Running a blog is hard work, but with hard work comes results. I gained 2k blog followers in 4 months, and today I’m going to share my strategy on how I achieved it. I truly did not expect to gain 2k followers in 4 months, I had no idea this would happen. But I was thinking back to when I came back to blogging in July of this year (2020) and how I would have really appreciated a post like this. As some sort of motivation and guidance.
If you are here because you think I’m going to give you some secret code that gives you those followers overnight, you are looking in the wrong place. This happened from hard work and dedication and nothing more. It wont happen overnight and it didn’t for me. The tips I share are the things I did to make this happen. It’s up to you to put in the hard work to see the results.
I talk often about consistency, but thats because I want to stress how important it is. Having a blogging schedule and sticking to it something that helped me to see my audience grow. I post anywhere from five, six or seven times a week. Thats alot of content. As I said in the intro, its not easy and it wont ever be easy being consistent. I constantly feel like I am writing and scheduling content. I will touch on social media a few points down but you should also be consistent with Social media too. Any platform that you can use to spread awareness for your blog you should use. Utilise it if it’s there.
INTERACTION WITH OTHER BLOGGERS
One of the most important things to do if you are part of the blogging community is interaction. You won’t ever grow if you don’t interact and support others. Alot of you know my blogging story but when I first started in 2015 I was naive to think people would just come to me, but thats not the case. Its a two way street. Yes, you will get traffic to your site from people other than bloggers but you need that blogging community behind you in order for your blog to be successful.
Instagram and Facebook are the two main places where alot of my social media traffic comes from. Pinterest is another social media platform that is great to gain traffic to your blog. Linking into the point I made about consistency, its just as important to be consistent on your social media pages too.
I create and post content on my Instagram anywhere between 1-3 times a day. And in-between that I’m constantly interacting with other peoples content. In 2 months I have gained 500 followers on my Instagram account, and thats all from being consistent and being supportive to other content creators out there.
UPGRADING MY PLAN
About a month into rebranding my blog I decided to upgrade my WordPress plan to a premium plan. This was probably one of the best things I could have done, it gave me access to be able to add ads onto my blog and it gave me access to premium themes. The premium plan is worth it for people who have just started but want to take their blog further.
About a month ago though, I decided to upgrade to the WordPress business plan. This allowed me to take my blogging to the next level. With the business plan it allows you to download and use plug ins, such as Yoast SEO. Which is a tool that tells you how you can improve your posts to help with google ranking. Which in turn helps with traffic and followers.
Its something you should consider, especially if you are wanting to take your blogging more serious and grow your following.
POSTING RELATABLE CONTENT
An important thing to remember when wanting to grow your following is posting relatable content. Do your research and see what’s going on in the world and what people are searching for, and then blog about it. Alot of the time I write about what I’m going through. I wont necessarily say on the post that its from personal experience or something I am struggling with at the time, but thats what I do. There are ideas and inspiration all around us.
Being vulnerable goes a long way with readers. They are able to connect with you on such a deeper level if they know you are being open with them.
BROADENING MY BLOG NICHE
I’ve had many conversations with other bloggers about this, but I think it’s so important that as bloggers we are also flexible in what we write about. I think it’s so great having a blog niche, but don’t be scared to step out of it every once and a while. Don’t stress about writing something different, you don’t know how your readers will receive it unless you just do it.
I was a beauty blogger, and then decided that I wanted to reach a wider audience. And thats exactly what’s happened, I switched up my content and by doing that I wasn’t just focusing on one demographic.
These are just a few things I have done to grow my following. Please remember that these things worked for me. I hope they help you too!
Thank you for 2k followers
I want to take some time at the end of this post to thank you for 2 thousand followers. Never in my wildest dream did I think this would ever happen for me. I am so grateful.
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Woooooo🥳🥳🥳🥳 congrats dear👏🏻👏🏻 and thank you for sharing such important points❤️🤗
Thank you so much 💛
Congrats! And amazing post as always💜
M Jay Dixit
Congrats, some very good advice! Thank you for sharing!❤
Oh wow thats awesome ! Congrats ✨
Wow! Congrats! Olivia you deserve it, I low-key always look out for your posts because they’re so helpful 👀🤗
Thank you Joana! So glad you are liking my content 💛 I appreciate you!
Thank you so much for adding these valuable points. Just out of curiosity I wanted to know if with the premium & buisness monetization got easier on WordPress & Instagram. Did that happen?
What do you mean by monetization? Do you mean ads? ☺️
I meant is there any kind of source of income coming up when you upgrade to a business or premium plan.. sounds complex but just wanted to understand from someone who’s already having it .
