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10 Ways to Get Noticed As a Blogger

200 posts. In exactly one week shy of a year, I’ve hit 200 posts. That’s CRAZY! I feel like I’ve been a blogger for as long as I can remember, but I also feel like life without the blog existed just yesterday. Y’all, deciding to start a blog might have been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I don’t say that lightly. Blogging has changed me. It’s made me value my possessions and value my self-worth. It’s challenged my confidence in some ways and increased my confidence in others. It’s connected me to companies I would have only dreamt of working with, and I’ve met people who truly add to my life. It’s officially a part-time job (that takes full-time work… let’s be real), and I really can’t wait to see where it takes me. Here’s to hoping it’s far!

I’ll be honest – I don’t use all of these strategies regularly. They take time, and lots of it. However, they are the product of loads of research, tons of trial and error, and have proven time and time again to help me grow.

How to set yourself apart and get noticed as a blogger!

 Engagement is critical to growing a blog.

 It feels really good to get a lot of comments on a post, whether it be on a blog or on Instagram. You feel successful, like you connected with readers. You are one hundred times more likely to see engagement if you are actively engaged. Us bloggers, we know the drill. You make the effort to show my page attention, and I’ll repay the favor. You leave me sweet and thoughtful comments, showing that you really read my post? You can guarantee that I’ll do the same. It’s simple: the more engaged you are in the community, the more engagement on your content you will see. 

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Hashtags are your Instagram champions.

Hashtags were a game changer on Instagram for me. I use them myself all of the time to find new bloggers to follow, and posts to comment on. Check out a few of your favorite bloggers that seem to have a good bit of engagement on their posts, what hashtags do they use? What do you enjoy surfing for? You can use up to 30, and you should use 30. I have my hashtags saved in a note on my phone, one note for outfit pictures and one for lifestyle pictures. Copying and pasting them as a comment saves me a whole lot of time typing them out and gets my post noticed faster! Time is of the essence with hashtags. Tip: Using ones like #ootd? While that’s a classic one, as a small blogger, it won’t help a ton. Use ones that you’re more likely to be seen with instead of disappearing among all the other pictures.

Pick your colors and fonts from the get-go.

 Brand yourself. Don’t rush this, but it’s really helpful to know up front. It isn’t the end-all, be-all, you can change as your blog develops and you get a better idea. It just makes your blog look more professional to have the same few fonts used across the board, and your blog colors not all over the place. It took me until recently to decide what colors I really wanted to lean toward. They might change some as the seasons change, but your overarching theme should be noticeable. Tip: Create a pinterest board, like you would for designing a bedroom. Take screenshots of other bloggers Instagram pictures and blog designs that you like. You’ll end up seeing a common thread sooner or later!

Good photography goes a long ways.

Granted, this has to develop too. My posts are always more successful when the photography is good. I’ve also learned that they do better when the location changes up a bit, when it’s fitting for that specific outfit. Spend an afternoon driving around, and make a portfolio of locations. For example, I try to target lighter backgrounds or neutral colors, so I seek as many of those out that I can! There are lots of videos and blog tutorials on photography, but experience really makes the biggest difference. Don’t be hesitant to reach out to friends who have that talent behind the camera, good friends always want to help! (Shout out to my favorite photographer, Robert Chou Photography!)

Facebook groups help grow your numbers.

My follower count started growing the minute I joined these. On average, I get about 10 new followers a day from Facebook groups, which rotate between platforms. That doesn’t sound like much, but these followers are almost all genuine, no follow-for-follow’s (which I’m not a fan of). They comment regularly and like pictures regularly. They get what it’s like to be a blogger, and know how much engagement is appreciated. Warning: Don’t wear yourself thin trying to participate in all 20 that you’re a member of. Figure out which ones fit you and your blog best and focus on those. If you want examples, let me know!

Link-ups establish regular readers.

This worked wonders on getting my blog noticed within the fashion blogging community. While I primarily use fashion link-ups, you can find some for every type of blog. Lots of my closest blogging friends I’ve met through link-ups. They really help to boost engagement and establish a true community. You can find the ones I use at the bottom of almost every style post! Tip: post in a link-up as early in the day as you can. I’m guilty of setting an alarm before the sun comes up just to add my link!

Webinars are great for making new friends.

This really helped me step up my Twitter game. While most webinars are great for learning how to improve your blog, the chat boxes help you grow just as much. We all want to grow, that’s a big goal for us. So we generally all want to help each other out. I’ve found some great bloggers to follow and read regularly in a completely different niche than my own thanks to webinars. Ditto for Twitter Chats, new friends all around!

Tag the companies you post.

