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Blog It: Networking

How to grow your blog and network authentically! Great tips to grow your blog and your reach! #blogtips #blogger #blogging

 

Community is one of the most important things in the blog world. When you break everything down to its most simplest parts – you, people, and the internet remain. You see, without readers your blog is a journal and thus really not a blog. HOWEVER there is no magical number of readers that makes your blog real. Your family who reads to stay updated, your friends from college who love looking at your little ones, the community of other bloggers who read yours for daily inspiration, the stories you write for your kids to read when they are older, the pageviews & comments, no matter how large or how little, are all part of your audience.

Today I want to talk to you about networking and encourage you reach out and build your community. This is not to blow up your pageviews or skyrocket your bloglovin’ followers but to truly connect with others. I want to encourage you that your reach is valuable. That the people who read your blog, comment on your posts, and pin your pictures are important in your community. Authentic growth means so much more than any artificial numbers or scams. And people LOVE blogs that a “real” because we can trust them. While trying to grow your blog, don’t lose yourself. Because you matter and your readers matter. Here are some tips for authentic networking & growth!

COMMENT ON OTHER BLOGS

This one is huge. One of the best ways in the book to grow your readership is to comment on other blogs. Comment on the blogs you read everyday, comment on the blogs you found via that pinterest DIY, click over on the facebook & twitter posts, and COMMENT. I know it takes a couple extra minutes to comment on that post but it is worth it. You know the feeling of a great comment – give that feeling! Your words have unbelievable power.When you comment, make sure that they can find you. Always posting your URL can look spammy and self promotional but most commenting systems provide a way for you to link your blog.

 

PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY EVENTS

There is always something going on in the community so join in! Blogs have competitions, challenges, link-up, gift exchanges and so much more. By participating in some of these community groups, you are going where the people go. This is a safe and fun place to meet link minded bloggers and make friends! Take advantage of community events.If there is something you want to do but can’t find than start your own community! You could even reach out to a fellow blogger to do something together!
Make sure you check out our private Facebook group filled with creatives – The Mountainside Gathering is a great place to network!

 

SWAP BLOG BUTTONS & ADVERTISE

Swapping buttons and paying for advertising on other blogs is a wonderful way to get your brand out and find new readers. Think of the brands you know and love. You see them around, on billboards, in magazines, on tv, in emails – this is the same idea! It is putting your brand and name in front of people so that they see you!

 

SWAP: Swapping buttons is a GREAT idea! You totally should do that if you are a new blogger. The whole idea behind swaps is that you and another blogger trade ad space by having your buttons up on each other’s blogs. Etiquette wise, there are a couple rules about how to go about choosing people to email about swaps:
  • Only ask to swap with blogs that are around your same size, smaller, or who have a similar audience & are open to swaps. Some blogs who have large readerships (blogs like A beautiful Mess, CaseyLeigh, Living in Yellow, etc. ) only can do paid advertising because of the large number of brands and blogs who want to work with them. They put a lot of hard work and effort into getting their blogs to where they are today. Don’t under value their work by asking for a free $100 advertising space.
  • If you want to work out something with larger brands, you can ask if they would be willing to give you a discount on advertising in exchange for a free ad on your blog. This way you acknowledge that their readership is much larger but that you are still interested in working with them.

ADVERTISING: The other way of getting your button out there is by purchasing advertising space. You may see this as “selling out” or “buying your readers” but I strongly disagree. First off, you are never making anyone follow your blog so you are not really buying anyone. Secondly, how are people going to find you if you are not around? Advertising puts you in front of a whole new readership and is a vehicle for you to connect with new readers and friends. There are many different advertising packages and the vary depending on the blog.