Thanks for clarifying! When you upgrade to premium you are then able to start putting ads onto your blog. I will say that Wordads (which is WordPress ads) isn’t really the best at making money. Its really slow and you really would need to fill your blog with loads of ads to see the benefits. With the business plan you are able to use Wordads and Adsense (which is google ads). Google ads are alot better and you make more revenue from them.
Its not fast and its not alot at first, but if you have good stats and a good number of people viewing your blog daily then you will make money. Hope that was helpful!
Yeah that’s very helpful for me.. I am still in thoughts to upgrade to the premium plan & have been waiting to get some advice.. following some blog posts, trying to understand. This was the most simplest way anyone could make me understand. Thank you so much. I would recommend you to dedicate a post on monetization & making money too. A lot of bloggers like me are looking for such advices.
Do you have Instagram? If you do and have any other questions please reach out, mine is – @ olivialucieblake or you can email me. I’ll be happy to help in anyway that I can!
I don’t think im knowledgeable enough on the subject myself yet. Im still pretty new to blogging too. Once I have more advice and experience on it, I will for sure share my knowledge!
Yeah I am.. on Instagram
Congratulations on a well deserved milestone! I didn’t know you before your blogging break, but was one of the lucky few to have seen you grow from the minute you came back. I can attest to the fact that your blog posts are relatable and feel as though you are literally speaking to me – not many people can do that! I wish you all the best and know for sure you’ll soon be looking back at 2k and smiling to yourself at how small the number was. 💖 When that happens, I’ll be roasting right along with you!
Thank you Shelly 💕 So glad to have had you here from the very beginning and blogging has brought us together. I appreciate you!
Thats Great olivia.Congratulations 👌🌹👍
Thanks so much!
You are truly a inspiration—it’s all about the hard work. As a regular reader I can see how you produce content everyday of the week and that too relatable ones. That takes some dedication..
So proud off you xx
Thank you so much Shahrin! You are such a key person in my blogging life and I appreciate the love and support! xx
Ashish - Proxywords
You and your blog really deserve the audience. Cheers to many more!
Thanks so much!! 🙂
Ashish - Proxywords
Congratulations Olivia!🎉👏 Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips. ❤️️✨
Thank you! And you’re welcome, I hope they’re helpful!
Pleasure is all mine and yes, all the points are very helpful! 😊
Really great! Congratulations 🎉
Thank you so much!
Miss B Blogz Thingz Over..
Congrats with the 2k Olivia🤗🎊 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽
Thank you so much!!
Thank you so much for sharing this and congratulations on so many followers. 🤗😊💖
Thank you! 🙂
Woow.. congratulations🎊🎊Being a newbie i think these tips are just what I need to grow my audience
Thank you! I hope you find them helpful!
Congratulations Olivia! Thanks for sharing 😊🌸
Congrats! Such a motivating blog post! I have a premium plan with WordPress and already looking for ways to improve my blog layout, but find it hard to use sometimes, but I guess that all comes with time! xx
It really does! Please message me thought if you need any help!
Thank you so much, I will definitely take you up on that! 😊
You gain 2k followers in several months and hard work is a part of it,but on the other side of that coin, the parcel of it is because you are creative, innovative, and skillful with talent + beautiful not to mention magnetic. Also because your subject matter matter work production help relieve individuals stress caused by COVID-19, and I find your productivity to be intersesting and profound.
*Congrats* and *Honors*
Thank you so much and thanks so much for the support!
You earned your creative props and here we all loved anb respect you. Just think about all the books you can sell because of your followers per se, and add promotion to that and you are a hrand success out of the gate=you are magnetically powerful=God is blessing you in bliss!
Look forward to supporting you further in your blogging journey! These tips are great, and its good that you mentioned that hard work is the key. Posting relatable content is something I also look to do, as when most people search through reader, they are more likely to click on a post that they feel that they can relate to while reading! Thanks for this post Olivia!
So very true Niraj! Its important to tap into what others are thinking and feeling too!
2k – that’s insaaaane! Congratulations!!!! ♥️♥️ I’ve literally been a follower since when you had 300 followers – and your growth is phenomenal. 👏
Great advice too. Please do a blog on monetising blogs too – if you are earning from the blog. I’ve always been curious about that!
I remember when we first connected too! Thanks so much for being there since then!
Once I have it figured out I will be sure to make a post about it!
Congratulations on your achievements dear🍻🍻🍻❤❤❤
Thank you so much!
Congratulations! I agree with all the points you’ve mentioned here, especially consistency and interacting with other bloggers. Keep em coming!
Thanks so much! Thanks for being here!
Just Brittany Moments
Very nice! 🙌🏾
Great blog advice. I’m doing a lot of the things you mentioned and find your advice very good. There is one other point I feel is important. You need to have fun.
