There are a million and one posts that discuss how to increase your blog traffic, gain more followers on Instagram and Twitter, utilize Pinterest, and so on. However, I notice there is little talk about Bloglovin’. Why? My reader’s survey results indicate that my audience of fellow bloggers primarily use Bloglovin’ to be notified of a new Lex Be Livin’ post. It’s my most used method of reading new posts by favorite bloggers.
There’s only so much you can do with Bloglovin’ though, right? It’s not like social media platforms where you plan and execute strategies—it generally feels like your Bloglovin’ following is what it is, and as the other platforms’ followings grow so shall that one.
But I disagree. This is a recent conclusion I’ve come to, and I can’t emphasize enough the difference I’ve seen in page views and Bloglovin’ followers since the moment I changed my attitude about Bloglovin’. My following is nothing to boast about, I’m aware of that. This is a small blog, and that’s totally okay. So are thousands of other blogs out there just trying to expand little by little. I hope these 10 tips help your Bloglovin’ following grow!
Before you do anything else:
1. Triple check that you’ve covered all the basics of having an active Bloglovin’ account. Your personal profile and blog profile include updated descriptions, your blog is in the most applicable category, you have a Bloglovin’ Follow button clearly and visibly featured with your other social media icons, and you’re following a number of bloggers (extra points if they’re somewhat organized in groups).
2. Add a standalone Bloglovin’ Follow button to your sidebar in addition to the usual social media icon. I was originally hesitant to do this because it is already a social media icon; however, why not give it extra attention? I like to think it is a little different than your regular social media icon, and I love if I’m on another blog and can see whether I’m following it or not.
3. Include a Bloglovin’ Follow button at the end of every post. I’m unfortunately not web design savvy enough to make it look special, though the standard Bloglovin’ widget works perfectly well for me. This is the money-maker, friends. You literally can’t make it easier for your readers to follow along with this additional reminder at the end of every post.
- 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Bloglovin’ Account via The Blog Market can guide you through this process.
Remember for all of your posts:
4. Always create a clickable title for your blog post. This isn’t new news, we bloggers know this applies for every post if we want others to read it. Put yourself in your readers’ positions: as you scroll through your Bloglovin’ feed, which post titles are going to grab your attention, perk your curiosity, make you interested to keep reading?
5. Make the first/feature image in the post eye-catching, relevant, and high-quality. Bloglovin’ automatically makes the blog post’s first image or featured image the main image on the Bloglovin’ feed. Always keep this in mind when placing your images in your blog. I like to mix it up between my standard text graphic and another, more personable image. That’s just my personal style, and I’m still experimenting with what works for “my blog brand,” so to speak.
- Helene In Between shows you how this works in A Complete Guide to Bloglovin’ (+ How to Get More Followers).
How to engage via Bloglovin’:
6. Utilize Bloglovin’ groups and comment, comment, comment. If you want to engage with other bloggers and grow your blog network, this is the second most important thing you can do (the first is actually posting content). However, it can be overwhelming to comment on so many blogs, or even figure out the right blogs to comment on. Bloglovin’ groups are an essential tool to timely and audience-targeted commenting. Create a group of bloggers who frequently comment on your blog, or make a monthly “Top 25 Bloggers” group. Make a resources group, or a recipe group, or a local group. It is much easier and approachable to comment on blogs when they are organized into Bloglovin’ groups!
- Skinned Cartree discusses the importance of good commenting in How I Gained 100 Bloglovin’ Followers In 10 Days to Reach My 2k Goal.
7. Post your Bloglovin’ URL on every designated thread in Facebook groups, forums, etc.. If you’re part of a Facebook group, chances are there is at least one thread that invites members to post their Bloglovin’ link (if there isn’t, start one!). There are blogging communities to join with private forums, e-newsletters, individual blogger features, etc. that can spotlight you and your blog (with a Bloglovin’ Follow link!).
8. Host or participate in a weekly link-up party. If you participate in a link-up, there are many more eyes on your blog where you now have your Bloglovin’ Follow button at the bottom of every post, in your social media icons, and standing alone on your sidebar. That’s a lot of opportunities for new readers to follow along!
9. Engage on Bloglovin’ with “Saves,” “Loves,” and “Shares.” I’ll be the first to admit I don’t utilize these Bloglovin’ features as much as I should. I’m only just beginning to incorporate it into my Bloglovin’ routine. This is a great source for you to access posts at a later time, or express a little extra attention to it, or easily share it on your social media. It all comes down to sharing the blog love!
10. Cross-promote on other social media channels. Sometimes we don’t realize we aren’t following bloggers we know we already like. I understand, we don’t always like asking others to follow because it doesn’t seem classy… but that’s not what it is. Think of cross-promotion as an invitation to your current readership—if they’re following you on one platform, they’ll likely want to follow on another!
- Paste your Bloglovin’ link in this tweet and you’re already on your way to more Bloglovin’ followers!
What are your favorite practices to more Bloglovin’ followers? Do you feel like anything here should be elaborated? Remember to follow along with Lex Be Livin’ via the button below!