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.
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!
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. 🙂 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,