Yes! How could I forget😆 the most important one. Blogging should be fun!
Wow thanks for the tips
You’re so welcome!
Thanks so much!!
Great information! Thanks so much for sharing! Congratulations on your growth!!! 🎉🎉🎉
Thank you so much! It means so much!
Congrats on your 2k followers – I must say, I don’t know how you do it posting so many times a week but girl you are KILLING IT!!!
Haha thank you so much 🤪 I must be crazy!
I wish you a very big congratulations on your 2k followers.
So sad, I don’t get followers for my blog. It’s making me about to give up on blogging. I don’t know what the problem is. Don’t know if I should change my niche. I’m really confuse
Thank you so much!
Don’t give up! Numbers don’t define you or your worth. They are just numbers.
Growth comes with time, it doesnt just happen overnight. And it takes alot of work too.
If you think it might be your niche, then as I have said in this post, broaden your niche if you can! See if that helps 🙂
Yeah. Thank you
It depends on your passion. If you love what you are writing about, it will give you the best results you can not imagine.
You are very welcome!
So very true!
Congrats Olivia on the 2k, and thanks for creating this post. I needed to read it, thanks for sharing!!!! 🥳🎉🎈🥳🎉🎈🥳🎉🎈🥳🎉🎈
Thanks so much!! 💛
Your welcome, and thank you for making this post. It’s helping me reflect over some things about my blog and how far I’ve come since starting back in 2016. Keep going and keep inspiring 😊😊😊😊😊
Well done on your 2k followers! You deserve it with amazing content you make ! It’s a pleasure reading your posts! ❤️
Thank you so much! Its a pleasure having you here!
Fredrick Onyango Okello
I am happy for you, getting to 2k Follower’s is impressive and admirable, I am heading there too, it may take a while but I am excited making such effort. By God’s grace and mercy I know I will get there. Thanks for the tips, you are being just kind. I wish you the best, someday I will be able to upgrade when the $$$ are found, for now I am looking for them……..hmm tc
Thank you very much! You definitely came from the sky. I needed these words. Thank you again! You’re an angel.
So glad they were helpful to you!
Have been looking for a post like this for a while! I’ve been really looking to grow my blog further and this really helps x
Im so glad it could be of help to you! Thanks so much for reading!
Delicate and brutal
Congratulations Olivia! 👏 You are rocking it! Thank you for your ongoing support with my blog 😊💕
Thank you so much Amy! 🥰
Real and Relatable (Madeleine)
Congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment! This was a great post with some great tips.
Congratulations on the 2k blog followers and thank you for sharing your advice and wisdom, Olivia. Yes, what you post is very relatable and relevant. There is always a gem or a “tiny” nugget of gold in what you post. You are an inspiration to me and I have learnt so much from you in the short time I have been following your blog.
There are a number of points you raise in today’s post that are well and truly on my radar and I will get to them soonish 😂 Keep being awesome 😎 😊🤗
Thank you so much Sean for your continued support! You keep being awesome too Sir! 🤗😎
Excellent article. You answered a lot of questions.
Thank you! So glad!
Congratulations! Wonderful, excellent article with great stuffstance that is useful and effective. Thank you.
Thank you so much!
You’re most welcome, Olivia!
This was really helpful! Can I ask, did you notice any negative side effects of incorporating ads on your site? Like a disinterest in followers or negative feedback?
So glad it is helpful! As for ads, I haven’t had any negative feedback at all. The ads aren’t super invasive, they are just kind of there. I think there is for sure a fine line between just enough ads and too many. I think you need to find a good balance.
But I haven’t had any feedback, and I hope I don’t either. I think people realise how much work goes into blogging so don’t mind seeing an ad every now and then!
Thank you so much!
Wow, that’s a great milestone! 2,000 in 4 months is amazing. Your posts are always super relevant and the titles are awesome too. Wishing you all the best and many thousands more to come!
Thank you so much Stuart! I really appreciate it!
So well deserved! Love reading & following your content both here & on Instagram x
Thank you so much! So glad to have you here x
Congratulations for 2k. You really deserve it and your contents are always relatable. Hope you grow more. 💕🎊🎉😊
Thank you so much! 💛
This is great advice! I think I will try and put more content into my blog because I thought you shouldn’t post too much. Well done on 2k!💛
I think its preference but you’re right, you shouldn’t over post. Thanks so much!
Great post and advice too..!
Thanks so much!
Congratulation👏👏 You deserve it and Thank you so much for sharing it. It is really helpful for me as a new person in blogging.Would like to see you achieving many more👍❤❤
Thank you so much! So glad this post was helpful to you!