4 Ways to Grow Your Blog that Actually Work

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How to Grow Your Blog 

Back when I was first blogging, I never intended for it to be something I would take seriously and so I never really put much thought into how I would expand and grow my blog beyond my tiny little corner of the internet. So, when I finally realized I wanted to grow a little bit, I went through a number of failed attempts to gain more exposure that were a complete waste of time. In fact, I did this so many times and I’m still figuring it all out, but I have found a few things that do actually make a big difference in my page views, unique visits, and engaged visitors (people who comment, follow, and spread the word on social media) so I thought I would share a few things that have worked best for me and save some of the newer bloggers out there all the hardship, frustration and wasted time. Here are some things that really work when you’re looking to expand, promote and grow your blog that actually work.

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4 Ways to Grow Your Blog that Actually Work

People always say, “if you build it, they will come” and to be honest, that’s not necessarily true when it comes to creating things on the internet. It’s more or less like, “if you promote it in the right places, they will come” and if you’re content is good, they will stay. Growing your blog, promoting yourself on social media, and really gaining more followers, influence and traffic for your blog all depends on a number of factors. Those factors will be different depending on your target audience (who reads your blog?), your location (where in the world are you, Waldo?), and what’s your niche (are you a beauty fiend or fashionista?). All of these things will help you tailor your plan of attack more, but I want to focus on the 4 major things I’ve been doing lately that will make a difference for any blogger, whether you’re a food blogger or a style blogger.

  1. Link Up! And by link up, I mean literally! If you’ve never heard of a link party, it’s essentially where you a blogger hosts a link up in which other blogger can link their best posts. Many linky parties have themes or are for specific kinds of posts so you’ll do best to link up at parties which are in your niche. So, go visit some link parties and drop your link! Comment on other blogs, and network with some new faces you’ve never met before. It’s incredible what commenting on someone else’s blog and linking up at a link party can do for traffic and following. Also, there are often link parties for every single day of the week so you can spend a few minutes each day doing it to optimize results. There are so many different kinds of link parties for every kind of blogger from food blogging to DIY, fashion, and beauty so find the ones in your niche and link up!
  2. Connect. When you blog online, the best way to build a loyal following and community is by joining already existing communities. You can do so by joining various facebook groups within your niche, publisher networks that have facebook groups to connect with bloggers, and also joining other online communities. Some of my favorite facebook groups are Blog Love, The Blogging Elite, and The Girls Inspired Group AKA GIG ♥
  3. Be Social! When I say “be social,” I mean you should be active on whatever social media channels you have for your blog. Whether it’s pinterest and twitter or facebook and instagram, choose your favorites and be active on them regularly. Even the busiest people can find time to post once a day and show some love to their favorite social media accounts. If you want to take it a step further, you can also make an effort to connect with other bloggers, brands and companies that you would like to know and work with. Building a relationship with someone is, often times, just a tweet away. I say this from firsthand experience so don’t underestimate the value of a well-worded shout out.
  4. Give Back. How can you give back, you ask? Giveaways! Collaborative giveaways, to be more specific, will help you the most. Collaborative giveaways are great for a number of reasons, but the main reason is that they normally run on more than one blog (or social media channel) and therefore give you way more exposure than you would normally get from running a giveaway all on your own. On top of that, you can meet, connect and collaborate with other bloggers and discover new blogs yourself. It’s a win-win. For collaborative giveaway opportunities, check here and here.

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36 thoughts on “4 Ways to Grow Your Blog that Actually Work

  1. June 9, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    I like Linking up.That gives your blog great exposure. Also, I heard about you at The Twinkly Diaries Linky Party.
    Betty recently posted…Should There Be a Law Regulating Bounce Houses?My Profile

    1. June 9, 2015 at 9:28 AM

      definitely agree! thanks for stopping by and visiting Betty!

  2. June 9, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Fab tips, I love joining in with linkies and finding lot of new blogs.
    Popping over from #TwinklyTuesday
    xx

    1. June 9, 2015 at 3:46 PM

      thanks much! glad you found it helpful 🙂 thanks for visiting!

