The blogging community is all about helping each other grow. There’s so much competition out there today as people are making it their jobs and young people are following in the footsteps of their idols. We have to remember though when blogging became a thing, no one started out to make it their career, it just happened that social media and the internet became a part of everyday life and brands took advantage of that. People starting out today, yes the majority are beginning their blogs because they have a passion, but quite a few are only starting them to get free things and become “famous” and earn a living. No one should start out with those intentions.
I’ve been blogging for a fair few years now, I used to have another blog before this one, so I’ve been part of the blogging community for a while now. During that time, I’ve learned what works well when trying to grow your audience and what really puts people off. I hope this blog post can help some of you who are just starting out, or even if you’ve been blogging for years, like me, it’s never too late to learn new tips and tricks in this competitive field.
Do Interact but Don’t use the automatic Direct Messages or comment on someones else’s blog to check out your blog if it’s not relevant to the blog post. For example,
Do: “I totally agree, long distance relationships are hard. I’m currently in one and some days are just really tough. I’ve done a blog post about how to cope and what to do on those days.
Don’t: Hey, great post. Here’s mine: http://www.example.wordpress.com
For me personally, it feels like they haven’t taken the time to read your blog and they have headed straight to the comments to try and get hits on their own blog. If someone is interested or drawn to your comment, they will go to your blog no matter what, even other bloggers. Interacting, reading other bloggers posts, following them on social media accounts and getting involved in the community is a great way to get your name and your blog out there. However, don’t overdo it. Don’t just post about your blog on your Twitter or Instagram, the reason most people follow you on those accounts is to get to know you on a more personal level. Get the balance right and use social media to your advantage.
Note// Don’t only make interactions on other blogs, allow interaction on yours. Leave people with a question they can answer in the comments. This is a great way to increase comment numbers.
Do enjoy hitting those milestones, whatever they may be, and feel proud of yourself once you’ve hit them. But don’t live for the numbers. Numbers and hits aren’t what’s truly important. They will come eventually and it feels great when they do, but don’t worry if it takes time. You should be blogging because you love it no matter what, and I know it’s hard to not think about the numbers but if you only posting to gain a following, it will show through to your content.
I’m guilty of the spelling or grammar error in my blog posts once in a while, no one is perfect. But if there are tons of mistakes in your blog posts and it doesn’t flow while you are reading it, it puts people off. I have installed the free version of Grammarly that helps me notice the little mistakes I would have overlooked.
Ensure all the links you put within your post direct your reader to the correct place. Use the “preview” button WordPress offers to see how your blog post will look to others once it’s published. And my top tip before hitting publish is ensuring your comments are enabled. I personally find it rather irritating when I’ve just read a really good blog post and want to make the blogger aware of it and interact with them and then there’s no place to write a comment. I know it seems like an obvious one but it’s always good to double check that your comments are enabled before posting your blog post.
Just triple and double check before publishing, even if that means posting your content a day later.
Do make use of free tools. You don’t need to spend loads of money to make your blog look good and grow a following. I have never gone out intentionally to buy things for my blog and think “Oh this will be great for my blog”. There are so many free tools out there you can use. If you need help creating eye-catching headers, canva.com is the place to go. If you need help with your pictures, unsplash.com is a great source of royalty free images (all images today are from unsplash). Also using items from around your house as props is a great way to save the pennies. I use natural lighting for all my images, and use the wooden floorboards in my house, or even some white A3 paper as backdrops. You do not need to spend money to make your blog a success.
and finally…Do have fun. If you’re enjoying writing and producing your content, it will reflect in the people responding to it. Put your own personal touch to your blog posts, yourself is your own unique selling point, so use your personality to your advantage.
Of course, there is no right or wrong way to blog, if you love it, express your personality through your content, and have fun, you are doing it right and the recognition will come.
I’ll allow this blog post to come full circle. Blogging is all about helping each other out. Do you have any tips, tricks, or advice that I haven’t mentioned? Leave them in the comments. Let’s make this blog post full of useful ideas, links, and advice for others.
until next time,
P.S. I’m only 4 followers away from 300 over at Twitter, so if you fancy following me, it would be highly appreciated.
all images within the blog post today are from unsplash.com, a great website to get professional royalty free images.
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