Related: Purchasing Advertising Space

ALWAYS RESPOND TO EMAILS & COMMENTS

I know this one sounds a little legalistic and the truth is that I don’t even do this all the time. I wanted to say always to emphasize the importance. If people are in your little corner of the world interacting with you, you need to acknowledge them or they will leave. As I have grown it has been harder to reply to every email & comment but I made it a priority when I was a smaller blogger to respond to every comment and I try to do it as much as I can even now.This does not need to be an instant thing or even a day of action. I give myself a week to respond to emails and comments so that I don’t go crazy trying to reply to all my comments as they are coming in. This also does not mean that every comment needs a reply but it does mean that if someone comments on your blog every day, you should have interacted with them at least a couple times.Your readers understand that you are busy and you don’t just sit at home waiting for an email or comment to come in to reply to and they will give you more grace than you do yourself! But if you want to create a life giving & inspirational community, you need to give life and say hello.

REACH OUT

As I always do in lists like these, I put the MOST IMPORTANT one last. I want to encourage you to reach out. That is the way you will build your blog, your brand, your confidence, and your audience! I know this one is weird but if you value community involvement, then you need to be the one to make the first move. One of my all time favorite quotes is from Winnie the Pooh:

 

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
 
Amen! This is true about making friends in the real world and in the blog world. We need to break out of our comfort zones and send that email. Ask that blogger to swap blog buttons, share that idea you have for a giveaway, invite your favorite blogger to your link-up, ask that brand you love to participate in a giveaway & review.
You can do it! You can send that email. Make sure to click here and check out a couple quick tips to help you as you format your emails and network away: 5 Steps to Formatting Professional Emails.

Don’t let the no replies or the “I am sorry but not this time” get you down. If you never ask, than you never know! I am finding this out more and more – people are excited about being contacted and usually are up for something fun. Be creative, organized, and confident in your requests and people will jump on board!

WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR GROWING COMMUNITY?

Obviously you cannot do it all, but you can take steps toward growing and nurturing that community. Take care of the people who are already there and invite others in! I believe in you and I know that you can do it!

xoxo, elizabeth

 

  • Great timing on this post! I was just contemplating whether or not I should try to do some blog networking, or whether to just let things go “naturally.” After reading this, I’m reminded that we only get out what we put in. 🙂

    • yep! And reaching out is “natural” that is the only way we learn and grow in anything!

  • Great timing on this post! I was just contemplating whether or not I should try to do some blog networking, or whether to just let things go "naturally." After reading this, I'm reminded that we only get out what we put in. 🙂

  • This is such a great post! I’ve pinned it to my “blogging tidbits” board! It’s so true what an impact networking can have on your blog! I love reaching out to other blogs. It’s part of what makes the community great!

  • This is such a great post! I've pinned it to my "blogging tidbits" board! It's so true what an impact networking can have on your blog! I love reaching out to other blogs. It's part of what makes the community great!

  • Thank you Elizabeth! After being away from blogging for awhile I am back and can’t wait to implement some of these ideas. Genuine community is so important in the blogging world and I appreciate your passion for this. It is evident in your writing.

    • Thanks for the encouraging words! I am excited you are jumping back in with both feet!

  • Thank you Elizabeth! After being away from blogging for awhile I am back and can't wait to implement some of these ideas. Genuine community is so important in the blogging world and I appreciate your passion for this. It is evident in your writing.

  • Laura @ oomphlove.blogspot.ca

    This is super helpful! I am always looking for good reads on helpful tips! I love this online community and am always looking to connect with others!

  • Laura @ oomphlove.blogspot.ca

    This is super helpful! I am always looking for good reads on helpful tips! I love this online community and am always looking to connect with others!

  • I love this post. This is something I struggle with because I let fear and rejection get in the way. I’ve recently started trying to make some connections and I’ve found that most people are super nice! I’m going to try a few of these tips that I haven’t yet and see how it goes 🙂 thank you!!

    • I know the fear but you need to push through it because it is only holding you back. Some people will say no and some people will never respond to your email but I promise that some will! and it will be an encouragement 🙂 YOU GOT THIS!

  • I love this post. This is something I struggle with because I let fear and rejection get in the way. I've recently started trying to make some connections and I've found that most people are super nice! I'm going to try a few of these tips that I haven't yet and see how it goes 🙂 thank you!!

