Tuesday, April 9, 2013

H is for How to get Followers

It's day eight of the A-Z Challenge and I'm continuing my blogging tips theme by addressing the one issue every blogger wants to know: how to get more followers.

If you're participating in the A-Z challenge, congrats! You've already taken one of the most effective steps in gaining followers, blog hops are an opportunity to expand your network in ways that you normally wouldn't.



Here's a few other tips -

#1 - The best way to get followers is to follow people, but that doesn't mean you should follow just anyone. I generally follow people that I see commenting on other blogs. That way I know they're an active blogger.

#2. Don't just follow blogs, comment on them. When you follow a blog, leave a comment so that the blogger can easily find you. Once you've followed that blog, keep commenting. The more you comment the more likely that blogger is to remember you. That way you'll make life long friends.

#3. Make sure you have something to offer. And I'm not talking about giveaways, I'm talking about you. If your blog isn't genuine, people will be able to tell. Blogging is a lot like meeting someone in real life, when you find out that you like the same kinds of things you make a connection. Content should be something that can relate to your intended audience.

#4. It takes time. You're not going to get 300 followers overnight. Getting followers takes consistent blogging over a long period of time. Don't get discouraged because someone who's been blogging for less time has more followers, keep at it and soon you'll find your numbers growing.

I couldn't end this post without thanking everyone who's followed my blog thus far. You all make blogging worth it!

38 comments:

John Wiswell said...

Patience is the big thing to all this, no way around it. All you've written here is fundamentally sound, and very close to what I wrote to an aspiring blogger last night. I'm glad the process is finding you some success!

from John at The Bathroom Monologues

S. L. Hennessy said...

It certainly takes time, but challenges like this are a huge help. Just one of the many reasons to A through Z blog haha.

Happy A through Z posting.
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Robin said...

Consistent blogging, A to Z sure has me working on this one. Another great post.

Mama J said...

Great tips, thank you :-)

ilima said...

All great tips!

Julie Luek said...

Good tips! I used to watch the numbers a lot more than I do now. I'm not convinced a blog is all that it's cracked up to be in the effort of platform building. Once I realized that, I quit getting too worked up about the numbers game. Now I can focus on the relational aspects of blogging, which I love.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I have to also remind myself that counting followers can't be the most important thing. I got really obsessed about that number for a while...

Elise Fallson said...

Great advice. I used to wonder why some people would follow back and others would not. Now I realize it's not important. What's important to me is connecting with others and building lasting relationships. Besides, some people don't follow back right away, but after a while they will.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

Or you could just be a teen mom, do a sex tape with James Deen, and then act like a total slut so that Christian women everywhere condemn you. That gets you infamy and followers in droves.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Great tips, followers are important but you have to give to receive.

Carrie-Anne said...

Wordpress shows my alleged follower count as a lot higher than it really is, since they count Twitter followers, Facebook friends, and comment followers along with normal blog followers. Most of my followers don't regularly comment, but I'm glad for the people who do regularly read what I write.

Mark Noce said...

I like following you too:) Great points about getting follower, it really is like making friends. It's not just all about what you write or do, but who you are as a person that counts:)

VikLit said...

Great advice!

Livia Peterson said...

Love your tips Jennie!

Misha Gericke said...

Great tips! When I was still new to blogging, I "poached" recent followers from blogs I liked. It really helped, but nowadays I don't need to do it anymore. :-)

Powdered Toast Man said...

This is my first A to Z and I am getting a good response. I hate people that follow and never comment. If you read, you should comment. Great tips.

Thanks for stopping by Just the Cheese.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It takes consistent effort and connecting with others is key!

Adriana Dascalu said...

You're right, it is time consuming, but it's nice to interact with other bloggers! Especially the active ones!

Samantha May said...

Been at it for two years and am just now getting close to 200. That being said, I have some very loyal followers (such as yourself) that I wouldn't trade for the biggest numbers in the world :)

Nick Wilford said...

Yeah, it is more about the connections than the numbers. I used to be quite obsessive about followers but not any more. (Having said that, just broken 400 - that used to seem unimaginable!) Being genuine and a good friend is definitely the way to go.

Silvia Villalobos said...

Great tips, thank you. It's so easy to give up, but like anything else, blogging takes time and lots and lots of effort.
Silvia @ Silvia Writes

Donna Nolan said...

Another great tip. I am learning that being consistent and commenting on other blogs helps a lot.

Erin Shakespear said...

Great tips, Jennie. It's funny to me how many people read blogs and don't actually comment. I'm always surprised when I'm talking to someone and they make references to my blog and I didn't even know they read it!

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog today, but as a newbie blogger participating in the challenge, I will definitely be back. Thanks!

Elsie Amata said...

These are fantastic tips! People forget, myself included, how much work blogging can be at times. I've made a promise to myself to only follow those who I am genuinely interested in and then pursue them.

Rachel McClellan said...

Ugh, I am so horrible at this! I feel like there is so much to do: Facebook, twitter, Goodreads, blogging, that there's rarely time to write. I want to comment more because I really do check out your guys blogs on a pretty regular basis, but... I guess I'll go with the one excuse that frequently gets me out of trouble: I have four kids. :)

Krista McLaughlin said...

Those are some great tips! I always love adding things to my blog posts which make me feel more real. I even got brave enough to do a vlog on my blog this Friday. Hopefully it goes well! It's 102% me! :)

Margo Kelly said...

Great tips. :) Blogging does take time, but the people and the information are worth the effort. :)

J.W. Alden said...

Great advice! Reciprocity is a big part of blogging if you want to grow within the community. It's honestly something I've been struggling with as I weigh and balance the demands of my life with my continued efforts in the blogosphere. I always feel bad when I don't get around to visiting others as often as I'd like.

Good luck with A to Z this month!

Melanie Crouse said...

Great tips! I follow blogs that mean a lot to me, but I struggle to find worthwhile comments to leave. Some people may never know how much they have touched me with their blogs. I'm pledging to do better right now.

Amy Jarecki said...

Well said...I'm still working on figuring out what to blog consistently! To address your question: Japanese Chins are not hypoallergenic, but Powder-puff Chinese Crested's are (wonderful, spry little dogs)

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M Monica said...

Hi, thanks for your tips. I'm a new blogger and that was really helpful. Hope to build more followers and share my stories with people!

Mon

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Sarah Alway said...

These are great tips. Thank you so much for sharing and I'm so happy I stumbled upon your lovely blog!

Sarah @ Life As Always

Ak Said said...

Awesome tips! Follow my blog, and promote it if possible!

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