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!

 

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!

10 tips to grow your blog on Marie DeneeSo, 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!

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Hi! This is a GREAT post!! Great info, insight, and advice!

Thanks so much!

XO,

Erika
{missetayla.com || Schoolin’ This Stylish Life}

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

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

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thank you – useful content for a beginner ! http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk

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Such great advice! Thank you so much.

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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.

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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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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! 😀

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

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

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

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

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XOXOX Happy to help!

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

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thanks sis!!!

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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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Happy new year too!!! xoxoxoxoo

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I really think you were talking directly to me!!! I needed to read this! Thanks Love!!
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yeahhhhh happy to know ive helped

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

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

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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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Yessss it is indeed quite helpful!!!

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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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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! :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Yeaaahhh! Soooo happy to help!!!

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

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

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Great stuff!! Happy New Year, babe!!

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

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

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Smacks hand… lol get to iT!

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