The world of blogging is so much bigger and alive than you may imagine. There are many ways you can connect with other bloggers and share your content with a larger audience. Gone are the days of feeling isolated as a blogger, writing and publishing from home or a cafe with no one to share it with. There are 440 million blogs on the Internet in 2017. Why not find a few of those bloggers and start working together to advance your career.
General blog advice Facebook groups
This group is a very supportive, friendly group. The admins, Mapping Megan and Talon from 1 Dad 1 Kid run a very tight ship, and make sure that everyone feels like they can share and participate. Members ask for advice on everything blogging related and there’s a weekly Twitter share that will make sure your tweet is seen by hundreds.
If you’re looking to branch into another area of writing outside of your own blog, or to form working partnerships with companies and tourism boards, this is a great group to learn from and exchange ideas with. Lots of great info about travel writing and blogging.
This group is for the ladies only. FTB also runs social media shares, blog post Saturday (self-promotion with reciprocation) and market day Sundays (sell your services).
Social Media Share Threads
If content is king then engagement is the queeny and there’s no point shouting into the Twitter/Faces/Insta abys if nobody is listening. Use force and exposure to break that barrier by liking, tweeting, pinning, flipping and commenting on other’s posts and they’ll do the same for you via organised social media share threads.
The following groups post specific social media share threads each day. Read the rules for each thread before joining. Remember, if you participate you need to reciprocate so don’t dump and duck or risk being thrown out and dissed by others for not playing fair.
A very well established and respected share group partly ran by the extremely helpful Mapping Megan (also WTWB admin) and my partner in business crime, Laura from Savored Journeys. On the whole, you are responsible for reciprocating 10 other shares per thread.
I part admin this very active share group set up by the lovely Emily Luxton. Daily threads include Twitter, Instagram, Stumble Upon, Pinterest, Facebook and a generic post share Saturday. We also have a weekly sponsored support, guest post callout, and questions threads.
Evergreen content includes helpful guides on timeless information such as packing lists and money tips. This group has a variety of shares for Evergreen content. Reciprocate the ten above your post.
Although this excellent group falls under the ‘catch all’ group, it also hosts a weekly Twitter threads where you can expect 30+ shares on your Tweet. I’ve been less active in this share but joined recently to assess its worth, during the share week my new article received 300 clicks from Twitter.
Pinterest Facebook Groups
If you are not using Pinterest to drive traffic back to your website yet I urge you to put everything down and start now. You need only need the following:
- Pinterest account linked to your site
- The free pin making template on Canva
- Some kickass images
- A callout (10 cheap things to do in X)
- An article from your site
Once you have the five above, pop the pin in these group daily shares and 49+ others will pin your pin. Yes, that means you pin 49+ pins too. Do not pin all at once! You’ll be put in Pin prison.
This is a daily share group. Each day there is a light thread and heavy (50 pins). The heavy thread is usually maxed out by 1pm GMT so get in early. Home to mega Monday – this no limit thread will give you carpal tunnel
I’m less familiar with this Pinterest group but does the same as above
Vicki from Make Time to See the World is a bit of a Pinterest pro and part of her strategy is to re-distribute her older top-performing pins. This group celebrates pins with more than 350+ re-pins and at the weekends the big hitters, the 1000+ re-pins. Vicki is not afraid to call you out if your pin does not meet the quality threshold. This makes me happy.
These are the original IG pod girls. Their Facebook groups and strategies have helped thousands of IGers gain a strong following in every niche. Their Facebook groups and pods are free but their lessons have a fee.
Another share, another medium. Flipboard is similar to Pinterest, it drives traffic to your website. The friendly admin is Stevie from Travel to Blank.
Noel from Travel Photo Discovery highly recommends G+ as a tool for building your domain authority through Google’s eyes which can help you get to page 1 of Google for target keywords. This group offers tips on how to use Google plus to your advantage.
Read more: Do you want to rank on page 1 of Google? Here is how I do it
There are heaps of groups to support video creation and provide YouTube advice, here are a few:
I run a group with Gemma from Two Scots Aboad for travel content creators who are building backlinks to their site. We also provide tips on how to increase your organic search engine traffic (e.g Google) through weekly tips. To join, you need to know your own website domain authority (DA) which you can check here:
- This is when you write an article on another blogger’s site to help fill a gap in their knowledge which in return you receive advertisement and do follow backlinks to your articles. This is part of a solid strategy that has worked for me.
Guest Post Request Group
Collabs are quick. A blogger asks for a group of other writers to write a paragraph on a topic (e.g tips for travelling with children XX), your tip/paragraph is then combined with other responses to create a post. What do you get in return? Exposure and backlinks. Aim for a backlink to a specific post you are marketing over homepage, ask politely. You will need to know your DA if you are requesting collabs info, they are a great way to get to know other bloggers.
Mixed niche badass business groups
At some point, you may want to progress from hobbyist to hello money. You spend long enough slaving away at the keys, you might as well make it pay.
I like the Business of Blogging as there are many experienced bloggers in this group, many that can help out with technical issues (my weakest skill!)
A go-to for affiliate based questions for me. Affiliates are when you recommend a product or service and receive a small amount of commission on that click-through or purchase. Lots of bloggers I respect are in this group.
Members share contacts for businesses who offer comped stays and tours etc. Great opportunity group.
These groups allow you to share your own content, some on specific days under callouts though.
We Travel We Blog – Free for all Friday
You will also find blogging groups local to you. For example, I admin the Scotland Travel Bloggers group for influencers in Scotland. There is also Edinburgh and UK Bloggers groups. Find a blogger who is from the same area as you and check out which groups they belong to or use the search function in Facebook to investigate.
Non-blog niche groups
There are hundreds of travel-related FB groups where bloggers circle like sharks waiting on content related questions so they can self-promote on. Tip, chill – use the search bar to see if any topics you can help with. Here are a few: