Oct 1, 2011

Networking and Guest Posting | Why is it important?

I’m no pro blogger. Actually, I feel like I’m the furthest thing from it. But I’ve had a ton of questions lately on how one goes about growing a blog, so I figured I’d do a mini- series. Maybe 2 posts, maybe more, depending on how much YOU like them, and how much info I can get into one post without overwhelming you. (Read Part II here and Part III here)

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First things first: You need to form a network of other blogger friends. I can’t stress how important this is. It seems lately,  some bloggers won’t help out a newbie, because nothing is in it for them. If you try to reach out to a fellow blogger, and they ignore you or give you a short non-helpful answer, move on. Ask someone else, don’t get discouraged. Because there are tons of GREAT friendly bloggers out there, willing to help out a newbie. We all remember what it was like to only have 10 followers and 1,000 pageviews. Join groups and forums. (If you’re an etsy seller too, check out the Etsy Blog Team forum, search for your question, it’s probably been answered, if not, just start a new thread, someone will help you!). Remember, some bloggers get hundreds of emails from readers per day, so you could get mixed in all the mumbo jumbo, don’t take offense if you don’t hear back soon, if at all.

Your network of bloggers will all become friends. You will be able to count on them to help promote your blog, and in turn help them promote theirs. You might never meet them in person, but you will become best friends. You will come up with ideas together and watch one another’s blogs grow. The best part? They will truly be happy for you when your stats go up, no jealousy.You’ll be able to lean on them when you’re feeling down, or uninspired. They will lift you up.These blog friends are a must! They are the only ones who truly know how frustrating, tiring and sometimes draining blogging can be, yet they understand why you do it and the satisfaction you receive from it.

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Now to the good stuff. Guest Posting. At first, I didn’t like the idea. It takes me so much time to just come up with ideas for my own blog, let a lone someone else’s. But let me tell you, it’s worth that extra time. By guest posting, you’re not only getting your post seen by hundreds of people that normally wouldn’t even know who you are, but you’ll also be telling your readers “hey, this awesome blogger thinks I’m cool enough to post on there blog”.  If you’re guest posting, there should be a short intro introducing you as the guest poster and a link to your blog. This will get people to see you. As long as you are guest posting about something that interests them, they’re going to go visit you, and possible be back to visit you again and again. Your pageviews just jumped up.

Hosting a guest post is always nice too. I don’t think it draws as much attention as guest posting on another blog, but it will bring you views and bring up your street cred’ a bit. Just be careful your blog doesn’t become a Guest Post. It’s easy to fall into the routine of hosting a guest blogger, because it’s practically no work for you, but you start to lose your voice. Readers who once came to you for advice, no longer seek your advice, because it’s never there.

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I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers complain about other bloggers wanting to use there tutorials. To me, I don’t understand why,  it’s a form of guest posting. As long as the blogger provides the proper backlinks, you’re winning. That blogger is now promoting you, free of charge! In September, I had a high day of over 30,000 views. Know why?? Because several bloggers and a few top sites posted about my tutorials that day.

While we’re on the subject of backlinks. MAKE SURE YOU’RE DOING THIS. Bloggers and photographers spend a lot of time coming up with material. Every photo that is not yours, whether it Copyrighted  or not, should be linked to it’s proper source. If you seen a post that you love, but want to do your own spin on it, totally fine, just make sure you say something like “I seen a post by thisblogger and new I had to share my version with you” (making sure you link to the blogger and the direct post). It’s a win for you, because you’re giving your readers something new, and it’s a win for the inspiring blogger, because you’re providing them traffic. Note that some bloggers require permission before this, and could make you take down your post if you havn’t received proper permission. I don’t usually mess with those bloggers that have HUGE Copyrighted messages all over there websites. Blogging has obviously went to there head. (just kiddingggggggggggggg)

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Also know, that everything has already been done. I guarantee if you think up something supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, and then Google it, you’ll find at least 10 other posts like it. Keep this in mind when you see another blogger posting about something you already did, know that they could have thought of it on there own. NO they are not copying you. Give them the benefit of the doubt.

