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4 EASY BABY STEPS TO GET YOUR BLOG ROLLING WITH READERS

4 EASY BABY STEPS TO GET YOUR BLOG ROLLING WITH READERS

There’s a lot of advice out there in the cyber world – advice on health, sickness, love, money, and how to create a blog that’s to die for, with the readership in the gazillions.

Whether you are blogging for pleasure or blogging to promote you want those stats on the high-end of the range.

Is my blog for pleasure or promotion? I’m not sure. I started blogging for promotion because that is what I read I am supposed to do when publishing my book, ‘Crossing The Line’. See, there it is with a clickable cover over to the right on my sidebar. Believe me that scared me to death. I had no idea what to write about so my first blog post was about social media and writing and I tended to move in that direction for a while with my following posts.

I later began to venture into writing more about my life – what it was, what it is, and what I wanted it to be. I threw in some stories about my family because they make my life interesting and sometimes funny. I can do that because it’s my blog, therefore, they can’t stop me. 😉

I have a few tips of my own I’ve put into action and noticed my readership has spiked in the past few months. Even though I have only 400+ followers it makes me happy to see my stats rise each day bit-by-bit. Who wouldn’t?

  1. BE CONSISTENT –  Start-stop, start-stop is not a good thing. Don’t post seven days in a row and then stop for a month. You don’t even have to post seven days in a row or every day – all day. You could burn out quite easily like that. Most readers like consistency and enjoyy knowing when to expect you to appear. I try to post at least Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with Wednesday being my re-blog day. (Here’s the link to my #reblogwednesday event if you’re interested. I’d love to have you on board.) On a good week I post on all weekdays and leave my weekends free.
  2. BE OBSERVANT – Take notice what time your posts are usually read and commented on the most and post on or before that time. I’ve noticed if I schedule my posts for 5:00am I get the most traffic. Take advantage of that scheduling option on your dashboard. It’s a lifesaver! I’m sure not getting up out of my warm bed at the crack of dawn to post.
  3. LIKE, COMMENT, AND FOLLOW – I cannot stress this enough. The more you follow this advice, the better your readership will be. Interact with other bloggers through comments on their sites and interact with the readers who respond to your posts. Start a conversation. It’s really not that big of a deal and feeds your blog profusely. I know this takes a considerable amount of your time, but you can’t expect others to do for you what you won’t do for them.
  4. GIVE THE READERS WHAT THEY WANT – Now this is what I’m not absolutely sure of. My stats run high sometimes from humor to advice, but not always consistently. I’m going to add a little poll to this post and ask you – my readers – what you would like to see more of on my site. It will just take a minute to vote so don’t sign off till you do! And please comment in my comment section if you have more to say on the subject! 😉

Getting you readership up and your name out there in the blogging world is a process and you have to take it one baby step at a time. This is what’s working for me at the moment. It may work for you – it may not. If you pay attention, you can figure out what’s right for your blog and then follow through.

~Elle

 

 

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. I picked the one I was most currently into, but actually I like the variety pack – keeps things interesting!

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  2. Great points, Elle. Tales From The Wagginmaster is evolving. Blogging101 certainly gave me lots to think about.

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  3. Thanks for this Elle – some bloggers put this info in a style that is easier to read and understand than others. You are one of them.
    I think we all need to sit down and look at the basics of blogging now and again. Or at least I do lol
    Cathy

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    • Thanks Cathy. I’ve read some like that too that tell you exactly what you need, but go on and on as though you are reading a paper from a lawyers office with all the mumble jumble of words and phrases unknown to you! Glad you enjoyed it! ~Elle

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  4. Elle, I started blogging too just before New Year’s to promote my books. I wish you every success in promoting your new book. It looks interesting and I did take the pool. Best wishes and thanks for the advice. 🙂

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  5. You always have some great advice, and you are pretty consistent with all your posts. Great job! I’ve never done a poll before, I should try it sometime 🙂

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  6. All great advice!! Blogging has certainly been a learning experience that I’ve come to enjoy.

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  7. Sigh. I have reached an impasse of sorts by views have dropped to a historic low ( granted I have been at this blog for only 3 months now ). I am currently at the writing what I like stage views be darned. Thanks for the advice though! Let’s hope that passion keeps burning.

    Ally ~

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  8. I really couldn’t choose one subject that I like , because I enjoy a variety of it all. A dash, a sprinkle of it all . Maybe you can have rant Mondays… or social media Fridays for instance ? I know I definitely have to work on my consistency , haven’t worked out a schedule yet, in the middle of Blogging 101.
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