3 Communities to Join to Increase Traffic to Your Blog

Blogging CommunitiesWhen I started to take blogging seriously earlier this year, I quickly realized that blogging is more about the community than about me or about the blog itself. What’s enriching about blogging are the relationships you build with the people who are interested in your content, and the basis of increasing traffic is building that community. One of the best ways to start is by connecting with other bloggers through commenting tribes.

In the video below, Heather Stephens, the founder and leader of one of the blogging communities described in the article below, explains how her community and tribe started, and what they’re all about:

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There are three blogging communities have been particularly instrumental in my blogging experience and my blog’s growth and development:

  1. The Bloggers Helping Bloggers Group on LinkedIn
  2. If you’re ready to put in the time and effort to growing your blog, this group’s for you! It’s headed by the lovely Sherryl Perry at Keep Up with the Web, an online resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs who are interested in creating an effective online presence. “This group was formed as a support system for bloggers,” Sherryl relates. “The true value is not just in the posts that you see in the discussion area. It goes deeper into the friendships and relationships that develop outside of the group.”

    Start by sending in a request, expressing your interest to join the LinkedIn group. Once inside, you’ll see that Sherryl manages two main discussions that last for two-week durations. In one discussion, members share links to informative posts that may benefit the community of bloggers. In the second, members share links to their latest posts and exchange comments on each others’ blogs. “Most of the members of our group are serious bloggers who truly want to support each other,” Sherryl explains. “Our common goals include helping each other increase traffic to our blogs while sharing ideas and information that will help us to achieve our individual goals.”

    When exchanging comments, value is priority. Sherryl is clear: “What we do not do is blindly comment on each others’ blogs. Those of us who actively participate read each other’s blogs and comment as a way of bringing value to that person’s blog.” Both Sherryl and I can attest that the comments left by bloggers from this group have made our blogs better.

  3. The Blogging Mastermind Comment Tribe on Facebook
  4. Facebook continues to be one of the major social media platforms for blog promotion, so what better place to join a community of bloggers. The helpful and caring mompreneur, Dani Nir-McGrath, created and manages this comment tribe with now over 300 members. “As a home business owner and blogger, I found that getting traffic to my blog was essential,” she explains. “I set out to create a community where bloggers could build relationships with other bloggers both new and seasoned, provide valuable information and boost their traffic, comments and blog syndication.”

    Once accepted into the group, there are only two guidelines: you need to share your latest posts at least twice weekly and you need to comment on two other blogs from that week every time you post. People often share your posts throughout social media as well. “It’s a thriving group with a strong following and daily activity!” Dani is proud to say. Everyone is supportive — you can even ask questions of the group related to blogging and receive some valuable feedback in return. Dani is an especially great resource as an expert not only on blogging, but also home business, social media and networking.

  5. The CleverMarketer.com Mastermind Community
  6. Work-at-home mom, Heather Stephens of Clever Marketer has been in internet marketing since 2005 but didn’t start seriously blogging until 2010. As she tried different strategies to increase blog traffic, she soon joined a private commenting tribe and saw its effectiveness in increasing traffic after only the first commenting round. “Because these bloggers were in the same niche I was in, the traffic they brought to me through the comments I left on their blog and through the tribe sharing my links through social media was a perfect match for my content,” Heather explains.

    “I was also seeing a huge increasing in visits to my blog because they were commenting on my blog posts daily and encouraging me to post 3 times a week! And even better, this traffic was converting into subscribers on my list. The tribe members were so generous. They were freely sharing secrets to their success with me…things like which plugins to use, how to optimize my posts for the search engines, and resources and services that could help me in my business that I never would have found otherwise.”

    After a couple of months in the tribe, Heather noticed that the group was “unable to grow and still support each other using the Facebook group platform without having people fall through the cracks.” She ended up taking a leadership role and moved the tribe over to a forum on her blog. In the forum, 10 members at a time share their latest post in a blog commenting campaign and you’re responsible for commenting on every post in your campaign, which also means that your post will receive nine comments from the others in your campaign. “I believe the success of the community is due 100% to the commitment of the members,” she states. “The members of our community are so awesome at supporting and helping each other. I know several joint venture relationships have been formed as well as countless friendships and business relationships.” And it’s Heather who makes sure that everyone’s on board and playing by the rules, even offering training resources and additional support to her community.

