Iâ€™ve been blogging since 2009. One of the reasons I think Iâ€™ve been successful at promoting my blog is that I joined a few different blogging and social media communities and started to network and build meaningful online relationships with other bloggers and social media enthusiasts. It definitely takes time and dedication but, if you organize your time wisely and stick to a plan everything will work out fine.
1.) Join a blogging or social media community like Mom Bloggers Club, SITS, The Motherhood or Social Moms (Just to name a few).
2.) Network with other bloggers and social media enthusiasts. Engage and have conversations on the social networking platforms that youâ€™ve joined.
3.) Join smaller groups within the Community (Moms on Twitter, Blogging Friends, and Moms that love Photoshop, Stumble Upon Group Etc.)
4.) Make Friends and support each others social media platforms. Connect on Twitter, Facebook, â€œLikeâ€ their page, visit their blog and comment on stories of interest. If they have the CommentLuv Plug-In that brings people back to your blog if they click the link. Be consistent and set a schedule!
5.) If there are a few people that you connect with more than others, set their feeds to be tweeted out from your twitter account, post their stories on your Facebook Page wall. Have them do the same for you. Youâ€™ll reach different audiences, especially if your content and blogging niche is in different areas.
6.) Use Hashtags (#) on Twitter to find people in your local area and support each other. You can also use hashtags to locate people on twitter with the same interests as you.
7.) Join Twitter Parties and Twitter Chats to help build your following with others with like minds. Every week I attend my favorites chats due to the topics (social media, small business, and blogging) Iâ€™ll join a Twitter Party if I love the brand that is being promoted. I donâ€™t join for the $25 Amazon Gif Card or potential prizing. I have to believe in the product in order to endorse it.
8.) Plan a meet up or tweet up in your local area to connect with local bloggers and bond! Iâ€™m sure you can all brainstorm how to uplift and support one another. Iâ€™ve done it!
9.) Build your own online network, AGAINâ€¦ I know this will take time but, itâ€™s an idea!
10.) Remember On Facebook, Twitter and blogging its quality NOT quantity! The best thing I ever heard at a blogging conference was use the KISS technique (Keep It Simple Stupid) and I agree!
If you have an online support system, share how you became apart of it. Inquiring minds would like to know.