5 Little Things I’ve Done To Boost My Blog

04/07/2016 Blogging, Discussions, Lists 53

5 Little Things I've Done To Boost My Blog

With my second blogoversary drawing ever closer, I recently decided to really try and step up my blogging (probably because it’s about that time of year when my hosting fees are due – it makes me want to get my money’s worth!). Therefore I decided to make a few little adjustments to my blogging routine to try and keep things more consistent, and hopefully give my blog a little boost in time for its’ second birthday.

And to my surprise, my little adjustments seem to have worked! Now we’re not talking about double the page views and hundreds of new followers here: it’s more like 20 more Bloglovin followers (which considering the fact I seemed to have stalled at about 150 for months, I’m pretty happy about!), a few more page views, my Twitter followers finally topping 700, and my comment count increasing. I know it’s not all about numbers, but it’s nice to see your efforts paying off! I especially love getting more comments, as I’ve always felt like one of the best things about blogging is getting to talk to people who share your interests, and comments are one of the main ways of doing this.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a quick post about the little things I’ve done to boost my blog, and I’d love to know if you have any tips yourself!

  • Scheduling tweets

Twitter is a social media platform I really like, but have previously only tended to use sporadically. I seem to spend a lot of time on there browsing, but always forget to regularly post links to my blog posts.

Enter my Twitter saviour: Buffer. I started scheduling a couple of tweets a day with links to my blog using Buffer, and so now I can browse to my heart’s content without having to remember to tweet my posts. I have definitely found myself getting more blog traffic and more interactions on Twitter by posting more consistently in this way, and I think I’ve got more Twitter followers through it seen as my feed no longer looks like it should have tumbleweed blowing across it!

I guess it’s a fine line with this one though, as you don’t want to absolutely bombard your followers with links and you probably want to post some spontaneous, off-the-cuff stuff too so you people know you’re not a robot!

  • Linking to old posts

It always seems like a bit of a shame that as you publish more and more posts on your blog, the old ones seem to get lost amongst the crowd. Therefore I’ve been trying to promote my old blog posts a bit more recently, seen as newer followers (or even older ones!) may not have seen them. Plus I don’t like to think of my old posts feeling all sad and neglected!

  • Commenting more

Commenting on other blogs is one of my favourite parts of blogging, so it’s a huge shame that it seems to be one of the first things that falls by the wayside when I’m busy or tired. It’s so easy to find yourself just churning out your own posts when you’re short on time and not make time for commenting, so recently I’ve been making a concerted effort to do it more (even if it’s just a short commenting session on my lunch break at work).

I’ve also been trying to comment back more when people have commented on my blog, as well as…

  • Visiting new blogs

It’s easy to fall into the habit of just visiting and commenting on the same handful of blogs, and whilst it’s great to be a loyal member of a blog’s readership and to make blogging friends, it’s also good to meet new bloggers and find new blogs. This is something I’ve been trying to do more of lately, and it has been really nice to widen my circle a bit and get to know some new bloggers.

  • Posting more consistently

Now this is one area where I’ve been really trying, but haven’t been completely successful. I’ve been making an effort to post every two or three days, but sometimes it’s tough, especially as I still don’t have any Wi-Fi and so have to go to my parent’s house to post anything.

I’ve definitely found that posting more often really pays off though, as logically by giving people more to read they’ll come back more often. Hopefully once my Wi-Fi issues are sorted this will get a lot easier (and I will be moving back into a house with Wi-Fi at the end of this month! Hooray!)!

…and a few blogging goals:

There are a couple of little things I still want to work on in the future to boost my blog further, so I thought I’d mention them too!

  • I want to continue to try and blog more consistently, and will hopefully be a bit better with this in the future!
  • I want to write my blog posts further in advance and then have them scheduled so that writing them is less stressful. I sometimes see other bloggers say that they have weeks worth of posts scheduled, and am just like ‘what is this sorcery!?’
  • I’d also like to take part in a Twitter chat, and make more of an effort with my Instagram (which also looks like there should be tumbleweed blowing across it!).

So what is your current blogging routine, and are there any things you have done to give it that little boost? Have you got any blogging goals?

53 Responses to “5 Little Things I’ve Done To Boost My Blog”

  1. Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer

    Yay! I’m glad your blog is doing so well. XD I wouldn’t say I have sure-fire tips as I’m still super new in the blogging world, but I also found commenting on blogs is a great way to connect with people. My routine is posting twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so I like to write my posts one or two days before-hand if I’ve got the time. There’s no way I have several week’s worth in advance though! It must be sorcery!!! 😀

    • Laura

      I definitely think that commenting is the best way to connect with other bloggers too 🙂
      Your routine sounds good! I wish I could manage to write my posts a couple of days before though – I always seem to end up scheduling mine the night before it’s due to go up! I really don’t get how people manage to have weeks worth scheduled!

