Increase Your Readership with These Tips!

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Here are a few tips that can improve the experience for readers as well as increase your followers. As a blogger, I always try to keep my audience in mind when posting. These are my personal experience and recommendations, no need to implement them but it might be good to consider if you haven’t already.

Visual appeal- The reality is first impressions matter. From your theme to your colors, photos, and font. Of course, with time, your blog style will evolve. In the beginning I’d focus on having a theme that you like that is visually appealing from a computer screen down to a phone screen. The great thing is, WordPress themes are optimized to fit the screen they’re viewed on. I have yet to purchase a theme. I look for themes that are minimal and clean because that’s a look that I appreciate in a blog. After that, select the colors available that best represent you. While you can dig into the psychology of colors, chances are if you don’t like it your audience won’t either. The last thing to keep in mind is the font. You want to make sure the style and size are easy to read. If you target older readers, be sure to use a larger font so their eyes don’t get tired as they read. As someone who has dyslexia, you won’t catch me on a site with a dark background and light text for very long. I’m used to seeing things the way I would on white paper and the opposite tends to give me headaches or just make it hard for me to read. So be sure to create your site in a way that you like and appeals to your audience!

Publish day/time| One thing to take into consideration is when to publish your post. Just because you couldn’t sleep and decided to write at 2 am doesn’t necessarily make that the best time to hit the publish button. Take a look at your stats page and see where the majority of your followers are from. Publish your posts during a time that makes for your given audience to ensure you get the most views. Are you writing to stay at home moms? They’ll probably read at night once their kids are in bed or around naptimes (generally mid-morning or after lunch).

The most useful stat can be found under the “Insights” tab. You’ll see a section titled “Most popular day and hour”. While this reveals your post popular posts based on days and times published, it’s not a good indicator of when your audience is online. I suggest you play around with days and times to see what works. Try posting at the same time for a month but maybe on Mondays the first week and Thursdays the second week to see which day performs better. Then try posting on the post popular day the following month but try different times. The only way you’ll know is by testing the waters with your audience! Once you’ve figured out the best time, schedule your post for that day and time for maximum exposure to your audience. You can read about scheduling a post here.

If you really want to make sure that your post gets the best chances of being read, publish it more than once a day. That way any readers that didn’t see it the first time around have the chance to see it since it won’t be so far down on their reader. Personally, I update it the moment I want the post to be published again so that it doesn’t sit in “scheduled posts” until the new publish time rolls around. Better to have some exposure than none at all. When I republish a post, I do so the same day, generally 8 to 12 hours after it went live. You can see how to do so in the schedule post link above. I only do this between midnight and 11:59 pm of the day the post was originally published. If you publish after midnight of the original post date, the link won’t work! That means those shares you got will be for naught and any posts linked to this one will be broken. The good thing is, you’ll receive a warning notice if changing the time of your post will impact the link.

Increase views| I’ve mentioned before that one of the best ways to increase views is to engage with other bloggers. Building an audience can be difficult in an online world with no shortage of blogs. One of the best ways to get views is to mingle! Read other blogs and like their posts, comment, even better reply to others that have already commented. Join the conversation. Bloggers will want to know about the person that commented on their post or responded to a comment they left on another post. They’ll click on your blog and browse through. It might result in a few extra views or it might lead to another follower! If you find a meet and greet or a link party, I encourage you to participate. I met a large number of my followers at such events. The takeaway here is to engage! The more you engage with others, the easier it is for them to find their way back to your blog!

Screenshot 2016-05-12 at 11.17.24 AM (1).pngFollow Button|Great! Now that you’re on your way to getting more people to your blog, help them easily find their way back! There’s nothing more frustrating than finding a blog you love and not finding a follow button! This is assuming you’re on the WordPress platform. Generally, the button will appear in the bottom right corner but I’ve found it’s not always the case so having this in my sidebar makes it that much easier for someone who wants to become a follower! There is a difference between this and the next tip which is to follow by email.

Screenshot 2016-05-12 at 11.17.24 AM.pngFollow Blog (also known as a subscription)| Not everyone who reads your blog is on WordPress or a blogger at all. You’ll want to add the “Follow Blog” widget. This will allow readers to subscribe via email to receive a notification whenever a post is published.

