Five Tips for Growing your Blogs Audience

Every week my inbox is jam packed with emails from new bloggers asking me the same question: "how do I get more followers?". Now as much as I don't mind getting asked this question, I often find it difficult to reply to every one of these emails as there's so much I could say on the matter. There isn't one magic thing you can do to grow your readership, it takes a combination of things and it take a lot of time. With this being said, I thought I'd put a little post together with my 'top tips' for growing your readership. 

These are just things I've picked up through my own experience as a blogger and you've probably heard them all before but sometimes a bit of motivation from a post like this can help. Before I share my tips I do want to say one thing that's important to remember. Blogging should firstly be based on hard work, passion for what you do and a dedication to suceed. If you have those three things and pair them with the things I've mentioned below, you'll be on the right track! 

Join as many social networking sites as possible
So this might be an obvious one but I actually see a lot of new bloggers that haven't joined social media site and if I'm following a blog, I always want to follow the person on other platforms so I can get to know them better and have easy access to their new posts. I'd say the main two worth joining are Twitter and Instagram but the more you're being active on, the better. Also, try to keep your name consistent on each of your different sites. I made the mistake of not doing this when I first started blogging and although it hasn't affected me massively, I find it much easier to find bloggers on instagram etc if they've got the same name as their blog/twitter accounts.

Promote yourself
Some people hate self-promotion and I can kind of understand why, especially in the beginning. When I first started blogging I though 'oh gosh, nobody will want to read my blog, I look silly tweeting about it' but the exact opposite happened and other bloggers started tweeting me back saying they'd just found my blog and enjoyed reading it so don't be afraid. I always make sure I tweet and post on instagram each time I've published a new post too - that way your followers will know you've just uploaded and can head over for a read. I'd recommend tweeting the link to your new post a few times throughout the day to catch different groups of people - maybe once in the morning, once at lunch and once after school/work/uni. Try and change up each tweet too instead of copying and pasting the same thing! Try not to go overboard with the tweets though or it could come across a bit spammy.

Get to know fellow bloggers
Its so important to get involved in conversations on twitter, especially using specific hash tags like #bbloggers #fbloggers or #lbloggers. There's a hash tag for virtually every niche now so whatever you're blogging about, make sure you chat to people who are doing the same. As well as being great fun and an easy way to get to know other bloggers you can potentially begin a friendship with, introducing yourself to people will also bring more readers to your blog. Who knows, they might love your blog so much that they recommend it to their followers. Back when I first started blogging, getting 'shout outs' from bloggers with a lot more followers than me really helped. I never asked for those shout outs or did things with the hope of getting one but had I never spoken to them or told them I loved their blog, they might have never known about mine. See what I'm saying? So without further ado, get chatting!
 
Update new content regularly
Another obvious one but one that's so important is to update content regularly. When I first started blogging I was quite lucky in the fact Ihad a bit of spare time on my hands which meant I could upload every single day. I think this really helped in the beginning as there was constant new content for people to read and for me to promote. I don't have quite as much time on my hands these days and the amount I post has reduced but when you've built up a loyal following, I don't think people mind if you don't post every day. However, in the beginning, its really important to get up as much content as possible. People are far more likely to follow if they arrive at your blog and its already jam packed with content for them to read.
 
Say yes!
This is quite a broad point but what I mean is that when you first start your blog, say yes to anything and everything you can. Whether its guest posting for another blogger, doing a tag you've been tagged in or attending a meet up with bloggers in your area, do it! The more of these kind of things you can do in the beginning, the better. It'll allow you to get to know other bloggers and let them know about your blog. Its also nice to do these things too - nobody wants to follow a blog if the writer isn't friendly and won't get involved in things. Don't say yes to something you feel uncomfortable doing but if its something you think could be fun and could benefit you, have the confidence to do it!

So there we have it, a few tips for growing your blogs audience. If you're a new blogger or just needed a bit of motivation, I hope you found them useful! One last thing I think is important to say is that you must remember that blogging isn't about the number of followers you have and you shouldn't start blogging with the goal to get 'loads of followers' in mind. Yes it is important that people read your blog and enjoy reading it but most importantly, just enjoy it for yourself. If you love what you do and don't get too caught up in the numbers game, you'll find getting started as a blogger much easier and more enjoyable!

Do you have any other tips for growing your blogs audience?


Lots of love,

114 comments

  1. I agree with all these tips, and you're right say yes!
    Thanks for all these tips :) x

    laurathinksabout.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. This is such a straight forward and well put together post! I agree, most people neglect networking and that is a major factor. :) x

    Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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  3. This is such a help for me thank you!
    Great blog!

