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Old 02-01-2011, 07:11 AM   #1
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I've had my blog for a year now and have slowly gained followers finally reaching 80 just last month. I was wondering how you go about gaining more followers? I'm using networkblogs on facebook and offer blog candy every so often. Any other ideas?
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I am a novice at the blog thing...mines only two weeks old. I only have 19 followers so I'm not in your league but I know from the people I follow they give away freebies regularly but only for a limited time. So I sign up to follow in case I miss a freebie. I know alot of the people ( like me) still just bookmark people and they come to have a look not a freebie so to me thats more valuable. I have about 100 ish people everyday and only 19 followers so I dont worry about it You could try a freebie to followers maybe?
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thanks for your input. i have given away some blog candy and gained some that way but i just seem to be at a standstill now
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Doing giveaways does help, but I make a point to not REQUIRE that they follow because I don't want people following just for that. I have found that following other blogs and regularly commenting on the blogs of those who leave comments on mine adds to my followers. I also participate in large blog parties which offers a lot of exposure and opportunities for people to find my blog and choose to follow.
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i did the requiring thing once for blog candy but not after that. i want people to follow because they want to
maybe i'll have to do more commenting
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Thats why I said why I follow...I don't think you want freebie hunters like me I bet more people follow you than you realise they just haven't subscribed the offical way. My best sites are bookmarked I don't want to lose them and I bet you have loads of hidden followers you blog is great I had a look and book marked
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Thats why I said why I follow...I don't think you want freebie hunters like me I bet more people follow you than you realise they just haven't subscribed the offical way. My best sites are bookmarked I don't want to lose them and I bet you have loads of hidden followers you blog is great I had a look and book marked
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I have been blogging since March last year and have gained followers by doing the Challenges here on SCS as I get more views for my cards that way. When I post my card here at SCS, I add a link directly to my card on my Blog - get lots of visitors from doing that.

I also enter quite a few competitions outside SCS and this seems to generate followers too. I also post some of my cards on Flickr to several stamp company's galleries with a link to my Blog with the card, and I have gained several Followers that way too (and discovered lots of other blogs in the process too!).

It is also helpful when you do a post, to name the post something that allows Search Engines to find your Blog, for eg: when I post a card with a particular company's stamp, instead of just saying "another birthday card" for the post name, I will include the stamp name or Cuttlebug folder name in that post name - say something like: "Penny Black Where's Dinner boy's birthday card" or "Stampendous Birthday Balloons boy's 7th birthday card". When someone types something like "Penny Black Where's Dinner" in a search engine, your post name (if it is more specific) will be more likely to be found than if you just use a generic post name. Hope that makes sense. I learnt this from a computer geek who writes a column about computers and blogs in our national newspaper. Stop by my Blog and look at my Post Names to give you some more examples of what I mean.
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I have been blogging since March last year and have gained followers by doing the Challenges here on SCS as I get more views for my cards that way. When I post my card here at SCS, I add a link directly to my card on my Blog - get lots of visitors from doing that.

I also enter quite a few competitions outside SCS and this seems to generate followers too. I also post some of my cards on Flickr to several stamp company's galleries with a link to my Blog with the card, and I have gained several Followers that way too (and discovered lots of other blogs in the process too!).

It is also helpful when you do a post, to name the post something that allows Search Engines to find your Blog, for eg: when I post a card with a particular company's stamp, instead of just saying "another birthday card" for the post name, I will include the stamp name or Cuttlebug folder name in that post name - say something like: "Penny Black Where's Dinner boy's birthday card" or "Stampendous Birthday Balloons boy's 7th birthday card". When someone types something like "Penny Black Where's Dinner" in a search engine, your post name (if it is more specific) will be more likely to be found than if you just use a generic post name. Hope that makes sense. I learnt this from a computer geek who writes a column about computers and blogs in our national newspaper. Stop by my Blog and look at my Post Names to give you some more examples of what I mean.
Thanks Jocelyn for all the great advice. I try to link my blog whenever I post a card here on scs. Stopped by your blog, its great
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I have the same problem but I only have 41 followers so your doing better than me. It blows my mind that some people have a 1000 plus followers. Maybe someday good luck.
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Just a thought...as I said I am very new to bloging and I only learned resently about following...maybe a little note on your blogs about following and rss feeds...because I know I have ladies at work who refuse to press any buttons unless they know what it does first.