  3. June 9, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Great list, I definitely agree! Linking up is great because I always seem to find new blogs that I want to follow and if you find new blogs, you sometimes find new friends and new opportunities! Ray xx #twinklytuesday

    1. June 9, 2015 at 3:46 PM

      thanks I’m glad you agree! linking up is awesome – I love link parties too! thanks for visiting ♥

  4. June 9, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Great tips and yes it is working for me, giving back and engaging people is really helping, but it works both ways dent it, I am also finding lots of lovely new blogs to read x
    Sarah Christie recently posted…Those Little Travel EssentialsMy Profile

    1. June 9, 2015 at 3:47 PM

      totally agree – glad you find it works for you! thanks for stopping by ♥

  5. June 9, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    I absolutely love these tips! <3 I've never done a giveaway before, but it sounds like a great idea!

    xoxo, Brooke
    Brooke recently posted…From Pinterest to Kitchen Table!: Creamy Avocado PastaMy Profile

    1. June 10, 2015 at 10:26 AM

      I’m glad you like the tips! Definitely participate in one – you end up discovering new blogs, connecting with bloggers, and it does help expand your following 🙂 thanks for visiting Brooke!

  6. June 10, 2015 at 5:59 AM

    Really great advice! I agree with the linky too – my problem is time… working full time (and undergoing a restructure of my department) has been time consuming, frustrating and energy sapping which leaves me with little time to write and build my blog. But I”m going to bookmark this because there is some fabulous information – thanks for sharing #twinklytuesday
    Nardia recently posted…I saw the signMy Profile

    1. June 10, 2015 at 10:33 AM

      thanks I’m glad you find it helpful! definitely time is an issue. Obviously, you can’t spend your whole day linking up, but I think even if you just link your post up to a few parties once a day or a few times a week (like Mon/Wed/ Fri) this will improve your traffic and interaction. thanks for visiting!

  7. June 10, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    I found all of these tips helpful and can’t wait to share them with my sister-in-law that just started a blog or to others. Thanks for sharing this with “Bloggers Who have Inspired Me’
    Rachel xo

  8. June 11, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Tianna, some bloggers friends were just talking about some of these, wondering if they are “worth it”. YES. Yes, they take some time, but definitely worth it. And thanks for the reminders….sometimes I let some slip now and then. 🙂 Thanks for a great list!

    1. June 12, 2015 at 3:11 PM

      glad you agree and found it helpful! Thanks for stopping by ♥

  9. June 14, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    I definitely agree with you on all of these – when I started doing them all, I really saw my blog growing! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday
    Lisa (mummascribbles) recently posted…Eurocamp holiday day trip 2 – Dennlys Theme ParkMy Profile

    1. June 16, 2015 at 8:12 AM

      absolutely! glad you agree 🙂

  10. Rebecca Perez
    September 11, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Very insightful & helpful! Thanks for your post

    1. September 15, 2015 at 10:37 AM

      of course – I’m glad you found it helpful!

  11. October 23, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    I would love to try a link party! Where can I sign up for one?

    1. October 23, 2015 at 3:14 PM

      definitely do! You can find a list of the ones I participate in here: http://storybookapothecary.com/link-parties/

  12. May 27, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Great reminder of things I knew and a few new ideas. I am going to join a couple of your FB groups!

    1. May 31, 2016 at 8:27 AM

      awesome! hope you enjoy them – thanks for stopping by, Cathy!

  13. May 29, 2016 at 2:17 AM

    Very solid blogging tips, thanks for sharing them to help everyone at the Bloggers Pit Stop

    Kathleen

  14. May 29, 2016 at 6:42 AM

    Thanks for some helpful hints! Visiting from the Blogger’s Pit stop.

  15. May 29, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Tianna, thanks for the terrific post. All of your tips are terrific and I especially like the suggestion to connect. You mentioned some of your favorite Facebook groups and I’m definitely going to check them out. If I can also suggest another Facebook group, I really appreciate all of the support I get from the members at ‘Blogging On Your Own Terms.’ I’m a newbie in the blogosphere and I find tips and encouragement from others like yourself to be tremendously helpful. I’m definitely looking forward to more of your posts.

    1. May 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM

      thanks Aliyah! Glad you found them helpful! I definitely thing FB support groups are awesome so glad you’re liking them as well. thanks for stopping by!

  16. June 2, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    This post was among the most clicked in The Bloggers Pit Stop. Be looking for a feature on Friday. Congratulations.

    1. June 2, 2016 at 3:48 PM

      thanks so much Kathleen! I really appreciate it!

  17. June 14, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    I learning to enjoy Link parties again. It’s how I found your post. ^_^ Facebook groups, co-promoting sites, and promoting more than I write are ways I like to grow my blog. I prefer a close knit group of engaged readers over a large number.
    sara recently posted…5 Quotes to Help You Focus on What MattersMy Profile

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