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  4. Thank you for all the really nice tips! :)

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  5. This was really helpful :) x

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  6. Great tips and writing as always!

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  7. Love this. Hope I'm heading in the right direction since I've been doing pretty much everything you mentioned! ;) xx


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  8. Thank you this is very helpful! Do you know how to find out about meetups? I live close a big city in Canada, and would love to meet up with fellow bloggers but I don't know where to look!

    allymariecatherine.blogspot.com

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  10. I love the 'say yes' point. We are definitely reluctant to get involved in opportunities which may seem out of our comfort zone. Fab post Kayleigh xx

    Lauraslittleloves

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  11. such great tips and agree with them all!

    emily xx

    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Thank you, this post is actually really helping me because I'm quite new at this :D xx

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  13. those are some great tips! ive started to say yes nowadays hehe

    yukluistyle

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  14. Really great tips! Thanks :)

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  15. amazing tips
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  16. These are amazing tips! Thanks you :)

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  17. great tips :)

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  18. Saying yes is important - and sometimes harder than it might seem! Thanks for the post :)

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  19. I love this, i am a new blogger and find these tips work well x
    Emma | Everything Beauty
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  20. Such a helpful post! Saying yes is something I really need to try and do more often!

    Hannah Heartss x

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  21. Such a helpful post! :)
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  22. really helpful! :-)
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  23. This has been such a helpful post. I've only just started up my blog a week ago so I'm still learning and promoting! Great advice, thank you. X x
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  24. Fab tips Kayleigh. Especially about saying yes - I need to do this more.

    Alex
    www.bump-to-baby.com

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  25. Thank you for such great tips, I've been too shy to self-promote haha xx

    www.lifeinthefashionlanee.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. this were such useful tips for me! I recently started a beauty and fashion blog so it would be great if you'd check it out and follow :) I love reading other peoples blogs so I will definitely always follow back xx

    taraclare.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. Thank you, this is so helpful! :)
    xx

    teatymestories.blogspot.com

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  28. I agree with social media, having a twitter for my blog has helped my blog's audience so much!
    sirensandbells.co.uk / facebook.com/sirensandbellsblog

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  29. Couldn't agree more with social media, I don't think any one would of ever found my blog without it!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  30. Though these tips might sound obvious, they are really helpful. Especially the one about joining different communities and promoting oneself ;)

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Hugs, Rose.

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  31. These are great tips. I definitely met a lot of new bloggers and got a lot more views when I started using twitter to promote my blog and join in discussions! Now, I just have to start working on staying consistent with my posting as I can be incredibly lazy about it.

    xx MochaLexy

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  32. I found you through Bloglovin. Some great tips! I am still trying to figure out how to use Instagram for blogging, but your tips really helped even though I'm a veteran blogger!

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  33. These were really great tips, thank you for sharing!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  34. great post & wonderful tips! thanks! xoxo

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  35. Thank you soo much for these tips..I've just started a mummy blog as I went through a lot in pregnancy and really want to help others.

    www.littlelondonmummy.blogspot.co.uk
    x

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  36. Oh man, networking. A life skill we'll all have to learn at some point, right?

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  37. Great post Kayleigh. I've upped my networking on twitter massively and have now been invited to 4 events- it really does work!

    L xx

    www.bylaurenjane.co.uk

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  38. Found your blog so inspiring! I just followed on Bloglovin <3 Hope to read new post from you soon xx

    The Mad Shopper's Dressing Room
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  39. Great post! I've been blogging for 18 months now but I just do not put myself out there, I rarely ever use Twitter but I've noticed that when I do, my blog gets a lot more hits - it's definitely something I need to work on x

    Kat from Blushing Rose

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  40. Great tips, thank you 😊 I am looking for collaboration for a while now 😃

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  41. Great tips, so useful.. its so hard to get started!


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  42. Nice post! written simply and to the point. Thanks for sharing your tips.
    I love Instagram!

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    Nikki xo

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  43. I recently started my blog and I'm sure this post will be super helpful! Thank you, Kayleigh! x

    www.thefashionramblings.com

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  44. This is helpful! Really enjoyed your tips and got a lot from it, thanks!

