There are many ways that you can engage with brands, fellow bloggers, and readers, which can generate growth for both new and experienced bloggers.
Sites like Bloglovin, Fohrcard, Chictopia, Lookbook.nu, PopSugar Select, the Vogue Influence Network, ShopSense, and social bookmarking sites like Digg, Reddit, and StumbleUpon all have features beneficial to bloggers. There are many more; I'm sure that I'm forgetting or don't know about, but these provide good examples for additional places you can join to spread the word about your blog.
Some of these require an invitation in order to be able to join. Others may not be a good fit for your blog. Either way, it's important to make yourself aware of your options.
Here are a few more reasons to join or at least check them out:
Build a Community
I know it may sound a little corny, but you can truly make some online, or in-real-life friends through these communities! Some of them provide an opportunity to attend events in your city. Perfect for meeting other bloggers. Some provide opportunities to participate in blogger campaigns.
Cast a wider net. It just makes sense that the more places your readers can find your site, the higher your chances of garnering traffic. I set a reminder in my calendar every other week to check out these sites and engage or deposit content on them. You may end up getting a healthy stream of unique viewers from these communities, which is a great way to get traffic that may convert to constant followers of your site.
You may be able to earn some money by joining communities networks. Look at other bloggers in these networks for inspiration on how they are building their brands. Observe the kind of brands or companies they work with, and perhaps begin to align your site in a way that can give it a competitive edge when it comes to making a living off of your blog.
Build on Ideas for Content
I have a private Pinterest board, dubbed “Blog Inspo,” where I keep my research and ideas found on the web. Since everyone shares their content in networks, it's the perfect place to look for potential post ideas.
What other blogger networks/communities/resources/general sites would you recommend for new bloggers to check out?
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