Are you struggling to find new readers? Maybe you have a brand new blog, or you’re someone who’s ready to get serious about your place in the blog-o-sphere. Any which way, growing your blog following can be pretty tough!
Now that I’ve been blogging for a year I feel I have a little authority on how to increase blog views. I’m no expert, but what I’m going to share with you are the things I do every day (or at least every week) to keep readers coming to my blog.
Get active on Social Media
I’m doing well on Twitter, but the rest I’m still working on. Pinterest has not captured my attention yet but I’m trying really hard to get going over there – I’ve read it’s a really good platform for bloggers! The thing about social media is the time it takes to post as often as you “should” to get maximum exposure. I use Hootsuite for Twitter sharing and I schedule things on my FB page but otherwise it’s all free form for me.
There are a lot of posts and infographics with the “best times” to post across the media platforms. I read through a few while creating this post and found they don’t all give the same advice. I say pay attention to when your audience is online and customize your own posting schedule. Just recently I realized my Twitter peeps are more active in the evenings, so I try to post once or twice at night.
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Linkys really help increase your blog views. They get you some great comments too! There are so many linkys out there that you could spend all week just linking up and participating. I only join up when I know I can take the time to reciprocate properly.
My 2 every-week linkys I participate in are Monday Morning Blog Club (#MMBC) and #ALittleBitOfEverything. Some weeks I’ll join Su from Ethan and Evelyn in her #FabFridayPost and I love #GlobalBlogging but I can’t join 4 or more in a week. I feel badly if I don’t take the proper time to comment and share other posts.
If you have time in your blog life, getting a post on another blog is great for expanding your reach. Watch for other bloggers in your niche who are looking for guest posts. Bonus points if they have a larger following than you!
I’ve been able to do a few guest posts, but sometimes I have a hard enough time getting my own posts ready to go on time. If you are interested in sharing something on my blog, visit my Guest Posts page. You’ll find my information and the sorts of posts I like to share with my readers.
I have joined a ton of Facebook groups. Truth be told I don’t participate in a lot of the “share a link and reciprocate ALL in the list” posts. Frankly I don’t want to share everyone’s posts. They don’t all fit my niche and my readers. But I like being in the groups for the support and the community feel.
I can ask questions, and often get a lot of input. And it’s great for back end support as well – if I’m trying to use a feature of WordPress and I can’t figure it out, often someone else has. Some groups have a lot of rules, and others don’t mind if you want to share your links just because you’re proud of your own work. FB groups can be an easy way to increase blog views.
Talk about your blog in real life
Tell your friends you have a blog. Share it on your personal Facebook profile. Maybe your co-workers would love to read your writing. Don’t be afraid to talk about blogging in your day-to-day activities. I’ve been surprised by the number of people who are interested in reading my work! So much so that I went and got business cards made with my blog name and web address. I also put on there that I’m an influencer in Kingston, ON and I do photography. Now I have something to give people after I casually drop that I’m a blogger in my everyday conversations!
Those are the weekly things I do to try to increase blog views for my website. I definitely see an increase on the days I join up with linkys. And I am seeing more engagement now that I’m being a little more active on Pinterest. As a social network it’s really not my thing, but I’m learning how best to share my blog post pins and I do see some returns.
What do you do in your week to get eyes on your blog? Is there something that I should be doing, but am not? Please share any tips and tricks for me and my readers. And be sure to subscribe to my blog and learn along with me. You’ll see the sign up box in my sidebar.
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