OK, so you keep reading these blogging tips on how all you need to do to become a successful blogger is to write great content and people will find you, blah, blah, blah… You and other million people that are doing the same thing.
You can’t wait for the success to happen to you, you need to create it yourself.
And while I mentioned the other million people that are in the same boat, how about helping a few and creating all that success together.
I mean, great example is this blog. One of the things that help blogs grow is constant influx of fresh content and we pretty much post every day here. But as a group, it isn’t all that hard to do it. Try posting every single day by yourself and see how long it takes you to burn out.
So use the power of a group, or “blogging tribe” as some call it, to not only create your own success but help others do the same!
Let’s get the ball rolling:
Look around your blog, who is often commenting on your blog, what blogs you like to read, which bloggers you feel are similar to you. Make a list of bloggers you would like to work with, probably on the same “level” of blogging (if you are just starting out, having Copyblogger authors on your team will be a bit hard to achieve) and possibly not direct competitors.
So as an example, if you are writing a blog about homeschooling your kids, good matches for you would be blogs about preparing your kids for school, healthy eating for kids and staying organized for busy moms. Makes sense?
Contact the bloggers you are interested in working with and present them your idea.
Blogging tribe is supposed to support each other, help the members and push them all forward while all of you are working together. It is pretty much a win win for all the members.
Tell your potential team members about this and ask them to reply as soon as possible, letting you know if they are interested.
Get to work
Some of the stuff you can do is:
- Have a weekly Skype call where you will list your goals for the week and results from last week (accountability).
- Comment on each other blogs and share them on social media (increased social proof).
- Create blog series that interlace all of your blogs.
- Help each other with guest posts when someone has no time to cover their posting schedule.
- Link to each other posts when appropriate with in content relevant links (improved SEO).
- Interview each other and feature each other blogs (increased visibility).
- Promote each other in your newsletters.
- Cross promote freebies or products.
Optimal group size
I think 5 to 8 people group is optimal. Less than 5 won’t be enough for increased exposure and social proof and more than 8 or 10 is too much to catch up, especially if you are all posting often.
You want to be on top of it all and really contribute to the group, not just share a post here and there from time to time. The more you invest in the group (of course if everyone is on the same page and doing their part) the more will all of you get out of it!
So don’t wait, start making a list of bloggers and create a group to speed up your blog growth. Leave me a comment below about your plans and if you are in such a group already!