How to Build Your Blogging Network: 11 Tips

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  June 21, 2022 blogging tips ๐Ÿ•‘ 7 minutes read

Buena Vista, Costa Rica.

 

(Updated 6/21/2022)

 

Teamwork makes the dream work. Searching for tips on how to build your blogging network reveals how connected bloggers succeed and everyone else fails.

 

When Kelli and I spent 6 weeks in a remote Costa Rican jungleย we observed a colony of army ants killing and consuming all insect life forms within a range of hundreds of square meters.

 

As this single living unit completed dominated the jungle it made me think of the power of networking.

 

Seeing a huge group of sentient beings united for one purpose inspired me to grow my blogging network more effectively.

 

Connected bloggers thrive. Everyone else struggles, fails and eventually quits unless they decide to network intelligently.

 

Connected bloggers:

 

  • gain passive blog traffic
  • increase blogging profits
  • gain greater visibility
  • grow their business through referral marketing

 

Learning how to network efficiently feels uncomfortable at first. Most bloggers put their needs before helping other people. Networking the right way requires helping people with no strings attached.

 

Thinking right side up in an upside down thinking world feels uncomfortable. One Google query reveals how most blogger outreach posts populating page 1 center on fear-based, manipulative, selfish strategies.

 

We do things differently on Blogging From Paradise.

 

Being generous, genuine and trusting allows friends to flow to you organically.

 

From there, your blogging network and overall success expands.

 

Follow these tips to learn how to build your blogging network.

 

1: Embody Generosity

 

BE generous.

 

Help bloggers freely. Cut the strings of expectation. Gain trust. Make friends. Build your network.

 

Connected bloggers are generous bloggers.

 

Practical Tips

 

  • answer questions
  • serve others
  • promote others
  • feature others
  • do things from a heart-centered space

 

Shine the spotlight on other bloggers.

 

Gain trust.

 

Get connected by proving your interest in helping bloggers versus trying to get them to do things for you.

 

Get connected by proving your interest in helping bloggers versus trying to get them to do things for you. #blogging Click To Tweet

 

2: Surround Yourself With Master Networkers

 

Donna Merrill.

 

Zac Johnson.

 

Both blogging buddies of mine are master networkers. They are connected.

 

Observe how they do it. Connected bloggers leave painfully obvious clues of how they became connected.

 

Example; note how Donna comments on every one of her blog commentor’s blogs before she responds to their comment on her blog. She has followed this simple strategy for years to build her blogger friend network.

 

Learn from the best networkers to join their ranks.

 

3: Stop Trying to Take Networking Shortcuts

 

Say goodbye to the list of manipulative “hacks” bloggers share for trying to convince or coerce people to share your stuff.

 

Stop trying to use shortcuts to get people to do things for you.

 

No shortcut works as a long term networking strategy. For every blogger who tweets your blog post after a manipulative pitch email 30 bloggers will label your email as spam. Losing credibility in the eyes of 30 bloggers disconnects you from these leaders. How can you get connected if you spend your days disconnecting yourself from pros by spamming them?

 

As an example, bloggers often email shortcut messages like this:

 

“Hi Ryan, I saw you publish a post aboutย how often should you blog. I wrote a similar post here (inserts link to their blog). Please read it and share it with your readers if you find it helpful.”

 

A stranger who:

 

  • never helped me
  • never built a relationship with me
  • never earned my trust

 

wants me to pick their email from 1000’s of identical pitches to:

 

  • click their blog post link
  • read their blog post
  • share their blog post with my tribe

 

Do you understand why the ego blinds the common sense part of your mind?

 

Every blogging short cut wastes your time.

 

Stop wasting your time.

 

Help bloggers with no expectations.

 

Build relationships.

 

Video

 

Being patient is the quickest way to become a pro blogger.

 

This paradox confuses most bloggers.

 

Here’s why:

 

Why Does the Quickest Way to Become a Successful Blogger Confuse Just About Everyone?

 

4: Personalize To Prioritize

 

Personalize interactions to stand out from the crowd.

 

Yangon, Myanmar.

 

Every one enjoys being addressed by their name because being singled out in a good way makes you feel special.

 

People who feel prioritized tend to grow fond of the person who prioritizes them.

 

Spend an extra 1-2 seconds to add names to interactions. Build strong bonds.

 

Being mindful distances you from a largely mindless blogging world.

 

5: Buy Networking Resources

 

Invest money in resources designed to help you network effectively.

 

Shop from blogging manuals to learn how to network the right way.

