10 Tips to Help Grow Your Blog

Happy New Year!

With the New Year comes new goals, new inspirations, and new focuses and your blog is no exception! Except, you do not know where to start or how to get there… Well, today I wanted to share with you a few tips that I have used on my blog, The Curvy Fashionista that has helped me and hopefully will help you!

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10 Tips to Help Grow Your Blog

  1. Make sure you have social sharing buttons. I know this may sound basic to a few of you, but I cannot tell you how many blogs I have gone to that do not have any! I want to share the love, but without them, I cannot! Try Add This, Shareaholic, Digg Digg, or Sharebar! If you are on WordPress, you can easily do a search in the plugins to get an idea!
  2. Refresh old content with Twitter. A lot of times, your readers have missed or forgotten a post you have written. I really like re-sharing old posts! You never know how it can get the conversation started all over again. You can set the categories, the timeframe, and tags to share from. I use Evergreen Tweets, but you can also check out Tweet Old Posts!
  3. Stay Consistent. Create a content schedule and stick to it. One of my goals on this personal blog of mine is to create at least once a week content! I want to share and giveback the knowledge I have amassed over the five years of blogging to grow this site as well! If you post once or twice a week, stick to it! You set the expectations of your readers!
  4. Do you have or offer Newsletters or a feed subscription option? Keep your older readers engaged and in the know with your latest content! You can have your RSS easily turned into a newsletter, as I do! I have min scheduled to go out either once a week or daily! Make sure you let them know what to expect when they sign up. Mailchimp is my service of choice, but you also have Aweber too!
  5. Stay engaged on the relative and most active social media channels. Over on The Curvy Fashionista Facebook Page, my readers love talking back. As they are more engaged, their friends and friends of friends see this conversation too. They stumble upon your Facebook page and then to your blog! It can become a great cycle of inspiration and feedback!
  6. Slow and Steady. I have had more than a few conversations with a few bloggers who get quite antsy after blogging for six months expecting tens of thousands of readers to read, love and support their blog. It does take time for folks to find you, react to, and gravitate to your site! Remember, Rome wasn’t built over night and the blogosphere is more crowded than ever. Don’t fret, just keep it moving! While there will be those who break this mold, stay true to you and don’t get discouraged!
  7. It takes a village! Don’t isolate yourself from other bloggers and readers. Reply to comments, return emails (as you can), comment on other blogs, have conversations on Twitter, and/or join Facebook and Meetup groups! Find out what works for you and engage accordingly.
  8. Get Creative. Don’t think that because a topic is already written about that you cannot bring your voice or opinion to the table. Keep it unique, playful, engaging, and fun. How does this make you feel? Are you the contrarian? Bring that voice. Are you even more inspired beyond what was shared, bring it! Don’t shirk your thoughts because someone else broached the conversation first.
  9. Test, test, and re-test. Certain content won’t get a great reply. Some sections will fall flat. Test out what works and what doesn’t for your site. You will find the perfect balance of content and features over time! Heck I am still adding new sections to the blog! As the readers ask for more, I give it!
  10. Search Engine Optimization. While you are writing your heart out, producing content, it doesn’t help anyone if you cannot be found! Luckily there are plugins and tips to help you along the way. I currently am in love with WordPress SEO by Yoast. In addition, I make sure I use keywords in my alt text of my images so that google can share my images in the search results!

So, here a few tips that I have here and I would love to know if this helped? Are there other tips you have learned along the way that you make sure your fellow bloggers know? What say you?

Let’s talk about it!

47 Comments on 10 Tips to Help Grow Your Blog

  1. ElizabethRoy
    October 20, 2014 at 5:27 AM (9 months ago)

    This post has been a godsend. Thank you! I’m going to implement many of your suggestions.

    Downtowndemure.com

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  2. Rayann Young
    October 13, 2014 at 9:31 PM (10 months ago)

    i had no idea you were a fellow BLM blogger :) loooove your blog! i’ve got everything down pack now except for the newsletter and SEO. I’m building my newsletter now after 3 years lol and im still not sure how often i should be sending them
    http://www.Rayann410.com

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  3. Rock Paper Feather
    June 13, 2014 at 8:10 AM (1 year ago)

    Thank you so much! Found this post on Pinterest, really great information!

    Reply
  4. Isabella Stines
    February 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM (1 year ago)

    Such great advice! Thank you so much.

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  5. Phi
    February 1, 2014 at 2:18 PM (1 year ago)

    Thanks for the awesome post! I really like how you said it takes time…I am super pumped for this year over on my blog (www.sweetphi.com) and am reading and trying to learn all the time how I make my blog better.

    Reply
  6. Ebony S
    January 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM (1 year ago)

    wonderful post! I’m a “newbie” to the blog world and I will bare this information in mind. Also, let me start following you while I’m at it. xoxo, Eb (pinkmartinisandpumps.blogspot.com)

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  7. Om Livin'
    January 15, 2014 at 9:32 PM (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the post! Great job! I guess my biggest set back would be the getting comments and commenting on others…well that ends …now! 😀

    Reply
    • Marie Denee
      January 16, 2014 at 7:06 AM (2 years ago)

      All in good time though… ask open ended questions, engage your readers, find out what they are looking for!

      Reply
      • Om Livin'
        January 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM (2 years ago)

        I normally have a Question of the day but I am going to keep at it, one day it will take off! 😀 I think that people are less likely to comment on a blog that doesn’t have very many comments, but that’s just my theory.

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  8. Amy V.
    January 15, 2014 at 6:11 PM (2 years ago)

    Love this! Seriously exactly what I needed to read – thank you, Marie!

