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HI! I'm Diana. Mother, college student, christian, cat lover, bilingual. This is no longer a weight loss blog, but rather a health blog. Please know that I get more questions than I can answer. I do try to answer most questions privately, unless you’re anon. Please read my FAQ page first.

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I tried to put this under a cut because it’s fairly long, but I couldn’t, so here it goes:
I’ve been asked many times how did I get so many followers. I always say just be yourself and be kind to your followers, but this is the very first time I write extensively on what I really did.
It was never my intention to create a blog and get x amount of people to follow me. It just happened.
First, I made my blog. I decided to start being a healthier me and lose some weight.
Next, I followed those blog that genuinely caught my eye. I never engaged in those “follow for follow” or “follow trains” because I really wanted to enjoy what I see in my dashboard and following a bunch of blogs just to reciprocate the favor, would had greatly limited that.
Then, and I truly believe THIS WAS WHAT HELPED THE MOST: I started doing my own graphics. I wasn’t the best at it, but I love creating my own content, not just limit myself to reblog what other people post. This was a crucial step to people finding me because I watermarked those graphics with my URL, and linked them to my blog. PLEASE NOTE THAT I ONLY LINKED MY GRAPHICS TO MY BLOG, NEVER, EVER SOMEONE ELSE’S. That’s rude, and I unfollow anyone who does that.
I never promoted myself on other people’s posts. I know people who do that. Most find this annoying, and I promptly unfollow anyone promoting themselves in other people’s posts.
Another thing that’s very important: Having a nice theme matters A LOT. If you have one of those generic themes that you find at the top of the theme garden, you’re just going to get lost in the crowd. These are some examples of generic themes. I’m sorry if you have one of those, but I think they’re somehow not very original and there’s not much room left to play with those.Try to be original! Pick a nice theme, customize it to your liking, and make it yours! Play around with the backgrounds, the color schemes, and if you know a little bit of HTML, the better. I love changing my theme around and playing with the colors. If you ask me to check your blog out I will, but you should know that I have to fall in love with your theme first.
Also, the more links and pages the better. Really, everyone can just sit there and reblog the day away from other people. But taking a little time to put together a recipes page, or a tagged page with workouts, quotes, resources, maybe even a FAQ question page, says a lot. An “About Me”page is a must. People want to know who they’re interacting with.  Personal posts are nice and let you know the blogger (you) better. I love when I find a blog with lots of pages and personal posts.
META TAGS: Basically, meta tags are what provide search engines with information about your blog. META TAGS ARE SUPER IMPORTANT IF YOU WANT TO APPEAR IN GOOGLE (OR ANY SEARCH ENGINE) SEARCHES.
Meta tags are added to the <head> section of your customization page. To give you an idea, my meta tags looks like this:
{block:Description}<meta name=”description” content=”Healthy Weight loss, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Tips, How to lose weight, Healthy Recipes, Fitness, Workouts, Exercise, Tumblr Motivation, Weight loss graphics, Weight-loss Motivation, Tumblr, Tumblr motivation, best tumblr fitblrs, fitblrs,” />{/block:Description}
I won’t go into much detail about meta tags, as you can easily google that information, but you must know that meta tags are very important and  if used correctly, it’s what will help your blog appear in top searches when those key words are searched. Here is a good article about meta tags and how to use them.
Site trackers and counters.  I love trackers because it allows me to find out all kinds of information about my visitors. I use StatCounter and Google Analytics, but in my opinion, StatCounter is by far the best. I like to know how visitors are finding my blog. Statcounter allows me to do that. What key words people are using in Google to find me, and what kind of information they’re looking for. This allows me to update my blog accordingly. For example, one of the most googled terms is: Free Insanity Links. So I make sure to keep my links working all (or most) of the time.
Promo games are also a good way to get your blog out there. I stopped participating when my followers were in the 5 digits, but for people with few followers or those that are barely starting, it is one big help. Look out for those big blogs that like to do promo games often.
Lastly, if you really want people to notice you, you need to be active as much as you can. Answer questions, interact with your followers, and compliment those blogs that you genuinely like. They will more than likely check your blog out and follow you if they like what they see. This is the one I have trouble following the most because school and work doesn’t leave me much free time, but my blog is on a constant queue 24/7. It posts something every 40 minutes.
I put this together because I get this question all too often. I must say that people who’re striving for more followers are not necessarily doing it to be “tumblr famous”. Most of them just want a bigger support system, and for them , the bigger the support system, the more motivated they get. And I think that’s great.
So there you have, if you read all this, thank you!  You deserve a medal. And comments and any additions to this “guide” are welcome.

