One Lazy Robot | Anthony Vicino
I would like to add my experience to gathering follows.
- I know it sounds corny but really, do some challenges. Ceesphotography does the Share Your World every Monday and I had fun doing it. I might even get back to it at some point.
The One I have the most fun doing, even thought I don’t always complete it for various reasons, is the Ultimate Blog Challenge.
- I cross post to Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ and Facebook. Really, this does help to find the viewers and followers you’re looking for, especially if you use #3.
Tag your posts! You don’t need a lot of tags but you do need to add the relevant ones so others can find you more easily.
A little trick I learned from someone code named WordPress Whisperer: If you’re posting from your blog and not reblogging or pressing (you can save to draft from press then go to your posts page to do this) you can go to the little section titled Publicize. Click the little blue edit button and, if you have your shares enabled, you can #hashtag and @direct message trending topics, individual people and specific audiences. For example: When I write a book review or post one from someone else I’ll go to publicize and @message the one publisher and #hashtag book reviews and the blog name.
If you mention someone else’s post in one of yours, even without reblogging, ping them back by linking their name. They will then know you mentioned them and, since the ping appears in their comments section, you’ll possibly generate traffic for your site as well.
Honestly, other than my fanfiction followers number 4 is how I got the majority of my followers.
These four things take so little time , especially cross posting to other forums, once you get them set up the first time, that it’s not really an option to not do them. I don’t always get followers when I do these things but they do generate traffic, reblogs, likes and discussion.
I have read some truly amazing posts on a variety of topics just by visiting the blogs of people who have liked or commented on one of my posts without clicking the little follow button.
Just a footnote on the ping backs: that’s why there ARE so many links in a lot of my posts. I’m generating traffic for other blogs or sites when I do that and I’m more than happy to do it whether they acknowledge it or not. It’s my way of paying it forward from the times others have linked back to me.