What is the best way to make connections with other bloggers? That’s a really good question, even if for some, it seems to be an easy answer. Actually, it’s easy to connect, but it’s harder to get them to do something, like engage with you. I’m not only going to give you one way, but several.
What is the Best Way to Make Connections with Other Bloggers?
The oldest and most traditional way to make connections with other bloggers is to comment on their blogs. If you’re truly interested in your own niche, or any others, the best compliment you can give a blogger next to sharing their article or subscribing to their newsletter, is to comment. Don’t just leave a simple comment or drop a link to beg them to come to your website. Leave a thoughtful comment related to the post’s topic, that let’s you stand out from others. It shows them that you’re interested, and maybe even want to carry on the conversation. Also, don’t just comment one time. Make an impression by coming back several times.
Another way you can make connections with other bloggers is to do interviews of them. Research the blogger, and be thoughtful with your questions. When you inquire about interviewing, tell them why you’d like to interview them, and why they would be a great fit to be featured in front of your readers. I’ve gotten a lot of interview inquiries, and the majority of them have been canned responses. I usually refuse those because I don’t feel like they really care about myself or their readers, and usually it’s reflected in questions that haven’t been researched.
Aside from interviews, you can do a roundup of “expert” bloggers (people you feel are experts), and ask them all the same question. This allows you to feature several bloggers. They get to connect with you, as well as others you’ve featured.
You can also connect with bloggers in various communities. For example, Facebook has a lot of blogger communities that are active and allow bloggers to interact every day. You can also try joined some Twitter chats on Twitter to connect with other bloggers. For example, #blogchat is held every Sunday evening around 8PM Central US time, and has a focused topic that brings in a lot of bloggers.
Now, one of the ways I’ve been able to connect with other bloggers is meeting them at local Meetups and conferences. This allows people to connect face to face, and sometimes make a more meaningful connection than in a tweet, a Facebook post, or a blog post. Some of my closest friends and longtime clients are people I’ve been lucky enough to meet in person, whether a small social meeting, a Meetup, or a conference in another city, like WordCamp (WordPress conference.)
The last suggestion I have is hiring a blogger to do consultation. The problem is, that there are a lot of bloggers out there that feel entitled to free information that may not help their website’s particular issue. Hiring someone to occasionally mentor you, builds a great reputation the other blogger, allows you to learn and grow as a blogger, and could be a great way to make connections with other bloggers. Sometimes your mentor will direct you to other bloggers who are doing it right, and are doing exactly what you want them to do. Sometimes you might get a direct introduction with other bloggers too.
How have you made connections with other bloggers? Please share your own tips in the comments below, if you have any that I’ve not mentioned.
Nile, you have done a great job at providing some tips for receiving interaction from bloggers. I agree that the tried and true way to do this is chatting with them in the comments and making sure you are leaving in depth comments relevant to their post to show interest in the topic being discussed. A “good job” is always nice but doesn’t leave any room for discussion in my opinion.
Darrell Harris says
Great post! I have been able to connect with the regular bloggers but I haven’t been able to connect with the influencers like Pat Flynn and Neil Patel ,the guys with well known names. So I definitely will use and implement some of your strategies here. I checked out blogchat they seem like down to earth people. Thanks for sharing this useful information and have a great day.
Karen Woodham says
My website moved into more of the “entertainment” niche with reviews, interviews, event coverage and news on upcoming movie releases etc, due to this the comments slowed down and came to a stop, so I removed them from my site, but strangely enough the site has got more visits and the conversation moved over to the likes of Twitter.
I still do a few “blogchats” on Twitter and have got to meet some fantastic fellow bloggers.
I think a good chance to make connections is by doing Guest Posts and Interviews. Almost all of my blogging connections are based on these two activities.
I make a new blogger friend, either when I feature them on my blog, or else I write them a great piece of content, and they are awestruck, and left with no option than to publish it.
Amar kumar says
Building relationships with other bloggers in individual niche has been the most effective and powerful strategies I’ve ever used, and I know other prominent bloggers would agree. There are so many benefits that come from connecting with other bloggers in our niche. By promoting their content, they will often in turn promote yours. They will recommend you to their audience, link to your blog, promote you on their social media profiles, which helps contribute to your blog’s growth and visibility.
But even more, connecting with your fellow bloggers can have a tremendous positive impact for your life because the personal connections and friendships you will make are invaluable. Eventually thanks for sharing your worthy thought with us.
With best wishes,
Aswini Vadapalli says
Connecting with other bloggers is vital to increase the productivity. While we connect with other like-minded persons, we can share thoughts about the work and interests.
But new bloggers always find it difficult to connect with others because of some issues, firstly they should leave the fear and some kind of ego feelings to connect with other bloggers.
You have mentioned some great and helpful points nile, thanks for your great share. Expecting some more useful posts from you.
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Brad Cruise says
after reading your post I have come to know that I’m doing just 10%. there are so many ways according to you. thanx for giving me great ideas.
Ravi Chahar says
Blog commenting is one of the finest action to attract more readers. You can build human bonds with the fellow bloggers.
Making connections in the blogosphere is important to show the presence. You have provided the best thing to do.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Great stuff Nile,
I wasn’t aware about blog comment thing but after reading your article i think blog commenting is one of the best way to learn new stuff and make connections with other bloggers as well.
Thanks for sharing this article with us.
Heather Lawrence says
These are some really great tips! I have interacted with numerous bloggers on the internet and in various blog help groups but it wasn’t until just a couple of days ago I got the chance to meet a woman in real life that is a blogger. It was so cool to finally meet someone who actually understands! LOL!!
Paula Schuck says
These are excellent tips. It’s so much fun to collaborate and get to know other bloggers. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to do that if you don’t go to many conferences or you aren’t a travel blogger. These are great ideas.
michele d says
These are excellent tips for bloggers. Finding new ways to connect with other bloggers can be hard. So glad I came across this post.
Amanda Simkin says
Collaboration and being part of a community is important no matter what your profession may be, but it is especially important for bloggers. No one wants to just hide alone behind a computer screen.
Melissa Dixon says
Social media is the only way I talk with other bloggers. Mainly facebook and instagram.
Connecting with my fellow bloggers is important in my book. I am a member of a few Facebook blogger communities. Been a member for a while now and I’m totally loving it.
Ann Bacciaglia says
I love to make connections with fellow bloggers at events. I have such a good support system with my blogger friends.
Christy Garrett says
I love the blogging community. I started 4 years ago. I started visiting other blogs and following them in hopes of them enjoying my posts too.
lauren happel says
I love my blogger friends, its important to have them because sometimes those who are not bloggers do not understand the struggles we have a timesand it is important to have someone who “gets it”
A well moderated comment section can be a great blessing in many ways.
I have made some amazing friendships with other bloggers by reading their blogs, sharing and commenting and reaching out to them by email or message!
Christina Aliperti says
This is great. I think bloggers need to connect and support each other to the fullest.
Amber Killmon says
This is a great post. I have networked with many great bloggers at conferences and also have a few tribes I’m a proud member of.
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