How to get a loyal blog following

How to get more blog readers

Blogging is good, real good, but blogging with an audience is so much better. That being said, with all those different spam-bots and 'pay a fiver to get more followers' programmes out there, it can be a little bit tricky to gain a readership that actually talks back, let alone one that comes back for seconds. I don't know about you guys, but I feel like we've got a nice little friendship going along here, and so I've decided to share a few of my top tips on how you guys can get a lil online squad going for yourself. Because let's face it, real internet friends are so much better than fake ones.
 

Respond to comments

Think about this in real life. If someone came up to you, said hello and complemented you on your outfit or something, would you flat out ignore them? Probably not (or at least, I hope not). If you did, you'd be considered a bit of an asshole and that person probably wouldn't bother talking you again. Same goes for communicating in the blog world, in that - if someone takes time out of their day to talk to you - it's generally a good idea to at least acknowledge them in some shape or form. Nice people are usually quite liked, so, be nice!
 

Ask their opinions

Generally, if you have a blog the main topic of conversation is yourself - what you're wearing, how you're feeling or what you're doing. There's nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it's good to get others involved as well. Try asking a question at the end of every blog post, or encourage your readers to think about various topics you've discussed in an article. If people have something to say, and if they feel like they're welcome to say it, oh, they will.
 

Remember your readers

I bloody love it when I see familiar faces in my comments section, and I love hearing about your life as opposed to just what you think of my hair in the photo. I'm sure for some people it can get a little difficult trying to remember everyone and their life story, but if you at least try remember someone from a previous post (even if you have yo go back and find that post) I can guarantee your readers will appreciate you even more. It's a small thing, but it can go a long way.
 

Be approachable

I follow sooo many blogs these days - some are chatty, some are more editorial and serious. It's cool - we all have our own way of communicating a message, but if I had to comment on one type of blog it would be the sort that speaks to me like a real person, not like a customer or a stranger. I've mentioned it before in some posts that I used to try and make myself sound more fabulous than what I was, but the thing is is that most people aren't all that fabulous either. How can you possibly relate to someone whose life if like a Kardashian's? It's so much nicer actually talking to a real person.
 

Offer something different

I've said it before and I'll say it again. As a blogger it's near enough vital that you bring something different to the table. It could be amazing photos, insane Youtube videos, or even just a fun and quirky personality. The fact is, is that if people can go out and find what you're offering for better, they will, so make sure you're the best at what you do! A loyal following happens when, well, your readers become loyal to your blog! Make it the only one they're loyal to.
 

Comment on other's posts

Communication is a two way street, so instead of expecting people to comment on your posts first, why not comment on someone else's? I'm not talking about those spammy comments that no one pays attention to. Instead, try and genuinely engage with your audience - or even potential audience members! The same goes for if someone mentions you in a blog post or tweet. All you have to do is say thank you, or even share/retweet their post and voila! You've made an instant connection.
 

Reply to emails

This is exactly the same as the first point about replying to comments, only emails tend to be a lot more personal. An email means that someone hasn't just taken time out of their day to message you, but they've also taken time to actually find your email address. I'm always getting emails from you guys asking about how you can improve on your blog, but I've also received some really personal messages from people asking for advice in their general life. Emails are usually more than just comments about my outfit, so I make sure that I reply to all my messages with genuine, thought out answers at least once a week. Emails are a great way of getting to know someone online, and if you form a solid, honest friendship with someone that way, it's a pretty safe bet that they'll support you and your blog too. Plus, friends are great. I love internet friends.
 

Give them what they want

Blogs aren't just websites where we post selfies any more. Blogs are essentially a new form of advertising - almost like an online store but with a lot more personality. You don't have to be advertising for corporate companies, and you don't have to even be selling a product - but you do, however, have to give your readers something they want. It might be inspiration, it might be a review of a film that's just come out. Whatever it is, you need to make sure it's what your readers want. If they get what they want from you, you can trust that they'll come back for round two.
 

Be easily reachable

Finally, if you want people to talk to you and engage with you and your blog, you need to make sure it's easy for them to do so. install Disqus, leave your social links all over the place, provide an email address. All these indications will give your readers more of a nudge to say hello! And if I haven't made it obvious enough yet, please, say hello back!
 

Do you guys have any tips on how to gain a more loyal following?
 

