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How Do You Support Your Fellow Blogger?

image - Social SharingYesterday I had a quick conversation with the Newsletter Partners in a Live Hangout on Supporting Fellow Bloggers (Below). We came up with a couple of methods we use to support other bloggers, as well as a couple of examples; so today, I’d like to put the question to you:

  • How do you support other bloggers?
  • How important is this support?
  • What do you have to gain from it?

I was going to list several of my favorite networks and tools but I think Iรขย€ย™ll keep this post short and simple and let you share your ideas.

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About Brian D. Hawkins

Blogging superhero by day and internet super villain by night. Blogger, future online millionaire and an all around great guy.

Comments

  1. I watched the video of your Goggle Hangout and I am sorry I missed it. I try to support my fellow blogger by commenting on their blog and sharing their content. In return it helps me get noticed and build a community around my blog. I think that making friends and building a community around my blog is now more important than building links. I also liked things that Mitch and Sheryl had to say, so now I am going to go and “Stalk” them.

  2. Not very well, some days, truth be told. I try, but I run out of steam (this not being my full time job and all). I wish I could support all my blogger friends in all their endeavors, but the truth is, none of us can all the time. I’m deeply grateful for all the support I receive, but sometimes I’m almost relieved when someone says, “Ooops, I’m so sorry – I missed that!” ๐Ÿ™‚

    I try to help others the way they want to be helped, but honestly, the interaction is the most rewarding thing for me – all the click this, click that, share this, share that – if no one’s reading what you write, if you’re not having a little “meeting of the minds,” well, it feels kind of empty, doesn’t it?

    Thank you for sharing my post, too, Brian! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I have a couple of social media “stalkers” and I do appreciate it (they’re not the creepy, icky, weird kinds of stalkers – but one of them has been following me everywhere for YEARS – and we only very occasionally talk, but the interactions have always been normal and pleasant, so it has become so familiar I’d miss it).

  4. I have not my own blogs but i wish i will be there.
    I will make them good by regularly make updation on my site.I will make good relationship with them and will share something better and new.Regularly sharing will work like a water for a thirsty man in this field.

  5. Hi Brian,

    Great post and video (hangout). Personally , networking and supporting by engagement and helping on key issues is great for building relationships รขย€ย“ and relationships is what leads to business and other personal growth opportunities, not just for yourself but for the person you are connecting / networking with as well.

  6. i watch this video and sounds is really nice.so i think i should use your advice to support your fellow blogger.i like it.
    thanks for joining this blog.

  7. For me helping fellow bloggers means engaging with them and having a talk on some issues or a topic whether it is online conversation or offline.a communication should be there to make things effective.So communicating with the bloggers by any means is the key to support from every angel.

  8. Building relationships among bloggers Is a great thing!I Highly recommend this post for all bloggers.

  9. Guest posting is another great way to help each other out as well. In particular bloggers struggling with traffic and recognition in the blogosphere. Oni is one great blogger and Iรขย€ย™ve learnt so much in recent years about how he does his guest posting and obtained quiet some significant results doing it.

  10. Strengthening this blogging community is extremely important. Developing relationships and offering support to other bloggers through commenting and guest blogging and promotions and things like that really grow and strengthen the effectiveness of blogging as a whole. It’s becoming like a real world business. You need relationships and communication. If you stay isolated and refuse to involve yourself with the community at large, you will be left behind and alone.

  11. Giving support to fellow bloggers that would do the same for you, is a decision worth taking every time.

    Support is something we all can do more ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I love when someone tells me about an error they find – especially if they send if via a DM. That is what I call great support! Of course sharing my content is a wonderful way to show support too. I try to do those 2 things to my fellow bloggers. I try to think would I like that? I also try to respond to all comments within 24 hours – Mitch made a good point about that. Great tips and Brian you reminded of Empire Avenue, I haven’t been there in a such a long time.

    • It looks like you’re doing a fine job with sharing Lisa, at least from where I sit. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Empire Avenue is a tough one for me. I try to get over there on the weekends but that causes my chart to look like a saw blade. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I don’t usually support a certain blogger to gain anything. I support them mainly because I like his/her writing style, knowledge, and the way he/she portrays it on her blog. Sharing his/her articles via social media is the prime way to go about supporting a fellow blogger. Supporting bloggers for one’s own sake doesn’t normally work out. A shift in attitude works wonders. Thanks for sharing the video, Brian.

