This week is Build Community week of the #SITS31DBBB Challenge. You can join us for all or any part of the challenge! Today, Natalie from Mommy of a Monster is here to talk about the commandments of building a strong blog community.
So you’ve just started blogging, and maybe you even have a few regular readers other than your mom and best friend. Or maybe you have been blogging for awhile and have decided that you want to take your blogging to “the next level.” Whatever the case may be, building community takes a lot of work.
Just what is community? It’s your group of loyal supporters – those readers you can count on. The people on Twitter that you know will retweet your tweets and that you can ask to help you promote things. Those people who “like” you on Facebook and share information and posts they find on your page on their page as well. Those people who recommend your blog to their readers and friends. Sounds great, doesn’t it? But how do we do it? Well, that’s the hard part.
As I said before, building a community around your blog takes a lot of work. A LOT of work. There are some things that I did in the beginning that really paid off and helped me to grow my blog’s readership as well as my social media presence.
Thou Shalt Respond To Comments
If you are only getting one or two comments a day, this might not seem like a very big deal. But when you start getting 20 or 30 comments a day, it takes a lot of time to respond to each comment thoughtfully.
The reason why this is so important is because it begins developing relationships with your readers. People see that you are reading their comments and that you care about what they say. They want interaction with you, or why would they keep coming back?
Don’t get me wrong; sometimes you don’t have time to respond to each comment, every day. Instead, try to visit your reader’s blog and leave a comment there. Just let them know that you are trying to establish a relationship with them.
Thou Shalt Join Communities
There are so many communities out there to be active in! SITS, of course, and BlogFrog is a great one, too. Twitter and Facebook are both communities too, and if you are a blogger, you should definitely be on both! By doing so, you can “talk” to people and start discussions to find bloggers similar to you or your interests. For example, I’ll start a discussion on Blog Frog or send a tweet on Twitter about something I posted on my blog and include a link back to my blog. That draws people to your blog.
Thou Shalt Give Out Bloggy Love
Stumble posts. Retweet. Like on Facebook. Link up to other blogs. There are so many ways to spread the love! If I get an idea for a post from another blogger, I always give them the credit and link back to their blog when I post it. I know it seems like that may draw people away from your blog when what you really want is for people to stay, but in my experience it’s been really helpful.
Thou Shalt Get Around
Now get your head out of the gutter! What I mean is to guest post and participate in memes and link ups…three very simple ways to “meet” new readers. If you’ve never been asked to guest post, maybe ask a friend if you could swap guest posts. And if you are new to guest posting, make sure that you check out my post about Guest Posting Etiquette to read all about what you should know.
What have you done to grow your blog’s community? What has worked and what hasn’t worked for you? What advice would you give a blogger currently trying to grow their community?
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- Hanging Onto Your Blogging Mojo
- 4 Ways to Find and Keep Your Motivation
- 10 Blogging Pitfalls You Should Avoid
About the Author
Natalie is a work-from-home mother of three children: her 4-year-old son and 2-year-old twin girls. She writes Mommy of a Monster and Twins, which is all about the day-to-day chaos that comes with chasing three kids in three different directions, usually all at the same time. In her free time, which she rarely has anymore, she reads, cooks, gardens, drinks wine, and works as a freelance writer and social media consultant. She’s also a Twitter addict.
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