I have been sitting on this post for a day or two but today I want to write it. I started thinking about how great it is to start building traffic and actually having people reading my blog. It is exciting to be putting out a product and having someone consume it. A product that is part of my brain and has required no sweat or muscle to produce.
I have been excited to get replies to my comments on other sites, and on my site. It is exciting to be “out there” and getting noticed. If I keep on this way I will be famous in a few years. That is my hope at least.
I was also thinking about loyalty. I have several blogs in my RSS reader and I usually keep up with them fairly well. I have been commenting more and have been plesantly surprised at responses. Those blogs I tend to want to visit more and more. If someone posts a comment on my site I want to reply to the comment and then go see what they have in store. I have been keeping track of people on twitter the same way.
I follow a bunch of people and reply to many who are not following me because I have an opinion damnit and you will at least see there was a tweet directed somewhere vaguely in your general direction. It is coold to “talk” to people all over the world from one interface though. You all are my only friends….Just kidding I do interact with humans. Mostly small ones, but still humans. (written as my 3 year old is begging for Dora the Explorer to return)
So, to go with Loyalty, I read a post on Mike’s Life blog today about reciprocity. Go ahead and read it yourself but it made me think about loyalty to those who are “with” you on your blog/business. Mike stated that he has been an affiliate of this other site and has sent traffic to it, if that traffic did not come to sales, that is business. Mike has done his job and paved the way for a sale to take place. My opinion, and the way I want to conduct myself in business, if someone I have even heard of doing anything for me wants my help I will do everything I can to help.
I may think differently later but ever since business school I have thought the same. Give great customer service and go for quality over quantity. That may limit some income opportunities but I will have loyal customers that will come back and tell their friends about me and my business. You can’t put a price on that.
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