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The real way to get more followers to your blog.

The number one question of almost all bloggers (and a big one I get asked a lot lately) is, how do I get more followers? Nobody really knows how many blogs are in the world, but I’ve read “current” numbers starting at 50,000,000 and even as high as 150,000,000. Whatever the number, that’s a lot of zeros to compete with.

Picture a bookshelf, twenty miles wide and twelve feet tall, crammed with people’s personal journals and memoirs. You just added yours to the very middle of it, and now you’re standing on the sidelines with 150,000,000 other people, watching lookie-loos choosing one here, choosing one there, just hoping that they’ll stop and choose yours.

Kind of interesting to think of it that way, isn’t it? Here’s the thing. You can stand out from the crowd. It is possible.

When I started Single Dad Laughing, I looked up lots of websites which all claimed to know the tricks of building a blog quickly. Aside from the fact that many of them contradicted each other, I tried to implement as many of their common suggestions as possible here at SDL. Some of them were effective, some weren’t. They did, however, seem to all pitch the same three common rules to blogging (if your goal is to attract a following).

Rule #1: Stay on topic. Pick a topic that you love, and stick to it. If you wander off that topic, people will stop following.

Rule #2: Optimize your blog. Learn how to use keywords to get more traffic from search engines.

Rule #3: Keep your posts short. There are very few people that will read anything longer than a few paragraphs.

And… I officially declare those three rules to be 100% horse manure, not to mention BORING.

I present to you Single Dad Laughing’s revised list:

Rule #1. Write about whatever the heck you want to write about. You can keep some general topics, but if you haven’t noticed, SDL is all over the place and most survive the experience intact.

Rule #2. What is optimization? Why worry about search? Somebody clicking in because a friend told them to come visit is 10,000 times more powerful than somebody clicking in from a search engine. Focus on what will make that happen, instead.

Rule #3. Keep it short? Are you serious? Yes, most of the time, but use however many words you need to use if you’re putting an important message out there. The bullying post was somewhere in the area of 4,000 words. That’s around 19 pages double-spaced, and in its first three days it had more than a quarter million views. Had I tried to sum it up in 500 words it would have died out the gates because the message would have been left behind.

Rule #4. In addition to the message, pictures of really cute children in cowboy hats seem to work well, too. Attempts at whistling are a big plus.

What it really all boils down to is that message. What is it? If you believe in your message, you’ll attract the people that believe in it with you. Do you speak what you really want to share or do you only say the things that you think people will want to hear?

If you want more followers, believe in something and then write about it. It doesn’t matter what that something is, just be bold no matter what consequences come your way. I’m guessing you’re a very intelligent person with a lot of profound things to say. Don’t be a freakin’ chicken. Get out there and share them. You’ll be a rock star in no time.

And don’t forget. You will always do better and grow faster when you cheer for those around you to have success. The moment you get bitter that somebody else is getting more or faster attention, the quicker your followers ditch you and head to the next blog.

Tell me, what are you each passionate about? I’m honestly curious.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS, don’t forget massive amounts of shameless self-promoting! PLEASE share this post on Facebook and twitter. PLEASE follow us. PLEASE give us your first-born child.

Haha, but seriously. Do follow us, and do share this on Facebook and twitter. We have a ton of fun around here.

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346 comments
allybluoo
allybluoo

Your advice is really good and has helped me so thanks. I'm 15 and I started my blog in October 2014 after me and my friend did this YouTube thing but that didn't go well as we were made fun of for doing so, I would like to start doing YouTube videos again but instead I'm trying to get some followers on my blog and so far I've had no luck, but hopefully your advice will change that :) thanks again

Oh and my website is : http://believinginus.blogspot.co.uk -if you or anyone wants to take a look

tinamariemiller
tinamariemiller

Thank you for your advise! My blog is a little over a year old now. I write about chronic illness and chronic pain, unfortunately because of my experiences, I don't get the opportunity to write very often. It's about once or twice a month right now. I do seem to still have some readers who have stuck around through it all.

