How To Grow Your Blog By The End Of The Year

How To Grow Your Blog By The End Of The Year

A lot of bloggers blog as a hobby. Because it really is a great hobby. And therefore they are not too interested in learning how to grow their blog. However, I also know that a lot of bloggers are looking to learn how to grow their blog. One of the questions I get asked more than any other is how I grew my blog and how others can also grow their blog.

Having a larger blog can be beneficial for multiple reasons. Even if you blog as a hobby, it’s always nice to have a larger audience you can interact with. Personally, I feel like the best part of blogging is being able to interact with other bloggers. And having a larger audience can be a lot of fun.

If you plan to make some sort of income off your blog obviously having a larger audience helps a lot. Sponsors are more likely to work with you, you’ll make more off Ads, if you’re selling products or services you’ll get more customers. And a lot of bloggers also have their own books they market and try to get readers for and having a larger blog helps with that too.

If you are someone that is trying to figure out how to grow your blog, here are some tips:

Activity Helps To Grow Your Blog

Working Work From Home GIF

I have said this so many times in my posts but it’s honestly the most important thing when it comes to growing your blog. Activity is an important part of blogging and is very vital if you are someone who would like to see your blog grow.

I have always thought of WordPress as a two-way street. And not just WordPress. Most platforms like this one are like that. If you would like people to be active on your site i.e follow you, read your content, leave comments etc, you need to do the same. Many people may not even know your blog but if you’re active on theirs they are much more likely to be active on yours. Plus, it’s a great way to make blogging friends. I’ve made some lovely friends on this platform and it would be so sad if your blogging journey doesn’t include you making some blogging friends.

One thing I would warn bloggers against is leaving spam comments. Comments that are just random emojis or are just you telling someone to visit your blog are not welcome by most bloggers. Genuinely leave a comments about their content and they will most likely visit your site even without being prompted to. Leave a genuine comment or don’t leave one at all. Spam comments will do more harm than good.

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Quality And Quantity

Both quality and quantity are very vital for the growth of your blog. If you would like to see your blog grow by the end of the year, make sure you are posting quality content. People will be much more likely to follow your site if your posts are well written, well researched and free of major typos. I have noticed that unlike social media, WordPress is all about the content. Bloggers take their posts seriously and also take that they see on other blogs seriously. People are less likely to just follow your site if the quality of your posts are not great.

As for quantity, this is a little more complicated. There is a fine line between posting regularly and straight up spamming people by posting too often. If your posts are very short you can get away with posting 1-3 times a day. However, if your posts are longer (like this one) try to post once a day maximum. Posting too often will get you unfollowed and will make people avoid your blog. However, posting infrequently will have the same result. Try to be regular and post on schedule as much as possible.

Revamp Your Blog

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This is a fun one! One great way to increase your traffic, following, comments etc is giving your blog a makeover. Trying new themes, updating old posts or simply playing around with how your blog looks can do wonders for the growth of your blog. It will show readers that you put work into your blog and they will enjoy a good experience of viewing your posts.

If you don’t have time to give your blog a little makeover, I offer both a full blog redesign and a more affordable mini-redesign. If you’re interested, feel free to read more about it on my services page by clicking here.

SEO

I talk about SEO a lot so I’ll keep it simple. SEO is vital if you would like to grow your audience and include readers from outside WordPress. Search Engine Optimisation or SEO as it is commonly known can help you get more traffic from Search Engines. And this can lead to more traffic, email followers, comments and more.

If you would like to learn how to make your site more SEO friendly, feel free to view the posts I have linked below. And if you’re too busy to make these SEO changes yourself, I offer multiple SEO services that you can read more about on my services page.

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Tags And Categories

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Tags and categories can honestly make or break your site. It’s one of the most important things you need to think of when trying to grow your blog. Using the right tags and categories can help get you more traffic as your posts will be algorithm and Search Engine friendly. That means that both WordPress and Search Engines will push your posts to readers. On the other hand, if you use the wrong tags and categories both WordPress and Search Engines will suppress your posts. For more on how to find the the tags and categories for you, feel free to read the post I have linked below.

Related Post: How To Use Tags Correctly

Conclusion

I hope this post helped you better understand how to grow your blog and hopefully you can use these tips to do just that before 2023 even begins!

Did you find this post helpful? What are some methods you use to grow your site? Do you use any of the methods I mentioned? Have they been helpful? Let me know in the comments below because I would love to hear from you or simply stop by and say hi!


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80 thoughts on “How To Grow Your Blog By The End Of The Year

  1. Super tips here Pooja. I like the quality and quantity deal; too many bloggers focus on one over the other, sacrificing heir concept of scale and leveraging. Go for it all. Publish quality content at a quantity-clip, but over the long haul of course. It does take a long time to publish a high volume of quality content. This we all know. Fabulous blog post.

    1. Thank you so much. I absolutely agree, the best way to create content is to take both quality and quantity into account. It takes a while but is definitely worth it.

  2. Omg that meme is from Schitt’s Creek….recognized it right away. I binge watched that series a couple weeks ago #funny

    These are some great tips! I’ve been implementing them and found it to be quite helpful when growing my blog. Although traffic slowed down a lot this year, using tags really does help. It makes absolutely no sense to me to not use tags, esp. if you have a WP plan or free plan.