Another way to build up your street cred’ is sponsoring other blogs. A lot of bloggers offer ad swaps. You know those pretty buttons the light up there page with the slogan “Sponsors” Some are paid, some are not. It doesn’t hurt to ask a blogger if they’d like to swap buttons for the month. The worse they could say is no, and then you just move on to another blogger. Remember, when you’re first starting out, it may be hard to get a high ranking blog to swap ads. Some bloggers have no minimum requirement, some require you to have a minimum of 500 followers, some have a minimum of 500,000 pageviews per month, so on and so on. Paying to get your ad on a good blog is worth the money when you’re trying to grow your readership. While small ads are cheaper and do get your button up on the site, I’d suggest going for something bigger so you get an actual link in a post.

Maybe more on this next week, a long with how Giveaways help you out, even if no one ends up buying anything.

Oh Oh Oh!! Speaking of sponsors, do you see all my new lovelies up there? Over to the right? Go check them out, they’ve spent good hard earned money to get you to click on them!

Do you have any questions, post them here and I’ll answer them next week. Or fill out my Contact form and I’ll get back to as soon as I can.

# kristanlynn
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41 comments:

  1. Hi I'm a newbie and I've only got too people on my followers :( and because I have 2 people following do you think it will put people following me on my blog?

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  2. It looks like you've figured it out. I can see your followers when I look at your blog. =)

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  3. Thanks a bunch for this. This is really helpful for a new blogger. I think it's sometimes hard to find helpful fellow bloggers. I think sometimes people forget where they started out as well. No one starts a blog with 1000 followers. We all have to start somewhere. You should definitely add more to this series it's very helpful.

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  4. yes, please write again about this! :) you mentioned a couple of tips no one else had.

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  5. great post! I'm a new follower!

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  6. Love your blog
    great post
    I am following you by e-mail :) now

    cheers

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  7. Love this! Thanks! :) I cant wait to read more!

    Kelli
    Dailypolkadots

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  8. Thanks I always love to read other bloggers tips! I have had really great luck with networking groups too, my favorite is voiceBoks, I have found it a great way to meet bloggers. Congratulations on having such a great following!!

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  9. thank you for this so much! I found you through the letter 4 and am now following :)

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  10. Such a great post! I learned alot in just this post alone..

    Im a proud follower! :D

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  11. I think this is GREAT advice. I always wondered about asking if it is okay to swap advertising on blogs that only have paid advertising listed. Thanks for the tips!

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  12. Good post. Kinda like how I see things to. It's just like always. "You get back what you put into it.". Help a little and you'll get some help or a word of good advice back.

    Just leaning back and waiting for your network to just grow by itself does NOT work. It ain't magic, it's hard work! And fun. :)

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  13. Some really good advise in there and a couple of things I had not thought of that I plan to implement on my blog immediately. Had not really ever considered other bloggers as sponsors or especially swapping the adspace as way for a win-win. Thanks for shareing.

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  14. If any new bloggers are thinking about creating a little ad on the side, these are my two cents as to which ones I (non-blogger) looked at.
    The ads I actually clicked on turned out to be the ones that gave a hint as to what they are about, like the photography one, the jewelry one and the craft one, and the kid one. The ones with just a persons face on them were skipped without a second thought.

    Oh and I'm pretty new to blogs, but it seems like you can only comment on a blog if you have one yourself, which seems silly. I am not a blogger but love reading them. Any suggestions on this, please let me know ! haha thought I'd throw that in there.
    rprince323@yahoo.com
    that's my email because it appears I have to sign this as anonymous. booo.

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  15. Thanks a million times ten for this post! I am a newish blogger with a pretty small readership. I'm just starting to try to line up sponsors and I'm not having much luck. I was really intimidating about asking for ad swaps, so I appreciate the suggestion/encouragement of this.

    Also, it's just plain nice to hear such a successful blogger as you write about other bloggers in kind and positive way. I'm so glad I've found your blog.

    P.S. I adore the Coffee Confessionals!

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  16. Thanks for this post! I'm like the noob of all noobs in the blog world. Looking forward to more about this...it's awesome that you're putting time aside to help others out!