  • This is so great Beth! Thanks so much for the advice. I love your blog-it series. I always find encouragement and drive to make my blog a better place. One thing I would love some advice on is: How do you get into doing giveaways? Where do you start if you’ve never done one before? I have tried to find blog posts about this topic elsewhere but have come up empty handed. I’d love to hear from you what your experience has taught you! Another blog-it series post maybe?! 🙂

    • Girl! Your wish is my command! What a great question and I remember starting out and knowing nothing about it too! I am adding it to my list!

    • Also, your blog is not linked to your disqus profile! You should do that so that when you comment on blogs we can click over to yours 🙂

  • Laura Blough

    This is so great Beth! Thanks so much for the advice. I love your blog-it series. I always find encouragement and drive to make my blog a better place. One thing I would love some advice on is: How do you get into doing giveaways? Where do you start if you've never done one before? I have tried to find blog posts about this topic elsewhere but have come up empty handed. I'd love to hear from you what your experience has taught you! Another blog-it series post maybe?! 🙂

  • These are great tips! I’m curious on giveaways, as well. Do you think there’s a certain magic number of followers you should have before you do a giveaway? I mean, if you (me) only have 5 followers, that’s slim picking!

    • Alison!

      First off, your blog is not linked to your disqus profile! You should do that so that when you comment on blogs we can click over to yours 🙂

      Secondly, that is a great question that you and @laurablough:disqus are asking! I think it is a great question and I added it to my blog calendar! But the quick answer is that you can do giveaways as soon as you want! My first giveaways were hair clips from my etsy shop (when I had one) and then a $10 starbucks card that I bought. I used those first giveaways to get some followers to be a little more established. As I grew, I was able to work with others to do bigger things! I’ll share more on the blog soon! I promise!

  • Alison Scofield

    These are great tips! I'm curious on giveaways, as well. Do you think there's a certain magic number of followers you should have before you do a giveaway? I mean, if you (me) only have 5 followers, that's slim picking!

  • Excellent tips, Elizabeth! So thankful for your blogging friendship!

  • allisonramsing

    Excellent tips, Elizabeth! So thankful for your blogging friendship!

  • Ah this is really good! I am really good at making friends…really bad at asking them to help me out or participate with stuff :/

    • I think they would be encouraged it you wanted to work together. Samantha of Elah Tree reached out to me asking if I was interested in hosting a Christmas gift exchange and I was HONORED! I jumped on the chance to do something with someone else. Now it is tradition and we meet together via google hangouts once a month to create new ideas and encourage each other!

      You have the power to include someone in something. Think of it that way!

  • Ah this is really good! I am really good at making friends…really bad at asking them to help me out or participate with stuff :/

  • Amy

    I love how you added the last part.
    the “reaching out” I’m comfortable with reaching out to bloggers I’ve connected to – but reaching out to companies…psshhh I turn into a scared 5 year old ha.

    • You can do it! I emailed Hello Apparel on a whim and they were like ” yeah! Let’s do a giveaway!” and I was like.. OMG! And I have also emailed people who ignored me. HA. But I stopped taking it personally and continued emailing other people!

  • Amy

    I love how you added the last part.
    the "reaching out" I'm comfortable with reaching out to bloggers I've connected to – but reaching out to companies…psshhh I turn into a scared 5 year old ha.

  • You can do it! I emailed Hello Apparel on a whim and they were like " yeah! Let's do a giveaway!" and I was like.. OMG! And I have also emailed people who ignored me. HA. But I stopped taking it personally and continued emailing other people!

  • I think they would be encouraged it you wanted to work together. Samantha of Elah Tree reached out to me asking if I was interested in hosting a Christmas gift exchange and I was HONORED! I jumped on the chance to do something with someone else. Now it is tradition and we meet together via google hangouts once a month to create new ideas and encourage each other!

    You have the power to include someone in something. Think of it that way!

  • I am thankful for you!

  • Thank you!

  • Alison!

    First off, your blog is not linked to your disqus profile! You should do that so that when you comment on blogs we can click over to yours 🙂

    Secondly, that is a great question that you and @Laura Blough are asking! I think it is a great question and I added it to my blog calendar! But the quick answer is that you can do giveaways as soon as you want! My first giveaways were hair clips from my etsy shop (when I had one) and then a $10 starbucks card that I bought. I used those first giveaways to get some followers to be a little more established. As I grew, I was able to work with others to do bigger things! I'll share more on the blog soon! I promise!

