How to Build a Blogging Tribe

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  July 18, 2021 blogging tips 🕑 7 minutes read

Playa Guanico, Panama

 

(Updated 7/18/2021)

 

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.

 

Tribes are human beings who trust you. Gain trust through mindful, personalized interactions.Click To Tweet

 

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.

 

My tribe:

 

  • 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).

 

Monteverde, Costa Rica

 

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.

 

Practical Tips

 

  • 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.

 

Make friends.

 

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.

 

Practical Tips

 

  • 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

 

Video

 

Alonzo and I discussed how to build a successful blog a while back.

 

How to Build a Successful Blog

 

 

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.

 

Practical Tips

 

  •  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.

 

Stay on blogging topic. Be a specialist. Grow your tribe.Click To Tweet

 

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.

 

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

 

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.

 

Practical Tips

 

  • 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

 

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:

 

  • time
  • energy
  • attention

 

investments.

 

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.

 

Ryan Biddulph, Nicosia, Cyprus

Nicosia, Cyprus

 

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.

 

Conclusion

 

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.

  1. Ethan Blaze says:
    at 2:33 am

    Now , this word blogging tribe is very new to me and I really like the word. And I do agree, you don’t join a community, you got to build it. The first thing is to let your people know that you care about them and their time, so you put value content. And this will led to good people joining with you. I started blogging 5 years ago and for a year or so there was no one. Then one came, two came, and then they brought in people. That’s how it is.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:34 am

      Hi Ethan,

      This is exactly how it goes. One person at a time you bond with gradually helps to build your tribe.

  2. Lisa Sicard says:
    at 1:19 pm

    Hi Ryan, I love that you say it takes one at a time, not 1000 at a time! That is so true and I’m seeing that as old bloggers fall away and new ones come to read the blog after I’ve connected with them on their’s or elsewhere. It’s never-ending with making connections and earning others’ trust. Excellent tips!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:34 pm

      Hi Lisa,

      I had to learn this lesson the hard way. 1-to-1 bond building makes all the difference in the world. Each strong bond grows your time organically. Similar to each link of a chain holding it together, each 1-to-1 bond carefully formed leads to a strong, loyal, large blogging tribe.

      Ryan

  3. SharlaAnn Matyjanka says:
    at 10:59 pm

    Hi Ryan,
    As always some great advice. I love how you break it down with the “practical tips”. Makes it easier when I come back later looking for that one thing I wanted to remember but didn’t write down.
    I will admit the sticking to the one niche bit does scare me a little for a couple of reasons. #1-Do I actually know enough about any one thing to be writing about it? Consistently, for a long time? and #2- What if I get bored? I mean, I enjoy doing many different things. My focus on my blog right now is online business/marketing, sprinkled with some personal development. But what if I want to write about the beautiful yarn I spun or next months fishing trip?…I realize this comes from a place of insecurity and lack of experience…so I will get over it eventually.
    I have seen popping up this last week in a few places, the importance of offline writing. That is advice I have really taken to heart. After all my Grandma use to say “practice makes perfect”
    SharlaAnn

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:06 pm

      Hi SharlaAnn,

      Thanks for your feedback on the practical tips note. I will continue to update posts in such fashion.

      Sticking to one niche feels uncomfortable for us because we sometimes want to write what we want to write versus writing what our readers:

      – want
      – expect
      – wish

      for us to write. Differentiating between the two feels unpleasant because ego sees its way and blinds itself to points of view outside of its narrow frame of refence. Of course, feel free to share a big life update like getting married of having a child if your intuition goads you to share. Readers may deeply appreciate such an off topic post for the range it adds to your blog, giving personality to your message. But niching down has so many tremendous benefits for us and our readers, most all all building a loyal tribe that comes to expect us to solve one specific problem.

      Thanks for sharing with us.

      Ryan

      • SharlaAnn Matyjanka says:
        at 2:32 pm

        Thank you Ryan!

        Of course I often forget or don’t recognize how ego sneaks his/her way into our thoughts. It’s not only the “I’m better than you” attitude. Sneaky damn bugger.

        SharlaAnn

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 4:12 pm

        Ego is super persistent LOL!

  4. Anthony Gaenzle says:
    at 10:22 am

    It’s been great being a part of your blogging tribe, Ryan! These points are all right on. Building a tribe of fellow bloggers takes time, and it requires that you be genuine and first and foremost seek to help others. The folks you mention, like Moss, for instance, are shining examples of building communities, carving out their niche, and serving as someone to follow for other bloggers. Great article!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:58 am

      Hi Anthony,

      It’s been a pleasure to see folks like you and Moss build their tribes the right way. Thanks for being a continual example of how to do blogging from the heart.

  5. Moss Clement says:
    at 1:53 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    There’s no better way to be a success in blogging without building a tribe of loyal readers. But to build your readership, one must apply blogging best practices as underscored in this article, such as promoting others without asking for favors, creating content on relevant topics your readers crave and improving your blog writing skills. Keep in mind that it’s a continuous learning process because trends come and go, and one must adopt accordingly.
    These are the base of building a successful blog, and I’m impressed that you have it all covered. Most of all, I appreciate the shout-out. I’m so grateful.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:53 pm

      Hi Moss,

      You are a tribe-building master my friend. We need to be current in order to build communities effectively. Being aware of current trends feels paramount because change is constant. Learning is the way to change with strategies and times to better build a cohesive blogging community. Thanks as always. 🙂

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