Over the past several months, my blog readership has been slowly increasing. Some of you have asked what I’ve done in order to increase my blog readership, and asked for suggestions of what you can do in order to increase yours.
Back in March, I wrote about the tools that I’ve been using to help support my more consistent blog writing. But its not just about what I’ve been doing on the blog, its also about how I’ve been interacting with other bloggers.
1. I’ve been blogging consistently since February.
For the past three and a half months I’ve been blogging consistently five days a week. This hasn’t been easy, and its taken a lot of focus, diligence, and dedication to make it happen. Prior to making this change, I wasn’t blogging consistently at all, which made it difficult to build up a loyal reader base since my readers didn’t know when to expect a new post from me. As summer approaches, I know that its going to be more and more difficult to keep up with this blogging schedule, but I’ll certainly be doing my best to maintain as consistent a posting schedule as possible.
2. I’ve been making an effort to comment on more blogs.
You can’t expect to increase your readership if you aren’t reading others’ blogs, and one of the best ways to make your presence known is to comment on others’ blogs. Not only does it get your name out there, but blog etiquette says you should visit the blogs of those who comment on yours. While I certainly try my best to do this, there are days and weeks when life is just too busy to visit every single blogger’s blog who has commented on mine.
3. I’ve been participating in a weekly Friday Five linkup.
Thanks to the wonderful ladies of the ladies of the DC Triecta (Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar), I’ve been participating every week in the Friday Five linkup. Some weeks there is a theme, others weeks there isn’t, but through my participation in the linkup I’ve had the opportunity to connect with new bloggers and expand my blog reading list.
4. I’ve been Tweeting “in case you missed it” posts.
Each week, I schedule “in case you missed it” tweets through HootSuite for throughout the week, reminding readers of some of my blog’s most popular and most read posts. Not only does this allow readers who have been around for awhile the opportunity to read a potentially missed post, but it also exposes new followers to posts that they may not have read yet.
Although Facebook is constantly changing its ways that posts get exposed on News Feed pages, which many bloggers are upset about, I haven’t given up on Facebook yet. Each time I post on my blog Facebook page, a tweet also gets tweeted out, which is additional promotion for my page. It also gives readers multiple opportunities to see posts that I’ve written.
QOTD: What have you done in order to increase your blog readership?