I forgot to say I had a quick peek and I think all your blogs are lovely...makes me wish I was a better crafter
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I have the same problem but I only have 41 followers so your doing better than me. It blows my mind that some people have a 1000 plus followers. Maybe someday good luck.
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i know i can hardly imagine that many. i'm just trying to get to a 100 lol
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Just a thought...as I said I am very new to bloging and I only learned resently about following...maybe a little note on your blogs about following and rss feeds...because I know I have ladies at work who refuse to press any buttons unless they know what it does first.

I forgot to say I had a quick peek and I think all your blogs are lovely...makes me wish I was a better crafter
thanks i know several don't understand the following thing
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You have one more follower, Carrie!
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well I thought that having 11 followers was doing good until I read this (lol). Does it really matter how many followers we have?? My blog is mostly about my crazy life but I do post my cards, LOs and now my soaps will be there. I can't teach or give away things so to me 11 is more than I expected.
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I'm with you, I have 5 followers. I just started doing the blog challenges and did get some comments which was great. I am still not really technical, so its all a big learning curve for me. (but it is fun)
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well I thought that having 11 followers was doing good until I read this (lol). Does it really matter how many followers we have?? My blog is mostly about my crazy life but I do post my cards, LOs and now my soaps will be there. I can't teach or give away things so to me 11 is more than I expected.
I like when people follow my blog, it makes me feel the blogging is all worthwhile that there really is someone out there reading what I post and looking at my creations, and maybe I'm inspiring someone to create something or they feel the same way I do about a product and can share their insight with me in a comment. I like the sharing. Otherwise what's the point of blogging if no one is following?

I was just curious as how to pick the momentum back up again as I've been at a stalemate for months of gaining new followers. I don't want it to seem like I'm looking at this as a competition or anything and hope I didn't come across that way.
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[QUOTE=stamp_cat;17927285]I'm with you, I have 5 followers. I just started doing the blog challenges and did get some comments which was great. I am still not really technical, so its all a big learning curve for me. (but it is fun)[/QUOTE




I think your blog is very nice. I joined as a follower.
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I was just curious as how to pick the momentum back up again as I've been at a stalemate for months of gaining new followers. I don't want it to seem like I'm looking at this as a competition or anything and hope I didn't come across that way.[/QUOTE]



No you didn't come across that way . I've followed blogs where they just have to have a zillion followers just for a contest ( or bragging rights). Whats the point in that?? When you have a desire-like you do-to try to inspire than having a zillion is worth it. Good luck at getting those new ones.
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No I didn't take it that way either...I know what you mean about sharing...I know loads of people sell there cutting files and mine are free. My husband thinks I'm mad just giving them away..then I showed him an email from someone who had been very ill and said seeing the files had started her crafting again..to me (after a tear or two lol) that was worth selling 100 templates. Even by sharing this coversation I have gained at least 5 new blogs that inspire me.
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I find that the more I comment on other people's blogs (and follow them through google) that i gain people that way. I have held color combo contests on my blog (and have totally slacked on that as of late) but that has brought me followers as well.
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Carrie, have you looked at your Subscribers and NOT followers? I subscribe to your blog, but I don't know that I "follow" it. I will show up in your stats in google. It is just about preference in my google reader. I have 8x the amount of subscribers than I do followers...just saying the "following" stat is not an accurate view. See, you might be over 100 and not know it!!
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Carrie, have you looked at your Subscribers and NOT followers? I subscribe to your blog, but I don't know that I "follow" it. I will show up in your stats in google. It is just about preference in my google reader. I have 8x the amount of subscribers than I do followers...just saying the "following" stat is not an accurate view. See, you might be over 100 and not know it!!
where do you see subscribers at?
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Account settings-Webmaster Tools-(you might have to add your blog here, mine is shown but I may have added it a long time ago!)-click on your blog name-then left side in the dashboard, click the + to expand it, click on "subscriber stats"

You can also play in there and see all sorts of stuff...most popular posts, etc. It is pretty cool.
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Again, it is just a preference for many people to subscribe and not follow. I actually really dislike the google Follower application for that reason. I like to organize the blogs in my reader by folder...like with my blog groups, cricut stuff, etc and if you use the "follower" button it organizes them for you. I hate it! (Oh my gosh...my OCD is like totally apparent, isn't it??!!)
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omgosh i didnt even know about this. its too early for data to show so i'll check tomorrow. thanks
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Really? Is that because you had to add your blog? I was able to see mine when I went to it. (I had to go there because I could not remember the map from memory! LOL)

I think there is also a way you see when someone unsubscribes, but I am not that smart yet!
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I think there is also a way you see when someone unsubscribes, but I am not that smart yet!
i don't know. i had to click the add this blog button maybe thats why
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Yeah, then probably. Yay for new discoveries!!
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Hi Carrie,

I just found your thread. I too often wonder how people get so many followers. I am in three blog groups, offer blog candy every couple of months, and do challenges on SCS when I can and I still haven't reached as many followers as you have.

