This is a guest post by Ryan Biddulph. He is a published author and blogger. In this post-Ryan shows us how we can expand our reach by becoming a connected blogger.
Connected bloggers rule their niche. Having a friend network consisting of influential bloggers expands your reach like wildfire. I have landed features on world famous blogs through the power and scale of my friend network. Becoming a connected blogger takes patience, clarity and having the proper mindset. Follow these tips to build your blogging connections.
1. Study Blogging Inside-Out
Before you become clear and confident enough to reach out to other bloggers you need to know your blogging stuff. Follow a few top pros from the blogging niche.Study resources to beef up your due diligence campaign.
Consider this sensational resource at WHSR:
Read. Study. Get informed.
Gain confidence to start your blogger outreach campaign on the right energetic foot.
Getting connected becomes easier if you follow the remaining tips while armed with keen blogging insights.
2. Make Connections
Do not make the common newbie blogger – and struggling blogger – mistake concerning the concept of becoming a connected blogger. A shocking majority of failing bloggers ask influential bloggers for introductions to other influencers, begging to get connected.
You do not get connected. This is not a passive or plea-based activity.
You establish connections by generously serving top bloggers in your niche for months then years in as many ways as possible.
Successful pro bloggers become influential bloggers by promoting top bloggers on social, by commenting effectively on top blogger’s blogs or by featuring top bloggers on their blogs.
Build connections by actively helping blogging big dawgs persistently without looking for anything in return.
Pay your connecting tuition by serving pros without looking for anything in return.
Be a friend to become a friend.
Top bloggers promote, support and endorse generous, skilled bloggers who helped them out freely for a sustained period of time.
3. Practice Writing
Generous, gregarious, helpful bloggers fulfill one part of the connecting equation.
You need to bring something to the table to become connected.
Bloggers promote, endorse and support skilled, talented bloggers who create value on a regular basis.
Even if you know a ton of bloggers you will have a difficult time getting connected with top bloggers until you practice writing 500 to 1000 words daily in a Word document to find your writing voice and to clearly and confidently get your point across through your blog posts.
Practice writing in private.
Shine on a public stage.
Get connected by giving fellow bloggers a reason to want to connect with you.
4. Comment Genuinely on Top Blogs from Your Niche
Comment on top blogs from your niche.
Become connected through this low barrier to entry technique for building bonds.
Genuine blog commenting exposes you, your blog and your brand to targeted readers. Commenting on top blogs also helps you befriend influential bloggers in your niche.
Write 3-5 paragraph comments to make an impact. Be authentic. Flesh out some point discussed in the post to show that you read the blog post. Address the blogger by name. Craft a thorough comment. Thank the blogger for sharing their thoughts. Sign off with your name.
Publish at least one meaty comment weekly on top blogs from your niche. Commit to commenting genuinely on top blogs for the next 3-6 months or longer.
Freddy Cabrera regularly publishes sensational comments on top blogs from his niche.
Follow his blog commenting lead if you want to become a connected blogger.
5. Respond to Requests Quickly
Whether through email or social media, respond to requests quickly.
Engage your readers and fellow bloggers swiftly to become connected.
After interacting with some of the most connected bloggers in my blogging tips niche I found top bloggers respond to requests in a prompt fashion. Each response lays the foundation for a strong connection or friendship to develop.
Try to respond within 24 hours. Most folks see the 1 day response time frame as being reasonable.
Be prompt. Be professional. Get connected by responding to requests within a short time frame.
6. Gobble Up Aligned Opportunities Quickly
Feast on opportunities aligned with your blogging niche swiftly.
Become an opportunity Pacman or Pac Woman.
Eating up guest post opportunities, interview requests and features connects you with influential bloggers in your niche, laying the framework for more features and connections to develop.
Create the illusion of being everywhere in your niche. Seize promising opportunities quickly to establish your presence in your niche of choice.
What tips can you add to this list?
How have you become a connected blogger?
Or are you having a difficult time getting connected?
About the Author
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, LifeHack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise.