Tips for Growing Your Blog

Today we’d like to introduce you to our blog sponsor, Tess of The Framed Lady!
She’s recently seen some growth in her blog numbers, so she’s here to share what’s worked for her and what might work for you as well!
Be a dear and tell her hello won’t you! 😉 Especially because these tips are all great ideas for anyone wanting to grow their following!

Take it away Tess!!!!

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Hey everyone!

I’m Tess from The Framed Lady! I’m super excited to be here on Truly Lovely! Here’s a little about me and my blog.

I live in San Diego with my husband and chinchilla. I’m a college grad (woohoo!) and I’ve recently thrown my weight behind my blog and seen some awesome growth in the last couple months. Networking and growing my blog is one of the most fun, fulfilling things I can imagine (aside, obviously, from motherhood, I guess). I just hit 600, and I’m already almost at 700!

I wanted to share some of the tools and techniques I’ve used that have been successful for me. You can view the original post here.

As a starter, you should just focus on getting some attention. A good way to do this is to follow and comment on other people’s blogs, and leave your URL so people can check you out if they want. Be genuine in your comments, and never say “Follow me back!” Also, never expect someone to follow you simply because you commented. I set a goal to comment on 5 blogs a day, whether I’m a new or old follower.

Another good way to get some attention is to sponsor other blogs, and have the option to sponsor on your blog. Prices will vary based on blog size. A lot of blogs offer an ad “swap,” where you can trade buttons and advertise for each other for free. You generally do ad swaps with blogs that are equal in size to your blog. You can also enter giveaways to win ad space if you don’t have a wide budget for sponsoring (plus, it’s really fun to win). As your blog grows and people want to sponsor you, this will turn into a way for you to make money.

Start a Facebook page! Invite your friends to like the page, and use “liking the Facebook Page” as an entry for giveaways. Post all your blog updates and posts onto this page so that followers can get the latest! Also start a Twitter for your blog (or just yourself and use it for both). I also linked the two together, so that when I post something to Facebook, it also goes onto Twitter (on Facebook, there’s an option to do this). 

Once you get to 50 followers, you can host your first giveaway! If you have a shop or blog who wants to do the giveaway for you, great! If not, use your own creativity. Giveaway something you made or something of value. I’ve even seen giveaways for gift cards! Using Rafflecopter is a really good way to make giveaways more organized (versus counting a bunch of comments and choosing one at random). Have giveaways as often as you want to.

Once you reach 100, you can start deciding on your permanent blog name. Hopefully at this point, you’ve developed a style and a specific audience. Decide on a concise, catchy blog name, and get your own URL! You can use sites like GoDaddy.com. To find out if your blog name is taken, simply search for it. I considered the name “I’ve Been Framed” when I got to this point, but when I searched ivebeenframed.com, it was taken, and the people who owned it wanted to sell it for $10,000! I decided on The Framed Lady, which was available for $12.99/year, which is a pretty typical price.

When you know what you want your permanent blog name to be, you can also invest in a blog design. I’ll tell you now that just because you pay more doesn’t mean it’s a better design. You can find some great designers who are just starting out and are willing to give you a great deal. My designer found me and asked if I’d be interested in a $20 blog makeover. I jumped on it. You don’t need to pay $200. Do some research, or barter with a friend.

At this point, you’re doing all of the major things to get attention for your blog.
Have a button
Sponsor/be sponsored
Ad swaps
Facebook page
Twitter
Giveaways
Have a name and a design

Remember that these guidelines are not hard rules – they are just what worked for me. One of the biggest things to remember as a blogger is to be genuine. If you find that your pageviews (and confidence) are low, or that you’re writing more for the attention than you are for yourself, consider taking a break from the attention aspect. I did. When you’ve regained your perspective an motivation, try again. A good thing to notice is that if blogging ever starts to feel like a chore, you’re doing something wrong.

I recently started doing blog consulting, where I help you implement these and other growth strategies. It’s a really tailored approach, specific to your blog. You can read more about that here.

You can connect with me via: Blog//Facebook//Twitter//Pinterest//Instagram

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Thanks for sharing Tess!!!! Please let us know if you have any other questions for Tess (or us here at Truly Lovely) about how to grow your blog! We’re all glad to help someone else just starting out… after all, we were there once too! 😉

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Comments

  1. Great tips! Thank you! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      Sounds like she’s got a handle on this whole blogging thing, right!? 🙂 Thanks for the comment today Marci!

  2. Wonderful tips! I think my problem is I’ve only sponsored a few blogs. I sponsored one a few months back and it was ridiculous. I paid like $25 dollars and my page views didn’t increase, and I definitely didn’t get any new followers. Do you know of any sponsors who are affordable and get results??

    Thanks for the post!

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      Sponsorship can be a tricky thing Reese. The key is to find a blog that you can truly relate to, learn about what they do for their sponsors and decide if you’re willing to pay their requested amount for those services. For me, a HUGE turn off is if a blog I’ve sponsored never even visits or comments on my blog. I’m paying you to promote me and you can’t take the time to at least see what I write about?! It’s all about finding someone who’s willing to promote at a level you want at the rate you’re willing to pay.

  3. What a GREAT post for new bloggers! Totally going to make sure a couple of my new blogger friends read. So fun! Thanks girl!

  4. These are all great tips!

  5. Great tips! I feel like you just described a lot of what I did when I started my blog 🙂

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  6. Thanks for all of the tips! I just started blogging recently so this will be nice to have in my back pocket as I move along!
    Jenn
    With Luck

  7. That’s a great summary, and a good reminder, too. I really like your goal to comment on 5 blogs a day. That’s a great way to network and know what’s going on in the “blogosphere”. 🙂

    Jillian
    Hi! It’s Jilly

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      That is a great tip! If you don’t get out there and make yourself known, there’s not much chance of someone stumbling across your blog, right!?! Thanks for the visit today Jillian!