Sunday, 1 March 2015

5 Simple Ways To Get Your Blog Noticed!




There's no doubt about it, it's a daunting thing starting your own blog! When I did so (almost three years ago now) I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Of course I'd been reading and enjoying blogs for a few months beforehand but to be honest I barely knew anything as to what it entailed. I had questions running through my mind like "what if nobody reads my blog, and if they do what if they don't like it?" and "how can I get people to notice my blog?" and "how will I afford to keep my posts regular and up to date?".

It can be quite disheartening when you're putting everything you got into writing great content for your blog, yet nobody even pays you a visit to read what you have to say! Trust me, I've been there! I don't have a huge readership, but my blog is found and I have a lot of loyal subscribers too! I'm not claiming to be an expert Blogger by any means, but I thought I'd share a few helpful tips on how to get your blog noticed!

Comment on other blogs!
I personally think this is one of the best ways to start out getting your blog noticed! At the beginning, it was literally the only way I got anyone to check out my blog! Find other blogs with a similar genre to your own, and leave a nice, relevant comment on their latest posts. Then ask politely for them to drop by your blog sometime. Leave your blog URL for them to find you easily! BUT DO NOT write "hey, great blog, follow for follow?". I personally just ignore comments like these, as you often find they have copied and pasted the exact same thing on hundreds of other blogs that day, and not paid a bit of interest in what you have to say!

Post engaging content!
Your writing and posts are the main reason anyone would be visiting your blog in the first place, and if they don't feel enticed after reading the first post they read, chances are they won't look any further. So try and keep your posts relevant and fresh. I tend to find that posting good quality, interesting images to support your writing helps to keep readers focused and engaged in the post! 

Guest post on other blogs!
This may seem strange as you're trying to get your own blog noticed, not sharing your hard work on someone elses blog. Should you get the opportunity, you should occasionally guest post (remember to include back-links to your own blog and any social media platforms you want to promote too) on other blogs similar to your own. They will have different readers to you, and if someone reads your post and likes it, they're probably gonna hop right over to your blog to check out some more of your articles! 

Work with brands and PR agencies!
A bit of a taboo subject really. But if you're just starting out on your blog, your blog's presence on search engines etc isn't going to be great, so nobody will find you. So although it might seem like you're being cheeky, I'd definitely recommend that YOU get in touch with the brands you would be interested in working with. I understand that a lot of brands require you to have a minimum amount of subscribers/followers. But make sure you are polite and show a genuine enthusiasm for working with them and promoting their products/services. You may or may not know that a lot of brands hire agencies to engage with bloggers and do their media planning for them! I've worked with various PR agencies over the last couple of years; one of them is Total Media - an independent media agency based in London. Not only can they help you get in touch with relevant brands, but can also provide you with new and fresh content and topic ideas for your blog! 

Get social!
Sharing your posts via Social Media platforms is a great way to drive traffic to your blog! Not only is it a great way for your regular readers to keep up to date and be notified when you post, but also a way for new visitors to read your blog! I particularly recommend Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Try and set up a separate page/account to keep your personal accounts separate from your blog accounts. That way, you don't bombard your family and friends with things they aren't interested in, or even just if you don't want your close friends to see your blog! Sharing your posts on Pinterest seems to be one of the better ways that a lot of Blogger's find to get traffic to their blog! And definitely use #HASHTAGS to make sure your posts/statuses reach the relevant people!

What advice would you offer to someone to help get their blog noticed? 

4 comments:

  1. That was really interesting and informative, I am new to blogging but I love it, been looking to invest in a better camera the last few days because I feel my photos are lacking something, the trick is keep going...rome wasn't built in a day after all, we all have to start somewhere, im still not sure how to work google+ :/ great tips laura :)

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  2. Wow this really helps, i always have trouble with post ideas, my life isnt exciting enough =/

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Thanks for these informative tips. I've been blogging for over 4 years, but you learn something new as the days go by.

    Ashleigh Em
    www.ashleighem.com

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  4. Thanks for this! I thought my brand new blog was doing fantastic until I checked the referrals in my analytic application and realized that at least 50% of them were spammers, and they were totally skewing how many page views were registering. I installed an application that blocks spam referrals and now it's like crickets are chirping. I do it for the love of writing, anyway, but it is nice to see that someone is actually reading what you create. I'll keep plugging away.

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