I started my blog in May 2017 and since then I’ve seen my audience grow and I get more interaction that I used to. I’m by no means a ‘big blogger’, in fact, I’m nowhere near that! When I started Charlotte Shares I’d be lucky if I got 1 page view a day, forward on 9 months and I usually hit close to 1000 page views each month. For some people, this is probably really rubbish, but for me, it’s a massive achievement!
Of course, blogging shouldn’t be all about the stats and page views. With that being said, I feel much happier about my blog when I can see people are reading my content and interacting with me. There’s no worse feeling than when you work really hard on a post and nobody reads it!
Over the last 9 months, I have found certain things have really helped with my interaction and engagement and thought I would share this with you today!
J O I N I N W I T H T W I T T E R C H A T S A N D C O M M E N T T H R E A D S
This is where most of my traffic comes from. There are so many great accounts out there that host Twitter chats and comment threads each week. It’s a great way to discover new blogs, speak to new people and build new relationships. If you take the time to read and comment other peoples posts, they’ll often come and visit your site and leave you a lovely comment as well. Some of my favourite Twitter accounts for chats are Bloggers Tribe, TeaCupClub and GRLPOWR. I can’t even stress enough how joining in with these chats will help improve your engagement.
P R O M O T E Y O U R S E L F A N D U S E H A S H T A G S
Promoting ourselves?! This is always the scary one right? I remember when I first started my blog and I was terrified to promote my content as I didn’t want to be seen as being bigheaded. I don’t know why I thought like this because I never think anyone else is big headed for promoting their content. The main thing is getting the balance right, as well as promotional tweets, your followers also want to see your personality so tweet ‘normal things’ as well! I usually post around 3 promotional tweets a day and I use hashtags so that they reach a bigger audience. My favourite hashtags are #BloggersTribe #TeaCupClub #TheGirlGang #GRLPOWR and #DisneyBloggers. I personally use these hashtags to find other peoples posts as well to read.
C R E A T E P I N N A B L E I M A G E S F O R Y O U R P O S T S
At the bottom of each post, I create an image that can be pinned to Pinterest. On my personal Pinterest account, I have a Charlotte Shares board where I pin all of my blog posts. I’ve also joined a few group Pinterest boards where I pin my content and share other peoples content who also pin to the group board. This is by no means where most of my traffic comes from as the majority of it comes from my Twitter. I do however find that I still get views to my blog each day that come from Pinterest. The easiest way to create Pinterest images is to use Canva. This website is honestly brilliant for creating graphics for your blog.
I hope this is useful to some of you, if you have other tips for growing your audience then please leave them below!