Hi My Lovelies,
I am super glad the weekend is almost here for so many special reasons which i won't bore you with. I am pretty sure most of my blog posts are read by my fellow bloggers or readers who are contemplating writing a blog and all the good stuff. You may want to check out my previous post on Tips for Blogging which you can find here. One of the things with blogging is getting people to read what you have posted and engage properly with your readers. I am pretty sure many people are looking for ways to get more people to read and engage with their wonderful blog posts. While I am not an expert on this topic or even SEO techniques, I will share a few tips that have worked for me.
1. Use/Install the "Add This Widget" beneath each Blog Post
I guess one of the most important ways to share your posts is to install a share widget which allows your blog post to be shared along relevant social media sites. I prefer using the "Add This Widget" which can be installed on different blog platforms including Blogger, WordPress and if you have your own self hosted website. It allows you install share buttons beneath each post once you have installed the code which is extremely straight forward. You can check "Add This" out here on how to install the codes.
2. Install LinkWithin Code/Widget under relevant blog posts
This is also another important element in sharing your posts, increasing your readership and engagement. Link Within allows relevant or related blog posts appear underneath another blog post. Say for instance, i write post on Skincare on Acne, there will be other related skin care reviews underneath that post for any reader to engage and read more. I think it is a very useful tool and I have seen many new referrals on my blog increase as a result of the Link Within code installed. It's also very easy to install on Blogger, WordPress and other sites. You can check out LinkWithin here for a free install.
This is one of the most important ways to get your blog posts out there because your friends can read it and share with their friends who can share it and so the cycle go on and on. I personally recommend having a separate Facebook page for your blog (check out Fashstyleliv Facebook Page while you are at it) as it allows you do more for your blog on there as opposed to your personal Facebook page. I also recommend joining a lot of relevant Facebook groups. When i say relevant, it really should be relevant to your blog. Don't go joining a Facebook Group that is mainly for Technology Bloggers when there is none of that on your blog. As a beauty blogger, I find there are many lovely groups such as BeautyBloggers, International Beauty Bloggers, Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Bloggers, UK Bloggers, Nigerian Fashion and Beauty Bloggers. Most of these groups are closed so you need to send a request to them which is usually approved as far as your blog fits the mold. There are many more out there but i really love these groups as you can learn a lot of blogging tips, swap comments, posts and interact with other bloggers. I am also a member of the Natural Healthy Hair Facebook group and Naturally Beautiful Facebook Group where i share my posts on my natural hair on. I tend not to share other posts on there because it is strictly for hair and as much as I want to get more readers, i don't want it clogged up with other irrelevant posts.
Twitter is definitely one of the most interactive social media networks because you get very good engagement with a lot of people globally. I love to share my blog posts on twitter and I have a separate twitter page for @Fashstyleliv as I like to keep my personal one for work and other personal stuff. I have to say I have not always been a tweeter but i have started getting into the flow to grow my reader base. It's also a way to get many brands to share your posts, say for instance, you reviewed Real Techniques Brush set (I had to shamelessly insert my review of these brushes here), you can tweet them @Realtechniques and they will definitely share your posts/review. Some brands PR teams are better than others so you need to expect different reactions. Apart from that, you can also make use of the hashtags like #fbloggers for Fashion Bloggers and #bbloggers for Beauty Bloggers. I also know @Blogobiz is very good in helping promoting posts so check them out and follow them. they usually retweet blog posts to their followers. I think twitter is a good way to interact with other bloggers as well and participate in Twitter Chats.
5. Google Plus
This is also a new for me to share my blog posts. If you are using blogger, it is very easy to install using some of the HTML widgets in the Page Layout Page. You can also find options on your dashboard to add it. If you use WordPress, I am sure there are other ways to add it. The main thing is to have a Google Plus account which allows people add you to their circles and for you to add them back. It also allows people to "Plus one +1" your posts. It's one of the easiest ways to share your blog posts and add new readers to your blog.
I only discovered using Reddit, how silly am i! Apparently, it has been around for a really long time. It is so easy to share your posts on here once you sign up. Looking at my stats page, I can see a good number of referrals come from Reddit and it is pretty good because it spans a wide range of readers from around the world. I always add a Sub Reddit to my blog post share,I use beautyblogs subreddit, which is like a smaller group of reddits where you get a more targeted audience.
I have already previously written a comprehensive post here on Glipho about how wonderful a social blogging publishing engine it is. I totally love Glipho and i highly recommend it especially if you are new to blogging or you want to gain more readers and share your posts even more. It's funny that i have the highest number of followers on Glipho. I have about 107 followers the last time i checked which is just the same as my Facebook Page and much higher than both my GFC and Bloglovin followers. It's easy to join, all you need to do is sign up via Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, etc and you are up and running to start gliphing as they call it and sharing your posts.
Of course there are other ways to share your posts but these are the most common ways I use to get my posts out there. There are other ways which include Bloglovin and Instagram amongst a gazillion other choices out there. I hope this was helpful and if you have any more tips, please leave comments below so I (and am sure every one else) can learn as well. Thanks always for reading. Don't forget to check out the Leonie Blackhead Removing Giveaway which is still running from now till the end of the month...toodles.....x