Friday, July 22, 2011

Tips to Gain Followers

I was asked to share tips on gaining followers. I am not sure I am the best person out to there to respond since there are others with more followers than me but I will try. Here are my


#1 Creative Ideas
The most popular teaching blogs are those teachers who share original, creative, aesthetically pleasing
lesson ideas. Deanna Jump, Cara Carroll, Babbling Abbey .... they all just ooze creativity and everything they do is A-dorable! Nothing beats QUALITY!

Now I know you are thinkin', I WISH I was like them but they are A-mazing. I feel ya, but when you do have the occasional brainstorm, make sure you blog about it, with pictures, directions, and a free download if possible.

#2 Free Printables
Let's face it, teachers love free stuff!  If you share, they will come. Especially if it is cute! Add clip art, borders, and fun fonts to really WOW them.

#3 Host a Giveaway
The prize can be anything...gift cards, bags, jewelry, TPT items, etc. The more valuable of course, the more people who will take the time to enter. You want to make the giveaway last a few days to a week to give it time to circulate among the blogs. Asking to be followed for an entry is good but don't stop there. Offer another entry if they blog about your giveaway so word spreads to people who don't currently follow you. Another entry can be given if they add you to their blog roll or grab your button. That way their followers may check you out long after your giveaway is over.

#4 Link Up
Participate in linky parties. This will bring traffic in from the linking site and if people like what they see, they may follow you. See my previous linky party post here.

#5 Comment
Do you like when you receive a comment on your post? Of course you do! One way to get friendly with other bloggers is to stop lurking and take the time to comment. Make sure to leave your link under your name. The blog owner and other readers may decide to give you a look. You can read my previous post on leaving your direct link here.

So, in the spirit of helping newbies gain followers, please go visit Hope at her cute new blog Second Grade Shenanigans. You'll be glad you did.

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23 comments:

  1. Thanks so much, Jenn for this post; I was just wondering about this myself! So, thanks for your tips!

    Elizabeth
    http://myteachersmarket.blogspot.com

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  2. I love your tips so much! Thank you for sharing them. One day I hope to have as many followers are you do. A girl can dream can't she!


    Ms. Patterson
    Pocket Full of Kinders

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  4. Sorry I was trying out how to post a direct link
    I think I have it now

    Ms. Patterson
    Pocket Full of Kinders

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  5. Thank you so much. All the help you veteran bloggers give us newbies is so helpful! I totally pinned this post, I think when you are brand new and lost, it gives you a place to start!

    Empowering Little Learners!

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  6. Great ideas!! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

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  7. Jenn, Thanks so much for posting these tips! I was a stalker for so long and decided to jump on board just recently! Guess it is time to think about a giveaway!
    Here We Go Loopty Loo

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  8. Great tips! Thanks for taking the time to share. :)

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  9. These are great tips, Jenn. Thanks for sharing! With regard to free printables, the software I'm using as some serious limitations. If I want to up the cute factor on the worksheets I'm making for my son (and sharing on my blog), what software or website do you recommend I use? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

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  10. Thanks for sharing ~ excellent advice!
    I'm doing all of the above and couldn't agree more!


    Denise
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

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  11. P.S. Grabbed your super cute button for my blog! :)

    Denise
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

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  13. You spelled out some great tips. I'm going to start giving away freebies on my blog, and I'm become a blogstalker (LOL). I've had a blog for a long time, but I was never consistent with it until the last few months. I think consistency is also important. You've got to post at least once a week, if not more.

    Lisa
    http://effectiveteachingarticles.blogspot.com

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  14. Great Tips!! :) Thanks so much! I can't wait to start adding printables {I hope they are even half as cute as all of yours!}

    http://firstgradejabber.blogspot.com/

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  15. Thanks so much for the tips!! I am new to teaching & blogging! :-)


    Heather
    http://my1stclass.blogspot.com/

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  16. Super tips here! I love everything you do Jenn.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Claire

    www.fistgradesmarties.blogspot.com

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  17. Thanks for sharing this advice. I'm new to this blogging thing so could definitely do with the tips!

    I'm a new follower! :)

    Baggy Trousers at A Crucial Week In The Life of an NQT

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  19. It takes work but it does happen! I am sure to click on as many blogs as I can through comments on teaching blogs!

    Leanne
    http://mdteachingtales.blogspot.com

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  20. Thank you so much for your WONDERFUL tips! I am so inspired now! I have been asking for help on how to download documents but cannot find anything out there that works. Perhaps you could be my mentor? :-)

    Jeannie
    classfullofspecialkinders.blogspot.com

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  21. Thank you for these tips-I will defintely try them. How do I make my blog look cute with these scrapbooking-like templates? Or I guess I should say where do I get those templates?

    I also don't know how to add documents for people to download.

    Thanks
    Kelli

    inyourclassroom.blogspot.com

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  22. Jeannle-I commented on your post about docs.

    Kelli-if you goggle free blog templates lots should come up. Or I am a custom blog designer if you want to go that route. :-)

    As for docs, you have to upload them to SCRIBD or Google Docs.

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  23. Thanks for these tips and we'll be following you on Twitter!

    @Nomad PressVT

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