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9 Savvy Tips To Grow Your Blogging Community

As I’ve said before, I’m by no means an expert in the realm of blogging. I’m still building my blog, but I’m excited to be building my blog with you! At the beginning of this series on blogging, I indicated how it’s important to survey your readers about what they like to see on your blog and last week I posted about the strategic plan I drafted for my blog. This week, I would like to share with you nine savvy tips you can use to grow your blogging community.

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1- Visit other bloggers
This is the number one step to building your blog’s community. You have got to get out and meet people. A good place to start is to join a blogging network like Bloggy Moms or SITS Girls. There are many blogging networks out there. Find one that fits your niche and mingle! Visiting other bloggers may seem time-consuming, but it’s worth it. Set a timer for 20-30 minutes and visit as many bloggers as you can. If possible, do this daily!

*Bonus tip: Every week try to visit at least one new blogger.*

2- Leave meaningful comments
The blogger doesn’t know you’ve visited unless you say something. Leave a thoughtful comment to let the blogger know you’ve been there.

I’ll share an interesting factoid about my approach to commenting… if I read it, I respond to it. I view each blog posting like a conversation. I feel the need to respond to what’s been said to me. So to my blogging buddies, now you know that if I haven’t commented, then that means that I haven’t read it.

3- Respond to comments on your blog
I almost always respond to comments on my blog. It took me a while to learn the importance of this. Communicating with the people who take the time to comment on your blog is critical to building your blogging community. Your readers want to know that you care about what they’ve said.

A side note… if you are a “no-reply” blogger, this means that the bloggers who you communicate with can’t respond directly to your comments or get in contact with you… oh no!!! There’s a simple fix to this, though… check out Susannah’s post over at Simple Moments Stick to get tips on how to fix your no reply status.

4- Mention other bloggers
This is critical to building your community. See how I just mentioned Susannah and linked you to her post? I’m sure she’ll be tickled and appreciate the shout out. These sort of things builds relationships.

5- Share, share, share
If you like something you see on Google+, why not +1 it?! If a post has a tweetable link, why not tweet it? A pretty picture accompanies a great post… pin it! If you read an awesome article, why not share it on Facebook?! Your blogging friends will love that you are reading their content and sharing it with others.

6- Guest blogging
Invite others to be a guest blogger on your site (or ask to be a guest blogger on someone else’s site). I just recently opened up to the idea of guest blogging and hosting guest bloggers. I now see its merits, and I sincerely wish I had done this sooner. Guest blogging opens up your blogging world even further. It gives you to an opportunity to meet readers from other blogs… now, how cool is that?!

A side note… if you’re interested in doing a guest post for The Deliberate Mom, the details about guest posting on my blog can be found HERE.

7- Be thankful
I know we can get busy with our lives and blogging can be time-consuming. However, it’s so important that every once in a while you express your thanks to the bloggers you have built relationships with. A short personal email thanking them for their friendship means so much.

I have been on the receiving end of such lovely emails, and they’ve meant the world to me. Robin from Robin Kramer Writes, Tiffany from A Touch of Grace, Ceil from Surrounded by the Spirit, and Meg from Meg Made are just a few of the lovely bloggers who have taken the time to write me a kind email. There’s never a negative consequence to being kind. Once again, this is impossible if you’re a no-reply blogger… so make sure your buddies know how to contact you.

8- Link parties
I love “link parties” they’re such a wonderful way to meet other bloggers. My {this moment} postings are part of a link-up hosted by the lovely Amanda Blake Soule from SouleMama. I have met so many fabulous bloggers through the weekly {this moment} postings. In fact, I met my first and longest standing blogging friend, Sofia from Sofia’s Ideas as a result of {this moment}.

9- Get out and meet other bloggers
There are so many opportunities to meet other bloggers… in “real life”. You could attend a blogging conference or join a local bloggers’ meet-up. Making real connections is a wonderful way to build your blogging community.

*Bonus tip: Always carry a business card with your blog’s information on it, that way if you meet up with new people who are interested in your blog, you can give them a card.*

Do you need more inspiration? Please make sure to check out Jelli (from Jellibean Journals) and her post #1 Tip To Build A Loyal Readership. It is such an encouraging, thoughtful post and a great base as you work towards building your blog.

Is there anything you do to grow your blogging community? Please share… I would love to hear from you.

Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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92 thoughts on “9 Savvy Tips To Grow Your Blogging Community

  • Missy

    These are good tips! Since I started blogging I found them to be very true! Not that I always do such a good job at all of them… I’m working on that ;) Thanks for sharing, Jennifer!

  • Mrsteeh

    Great and truly easy to apply tips! Thanks so much for sharing them…I have considered opening up for guest blogging but haven’t gone forward yet. This may give me the etra nudge :)

  • Yanic Arsenault

    Great post! Especially #2… I always tell people that apologize for writing long comments to stop. I love them so much! Like you, I think this is a great way to communicate and share.

