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16 March 2013

Growing Your Blog: Small Ways to go from 0 to 100






 
Welcome to my blog series "Growing Your Blog: Small Ways to go from 0 to 100!" I'm no professional, I'm a married woman who has a husband and dog and house to take care of, and I'm also moving so I'm busy. But because I'm unemployed I have had time to devote to my blog. I'm going to set this up be really easy a once a week process to take your blog from 0 followers a day to at least 100! They're so easy, so simple you won't need to worry about time to do them!

Let me start by saying again that I'm not a professional. I'm using a free background from The Cutest Blog on the Block! I didn't pay money for it, I will one day if I have enough followers and post enough that it makes sense. For now I wanted something that popped, and kinda spoke a little bit about me and all of that. I don't have 1,000 page views a day, I still jump up and down and do a happy dance for 100, because it makes me feel successful. Every time I get a comment I get giddy. I'm a baby blogger. I don't have years of experience and my husband is still proof reading for errors, so trust me when I say I'm no professional!



Let's get started, the easiest change to make up front is:

PICTURES, PICTURES!! 
Let me illustrate what I mean, but understand, I used an example but because of poor blogging skills prior to, I still have about 6 more posts (just printables) that I have to take better pictures with. 
Let me set this up for you, when I was originally selling on Etsy, you didn't want pictures of the whole printable, then people could just type up themselves (NOT GOOD). Plus once I switched over I had officially run out of ink, and being unemployed meant no extra money for that, so I needed to screenshot. Now I'm not saying saying screenshot, I'm saying take good pictures of what you want to share on your blog.



 Look at this post, it's one of my printables, but if someone were to repin this post, look how small the picture is. If they click the picture they only get the top 5 things. That's not helpful.


Now same post, but different picture! Now when someone repins it or looks at the image they can see it for what it is! 

Here is another example for all you cooks out there:


Here is a recipe, my banana oat muffins (which are delicious) but this has no picture. You can't tell what they look like as a finished product. No one will repin this because it has NO picture!!


Here are my preztels! Not only do I give you a picture of the finished product but I go out of my way to show you the process! You know what to look for! 

Don't be scared! It's not hard and you don't need to go back and redo. I did for my pretzels, because I love the recipe and will share in link parties and on Pinterest and all that! So it was important to me to take pictures. My banana nut muffins are great but they weren't my favorite. Will I go back sometime and take pictures, probably, but I'm focused on small steps right now. In link parties I'm trying to draw people in, so I want yummy things not things I'm not the biggest fan of!

So long for this week. We'll see each other next Saturday for the next installment of Small Ways to go from 0 to 100! Please feel free to contact me anytime in the comments section with any comments or questions.


30 comments

  1. Thank you for the awesome information- I started my blog at the beginning of this year, and I am SO excited about it- but wanting to GROW!!! Great tips, found your link at tatortotsandjello-
    vising from: www.thebunchblog.blogspot.com
    -the bunch- Tracie Gulit

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    1. Tracie- Thank you so much for visiting. I'm glad you found me through tatortots and jello, I love that blog :D I will be checking out your blog today.
      Abbi

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  2. Great info. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would share this.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/tuesday-link-party-10.html

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    1. Lauren- Thanks so much for visiting. I shared on your link party and thanks for inviting me :D I'm going to have to spend some time on your blog because I love what you've been doing with ikea things.
      Thanks again for visiting.
      abbi

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  3. Looking forward to your series! I'm your newest follower ;)
    Jamie ~ somuchbetterwithage.com

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    1. Jamie- I'm so glad to have more followers thank you. I'll go check out your blog today.
      Let me know if you have any questions during the process at all, I love to help.
      Abbi

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  4. Hi, love your ideas and tips. I am a novice blogger too and I also love it when viewership goes more than 100. I would love if you visit my blog, http://www.shruti-diybyme.com/?m=0

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    1. Shruti- Thanks for visiting, since I posted this series my viewership has hit the 200 mark! Talk about WOW! I look forward to seeing you through the rest of the series!
      Abbi

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  5. These are great tips! I'm a newbe blogger here in the blogger world. Thank you for sharing! (=

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  6. Great information! I am a beginner blogger (only a few months in) so these ideas are spot on for me!!! I am hosting a blog hop today at http://www.frugalfitfamily.com - please stop by if you can!

