How I Grew My Social Media + FREE Checklist | The 'Blogging' Feed

How I Grew My Social Media | The 'Blogging' Feed | Facebook   Instagram   Pinterest   Twitter   Bloglovin' | how to gain followers

I've been blogging for a couple of years now, and there is a lot I've learned in terms of how to expand my social media accounts. I'm not writing this post because I have a lot of followers, or because I'm an expert on social media. I'm a blogger just like you, doing something I enjoy, and one of those things is social media. I love posting my pictures on Instagram, sharing my thoughts on Twitter, engaging on Facebook and reading blogs on Bloglovin. I hope that we all blog because we love it, but we also want to get more followers and share our blog with a larger audience (don't lie- I know you do!) Below you'll find my tips for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Bloglovin. Make sure you read until the end for a special surprise!

Facebook

Facebook was a tough one for me! I created a page for blog and saw that I was getting zero engagement. My #1 tips for Facebook is to join groups! There are so many Facebook groups out there for bloggers that can help you meet fellow bloggers and engage with one another to create authentic followers.

Here are some of my favorite groups:


Through these groups I wasn't only able to grow my Facebook page (currently over 800 likes), but these groups also give you a chance to promote your blog and other social media accounts.

I'm actually starting my own group for Beauty, Lifestyle and Fashion Bloggers! It's open to anyone, so click here to join! This group will allow you to share your posts, increase your social media followings and get advice from fellow bloggers!

Instagram

Instagram! My personal favorite! Instagram gives me a chance to take my love of photography even further, and post multiple times a day (not too many).

My tips for Instagram:

  • Utilize hashtags! In every post include 30 hashtags that are popular, and relevant to your post
  • Follow and comment (genuinely) on other people's pictures
  • Consistency! Post at least 1-2 times a day to maintain a following

I find Instagram to be the simplest, yet also hardest to gain followers. It's easy to spend hours look through other people's posts, but the key is to promote your own content while also enjoying and engaging on other people's posts.

If you want to know exactly how I increase my daily following and engagement on Instagram and my other social media platforms, wait until the end of this post where I will send you a free daily check list to help grow your social media accounts. 

Pinterest

Pinterest is a very important tool when it comes to blogging. If you haven't already, make sure you're using Pinterest analytics and are using rich pins for your blog. By using analytics, I know that my pins get over 2,000 daily views, and around 54,000 every month.

My tips for Pinterest:

  • Pin! Pin! Pin! Go crazy and pin everything!
  • Make sure you create specific boards and keep them organized
  • The most important thing is to pin from your blog, and not just once, but repin it a couple of months later to keep it active
  • Join some group boards and participate daily

A newer concept to me are group boards, but I have come to love them! A group board is basically many users that collaborate on one board. This allows you to share your content with more people. Also, there is normally a theme so you can join a group that relates to your blog's niche. 

By using rich pins and constantly pinning, you'll be able to increase your views and followers. Another tip is to use Tailwind, which is basically a website that allows you to schedule pins. I believe the first 100 pins are free, but after that, you have to pay monthly. I've been using this for past month and have seen some improvement, but not enough for me to invest and pay monthly.


Twitter

For me, Twitter is the hardest and most frustrating. Gaining followers is difficult because I find that for every follower I gain, I lose two more. There is also so much content, that I find sometimes mine can get lost in the stream of things.

My tips for Twitter:


The one thing I've found for Twitter, is to try to be as active as you can, and using scheduling services like Hootsuite, really helps with that. 

Bloglovin'

Last, but certainly not least, is Bloglovin'. I find that Bloglovin' is lesser known, and often gets forgotten, but I find it to be extremely important when it comes to getting readers and visitors on my blog. My tips for this are simple: follow blogs, read their posts and leave genuine comments!

For me personally, Bloglovin' in the platform I try to stay on top of so I never miss a post from my favorite bloggers. I also find that I discover new blogs from the comment sections on other blogs. By leaving genuine comments you are creating a relationship with the blogger and also exposing your blog to a larger audience. 

Finally...the end

Phew. We finally reached the end of this post! I know I threw a lot of information at you. Maintaining a blog isn't easy! But to help with this, I created a free daily social media check list to help you stay on top of everything. Look at this list every day, complete the tasks for each social media platform, and you'll grow in no time! Let me know in the comments, what are your tips for growing your social media?





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94 comments

  1. This is a great post! Social media is soo hard for expanding your audience. I'm part of a few facebook groups but I've joined a couple you've mentioned here :) polishedcouture.com x

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    1. Facebook groups are so important! Thank you for reading!

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  2. Great post! I really need to get to grips with Pinterest - I'm clueless! xx

    Beautylymin

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  3. Great tips! I joined a few of the Facebook groups listed so I can't to network with the other bloggers out there.

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  4. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge! Looking forward to networking with you in the groups. :)

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing this week. Today marks my one week blog anniversary lol. I've joined a few facebook groups, but i've struggling with the rest. I bookmarked this and will work through each sm this week!

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    1. Good luck with your blog! The Facebook groups will definitely help increase your following

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  6. Thanks for this post! I used to use Pinterest very often but I've stopped doing it...should get back at it!

