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How to Grow Your Blog

Hello Everyone,

A couple of months ago I wrote a few posts about blog photography and how to make it better, along with some tips for beginners. I thought that I would do a post similar but this time some tips on growing your blog. Before I start, I want to say that by no means am I saying that my blog has “made it” because it hasn’t but it has grown a lot since I started posting regularly in December. There are currently over 2,700 of you which still amazes me every time I look at that number.

how to grow your blog

I know there are a lot of you who read my posts that are new to blogging or still trying to understand how it works, so I thought that I would write a post about some of the things that have helped my blog grow over the last few months. You might know them but hopefully some of you will be able to learn something new to help you out on your journey!

Respond To Comments

Responding to comments is so important and if you remember the post I wrote about my blogging pet peeves you would have seen that people not responding to comments is one of them. Responding to those who take the time to read and write to you is so important, of course there may be times where you don’t respond straight away or might miss a comment and reply a few days later. That’s okay, but blatantly ignoring people when they have the decency to write to you isn’t. You will find that people won’t come back to your blog often if they find you rude. Which I would completely understand as its never nice to be ignored when you are doing something nice!

Comment on Other Bloggers Posts

Not only is it a great idea to reply to your own comments on your blog but its also a great idea to engage with other like minded bloggers and let them know your thoughts on their posts. This not only helps them out but also gets your name out there. Make sure to do this the right way, as bloggers, including myself have a big issue with people spam commenting on our posts, with nothing to do with the post just so they can get their name out there and yes, it may get your name out there but it will get it out in a bad way and that is not something you want!

Be Consistent

One of the most important things when blogging is to be consistent. It’s important to have a schedule, where there are set days that you upload posts on. This way your site is up to date and people know when to expect posts from you. posting once every month means people won’t be finding your blog that often and not many people will read your posts as after that one day they are posted they can be very hard to find again. So regular posting is key.

Schedule Your Social Media Posts

Having social media accounts that need to be updated daily can be very difficult to keep up with so having apps out there to help you out is great so make sure that you use them as they will make your life a lot easier! My favourite to use, especially for Twitter is the app Buffer. What Buffer does, it schedules the posts you write in the app for whatever times you want them to go live. That way you don’t have to be on your phone all day constantly updating your social media. You will find less pressured to be interacting all the time as you will be social on your accounts.

Your Blog Design

Your blog design isn’t everything, but it is still very important. When someone stumbles upon your blog, the first thing their eyes lay on before they start reading your posts is your blog. Having a blog that is put together and has a theme going through it is important as it must make an impression for the person to read on to your posts. You don’t have to spend any money on this as wordpress have a lot of designs to use for free but I would recommend spending a bit of money on a header that is personally designed. Now by spending a bit of money I mean less than €5. A lot of bloggers make headers for blogs for less than €5 so definitely see if its something you want to look into.

Writing Your Posts

Writing posts can be both easy and hard depending on what you are writing. Its important that you write for an audience. In saying this, I mean it that you are writing in the style that others can understand and feel like you are talking directly to them. People may be amazing at writing but they can’t frame their words very easily so that the audience can engage with them. It’s something to definitely think about when you are writing posts as it can make the biggest difference.

So they are all the tips I have at the minute to help your blogs grow and gain more attraction. Its really important to do blogging for the right reasons and not for the money. Just remember that before you get serious about blogging. πŸ™‚ I hope you all liked this post and let me know in the comments if you have any other tips or what your thoughts are on my tips. See you in my next post.

Thank you for reading,

Lauren,

x.

188 thoughts on “How to Grow Your Blog”

  1. I really share your pet peeve about people not replaying or spam comments. Like you can tell when someone hasn’t even read your post and just writes something general so that they can get exposure. The worst one is the typical; ‘ hi i’m new can you check out my blog thanks’ kind of comment.
    Anyway, I found this really helpful and I will definitely try Buffer – sounds like it will take the hassle out of a lot of things for me right now!

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  2. this was really helpful! thanks! I definitely still have to work on the regular posting since I often find myself so overwhelmed with stuff I need to get done, I don’t have that much time to post. I will definitely work on that so that my blog can get more recognition. xx

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  3. This post is really helpful! I’m really keen to grow my blog but I’m tentative to use my personal social media to promote it, just a bit lacking in confidence. Do you have any tips on making your posts more visible within WordPress? Also, just a side note the photography on you site is stunning.

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    1. Thank you so much! Personally I don’t use my personal social media, I have separate accounts for my blogs social media. The best tip I’ve found is to use less than 10 tags to describe what the post is about, for instense, using the tags beauty and makeup, if the post is about those things πŸ™‚

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  4. Lauren,
    This is the best post I’ve read so far on WordPress. You gave me a lot of inspiration. All of the advice you provided is very helpful. I actually started blogging several months ago. Although, at that point I was not very active as far as engaging with others. Now, I have an extremely different perspective. I’ve gain some knowledge about navigating better on wordpress. Plus, attending college online has really helped me network with other individuals and over all just given me motivation. Now, I am so excited to learn about others and gain knowledge on many things I didn’t know or didn’t have a good grasp on. When, I first started it was a hobby to share my ideas and thoughts and I didn’t stay on a consistent schedule like I intended. Still I want to use it as my hobby to share my ideas but, I much more hope to engage with all of the creative people on WordPress. Just in the last few days I started to become more active and view other pages and found so many creative inspirational people. Initially, it has really given me a lot of motivation in my own life.

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  5. Thanks So Much! I love reading your post and these are great tips. I have played around with my blog design a few times and still cant get the theme and look I really want. I also agree with you about the header. I am going to look into a better header, I think I tried to change it but I am a bit confused as to how to get a better one. Any advice is helpful. Once again, I love your blog!

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    1. I’m not too sure why you aren’t getting noticed when you are following these tips, its all I’ve done and it worked so well for helping me, I would say to just keep going as it doesn’t happen over night. Just don’t give up πŸ™‚

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  6. Hey. Great tips. I’m a new blogger out there struggling to grow my blog. It feels so difficult and you tend to get disheartened when there are no views or visitors. Wish these tips work out for me πŸ€—

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