12 Things Bloggers Do to Get More Followers

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Wondering how to get more blog followers? If I was to start a blog again, there are so many things I would do differently. Hours of work wasted, yet many more put to good use. In this guide, I will share my blogging experience from the past four years and give you a step-by-step guide on how to get blog followers.

This will include to how to increase blog traffic, how to gain more followers on social media and the processes and plugins that I use to save time while gaining more followers. Read all twelve tips before implementing as they come as a package.

Naturally, bloggers will be reading this and thinking, she’s missed out the truth, the real things bloggers do to get more followers are avoid sleep, skip meals, live in their PJs, rarely brush their hair, ignore loved ones, live off coffee, surgically attach self to their phone and stress out.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our list of blogging truths in our free Facebook group. Not a member, come join us at Make Traffic Happen!

Unfortunately there is some truth to this list, blogging takes a lot of commitment so you need to chose a blogging niche that gets you out of bed every morning. A niche that is profitable is also recommended.

If you’re just starting out on your blogging or niche site journey, consider signing up for our free 4-part search engine optimisation mini-course, the most sustainable type of traffic bloggers enjoy.

This post assumes…

  • You have a brand name
  • You have a website with a self-hosting company
  • You have brand focused social media accounts

What you will learn 

1. How to grow your blog through networking with other bloggers

2. How to gain blog followers through search engine optimisation (today) 

3. How to increase blog followers through social media 

How to Get Blog Followers

1. Network Your Fingers Off

When you first start a job, what do you do?

You find colleagues who are like-minded, fun and the type of people you can learn from.

Blogging is no different! Networking is key and while we don’t have an office water cooler to hang around we do have a virtual one and it lives in free Facebook groups!

The aim is to meet and mingle with bloggers of all stages. Grow with those who are just starting out and learn from the more experienced.

Did you know that Laura and I actually met in a travel blogging Facebook group when we were first starting out?

We then met in person a year later and started Make Traffic Happen the year after that!

You never know where online friendships will take you.

Not only will you support each other’s work through sharing content, building natural backlinks and spilling the blogging tea, you’ll also take trips together, support each other through life milestones like marriages and breakups and, as with every workplace, some bloggers hook up.

Honestly, give it a year and come back and tell me how many of the above occurs during your blogging journey!

Use your preferred social media channel to connect with fellow bloggers of all stages too.

Show interest in their content, share their work on your own channels and start to build meaningful relationships that you can consolidate at virtual and in-person events such as conferences.

While it’s easy to get caught up in blogging drama on social media, and believe me I’ve been there, try to remember that you are always representing your brand regardless of typing as your blog social media handle or personal page.

Stand your ground but be sensible. Pause before you publish.

If you are on LinkedIn, this a great stomping ground for networking with content creators as it’s easy to make a connection and the focus of this platform is business.

This is where your potential clients are socialising too so don’t be afraid to make connections with businesses as well as bloggers.

Learn more about LinkedIn here.

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2. Create a User Friendly Website

Before you start networking in Facebook groups you will need a branded website with some content as group admins tend to ask for your website URL to prove you have a blog before they admit you to their group.

Think of your website as a storefront to your business.

When a new reader and potential customer lands on your homepage, your storefront, is it obvious what your brand is about?

Are your key themes present in your navigation bar (nav bar) and can users find your top content easily from it?

You should strategically place the content that you want seen on the homepage in an organised manner with titles and introductory paragraphs which include keywords, see the section on SEO for more on this.

For example, if you were creating a blog about having a husky as a pet you would probably have content on the following topics displayed on your homepage:

  • Huskies at different stages (pre-purchase, puppies, mature, etc)
  • Husky product guides
  • Husky training posts
  • Husky health

This strategically organised content would then link to posts and pages already on your site through internal links.

Ensure that the most important content which defines your brand (cornerstone content) is added to your homepage to let the link juice flow from the top posts to the other posts it links to. This is important for search engine optimisation (SEO) which we will discuss soon.

It is well worth spending a couple of hours drawing out your dream homepage before you start to build it.

You will need a premium theme that allows you to create a static homepage to do this. We recommend Flatsome as it has an easy page builder which allows you to drop and drag boxes for text, images, buttons, etc. Make Traffic Happen is built using the Flatsome theme.