About you| Now you have ways of bloggers finding you and helping them follow you. What do they know about you when they read your blog? Are you willing to share something about yourself? You can either add an “About Me” page or add the “About.me Widget” to your sidebar. Here you can let your readers get to know the person behind the posts. You can include your name, picture, and any details you want to help readers get to know you better. If there’s one thing I know about blogging, it’s that it’s a very social platform with a sense of connection. Readers feel like they get to know you through your content so help them get to know you as a person! It’s ok to remain anonymous if that’s what you want, but I’ve found sharing at least your first name makes your blog feel more personable. You might want to share why you started blogging, what the purpose of your blog is, or why you choose to blog anonymously.

Spread the blog love| This is probably one of my favorite ways to network. There are various ways to do this. You can feature blogs or posts on your blog regularly or as you come across them. I have several members of this community who regularly feature posts they come across and blogs they love! Personally, it’s something I do on my feature called Follow Friday. This is a great way to support bloggers you love and send readers their way. The breadcrumbs lead back and you will likely get a couple of views. Another way is to reblog. When you find a post you particularly love, click that reblog button! I’ve come across bloggers who use this as a feature, they regularly reblog posts they love on a particular day each week. If you prefer, you can use social media to share links to blogs across the web that lead back to other blogs. Be sure to tag them so they know you’re paying it forward.

Guest Post| Has all of this meeting, greeting and engaging with bloggers led to some connections? You might want to consider guest posting. This works both ways, you can offer a blogger the opportunity to write a post to feature on your blog or you can ask to collaborate and write a post for their blog. Do what feels right for you but it’s just another option to consider! Personally, I don’t allow posts that have already been published elsewhere and request that guest bloggers share their post featured on my blog instead of publishing directly on their site to avoid any plagiarism confusions or violate any web hosting terms.

This is what I’ve done to grow my following to a community of nearly 4k readers in less than two years. My focus is on attracting those who enjoy my content and will comment and not just follow without ever reading again. If you want to go viral or be the most popular blogger, sorry I don’t have any tips to help with those intentions. However, these tips will help you lay the foundation for a blog that will generate a solid following. Remember growth happens over time not overnight. Increasing your readership means that you’re consistently sharing valuable content and going out of your way to engage with your audience and find new blogs.


I’m not an expert so if any information seems inaccurate, please feel free to gently let me know so I can make corrections. Can you think of any tips I missed? Which tip did you find most valuable? If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Make sure to check out the first part of this series for definitions of any blog terms you might not be familiar with.

108 thoughts on “Increase Your Readership with These Tips!

  1. This is really helpful! Thanks, Niki. I was wondering and still can’t figure out…how do you republish something. I see sometimes at the top of my reader one of your posts that I already saw and liked hours ago…and I wonder…how does she do that? Now you said you just republish, but there’s no button for that… 😀

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    1. I added this to make it more clear. Let me know if this works or if I need to reword it 🙂

      So I republish the post a few times a day by editing the post, changing the time and clicking the “update” button. I won’t list the steps because it varies depending on the device you are using.

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      1. It does! I use it everyday hahaha. It just”refreshes” it so it’s not starting from scratch. If you want to feature the post on another day, just reblog it (yup you can reblog your own posts!)… giving away my future tips… 😮 😉

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    2. hahaha Ioana, I thought the same 😀
      Niki, I’ve been seeing your posts showing up a second time on the top of my feed and I was thinking ‘there must be some kind of error, I already read this post and now I’m seeing a duplicate’ – so funny! I also didn’t know that by republishing the same day WP would keep likes and comments. Maybe this is just a stupid thought, but aren’t you guys afraid that people can get annoyed somehow and stop following?