  • Fixed that! And thank you, looking forward to future reads!

  • These are awesome tips Beth! I’d say one of my biggest is collaborate! I love meeting other bloggers, and feel most connected with the ones I’ve collaborated with in some way, whether it be through guest posting, giveaways, etc!

    • I agree! You are wonderful at Networking and reaching out too! I love that you created the Penney project!

  • These are awesome tips Beth! I'd say one of my biggest is collaborate! I love meeting other bloggers, and feel most connected with the ones I've collaborated with in some way, whether it be through guest posting, giveaways, etc!

  • Girl! Your wish is my command! What a great question and I remember starting out and knowing nothing about it too! I am adding it to my list!

  • These are such great tips! Thanks for sharing Beth!

  • These are such great tips! Thanks for sharing Beth!

  • Also, your blog is not linked to your disqus profile! You should do that so that when you comment on blogs we can click over to yours 🙂

  • Love these tips, I am working on building a better community right now, the three main things I’ve been doing are: 1) trying to be more active on Twitter, responding to people rather than just posting and going offline, 2) focusing on asking questions in my tweets, fb posts, and blog posts, and 3) I made a list in bloglovin’ of the blogs that I want to really try and interact with more so that I can always read their posts first when I’m more likely to feel like commenting.

  • Love these tips, I am working on building a better community right now, the three main things I've been doing are: 1) trying to be more active on Twitter, responding to people rather than just posting and going offline, 2) focusing on asking questions in my tweets, fb posts, and blog posts, and 3) I made a list in bloglovin' of the blogs that I want to really try and interact with more so that I can always read their posts first when I'm more likely to feel like commenting.

  • love this post! you always have great tips, (some of which I was just contemplating last night in need of answers… so thanks 🙂

  • Kendra Castillo

    love this post! you always have great tips, (some of which I was just contemplating last night in need of answers… so thanks 🙂

  • yep! And reaching out is "natural" that is the only way we learn and grow in anything!

  • Great advice! I definitely ebb and flow when it comes to being active on social media, commenting on blogs and responding to comments on my own blog. This post motivated me to start connecting in more ways!

    • I am glad you are inspired! Give yourself grace but make sure you are acknowledging your readers!

  • Great advice! I definitely ebb and flow when it comes to being active on social media, commenting on blogs and responding to comments on my own blog. This post motivated me to start connecting in more ways!

  • Awesome tips! I’m getting better and better at commenting on other blogs. I have to make a button in order to be able to swap or advertise, so I’m gonna probably make that soon!

  • Awesome tips! I'm getting better and better at commenting on other blogs. I have to make a button in order to be able to swap or advertise, so I'm gonna probably make that soon!

  • I cannot even count the number of times I have gone to comment on a post, clicked on the comment before mine and got lost in finding new friends! Commenting is a wonderful way to connect 🙂 Thanks for sharing your tips!

  • Meagan

    I cannot even count the number of times I have gone to comment on a post, clicked on the comment before mine and got lost in finding new friends! Commenting is a wonderful way to connect 🙂 Thanks for sharing your tips!

  • Thanks for the heads up! Fixed it!

  • I’ve been reaching out to bloggers lately and asking them about their growth and how they built a community, so I really appreciate this post! I’ve had such hit and miss luck with sponsoring but when it has worked, it’s worked out really well. I guess it helps you have made a connection beforehand. Last comment, can I have that dessert??! yum!

  • I've been reaching out to bloggers lately and asking them about their growth and how they built a community, so I really appreciate this post! I've had such hit and miss luck with sponsoring but when it has worked, it's worked out really well. I guess it helps you have made a connection beforehand. Last comment, can I have that dessert??! yum!

  • SO SO SO glad I came across this post! just what i’ve been needing to read! Thank you!

    http://thebudusadventure.blogspot.mx/

  • Love this! Thanks for taking the time to give us baby bloggers great tips! 🙂

  • Jordyn Lovett

    Love this! Thanks for taking the time to give us baby bloggers great tips! 🙂

  • is there a way to find out a blog’s size without asking and offending? or will people not be offended?