Take a look at our homepage and navigation bar to see a static design in action.

At under $100 it is well worth investing in a premium theme so you can create a professional looking website.

Remember to include an ‘about us’ page and social media channel icons so readers can get to know you better and connect with you on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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3. Build a Brand

One step that bloggers tend to do retrospectively is build a brand so learn from our mistakes and start with one!

Here’s a few things to consider before you spend lots of time and energy on creating content:

  • Choose a non competitive niche that is profitable
  • Create a brand name that is unique yet internationally understood
  • Go for a brand colour palette that works on websites and social media
  • Design a logo that is clear, incorporates your key themes and looks good in a social media profile square
  • Come up with a fitting catchy slogan
  • Nail 3-5 key areas you are going to discuss everywhere – in content, social media, photography, newsletters, bios, interviews, etc

Now splash your branding everywhere! On your website, social media channel pages, social media highlights, social media callouts, mailing list newsletters, email signature, business cards, elevator pitches.

Branding isn’t just about having your logo recognised. When users see your key themes you want them to automatically think about your brand.

For example, although my Edinburgh destination niche site is still in its infancy, strangers are telling potential customers that my site has the content they are looking for. This is a massive milestone!


4. Learn Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

SEO is one of the most important things you can learn as a blogger because it helps get your content seen by the right audience.

That means income! If you can target the right audience through keywords you can monetise that content and the good news is, the right audience doesn’t have to be huge!

Sure, a large North American audience is ideal for ad revenue but a small targeted audience works best for affiliate marketing.

Nailing both income streams is preferred because when you are self-employed it is sensible to have multiple income streams.

OK, you’ve sold SEO to me Gemma, tell me more.

Put simply, SEO means speaking Google’s language. It’s not magic! It’s strategy, procedure and technique and it’s honestly easier than you think.

Most bloggers are scared of SEO because it sounds technical and complicated so we created a step-by-step strategy called SEO The Easy Way which has helped thousands of bloggers.

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Thanks to Paula Pins the Planet for the kudos!

Our SEO strategy includes:

  • How to create content ideas
  • Finding killer keywords that rank on page one of Google
  • How to ‘be the answer’ to the in/direct questions asked on Google
  • How to speak Google’s language through on-page SEO
  • How to build an authorative brand with off-page SEO
  • Tackling technical SEO, the easy way

Find out more, choose your style of learning below.

If you’re not quite ready to commit to a course yet, sign up for our 4-part SEO mini-course, it’s free!

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5. Understand Affiliate Marketing

I’ve already touched upon affiliate marketing as means of making money but it’s actually a great way to find more blog followers too.

Once you understand how the buying cycle works and how to use affiliate marketing for market research you will be able to find more of your clan and capture them in your mailing list so they stick around to read more of your content!

The way users interact with your website is very important. You want them to read more than one article.

Read our guide to getting started with Google Analytics and Search Console for more about data and metrics.

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6. Create Click-Worthy Content

An obvious way to get more blog followers to to create content that readers can’t not click on!

There are different types of content that fall under this bracket. Here are some ideas:

  • Plan and publish viral content, study what works on social media and align it with your brand
  • Find keywords your can rank for and claim that organic traffic from Google
  • Write for Pinterest, check out its trends and create that content
  • Create free products that act as lead magnets and get the right readers into your newsletter mailing list sequel where you point to posts on your website and products you want to sell

You may also like our guide to blog post ideas.

On your website posts, create clear Calls to Action (CTAs) such as ‘click here’, ‘read next’, ‘don’t miss this’ to encourage the reader to stay on your site and read other content. The above sentence is a CTA.

Create cluster content which can all be linked. Bring it together in your cornerstone content and promote it on your homepage as we discussed in tip number two. This is an important yet easy part of our SEO strategy.

It’s better to write lots about one topic than thinly about many as Google likes authority and it’s better for branding too.

→ Read next | What is cornerstone content and how to create it

This is an example of a Call To Action!

Other ways to attract more followers and readers is by creating compelling headlines. Read Laura’s guide on the topic here.

