How To Grow Your Blog
One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how I grew my blog and how others can grow theirs. I get emails, DM’s and comments asking me about this a lot. I already have a lot of posts about this topic. And I have shared a lot of my methods on here before. But I thought I would share some more since I have gotten more followers since my last post on a similar topic.
I know that I may have shared some of these in other posts but today I thought I would share the methods the are the fastest and most effective way to grow both following and traffic. I hope this post can be like a little summary of my other advice post. And as always I will try my best to keep it simple and to the point. I know a lot of bloggers out there, including myself, aren’t very tech savvy. And it’s annoying when the post is too difficult to understand for us regular people.
I know that not everyone is interested in growing their blog. However, a lot of bloggers are. If you’re interested in growing your site try using these methods:
You will read this on almost all my advice posts. Activity is really key when it comes to growth. If you don’t pick up anything else from this post just keep this in mind. WordPress can often be a two way street. If you are not active on other blogs many bloggers may not be active on yours. The truth is, there are thousands of blogs out there and most bloggers probably don’t know you. By being active, you are getting your name out there.
There are two ways to be active. Firstly, you want to be active on your own site. When someone leaves a comment make sure you reply. Try to converse with them and reply within 24 hours. And try to genuinely engage with those that engage with your blog.
Next, try to be active on other blogs. Especially if they are active on yours. If you find someones post interesting don’t be shy to tell them. The more active you are the more activity you will see on your own site. It also helps to visit sites in your niche that you don’t already follow or that don’t already follow you. Someone in the same niche is more likely to be interested in that content already. This will mean they will be more likely to follow you. Or at least engage with your content.
When it comes to blogging, quality matters a lot. It’s not like social media where you can post a picture or video and people will like it. With blogging, you need to make sure your content is something people will want to engage with. Your blog has to be a blog that people will want to visit and follow.
If your posts are interesting, well researched and well written you will get way more traffic and followers. No one wants to read a post with bad grammar, that’s full of typos. Put some time and effort into your site and you will reap the benefits.
Quantity is also important when it comes to growing your site. Like most platforms, the more you publish the more engagement you will see. If you post more frequently you will get more traffic and followers. That is just how the internet works sometimes.
However, be very careful because there is a fine line between posting regularly and spamming your followers. If you tend to have longer, wordier posts try not to post more than once or twice a day. If you have shorter posts such as six word stories, poetry, pictures, recipes you can get away with posting more often. But try not to post more than a few times a day.
Often, bloggers will unfollow people that post too often and WordPress itself may suspend you if it thinks you’re a bot.
Also, try not to sacrifice quality for quantity. It’s important to keep your posts at the highest quality possible. There is no point of posting multiple times a day if people don’t enjoy your posts. You can only gain likes, comments and followers if you post content people will want to like, comment on and follow.
It took me years to get the followers I have. And most bloggers will tell you that it takes time to grow. Patience is important when it comes to blogging. Nothing will happen instantly or overnight. You should not be aiming for instant growth but rather steady growth over time.
I know that especially if you’re a new blogger you think you’ll be successful overnight. When I started Lifesfinewhine, I felt that way too. Unfortunately, that is just a myth. Success is not something that happens overnight. It takes a lot of time and hard work.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t instantly see your blog grow. Try doing the things I mentioned above and watch it grow steadily over time.
I hope you enjoyed this advice post. These tips should be helpful to both newer and older bloggers. I tried to keep it simple and to the point but as you know these advice posts always get a little longer. However, maybe you can save it and refer back if you don’t have time to read the whole thing right now.
I only share advice that has worked for me. These are all things I have personally done to grow my blog. And I really hope they help you too.
What are some methods you use to grow your site? Have you noticed any changes in traffic or following recently? Let me know in the comments below because I would love to hear from you.
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