This is the Way to Quickly Increase Your Blog Traffic [Blogger Collaboration]

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Bloggers should help each other and collaborate

 

‘Tis the season.

‘Tis the season to be jolly, or so they say.

‘Tis the season to be kind to your fellow human being.

What about being kind to your fellow blogger?

The latest stats show there are more than 152 million blogs.

No wonder people abandon their blogs so early in the game. The competition is overwhelming.

You don’t have to compete. You can help each other.

This post will give you 17 ways to collaborate with other bloggers and end with an action plan which will enable you to get help with your blog while you are still on this site!

That makes reading the end of this post crucial. If you read nothing else, read the action plan at the end for getting immediate help with your blog traffic.

What is Blogger Collaboration?

Carolyn West, the head of the Southern California Woman’s Bloggers Association, explained that six years ago, bloggers use to be competitive with each other. She went on to say that is not the case anymore.

A successful blogger is successful at networking because blogging is about connections, relationships. Once you make those connections, help each other with your blogging tasks.

What if you don’t know any bloggers in order to adopt these suggestions? Suppose you are a new blogger just starting out and haven’t had a chance to establish connections with other bloggers yet?

Step 1: Make the connection with another blogger. Every other week my site holds a Meet and Greet where bloggers connect. If you have not done so already, attend the most recent Meet and Greet and connect with a like-minded blogger.

Step 2: Choose a form of collaboration that interests you both. This post offers 17 ideas.

Why You Should Collaborate with Other Bloggers

1. You will get more exposure for your articles. If you share another blogger’s links, and they share your links on social media, you both just got your articles in front of each other’s audiences. This makes helping each other a form of blog promotion. Actually, the Post and Share on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook group is designed with this concept in mind. If you ask for promotion, you must promote another blogger in return. When I had my Weekly Roundup posts, I would promote Danny Ray‘s Meet and Greets, and he would, and still does, promote mine.

2. Your readers will see a wider variety of posts from you. For example, if you always post tutorials, and your blogging partner frequently posts tips, your readers will get more of a variety by seeing content from each of your sites. According to blogger Jennifer Connolly, readers unsubscribe from blogs every ninety days to go find new blogs to read. That mass exodus will be curtailed if bloggers don’t grow bored with your blogs as quickly. Variety is the “spice of life,” as they say.

3. Reblog each other. If you don’t self-host, you can reblog another blogger. If you do self-host, feature each other’s links. Before we each self-hosted, Shawn Griffith and I reblogged each other, and my readership grew. Many of those bloggers became loyal readers. Go to “Contact”. You should be able to see the blogger’s Email, or some way to communicate with them outside of their blog. Ask them to reblog you, and you reblog them.

4. Stumble each other’s links. Last spring, my blogging friend Trudy and I stumbled each other’s links. I got so much traffic from StumbleUpon, I actually started a StumbleUpon group on my site. It is responsible for the success of my recent viral post.  As my article This is the Way to See Staggeringly High Blog Traffic explains, people in the group stumble article links for each other, and blog traffic soars. (Note: If you have subscribed to this blog, and you would like to join the StumbleUpon group, please leave a URL that you’d like us to stumble in the comments section.)

5. Guest post for each other. Lysa Wilds and I guest posted for each other, and then we promoted our posts. In this way we introduced each other to our readers. To date, it actually is one of my most successful guest posting experiences. The bloggers I met from the experience are still loyal readers.

6. Have a linky party together. My friend Kathleen asked Debbie Woodruff and me to host a linky party together. A blogger wrote me to tell me she found me on Debbie’s site. My readership, as well as my traffic, increased.

7. Have a giveaway together. I am currently collaborating on a giveaway with blogger/author Lysa Wilds. Lysa wrote an Ebook, and I reviewed it on my site. Now, we are collaborating on a giveaway. Two lucky winners will get her book, a resource of over forty free stock photo sources, for free. (Note: if  you are interested in entering, click The Ultimate Guide to Free Stock Photos eBook Giveaway; the giveaway is still ongoing.)

