Hello my glamorous bloggettes! Recently I've gotten some more blogger questions via email. Like I promised here in my last post addressing how to increase blog interaction, I'm going to answer them here on the blog for anyone else who may have similar questions. I mean, part of being a fashion blogger is being a blogger right? Exactly. So this is another age old question every blogger asks in the beginning of his or her blogger career and what has proven to have worked for me.
How do I get more blog followers?
1. Be authentic and creative.
Being who you really are, is the most important thing you could ever do for yourself. Not just for blogging purposes, but for life purposes. It is important to be yourself because you are your own "one of a kind" flavor. You cannot be duplicated. Use this to your advantage by getting comfortable in your own skin. Share with your readers and the world who you truly are.
There is a sense of clarity that comes with authentically being yourself. With clarity often comes creative inspiration. Get clear on who you are and creativity has a way of flowing endlessly.
Creativity is key and content is king when it comes to catching the eye of new readers. It is often the number one factor for someone when deciding to follow or not to follow a blog. Strive to make your blog and the content you offer a breath of fresh air to new readers so that they are more compelled to return regularly.
2. Become an expert.
If you're going to be a blogger, you need to know your stuff! As a blogger it is your job to become an expert in whatever it is that your are passionate about and have chosen to center your blog around. Make sure that you are an asset to your audience. This requires research.
The biggest little known fact about being a blogger is that not only are you a blogger, but you are a full time researcher. The experience that you bring into blogging, coupled with your new research, should make for a nice creative blog post cocktail.
Remember, you're the expert when it comes to your blog! Now act like one!
3. Get interactive.
Social Media is your friend. Get to know it and use it to your advantage! Joining sites like Twitter, Bloglovin, Facebook, and IFB to name a few, may just be the missing factor keeping you from being exposed to and gaining more followers. These sites not only give you exposure, but they allow you to interact with other bloggers as well as your readers.
Sites like these also allow you to follow and build relationships with other bloggers so that you can keep up with your favorites. Just because you and your fellow/favorite bloggers don't live in the same city, state, country, or continent doest not mean you cannot interact. Use these sites to keep up with posts on other blogs so that you can comment, share other blogger's links with your followers, and promote yourself along the way as well.
4. Stay focused.
When you first start your blog at first it may seem like you will never get any followers. Don't let this discourage you. Stay focused on keeping your voice consistent and building your brand. This will allow you to establish a solid foundation and a loyal audience.
Don't worry about the other bloggers around you, you can't compare yourself to them. Your blogging path is your own. If you worry too much about other bloggers and how successful they are you may be swayed to do something that does not truly reflect you or your blog. Being unstable in what you believe in and what you blog about to gain success will lead you down a road to nowhere.
If you started blogging for the sole purpose of gaining followers, you are in it for the wrong reason. Blogging like any other job requires passion and hard work to be successful. Getting into it for superficial reasons will only bring superficial results.
5. Be patient.
The saying "if you build it, they will come," is somewhat true. It's just that the "they will come" part usually varies drastically.
It usually takes years to "blow up" or "make it." It's just that no one but the actual blogger behind the blog ever sees the hard work, blood, sweat, tears, break downs, and failures (yes it's that serious) that come along with becoming successful.
Your favorite bloggers weren't the big superstars that they are now right out of the gate. It took them time to establish themselves. They ran into roadblocks and frustrations just like you, so just be patient. If you really want to be successful your time will come.
***Note - All blog related posts will be tagged "Blogged" and the "Blogged" tag can be found on the right under "Pretty Posts" for those who wish to follow along with the blog tips I share here on the blog!
I hope you find these tips useful. If you have any blog related questions send me an email and I'll try my best to post the answer for you here.
What tips would you share about gaining more followers?
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Until next time Glams...Keep Sitting Pretty