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  7. I find social media so hard to keep up with. I love blogging but it is way harder for me to continuously posts content around different social media platforms everyday even though they both go hand in hand. This was a great post for me.
    Teenage Wayfarer

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    1. Thanks for reading! I totally understand the struggle

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  8. Awesome ideas and I'm joining all of the fb groups as we speak lol

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  9. This is such a great post!!! I'm saving it to reference later :) Social media can be such a tricky thing to maneuver so your tips are appreciated! Shell

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  10. Loved reading this post! So helpful as well :) I love Instagram but thats the hardest to maintain a following :) Just joined some of the groups you mentioned :)

    x Helen www.lumieredhelen.com

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  11. Thanks for all the tips! This was so far one of the most helpful blog post when talking about growing social media for me.

    Thanks!❤

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  12. Great tips! I just sent a request to your Facebook groups, I've been finding them very helpful as well :) Pinterest is the hardest for me to grow, I've never used it personally so it's not a platform I'm familiar with.

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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    1. Pinterest has been difficult for me ask well! Thanks for reading!

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  13. Love the Facebook groups! Thanks for sharing babe X

    | www.noirettediary.com |

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  14. Thank you for the tips! I'll be referring back to this post until I can get it right

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and glad it helped! xx

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  15. highly useful tips although i'm yet to understand how pinterest works. But i'll give it a try

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    1. It's simple to use, but it can be hard to grow. Good luck! xx

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  16. I really genuinely enjoyed reading this. You have given me a lot of practical advice to follow. I am a brand new blogger- like two months so all of the social media feels very overwhelming.

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    1. Congrats on your new blog! Thanks for reading! xx

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  17. This is really recommended post. Thanks for your tips.

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  18. So many great tips...I don't know how to use Pinterest properly you know haha! xxx
    UmmBabyBeauty

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    1. It's easy once you get the hang of it! Good luck! x

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  19. This was really helpful. It's good to know I'm not alone in some things. I gotta up my Pinterest game!

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  20. This has really helped me out so thanks for that!
    I also need to up my Pinterest game haha!

    Thanks Emeli xxx

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  21. Thank you so much for the tips! I need to get familiar with Bloglovin more. Heard of it but never tried...

    http://www.thecocofulafashionblog.com

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    1. It's an amazing website to help increase your page views!

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  22. This was so helpful! I already do some of those things, but there are some that I need start doing, so this was a great help!

    Carolina's Makeup Life

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  23. Thank you for this! I noted everything :)

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  24. These are some great tips! I've just started using pinterest recently, and I'm with you there on finding twitter quite hard to crack as well xx

    Velvet Blush

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  25. Loved this post! It was definitely very helpful, especially the Facebook part! When it comes to Pinterest I still have to figure out how it really works. Thank you! :)

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  26. This such a good solidified list of tips, I'm just starting out and am looking for all the advice and help I can get. Thanks for making this post!

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  27. Great tips, need to get into Pinterest

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  28. This is a great post and exactly what I'm looking for right now. Navigating social media is not easy.

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  29. You nailed it! Social Media is really helpful in growing your audience. I would have to try the bloglovin. Btw, I just sent a request to your group :)

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  30. Thanx for sharing. I have just discovered pinterest. Still have to work out how it works! Thanx for the tips

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  31. It's all the dang F/UF tactics that are the worst when growing a blog. Makes it almost impossible to see progress and is really frustrating when you see the gain one, lose two days.

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  32. Will definately be using this checklist.

    xx

    www.beautifinda.com.au

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  33. Love this post!! I'm off to join some of those FB groups!! Great tips, thank you!! xx

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  34. This is a great article!!! Even though I am a huge fan of photography, somehow I haven't got an Instagram account.
    I will definitely create one!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Instagram is a great tool, but getting into photography can be difficult!

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  35. Great lists. joined a few groups based on your recos. Thanks for the post

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  36. very useful post. I really need info about pinterest. I get it from your post. Thanks a lot

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  37. This is so helpful and very resourceful
    Thank you for the tips



    slaythesuitcase.wordpress.com

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  38. This is a great post! Growing our social media is really a tough task. I cannot miss a single day without doing anything about social media.

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  39. Thanks for the great tips! I'm definitely going to download the checklist!

    Emily xo
    www.emilynewstead.blogspot.co.uk

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  40. I'm just getting into Pinterest and I'm obsessed!

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  41. Great post!
    Can you follow me? I follow you :)

    Have a nice day!
    murasakiiroanu.blogspot.com

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  42. Wow,love this post! As a relatively new blogger this information is gold and I really appreciate you taking the time to share these tips!

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  43. Loved your post. Insightful for newbies like me! Ive bookmarked the checklist. Thanks for sharing XO

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  44. This is very helpful. Being a blogger, I am always looking for new tips to expand my social media reach . And your points are really going to help me a lot

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  45. This was extremely helpful! Definitely will be taking a lot from this. Thanks for sharing :)

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

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  46. This is a really helpful post for new bloggers like myself! Thank you!

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  47. Thank you so much for this post, especially the links to the Facebook groups! So helpful!

    Meghan | The Lipstick Philosopher

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  48. Great resource list! I love the variety of social media feeds and resource on here - I can't wait to put some of these to test!

    Stephanie | theFantasia.com

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  49. very useful tips! I just came back to blogging and i could really use these tips to gain back followers!

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  50. Really, why wouldn't I take this advice from you! You're following is phenomenal! Your writing style makes your posts so easy to read. I just discovered your blog and I love it! xx

    Jordyn Pamela

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