How To Network With Other Bloggers

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.

How to Network with Other Bloggers

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!

Collaborations are a bit different. I’ve participated in one and created my own, and both allowed me to discover new blogs and work with bloggers I had never encountered before.

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?

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  • I agree with all of this! I’ve loved all of the connections I have made through blogging. I need to make a twitter so I can join twitter chats!!

    http://www.mollyonthemoveblog.com

    • Twitter is one my favorite ways to connect with other people! It’s really easy to use. And Twitter chats are so much fun! I love meeting new people through them.

  • This was very insightful and helpful post thanks for sharing!

  • Great tips! I just decided to put 100% effort into my blog so I really love reading these posts. It can be frustrating blogging and not seeing any reward but networking via facebook groups have really helped me.

    • I totally agree with you. It’s so frustrating to put so much effort into your blog and not seeing any resultats Thats’s why networking is key! Facebook groups are a great way to get in touch and market your blog.

  • Lola Adewuya

    This post was full of great information! Twitter seems to be the one social media I haven’t crossed over to with my blog but you’ve totally persuaded me to do so. I’ll be making an account soon. Thanks for your tips!
    -Lots of Love, Lola | https://www.macaronsinthemorning.com

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! And Twitter is probably my favorite social media. It’s not the best for promoting blog posts, but it’s an absolute must if you want to connect with other people!

  • This was a wonderful post! Facebook groups can be so frustrating when there’s many people who drop their links and disappear, because I put hours of effort into actually interacting with other people’s stuff! Twitter chats are much more fun, and I always walk away with at least 5 new followers! I love the blogging college chat, and another one I love is #chattybees at 3pm EST every Sunday! I will definitely be pinning this post!

    http://livinginfullbloom.com/

    • Thank you! And I totally agree, I hate when people just leave their links and run. I put a lot of efforts into commenting and reading people’s content and it sucks when people don’t do the same.

      Twitter chats are my favorite way to interact with other people! I always discover new people/blogs to follow. I wish I could participate in more, but because of my uni/work schedule, I don’t have much time to do so. 🙁

      • I know how hard it can be to make it to twitter chats! I miss so many because of work and sleep – it always bums me out when I miss one of my favorites!

        • I always miss the GalPal chat because of work and that always bums me out! Sometimes I wish chats would follow my schedule, haha.

  • Facebook groups have been so helpful for me! I absolutely love getting to network with blog friends and learn from them 🙂

    X,
    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

  • I love this post! This is very helpful! 🙂

  • These are all really important. Networking and building a community is paramount to blogging success. I truly wouldn’t be where I am without the support of other amazing bloggers I now call my close friends.

    • Networking and building a community are one of the most important parts of blogging! I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the people that I’ve met through my blog.

  • My favourite way to network is definitely Facebook groups and commenting! I always miss twitter chats because I live in Australia and timezones are not my friend, haha but I’m definitely interested in joining in! They seem like so much fun!

    Alysha | Study Break Down

    • Ah, I get it! I miss a lot of chats because of work and uni, but I try to join whenever I can (if I’m not too exhausted haha). They really are so much fun!

  • I haven’t participated in a Twitter chat! I know shame on me.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

    • Twitter chats are so much fun! You should definitely join one sometime 😉

  • FB Groups & sharing/commenting are my favorite methods of networking. I’ve not tried a twitter chat, but keep telling myself I’ll do the next one scheduled 🙂 You know how that goes… maybe next time.

    • I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do!

  • Thanks for sharing about the book twitter chat! I’m not strictly a book blogger, but I do a lot of blogging about books so I’d love to connect with others who blog about books too.

    • That’s a great way to do so! And the #BBTC chat is usually a lot of fun.

  • Great tips! i do love both Twitter Chats and Facebook Groups!

  • Really enjoyed this post! I’m fairly new to blogging so I love seeing posts like this 🙂 Thanks for the awesome tips.

    http://letstalklattes.blogspot.com/

  • This is some really great advice! I love using Twitter, it really does help get more traffic to my blog. I actually didn’t know about bloggers using Facebook, I might have to try that eventually.

    • Facebook groups are what work best for me! There are some dedicated to growing your blog, general blogging ones and some for every niche! You should join a few and see if you like it. 😊

      • I would love to join a Facebook group, however I don’t have a Facebook account and I’m kind of a little wary of joining.

        • Oh. Well, I can totally understand!

  • These are such great tips! I pinned it to refer back to later when I’m at a loss 🙂

  • Twitter is the easiest way to connect with bloggers. I also love doing the Twitter chats.

    Xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  • These are great tips!!! Thank for sharing 🙂

    Itunu x
    http://amodernflowerchild.com

  • Great tips and I love your name but I am biased as it’s the same as my little girls 🙂