How to get more followers on Pinterest

How to get more followers on Pinterest

I love Pinterest, you love Pinterest, we all love Pinterest! Lord knows why, but there's just something so addictive about re-pinning pictures from the internet. It's almost like lazy crafting without the paper cuts and glue highs. Maybe that analogy was a little off. I'm rolling with it.

See the thing is, no matter how much I love using Pinterest, I've never really used it 'seriously' - AKA, I've never really tried to gain followers or re-pins. That's fine for most people, but as someone that relies on blog views for a living, it one day it dawned on me that maybe I should start using it a little more strategically (but of course, keep on posting those cat memes).

Now generally speaking, the more followers you have on Pinterest means the more people you will get clicking over to your site. So, what do you need to do? Well, you need to get more followers, obviously. Oh, you mean you want to know how? Oh alright then nosey, I guess I can let you in on my secrets. Here's how I went from 500 to 1000 followers in just over a month..

Make your blog Pinterest-friendly

Making sure you have the 'pin' button on your photos can make all the difference, as well as ensuring you have the Pinterest widget visible on your blog. If someone's reading up on your latest post, they might not have Pinterest on their mind, so giving them subtle hint along the way can remind them they hey, you are on Pinterest and you welcome others to re-pin your stuff. Sounds simple, but oh the difference it can make!

Make your pictures Pin-worthy

Just because you want people to re-pin your #ootd, doesn't mean they want to. Why? Because - gulp - your pictures might not be pretty enough. Of course, you're pretty enough, but maybe your photo style doesn't quite fit with their Pinterest 'style'. Adding extra photos to you posts will up the chances of them re-pinning your pics. Maybe you could even check out what your current followers like to pin, and slightly shape your own snaps around that!

Cosy up with Viral Woot

Viral Woot is kind of Pinterest cheating, but also kinda not. I love it, either way. Basically all you have to do is sign up to the website, set up your Pinterest account with them and start earning points. You earn points by following and liking other people's pictures on Viral Woot, and you give away those points when someone likes or follows you. It sounds spammy, but it actually helps you generate real life followers that (gasp) actually like what you post! It's also helped me find a bunch of new accounts that I never would have found before.

Pin other people's content

How boring would it be if you clicked on someone's Pinterest and all you saw was their face, or five million pictures of the same cat? They might have an amazing face/cat but, regardless that stuff can get old quickly. It's important to re-pin other peoples stuff to add both variety to your boards and also share a little bit of the creative love. Plus, you never know, they might check back to your site and fall in love with your pictures too. Do you see how this works here?

Name your boards wisely

If you're creating a board about your favourite outfits, try to steer clear from calling it something cryptic and/or irrelevant. You may well love those song lyrics, but are people really going to find your board by Googling Taylor Swift's lyrics to her latest song? Maybe not. It sounds boring, but calling a board something like 'The Best Fashion Blogger Outfits' can make a world of difference.

Talk to other people

I've said this before and I'll say it again. Social media is called social for a reason. How do you get more followers? You talk to them! Think of every person you talk to as a potential follower, whether they have one follower or on million. If you get along with someone online they'll be more inclined to check out your Pinterest than if you simply as for a 'follow for follow'.

Pin things, but not too often

It's so easy to get carried away with pinning fifty thousand pictures of good looking food - trust me, I know. But just think of what you'd like to see when logging into Pinterest after a long day. If you're following a bunch of boards, do you really want to see pages and pages filled with desserts, all from the same account? I love desserts just as much (probably more) as the next person, but if I wanted to see just those photos I'd only follow those people. Limit your photo sharing to just a few per pinning session. It's quality, not quantity. 

Of course, you can always just ask people to follow you as well - kinda like I'm going to now. Hey! You! Follow me on Pinterest! Or else. If that doesn't work, then man, I don't know what to tell you.

Do you use Pinterest to benefit your blog?

5 ways to get more followers on Instagram

How to get more followers on Instagram

Out of all the different social media, erm, apps (?) Instagram has to be my favourite of all. It doesn't limit me to 140 characters - which is something I struggle with on the daily #firstworldprobs - and it doesn't require me to record myself being interesting on the spot a la Snapchat (which FYI, I only use for taking double chin selfies and videos of the cats). But Instagram? Oh. Well. That little guy is my digital baby. Well, okay this blog is my digital baby, so I guess Instagram is my second digital baby that's constantly in competition with my blog. I have no idea where I'm going with this.

