10 ways to grow your blog
1. It seems so simple, but be consistent
Sticking to a schedule makes readers come back for more and helps you stay on topic. My schedule is loose but I consistently blog Monday through Friday…Monday is Making Monday Marvelous Tuesday-Friday I post craft/ diy tutorials or round ups. They are always related to what is happening in my life at the moment. When I get an idea for a post, I start a new post immediately, create a title, and save as a draft. That way every time I open my dashboard, I see the idea and don’t forget. I have a minimum of 10 drafts, and 10 scheduled posts at any given time!
2. Social Media
|see at the bottom where it says “9 hours ago via Networked blogs”|
3. Linky parties helped C.R.A.F.T. grow the most in the beginning
I linked up to THIS list of parties every. single. week. for a good 6 months. Being persistent is something I’ve always been good at…the squeaky wheel gets the grease, right ? Keep linking up, and you will get featured! Exposure was key for C.R.A.F.T. Once people know how awesome your blog is, they’ll come back for more!
4. Start your own linky party
It stinks that you have to pay now, but it is only $20 bucks a year. I use inlinkz. In the beginning, and sometimes still now, I will come a cross a blog I’ve never been to with an awesome tutorial, and just leave a little note and the M.M.M. url for the week…something like:
“WOW! What a great idea! (say something personal, for example… I’m so doing this in my bathroom!) Please come on over and link this idea up to M.M.M. !”
5. Blog swaps, guest posting, and submitting projects
It never hurts to ask 🙂 C.R.A.F.T. has done a ton of blog swapping over the past 16 months. Blog swaps are a win- win! Rachel @ One Pretty Thing features a TON of crafts–email her and let her know about your projects! I’ve also had good luck with submitting projects to Apartment Therapy and Craft Gossip.
6. Music and Word Verification
Here are 2 things that will instantly make your blog better, in my humble opinion. Turn off your music and turn off your word verification for comments. This will get you more comments!
7. Create a full disclosure statement
Post it somewhere on your blog. After all, it’s the law!
9. Business cards
Whether you’re blog is business now or you want it to be someday…carry these with you all the time. You never know when blog talk will begin. Here are the very first business cards I made out of cereal boxes. Update: I made new business cards!
10. Start a series and ask other blogs of similar size and interest to join
I recently used google docs to help organize Creating Really Awesome Free Trips and it was greatness. Google Docs allows everybody to see everything and edit it. C.R.A.F.T. has hosted 5 on Friday and Creating Really Awesome Free Trips. I removed their emails for the picture…but see how organized it is, but you can see the layout of the Google Doc screenshot below.