Blogging is a solitary business! It’s just you, your laptop and a cup of coffee. But even hunkered down at my keyboard, I spend a good deal of my time connecting with other bloggers. It makes the blogosphere seem much friendlier and brings me opportunities I never would have dreamed of.
I started counting the ways I formally work with other bloggers. I was surprised at how many I came up with!
9 Ways to Collaborate with Other Bloggers
1. Mastermind groups
My favorite! Why are bloggers are so generous with their knowledge? I have no idea but I know that I get wonderful advice from the groups I’m in. I’ve made connections and gotten so many opportunities from the relationships I have built through mastermind groups.
2. Round-up groups
You can look for blog posts to share on your own site and offer up your own links to others. It’s a great source of content and traffic and can lead to some great connections. Search Facebook to find groups targeted to your niche.
3. Group projects
There are so many things you can do with other bloggers! Get a group together and have everyone write a chapter of an e-book like my friend Jessi did. Do a series with several bloggers and send each other traffic. Get creative and organize something!
4. Crowd sourcing
Ask a question related to your niche in a large Facebook group. You’ll be amazed at how many bloggers respond. Compile all the answers into a mega keyword rich article on your blog.
Readers love this kind of article and the other bloggers will probably help promote it too. I did this here.
5. Group Pinterest boards
Pinterest is such a huge resource for bloggers and everyone wants access to the best group boards. Why not create your own?
Find a few bloggers with a similar niche. Have the person with the largest number of followers create a group board and have everyone put it on their pinning rotation. Don’t forget to keep the description keyword rich and have a great cover photo. You can see one of my group boards here.
6. Compile a list of your favorite bloggers
This idea is more of a way to connect with other bloggers, but it’s a very effective one. My friend, Rosemarie, compiled a list of the top 25 frugal living pinners on Pinterest. People love that article – it’s a great driver of traffic for her – and it’s a great compliment for the bloggers on the list (yours truly included!).
7. Share groups
Find some bloggers in your niche and exchange shares with them. You can share posts on Facebook, on your own blog or even in your newsletter. This is a great way to trade traffic with others.
8. Link-ups / link parties
These are a great way to connect with other bloggers. You can participate or host your own. Team up with other bloggers to share the work and multiply the exposure. But also know that hosting a regular link party is lots of work!
9. Guest post
One excellent way to gain access to new readers is to guest post on another site. You can either do this on a site in your own niche or branch out a little and tailor your topic to the audience of the other site.
For instance, if you write about pregnancy, pitch a guest post to a site that specializes in parenting tips. You might write an article with 10 tips to help your child adjust to a new baby. And to make sure you capture as much of that audience as possible, include a natural mention of a related lead magnet (free content in exchange for an email address) that you offer on your site.
Be prepared to lead
With many of these options, you can just find the right groups and jump in. With other choices, you may need to lead the way and organize a group or a project yourself and invite others.
I have always been amazed at the response when I go out of my comfort zone and start up a project whether it’s a group project or share group. People are excited about being part of a group, especially if you have clear goals for your group or project. Just make sure to think through what you want to do and stay organized.
Bloggers wanted for a new mastermind group!
If you’re looking for a dynamite mastermind group, you need to consider my EBA Connect group. I organized some of my favorite blogger friends (some of them earning a full-time income!) to create EBA Connect. It’s a Facebook group focused around the curriculum of Elite Blog Academy.
We just opened membership on Monday and already we have over 90 members!
This group is on fire! The energy is amazing. Everyone is united by being a member of Elite Blog Academy which is the program that took my blog from hobby to profitable business, starting 18 months ago. You can read my review of Elite Blog Academy here to see how it tripled my page views in about 60 days.
EBA is your ticket into EBA Connect – you can’t get access through any other means.
And I think it’s a critical part of EBA. Having a supportive community of people who have made an investment in their blogs is invaluable.
Do you still have questions about Elite Blog Academy? I’ve put together another page with more details here.
We are on day 5 of open registration for Elite Blog Academy – it’s the last day! Registration closes tonight and we’re not sure if there will be another session in 2016 at all.