12 Fun and Easy Ways to Grow Your Blog’s Audience

Hey guys, and happy Thursday! ❤ I hope that you’re all doing well. As you can see by the title, I have an awesome blogging post to share with you today!

Informative posts like these really help other bloggers out, and I knew that making my own would be a lot of fun. xx I hope that it can inspire you and be an encouragement, as well; there are so many fun and easy ways to make readers come back to your blog for more amazing content, and the tips that I came up with for today are just some of them! Here are twelve ways to grow your blog’s audience! ❤ Enjoy!

12 Fun and Easy Ways to
Grow Your Blog’s Audience

1. Respond to every comment you receive.

The bloggers who stand out to me as the nicest individuals in the community are the ones who take the time to have conversations with me in the comments! The comment section can be so much more than just feedback on yours or someone else’s post; you can get to know others and make new friends, too. By making sure to thank and chat with those who read your posts is a huge encouragement for them to come back, as they know their responses will always be seen and responded to.

2. Be a regular reader of your friends’ blogs.

When you visit someone’s blog regularly (even daily!), not only do you genuinely get to know them, but you also become a valuable reader to them! Just like with other online communities, bloggers thrive on give-and-take relationships. So, if you consistently reach out to a blogger and show how much you enjoy their blog and their writing, chances are high that they’ll check out your blog, and probably become a reader of your blog, too.

3. Find other bloggers in the Reader that share common interests with you.

Think about the main topics that you cover on your blog. Once you have a good list, add those keywords as tags to your Reader and browse them! I enjoy finding new blogs that write about similar topics as I do on my blog, because then I enjoy reading what they write, and since the writer and I have common interests, we usually both enjoy each other’s content!

4. Tag your posts accordingly.

The reason this is so important for your readership is because by tagging your posts irrelevantly (i.e. ‘food’ on a beauty post) and obsessively (60 tags versus 15), you’ll suddenly be getting blog viewers that aren’t even interested in what you blog about, and by over-tagging, you’re risking being blocked in the Reader. On WordPress Support, it says in bold, “The more tags you use, the less likely it is that your post will be selected for inclusion in the topic listings.” Read the rest of this help page here. As you can see, relevance is key!

5. Write genuine comments.

Giving your honest feedback on posts is highly appreciated by bloggers, and through experience, I have learned that the more thought-out your comment is (as well as how lengthy it is!) makes a huge difference. Like many other bloggers, I myself enjoy receiving and reading longer comments more; it makes for more conversation, you can learn more about the person, and comments like that have a positive impact on the person who gets them! Short, genuine comments can be sweet, as well (it depends on the post), but I will always enjoy reading comments with more words more.

6. Give your readers posts to look forward to.

You can tailor this to your own blog and interests! Throughout my months of pretty consistent weekly posting, I have found that having blog series you keep up with, as well as telling your readers in advance about a post you’re stoked about sharing, gives those who visit your blog an awesome incentive to come back! I find myself looking forward to certain days of the week because I know different people I’m following post specific things those days, haha ❤

7. Develop main focus/es for your blog.

Blog readers really appreciate knowing what you typically post, whatever it might be! If you know what to expect from a blogger in terms of topics (that’s why series are fun for readers), it’s easier to follow along with the mood of your blog, because it all goes together. Testing out types of posts to see what people like is a good idea, but I’m still a firm believer in post consistency; when bloggers post random things all the time, it makes their blogs feels scattered and disorganized to the readers.

8. Use photos – utilize all of the free image sites available online.

From my own personal experience as a blogger, as well as watching how many views and comments posts gets, I can safely say that a blog reader is much more likely to read and enjoy a post with photos over one (even on a similar topic) that doesn’t, or only has one. Oftentimes, I don’t have pictures taken that are relevant to what I’m writing about, which is where free stock photo sites come in handy! If you’d like to check these out for yourself, I highly recommend Pixabay, Pexels, and Unsplash – they all offer beautiful, high-quality photos on a huge array of subjects, completely for free. Some require that you sign up for a free account to download the pics, but all three of the ones that I mentioned don’t require attribution unless you want to give it. They have been a life saver for my blog many times!

9. Mention other bloggers in your posts.

There are few things more exciting in the blogging world than when you suddenly see your name mentioned in the post of a blogging friend of yours, haha! Whether you’ve been included in a blog tag, or they’ve credited you for the post idea they wrote that day, including others in your writing makes your blog so special to them! This isn’t something you have to do, nor is it something I’d recommend that you do all the time, but it is a great way to feature your readers.

10. Give your blogging friends the spotlight.

On my blog, I regularly interview other bloggers, have included bloggers in the summer memories series I did this past month, participated in a blogging challenge with a few blog friends of mine, held a weekend-long blog party, and collaborated with other bloggers a few times, as well! If any of those types of posts would appeal to you and fit your blogging style, I’d like to encourage you to pursue that! Bloggers love participating in blogging events, collab posts, etc – including me!