    • Great question! Most blogs have their stats on their advertising page or you can click on their social media buttons and see how many followers they have on bloglovin, facebook, etc. If they do not have their numbers on their advertising page (or if they don’t even have an adverting page) then they are probably smaller in size of readership.

      Reach out to them! You don’t need to ask them how many followers they do have but you can offer to trade with them – you most likely will not offend them.

      If you emailed A beautiful Mess and asked to swap, you are both obviously at different levels and that could come across as disrespectful – that is kinda what I am getting at!

      • good point. i haven’t thought of doing the swap before, but now i will! thanks!

  • is there a way to find out a blog's size without asking and offending? or will people not be offended?

  • I am very new to the blogging world so this has been so helpful! Thank you!

  • I am very new to the blogging world so this has been so helpful! Thank you!

  • Great question! Most blogs have their stats on their advertising page or you can click on their social media buttons and see how many followers they have on bloglovin, facebook, etc. If they do not have their numbers on their advertising page (or if they don't even have an adverting page) then they are probably smaller in size of readership.

    Reach out to them! You don't need to ask them how many followers they do have but you can offer to trade with them – you most likely will not offend them.

    If you emailed A beautiful Mess and asked to swap, you are both obviously at different levels and that could come across as disrespectful – that is kinda what I am getting at!

  • These are great tips! I love making connections in this blogging world and it’s fun to read what has worked for others. The only thing I don’t totally agree with is you saying that smaller bloggers shouldn’t ask larger bloggers for blog swaps. Sure, some larger bloggers may get offended but, for me, I love swapping with smaller blogs (I know I’m in no way a BIG blog) because I love helping them grow and it often does bring additional traffic to my blog. Sometimes small blogs have the best readers. 😉

    • You are right but I guess I was just going with the blogs who have large readerships and only do paid adverting – blogs like A beautiful Mess, CaseyLeigh, Living in Yellow, etc. I didn’t want people to get discouraged by only reaching out to the big blogs they love that don’t do swaps and come across like they don’t value the time and effort put into the blog to pay for advertising when they just want it for free….

      But maybe I will edit that a bit so it doesn’t seam scary or rude. Thanks for the advice!

      • Haha. Yeah, I’d call those HUGE blogs, not big ones. 😉 But you’re totally right that blogs like that would not be willing to swap!

        • I reworded it to be more clear. Please take a look and see if that comes off better! Thanks!!

          XOXO

          • I think that’s perfect and doesn’t come off quite so scary. 😉

  • These are great tips! I love making connections in this blogging world and it's fun to read what has worked for others. The only thing I don't totally agree with is you saying that smaller bloggers shouldn't ask larger bloggers for blog swaps. Sure, some larger bloggers may get offended but, for me, I love swapping with smaller blogs (I know I'm in no way a BIG blog) because I love helping them grow and it often does bring additional traffic to my blog. Sometimes small blogs have the best readers. 😉

  • You are right but I guess I was just going with the blogs who have large readerships and only do paid adverting – blogs like A beautiful Mess, CaseyLeigh, Living in Yellow, etc. I didn't want people to get discouraged by only reaching out to the big blogs they love that don't do swaps and come across like they don't value the time and effort put into the blog to pay for advertising when they just want it for free….

    But maybe I will edit that a bit so it doesn't seam scary or rude. Thanks for the advice!

  • Haha. Yeah, I'd call those HUGE blogs, not big ones. 😉 But you're totally right that blogs like that would not be willing to swap!

  • I reworded it to be more clear. Please take a look and see if that comes off better! Thanks!!

    XOXO

  • I think that's perfect and doesn't come off quite so scary. 😉

  • Thanks so much for continuing to share these great tips! I’ve seen several blogger talk about link ups, but what exactly are they?

  • Thank you so much for the tips. I have been eating up all of these blogger tip posts lately. I also enjoyed reading a fresh perspective!

  • Thank you so much for the tips. I have been eating up all of these blogger tip posts lately. I also enjoyed reading a fresh perspective!

