How to Quickly Get 3,000 New Blog Followers

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How to get 3,000 blog followersDoes my headline contain a typo?

Did I erroneously add an extra zero? Did I erroneously add two extra zeros?


This post is a case study.  It details how my guest author not only got 3,000 new blog followers, but got them in a relatively short period of time.

Are you excited? curious? skeptical?  I was definitely excited when my guest author Eric Schlehlein agreed to write an article explaining how he was able to get more than 3,000 new Email subscribers and in less than 18 months.

Eric, take it away!

How to Get 3,000 Blog Followers



I’m not a blogging expert.  I’m also not an expert in anything to do with social media, the internet, or networking in general.  I’m a terrible salesman and self-promoter.  Speaking or writing of myself leaves me squirming in awkwardness… and even now, as I sit and type, I’m already writhing in my chair and in my mind.  I do not like writing about me.

I’ve been asked to write this piece about how I gained so many followers in such a short time.  I’m certainly honored and willing to do so, but I’m equally as surprised and bewildered that what I’ve obtained in a following is so difficult for others to achieve.  My areas of expertise involve things like Albuterol treatments, recognizing pitted edema, 12-lead EKGs, and avoiding power struggles.  I know more about the pizza business than I know about Twitter and Instagram.  Some would consider me socially awkward.  I consider myself social media-awkward.

My blog at has 3,047 followers.  Why?  Simple!  I pay attention to others.

Let it be known that I had zero interest in blogging when I started my blog.  Even now, as my WordPress phone app chimes to let me know that I’ve gained my 3,048th follower, I have no real interest in blogging itself.  See, I wrote a novel… a four-year process that has taken my sanity and hair, my dignity and soul, my time and my self-esteem.  I’m in the query process right now, 46 letters written and 19 rejections, and every day I’m certain of two things:  I’m gonna get published and I’m never gonna get published.

My blog is nothing more than the nest that I was supposed to build as a platform to sell my book once it is published.  I blog because the publishing industry says I have to blog.  My blog is a means to an end.  That’s all.

But I don’t do anything half-assed.  When I go in, I go all in.  If the publishing industry wants to see that people are paying attention to me, then I’ll get people to pay attention to me.  How?

Good material… and a lot of it.  I wrote something and posted it every day for months before I took a break. Your site, no matter how new, must have content.  Thirty days equals thirty posts, so it doesn’t take that long to generate history.

Now, promote your blog externally.  There are lots of widgets and site tools there for you to promote your material off-site.  Some cost money, others don’t.  I don’t spend any money to do this.  When I post to WordPress, my social networking sites automatically post links to my blog.  Also, “Like,” “Share,” and “Comment” buttons are huge.  Use them.

Now, the most important step for me in gaining over 3,000 followers:  Love your audience.


You must read the posts of others, in any categories and tags you choose, and click the like button as you finish reading and then comment on their blog.  Follow their blog.  Say nice things.  Don’t criticize unless you are asked to do so.  When someone comments on your piece, say “thank you.”  Become so involved in others’ blogs that people accuse you of being a “serial liker.”  Honestly, if that’s the worst they say about you, you’re doing alright.


I know that’s a lot of time. If you need to break it into 12 five-minute sessions then do it. Look, you’re on your smart phone all day, anyway.  Spend less time on Facebook and more time on WordPress.  The postings are a lot more healthy and interesting because you can search the site by content!

Bloggers are attention seekers.  We all want people to read what we have to say.  The blogging world, like the world of forums, is filled with people who know each other only through the written word.  There are hundreds of people who I’ve interacted with through my blog that I’ve never met and will never meet who will, hopefully, one day claim to know me because we’ve socialized so often online.  When my novel is published they’ll be able to say, “I knew Eric before he even finished polishing his novel.”

In a huge sense, they’re right… and who would I be to deny them?  I embrace these people as much more than prospective buyers of my book.  They’re colleagues, critics, cynics, supporters, advocates, boosters, patrons, cohorts, champions, friends.

What does one hour of daily maintenance get me?  18,281 site hits in just under 18 months.  That’s an average of 34.1 hits per day.  My “About Eric” page has acquired 448 likes and 200 comments.  Since January, has had 8,317 views, 1,606 likes, and 416 comments.  Oh, and I’m on a roll today… I just acquired my 3,051st follower.