11. Write helpful / how-to / informative posts.

It is often the posts that readers really get something out of that become fan favorites! Whether you’ve taught them something new about history, or introduced them to an easy recipe or craft, writing helpful posts like this at least every once in a while is a great way to boost readership. Learning something helpful and new (such as what this post provides!) is often deeply appreciated by blog readers.

12. Make your posts interactive.

Depending on what any given post is about, there are some that can be more interactive than others. Prompting conversation by asking a closing question (like I usually do), or by making the post easy for any reader to comment on (i.e. I encourage everyone that reads my Little Accomplishments posts to tell me what they’ve gotten done that past week!) makes your content more reader-friendly.

Thank you so much for reading! ❤ I hope that you could find these tips helpful; even if just one of them helps you, that would be a blessing to me! Getting to 1k followers in less than a year on Dreaming of Guatemala was achieved by following the advice that I have shared with all of you above! ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

Which piece of advice helped YOU the most?

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

74 thoughts on “12 Fun and Easy Ways to Grow Your Blog’s Audience

  1. Such a great post! Thanks so much for sharing this great advice with us 😀. I found the websites with free stock photos to be most useful for me personally. Definitely need to check those sites out! Congrats on 1 thousand followers!! That’s so very exciting ‼️😀

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  2. For some reason it’s always the posts that I don’t ask for participation on that are the ones that get the most comments. Any time I do encourage it I can count on getting a bunch of likes but absolutely zero comments, haha!

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    1. Oh goodness, haha! I’ve had that same problem before; blog readers are so finicky sometimes. I’ll also have where a post I loved writing gets a minimal response, and then the posts I go ahead and post even though I didn’t love it get many more views, comments, and likes. I’ll think that I know what my readers like, but they always surprise me!

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  3. Thanks for the tips. I’ve already used some of your tips before you mentioned them today and I have found them to be useful. Thank you for sharing them with us. It really does help your, mine, and everyone’s blog to have these tips. They are just wonderful.

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  4. I didn’t know you could get free images on some sights and I’ve always been terrified by the dreaded copy right! So thanks for that, I’ll be checking the sights you mentioned out!! 😃

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    1. Yes!! There are so many photos available for free on those websites, which I’m very thankful for. I’m scared of infringing copyrights, as well; you can get in so much trouble so easily! 😮 You’re welcome! I’m glad I could help! ❤

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  5. These are all great tips Maggie! I definitely agree with interacting with readers, and including photos. All those stock images sites are so good when you want to include a photo but you don’t have one of your own 😀
    Also, I just noticed your new profile photo with your piano!! It’s so cute 😀

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  6. This has got to be one of the most informative and helpful blog posts I’ve read in my reader so far! Thanks so much, Maggie! This is really helpful and I have decided to start making tags (thanks to this post) because I haven’t really payed much attention to them before! Congratulations on 1K followers! 🙂 ❤

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  7. Perfecto!

    When i was first learning about reaching out to the community this past year (March) I was working on adding tons of tags because that’s what I had read. 40-100 tags, no joke! But then, I had read 5-9, most around 15 tags is better. Tags need to be the overall subject not just pieces of what the post covers, so this helped me. And after a week/two weeks of going through all of my posts again haha I’ve kept this rule for my posts. I didn’t know you could be blocked in Reader though! Makes sense!

    The long comments, which I happen to do sometimes 🙂 I see either a blogger mentions they don’t like long comments, or they love them. I have a post that actually will come out when I reach 300 followers, and in it, I discuss deleting comments, and it is only when someone doesn’t relate to the post material, in my case, they tend to preach/lecture about things unrelated and sometimes can be QUITE lengthy. Those are the only long comments I don’t like, otherwise, I LOVE THEM. Like you, I love discussion!

    #7- I’m working on this for Peeking Beneath. I feel scattered lol so I won’t be surprised if my readers feel scattered. Writing topics, different series, I’m trying to focus on how to be able to cover the variety in a stable way. You speak the truth girl, I love this post! Well done!

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    1. Thanks, girlie!! ❤ Oh goodness! That's a lot of tags, haha. Yes, 15 tags sounds about right 🙂 I appreciate WP staff blocking spammers, but it's sad that they'd block misinformed bloggers, as well!

      I have gotten a few lengthy comments like that (where it kind of relates to what I posted about, but not really), but I do go ahead and delete ones that are completely irrelevant. Comments are supposed to be in response to whatever was just read, not something kind of similar to where the comment-er is just talking about themselves, haha!! Yes, blog discussion is fantastic 🙂 ❤

      Sometimes it takes a little while to figure out where you want your posts' focus to go. I felt like that for a while on Dreaming of Guatemala; it's really only been recently that I'm extremely happy with my main post focuses! Before now, I tried out many things to find what I love. When you fully develop those topics for Peeking Beneath, it's going to be great! 🙂 (Even greater than it already is!) Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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