8. Collaborate on a Pinterest board. When blogger Susan Langer invited me to pin to her Pinterest board, I was excited. (I love community Pinterest boards.) I assumed there would be others pinning to the board. I assumed wrong; it’s just us. We get to see graphics to each other’s posts. Community boards are such a great source of traffic, I started one for the subscribers of this blog. (Note: If you subscribe to this blog, and you would like an invitation to pin to our group board, let me know in the comments section.

9. Collaborate on a point-counterpoint. Interview each other. You present the pros of a controversial topic in your niche. Let your blogging partner present the cons. You combine both into one article that appears on both your sites. In my article 18 Important Things You Should Know About Self-HostingI presented the pros of self-hosting. Kaylaa, of Commonsensegal, presented the cons. Point-counterpoints are a great source of blog traffic since your readers can weigh in on which blogger they agree with and why.

10. Cross promote. Tip #4 mentioned my StumbleUpon group. When blogger Michael Rios was starting his Reddit group, I told him about my idea for a StumbleUpon group. We ultimately advertised each other’s groups and still do on our respective sites.

11. Exchange Emails. I know pairs of bloggers that are each other’s sounding boards. Exchange Emails and vent to each other about blogging frustrations and help each other discover solutions to them. Most blogger’s Emails, as mentioned above, can be found on their “Contact” page.

12. Give each other a “heads up” about blogging events. Lysa Wilds let me know about a great blogging class that I took and ultimately reviewed on my site. Adrian and I tell each other when the SITS blogging link goes live each week, at least we did for many months.

13. Link to each other. If you feel linking to another blogger’s article can make your point stronger, link to their content. Then, tell the blogger that you linked to them. First, they may return the favor. Next, you are almost certain of a page view if they come and check it out or thank you for the link. Links into your blog increase your SEO. For this reason, I started a Link Exchange group on my blog. (If you have subscribed to this blog, and you would like to be added, let me know in the comments section or on the Link Exchange page.) I let many of the bloggers I linked to in this post know I was linking to them. Even if they don’t come around once it’s published, letting them know about the link was a nice way of staying in touch. I remember a funny moment recently when I linked to Eric Schlehlein at the exact same moment he was linking to me.

14, Collaborate on a regular feature. Charles Rogers and I collaborated on the International Weekly Link Roundup series that I published on my blog for a long time. Charles found the bloggers, and I wrote the posts.

15. Trade services. Many of us do not have a budget to hire people to help us with our blogging tasks. Find a blogger who is strong where you are weak and trade services. Editor, graphic designer, technical support provider, book reviewer are all examples of tasks you could do for each other which might save you money and time. I’m sure there are many other services you could swap. Be creative.

16. Follow each other back. When I wrote about the value of Follow to Follow Directories, the idea was met with controversy. I explained in my post How to Immediately Increase Your Blog Subscribers most bloggers want to help readers. Bloggers shouldn’t have to experience low morale, but it is a common problem. The article offered the locations of three Follow to Follow Directories where people follow back within a matter of hours. (Note: If you are subscribed to this blog, and you would like me to add your blog to the Follow to Follow Directory, leave the URL in the comments section.

17. Trade a comment for comment. The rationale is the same as in #16. You research, write, and promote your post on social media, and then… no one comes. How demoralizing. According to the bandwagon effect in psychology, people will leave comments if they see others are leaving comments. The first comment, therefore, is always the hardest to get. Ask someone to comment on your post. Be sure to comment on their post if they need you to return the favor.

Action Plan

The purpose of Facebook’s Blog Engagement/Promotion Group is to increase engagement on your blogs and social media. Let’s increase that engagement right here and now.

Collaborate right in the comments section. Start your comment on this post with I Would Like You To… then complete the comment with what you would like help with.

