Answering more questions about making money blogging…
The best way to network effectively?
If I had to sum it up in three phrases they'd be: be real, be helpful and keep going.
To me, networking is about being helpful. If you see places where you can offer help, do it. Once people see you are generous with your knowledge, they are more likely to interact and spread the word about you too. This is exactly how it happened for me and I think it happens this way for so many others as well.
Also, be you. Oh this is so important. Don't create a clone blog. Show your personality. You've got to differentiate yourself. Consider narrowing your focus. Instead of writing a blog about your life in general, be the person known for a specific thing. Maybe you create outstanding printables, maybe you post hilarious videos about parenting, maybe you live in a yurt in Alaska.
Don't be afraid to jump into forums, social media, comment on other blogs (here's a crash course), join Twitter chats/parties, link-ups (like Works for Me Wednesday and Tasty Tuesday, or search google "link up list [niche]" and similar things for more) etc. You've got to be involved. (For most of these things, you don't have to be invited so don't sit back and wait to be asked.) The goal in all these things is to build relationships, not just to push your own blog or products, so aim to make real friends, otherwise it'll backfire.
Also, consider starting a mastermind group. Joining with other bloggers in a small group, encouraging each other, promoting each other and swapping ideas is an excellent way to get traction faster.
Another great way to boost your networking is to attend a blogging conference. There's nothing like face-to-face contact with other bloggers. Attending my first blogging conference in 2010 was absolutely a turning point in my blogging "career." It can be pricey, but if you can swing it, it's worth it.
There is no magic bullet, it just takes time. Here are a 7 Traffic-Building Tips.
(Here are all the Traffic archives.)
Anyone else have more to add?
Other posts in this series
- Q&A: How Do I Get Started Making Money as a New Blogger?
- Q&A: How Do I Network Effectively to Help Gain Name Awareness and Visitors?
- Q&A: Can You Really Make Money with Google AdSense?