 

Professionals teach you how to network successfully in great detail.

 

Access their rich knowledge to build your blogging network.

 

6: Memorize This Quote

 

” The richest people in the world look for and build networks; everyone else looks for work. ~ Robert Kiyosaki”

 

Professional bloggers build loyal networks to thrive as entrepreneurs.

 

Everyone else works jobs to get paychecks.

 

Connected bloggers go pro. Everyone else disappears.

 

Networking feels challenging sometimes. Meeting and helping new bloggers daily for months propels you outside of your comfort zone.

 

Remember why you network to coast through tough times. Connected bloggers drown out the voices of bloggers who do not network because large, loyal communities dominate:

 

  • social networking sites
  • niche forums
  • Q and A sites

 

Bloggers usually fail because they have no blogging friends to help them out. Build your blogger network to bond with friends who help you out. Otherwise, you will be looking for work sooner than later.

 

7: Network with Bloggers from Your Niche

 

Network with bloggers from your niche to target your campaign.

 

Bond with like minded bloggers to accelerate your collective success.

 

I bond primarily with blogging tips bloggers. When we promote each other’s content to reach large, loyal communities of bloggers interested only in blogging tips. Capitalizing on this targeting strategy collectively promotes our success.

 

As a practical example, when Anil Agarwal interviewed me for BloggersPassion I shared blogging tips with his blogging tips hungry readers. Dropping a link to BloggersPassion on Blogging From Paradise promotes his blogging tips blog to our blogging tips hungry community.

 

Network with bloggers from your niche to target your campaigns. When you promote fellow bloggers your community will be highly interested in their blog content.

 

8: Share Other Blogger’s Content on Social Media

 

Retweet other blogger’s posts.

 

Facebook Share other blogger’s posts.

 

Phuket, Thailand.

 

LinkedIn Share other blogger’s posts.

 

Sharing other blogger’s content on social media sets the foundation for prospering friendships.

 

Help an increasing number of folks by promoting them through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

Other bloggers whom you help gradually promote your blog on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

9: Meet New Bloggers Daily

 

Meet new bloggers daily

 

Set aside time to find blogs for commenting. Publish genuine comments to build new bonds.

 

Master networkers leave their comfort zone to befriend new bloggers daily.

 

Meet new bloggers on Twitter by creating lists based on:

 

  • the “blogging” keyword
  • the “#blogging” hashtag

 

Bonding with new bloggers daily grows your blogger network exponentially over the long term.

 

10: Link In To Be In

 

Drop backlinks to credible blogs.

 

Get connected.

 

Build your blogger network by linking to respected bloggers from your niche.

 

How it works: when someone links to Blogging From Paradise on their blog and notifies me, I thank them, comment on the post and tweet it, laying the foundation for a friendship.

 

This is like the Spider Web Analogy of Being Everywhere in Your Niche. Click that link to see my explanation via The Warrior Forum.

 

Link to bloggers. Gain their appreciation. Build relationships by using your blog to shine the spotlight on fellow bloggers.

 

11: Engage Bloggers on Social Media

 

Engage bloggers on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

Publish comments in response to social media posts. Reply to bloggers on Twitter. Message bloggers on Facebook.

 

Building your blogger network involves engaging bloggers persistently. Take an interest in bloggers. Patiently ask questions and provide answers.

 

For example, I asked this question on Twitter:

 


As of this post publish date these are the Twitter metrics for that update:

 

 

Networking demands that you talk to bloggers genuinely on social media.

 

Set aside 5-10 minutes to visit social media sites a few times daily.

 

Chat with bloggers. Reply to bloggers who chat with you.

 

Build strong blogging friendships.

 

Conclusion

 

Building your blogging network requires patience.

 

Do not rush the process.

 

Lasting blogging friendships evolve organically.

 

Lose yourself in helping bloggers. Ask for nothing in return. Expect nothing.

 

Earn trust. Express a genuine interest in other bloggers.

 

Slowly but surely you will grow your blogger network.

  1. Simon Zaku says:
    at 10:49 am

    Awesome post, Ryan.

    All 11 tips are amazing esp the ‘ditch the BS hack’. I find myself doing that a lot. Emailing influential bloggers and telling them to tweet my article out because they did sth regarding it.

    Focusing on personalization and helping will be the best.

    Will put that into practice.

    Cheers,
    Simon Zaku.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:26 am

      Cool Simon. Really, that approach works so well *after* you help the blogger out with tweets and comments for a few weeks. Example; if you keep sticking around and comment and RT my stuff, I just appreciate it so much. Then you email me, and since you are my generous friend, I tweet your post without evening thinking about it.

