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Followers and Other Elusive Creatures – Advice for New Bloggers

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A few new bloggers have approached me lately asking how to find an audience. There are many articles written on the subject, but I thought I’d just tell you what has worked for me.

 I currently have 4,500+ followers, and I usually get a handful of new ones every day. While it’s not a life-changing, internet-famous, income-generating, quit-your-job kind of number, it still makes me very happy to know that people are enjoying my blog enough to want to come back. I love the little community of regulars who have gathered around me, and they really have become my inspiration. I do the best job I can to keep them coming back, and I’m lucky enough to be able to call some of them real friends! (You know who you are.)
I have been thinking about how I got followers my first year, and with the exception of a few generous re-blogs and voluntary awards listings (Liebsters, etc.), nearly every one of those people found me because I found them first. Here’s how.
Be a Reader. I read somewhere that the best way to grow a blog following was to be an avid reader of and participant in other people’s blogs. That’s what worked for me in my first year. It is truly time consuming, and I couldn’t manage it every day, but I put in as much time as I could actively seeking out like-minded bloggers. I don’t follow or otherwise encourage any blogger whose posts I find offensive or with whom I don’t agree, and I only like and comment on posts I actually enjoy. However, you do have to be somewhat generous with your attention if you want people to feel inspired to check out your site.
Be responsive. Speaking of attention, whenever someone comments on my blog, they get a response from me. Every. Single. Time. If you engage your readers, they’ll feel more welcome and will want to come back.
Be the welcoming committee. Another great way to build your following  is to do a daily search for new bloggers and wish them luck. You’re making someone who may be insecure feel like they’re being heard, and you know how great that is. Also, if they’re new to blogging, they’re much more likely to not only follow but also read and comment on your blog. Someone did that for me early on, and they became something of a mentor for me in my early days when I didn’t know how stuff worked. That mentor has since left WordPress, but I learned a lot from her, and now I get to offer advice to bloggers with questions (like you!).
Be visible. Another trick for getting people to read your blog is to make use of auto posts on social media. Every day at 7 AM when I publish, my post also goes out on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Tumblr. And if I don’t feel like it’s getting enough love, I’ll go on Facebook and repost it later in the day with a more personalized message about why I think my friends should see it. I wish WordPress didn’t require people to create an account in order to like or comment on posts, but even if people just feel moved to share your posts on their own social media, you’ll get some new readers. I usually get about 5 new followers a day. That’s good enough for me!
Be reliable. I really recommend developing – and sticking to – a posting schedule. I schedule my posts to publish at the same time every day. That way, people know just what to expect and when. Because my posting schedule is predictable, it is easier for my readers to add my blog to their routine. I know some of my readers make it part of their morning ritual to check my blog when they’re having their coffee. I have heard that a few in other time zones make it a habit to read my daily posts after their dinner or during their commute. Because they know they can count on my new content being there at a certain time, they check in on a more regular basis.
Be social. And finally, one of the easiest ways to get new followers and also discover new blogs is to join “meet and greet” posts. Click here to find the current ones. You may also feel free to use this post as your first meet and greet. Just comment below with your URL and a quick description of your blog. Then visit and follow the sites of the other bloggers who comment, and they will visit and follow you. Like magic!
I wish you all good luck with your new blogs. I hope they bring you as much joy as mine brings me!
Donna
P.S. In case you’re interested in how I manage my blogging time, here’s an article wherein I gave up all my post-a-day secrets!

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

200 thoughts on “Followers and Other Elusive Creatures – Advice for New Bloggers

  1. Great article! I am pretty new to the blogging world and I will be taking all these tips on board!

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  2. Great article! Thank you so much for recommending 🙂

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  3. Thank you for directing me to this article, I’ve found it very helpful. Fingers crossed some of my blogs will start getting some more interest as I post more. I love your bald name too 🙂

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  4. Thanks Donna. This is such a useful article. I’m sort of new to the blogging world and am excited to meet fellow bloggers here.

    My website is: http://www.pocketfulofsmiles.com

    I’ll be reading. Thanks again, Candace 🙂

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  5. New here as well! What direction are you planning on taking your blog?