  • Um, what an awesome post!! So precise, concise, and informative. I love these tips. As a new blogger who has been thinking about reaching out to shops to do giveaways, but had no idea how to go about it – I so appreciate the guidelines you provided. I have been telling myself I am way to small to even try, but hey, it can’t hurt right?!

  • Um, what an awesome post!! So precise, concise, and informative. I love these tips. As a new blogger who has been thinking about reaching out to shops to do giveaways, but had no idea how to go about it – I so appreciate the guidelines you provided. I have been telling myself I am way to small to even try, but hey, it can't hurt right?!

  • Love love love all of these! And I’m definitely following the first tip as this is my first comment over here. 🙂 Even though they seem common sense, sometimes they are harder to follow through on then you would expect! Having to build a new bloggy following after transitioning away from an old blog is teaching me that to a whole new level! 🙂

    • Thanks for saying hello!!! Now I am going to check out your blog! See, you are networking already!

  • Love love love all of these! And I'm definitely following the first tip as this is my first comment over here. 🙂 Even though they seem common sense, sometimes they are harder to follow through on then you would expect! Having to build a new bloggy following after transitioning away from an old blog is teaching me that to a whole new level! 🙂

  • good point. i haven't thought of doing the swap before, but now i will! thanks!

  • Shana,

    Thanks you! I totally agree!!

  • Thanks for the encouraging words! I am excited you are jumping back in with both feet!

  • I am glad you were encouraged!

  • I know the fear but you need to push through it because it is only holding you back. Some people will say no and some people will never respond to your email but I promise that some will! and it will be an encouragement 🙂 YOU GOT THIS!

  • I agree! You are wonderful at Networking and reaching out too! I love that you created the Penney project!

  • You are welcome! be encouraged and be bold!

  • I love that "perfect timing" !!! Be encouraged and be bold!

  • WAHOO! So glad it blessed and encouraged you!

  • I am glad you are inspired! Give yourself grace but make sure you are acknowledging your readers!

  • Thanks lady! And those are my Monster Cookies!!! http://oakandoats.com/2014/06/mayberry-monster-cookies.html

  • I am glad that it encouraged you!

  • Of course! It is a joy!

  • On Mondays I have one! They are a place where everyone can link up one of their blog posts and everyone can click on them and go to other blogs! It is kinda hard to explain but you can see an example here: http://oakandoats.com/search/label/week%27s%20end

  • Great! I am glad you were encouraged!

  • Right! You have to try!!!

  • Thanks for saying hello!!! Now I am going to check out your blog! See, you are networking already!

  • Thanks for the info! I'll check that out.

  • Lauren

    Thank you so much for this! I am so grateful!

    • you are so welcome!!

    • PS: your blog is not linked to your disqus profile! You should do that so that when you comment on blogs we can click over to yours 🙂

      • Lauren

        All linked up! Ok…just this tip helped a million! you are amazing! Thank you gorgeous!

  • Lauren

    Thank you so much for this! I am so grateful!

  • you are so welcome!!

  • PS: your blog is not linked to your disqus profile! You should do that so that when you comment on blogs we can click over to yours 🙂

  • Lauren

    All linked up! Ok…just this tip helped a million! you are amazing! Thank you gorgeous!

  • Wonderful! I have to try all these points. Your blogging tips are amazing. They are so informative and inspiring! Thank you so much for posting these.

    I would also like to challenge you: http://iammrsk.blogspot.fi/p/a-blog-challenge.html

  • Wonderful! I have to try all these points. Your blogging tips are amazing. They are so informative and inspiring! Thank you so much for posting these.

    I would also like to challenge you: http://iammrsk.blogspot.fi/p/a-blog-challenge.html

  • great post, lady!! such good advice!

  • great post, lady!! such good advice!

  • Thanks Miss!

  • I am so glad you were encouraged & Inspired!

  • Okay, I see! Thanks! 🙂

  • Great tips for community building! My big tip for growing a community is being honest + authentic. Some bloggers will follow tips like these but never really try to make a community or connection; they just will spread their blog link around. It’s important to be honest + authentic when responding to make sure the blogger knows you actually read/enjoyed the content, instead of just skimmed it!

