I've had my blog Read.Breathe.Relax for awhile, but I've recently decided to really build it up. I post 4-5 times a week, comment on similar blogs, tweet my posts and network (like on here!) and feel like I'm making little progress. I have some followers but the fan base doesn't seem to be growing too much.
Has anyone else experienced this? What helped you get out of a follower-slump? What else can I do to build followers?
Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks :)
You could always try taking part in giveaway hops, with easy entry: just being a GFC follower and either completing a form with e-mail or leaving a comment. (Giveaway hops usually generate a large number of visitors, depending on the hop you could get even a hundred in a couple of days)
Giveaways usually incite people to participate more.
Lisa I checked out your blog, great layout! Maybe you could add a Subscribe by e-mail widget too (is your blog a Wordpress? Because I wasn't able to find the Google Follow button). I for one don't like to follow via feeds, so I either follow via GFC or e-mail (I think I heard that installing GFC for wordpress is possible now, but you should check)
You 'd better not give away eARC, that violates the law :-) But you could give away either your own paperback copies (if you've read a book you don't want to keep), print ARCs or review copies, or even ask some publishers or authors if they would like to promote their book at your blog with either a guest post or interview (+maybe a review) and a giveaway, those usually turn out great for both the author and the blogger.
You could also use the Book Depository: they have free worldwide shipping, and believe me it is great to include international followers too, and since the book won't cost more this way but everyone is eligible, these giveaways are even more popular.
Something else which generates great participation in giveaways is if you give away gift cards! Amazon's GCs are great: you can buy them online for whatever amount you want, have them emailed to the winner, so no shipping, no extra charge, and again anyone with an amazon account can enter (so international followers too).
I hope I helped, but if you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask me :-)
You can reach me here too: stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com
Stella- thanks so much! All your suggestions are really great- plus you've helped me avoid breaking the law :) I'm going to fix my subscribe button right away- maybe lead it to a feedburner site- plus adding a subscribe by email widget is a great idea!!
Love the giveaway and GC ideas, too. Thanks so much again!
You're very welcome, glad I could help :-)
Also Inspired Kathy from http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/ has lots of giveaway hops, which could increase your traffic and numbers of followers, also these are very fun, you should try out it :-)
Shesten- I've been trying to figure out the pixalation issue for awhile. If the images are too large then my site is slow, too small than it's pixel-y.
Also, I'm really glad you addressed the whole follow-me/givaway thing. I am unsure of how much to promote my blog without becoming over-bearing or pushy. I think your point is valid- will forcing people to follow me really help me gain followers who care about my content?
Your ideas are also awesome! I really appreciate your help. Thanks!
Have you considered exchanging links with other similar blogs? I share links with a small number of similar blogs which I like, and I've got a good amount of traffic this way, and I hope they've experienced the same. I haven't tried giveaways.
If you'd like, I'd be more than willing to exchange links with your blog, since we seem to review similar genres and I've enjoyed your posts so far!