Here are some possibilities:

I would like you to…

  • share my link on Twitter
  • like my Facebook page
  • share my pin on Pinterest (Go to Pinterest, click on your pin, and you will get a URL.)
  • comment on my post 
  • share my post on Google+
  • stumble my link

Be sure to leave a link with your request in the comments section. Readers, if you help a blogger out by doing what they requested, please reply. It can be something as short as “done” or “pinned”. It will enable the rest of us to help others who are still waiting.

 

Conclusion

Readers, please share, so other bloggers know about these ideas for collaboration.

In 2015, we made a difference for our readers. In the spirit of blogging and the holiday season, make a difference for each other. How will you collaborate in 2016?

Are there any other ideas for collaboration with other bloggers you can think of ? I look forward to your views.

 

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Source: The Blog Engagement/Promotion Group 

 

 

 

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  1. Cathy Chester at 4:32 am

    Great post as always. I used to use StumbleUpon but didn’t (and still don’t) understand it and so I stopped because I didn’t see any traffic at all. I guess I should try again. Perhaps I should join you in on the fun with it. What do you think?

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  3. Janelle (JEM) at 7:30 am

    I would like to be shared on the social media site you gain your most traffic from….

    Some posts i would like more traffic to…

    Cooking with herbs: http://www.jemseclectichome.com/2015/12/05/cooking-with-herbs/

    An ETS story: part 1 the back story:
    http://www.jemseclectichome.com/2015/12/11/an-ets-story-part-1/

    Can you have wellness and chronic pain: http://www.jemseclectichome.com/2015/09/29/can-you-have-wellness-and-chronic-pain/

    This is my most all time popular post.

    I hacked burts bees hand salve… http://www.jemseclectichome.com/2014/05/21/i-hacked-burts-bees-hand-salve/

    Thanks for your help!
    Janelle (JEM) recently posted…Why you should avoid the drive thru and ways to stay fast food free?!My Profile

  4. Mona AlvaradoFrazier at 10:05 am

    I really need to read your post about StumbleUpon (after I get back from service). When I used WordPress plug-ins, I didn’t see the icon for SU. If WP doesn’t have it as a plug in, can SU be downloaded to my blog?

    Thank you for another opportunity to get our blogs more readers. I found it interesting that bloggers purge their reading list every 90 days, I thought I was the only one who did that ?

    Yesterday I enjoyed reading all the blogs represented in the comments and subscribed to a few. I’m happy to say three subscribed back.

    I’d appreciate a tweet on my latest post, a very short story about my mother’s Christmas experience back in the Great Depression.

  5. Kaylaa T. Blackwell at 11:46 am

    Thank you for this article. Very informative. Blogger collaboration makes so much sense to increase blog traffic, yet not all bloggers think about it. The point-counterpoint collaboration was edifying, I would highly recommend it! Thank you Janice, and have a wonderful week ahead!

    • Janice Wald at 12:42 am

      Hi Debby,
      Great to see you. Thanks for writing. I wish you happy holidays to you and your husband as well. I told Wayne you wished him happy holidays, and he appreciated the warm wishes.
      I loved your comments. They made me feel like I have been a good influencer. I love helping people, so for that, I am grateful.
      I haven’t been to bed yet, LOL. Tomorrow I will check out your post.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…Bloggers’ Holiday Party: Meet and Greet 12My Profile

      • Janice Wald at 1:48 pm

        Hi Debby,
        I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to check out your post sooner. i had oral surgery Monday and have been in bed all week.
        I just came from your site. I am so so sorry. What really gets me is that you got hurt trying to do something nice for someone.
        Your post is timely. I need a photo for a networking post I have upcoming. Where do I find a net? I thought of Creative Commons. Not after reading your article!
        Thanks for the warnings to all of us.
        Happy holidays and safe travels.
        Your friend,
        Janice
        Janice Wald recently posted…How You Can Immediately Overcome Writer’s Block [37 Ways]My Profile

  6. Leslie at 9:44 am

    I am new and trying to learn the ropes about blogging. I’ve been publishing my writing for some time, but blogging and getting followers is new to me. Thank you for your tips. Your site is definitely helping me with my learning curve.

