What I’ve Learnt About Effectively Sharing Blog Posts & Links

A while ago, I wrote a blog post about mistakes I made when I started blogging. One point I mentioned was that I didn’t share my blog posts and links and when I did, I clearly wasn’t doing it right because for the first six months or so, my stats were pretty shocking.

sharing good

Now I know it’s not all about numbers and to be frank, my stats still aren’t actually that great but I seem to have got the hang of effectively sharing my blog posts to the right sort of audience to grow my following, gain loyal readers and encourage interaction on my blog posts. I started thinking about what I was doing (or rather not doing) back then compared to now and composed a little list of things that I’ve personally found helpful and beneficial to sharing my blog posts. I can’t guarantee that all of these will work for everybody, they’re simply what I’ve found have worked for me which may work for you too!

Different platforms

I always share my posts on Twitter, obviously but I also have a Facebook page dedicated to my blog, a Google + account and a LinkedIn account which are all linked up to my blog so new posts automatically get posted to all platforms to all potential audiences.

Different times of day

I know it sounds obvious but your blog and Twitter followers are from all over the world so be sure to post your blog links throughout the day. If you just do it at a certain time, someone from the other side of the world could always be missing it.

Relevant hash tags

I was pretty useless at for ages but using relevant hash tags on Twitter is important because believe it or not, people actually search for them! #bookbloggers, #lbloggers (lifestyle bloggers), #tbloggers (travel bloggers), #foodbloggers are some I use.

Twitter link-ups

Again, I didn’t know about these for a while but I’ve found lots of new blogs to follow from taking part in them and gained new followers too. #SundayBlogShare and #MondayBlogs are two I always use but I’m sure there’s lots more floating around!

Tag Twitter accounts which are designed to retweet your posts in your tweets

There’s plenty of Twitter accounts around that are designed to help bloggers by retweeting their links. You have to tag them in your tweets for them to see it but a few are @UKblog_RT, @FemaleBloggerRT and @RTYourBlog. (If anyone knows of others, please leave them in the comments for people to find!)

Take part in Twitter chats

Twitter chats are so much fun! I can’t believe it took me so long to get involved in them but they’re a great way to meet other bloggers and potentially gain new followers by sharing links at the end. Check out this post by Olivia for a weekly chat timetable!

Have sharing options on blog posts

If you look at the bottom of this post, I have lots of sharing options for people to use; Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit and although I don’t use all these, a reader might so make all options open!

Include photos in tweets

I’ve only recently started doing this but I’ve found it has a great impact and drives more people to your post. By including an image in your tweet, it makes it stand out in a sea of other tweets and will catch people’s eyes!

When I was a new blogger, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing so I hope that someone can find this helpful! If anyone has any other tips, feel free to leave them below and share your wisdom!

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64 thoughts on “What I’ve Learnt About Effectively Sharing Blog Posts & Links

  1. I think you MAY have missed out the most important parts of writing a good blog – ALL of which you do,

    1. Be Interesting,
    2. Be amusing
    3. Be entertaining
    4. Be lively.

    Just my 2p.

    John

  2. If you want more interaction then ask a question at the end of your post.

    #FridayReads #BluSkyFriday #ArchiveDay (Saturday) #WeekendBlogHop #TuesdayShares are a few other twitter link ups I use.

  3. Thanks Jenny! Some really helpful tips! Especially about the hastags – I have been using more of them recently on twitter and instagram and I found it makes a real difference. Posting photos in tweets sounds like an excellent idea too, think I will give that a go next… 🙂 x

  4. Fantastic tips, I’m just learning the ropes of self-promotion on twitter, and this post is so helpful 😀

  5. Great post Jenny! I’ve learnt all these things over the past 2+ years but wish I’d known a lot sooner haha!
    I think chats do make a big difference too as I’ve noticed since not taking part anymore, I struggle to attract new readers. Also – whenever I tag those RT accounts they NEVER retweet me! Nevermind 😛

    xo

    • I wish I’d known sooner too, haha! I honestly didn’t have a clue! I agree with the chats too – I haven’t taken part in one in so long but I need to start again because they’re so much fun! Haha, mine don’t often either but it’s always worth a try, eh? (: xx

  6. how do you add # when the post goes directly to twitter when you publish?! sorry if the question is stupid *blush* thank you for great advice!! ❤

  7. This is a wonderful post! I’m sure it will help many bloggers and it definitely helps me. I have to ask though… How do you get the hang of Twitter? I just can’t keep up with it or get into the groove of it! Its like its another language to me! xoxo

    • I’m really glad you found it helpful! It took me a while to get the hang of Twitter but it’s helped MASSIVELY with my blog. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to help out! I did feel like I was trying to learn a new language at the beginning too haha (: xx

  8. Thanks for this really helpful post! I’ve been blogging for a year, but I still sometimes feel a little unsure about how best to promote my posts. I always post my posts to Twitter and Google+, but I have never tried Twitter chats (they always look fun, I’m just too shy to join in!) or link-ups, so I might have to give them a go, as it would be nice to grow my blog a little, and meet some more bloggers.

    • Oh you should totally take part in Twitter chats! They’re so much fun an not scary at all. Everyone’s really friendly and supportive and it’s a great way to find new blogger friends too. I’ve met tons of my Twitter friends through chats. They’re always so interesting too – seeing people different POV’s on different topics! xx

  9. Awesome! I never really got the # thing. Thank you for the examples. I recently stopped tweeting to see what the impact did. Even though I wasn’t using it to the extent that you do (#’s and RT tags) My numbers have SIGNIFICANTLY decreased! Thanks so much for the post! I’ll be reposting this one too!

  10. Reblogged this on Jewel's Eclectic Books and commented:
    Twitter is BIG! I wasn’t using Twitter to it’s full capabilities like tagging retweeters and using #’s, but over the past week I have stopped using Twitter and have seen my numbers drop to less than half what they were! Time to step things up a notch! Thank you for your tips, Jenny :*

  11. I am new to twitter so I am very glad you mentioned these tags! I never even thought of reposting the link more than ones. I will definitely use these tips!

  12. This is so helpful I’ve recently just starting using social media better but I didn’t know about all of the other things you mentioned.

  13. Some really good tips here, which if I ever get a minute I hope to make sure I follow. There’s so much to do it’s hard to keep up!

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  15. Again really useful post- thanks. I don’t participate in twitter chats and I don’t tag twitter accounts designed to retweet. Both now in my to do list! Thanks

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