Ana asked me some blog-related questions on Instagram the other day, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to write a post about it! This post will focus primarily on driving traffic towards your site and how to gain sincere followers. I’ll try and keep it easy-to-follow however you know I love a good ramble!
Spend 30 minutes catching up on your reader, daily
Not going to lie, I don’t do this as much as I should. However, when I do take time out to comment on other blogs, my posts instantly have better response. I personally don’t think you should focus on the numbers, despite it being an integral part of blogging. Making sincere friends is the most special part of this community! I will make a post with a list of my favourite bloggers soon. Stay tuned for that!
Discover 10-15 blogs per month
It’s important to keep finding new blogs, new inspirations and potentially new supporters. I follow 10-15 new blogs a month, and spend time engaging with their content and showing full support. This is really fun to do, and also helps grow your audience!
Set up an Instagram
Most of my followers come from Instagram. Over there we have a ‘small blogger’ community where we support each other’s content and strengthen bonds! I find so much inspiration on that platform.
Join engagement groups!
Group chats boost exposure, which is key to driving traffic towards your site. I have found quite a few friends through engagement group chats and when you submit your new post on there, people immediately go to like and comment. The Instagram algorithm means new posts don’t often pop up in people’s feeds, so you have to let them know by other means (through DMs and stories)
Use Instagram hashtags to your advantage
My good friend Sophie recently started up a hashtag called ‘insophiescorner’ on Instagram and it’s a perfect place to submit photos and find other small bloggers! Weekly, or even bi-monthly, catch up on the content within the hashtag and start following new accounts. You already have lifestyle in common as a niche, so they’re going to be a perfect reader for your site! If you are a lifestyle blogger, I highly recommend tagging your Instagram posts with ‘insophiescorner’ to find sincere followers. Please don’t abuse it though!
Many thanks to Ana for the question! I’ve just written a whole post from your short DM. Hope this helps other new bloggers too! If you enjoy my tips, I would happily create a part two for you.
How often do you spend blogging per day? What advice would you offer beginner bloggers?
Have a lovely day!