How To Participate in the Blogging Community

It’s time for another Group Writing Project from Problogger. This time the topic is “How Tos.” There are prizes to be won, but more importantly there are a bunch of new blogs out there waiting for you to discover them. Check out the link and join the fun.

This post is my entry for the latest project and was inspired after the last Group Writing Project I participated in (Top 10 Things I’d Tell My Younger Self). I had a lot of fun and met some new bloggers who share many of the same interests I do. They take blogging seriously and love to do it as much as I do. I realized then how important the concept of community is in the blogging world and how much is to be gained by all who are actively participating. Here are some tips to follow so that you can help out other bloggers and add to the community as a whole:

1. Leave comments that add to the discussion. Those of us who blog are dying for recognition. Well, actually we’d just love to hear from you, especially if you’re new to our blog. Leave comments if something strikes you about a blog or blog posting. Be sure that your comment adds value, though, and isn’t just a “me, too” or link baiting.

2. Check out their sponsors or hit the tip jar. Blogging is hard work -really. It costs money to purchase a domain name and hosting. Even if it’s a free host, it takes a lot of time and hard work to put together a blog and post regularly. Whenever I get something useful from a blog, I try to check out their sponsored links if I can’t always give a monetary donation. Every little bit helps and it’s a way you can pay back just a little for the useful information you’ve gotten.

3. Link from your own site. If a blog entry is particularly interesting, link back to it from your own site. I know there is a tendency of some to shy away from re-blogging, or posting links to other bloggers posts, but if you can add something to the topic, your own personal take on the issue, do it, and remember to link back to the original posting.

4. Keep finding new blogs and share them with your readers. There’s so much great information out there in the blogging community that you owe it to yourself to seek out new blogs. You’ll always be able to find at least a little something different from what you already know. When you do find something new, share it with your own readers. They’ll thank you for it.

5. Tell your friends and people you meet. We can add to the blogging community as a whole by telling people we know about it. The blogging community is about community, right? The people around you, your family, friends, and coworkers, can benefit from being a part of it, too. Let them know about all the cool stuff you find. You might be surprised at their response.

If you enjoyed this post, feel free to leave a comment or contact me to let me know about. Thanks to Darren at Problogger.net for another cool contest and for helping to build a bigger and better blogging community.

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  9. Handy tips for a lot of new bloggers. Donating is bit of an ask, but visiting sponsors which interest you is easy to do especially if its relevent to your need.

  10. ray says:

    Thanks, Insurance Guy. I checked out your blog and I’m curious as to how it’s working out. I think you’ve got a good niche there if properly developed. Good luck with it!

  11. Hi Ray

    Thanks for visiting. Its not doing well at all, but that probably has more to do with my net marketing skills than the content. In time I have a grander strategy to implement but dont find time to work on it much.

  12. ray says:

    That’s our curse, it seems, Insurance Guy. We never have enough time to do what we want to do. I’m hoping to change that in the future by making time somehow. Honestly, not having enough time is one of the things I hear all the time when I talk to other people just getting started in internet marketing.

    You’ll be able to pick things up as you go along with the blogs and marketing them. If you can put a little bit of time (there it is again) into it every day, just researching and tweaking things, you’ll be able to generate some income. Hang in there.

  13. Actually you provide quite a resourceful site for newbie bloggers like me. Today I checked out a few money making opportunities presented here. My own blog, although apparently a niche, is quite generic. I mean who doesn’t need car insurance in US, Canada, or anywhere there is a bit of law enforcement? And I feel due to my background in Insurance industry this can be valuable place to pick up hints and do some research. I am also in the process of creating many new insurance blogs and will eventually have to host them like yours. Once again, thanks for giving us a neat blog.

  14. ray says:

    Thanks! I’m trying to put up more basic how-to articles. That’s one thing that I spent a lot of time searching for as a beginning blogger. So many of the instructional articles out there can get hopelessly complicated when all I really wanted was the dummies version. Actually, I still do look for simple, basic how-tos when I need to learn how to do something.

    You know, I’m thinking of starting a series of posts that will be 5 minute how-tos on a variety of topics. They probably won’t be on anything super complicated, but will hit the basics and hopefully save people some time and help them get started sooner rather than later. If you have any ideas, feel free to drop me a line.

  15. I think 5 minutes how to is a fantastic idea. But titles need to be attractive and topics I feel should be of broad interest. I cannot think of any ideas right now but will most likely come up with some.

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  19. I really like the layout of this blog.. How is it working out for you?

    This is a really good post, hopefully a lot of bloggers will take your advise..

    Dennis

  20. ray says:

    Hi Dennis. Thanks! The 3 column layout has worked pretty well, but the code behind it is a little too complicated for my liking. I’m thinking of creating my own wordpress template that does exactly what I want. The graphics are new and were done by Ilker Yoldas of The Thinking Blog. Check out the link at the bottom of my page if you want to see more of his work…

    I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from this post and I still think these are great ways to market yourself and your blog. Thanks for commenting!

  21. I like the subtle humor in your writing; makes reading a bit more enjoyable.

  22. artdian says:

    For me, there is nothing wrong if you want to comment to the post which is not related with your site content. It is not a sin to comment to a post that can attract you to read it. Actually, by doing this, you can learn new things and also gain new friends. And of course, while commenting, you should promote your website/blog as well in order to ensure this new relation can be expand to a new level.Make it as a win-win situation. I respond to your post & and you respond to my comment. That’s all. Anyway, nice post here and I hope your blog can help the new blogger like me to introduce ourself in this internet world.

  23. Chas says:

    It’s not unusual for me to follow links back from commentors to their websites to see what they talk about. It’s pretty interesting. Often they have useful things to see or even buy.

  24. background says:

    Found you throught Problogger, too! Your information is insightful, as I am also new to blogging. I try searching for people with similiar interests and backchecking blogs I’ve located to share links with.

    Jolene

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