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23 March 2013

Growing Your Blog: Week Two & Blog Hop


Growing Your Blog Week Two

Welcome back to Growing your Blog. I've included a SHORT video (I promise it's short) to explain a little bit about what we're doing. This is something I'm trying. The content is really below though. 

To view week one click here.






Moving on, this week is all about your PRIME REAL ESTATE!
Please again allow me to explain, when someone visits your blog, either by link party or pinterest or facebook post. They're clicking on a specific link and looking at that content. If you have a low bounce rate (see picture)  then people are staying on your site to look around! My bounce rate is high, meaning people see what they want and leave! It's gone up a lot as this series "aired" which I expected, but returning visitors have gone way UP! This is a good thing, and in week FIVE (I know forever away) we will go MORE into bounces and trying to draw them in LONGER!
 I digress, your SIDEBAR is your place to keep people looking at YOUR blog and to get followers. Not only followers to your blog, but for your pinterest page, your facebook your whatever you want them to follow! This is the place that you SHOWCASE what you have to offer! 
Don't believe me? I had my "followers" at the BOTTOM of my sidebar, I moved it up and in two days had 3 new followers. I don't consider that coincidence. That was because it caught their attention, they saw it and they liked my blog and wanted more. They want the updates when they're available!! This is awesome. Now I only have 30 followers (as I write this post) but it will grow and if you go to popular blogs you'll see that theirs is also near the top and in plain view!! It's not on accident!


I call this PRIME REAL-ESTATE!!
I'm not kidding either, make this the place where everyone sees your name and where to follow you! I have my instagram feed, I have my popular posts (this we will go over in week 5) but I also allow them to follow me back!! && to share the love I have three blogs that I LOVE and a "grab it" button so that blogs that really love me can "grab me"!! 

The other thing we need to talk about is SEARCH bars! How simple right? I can't tell you how many times I've gone to a blog from pinterest or something similar and all that's there is the most recent posts. I'm sure not going to the bottom to "older posts" until I find it. So include a way to find it, you don't need to list all your popular posts (we'll talk about this in week 5 because it's still important) but you DO need to include a search bar. If you have blogger all you do it go to layout then go to add gadget and add your search box. 

If you advertise you'll know how important your space is, so optimize, even if you don't advertise. Have all your "FOLLOW ME" at the top as well as your search bar, from there have your tickers or your popular posts and labels and so forth.


Ladies and gents, it's easy, it's simple. SO go through your tabs figure out what is going to get the MOST people looking and BOUNCING around your blog. Don't give them a chance to leave toooo quickly! The longer they stay the more page views you get, the more products and posts they might like!!  

So long for this week. We'll see each other next Saturday for the next installment of Growing Your Blog where we'll talk about Link Parties && much much more!! Please feel free to contact me anytime in the comments section with any comments or questions.


39 comments

  1. saw your link in a blog hop and had to come take a look! I am always tweaking my blog :)

    Love how you wrote this post! I will be sharing it. The sidebar really is the place to showcase yourself and keep people reading YOU!

    I now follow you on G+ and Bloglovin.

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  2. Visiting you from serenity you party... tx for sharing :)
    I'm following you on gfc, I'll be glad if you'll take the time to visit me back and maybe following back too!
    MammaNene

    SergerPepper.blogspot.it

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  3. Just found your page from Google+. Nicolette Roux shared it there! I enjoyed your post and am tweeking my blog also. I am thinking of going Word Press! Not sure though.

    I look forward to reading more! Thanks so much, Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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  4. Visiting from It's Overflowing Linky Party- and have decided to FOLLOW you. Am in a rush now with dogs barking and laundry buzzer going off- but I'm coming back- because from what I've started to read, I'm gonna be very excited to see what else you have to share!

    Blog On & dance like no one else is watching :)

    Visiting from Overflowing With Creativity @ It's Overflowing linky party
    Smiles,
    Suz @MaytagNMom
    NW Illinois
    My Party Project This Week

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  5. Thank you!!! This is helpful!!! I see the visitor numbers going up but no comments yet. Worries/discourages if that makes sense. But the visitor number makes me feel better about it!
    Minettesmaze.blogspot.com

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  6. Здравствуй. Мне тоже очень интересна тема продвижения блога. Буду с интересом следить за обновлением твоего блога. Приглашаю в гости Handmade by NM

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  7. Thanks for a great post. There are always things I can do to improve my blog and I enjoy continuing to learn. Thank you so much for this great tip! Keep growing :) Krista @ http://ahandfulofeverything.blogspot.com

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  8. Nicolette- Thank you so much for sharing it! The sidebar is so important, I can't say it enough! Thank you for following me it means a lot to me. Thank you for the heads up about my share buttons, I hadn't realized when I switched layouts that they disappeared! It has been fixed (I hope). Abbi

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  9. Mamma Nene- Thanks for following my link from Serenity Saturday. I will visit you back and follow you! Abbi

