My Tips on Gaining a Following

August 24, 2017

GainingAFollowing     Hello everyone!

In the past I've gotten a few questions about how to gain a following for a blog and on Twitter and I always shrugged it off like I don't even know what I'M doing and I don't have that many followers. Well, I still don't know what I'm doing, but I have a gained a lot more followers recently since my switch to Wordpress. So today I am bringing you my tips on gaining a following. They're pretty much just the standard tips, I think, but every blog is different, so this is how I (think) a blog can grow.

As of now (I'm writing this post 3 weeks in advance since I'll be starting college when this goes up lol) , I have 1,004 followers on Twitter and 80 on my Wordpress. When I had blogspot as my blogging portal, I left with over 3,000 views, which isn't that many since I had it for a couple years.

First of all, I know some people have different opinions, but if you're not on Wordpress, I suggest switching to it. It is so much easier to earn followers, share your blog, and receive/send comments. Unless you pay, it's more difficult to set up a lay out that you like, but I think that's when you can get creative. I've made a whole post like this already, so you can check that out here.

Second of all, find your own style. There's always something that makes a blog different, like the lay out, design, pictures, titles, etc. I have no idea, but my blog decorations are leaves? I just made them on PicMonkey and thought they were cute so I put them everywhere. I also usually take my pictures on my white bedding, but I switch it up sometimes. It's good to look at a variety of blogs to get inspired, but please don't copy, that's not nice. Some blogs are more simple while others add some pizazz, it's really just personal preference. Write the blog you want to read.

Going along with the last one, you'll also need to find your own voice when you write. I like to write my blog as if I'm straight in front of the reader and talking to them, although that's totally different from how I write my book and short stories. Some people blog like it's more of a story. However you write, make it sound like you.

Make captivating titles. I'm a hypocrite there because I'm usually up front about my titles, but I try to make up for it by making a creative-looking title picture... with those leaves again, don't ask why because I don't know. Just try to make your reader interested in some way, without being tooo bland,

Pictures really do say a thousand words, and if you can take really high quality ones, they may even say 2,000. Honestly, sometimes I just look at the pictures on blogs, so I try to make at least most of mine relatively pretty. I at least hope they look good. This again goes back to making your own style, but everyone enjoys a great picture.

Social media can keep any blog afloat. Most of my views on my blog come from when I tweet out that I have a new blog post up and the readers click on the link in the tweet. Sometimes it can be a little hard to balance reading, blogging, writing, AND social media time, but it's so worth it. I've even made friends with some of the people in the bookish community, and I promise they're all friendly and greatly entertaining. Bookstagram is also another popular outlet. It's really just posting pictures of books on Instagram, and I don't personally do it, I just post my book photography on Twitter, but Bookstagrams are a really great way to earn followers and show your creativity.

Lastly, I have to say that your experience while blogging is really not about the followers. You want to look back on this time when you're super old and have maybe stopped blogging, and think "wow, I had so much fun and met some really great people," not "wow I was so stressed and that's probably why my hair greyed early." So don't think about getting the followers, think about making yourself happy and the milestones will come! Itt may take 2 months, or 2 years, but you'll get somewhere!

Thanks for reading!

-Taylor

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3 comments

  1. I tend to focus on one platform at a time. For instance, I'm currently focusing on increasing my (linked to my blog) Twitter followers. Sometimes, I would switch my focus on my Wordpress, FB or Tumblr.

    Managing all of the linked social media acoounts at once is time-consuming. So I find it easier to just focus on one of them and let the others grow organically.

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  2. I completely agree about the Wordpress platform! I think it's the ideal way to connect with other bloggers :)

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