  2. Caroline

    Some great ideas here. It amazes me how often some bloggers are able to post. It seems to take me an age to craft just one piece.

    I’ve just been introduced to the joys of scheduling too and hope to get a better blogging routine in the coming year.

    Congratulations on upping your blogging game as it seems to be paying off. I’ll be looking forward to reading more posts in year 3 😀

    • Laura

      Thanks! 🙂
      It amazes me how often some people can post too! I have to really knuckle down and work to get two or three up a week, but some bloggers seem to post most days.
      Good luck with your blogging routine!

  3. Kaja

    Congratulations on making such a progress! It’s always nice to see your efforts were worth it, no? 🙂
    My blog has grown over the past 4 months, too, though HOW that happened, I have no idea – I’ve been super busy and not around much. But I do have 2 weeks’ worth of content written up right now, it’s very reassuring. But then I only post twice a week, so that essentially takes a lot of stress off my back. I think having even 1 or 2 posts written up ahead is better than posting immediately, it’s just a psychological thing.
    I like to think about my blogging schedule, which includes roughly one review and one non-review post a week, and then decide what I’m going to write about in advance, which takes a lot of pressure off writing (like plotting when writing fiction).

    Good luck with your goals! 🙂

    • Laura

      Thanks! It is always nice to see your efforts paying off 🙂
      I’m so glad to hear your blog is doing well too! It definitely sounds like you’re really organised anyway, if you have a couple of weeks worth of content scheduled. My method tends to be: write and schedule my posts the night before they’re due to go up, so I’d love to get ahead more. I can see how that would be reassuring to have some posts all set up and ready to go in advance 🙂

  4. Inge

    I think you’ve been doing a great job so far! I see your beautiful face in my Bloglovin’ feed often, as well as the comment section on Of Wonderland 😀

    It’s been a month now since our blog launched. I’m definitely trying to step up my game as well by commenting more, visiting more, tweeting more, and also linking back to old posts. I think we had a great first month!

    • Laura

      Aww, thanks! 🙂
      Congrats on the first month! I’m so glad it’s going so well, and I hope it keeps on going well!

  5. nordie

    I have increased my twitter followers significantly over the last few months (by about a fifth), by not only tweeting about my own content but about things that are interesting to me, and I hope my followers. Ok, I do lose some along the way, but overall there’s been an increase.

    Also take part in twitter chats (there’s a couple of blogs out there that list specific niche chats) and take part in those that interest you – you’re likely to get more followers that way.

    Also take part in events like #Armchairbea (armchairbea.com) and #bloggiesta (Bloggiesta.com), which are American, but you get lots of tips, sharing of links and pages, and occasionally win giveaways! You also get to pick up hints along the way.

    • Laura

      I’m so glad you’ve been doing so well on Twitter recently, and thanks for the tips! I have been meaning to try out some Twitter chats for a while, so I’ll definitely give that a go soon 🙂

  6. DW Davis

    Thank you for your excellent advice. I’ve been a frustrated blogger for several years now, never able to find my groove. Now that I have a blog I’m actually passionate about, I am looking for ways to improve it’s exposure and readership. Your ideas will certainly help.

  7. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I’m glad your blog is doing well. I need to get better at using Twitter. I’m pretty terrible at it. Visiting new blogs would also be helpful for me. I tend to visit my old friends a lot instead of making new ones.

    • Laura

      I was the same in that I used to just visit the same few blogs, but I really have found it helpful to visit a few new ones, and it’s been nice making connections with some new bloggers 🙂

  8. Laura

    Thank you for the advice! I really need to start commenting more, and link back to old post more often. I’ve never even thought about doing the latter, so thank you!
    I’m still kind of new to this whole blogging-thing, but I’ve noticed that joining Twitter, and especially taking part in Twitter chats like #ukya and #sundayya has boosted my follower count. Not only that, but I’ve actually made a couple of friends that way!

    • Laura

      I’m glad you found the post helpful! 🙂
      I’m glad you’ve been enjoying Twitter chats! I really should give them a go soon.

  9. Greg

    Great post, I’m trying to do more with Twitter too. I actually really like the platform I just haven’t always taken the time to tweet and really use it to promote posts or other bloggers-so I’ve been doing that more. Linking to old posts is a good one too, that’s something I almost never do and really should.

    Glad to hear your getting results, yay!