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  10. Cynthia- I'm so glad that Nicolette shared that and you found me. I've heard great things about wordpress but I have so much content and am so familiar I couldn't switch. However I know the blogmaven is very happy about her switch to wordpress so maybe google search her and see what she says about switching :D Abbi

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  11. MaytagNMom- Thanks for visiting me. I love linky parties! I hope those dogs quit barking for some quiet time ;) but I understand my little dachshund doesn't like to quit barking. Abbi

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  12. Shelly- Comments will come soon, mine took awhile. The more relevant my content was to people the more comments I got. It's still overwhelming all the comments. Have no fear though as we get further into the weeks you'll be able to see how you'll amp up your blog allowing people to stay longer and hopefully they feel like leaving you some kind words in the process! I know I will :) Abbi

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  13. Наталия- Большое вам спасибо за посещение. Я пытаюсь ввести этот с помощью Google Translate, так что я надеюсь, что это не страшно перевода. Я с нетерпением жду встречи с вами снова и надеемся, что содержание поможет вам рекламировать и развивать ваш блог. Абби

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  14. Krista- Always, I feel like blogging is a constant growth, which I love. I find myself so encouraged by other bloggers and it pushes me to grow myself and my blog. Thanks for visiting. Abbi

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  15. Google Translate connected people. although I keep telling myself to do my English

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  16. Ho Abbi! I nominated you for a Liebster Award and if you are interested you can check out the details here:

    http://justinawho.blogspot.com/2013/03/liebster-award.html

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    1. Thank you so much for nominating me :D What an honor.
      Abbi

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  17. This info looks great! Hi! I nominated you for a Liebester award :) Check it out...sourdoughnative.blogspot.com/2013/03/liebster-award.html

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    1. You're my second nomination, thank you so much for this! It's such an honor!
      Abbi

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  18. Great post! Thanks for sharing.
    I'm visiting from Nifty Thrifty Sunday. I hope you can stop by my blog and leave a comment and Link Up!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    www.vmg206.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for coming to visit :D I will be stopping by today.
      Abbi

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  19. Thank you for hosting this! I'm a brand new blogger so I am grateful for the advice!

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    1. I'm so glad you found it helpful. Thank you for dropping by and hope to see you in the following weeks.
      Abbi

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  20. Question...how do I get my IG, FB and pinterest tab to show up? Also, where do I find link parties?

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  21. hi Abbi,

    Thanks for the great tips. I am pinning this. I would like to invite you to join Pin It Monday Hop Where you pin and get pinned. Followed you via G+, Pinterest, GFC and added you to Feedly. If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by and join us. I hope to see you, Abbi.
    Judy
    http://www.pursuitoffunctionalhome.com/
    http://www.kusinaniinday.blogspot.com/

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    1. Judy- Thanks so much for inviting me. I did go visit and added my post. I also added your button to my linky party list so I'll be back for many more visits :D
      Abbi

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  22. Hi! Thank you for the awesome tips! I am forever tweaking my blog :-)

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    1. Jennifer- I've been trying to hard to stick with a layout and STOP tweaking my blog, but I just can't seem to stop. It's a constant process. Thanks for visiting me.
      Abbi

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  23. Hey there. I'm a new follower and thought your blog would be good help to me since I'm trying to grow my blog. But who isnt now a days. I'm growing mine for free tho. No money involved which is ever better.

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    1. Night Owler- Yesterday I received the news that an add company is going to take my blog on so I can make money off of it, but I put all of my layouts together by free templates or by making this (current) one myself. I don't have the money to invest at the moment, but that doesn't stop my blog from growing. Thanks for visiting.
      Abbi

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  24. Thanks for the great advice. Stopping by from Sugar Bee Crafts Take A Look Tuesday. Off to look at your first post about growing your blog!

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    1. Crystal- I hope you found them both helpful. Thank you so much for following me. I love to have new followers. Checking out your blog today. Thanks for visiting.
      Abbi

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  25. Thank you so much for linking up this week to the Pretty Things link party!

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  26. Saw your link at How To Tuesday. As a new blogger, I'm definitely going to be checking for all of the parts of this series! Thanks for the tips.

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  27. We can all use some tips to help with our blogging!! I know our readers would love to see this, too! Our Weekly All Things Thursday Link Up party is going on now at allthingswithpurpose.com, and we would LOVE for you to join us with this post and/or any others you'd like to share :) Hope to see you soon!!

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  28. Great info! Thanks so much! This will sure help out an new blogger like myself!

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  29. Hi Abigail,

    Thank you so much for joining Pin It Monday Hop#1 Where you pin and get pinned (LINK). Please come back on Sunday at 5pm (CST)for our Pin It Monday Hop#2. Pinned this to our Pin Board. You might want to view the 10 featured projects from Pin it Monday Hop#1 (link). Have a nice day!
    Judy
    http://www.pursuitoffunctionalhome.com/
    http://www.kusinaniinday.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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