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Gain Views and Grow Your Audience

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How can a new or experienced writer gain views and grow their audience of readers? It’s not as difficult as it seems if you follow the eight suggestions below.

1. Give value without asking for anything in return

When I’m introduced to someone in person I expect a pleasant exchange, but if my conversation partner starts asking me for favors, I’m immediately put off. You may expect the same reaction if you write an article for the sole purpose of gaining views without giving a valuable story or information. To gain the trust of a reader is a sacred thing which you must treat with respect if you want return readers.

2. Use social media wisely

When used correctly social media like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and StumbleUpon can be an invaluable source of new readers. Limit how often you advertise and if your audience tries to contact you through any of the aforementioned sources, respond quickly. Building relationships online is a quick way to form a loyal following. This following is filled with people willing to spread articles in an organic fashion. Word of mouth carries more weight than any types of advertising combined.

3. Backlink when it is appropriate

A guaranteed way to expose your audience to more of your articles is through backlinks. This option will be available to you after successfully publishing fourteen articles. Linking articles with key words, which will prove useful, is an example of appropriate backlinks. The key is to retain readers and not try to trick them into looking at articles, which may build views, but will destroy trust.

4. Invite your readers to share your article

Inviting someone to try something and selling are two different things. I would invite my sister to try a restaurant I enjoy, but I wouldn’t try to sell her my leftovers. Invite your readers to share your commentary after giving them great information or a scintillating story.

5. Engage your readers in a conversation

Replying to comments from readers is one of the simplest ways to let your readers know that you care about what they think, and that you appreciate the time they took to reach out to you. Reply promptly and with tact because your audience is continuously watching you. Asking your audience a question can prompt comments, which can engage your readers and keeps them involved and wanting to continue to support what you write.

6. Build relationships with other article writers

Relationships with your fellow authors can be mutually beneficial. Mentioning another writer in your articles can draw new audiences to your words, and your recommendation will give credence to other authors who might not be as popular, but have value for your readership. When writing is not a competition but collaboration then everyone wins.

7. Give your audience what they want

What does your audience want? The easy answer to this question is an equal to or greater value than the time they will spend reading your article. Time is the only resource which is impossible to replace. When you value the time of your audience by delivering an excellent report, your readers will value you.

8. Be flexible

The formula for success is to notice what works and do more of that while noticing what doesn’t work and not doing that. Don’t be tied to a particular topic, format, or social medium if you’re not succeeding with what you have.

When you give value without seeking favors, use your social media wisely, backlink when appropriate, invite your readers to share your work, engage your readers, build relations with other authors, give your audience what they want and are flexible with how your articles are presented to your audience then you are certain to gain views and grow your audience. What tips would you have for a new writer?

