Post regularly. Maybe 2 or 3 times a week at least, so people know to keep coming back regularly.
Join blog hops. Some people have told me that they've tried joining blog hops and it didn't help. Here's some ideas to help you get the most out of blog hops. :)
- Link up
- Thank the host
- Try to comment on other posts by the host, so you're not just there to use them for their hops
- Visit as many links from the hop as you can
- COMMENT on new blogs you find that interest you (This is key! Comments are the way people know to come comment you back)
- No empty comments such as "I followed you, now follow me too, kthxbai," try to really comment on their post content
- Share the blog hop button on your blog somewhere so the hop can keep growing
- Bonus: Come back a few days later and visit the links that were entered after yours
Double check that all your coding and links work. So many times, I find a layout that is messed up, or links that don't work. It's hard for someone to read, comment, and follow you if your page is messed up. People don't want to stay and figure it out, they are busy!
No crazy colors. People don't want to get done reading your blog and see red spots everywhere, lol. Or have to squint to read what you've written.
Have your social networking and follow boxes etc. where people can easily see them. If your Facebook page or GFC box or whatever way/s you want people to follow you is after a bunch of clutter, no one will take the time to find it. Ok, I will, but I'm guessing a lot of people won't!
When you make a new post, share it with the world! Announce that you have a new post on Twitter, G+, Facebook, and whatever else you have. Get it out there and give it a much deserved chance to be read by all. :D It's much easier for me to scroll down my Facebook homepage and see new posts than to visit all the blogs I follow separately and check them for new posts!
Have an 'about me'. I really like it when I can read about a person... That way, when I'm reading their blog, I feel more like we're friends instead of like I found their secret journal and should feel guilty about reading it.
Try to write in a friendly and inviting way, so people enjoy reading. Re-read your posts and see if you would enjoy reading it! I learned in English class that super long "block paragraphs" are not good. That applies to blogs, too. Break up what you say into more readable portions to keep people interested until the end of the post. For example, would you have read this whole post if it was one big block of text with no line breaks?
Decide what makes your blog special. When people talk about your blog, what do you want them to say? Think of defining words, for example... Humorous, Honest, Moving, etc. I love blogs where the person's personality shines through and seems real, not distant. I definitely keep coming back to those blogs, instead of thinking I should but forgetting as I do with some other blogs. I'm still not sure what makes my blog special, but it's just something to think about as you go on blogging and trying to improve as a blogger.
Proofread everything. Maybe it's just me but excessive spelling and grammar mistakes make posts less fun to read and annoy me. And personally, I'd rather proofread than worry about that stuff when I'm typing because then I'll lose the flow and not write as well, if you know what I mean.
Get Google+. Since the Google Friend Connect widget was discontinued for non-blogger blogs, G+ is becoming bigger and bigger. Linky Followers is also a good replacement for GFC.
So yeah. These are just my personal opinions, I'm not saying everyone should follow it to a T. For instance, one of my tips is also don't put music on your blog. 9 times out of 10 it's annoying as heck. But there is one blog that I think has really nice music. I always look forward to listening to their music, I think it goes perfectly with their writing. So if you think something is working for your blog, ignore me and do it. :) Good luck and happy blogging!!