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!
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
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.
Examples of Social Media Sites
Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life.
Instantly connect to what's most important to you.
Google+ aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life.
- World's Largest Professional Network | LinkedIn
225 million+ members | Manage your professional identity.
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
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!