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      1. I thought the same thing when it happened to me with blogs I followed. Actually at first I assumed there was just no new content… Yes it keeps your likes and comments but just don’t post the next day because it breaks the link. I’m not sure, I think it depends on the person. My train of thought is there’s a lot going on in the blogosphere and I can’t expect my posts to be seen by everyone. When I already read something I just scroll past it. I’ve been doing it for months and I’ve only noticed 1 less follower because the number was catchy and the next time I saw it, the count was down 1 so I don’t think people are too bothered. Most of my readers are bloggers so I think they get it. Unless you live on your reader or don’t have a lot of blogs you follow you might not even notice the duplicate posts… Couldn’t say for sure. Do whatever works best for you Ines 🙂

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      2. :)) Well, the minute I realised it, I thought…ok, I’ll do it just once a day…maybe 8 hours away from the actual publish. And maybe not with every single boring post, but with posts I want to make sure people see…like events, meet and greets, challenges…stuff like that. I did subscribe to a blog…millionaire something and I just couldn’t see any other blog in my reader because they were everywhere, all the time…so annoying…I thought, even if I like some of their articles, I have to unfollow…it’s too annoying.

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      3. During the day I do it less frequently. In the evening hours I do it more often because I get so many views that way and more engagement. There’s some posts I republish more like you said Ioana and some I only do once. Generally the more I put into a post the more I “refresh” it 😉 The more blogs I add to my reader the less I notice refreshed posts. I have one that I follow that used to drive me crazy but I loved the content. Once I started adding a few blogs it made a big difference, even just 5 more blogs I noticed the refreshed posts less after I read them. It really depends on the person and their reader… 🙂

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      4. Yes, I guess it’s a matter of finding the perfect balance 🙂 Twice a day seems good to me, once with European readers in mind and another time for the readers in the States. Thanks for the tips ladies! Have a good night

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  2. All good solid advice, Niki. I had recently started publishing my posts a couple of times during the same day – just to keep it fresh and up front – and it made a huge difference! It was so evident from my stats that I was managing to connect with more of my fellow bloggers 😀

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    1. Yeah, with time zones and work schedules it’s not practical to think that your followers will see it in the window of time it’s at the top of the reader. I did it on accident one time and thought the blog world was crashing down on me! Then I realized what I had accidentally done and it made sense as to how other bloggers content showed up in my reader more than once…

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      1. Yes!!! I swore to myself never to WordPress on my phone (a promise I break all of the time and always wish I listened to myself) and thought oh nooooo!! How do I take this back? Undo, undo!!! And it was the best blogging mistake I’ve made yet! hahahaha. The worst is publishing a draft…did that this week (doh! I hate it when that happens!!).

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      2. Lol I haven’t published a draft yet but I’m always paranoid I might accident it do that. I use WordPress on my phone all the time! It’s so much more convenient but not at all good for writing … So I will fire up the PC to write something, it’s just more comfortable lol

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      3. Oh my gosh! It’s an amateur move yet somehow I’ve managed to do it on several occasions. Most of the time it’s when there’s a lag due to internet connectivity being slow. This time I just forgot to push out the post because I wasn’t able to edit in time… I ALWAYS write from my laptop and usually republish from the phone app because it’s quicker. I try not to comment from the phone but sometimes I can’t resist the urge and usually regret it thanks to auto correct…

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  3. Hey thanks for the tips. I wasn’t aware of publishing throughout the day and I can see how that may make a difference in the amount of views, especially if you follow a lot of blogs. A post can easily get lost in the reader. Thanks.

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  4. I understand the reason behind publishing throughout the day, but what does that do to email subscribers? I have several of those those, both from my work and my family, and I think I’d have a riot on my hands if they were getting four or five emails a day. :O

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    1. I’m pretty sure that they would only get it when the post is originally published. I follow several bloggers that do this and don’t recall getting additional emails. Technically it’s the same post so I think it just shows up on your reader. I’ll do some digging when I get a chance and confirm. If someone follows me via email and can confirm that’d be great too because I republish at least one post various times a day…

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      1. Okay, I’m a dope. I follow you via email and I’ve never gotten the same post twice! In my defense, I haven’t been following you long!
        Do you republish every post? If so, then your point is proven, there’s only one email per post.

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      2. Haha no worries! I second guessed myself even though I was pretty sure I confirmed it at some point before I started doing it regularly. I do it everyday. The majority of my readers are in the US and I’m 8 hours ahead of them and when I started doing this I saw my stats improve immediately because my posts were always at the bottom of the reader!

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    1. I’m glad that you’ve found a time-frame that works well for you and your followers! I write in the evening but with the majority of my followers being in the States, I schedule posts to publish at midnight my time that way it’s evening/night in the states when people are generally off work. Thanks for sharing Tony!

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