    • Laura

      Good luck with Twitter! It really is a great platform, and I really would definitely recommend posting older posts on there too. It just gives them that second lease of life! 🙂

  10. Simone

    Glad to hear your blog is doing so well. My biggest weakness is Twitter and I want to get into it and befriend it because I don’t get it right now. 😀 And posting more consistently. I have problems with this too, especially when I’m on campus because no internet, gaah. Btw, I tried to write blog posts ahead of time but it’s impossible. I feel tired and have a headache. So these two things are my blogging goals: get into Twitter and blog consistently. 🙂 This was lovely blog post and I think it will help newbies just as much as it helped me. 🙂

    • Laura

      I’m glad you found this post helpful! 🙂
      Posting consistently is one of the hints I do find the toughest with blogging. Sometimes I’m just really in the mood for writing posts, but sometimes I’m not, and then it’s tough just to write one, let alone more to schedule! Plus I have no internet either, which makes it much harder 🙁
      Best of luck with your blog goals! 🙂

  11. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    These are all really good tips. I only started using Twitter when I got access to a plugin that would schedule my post tweets for me – I knew I would not keep up with it otherwise! I haven’t been scheduling anything else though and maybe it would be helpful.

    I do schedule posts in advance (the WordPress Calendar is so helpful for this). Once you get a bit ahead it’s not so hard – just do the same number of posts you would normally do in a week, only it’s for a couple of weeks in the future. I have certain posts I do every month (Month in Review, Link Love, discussion), and I make placeholders for those months ahead of time and then fill them in when I have a chance. Reviews have to wait till I actually read the book, so that does take some forethought.

    How do you link to your old posts? Do you mean you tweet them, or do a new post linking to them?

    • Laura

      The main reason I decided to schedule my own tweets was because I knew I would forget otherwise as well. I just spend ten minutes every few days setting up, and it’s so much easier! 🙂
      It sounds like you’re so organised! I really need to use the WordPress calendar and just try and get ahead with my scheduling!
      With my old posts I just tweet them, and then my Twitter followers can go and visit them if they haven’t already seen them.

  12. Lucy Furneaux

    This was actually a really helpful post! I’m starting to do similar things, but I also struggle with consistent posting and can never seem to get totally on top of everything. Scheduling posts in advance is such a great idea, not least because I’ve found it also helps ensure good-quality writing which for me is the most important thing. I’ve just found your blog though and am looking forward to following from now on!
    I hope life is sunny where you are 🙂
    Lx | http://www.lucyeyf.co.uk

    • Laura

      I’m glad you found the post helpful! 🙂
      Consistent posting is definitely one of the toughest things about blogging, and I’m the same in that I always feel like I can’t seem to get on top of it.
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  13. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    I’ve recently started using Buffer too! It really is like my Twitter savior. I mean, I still suck at Twitter lol, but at least links to my posts are getting tweeted if nothing else.

    I feel like I’m stuck in that “constantly visiting the same blogs” rut though. I keep saying I’m going to find some new ones, but I rarely end up having the energy since I don’t want to neglect the ones I already follow, you know? But also it seems like I’ve just been running into a lot of unfriendly bloggers who don’t visit my blog in return or sometimes don’t even respond to comments on their blog, so it’s been kind of disheartening. I want to find new blogs so that I can have more interaction, not so I can be ignored :-/

    I guess I’m one of those sorcerers you mentioned though since I am really ahead on posts right now lol. But don’t worry, my instagram also probably has some tumbleweeds. Anyway, this is all great advice!

    • Laura

      Buffer is just so helpful isn’t it?
      I totally get what you mean though about the visiting other blogs things. I try and not neglect the blogs I already follow, and I have had little things happen before where a blogger has basically ignored me, and that’s just plain rude! It does get pretty disheartening when that happens.
      I so wish I could be that organised and have a few posts ready in advance! It would be so much easier, but I just can’t seem to get on top of it.

  14. Tiffany @ The Bookish Thought

    This is such a great advice! I never realize that posting your blog post’s link to twitter really affect your stats. I actually post my blog post’s links, but only for new post and only like 2 times max. I definitely should improve it xD Also yes to visiting new blogs! I really love to found a new blogs 🙂 Anyway, thanks for these! <33

    • Laura

      Good luck with your social media! 🙂
      The main one I want to improve on now is Instagram, because that seems to be the one I always forget about.

  15. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Omg I’m monstrously envious of people who have weeks (OR MONTHS OMG WHAT WITCHCRAFT IS THIS) of posts scheduled. I MEAN HOW?!?! XD They’re so organised! I’m lucky if I have a few days scheduled! (I mean, sometimes I do for an upcoming review, but usually for discussions I’m typing wildly a few minutes before I plan to post ahah.) Also I get into ruts of only reading the same blogs, so I want to try and branch out more too!! These are grand goals and congrats on the numbers increase! THAT IS AWESOME AND YOU ARE DOING SO WELL.

