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How to promote your blog by networking

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networking If no one knows your blog exists, then it is very unlikely that they will find it and come to read. Perhaps even stay and become loyal followers. Yes you will get a few stopping by through search engines, that’s if your SEO is done correctly and they can actually find you on Google. Blog promotion is an essential aspect of blogging.

If you are just starting out blogging or your blog is relatively new and you do not know what to do, I would suggest you spend some time throughout your day connecting with other bloggers online. The old saying; “it’s not what you know but who you know” is all important for blogging.

Networking.

Many important and successful business people as well as bloggers spend a fair amount of time networking. Networking is about building a community around your. Even building a support group.

This is just a short list. There are so many other resources available to us today. Perhaps you can list a few I have not mentioned.

How to Network

There are so many ways to network today. I am just going to list a few here.

Generosity – So many bloggers out there are all about what they can get out of it. They are too consumed about promoting themselves and their blogs. Now this might sound like a bit of  a contradiction, but don’t promote your blog first off. Promote others, give to the community, offer help. Encourage others, highlight their best work, give rather than take. You know - “It is better to give than to receive”.

Prove yourself first – A new person on the scene does not have much credibility. You need to spend time proving yourself first. Proving yourself in your niche, proving yourself in the blogosphere. Once you gain credibility people will read and listen to what you have to say. In fact they will look forward to it.

Be patient – Don't expect your blog to take off like a rocket. Some do, but this is an exception to the rule. It takes time to build relationships. It takes time to build up a following. Think of it as a courting or dating arrangement where you need to impress you partner. You take it slow, making sure everything is about them.

Look to connect to B-List bloggers – There are a great list of what we call A-list bloggers, the top dogs in their fields. How we would all like to be connected with them. However that is very unlikely unless you have a good name and a highly credible blog. So don’t waste too much time trying to befriend the Darren Rowse’s of the blog world. You might get lucky, but most times not. Rather look for what we call B-list bloggers. These are bloggers that are established, but they are not as important as the A-list bloggers. However they still carry a punch in their niche. Approaching  less known bloggers you stand a greater chance or working out, and they can still bring a lot of traffic to your blog.

Join Blog Collaboration network – This is where a group of bloggers get together with the express purpose of collaborating together. Helping each other out, promoting each others blog and blog posts. Commenting on each others posts. This is a great resource for networking. Take a look at Twitter12. Twitter12 is a community and forum where bloggers work together.

Search out neighbouring niches – I spoke about connecting with people in your niche. It is important for bloggers to connect with other bloggers in your niche. But don’t box yourself in. Spread your wings a bit. Don’t overdo it though. A great source of encouragement is to connect with bloggers in your demographics. You won’t believe how patriotic people are.

Ask Questions – Ask questions about others, try to get to know them. Find out what their goals and dreams are. Try to determine their strengths and weaknesses. All this is done so that you can better serve them, help them, encourage them. Many bloggers go into networking with a single agenda, how can I benefit from this?  Networking is best served when you know who your friends are, what they are, and how you can make them better. If you don’t ask questions about them, you will never know. A bonus is that by chance you might flatter them.

Host a blog carnival – A blog carnival is a space set aside on your blog where you expressly promote other bog posts. Then encourage users to read that post as well as the posts listed at your blog carnival. A Blog Carnival is a particular kind of blog community. There are many kinds of blogs, and they contain articles on many kinds of topics. Blog Carnivals typically collect together links pointing to blog articles on a particular topic. A Blog Carnival is like a magazine. Read my Blog Carnival – Call for Submissions post.

I hope this has helped you know more about promoting your blog through networking. How has your networking been going? I look forward to hearing more about your own experience of promoting your blog through networking and how it’s helped your blogging grow. Why not leave us a comment below.

Related Reading:

Promote your blog the easy way.