    Great post! Than you for the tips… as a very new blogger, some of these I hadn’t really thought of. :-)

  • Ceil

    Hi Jennifer! I agree with all your points here. I do think that all the social media choices can be confusing, and diving into them can be overwhelming. I would add a point to ‘take your time’ in adding outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+. Get comfortable before moving on.

    Thank you for the ‘mention’ on your post! I am blessed by our connection.

  • Robin Kramer | Robin Kramer Writes

    This is probably the third time I’ve used these exact words, but woman, you really are a rock star blogger. Now if there were just enough hours in the day to match my enthusiasm, I’d be golden. Even so, I always can apply some of these useful nuggets. Thanks for the great tips!

  • Crystal Green

    These are some really good tips. I love reading (and writing blogging tips.) I find my best way to gain a community is through commenting and visiting other blogs. I love #SITSGirls and MomDot.com forum groups. Bloggy Moms is also a great group too.

  • Naomi Figueroa

    Love this post! So often I think about all the technical stuff and social media and all that, and I feel like I over complicate blogging sometimes….but I’m learning more and more that I should try to provide value (give a solution or help my readers in some way) and make authentic connections. Following people isn’t enough–I need to engage with them. Be real and authentic and not just all about promoting myself.
    [visiting from SITS Sharefest today!]

  • Jessica Dimas

    Love these! And as another blogger, I have to say that I always appreciate your thoughtful comments on my posts. You always make me feel like you actually read my posts because your comments are never generic. Which made me instantly interested in you! I was like “hmmm, who is this thoughtful commenter and does she have a blog? I want to know what SHE writes about.” I’ve got to look more into guest posting too, it makes me nervous but I’m sure the benefits are worth it :)

  • Newsha

    Love these tips! Next month, I’ll hit my 1-year anniversary of starting my blog and I can’t believe how fast the time has passed and how much I’ve enjoyed the experience. It’s SO important to support other bloggers by commenting, sharing links and also writing contributing posts! I’ll definitely have to try the link parties one day soon – hadn’t heard of that one before!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    • Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom

      I am so glad you enjoyed this. Yes, sincere relationships and connecting with others is critical! As a newbie blogger, I know I was “guilty” of self-promotion. I had no idea what I was doing and just thought social media was meant to drive your blog more into the public’s eyes. It’s a learning process that’s for sure (hence why I started this blog building series).

      I hope these tips help you in your own blog building journey!

  • Michelle Nahom

    Great advice! I too try to comment on every blog that I read…and it’s a lot of them! I need to do some reorganizing in bloglovin again, because I have made some new friends that need to go into my “must visit” group!

    • Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom

      It can be a lot of work to keep up with the blogs. It sounds like you organize your blog reading like I do. I have a “daily/must read group”, “new friends”, “weekly”. It works well and keeps me organized.

      Glad you enjoyed this Michelle!

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    I’ve been meaning to comment on this all weekend! Crazy life these days! LOVE these tips! Especially the tips about commenting. My hubby is always saying I’m reading blogs all the time, but I’m trying to get him to understand how important it is. And responding to comments is so important! I get a lot of no-reply comments, but I at least try to reply on my blog post so they can see that I have indeed read and appreciate their comment. I know a lot of bloggers that don’t respond to comments and it makes me want to engage with them less.
    You are such a great blogger and always have such thoughtful comments and insights. I really appreciate you and I’m so glad we’ve connected through this crazy world of blogging. :)
    I’m off to read Jelli’s post! :)

    Have a fantastic Tuesday my friend!

  • Kelli @ A Deeper Joy

    What a great post, Jennifer! Thank you for the tips! I’m fairly new to the blog world so this is very helpful. I try to comment often and love when bloggers reply to my comments so I try to do the same. I’m loving making blog friends! Thanks again!

    • Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom

      You are so very welcome Kelli! I started this series three weeks ago in an effort to share with others my blog building journey and I wanted to invite all my readers along for the ride so that they can grow their blogs too! The blogging world is a big one but sincere connections and community make a huge difference. I have met so many lovely blogging friends and I appreciate every single one of them.

      Thank you for sharing… and now I’m off to pay you a visit.

      Wishing you a lovely day!

  • Jess

    Hi, I am new to your site, I found it from the Blogger’s Digest on Pig & Dac’s site – see, taking one of your tips already! =)

    Have a great day and thanks for sharing such insightful tips, I’m always looking for new ways to grow my readership.

  • Natasha In Oz

    G’day from Oz! Many thanks for linking up to the Say G’Day Saturday link up and sharing this great post. I’ve just pinned it and shared it on Google+.

