Roll out the welcome mat on your family history blog via BloggingGenealogy.com.
It's always nice when you land on a site where you can tell they're happy you showed up, isn't it?

Are you welcoming your visitors on your family history blog? Are you making visitors feel comfortable? Are you greeting those potential cousins? 

A welcome makes people feel better. And do I really need to tell you that a happier and more comfortable potential cousin is more likely to contact you? {Yeah.}

Here are some tips for rolling out the welcome mat for your family history blog visitors:

Roll out the welcome mat on your family history blog via BloggingGenealogy.com.Click on the image to make it bigger.
Tip #1
Create a short & fun welcome on the Home Page of your family history blog. And? Don't hide your welcome. Put it near the top of your sidebar. On Blogger, you can add this by adding the Text Gadget via the Add a Gadget Feature on the Layout Menu. {Like when putting the Search Box Gadget on your family history blog.} You can also do this very easily on your Weebly Blog by using the Text feature.


Roll out the welcome mat on your family history blog via BloggingGenealogy.com.Click on the image to make it bigger.
Tip #2
Create a Welcome Page on your blog. Depending on how you've set up the Pages feature on your blog, this will create a tab or button right above your blog posts. Make your Welcome Message a little longer than the one you made for your sidebar.


Roll out the welcome mat on your family history blog via BloggingGenealogy.com.
Tip #3
Add an image to your Welcome Page. Everyone likes an image. It catches readers' eyes and attention. And that's part of what you're trying to do with your Welcome Page. Plus it makes it easy to share on image-centric sites like Pinterest and makes people click on it on sites that prefer shares with images like Facebook. 


Roll out the welcome mat on your family history blog via BloggingGenealogy.com.Click on the image to make it bigger.
Tip #4
Put two Calls-To-Action on the Welcome Page of your family history blog. Yeah. Not one, but two calls-to-action. The other part of the reason for the Welcome Page is that you want to connect with your distant cousins so you can collaborate with them. So? First, ask them to take a look at your Surnames & Locations Page and then link to it. And, second, ask them to contact you and then link to your Contact Page.


Don't have a Contact Page on your family history blog? No worries. Learn how to make and add a Contact Page to your family history blog.

Don't have a Surnames & Locations Page for your family history blog? No worries. We're covering that in the next blog post.

Remember: A comfortable, happy, and welcomed potential cousin will be more likely to contact you. So? Welcome them!


~Caroline
 


04/27/2013 09:32

Great post! The information can also apply to websites like Google Sites. I use my genealogy website Home page for a Welcome page. The Pages feature of Blogspot and Wordpress.com is a good place to have a Welcome page. I also use the header on some of my blogs for a short Welcome message that is displayed at the top of every page, no matter which one a Guest lands on. Near the top of the sidebar would also work.

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