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7. Guest Posts and Interviews

Another way to get more blog followers is to guest post.

Guest posting is when you create content for other websites and this gives you the opportunity to tap into a new audience. Ideally the host site is an authority and trusted source associated with your niche.

Wow them with your writing and remember to get your key themes across in the post. Avoid writing content you already have on your site as Google may see this as duplication and/or you may sacrifice your own Google ranking for the guest post position.

Write broader or nicher. Read more about guest posting here.

When guest posting, provide a snappy bio which includes what your brand is about. Can you make keywords associated with your niche work into this short paragraph? Include your brand profile image.

Similar to guest posting, interviews are an easy way to get exposure and gain more followers.

As bloggers, we tend to be put off by the word exposure as it is often sold as a form payment from clients who should be paying more than in kind but in this case, if the site is an authority and the interview is easy, there’s no harm in taking up that real estate exposure space.

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8. Build a Community on Social Media

So how do I get more followers on Instagram? Ask yourself, why do you want more followers?

Followers don’t equate to engagement and anyone that has been actively trying to grow their following will know this.

But I watched Emily in Paris. At the party, only the huge accounts got the massive gift bag?

Right! And what was the ridiculous expectation from the brand… There’s no such thing as a free lunch!

Try paying your mortgage with gifted watches and diet smoothies.

At some point during your blogging journey you’ll realise your worth and start charging. Just ensure you can provide Return On Investment (ROI). Start by using the business options (Instagram’s business profile, TikTok Pro, Facebook and Twitter analytics) to track your post and audience analytics.

Instead of obsessing over the follower count, slide into a social media niche that is unique and create content that no one else is posting.

Here are examples of successful accounts that do something a little different:

While they have different styles they have one thing in common, they are intense storytellers so you fall deep into the rabbit hole of their content.

If there’s a new feature on a social media channel, be the first to use it! These new features will always be prioritised. Be known for it, build your authority using it but don’t just rely on that one feature because social media is fickle.

For longer term success, spend time working out where your audience is, what they do on the platform, how they engage, what questions they have and how you can help them.

Use channel analytics to work out when your audience is online to ensure you are posting at the right time and are available to engage with your community.

Attract the right followers and create a community that trusts you and wants to buy from you. That way you can monetise through affiliate marketing (swipe up on Insta) and campaigns.

Remember your key branding themes (tip 3), incorporate this into your channels and content.

I know it’s hard not to be envious when you see the same accounts pop up in your Instagram Discover feed but here’s some facts popular IG accounts aren’t telling you:

  • They are or were part of IG pods for comments and reciprocation
  • They have used giveaways to increase followers and improve engagement
  • They have used the follow/unfollow strategy to increase followers

Although follow/unfollow is becoming an outdated strategy it is still active.

This is one of the many tricks used by bloggers to get more followers, and that is cool with me.

Please don’t waste your energy being upset that other bloggers have unfollowed you, concentrate on lovers of your niche, not the bloggers!

The most important thing about Instagram is that you have to create a community.

Find an interesting theme or niche that no one is doing and do it well. Find cheerleaders, make friends and engage.

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9. Join Existing Social Media Communities

Research Facebook groups in your niche where you target audience hangs out. Is it a destination group or local themed group?

Observe their questions and behaviour, Facebook groups are the perfect place for content market research.

Answer questions and be memorable but don’t step on the admin’s toes.

Many bloggers create Facebook groups to create a community that they can build their authority, share their content and often monetise.

This is called a funnel.

It’s not good blogging etiquette to try and use someone else’s funnel for your own personal gain and often results in removal and whispers in private messages between blogging friends. Remember tip number one…

Instead, create your own community so you can be the star of the show or at least part of the performance.

For Twitter, check out Twitter chats in your niche. Read our Twitter tips for more on chats.

10. Schedule Social Media Content

While the number one way to increase followers to social media is to engage using outstanding content, there are a number of free and paid for tools that allow you to schedule that content to social media channels.

Facebook and Pinterest have their own scheduling tools built into their systems. For Twitter and LinkedIn you can schedule using the free tools Hootsuite and Buffer.

