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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

3 Easy and Free Ways to Grow Your Blog

A Guest Post by Anyonita Green from Anyonita Nibbles
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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.


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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.



32 comments :

  1. Grateful for this post! Blog Hops have been my best friend as I start my new blog and I loveee My Favorite Posts Show off Weekend blog party in particular =)

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    1. I'm glad to hear that, Dana! Blog hops are pretty great, aren't they?! :)
      Anyonita from Anyonita Nibbles

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  2. Following others- one of the fun parts of blogging. BB2U

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  3. Thanks for the great post. I love the hops but I don't like when you comment on certain hops and they don't respond back. It's very annoying. Sheila@The Frugal Exerciser.

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    1. I know, right?! It's like seeing someone behind you coming through the door & letting it in their face! Rude!
      Anyonita from Anyonita Nibbles

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  4. bloggers are friends not food.. I had to giggle..

    So true! Bloggers are not in competition with each other. We all write from different views and experiences. We should be sharing each other :)

    Thanks for sharing with the blog hangout community!

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    1. :) I'm glad I made you giggle!
      Here's to more sharing!
      Anyonita from Anyonita Nibbles

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  5. Great advice and seriously couldn't agree about all especially commenting. I am a big believer in commenting and making sure that I leave a well thought out comment when I do leave one. And also so true about friendships, because I am so blessed to have made quite a few through this wonderful world of blogging, too :)

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    1. Glad you found some truth in this post, Janine! I was worried that it was "just me"! :)
      Anyonita from Anyonita Nibbles

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  6. Oh such good advice. Definitely not just you. I agree with the comment thing too. Nothing like having 10 comments and 8 of them just being about getting me to follow you back. I get that it is all about networking, but at least pretend like you took the time to read the post. =)

    Holly at Not Done Growing

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    1. Hahaha @ "pretend like you took the time to read the post"! :) Exactly, Holly! Anyonita from Anyonita Nibbles

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  7. Thanks for sharing the tips - they are all very good ones. Another tip that I have seen is that when people do come and leave comments on your blog, you should make sure that you respond back to them so that they feel that you appreciate the time they spent to come and read your post and engage with you. Obviously a skill that you have down pat judging from the comments on this post. :)

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    1. That's a *very* good point, Vicky! :) I'm actually including it in Part Two of this post which I'm planning to publish on my own blog next week! :)
      Anyonita from Anyonita Nibbles

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  8. This was a really helpful post. I have definitely started doing blog hops, but I never stopped to think about the actual percentage of followers and readers who are actually bloggers as opposed to friends and family reading my posts. Thanks again for the advice. I definitely stopped by Anyonita Nibbles's blog and I followed her on all of her social networks. Would love to follow you and get to know you better as well, Jessica!

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    1. Yes, I was shocked when I realized that too! Even more important to support each other, isn't it? :) I'm on my way to your blog to follow you socially as well!
      Anyonita from Anyonita Nibbles

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    2. Hi Brittnei,

      Thanks a million for stopping by The Wondering Brain! Anyonita is awesome and as you can see she's got great advice! We're now blog friends! Happy to have you with us here :)

      Jessica

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  9. Very good tips, I recently started doing blog hops and it has increased traffic to my facebook page by over 400%. I so enjoy meeting new bloggers, people are so creative it's amazing the ideas they come up with.

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    1. I agree! People are *so very* creative! It's nice to be inspired & to share as well! I'm going to find your blog hops, Terri! I hope you have some food related!
      Anyonita from Anyonita Nibbles

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  10. Thanks for the tips! Sometimes I get overwhelmed trying to keep up with all the link ups- which are which days, etc. but they are fun!

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    1. Yes, I know what you mean! Some weeks, I don't manage to make it to all of my link ups either :(

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  11. These are wonderful tips! I love meeting new bloggers, my biggest problem is getting things fit it in. I know that I just need to establish a routine of sorts, but sometimes it is hard with family chaos, to find the time to read, join, and interact. Since I have only been at it a few months, I am trying to establish a routine to fit it all in! I even have several of my hops scheduled on my calendar.

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  12. That was amazing! Thank you for taking time to share those tips with us! We hope to participate in more link parties and blog hops in the summer. Maybe even be a co-host!

    Cayla and Ashley
    http://caylaandashley.blogspot.com

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    1. Co-hosting is a great way to participate, for sure! :) There's loads of link parties out there, too!

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  13. I totally agree with you. Networking is key to getting more followers.

    http://www.amomspointofview.com

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  14. These are great tips to share. I enjoy blogging and do enjoy reading other blogs.

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  15. Great post! You give so many great tips for getting followers Thanks for sharing! Stop by some time. www.thankyouhoneyblog.com!

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    1. Thank you! :) I will be sure to stop by again; it's been a few days since I last visited your blog!

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  16. Spot on! I have linked up with so many wonderful bloggers and they certainly make up the majority of the Followers of my blog. I host 2 linky parties and join a lot of blog hops. They definitely help with traffic. Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend.

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    1. I never thought hosting would be as much fun as it is! :) Thanks for reading!

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