Blog Growth Hack: A Cheat Sheet for Getting More Followers [Reblogging]

By: | April 25, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
Reblogging will increase your blog traffic.

Reblogging accomplishes the same goal as guest posting but is much faster.

You know what to do, right?  You’ve heard it many times before.

If you want to get more eyes on your blog, you should guest post.

For years now, much has been written over the value of guest posting.  If you want to increase your visibility, guest posting is the answer.

This post is going to challenge the value of guest posting and explain a much quicker way to accomplish the same purpose to get more visibility to your content and increase your readership.

By the end of the post, you will receive an action plan for getting more followers right away.

The Value of Reblogs

 There are many reasons why you might want to consider reblogging someone’s post.

  • Their content can help your readers.  A valuable blog is informative.
  • You have external links into your site which help Search Engine Optimization.
  • You may not be able to write, but your site can still publish content.
  • It only takes a moment to push the “reblog” button.

Many reasons prevent writers from producing new content.  Writer’s block, personal tragedies, and illness are all examples of unforeseen circumstances that could prevent you from producing new site content.

The Difference Between Reblogging and Guest Posting

Guest posting is valuable for many of the same reasons reblogs are valuable, but there are differences.

  • Someone else may be able to present content that is more informative than you can.  For example, I recently hosted a guest blogger who was more knowledgeable about using StumbleUpon to increase blog traffic than I was.
  • You may not be able to find a reblog offering the information you want your site to share, so you would arrange a guest author to write about it. For example, I admired blogger Lysa Wilds‘s promotion techniques, so I asked her to guest post for me.
  • You may have a conflict on a day your site usually posts that you are aware of ahead of time, so you schedule a guest author.
  • Not every platform allows for reblogging of posts.
  • Some bloggers copy-write their posts.

Why do I suggest reblogging over guest posting?

  • First and foremost, reblogging is much quicker.
  • Search Engine Optimization is enhanced if you have links into and out of your site.  Reblogging provides for this just like guest posting does.

Reblog Infographic

Action Plan for Getting More Followers

I have written about taking the luck out of blogging.  Do not sit around hoping someone with a larger following will reblog you.  Take control!

  • Find a blogging buddy in your niche with more followers than you have.

I have had many thoughtful, kind, gracious, complimentary bloggers reblog my writing.  However, I am defining blogging buddy as someone with whom you make prior arrangements with to reblog your post.  (I will take this opportunity to give a shout out to my first two blogging buddies, Shawn Griffith of Down Home Thoughts and Benjamin of Human Interest.

  • Ask them to reblog you.
  • You pick the post that you want them to reblog.

It should be free of mechanical errors and representative of what their readers will see on your site.  If there are errors in your post, your potential new followers will assume you regularly have errors in your writing.

Make sure you have internal links back to other posts within the post that will be reblogged.  This will improve Search Engine Optimization.

It should have outbound links to authority figures.  This will give your post an air of credibility and help with Search Engine Optimization.

According to RazorSocial‘s Ian Cleary, the post should be at least 1,500 words.  If you really want to maximize your chances of Google finding the post, it should ideally be 2,000 words long.

  • Return the favor and reblog the host blogger.
  • Thank your buddy for the reblog in the comments section.
  • Check off notify me of new comments via Email.
  • When you get comments on your reblog, go to the host’s blog and respond to the comments.  Answer any questions on the host’s blog that you may get about your post.
  • If the opportunity presents itself, let the commenter know that you have similar posts like that on your site.
  • If they ask a question that you have already answered in a previous post on your site, incorporate your link into your answer.
  • Promote the reblog like you would any post on your site.

I have never failed to grow as a result of a reblog.  You can experience growth too if you find a blogging buddy.  Isn’t community what blogging is all about?  Should you use it to your advantage?  If you want to grow your readership, absolutely!

You are encouraged to share your blog topics in the comments section with a link.  If you find someone with your theme (niche), click on their link and make arrangements to reblog each other.

Readers, if you think others can benefit from these ideas about reblogs, please share.

What are your experiences with reblogs?  Have they helped grow your traffic?  Contrast reblogs and guest posts.  Which has resulted in more growth for you?  I look forward to your views.

 

 

  1. Lidy | at 6:57 am

    A great post and must read for any blogger who wants to increase their followers. And knowing the difference between guest blogging and reblogging is just the bonus.

