2 – Visit her blog regularly and frequently
Especially for those of us who are still generating long-form content chocked full with value-adding material, we really appreciate blog visits. It takes time, effort, and money to produce this type of content. We hope you’ll visit.
3 – Click around on her website
Pageviews matter! So, while you are here, click around! See what else you might find. Click on links within my articles, click on other menus, and such. Whatever you do, just click around. 🙂
For some of us, pageviews are still the most critical metric. We care about it even more than social media stats like Instagram followers. That’s because, at the end of the day, my website is the only channel that I truly own and control.
4 – Click through on ads on her site
Rather than seeing ads as a negative intrusive thing, view it as an opportunity! See something you like? Click through! Ad dollars are one small way I make money around here.
5 – Read her blog posts
This point harkens back to numbers 2 and 3 somewhat. But you have no idea how much it means when people actually read the words I’ve written. In a culture accustomed to such short attention spans, I realize it’s easier to scroll and look at photos. So, thank you for actually reading the content that I write, which I, of course, hope adds value to your life.
6 – Pin her content to Pinterest
Pinterest is still a significant driver of traffic to many blogs, as it is for mine for particular article types. I usually include a handy dandy pinnable graphic at the end of my posts. So, if you like what you read and you’re an active Pinterest user, pin it! PS – you can also follow me on Pinterest.
7 – Share her blog posts
Again, if you like what you read, share it! This time, I am thinking both of new-school digital sharing as well as old school sharing. Sure, share it on Facebook or Instagram or wherever you feel led.
But also, feel free to mention it to your “real life” friends. Email them a link, say it on your next playdate… “Did you see that great guide Carrie has to Houston murals? We should go visit some soon!”
8 – Comment on her blog posts
I know, I know… Comments on blog posts are somewhat a thing of the past. People rarely comment these days. But that doesn’t have to be that way. A quick comment on a blog post means a lot! And I am open to any type of feedback — positive or constructive. Everything is useful – except for the overtly rude kind of comments, although I rarely get those.
Ways to Support Her on Social Media
9 – Follow her on Instagram
While I focus on my blog content first and foremost, social media channels – particularly Instagram — are still vital vis-a-vis brand sponsorships and such. So, speaking of, are you following me on Instagram? If not, why are you waiting?
10 – Like her posts on Instagram
While there have been reports of Instagram hiding likes soon (read Jenn’s thoughts on it here), the likelihood is that, behind the scenes, business accounts will still be able to harvest their analytics and will continue to be expected to provide that information to brands.
So, keep on liking away!
11 – Comment on her Instagram posts
What shows even more engagement than a like on Instagram is a comment on Instagram. Pausing long enough to leave a comment is like a vote of confidence or an endorsement.
12 – Save her posts
Do you even know how to save Instagram posts? Some people aren’t yet familiar with this feature. When you’re looking at a photograph, there are four icons underneath each photo — a heart to like, a conversation bubble to comment, an arrow to share the post, and then on the far right a bookmark icon to save the post.
Why is this important? Well, some have termed a save as a “super like.” It shows that the user sees great value in the post — enough value to save the post so that she can reference it later.
So, start saving today!
13 – Watch her Instagram stories
I find people fall into one of two camps — either (a) they watch IG stories religiously, or (b) they aren’t sure what they are! If you’re one of those people who aren’t sure what they are, it’s time to learn. Instagram Stories tend to be more in-the-moment, more real and authentic, and less staged than IG feed posts. Plus, they are more interactive. So, check out what your favorites are posting on IG stories!
14 – Swipe up on her Instagram stories
And sometimes, those IG stories have “swipe up” enabled features. When that’s the case, swipe up to support your favorite influencer. First, this will help her stats for brand partnerships. But secondly, hopefully, you will like the product or article or whatever to which she’s linking.
15 – Follow her on Facebook
I personally am not a big fan of Facebook. In fact, I don’t have a personal Facebook page! Nevertheless, many people still love Facebook and use it frequently. So, it’s still a big diver of traffic to my website via my business Facebook page.
Speaking of, are you following the Facebook page for CarrieColbert.com? Please do!
16 – Leave a review on her Facebook page
Similar to a testimonial, a Facebook review is just a vote of confidence for those who stumble upon the page.
17 – Leave her a testimonial
Speaking of testimonials, there’s another opportunity to leave one! Fohr, a network that connects influencers and brands, allows us as influencers to collect testimonials now. And in the crowded world of influencers, a testimonial can make all the difference!
So, if you like what you see here, take 15 seconds to leave me a testimonial! Thank you so much.
18 – Subscribe to her email newsletters
Email subscriber lists are very valuable to influencers. I tend not to utilize my email list very often, as I want to be respectful of your crowded inboxes. Anytime I send an email blast, I want it to be something of value for you.
With that in mind, if you’d like to sign up for my email newsletters, click here. Scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up.
19 – Recommend her to others
Despite all the ways to connect online, sometimes nothing is better than good old fashion word of mouth! So, tell your friends, tell your family, tell anyone whom you think would enjoy the content your favorite blogger generates.
20 – Give her feedback
I’m open to any and all feedback! Tell me what you like. Tell me what you don’t like. Tell me what you want to see more of. Tell me what you want to see less of. Ask me questions.
In order to give me feedback, you can comment on blog posts, email me, direct message me on social media, among any number of other ways.
21 – Encourage her
If you’re anything like me, you thrive on words of affirmation! Who doesn’t love an encouraging word? Working for yourself in the online world can actually be a fairly isolating job. So, take a moment to encourage your friends.
May I offer one more bonus tip for you? Be patient with the amount of sponsored content during the holidays. Try not to get annoyed. Even the most picky, selective bloggers tend to take on more partnerships during the holidays, because – let’s face it – marketers have more dollars to spend. And the income we make during the holiday season helps fund some of the slower months. Plus, those paid opportunities allow us to create all the other free content you see here.