Eric Schlehlein is an author and freelance writer, passionate about most things Americana.  His first novel, Black Iron Mercy, is complete and ready for publishing.  The first query letters, luring agents to represent the manuscript, were sent out on June 22, 2015. 

Eric has dedicated more than half of his life to serving others, first as a caregiver and group home manager for the developmentally disabled, the emotionally disturbed, and the mentally ill, and has now served his community via the local fire department for more than a decade.  He’s also been known to deliver a hot, fresh pizza at a quick pace and fair profit.

My Commentary:

I would like to comment on Eric’s article.  As impressed as I am, and I am extremely impressed, I disagree with Eric on one point.

In Paragraph 2, Eric expresses he is “surprised” and “bewildered” at what he has achieved, a large following in a relatively short time.  In an Email to me he called his methods “unorthodox”.

This is where I disagree.  I maintain that Eric’s methods are common sense.  Logical, common sense.

I can sum up Eric’s wonderful guest post in exactly one word, and I have before in my post the Secrets of Successful Bloggers. There is only one “secret” and that is networking.  Eric’s success stems from networking one hour a day every day.

While reading his post, I had a question.

I asked him, “Do you network one hour a day when you don’t blog or one hour a day whether or not you blog?”

Eric responded, “I usually don’t network on days I blog.  Lately, however, I blog less and less.  I get more hits on days I don’t blog than on days I do.  That’s not to say I avoid blogging in order to gain hits, though.  You have to remember that I really didn’t want to blog in the first place  As a freelance writer, I spend enough time in front of a keyboard.”

Eric, thank you so very much for sharing your methods with us today.  I am thrilled you came and shared this with us, and I’m confident my followers are too.

Readers, please share, so other bloggers can benefit from Eric’s experience and get more followers for their blogs.

Eric spoke, and I reacted.  It is now your turn to react.  What do you think of his networking methods?  Do you think his “one hour networking” technique is a method you might try to implement?  I look forward to your views.

Related Posts and Pages:

How to Network Even If You’re Not An Extrovert

Promoting Your Blog Posts (The end of the article)

3 Guaranteed Ways to Get You More Online Attention

How to Get New Blog Followers



  1. Eric Klingenberg

    Thanks this was a very good article I shall go and check out your blog. I’m very new to blogging as well and started blogging for the same reason as you – to build a platform for my book. I have found blogging is fun in fact the time spent on it is far more enlightening and edifying than reading facebook. The problem being, as my blog slowly grows I’m spending more time reading others posts than doing any writing.

    • Eric Schlehlein

      Hello Eric,

      Nice to meet you! I remember those early blogging days as anxious ones — wondering if it was even worth my time. The key is patience. Post something every day, if you can, and if you miss a day, don’t sweat it. Come back tomorrow.

      As for spending more time reading others’ posts than writing, you’re on the right track! Those that post their own stuff and then go offline will NEVER achieve a following. Touching “Like” on someone’s post is similar to baiting a mouse. They’ll come to your site for more cheese.

      • Janice Wald

        Hi to both Eric’s!
        Eric S: That is interesting about “baiting”. The word is also in line with your title, “Baiting the Hook.” Your comment certainly is true about me. When someone new comes to my site and clicks “like,” I go to their site.
        Thanks for answering Eric K’s question.

      • Melinda

        Hi Eric S, I have a question. Since you have 3,000 followers, you can’t possibly follow and comment on all of them. Do you have a roster, where you rotate whose blog you read? Or do you only hunt for new people to like and comment on? Thanks. I’m really struggling with trying to keep up with the followers I have, only 200. I love them, and love their content, but I run outta time!

      • Eric Klingenberg

        Thanks for your reply and advice, which I will follow although my plan was to post 2 – 3 times a week rather than every day.

      • Julie Syl Pit Stop Crew

        Hey Eric,

        Congrats on your Follower base growth. And I must agree with you, The Golden Rule of Blogging Success is “GIVING.” Simple. Giving your like, share, time, comment, engage! Lots of bloggers are extremely selfish and simply want to receive without giving!

        Can I just add that hosting your blog on a WP Site is a major contributor to the growth as well! I am a contributor to a Ministry Blog on the Free WP side and it has over 4k Followers in 11 months! Despite a 3 month break!

