The following tips are for people who wish to form online friendships with other bloggers. These tips are based upon experience with my personal blog, not this one, which is more informative in nature. For those of you looking to increase your following in a different manner, click here for information that may be better suited to your needs.
You have spent several hours creating your blog. You’ve written a few AMAZING posts. You’ve posted adorable photos of your children. A pretty background from The Cutest Blog on the Block adorns your blog. Your blog is AWESOME! So, why on earth aren’t people commenting on your posts? Where are your followers?
It is entirely up to you to find readers for your blog. You will need to do a little bit of work in order to have a following. The more followers you desire, the more work you’ll need to do.
If friendship is what you desire, this work is FUN!
If you want more followers, follow more blogs. If you want friendship, reach out to other bloggers through kind, personal comments and show your email address in your profile so that they can respond to your comments. If you want people to comment on your blog, leave sincere comments on the blogs of others.
It really is that simple.
To begin, I would suggest finding a few blogs that are similar to yours. If you like what you see, consider becoming a follower of their blog. Leave kind comments on a post or two. Most of the time, these bloggers will visit you and leave a comment on your blog. They may even decide to follow you!
FYI: The more comments/followers/blogs a blogger has, the less likely they will be to visit your blog. I would try to befriend people who are also trying to make friends and increase their following.
In order to keep blogging friends coming back to your blog, you’ll need (want- I hope!) to visit their blogs ever so often to read and comment on their posts. Be sure to show your email address in your profile, so that others can quickly respond to your comments if they wish to do so.
Once you have made a couple of blogging friends, I would suggest checking out the bloggers in their followers lists. If people like their blogs, chances are they’ll like yours, too!
I do not recommend advertising your blog in the comments section of other bloggers. “Hey there! Come visit my blog…” , etc. etc. It is blatantly OBVIOUS when I get a comment on my blog or an email from another blogger that has been copied and pasted a million times. Maybe this has been an effective ploy to increase followers for some, but I personally find it to be HUGE turn off. *I do believe that a blog address (url) can be added tastefully to a comment, so long as it is accompanied by a sincere comment about the post in which it is written. Promoting your blog should never be the main focus on a comment, in my opinion. :)
You may also consider participating in a few weekly meme’s, such as Wordful Wednesday, Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop and Photostory Friday. Visit their blogs for prompts, rules and more information. Basically, you write a post that fits the meme. Then you go to the host blog and add your link, which will be visible to all of the other participants. There are tons of weekly meme's out there. Keep your eyes open for cool ones to participate in. Fun, fun!
That, my friends, is what worked for me in the beginning. Blogging has taken me places I never dreamed I’d go. It has introduced me to friends all over the world that I would never have met otherwise. It has been an amazing ride, one that I do not see ending soon.
Best of luck to you as you embark on your blogging adventure. Simply do for other bloggers what you would like to have them do for you and you can't go wrong. Have fun and comment away! : )