    PS – Any suggestions on how to find new link-up parties? I always seem to get stuck in a rut with these + never know how/where to find new ones!

  • Great tips for community building! My big tip for growing a community is being honest + authentic. Some bloggers will follow tips like these but never really try to make a community or connection; they just will spread their blog link around. It's important to be honest + authentic when responding to make sure the blogger knows you actually read/enjoyed the content, instead of just skimmed it!

    PS – Any suggestions on how to find new link-up parties? I always seem to get stuck in a rut with these + never know how/where to find new ones!

  • Caitlin!

    I am so glad you were encouraged! I agree 100% with the authentic and real thing!

    Ummm… I have a link up on Mondays that I would love for you to be a part of! and I'll look around for others

  • This was excellent :-)- definitely going to come back to this as I rebrand my blog so thank you so much. I get really sad whenI comment on blogs and never hear anything back. Like maybe I could excuse it for the kind that get hundreds of comments a day but when it’s just a handful of comments it doesn’t take long to comment back with a little thanks! Laura xx (#JackOfAllTrades)

    • Laura!
      I am so glad you were encourage! And yes, I think a little commenting can go so far!

    • Also, your blog is not linked to your disqus profile! You should do that so that when you comment on blogs we can click over to yours 🙂

      • Thanks for this tip, Elizabeth. All sussed now I think! x

  • Laura M George

    This was excellent :-)- definitely going to come back to this as I rebrand my blog so thank you so much. I get really sad whenI comment on blogs and never hear anything back. Like maybe I could excuse it for the kind that get hundreds of comments a day but when it's just a handful of comments it doesn't take long to comment back with a little thanks! Laura xx (#JackOfAllTrades)

  • Really great advice on networking. I’m definitely going to favorite this one on Bloglovin’ so I can come back to it every so often!

    • Thanks lady! This is all stuff I have learned and I am learning on my blogging journey! It is wonderful to hear that it is encouraging to you!

  • Really great advice on networking. I'm definitely going to favorite this one on Bloglovin' so I can come back to it every so often!

  • Great advice and some helpful reminders!!

  • Great advice and some helpful reminders!!

  • Excellent advice! Putting tip #1 to good use right now 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    • Cissy,
      Thanks for commenting! It really is a great start to building community!

  • Cissy Romano

    Excellent advice! Putting tip #1 to good use right now 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  • Great tips!

  • Great tips!

  • I had no idea I was looking “spammy” posting my URL – thanks for the candid honesty, Elizabeth! <3

    • Elise!
      I am glad you were encouraged – and it is not necessarily spammy… it just looks like you are only commenting to leave your blog address. If you make sure your blog is linked to your comment (like yours is) I can click over if the comment encourages or inspires me but I don’t feel like you are only commenting so that I go to your blog. Does that make sense?

  • I had no idea I was looking "spammy" posting my URL – thanks for the candid honesty, Elizabeth! <3

  • Elise!
    I am glad you were encouraged – and it is not necessarily spammy… it just looks like you are only commenting to leave your blog address. If you make sure your blog is linked to your comment (like yours is) I can click over if the comment encourages or inspires me but I don't feel like you are only commenting so that I go to your blog. Does that make sense?

  • Thanks! I am so glad you were encouraged!

  • Cissy,
    Thanks for commenting! It really is a great start to building community!

  • I am so glad you were encouraged and inspired!!!

  • Thanks lady! This is all stuff I have learned and I am learning on my blogging journey! It is wonderful to hear that it is encouraging to you!

  • Laura!
    I am so glad you were encourage! And yes, I think a little commenting can go so far!

  • Also, your blog is not linked to your disqus profile! You should do that so that when you comment on blogs we can click over to yours 🙂

  • Here is the Jack of all Trades one on Tuesday! http://www.aharvestofblessing.com/category/jack-of-all-trades-link-up/

  • Thanks so much Elizabeth! I appreciate it 🙂

  • These are some great tips! I have been trying to grow my blog recently, and these are super helpful. I didn’t even know where to start at first, and this really breaks it down, making it seem less scary. Thanks for sharing.