        My First Blog was WP as well and I got over 2k followers in 6 weeks!I was super excited. When I got my own domain That following didnt really transfer. Because its Intrinsically a WP Based following!
        Thanks for sharing on the Pit Stop Janice!

        • Janice Wald

          Hi Julie,
          That’s interesting what you wrote about WordPress. You would think if your followers are interested in your content, it would not matter if you were on WordPress or not.

  2. Leigh

    Thanks for the advice! I’m having fun with my new blog but would love to share it with a broader audience.

    • Eric Schlehlein

      Well, now you have a new follower in me, Leigh. Your site is lovely… great material and decor that is easy on the eyes! It’s nice to meet you!

      • Anonymous

        Thanks all around, Eric! I’m following you now and I wish you all the best with your book.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Leigh,
      Thank you for coming to my blog today and for your interest in Eric’s article. Nice to meet you.

      • Leigh

        And it’s nice to meet you, Janice! Thanks for sharing Eric’s article and your thoughts.

  3. John W. Howell

    Very interesting. I also started a blog as an author platform yet it has evolved into an every day writing exercise. The advice here is as you say logical. Thanks for sharing.

    • Eric Schlehlein

      No one knows what aspiring authors need in a nest for their novels/books more than other aspiring authors. One hand washes the other, so to speak.

      Thanks for commenting! It’s nice to make your acquaintance, John. All the best in publishing!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi John,
      Thank you for writing! I have a feeling your experience is common to many in the literary genre. I am drawing that conclusion from the many blogs I read in that niche. Nice seeing you. Thanks for coming and commenting on my guest author’s article.

  4. Sue Coletta

    When you’re first building a blog community I agree with your plan. Problem is, Eric, once you get published you won’t have that one hour a day to read blogs. You’ll find yourself whittling down to a handful of blogs that you read regularly, but that’s all the time you have. Deadlines and writing must be your priority. Sure, you’ll try to pop in now and then, but something always seems to happen–and it makes you feel awful! When this happens, I’ve found if you turn to SM sites, like Twitter, etc., and engage you’ll achieve the same hits/clicks, but only once you’ve built your community. I’ll add one thing to your excellent list: be genuine.

    I’m thrilled to hear you’re doing so well, Eric. Keep querying and never, ever let go of your dream. Persistence is key. 🙂

    • Eric Schlehlein

      Thanks for your wise words, Ms. Coletta.

      I am so very aware of time constraints, even now. In fact, just looking at this thread and the interest it has already generated in a few short hours has caused an adrenaline rush and some worry about not being able to respond to everyone. It’s traffic is a great testament to Ms. Wald’s talent and expertise.

      Once I’m published, however, I won’t find a need for networking at such a strong rate. Remember that this blog is “a means to an end,” and my current following won’t go away. Getting published will generate enough of a following so that I can go back to periodical blogging and not worry so much about who’s wheels I’m greasing.

      • Janice Wald

        Dear Eric,
        I hold you in such esteem, I truly appreciate your compliments. Thank you!

      • Janice Wald

        Hi Eric,
        I have a question about your networking method. WHERE do you find the bloggers to network with for an hour a day each time you don’t blog. I’d like to blog about how to network, where to network. Thanks for the information.

        • Eric Schlehlein

          The WordPress “Reader” allows you to save as many categories and tags as you wish. I have several specific tags I go to that generate a lot of interest for me… such as “Historical Fiction,” “Manuscript,” “Query Letter,” “Literary Agent,” and “Short Story.” I also peruse through tags that I have found a lot of bloggers use, such as “writing,” “poetry,” “life,” “love,” “people,” and “photography.” I also peruse through “conferences,” “EMS,” “Firefighting,” “American History,” “Sarcasm,” “Humor,” “Inspiration,” “Rejection,” and “Gratitude.”

          Poetry is a great category to search through, mainly because most postings in this category are short and easy to read in a short amount of time. Also, I have found that poets and photographers are among the bloggers that are most likely to respond to a hit on their site. Read what you wish into this, but I have my own theories as to why, mostly because a poem is usually a very honest, intimate image of the author and they’re starving for positive feedback. Giving it to them is easy and rewarding.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Sue!
      Thank you for writing. I predicted that concerns over lack of time would be a reaction to Eric’s methods. That is why I asked him if he networks an hour per day every day or only when he doesn’t blog. He has cut back on his publishing blog posts on his own site in order to make time for the networking.
      I honestly admire you and the other authors in the literary genre. You have to make time to blog and publish your books. I make time to publish and go teach school. Do you think it’s the same time constraints? My deadlines are report cards, eight times a year, and reports for my district twice a year.