    • Laura

      I really don’t understand how people can possibly be that organised! I just scheduled a post for Tuesday and feel like I should be given a medal for having a post ready two days ahead.
      I’ve been really enjoying branching out with my blog reading too 🙂

  16. Meliton Cornell

    All of this is great advice. I am glad to see you blogging is going well. I am still new to it and haven’t even monetized mine yet, but will use some of your sorcery to help connect with the blogging community. Thanks for sharing.

    • Laura

      Commenting does definitely seem to give my blog a boost too, so I’m really going to try and keep it up 🙂

  17. Aralyn @ Paper Addictions & Magic

    These are some really good tips! For new or experienced bloggers. I also have trouble making time to find new blogs and comment… I’m so neglectful! But I’m still trying to build myself up to where I’m comfortable. I’ve met some fantastic bloggers already!

    • Laura

      It can be so hard finding the time to discover new blogs and comment, but I have been enjoying it 🙂

  18. nordie

    I went about a year where I was able to schedule posts every two days for the year. It was because I had a lot of old content from elsewhere on the internet that I decided to bring into my blog. It’s now over and I’m now lucky if I have a week’s worth of posts done!

    • Laura

      That must have been so good having plenty of content to schedule! It is pretty tough though when you have to write it all from scratch, so I never seem to get very far ahead.

  19. Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff

    These are all things I need to do more often haha. I’m getting really good at commenting back, I USED to be a scheduling pro and was always up to date with reading other blogs, but I’ve been so tired lately that I’m really behind haha.

    • Laura

      That’s understandable if you’ve been tired! I go through phases where I’m better than others. It really does just depend how much I have on or how tired I am.

  20. Tiziana

    Very helpful post and I agree with everything you’ve mentioned.
    I try to keep my blogging routine as flexible as possible. I wish I could write future posts and schedule them – I have enough material – but sometimes it’s even tough to sit down and type the post I had planned for the week.

    My top priority right now is to try and engage myself with bloggers, with the hope of finding some blogging pals similar to me. Personally, I find it hard to comment on others’ blogs because I’m a bit socially awkward. 😛 Yet, my intention is still there and I will try harder.
    I also wish to make better use of Twitter (and Instagram). Right now I’m using a WordPress plugin called Revive Old Post which has brought me a little bit more of attention on Twitter, but I still have to engage properly on there.

    By the way, your blog looks lovely! Keep it up! 🙂

    • Laura

      I’m glad you found this post helpful, and thanks so much for commenting! 🙂
      It is so tough to sit down and write enough material to schedule throughout the week, and it’s only very occasionally that I get more than one post ahead, so I’d love to get better at that.
      Engaging with bloggers is definitely a good thing to put some time into. I am super socially awkward myself and was exactly the same about commenting when I started blogging, but now it’s become second nature because I have done it so often. Meeting other bloggers is definitely one of the best things about blogging, and speaking as someone who is quite shy it’s a really good way to meet people who have the same interests as you.
      And thanks for saying my blog looks nice! That’s always good to hear! I just checked out yours and it looks great too. I’ll definitely be having a good read! 🙂

  21. Michelle @ FaerieFits

    I’m trying to get better about twitter use. And Instagram. And Facebook. I’ve just recently started Buffer, and I’m finding that my biggest struggle is deciding WHAT to post. *sigh* Since I’ve just started a new blog from scratch, I can’t even be lazy and fall back on old content yet >.>

    And commenting. My biggest goal right now is to comment on at least a couple of NEW blogs per week. (New as in new to me, not necessarily brand new blogs). I anticipate that this will probably happen mostly on weekends, since starting next week I’ll be working 10-hour days and have an hour and a half commute both ways 🙁

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    • Laura

      I’m sure once you get a bit of a backlog of posts you’ll find the social media thing so much easier because you’ll have more things to link back to.
      Commenting is definitely a good way to grow your blog. I have introduced myself to other bloggers so many times that way, and in a lot of cases we have ended up being regular readers of each other’s blogs. It can be hard to make time to do it though, and it really does sound like you’re going to be working some horribly long hours! It is a nice thing to do at the weekend though 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  22. Alice @ Arctic Books

    This post is so interesting and helpful! I totally agree, I don’t really use an archive that posts to Twitter every so often nor do I schedule tweets that link to my recent blog posts. Now that you mention it and a lot of people say that they work to books views and visitors, I definitely think that I’ll try out those methods that you gave us! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • Laura

      I’m glad you found this post helpful! 🙂
      I have definitely found scheduling tweets to increase by views and number of visitors, so I’d say it’s definitely worth a try. Plus it’s just so much more convenient than having to just tweet when you get the chance.

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