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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You have no idea how helpful this post was! Congrats and thank you!!! ❤️
Thanks for the advice and congrats!!
Congratulations, I have actually started following you around 4 months ago and you deserve this following, your posts are so great and are getting better and better! I hope your blog will keep growing, you deserve it!
Thank you so much! I remember when we connected all those months ago!
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Grape jelly 265
I am to lazy to read the whole thing, but I think it’s great advice!
Very good advice, thank you Olivia! You seem to have found the holy grail of blogging techniques. You’ve grown so much over the past few months. I also did a little rebrand a while back and widened my niche, upgraded my plan and the like. My goal was always to create content that would have a wider appeal. I don’t want to write just for teens like myself but a range of people. This is why lifestyle + wellness content is so great- it’s always relevant and applicable!
Thank you so much! I think one of the best things I did was doing just that, re-branding and broadening my niche. As I said in this post, you’re then not just narrowing your audience, you’re making it bigger! And that helps alot!
I couldn’t have said it better! x
Good points, thank you.
Thanks for reading!
Auro Aditya Biswal
Wow that’s really wonderfull
Congrats! Thanks for sharing 🙂 x
Thanks so much for reading! x
Monika R. Martyn
Make that 2001 followers. What a great post and the truth behind your success is that it is hard work and commitment. You have done it well! Revel in the results that you have voice that people will listen to. Congratulations.
thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words!
That’s wonderful! Congratulations!!
Those tips were quite good! I agree with consistency being the key. And broadening one’s blog niche is a great way to encourage a wider variety of readers as well. Thank you for sharing!!
Thank you for reading!
Best of luck✌
Finally taking the plunge and starting to share my blog, that I started two years ago!!! This gives me hope that maybe one day I will make it, thank you 😄
I love this! So happy you’re here!
Wow! I just started blogging again. Thank you for this. Congrats on your blog!
Thanks so much! Welcome back!
Congratulations Olivia. Many more followers to you!
Thanks for the blogging tips!
Thanks so much!
These tips are so helpful! I will definitely adopt some of these. Thanks!!
You’re so welcome, I hope you find them helpful 🙂
This is really good advice thank you
You’re welcome. So glad it was helpful!😊
Congratulations. Good advice for writers.
Wow, you’ve done well and worked hard to get here. Thanks for the tips! 🦋
Thanks so much!
Congratulations, that is a fantastic achievement! I just don’t have time to be present as much as I would like in order to grow my audience, but I’m working on it as best I can 🙂
Thanks so much!!
Thanks for sharing these practical tips, and congrats on 2k!
Thank you! I hope you find them helpful!
Such an accomplishment… Posting and interacting everyday is definitely a lot of work, but the fruits of hard work certainly make it all the more worth it!
Thank you so much☺️
Wow this is amazing. I have just started a blog so thank you for this advice
You’re so welcome, I hope you find it useful!
Wooooow congratulations! Thank you for this. It really helped
Thank you! so glad!
This was such an inspiring read! I’m very early on in my blogging journey and this was super helpful 👏🏻❤️
So glad you found this helpful 💛
The Words Kraft
Great. When we get loyal and honest followers who care to read our posts, that’s a real gift. Otherwise, Social Media seems to be flooded with lame requests of “Visit for visit. Like for like”, which I think defeats the sole purpose of writing. The mindless barter system might get us likes but doesn’t do an iota justice to the write-up. As writers and authors, our predominant goal should be to get honest readers, rather than simply exchanging likes. But this is really good and inspirational.
So very true. I really dislike that follow for follow culture, and it just shows what’s the most important to that person, and thats followers. Yes followers are nice, but wouldnt you rather gain your followers organically? Thats my thoughts. Its all about numbers for some people, but there’s more to it than that!
These are absolutely great tips Olivia particularly interaction with other bloggers. Congrats on your 2,000 awesome followers!
Thank you so much!!
Wow… Congratulations on the achievement. Also, thanks a lot for putting out so much information for newbies like us. This is so valuable and contains such important points.
Thank you so much. I do hope they are helpful!
Absolutely dear 💕💕💕 They are very much helpful
Thank you for this post, so helpful! ☺️
Thank you! So glad it was ☺️
Congratulations and the tips are excellent!
Thanks so much!
Thank you for posting that.
Thanks so much!
Many thanks.very good suggestions . Thanks for sharing.
You’re so welcome 🙂
Congratulations 🥳 that’s amazing, fab points as well Thankyou for sharing x
Congrats on 2k! This is such a helpful post, thank you for sharing the tips that helped you ☺️x
You’re so welcome Ellie! Thanks for reading!
Thanks so much for this Olivia. I have recently started my own blog about wellness and over life strategies and this will really help me grow and learn. I’m a complete newbie to blogging so it’s fantastic to read this. Stay safe and thank you!
I hope you find the tips helpful! Good look on your blogging journey!
Mishkat Al Moumin
Very helpful! Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for reading!
Thank you for your ideas🙏🙏🙏🙏😊😊😊
Thank you for stopping by!
And you absolutely deserve it! A few months ago when I started, you gave me so much encouragement by promoting me on your story on Instagram etc, you are a wonderful person Olivia and this is a wonderful post! Thank you for all your advice 💗 hard work does pay off 👏🏽
Aw and I’m still here if you do need any help! Right back at you 💖
Congratulation olivia, such informative blog
looking forward to get lots of help from your Blogs
Olivia, hi lovely to be here. You know that last point about getting/upgrading to the premium wordpress one, i have always been thinking about that decision and always thought, i would only do if a need arises, but reading your review it seemed totally important suddenly. Let me see from here how this adventure goes from here.
I am thankful I found the information I needed from the comments on your post. I am always having a problem with consistency but I try….
Congratulations! with thanks.