There are many bloggers looking to gain followers on their new or established blogs. One of the most common questions of new bloggers is, "How can I gain more followers?". While the number of followers is not important to some, we understand wanting to grow your readership is important to many. Please note, if you are a new blogger gaining followers will not always equal gaining readers, the two are not always the same. For more information check out, "My Blog Numbers: Readers vs. Followers". However, if it is followers you are looking to gain, here are a few useful ways to meet other bloggers and gain followers:

 

IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO GAIN FOLLOWERS YOU MUST MUST MUST HAVE A WAY FOR BLOGGERS TO FOLLOW YOU!

 

It is very difficult and frustrating for bloggers to stop by your blog to follow you only to find out that you have given them no means by which to do so.

 

PLEASE, get yourself the Blogger friends widget. This makes it MUCH easier for bloggers to follow you easily and quickly, post it where it is visible and easy to find. If you insist on not having this then post a way to follow you via RSS.

 

Following are a few great ways to gain followers for your blog:

 

1) Blog Hops- Love, love, love blog hops. They are a bit time consuming but they are a wonderful way to meet new bloggers, find blogs to follow, and gain followers on your own blog. For more information on blog hops check out this post, "What Is A Blog Hop Anyway?". You can also find a list of member blog hops here on our blog hop list.

 

2) Giveaways- When I first started blogging, I gained a great deal of followers during my 1st giveaway. This may want to be something you do once you hit 100 followers that way you have people to spread the word. Also, think of something really great to giveaway, the greater the gift the more people who will want to participate. By great, I mean something that many bloggers would want- a gift card, a piece of jewelry, a book if you are a book blogger, etc.. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A LOT OF MONEY just something fun. Male sure your #1 way to enter is to follow you on your blog, you can then join giveaway hops to promote your giveaway among other things. We will soon have some great information on giveaways, as it is one of our upcoming Blog Talk topics so stay tuned if you are interested!

 

3) Blog Events- There are 2 ways in which blog events can be useful in gaining followers:

 

A) You become a sponsor-  when you sponsor an event the host of whom you are sponsoring usually promotes your blog beforehand. Then during the event, one of the requirements is to follow you. Additionally, many hosts also allow multiple ways to enter like following you on Facebook and twitter. So you offer them something to give away during the event and in return you get a lot of publicity and thus more followers! You can find lots of events that need sponsors in our group:Blog Sponsor Connection or contact the hosts of any events on our events page.

 

B) Participating in blog events is also a good way to gain followers, you will not gain as many as if you are a sponsor but you will find a lot of new blogs to follow and if you leave comments you may get a few followers in return.

 

4) Comment, Comment, Comment!- leaving comments is almost always a surefire way to gain followers. As a blogger you know that it is hard to get readers to leave comments so when people do bloggers like to stop by and see who has left a comment for them. If you use your Google account your name should be linked to your blog or profile. make sure you have your blog listed on your Blogger profile. PLEASE, do not leave a comment only asking a blogger to stop by your blog and follow you, instead comment on their post or blog, let them know you are now following them and then you can then say something like "I'd love to have you stop by my blog if you have time"- however, most will stop by without you asking them to.

 

5) Blog Challenges- Blog challenges, also know as blogfests, are a fun way to meet new bloggers, gain followers, and kick up your blog posts. The way challenges work is a host will post post details, most challenges are a month long. Every day the host will post a topic that you will write a blog post on, once your write your post you leave a link on the hosts site to your post. Everyone participating lists their links to their daily post on the topic, so you can stop by, comment, and follow them and they do the same in return.

 

6) Communities- One of the main reasons for creating this community was to connect bloggers! Communities are a great way to meet new bloggers and gain followers. The great thing is there is tons of communities, if you are not a member of our community you can join here. Blogfrog is another community based opportunity to gain followers and there are tons of others just Google Blogging communities!

 

7) Share your posts on Twitter- You can set up your posts to auto post to twitter. This is a great way to promote your posts and maybe get a few new followers. be sure your posts include some key words that may interest others. Also, make sure you have added your blog url to your twitter profile, I can't tell you how many times I have found someone interesting on twitter and then I can't find a url to their blog or website.

 

8) Share a link on Facebook- Facebook also allows you to auto post your blog posts to your wall. This is a great way to let people who follow you on Facebook know about your posts and blog. With a link on the auto post, this brings in new readers. new followers. Again, remember on your Facebook profile to list your blog address.

 

9) Write Guest Posts- Many bloggers are looking for guest bloggers to write a post on their niche, or even feature. This is a great way to promote your blog. The author of the blog that you are guest posting on will link back to your site allowing others to stop by, visit, and possible follow. If you are sure where to find blogs to guest post on, Melissa started a great group here to connect those who are looking for guest bloggers, you can check out her group Guest Post to see what its all about!