What has been your experience with blogging communities? Do you have any favorites?

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12 Comments

  1. Posted September 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Awesome post, Samantha! And the best part is that you are really unselfishly sharing one of your best (I am guessing) secrets that made you successful blogger. That’s a good thing. That’s correctly applying the sentence: “Don’t care to much about your size of the pie but care about making the pie bigger”.

    • Posted September 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      Actually, it’s true, Gustavo! These three groups were the very first I joined to get me on the right track, not only because of blog commenting, but also because of the friends I made, including you! =) Love that quote and I soo appreciate our friendship! =)

  2. Posted September 21, 2011 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Have belonged to some groups and found that it did not help because the group was way too large and too diverse and nobody wants to admit to being stuck.
    Have asked to join the Facebook group as I love our TLC group. Groups have definitely helped my blogs (more than one) Alexa rating too.
    Thanks Samantha for the info

    • Posted September 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      That’s so true and great way to bring in being stuck, Roberta! I think it also depends on the effort we put into it and sometimes, we can build micro-relationships even within ginormous groups! =)

  3. Posted September 21, 2011 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    Great reviews of these blogging groups Samantha and appreciate you sharing this. Groups are a great way to improve your blogging interaction, awareness and searchability for the search engines.

    I have to agree with Roberta, that I have experienced some groups that are too large and therefore not effective. The TLC group has been one of several groups I see a steady influx of interaction along with search results improving.

    I think it all has to do with each individual and your plan. If you are consistent and determined you will see results. For those that think they simply just need to produce a blog, post to it every now and then and then expect results and even sales, are simply not understanding … as you point out, your blog is a tool to build your business community, credibility and to help convert your visitors into loyal, paying customers.

    • Posted September 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      I love your summary, Lynn! These groups have definitely supported my blog in all those three ways you mention! The TLC is one of my favorite groups, but I think everyone can benefit from a start with these three groups, especially if they don’t have access to a smaller community yet!

      You’re so right that it’s based on the individual too and his or her dedication + persistence! I imagine some people may thrive in large groups!

  4. Posted September 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    I agree that developing relationships and being involved in the blogging community is more important that the blog itself. I have learned a great deal from the blogging groups that I have participated in.
    Thank you for sharing some information about the blogging groups that you belong to. I just submitted membership requests to two of the groups.

    • Posted September 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      Same here, Janette! In fact, that’s what has been most valuable for me. Not only has my blog traffic increased, but more importantly, I have made some lifelong friends along the way and have learned tons from them about both blogging and life! =)

      I’m so glad you reached out to join a couple of these groups! Do let me know how it goes! =) Hugs!

  5. Posted January 5, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Hi, Sam.

    Just discovered this other site of yours (or maybe I did the first time but forgot about it due to ahem…senior moments). Anyway, as always, thanks for the good tips. I do hope I’ll get to the point of taking blogging seriously, as you said. For the meantime, I’m more into blogging when I feel like it, as it helps facilitate writing, as if each word is competing with other words to come out of one’s mind and onto a visual, textual plate. So yes, when I get to the point of becoming a serious blogger like you, I’ll check out those three communities you mentioned. By the way, What Little Things has helped increase visits to my own blog site. For that, muchas gracias, amiga. Maraming salamat, Sam. :D

    • Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Leann! =) Take it easy and make blogging what will work for you. Up to now, I don’t really feel like I take blogging “seriously.” It’s fun for me and it was fun to make all those new friends in the communities I mention!

      Along the way, if you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! =) And I’m so glad What Little Things could be helpful to you! =)

  6. Posted April 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    I agree with you! “Blogging is about the community”, for example I have a friend who has a blog about movies, he has more than 20 loyal readers and they participate with their comments, sometimes my friend makes mistakes and all the community correct him, he is a successful blogger because his blog is “community-made”.

  7. Posted November 25, 2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Samantha, long time no see! Great insight on generating blog traffic. This post is over a year old, hope the tribe still open. If so, I will see you there. Again, thanks for the insight!

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