Comments

Dec 17, 2013 6:06am
moronkee
Very useful information for me. Thanks so much.
Dec 17, 2013 8:05am
EBChristine
You're welcome! Feel free to share this article with someone else who could use it. Have a great day!
Dec 28, 2013 7:14am
lscrandall
Chris, very informative. I just signed up for Info Barrel and am ready to write my first article. Before I started, I was looking for some inspiration from other authors. Your words of wisdom did the trick. Thanks for sharing.
Dec 28, 2013 5:04pm
EBChristine
You're welcome Iscrandall. I was a newbie once and struggled to gain ground in writing, so I'm delighted I could help in any way. :)
Mar 25, 2014 1:13pm
taprice
I also just signed up and am trying to get up the nerve to write an article. Thanks for the tips!
Mar 25, 2014 7:33pm
EBChristine
The best advice is to jump in! Thank you for your comment, taprice!
Apr 25, 2014 1:31pm
Larah
Thank you for the useful information Chris.
Apr 26, 2014 7:10am
EBChristine
You're welcome Larah!
May 10, 2014 1:54am
Jdubz
Great advice! Thank you!
May 12, 2014 7:41am
EBChristine
Delighted to help!
May 12, 2014 4:49am
hitower55
Thank you very much indeed. my first bits of knowledge here. BIG SWOLLEN THUMBS UP!
May 12, 2014 7:42am
EBChristine
So glad I could be of service!
Jul 15, 2014 5:43am
mohrico_designs
Thank you!
Jul 15, 2014 6:51am
EBChristine
You're welcome mohrico designs!
Jul 16, 2014 12:56pm
joditom
Thanks a lot for this information for beginners. I have written my first 7 articles and it's so helpful to have advice from people who have been on the site a bit longer. I look forward to reading more of what you have written!
Jul 16, 2014 5:08pm
EBChristine
I'm so happy to be any help to a burgeoning writer!
Aug 22, 2014 2:45am
gnique22
Thank you Chris. I'm new to this, so any help given is always useful.
Aug 22, 2014 2:45am
gnique22
Thank you Chris. I'm new to this, so any help given is always useful.
Aug 22, 2014 8:54am
EBChristine
You will be great gnique22!
Sep 27, 2014 3:13am
rainykua
Thanks for your tips! After doing all of this, we also have to be patient because the result is not always immediate. :)
Sep 27, 2014 7:30am
EBChristine
That's so true rainykua! Good tip for all of us! :)
Nov 21, 2014 5:13am
aallatt
Hi EBChristine! Thanks so very much for your advice. My first article was published and I'm over the moon. ; )
A bunch of your tips will definitely be very helpful for myself and other complete newbies.
Thanks again!
Nov 21, 2014 6:40am
EBChristine
I'm so glad, aallatt! Congratulations and welcome to the writing club!
Nov 29, 2014 10:27pm
DistilledJazz
Great Advice! Thanks for the information.
Nov 30, 2014 6:48am
EBChristine
You bet, DistilledJazz! Welcome to InfoBarrel!
Dec 10, 2014 10:50pm
moondom
Good information and tips. I haven't written enough articles for back linking yet but can't wait to use that tool. I don't know if I understand fully how it works but will probably get a better idea once I can start using it. Thanks!
Dec 11, 2014 7:53pm
EBChristine
Glad to be of service, moondom! :)
Jan 12, 2015 2:14pm
lifeexperiences365
Great blog post Christine, I'm new to the whole blogging world (a lie really, I tried before, but other things got in the way). Glad to be here, hope to connect more, thank you for this valuable info ;)
Jan 12, 2015 7:59pm
EBChristine
Delighted to be of service, lifeexperience365, and I look forward to reading your articles. Please let me know when you publish your first!
Jan 13, 2015 5:27pm
lifeexperiences365
Will do Christine, so far it has been denied, due to a few grammatical errors. Rookie mistakes I'm sure. Although this is the only way we learn =)
Jan 13, 2015 5:49pm
EBChristine
Precisely, keep at it! :)
Apr 5, 2015 3:11am
jsecligen
As long that a message in the article is beneficial to me, I will read the whole content and get the important message.Thanks for your article, I got new ideas for me to improve my way of writing.
Apr 5, 2015 7:18am
EBChristine
I'm so glad, jsecligen, I look forward to reading your articles!
Apr 15, 2015 6:34am
Lishmares
Thanks for the tips, I will definetely try these.
Apr 15, 2015 7:30am
EBChristine
Wonderful, Lishmares, I look forward to your articles!
Apr 15, 2015 7:35am
Lishmares
Shouldn't take too long my first article is in the approval queue!
Apr 15, 2015 9:03am
EBChristine
Whoo Hoo! That's so exciting!
Apr 24, 2015 11:23pm
Xeeshan
Nice tips, thanks for sharing.
Apr 25, 2015 6:15am
EBChristine
Delighted to help, Xeeshan!
Apr 28, 2015 10:31am
alexishartz
Great information, easy to read and apply. Thank you!
Apr 28, 2015 11:46am
EBChristine
I'm glad, alexishartz! Best of luck!
May 16, 2015 7:02pm
HeRightTooMuch
Thanks. The information regarding back linking is very helpful. I am waiting for my 1st evaluation from IB. Hopefully it gets posted.
May 17, 2015 8:18am
EBChristine
Wonderful! Let me know when it's published!
Jun 10, 2015 2:39am
GeekTinker
An excellent article. I've just discovered info barrel and I expect to write several articles for it.
I would add "Write Every Day" to this list, even if you don't plan to publish what you have written that day. It hones your skills and gives your brain the proper mental exercise to create what I like to call "brain muscle memory". Then, when those ideas for topics strike you, it will be a simple process to sit down and convert it into an article.
Jun 10, 2015 4:43pm
EBChristine
Well put GeekTinker! I could put that advice to my own use! lol :)
Oct 15, 2015 1:10pm
InfoWritinGuru
Thanks for the tips Chris. I am brand new to IB. Just signed up today, so I am glad for the tips.
my biggest concern is "What to write about in my first article. Is it ok to write something Biographical?
Oct 15, 2015 4:25pm
EBChristine
Glad to help, yes you can write a biographical piece, just make sure to put it in the right category. :)
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