We’ve all read them before.
Blog posts that have links to other bloggers posts. These links typically add additional color to the author’s post, which in-turn saves them time by not having to call out that level of detail. It’s also a great networking tool.
You’ve probably thought, how in the world do I get bloggers to link to my posts?
You’ve got great content, you’ve written about the same topics, and heck your piece is a whole lot better than the post that was just linked to in some other blog.
So how do you get a blogger to link to you?
Networking, that’s how.
The Howdy Neighbor Technique
A few months back I read a couple of posts by Kevin Duncan of Be A Better Blogger, both of which gave me a much needed bump to my blogging motivation. One of the posts that really stood out to me was titled the Howdy Neighbor Technique.
The premise of the post is to be friendly to your blogging neighbors, and Kevin goes on to show you a number of techniques on how to make that happen:
- Welcoming New Bloggers
- Thanking those who share your work
- Sharing the work of others
The list goes on and on.
The final example Kevin calls out is linking to other bloggers in your post. What better way to introduce someone to your blog than by linking to them. Genius!
As a new blogger, you may have some limited success with this tactic, so you may need to change your approach just a bit.
So this got me thinking….
Blog Meet Blog
While it may be easy for the big boy’s and girl’s to link to each other in their posts, what do you do when you’re the new kid on the block?
You link to those blogs!
There’s nothing stopping you from linking to a successful blog, so why be gun shy about it. If you’re following any type of networking strategy, this fits right in line to that.
But you don’t always need to target the most successful blog either. There are 1000’s of other blogs out there that are dying for links as well (just like you).
Why not link to them?
Why? Well how about these reasons to start:
- You just made another bloggers day by giving them a link that they didn’t necessarily expect
- Your starting to make new blogging friends
- They may give you a shout out (either through their blog, commenting on one of your posts, sharing via social media, etc…)
It’s a win-win, and you have absolutely nothing to loose.
Why not start by introducing yourself to the other new kids?
I’m Paying It Forward
Being that it’s the start of a new year, it’s time for me to Pay It Forward. You know the thought, give a little something without expecting anything in return.
So I’m Paying It Forward by linking to a few different bloggers whose blogs I’ve stumbled across recently. While I may not have the most popular blog in the world (at least just yet) that will drive tons of traffic to their site, heck it’s the thought that counts right?
With that said, here’s some newer blogs (newer to me) that I’d like to introduce myself to. I’ve stumbled across most of these within the last few months, and wanted to say how much I appreciate your blogs and the effort you are each putting into them.
7 Bloggers I’d Like You To Meet
I started having some interaction with Kerry Russell on The Strategic Blogger about a year ago. She has since started a new site called The Blog Mechanic, where she offers a number of different services that range from setting up a new WordPress blog to fixing or maintaining your existing site. If you’re in need of technical assistance, I would check out The Blog Mechanic.
Tarana Khan runs Sand In My Toes and writes about parenting, blogging tips, and life in Dubai as an expat. Dubai has always been on my bucket list as a place to visit, and she offers some great tips on things to do over there. Maybe one day…
Blast of Blogging is run by Nicole Peery, and she has a ton of tips and tutorials on blogging. I’ve been lurking on her site for a while, and she had some valuable tips that saved me all sorts of time using a Genesis Plugin with MailChimp.
Want to be a better writer? Why not check out Wording Well by Lorraine Reguly. While not a new blog, I recently came across Lorraine’s site, and she has some great writing tips. Want to win a free edit of an upcoming post you have planned, she has a monthly contest that offers this as well.
Giada100 is a place to head if you are interested in Social Media, Blogging, recipes, or Italian (the language that is). Giada has been blogging for a while and recently consolidated a number of her blogs under this one brand. I came across Giada’s site over at the International Bloggers Association site.
The Chronicles or Renard has quite the variety from blogging, to writing, and a host of other topics. As Renard puts it, his site is a personal experiment to see first hand if the Google Blogger platform is worth the effort.
I found Black Cats Cave on Google Plus about a month ago. She blogs about a variety of topics from relationships to her travel adventures, as well as blogging. She has some pretty good looking smoothie recipes as well which I’ll be trying out in the near future.
It’s Time For You To Pay It Forward
What’s next? It’s time for you to pay it forward as well my new blogging friends.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to link to a newer blogger in an upcoming post. Someone that you haven’t discovered just yet. Call out a new blogger, introduce yourself, and mention them in your blog. Don’t expect anything in return, just Pay It Forward.
How simple is that?
You’ll have a new blogging friend for life.
Heck, in a few years you may have just befriended one of the new A List Bloggers that everyone wants to be linked from.
Are you up for the challenge?
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