Blog Advice: How To Get More Followers

how to get more blog followers

I remember the day I started this blog. I didn’t know anything about blogging, other than that I was supposed to write. I thought it would be cool if I hit 50 followers. Hudson and I had a celebration when I did. We celebrated again when I hit 100 followers. Then 250. 500. I decided that I wanted to learn how to get more followers on my blog, and when I hit a thousand followers, that would mean I made it as a blogger. Well, guess what. Apparently I’ve “made it.” Ha…rightttt. In some ways, I don’t feel like today is any different than the day I started. I still don’t know hardly anything there is to know about blogging. But I’m here to tell you what I do know about how to get more followers on your blog.


How To Get More Followers on Your Blog

1. Readers are more important than blog followers.

I have to begin by saying I 100% believe I’d rather have 100 people who read, comment, and interact with my blog than 200 people who “follow” my blog but never read it. I have made so many great friends through my blog (I actually wrote a post about how to make friends blogging). However, to have readers and make blog friends, you do need to first have followers.

2. Write quality content.

Quality is so much better than quantity. Keep your posts personableKnow your voice (for me, this means that even though some of my favorite bloggers are the ultra-funny type, I’m not and shouldn’t try to be). Don’t feel like you have to post every day…but do jot down notes throughout the week of blog ideas you have. And before publishing something, always ask yourself: Would I want to read this myself?

3. Have a good design.

Your blog’s design is the first impression people get of you and your blog, so of course you want to make it good! Stalk blogs that have good designs. What sets them apart? The header, colors, continuity…so much comes into play. Oh, and if you’re still on Blogger, switch to WordPress ASAP – it’s SO much better.

4. Make your blog easy to follow.

I cannot stress this one enough. Put your BlogLovin/RSS links the top of your blog. No one wants to scroll the whole way through your blog to find it. Make sure to put all the ways to follow you on social media near the top too.

5. Use social media as much as you blog.

Social media is a great way to connect with bloggers and to share your posts. Some quick tips? Twitter is a MUST. Also, make a Facebook page separate from your personal profile. This way, people can follow you easier and you won’t spam your friends. Lastly, try to make everything consistent with your brand. For example, our Twitter is twitter.com/hudsonandemily, our Pinterest is pinterest.com/hudsonandemily, our Facebook is facebook.com/hudsonandemily, etc.

6. Make sure you aren’t a no-reply comment blogger.

What’s that? This is for Blogger bloggers only (again, if you’re still on Blogger, switch to WordPress ASAP), but it’s when you comment on someone’s blog and they can’t respond because your email isn’t linked to your blog account — they aren’t ignoring you! This also happens if your Google+ account is linked to your blog. Not sure if this is you? Comment on your own blog as a test.

7. Connect with other bloggers.

Blogging gives you the opportunity to meet some really like-minded people that can turn into friends! Equally important to producing content on your blog is interacting with your readers. Join some link parties (but not so many that you’re missing that quality content). And when you follow someone new, it’s nice to let them know, but don’t just comment “I’m your newest follower…follow me back?” Write them a nice comment, or even send an email!

8. Advertise on other blogs.

You can promote your blog all you want on your own, but most likely that’s not going to be good enough. You have to get yourself out there, and a great way to do that is by advertising on blogs similar to yours. If you want to advertise here, we’d love to have you! But I understand not wanting to put money into your blog. A lot of blogs offer “swap” options where they put your button on their blog if you put theirs on yours. Swapping was how we got started and we highly recommend doing it.

9. Set guidelines for yourself.

The truth is that blogging takes A LOT of time. I probably spend way more time on it than I should. My recommendation is to set a guideline for yourself that you won’t spend more than so many hours per day/week blogging. Your life is more important :) A great way to manage your time blogging is to schedule posts. I didn’t know this until like a month into blogging, but it has made all the difference for me!

10. Always remember why you started blogging.

In your quest to get more blog followers, remember that wasn’t the reason you started (hopefully not). Whether you started your blog to inspire others, to have a creative outlet, or to update your friends on your life…write a mission statement for your blog so you remember your purpose for blogging, and don’t lose sight of that.

photo credit: 55Laney69 via photopin cc (edited)

Comments

  1. says

    OMG! This information is so helpful! I'm a new blogger as well. I started at the beginning of this year and this thing is so much more that I ever could have expected. When I first started, I said I was doing it for me, but then people started following and I became more interested and have people reading my posts!! It's so much fun. I love letting people get to see a little bit of me.

  2. says

    I'm also in the bigs and little but need to get the button up!! I've been doin Everythin 4rm my phone lately! thanks for the awesome advice though. i agree with the readers over followers! though I've not been so worried about growing my blog as i am about connecting with others!

  3. says

    Definitely agree with staying true to who you are…I know some bloggers who get their following because they are really sarcastic and witty…I have my moments, but I know that's just not who I am all the time…

    It's hard to stick with "your personality" when you see these other bloggers get such a great response to their hilarious-ness….xoxo

  4. says

    Thank you! I feel like I have been stagnant for so long w followers. I am not sure if it's because I am not blogging about they want to read but I do blog for me and write about our life so I can make books out of it for our future kids and grandkids to read.

