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Blogging for a few years and no followers?
I've been blogging for a while now... Maybe around 2 years. And I only have 4 followers: 1 is an account I made for a friend and the other 3 were obtained through "follow for a follow." Pathetic, I know. I thought I posted interesting things, but then again everyone probably feels that way. Any tips to increase followers? Also, what am I doing wrong? Constructive criticism would be helpful!
You need to drive a lot of traffic (targeted traffic) to your blog, and then you will also get more followers
There are lots of methods to drive traffic to your blog, you can try some of the following:
- PPC (like google adwords, but there are lots of other PPC services) - paid traffic
- Video Marketing (especially via YouTube)
- here at Yahoo! Answers
- do SEO
- submit articles about your forum
- Squidoo and Hubpages
- Blog commenting
- Forum posting
- email marketing
- Ad Swaps / Solo Ads - paid traffic
If you want to learn more abouth those methods, you can download my free ebook at:
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Followers may not be the most accurate gauge of a blog's effectiveness, the number of visitors a week is probably a more precise gauge of popularity, the easy to install free Statcounter.com log service can provide a map of what countries your visitors come from, etc.
Those sometimes, self indulgent personal blogs can have a hard time getting search ranking, because the content tends to not be searched for as often. If you committed to a particular subject, looks like cooking might be it it may be easier to get ranking. A subject like fashion has a stronger chance of earning affiliate marketing or advertising revenue. You could consolidate your interests on separate multiple blogs.
Like most things in business it's about customer/viewer outreach, advertisement, and money. Let's take You Tubers as an example. A You Tuber pays to promote their video so they gain more views; which gains an audience, then hopefully a fan base. People do not go around hoping to find an undiscovered blog that interests them. Even if they do and a blog has such a small fan base it will be extremely hard to find. It's not about what you're writing about, there's always another person that shares the same interest; but what good is it if they can't find your blog?
Honestly you need to pay to advertise your blog; be willing to invest! After you pay for your advertisement (or even pay to buy followers to gain reach; it's desperate, but it'll help people find your blog with same interests.) but back to advertisement. After you pay for your advertisement and get a good reach and base of followers/viewers then you start getting your money back. When you have a big enough fan base then you can start charging people to advertise on your blog (do NOT over advertise it; your viewers will draw away). Also when you are looking for people to advertise on your blog make sure the advertisements are relevant to your blog. Such as ads for baking, crafts, and photography so it relates to your viewers; not annoying ads like "go back to college for free" or crummy ads you see like that on websites.
After you start getting money from advertising it's time to keep your viewers and then also gain more viewers! When you start getting money from your advertisements then you have money to spend on whatever. Sometimes take some of that money and start doing promotions, like give aways. Put $300.00 of advertisement money you've earned towards a camera and start doing a free giveaway. For applicants to be eligible to win they must share the blog to as many people as possible with prof. What it does is makes your viewers happy and makes them feel like they are apart of the blog. At the same time it's sort of free advertisement so you get more viewers; more viewers meens more money you can get from ads.
Takes money to make money, and that's how the world works. If you don't want to do your blog for money then you will be probably at the same spot as today in the next few years; but probably with 4 more followers from doing follow for follow. It's honestly a one in a million chance you will gain a big free viewing base.