Improve Another Blog [Day 26 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog from Problogger]

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

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

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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.

Golden Rule

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

1. Comment 

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.

6Email 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.

7Email 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.

Improve Another Blog

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.

Further reading:

Previous Challenges in this Series:

Keep paying it forward and you will make an impression on other bloggers. This can potentially lead to new friendships, engaging other bloggers, and other good things.

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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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

63 Comments

    • I think They are actually awesome suggestions Emily.

      That said, I believe a lot of us bloggers are intrinsically selfish and that holds our blogs and vision back. Its so sad when we get an opportunity to showcase our giving side we visit other blogs and dont bother to share the content to help out the otehr…even a tweet is great.

      We belong to syndication groups yet we post our links and then forget to give back as we receive…

      We actually demand to be paid for each and every blog post. We consider sharing our mates links and content while mentioning their great value as competition…So sad. SO thats why I am so glad you posted this post Jonathan.
      That said we should only subscribe to other blogger’s content if we believ we can learn form them or we help add to their email deliverability woes by not opening their emails….
      And I know you lead by example in all these suggestions Jonathan, the top post post a every top of your blog posts is a showcase of someone else’s podcast! Keep rocking!

      Julesy~
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    • Rebecca guest posting can be very useful. Also, responding to comments is a good way to engage readers. I try to respond to every comment on my blog writhing 12-24 hours. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Melisa it’s important to remember to grow together with others. I agree the mindset of competition can be frustrating! We are all a community trying to each find our individual voices. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Celeste, thanks for stopping by and checking out the blog! I’m glad you found this helpful. Hope you are able to continue to connect with other bloggers as a result of this post’s suggestions. Thanks for reading!

  1. This has been pretty helpful information. I do belong to a few blog review groups which have been very helpful to me since I just started my blog in October of last year. I am still learning how to make my blog better.

    • Michelle, I’m so glad you found this helpful! Blogging is a process and the important thing is to learn something new each day. It’s also great to have a teachable attitude. Keep up the great work on your blog. Thanks for reading!

  2. It is amazing how much we learn and grow ourselves, when we take the time to encourage and help others. 2016 is my year of teamwork and I’ve been actively seeking out ways to cheer others on. This is leading to some incredible new relationships, is making blogging a whole lot of fun, and has the added bonus of helping my own blog to grow, as well. Thank you for the excellent tips–they work!
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  3. Jonathan you are speaking my language. Blogging is supposed to be social, yet there are so many bloggers that just take and take and offer nothing in return. Thanks for reminding us all of the need to be helpful

  4. I personally know a few people that have mentioned wanting to blog or who are just starting blogging out. I genuinely want to help them but I kind of get stuck in this “who am I” thing. This encourages me to just step out and “do unto others”. Thanks, Jonathan… I always enjoy your posts!
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    • Inez it just takes one person believing in you and encouraging you to make a significant impact. I think you have a lot to offer and would be great at helping others. I’ve found it’s also a great opportunity to learn with others as well. Thanks for reading and commenting! Keep up the great job on your blog!

  5. I am all about helping others! I love collaborating with others, making new friends and leaving comments where I see fit! My goal for blogging is totally MAKING FRIENDS and socializing!! 🙂 I mean, who socializes in person anymore? LOL

  6. What a lovely suggestion/challenge. Helping another blogger is great, it’s rewarding too! Those pointers up there are not only for helping a blogger out but for gaining another friend in the industry. That’s awesome!

  7. I agree with you for the most part, however, and I bet you knew that was coming LOL…I will not share other blogs where the topic runs counter to the theme of my own. I am member of blogging communities and sometimes I see people repeating the same posts for comments and then ask you to share it on your other social media profiles if you have commented already. I am just not going to do that as I have worked very hard to create an image for myself to then share posts that has nothing to do with said image. Sorry for the long comment but this is a pet peeve of mine.
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  8. These are great points to keep in mind. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own blogs that we forget to share and help other bloggers. I’ve learned so much from other bloggers who have helped me and I want to be sure to pay it forward.

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