Here’s my notes and some further thoughts on Darren Rowse’s Problogger Free Podcast on 31 Days to Building a Better Blog. You can listen to Darren Rowse’s free podcast here Day 26 Use a Improve Another Blog. The complete list of challenges can be read here on Day 0 – Welcome and Introduction.
As I’ve mentioned before, to get the full benefit of this series I’m going to go at a slower pace by posting this series typically on Tuesdays each week. I hope with this challenge we are all able to improve our blogs and websites.
So lets do this together! Day 26 here we go! Subscribe and check back often! #31DBBB
Day 26: Today the challenge is to improve another blog.
At first glance, this might seem a bit counter-intuitive. I have yet to be disappointed by the golden rule, Luke 6:38, or the law of reciprocation. This could lead to great relationships with other bloggers. It could also be a way to improve your own blog by helping others. What you suggest to others may be something you could apply to your own blog as well.
There are many ways you can help bloggers achieve their goals. Don’t just leave 50 comments on 50 blogs to help 50 bloggers. Make your assistance meaningful to one or two bloggers.
Look around to determine who interacts with your blog or social media accounts in your niche. Or, it could even be someone who comments who is not in your niche.
Ask yourself this question:
What would help me the most if another blogger did something for me?
This could easily identify what you could do to help another blogger.
13 Easy, Practical, and Powerful Ways to Improve Another Blog
Leave some helpful or insightful comments on another person’s blog. This is a simple yet encouraging way to engage another blogger. There’s nothing more exhilarating or inspiring than for a newer blogger to get their first comment on their blog.
2. Guest Post
Offer to write a high quality guest post. This can be especially helpful if someone is sick, pregnant, or going on vacation. The person might even return the favor when you could use some additional content.
3. Highlight Another Blog
Write a post about another blogger highlighting some of their best content. This can be very effective in helping promote another blog. Take some time and publish a post about a blog you really love. Give your readership reasons why to check out the other content.
4. Subscribe to Another Blog
You could write a blog post asking people to subscribe to another blog in your niche or one that interests you. You could also send an email out to your readership list with the best articles from another blog and ask your readers to subscribe to another blog. Both your readers and the other blogger could benefit from this.
5. Promote Another Blog on Social Media
Encourage your readers to check out another blog. Link their blog post on the social media of your choice. Or better yet ask the blogger which social media they would like for you to link their content. This could open up a great conversation.
6. Email the Blogger with Blog Post Suggestions
Email another blogger and suggest some topics that you would like to see the other blogger cover. We did this on Day 10 by creating 10 blog post ideas for our own blogs. This can be especially helpful when facing writer’s block. “I don’t know if you would ever like to brain storm ideas together but here’s some ideas that I thought might be relevant to your blog’s topic.” You could even create a Facebook group for your niche to help generate ideas.
7. Email a New Blogger and Offer To Answer Questions
Email a new blogger and offer spend some time with them to answer questions. Blogging the first couple of months can be a bit overwhelming. Particularly when you realize how much work it really is to blog regularly. There is nothing quite like having some guidance when first starting out.
8. Start a Mentoring Group
If you are more seasoned start a group where you help newer bloggers through their struggles. If you are a newer blogger see if you can join one of these groups and then pay it forward when you are more experienced.
9. Offer a Skill Set
If you are particularly good at SEO, coding, design, or some other skill offer another blogger some assistance. You might even find you can swap skills to help each other improve your blogs.
10. Introduce a Blogger to Your Advertiser
If you have an advertiser on your blog offer to introduce another blogger to that advertiser. This will help another blogger potentially generate some income.
11. Suggest an Affiliate Program
Do you have an affiliate program that helps generate income for your blog? Perhaps suggest the affiliate program to another blogger.
12. Write an Encouraging Email
Write another blogger an email telling them how a particular post really was helpful to you and made an impact on your life.
13. Send A Gift
Have you written a book you could share with another blogger? Or perhaps send another blogger an eBook or physical book that helped you significantly and you think might really encourage them.
Even More Practical Ideas to Help Improve Another Blog…
14. Join a Facebook Blog Review Group
Join a Facebook blog review group to give feedback to other bloggers and also get some feedback on your own blog. In order to get feedback on your blog you must first provide feedback to two other bloggers.
15. Follow Other Blogger’s on Social Media
There’s nothing quite like gaining followers on social media. Often bloggers will reciprocate.
16. Promote another Blogger’s Social Media Content
Often bloggers will share content on their social media accounts that they would love have liked, shared, retweeted, or pinned. I personally have attempted to do this on Facebook and Twitter since January. I’ve found that has created good will with other bloggers and encouraged them to share my content as well.
17. Promote Another Blogger’s Social Media Accounts
Do this on a consistent basis and you will find many times other blogger’s will reciprocate. Ask your followers to follow someone else on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram for example. Sharing is caring as the saying goes.
- You Baby Me Mummy: How to Help a Fellow Blogger
- Daily Blog Tips: Five Ways to Connect With Fellow Bloggers
- The Wetherills Say I Do: Why Bloggers Need to Support Other Bloggers
- Michael Hyatt: Seven Steps to Writing a Successful Guest Post
Previous Challenges in this Series:
What has been your experience? Do you help other blogger’s on a regular basis? What ideas did helping someone else give you for improving your own blog? What blog will you help to improve today?
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