    • I am so glad you were encouraged! Let me know if you have any other questions!! XOXO

  • I am so glad you were encouraged! Let me know if you have any other questions!! XOXO

  • Absolutely! Thank you, friend!

  • Thanks for this tip, Elizabeth. All sussed now I think! x

  • DIY Just Cuz

    Love, love, love! Networking has got to be the biggest factor 🙂 Aside from actually doing a project & writing a post, networking and commenting on other blogs is my favorite part about co-authoring DIYJC. I am constantly inspired by the things people write and do and it always reminds me that there are tons of people going through the same things I am. Also, I think I may have mentioned this before, but I absolutely adore the way you do the graphics on your pictures.

    • Thank you so much! I just finally started trying to be consistent with them! And yes! Interacting with other bloggers and commenting and sharing was the best way to authentically grow! (and I still love meeting new friends!)

  • Ashli

    Super helpful! Love this series of Blog success posts.

    http://www.backwardsnhighheels.com

  • Great tips! Thank you for this helpful post. My husband and I started a blog a couple years ago, but took some time away to start our own business and start a family. I’m just now getting back into the routine of writing weekly, redesigning our blog, and hoping to form more community thought it.
    Also, I hear we have a mutual friend? David Galvan told me about your blog a few weeks back when he and Renee were at our house. I’m so glad he did! Maybe one day we can connect 🙂 hope you’re enjoying this chilly fall day!

    • Hello Autumn! I

      Yeah! That is so fun. I’m really excited for you and this next stage of life! I’m glad that this encouraged and inspired you 🙂

      Also, I love that you know David & Renee! David is my boss at work so I’ll have to thank him for the free advertising 😉 It is so great to meet you and another Colorado Springs blogger!!!

  • Elizabeth,

    I’ve had my blog for about a year and a half now and it definitely was one of those blogs that was really more of a journal than anything else. But in the past six months I’ve really been wanting to get serious about blogging and my writing. This article has given me some great insight into ways I can grow my blog! Thanks for writing this and of course everything else on your site! I always enjoy your posts!

    • Oak & Oats

      Candace!

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I am so excited to see what the Lord has planed for your space as you grow and focus on your writing!! I am so glad this post was an encouragement to you!!

  • Great tips Elizabeth! I have been considering reaching out to others about doing a blog button swap but I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea! Thanks so much for the good information!

    • Oak & Oats

      I am so glad you were encouraged to do so!!! I say just go for it!

  • This is such a strong post and very useful too. I feel like my fear of asking others for help or for contact is that my closest friends from college hardly ever read my blog and I felt so disappointed because I know that if they’d blog I’d be so excited and share their posts and comment on every single thing. I think I figured, if even THEY aren’t interested, why would anyone else? I’m trying hard to build a community but I feel like its really hard when everyone is busy doing they individual thing. Thank you so much for always posting such insightful things and for building community.

    Lots of love,
    Yara

    • Oak & Oats

      You got this! Interact, engage, reach out, and be brave!

  • This is such a helpful post Elizabeth! I’m good at commenting on other blogs and responding to my emails. But in the last 3 months I’ve finally gotten my blog where I want it visually and aesthetically and have been searching for ways to share my content more. I’ll def look into the swap idea especially — I know a few other small bloggers like me who would undoubtedly be excited by that idea too!

    Xoxo,

    Ashley || Sed Bona

    • Oak & Oats

      YAY! I love that! Engaging is so important! You’ve got this!

  • This was so helpful and encouraging! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Oak & Oats

      YAY! You are so welcome! I am glad you were encouraged!

  • Responding to comments is huge–totally agree! (But I can understand why it’s unrealistic to as a bigger blog). I also love leaving comments on the random blogs I find via Pinterest 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      I love to do that as well! I also try to comment more on instagrams I love too!

  • Yes yes yes! I still haven’t gotten into the swaps and advertising, but I totally agree about responding to comments, engaging with other bloggers and of course my favorite is just the friendship that are born from blogging! A great post!

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes!! So true!!!