Hi! So I wrote this post a while ago with some blogging tips to help grow your blog! I talked about why pictures are SO important, how to reach out and work with brands, and how to keep people coming back. Obviously I want to blog to document my life but it's also encouraging and exciting when other people besides your husband is reading it :) Here are more tips on things I do to grow my blog.
Point blank reply to everyone. Chances are if you're reading this, you don't get 1,000,000 comments per post that you write. Replying to each comment (and email) is so important and it shows that you care about the people who are taking the time to comment on your blog! I am way more likely to revisit a blog where the blogger interacted with me vs someone who completely ignored anything I had to say/ask on their blog.
It takes some extra time, I know, but it is worth it and people will notice! I personally reply via email AND paste my response into the comment section so other people see that I do join the conversation and so they can see answers to any questions they might have had. Usually I will designate a day where I just reply to comments and emails until I'm all caught up. Replying to emails is also super important, if someone asks you a question or just takes the time to email you, you need to reply. They are reaching out to you and you need to show them you care and reply to their message.
That brings me onto commenting. I talked about this before, but it drives me nuts so here we go again. Commenting is probably the best free and organic way to introduce your blog to new people. But, MAKE MEANINGFUL COMMENTS, PEOPLE! I get soooo bugged when someone comments and it's obvious they did not read anything!! One person recently commented about my wood signs calling them "a cool art project" if this person would have even read a single word of my post, they would have known my wood signs aren't some random art project, it's my company and I make signs for real customers daily. So if I see any "great tips, check out my blog!" comments on this post, we can't be friends anymore ;)
Be genuine and meaningful, I don't blog just for people not to read it, I take a lot of time to write each post so I appreciate when someone actually reads it. Obviously at the end of the day my blog is my place to write down my memories so if no on reads it, no one reads it! But I enjoy knowing that there are people out there who read my blog and you never know when you can help someone with something you posted! Plus, if you leave a meaningful comment, other people WILL notice and they will most likely look at YOUR blog, too. Also, if someone leaves a real and kind comment on your blog, go ahead and check theirs out and return the favor! I've found a lot of great blogs that I now read just because someone commented on my blog.
3. Why your mobile design matters.
In my other post I talked a lot about design, but not mobile design! Make sure your blog looks good on a desktop AND mobile/smart device. More than half of the people who read my blog read it from their phone (according to google analytics) so I have been trying to make sure the mobile version of my blog looks nice and pretty. Making your blog mobile friendly is also super easy! With blogger, just go to the template tab and enable your blog to be mobile friendly.
Making it mobile friendly makes your blog perfectly resized to each mobile devise thus making it easier for a mobile user to navigate AND spend more time on your page! People like easy so if your page is annoying and you have to move the screen from side to side just to read a line, most people will get over it and leave quickly.
If you didn't notice, I just got that cute nav bar that sticks to the top of the page (if you're on a desktop/laptop computer) and I LOVE it. Lauryn did the coding for me and I am SO happy with the end result! A little coding can do SO MUCH for your site! Lauryn has awesome prices, too! She's amazing! Check out her shop, Adoration Studios!
4. Peek user testing!!!!!!!
I have been so obsessed with Peek. I was reading blogs one day and a blogger (whom I can't remember, dangit) talked about peek! It's basically this website where you type in your blog URL (or instagram or etsy or any random site) and someone randomly looks at your site and talks about what they like and don't like, what sticks out to them first, what frustrates them about your site, etc. Once the random person is done viewing your website, you get emailed a video to watch of that person talking about your blog! Here is one of someone reviewing my blog if you're curious to see what it's all about! Just know, I LOVE it!! Plus it's free, so why not?!
It's honestly the best thing ever and I have already learned a LOT on a few things that people mentioned over and over that they wish my blog had and I've tried to magnify what people said they really liked! You can test your website 3 times a month and I think I used that up in 1 day haha it's SO AWESOME and helpful to see how other people view your blog and navigate it!
5. Making Friends.
MAKE BLOG FRIENDS. I've made a few awesome blogging friends just by commenting on their blogs or them on mine. Connecting and making friends is SO important!!! Making friends makes blogging more fun because it's fun to see what your friends think of this or that. Also connecting with other bloggers means maybe they'll mention you or share your content just because they like you! Sharing is caring, we're all in this together, people!! :) Obviously don't make friends ONLY because you want someone to mention you, that's so dumb/sketchy, it's obviously just a plus to make friends.
Swapping guest posts is also a great way to show your blog off to an entirely new audience and introduce your readers to a great new blog! Whenever I swap guest posts, we've both seen a surge in new readers and new people interested in our blogs, it's a great way to put yourself out there in a new way! Some people want to to it, some people don't, and that's ok!
6. Investing in your blog.
It's ok to invest a little in your blog! I've invested in nice len's, a nicer camera, blog courses, and different photoshop actions to help make my blog the place I want it to be. Some courses I have taken/ are currently taking are Sarah Smirk's instagram course (still in the middle of it, she shares some good info and her course is only $17 which is really cheap!) I took Helene's instagram course thatis available here, and I am currently taking her Quit your job to blog e-course. It's kind of pricy so I am really hoping it's worth it! Her instagram course was really good and helpful so I have confidence in this one :) There are a lot of free courses, too! You just have to google and search for them, I haven't really looked for free ones (which is dumb, I NEED to do that, duh) Helene announces when she has free ones so I usually just catch those ones!
I typically schedule all of my posts, usually I write a post the day before and schedule it to go live the next morning or so. This helps me feel more efficient and less stressed (if I am stressed about writing a post or something) I personally like to go back and edit things a few times before it's 'perfect'. I get in "writing moods" where I'm feeling extra snarky or excited about life and those are the times I try to blog because I feel the most creative when I'm writing when I'm feeling extra great. I try to post 3 times a week, just to keep a good flow and keeps me on a good schedule with blogging so that's what I mean by "stressed" because I am really into my blog schedule and sometimes I wait till the last minute to write my post and it just gets a little stressful.
8. Meaningful posts.
My blog is a life + style blog (whatever that means) but basically I like to write about my life, clothes, hair, whatever I want! If I ever feel "pressured" to blog, I can't blog. I can't be genuine and authentic so I can't do it! That's not super often that I feel pressured, but basically don't just blog to BLOG. Unless your pressured posts are amazing! Mine suck so I usually have to wait till I'm in a writing mood and don't feel pressured anymore to write a good post that I WANT to look back on.
9. Cute workplace :)
Ok so I'm just throwing this in to tell you about my cute caseapp cases (sneaky, huh) I got my cute computer case + phone case from this place called Caseapp. Basically it's this place where you get to design a custom iphone case and/or computer skin and obviously I was stoked to do so because after all, I loveeeeee design! (duh) They have premade designs, too! I just wanted to make something completely custom. I had a bulky case on my computer to keep it protected and I love how the skin I designed was like a thick protective vinyl to keep my computer safe and not be all bulky anymore! I usually don't have a phone case because with the 5c all the cases are weird or silicone or ugly and I can never find anything I like so obviously I was excited to make my own exactly how I wanted it to be :) The deer drawing is by Fleurosity and I added a gray stripe because I knew the hot pink of my phone would peak out and I thought the contrast would look nice :)
Caseapp is offering the code LOVELITTLE20 for 20% off if you purchase a case from them! The code is good for 1 week. A cute work area always makes me happy and gets my creative juices flowing so I love these new additions!
Caseapp is also offering a $40 credit to use to get your own custom whatever!! :) Enter below and you could win a cute case of your own (I'll help design it if you want any help!)
*Thank you to Caseapp for sponsoring this post.
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