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  17. thank you so much for the useful tips! i am a new follower and those tips really helped! I know what you mean about how some bloggers are so friendly, and some just are'nt!

    I would really appreciate it if you guys could just take a few minutes to stop by my blog, i will HAPPILY follow back!

    xoxo

    http://thegreenraybans.blogspot.com

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  18. Thanks for taking the time to write this post. Please, keep it up!

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  19. Wonderful info... I'm just starting out a new Etsy shop (the shop is set up, I just have to put my stuff on to sell!)

    Keep up the good work!

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  20. This is fabulous...I've been blogging for over a year and just recently started 'actually trying' to grow my blog. The sense of community you get when you connect with fellow bloggers is the best, I've been doing Ad Swaps for about 3 months now and love it! I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog...new follower! :)

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  21. Thanks for the post. I found your blog because of a giveaway and LOVE your photographs and posts. I think it's important to get readers (or "friends"), not just numbers. I've come across some blogs that I think are junkie. The bloggers don't proofread, don't show originality, etc.

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  22. Thank you so much for this post! It's nice to know that I'm not the only one starting out with 10 followers and no idea how to get started in the blogging world! I would love to hear more advice on this topic!

    Alyx


    garnerfamilyadventures.blogspot.com

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  23. You are wonderful. I love how you write. It was as if each new sentence was addressing a question I had! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this.

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  24. Just stumbled across your blog and am already in love (with you and it)! Thanks for the helpful ideas on just starting out. I'm just starting to go about increasing my Etsy sales through FB and my blog and found this first post very helpful... Can't wait to read the next ones.

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  25. Hello,

    It is nice, practical and simple. Thanks.

    BMBhatatcharjee.

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  26. I wanted to say "thank you". You are the first person who has explained blogging. I'm a nubbie and have my own business I would like to blog about so any helpful hints or constructive criticism please I welcome it.
    Take a look at my blog www.stelladotjewelrydenver.com and let me know. I look forward to hearing from you

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  27. Great post! To express to your followers how much important are for you it's a nice thing. I think that well your blog it's very helpful. Personally I learn so much reading your post and always I'm anxious to read the new post.

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  28. Wonderful advice and blogging ideas!! Now if I could just fight my laziness vs. motivation :) I've had your page up for 3 days and just finished reading this info. oh my am I lazy and busy, but mostly busy :)

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  29. I really enjoyed reading your blogging tips, and really respect your honesty. I also found your stance on GFC quite interesting =P

    P.S. Your etsy shop has so many cute cards!

    Following you now... because I really enjoyed reading your blog and not for any other reasons hehe =P

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  30. I recently subscribed to your blog, love. I am new to blogging and finding my way with my it. I only have 4 followers after a couple months but I am having 4 to 15 hits a day. Any tips on how to get people to become a follower rather than a casual viewer? I follow several blogs on my personal account but I created a separate account to blog from, do you think that was a mistake? Any insight or feedback would be much loved.

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  31. This is wonderful, thank you for taking the time to create this series!! I'm working on growing my blog and I'm bookmarking all of these :)

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  32. I am visiting by way of Veronica's blog CrunchyVTMommy and love that you are sharing all of this information. I started off with just my mom reading and now have a few more readers but it has been a slow slow process the good thing as that I love writing regardless but I would love to be at a place where I can spend even more time doing what I love. I am excited to read more of your series and think it is wonderful that you are sharing information with your readers (you've got a new one!)

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    1. I can relate to you Krishann, no one seems to read my blogs at all. I have been doing thius for about 3 weeks now. Not that they are that exciting.. I need to learn so much. I am new to all this and need help!!!

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  33. Great post. Thank you for sharing your insight

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  34. Thank you so much! This post is so helpful:)

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  35. Grammar check is a HUGE thing for me....
    “I seen a post by thisblogger and new I had to share my version with you”

    I SAW a post....
    anyway...just my 2 cents. I LOVE your info. Thanks for sharing!

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    2. Thanks for all your help. I enjoy your Blogs and also your followers.

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  37. I'm new to blogging about my personal experiences, so I appreciate this advice. Thx!

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