Contrary to popular belief; you do not find your blogging tribe.
Bloggers build a loyal community of human beings who:
- read your blog posts
- promote you
- endorse you
- hire you
- buy your stuff
- serve as brand advocates
Bloggers build tribes by connecting with human beings. Connecting with humans involves:
- solving problems
- chatting with people
- being detached concerning traffic and profits outcomes
Earn your tribe by helping people generously for a sustained length of time. Communities flock to bloggers who persistently solve their problems. Dwell on the idea of earning your tribe to fully comprehend the time and energy commitment required to build a loyal blogging community.
Build your tribe one human being at a time. Focusing on trying to reach number goals promotes mindlessness in personalized interactions. Instead of making a positive impact through one-to-one interactions you hurriedly rush ahead from these critical moments. Picture your tribe being a collection of strong friendships versus an inanimate number of subscribers or followers. Tribes are human beings who trust you. Gain trust through mindful, personalized interactions.
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10 loyal human beings forming your tribe beats 1,000 subscribers who care little about your work. Gain loyal fans versus lukewarm followers. Mindfully serve and engage each person who expresses interest in your blog to establish a strong foundation for your blogging tribe.
Benefits of Building a Blogging Tribe
Blogging tribes amplify your reach exponentially. I typically gain 50 backlinks pointing to Blogging From Paradise daily because my blogging tribes spreads my message through various channels.
- links to my blog via their blog
- invites me to guest post
- shares my blog posts on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook
Blogging tribes add a vital passive element to your blogging campaign. While you sleep or enjoy time offline your tribe steadily increases your blog traffic around the clock. Strong blogging communities serve as built-in positive review mechanisms. Loyal readers help you write top-rated eBooks through their 4-star and 5-star reviews.
Picture yourself spinning a top. Starting the spin requires ample effort on your part but momentum keeps the top spinning for a long time. Loyal blogging communities serve as the momentum that keeps the top spinning. Be prepared to flip the top once in a while (put in some blogging work) to allow momentum to take over (let your tribe amplify your reach far and wide as you work, play and sleep).
Follow these tips to build a blogging tribe.
1: Publish Genuine Comments on Blogs
Do you want to know how I connected with Donna Merrill?
I commented genuinely on her blog a few times after reading her posts.
I am definitely in her Donna Merrill Tribe as I comment genuinely on her posts, Retweet her posts and Facebook Share some of her posts, too.
Donna dug my generosity and blogging skills after reading my comments and wanted to learn more about me. So she began reading my posts, commenting genuinely on my posts and sharing my posts on social media. Donna joined the Blogging From Paradise tribe. Some of her readers became part of my tribe too.
Genuine blog commenting opened the door for build each other’s blogging tribes.
Read blog posts from bloggers in your niche. Personalize comments. Publish at least a few sentences. Be authentic. Build your tribe.
- publish genuine comments related to the blog post
- comment on respected blogs in your niche
- personalize comments to make a positive impact on fellow bloggers
- practice patience and persistence to build your tribe through genuine blog commenting
2: Promote Other Bloggers
Promote other bloggers through social media and on your blog.
Friends join your blogging tribe.
Be a loyal tribe member to attract bloggers and their readers to your blogging tribe.
Alonzo Pichardo and I connected for the first time a number of years ago. We instantly began following each other’s blogs and promoting one another. We help one another to succeed. Helping each other accelerated our individual success.
Alonzo helps build my tribe by promoting me generously via his YouTube, guest posts of mine he published on his blog and through his Twitter. I promote his blog content through my blog and social media to build his tribe.
Promote trusted bloggers from your niche. Release expectations. Ask for nothing in return. Build relationships with leading bloggers in your niche. Observe how these bloggers build your tribe through their persistent help.
- reach out with a hand out; generously help skilled bloggers in your niche proactively to sow positive seeds for building friendships
- link to successful bloggers via your blog; tag them on social media to drive more traffic to their blog and to grow their friend network
- promote top bloggers through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
Alonzo and I discussed how to build a successful blog a while back.
3: Publish In-Depth Content
Tribes flock to skilled bloggers who publish in-depth content.
Add as many details as possible to posts. Grow your blogging tribe by publishing thorough solutions to problems suffered by your readers.
Long form content positions you to grow your tribe through search giant Google. However, in-depth content also attracts loyal readers from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Rich resources form a magnet that draws targeted readers. Write comprehensive content to build your blogging community.
- publish 1500 word or longer posts
- add a hefty number of details to each post
- intend to publish an in-depth resource answering as many reader questions related to the topic as possible
- embed multi-media like videos to publish a comprehensive post with an array of helpful content
- focus on blog post quality, depth, richness and thoroughness over publishing thin, brief blog posts solely to adhere to a publishing schedule
4: Stay on Topic
Stay on blogging topic. Be a specialist. Grow your tribe.
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Tribes follow specialists who give their attention and energy to solving a pressing problem. Tribes follow experts. Tribes follow authorities.
Cover one blogging niche. Become a specialist to boost return traffic. Return readers slowly but surely increase the loyalty of your blogging tribe.
Loyal tribes grow around bloggers who gain credibility in one niche. Disjointed, lukewarm followings may evolve around a multi-niche blogger. Niche-hopping turns off readers who follow you for one niche that you cover. Turning off readers lessens tribe loyalty.
Stick to one topic. Progressively increase tribe loyalty by doing one thing well.
- stick to one blogging niche
- ask readers for blog post ideas; spot their problems through their emails, blog comments and social media feedback
- follow top blogs in your niche for blog post ideas
- resist the urge to niche-hop to earn tribe loyalty
5: Write Diligently
Practice writing 500 or more words offline daily. Publish content on your blog persistently.
Hone your number one tribe-building skill: writing clearly, confidently and skillfully.
Moss Clement of Moss Media Dot Biz practices writing like mad; his blog post and guest post quality reflects someone serious about his writing craft.
He grew a large, uber loyal blogging tribe through both generous networking and by practicing his writing diligently.
Write daily. Gain confidence. Get clear. People follow your blog because you clearly solve their problems persistently through your writing skills. Improve your writing to position yourself to grow a blogging tribe.
6: Hone Your Mental Tools
Be patient. Generously help your readers. Be persistent.
Bloggers who grow large tribes never experience overnight success.
Good things require ample:
Being generous attracts a loyal tribe to you. Help people for free through your in-depth content. Comment genuinely on top blogs from your niche. Promote bloggers freely on your blog. Watch your tribe materialize as you generously serve people from a patient, persistent vibe.
Frame tribe-building as a marathon versus a sprint. No human being can accelerate the tribe-building process because it takes ample time to foster genuine friendships in one-to-one fashion. But if you patiently grow rock-solid friendships with powerful bloggers through personalized interactions these influencers can grow your tribe quite quickly over the long haul.
Exponential community grows unfolds only after years of building strong friendships intimately. Give your full attention and energy to each person you engage online and offline today. Develop the priceless skill of making someone feel like they are the only person in the online – or offline – room.
Listen to people. Tune in to their needs. Hone your mental tools to develop mindfulness. Being generous, patient and persistent are by-products of strengthening your mental muscle.
Apply the prior practical tips with the proper mindset to grow your blogging tribe.
Large blogging tribes evolve from bloggers who mindfully connect with people in one-to-one fashion.
Pay close attention to connected bloggers whose @reply stream on Twitter pulsates with frequent activity. Note bloggers who seem to comment genuinely on every top blog in your niche. Observe bloggers who publish detailed, in-depth comment persistently.
Grow your blogging tribe by publishing thorough content and building strong friendships.
Benefit from having a large, loyal army expanding your reach exponentially over the long term.