 

10) Content Counts- One way to get more followers is to get more traffic, to get more traffic you need to be writing quality content. By high quality we just mean remember your audience, try to post on a regular basis and maybe brush up on your SEO tools. 

 

Above all remember that the amount of followers you have does not determine the success of your blog. Don't get too caught up on a number. Growing your blog takes time. You could have 1000 followers and only 100 readers, meaning just because someone followers your blog does not mean they are an active follower who stops by and reads your posts and that's okay. Be patient and with time your blog readership is bound to grow.

 

 

 

 

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Comment by Esmeralda on March 2, 2013 at 4:39pm

I just created a group called Chain Blog hopping where not only you will get more followers, but also get comments constantly - if everyone respects the rules! It's Easy and permanent. COme and join me. Don't wait too long : the earlier you join, the easiest your job will be! Thanks

Comment by Pu Niao's Beauty Junkie Reviews on February 8, 2013 at 5:08pm

Really good ideas for bloggers old and new to refer to. But then, sometimes, I do feel like the phrase "Content is King" might be a little over-rated. Previously when I was still blogging on my main blog, I was rather clueless on how one should blog. Needless to say, I ended up doing what bloggers shouldn't be doing, which is to post more photos than write actual substantial blog posts. Fast forward a couple of years later and a few hiatus on my main blog, I think I might have find the trick in being able to actually write a decent blog post.

And kinda lead to a brand new beauty blog, and with the history and lesson I learned from my main blog, I actually took the trouble to focus on the blog post a.k.a content itself. But still, I feel that even if I am able to write something decently good, I am still losing out to bloggers in the same niche who focus more on the "camwhore" aspect than the "Content is King" aspect of blogging.

It's like, some days, it's easy to want to throw in the towel since "camwhoring" is the preferred way to go, judging from a latest "Blogger(s) needed for reviews" and majority of the bloggers (just 7 actually) chosen to do the sponsored blog reviews are the camwhoring types. I sometimes just feel like real bloggers who wants to share that they can offer are being overshadowed by bloggers who share more of their mugshots than actual content.

And yes, I do feel that just "Content is King" isn't really enough, no doubt, thanks to companies too focused on bloggers who let the photos do the talking instead of actually blogging about something they are supposed to. Anyone has tips or guides for bloggers who are less on mugshots and more on content? I would definitely need some to re-affirm what I want to be passionate about :/

Sincerely,
Pu Niao
PuNiao's Beauty Junkie Reviews
http://puniaogoodies.blogspot.sg/

Comment by Lynette Packer Seer Heart Path on September 20, 2011 at 5:22am
Hi - Thank you for posting these great ideas - I have used giveaways - I call it "Gifts from the Universe" promotion to encourage people to join my FB page.  Everyone who is a member on or b4 October 20th is in the draw.  There are no restrictions prizes will be posted to any destination in the world. I promoted this via my personal FB page and Tarot groups I belong to.   I'm just wondering if I could transfer the same idea to my blog/website to encourage people to follow my blog.  I believe I deliver great content...in my own style.  I'd love some ideas from other bloggers on this prize aspect and how they framed the offer.  Cheers Lynette
Comment by Patrick on September 15, 2011 at 9:19pm

Thanks for sharing great tips!!!

 

Also, if you guys want to check out my blog: The Bookshelves,feel free to do so!

Link:http://wwwthebookshelves.blogspot.com/

Thanks!

 

Comment by Multi-Testing Mommy on September 13, 2011 at 6:49am
Crissa - I agree when there are too many "required entries", I get frustrated too - but I don't really mind how many options to enter there are as long as they aren't all required! That is why I also love using Rafflecopter so much - it makes it SO easy to enter I find.

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Comment by Crissa on September 12, 2011 at 9:47pm

These are great tips, thanks for sharing!    I am getting ready to do my first giveaway as I inch towards 100 followers.  One thing I have noticed is that some bloggers have so many steps to 'enter to win' that I get frustrated and leave.  I think that the number one rule would be to 'follow' for sure and then keep it simple from there.    Stay tuned for a great giveaway from BellaBud!

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Comment by Cathy on September 7, 2011 at 7:46pm
Thank you for this wonderful post! As a beginner blogger I can't express how much this post had taught me. (stuff like blog hops: I didn't even know blog hops existed! haha). Thank you! =]
Comment by Caffeinated OC Mommy on September 7, 2011 at 9:50am
Very good advice Em Darling!  xoxo
Comment by ninthstreetnotions on September 6, 2011 at 9:56pm
Thanks for the tips! I always am looking for ways to gather more followers.
Comment by Multi-Testing Mommy on September 6, 2011 at 9:50pm
What a wonderful post!  Thanks for sharing all of that.

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