It’s the main thing most of us want – more readers. It’s also one thing many of us struggle to get.
We have to be realistic here and remember that growth does take time. Few bloggers hit the jackpot of a viral post and have 15 minutes of fame and those that do often find themselves back to square one when their post becomes old news.
Here are some tips you can use to get some more readers on your blog.
Tell your family and friends.
It might seem daunting, but often your family and friends will be your biggest fans as even though they might not be interested in your niche, they’re interested in you. It’s fine to wait a while before you share your blog with others. You might want to wait until you develop your site, style and blog into something you’re proud of, but it’s an easy way to get more people reading. They may even share it with their friends. So post links to your Facebook, send invites to your page and talk to your friends about your blog.
Leave great comments on other blogs.
I have shouted and screamed about this for years. Leave GREAT comments on other people’s blogs. Don’t say ‘great post’ and then dump your social media links. Don’t ask them to follow-for-follow. I still see this happening every day.
Read the post and comment something thoughtful. It doesn’t have to be massively long (whey!) – but it has to be something that shows you’ve read the post and not just looked at the photos.
I find blog comments come easiest with me when I am able to relate a similar story about something that’s happened to me that relates to the blog post.
Some people don’t like it when a blogger leaves a link, but if the comment form doesn’t give an option, I always encourage others to leave a simple link to their blog at the bottom.
Socialise with the blogging community.
Join in Twitter chats, find other bloggers that are a similar niche and have a similar following to you.
Twitter is the easiest way to do this by using hashtags to find bloggers:
- #bloggers for general
- #fbloggers for fashion
- #lbloggers for lifestyle
- #bbloggers for beauty
- #pbloggers for parenting
- #tbloggers for travelling
- #sbloggers for students
- #psbloggers for plus size
- #ukbloggers for UK
- #hbloggers for health and fitness
There are many other hashtags you can use. You can also use online communities and retweet accounts such as #thegirlgang and #blogginggals.
These can be used to both promote your own content and to find other bloggers to interact with.
Make your images shareable.
Use websites like Picmonkey or Canvas to add text your images that will make them stand out when you share them across social media and also encourage others to do the same.
It’s been proven in many studies that people are more likely to click on a link that an eye-catching supporting image.
Link to other bloggers.
Roundup posts that share other people’s blog posts are a great way to get more readers. Not only will those bloggers you featured read and often comment, but they are likely to share your post across their social media, too. Make sure you tag them!
It’s unlikely you are going to get hundreds of views straight away. It takes years of establishing yourself in the blogging world to get attention. There are so many bloggers out there nowadays that review the same things, that have the same message and target audience – it’s difficult to stand out in the crowd.
Although it’s wonderful to have lots of readers, don’t allow it to be your main motivation for blogging. Focus on putting out great content and building a regular readership and friendship with a handful of bloggers and then go from there.
What are your tips?