In the world of blogging, connections are everything.
Yes, blogs are born, and are successful because of hard work, but the most successful bloggers are those who network. Those who learn from more successful blogs than their own, and who lean on a support system of similarly-sized bloggers, are the ones that not only succeed, but grow their blogs to enormous sizes in a very short amount of time.
So then, how do you connect with other bloggers, especially when you’re short on time, energy, and resources?
I’ve been running into this problem recently, what with my emphasis on efficiency and all that, so I’ve discovered there are 5 very basic ways, that don’t take much time, that you can connect with other bloggers in a meaningful way.
Comment on Blogs:
Not only is commenting on blogs good for SEO, it is a great way to connect with the blogger who write there. When you write meaningful, helpful comments in response to a post, chances are that blogger will take notice, and even reply to your comment. This is a great way to start a conversation, but be sure you’re not “spam” commenting on blogs – that is, make sure your blog comments are helpful, rather than just “great post!” etc.
Type “(Your Blog Niche) Blog Group” into the search bar on Facebook, and I almost guarantee you’ll come up with a plethora of blog groups full of other bloggers just waiting to connect with you. (Except for Personal Finance – anyone up for a PF Blogger Group where we share each others’ posts and bounce ideas off of each other??) Generally you have to ask to be invited to the group, but once you’re in, Facebook Groups have crazy potential for networking.
Similar to Facebook Groups, Blogger Forums can be found by typing “(Your Blog Niche) Blogger Forum.” In the personal finance realm, my favorite is The Yakezie forum. In addition to the Yakezie Challenge, which helps motivate you to grow you blog, the forums for all of the Yakezie bloggers to communicate within is awesome!
The EBA Blogger Forum:
Ready to go the extra mile? When I signed up for EBA, I did it purely because I was in a blogging rut, and figured that since it had a 200% money-back guarantee I literally had nothing to lose. However, once I completed the course, not only did my page views triple and my income increase 6x over, I discovered something that on its own was worth the purchase price: the EBA forum. In this forum I have a super valuable resource in 100 successful bloggers, who between us all have done it all, and we’ve learned from it. And they’re mine to tap into. If you’re looking to go the extra mile, you NEED to check out EBA. Enrollment isn’t open right now, but it doesn’t hurt to look, or even sign up to be notified when enrollment opens, now does it?
Ask to Connect:
It seems so simple, doesn’t it? Bloggers are busy people, but if you can drop them an email (as opposed to just a comment) either giving them some awesome feedback, or asking them a quick question, it shows that you care. And showing that you care is the best way to make a connection. Try it! Drop a similarly sized blogger an email – a meaningful email – give them a few days, and let me know what happens?
Some of the best things in blogging, for me, have come from relationships I’ve built with other bloggers. We may not have ever met in person but as a really introverted and socially uncomfortable person, I can honestly say that I’m the most comfortable connecting via the internet. How’s that for weird?
Seriously, though, connect with other bloggers, not only for the support, for the feeling for belonging to something.
Do you connect with other bloggers on a regular basis? If so, how do you find bloggers? What are your methods for connecting?
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