A few years ago now, I started taking note of my blog stats. I like numbers and watching them grow. It keeps me motivated and helps me to know that I’m clearly doing something right and on the right track. I think that’s the case for a lot of people and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. The increasing numbers are a JOY to watch and still give me a buzz today. That’s why I wanted to share how to get blog followers quickly and easily.

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I’ve been blogging since 2013 (ah the good ol’ days) and back in 2018 was when I started to really keep track of the NUMBERS. In the middle of 2018, I hit 5,000 blog followers, which was 5 years into my blogging journey. So that averages out at around 1,000 followers a year. A pretty decent amount and pretty steady growth.

Then at the beginning of 2020…

I hit 10,000 blog followers.

That’s another 5,000 followers in 1.5 years. Say whaaaaat. I know, I don’t really believe it either but here we are.

*update*: I’m updating this post in August of 2020 and I now have over 11,700 blog followers.

I gained the same amount of blog followers in 1.5 years than I did in 5 years. But HOW? No, it wasn’t luck. No, it wasn’t chance. It was hard bloody work and making those effective changes to my blog and my approach which brought about this mega growth. So today I’m going to share 6 of the basic ways how to get blog followers which ACTUALLY WORKED for me.

To be totally honest, it’s not what I expected to happen. I never anticipated this growth. But something obviously clicked and here we are. I even wrote a whole eBook dedicated to growing your blog following, which contains a lot of extra, handy information and resources if you REALLY wanna get stuck in!

Related resource: A Beginners Guide To Growing A Blog Following

Before we get into the advice, here’s a quick image that I took a few years ago (mind the quality, I had a REALLY shite camera!) which shows how I used to keep track of my stats and how many followers I had at that time (2018):

Want to know how to get blog followers? Keep reading!

Consistency will get you blog followers

I think one of the main differences is that my consistency improved tenfold. I have a blog schedule, a spreadsheet to keep track of all my blog posts and social media promotional posts and I STICK TO IT. Without fail. It was only when I started doing this and stopped posting sporadically that I noticed a real increase.

How to help with consistency? Schedule posts in advance. Bank a bunch of posts which are ready to go for say, the following month. This way you don’t have to worry about churning out a post the morning it’s due up and it takes a LOT of the pressure off. I will advocate for scheduling in advance until I’m blue in the face.

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Scheduling tweet regularly and every day

Regardless of how tedious I find it, scheduling tweets and promoting my posts on the reg has helped massively. Did you know the average life span of a tweet in around 18 minutes? Say you promote your blog post ONCE on Twitter, that gives you readers 18 minutes peak time to see it. After that, they’re less and less likely to do so.

So not only with scheduling tweets help with blog VIEWS, it’ll also help getting your blog out there and for more people (people = potential followers) to see it. Don’t be afraid of “over-sharing” on Twitter either – if the average life span is 18 minutes, trust me, you’re not over-sharing.

How do I schedule my tweets? I use the free version of Buffer to schedule tweets for that day. When I have a NEW post up, almost all of my promotional tweets are promoting that post. If I don’t, then I promote a variety of my old posts. Plus my eBooks, my advertising packages and any affiliate programmes.

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Work on your photography

Let’s just get this out of the way… I hate taking blog photos. I hate it. BUT, what I’ve learnt is that humans are visual creatures. We need something to draw us in. The easiest thing for that? Photos. Now, I definitely DID improve my photography. It’s nowhere near the standard of others but compared to what it used to be, well, call me Picasso.

But when I can’t take photos or I’m writing a blog post like this one where I wouldn’t know WHAT photos to take – I use stock photos. Which are totally okay to use as a blogger and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Basically what I’m saying, is just take a minute to actually CARE about how your content looks.

What to do if you hate taking blog photos? Finding a “style” that works for you is helpful because it cuts down the thinking time when it comes to arranging the photo. Accumulate some props which are easily accessible and you know look nice in photos. And don’t compare yourself to others! And use stock photos, which we’ve covered.

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Find what does well for you

Another great tool for how to increase your blog following is finding what does well for you and your audience. For example, blogging advice style posts – like this one! – always go down really well. So I started using that information to my advantage.

How do I do this? Hop onto your stats (e.g the WordPress stats page on the app – if you use WordPress – I’m afraid I don’t know how Blogger works with this) and check out your “monthly” views. It’ll tell you which were your most viewed post/s on any given month. If you start to notice a pattern (e.g a book review is always the highest viewed post) then take note.