Observe what each channel wants. Consider the following before scheduling or posting:

  • Image size – Vertical, horizontal or square?
  • Location tags – Use them if they are available
  • Hashtags – Are they used to attract new followers?
  • Native functions – Video, GIFs, polls, stickers, etc, channels want you to explore the options they provide to keep users engaged on their channels

Remember, you are only borrowing real estate when you post on social media. These channels want businesses to pay them through ads so don’t be surprised when algorithms change or functions disappear and posting becomes more difficult.

Social media is only part of your blogging toolkit which should also include organic traffic (SEO), Pinterest traffic, a mailing list and maybe video if you are pursuing YouTube too.

11. Pinterest Pins and Traffic

Pinterest is a dream for those in the craft, cooking and DIY niches! Pinterest is where your people are at.

Pinterest users are called pinners and they are looking for pins to solve problems they have in their daily lives.

They are planners and look to future events and also react to seasonal changes which means Pinterest traffic isn’t always evergreen but it return the following year with new pin promotion.

We’ve written extensively about getting started on Pinterest and how to drive traffic using the platform here.

12. Analyse Data Then Strategise

One of the easiest parts of blogging is pumping out content on our blogs and social media channels.

Even if no one is seeing it, if we’re typing we can pretend we’re still blogging, right?

Yeah, that will cause blogger burn out real fast.

Like the creation of any start up business, starting a new brand should be part of bigger 3-5 year business plan.

To see success, you need to look at data and then make decisions on how to best move forward.

This data will will drive decisions on what to invest in whether that be skills development through courses, tools that save time or support through consultation or virtual assistance (VA) work.

Analytics worth getting to know include:

  • Google Analytics and Search Console – SEO The Easy Way Course includes a free bonus deep dive video into these tools and a free tracking spreadsheet
  • Social media analytics – Each channel has a free dashboard
  • Tailwind – Popular Pinterest schedule tool with analytics
  • Affiliate dashboards – Depending on the affiliate, they may have tracking statistics that you can learn from
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Final Words

Blogging is definitely a marathon and not a sprint but the good news is you can have a support team throughout the race! Join our free Facebook group to meet likeminded bloggers and niche site owners, ask questions and offer support. If there’s anything we can help you with don’t hesitate to email us at hello@maketraffichappen.com and if you’re serious about SEO, it’s our thing, sign up for our free 4-part SEO course. You won’t regret it!

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Talk to us, we’re social! Share your thoughts in the comments below and don’t forget to join our free Facebook group.

135 thoughts on “12 Things Bloggers Do to Get More Followers

  1. Alan Moore says:

    Really interesting article, thank you. I think the time element on FB, Insta and Pinterest is always underestimated but can really be worth the time invested.
    oh and yes, Quality over Quantity. I’ve seen plenty of great blogs ruined by awful photos.

    • Gemma says:

      It’s also something businesses don’t understand when we ask for advertisement payment – it takes a lot of investment (time, research, skills) to build our social media channels and maintain them! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  2. Nicola says:

    Great article. I’ve just started moving my blog from friends and family directed to a larger audience and your tips are excellent. One aspect I also need to work on is what the end goal is. Although I am diving into social media and trying to figure out the SEO stuff, I think what I currently most need to focus on is developing strong content that can speak to a wider audience. I’ll definitely be trying some of your tips though especially on joining FB groups.

    • Laura says:

      Nicola, that’s definitely the key to attracting more traffic. Sounds like you’re well on your way to accomplishing that.

  3. Ryan Biddulph says:

    Loving 1 and 2 and 10 Gemma. I have written 477 guest posts on Blogging Tips alone. Toss in hundreds others and I have well over 1000 and adding guesties daily. SEO benefits through the roof as you note but the bonds you build through guest posting are the sweetest fruit of your service. Loving the tips and congrats to you and Laura for launching this awesome blog!


  4. Tooba Fiaz says:

    Hey since i am totally new to blogging i came across this blog and i totally love it. I will be truly needing advices from blogging experts and i presume that would be no one other than you.
    Please do read and comment (criticise) my blog since i am totally new to this thing

  5. Lisa says:

    Thank you so much, this is the first sight have found that didn’t try to offer me fifty courses before providing me actual helpful information. I will be following for sure as I think I can learn a lot and oh boy do I need help, lol. Thank you again.

