If you want to grow your blog without spending money let me tell you that there is nothing wrong with you and you are not alone. Maybe you’re just testing the waters if blogging is really your thing and you don’t want to commit a penny, that is okay sweetie I understand where you’re coming from – because I was there too.
How To Grow Your Blog Without Spending Money
Within a year of blogging there are A LOT of things that I tried to push this blog to grow and some helped some just wasted my time. Today, I’ll share with you what worked for me personally and I hope that it will work on you too!
1. Ask yourself what GROW means to you.
Okay so before you freak out, let me tell you that this is the most important thing so we will start on this one. You have to be ABSOLUTELY clear on your goals as a blogger or biz owner. You should never ever compare yourself to the bigger bloggers because I can guarantee your failures if you do that. (Errrgh… I once did, trust me!) What I can suggest is you focus on one specific thing at a time and go further once you see a result.
i.e: You want to grow your blog’s traffic in one month. Define what’s your target traffic to consider as growth. It could be monthly, quarterly or yearly. Say last month you got 5,000 page views a good growth meter for next month would be 10,000 page views. Set this as main goal and work your butts off to get it!
Tip: If traffic is your target growth, do not look at your stats every minute of the day – that will not help you. Check your stats before the day ends to see what posts are working and which ones are not.
2. Choose a SOCIAL platform that you enjoy
It’s easy to get caught up in social media these days. When I started blogging, I remember I was losing sleep over Instagram because I cannot make it work for me. I got depressed over Facebook because when people like my page some will unlike it the next day.
Then I found myself totally stressed out for weeks until I found Pinterest and Twitter. I gave myself ample time to learn how these two social platform works and how it can benefit my blog and my audience in general. And so far, it’s doing pretty good.
3. Reach Out
The blogging community is huge. Whatever you write about there will always be another blogger that can relate to you and will be willing to help you out. Take advantage of Facebook Groups and Pinterest Boards to widen your horizon and reach out to other bloggers.
By joining these groups, you can also generate a decent amount of traffic since there are promo days in these groups where you can share your work.
4. Guest Post or Collaborate
In relation to item #3, once you joined a blogging group based on your chosen interest you can check other blogs if they accept guest posts. I personally haven’t done this before but in this blog, I’ve already featured a lot of guest posters in this blog and I loved them!
So you might be thinking why the heck would I waste my precious time writing for other blogs where in fact I can write in my own blog? Well, because you need to make friends and take advantage of the bigger audience that other blog’s already established.
Oh and if their audience is the same with your target audience its a perfect opportunity for you to make friends with other lovely people online!
5. Free Goodies
You might be thinking that in order for your blog to really grow you gonna need to spend money for tools/ software etc. What I can suggest is to take advantage of “Free Trials”. There are a lot out there some of the tools I’ve signed up for trial versions are: Tailwind, Board Booster, Hootsuite and Buffer.
The trial services are limited however, it will give you the perfect opportunity to see if the tool suits your business/blogging goals well. If you’re not keen to this tools well, no problem! There are bazillion other tools that you can use and they are ultimately free.
6. Link Ups
This is something that I haven’t tried personally but I included it in this list because I’ve read a lot of good feedback to people who join link ups. If you want to join any link ups, you can Google “Day of the Week Link Up” and see if there are any active link ups that relates to your post. Google link ups that interests you and align to your blog’s topic.
If you leave your link, be sure to visit other blogs and leave awesome comments on their posts! You might stumble upon a good blogger friend! One of the must-see link ups is the Five Minute Friday hosted by Lisa Jo. Yes – I know what you’re thinking, I got interested to join when I saw a lot of bloggers loved it so see you there?
It’s super important that you encourage other bloggers and visit new blogs. Also, don’t forget to respond to people who leave comments to your blog – I have difficulty in this since I work full time but I make sure that within a week I’ll respond to as many as possible. Use your favorite social media to network and make friends, I personally like Twitter and almost all of my blogger friends are active on that platform.
8. Don’t focus on money
When you finally hit your goals in numbers (I mean page views and engaged readers) it’s the time to get start monetizing. But, do not focus on making money because your readers and new visitors will suffer from it and as a result, they will leave your site and never come back. Ensure that when you monetize it’s not something that will sound salesly but something that your readers will appreciate as you recommend products to them.
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