      • Sue Coletta

        Honestly, Janice, I have no idea how anyone goes to school or works full-time and still finds to write/blog/network. I’m in awe of people like you. I write full-time and barely have time to breathe. LOL Somehow, I’m sure you’ll find a way to do it all. 🙂

  5. Celia Reaves

    An inspiring post, as always. I also started blogging as an author platform (a recurring theme here), and find I enjoy it for its own sake. I will be applying the techniques you describe to broaden the reach of my blog. Thank you.

    • Eric Schlehlein

      It is a pleasure to meet you, Celia. Thanks for taking a moment to introduce yourself and say a few words!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Celia,
      Nice to meet you. I don’t think we’ve met before. I appreciate you coming to my site, reading what Eric wrote, and greeting him.
      I also noted that the literary genre bloggers have great interest in Eric’s post. If his article gives them more information about how to connect blogging and publishing, I’m glad.
      Eric’s post has been so inspirational for me. Although it was in the wee hours of the morning, I spent one hour networking before going to sleep last night, and this morning my following is larger.
      Yay! Thank you Eric =).
      Thanks for your comments Celia.

  6. Leisel S

    I love the idea of this and it makes sense, but for someone who is introverted, doesn’t like talking about themselves, and just generally doesn’t ‘like’ people it can be so hard to network. But I’m trying every day, and I won’t comment if I feel I’m not being sincere about it.

    • Eric Schlehlein

      Even the most introverted bloggers have something to say. I’m glad you came out long enough to comment here. It’s nice to meet you, Leisel! Have a fantastic day!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Leisel,
      I feel like I haven’t seen you in a few day around the Blogosphere, so nice to see you! I’m learning more about you through your comments. I did not know you considered yourself introverted since your posts are so powerful. You know how much I admire them. I guess the introverted express themselves through their writing. Speaking of which, thank you for writing us today.

      • Leisel S

        Cheers, Eric; great article! Nice to meet you as well. I at least tried to make a little effort connecting with other bloggers today.

        Janice: Yes, I’m rather introverted/antisocial and generally bad at networking. I guess I’m doing something right if you had no idea! I am trying, though; I’ve been working with another geeky blogger over the last few weeks and we’re planning a month-long October collaboration as well as a possible series of geeky linky parties afterward. I’ve definitely been taking a lot from reading your posts even if I’m bad at executing some things.

  7. vicki

    Very good advice for me. That hour a day that I spend on FB or email could easily be used for wordpress. Networking is so important! It seems we are not the only people who built a blog to use as a platform for a book.
    Blessings, Vicki

    • Eric Schlehlein

      It’s great to meet you, Vicki! Best of luck to you in your blogging world and in getting published!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Vicki,
      Nice to meet you. I admire authors who take the time to do blogging-related duties and publish. I work outside the home from eight to three. All my free time goes toward blogging. Good luck with your writing, and thanks for coming here today and commenting.

  8. Jeanne Foguth

    Oh, dear, I just realized that I have spent the past few months remembering to click the like button, but then forgetting to say why. Must work on this.

    Hope you have a lovely day & thank you for taking the time to write this informative post.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jeanne,
      You are one of my newer readers. It is so nice we are connected. I did not realize the power of a “like” until I read Eric’s article and his comments. Thanks for writing.

      • Jeanne Foguth

        Thank you for the warm welcome :-). I am relatively new to blogging and you have excellent advice for how to begin, then grow this form.

  9. Carol Taylor

    100% Agree….I have been doing exactly that for the last month and my stats have increased dramatically nowhere even remotely close to you but it took me 8 months to get to 100 follows and August is only just over half way through so will be at 200 before the end of August so that’s cool and prtty much the same with my hits so yes I agree whole heartedly. 🙂

    • Eric Schlehlein

      Fantastic work, Carol! Stick with it! Best of luck to you in all of your writing endeavors!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carol,
      I am excited and inspired by your growth, so I want to be clear. You started clicking “like” and your growth skyrocketed? I don’t believe we’ve met before. Thanks for coming to my site today and commenting.