  6. Kristel says:

    Making sure posting a high-quality content is important, but I also make sure to include hashtags on my post. I use Hashatory, a hashtag suggesting tool which helps you generate the right hashtags to help you reach out to people.

  7. Daphne says:

    Hi. i just started my own blog and I’m quite shy about it. I am not a social media person, I hardly browse thru my FB, IG or Twitter and I have the most followers in LinkedIn which is only around 600. I feel like I am doomed already. How do I start?

    • Laura says:

      Daphne, I think we all feel that way when we just get started. It takes a while to warm up to being a more public figure on the Internet. You’re not doomed. You just have to focus on creating a strong community and an awesome blog, and don’t worry about the other stuff. It will come in time.

  8. Sharon Lopez says:

    I was looking for a code for a floating facebook page like button when I came across your article. Very helpful. I am yet to learn how to use Instagram but I am still concentrating on growing my Pinterest.

  9. Jessica Winder says:

    Thanks for this article. It will be a significant help for bloggers to get more followers by understanding what has more chance of working to build their followers and their blog. Thanks again.

  10. John Henderson says:

    I’ve been blogging for about six years and this article was so way over my head I’d need a rocket launch to understand it. I don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. You have to be more basic in how to do these things for media morons like me.

    • Laura says:

      Sorry about that, John. There’s a lot to consider when blogging. It’s like being a jack of all trades.

  11. Cheapflightsfreak says:

    Thank you so much, this is the first sight have found that didn’t try to offer me fifty courses before providing me actual helpful information. I will be following for sure as I think I can learn a lot and oh boy do I need help, lol.

  12. Social Growr says:

    Great information and easiest ways provided! This information will be very useful as well as helpful for all the bloggers and website owners to get more followers for marketing. 🙂

  13. Tanya Cen says:

    I sometimes don’t get the idea of how Instagram addresses the feed in chronological order by recent posts. That kinda want me to unfollow the unnecessary people I followed. Anyway, Tons of Information I learned today! Few bloggers will only share this one. Thanks for sharing Gemma!

  14. Leanne Tait says:

    Wow. So much info in one place. Old brain, I guess. I have bookmarked this page so I can come back to it over and over. Thanks for sharing your expertise. I appreciate people like you who believe in abundance (sharing) over scarcity (hoarding). I will be working to incorporate many of your tips to growing my blog in the coming days, weeks, and months.

    • Laura says:

      Thanks Leanne. We believe in that too! If we all help each other, we’ll all be more successful. Do come back often, as we regularly add new content.

  15. John says:

    Is it ok to guest post the same topic on multiple blogs (rewriting with unique content of course)? It can be limited finding an angle, especially for the travel niche if trying to rank for a particular destination guide.

  16. Barakha Rao says:

    Social media is growing increasingly popular, and Google using this as a ranking sign. It’s right the Facebook seems to be dull day by day. Mark’s doing it difficult for Facebook marketers. Since I don’t get as much traffic from Facebook as I do on Twitter, I chose to put more into using Twitter. I told and show “the power of hashtags” as well. Traffic immediately boosted upward after that…

    Nowadays Twitter has big roles to the blogging community especially in business areas, its an excellent plan for the promotion of the business. I have lately started to increase followers for my business and hope these suggestions will better me to get a huge result from Twitter marketing. Most people tweet when they get free time. Alternately, if they schedule their tweets using tools, they could surely get more clicks.

    Thanks for sharing. I just learned something new here…

  17. Dipak jadhav says:

    Wow. So much info in one place. Old brain, I guess. I have bookmarked this page so I can come back to it over and over. Thanks for sharing your expertise. I appreciate people like you who believe in abundance (sharing) over scarcity (hoarding). I will be working to incorporate many of your tips to growing my blog in the coming days, weeks, and months.
    Nowadays Twitter has big roles to the blogging community especially in business areas, its an excellent plan for the promotion of the business. I have lately started to increase followers for my business and hope these suggestions will better me to get a huge result from Twitter marketing.

