really??? LOL You did a great job in writing this one, thank you for the smiles this early morning.

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  23. Ellen Abbott10/27/2011

    Yes!  get rid of word verification!

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  24.  An eye of newt, a toe of frog, sure, that will work, lol! Gee if it were that easy, I'd be a rich gal right now, haha! well you offered some very good advice on tending to your blog, as it is really, our online diary in a way.
    have a great day
    xoxo
    betty

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  25. Judy-JudysPhotos@blogspot.com10/27/2011

    No magic to it...just get out an mingle...

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  26. Cogent Ascending10/27/2011

    Quick, I need a spell to make Vin Diesel attracted to me!
    Aaaaannnd . . . GO!
    Oh, what's that?
    He already is?
    Ugh.
    Mags the miracle worker.

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  27. Wonderful little bit of information.  I have all ways wondering how I can attract more readers to my blog.  I am reminded of the movie Julie and Julia.  She started the blog and was wondering how to get people to read it.  Eventually it just caught on and next thing you know you have readers.
    I know that if I quite writing then any readers I have will go away.  So I try to keep the posts coming and current.  I have a business blog that is a bit harder to write for.  I would imagine that I can cross the blogs and post the same things on both just to get traffic but I would also have to post relevant information.

    Brightest Blessings.

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  28. Love it.  I always looked at spellwork as more or less directed prayer.  It might take, it might not.  Don't expect a miracle anymore than I did when praying to the christian God. 

    I fully agree with blogging about what you love, that's why my blog turned to book reviews. I love talking about what I read, and I just couldn't take the glassy look my husband would get being forever submitted to my rambling.  lol (and thanks, I wanted to say that since yesterday!)

    And thanks for the comment tip, I didn't know that about the word verification.  I'm off to change that now.  As for Disqus, how do you like it?

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  29. DARKWENCH10/28/2011

    Why thank ye Zombiegoddess, your name conjures up many a fond memory of zombying around the place...in fact....we are doing a zombie music film clip this weekend.....BRRRRAAAAIIINNNNSSSSS.........

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  30. Amanda Brueckner-Acevedo10/28/2011

    Spelling well is always a plus. I gained a follower and friend cause I spelled Faerie the "right" way. Also a catchy name and good looking page and big pluses.

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  31. MagicLoveCrow10/28/2011

    Magaly, you are a darling and everything you said, was honest and right to the point! I just wish sometimes I could write like you! Do you have  a spell for that?? LOL! Just teasing! But, I do love the way you put your words together ;o)

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  32. I love this post. Thank you for writing it I would add my normal smart ass comment but as I woke up twenty minutes ago, I am far too tired. Te Amo

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  33. Bella Foxglove10/28/2011

    Wow, it has been 43 forevers since I have managed to comment over here lol. I am reading, I promise! I have people who ask me that too. I do not have a ton of followers ( a little over 200 I think, not counting networked blog stuff ) and I am like well, the biggest thing is to just actually write lol. Even if you think no one wants to hear about your "boring" life, chances are someone else out there may be going through the exact same thing and would feel great to know they are not alone!

    The problem I run into is that I run out of fresh ideas. There are times when my life is blissfully mundane and unchanging, so I think to myself "Same shit, different day, no need to write about it" and just wait a bit. I know it will never be long until something happens that is blog worthy.

    I would also say try not to blog about things you know nothing about unless you have done some research or are asking others to get involved in the discussion.  I know some people out there just pick something at random and try to come off as experts ( none of our lovely blog folks, I just mean random blogs I have come across ) and you can tell they really do not know much about it. I do think learning something new is an excellent thing to blog about however, especially if you try to involve and engage your readers, either learning from them or maybe interesting them enough to want to learn and discuss it right along with you.

    But what I REALLY wanted to say was I miss you and now that I am almost totally back to normal after this busted ankle, i hope to see much more of you ( or rather, much more of ME lol ) here! <3<3<3<3

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  34. Oh Bella, I've missed you too. I was worried about your ankle, but was happy to know that you went to stay with your parents a bit during recovery. Hope it's healing better now.

    I know exactly what you mean about not blogging about things one doesn't know and pretending one is an expert. It is okay to say "I don't know jack shit about this, would  someone help me?" Every now and then I find people who enlighten me. For instance, Judy from Judy's Photos, she always posts pictures. But this pics are about horses, nature, living away from the city and so on... I love what I've learned about colors just by looking at the way she sets things up. Judy might not know everything there is to know about plants, the seasons or the world, but when she captures an image through her lens, she explains the world through shapes, colors and shadows. It's wonderful!

    So glad to have you back!

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  35. I don't think you can't avoid smart ass, even if you just got up ;-)

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  36. And I adore the way you tell about life through colors, my dear friend! 

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  37. I understand exactly what you mean, most of the times the details are what bring people to us. That can be said about our choices of topic, layout, and of course content. 

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  38. Yay! I'm on my way to enjoy the fact that I no longer have to write those damn things to share my thoughts about your goodies! 

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  39. It pays to be exactly who we are, doesn't it?

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  40. I knew he was dying for a piece of you lol

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  41. There is nothing that an eye of newt and a toe of frog cannot get lol

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  42. I can't stand the damn thing, but I don't leave a great blog just because it has it. I might comment more often if it didn't though. 

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  43. Yes, yes, yes! Do you know how many  times I've started reading something, just to not be able to get to the rest? It's annoying ;-(

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  44. You are too much lol. Um, I might have to start promoting the MAGnet bit. Ha!

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  45. Giveaways that match one's blog interests can be a great thing indeed.

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  46. I think  blogging to advertise is an art, and a very difficult one. Think of all the book touring blogs, they do an excellent job. They reach a very specific audience. I think that what is difficult is to have a blog where a person tries to attract many different kinds of people, and keep them, while talking about one million and one different things. 

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  47. And I forgot to do that...ok NOW I will.  lol

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  48. Greenwitchwithsprinkles10/29/2011

    LOL...wonderful advice. I finally got smart not long ago and got rid of that stupid word verification. In all honesty I didn't even think about it until one day for the 100th or so time, I left a comment on someone's blog and closed the tab before the reader read my "word" and I thought, "I'm sure I'm not the only one who hates this thing." so I removed it. I mean really, I am a witch. Surely I can conjure a spell to prevent spam much in the same way you can create 107 more readers by next week.;- ) Warm hugs to you, my favorite wicked witch.   

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  49. I can already see the millions you'll make from your spam prevention spell lol. You have to give it to some people though, they sure make life hilarious.

    Hugs right back at you ;-)

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  50. I think you just worked the spell. I mean, a spell is words
    sent out in to the universe with energy and intent behind them, is it not?
    Isn't that more or less what this post is? ;)


     

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  51. greendragonflies2811/04/2011

    Thanks so much for this! The word verification thing is something I didn't even think of. I will be sure to change that! Many blessings. ~ Witchy

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  52. Yay for that! 
    And many blessings to you and yours.

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  53. Amanda Jillian11/07/2011

    Exactly

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