So… you’ve been blogging a while. You adore creating new content and interacting with your readers. You love social media and sharing things you enjoy. And maybe you’ve even been sent some things to review. But you don’t feel like you’re progressing as much as you’d like or you hoped you’d be. You’re ready to commit to taking your blog to the next level and want to know how to grow your blog but not sure where to start. If that sounds like you, you’re in the right place!

Grow Your Blog

We all blog for different reasons and if you blog for a hobby or as an outlet to share how you’re feeling, then this isn’t the post for you. I think all bloggers are amazing – whatever your reasons for blogging and continuing to blog. But this post is more aimed at you, the person who’s looking to learn how to grow your blog and take your blog to the next level.

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So if you’re looking to boost those views and followers, maybe want to start getting serious about working with brands and turning your hobby into a business or perhaps just want to adopt a more professional approach to your blog, then here are some ways to help you in taking your blog to the next level!

Grow Your Blog

Consider going self hosted or upgrading your WordPress plan

If you’re wanting your blog to look and feel more professional, want to get rid of the ‘WordPress’ or ‘Blogger’ branding and open yourself up to more opportunities, then it’s time to go self hosted or upgrade your plan if you’re on WordPress! This post from Glow Steady is a good place to start with self hosting!

I’ve been with WordPress since day 1 and I’ve always loved using this platform. They have a few fab plans available, specifically for different needs. This year I upgraded to the Business Plan and I don’t regret a second of it. I’ve never been happier with my blog!

Revamp your blog, theme or graphics to reflect your brand

Whether you’re self hosted or not, it’s never a bad time to have a revamp of your blog. So if you feel like you’re in need of a re-brand, now’s the time to do it! And it’s a great way to give you that boost of motivation to really take your blog to the next level and give your blog that lease of life it deserves.

Invest in coaching, courses or eBooks to help you grow your blog

There’s always room to grow your blog and learn something new about blogging. That’s one of the reasons I love it so much. So if you’re really trying to take your blog to that next level but finding it difficult on your own, look for help. There are plenty of amazing coaching and courses out there from really experienced, reputable bloggers which will help. If a course is a little out of your budget right now, you can always invest in a couple of eBooks instead.

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Get clear on your vision and goals for your blog

It’s all very well wanting to take your blog to the next level but if you’re unclear on what that next level even is, then you’re going to be a bit lost. Take some time to sit down and reflect on where exactly you want your blog to go, what direction you want to take it in and what you’re hoping to get from it in the future. Set goals. Make a plan.

My new course, Blogging Mindset Mastery is absolutely PERFECT if this is something you’re struggling with. This course delves DEEP into helping you create an action plan for your blog and how to achieve your blogging goals as well as getting clear on your vision.

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Create a solid blog plan and schedule

Speaking of a plan, if it’s your planning and productivity you want to take to the next level, then creating a solid blog plan and schedule is a must. You can find my Ultimate Guide To Planning Blog Content blog post right here, which will definitely help you with this point!

Grow your blog with a newsletter

Newsletters are great resources for bloggers and readers alike. They create extra snippet into the bloggers life, for loyal and engaged readers who want a bit extra and they’re also amazing places to market your blog, your products (if you have any) and basically anything else you want to market!

I created my first newsletter only this year! Can you believe I waited 6 years? And personally, I definitely feel like this will take things to another level for me. Maybe not right away but once I’ve established a good newsletter format and built up a solid newsletter following. Fancy signing up? Click here!

Brush up on your SEO knowledge

SEO might not be the biggest priority for people who blog as a hobby but if you’re looking at how to take your blog to the next level and ultimately want to work on your views, engagement and brand relationships, then SEO knowledge is very useful! It sounds super complicated at first. But it doesn’t have to be!

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Grow Your Blog

I hope this post helped you learn some basic ways to grow your blog! If you have any other advice, let me know!

88 Comments

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  2. This was so helpful for someone like me who wants to know how to gain more opportunities with brands and build up my readers and engagement!! Going to go give your SEO post a read now to brush up on my knowledge x

  3. I’m exactly at this point – I want my blog to grow and continue to be successful but I don’t know what needs to change! Well, I know I need to be posting more consistently but life just keeps getting in the way…

    Great post as always and I’ll definitely be checking out those courses when I know I can dedicate the time to it!

    Abi | https://whatabigailsays.co.uk/

  4. I’ve actually been working on my SEO the past few days, and speeding up my website too. I don’t know if it was just coincidence but over the 3 days I did that my DA went from 25 to 27.

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip

  5. This is fantastic. I’m happy as having this blog as a hobby now but in the future if I want to do more then this is a great post for tips. Though I do like trying to be a bit more professional for if people come across my blog so maybe I can try to incorporate some of these things anyway.

  6. I think investing in your blog is a great push if you want to make it grow. I went self hosted from day 1 and I think that was a great decision in terms of sticking at it and it feeling like my space (without the .wordpress part). I’m definitely going to take a look at that SEO course and see what I have to learn. Would be interested in an update at some point to see how you’re getting on with grow & glow x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  7. Once I got my head around SEO it really did change how I write, and how I see my blog. It’s only been a hot minute so I’m not seeing many results right now, but they’ll come.

    Excellent tips Jenny!

  8. I only blog as a hobby and I’m honestly not sure I’ve got enough confidence in myself to try and take it further even if I wanted to. But I’m the type of person more motivated when I’ve got goals etc, so even doing it as a hobby, this is a really inspirational post. I still want to grow my blog and be the best I can even if I’m never planning to monetise it. So thank you for another great and really insightful/useful post.

  9. Such a great informative post, Jenny! Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚ I’m really trying to give my blog my all since quitting my job and I think that my next big step is to invest in some more courses or coaching! I also REALLY need to get on top of my schedule, because it’s all over the place atm :”)

  10. I have been working on ideas for a newsletter! It has almost come together and I think it is a good step for all bloggers to take!

    There are many good blogs out there on the art of blogging and it is definitely worthwhile reading up on your craft!

  11. this was really helpful, thank you for sharing! after a month of regular blogging Im ready to apply these tips!

    arshelski | arshelski.com

  12. I just started my blog and this is great information, I feel like a fish out of water and this will give me some good resources after I find my groove. Thanks for the post!