 

I tried to put this under a cut because it’s fairly long, but I couldn’t, so here it goes:

I’ve been asked many times how did I get so many followers. I always say just be yourself and be kind to your followers, but this is the very first time I write extensively on what I really did.

It was never my intention to create a blog and get x amount of people to follow me. It just happened.

First, I made my blog. I decided to start being a healthier me and lose some weight.

Next, I followed those blog that genuinely caught my eye. I never engaged in those “follow for follow” or “follow trains” because I really wanted to enjoy what I see in my dashboard and following a bunch of blogs just to reciprocate the favor, would had greatly limited that.

Then, and I truly believe THIS WAS WHAT HELPED THE MOST: I started doing my own graphics. I wasn’t the best at it, but I love creating my own content, not just limit myself to reblog what other people post. This was a crucial step to people finding me because I watermarked those graphics with my URL, and linked them to my blog. PLEASE NOTE THAT I ONLY LINKED MY GRAPHICS TO MY BLOG, NEVER, EVER SOMEONE ELSE’S. That’s rude, and I unfollow anyone who does that.

I never promoted myself on other people’s posts. I know people who do that. Most find this annoying, and I promptly unfollow anyone promoting themselves in other people’s posts.

Another thing that’s very important: Having a nice theme matters A LOT. If you have one of those generic themes that you find at the top of the theme garden, you’re just going to get lost in the crowd. These are some examples of generic themes. I’m sorry if you have one of those, but I think they’re somehow not very original and there’s not much room left to play with those.Try to be original! Pick a nice theme, customize it to your liking, and make it yours! Play around with the backgrounds, the color schemes, and if you know a little bit of HTML, the better. I love changing my theme around and playing with the colors. If you ask me to check your blog out I will, but you should know that I have to fall in love with your theme first.

Also, the more links and pages the better. Really, everyone can just sit there and reblog the day away from other people. But taking a little time to put together a recipes page, or a tagged page with workouts, quotes, resources, maybe even a FAQ question page, says a lot. An “About Me”page is a must. People want to know who they’re interacting with.  Personal posts are nice and let you know the blogger (you) better. I love when I find a blog with lots of pages and personal posts.

META TAGS: Basically, meta tags are what provide search engines with information about your blog. META TAGS ARE SUPER IMPORTANT IF YOU WANT TO APPEAR IN GOOGLE (OR ANY SEARCH ENGINE) SEARCHES.

Meta tags are added to the <head> section of your customization page. To give you an idea, my meta tags looks like this:

  • {block:Description}<meta name=”description” content=”Healthy Weight loss, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Tips, How to lose weight, Healthy Recipes, Fitness, Workouts, Exercise, Tumblr Motivation, Weight loss graphics, Weight-loss Motivation, Tumblr, Tumblr motivation, best tumblr fitblrs, fitblrs,” />{/block:Description}

I won’t go into much detail about meta tags, as you can easily google that information, but you must know that meta tags are very important and  if used correctly, it’s what will help your blog appear in top searches when those key words are searched. Here is a good article about meta tags and how to use them.

Site trackers and counters.  I love trackers because it allows me to find out all kinds of information about my visitors. I use StatCounter and Google Analytics, but in my opinion, StatCounter is by far the best. I like to know how visitors are finding my blog. Statcounter allows me to do that. What key words people are using in Google to find me, and what kind of information they’re looking for. This allows me to update my blog accordingly. For example, one of the most googled terms is: Free Insanity Links. So I make sure to keep my links working all (or most) of the time.

Promo games are also a good way to get your blog out there. I stopped participating when my followers were in the 5 digits, but for people with few followers or those that are barely starting, it is one big help. Look out for those big blogs that like to do promo games often.

Lastly, if you really want people to notice you, you need to be active as much as you can. Answer questions, interact with your followers, and compliment those blogs that you genuinely like. They will more than likely check your blog out and follow you if they like what they see. This is the one I have trouble following the most because school and work doesn’t leave me much free time, but my blog is on a constant queue 24/7. It posts something every 40 minutes.

I put this together because I get this question all too often. I must say that people who’re striving for more followers are not necessarily doing it to be “tumblr famous”. Most of them just want a bigger support system, and for them , the bigger the support system, the more motivated they get. And I think that’s great.

So there you have, if you read all this, thank you!  You deserve a medal. And comments and any additions to this “guide” are welcome.

 

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