Have you started building your blogger tribe yet? If not, you probably just don’t realize how beneficial a tribe can be. My tribe has been key in helping me reach success with Next Level Blogging, and I’m confident your blogger tribe will do the same for you.
Why Building Your Blogger Tribe Is Key To Your Success
So, what exactly is a tribe? According to YourDefinition.com, the definition of a tribe is a group of people, or a community with similar values or interests, a group with a common ancestor, or a common leader.
Studies have shown that when our social needs are met, and we’re surrounded by our tribe, not only is our mental health affected, but also our physical health. Rates of suicide, heart disease, and even cancer, are lower in tight-knit communities.
Human beings crave intimacy, and thrive when surrounded by their tribe, and that goes for blogger tribes, too.
So what’s so great about having a blogger tribe?
Benefits Of Building Your Blogger Tribe
One of the many things I love about blogging is the sense of camaraderie instead of competition. Even as a professional blogger, because we all have a different voice to express ourselves, you’ll still find that your blogger tribe will be your best source for a number of needs.
As a blogger, there will be a number of times throughout your journey when you feel very discouraged and lonely. Your friends and family (unless you’re lucky enough to have bloggers in your immediate circle) will probably not understand your struggles with your blog.
Personally, my family and friends have added to my stress as a blogger, saying things like “that’s nice, but you should still get a real job”, or “why are you always “playing” on the computer?”.
In my early blogging days, those types of comments made me second-guess myself, and made me wonder if I was really capable of reaching my goals with my blog. Can you relate?
Luckily, I had started building my blogger tribe and their support, and the feedback from my readers, helped validate my choices. As Beyonce says in her song “Formation”, “The best revenge is your paper”, so I don’t sweat those comments anymore.
Your blogger tribe will be there when you’re doubting yourself, and when you need a cheerleader. You will also develop genuine friendships with some members of your tribe, if you give the same support in return.
No matter how long you’ve been blogging, there are times when you need feedback.
Again, your family and friends may not be your best resource for this. Your blogger tribe, on the other hand is perfect for getting feedback!
If you’re just starting out, this is especially helpful. Your blogger tribe will take a look at your layout, your color and fonts, and make suggestions on how you can improve. If you’re anything like I was and have no idea how to start driving traffic to your blog, guess who can help? Yup, your tribe!
By the way, I offer a complete audit of your blog and posts, along with a personalized success plan. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention this post for a $50 discount!
If you’re looking for engagement on your blog, like comments and shares, other bloggers are going to provide this for you, more than anyone else. This is especially true in the early days of your blog.
Getting others to engage with your content isn’t only good for your confidence level, it’s also good for your Google ranking. The closer to Google’s first page you can get, the better the odds of readers finding your blog.
As I mentioned in the engagement section, your blogger tribe is great for sharing your posts on social media.
Getting your posts shared by other bloggers gets your blog posts in front of their audience. This can be huge for finding new readers interested in your content, that otherwise may have never known that your blog existed.
Be sure to make it easy for others to share your content by including social share buttons on all of your posts. If you’re interested in a great way to do this, absolutely free, check out my post One Powerful (Free) Tool That Will Skyrocket Your Blog’s Growth.
Guest Posts & Collaborations
One of the best ways to grow your blog is to provide a guest post for another blog or collaborate with another blogger on a post. The more bloggers in your tribe, the more opportunities you will have available for this.
Again, your blog gets in front of a whole new audience. Since their audience is already reading your guest post, they’re most likely going to check out the rest of your blog.
Assuming you’re going to take my advice and build up your blogger tribe, let’s talk about the results you’re really looking for.
Your blog tribe is going to be visiting your blog, but that’s not the reason you’ll see a boost in traffic. Now that your blog is being introduced to a whole new audience, you’re going to see a steady increase of traffic from your target market.
Your blogger tribe can help drive readers to your blog, but what you do with this additional traffic is all on you. With all this new traffic, you want to make sure you have strategies in place to grow your email list.
You definitely want to have sign-up options in several places on your website, including your sidebar and footer. In addition, try to create content upgrades for each of your blog posts.
I like using Sumo, a free plugin that offers several options to build your email list, including pop-up forms, and my favorite, the Welcome Mat. If you want more information on this amazing plugin, check out my related post here, which goes over all of Sumo’s free features.
Even if you’re not monetizing yet, you want to start building your email list as soon as possible. Think of the people on your list as your customers, and treat them as such.
When you do decide to create a product or offer a service, your first customers will most likely come from your email list. So yes, your tribe is even going to help you gain customers.
Depending on your niche, members of your tribe may even become customers themselves. That’s been my experience, since my niche includes working directly with bloggers.
The domino effect of building your blogger tribe is pretty awesome right? From giving you advice on your new blog, to driving tons of traffic and helping you build your customer base, building your blogger tribe is a must. If you haven’t already done so, join our private Facebook group for bloggers and get a jump-start on building your tribe!
Now that you know about the benefits of a strong blogger tribe, head over to my post How To Build A Loyal Blogger Tribe That Rocks for easy ways to find your peeps.
Have you started building your tribe? What benefits have you gained by doing so? Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on building a tribe.
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