Two years ago, I wrote the post No comments on your Facebook – do you get paranoid, too? and in it, I suggested that the world is suffering from comment fatigue. Two years on, it’s gotten ever worse. I, myself, am the recipient of so much incoming information -such jam packed feeds of information- that I can’t possibly personally respond to some of the things I’ve seen/read. Some of which have even been life changing or business changing for me.
While I do think that we need a revival in folks personally responding in thanks and gratitude for the things which keep us educated, informed or entertained, I don’t think we can guilt people into doing it. I do believe that overly simplistic calls to action are needed these days, exe:
“If you like this post, tell me why!”
“If you like this, click ‘like’!”
However some people simply won’t.
The number one thing I’ve started doing which boosts my confidence that people are even responding to my links is to start employing a traceable link generator like bit.ly to get updates about how many people have actually clicked on links to blog posts on both this blog and the blog for my business, Gracie May Photography.
With a generator like bit.ly you generate a shortlink and you will be able to watch real-time stats for your link. For example, 3 hours ago I posted a link to today’s blog post. Even though I’ve only received 5 comments on that Facebook post, I can see through bit.ly that, in fact, 360 people have clicked through to that post. It even shows me how many people have viewed through Facebook on a computer and how many have viewed it through a mobile device. This can help you determine if you need to focus more on the look of your device-friendly site so you don’t lose potential viewers. Mine is generated automatically through the ProPhotoBlogs theme I use on my WordPress based blog.
Try bit.ly out yourself! See if it can help boost your confidence that people really are out there viewing your work and reading your stuff!Pin It