HOW I GREW MY WORDPRESS AUDIENCE

Hi guys! How’s the week going? I know I’ve been sharing a lot of blogging related posts over last couple of days, but this I had to make since a lot of you asked me to post something like this and I love it when you tell me what you want to see on the blog, please don’t stop doing it!

¡Hola! ¿cómo va la semana? sé que he estado compartiendo varios posts sobre cosas de bloggers muy seguido, pero éste lo tenía que hacer, sí o sí, varios de ustedes me lo han pedido y la verdad es que me encanta cuando me dicen qué quieren ver aquí, porfa no dejen de hacerlo.

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So, when I shared my THINGS I LEARNED ON MY FIRST YEAR OF BLOGGING post, some of you were wondering what did I do that’s rendered me with almost 2k wordpress active followers. Today I’ll talk about it.

Cuando compartí mi post THINGS I LEARNED ON MY FIRST YEAR OF BLOGGING, algunos de ustedes me preguntaban, ¿cómo hice para tener casi 2k seguidores activos en wordpress? Hoy les platico todo.

When I started my blog a little over a year ago, I promised myself that I would spend time everyday stopping by people’s blogs, and commenting on them with something meaningful, I also decided that the nice thing to do, was reply to all my comments, and in turn stop by my commenter’s blogs, liking their content an giving them feedback on their posts, so I did, everytime someone stopped by, I’d thank them by reciprocating the love on their site.

Cuando empecé mi blog hace poco más de un año, me prometí que todos los días pasaría un tiempo visitando blogs y dejando algún comentario significativo, también decidí que lo correcto era contestar todos los comentarios que me dejaran, y pasar a comentar los blogs de las personas que hicieran lo mismo con mi blog, ser recíprocos y agradecidos.

Then, I started gaining followers, so it was also the polite thing to do, stop by their blogs and saying hi, I also found this was a great way to find great blogs, so I myself started following those blogs, which turned into some follow-backs, then came my first 100 follows, I think I got them 3 months in, and I was over the moon, but this didn’t make me stay in my comfort zone, I kept with my ideas of being nice and saying hi, and thank you, and liking and sharing the love, there was a month where I got almost 300 follows.

Después, la gente comenzó a seguirme, así que también lo correcto era pasar a sus blogs, y decir hola, descubrí que también era una excelente manera de encontrar blogs geniales que podía seguir, eso resultó en que algunos me siguieran de vuelta, y de pronto tenía mis primeros 100 seguidores, creo que fue como a los 3 meses de haber empezado, estaba de lo más contenta, pero no dejé que eso me detuviera por sentirme cómoda, seguí con mi idea de saludar, y dar gracias, de dar likes y compartir el cariño, hubo un mes en el que tuve casi 300 follows.

Now, I’m not saying you should go and follow every single blog you come across, just the ones that you can relate to and truly like, cause what I did next I couldn’t do if I was only following blogs at random, I realized I also needed to engage with the blogs and bloggers I loved, so I try to at least once a week, at least, stop by the posts on my wordpress reader, and like their posts, and comment if there’s something I truly feel I should say, now, another thing I do, is I leave my comments with a link to my blog, why? keep reading!

Ahora, no digo que debas ir y seguir todos los blogs con los que te encuentres, sólo con los que te puedas identificar y que en verdad te gusten, porque la siguiente cosa que hice no podría hacerla si sólo siguiera blogs a lo loco; me di cuenta de que también era necesario interactuar con los blogs y bloggers que me encantan, así que intento al menos una vez a la semana, pasar por todos los blogs en mi reader y darle like a sus posts, y comentar cuando siento que hay algo relevante que puedo decir, una cosa más que hago en estas ocasiones, es dejar al final de mi comentario un link a mi blog, ¿por qué? sigue leyendo.

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The reason I leave my url behind is, it works as a signature, it lets the blogger know who’s commenting, and it helps other people commenting on that blog find out about yours, I know many of us do that, and I know must of us don’t care if someone leaves their site’s url behind, as long as it’s not spammy, in fact, I like it when people do this, it allows me to jump quickly to their site with no problem, what I do not appreciate, and I think most of you will agree with me is the spammy kind of comments that are obviously copied and pasted all over in different blogs, you know that kind “I loved this post, please stop by my blog and follow me (insert url here)”, that I think is not nice at all, now I won’t even want to go back to your blog, let alone follow it, seriously guys, take time to read and comment with something of value, and then, leave your url.

