Have you thought about connecting with other bloggers in your niche? Fellow bloggers can be a valuable source of support for your blog, sharing your links, helping you with promotions, or offering copies of their products for you to review them.
At first the A-listers may be out of your reach, but you can start with new bloggers who are also looking for ways to establish themselves and expand their blogs’ influence. But how will they notice you? Here are five ideas that will help you build a real connection:
Retweet and Share Their Social Updates
Most bloggers are on Twitter, but you can also check their other social connections. Locate the one you want to ally with, find one of their posts that you like, and retweet it to your followers. Use @mentions to include the name of the blogger so he/she will see your tweet. The well-established bloggers with large network of followers may not notice few shares and retweets, but the beginner bloggers certainly will.
Add to the Discussion
By commenting on other bloggers’ posts you are not only contributing to the discussion but also establishing a firm groundwork for you to build a relationship. Try to provide only useful and relevant comments, and do this for a few weeks before you move further. You don’t have to comment on every single post, so don’t push yourself into commenting just for the sake of it if you don’t have much to say.
Send them an Email
Getting a message from readers thanking you for your articles and telling you how much they enjoy your writing, I’m sure, is motivating for every blogger out there. You can do the same to make the connection. Send a “thanks” email to your fellow blogger, but keep things short and simple because most of them are busy, particularly if they are blogging full-time.
Guest Post on Their Blog
Writing guests posts for other blogs is a sure-fire way for your content to get the desired attention. Although it is amazing if you can get your writing on some major blog with higher influence in your niche, you shouldn’t just focus on these blogs because smaller ones can also get you great results, especially in the beginning. Read their guidelines carefully and make sure to submit only the best piece of content when pitching the bloggers for guest posts.
Write About Them on Your Blog
You will definitely get the attention of other fellow bloggers if you write them a post on your blog. You can review their products, write an overview of their blogs and blogging, or just share some of their posts that you like and that your audience can relate to (check the Blogger Babe Of The Week). Make sure to link to their product pages, or encourage your readers to sign up for their free ebook and newsletter to make your post as useful as possible to them.
Have you tried any of these methods to reach out to other bloggers in your industry? Or are any of these on your to-do list for the future? Drop a comment below to let us know your experiences.