    Hope you can join in again this weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  • Ciara ourlittlehouseinthecountry

    Really great tips, thanks so much for sharing! Spotted you over on the Pin It Party on Embracing the good life. Great blog, had a little nosy around your Pinterest and Google+ and have started following both. Fab! Thanks again/
    Ciara @ ourlittlehouseinthecountry.com

    • Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom

      Thank you so much for connecting Ciara! I love meeting new friends. This is just one part of a blogging series. I am publishing the blog building series on Saturdays. I hope you’ll follow along.

      Now I’m off to visit you!

      Wishing you a lovely day.

  • The Cookie Puzzle

    Oh….I love each and everyone of these tips! Pinning this to REMIND myself of these great tips! Thank you so much for sharing…now…to go an look around your blog a bit more…I found you on Pinterest.

  • Amy Thomson

    Hi Jennifer!
    Loved this post – I’ve been working on growing my blog slowly but surely. It’s been interesting for me, because my blog is a little different – I find myself in the midst of a lot of mom blogs (which I LOVE!) even though I’m not a mom. Not many people are blogging about what I blog about, so finding my “niche” has been difficult. But I’m still working on reading, reaching out, and posting more often – it’s been a fun project for me to work on!

    Thanks for writing this!

  • Cheri Schultz

    Hi Jennifer – I have just started blogging and have learned a tremendous amount of information from this post. You have a great way of writing, it’s like you are talking right in front of me. Thank for the wonderful tips, I will be back to read other posts!

    • Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom

      Cheri, I am delighted to hear that this post was of help to you. Blogging can be a little overwhelming when you’re first starting out. I hope this answers some of your questions. Please do join us in the other blog building posts for this series. I’m certain they will be of assistance as well.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Simply Topaz

    This is a wonderful post. I’ve been commenting on the page of the day on SITS Girls. I’m still learning the rest of the site but love what I have seen so far. I’m also spending some time on twitter connecting with others. I do want to explore SITS more.

    I’ve just started with the link hops/parties/link-ups. How in the world do you keep up with those? I joined one tonight that has 5 more days to go for submissions. I joined and found a few I liked, so I commented on them and pinned them. I have no idea if I was supposed to wait until it closes. I was just afraid I would forget about it if I didn’t do it then. Maybe I am not ready for these yet. lol

    I am so glad we met, Jennifer. I am loving your blog. xo

    • Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. Each link party has different “rules” but generally after you’ve linked your post, you visit 1-3 other posts (you don’t have to visit them all). It’s a place to showcase the content/post of your choice and potentially meet a few new blogging friends.

      I’m so glad we met too! I think this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship.

    • Simply Topaz

      Oh, OK. Then I’m good. I did what I thought they were asking while I was there. Thank you for the information. I just never saw anywhere where it said to actually start, especially since people would be jumping in all the way until the last day. I figured I was covering my bases either way. Just not sure how that works out for the ones who come in at the end. I guess you don’t want to come in at the end of a one. lol

      I definitely think so, too. :) I am looking forward to staying connected. xo

  • Stefanie Zucker

    Thanks so much for this terrific post! I came here from your other post on how to get your blog posts read and both of these gave me great ideas. One in particular from this post…try and visit at least one new blog each week. It’s funny how we can spend sooo much time creating posts, and soo little time making sure they get read. ;) Thanks for the reminder!

  • Erica Loop

    Thank you so much. I just started my blog, after years freelancing for other people. I’m so used to writing and just getting paid that having to get my writing out there now seems like such as challenge. Great ideas!

  • Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    Thanks so much for these savvy tips, Jennifer. I’ll be pinning and tweeting this. I’ll also be sending over a guest post to you this week for your consideration, as well as adding an invitation for guest posting on my blog. That being said, I’d be honored to feature you as a guest, if you’d be willing. Thanks, again for the helpful post!

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this Heather. I hope it helps you out!

      I’ll look forward to your guest post… and I will gladly post for you. I’ll need some time to come up with something though (I always find that the most challenging past of guest posting). If you have any suggestions for topics, that can definitely help.

      Thanks for sharing.

      • Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

        I would want it to be on your terms and something that you enjoy, not something that is stressful for you. I’m sure I’d be happy with anything you would want to share, but I will be thinking about it. As you know, I’m all about faith, food, and frugality, but I’m also passionate about marriage and family. I’m not sure if this is too personal, but I love sharing stories of how we came to faith in Jesus Christ. If you’d like to write about your testimony, I would love to hear and share that. If not, I’m sure we can come up with something else. Thank you, in advance.

  • Anastasia

    I read this through Pinterest a couple nights ago and I never realized that my commenting plugin doesn’t have a way to notify the commentor that I had replied-after reading this I saw the importance of that so it got fixed today! Thanks for your wisdom here with these tips!