      • Simon Zaku says:
        at 11:29 am

        Yes, Bryan.

        Will put it into work and see how it goes. Will let you know ๐Ÿ™‚

        Simon.

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 12:57 pm

        Awesome dude, sounds good ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Owen Kariuki says:
    at 11:01 am

    Yeah, Ryan. Be creepy. It’s more personal than being robotic. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great post.

  3. Marly @ A Brick Home says:
    at 11:28 am

    Thanks so much for sharing these tips! I am a relatively new blogger so I’d like your advice on this: I have been trying to network with a group of big bloggers in my niche for several months now. I comment on their posts, I share their content on my social media accounts etc. and they usually respond back etc. I’d like to be part of their mastermind group and start connecting our posts. I feel that I’m such a new blogger that they would ignore me if I asked to be participate in their blogging sphere. I feel like I should build up my credibility more before I ask. What do you think?

    Thanks so much! I love receiving your posts ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:01 pm

      Thanks Marly ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I would take this thought/feeling:

      “I feel that Iโ€™m such a new blogger that they would ignore me if I asked to be participate in their blogging sphere. I feel like I should build up my credibility more before I ask.”

      and kick it out of your mind. Go ahead, do it now. Send it into space LOL. Because based on the clarity and confidence of your blog comment, and on your generous sharing, you look ready and credible right now to join a blogger mastermind group and share each other’s posts. I’d also add; the more you comment here, the more I will comment on your blog and share your posts. Just sayin; ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Monna Ellithorpe says:
    at 1:19 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    I’ve found that I already do some of the things you suggest but I’m not putting enough effort towards it. Until yesterday, I never realized that blog commenting could be a marketing strategy, Duh!

    I really like how you make the comparisons between your travels and ways to blog and interact with people. I have to admire you and Kelli also for absolutely unplugging for 6 weeks and you watched a spider build a web.

    I don’t think I could ever do that, nor would I want to. So as I’ve said before, I’ll travel vicariously through your travels.

    Thank you again for the time and effort that you lend to people to help them and for the advice you gave me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:46 pm

      No worries Monna. It took me years to see that publishing blog comments could be a marketing technique. This all unfolds and reveals itself to us as our awareness expands ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Pedro ::: Astute Copy Blogging says:
    at 6:19 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    Thank you for a fantastic blog post, as usual! You had me giggling all the way through. I love the lesson from the ants in the jungle..what an example!! But I would have to say that my biggest takeaway is #7, eat fewer beans. Just kidding…lol ๐Ÿ™‚

    Seriously, I love this post. So many practical and actionable points to takeaway. As I always say, content may be king, but connection is KEY!

    Off to share on Twitter.

    Best regards,

    Pedro

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:07 pm

      LOL Pedro ๐Ÿ˜‰ Tis true; content rocks but you need those connections, those buddies, to spread the word effectively and by spreading the word for others you will do fabulous things with your blog.

  6. Prosper Noah says:
    at 6:24 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    Great Post you have up here.
    Building a network with other bloggers is one of the fastest ways to grow your own blog.

    You really can’t fold your arms and expect goodies to start falling from no somewhere.

    When I say goodies I meant the shares, and promotion.

    The Outreach of having to email influential or fellow bloggers about tweeting your new post just because they tweeted a similar post earlier just won’t work and may ruin your reputation or make them see you as spammer.

    It may work only if you’ve taken the precious time to interact with their own blogs through your sharing, tweeting ,google plusing etc…

    The Real Truth is you don’t have to beg anyone to tweet your article if you do it to others.

    They will do it happily naturally.

    Wonderful Post Ryan!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:05 pm

      The Real Truth is you donโ€™t have to beg anyone to tweet your article if you do it to others.

      Bingo! This is the essence of effective networking Prosper. Perfect.

  7. Erika Mohssen-Beyk says:
    at 10:26 pm

    I like the analogy of the ants. Nature is the best teacher. All your tips are really what a good blogger who wants to succeed should do. And the tips are valid not only for blogging. Great post, keep inspiring.
    Erika

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:00 pm

      Isn’t nature the best teacher Erika? Miraculous how just observing nature gives us all the answers.

  8. Vishwajeet Kumar says:
    at 12:19 am

    Hello Ryan,

    I am also agree with you that promoting others stuff can really be a great to increase your networking. Blogging helps me to connect with like minded bloggers like you and zack and Donna. I find myself surrounded with few smile faces which helps me to develop my blog. Thanks for this brilliant post and good points to increase networking.