    Reply
  9. cheyenne
    January 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM (2 years ago)

    I just found this through a link on pinterest. I’ve had my blog for a few months but decided to wokr hard at it this new year. thanks so much for these tips.
    xo,cheyenne
    http://cheyenne-style.blogspot.com/

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  10. Mrs. Collier
    January 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM (2 years ago)

    Great ideas! I have been toying with the idea of starting a weekly newsletter to recap the content I’ve got going on.

    Reply
  11. afroniquely | shae
    January 2, 2014 at 7:38 AM (2 years ago)

    Awesome share Marie!! Thanks for reenforcing these should-be-done tips!

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    • Marie Denee
      January 8, 2014 at 9:47 PM (2 years ago)

      XOXOX Happy to help!

      Reply
  12. Rae
    January 2, 2014 at 7:27 AM (2 years ago)

    the blog looks awesome and loved the tips!!!!!

    Reply
  13. Morg Harp Nich
    January 2, 2014 at 7:22 AM (2 years ago)

    Great tips! And you’re right…it does take time! I spent a while building my last blog and I definitely learned that. Now I’m starting all over. But I don’t mind it. It’s fun! Happy New Year!

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    • Marie Denee
      January 8, 2014 at 9:46 PM (2 years ago)

      Happy new year too!!! xoxoxoxoo

      Reply
    • Marie Denee
      January 8, 2014 at 9:47 PM (2 years ago)

      yeahhhhh happy to know ive helped

      Reply
  14. Cherrie J.
    January 1, 2014 at 6:40 PM (2 years ago)

    Great post!!! Thanks so much for sharing. Bookmarking this page right now bc it has so much valuable info!

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    • Marie Denee
      January 1, 2014 at 8:26 PM (2 years ago)

      Awww thank you madame!!! Welcome to my nerdy side!!

      Reply
  15. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy
    January 1, 2014 at 4:59 PM (2 years ago)

    Joining different groups on Facebook has definitely opened up a vault of helpful resources for me. Plus, I love the interaction and getting to meet new people.

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    • Marie Denee
      January 1, 2014 at 8:26 PM (2 years ago)

      Yessss it is indeed quite helpful!!!

      Reply
  16. Karen Curtis
    January 1, 2014 at 4:27 PM (2 years ago)

    My blog looks terrible right now after my move to WordPress. As I am getting it together tonight then I will make sure to implement your suggestions! Thanks for sharing!
    -Karen
    http://www.yourstylistkaren.com

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    • Marie Denee
      January 1, 2014 at 8:26 PM (2 years ago)

      Congrats on the switch over… I am happy to hear you moved! You will be able to adjust and quickly as it becomes native to you! :)

      Reply
  17. Roni Faida
    January 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM (2 years ago)

    SEO is extremely important! I would say blog at least 3 times a week if you are just getting started. Great post!

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    • Marie Denee
      January 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM (2 years ago)

      Thank you sooo much Roni! :) I agree 10000%! Especially with images… :)

      Reply
  18. Valla
    January 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM (2 years ago)

    I needed to see this post. I want to take my blogging more serious just as much as my photography and these tips are very useful and some I am definitely putting into effect asap. Happy New Year to you my dear.

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    • Marie Denee
      January 1, 2014 at 4:18 PM (2 years ago)

      This really makes me happy to hear and read! Which one resonated the most?

      Reply
      • Valla
        January 1, 2014 at 7:10 PM (2 years ago)

        3,5, and 8 for the most part are my biggest challenges but I’m going to apply all these tips in every way possible

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  19. Taffy Activewear
    January 1, 2014 at 1:06 PM (2 years ago)

    Thanks for all these helpful reminders! Our Katie Confidential blog is about 4 months young and getting our voice in order is key (#8)! http://www.shoptaffy.com/blog/

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    • Marie Denee
      January 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM (2 years ago)

      :) Ohhh nice to see that this helped you a bit! :) Look forward to heating more!

      Reply
  20. Brittney Parker-Dator
    January 1, 2014 at 12:09 PM (2 years ago)

    This helped tons! I am even more excited about launching my blogsite and now I’m understanding SEO even more.

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    • Marie Denee
      January 1, 2014 at 4:17 PM (2 years ago)

      I am soooo happy to hear this! I will have and share more throughout the year!!! :)

      Reply
  21. Natasha B
    January 1, 2014 at 9:59 AM (2 years ago)

    Great post. #7 is so important for me. I don’t care what it takes, I will continue to engage my readers and support my fellow bloggers. Happy New Year hun. xoxo

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    • Marie Denee
      January 1, 2014 at 11:21 AM (2 years ago)

      Happy New Year to you as well! Happy to help!!!

      Reply
  22. Joi Smith
    January 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the super helpful tips Marie! I have a few that I need to incorporate on my ‘baby’ blog ;p
    InMyJoi.blogspot.com

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    • Marie Denee
      January 1, 2014 at 11:21 AM (2 years ago)

      Yeaaahhh! Soooo happy to help!!!

      Reply
  23. Amber
    January 1, 2014 at 9:41 AM (2 years ago)

    Congrats on your new blog, Marie! These are great tips!

    Reply
    • Marie Denee
      January 1, 2014 at 11:20 AM (2 years ago)

      It is not a new blog, just barely updated, but thank you for the love!!! :)

      Reply
  24. Curvy CEO
    January 1, 2014 at 9:33 AM (2 years ago)

    Great stuff!! Happy New Year, babe!!

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    • Marie Denee
      January 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM (2 years ago)

      Happy New year sis!!! Here’s to an amazing new year!!!!

      Reply
  25. An Cus
    January 1, 2014 at 9:22 AM (2 years ago)

    Well needed! That SM share plugin has still not been added to my blog! (Pops my own hand)

    Reply
    • Marie Denee
      January 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM (2 years ago)

      Smacks hand… lol get to iT!

      Reply

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