A lot of you have asked me how I’ve gained so many followers in such a short amount of time. I wanted to make a post about this, hopefully without sounding like an arrogant, overly proud snob. Am I proud of my accomplishments as a book blogger? Yes, of course! Do I feel that I’m the ultimate master of gaining followers? Absolutely not. But you guys have been curious, so I’m here to tell you my “not-really-secret” secrets to my success over such a short period of time.
I started blogging in August 2016, a mere seven months ago. It’s so exciting to know I’ve been blogging that long already, considering I wasn’t sure how this would play out when I first made the decision to start a book blog. Would I get any followers? Would anyone be interested in what I have to say? Will I publish a few posts and then call it quits? Knowing that I’ve passed my six month blogiversary is really awesome for me. And knowing that you all have been interested in the content I post is even better!
Now, I’m not one to post about many milestones, but I did post when I reached 500 followers… and again at 1,500 followers (which I’m currently holding a giveaway for now). Take a look at this Follower Timeline I created for my blog.
According to the timeline, within two months of starting my blog, I had reached 500 followers. I couldn’t believe it! (I don’t think some of you could, either!) Surprised isn’t even the proper word to describe my reaction to this. I was stunned. Literally.
If you look at the timeline again, between October and March is when I gained most of my followers; 1,000 within five months. And another 100 in the last few weeks of March.
So how did this happen? How did I do this?
Well, when you all first starting asking me this question, I had no clue. None. I didn’t know what was going on, honestly. It was all so new to me (and I’m still learning!) I’ve learned a little bit since then, though… and right now, I’m going to give you a short list of…
1. Follow Other Blogs
I know what you’re thinking… this is the most obvious answer, right? Well, you would think so, but some people don’t take out the time to follow other blogs. When I started blogging, that is the first thing I did… I blog-hopped and found tons of awesome blogs in the process. A lot of the time, those you follow will follow you back. Of course, the follow-for-follow rule is not one to live by, or else you’ll get overwhelmed with way too many posts flying through your Reader… but it is something that helped me gain some of my followers in the beginning. Try this… see if it works for you!
2. Interact With Other Bloggers
Believe it or not, interaction between book bloggers not only helps build a bond between you and the community, but your reader’s want you to interact with them. They want you to comment back when they take the time out to comment on your post. And the bloggers you follow would appreciate some comments, as well. Interacting with others in the community helps put your name out there… and makes people want to come to your blog to see what’s going on.
3. Show Interest in Your Followers
This kinda goes along with the interaction. I always take the time out to like every comment I get on my blog, and respond to majority of them. Is this a requirement? No. Is it time consuming? Yes. But it shows your followers that you’re interested in what they have to say and that you appreciate their supporting your blog. This is what helps bring people back to your blog time and time again.
4. Use Social Media
Like I said, I’m no professional when it comes to this stuff… especially social media. I never had a Twitter account until a little after I started blogging. (I don’t even have a Facebook page yet!) But I do know that once I opened up my blog’s Twitter account, I’ve gained many more followers from it. If you don’t have any social media accounts connected to your blog, I highly suggest you get some! There are so many ways to spread the word of your blog… take advantage of them! (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Bloglovin’, Instagram, the list goes on and on.)
I’ve held two giveaways on my blog so far, and I know that’s not a lot, but I also know that it has helped in my follower count. People tend to flock to giveaways, if you haven’t noticed… so try holding one! It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular. Just another small way to gain a following, and show your appreciation for your followers at the same time!
6. Create a Meme (or Book Tag)
Don’t be scared! You can do it! Creating a weekly meme or feature that allows others to participate is a great way to gain followers. I created the Standalone Sunday meme and I was extremely nervous that no one would be interested. It isn’t a super popular meme, but I’m surprised by how many bloggers have participated in it! If I can do it, you can too!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… I am in no way a professional when it comes to blogging or gaining followers. I also don’t think the amount of followers you have determines how successful you are as a blogger. But I do hope this post will help some of you who have asked me the question: “How did you do it?” Well, this is how! And I thank each and every one of you who are following this blog and show an interest in what I have to say… it means so much to me!
Do you agree with any of the tips on my list? Do you believe they help gain followers? Did I miss anything that should be on the list that isn’t? Let me know in the comments below!