  2. Elle Knowles | at 7:51 pm

    Reblogged this on Finding Myself Through Writing and commented:
    Janice is right once again. Re-blogging great articles can cause your blog to grow – and that’s a good thing! I’ve picked Wednesday to be my regular re-blog day, but also re-blog when I come across a good article as this one. I usually go into my post after I re-blog and add tags because when you re-blog no tags are attached to your posts. I also add links to the re-blogged site, and sometimes the authors about page. It’s these little tricks that get you noticed. Once again, an excellent post Janice. Thank you! ~Elle

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  4. El Rolyat | at 4:17 am

    An interesting article (I saw it as a re-blog on Silver Threading) – thank you.
    Just one question:
    You say you should use Guest Posts in cases where “some bloggers copy-write their posts”. Does this mean that if I copy-write my post I should not have the ‘reblog’ button enabled? Sorry if this seems basic, I am fairly new to this and am afraid to stand on anyone’s toes by doing the wrong thing!

    • Janice Wald | at 4:23 am

      Hi!
      Thank you for your interest in, and your kind words about, my article.
      I will answer your question with an anecdote. I was a guest blogger on a site. Immediately after, I became too busy to blog, so I thought I’d reblog the post on my own site, so my readers could see what I’d written. Not only did I find there was no reblog button, but there was a disclaimer that she had express rights to all material on her site and anyone attempting to reproduce could be sued.
      I don’t recall seeing the reblog button on anyone’s site other than WordPress.com.
      Janice

  5. Terri Webster Schrandt | at 6:25 pm

    This is great! I would like to see this work better. My personal experience with re-blogging is this: 1. I don’t get that many visitors, so it may be that I’m not picking good subject matter (but I doubt that). 2. When I see a re-blogged post from a blogger I follow, I don’t often read it.
    And I can’t seem to do the other items with a reblog (I probably have to go into admin panel)–like pick tags and categories, and customize the sharing. I suppose if I reblogged more often I would know how to do this!

    • Janice Wald | at 10:35 pm

      Hi Terri,
      There are several points in your comment.
      1. I don’t get that many visitors–are you promoting your posts so people know about your blog?
      2. When I see a reblogged post, I often don’t read it. — I’m not sure why not, if the content is valuable. Also, it would enhance your networking. You’d be building relationships with the writer and the person who originally reblogged it.
      3. I don’t reblog a lot, so I don’t remember. Anybody?

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  7. D.G.Kaye | at 2:26 pm

    Janice, once again you have shared valuable info here. I’m so glad I found your blog. What’s also nice about blogging, is that after awhile, once we attract our readers, it’s interesting to see the gravatars of many other bloggers on same favored blogs, gravitate to similar blogs.
    Also, I just thought I’d add something about your mention of some blogs not having the ability to reblog. My blog lost that capability when I went from wordpress.com to my own managed site. I’m not sure if everyone is aware that in our dashboards/tools, there is a “Press This” marklet available to download which enables us to save a draft to our dashboards with the link to any blog or article we fancy, which gives us the opportunity to reblog the content. I hope this helps some readers here. 🙂

  8. Lysa | at 1:23 am

    Hi Janice,

    Thank you for the kind words in this post about me. How incredibly sweet! I have never had any luck with reblogging at a all! My guest blogger series on the other hand has brought me great success. I’m not really sure why that is… This post, however, is full of terrific information and has encouraged me to try reblogging again here and there.

    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx

  9. joseromero | at 12:19 pm

    Reblogged this on Informing While Talking Smack! and commented:
    Reblogging the fastest way to get more followers!

  10. loricarlson66 | at 11:20 pm

    Reblogged this on The Rattling Bones and commented:
    Reblogging advice from Janice Wald. Check out her site for all your blogging questions! She has the answers to keep your traffic flowing!

  11. shawn | at 6:56 am

    Great info Janice. I love the infographic of the similarities and differences of guest blogging .vs. reblogging. thanks for for mention of Down Home Thoughts. I’m always happy to reblog great content or guest blog somewhere or even host guest bloggers 🙂

  12. shawn | at 6:57 am

    Reblogged this on Down Home Thoughts and commented:
    A great article discussing guest blogging .vs. reblogging.

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