      • Carol Taylor

        Hi Janice
        Not just like ..that would be too easy..ha ha…but comment as well and we have met you have visited my blog before..have a lovely day and keep the good advice coming I find it extremely helpful..thank you 🙂

  10. Danny Ray

    Janice, this is exactly the same method I have used to get 4,355 followers in almost 9 months. I “work” my blog so many hours each day that most people would be shocked. But I think those that “follow” me would acknowledge that I am engaged more than most bloggers on WP. I live by one rule: do for others what I want them to do for me. If I want views, then I view. If I want likes, then I like. If I want reblogs, then I reblog. And it works! I work diligently to engage on every level, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and WordPress; and I treat WordPress as social media. Oh, and don’t forget about producing content. I am amazed at the number of folk that ask me to go to their site and when I do, I see that they haven’t produced a post in 4 weeks and comments (if any) have gone unanswered. My comment to them is why would you expect me to visit your site when you don’t even visit your site! Great article!

    • Eric Schlehlein

      Wow, Danny! Your numbers put mine to shame! Congrats on a fine system and best of luck to you in the future!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Danny,
      I agree with your assessment of your efforts and have noticed them myself. For example, I need link submissions for my roundup. I ask once a week in the context of a post and on Twitter. You ask many times per day in posts solely designed to get link submissions.
      Because I have emulated to be more like you in this area, do you think it is possible for me to do it considering I work outside the home as a teacher roundtrip an hour away? All my free time is already going toward blogging.

  11. John Doe

    This was a great guest blog It was really interesting reading. I am sure your book will be very successful if it is written in the same style you wrote this post. It had great content and a lot of fact presented in a short period of time. For the past 6 months all Janice’s blogs, day after day, have included the same two words you have emphasized, CONTENT and NETWORKING. The stats you have achieved are amazing, thank you for sharing your method with us.

    • Eric Schlehlein

      Thank you, Mr. Doe! Your kind words are inspiring and humbling, and it’s nice to know I’ve made an impact! Have a GREAT weekend!

      • Janice Wald

        Hi Eric,
        I wanted to second what John Doe wrote. Your article is very well-written for many reasons. You are clearly an engaging writer. I’m sure that helps when people (so many) decide to follow you.
        Your article is a hit with my readers! Thank you again for your post. You have inspired me and many others. The authors seem to really appreciate your advice. Thank you for replying to everyone’s comments. Thank you again, so much.

        • Eric Schlehlein

          Actually, I’m blushing at all of this wonderful attention! I’m so very grateful for what you have done for me!

          Incidentally, is there a way for me to re-blog this entire article on my own site at WordPress? As I said, “I’m social media-awkward.” If there’s a button, I can’t find it.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi John,
      Thank you for your compliments on Eric’s article. I observed the same thing, how well it was written, when I read it. Thanks for writing.

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    • Janice Wald

      Hi Sonja,
      Thank you for letting me know. However, I don’t know how to respond or what to do. I am looking at legible, black writing. As I type, it is gray. When I save, it turns black. Could you hit the plus sign and zoom in to make the letters bigger perhaps? It’s what I do when I have trouble reading the screen.

  13. Melinda

    Janice, I’ve fixed the hyperlinks in Janice’s Jottings. Now they go right here.

      • Melinda

        Not at all! I just hadn’t even thought of it! Glad I could easily fix it.

  14. Judy

    Eric and Janice,
    Article was spot on! I have already found this with my little beginner blog. Reading other’s blogs, hitting the like and giving them a comment comes naturally to me. Sometimes I have to restrain myself. And for reasons I won’t go into here, I also have to be careful how I respond to reader’s comments on my own blog.
    Thanks Janice for featuring Eric today!
    Thanks Eric for a great post!

    • Judy

      Also, I totally agree about reading blogs being much more enlightening and time worthy than Face Book. I find myself increasingly irritated by things on Face Book and then wonder why I’m on it. I do not find myself frustrated or irritated after reading blogs.

      • Eric Schlehlein

        Hi Judy,

        Nice meeting you, for sure.