Okay, so we're all very aware that I love Instagram, and - just like everything else in the digital world - having followers is always good fun. Now obviously I'll put the usual disclaimer out there that followers shouldn't be the be all and end all to social media. But hey. gaining some followers here and there is a nice feeling. Unless it's the type of follower that's actually a creepy spammy porn account called sexygirlswithboobs69. That sort of follower can back off. I swear I can never write anything without being semi-awkward. Gah. I always start off so (okay, maybe remotely) well, then bam. Awkward turtle.

So here we are two paragraphs in and I'm still yet to let you all in on the mystical secrets of how to gain more followers. Well my friends, as always with all of my tips on here, it's a lot more simple that you'd probably think. And better yet is there's no spamming, no like for likes, no share for shares, nothing. Just a bit of honest grafting and lots of holding your phone/camera up really really high in the air. What am I talking about? Let's go straight to the first step..

From Where I Stand photos are the one

I'm not sure what I mean by 'the one' but I do know that - after doing my own bit of research - photos of people snapping their outfits from above (more commonly known as #FromWhereIStand pictures) get a crap ton of likes. Why? I have no clue. But if you look on all of the top fashion blogger accounts their FWIS pictures are usually some of the most liked. Now I know, I know, we don't all have perfect white floors or arms that spam around 8ft, but here's a little trick if you're trying to work out how to do it.

First, get a big piece of white card or a white sheet (or whatever colour you want!). Then whilst you're in your outfit of choice stand in the centre and stick your ass out. No, seriously. Stick your ass out like you've never stuck your ass out before. You'll look 100% doing it and you'll probably pull a muscle the first few times, but that's the price us girls pay for Instagram perfection. It helps to scatter around a few pretty items around you, like a bag or magazine, but feel free to hold something in your free hand as well. Or don't. Whatever. Either way make sure that - when you're taking the photo - your thinking about dat Instagram square. So if your taking your picture in landscape format, envisage the square. Be the square..

Post regularly, but not too regularly

I like to post at least once a day, just so the world knows that I still exist on the internet. But I know for some people posting around four times a day works for them. Personally I don't think I could manage posting that many photos each day, purely because I'm so uptight when it comes to what I post that I'd probably have a nervous breakdown on the third picture. Basically, you want to make sure that you post on a fairly regular schedule so that you followers know when to expect your snaps. Obviously it doesn't need to be to the minute (or even hour) but as long as your followers have some idea when to expect your content then you're all good in the hood. Like I said though, don't fully overwhelm your followers with twenty pictures a day, because that can get kinda spammy. If you've got millions of followers, go for it. But if you're just starting out maybe keep it on the D-L. Unless every single one of your pictures is of a cute cat or something. In that case, send them my way.

Use hashtags, but don't go overboard

This is pretty much an ongoing rule with anything to do with the internets. Rule #1 of the WWW. No spamming. But alas, hashtags are there to be used, so we may as well do just that. I tend to use the more obscure (but still popular!) hashtags to help get various posts noticed. For example, using #Fashion is great and everything, but everyone uses it, so you'll be lost in a crowd of millions. Instead, go for something used less often like #UKFashionBlog or something. I like to insert my hashtags at the end of my captions, because, well, Instagram OCD.

Communicate with each other

I've said it before and I'll say it again. The key to social media is in the name: actually be social. Be nice to one another like you would be on the street, be polite, talk to people you share interests with, get involved with the conversations and meet new people! Sure, doing follow for follows will work, but all you'll end up with is a big audience that doesn't engage with what you have to say or post. And what use is that!? It's the Instagram equivalent of poking someone on Facebook. Kinda.

Do your best

This goes for pretty much everything and anything you should do in life, because hey, why half ass something!? For me, I like to make sure my images are the best quality possible, so whenever I'm at home I use my camera to snap the pics and upload them through Dropbox. Then again, you're talking to the girl that has biscuit crumbs in her phone camera. Note for all: Biscuit crumbs do not look great as an overlay to all phone pictures. Let it be known. As we all do with the interwebs, try to be the best version of yourself. Be positive, be inspiring and - most importantly - be nice. Your images might not be the best, but if you communicate well with other people in your network you'll gain followers in no time. But seriously, try to make sure you don't get biscuit crumbs in your camera. Why can I never end a blog post successfully?

Do you have any other tips?