    • Janice Wald at 1:53 pm

      Hi Leslie,
      My new subscriber! I am so glad you are finding my tips helpful.
      I am sorry I didn’t get by sooner to thank you for your comments and your kind words.
      I had oral surgery Monday and haven’t tried to focus on blogging until today.
      Welcome to my blog, if I haven’t said so already, and thank you again for your visit and your compliments. I look forward to getting to know you better in 2016.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How You Can Immediately Overcome Writer’s Block [37 Ways]My Profile

  7. Lee MacArthur at 5:33 pm

    I absolutely love your ideas. I have two blogs, one of which is a specialized math blog. I belong to the Mathematics Education google plus group and the owner occasionally posts entries from my blogs and I get an increase in visitors. So if anyone has a specialized blog, try sharing some of the entries with a google plus group that has an interest in your topic.
    Please keep up all of your wonderful advice and parties Janice. It makes me feel less alone to share my musings in my general blog.

    • Janice Wald at 2:45 pm

      Hi Lee,
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. Please forgive me for taking many days to reply to you after you wrote so many kind words. I had oral surgery on Monday, and I’ve been recovering.
      In regards to your advice: do you think it would apply to me? I don’t know how specialized blogging is, which is my niche. I belong to many Google+ blogging groups, so I guess it’s not so unique.
      Your comments, especially the last one, made me glow. I had kind of hoped my blog would become a hub for bloggers.
      Thank you again for the wonderful compliments and your suggestions for others. Happy holidays to you.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How You Can Immediately Overcome Writer’s Block [37 Ways]My Profile

    • Janice Wald at 2:51 pm

      Hi Adrian,
      Great to hear from you. I trust the holiday season is treating you well. I saw you joined Pinterest Pals, and I am glad. It’s the same concept of collaboration.Are you familiar with CoPromote? It is like Triberr, and I know you like Triberr.
      Did you know there is a second linky party on my site now–Bloggers Pit Stop? It will resume next week. Take care and Merry Christmas.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How You Can Immediately Overcome Writer’s Block [37 Ways]My Profile

  8. Michael Noker at 4:38 pm

    I would like you to… keep on putting out great content like this! And I supposed if anybody wants to share my most recent post (it’s linked via commentluv) somewhere, that would be pretty rad too.

    I’m a really new reader, but I think this site’s going to become one of my greatest resources soon!
    Michael Noker recently posted…What does it mean to be a blogger?My Profile

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  10. Leanne at 6:43 pm

    Hi Janice – there was some amazing stuff here – I’ve pinned it and I’ll also be back to join your next meet and greet! Getting my blog out there is such a challenge and a balancing act between how much I want to be engaged and how much time I want to spend in front of my computer! I’d really like to get more engagement on my fb page (https://www.facebook.com/crestingthehill/) because that is a more immediate way of keeping up with stuff and I’m off to ask to join your engagement page 🙂

    • Janice Wald at 6:49 pm

      Hi Leanne,
      How wonderful to see you here. I often see you at Facebook. My next meet and greet is this Saturday. It will be a virtual New Year’s party. I am so glad you are planning to come.
      I would love to have you as a member of my community. Happy new year to you.
      Janice

  11. sue at 10:41 pm

    I agree Janice. I’ve been blogging since February so I suppose I’m still a newbie. Connecting with other bloggers has been one of the most important lessons I’ve learned so far. We don’t need to compete we can support and help each other and it really is a win-win. I’ve met so many people who have helped me and hopefully they have taken something away from me as well. Thanks for sharing all of these ideas and being so generous with your knowledge. #Pitstop

  12. Kathleen at 2:29 am

    Hey Janice, this post was the most clicked in the Blogger’s Pit Stop. It will be featured on Friday. I also linked and referenced this post at the top of our Pit Stop page as an example of what we are trying to achieve. Awesome.
    Kathleen

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  16. Austin at 12:52 pm

    I personally have been very hesitant about the link exchange groups. I feel that they could be percieved as spam by Google. What I have done to increase my website traffic http://dscience.co is some tried and true methods.