    • That’s pretty admirable Tom, I don’t think many of us can go that far. Supporting a fellow blogger, by sharing a blog post, for example, can be a great way of getting their attention. Personally, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, within reason.

  14. Hey Group, I would like to chime in on supporting other bloggers. I comment on many different blogs, but I try to avoid blogs that do not have anything to do with blogging or my niche unless I know the blogger a little.

    I would not call it throwing newbies a bone, but you are essentially doing that. I have seen blogs with hardly any comments and I feel bad for them.

    • Hi Michael, I thinks it’s smart to stick within our niche and things that we’re interested in. Beyond that, intentions become a little suspect and no one understands that more than Google.

    • Gee, Michael, I hope you don’t comment on my blog because you feel bad for me or because you mistook me for a dog in need of a bone. Please don’t. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a big girl – either folks like what I write or don’t. I don’t need a pile of bones…well, okay, Halloween’s coming up, but you know what I mean.

  15. Steven Hughes says

    Hey Brian – thanks for putting this together. A nice laid back environment talking shop. This video thing might catch on….Have a good one.

    • I hope so Steven, because the videos are a lot of fun putting together.

      Speaking of supporting one another, we should have had you on that video with us. You are certainly a power-sharing pro. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Mine usually resembles Alfred Hitchcock. Maybe we should get it together with your saw blade…

  17. Helping people is also bad and good too haha. If we helping other people the wrong way it’s also hurt them. I agreed to what Sheryl said but to let them know what to change is really good to avoid going public.

    Thank you – Ferb

  18. Helping other bloggers is a great way of helping your blogs also. I help other bloggers, specially the newbies by giving tips and guides related to blogging. And as much as possible providing honest reviews about IM products.

  19. Yes, I support my fellow bloggers usually on social media and by commenting on their good blog posts to appreciate them.
    It helps me in building a strong professional relationship with them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I believe myself to be completely selfish when I support someone with a message I like.

    Think about how when you find a new restaurant you LOVE, how you want to tell anyone who will listen about it. You go on Facebook and rave about it. You go on Yelp and give a rave review.

    None of that was done for the restaurantรขย€ย™s ownerรขย€ย™s benefit. It was all done in anticipation that someone would come back to you and say, รขย€ยœHey, I canรขย€ย™t thank you enough for telling me about Roccoรขย€ย™s New York Deli! It was AMAZING!รขย€ย OR, having someone say, รขย€ยœI LOVE THAT RESTAURANT TOO!!!รขย€ย and bonding with them over a shared preference.

    You refer things to other people because you believe it raises your status in their eyes.

    But look at what the happy by product of my being selfish has accomplished – This blogger/marketer has been supported by me.

    I have no problem at all supporting people who I feel bring value to my world and to the world of my audience but I don’t operate under the premise that when I support them by telling other people about them in my Twitter stream, my Facebook news feed, or on my blog or any other referral method, that I’m doing it for them.

    I do it first and foremost because it gives me warm fuzzy feelings inside knowing someone else’s life can be made better by my recommendation.

    So yes, I’m being selfish but I feel that this is enlightened selfishness as my actions are coming from my desire to be a force for good by bringing love and light to the people who listen to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. We can generally help our fellow bloggers by sharing their links in our blogs and promoting them between our own readers. We can also give them an opportunity to post their guest posts on our blogs and thereby help them generate traffic. Such bloggers have the advantage of gaining more readers.

  22. Helping a fellow blogger could be really an easy task if you own a blog that is well developed and famous. If it has a wide range of existing readers and generates good amount of traffic constantly, then it is the best place to fetch tour fellow blogger his part of fame and name.

  23. I have too many people to stalk, but I try and make my rounds to the blogs I love and support. Although I have to schedule time after a long work day I split my time from blog commenting groups, triberr and networking with bloggers I value deeply for their work, their support to me and what they do for the blogging community.

