Blogging is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I mean, not only did it help me get more organized, but it also allows me to be more creative and improve my writing. But the most amazing part it is that I made friends with people from all over the world.
It’s no secret that I’m a very shy person. I don’t make friends easily and it’s hard for me to come out of my comfort zone.
Blogging could be a very lonely activity. I mean, you’re sitting behind your computer, writing posts. But it’s so much more than that. Despite what people might think, blogging is actually all about networking. You have to get yourself (and your blog) out there if you want to get your blog seen and read. It can be very hard at first, but for me, networking is one of the best parts of blogging! Not only because it increases my traffic, but also because I get to meet new people all the time and develop new friendships.
It took me a while to figure how crucial networking is. It can be a bit overwhelming sometimes, which is why today I’m giving you my advice on how to network with other bloggers!
JOIN TWITTER CHATS
Twitter is one of my favorite ways to connect with other bloggers. Yes, the 140-character limit can be very annoying at times, especially when it comes to promoting blog posts, but, in my opinion, it’s definitely the easiest way to reach out to other people. It might not be where I get most of my traffic from, but it’s my favorite way to discover new blogs! Personally, I love getting to know the blogger behind my favorite blogs better, and what better way to do it than through Twitter?
Now, let’s talk about Twitter chats. They are the perfect way to get to know your fellow blogging friends better and to discover new people to follow! You wouldn’t believe the amount of bloggers I met through them. I love answering the questions and seeing other people’s answers!
The best way to connect with others through Twitter chat is to reply to people’s tweets! Liking and retweeting people’s tweets will, sadly, not get you very far. The person might end up following you by the end of the chat, yes. But you will have missed an opportunity to bond with them. Don’t be afraid to add something to people’s answer. See someone mention something you love? Tell them how much you love it! Who knows, this person might become your blogger bestie!
There are plenty of Twitter chats for you to join every week. You just need to find one that’s on at a convenient time for you and, of course, that covers a topic you’re interested in! Here are some of my favorites:
- #BloggingCollege: This chat takes place every other Sunday from 8 to 9 PM EST. You’re a college blogger? This chat is perfect for you! It covers every college related topic such as academics, finals, how to handle blogging and college, etc. It’s honestly always so much fun! I discover new bloggers every week and I love getting to know the people who are attending.
- #BBTC: My favorite bookish chat! I do not consider myself to be a book blogger, but this place is perfect to let out my inner booknerd (haha). Every Saturday at 8PM, join us for a fun chat about a soon-to-be-released book! The best part? It’s spoiler free! So even if you haven’t read it yet, you can still join and have fun! This chat is a bit longer (an hour and a half), but I enjoy going through people’s answers and discovering new books!
JOIN FACEBOOK GROUPS
Facebook might be the bête noire of bloggers, but trust me when I say it’s a great way to get to know other bloggers! I have a Facebook page for my blog, but there’s another way for you to use Facebook to market your blog : Facebook groups!
My traffic has increased a lot because of Facebook, and that’s only because I joined a couple of groups. I’m in 6 groups, and they all have helped me grow as a blogger and connect with others! Facebook groups are known for their daily threads that give you the opportunity to get yourself out there and find people with similar interests. Sure, they are a great way to promote your blog, but they can also be a goldmine of information!
Each group has its own set of rules. When you apply, make sure to follow them! Read the rules before applying or participating in a thread. There’s nothing I hate more than participating a thread when people don’t follow the rules. Also, not following the rules can get your link removed, or worse – you could get kicked out of the group!
Don’t be the kind of person who just leaves their link and runs. In order for a Facebook group to be beneficial, you have to participate as well! Comment on people’s posts, follow them on social media, share their posts… There are many threads that are for different purposes, so make sure you participate! I like to check out my favorite groups’ threads, even when I’m not leaving a link. It helps me build a relationship with different bloggers that isn’t solely based on expecting something in return!
Facebook groups can also be a great opportunity to get help from your fellow bloggers! Melyssa Griffin’s Blog + Biz BFFs group, for example, is a great way to get helped with any blogging-related questions! People are always eager to give their opinion and advice on anything you need help on, so don’t hesitate to ask your questions!
COMMENT ON THEIR POSTS
The best way to interact with fellow bloggers is to comment on the content they’re sharing! I’m going to talk for myself, but I always try to reciprocate the favor. If you commented on my post, there’s a big chance that I’m not only going to reply, but that I’m going to leave a comment on one of your posts as well! I found tons of blogs through that method and what blogger doesn’t like to receive comments?
Make sure your comments are meaningful. There’s nothing I hate as much as “Nice post!”, followed by their link. It always makes me wonder “Has that person even read my post?”. I’d rather you not leave a comment than having something that means absolutely nothing. And do not, I repeat, DO NOT only ask for a follow back. There is nothing I hate more as a blogger! There are tons of other ways to promote your posts, and my blog definitely isn’t it! Instead, read the post (or at least skim through it) and leave your thoughts! Do you have an other tip or method I could use on that subject? Do you know another resource? Ever lived through something similar? Tell me about it! I love to get to know readers through my comments, and I bet a lot of bloggers agree with me on this one.
COLLABORATE OR GUEST POST
One of the best ways to not only attract traffic to your blog but also to get to know other bloggers is to work with them! It allows you to get your blog out there and to build a working relationship with other bloggers. I’ve only guest posted once so far, and I’ve loved the experience! It helped me reach a different audience that was not too far away from mine. I’ve also had the pleasure of having Bria and Meagan guest post on my blog, and I’ve really loved it too! It’s a completely different process, because you’re editing someone else’s work. It also allows you to have a different perspective presented on your blog!
Working with bloggers helps you build strong relationships with them that can come in quite handy when you need it. But in order for that to work, you need to fulfill your end of the bargain. When you guest post, make sure you send in your post on time. Same thing with collaborating. There’s nothing I hate as much as someone unreliable. And you can make sure I will remember the ones that have disappointed me
(because yes, that happened to me before).
SHARE THE LOVE
People often forget just how important sharing the love is. One of the best ways to connect and create a relationship with bloggers is to share their content! Why? Because we all love when our hard work is appreciated. We all put a lot of effort into making our blogs the best they can be and creating killer content, and there’s nothing better than knowing people loved it!
Whether it is by tweeting the link to a post you loved, making your own roundup of favorite bloggers or posts, or pinning it, sharing other people’s content is not only beneficial for them, but it can also help you! A lot of bloggers will reciprocate the gesture, or simply give your site a look! Even if they don’t, they will thank you, and that gives you a chance to start a conversation! Tell them how much you loved their post, ask them for tips, or tell them about your experience! It’s a bit like commenting, but you’re taking it one step further. You’re not only telling them that they have killer content, but you’re promoting their site!
Sharing the love gives an opportunity to a blogger to get their content out there and gives them a chance to attract new visitors. Have you ever heard the saying “you get what you give”? Well, if you share other people’s content often, there’s a great chance your content will be shared by others too!
There are plenty of ways for you to connect with bloggers and create your own network! You just have to remember to not be afraid to reach out to them!
What are your favorite ways to network with other bloggers?