Tell Me Something Tuesday: Building A Successful Blog

Posted April 29, 2013 | 20 Comments


Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings. There is a new discussion question each week. You can find all the details on her page. Hope you all decide to join!


This weeks question: What are some of your tips for building a successful blog?


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I’ll let you know once I actually build a successful blog. 😉

Seriously though, I guess it depends on what you consider successful. Is having a lot of followers successful even if you get little views? A lot of comments? Having a handful of loyal followers? Or is it successful when raking in money from affiliates and ads. I think it’s a little different for everyone.

The number one most important factor no matter what your definition is though, is getting yourself out there. There are so many social media outlets do this with: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc. They are all great places to interact with other people and get your blog known. I’m not very good at this, but I try.

54f620aa-796b-4387-a20b-cb4017325de7_zps34efe972Also, get to know your fellow bloggers. We’re a pretty nice bunch for the most part. I don’t bite …. hard, anyway. 🙂 Join events like read-a-thons, read-a-longs, challenges like Kimba’s Clean Sweep Challenge, or the annual Armchair BEA in May. There’s always some kind of event going on, and you really get to know people this way. This is how I met some of my best blogging buddies (e.g., Heidi during a read-a-long and Kimba during a read-a-thon). Don’t be shy!

Content is important too. What type of content you have on your blog will also play a factor. Do you want to be review based, promotional based, a bit of both? Know what you want your blog to be successful in and find that audience. It’s not easy and won’t happen overnight.

People are always welcome to contact me with questions. If I don’t know the answer, I can point you to another blogger who might know and would be happy to help.


What do you think?


20 responses to “Tell Me Something Tuesday: Building A Successful Blog

  1. Sam

    I completely agree with you, Christy! ‘Successful’ means different things to different people, and it’s not something that can be easily measured. For me, the important thing is having regular readers (most of whom I consider friends) and writing reviews that are helpful (not just for others, but for myself, too). Blogging is also a great social experience, I think. 🙂

  2. I agree that getting yourself out this is really important for your blog. I want to work towards a blog that gets a lot of visits moreso than one that has a lot of followers who never visit or comment. It is time consuming though and sometimes I do find it tough to get around everywhere and get everything done.

  3. Anytime someone tells me they are going to read/buy a book after they read my review, that makes me feel like my blog is succeeding.
    I love my followers and I personally still find it crazy that people actually want to read my opinions, but that follower number is not what I consider to be the most important. I just want to put out the best quality posts I can, meet new people, and have fun.

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    • Christy

      I’m really terrible at getting on twitter and stuff. I haven’t joined a read-along in awhile, but haven’t really seen any I’m interested in. Maybe we should put one together this summer.

  4. Is that your love me love my blog face or I will kick your ass? I am glad you call me a friend after my brutal daily harassments which I am becoming lax at these days because they don’t elicit a response anymore. I must be losing my touch. Yes, you are right as far as the whole successful blog discussion. I am going to put that down for a TMST question down the road. For me I guess I want return visitors because they enjoy my ramblings.

    • Christy

      lol- I would neveeeer threaten anyone like that. *whistles innocently*

      Hey let me know if you get this reply. I messed around with the comment reply options, and changed them back now.. I think.

  5. You’re definitely right that success is different things to different people. I think it may also be different at different times in your life and in the life of your blog. As you reach one goal or one definition of success, you may set a new one. For me, right now, success would be a combination of things, including the friends I’m making; feeling like I’m writing good, effective reviews; and having the kind of followers who come regularly, comment, and seem to like the blog. Oh — and when I started trying to build things up this year, I decided success would also be getting ARCs that I really wanted to read. So far, I feel like I’m making progress on all of those goals, so I’m pretty happy.

  6. Success is different for everybody. I think people don’t realize the time that most of us bloggers put into this. We give a lot of our free time and some of us got into book blogging because it was a fun hobby. Plus ARC’s come in time once you’ve established yourself. I find that sometimes I just blog because I find it a fun hobby and a way to promote something I love.


  7. Yeah success can mean many different things. I think the best success is just being happy with what you have. I think it is good to make tiny goals as to not overwhelm yourself too. Slowly try new things and visit more and more blogs.

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  8. Sarah

    I’ve been juggling the idea of starting my own blog. Thanks for the ideas. Now all’s I need is some time… 🙂

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