5 Easy Ways to Get Blog Followers

There are a lot of blogs out there in internet-land, and you want your site to stand apart from the others. Whether your goals are to earn money from ads, gain attention for your books or solely to make more online connections, you want blog followers. Here are 5 easy ways to start to get those followers.

Blog Followers? Yes, Please!

Answering the question of how to get more followers to your site.
Answering the question of how to get more followers to your site. | Source

Reach out to other Blogs

Communicate with other bloggers, whether it’s on WordPress, Blogger or another platform. Read posts press the “like” button at the bottom of the texts and comment.

Why? When you reach out to other blogs (you are really reaching out to the bloggers behind those sites), you make new connections. Follow those blogs that you find interesting and the associated bloggers are likely to follow you back. It’s common sense, right?

Hardly. I see many people blogging without interacting with other sites. They receive few comments on their posts and wonder why. Well, unless you deliberately are not trying to get connections, then you need to extend your hand first. Do something nice for a writer by commenting on his or her post and that writer is likely to extend you the same courtesy back.

Once a connection is formed, you can start to comment regularly on one another’s posts. Aha, you have a new follower!

Use Facebook to Share Your Posts

Facebook is an example of one social media site to use for online promotion.
Facebook is an example of one social media site to use for online promotion. | Source

Share Posts on Social Media Sites

That’s right; we’re talking about promotion time here. I can see you already grinding your teeth at the thought of this. While many writers dislike promoting their own work on social media sites, it is part of the writing field these days. It is a way to get your blog posts read and gain new eyes on your site.

While you may have many online friends, they may never know about your new blog if you don’t share about it on the social media spaces they inhabit. You’ll be surprised how many of your friends are here for you, wanting to support your goals by clicking the Follow button on your site. You will also attract people you never knew even existed before you create your site.

Where to post your blog entries? How about you start with the social media networks that you already frequent. You already know how they work, so it’s a cinch. Think Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. They are the largest networks for sheer numbers. Then again, you may have particular influence on Reddit or Pinterest. If so, post your content to your user profiles there too. Remember when you post on Twitter to use relevant hashtags to draw attention to your online content.

Offer Useful or Interesting Information to Readers

You heard me. Boring and irrelevant content isn’t going to get you attention from readers. It isn’t going to prompt someone to start following your blog.

How do you know what is useful? Think about whether your next post will answer a question for the reader or provide a tip that is relevant to your blog’s theme. If so, it’s likely useful to someone (and hopefully to a lot of people).

There are several blogs that focus on interesting content that doesn’t necessarily answer the question, but instead is appealing in another way. It’s as ‘must see’ feeling that you create for readers here. Examples are art, poetry and fiction sites. For those of you who know me outside of HubPages, I write a blog that focuses on poetry and short stories. My followers are either writers themselves, enjoy reading these genres, or enjoy my writing style. More on unique style in the next section.

So… do your blog fill a need or hold readers’ interest? If so, you are setting yourself up to gain followers.

Tips for Finding Your Unique Voice

Have a Unique Voice

Uniqueness, ah yes. Your online connections are likely to grow when you stand out from the crowd of other writers. Let’s say your blog offers marketing tips to businesses. What makes it stand out from the other marketing sites? Perhaps you organize the post into visually stunning formats like no other site currently does. Or, maybe you take a unique spin on the marketing content you provide. Whatever approach you take, the point is to step ahead of the crowd.

I am told that my poetry writing style is like no one else. While it is scary to be called “different,” it really does make you memorable in the minds of your readers. In turn, they feel compelled to see what you deliver in your next post on your site. What easier way to stay connected to you than to follow your site? I think I hear a click of that Follow button now on your site!

Pair your site’s unique style with being informative or interesting (or both!). Remember, the more of the above sections that you are able to meet, the more opportunity for you to gain new followers.

Make it Easy to Connect with Your Site

Ensure the Follow button is easy for a reader to find on your site, from any page.
Ensure the Follow button is easy for a reader to find on your site, from any page. | Source

Provide Easy ways to Connect

Yes, you may look at this section and think, “Duh, Christy, this option is so obvious.” Okay, okay, but is it really? I have seen sites where I can’t find follow button. Seriously!

How are people going to follow you if they can’t find how to do so? If it’s not a button that’s clear on your blog, they may get frustrated and click out of your site without connecting with you. They may never see your blog again, and there are lost readers and possible friends.

On your blog template, put your Follow button onto one of the columns. Ensure that the column that holds the button stays visible to readers regardless of what page they are on. That way, they are always within close proximity of the button and can hit it at any time. They are more likely to follow when the option is readily visible to them.