When you find the secret will you let me know ... lol? I'm off to check out some of your blogs right now. Maybe we can help each other out.
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Hi Carrie!

I just found your post and will go check out your blog after I send this reply in!

How I found I gained more followers, is to participate in alot of challenges. I then go and comment on the wonderful creations of others who have also done the challenges. I've found some super cool blogs doing this and have made some lovely friends too!

Also, wherever I upload any photo of a card I make, I link it to my blog so that people might come and have a cuppa and check out my stuff!

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Carrie.. I just came across this post and wow your blog is amazing. I love your creations. I am a new follower
I have been wondering the same about how you get followers and such. I started my blog a while back but have not really advertised or anything. I have not been on SCS for a while but it's in my Siggy. I am hosting a Blog Candy contest for anyone who would like to join. Following is not req but you do have to make a project and share
There are so many amazing Blogs out. I usually follow or sign up for Email notifications when I really want to keep up with 1.
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thanks chris, i will have to stop by your blog. i've been linking my projects on here to my blog as well which seems to have brought some new people by. i'm trying to figure out the webmaster tools my3littlemonkies talked about data is just starting to show up
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Another thing that I did when I started my Blog last year was when I send emails to friends/family/acquaintances/craft suppliers/stores etc., I put my name at the bottom of my emails, I include a link to my Blog. I would imagine that all email programs have the capacity to include a Hyperlink that people just click on to go to your Blog. So my siggy might look like:

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So, for example, if I mail-ordered something from a store, and I am emailing a reply to say my goods have arrived or perhaps a thank you for their great service etc., I will have my siggy as above - it's just a good little way of getting your Blog/yourself "out there". One time, some months after I had corresponded with an online store, they emailed asked me I would consider being on their DT (I couldn't because of my other DT commitments), but it was good to see how you can sow a seed which starts growing somewhere out there on the web!

I also agree with Carrie aka stamper272001 about when I enter Challenges, I look at other people's cards and leave comments and I too have come across some amazing blogs and amazing people and that's how I start to follow other people's blogs - so I figure it works the other way too! I often find that the more comments I leave, the more visitors I get.

Carrie: in the last few days, I have added Feedburner by Google to my Blog so that people can get Email subscriptions and can also subscribe in a different Feeder other than Google, eg: Yahoo. I did have an Email subscription box (one of the gadgets in Google done by a third party), but the Widget "broke" and Google recommended I remove it. Feedburner is free and is a Google-based one so I figured that as my Blog is Google-based, it should work well together. There are others which I looked into like Feedblitz, but it costs money, so I went with the freebie! Not everyone knows what a "Reader" is and it's good to offer an alternative like Email. It took me a few hours to set it all up last weekend, but the tutorial on Feedburner was really good and they add the different elements to my Blog without me needing to know anything about HTML code - I didn't need to go into the "Design" part of my Blog and add it all manually.

I also have set it up so I have "partial" feeds rather than "full feeds" so that if people subscribe in a Reader, they get the first bit of my post but then have to go to my Blog to see the photos/rest of the post. If they got the full post, I figured that they wouldn't visit my Blog! Just my personal preference - others may disagree. Just type Feedburner into your favorite Search Engine and you will find it (didn't know if I was allowed to include a link with this post - my post might get deleted??!).
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I'm with you, I have 5 followers. I just started doing the blog challenges and did get some comments which was great. I am still not really technical, so its all a big learning curve for me. (but it is fun)[/QUOTE




I think your blog is very nice. I joined as a follower.
I just had to chime in here and say that I love her blog too Keep up the good work with your blog, Carrie and don't get discouraged you will gain more followers. It took me a long while too.
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thanks chris, i will have to stop by your blog. i've been linking my projects on here to my blog as well which seems to have brought some new people by. i'm trying to figure out the webmaster tools my3littlemonkies talked about data is just starting to show up
I just looked at your blog and you're up to 90, with my add you're at 91 now! More than me!

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How do you add the follower thing to your Blog? Mine doesn't show it. I can follow others though. I have a Sign up to get emails when I post new things which I haven't been that good with due to some medical stuff but trying to get back into the swing of things.
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i thought it was automatically added with blogger but if its not then under add a gadget in the design element you can find it there
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