I’ve been blogging for over six years now and I wish I had learnt these tips when I just started.
I hope you find this post some what helpful, whether you’ve been blogging a month or a couple of years… There’s always new things to learn and ways to gain more readers.
1. Google Analytics
I can’t stress how important it is to analyse your website. Find out what your audience likes by seeing what your most popular blog posts are. There’s so much to do on google analytics like even seeing what platform your users use the most, and where they’ve been directed to via your website.
You don’t have to be an expert in SEO, but using the right keywords will get you more traffic on google. See also what popular keywords people use via google analytics. If you understand SEO, you’re more likely to gain more readers, so it’s worth time investing into learning a few tricks.
3. Eye catching Flatlay photography
Without sounding too harsh, if someone’s blog doesn’t have gorgeous imagery, I’m most likely to click exit. You don’t have to use the most expensive camera, your iphone takes pretty decent snaps these days, but make sure your flat lays are on point. Invest in little props like candles, bobby pins, notebooks, cushions, snazzy bedding and books and display in a lovely way.
4. Catchy Titles
I used to be really boring by writing ‘x review’ – it just feels repetitive, so I started to plan and think of catchy titles such as ‘The Best Face Masks on the Market‘. I feel these grab my audience’s attention more.
5. Mobile Friendly Website
For the longest time I didn’t have a mobile friendly website, what an error that was! When I migrated from blogger to wordpress, I made sure the template I picked was mobile friendly.
6. Comment on other bloggers blogs
If you want to support bloggers, comment on their posts! Not only does it allow you to make great connections with other bloggers, also other bloggers will notice you as well. But don’t just comment one or two words, really engage with the post and write something lovely, you’re more likely to get a response this way.
7. Stand out from the crowd
Have a niche! It’s easy to get trapped into writing the same blog posts every other blogger does, but make sure you stand out from the crowd, whether that’s with amazing photography and writing eye catching blog posts. Some of my favourite bloggers write personal posts that I can relate to.
8. Be Personal
I think what attracts people to my blog is that I write personal health posts the majority of the time. A lot have found me via google by my endometriosis stories or my weight loss struggles.
Don’t be afraid to get personal, you don’t have to tell absolutely every detail of your life but some elements, so it gets people talking.
9. Migrate from blogger to WordPress ASAP
Oh boy, I wish I had done this sooner. A couple of years a go, I paid pipdig to migrate my blogger blog to wordpress and host my website via site ground. It has changed my blogging life! Not only do I own absolutely everything, I’ve been able to up my SEO game big time.
10. Reply to blog comments
I see a lot of well known bloggers ignore comments and to be honest it’s damn right rude. I appreciate that everyone doesn’t have the time, but what’s the point of having a blog? The best part is connecting with other bloggers and having a little community going on.
What blogging tips have you learnt along the way?
Let’s get social. Follow me on Instagram or Twitter. I’m also on Bloglovin, Pinterest and Youtube.
I try to be engaging as possible on both the blog and Instagram and my photo quality has definitely improved dramatically over the years. x SEO is next on my list to figure out haha.
I was so late to the game with SEO, but glad I invested some time into it. x
Love these tips thanks Zoey! I’m only just starting out so trying to arm myself with as much knowledge as possible, I’ll be sure to check out the google analytics when I’ve got a few more posts up haha x
Thank you! Google Analytics is amazingggg. x
So many great tips, thanks for sharing!
Thanks Danielle! x
Our girl stating facts here! Thank for sharing these great tips xx
lenne | lennezulkiflly.com
Haha thanks Lenne! x
So many brilliant tips – I keep meaning to change to WordPress, but I’ve been afraid that I wouldn’t know how to use it – I’m not very tech savvy! x
Thanks Siobhan! It’s really easy once you get the hang of it. x
Thanks so much for sharing these great tips
Thanks Candice x
Some amazing tips for gaining for more readers on your blog Zoey! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
Thanks Lucy! x
What great tips! I deffo need to get better at looking at my analytics xx
Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/
Thanks Hannah! GA is so important! x
Regularly commenting on other people’s blogs has done my traffic the world of good! And it’s so nice to support other people too 🙂
Katy | http://www.katystephenson.com
Me too! I love supporting other blogger’s content. x
Great tips! I need to get better at SEO and always feel quite a bit of pressure to come up with a catchy title for each blog post. I’ll get better. I totally agree with commenting on other blogs, I’ve interacted with some really cool people and now follow them on instagram and have formed a relationship with them. I thrive off of comments that really express how they feel about my post instead of reading the occasional “nice post” short comment.
I agree with you about the flatlays! And seeing how creative other bloggers can be is 🙌🏼.
Des | https://www.itsbetterinheels.com
Thanks Des! Aw, don’t feel pressured, it’s hard to think of catchy titles all of the time, so just do whatever feels right. Me too, I’ve formed some great relationships through blogging and Instagram. I agree with you there, it’s nice to know someone has taken the time to read my blog post and felt that they needed to comment a lovely message. x
Such good tips, thanks for sharing! x
Steff | http://www.steffaniebee.com
Thanks Steff! x