Get To Know Your Supporters (And Be A Supporter Yourself).

One of the challenges in networking is everybody thinks it’s making cold calls to strangers. Actually, it’s the people who already have strong trust relationships with you, who know you’re dedicated, smart, a team player, who can help you. ~Reid Hoffman

Participate
Read and interact with other blogs.

Read and interact with other blogs.

In our last post, Doug and I shared how we market our blog and our talents. The most effective thing we’ve done to grow our blog is to engage other bloggers.

You can write fantastic posts all day long, but if no one knows you’re out there, they won’t get read.

The world isn’t going to beat down  your door just because you uploaded a new post… No matter how good it is.

During my first month of blogging I was worried about producing content, learning how to manage the blog and just trying to get comfortable doing something new.

I averaged 13 visitors a day… Some days the only person who looked at my blog was my wife.

I knew I had to do something different. Sure, I started using social media, but the biggest boost that grew my blog audience was being a reader of other blogs.

I started using the WordPress reader, finding interesting posts through searches ( A few of the many I use are creativity, spirituality and philosophy). When I found an interesting post, I read it and commented on it. If the blog looked interesting I started following it.

Reading, liking and commenting on other’s posts is the quickest way to get them to read YOUR posts. Plus, you’ll see what others are doing and learn a lot of new stuff too. When readers come to your blog and comment, make sure you comment in return… It’s easy. Being polite isn’t just for the “real” world…

I still use the reader to find new posts. I check it three times a day. Yes, it takes a lot of time. Yes, sometimes I don’t feel like reading more posts, but I do… And I comment.

I’ve gained a lot of followers this way, and they gained me as a follower for their blog. Interacting is key. You need to build a network of followers, collaborators and supporters, and be that for others in return.

Work together

It’s been three months since I started my blog. I’ve spent many hours a day creating original content, posting on social media and reading about being successful. But I still set aside 1/3 of my time to read the work of others, interact with them and build relationships.

To me, blogging is no different than real life… You get out of it what you put in to it. You can stand in a field and scream about all your great ideas, or you can go meet people, learn about them and discover what you have in common. Which person would you rather interact with? Which one are you being online?

Exercise

Do you read and comment on the blogs of other writers? If not, you should. Use the WordPress reader search function and look for tags that interest you. Read through the list and find a few posts you relate to. Then:

  • Like the post.
  • Leave a relevant and insightful comment.
  • Follow the blog if it has a lot of content that interests you.
  • Repeat,repeat, repeat!

If you follow my blog, how did you find me? Did I leave a comment on yours or start following you? There is no magic way to gain an audience. It takes sustained effort. It’s worth it though, at least to me…

Don’t forget your past networks!

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22 comments

  1. Renard Moreau · · Reply

    [ Smiles ] Doug, I am in total agreement with your philosophy!

    1. Thank you! And I see what you did there… 🙂

      1. Renard Moreau · ·

        [ Smiles ] You are welcome, Doug.

        You are part of my WordPress community. Therefore, it is only fair that I support you!

  2. How about leaving irrelevant and non-insightful comments? I did love this post, though.

    1. I’m not sure that would create the interaction we want! Leaving a :} or “me too!” comment doesn’t add to the conversation… I hit the like button if I don’t have anything to add, but still like the post or image…

  3. I agree totally with you, I started blogging not to long ago and it has made a difference when interacting with other bloggers. I enjoy your blogs.

    1. Thank you… I’ve read about buying likes on Facebook and similar tactics. That seems like a poop audience to have. To me, having readers who value the content is more important than the numbers.

  4. I would agree with this advice for growing a wide base of followers. It doesn’t happen overnight, and does require some honest harvesting of good will. Luckily, there are many people who are on a similar wavelength. Of course, there will always be spammers whose interest in your site is to promote THEM. However, it’s still possible to meet some really interesting people along the way.

    p.s. I’m not sure about your s

    1. I enjoy reading what others are thinking about. I’m often surprised when there is some synchronicity with where my thoughts are… I like when that happens.

      I don’t know why you’re not sure about my s… It’s right here on my keyboard, between the A and D.