La razón por la que dejo mi url en mis comentarios, es porque funciona como una firma, le deja saber al blogger quién está comentando, y le ayuda a gente comentando en ese blog a encontrar tu sitio, sé que varios de nosotros lo hacemos, y la verdad es que a mí no me importa si alguien lo hace, siempre y cuando no sea spam, de hecho me gusta cuando la gente lo hace, ya que me permite ir rápidamente a ver su sitio sin problema alguno, los comentarios que sí no me gustan, (y yo creo que a nadie) son esos que obviamente son un copy-paste que van dejando por todos los blogs en su camino, ya sabes, esos que dicen algo como “Me encantó tu post, por favor pasa a mi blog y sígueme (inserte url aquí)”, no me parece que sean buenos, la verdad me quitan las ganas de ir a tu blog y mucho menos seguirte, en verdad, tomen el tiempo de leer y comentar con algo de valor, y entonces sí, dejar tu url.

Please note that most of these won’t work in the long run if your site lacks quality content and consistency, as those are the key to any successful blog, but really, this is what worked for me, I’m not an expert, but give it a shot, find what works for you, and if you’d like, share it with us in the comments! I’d love to find out new tips and tricks! 🙂

Cabe destacar que ninguno de éstos funcionará a la larga si tu sitio no tiene contenido de calidad y le falta consistencia, ya que esos son la clave de cualquier blog exitoso, pero ésto es sólo lo que funciona para mí, no soy una experta, pero inténtalo, encuentra lo que funciona para ti, y si quieres, cuéntanos en los comentarios, me encantaría saber más tips 🙂

88 thoughts on “HOW I GREW MY WORDPRESS AUDIENCE

    1. Noemi! Thanks so much for stopping by, and congrats on the almost first year, I’ll absolutely make a post about that, I still have missing blog post ideas for this month, so keep an eye out for that 🙂

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  1. I really Like that you are doing several posts about how you grew your blog. I am a new blogger myself, and it’s been like pulling teeth trying to grow a following without selling my soul and becoming that ‘spammy annoying person’ . Please keep it up! You’re advice is very instructive!

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    1. Thanks so much Jen! Keep it up sister! I’m so glad you liked my post, and I really hope my tips do help you, I’ll keep making posts like this, so if you’ve got anything you’d like to see on one, please don’t hesitate to ask about it 🙂

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  2. Thank you for the tips girl! I also do a lot of commenting on blogs and commenting back on my own comments (that sounds difficult, hope you understand it) I also feel like that gives my much followers. I think connecting with your followers and other bloggers and staying in touch with them is one of the most important things of having a great blog! Glad you shared your tips today! That url-thing is a very good tip. Lol, I always found it annoying when people did that but I’m starting to get it now! Thanks! xo

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  3. I realized as I was commenting on other blogs that I liked, I would look at the commentors and see if anyone left a link so I could see if they had content that peaked my interest. Because I was one of those users who thought they were useful, I began to use them too! It’s nice to leave an easily accessible link because often I want to check out someone’s blog, but it only leaves me to a Gravatar, and then I’m thoroughly dissapointed haha.

    Natalie | Holistic Health, Lifestyle, & Travel
    http://nataliesalchemy.wordpress.com

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  4. Gracias por este post! Una compañera y yo acabamos de comenzar un blog, y apreciamos todos los buenos consejos (particularmente de calidad, como tu post) que encontramos en nuestra búsqueda para aprender a darle a los queridos lectores un blog de calidad.
    Me encanta tu blog, by the way! Diverso y divertido. 🙂
    -Marta

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  5. Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve always visited and revisited the idea of blogging and am trying to go “full-force” with it. These types of posts are appreciated.

    brigittebakr.com

    xo, B

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  6. I had underestimated just how important it is to engage with others in the blogging community, that being said sometimes I feel that I lack the drive to not be lazy and to devote time to others and/or also geunineity in commenting in other blogs. I mean the reality really is that engaging ( following, commenting, being consistent about following) does increase both of our blog’s gain but the way to go about it without that focus of gain…can be a bit challenging.

    ~ Bre

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  7. Thank you for your useful advices, I’ve been blogging for quite long but not so open to go and comment on other bloggers’ posts. You give me a total different view on doing so, happy that I read this post of yours.

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  8. This article was super helpful! I within the first few months of my blog just starting and am struggling to get more followers, views and likes. I would love it if you would check my blog out!

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  9. Amazing share 🙂 I feel like being part of the community is what it’s all about this is exactly how I gained all my followers on my other social media platforms! Good on you!!

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  10. Hi Daniela! I have just started my blog, which as always been a dream of mine 🙂 And I have just read a couple of yours and they have been really helpful and interesting, and I just wanted to say thank you, they have helped me a lot 🙂

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