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7 blog post ideas that will help generate traffic

Blog post ideas that will get traffic
Blog post ideas that will help generate traffic
How to get more blog traffic

Hello internet! Sorry I missed this week's Tip Tuesdays. I'd like to say I had a good reason for missing it, but the reality is that I just forgot what day it was. Does that happen to anyone else, like, regularly!? Either way, I'm back today (whatever day it is) with another - hopefully - helpful blog post thats er, all about blog posts. You guys seemed to love my 100 blog post ideas, so today I've decided to step it up a notch with this list of blog post ideas that will help generate traffic to your blog, using some trusty keywords and trending topics. But please, remember lil old me when you're all high flying famous bloggers, okay? 

Controversial topics and opinions

So this one can be a little tricky, purely because there's a fine line between being controversial in the way you write..and being a complete asshole. Trending topics are usually a good thing to roll with. For example, when London Fashion Week was happening (and I wasn't going) I wrote a post on why I wasn't going to LFW, and why I didn't feel like I belonged there. Chances are, even if you have zero interest in London Fashion Week, you're probably wondering why I wasn't fussed. Why? Because everyone talks about how great it is. So if you have an alternative opinion on something, why not talk about it!?

Easy DIY projects

Because let's face it, how many people actually search for DIY projects that are hard to do? Whether it's a simple recipe or just a stylish IKEA hack, people love to take credit for things that they make, even if that 'thing' takes about ten minutes to make with absolutely no effort at all. I know, because I'm one of them. I also know this, because - to my surprise - my super easy healthy fudge recipe has been one of my more popular posts to date. The fact that the words 'healthy' and 'fudge' also helps.

Relatable topics

Hey! Guess what!? I'm not rich, I have crap hair days, I'm insecure about my looks and I'm pretty sure I have IBS - or maybe I just eat too many cakes and drink too many fizzy drinks. Either way, I'm not perfect, and neither are you (sorry). I've tried pretending that I'm really cool with a fabulous life, but how many people can relate to that? Instead I've found that embracing my real life imperfections is actually more interesting for you lot to read. Whether you're simply laughing at me secretly behind a computer screen or relating with me on so many spiritual levels, who knows. But hey, it's these articles that keep you guys reading.

Trending product reviews

If you're a beauty blogger, you're probably always doing different makeup and skincare reviews. But hey, product reviews aren't just for the #bbloggers of the blogging world. Sometimes I like to tell people about things I've been loving - or even loathing. If you really want to drive traffic to reviews, try and make sure they're trending at that moment in time. For example, if your favourite Youtuber has brought out a makeup line, you can bet your ass that people across the world are going to be typing that into Google. Try and get your reviews up ASAP so that they're one of the first posts people see on Google. It's all about timing.

Lists, lists, lists

I swear, if Buzzfeed made an article called  '487 cat poos that look like the cast of Harry Potter' it would be saved to my favourites in a second. I mean, I'm not telling you to write an article about the shape of turds (although please, link me if you do, because I will definitely read it) but it does go to show that list-style posts are very, very intriguing. There's a reason so many websites do this - because they can generate a lot of clicks when done right. Just try not to make every other post a listicle. They can get old fast.

Blogging tips

Is it any wonder I've made a point of creating at least one blogging tip post a week? Personally, I love doing them, but they're also my most popular blog posts, well, ever. Who doesn't want to know how to get more traffic to their blog? Chances are, if you're reading this post (which you are, if you're reading this now..) that's exactly why you came here. People like new information. This doesn't just work for blogging tips either - tip posts can work for just about anything in life. Find your niche!

Health issues

For some reason, a lot of us blogging peeps tend to shy away from talking about health issues, whether it's something physical and/or psychological. I can't remember the exact percentage, but pretty much everyone at some point in their life will have to  go through a shitty time because of some sort of health problem. A lot of these people will also Google the hell out of how they're feeling to see if they can relate to how anyone else is feeling. It's just a natural human instinct. Personally, I feel like more of us need to talk about these things (I'm in the midst of writing my own little snippet), not to get more views in a numbers sort of way, but to get more views in hopes of helping others! Maybe share your own experiences with an issue, and start up a conversation with someone going through the same thing!

There are so many more ideas that I could ramble on about, such as hosting competitions, finding cheaper alternatives to popular products, or even just various ways to style a certain trend piece. But alas, you're probably half asleep reading this and - let's face it - my fingers fell asleep a long, long time ago. Before I go though. Please, Please (!!) Just take a look at my new shoes. *Cough* They cost less than £30 *cough*...and I'm gone.

What do you think of these post ideas?

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