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  7. Very interesting!! Stopping by from Marvelous Monday and now following. Hope you'll come by my blog http://cupcakesandbling.blogspot.com/

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  8. Thank you for your insights! I just started pushing to get my blog out! Great tips! Visiting from One Project at a Time!

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    http://www.amazon.com/The-Cluttered-Christian-Fear-based-ebook/dp/B00BW7CP8U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363704456&sr=1-1&keywords=the+cluttered+christian

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  10. What a lovely honest article, Abigail. I'm sure many beginner bloggers love receiving your comradery and advice! Why don't you come link it up at our linky party. Some of my bloggers might like it too!

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  11. Looking forward to this series. I'm a new blogger too.

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  12. Hi! I'm stopping by via the blog hop over at Simply Vintagious! I was going to say I'm new to blogging, but then realized I've actually been at it for almost 2 years! It hasn't been a huge success as far as followers, and I have had times of no posts for months on end as we are often away from internet and busy otherwise. But, I do enjoy it, and like you, get pretty excited when a new follower signs on! Hope you'll be able to stop by the Little Shack for a visit. Oh, and I am following along!

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  13. Just became a follower....enjoyed your blog...found you at my daughters blog...Trendy Treehouse.....stop in at my blog for a visit.....pinecreekstyle.blogspot.com
    Have a great day, NeeCee

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  14. Looks like a great series! Just found you and look forward to reading more.  I'd  love to have you link this to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there. 
    Kathy

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  15. You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest GFC follower from the “Adorned From Above” blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com
    Thanks
    Angie

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  16. Great tips! Photos definitely make a post, in my opinion. They also help make a blog memorable and then people want to come back for more.

    I'd be thrilled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

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  17. Thanks for this info- looking forward to hearing more! Can't wait to grow my blog:)
    Good luck with your move.

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  18. Pictures seem to be what brings a lot of new viewers to my blog. Most of my visitors come by way of google images or linky parties. Labeling the photos using "properties" gets your photo more exposure in the google images search results.
    Cheers!
    Lori in Atlanta

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  19. I've been using my iPhone for
    photos, somehow they look so
    much better than a standard camera.
    I edit them with picMonkey and like
    how they come out. Now to figure
    how to get the borders out of my
    blog.. they just started a few weeks
    ago?
    Your info is quite interesting and
    I'll be following to see more.
    Good luck with yours!
    Sandy

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  20. This post is great. I am also what I like to call a 'semi-new' blogger. I am slowly getting there and now that I have my blog in decent condition (FAR from perfect) I a have been trying to also get my blog out there. I actually came across this post from the 'Somewhat Simple' blog party. I am a new follower!

    Justina @ http://justinawho.blogspot.com/

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  21. These are all great tips! Keep at it, girl! You are doing great! Thanks for sharing this on Domestic Superhero Sharing Thursday Link Party!

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  22. Stopping by from the frugal friday hop! Thank you for sharing your series. I am a baby-blogger as well, so I will most definitely be following along =) Tina from http://zoocutieprintables.com

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  23. Great info :) following along via GFC.
    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  24. I'm a new blogger too - I'm set to have my 100th post next week! yay!

    Don't forget to link to your own content. I was curious what your first Growing Your Blog post was, but it wasn't obvious where to find it. Linking to it within your own post helps your visitors (especially as you continue this series) and is also good for SEO. Looking forward to the rest of your posts!

    Debbie @ onelittleproject.com

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  25. Thanks you so much for sharing with last weeks Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop 44. We are featuring this post at tonight's blog hop. It will start at 9:00PM Mountain Time. Head over and grab your feautured blogger button. Have a great week.
    Debi, Charly, Marci, and Suzan.

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  26. Just found your series today! Thanks so much for sharing... I too am trying to grow! You have a new follower!

    Thanks
    Sarah

    http://lifewithleahy.blogspot.com

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I love reading through your comments and will reply to all comments as time allows me!! Thank you for visiting :D


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