So one of the most common question bloggers get is how to make connections, how to network, and more importantly, how to grow their readership. The funny thing is we all start at the same place. No one begins this journey with 6,000 followers or even 1,000 for that matter. The most important thing I have learned is to be open to new collaborations, and be friendly and outgoing! I decided to make a list of five ways that have personally helped me connect and become more involved in the blog world. Let me know if you have any personal tips of your own, I would love to hear them!
Attending Conferences: This has been a huge one for me. I can’t stress enough how much networking I have done at conferences like TXSC, and IFB. I had a great time at both, and really learned a lot which is the most important part of it. You make new friends, and then you have some newly found information which will hopefully bring you to the next step, if you use it properly. Just like you would learn more at any job, it’s the same with blogging. The internet is ever changing and always improving, so you have to be able to keep up with what’s going on! These don’t have to be big expensive conferences either, a lot of bloggers host things locally, and stores also host blogger nights so look into it, and see what suits you best.
Collaborate With Other Bloggers: This is also so important! I have seen so many bloggers collaborate throughout the few years I have been doing it, and it’s always a success. What’s better than combining readerships and doing something you love? The great thing about collaborations is that you can bounce ideas off of each other, and possibly learn a thing or two in the process. Here’s an example of a collaboration Much Love Illy and I did for Blowfish a few years ago. And here’s another set of posts I worked on for a series called “In Bloom.” You can really do anything you want, and working together is always fun.
Sponsoring/Reviews: A great way to be noticed is by sponsoring one of your favorite blogs. If you love this person’s work, and you are a huge fan of what they do, then why not attract the same kind of readership for your own blog? It’s pretty easy, and most bloggers love working with others, so it’s a win- win. Again you can find someone who is affordable for you, and someone who you’d love to be promoted by. Bloggers also usually do reviews for products, so if you happen to sell something, they can review it, or wear it and thus increasing clicks over to your blog. Putting in some money isn’t a bad thing, especially when you’re very serious about your blog/company. There’s a reason most companies started working with bloggers, it’s because we’re great at advertising products and promoting! If you make a few friends, you may even be able to swap buttons with them!
Guest Posts: Guest posts are a great way to get your name out there. A lot of bloggers take trips or vacations, and sometimes they need guest posts to fill up the posts during that time. One recent example I can think of is Tieka from selective potential, who is taking a week off in August and put a call out for anyone to submit their work. I think this is a great idea, and it’s awesome to be able to share recipes/outfits/DIY projects with someone’s readers. Most bloggers offer guest posts with their sponsorship as well, so if you get an AD spot, make sure you ask if you can provide a guest post for the month!
Leaving Comments: This is definitely my favorite one of the bunch. Commenting is so important, and most people just look right past it. It’s a great way to bond with other people, and show them that you’re taking the time to read what they’re putting out there. It’s also the perfect chance to get others to take a look at your blog. It’s also a great way to keep readers, it’s important to keep engaging and stay afloat of what’s going on.
Hope you enjoyed my tips! xo Have a good weekend!