When I first started blogging, (back in 2010), I struggled to get anyone to visit my blog – let alone comment. That’s a common problem and one that many (if not most) bloggers struggle with. I finally turned the corner and started building a solid following after implementing what I always refer to as my “Stalking the Popular Kids” strategy. It was effective for me then and still is now.
This week, in my #FridayFinds series, lets take a look at how two bloggers (both have been blogging since 2009) are building blog communities that are driving traffic to their sites and engaging in comments! Meet Jackson Nwachukwu who recently launched his latest blog, WorthBlogger.com and Adrienne Smith who is launching her new course “Build A Blog Community”. I’m sure you’ll be able to learn something from both of them. (I know I have.)
Impressive Results for a 70-Day Old Blog:
I first met Jackson Nwachukwu when he tagged me in a post that he had written. I was one of twelve women who were called out as one of the “12 Most Stubborn and Fearless Female Bloggers!”
When I first read that title, my interest was piqued but at the same time, I was asking myself “Who is this guy and is he calling me stubborn?” – Well, he was but not in a bad way. When I checked out what he had to say, I found myself in good company (along with Adrienne Smith, Harleena Singh, Donna Merrill, Carol Amato, Ana Hoffman, Susan Cooper, Lisa Irby, Jane Sheeba, Elizabeth McGee, Lisa Buben and Michelle Schaeffer
It turns out that Jackson knew exactly what he was doing. Not only did he get the attention of the twelve of us, he engaged us in conversation. These weren’t short comments either. Each of us had a lot to say – and – we all shared his post – a lot. After all, he called us out and linked to our blogs (smart man). In one article, Jackson had managed to get on our radar screens. (Note that I really didn’t even know who Jackson was at this point.)
The “Proof” Is in the “Pudding”:
So, why am I impressed by the results Jackson Nwachukwu has achieved? Well, last week, Jackson shared his post the October Report ~ 91 Authors, 182 Comments, 6 Blog Mentions Plus 99K Alexa in 70 Days! What do you think of how well he’s done? For starters, (in 70 days), Jackson has accumulated:
- 6 Mentions on other blogs (Donna Merrill, Ana Hoffman, Babs Haybell, Brian Belfitt and Sangbaran Karmakar).
- 725 subscribers (4 for RSS feeds and 721 for emails)
- An increase of 6,000+ page views (in the last month)
- An Alexa rank of 99K
Is Jackson making money? Well to quote him:
Well, I’m not sure what you think about Jackson’s progress but I think for a 70-day old blog, he’s accomplished a lot. If you get a chance, I recommend reading his post and taking note of how he’s driving traffic and building relationships. (One of the things that stood out to me in this post was that he featured every person who left a comment for him in October. – By featured, I mean that he’s included their gravatar, their name, a link to their blog and the number of comments they left that month.)
Achieving Blogging Success Through Relationship Building:
Okay, so, Jackson is not (yet) a high profile blogger raking in the dough – but I would definitely say that he’s on the right track when it comes to building his community.
It shouldn’t go unnoticed that Jackson has acknowledged several high profile and influential bloggers. While I haven’t seen him connecting on a personal level with the Chris Brogan’s and Jon Morrow’s of the world yet, he has made some solid connections. One of the connections that he’s made is with Adrienne Smith.
Meet Adrienne Smith the “Engagement Superstar”:
Now, if you’re a regular reader here, you’ve probably seen Adrienne in the comments. I’ve guest blogged for her, (about having a blog commenting strategy) and you can expect to see a guest post authored by her next year (possibly sooner but we’ll see).
If you haven’t seen Adrienne here, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen her elsewhere. Adrienne started blogging in June 2009 and she was no different from the rest of us. She struggled for traffic and had no comments on her posts. However, things changed for Adrienne. To quote her from her “About Adrienne” page on her site :
What changed is that Adrienne learned how to build an engaged community. Just drop by her blog and you’ll see for yourself that Adrienne often receives hundreds of comments on her posts. Most importantly, Adrienne is the kind of person who truly does want to help others succeed.
Announcing Adrienne Smith’s “Build A Blog Community”:
This Monday, November 17th 2014, Adrienne is releasing her (much anticipated) course “Build A Blog Community”.
Being part of Adrienne’s pilot program, I can attest that she has put herself out there creating this product for us. Here’s what Adrienne’s course includes:
- 8 Lessons where Adrienne shares her story and what she did to build her blog community
- 6 Step-by-step worksheets to help you with your own game plan
- 10 Downloadable lessons on PDF
- 10 Downloadable audio lessons
- A BONUS section which includes a step-by-step plan to start building your own blog community
When Adrienne launches her course (at Noon CST on November 17), you’ll be able to purchase it for $47. Five days after that, the price will be $67. Plus, Adrienne offers a 30-day, money-back guarantee. So, if you would like to benefit from Adrienne’s experience and learn how to build a blogging community of your own, I encourage you to sign up now and you’ll receive an email from Adrienne on launch day.
Over To You:
How many of the bloggers (who I’ve mentioned above) do you recognize? Do you simply follow them or are you “connected” with them? How are you building your blog community?
Note: My definition of “connected” is that: they know who you are, they trust you and they share your content without being asked. Basically, you’ve built a mutually beneficial relationship with them. You may even call them your “friend”.