All of us here on WordPress have one unanimous goal, and that is to have our content read. Either it’s just for personal satisfaction, or it’s to make a few bucks.
Thank you for the amazing response I got for the WordPressing-101 post. 🙂 If you haven’t read it already, you should check it out. I covered some tips and tricks to get started off with blogging here on the WordPress platform.
Once you’ve attained that initial followers goal, or a few likes here and there, it feels pretty great doesn’t it? But what’s next? Most bloggers just stay in that initial response state and never think about establishing themselves. This post is about that part and what you have to do to find yourself a place in the World Wide Web.
1. Follow other bloggers.
When I say “follow”, I don’t mean just hit that follow button. I’m sure that the mass following technique gets you some follow backs, but increasing your follow count doesn’t necessarily mean more readers. I get a few hundred views a day and most of those readers are new, and visit only once. But there a notable few who show up often and they stay on my mind. So I’m naturally more inclined to visit their blogs, and read their content than the blogs of those who never visit again.
Think of blogs like shops. You don’t get a discount coupon when you buy one tooth brush. You get all those sweet benefits once you become a regular customer. Similarly, pay attention to those blogs you enjoy. Keep going back for more. And I’m sure, you’ll get something good in return.
2. Choose who you follow.
This is just an attempt in driving home my previous point. Follow blogs you enjoy rather than anything you can set your eyes on. That way, your “followed sites” feed in your reader will be something you don’t mind going through and dropping a few likes and comments here and there thus engaging with those blogs you actually intended to follow.
If you follow too many blogs you don’t actually like, your feed will have too much clutter and it will be harder to find and connect with your favourite blogs when they send out a post.
3. Follow back.
It is impossible for someone to get to 10K followers by following just 10 other people. And also it’s a nice way to appreciate those who show interest in you. I don’t mean just blindly follow back everyone who follows you but go give their blog a read. That’s the least you can do. This doesn’t only apply to your followers. Even likes and comments should be reciprocated with some gratitude. Trust me, this will help in a huge way.
4. Writing the right content.
When you’re looking for inspiration on what to write, go through your stats. Crunch some numbers. See what posts are doing well and what aren’t. Find out what you are good at and what your audience like. You don’t have to completely abide by this, but using it as a guiding light can help a LOT.
5. Don’t be a spammer.
If you’d like to be taken seriously, don’t let all your comments be along the lines of “Hey come visit my blog”. Every writer here puts a lot of work on each and every post. Take the time to read and actually comment something relevant to their post and they just might visit your blog without you asking them to. Linking to your blog is not a crime. But there’s a difference between sharing and spamming so just keep that in mind and you’ll be fine!
6. Develop a community.
Reblog posts you enjoy, it’s a great habit! And help readers you know connect. I have made some good friends here on WordPress and it’s a kind of relationship you’ll never find anywhere else.
7. Organise events and prompts.
This is something you should attempt only once you have a significant following. (Think of this as the rule : If you think at least 10-15 people will participate then you can go ahead.) Make up weekly challenges, prompts, some chain writing events and engage your readers. It’s all about making an impression to be remembered. And once you are remembered you have a place.
I hope these tips were helpful. 🙂 I follow every single one of them, or at least I try to. Most of them are just basic things that everybody knows but I still listed them just in case. If you have any of your own words of advice, please leave a comment below. And if you found this useful, share so it helps others too. Just be sure to credit back to my blog!
🙂 Thank you for reading and have a great day!
-The Obsessive Writer.