      1. My p.s. was cut short by a misbehaving iPhone. What I was going to say was that I am not sure of the sock monkeys thing, but you make them more approachable. Your email about the monkeys majoring in Monkeyology, with minors in such topics as Bananism, was reassuring. Still, I’m a bit guarded about taking career advice from woven primates. However, I still find your website entertaining and support those monkeys in helping others.

      2. Doug is not your typical stuffed monkey. He’s a keen observer of life… He has to be, since he has no mouth and can’t talk. All he can do is observe.

        We communicate via telepathy and I translate his thoughts, and add some of my own. So, you’re not just taking career advice from a stuffed monkey. You’re also taking it from me, someone who talks to a stuffed monkey. Doesn’t that make you feel better?

  5. I was fortunate to discover your blog through the WordPress reader. Yours is excellent advice to treat this blogging endeavor (for me, newly started) as you would situations in real life where networking is key, where networking is King (or Queen, whatever the preference). I feel it is natural to try and leave a thoughtful comment on someone’s blog if that blog resonates with me.

    There are a number of ideas you touch upon that I hear through listening to the likes of John Lee Dumas, Michael O’Neal and the legions of individuals they have as guests (often within a show or two of one another it would seem sometimes). From the idea of actively participating in the blogging community, to networking, to using social media to being genuine and the such there is rich content you provide. It is the format you choose and the style of presentation that work for me. Well done good Sir and thank you.

    1. Hey Glenn- Thanks for sharing your insight. I’ve not heard of the gentlemen you mention above… I’m sure there are huge gaps in my blogging knowledge as I’m pretty new at it as well. I guess I should Google them and see what I’m doing right, and probably find out what I’m doing wrong too! Thanks for the tip. I pretty much decided to start blogging and chose my style based on intuition. I asked myself” what kind of blog would I enjoy following, and how can I make such a blog fit me and my talents?” Viola! Doug Does Life…

  6. May you always find sunshine within your life…….It is my honor to nominate you for thehttp://2flames.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/sunshine-award/ ….Shine on :)You deserve this and more……

  7. This was a very helpful post. I have to remember that the reason for having a blog is to share my thoughts with others as much as it is an opportunity to connect with others on a similar path. And the way to do that is to make the effort to find the time to read and engage with other blogs. Thanks for sharing your insight! As a follower of your blog, I deeply appreciate how much time, thought and effort you put into your posts.

    1. Thank you very much! I follow your blog as well. I think we all get wrapped up in life, our blogging motivations and everything else that eats up the hours. I sometimes think up a mantra to repeat about reaching out,connecting,networking and learning to get me motivated to read other blogs. Like anything worthwhile, it sometimes takes effort.It’s worth doing though.

  8. Absolutely vital to a happy blogging life! And maybe a happy life away from blogging? Keep talking to people and engaging with them. It makes a huge difference. Keep it up Doug! 🙂

    1. Thanks Maxine- I try to be the same person blogging that I am in real life. That’s why I don’t hide my name or any other info… It keeps me honest too, since people will know if I stretch the truth!

  9. Thank you for the reminders on searching for, and following other bloggers. My own experience with blogging has been kind of an on-again-off-again thing (depending on what I’m feeling guided to do at the time), and sometimes I forget to search out others on here of like mind! Thanks to your post, I’ve been newly inspired. 🙂

    1. I’m glad you found inspiration. That’s our intention here in monkey town!

  10. Thank you John for your guideness which I totally agree with… Yes, networking and socialising with other mind like bloggers is key to expand your audience, but my problem is that these are my main weakness and never done much… I will take your advice on board and will put it in practise despite the lack of time.. John, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for my silence, but the last few months are being extremely hectic in all fronts (yes’m the history of my life!)..
    You are a star!
    Thanks
    Glo.xx

    1. Hey Gloria! I’m glad to see you stopping by again… Life has a way of running us over if we allow it. I’m sorry your life is beating you up!

      Make sure you take some time for yourself though… You don’t want to get overwhelmed.

      It’s difficult to work on a blog when there’s so much going on in life… Put in what time you can getting to know others and I think you’ll be surprised with the interaction.

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