I really haven’t been blogging for all that long, so there’s no way I can claim to be an expert on this. But I was emailed last week by the lovely Becca (you should all go follow her on Twitter, btw, because being a newbie sucks), and she was asking how I got my followers. Now, I assumed that you’d direct those questions to the big bloggers out there who know what they’re talking about. But she made the good point of that the tips they tend to give out are aimed at people who already have quite a large online media presence. Which I definitely don’t.
I just have to say how much this email completely made my day, I never thought in a million years that someone would ask me for blog advice!
I gave her what little wisdom I could offer and she suggested I write a post about it. So she gets all the credit for this.
This is for all those people who have just started blogging, are feeling a little intimidated, and want to know if they’re doing something wrong. I get it, trust me. I still feel like this when my views take a nosedive for no reason. I don’t even get that many views anyway, so losing a lot makes me wonder about my little blog’s future.
1. Get yourself on Bloglovin’.
This is the big home for blogs. Where you can spend hours finding new blogs to follow and get lost for a few hours. If your blog is on here, people will find it. Once your blog is connected it’ll automatically put your posts on the website for you, so that readers can easily see your content and follow asap if they want to.
2. Put your URL anywhere you can.
In your Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram bios mainly. If people like you there chances are they’ll enjoy your blog too, so you may as well make it easy for them! You could share it on Facebook too. You could make you own blog Facebook page if you’d like. Or just share it on your personal account (unless you’re like me and feel too embarrassed to).
3. Get involved.
There are SO MANY Twitter chats out there going on at all times of the day. Literally every other day someone I follow is using a hashtag I haven’t seen before, introducing me to another chat. Many of the chat accounts retweet some of the tweets that have their hashtag on so you can promote posts that way as well. But definitely take advantage of the chats.
#lbloggers #fbloggers #bbloggers #bdib #PABChat to name a few!
You can meet other bloggers, show them what an interesting person you are, then share your blog with them at the end of the chat. A new friend and a new follower! Happy days.
4. Write, write, write.
The more content you have the more likely people are you click around and get invested. If you have just two posts, they’ll probably skim through then quickly move on. We want to get lost in your writing, not have it end abruptly. So it’s up to you if you want to just post lots of posts to start with, or just make sure you keep it up. I stuck to having three posts a week so it’s slowly built up, as did my followers. I would probably have more now if I posted everyday to start with, but I think slow and steady is better for me.
5. Schedule tweets.
I only started doing this last week, but it has definitely helped already. I use hootsuite, but you can try tweetdeck too. Use your posts that you think are most ‘shareable’, things like reviews, tips and travel guides that are useful all the time. It takes a long time to do, you’ll want to give up, but try to push through.
Schedule them for times when other time zones are awake (so you obvs can’t tweet), when you’re at work and can’t tweet, or use appropriate hashtags so that they appear during Twitter chats if you don’t have time to take part.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Do what Becca did and don’t be afraid to ask for help! The blogging community is one of the nicest things I’ve found, full of very helpful people. I’ve never taken advantage of this but I really should. Other bloggers could give you tips, feature you on their blog, or even let you write a guest post. The worst that can happen is they say no (which they probs won’t).
7. Be patient.
Don’t worry about the numbers. That’s all they are after all. You’ll get there in time.
Blogging is something that you need to take the time to enjoy, slowly build your followers, and don’t expect miracles overnight. Take the time to enjoy your little corner of the internet because that’s what matters most in the end. It is a hobby, and although knowing other people enjoy it is part of the thrill, make sure you create something you’re proud of and get a little bit excited by.
8. Be prepared.
For all the clothes you’ll want to buy, the make up you’ll NEED to try out, and the nail colours you’ll crave. For the posts that will make you think about the online world for hours, and the posts that will make you cry with their emotion. The ones you’ll relate to so well, and the ones that will go against everything you believe. Woooo blogging!!
Sorry, I had to go a bit sentimental at some point!
Do you have any tips for newbie bloggers?