  24. Interesting topic. Many bloggers out there do not know their readers often do not comment on their blogs but just read their stuff, and for those we need to pay a special attention as they are really a part of the blog community. Thanks for this hangout

    • It’s true Alex, our analytics shows that a very small percentage of readers actually interact. That’s one reason to really value and appreciate those that take that extra step – just as you did. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Hi Brian D. Hawkins,

    When you talk about supporting to fellow bloggers i always stand behind every newbie in solving their blogging issues. It would be very fun and inspirational to provide help to them. However the help can be repay me by solving my issues.

    thanks

  26. Brian, as a new blogger, the one way I have tried to immediately give back is to incorporate commentluv into my blog and offer guest posting. I also go out of my way to link to posts I like relating to the subject I am writing about.

  27. I Always Support My fellow bloggers whenever they need me and Evryone must Help Their Fellow blogers as It will make a relationship and And Blogging is all about byilding relationship and Building a Community.

  28. Yesterday I Buyed A premium theme to My blogger friend…am very Supportive to my blogger friends….and want others to bbe supportive too…

  29. Hi,

    Well i do support my fellow blogger and provide full support to them. But sometimes it cannot be done dude to some issues as we have to work of our own.

    thanks

  30. I also try to support my fellow blogger. Especially the newbie’s. Sharing and commenting and providing support for any blogger is what I try to accomplish. I’m not the smartest guy, but I try to help when I can.

  31. Holly Jahangiri says

    Well, yes. I suppose so. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You know, I have finally removed that minimum word thing from my CLP settings (it was really annoying only my best commenters – and I can’t expect everyone on my blog to be a NaNoWriMo addict); with the newer features, it’s less important. And now, as I blather on with really nothing more to add to my current reply than what you see in the first line, I’m more sure than ever that I made the right call.

    I mean, never mind that it amuses me to force my visitors to write novels – or at least limericks – in my comments…

    Wait, I wonder if Andy could program a feature of CLP that would require visitors to compose a Shakespearean sonnet, and would reject comments if either rhyme or meter were a little “off”? OMG, that would be sublime. Slightly malicious, but sublime. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I could sell that to English profs, I think.

    Oh, by the way – if anyone’s looking for a practical way to support a fellow blogger, just follow the link below (speaking of CommentLuv Premium, that wondrous plug-in):

    • P.S. This comment looks goofy, out of context. I swear I hit “Reply” on your “Like Rose from Two and a Half Men” comment, Brian. But I guess CLP rejected it for brevity AND broke threading, just to punish me and make me look even more of a blathering fool than I was being. Gosh – love ya too, Andy B. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • It’s funny, you just lifted your minimum words for comments and I was just considering adding one. I’m spamming out a lot of “great post” comments lately.

      • I’m just using the keyups, now, not the minimum words. We’ll see how that works, but I think it ought to be as effective as the minimum word count. Same idea, but even more technically elegant. (And I have a few regular readers who are doing well to muster “great post” sometimes – they don’t have a lot to say, but want to say they enjoyed the post. I get that. I don’t want them to feel THEIR “great post” is just on a par with a spammer’s!)

  32. Hey guys I found your video fascinating! Truly being a stalker, I think, is the norm these days. And yes it is hard to tell if some people have good intentions, because we want to see the good in everybody.

    I love what Brian said about the up and coming blogger, I feel the same way about small business. Throwing a bone is exactly spot on!

    Be a giver, not a taker!

    You can thank Ms. Ileane, that is how I found you(I figured I would “throw you a bone”)

    Also want to just add that you all have the same passion & love I do for my niche. More, your genuine personalities has sucked me in..I tweeted and bookmarked!

    • Thanks for those kind words Bryan and the bone. lol I love Ileane and consider her a friend. I’m very thankful to have her in blogging and she’s a prime example of what supporting other bloggers is all about. Thank you for stopping by and sharing.

      You have a very cool site and I love that you have incorporated a blog into it. We recently recorded a video on that topic as well, local business blogs.

  33. by giving ideas to them, via commenting on their blog post

    & by writing reviews on their site

  34. This is a good listing and review on user submitted content tools. I am thinking of implement one of those. This sure is news to me. I am delighted I actually found time to drop by. I like the element of creating incentives to motivate readers to carve up the info. It could be quite a gesture and not many people are actually doing this. I am eager to have to try it out actually.

  35. By writing comments on other blogs, and also by writing – crispy fresh – new blogposts sharing experiences and ideas that I think might be beneficial for you as a reader. If they are not feel free to support me by letting me know.

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