        I agree with you about holding your tongue when dealing with comments from others on your own blog. The sooner you look away, the sooner you’ll forget something was said.

        Your kind words are greatly appreciated!


      • Janice Wald

        Hi Judy,
        I am so busy with blogging and promoting. Now, Eric has inspired me to step up my game as far as networking. I just don’t have time to go on Faceook. I see notifications there so I try to go once a week, but that’s all I can squeeze in.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Judy,
      I am so glad you enjoyed my guest author’s article. Eric was a rare find. I don’t get to interview and host people who have 3,052 followers everyday. =).

  15. Shelly

    I found this post very interesting. I’m going to try doing this and see what happens. I’ve done a small amount of networking and did see a slight increase in traffic and followers. I know posting more often than I do would help a lot too. I just have a hard time getting into a groove and balancing life and writing. Hopefully some day I will get there.

    Your post has given me inspiration to kick it up a notch and try this out. 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Shelly,
      Thank you for coming today and commenting.
      If it makes you feel better, I think Eric’s post was the OPPOSITE of what you are feeling guilty about, not blogging more. He said he has given up a lot of blogging in order to network. I would like more followers, but I don’t want to give up the blogging and disappoint the readers I have. Eric’s end goal is to please his publishers, not his followers by blogging.

  16. Lia

    Hi Eric and Janice,
    Thank you so much for this post, it is so insightful for a newbie blogger. I just launched my blog, also as an aspiring author with query letters floating out in the publishing world. In the few short weeks I have been up and posting, I have found such an incredible sense of community between bloggers and you have helped me realize the importance of the flip side of blogging. Janice is one example of someone I had never encountered before a Meet and Greet and already I am so grateful to have discovered her blog in return.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lia,
      What nice things to say. Thank you so very much. Since you are an aspiring author, Eric seems the perfect guest author to advise my readers that fall into this category of blogging. Your comments really meant a lot to me. Thank you again.

  17. Mathew Silverman

    Thank you so much Janice and Eric for sharing these valuable tips and for visiting my blog. As a beginner I appreciate it. Thanks again!

    • Janice Wald

      Thank YOU for coming to this my site and for following my blog. Welcome to my community! I’m glad you enjoyed Eric’s guest post.

  18. Jill Holmes

    This is great and confirms my next step in my plan. You have just done the final convincing for me that I need to make the time to visit other sites and like and like and like! And comment on many of them as well. At least I know I’m headed in the right direction in creating more traffic to my blog–my gut checks correct! 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Funny last line. I’m glad you’re “blogger instincts are serving you well. Eric is amazing. He is amazing for guest posting on my site, so my readers can read his strategy, and he was amazing for sharing it at all.
      Thanks for reading my guest post, coming to my site, and your comments.

  19. Kate

    Excellent guest post and advice given by Eric. To make it in blogging you have to put it what you expect to get out of it.I definitely noticed things improve when I make a better effort. Thanks to Eric and Janice for an excellent post! A great reminder for me of what I need to be doing, I just to get myself organised so I can get posting more and sharing more blog love.

    Over from Saturday Sharefest.

  20. Hil

    Good points to think of. It can be challenging to find the time to do it all, but I agree it is important to network and follow other bloggers too. I love seeing all the different points of view and getting new ideas.

    • Janice Wald

      I want you to know how very much I appreciated your comment. I found it so valuable, I am actually quoting you in tomorrow’s blog post and linking back to your site. It should come out ar 2:00 am California time. That is, if I finish by 2:00 am. Like you mentioned, I am one of the people challenged to find time to “do it all”. Thanks for the comments, the visit to my site, and the help.

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  23. Ralph

    Hi Janice.
    Thanks for your visit. Loved your comments !
    I am going to have to do a lot of reading here. It looks like I may learn something about blogging 😀
    Hope your Sunday is wonderful.
    Ralph 😀 <3

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ralph,
      Thanks for writing. From the looks of things over at your site, you are doing pretty well for yourself. I am happy for you. You never told me though. Are you a humor blogger? I am SO excited about your guest post, I already told Hugh about it and announced at this morning’s linky party! I am planning it for 2:00 am Tuesday morning.

