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Until very recently, I had a stagnant blog. Anyonita Nibbles had only 14 followers with Google Friend Connect, and a handful more than that on Facebook and Twitter. I struggled to understand why I couldn’t get my blog noticed, but decided to do something about it. In January, I completely relaunched my blog.
In just three months, my Google Friend Connect count tripled. My email subscription signups increased by 800% and overall traffic to my Anyonita Nibbles increased by over 400%. I went from having a cute blog that friends and family would occasionally read to having a blog read by over 5,000 visitors each month. I now get contacted by big brands, the latest being Actimel, who commission recipe development and I periodically get unreleased cookbooks through the post to review. I did all that without spending a penny! Are you ready to grow your blog for free, too?
1. Bloggers are Friends not Food
Relationships are key. It’s not what you know; it’s who you know. How many different ways can I say it? Make friends with other bloggers! I read a statistic that said 70% of blog readers are other bloggers. To increase your followers you need to tap into that 70% and the best way of doing it is to make friends. Find blogs that you like the look and feel of. Engage with them by honestly looking at their content and leaving meaningful comments. If you like something, put a pin on it! If you make something you’ve seen on their blog or followed one of their suggestions and later blog about it, give credit. Don’t devour their hard work with feeble attempts to get followers! Follow them on whatever social media you have in common.
2. Change Your Commenting Style
One of the things that annoys me the most is when I’ve put in loads of effort to create a post and get flooded with generic comments. You know the sort: “Great post!” or “Yummy!” I mean, any comment is good, but it’s the meaningful comments that really inspire! I’m not telling you to write a book, but tap into a bit of the post that stood out to you. Even if you only skim read, say something worth reading! Follow that meaningful post with an invitation to your own blog or specific post. (Entries with open blog hops or link parties are great because they generate engagement and interaction, bring traffic to your blog and grow your followers.) Lastly, follow that blog or blogger or pin something from the entry and tell them you’ve done so. You don’t have to ask for a follow back, most people will do anyway.
3. Make Your Blog Known
First, make sure your blog has a clear identity. Kind of like a USP. This will provide direction for you and help you to stand out from the crowd. \
Next, link parties and blog hops are your friends. They are easy ways to make your blog known and to share with other bloggers. Remember, they make up 70% of blog readers and we want to influence them! You can grow your blog just by participating in link parties every day. You can really grow your followers by hosting your own link parties! If you don’t think you’re ready to yet, consider being a co-host at an already established party. You’ll be able to work closely with another blogger and gain some invaluable insight and tips. Jessica and I both accept co-hosts at our parties and we’d love to help you grow your blog.
These are only three of the ways I’ve grown my blog, but they’re easy to do and they will make a huge difference in your followers and in boosting traffic to your blog. I’ve mentioned it before, but I blog over at Anyonita Nibbles and I would love it if you stopped by to say hi and follow me! Remember, sometimes you have to make that first step: follow someone & they’ll most likely, do the same for you.
Anyonita is a SAHM and American expat who has made her home in Manchester, England. She’s married with a rambunctious toddler named Callum. When she’s not blogging or being forced to watch Peppa Pig, she runs a mail-order macaron business, The Mighty Macaron.