Blogging has certainly changed since I first started seriously following bloggers six years ago. What used to be a small community of a few people writing has now grown into a production of bloggers all trying to get their name out to work with brands, network with others and hustle hustle hustle to make it to the top! It can be scary when you first start out, unsure of where to go, who to talk to and where to get your best advice from. How can you find your own community in this ever changing web of the world? Where are your fellow boss babes? I have a few tips that might encourage, inspire and hopefully help you reach them!
1. Establish Your Blog’s Focus/Niche // Before you start to dive into finding your ideal blogging community and your new friends, you first need to establish your main focus as a blogger. What’s your blog’s focus/niche? What are the main topics you write about? Who is your ideal target audience? Who might you want to collaborate with? These are all key questions to get figured out the best that you can before searching for blogging communities, especially ones that are geared toward certain niches only.
2. Reach Out & Research // The next step is to reach out to any bloggers that you already know of. Do you have a friend or family member who’s a blogger and is connected in the blogging world? Reach out to them and ask if they have any recommendations as to where to get connected. Be sure to do your research. There are tons and tons of different blogging Facebook groups out there, but being honest, not all of those will help you get connected or grow. Make sure you do your research and know that each group can help you and your blog in various aspects.
3. Participate In Daily Threads // When you’re new to a Facebook blogging group, the first thing you should do (other than read up on the rules of the group) is to start participating in daily threads. Most blogging groups have daily comment threads and social media threads. Drop your links in them and then reciprocate to other bloggers. Share the love!
4. Follow Bloggers You Resonate With On Social Media // Aside from supporting other bloggers content on their blog by reading and commenting, the next way to support and connect with others is to follow them on social media. Don’t go following everyone – only follow those you truly resonate with and genuinely want to get to connect with more.
5. Participate In Extra Group Activities // Sometimes blogging Facebook groups have extra activities aside from their regularly scheduled threads. Some have Twitter chats, mail swaps, giveaways, Instagram challenges, and more. If you want to get out there and connected in the blogging world, you’ve got to take the first step to put yourself out there. You can do it! It’s fun! I promise.
6. Be Genuine, Friendly, & Respectful // If you want to attract genuine, friendly, and respectful people, then you need to first take up those characteristics. Be who you want to attract. Stay true to yourself and respect others. Be friendly and warm, kind and encouraging. Remember: we rise by lifting others! If you’re seeking community, you need to be community.
7. Ask Questions // Once you start connecting to some bloggers that you appreciate, trust and respect, you should start asking questions! For example, I had no idea what SEO was when I first started so I turned to my Facebook group to help me and advice on what keywords I should be adding to my blog.
Someone else who can also help advise would be Dan Anton. Dan has a website, RankCrew, that offers his clients website building with the help of SEO tips and tricks as well as linkbacks to give your website the audience it needs to capture. His amazing team is friendly as well as extremely knowledgeable of the ins and outs of SEO and how searching engines rank in the Google world. The best part? They are available to help 24/7 and offer a variety of packages to help all your website needs.
So those are my helpful tips to finding your boss babes! They’ll probably be some of the best friends you’ll ever meet because they understand the frustration, hustle and passion that you have for your blog as they have for theirs. Your boss babes have to stick together, to carry on another, support you and your mission and bring you and your blog to new heights! If you have other ideas on how to get your tribe going, let me know! I can’t wait to read it!