If you are chugging along, not happy with your audience numbers and you want to change that I’m going to give you 5 things to do right now that have worked for me in the past when I was actively growing my audience.
1. Use Twitter.
Go to Twitter put in the hashtag (keyword) that best describes what you do.
You will find a bunch of people in your niche. Follow them and start up a convo.
Don’t know how to use Twitter?
I have a post coming up just for you!
2. Use WordPress
Find a blog that is arguing a point that you are passionate about and has a lot of comments. Join in the conversation, talking to both the blogger AND their commenters. Write your own side / version of the argument / discussion on your blog. Then go mention it to the original blogger and invite them to give their point of view.
If you make a great argument or have an interesting alternate view they may mention it in their existing related post or a new post. If they do they will likely mention YOU and link to your post. Bingo!
If they don’t link to you, drop them a line and ask if they wouldn’t mind adding your link seeing as they have mentioned you anyway.
You might have to have a few goes to connect with someone of impact, but it’ll be worth it, because achieving this is fabulous in 3 ways:
1. SEO if they are a large blog.
2. It introduces you to a new (big) blogger.
3. It’s great for audience-pull generally.
Don’t know about SEO? See no. 6 below.
3. Use Google
Go to Google or use WordPress.com to find a big blog in your niche. Is there something that you can offer them by way of assistance?
I always stress that one of the biggest things people get wrong in blogging (or life!) is they come with a ‘take’ mindset instead of a ‘give’ one.
eg ‘How can I add something worthwhile to the conversation here,’ instead of ‘Support me! Do this for me! Retweet me! Give me a shout out!’
One example is where a big blogger has made a video, could you offer to type up the transcript of the video for them? This gets you onside, noticed and could serve as an unbelievable platform for you if your relationship grows. I cannot overstate how important relationships are in this game folks!
Have they made a mistake in their facts or spelling that you could (kindly) point out?
‘Hi, xxx I was just enjoying your post on xxxx. I hope you don’t mind but I saw an error and wanted to give you a heads up…’
Is there anything else you could do for someone else BEFORE you ask that THEY help you?
Maybe suggest some stuff in the comments for others if you have some ideas.
4. Set Targets
Set yourself a target number for a week. Then go meet and greet that number of people WITHOUT FAIL.
Pat yourself on the back if you manage to stick to it then repeat or admonish and clarify why you missed your goal and promise yourself you will do better next week.
5. Blog Surgery Cometh!
Book your seat for my next Blog Surgery where you can come and ask anything about your blog that might help your unique situation.
I’ll be doing an hour or so surgery, so please feel free to ask anything techie, writer-y, SEO-ey, design-ey, traffic-ey, money-ey….you get the drill!
You are invited! It’s free! Never had an unhappy customer yet! 🙂
It’ll be in about a week, so stay tuned for the solid date.
6. Join A Family To Grow A Family
(Yes I know I said 5!)
Forget all the stuff I’ve just said and cut to the chase. The The Karma Army (part of The Blogging Caucus family) can do all of that for you and more. As part of a self-encouraging network you will be helped and encouraged to get there and because most of the back-end slog is done for you it can take literally seconds to start building your own family or network!
Have a say in stating what YOU want to learn about blogging, get introduced to new supportive friends. The aim is to keep blogging and social networking fun…but very productive!
Ever tried growing a family all by yourself?! – Is it even medically possible!!? 😯
For those of you already signed up. Thank you. Sit tight. It is going to be amazing.