    Have a great Day ๐Ÿ™‚
    Vishwajeet

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:00 pm

      Helping others by promoting others is the quickest way to see your shares jump too Vishwajeet. Brilliant way to make friends and to see your success expand quickly. Great points bro.

  9. Michael Socarras says:
    at 1:06 am

    Why do i get distracted by other mediocre blogs? This blog rocks! Useful information every damn time. The only thing im having trouble with is the urge to blog about other topics other than my brand :/

    Great post here. No beans!

    Been networking lately but I can do a lot more after this post.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:58 am

      Oh yes; I have been there Michael. Keep putting out those music themed posts and….a few beans here and there are ok. High fiber is good for us LOL. See you soon.

  10. Manish Kumar says:
    at 1:23 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Awesome Tips!

    Being generous is certainly going to help it is one of the basic traits every human should have. Donna’s example is a nice one to surround ourselves with master networkers.

    “Generous people tend to become popular people” i liked this line very much. Generous people help others that’s why other people seek them.

    Networking is essential for blogging. Your tips will help in building a blogging network.

    I will tweet your post.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:57 am

      Thanks Manish. All great points. I feel we all love a giver, right? So we gravitate toward givers and their network grows quickly.

  11. Shantanu Sinha says:
    at 1:44 am

    Hello Ryan,

    Awesome tips up here ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am trying to get in touch with top notch bloggers, I read their blog post, put a comment at the end, share their content
    on almost every social media platform. The feed back is quite satisfying as by repeating this act, I get response from them.

    They reply to my comments, mention my name on their social accounts for appreciating the shares. These might look tiny but what joy they give me when I turn on my computer and see my self getting the feed back too.

    I am building my strategy by blog commenting, though people said me it ain’t gonna work but I see that in different way,it has worked from me. It has helped me to build relation with the fellow bloggers and it is quite pleasant.

    Thanks for the share.

    Shantanu.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:56 am

      It is working fabulously Shatanu. I see you everywhere! And I am everywhere LOL. If I say I see you everywhere, I swear, you are. Keep doing what you are doing. You are becoming familiar to folks in the blogging tips niche because they see you all over the place. This is how magic begins to form.

  12. Lisa P. Sicard says:
    at 3:58 am

    Hi Ryan, I love your analogy about the ants. It goes back to “it takes a village”. I also loved your quote “โ€ The richest people in the world look for and build networks; everyone else looks for work. ” I will have to memorize that too.
    I need to mention more people in my posts, I haven’t been doing a great job with that one. So thank you for the tip as I’m working on 2 new ones. I also have to thank you for you have helped me to write more and more quickly.
    I would add to meet new bloggers on new networks, I love Inbound.org and Quora. My best place for meeting others is on Twitter – good old reliable source for me ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks again for these tips Ryan and have a wonderful Wednesday ahead!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:54 am

      Thanks so much for reminding me Lisa to tag Donna, Zac and Mr. Robbins on Facebook LOL. I mentioned these folks and totally forget to tag them. I need to up my game in that area too. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all the blogging buddies I have and try to work at least a few of my friends into various posts. Sweet tips too on Inbound and Quora; gotta get on Inbound a bit and Growth Hackers too.

  13. G Myilraj says:
    at 6:13 am

    Ryan Bro,

    This article is really nice. Daily I use to spend 30mnts on replying all comments on my blog.
    But, just came to know that isn’t enough and there is more than this in recognizing other bloggers work on the same field.
    I liked your point of building friends on blogging will help you build your blog.
    This article has taught me some more information in building a strong blogging.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:40 am

      Going offsite makes all the difference G. I love spending hours on OPB: Other People’s Blogs. Like the old Naughty By Nature rap but much cleaner LOL.

  14. Cori Ramos says:
    at 9:17 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Another epic post!

    I get a lot of those emails, too. While I admire the go get ’em attitude, they’re going about it all wrong.

    I feel like I do most of these to network but what I can improve on are numbers 2 and 10. For #2, I feel like I’m not worthy to be in the presence of greatness that like and #10 – I just need to put more effort into it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And eat fewer beans – that goes without saying, hehe. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the great tips Ryan! By the way, I loved the quote you shared. Have a great day and rest of the week.

