How I Increased My Subscriber List By over 400% Last Month
And it is still going up!
This blogging thing is no joke. I mean, writing is fun and I crack myself up, but there is a definite learning curve when it comes to anyone actually reading your blog. Cue crickets chirping. I feel you, I was there. Here’s a quick rundown of how I increased my subscriber list, but I will break it down and give you freebies to do the same thing this month.
- I created my Free Social Media Planning Bundle and started using it! – Complete with over 30 Facebook groups, an editable schedule with built-in links, a No-Tears Bloggers Checklist, and Much More – Click Here to Learn More!
- My posts were hella funny and interesting.
- I wrote my posts for Search Engine Optimization.
- I upped my Pinterest game.
- My blog-help section on Pinterest actually got some action.
- I wrote guest posts for other bloggers.
I created my Free Social Media Planning Bundle and started using it!
Complete with over 30+ Facebook groups, an editable schedule with built-in links, a No-Tears Bloggers Checklist, and Much More
Facebook groups are a great way to increase engagement and eventual subscribers, but whoa, it is a lot of work. And then there is the issue of forgetting which thread you’ve joined or forgetting to like the main post after the thread has closed (and how are you supposed to remember that?!)
We have all done it, been on the naughty list. But I have some strategies to keep you on the nice list this year. I have created a plan with over 30 groups complete with schedules.
There is even a daily schedule with clickable links to the group, the thread description, and places to check off actions related to the thread. No more forgetting any steps. No more signing up for some this week but forgetting they exists the next. Yep, it happens to the best of us.
I have also made it editable, so you can change and add niche groups (recommended) as applicable. Wow, that is a lot of work you don’t have to do.
Each day has at least 5 actionable items to bring your blog traffic and increase your social media footprint.
My posts were hella funny and interesting.
So, the most important strategy to increasing and maintaining a strong list is to write good content. Nobody has time to read another boring post. Sorry, much love to all the less-than-entertaining bloggers, but the market is saturated. Have fun with writing and do not apologize for letting your voice shine through. This is not APA or MLA style after all. *Still having high school trauma flashbacks.*
Most importantly, write what you want, make it matter, and SEO.
I wrote my posts for SEO.
SEO. Sample every option….Mmm…food. Good try, but SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. So, I knew what it was, but I had no clue to go about doing it.
Many of you are already doing this, but chances are, if you just started you are saying what-the-what?
Well, I downloaded the Yoast plugin which I adore. The free version is excellent and gives detailed feedback on how to improve the readability and SEO. So, if I stopped the posts here, before optimizing, my readability would be good, but my SEO not available. No bueno. But, with a few tweaks, suggested by the plugin, this post will be bringing in readers to me, hopefully of course. Sometimes it is as simple as breaking up content with headers and making sure your topic is clear. It is totally doable, so start now. It is much more work to go back and optimize after the fact.
About (insert arbitrary percentage here) of you have only read the headers and bold content to this point.
Don’t worry, it does catch the eye and helps give an outline of the post.
Then, go back to your older babies (aka posts) and Optimize those too. And while you are at it…
Pinterest is a blogger’s best friend.
Create pin-worty images.
Stop paying for what you can do for free. Canva.com is fantastic and they have plenty of free options. Just think, will my nearly blind grandma be able to read this on an iPhone from 2 miles away? That is about how attention-grabbing and clear you need your text to be. Fancy fonts and detailed descriptions rarely work, at least not for the main text. Also, do your readers have to pass a colorblind test to see your title? Probably not the direction you want to head.
Create multiple pins for each post. You can even hide images. Check out Chantel Arnett’s clever way to hide a vertical image in the post. It’s your little pinning secret. I know, the small things in life, right? I have two right here…
Pin-it, Pin-it Real Good
Many Pinterest boards allow more than one pin a day. If not, you can pin on separate days. Use Tailwind, or pin at different points of the day. You can also join my Funny Moms Group or My Happy Pinning group. Just follow me: www.pinterest.com/coffeewithaside and send me your email. My email and directions are on the boards. Upping my Pinterest game has really paid off. I used to get 99% of my traffic from Facebook. Now, Pinterest has far surpassed Facebook in daily visitors. I have also noticed large spikes in traffic on days I pin more.
Actually Use Your Blog Help/Blog How-To Section in Pinterest
I have been pinning how-to articles and posts for such a long time, but so overwhelmed that I wasn’t applying any of it. First, pick 3 a week. Then, read them carefully and pick 1-2 actionable items from each one. Create a new Pinterest folder of favorites. The ones that you have opened over and over because they provide such a useful skill. If they are all fluff, let them go. You don’t have to delete them, but put them in your tried folder. That way you know you have read them, but it is not clogging your valuable learning space.
Teamwork makes the dream work, sharing is caring, etc, etc. *Pretend to insert a plethora of motivational collaboration quotes.* Alright, as cheesy as it is, teamwork really does help. I started guest posting on other’s blogs like this one: http://seasidesundays.com/staycoolthissummer/. This is a great way to increase your audience. It is tough to relinquish control, especially when you love what you create, but it is all part of the growing process. Ask other’s to contribute to your page as well. They will drive traffic to your site and it is nice to let someone else do some of the work.
Again, this journey has its ups and downs along the way. Don’t get discouraged. Ask for help and find communities that support you.
Also, download my Ultimate Social Media Planning Bundle and start using it!
Complete with over 30 Facebook groups, an editable schedule with built-in links, a No-Tears Bloggers Checklist, and Much More
Let me know what you think. What strategies have helped you grow your list?