  18. Jason says:

    Thank you very much for a great article! To MY mind many ” IG celebs” use bots such as ingramer.com or bigbangram.com or others. They get their followers and likes, I think, in short period of time and then deny the fact they have used bots. IMHO. What do you think? Do you agree or pertially agree?

    • Gemma says:

      I don’t personally know anyone that has used bots that admits it but in all honesty, most of the people in my circle are writers. Insta is more of a package than their main money maker. Definitely, f/u is the only way to get followers and engagement. I don’t understand why other bloggers get annoyed at business IGs for doing it though.

  19. Sayeed says:

    Very Interesting article. But I dont understand why do people get followers from sites like adinflu etc in short time. Is it worth just to gain large followers since the followers would not be a niche. Whats the use of large followers with no engagements.

    • Laura says:

      You’re absolutely right, Sayeed. Having a large following without engagement is pretty useless. It takes time and effort to establish a real following.

  20. Linda Kanyarusoke says:

    This was sooooo helpful. I launched my blog 2 months ago and I have been so overwhelmed. I have so much to learn but I’m so grateful for how well you laid everything out here. I bookmarked this page for use during this crazy journey.

  21. Mike says:

    Any thoughts on use of structured data? I’ve been wondering if it is worth learning more about or not. My early reading leads me to believe its more of a user experience bonus rather than an seo bonus. However, increased CTR should help with SEO.

    • Laura says:

      I think you’re right there, Mike. It’s good for useability, for sure. But I do think it will have an affect on SEO at least in small part, and it’s possible that Google will start using it more effectively in the future, so it’s good to have it set up.

  22. selena says:

    your post is very interesting to read.it’s very informative and helpful.Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job ,Keep it up.

  23. Kali says:

    Thank you for this article. I not only found the article super helpful, the comments were great as well. I am just starting the possibility of full-time blogging and I will say, some articles and blogs I have read about starting up have terrified me and make the end goal way too far fetched or unrealistic. I am happy to say this article and the comments filled me with inspiration that I can do this.

    • Laura says:

      Glad to hear it, Kali. You can definitely do it if you want it bad enough. It just takes hard work and dedication, plus know how.

  24. Jasen Hudson says:

    Instagram has become one of the top most used social media platforms. This social media platform helps you to grow your business, but firstly you should know how effectively it works.

  25. Harsh says:

    Hi every one, m here 1st time, Such a amazing post. Its very simple if you provide quality to google, google will help you in terms of ranking and followers. And in this article, i think each and every steps you covered which help any blogger to get organic followers & to my experience this site help’s me a lot to increase my followers.

  26. jasmine torres says:

    wow, this is very interesting to read, I might need to come back when there are more updates, thank you for sharing this post.

  27. Valerie says:

    I am just starting my lifestyle blog and am SO GLAD I ran across this post! The irony is that I googled “How to get more followers on your blog” and this was the first article to pop up (HELLO SEO!). My question is, I really love Square Space to host my site but I’ve heard I need to use WordPress. Before I put too much effort into design- what is your advice?

    • Laura says:

      It’s okay to use Squarespace if that’s where you’re comfortable working. Many bloggers just feel that WordPress offers the most flexibility and options, which you’ll want to have when your blog starts growing.

  28. Jim says:

    A very informative and well laid out article, thank you for taking the time to write it. As with many others here, I am just starting out and have found your information invaluable for folks like me who may not be very savvy in how to drive followers and engagements to their blog. Thanks again and I look forward to following the adventures of twoscotsabroad

  29. Giulia says:

    Excellent article! Thank you for sharing your mistakes and allowing us to learn from you. I’m trying to choose a strategy to develop my super basic blog from a chronicle/diary travel blog into something that really helps and solves people’s problems. I just joined your Facebook group and I look forward to putting your advice into practice 🙂

  30. ania says:

    I probably learn more from this blog post then from other SEO courses, you write very clearly without waffle. great article – thank you

  31. Akashna Sharma says:

    Thanks Laura for writing such a useful article with great details . Reading this is definitely an addition to my knowledge about the blogging world.

  32. Garrett says:

    Guest posting is pretty huge I’ve realized. I’ve also realized that making connections is pretty big as well. Twitter is great for this exact purpose. Once you start building those connections/friendships, it starts to resonate with other people you gain a valuable friendship. This, in turn, means you’ve got a better chance at earning backlinks from these people as well, and we all know how important backlinks are these days right? Great post you wrote here, I’ll be saving this one to my home screen to read again sometime. Thanks!

