Thursday, February 20, 2014

Visiting Other Blogs Increases Follower Count

By M. J. Joachim


One of the things I’ve noticed since I started blogging is that visiting other blogs increases my own follower count and page views. As easy as it is to believe that blogging is a solitary activity, one where we share our posts with others, it’s not entirely accurate. Blogging is a community activity, where we share, others share, and everyone enjoys what everyone is sharing.

Developing healthy relationships with other bloggers is an important aspect of blogging. It can’t be one-sided. Healthy relationships are fostered through a balancing act of give and take. If all I’m doing is giving, without noticing what I’m receiving, my blog pays the price.

As much as I know what I have to say is important, one-of-a-kind, special, unique – fill in your own descriptions here, please, I also must acknowledge that other bloggers feel the same way about their posts. They work as hard, maybe even harder than I do, to produce quality content they want to share with the world.

I’m not going to carry on anymore about this, because I’ve got some very important blog visiting to do. Before I go, I would like to share a few ideas that might make visiting other blogs a little easier for you.

  1. Join a blog hop. It doesn’t matter which one – there are so many to choose from. However, my personal favorite is the A – Z Challenge. Duh! You already knew that, didn’t you?
  2. Visit everyone who comments on your blog. Then visit everyone who comments on their blogs.
  3. Visit at least ten blogs you already follow, each and every day of the week. By the end of the week, you’ll have visited 50 – 70 blogs, depending on if you blog 5 – 7 days p/week.
  4. Visit and comment on blogs shared on your social media sites. If you like what you read, press the button and pass it around.
  5. Dedicate one day a week to sharing other blogs on your own blog. You have to visit the blogs to know what to write about. Then you want to visit the blogs to let them know you shared their blog on your own blog. Talk about building relationships and friendships!


Visiting other blogs takes time, I know. But it’s the other half of blogging that fulfills the desired outcome. It’s sort of like going to the bathroom, flushing the toilet and washing your hands afterward. When I potty-trained my kids, it was all one activity – use the toilet, flush and wash. I never separated the elements, because I wanted the habits to work together, making life easier on everyone, and keeping the sanitation aspect in proper perspective. 

Blogging is like that too. Post, visit and share. It’s all one activity, ultimately designed to keep bloggers working together, resulting in a happier blogging experience for all.

Thank you for visiting and commenting on Writing Tips today. If you haven’t signed up for the A – Z Challenge yet, now’s your chance to discover a whole lot of blogs, you’ll be glad you visited!

M. J.

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12 comments:

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

Having become a blogger recently I found this to be good advice. It means that I'll have to spend more time with other blogs but I know it is sensible.
I never thought about commenting about other blogs on my blog, and I'm certainly going to do this now. Thank you for the information.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It is all about community!
I try to share other blogs every time I post.
And I won't even scare anyone with how many I visit in a day.

Anoosha said...

Hi. I have started blogging recently and I find this to be helpful to me to increase my activities. Thank you so much for helping me with blogging tips.In fact I find them quite useful.I will try to follow each and every piece of it

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi MJ - that sharing and caring community of bloggers is where we all relate and build our friendships .. the A-Z bloghop challenge is the best one I've found - but on occasions I do some other bloghops ...

It's reciprocity ... excellent writing tips - cheers Hilary

Magical Mystical MiMi said...

Oh MJ I am still on the fence about A-Z.. I want to do it but it's such a commitment but then it's so much fun too! :) Guess I'll schlep on over and join up but only because I saw your post. :)

M. J. Joachim said...

@Fanny - It's always more fun to blog, when you read what other people have to say :)
@Alex - Yea, I really don't want to know how many blogs you visit in a day...:)
@Anoosha - The more relationships build, the better your blogging experience will be :)
@Hilary - So glad you enjoyed my post :)
@Mimi - Yay! You're signing up! Loved today's flashback Thursday post, btw :)

Pat Hatt said...

Comparing it to going to the loo, umm ewww haha visit an easy 700 a week here at least, some people just have no clue and sit there expecting it to magically happen.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

It is so true! And thank you for visiting mine!

Sharon Himsl said...

I like your suggestion we should visit other bloggers commenting with us. Also, I have found I am more outgoing with people in the real world since blogging. I've learned to express myself better and feel more confident. Didn't expect this--a pleasant surprise!

Diane Carlisle said...

I visit all the blogs of authors who have commented on my posts. I don't always comment, but I spend much of my mornings (yes, even while at work) reading while consuming my coffees (at lease 3 cups before work even begins).

Comments are important, so don't ever be afraid to leave a comment, especially if there are no comments just yet. There's nothing wrong with being the first commenter! :D

Go ahead, leave a comment! I dare you.

Gwendolyn Carlson said...

I agree. It’s a wise move to visit other sites and interact with the bloggers who are interacting there. There’s no harm in requesting them to visit your site, too. Your online presence will slowly build when your followers and co-bloggers start visiting your website. Well, just make sure your page is properly optimized and updated so that your new viewers won’t be disappointed. :)

Gwendolyn Carlson

mywordwall said...

Great advice. :-)