Combine these 5 tips for gaining blog followers and watch your numbers grow. The numbers likely will not grow exponentially overnight but instead be a gradual growth. That is natural and also keeps you from becoming overwhelmed with your networks. Embrace your followers and enjoy writing!

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ChristyWrites 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks so much for the great comments - and here's getting more followers and quality connections!


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Amanda108 2 years ago from Michigan, United States

Good tips! I agree it should be common sense to provide a "follow" button, but yesterday alone I hit the back button out of three blogs because there was no way to follow them through the platform they were blogging on (Blogger).


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great information, now I know how to get more blog followers Thank you for sharing.


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Easy Exercise 2 years ago from United States

Chrstywrites,

I really must work on the connection part of blogging. Very helpful tips and motivating as well. Thank you!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Great information on promoting our blogs. I've found quite a few blogs where the "follow me" button is nowhere to be found. You're right, it does get frustrating to the reader.


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Tolovaj 2 years ago

Thanks for this list. First example is in my opinion most efficient of all and it seems search engines really like this sort of interaction!


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Just excellent advice!


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poetryman6969 2 years ago

How do you use Linked in to post? Can you use your own Linked in postings to demonstrate?


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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

All of your tips are spot on, Christy! Great resource for new bloggers and for veteran bloggers who need a little refresher.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Great tips. It can take awhile for a writer to find his or her voice but I like that you included it here. Use whatever sets you apart from others while also allowing you to express yourself.


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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Wonderful information, useful and informative too. Thank you for sharing the tips dear.


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Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Excellent article! I will share this link to this article on our Kima Global Facebook group. I'm always onto our authors about marketing. Very few really do much since they feel that as their publishers, it's our job. I've tried many times to explain that marketing a book today is very different than before the internet. Then we used magazines, and book tours, but today that is not enough! If an author is not visible in the search engines ( apart from our marketing networks) we then have great difficulty getting sales of their book after the first 6 weeks period - while it is still on our front list to the bookshops.


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Anamika S 3 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Awesome Tips here! I have been ignoring my Blogs for quite a long time as I am busy with my clients Blogs. I have not been communicating with my Blog followers at all.


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

I read this the other day and didn't get a chance to comment. Awesome stuff here! I'm glad that I already do these things. Now, it looks like I just need a little time. :) Love it! Thank you for compiling this list. HUGS


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ChristyWrites 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

So glad to read that these methods are going to help you -- they really do work!


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Christy, great tips as always, thank you for sharing.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub about blogging. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up :-)

Prasetio


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Bredavies 3 years ago

Great insight. I have always found it helpful to use social media.


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ChristyWrites 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thank-you everyone for the support and it makes me happy that you are finding the tips helpful for you!


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AtomSpace 3 years ago from Southern California

Nice hub. Good work.

Thanks!


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Thanks for the very useful tips to increase Blog Followers! I have good number of followers on my Blogpost, but who doesn't want many more!

I like your idea of including Voice in the Blogs and I will try that.

Thanks for sharing this informative hub!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Thanks for the advice, excellent as always. I am getting ready to update my blog and your advice will help me to focus on what really promotes a site.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Great tips here Christy. Yes, it is not good when we have no audience to read our posts! If I ever get a blog, I will refer to this insightful hub.

Up and more and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

We need blog followers?? I thought once posted it was placed in the hands of Google. I like that Google Guy!

Thanks for the tips Christy! :)


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ChristyWrites 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks everyone for your wonderful feedback here! I'm glad to hear that the hub helps you.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

Good tips. I'll have use some for my blog.


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My Cook Book 3 years ago from India

Cool, good information. Thank you for sharing these tips...


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

If you want to have your blogs read, it does take more than just write and post. It is actually work to have your voice heard and spread. The Internet is such a fantastic medium for writing, but it is no pushover. It really forces you to connect with people in a way that is pretty unprecedented for writers. You have certainly give the road map for connecting your blogs for whatever reason the writer might be pursuing - to be read, to make money, whatever. Sharing


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

5 Easy Ways to Get Blog Followers, great tips and well thought of to all writers. You have found simple ways to get blog followers


Alice Ann Day 3 years ago

Very useful advice that I need to heed. I have a habit of not using enough social networking sites. Thanks for writing this Christy!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I always forget about Linkedin. Thanks for writing this as it has sure helped me.


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William Ziegler 3 years ago from Erie, Pennsylvania

I am new to hubs thanks for the Fantastic Tips.


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Good common sense tips. Thanks.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Thanks for all the great tips! Have you been slowing down or am I just not getting your notices? Hadn't heard from you in awhile! Great to see you haven't left!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Useful information from one who knows what she is talking about. Experience is always the best teacher and you are the voice of experience. Well done Christy! Have a great weekend.


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ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

Thanks for the great tips.

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