As of April 6th, 2015:
By May 5th, 2015:
As you can see, I really tried to focus on two main social media platforms for the month of April. In the past I had tried to gain followers on all of them, but just felt overwhelmed and wasn't seeing the growth I was hoping for. In April I focused on Pinterest and Instagram, since those are two of my personal favorite platforms and also where I see the most traffic. And while my growth may not have been huge, I was happy with the increase that I saw.
So where did my increase in traffic come from? I saw quite a bit of growth from my participation in different online communities, all of which I highlighted in my post on growing your following through online communities. I also sponsored a couple bloggers this month that were amazing at promoting their sponsors. Definitely go check out Becca Dorr and T.O. & fro for some awesome sponsorship opportunities. Through those sponsorships I was also involved in a giveaway that really brought me some great new traffic.
Aside from sponsorships, I really tried to focus more of my time on those two platforms. I looked at fellow blogger's Pinterest accounts to see what other pinners I could follow. Each day I would look for at least 5 new accounts to follow along with, and I got several re-follows from doing that. I also went back through the history of my blog and pinned some old posts. I tend to post a blog post and then forget about it, but I am trying to use some of the old content that I've already created, that may not have seen as much traffic. In going through old content, I'm updating things and making it look pretty if I'm not 100% happy with it and then posting it on my Facebook and Pinterest.
But all of it takes time, and I have to be patient with my growth and grow by setting attainable goals for myself. My goals for the next month include
- Get my followers up over 1k on Instagram and grow to over 1,100
- Increase my Pinterest followers to 750
- Update and repost 3 older blog posts on to my Pinterest and Facebook page
- Look for one new blogger to sponsor
- Sign up to be a part of 1 giveaway
I'm hoping that by writing these down on the blog it will keep me accountable and also help other bloggers looking to grow see how it worked for me.
What are ways you've found to grow your audience and followers? Do you know of any great blogs to sponsor or awesome giveaways coming up? I'd love to hear about them!