The Platform Challenge should be completed in a month, but for some reason it’s taking me a whole lot longer. Oh well. What’s important is finishing with a stronger platform as a blogger and writer. By the way, this challenge originated over at My Name’s Not Bob’s blog. Now let’s get to today’s task.
Day 12 of the Challenge
Create a Call to Action
Write a new blog post and include a call to action at the end. A call to action is a prompt for your readers to engage with your blog’s content. Some calls to action are:
Links to your social media profiles at the end of your blog posts gives readers a way to connect with you. I have my profile links under my blog’s search feature on the right, because I’m also using related posts and share buttons.
Having related articles under your posts helps readers find your other interesting content. A few widgets and plugins I recommend are:
If you want related posts with thumbnails for Blogger, WordPress (self-hosted), Typepad, and websites then LinkWithin’s for you. The only con I think of is it’s not super relevant. LinkWithin seems to display whatever new posts are on your blog randomly.
A browser plugin with a funky name for Blogger or WordPress blogs. You can add related articles with or without thumbnails, in-text links, and photos all based on your post’s content. The downside is it only focuses on your recent posts, so your much older ones don’t show up as related content.
Blogger Related Post Widget
This is my favorite widget hands down. You can adjust the number of posts you want to feature and, best of all, the related content is based on your blog’s labels. So, more relevant material shows up including new and old posts. The downside is it’s a manual install, which can be a bit tricky. But as long as you carefully follow the instructions, you’ll be fine.
Lastly, share buttons invite readers to, guess what, share your posts with others, and increase your reach/audience by gaining followers. Check out Day 7 of the Challenge about adding share buttons to your blog posts.