  33. Alan says:

    A lot of copy and pasted information passed off as their own, exactly what I would expect from the sort of person who thinks they are kylie jenner…. 10k followers such influence

    • Gemma says:

      Hi Alan, it sounds like you are just the person for tip #2. Your Kylie Jenner reference is over our head. Wrong age bracket pal. Come back to us if you have anything positive to contribute.

  34. Xavier Server says:

    Hello! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us, so I came to give it a look. I’m enjoying the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Wonderful blog and amazing design and style.

    • Gemma says:

      I think many of the groups have closed to new members. Thanks for alerting us. Feel free to join our Facebook group Make Traffic Happen and ask for open groups.

  35. Eric says:

    Your quality over quantity tip is a great one. That can be applied to almost everything you do when starting a blog. You don’t even have to post every single day, but if you can get a great article out once every two weeks, or even once a month, this is a great way to grow!

  36. Naveed says:

    Great article. I’ve just started moving my blog from friends and family-directed to a larger audience and your tips are excellent. One aspect I also need to work on is what the end goal is. Although I am diving into social media and trying to figure out the SEO stuff. Thanks for sharing

  37. Priya sharma says:

    I just started my blog and i was finding the tricks for increasing followers. Then after reading this blog, i got many best tricks for increasing blog followers. I would apply it on my blog. Keep posting.

  38. R.G. Ramsey says:

    Great helpful article on networking with other bloggers Gemma.

    It is fun, and enjoyable to meet other bloggers, and learn and grow together. My main blog gets a lot of traffic from Facebook. Having a Facebook business page is a great way to meet, and share ideas with like minded people.
    R.G. Ramsey

    • Laura says:

      This is the main reason we run a Facebook group, so we can meet and share ideas with like minded people. Thanks for sharing R.G.

  39. Rinki das says:

    Social media is growing exponentially, and Google is using this as a stop sign. It is true that Facebook seems to be fading day by day. Mark’s performance is difficult for Facebook marketers. Since I don’t get as much traffic from Facebook as I do on Twitter, I chose to invest more in using Twitter. I told and showed “hashtag power” too. Traffic went up rapidly after that…

    Today Twitter plays a major role in the blogging community especially in business areas, its excellent business promotion program. I recently started growing my business followers and I hope these suggestions will improve me so that I can get a bigger impact on Twitter advertising. Most people use tweet when they get free time. Alternatively, if they edit their tweets using tools, they can definitely get more clicks.

    Thanks for sharing. I just learned something new here…

  40. Heather says:

    Thanks for this great information! I’m definitely struggling to get traffic and with being more outgoing on instagram and Facebook. The first I hope to solve with patience and attention to SEO. The second will be harder for me, I think.

    I’ve bookmarked this so I can read it again, it’s a lot of information (in the best way!). I’m excited to implement these ideas

    • Gemma says:

      That’s a great start, Heather! I am biased but I would suggest focusing on SEO but an easy gateway for social media is starting with IG stories. They are quick and IG provides lots of fun tools such as polls and quizzes.

  41. wangui says:

    one thing I thought of your points , they are complicated especially for beginners . Yes, i am a beginner and its all complicated for me ,if u could just start with the basics ,simple steps . I don’t think some points were necessary at all .But it was nice

  42. Paula Martinelli says:

    I love this article, and I love even more you used my testimonial…ha! But I am being super honest. I agree that blogging is a marathon and not a sprint. Every day I learn something new and between have the work done, studying, applying what I have learned, and create rich content, this is the most challenging job I’ve ever had – but also, fun and rewarding to slowly see the positive results. Just be patient, work hard, continue learning, and have a positive attitude 😉

  43. Grace Mathew says:

    I enjoy reading all of your blog posts, Gemma, because your writing style not only flows flawlessly but your blog content is full of valuable info. It’s really superb tips for getting more readers’ followers and engagement, the follower’s rate was very low on my own blog, but after applying some of your superb tips, it’s now growing. Thanks for the tips…

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