    Cori

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:39 am

      You are definitely moving into higher and higher circles Cori and in truth, we are all worthy. We just need to be reminded from time to time to see our greatness. Keep doing what you are doing and enjoy your week ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Donna Merrill says:
    at 12:30 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    I first want to thank you for the mention…so nice to wake up in the morning and see this. I love your tips!!! Lov’n Number 8 because it just has to be part of any blogger’s strategy. It doesn’t take much to spread the news that can help your followers. They appreciate you so much when you do that.

    As for #9 Always be meeting new people. I just did a FB live about that one. Even if it is one person per day, eventually when you give it your all, things click.

    Glad you put #7 in there….I really got a good chuckle out of that one lol

    -Donna

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:45 pm

      My pleasure Donna ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep on meeting new folks and the tide slowly but surely turns. Like you said, things click when you meet even 1 new person daily.

  16. Navya says:
    at 2:37 pm

    to write a blog is not a easy job and after starting a blog growing network is another challenging work.. your post helps a lot in this point.. really nice post .

  17. Robin Ringl says:
    at 2:48 pm

    I figured out how important time can be after i started my business.
    FInding out how to save time can save you investations and will help you earn faster and more stable incoming.
    Thanks for this post its very motivational and there are awesome and great information in it to use ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Tuan Nguyen says:
    at 10:20 pm

    Yes, Ryan Bro.

    Thanks for sharing your tips. That is great. I Will follow your instruction, and see the result.

  19. Nishant says:
    at 2:20 am

    Hey, Ryan. Great read, and happy to see Donna mentioned in the article.

    There are a couple of points I like the most.
    #1) Hyper personalization to win hearts.
    #2) Engaging with like minded people in the same niche (Retweet/ like/ share their articles)
    #3) Extend a helping hand to the newbies, It also helps us to learn more a and experience the power of gratitude.
    #4) Create an impact and make sure that people will recognize you/ Strong relationship is one great way to build an empire.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:13 am

      Loving each point Nishant. We really do win our friend’s hearts when we personalize interactions. I go from being an acquaintance to much more just by using folk’s names. This little change worked like magic for me.

  20. Patrick says:
    at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for the post, Ryan!!! I especially like the part where you broke down exactly what you need to do across what platforms. I’ll be sure to add this post to my bookmarks for later.

  21. Shameem says:
    at 6:42 am

    Hey Bro

    Vella! loved your list about building network

    Like we both met its an nice memory got an good friend a traveler!

    Yes I do agree we should start sharing the post which u find as valuable and start engaging with respective person by commenting on his post or send him an msg via contact form.

    Even you can interview him and list on your blog which makes more reachable!

    So list goes on how we presenting our selves with other will make us to gain more from others

    Hope to see more notes from you friend and do you have any idea of coming to Chennai?

    Take Care

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:04 pm

      Knowing I can connect with anybody through comments and social media makes this networking gig easier Shameem, for sure. Not sure when we are visiting your home but will let you know ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Arvind says:
    at 5:12 am

    as usual one more epic post Ryanโ€ฆ.as always I really like to follow your tipsโ€ฆ..even I want to get surround by master network bloggers to learn more about bloggingโ€ฆ!!

  23. Laura @ GolferGurus says:
    at 3:02 pm

    As a new blogger, I am looking for all the advice I can get! I have only just started thinking about growing traffic to my blog, and your post has great information that is understandable, even to me. Bookmarking your blog- thanks!

  24. Lev Leetian says:
    at 1:08 am

    Great tips! As a starting blogger, I should keep these points in mind. I’m having trouble getting new readers because the blogging “hacks” as you mentioned don’t really work for me. The points you gave are much more practical. Thanks for this!

  25. Hammad Maddy says:
    at 7:23 am

    Thanks Ryan
    Your post is very helpful for me. Now i will follow all your tips when i write a blog. Thanks again..

  26. Bruno says:
    at 8:12 am

    I like the analogy of the ants. Nature is the best teacher. All your tips are really what a good blogger who wants to succeed should do. And the tips are valid not only for blogging. Great post, keep inspiring.

  27. Timothy Finbarr says:
    at 11:04 pm

    Hello Ryan!

    What a fabulous post! We all what to stand out in a crowd, right? Who doesnโ€™t? If youโ€™re blogging, you canโ€™t decide to stay hidden.
    Good networking is key to any successful career!
    Thanks for this enlightenment!

    Hope you’re having a nice weekend?

  28. Yash Pal says:
    at 6:04 am

    Thanks for the great tips, Ryan.

    The article is very helpful for new bloggers like me.

    Thanks Again!

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