    Kaitlyn xo

    www.thetrendytea.com

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  45. Thanks for these tips! :)
    I'm trying to grow my blog at the moment so these should come in handy!
    <3 gabynyan.blogspot.com

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  46. Great tips! I always forget when the #bbloggers chat is on and always end up missing it!
    I love that my name is the same on instagram, twitter and bloglovin etc, thankfully it worked out that way :)
    Love your blog and you deserve all your followers xx

    alicekatex ♥

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  47. These tips were really helpful as we are fairly new to blogging anf finding it quite difficult to gain an audience. Thanks! Love your blog btw!:)

    thebeautyspot-5.blogspot.co.uk

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  48. These were really helpful tips, differently going to take them on board to gain more audience, as I have found it difficult.

    petitetreasures.blogspot.co.uk

    Seema x

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  49. Great pieces of advice, thank you :)

    Rachael x

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  50. Good blog and good tips. One thing that's really worked for me is to join in "linky" parties, where I link up my blog for others to read. In the quilt blogging world, there are lots of these parties - Fabric Tuesdays, Finish it Up Fridays, or my own, Whoop Whoop Fridays, for example. When others come to look at your post, lots of them come back again on other days - especially if you reciprocate and visit and comment on their blogs! Another way to get people involved with your blog is to ask a question in your post that they can answer in their comment - and if you hint at a follow-up to the question in your next post, people will want to come back!

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  51. Thank you so much for your tips. It give me motivate to keep writing and blogging.

    Val
    www.myapelmanis.com

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  52. Thanks for sharing with us these amazing tips. Looks like I am on the right track. :) Just found your blog today and loving the design you picked. ^^

    ♥ intrice.blogspot.com

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  53. thank you so much for this blog. Its verry helpful for me

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  54. I just "revived" my old blog and coated it with some girlyness, so I'll need the tips. Although I fear that I'll always feel bad for promoting myself.. Thanks for the awesome post!

    x Elise

    http://tealaboratory.blogspot.be

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  55. Really great post I just started my blog and I think this advice could really help me :)
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  56. your post made so much sense!

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  57. Very helpful and succinct ! Thank you!

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  58. Thanks for the tips - I'm definitely trying to say yes to anything to do with blogging.

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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  59. It can be so hard in the beginning. These tips are so very helpful thanks!

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  60. Thanks for the tips! I think one thing I would add is to make yourself visible to others. When you make a comment on another blog or on a website don't forget to include your blog signature and address. :)

    A Missionary's Life
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  62. What great advice! There is a lot more that I could be doing. I always figured that if my blog was something people wanted to read they would find it on their own, but so far that has not been the case... But I have only just started.

    Hayley from
    Elizabeth's Forrest
    elizabethsforrest.blogspot.com

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  63. You're right of course. It's just finding the time to post often. I'm going to try and do it more though. Thanks for the great tips

    Charlotte x

    www.cardigancladromance.com

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  64. Thanks for the tips. I just started to use twitter more.
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  65. Great post! Thanks for sharing :) x

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  66. Thank you so much, this is so helpful. I'm pretty new to blogging and am really keen to increase my folllowers so will definitely be following your tips! x

    ramblingsofablonde.co.uk

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  67. Great tips! as a newbie, it did give me that needed boost of confidence!

    http://www.lipsnberries.com

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  68. Thank you for this post, I am new to blogging and I really struggle with self promotion! I guess I just have not had the confidence to post on Twitter and FB! I will def will start promoting though!!

    randomlovesinlife.wordpress.com

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  69. thank you soooooo much. Loved it... wish I could hv as much audience as u do.

    www.diaryofalifelover.com

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  70. Thanks for publishing this Kayleigh! I followed your blog as suggested by Bloglovin' and I didn't regret because I found this very helpful blog post. I'm currently still growing my own audience, too and learning other seasoned bloggers like you.

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  71. This post was so helpful! I'm new to blogging, and I always wonder how many tweets about my posts are too much or not enough... this post is great motivation for me! Thanks!
    Kisses,
    Sarah
    http://everydaystarlet.com/

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  72. Thanks Kayleigh, helpful tips for a newby like me.Totally agree about the passion bit!

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  73. Great tips, thank you sooo much :*

    http://justsem.wordpress.com

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  74. Thank you very much for these tips. I just started a blog because I wanted to do so for a long time, but I'm finding it still a bit scary ;)

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  75. I find the hardest thing is putting myself out there. I need to do some confidence building first I think
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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  76. This was so helpful!

    www.victoriabeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  77. Helpful post. I'm already on FB and Tumblr (and YT and Polyvore) but have considered Twitter in the past, just not sure I can keep up with them all and my blog and replying to comments and posting comments on other blogs!