  5. says

    This was really helpful! I'm am looking forward to all your upcoming blogging advice.

    Your newest follower/reader/stalker <–hehe

    Kate
    NYTjerseygirl.blogspot.com

  6. says

    Congrats on such a very fast success in the blog world! I've been blogging over a year, and I'm still under 200 readers. I think they are great tips.

    I feel like I've done most of these things, minus advertising because I'm a poor college kid! lol But it's good to know that you have a Swap option :)

  7. says

    Over 1k in 4 months! That is impressive. I've been at this way longer and probably wont' reach that but I'm okay with that because I remember why I started blogging in the first place and it was never about numbers. Also, like you I'd rather have followers who actually read my blog rather then ones who just show up in my GFC. When I started social media linking wasn't all

  8. says

    Great post! I agree with you on soooo muchof this, and it took me while to figure it out.

    Another suggestion would be to download the Hoot Suite app or something similar. This way, not only do I schedule my post, but I can also schedule certain posts to my social media outlets so I don't have to be online all day. The only time it's actually me updating is when it's

  9. says

    Thanks for this post, Emily! It's full of helpful information. I will have to really work on some of these things and digest them when I have a bit more time later on. I am a long-time blogger without much growth. I really want to develop relationships with my readers and grow my blog so that was one of my new year's resolutions. I've been actively trying to make blogging friends/

  10. says

    Great advice! I totally didn't realize that I do fall trap to trying too hard to be witty like some other bloggers. Maybe it works and maybe it doesn't haha but taking a step back to see if I truly write from my personality. I always write from the heart, so no issues there :-)
    Can't wait to meet you sometime!!

  11. says

    Thanks for these! I've been reading a lot of blogging tips lately and they're so helpful. I've had my blog for a year and a half but just started posting regularly in January. I'm still trying to figure it all out!

  12. says

    Nice advice, I think I'd agree with basically all of this. How did you decide how much $ you spend on your blog? I know you guys are newlyweds like myself so just curious how you started into that. I'm pretty hesitant to spend any money as of yet.

  13. says

    One thing that I found so impressive about you when you first started blogging is that you weren't afraid to ask for what you wanted! I think it's so important to put yourself out there as a blogger. And sometimes you're going to get rejected, but most of the time people are more than happy to swap with you/give advice/help out any way they can.

    These tips are great Emily!

  14. says

    Reaching 1,000 after four months definitely means you have an "it" factor! I took over two years to make it to 1,000, but I wanted it that way because I have learned SO much and forged many relationships. Congrats to you, beautiful!

  15. says

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! :)
    you are FANTASTIC! I stumbled upon your blog and FELL IN LOVE! and then I fell in love again when you gave this advice! thank you so much! :)

    Carmina

    cjoyhughes.blogspot.com

  16. says

    Thank you SO SO much for taking the time to give these tips! I am so inspired every time I come to your blog!

    I know I sound like a SUPER creeper when I say this, but I remember seeing you on the Hill at LU a couple years ago!! I stumbled across your blog and wondered why you looked so familiar!

    You're such an inspiration to me, thanks Emily!

    Mikaela
    <

  17. says

    Thank you for posting this valuable information, especially for us newbie bloggers. Congrats on receiving over 1000 followers in a short period of time.

  18. says

    I typed into google how to get more followers and your site popped up. This post helped me out so much since I am also new to blogging and I absolutely love the fact that you're a follower of Jesus as well. It's so refreshing to talk to others about Jesus and it helps me feel even closer to Him when I can surround myself with others who believe in Him too. Anyways, I will try and use the

  19. says

    Love all these tips. They are so helpful to a new blogger like me. And I love the mission statement. I think it is so important to stay true to why you started blogging in the first place.

  20. says

    I found you through Wifessionals. Thanks so much for this post. I have been blogging since 2006 but have just recently moved from Typepad to WordPress. It's a whole new learning curve and seems as if I have never blogged before. Anyways, the whole was I a no-reply blogger mystified me. Your easy to follow explanation helped clear it all up. Thanks!

  21. says

    I love this! Thanks for the help.. I'm a published writer (my actual journal was published) and haven't written anything in awhile– I truly miss it. So I started a blog and kind of feel lost/overwhelmed due to all the amazing blogs I've become addicted to (yours included!).
    Kudos to you!

    Jamie
    ugottahavehart.blogspot.com

  22. says

    Thank you so much for this advice!!! I'm a new blogger too and understand this so much!
    I wil be happy supporting others bloggers out there! And any others tips will be welcome too!

    glamourattic.blogspot.com

  23. says

    Thanks so much for sharing this! It was really helpful and I'm excited to start implementing these tips into my own blogging regime. :)

    I'm wondering, you said that you started getting followers just as you started reading… How did others stumble across your blog? Was it through tags or commenting on others? Hehe, I'm asking out of curiosity and to better know for my own

  24. says

    Thanks so much for the awesome tips. I am interested in the swapping. This blog is great and I hope to reach the reader following that you have successfully gotten on this blog. It’s just a testament of the content that you provide for your readers. Again thanks for sharing your tips.

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