      • Ralph

        Hi Janice,
        Thank you. I’ve got a great bunch of commenters and we do have fun.
        I did answer the question in my post Bits And Pieces *stomping feet and throwing a tantrum*
        “PS Humour blogger ? You’ve found me out. I think I need a lawyer “. 😉 heehee
        Wow ! Tuesday ! I hope what I sent you is okay as I’ve never Guest Post-ed before.
        Ralph x

        • Janice Wald

          It’s great. In just about four hours now. I predict you will get traffic from my site. My guest authors tend to, and they are not humorous like you!

  24. Dan Alatorre

    I have a friend who, a YEAR ago, told me she spend ah hour on browsing blogs a few times a week to build her following. I couldn’t see why. Now I do. Maybe she was a fan of yours!

  25. Calvin Moss

    Great blog tips on how to get 3,000 followers. I will have to find the hour to dedicate for liking, commenting and sharing blogs. I’ve heard this method before from a blogger who does the same thing. Thanks great advice.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Calvin,
      So sorry I never responded to this. I agree. Thanks to Eric’s inspiration. I am trying to find more time to devote to networking myself. Hope you’ve been well.

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  28. Kaushal Bhatt

    Yes, this is really helpful. I used to spend 20-25 minutes on other reading the other blogs (which helped me to reach 300+ followers in less than 3 months but as per now I will definitely heed to your advice. I guess I’ll be visiting your blog more often. Thanks very much.


    • Janice Wald

      HI Kaushal,
      Thank you for the kind words about my guest author’s article. You are always welcome on my blog. I will look forward to your visits. I am also trying to network more since reading Eric’s advice. Like you, some days I can only devote 30 minutes, but it definitely helps grow readership. Thanks for your comments.

  29. Gem

    This is a great article, I’ve just started a blog and will definitely be trying this tip out! I find it fascinating to read what other people think about various topics, and there’s something so much more honest and raw about people’s blogs than anything else I’ve come across so far.

    So thank you!

    And Eric – good luck with your book 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Gem,
      Thank you so much for your kind words about my guest author’s article. You mentioned the article was “honest” and “raw”. All my articles are like that. It is said I give away “street tips” here. I didn’t want my blog to be like other sites. I would love to encourage you to subscribe. I actually wrote a follow-up post to the one you commented about. I brought you the link, so you can read that article as well.
      It explains where to find the 3,000 blog followers that Eric discussed. Even more “real” than the last one? I will let you decide.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi William,
      I just noticed you commented on my guest author’s article about 3,000 followers. I agree. He wrote a smart article. I’ve been following his advice after since, and my subscriber list has grown. You said you’d try his advice and see the outcome. It’s been two months since you wrote me. Did you try his tips? Are the results the same as mine– an increase in followers? Please accept my apology on my oversite of not writing you back.

  30. Anna

    Personally I think Eric’s theory can be applied to all social media. There’s no optimal posting times because it’s a world wide web. Small chunks several times a day works well for me!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Anna,
      Nice to meet you. Where did you find my guest author’s post? Small chunks work well for me too. As far as optimal posting times, I was told I’d have better results if I sent my Emails at 10:00 am Eastern time, and it worked!
      Thanks for your comments. By the way, I tried to visit your blog, but I keep getting messages like the Internet keeps resetting itself, etc.

  31. heidi williams

    Really great advice. I admit to not having a big list on either of my blogs. I have great traffic but only recently started concentrating on building my list. This will be alot of help.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Heidi,
      Thanks for visiting me last week and commenting on my guest author’s article about how to get 3,000 blog subscribers. Congratulations on great traffic. What is your blogging niche?

  32. GiGi Eats

    I absolutely adore my blog readers – they’re all really truly my best friends at this point! They’re loyal and I wouldn’t trade them for anything, and I think they feel this, which is why they keep coming back to say HI!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Gigi,
      Great to see you! Thanks for coming by this week. I would have written sooner, but I just returned from a month-long cruise in Asia. I feel the same way about my blog readers– yourself included. Friends!

  33. Izrael

    I totally agree with Eric in terms of connecting with others on WordPress. I think that is when you will get to know others more. Interacting with your readers or other fellow bloggers will make them to read more of your post. Read, like and comment on other post to show appreciation for their work. I know that they will be happy with that simple act.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Izrael,
      I was so inspired my Eric’s guest post last summer that I’ve been feverishly networking ever since. My blog has grown as a result. I agree with what you wrote. Commenting IS how you thank the blogger for their efforts. Thank YOU for your comments =) and your visit.

