I especially like a First Time Here Page. It’s a really useful page for your readers.
This idea isn’t a new idea for any business and Seth Godin wrote about it back in 2007 and it’s a terrific way of making a connection without having to write another post. In other words it’s blogging smarter, not harder. And I’m all for working smarter.
The first time here page is a supplement to your about page and not a replacement for it.
A first time here post is what greets a new visitor to the site, usually on the homepage and sometimes in the navigation menu. If you use a comment redirect plugin it can be the page that first time commenters are taken to (this is what we use on Birds on the Blog), or you can use the first time commenter option on Comment Luv Premium (what I use here).
The First Time Here Page is a way of listing the most valuable content on your site in one place so your reader can move around your site in the manner that suits them and their needs.
Start with the relationship
You should always encourage the relationship by asking for readers to subscribe and stay in touch. If you want to have that relationship, you need to ask for it. As a side note I was chatting with a friend about using an email pop-up; he hated it. When I explained that I wanted my readers to be in no doubt that I wanted a relationship with them, to get to know them and serve them and that meant using a pop-up to get their attention. As well as in the sidebar and underneath the post… and yes he still hates them but he knows why I use them.
I’ll say the same to you – I want to stay in touch, I want to get to know you better.
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What sort of content works on a first time here page?
It can look like a list post or it can have clickable images. Choose what speaks to your audience.
Yes really, it does depend upon your audience. If they are into visuals then include your best visuals, if they like infographics or video then include those.
I like the list option best of all.
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Think about what reports you could giveaway in exchange for a like or Tweet. A small reciprocal act where the reader has to take a small action to receive a gift means that information is more likely to be used. Something like this could get a lot of traffic to a very interesting first time here page.
Deeper connections with readers
As you can see the first time here page can make a much more intense, deeper connection with your readers and help guide them around your content, see what they find most useful and encourage them to actually subscribe.
Have you got a first time here page? If so, link to it in the comments and tell me how it works for you.
And if this post inspires you to write a very similar post (that’s borderline plagiarism but not quite) then you should link to this one as a courtesy and acknowledgement of your inspiration.