How Important Is It To You To Build A Blogging Community?
How important Is It To You To Build A Blogging Community?
Wow, the beauty of the blogging community! Do you believe that there is really such thing as a good and genuine blogging community that will help and support you in time of need?
Well, if you don’t, and are reading this blog on a regular basis, you are a witness that such community does exist. While the host of this blog, our dear Barry Wells, is going through some health issues that’s preventing him from attending to his blog as usual, he received an avalanche of offers from other bloggers to post for him while is unable. Now that’s a great blogging community, wouldn’t you agree?
Do you belong to such community? Do you wish you did? If you haven’t taken the time to build such community, then you might be wondering how that would be possible. In this post, I wanted to give you a few tips to help you develop the same kind of online relationships that Barry has going on here.
How do you build relationships with other bloggers?
Not so long ago, I was building sites (blogs) to sell products as an affiliate marketer, and I was not seeing the need to build relationships with other bloggers. I was more trying to build relationships with potential customers whenever possible. However, a little bit over a year ago, I decided to drop affiliate marketing and build my own online businesses instead. That’s when I really understood the importance of building relationships with other bloggers.
I started visiting blogs, checking what they were up to, and began leaving comments on the posts that I read and liked. When you leave a comment for the first time on someone’s blog you want to make sure that you leave a good impression about yourself. What this mean is that you want to show that you have read the post and leave a valuable comment of at least a paragraph or two. In most cases the blogger will return you the favor and pop over to your own blog. If they don’t that’s OK too. Just keep on coming back and try to build that relationship with the owner of the blog. There are few people out there that will just NEVER return the favor, but eventually you can drop them and stick to the ones where you see a relationship growing.
Blog commenting is the best way to start developing great relationships in the blogging community. I have developed wonderful relationships myself, included with Barry, doing just that. But you must put the effort and the time. You know the famous saying; you will take out what you put in.
Going a step further
Once you have developed those relationships you can and should try to go a step further. Why? Well, if you have a blog, it means that you need fresh and original content each and every week, and the people you’ve just built friendships with can help you big time. How so?
You can ask them to give you interviews, and guest posts. You can create a post mentioning some of their own posts, or ask them to participate in blog challenges. You start to seriously engage with your new online relationships so they can blossom into real friendships. Who knows, like Barry, you might be unable to post on your blog for a while, and receive tons of emails offering you to post for you on your blog totally free of charge.
This is building blogging relationships on steroids!
Why should you bother building relationships in the blogging community?
Is it still worth taking the time and energy to build such relationships online? You bet it is. The more relationships you have the more your content will be spread about. The more it’s spread about the more traffic from potential customers you will get. And of course, the more traffic, the more business to you.
Ultimately, such community is helping you build your business while you are helping them. If you still doubt that, go check some Facebook groups that have been created for this very purpose.
If you are still new at blogging, start building your blogging community as explained in this post. And one day soon, you will have the type of online friends that Barry has. You’ll be glad you did.
This guest post was written by Sylviane Nuccio.
Sylviane is a Freelance Writer, a Blogger and a Life Coach.
You can visit her at http://sylvianenuccio.com her writing blog,
and http://understandingyoursubconsciousmind.com her personal development blog.
She also likes to blog about travel and food at http://francetravelandfood.com
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Sylviane has certainly raised an extremely valuable point and I’m sure that you will all have your opinions of the blogging community so please share your views and experiences in the comments below.
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Until next time, reach out to other bloggers and start your community
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