  34. angela

    Thank you for this post. It has given me more ideas on how to improve my ways. I will start to visit other bloggers as well.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Angela,
      Since reading and publishing Eric’s guest post, I have been networking with a fervor, and it has grown my blog tremendously. Your comment inspired me. I just came from visiting your site! You are welcome for the post. If you are interested in signing up for more, I routinely have articles like these. I even published a sequel to the post you read explaining where to find the 3,000 blog subscribers.

  35. Mark

    What a incredibly awesome step by step post Eric!

    And big congrats on getting your novel complete, and the best to you on
    any future ones you decide to write!

    Thank you for sharing some incredibly helpful and practical advice!

    Thank goodness, nothing you shared in your proven blueprint,
    is overly complicated and or too time consuming!

    Which means, we can all definitely find at least an hour a day,
    to put your proven methods to work for us!

    Janice is my expert social media marketing coach and mentor,
    so I always look to her blog, for proven advice and or extremely
    helpful resources!

    And your excellent post, is certainly no exception!Thanks!

  36. anne leueen

    An hour a day! this is a do-able goal. I also like the idea of reading other blogs on the days I do not post myself. Thanks. These are great suggestions.

  37. Ben

    Hello Eric and Janice,

    great post. i like your honesty. It is a nature law.If you want love you have to give it first.If you want attention you have to give it first. At the end all we get what we give.

    Thank you

  38. Herlina Kwee

    I just started blogging in July. Currently, I post once a week. Other than that, I spend lots of time learning about blogging and SM because I knew nothing before I started all this. I also spend a lot of time networking (doing FB threads and commenting on other people’s blog). It’s definitely more than one hour. The problem is a lot of people on the FB threads are not reciprocating (I would imagine if they’re blogging, they would have learned the blogging rule of reciprocation?). It doesn’t bother me much, but I just felt like I am wasting precious time. Now, that I have set up my SM channels and get a hang of them, hopefully I can reach a bigger audience that really engage with my contents. I’ll make 3K subscribers in 18 months my goal. Seeing that I am only at 19 right now, it is probably an overkill. But, hey, shoot for the moon, right?! 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Herlina,
      Thanks for your comments. May I ask where you found this now rather old article? I always wonder where people find my posts.
      I totally agree to reach for the stars. The shot gun effect says to try as many methods as you can and see what works best for you.
      Regarding the more than 1-hour comment you made: At first I was totally inspired by guest author Eric’s post and vowed to do this, but I blog after dinner or spend it with my husband.
      Now, I network for hours at the beauty parlor. I work outside the home and can’t find more time than that.
      I was surprised by your disappointment in Facebook. I’ve received great traction from Facebook groups over the years.

      • Herlina

        Hi Janice, I’m in the Blogger’s Pit Stop link-up party this week. Read your article, then I wandered around ? I suppose I need to find better FB groups. I still participate in them. I have just become more selective. And yes, I agree with the shotgun effect.

        • Janice Wald

          Thanks for clicking my link over at Pit Stop and answering my question.
          I believe you followed my blog today. Thank you!!
          I wanted to make sure you received your free optin for subscribing. Did you get your PDF?

  39. charlotte severn

    Great advice!. I’ll for sure be spending more time on my audience’s blogs.

  40. Treathyl Fox

    “AT LEAST ONE HOUR PER DAY BROWSING THE BLOGS OF OTHERS!” OK! OK! I get it! LOL. I’ll confess that I have not been doing that. Not that I didn’t have the intention of performing the task. I just never put it on my “To Do List”. Many times I’ve purposed to go happily browsing blogs and commenting but … at the end of the day by the time I had finished working on my other home biz projects, Mr. Sand Man would come to visit me. I do believe you. I see that now that I am simply going to have to dedicate one hour out of my day (or at minimum once a week). I think it would be time well spent. Excellent post!

  41. Thomas

    This is such a great article and cover some of the key strategies on how to grow your new blog followers.I had to face many problems in the starting period to manage my account.Thank you for this post

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Thomas,
      We all struggle to get blog followers in the beginning and even throughout our blogging journey. Thanks for writing to tell me you find the post helpful.

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