Joining a blog hop is easy, but participating in one is not so much. Certainly, participating in blog hops is just a matter of visiting the blogs on the list and commenting on them, but there are also several other tips you can do take your blog hopping experience to a whole other level.
So how can a participant make a blog hop work for them? And what are the other tips you can use to help boost the incentives of partaking in a hop?
SPREAD THE WORD
Signing up for a blog hop is just the first step in participating. Once you’ve signed up, share the information on your social media accounts, and then share again after the hop has begun. Spreading the word not only gives your followers a heads up that you are joining the hop, but it advertises the hop for others that might be interested, which is always a good thing. The more the merrier in a blog hop and if you can spread the word, more and more people will also join.
HOST A GIVEAWAY
Whether you chose to give away a print or eBook version of your novel, a gift card, or a prize swag bag, offering a giveaway to the visitors who visit and comment on your blog is a great way to not only draw people to your blog, but to say thank you to the people who took time out to read your post. If you use a giveaway widget from a site like Rafflecopter.com, you can set certain stipulations on your giveaway for maximum promotion, too. Adding different ways a commenter can gain more entries, like commenting on your post, following your blog, and following all your other social media.
ASK A QUESTION
If you don’t want to use a giveaway widget, asking the visitors a certain questions that they have to answer in their comments will not only persuade them to actually read your blog instead of just skim it and give you a general comment, but it will also engage your readers. The more readers are engaged by your words, the better chance they will follow your blog and buy your novel.