Saturday, September 10, 2011
Saturday Discussion 18: How To Gain Followers
I also want to say right here that I am in no way absolutely correct and that these are just some the tricks I learned along the way to getting to where I am. I feel my blog is very successful (in fact, I never dreamed it would get to where it is today) in the year I've been running it and am so proud to have amazing followers! I just wanted to put here that this isn't a be-all, end-all thing and I know it.
In an ideal world, a blog's success wouldn't be measured by how many followers it has but by what content it puts out. In my opinion it takes one to get the other. So here's my advice in list form about how to gain followers.
So how much should you do? That's entirely up to you! For me when I'm looking to follow a blog, I like to see around four updates a week just so I know the blogger does try to get posts in and won't go AWOL on me.
A shot of truth here, I won't follow someone based on a giveaway alone. I will if I scroll through their content and we jive. But if they are giving away say a $20.00 gift card to Amazon.com but all they read are instructional books about how to pick your nose, I'm just not going to follow them.
A good way to get involved with giveaways is to join in a giveaway hop. I Am A Reader Not A Writer does loads of uber successful giveaway hops that will get you lots of traffic in a short time period.
3) Regular old blog hops- Crazy For Books hosts a Friday Hop that I always joined in when my blog was a fledging (I still would but I don't have as much time to hop anymore thanks to a full time job and trying to write a novel). I remember stumbling across it and thinking "man, I wish I knew about this earlier". People drop by to say hi, some will follow and you merely go visit them. It's a win/win all around and I'm still friendly with many of the blogs I would hop with.
Another thing I try to do is pick 5-10 (sometimes more) posts from my blog feed when I wake up in the morning and comment on them. I follow a lot of people so it's hard to talk to everyone but I try to space it out to hit as many blogs as possible. For me, it works better to write posts at night so that I can leave my morning to reading and commenting.
5) Creativity- Coin yourself on it. Make your blog theme something creative. Come up with a new meme or idea for a weekly post on your own. People remember and appreciate these things!
So those are the tricks and tips I can think of at the moment. I'm sure there are plenty more and I covered them pretty broadly but you get the point. My last bit of advice is to blog as much as you want for as long as it makes you happy. This shouldn't feel like work to you and if it starts to, take a few days off. I've found that sometimes that's really the best thing for you.
So experienced blogger, any other tidbits of advice?
Newer bloggers, was this helpful? Have any other questions? Feel free to leave them in the comment section and I will answer the best I can.