Promoting other blogs will help promote yours

A successful blog takes hard work

15 Things to do on Facebook that will help promote your business.

Blog Carnival – Call for Submissions

How to create and host a blog carnival – Part 1

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How to promote your blog by networking

If you are just starting out blogging or your blog is relatively new and you do not know what to do, I would suggest you spend some time throughout your day connecting with other bloggers online. The old saying; “it’s not what you know but who you know” is all important for blogging.
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By TrackBack on  2009/10/09 11:06 AM
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Re: How to promote your blog by networking

Hey Robert,

Another great post on blogging! All these tips are great! I have to get around to understanding blog carnivals better. Is it just like a resources page?

By Gordie Rogers on  2009/10/06 09:53 AM
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I will keep this in mind when I take blogging seriously. Outdone yourself again!

By Rustig on  2009/10/06 09:57 AM
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Also get your blog listed on http://sablogs.tel, a site dedicated to promoting South African blogs!

By Gordon on  2009/10/06 10:23 AM
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Re: How to promote your blog by networking

This is a comprehensive list. Keep up the good work.

By Oluniyi David Ajao on  2009/10/06 10:57 AM
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Re: How to promote your blog by networking

You can also add your Blog or Website on my Website www.erate.co.za !!!

By Etienne on  2009/10/06 11:11 AM
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Re: How to promote your blog by networking

So true Robert, and you're building exactly that kind of community via this blog. Thanks!

By Mike CJ on  2009/10/06 11:31 AM
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Re: How to promote your blog by networking

@Gordan, thanks for the link and invitation.

@Ettienne, Thanks for the invite. On my way to have a look at the site.

By Robert Bravery on  2009/10/06 01:34 PM
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Re: How to promote your blog by networking

@mike,

Thanks for the great encouraging words

By Robert Bravery on  2009/10/06 01:35 PM
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Re: How to promote your blog by networking

@Gordie,Blog carnival, I suppose you could call it a resource, but it's more like a promotional post. Basically, you create a post and list other bloggers post in an effort to promote theirs on your blog.Check out my latest blog carnival which I posted on Monday, Webdevelopers Blog Carnival - Issue #19; http://www.integralwebsolutions.co.za/Blog/EntryId/411/Webdevelopers-Blog-Carnival-Issue-19.aspx I put the link in my name Below.Be sure to check out the related reading I posted with regards to Blog Carnival. You can also visit, http://www.blogcarnival.com

By Robert Bravery on  2009/10/06 01:42 PM
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Damn and I was hoping for a quiet weekend! Lots of good tips there Robert, will keep me busy for a while.

By Kevin Tea on  2009/10/06 05:21 PM
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Very nice article Robert. Blogging is part of social networking aka "build lasting relationships with your readers". If only I knew all the details concerning good blogging when I started...

By AntonRSA on  2009/10/06 05:40 PM
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Re: How to promote your blog by networking

This is one post that has it all! very insightful Robert.

By Fawibe Obafemi on  2009/10/11 08:45 PM
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Re: How to promote your blog by networking

Hi Robert

I agree with you about social networking but and there is always a but. Be careful not to spam people to often with stuff. I don't mind getting junk mail from time to time but some people take it to far. I stopped being friends with a couple of people after getting adverts on a daily basis.

By Pieter van Wyk on  2009/10/14 07:57 AM
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Re: How to promote your blog by networking

Hi Pieter,

You are absolutely correct. Thanks for bringing up this point. It is an excelent point and one that perhaps needs its own post. There are just so many things to talk about, that one can't do it all in one post.
As with most things there is always a way to abuse the system.
I, like you, just hate those junk mail ads. My though is this, if your primary goal is to help others in your network, then spamming will not be a consideration. Spam is all about self

By Robert Bravery on  2009/10/14 08:20 AM
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Re: How to promote your blog by networking

Hi,

Thanks nice review..what I generally use most to promote is my blog is article writing,social bookmarking and forums.
Getting more backlinks means you will get better ranking in google.

http://webmasterdailytips.com/2009/10/how-to-promote-your-blog/

By Ravi on  2009/10/29 02:33 PM
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Re: How to promote your blog by networking

Hi,

Thanks nice review..what I generally use most to promote is my blog is article writing,social bookmarking and forums.
Getting more backlinks means you will get better ranking in google.

http://webmasterdailytips.com/2009/10/how-to-promote-your-blog/

By Ravi on  2009/10/29 02:34 PM
 
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