I'm trying to wrote more often, hoping that will grow my readers/followers. I'm VERY much so a newbie even though I have had a blog for awhile now. I truly appreciate your direct and honest opinions on how to increase followers.

Thanks again,

Tina Jackson-Miller

Whitney
Whitney

Thank you for the excellent and to-the-point advice.  I started my blog about a month ago and am having a blast!  Hopefully that will bring in the traffic.  Thanks again!  And those cowboy boot pictures are precious.


Whitney


www.livingwithlocks.com

hillgem
hillgem

I'm new to blogging but I like your approach. sound and practical

cheers

Mayomix
Mayomix

Your advice seems the most practical of the help I have been reading. It does seem true that if you write about something you love your voice will come through and attract readers. It may just take time. 


I've always loved food and am trying to use it as a means to share my experiences in the humor of every day.


http://reciperoadshow.wordpress.com

JollyJennifer
JollyJennifer

Love the advice :)  I like your perspective on the length of post vs what the message takes to get it across.  Shameless plug for my blog:  RekamiRecreations.blogspot.com  A little of this and that (crafting, cooking, prepping, fitness, etc :)

gardeningwithe
gardeningwithe

Great advice! Thanks- I just started blogging last month and so far have very little (almost no) interest in my blog- I guess I need to get the word out there. Anywho- my interest is gardening with my son- he loves it and I love doing things with him. 

 http://gardeningwithe.blogspot.com/

seaangel4444
seaangel4444

Terrific advice! Thank you for those handy hints! And shamelessly I'd like to share my new blog here (I'm a Canadian who lives in Chicago and I have been writing little humorous notes on my personal FB page for about two years called, "The Chicago Files"). It is about my observations, opinions, and really my take on what I see and hear around me in the Windy City!  After being asked to write these little ditties in a blog, I am finally doing so! Thank you again for a really good article! 


http://thechicagofiles.wordpress.com/


xsterren
xsterren

Thanks for the advice. I'm a new blogger I guess. This really made things clear for me.

Hayley Larue
Hayley Larue

I love the wittiness in this post! :)


and since you asked... I am passionate about following that urge in my heart, and I love to encourage people to go after it as well. I truly believed in a goal of mine, and even though it took me 3 years to achieve, it has never felt so good to say that I did it. I love posting inspiring content, in hopes that it will capture someones eye, and make them want to go after their own dream. What kept me going was reading inspiring quotes and success stories. So whatever it is, I say, keep going and you will get there. :)


http://meyouandhayleylarue.blogspot.com

Hayley Larue
Hayley Larue

I love the wittiness in this post! :)


and since you asked... I am passionate about following that urge in my heart, and I love to encourage people to go after it as well. I truly believed in a goal of mine, and even though it took me 3 years to achieve, it has never felt so good to say that I did it. I love posting inspiring content, in hopes that it will capture someones eye, and make them want to go after their own dream. What kept me going was reading inspiring quotes and success stories. So whatever it is, I say, keep going and you will get there. :)

Nerdy Birdie
Nerdy Birdie

Thanks! Good advice, I just hope it works! Also, what would you say about frequency? Does it help to post more often?

amusingmusings3.blogspot.com

ChristieDenham
ChristieDenham

You nailed it. Those top three things I have heard so many times. I agree, boring! I prefer to get out there, share, have things to say (many things), and support! I think people like to feel like they belong and they have something in common.
I just started a blog for my husband, to help him and my biggest strong point is how he struggles with his weightloss and needs support but also wants to help others who struggle too, by watching and learning from his struggles so they know they aren't alone. Plus, build a support group inside it where everyone gives and also recieves support! Love this post. I feel better now :)

http://hecandoityoucanhelp.blogspot.com/

tesoraniram
tesoraniram

Nice peice of advice!

