Blogging for Beginners: Week Five: Built My Blog, Now What?

bloggingforbeginners3 So you’ve taken the many important steps to get your blog going and you’ve even been brave enough to purchase your own domain name and create some fancy graphics. You’ve had some friends and family members proudly share and comment on your blog and you’ve even connected with some strangers, but now what? Some of you may wonder what you can do now to get the ball rolling and gain some readership, a problem I still continue to face, but have made several strides with by doing the following:

Built My Blog Now What

  • Join Blogging Networks
    • I can’t begin to tell you how helpful some of these networks can be. While many networks can be a source of pain with other bloggers spamming you so that they can get more page views, there ARE others out there that are instrumental toward blogging success.
    • Here are some the most popular blog networks:
    • A lot of these networks provide opportunities for collaboration, giveaways, and even paid posts!

 

  • Create Social Media pages under your blog name
    • Facebook: Believe it or not, Facebook is almost always the #1 referrer out there to direct traffic to your blog. Create a Page, share your blog posts, post pictures, write statuses, connect with your readers, and watch as your readership grows. Check out my page for some ideas!
    • Twitter: People want to get to know the real YOU, the person behind the blog, so Twitter is a create way to share content and to connect with others
    • Pinterest: Not only can you share your blog posts via Pinterest, but you can also share a lot about your personality and tastes. People LOVE to follow others on Pinterest who share really great ideas and who have similar taste.
    • Polyvore: If you’re a fashion blogger, create sets of outfits and share them with your readers. I use Polyvore for my Downton Abbey Inspired Outfit Posts.
    • Instagram: If you’ve ever read an Insta-Friday post before, you know how obsessed people are with Instagram. Share snapshots of your daily life with your readers and they will fall in love with you.
    • Google+, Vine, Goodreads, etc. are all other great options
    • Keep track of your many profiles simultaneously via Hootsuite.

 

  • Host Giveaways
    • Invest a little money in a prize, make it yourself, or pitch to an Etsy shop or company to provide a product to giveaway
    • Use Rafflecopter to set up the giveaway
    • Create a Google Form to send to the winner to provide you the necessary information for mailing AND to keep track of the information safely and securely.

 

  • Use good quality photos
    • When I invested in my Canon Rebel t3i, I noticed an increase in my blog readership and comments
    • You don’t have to have a DSLR camera to have good photos! Be sure to take photos in good lighting and spend time editing.

 

  • Provide your readers with ways to follow you
    • RSS Feed (I use feedburner)
    • Google Friend Connect (going away, sadly!)
    • Email subscription
    • Social Media
    • Bloglovin’
    • Hello Cotton

 

  • Try not to compare yourself to other bloggers
    • This will bring you down! We all have a unique story to tell and YOU are interesting and important. We all have blog envy—I wish I had Heidi’s work wardrobe, Erin’s awesome sponsorship opportunities, Kelsey and Eric’s beautiful family, and Katy’s incredible DIY projects—but I am me, and you are YOU. Let’s try to learn from these bloggers and showcase ourselves as best as we can. We all have something to offer.