Product Reviews and Giveaways are fun and they do lure in people looking for a FREEBIE. The question is, what is your blogs complete focus? Is your blog just a Freebie site? Coupon Site? Product Reviews and Giveaways? People have their own agenda of why they follow and why they don't.
If you want to add other stuff to get "ACTUAL" readers, then try adding other subjects to your blog that might not be so Giveaway focused. It's ok to host a giveaway once a month, but all the time is OVERKILL if your not careful. Do you want people to visit your blog because they love what you have to say or only because they are getting some FREEBIE? I don't see anything wrong with a giveaway here and there, because it gives people something fun to look forward to when you have other content that is from you and not "canned" from some product or giveaway.
Eventually it gets old and they will simply find another blog "LIKE YOURS" offering the same stuff. Be different, but don't over do it.
When you were in High School, why did you want the designer jeans (or insert other stereotypical high school desire here)? Because it was a mark of being "cool."
If you have a blog with a ton of GFC (Google Friend Connect) followers (or whatever program you use), it is like a blog tattoo that says "Oh yeah, she's popular."
Does this mean you're a better blogger? No. Does it even mean that you're getting that much more traffic? Maybe, but maybe no. Does it mean that you're a phenomenal writer or that you are making any money... not really.
It is status. And although we all know that off-brand jeans and brand name jeans are both JUST JEANS, it doesn't stop us from wanting the label. :)
I think having followers doesn't mean a thing. I've got about eighty on http://www.momfever.com, but if I'm lucky I have about 4 visitors a day! It's really frustrating, and I am posting daily.
So I've concluded Followers are much overrated.
I LOVE this post.....particularly because I'm going through this right now! I can't stop wondering why the heck I can't get any followers. I have quite a few people who will stop by and read, but don't comment or follow! =(
I'll get over it and get where you are....hopefully! ;-)
I would love to increase my readership as well. I am finding it a bit difficult. I do like coming on to the site and reading other blogs. I have found some great blogs. I normally keep track of the blogs that I join and try to comment on them at least once every other week until I just never hear from them. I love having tons of blogs to read and respond too.