Basics of Book Blogging: Day Nine- How to Get Followers!

Posted September 14, 2015 by Nori in Basics of Book Blogging / 8 Comments

It’s time for DAY NINE of the Basics of Book Blogging feature!!! Who’s excited? I AM! 😀

As I mentioned in the introduction post, this feature is going to be filled with mostly Q&A style questions, in addition to some links that you might find helpful. 🙂

How do I build followers? How do you get people to read your blog? What’s the easiest way to gain a following/ put your name out there? How often should I tweet about new blog posts?

Ahh, the age old question. How do I get more people to view my blog? Here’s the answer: THERE IS NO TRUE ANSWER. Sadly, that’s the truth. Sure, there are ways that you can boost your views, but there isn’t one foolproof method.

My biggest suggestion is to interact with people on social media, ESPECIALLY Twitter. When I started book blogging, I didn’t know that the book community existed. I didn’t think that anyone would look at my blog, so when I started getting a slow trickle of views, I was confused. After doing some research on other people’s blogs, I realized that Twitter was the place to be. I am SO happy that I found Twitter, because I’ve met a ton of amazing friends through it (more to come on this topic later). So back to the topic- my best suggestion for getting more views and followers on your blog is to interact on Twitter. Make some friends, follow some of their blogs, and they might do the same!

Also, in regards to how much you should tweet about new blog posts, I would say no more than a couple of times per day. Make sure that your feel is filled with interactions more than promotions. Whenever I see a Twitter account that does nothing but tweet out their posts, I get a little wary. But, when I see a friend that I’ve interacted with a lot tweeting about her new post, I tend to click on it and leave a comment. 🙂

My second suggestion is to participate in blog memes such as Top Ten Tuesday or Waiting on Wednesday. Maybe it’s just me, but my views tend to be much higher on Tuesdays. Since it’s a weekly feature, there is a linkup where you can attach your blog URL and your TTT post. When other bloggers go to put their URL on the linkup, they will see yours there as well! While this may not get you a ton of followers, it will get you more views.

Any other suggestions?

Sure, I can expand a little bit into a couple of other ways. One way that I have found to get views on my blog is by something called “commenting back.” In case you’re not familiar, it means that when someone comments on your blog, you go to their blog and leave a comment for them! Not all bloggers do it, but it is a great way to spread the word about your blog, while also supporting your fellow bloggers! I must admit- I am really bad at commenting back, but I’m working on it!!! Actually, I’m currently working on a commenting project…more details to come later! 😉

One thing that I do suggest is to make sure that your blog is linked to a Bloglovin account. It’s very easy to set up, and it’s a great way to get some new followers. Personally, I tend to follow more blogs on Bloglovin than through email subscriptions, so I highly suggest that you use it.

Another way to get more views and followers on your blog is to branch out and make new friends in the book community! I would expand upon it but…well…that’s tomorrow’s topic! 😉

HELPFUL LINKS

The Art of Commenting ~ Dos & Don’ts by Rachel at A Perfection Called Books!

 

Have any questions for me about this post (or about blogging in general)? Send me your questions  HERE and I’ll do my best to answer them soon! 🙂

Stay tuned for the next post in the Basics of Book Blogging guide tomorrow! 

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8 responses to “Basics of Book Blogging: Day Nine- How to Get Followers!

  1. Great post! It is mostly through Twitter I get the most views so I tend to be more preoccupied with it than other social media. I feel bad if certain posts don’t get many views for the books I loved reading. Other than my blog I mainly use Twitter as my book-geek outlet. 🙂

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