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?