I’ve been able to land a few collaborations just because I tagged the company on Instagram! They could repost your picture or they could even reach out to you. Similarly, let companies know if you are featuring them, specifically the smaller companies. You never know, they could want to offer your readers a discount, help you run a giveaway, or even offer to send you products or sponsor a post! On that note, reaching out to a company with a postive email can never hurt. I’ve been amazed with how many companies are willing to collaborate with a smaller blogger like myself.

Don’t limit yourself to one topic.

If I blogged just about fashion, I would only be reaching a fraction of the people who I could. Actually, faith-based posts are typically the most successful for me (all-be-it more rare). If you are passionate about it, you should write about it. It’s easy to tell the posts that I’m really digging – my writing is so much stronger. They tend to be the ones that stand out on their own. Lot’s of people will disagree with me on this one, but I can’t name a single blog that I follow that sticks to just one niche.

If you share theirs, they’ll share back.

For many bloggers, this comes naturally. I’m hoping to get to that level myself. It helps to have stumble and bit.ly open when reading blogs, and if you really like a post, stumble it and create a shortlink for it right away. I use bit.ly to create links for posts I really enjoy, and then use Hootsuite to schedule shares. Even pinning posts helps, and let the blogger know in a comment that you did! I don’t do this nearly enough, but it has helped me gain views (specifically from Twitter). Even if you are a small blogger – this is a great way for you to get noticed.

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You actively do all of these? You’re in good shape. Have any other strategies that really help you get noticed? I’d love to hear them! Still starting out? Give these a try and be sure to let me know how it goes!

Want more blogging tips? Check out my Pinterest board for the posts that have helped me along the way!

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  • Great post! these are all things I know I should do, but you’re right, so time consuming! I especially agree with colors and fonts and wish I would have figured it out sooner!

    • Thank you, Erin! Me too, most definitely, It took me a while to get a feel for what I wanted!

  • Kelsey H

    I always love reading blogging tips from other bloggers! Thanks for all the advice!!

    xo Kelsey | http://www.chasingcinderellablog.com

  • Jessica

    Such great tips! It is so nice to get advice from fellow bloggers!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

  • This is amazing!! Seriously such amazing tips I’ve used a few and they definitely have helped I’ll need to keep this on hand. Thank you for sharing!
    Kat | DeliriumStyle.com

    • Thank you so much Kat! I’m glad you found the tips worthwhile, that was definitely my goal! I appreciate that.

  • Tiffani at Breton Bay

    This is such a GREAT post!! I love all ten tips. I think the biggest thing that has helped is the community of friends I have made from joining the groups. It’s amazing you feel like you have bestie all over the country. I love it!!

    xoxo
    Tiffani
    http://www.tiffaniatbretonbay.com

    • Haha YES! That’s got to be my favorite part. I really do feel like I have friends in so many different states now, and I love it! Thanks so much Tiffani!

  • Madeleine Raiford-Holland

    Great suggestions! I am fairly good about sharing on twitter but need to be better about it on other platforms. Just tweeted this one 🙂

    • Thanks so much for sharing, Madeleine! That’s my goal right now- to step up my share game:)

  • Stefanie Eadie

    these are great tips!! it is definitely a full time job! 🙂 – Stefanie accordingtoblaire.com

  • Congrats on 200 and I agree with all of these tips. I may need to recheck my Instagram hashtags now haha!

    Rachel xo
    http://garaytreasures.com

    • Thanks Rachel! I switch mine around a lot with the seasons too, just trying to find what works best:)!

  • Alexia Rebing

    These tips are wonderful and I can say all of them have helped me to grow my engangement. I’m curious about what facebook groups you’ve joined and also what link ups. I’ve tried looking for link ups but I haven’t been lucky enough to find one that fits my fashion blogging target well, you know?

    xo,
    http://www.berrytrendy.com/

    • Blog Engagement/Promotion Group is great for getting social media numbers (Especially their opportunity thread on Friday), I also really like Blogger Engagement Group. Bloggers Social Media Support is good for follows, too. (Searching those names on Facebook should come up with the groups!) For Link Ups, The Pleated Poppy gives me the most page views, it’s on Wednesdays. There are link-ups fashion based just about every day of the week:) I’ve found most of mine through clicking on other blogs through a link-up to see where else they are linked!

      I hope this helps!!:)

  • Tonya Michelle

    Great tips girl! Growing engagement and your following is key for paid collabs! xo

  • Sarah Lindner

    Really great tips! Its so hard to know how to get these collabs!
    xoxo
    Sarah
    http://www.thehouseofsequins.com

  • This was a fantastic post! I would be curious to know what Facebook groups that you belong to since I’m a smaller blogger myself and always am looking to connect with new bloggers. Definitely saving this post for reference!

    • Blog Engagement/Promotion Group is great for getting social media numbers (Especially their opportunity thread on Friday), I also really like Blogger Engagement Group and Bloggers Social Media Support. Style Collective has their own too, and that is GREAT for getting comments! (Searching those names on Facebook should come up with the groups!) Hope this helps, Karly!

