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starshaker Thu 17-Jul-14 11:09:11

I started a blog a couple of days ago. I have got my own domain and have written a few posts. I also linked it to bloglovin. So how do I go about getting followers?

LabradorMama Thu 17-Jul-14 11:14:23

I'd suggest you work on building up some good quality content first, then worry about the followers. If you go looking for followers and they only find a couple of posts on your blog then they obviously won't hang around long.

When you have a bit more content you could try leaving (decent, not one word) comments on blogs similar to yours with a link back to your own. Twitter is useful, there are bloggers chats for different genres of blogging where bloggers share links. Finally, a little way down the line you could consider advertising on bigger blogs within your genre.

Don't worry about the followers just yet, get blogging and enjoy it!

TheTwistedYarn Fri 18-Jul-14 13:05:40

Agree with LabradorMama.

Also, are there any web forums relating to what you're blogging about? If so, be active there, whilst including your blog address on your profile page. For example, my blog is about knitting and crochet for the home, and I spend (too much) time chattering on Ravelry, which is a huge knitting/crochet site.

It takes lots of time to build up a following. Whenever I see a blog with a huge following, I look at how long it's been going, and the answer is always 'several years'.

I was given this advice which I think is helpful: think not just about what you want to write, but about what potential readers want to read. How can you help them in some way? What are they likely to search for that will lead them to your blog?

And do tag your posts carefully, because those tag terms are what help people find relevant blog posts when they're searching via Google etc.

Notice what you like/dislike when you read other people's blogs. Use that reflection when you write your own posts.

Good luck!

(And you missed a trick by not giving us the URL of your blog when you posted your OP!)

Best wishes,
www.thetwistedyarn.com

starshaker Fri 18-Jul-14 17:39:51

I wasn't sure if it was allowed lol. Could you have a wee look and tell me if its ok and if not what should I change?

starshaker Fri 18-Jul-14 17:40:38

Oh and its here

BigTrouble Fri 25-Jul-14 12:31:36

also just to say that it can take, I believe about 4 weeks for Google to catch up with your new blog, so you may find tags start to kick in then smile Happy blogging!

Cernabbas Fri 25-Jul-14 14:49:51

Just started to follow your blog on Tumblr starshaker.
I've not been going long myself. Twitter is essential and easy to promote your blog from Tumblr with it. Other bloggers are your friends - comment on their stuff and that will get them interested in yours. As you get more content try "linking" up to some other bloggers when they have "linky events".

www.stoppingartwork.co. uk

Cernabbas Fri 25-Jul-14 14:51:14

argh! stupid predictive text!
www.stoppingattwo.co.uk

RaisingMightyGirls Mon 28-Jul-14 21:06:07

I've been blogging now for about four months and I definitely find that twitter is a useful place for generating new followers. I've also found that lots of people will comment on my twitter or Instagram feed rather than leave a comment on my actual blog post.

I did my first linky last week too and it helped my social media following.

Most of all, I've been told just blog, blog, blog and then promote through other social media. People will then follow when they see content that interests them.

Any advice for me, would be great. I'm still a newbie blogger!
Thanks.

www.raisingmightygirls.blogspot.co.uk

starshaker Sat 02-Aug-14 12:39:10

RaisingMightyGirls ive just followed you. Im really enjoying blogging and reading other peoples blogs smile

Cernabbas Sat 02-Aug-14 17:06:17

Raisingmightygirls - just found you on Twitter and started following. will have a proper look at your blog later!

RaisingMightyGirls Sat 02-Aug-14 17:53:30

Thanks Cernabbas and starshaker. Will find and follow. Networking is what it's all about.

Hoogally Sat 02-Aug-14 19:18:50

I'm still in the early stages but it can be good to get involved in events on other blogs.

I've had a break of a month in posting due to illness but am due to fire it all up again but got a huge bump in followers when a pattern of mine got featured on craft gossip. Randomly I now have more followers in the US, Australia and New Zealand than the uk. Not that it's a huge total following as its early days.

I'd say give yourself time to develop a style and enjoy it before you have too much pressure from feeling you need to satisfy followers. I've still got so many things in the pipeline to get sorted/regular features to start or try out.

But have a look at mine if you fancy it. The more the merrier!

www.hoogally.com

Cernabbas Sat 02-Aug-14 20:00:54

have signed up to yours Hoogally!

Hoogally Mon 04-Aug-14 16:46:49

Thank you so much cernabbas I still find it surprising that people might want to read what I write!

frazzledmammy Mon 04-Aug-14 23:53:47

I started my blog in April and am still muddling through, drawing my cartoons and enjoying it! It's great to read other people's experiences - thanks for sharing www.frazzledmammy.com

Scepticalmum Wed 06-Aug-14 18:46:19

Glad I found this thread. Have been blogging for a year but mainly for my own fun so only just occurred to me to start actively looking for followers. I'm a teacher on school holidays at the moment so have some time to research - not sure how much time I'll find to do all this when I'm back at work.

Frazzled Mammy - your cartoons are great!

Www.scepticalmum.wordpress.com
@scepticalmum

suzanne3childrenandit Wed 06-Aug-14 19:30:15

In answer to your original question, I think others have commented already on writing decent content (the main part) but, it's a little soul destroying if no one is reading it! I would start by getting active on Twitter, follow people you know are other bloggers and start engaging with them. I often look at people's blogs who respond to one of my tweets. If I like what I read then I will follow their blog, so this goes back to writing decent content. I would also recommend joining in with linkies and other forums such as Britmums (they have a newbies forum) and Tots. It's early days so just enjoy it. The readers will come, I promise smile www.3childrenandit.com Twitter: @3childrenandit

MrsChickPea Wed 06-Aug-14 19:45:18

You need to write relevant stuff in your SEO area about each post. That will help people searching the internet. EG. if you typed "best cartoons ever about children" or whatever relevant to your post/website in the SEO area of your individual posts, then anyone searching for that on Google or similar could well come up with your website first(ish). It takes a few days for the website spiders to go through everything new. At least that's what I've found.
Obviously to keep people coming back you have to have something worth reading etc! Good luck.

MrsDinoRawr Mon 18-Aug-14 10:20:24

Some great advice on here. I have recently started blogging and joins the mumsnet blog group. Find it easier to look at blogs etc on my laptop than my phone so I will check out your links below when I am home.

Here is my blog incase anyone wants to have a look... Some DIY crafts and pregnancy updates at the moment but hoping it will evolve into crafts and activities to do with children once my baby arrives smile

Playathometeacher.blogspot.co.uk

MrsDinoRawr Mon 18-Aug-14 10:21:05

Sorry not sure how to hyperlink on my phone...

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