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.
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!
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.
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!