www.tesoraniram.com

SistersInDistress
SistersInDistress

"Thank You"  for the advice!  I am 16 a year old girl who just recently started a blog on wordpress for my sisters. They are not my biological sisters, but wish they were! They have lived with me, my little brother, mother and father for almost 6 years now. Their biological mother dumped them off with us years ago and their biological father had walked out of their lives 5 years ago. They were just recently taken away from us and have been placed in a facility for girls. Please read their story and HELP US HELP THEM GET BACK TO OUR FAMILY, SCHOOL & FRIENDS.   sistersindistress.wordpress.com

johannapetrocelli
johannapetrocelli

Thank you for the advice! I definitely like yours better! I just recently started a blog and my posts don't use any key words and are kind of long. But I am definitely writing about stuff I am passionate about! :)  Hopefully your advice will get me at least one follower :)

http://johannapetrocelli.blogspot.com/

Izzy
Izzy

Great posting! Thanks for your useful information :)

I just started my own blog a few hours ago and will absolutely take your advice!


http://izzy4u2love.blogspot.com

AhmedTarekHasan
AhmedTarekHasan

Hi Dan, I have my own technical blog in software development field and it is really a big deal to get followers :) I have a pretty good number of visits but not followers. I spent many hours searching how to get more followers but still working on it. Your post gave me some ideas i am excited to try on my blog so wish me luck :)

http://developmentsimplyput.blogspot.com/

Sarah Sea
Sarah Sea

These are great tips, thank you.

www.cephalopodsyndrome.blogspot.com

SupriyoDas
SupriyoDas

Thanks for this amazing post. I am following your advice, I write on whatever fancies me. Lately though, I mostly get fascinated by internet, gaming and tech. My blog http://www.fliqolet.com publish posts on these areas. 

Rebeccann
Rebeccann

Thanks so much for all the tips!  :-)  I'd love to get my Mom experience out there and feel like I'm doing something for someone other than just myself!

http://thisfineday.com

AmberEnglish
AmberEnglish

These tips are great! I just moved to a self-hosted blog... and I'm trying to do the best I can to figure everything out. I really like that you twisted the "original rules." I've heard of your blog several times, but this is my first time stopping by and I'm hooked. You're a great writer with great information. I'm looking forward to reading more from you.

NathalieDarling
NathalieDarling

   Thanks for the tips! I'm big time into controversial photography. I love being able to make people think with my photos. To pause, look away, look back, and wonder just what sort of beliefs I have all over again. I've quite literally, been working my butt off to be at the top of the game in my age group since 11. The internet's big and scary - I needed this! Thanks! :) I feel kind of horrible about posting my blog here, as self advertising always struck me as pompous, but please - care to check it out?  

        http://trynorth.blogspot.com/

I love what I do, and I want to best at it. When I'm old enough to meander out on my own, you'll be able to find me in Jerusalem, interviewing prostitutes. Thanks again! Good luck!


alann6h
alann6h

Haha nice post. I am new to blogging and I do not want to stick to one topic because I am complex like that....anyways, here's to self promoting! achus-views.blogspot.ca

sdafsdafsdaf
sdafsdafsdaf

Thank you for the advice. They were very helpful.  I just made my blog (http://awdanielle.blogspot.com) which will focus on DIYs, makeup reviews and hauls, book reviews, lifestyle posts and vegetarianism.  

Thanks again for this post! 

Green Mom
Green Mom

Thanks for the advice! I am working on getting more followers to our blog- www.Green-Mom.com and I really appreciate your pep-talk!!! 


Hayley Larue
Hayley Larue

@Nerdy Birdie  Hi! From what I have read from other people, it does seem that frequency is important. When people stop by your page, I think frequency shows that you really care about your blog, and gives readers a better sense of what your blog is about. Although, I'm no expert! I only have 3 followers lol :)


http://meyouandhayleylarue.blogspot.com