How To Grow Your Following
As someone with a certain amount of followers I get asked a lot (like a lot…like please stop…lol jk) about how I grew my following and how others can do the same for their blog. I have a couple of posts about this already but they are not very new since I wrote them quite a while back. Therefore, I decided to write an updated version of how you can grow your following in 2021 because things in the blogging world are constantly changing.
Before I start the advice part of the post I also want to add one thing really fast. If you’re a blogger and especially if you’re a new blogger don’t only focus on growing your following. Having a lot of followers is great but at this point you want to focus on your content and building a site that people would want to visit, follow and interact on. I also want to say that these methods won’t work over night. Growing your following takes time, patience and consistency. It’s not impossible to be a success overnight but it is extremely rare so please don’t focus on only gaining followers and try to experience the blogging world as a whole.
Anyway, here are some methods that may help you grow your following:
I’ve been using WordPress for quite a few years now and one thing I’ve picked up on is that the WordPress community is a very social and interactive one. Even if you haven’t spent as much time on WordPress as I have you will quickly realise that interacting with other blogs is a big part of the blogging experience. It’s not even just a big part of the blogging experience- I would say that it is actually an essential part of the blogging experience.
Interacting or engaging with other blogs is a great way to grow your following. I would recommend engaging with blogs that have similar content to your blog or content that you genuinely enjoy or are interested in. That way your interactions will be authentic and not forced or spam-like. There are thousands of blogs here on WordPress and many of them may not even be aware that your blog exists. Leaving comments on other blogs, especially those that don’t already follow you, is a great way to increase awareness about your blog. People generally really appreciate genuine interactions and tend to stop by your blog too. Once they see your blog they may realise they enjoy it and give it a follow.
Another way to interact or engage is be active on your own blog. If someone takes the time to read your post and leave a comment make sure you reply to it as soon as possible. A lot of comments come from people who don’t already follow your blog but rather people who stumbled onto it. Having a positive interaction with them may convince them to follow your blog.
I say this a lot but SEO is pretty vital when it comes to growing your blog outside of WordPress. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and making your posts SEO friendly can really help bring in traffic from Search Engines such as Google.
This increase in traffic will help bring in new readers and if they enjoy your content they will very likely subscribe to or follow your blog. It’s always a good idea to have readers outside of WordPress too because it helps with things like your DA and more. If you plan to make money through blogging or plan to have a very successful site in the long run these things are essential.
Having an SEO friendly blog also has a lot of other perks apart from growing your following but most of these perks do lead to growing your following, especially your email followers. Once your site is visited more often and gains a certain number of followers Search Engines themselves will start pushing your content out to more people.
I’m not going to go into details about SEO because I already have multiple posts about how to make your blog SEO friendly. If you are interested in reading these please click here.
Get With The Trends
It’s no secret that posts that have content about what is currently trending get more traffic which means they get more followers. One way to grow your following is to concentrate on creating content about what is currently trending the world. You can easily find out what everyone is talking about at the moment by going through Google.
Although this is definitely a great way to grow your following most bloggers, myself included, choose not to use this method and you may also feel as we do. Yes, writing about what is currently trending is a good way to grow your site but it can also become quite unfulfilling. Most bloggers begin to blog for reasons other than just growing your site or making money off it. Most of us want to create a certain type of content and get our content out there. Only writing about what’s trending may end up feeling like you’re selling out.
One way to fix this dilemma is to write about trending content but not just random trending topics but rather trending topics in your niche/niches or trending topics that relate to content you already create. This way you don’t have to sacrifice your content for view/follows and you get to grow your blog. It may not be as fast but it’s still pretty good.
Please The Algorithm
No, I’m not talking about baking the algorithm a virtual pie. When I talk about pleasing the algorithm I mean make sure your posts are algorithm friendly. If they are WordPress itself will push out your content to both current and new readers. I have posts that the algorithm seems to like that get hundreds of likes and some that it hates which get like 50 likes. It’s all about making your posts algorithm friendly.
I will be making a detailed post on how to make your posts algorithm friendly but for now I’ll just say make sure you’re using the features correctly, you’re engaging properly with other bloggers, you’re not trying to spam the system and you’re putting out quality content that adds some sort of value to the lives of your readers.
Having the algorithm push out your posts really helps grow your blog because as I mentioned before it will push it out to new readers too who don’t already follow your blog. If your content is great they will probably follow your blog and engage with your future posts too.
I hope these tips help you grow your blog. As I mentioned in the start, it’s great to know your blog is growing but don’t get discouraged if it isn’t. Blogging isn’t just about having followers and likes. It’s a wonderful and interactive experience so make sure you make the most of it.
Don’t get discouraged easily if your blog doesn’t grow overnight. It takes time to grow a blog and most of the people who successfully grow their blogs do it because they were patient and stuck with it for a long time.
Did you find these tips helpful? What are some methods you use to grow your blog? Do you use any of the methods I mentioned on this post? What type of advice post would you like to read next on lifesfinewhine? How is your day going? Let me know in the comments below because I would love to hear your answers and if you don’t feel like answering the questions just stop by and say hi- I don’t bite! (Lifesfinewhine has been bite free since August 2021 due to legal reasons)
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