    1. Yesss I love Schitt’s Creek, such a fantastic show. I’m rewatching it with my parents since they haven’t seen it.

      Thanks so much. Yes, tags make a huge difference. It really helps with traffic.

      1. The show was filmed in southern Ontario, Canada in a small town I haven’t been to. The crazy thing is that I was born and raised in southern Ontario, not far from where this show was filmed.

        I’m not sure if you have watched Corner Gas but it’s another Canadian sitcom that I highly recommend watching. It takes place in Saskatchewan, Canada.

        1. Yes, I passed the town once but wasn’t able to visit even though it was on my bucket list. You should definitely check it out if you can that would be very cool.

          I haven’t seen that one, I’ll check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.

          1. That’s cool! I’ve only seen the set of corner gas as we were driving through Rouleau, SK. This was years after they finished filming. I heard that they tore the buildings down which is really sad – it was in rough shape when we saw it but we managed to get a few pictures.

              1. The buildings from Corner Gas, unfortunately yes. I was so sad to learn that! I shared a pic of the set in one of my older posts. I forget which post it was – one of the sunshine blogger awards.

  3. I enjoy blogging and have made some good friends on WordPress! I find it so interesting that you have so much advice for growing your blog. It’s pretty awesome. Me? I find it a relaxing hobby! I promised my writing teacher and friend before she died, that I would write at least once a week, and my blog helps me to do this. So, I’m blogging for a hobby and also to honor Louise!

  4. Good tips again! Interaction (with other bloggers) and activity lies at the heart of blogging success, once one rolls out his/her blog. But you have rightly pointed out that interaction should be genuine, excluding any traces of spamming. No one likes spam comments or fake activity on a blog.
    And there must also be a delicate balance between quantity and quality. Quantity must never come at the cost of quality. But this must not hinder one’s creativity, so there is always a need to strike a balance between the two.

    1. Thank you! Yes, interaction is one of the most important things for growing your blog. And absolutely, genuine activity is always much more appreciated.

      Quality and quantity are both great but also quite tricky. You can’t sacrifice one for the other.

  5. I’ve been doing my best to follow your advice with my blog. Still trying to get the SEO right, but I think I’m doing it. Also, I’ll see what I can do with a blog revamp.

    Couldn’t help but mention – that cat gif is soooo cute!

  6. I found these tips helpful. I’ve had my website/blog for about two years now and while I have some posts up, I would like to focus more on creating consistent content next year. So far, I’ve already done SEO and alt text for photos to make sure my site is accessible.

  7. Sadly I’m not able to use Wp these days.
    I’m reading posts of selected few and it’s getting hard to catch up for me.
    I remember that there’s a new post from your side, I got the notifications, but I totally forgot if I read it or not 😝
    But, cannot miss it, because I learn something new everytime.
    I like quality over quantity, now my readers will decide if my blogs are any good.
    About the keywords, I’ve seen people abusing it, they use so many tags, and they get good response. I wonder if safe limit is even a thing. Because clearly they are going 15+ 🤷🏻‍♂️

    1. Sorry to hear that, I think it’s hard to keep up with blogging sometimes when we have a lot of other stuff going on. Glad you’re reading my posts, I always appreciate your comments 😊
      Yes, some people abuse keywords but WP lets it pass. Even though when I added just one extra tag I was banished 😒

      1. You won’t believe that I’ve seen people using 100 tags and then they are getting good likes. I’ve seen incredible growth of certain sites and God knows what they share anyway.
        .
        I wanted to ask how updating posts works? Should I drop you a mail? Because this is something I want to learn.

        1. Yeah I know they do that but it’s a form of spamming. It works for a while but not longterm and you don’t get the right target audience for you. At least that’s what I’ve seen.
          There isn’t a specific strategy I have. I just make sure no links are broken and everything is SEO friendly according to the Yoast plugin.

          1. Ohhh…
            Then what you do when in update when I receive a notification about older blog of yours(as if you posted new) ?
            Like how can we make people read it(again) ?
            For example if I want readers to read my 10th blog, how to make it get readers attention towards it?

  8. I followed some of the stuff you wrote in the very first post I read on your site, which happened to be about growing your blog … I don’t know if it’s a knock-on effect, but I have been getting followers …
    One confusing thing for me is, how do you have so many followers but not even half of them are liking your posts? I find this across the board with many bloggers, including myself (granted, I don’t have many, so …), but it would interesting to get your thoughts on this. Until then, I’m off to the tags link you posted. Thanks for a great post. 👍

    1. I’m so glad you’re seeing a growth on your site. Hopefully the tips helped..
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      I think the thing is my blog grew quite a while ago. Some of the people that followed me are no longer active, some are bots etc. It’s like that for a lot of blogs. At least that’s what I’ve noticed. Hope it helps 🙂

      1. I reckon so. They’re so helpful.

        Yeah, I totally get that. Same here… I don’t have many but the majority are inactive too, and this was around about the time I dropped off too. Thanks for your insight. 👍

  9. I definitely learnt a huge sum from this post. I wasn’t active on WP for nearly 2 weeks so now I started reading missed articles and leaves my comment. Hope you’re doing well and looking forward to learn more from your blogging experience in future.

  10. I have thought about activities too, like a survey, a questionnaire, a poll, a question or something else, but I haven’t got around to do it. There can be a little “game” played here online for sure and you are right that we should all look into it…

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