Grow your blog followers by getting involved – be social

You have to be active in the blogging community. New followers and like-minded followers are everywhere but you’re more likely to find them if you’re actually social. It’s called SOCIAL media for a reason. If you don’t put yourself out there, be heard, talk to people, make friends and offer opinions – how is anyone going to find you? How to increase your blog following goes further than just your blog.

How do I do this? There’s plenty of ways to do this which will benefit different people. A few are; joining a comment pod, taking part in Twitter chats, taking part in comment threads, joining blogging Facebook groups, just simply talking to people on Twitter.

Be passionate

When you read a blog post, you just know if the blogger behind it doesn’t give a shit about what they’re writing. Honestly, you can tell. Passion shines through. Not just in blogs, in anything. If you’re writing about something you love, are enthusiastic and passionate then I believe you’ll attract those like-minded people (as well as putting the hard-work in!)

Please don’t just write about something because everyone else is. Because it’s “cool”, when you really don’t care. Because if you don’t care, your readers won’t either. So even if that means writing LESS posts, then so be it. As long as you implement all the above and are PASSIONATE about what you’re writing, it’s all good.

My brand new course, Blogging Mindset Mastery will REALLY help you with finding what you’re truly passionate about when it comes to your blog!

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I hope these tips on how to get blog followers were helpful!

198 Comments

  1. Lovely post.
    Great help.
    I have a question about title/headlines, what if your idea for the writeup isn’t catchy or trendy but you like it, do you please yourself or try to draw the audience?

  2. This post was just on time, for me! Although I am still working on building my blog, I totally agree with all of what you have said here. When I changed my plans into posting continuously the past month, I have gained more traffic to my blog! I’ve also noticed engagement rates increased as well (wahoo!) 🚀
    Thanks Jenny, that was very informative. 🌻✨

  3. All of this is so true! I’ve not used stock photos before but will have a look into that now I’ve recently branched out into posting about blogging tips! I’d love to do some flatlay photos, might give them a try one day while I’m still furloughed. Your blog view stats made me want to cry lol! I don’t feel like I’m gonna get anywhere near those while my Pinterest won’t let me post and link to my site!
    Also, just wanted to say, I LOVE the layout of your blog! Looks amazing xx

    1. Pinterest is doing my HEAD in lately! My views have dropped loads because Pinterest isn’t working for me right now and I don’t know whether that’s a Pinterest fault or what. My blog followers have always been great – I’m up to 11,200 now! Definitely start using stock photos – it’s soooo much less pressure. And there are so many amazing stock photos too – Unsplash is my favorite site!

      1. I’ve seen a few people mention on Twitter that their Pinterest is playing up. Whereas I can’t even get an answer from a person, just bots about getting my site taken off their spam list! My blog following has hardly changed over the last year, but I’m hoping g with consistency it will grow gradually! Thanks for the tip, I’ll check Unsplash out! X

  4. I really, really need to work on my consistency. I’m always finding excuses not to knuckle down and get it done, but seeing how much you’ve grown is definitely the motivation I need to get my sh*t together! I’m feeling really inspired and passionate about blogging just now, it’s just the whole ‘getting it done’ thing. I’m gonna be thinking ‘What Would Jenny Do?’ from now on haha! x

  5. Some really great tips here! I definitely think being passionate and consistent are huge contributing factors. Although this post has made me realise that I never keep track of my following and only ever really monitor views x

    Sophie

  6. Increasing my blog following is one of my biggest resolutions for 2020, so I found this post extremely helpful and informative! Consistency and promoting my blog are two things I really struggle with because I often don’t have the energy to do anything productive after I get back from work. Weekends are the only time I can take some photos for my blog, but it can be hard when the weather is miserable and there isn’t much light to take photos inside. Still, I’m determined to make more effort to grow my blog this year and I will definitely bookmark this post for future reference – thanks for sharing!

    Dominika | Into the Bloom

    1. Really hope you find these tips helpful when you put them into practice! If you don’t have much time for promotion, I’d suggest scheduling your tweets on the day – doing 6/7 tweets in the morning when you wake up, should only take you about 10 mins!

  7. such handy tips here I need to really focus on my blog this year haha it gets left out with all my freelance work! x

  8. That’s a huge milestone, congratulations! I absolutely despise scheduling tweets but I need to get over it and start getting serious about it!