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  6. Great blog – thank you for sharing all the tips

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  7. Reblogged this on Happiness Between Tails by da-AL and commented:
    Terrific advice for new and experienced bloggers from Donna …

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  8. love so much just reblogged, Donna 🙂

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  9. I can agree with all yr suggestions but blogging for me remain a plesant little time in my quite long day therefore over 850 followers is more than I could expect.
    Ciao da Roma.
    Sherazade

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  10. Great advice! Thanks 😉

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  11. Really was looking for tips it’s a great insight into world of blogging. Thank you

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  12. This is very helpful

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  13. Great article! Thanks for the advice!

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  14. Hey Donna, thanks for the link to this post, definitely useful for a new blogger. I’ve not heard of meet and greet posts, but for those interested, currently, my blog is an outlet for writing various thoughts – I speak a little about video games, I hope to talk about books and in general, life.
    Saying “in general, life” sounds like a bit of a contradiction, life is a bit nore than tgar. But maybe, visit, check out some poists, and leave a comment – I’m always looking into improving so constructive criticism, an introduction to yourself, anything is welcome!
    http://www.charliechatters.com

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  15. Thank you for this post! I am new to WordPress and I will be using these tips. I’m already trying to engage with the community, and I’ll keep your advice in mind. 🙂

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  16. Thank you for your warm welcome and sharing this with me! I was pretty nervous about starting my first blog, but this has definitely helped (:

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  17. Such an informative article! Thank you for being so helpful and generous to us, newbies. 🙂

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  18. Wow…i really needed to read this post…its going to be of great help to me as a new blogger
    My blog basically covers living an optimistic lifestyle, seeing each day as a blessing and having some measure of faith that something good will happen
    Am so glad I read this post, at least now I know how to go about getting a wider audience…thank you
    http://amysbrewblog.wordpress.com/

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  19. I totally agree with all you’ve said. I just wish I had the time to do it. It’s not always easy finding good blogs to follow and spend time with, but my list is growing. I’m good about responding. If you take the time to comment, I take the time to reply. My online job takes me away from blogging, so it’s sporadic and the writing mood has to hit… then I will post to 3 of my blogs in one day. 😉

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  20. I am a complete blogging novice! I have the ideas but putting them into words is proving to be the difficult task for me and telling myself that people actually care. Your tips have really helped so thank you! 🙂

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    • I had similar growing pains. Someone told me to just write like I speak until I got the hang of it. It worked. I would tell myself a story, then type it as I told it. Eventually, I found my written voice, though it hasn’t strayed far from my spoken one. Have fun!

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  21. Thank you for the great post. This will be very helpful. I am new and trying to branch out. I received word this week that my first book has been accepted to be published. I signed the contract just few days ago and will be using blogging to spread the word and promote it. I have never blogged before so any tips I stumble upon I cherish. Thank again. When you have time please visit my site
    https://tinahogangrant.com

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  22. Thank you for this helpful post!! I started blogging with the idea that I just want to put out content that I enjoy posting about with no experience on how to blog. These tips have been very helpful and I hope that the right bloggers will gravitate to my content. Thank you again!!

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  23. Thanks Donna for this informative post! I started this blog as an inspiration to myself, and I’m happy with the way things are going. Hopefully these tips would attract bloggers to my content – Thank you!
    https://thenewautocrat.wordpress.com/

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  24. Thank you Donna! This is some really simple but logical sounding advice for growing a base of readers, without being ‘techy’ or costly 😄. I am a new blogger with an eclectic interest in topics I write about/want to write about.

    You can find my site by following this link:

    https://ponderellasite.wordpress.com

    I’d better get putting your tips to some good use! Thanks again x x

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  25. Thank you for this great advice Donna! Sounds simple and pretty logical to me…! Here’s hoping it works for me too 😄
    I am a new blogger and have a pretty eclectic mix of ideas and interests so don’t sit neatly into any blogging niche. You can find my site here if you fancy a little looksy:

    https://ponderellasite.wordpress.com

    Thanks again and congratulations on what looks to be a great blog! X x

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  26. Hi, thanks for this post, as a new blogger I appreciated it.

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  27. I loved your blog and I can relate to it. thanks for sharing.

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  28. It can be quite daunting being new and thinking you’re writing and posting your work into nothingness, only hoping for that first reader. Very helpful!

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  29. This post was really helpful for me just starting out with my blog. I will definitely try and put all of your ideas into practice.
    Thanks xx

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  30. No worries. Maybe people will just think we’re related! Good luck with the blog.

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  31. Thank you for the support… I am relatively new to blogging and believe you learn anything one step at a time.
    Well put and precise! Good luck to you and every blogger 🙂

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