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  78. Great post - thanks!

    beautyfreckled.blogspot.com

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  79. Thank you lots for those tips!!

    Victoria ♥
    http://victressvic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  80. I struggle with some of these sometimes and have little confidence in my blog, but I AM attending my first ever blog meet up next month! Small staps, but positive ones :) I'll definitely be taking more of your advice on board. Thank you!

    Jo xx

    She Wears Burgundy

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  81. Thanks for the tips! They are helpful! Please come and visit my blog at the-wardrobe-stylist.com/blog.

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  82. I think my main issue is lack of self-promotion, I feel weird showing people that I went to school with (i.e. my twitter followers) that I have an online persona - if that makes sense. I'm starting to get past it but I think it'll take some time before I'm comfortable with the whole "hey, look at what I've done" thing!

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  83. Thanks for writing such a great post, its so nice to see encouragement for new bloggers as it can be a bit daunting! And I love that say yes is one of the tips!

    http://thepeachedit.blogspot.co.uk

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  84. These are some really handy tips, and I think you've hit the nail on the head with the social aspect. I for one will often read an article or blog that's been posted on Twitter, but rarely go searching for blogs that I've looked at before. It's all about engaging with your audience, and not expecting them to simply check your blog each and every day.

    Another thing I'd add to this list is interacting with other blogs directly. Taking the time to read what other people have to say, and then commenting in a thoughtful manner can have a huge impact. If you're simply looking to post "Great blog...here's my link" it's unlikely that anyone will actually bother to even look at your blog. That being said, leaving a link back to your site on other blogs can have a great impact on traffic if you're honest and engaging.

    I've recently started a blog called All Things Manchester, and will certainly be implementing your tips. Feel free to come and say hello!

    Phil
    All Things Manchester
    http://www.allthingsmanchester.com

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  85. These tips are really useful/helpful, thankyou so much!
    Megan x

    www.meganpeltell.blogspot.com

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  86. you have been featured in my September Favorite Blog Posts ♥
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  87. Great tips! Very straightforward . I've struggled with Twitter, still so confused on how to use it. Working in facebook and instagram then will get Twitter crazy and figure it all out. Love your blog :)

    www.mummygoesmad.com

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  88. Will definitely be using these tips!
    teenworld0123.blogspot.com

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  89. Thanks for the tips and inspiration :).

    Rocks

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  90. Great tips! I'm a big fan of the "pay it forward"; comment other blogs, read as many blogs as you can (and leave an HTML trail link to your own blog)!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

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  91. This was an awesome read, great advice.

    Jessica

    http://jessicacorabenson.blogspot.co.uk/

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  92. Great tips! As for social media tips, can I offer you one more channel, that will actually help you make more money on your affiliate links. www.quiqs.com - it's community of online shopping lovers, so you can share your shopping recommendations there, without overloading your blog with affiliate links.

    www.quiqs.com/blog

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  93. I'm glad I came across your blog post. I recently started my own blog (www.blogmylife.org) and I am constantly looking for tips and tricks to help me along on my journey. Your tips are very detailed.

    -Ty

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  94. I love your blog and these tips were great I started a blog and I'm finding it hard to get noticed as there are so many bloggers! :)xx

    www.avabearr.blogspot.com

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  95. Nice tips, not the usual :)
    Cheers!

    H. x
    www.wanderwings.com

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  96. great post!

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  97. I do think I'm now boarder line stalking your blog - #sorrynotsorry - love your posts always

    Charlotte

    Xo

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  98. Great tips for sure! Making blogging friends and being active in the communityis win-win!

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  99. Love this, thanks for the tips!

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  100. Thank you for the tips darling !!

    x o x o
    Mafalda
    http://iammafalda.blogspot.no

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  101. Thanks for the tips! This really helped boost my motivation! :D

    xx

    http://www.misslaja.com/

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  102. Thanks found this so helpful.
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  103. Very helpful! The Twitter tip about the hashtags is great, I didn't even think of that. :)

    missetayla.com

    Thanks! XO!

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  104. Thank you for the read. Honestly you covered the topic and broadly examined all areas. If i was to write this i would have done a essay writing serivce few things differently myself but you have definitely inspired me to get into the world of blogging. Thanks heaps for the post i really appreciate it. Have a good day and keep blogging

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  105. thats soo helpful. thanks alot

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  106. Thanks for this! I have just started my blog and looking to promote it, very few articles actually break it down. Great job, thank you!

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