I’m here to bring you some of my best tips to start a blog or grow your blog! I have been blogging for 5 years now (time flies!), and I have learned so many of the ins and outs. I’m obviously not the top blogger out there, but I have grown to hundreds of countries, and tens of thousands of followers. This is how I did it, and how I continue to grow!
1.) Consistency- This is my number one tip because I think it truly makes the most impact for not only your blog, but your social media as well. I’m sure you hear this all the time if you’ve been blogging for a while, but consistency is SO important when trying to grow a following. Your readers may get disappointed if they’re expecting a post and you fall through. Obviously we’re only human and things will come up, but try not to make it the ‘norm’ to miss a day of posting. Something I find helpful is creating content a couple of weeks in advance. This way if something comes up or even if I’m not feeling motivated, I have wiggle room with timing. Or I have a couple of back up posts for those times.
2.) Quality- I would say 5 years ago when I started blogging, this wasn’t as important. However, quality is a huge part in growing your blog and social media nowadays. There is a lot more competition now than there was back then. Having good quality photos and written content is something people are going to look for now when they’re deciding whether or not they want to follow you. I would suggest investing in a DSLR camera if you plan on making blogging your career one day. I’m not saying you won’t succeed without one, I just believe it will speed up the process.
3.) Engagement- Blogging is a community of people who love to be creative. If you’re not engaging with other bloggers on their blogs, you’re missing out on 1.) a free way to market your blog, and 2.) a chance to create relationships and learn from others. Another important time to engage is with your followers. Let them know how much you appreciate them checking out your blog and leaving comments. Try to get to know them and build a relationship with them not only because it’s fun, but because they’re the ones who are going to help you grow your brand!
4.) Branding-Speaking of growing your brand…You need to find your niche. Find out what you want your brand to be and stick to it. I know it might seem scary to turn down paid offers from brands, but your followers will notice when it’s insincere. It’s easier for us fashion & lifestyle bloggers because we blog about a LOT of things, so we can create a lot of different content. However, if you’re just a beauty blogger, you probably won’t want to do a blog post about a local restaurant. Finding out what you want your brand to be will be step one, because it should be clear to people what kind of content they’re going to get from you.
5.) Collaborating- This is one of the best ways to get your name out there. In the beginning I’ve done a TON of guest post collabs with other bloggers. This is where you each create a post for each other’s blogs so that you can share their content with your following and vice versa. It’s a free way to reach a whole new audience. Another great way to collab is on social media. Instagrammers do a lot of collabs such as Follow Friday, where they post different bloggers for their followers to follow, or loop giveaways, which is where your followers have to follow everyone in the loop to be entered into the giveaway. These are just a few different ways that collaborating can help you to grow your following. This method is dummy proof and HIGHLY effective. Wait until you have some good content on your page though, so when people go to check out your page, there isn’t only a couple of posts.
I’m working on creating a new video series called Blogging 101. This will be to help you start a blog from scratch. All of the technical stuff will be covered, as well as the fun parts! Blogging is a full-time gig whether you have another job or not. Let me know in the comments if you’d enjoy a post about how to monetize from blogging! Check out my post about Tips to Grow Your Instagram- Get Thousands of Followers!
I hope this helps those of you who are interested in becoming an influencer or interested in growing. I just wanted to thank everyone who is following me and supporting my website. You guys really keep me going and I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate you!