    First I try to comment on other blogs, less than 1% of all website traffic actually comments. This is an easy way to stand out from others.

    Second, I write more content. I have seen a huge increase in traffic through google because I am creating original content regularly

    Third, I build my personal brand on Periscope. It is an awesome community to connect with people

    Finally, I use all the tactics in http://dscience.co/advanced-blogging-guide-how-to-generate-traffic-through-typing/ Tip number 7 takes a lot of work but it is also very effective.
    Austin recently posted…13 Tools We LOVE That Will Make Your Life EasierMy Profile

    • Janice Wald at 11:27 pm

      Hi Austin,
      Thank you for writing me. I advise people to go to Alexa.com in order to see the caliber of the blogs they are linking to. I look forward to browsing those links you sent me when I have more time.

    • Janice Wald at 8:52 pm

      Hi, is it Hollis?
      Thank you so very much! I am excited to be getting traffic from YouTube. I made a few YouTube videos recently and am exploring YouTube use for bloggers. Is that where you found my link or a coincidence?
      You left wonderful comments. My blogger collaboration article was such a hit, I am planning a follow up post. Thank you for your support and, once again, for the wonderful complimentd.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Easily Find Time for Stress-Free BloggingMy Profile

  17. Suzette Annan at 1:03 pm

    Great tips, really insightful. I’ve been blogging for just over a year now and have found it to be very solitary. If I had known that collaboration was the key to traffic perhaps I would have had a much wider readership by now. Thank you 🙂

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  19. Aleta Kay at 2:41 pm

    Hi. This is my first visit to your blog. The title “25 Ways Google Docs Will Make You a Better Blogger” got my attention. But I’m already overwhelmed with emails and keeping up with my blog is getting difficult. It has become easier to reblog the posts of others than to take the time to write my own. While I enjoy passing on helpful information from other bloggers, I am a writer, and not doing very well at that lately. This sounds like one more thing to add to my to-do list.
    Secondly, if one uses Google Docs, how does one protect themselves against piracy, which I’m reading a lot about from other writers whose work has been plagiarized or hacked online.
    I have many more questions, but this is a start. Thank you for sharing your information.

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  22. Mohinder Paul Verma at 3:13 am

    Hi Janice, thanks for sharing this awesome post full of many ways to collaborate with other bloggers. This will surely give a boost in traffic and also t make loyal readers.

    I usually try to comment on several bloggers randomly or in order they write new posts and this way I have a healthy relation with my 1K loyal readers.

    Once again thanks for sharing this mini eGuide to increase blog traffic.

    Mohinder Paul Verma
    Admin
    BloggingFunda – A Community of Bloggers
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  23. Donna Harvey at 4:21 am

    Hi Janice, I am so thankful to have your post to read when I need help. It is like the Bloggers Bible. Thank you also for being so giving. If everyone would follow and promote each other, We would actually have time to write. Thanks Janice. I would love to be a part of your groups: Blogger Collaboration Group, Stumble upon Group, Pinterest Group, Follow to Follow Group, Blog Engagement Group, I would appreciate your help in sharing my link on Social media. Thanks Janice I would like to share a link to Melyssa Griffin’s Blog Melyssa Griffin.com. she is helping me to Monetize my Blog, with her Purpose to Product Challenge. It really makes you think, I think it’s great. Before I forget, my Blog is. http://www.createanbehappy.com

  24. Jonathan at 6:49 am

    totally with everything! collaborations reaches more audience and accomplishes more. I use phlanx’s collaboration platform and it’s realiable.

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