If you want your blog to be successful…meaning you want something more to come out of it other than just the joy of writing or sharing…then you have to network.
Let me tell you…there are multiple ways to network! This list is not inclusive at all. But these are what have worked for me thus far!
There are link parties for just about any type of blog. And if there is not, you can create one yourself. But a link party is one in which a blogger or multiple bloggers host an online party. Parties are held weekly, monthly, seasonally or as a promotion. At a link party, you find a post you have written and link it up. There are instructions to link and there are general expectations. The expectation is that you will visit all the hosts blogs and Pin, Follow, Like, Tweet and/or Comment on their post or FB page. In addition, you should visit at least 3 others that have posted to the Link Party and do the same for them as you did for the host(s). It is a great way to meet other bloggers and have them meet you and your work. The more you can participate, the better off you are.
There are so many Blog Groups that you can join. Do a Google Search and find those that interest you. They can be groups that are specific to your area such as Houston Bloggers. Search for those that are in the same Niche as you such as DIY Bloggers. You might want to find a group of people that are similar to you such as Houston Mom Bloggers. Like their pages, reach out to them for advice or request to join their group page. But get active, join and engage.
Any blog group that you can join that has Membership benefits as well is very helpful. Groups that provide you resources, webinars, networking opportunities, monetary partnerships, etc. There are several out there such as SITS Girls and BlogHer.
There are so many more available out there than I even knew existed. Not only is it great to meet fellow bloggers and network, but it is also a great place to learn A LOT of new things that can help you elevate your abilities and success. Conferences include those such as BlogHer, Blissdom, Blog Elevated and many more.
Ultimately…the idea is to meet other bloggers. Those relationships are invaluable. You will want to find those fellow bloggers to bounce ideas off, cross post and cross promote posts, host link parties, create Pinterest group boards and the list goes on.
So your challenge is to get out there and find one new group to interact with. I want to hear your experiences. So email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.