1. I don’t really market my blog at all…which is probably why I have a super small following that seems to be dwindling along with blogging in general. But I agree, it’s astonishing the pure crap people will not only pay for but violently promote if it’s packaged correctly. Insanity. I think of it as the John Green phenomenon- I love John, and Vlogbrothers, and have read/enjoyed most of his books. But I wouldn’t call him the best author ever- although there are rabid fans who would cut me for that (although he would not approve of their behavior, but still).

    • I really need to start marketing more, especially here in the near future. No idea how I’m going to go about doing that though. And yeah, I think that fandoms of anyone can get overly defensive about whatever they’re a fan of — usually to the chagrin of the person they’re a fan of.

  2. I feel like I’ve lost nearly all of my readership. Between you, Brittany, Cherie, Samantha, and my wife, I think those are my only regular readers. I’ll feel bad to the five of you when I can’t get something written in time for one of my posting deadlines (which I’m sure will happen sooner rather than later). That said, most of my other readers seem to be gone.

    • Up until I found a new blogging community via Facebook, I had also lost most of my readership. Although, I also recently discovered there are people on Facebook following my blog that I didn’t even realize were following it; since they don’t comment, I wasn’t aware of the readership.

      I find Facebook is the easiest way to ensure people are still reading though. As far as regular, everyday readership that interacts, that’s definitely dropped for me too.

      • The one problem I have with doing that is that I haven’t had a Facebook account in over three years. I have zero intention of ever getting one again for various reasons, however that certainly limits my readership options. I’m sure there are people who follow my blog thanks to Facebook, but it can’t be that many (I’ve had a grand total of 7 visits from Facebook since October of last year).

        • Which, that is understandable. I think it works for me mainly because a large number of my Facebook friends are people I’ve connected with at various different locations over the years (camp, college), many of whom had an interest in my writing already. I have a feeling were I just to attempt to create a Facebook page for my blog and leave it through there, I would see a huge drop in Facebook readership.

  3. Laidig's Broadway

    I don’t understand blog-marketing. At all. Some months it peaks, others it doesn’t, regardless of what I do. In fact, at the top of the year, I was getting 500+ views for 4 months solid and I still can’t work out why. The most I do is make reasonable targets and aim as best I can for them, and scope around other sites when I get the chance. I set up a twitter account just for the pure purpose of not sharing posts to my personal profiles (even I was getting annoyed by them). Other than that, I don’t foresee swathes of traffic in the near future, but slight growth in stats is alright.

    My biggest problem at the moment is sporadic focus. Apart from homelife funsies, I’m trying to get my portfolio site, projects, and work up and running, and an update for my blog in general, and I’m succeeding in…none of them. It’s very depressing πŸ™

    • Before I moved to self-hosting, I was hitting 800-1000 visits a month. Since going to self-hosting, the most visitors I’ve had in a month has been 526 (in April). I’m consistently in the 350-450 range, but the fact that I can’t get close to the traffic I had before is depressing. I’d love to get my traffic up significantly before my book publishes, but I realistically don’t see that happening. I’m not the only one depressed by this though, so it seems reassuring, even though it’s not good for either of us.

      • Laidig's Broadway

        I wonder why that would be… Never know, it might spike as a result of your book – I thought your marketing ideas for that were good ones πŸ™‚ Positivity and all that. Well, the one thing I’m now embarking on is one of the blogging courses with WP again, and actually trying to harness it into something useful. Last few times I’ve done it, it might have sparked traffic but not a whole lot else. If I can get my blog’s overhaul done and the portfolio site finished inside the month, I’ll be very content, regardless of traffic/etc.

  4. I have a love/hate relationship with marketing my blog. I have bought (cheap) ads from a few pretty successful bloggers and I’ve participated in a few giveaways and link ups… each of these things has resulted in a spike in my readership and views… for a little while.

    It’s great to receive more attention, but most of that dies away if I don’t continually whore out my blog. And I don’t want to be one of those blogs who posts more marketing than content. That’s my least favorite thing. I’m more content with a small readership and keeping myself authentic than constantly marketing and losing any semblance of personality on my blog.

    • I’ve tried the same thing, though I really can’t recall of much of an inflow of traffic I’ve received from it. Even when I had an ad on 20SB, I rarely got more than one visit per week from it. I can’t find a traffic source other than 20SB or Twitter that I’ve been able to get more than 1-2 visits a week from. It’s kind of sad really.

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