I got my first Blogger account in high school, about 10 years ago now. Obviously I hoped no one from my real life would find it and read it. Fast forward to now where I’m in a place where I want my blog to be read and I want it to be shared. I found myself searching out bloggers who I followed, admired, and trusted for some advice. That’s when I discovered one of my favourite bloggers Abby from Just A Girl and Her Blog wrote an ebook* titled Building a Framework all about how she began earning money within her first year of blogging. Now making money isn’t my goal but the fact that she was making money meant she was being noticed.
In her ebook*, Abby shares so many tips and tricks like how to get more traffic to your blog from Pinterest and how to develop a relationship with a brand. I found myself studying her ebook like a textbook with a pad of paper next to me jotting down all the things I needed to implement right away. Eventually I would have figured out most of her tips by trial and error and over the course of a few years, but reading her book gave me that inside knowledge to help boost my blog to a place where I had only dreamed it could be within days.
After reading her ebook and actioning as many of her tips as I could, I developed my own little list of tips that have worked for me when it comes to networking and building relationships with other bloggers and brands:
1. WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS
I am a list maker and I love crossing things off a list. It doesn’t feel done until I can slash a big line through it. When I got serious about my blog I wrote down my list of goals so I could see them and scratch them off when they are met.
2. APPROACH THOSE YOU ADMIRE
If you look up to them and admire their techniques, talk to them! I guarantee they will share some tips with you if you ask nicely. I suggest building a list of people you admire and check in on them often. Try and figure out what they are doing that’s drawing you in!
3. REACH OUT TO OTHER BLOGGERS
There is power in numbers! I went onto Facebook to find private groups for bloggers in my area. I had no idea I’d actually find one. These other bloggers have such a wide range of skill sets and come from different backgrounds. It’s so nice to finally find that group of people who understand the bloggy world. It takes a certain type of person to want to blog so to have that group of people to bounce ideas off of and not feel silly is phenomenal.
4. HELP OTHERS
Don’t horde all the know-how, share the wealth! I approached the hosts of a new link party and asked them if they wanted a “Grab a Button” made for them because I noticed they didn’t have one. They explained to me they had been trying to get one set up with no luck and were so thankful I offered to help! Now I have 3 amazing women I’ve broken the ice with and know I can approach if I ever have a question when it came to blogging.
5. SAY “THANK-YOU”
Nothing feels better than hearing a genuine thank-you! I just finished a batch of real, hand-written, thank-you cards to mail off to ladies who participated in my Holiday Gift Guide. It meant a lot to me that they supported my idea and shared it with their followers. Remember in the beginning when I said that my whole goal was for people to READ my work?Without these ladies help, I wouldn’t have reached that goal with that post.
6. MONEY IS NOT THE BE-ALL END-ALL
If you’re doing it for the money, stop right here and don’t pass go because there won’t be $200 to collect. When it comes to blogging, focus on content. CONTENT. CONTENT. Once you have great content under your belt and you’ve developed your niche, then start to think about monetizing but even then, content is king! But when you’re reading to start dabbling with the money making side of blogging, affiliate links are where it’s at and Skimlinks has been where I’ve seen most of my success.
7. BE YOU
It will be easier to maintain your “voice” and come up with ideas to blog about if you’re using your voice. There are many ways to let your voice shine through. Abby gives an amazing tip for writing in your own voice but I wont spoil it for you!
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