  • Mackenzie

    Love love love these tips!! Happy almost-blog-anniversary! I’m sure it’s amazing how you grow over time. I still feel like such a newbie, but I’m sure before I know it, it will also be my 1 year!! xo

    http://www.brunchonsunday.com

    • Thank you, Mackenzie!! I definitely still feel like a newbie too, alllll the time. Thats frustrating, but slow and steady growth helps!

  • So many great tips, Emily! I hadn’t been part of many FB group until this year and have found them to be incredibly helpful.

    Lauren
    http://www.anexplorersheart.com

    • Thanks so much, Lauren! They’ve realllly helped with my engagement:)

  • Agreed with so many of these! I learned the hard way the no matter how much effort you put into content there’s SO much more that goes into getting noticed and standing out! I especially agree about quality photos and switching up the backgrounds, I was lazy over the winter and always used the same spot, I realized that gets so boring for my followers and have been really trying to change it up!

    Laura | Laura Aime Vous

    • You and me both- We WAY overused our front porch this winter! We’ve gotten much more routine with switching up the location over the summer, so I’m hoping that we can continue with that momentum.. We’ll see! Thanks Laura!

  • Great post! So true in so many ways, I just started participating in Facebook groups and its been a great way to grow my loyal fans! Thanks for these tips xo C

    • Thanks so much Courtney! Yes definitely, the Style Collective one works wonders on engagement!

  • What a great post!! I agree with everything you said! Engagement is key and something I only recently realized and started to see the value. Wish I had known from the beginning! lol

    • Thank you so much Jaime! You and me both, it took me a while to figure out how to make that happen. It’s so crucial!

  • Abby Castro

    I agree to all of these – it takes a combination of many things which make blogging extremely hard to. But in the end, it’s a great way to establish genuine readers and blogger friends!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

    • Definitely! But you’re so right Abby, that’s why it’s so worth it! Glad to call you a blogger friend:)!

  • Congrats on your 200th post! These are such great tips for a newbie like me!!

    Abby xx
    http://www.marblelouslypetite.com

  • Mackenzie Tereault

    Love the tips! Thank you for sharing such valuable information. I can’t wait to try some of these to help me get noticed

    • Thanks so much Mackenzie! I hope it helps you!:)

  • Heather Hogrefe (Love DaDa)

    Wonderful tips! Thank you for the great advice 🙂 xo, Heather

    http://www.lovedadablog.com
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    Bloglovin- http://www.bloglovin.com/lovedada

  • These are such good tips Emily! Blogging has changed so much over the past several years, and although I’ve been blogging for a while, I sometimes forget to do things to “keep up.” I’m definitely going to do your hashtag trick of saving them–why didn’t that even occur to me, gah!?! I also need to get more involved in FB groups. There’s just not enough time!!

    • Haha I heard it from someone else, so you aren’t alone! There definitely isn’t enough time. I feel like I’m spending all day every day working on the blog, and it completely baffles me how I did this while teaching. I’m a little scared as to how far behind I’ll get when the school year starts back! Oh well!:)

  • Kristen

    Great tips!! I totally agree that genuine comments not only makes me feel great, but it makes me want to genuinely comment in response! Good luck girly!

    xoxo, Kristen
    http://www.suburbanreno.com

  • Thanks so much for sharing these super great tips, Emily! I’m definitely going to use them!

    I’d love for you to join my link up here: http://bit.ly/29Yiv4o!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com

    • Thanks, Sarah! I hope they help! And thanks for letting me know about the link-up, I’ll be sure to join in!

  • i absolutly love this post! such great information and i love those tweets that everybody could tweet! xx toby @poshndspicy http://www.poshandspicy.com

    • Thanks so much Toby! I’m all for ease when it comes to sharing:)

  • Love this! So key -I need to make sure that I use all of these. They are perfect!
    xoxo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

  • Haleigh

    This post is great! I agree. Blogging has been one of the best decisions I’ve made and I can’t wait to see where it takes me and you!

    Xo, Hales | http://www.sincerelyhales.com

    • Thank you so much sweet girl! It really is just such a wonderful thing:)

  • Steph K

    Wonderful tips!! Love this post!

    Have a great weekend.

    xO – Steph

    http://www.urbanblonde.com

  • Emma Francis

    wow I learned a lot..I have only been blogging for a few months and didn’t know half of what was posted here.

  • Laura Heffron Clark

    You, my Darling Dearest are wise beyond your years! I love your Blog and you have just given me the motivation that I need to get started on mine! Thank you for the helpful advice!

    • Oh thank you so much Laura!! That means more than I can say. Let me know a link so I can check it out:)!!

  • Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing! And congrats on 200 posts 🙂

  • Rita Wanderlust

    These were incredibly helpful! Thank you so much for sharing them =)