One of the great things about the blogging world is that it’s a collaborative place where people can help one another — and everyone benefits.
I know that when I was starting out, I was keen for other bloggers to help me … to link to my blog, share my posts, and so on.
But I had it backward.
One of the best ways to grow your blog is to focus on being the one who helps other bloggers.
Well, the best reason to help is simply because it’s a nice thing to do. But there are some strategic benefits as well.
If you help out someone else, chances are:
- They’ll want to do you a favour in return.
- Other people will see you as a generous, helpful person (a great reputation to have).
- You’ll be acting in ways that help grow your blog anyway.
How can you help another blogger today? Even if your own blog is brand new, there’s a lot you can do to help.
#1: Leave a Comment
Find a blogger in your niche who doesn’t have many comments. Leave a thoughtful, well-written comment on their most recent post. They’ll definitely notice you … as will their readers.
#2: Share Their Posts
Look for a recent blog post in your niche that hasn’t been shared much. Tweet it, or share it on Facebook (or on whatever network you prefer). Make sure you tag the blogger.
#3: Link to Their Blog
Even larger blogs will value a link — perhaps you could write a review about their blog, or recommend it in a list (like our 10 Blogs Every Blogger Should Check Out in 2014).
#4: Say “Thanks”
Have you read a post recently that was really helpful, or a newsletter that came at just the right time for you? Drop the blogger an email to tell them. Trust me, this will really make their day!
#5: Spot a Bug
If you notice a broken contact form, a link that’s not working, a glaring typo, or another problem, then let the blogger know. Email them or message them privately about it.
Have you got a tip to add? Or will you be trying out one of these today? Let us know in the comments.
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