Will Building Your Blog Community Make You a Superstar? #FridayFinds

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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 won’t be a party to the quick money making guys that publish how much of hundreds or millions of dollars their blogs have made in 3 months.

“I consider this stage of my blog as the building stage. The stage I hope to engage more with people and make them friends who may later become repeat customers.

“By the way, I wouldn’t be expecting any income because, in this 70 days, there was no product to sell or market on the blog.

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 :

In December of 2011 one of my readers nominated me in Danny Iny’s contest over at Firepole Marketing.  With the release of his newest book, Engagement from Scratch, he wanted to know who others felt was the most engaging person in the blogosphere.  I was excited to hear that I won that coveted title, “Engagement Superstar”.  Everywhere you looked, I was there.

 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”.

You can connect with Jackson Nwachukwu, Adrienne Smith and me on Google+.

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79 thoughts on “Will Building Your Blog Community Make You a Superstar? #FridayFinds”

  1. I was actually thinking about Jackson and his blogging journey the other day.

    I thought that the first time I heard of Jackson was when his published that “Fearless Women” post, but a couple of days ago, I was going through some of the older comments at Traffic Generation Café – and lo and behold, came across Jackson’s comment from a couple of years back.

    Truth is back then he didn’t stand out much (sorry, Jackson!); I was grateful for his comment(s), but truth is, he wasn’t much different from many other bloggers.

    Come 2014 and Jackson is back, but this time with a bang. Definitely looks like he’s learned a thing or two or three and taking blogging by its horn.

    What worked for me this time around was Jackson mentioning me in a few of his posts in a row (yes, I am a sucker for blog mentions, as you know, Sherryl!), plus networking with me on Google+.

    Different things work for different bloggers and it certainly pays off to try various approaches to get your name out – just like he did.

    1. Hi Ana,

      That’s interesting that Jackson left a comment for you years ago. It is so awesome that not only did he not give up but he’s become a true engager and is really getting on the radar screen of a lot of influential bloggers. There’s definitely a lot that new bloggers (and experienced as well) who can learn from him.

      Yep. I think Jackson got the attention of all of the “Fearless Women” that he called out and many of the men who follow us too. He’s definitely someone to watch.

      Thanks so much for coming back to my blog and leaving a comment. I read (on Google+) that the first time you tried to comment on this post you encountered that dreaded javascript error. I know how busy you are and I really appreciate that you took the time to come back and try again.

      I just hopped over to your blog and saw that you’re writing a post entitled “Black Marketing Friday: Best Online Marketing Deals of 2014”. I’ve noted that you’re going to start listing the deals tomorrow. I’ll be sure to go back and check it out tomorrow. (Of course, I’ll share it too.)
      Sherryl Perry recently posted..Will Building Your Blog Community Make You a Superstar? #FridayFindsMy Profile

    2. Hey Ana,

      It’s great seeing you join this awesome discussion. Wow! This is real engagement! Reminds me of that very day when I had a whole day chat with all those wonderful and influential women bloggers 🙂

      Ana, you have been out there blogging for a long time, and if any serious blogger doesn’t know you then that person may not have found his or way to where real bloggers hang out.

      Well, maybe this is the time to say that I too wondered why some of the comments I left on your blog never got published. At some point I thought there may be a problem from my end but I just said to myself – “Jackson it’s just a comment, and every blogger would like to see real people comment on their blogs.”

      Not seeing my comments published on your blog didn’t stop me from finding my way though your radar, rather it motivated me to go back and work on my engagement skills. Today, it paid out! I was so happy when I got two straight mentions in your weekly marketing skinny, and yes I have really made it well with you Google+.

      I am glad you commented on this post Ana, now I know all that I had worked on connecting with you finally paid out. Thanks also for using me as a learning point for other bloggers. I really appreciate 🙂

      I also have Sherryl to thank for coming up with this post, it has really given me another edge over so many bloggers who started their new blogs recently!

      Do have a wonderful week my good friend.

      See you at the top!
      Jackson Nwachukwu recently posted..Adrienne Smith’s “Build a Blog Community Product” ~ Go From NO Visitors to HUNDREDS of Engaging CommunityMy Profile

      1. Jackson,

        Congratulations on getting two mentions on Ana’s blog. That’s huge. Ana also does a great job with her Google+ page. There’s always a conversation going on there and she shares great content (in addition to her own articles).

        I’m glad that you got some added visibility and (hopefully) some new readers from being featured here. It’s funny how this came post about. I knew that I wanted to make some sort of announcement about Adrienne’s launch of her “Build A Blog Community” course but I also wanted to make it part of my #FridayFinds series. Fortunately, I came across your post and I realized that sharing your story would serve as inspiration to bloggers who have not yet achieved the sort of success that Adrienne has realized.

        So, it all worked out! 🙂

        1. Hey Sherryl,

          Wow! This is really touching knowing that you considered my post fit to be used in ushering in Adrienne’s product launch! Most importantly is that you considered my post an inspirational piece to motivate bloggers seeking success stories.

          I am really glad it worked and not only working it turned to be one post with increasing number of comments from influential bloggers!

          You know what? I would say you WATCH out for my next post because sharing my success report on your blog has just given me a brand new topic to write on 🙂 and you are going to be the figure behind it!

          Till then stay blessed my good friend!

          Jackson Nwachukwu recently posted..How Sherryl Perry Made Me HATE My Blog After 90 Days of Blogging!My Profile

          1. Wow! I just read your latest post Jackson. Of course, at first, seeing that I somehow made you “HATE” your blog, I was taken aback. As usual, you’ve come up with a headline that catches our attention and delivered another awesome post.

            (If anyone has a chance, click on the link to Jackson’s post and see one more example of how he builds engagement.)

            Thanks for writing that Jackson. 🙂

      2. Sorry to hear your comments somehow weren’t published at Traffic Generation Café, Jackson; it certainly wasn’t because I didn’t like them/appreciated them. It’s always possible they ended up in my spam queue – happens sometimes unfortunately.

    1. Hey Zubair,

      You are right about that, anyone can built a site. It’s making your blog a place people can call home though and through that you build lasting relationships and a growing community. That’s what will take you far.

      Hope you’re doing that as well and reaping the rewards.

      Adrienne recently posted..How Blog Commenting Can Help Your Blog ThriveMy Profile

  2. Hi Sherryl,

    Awesome post. I’ve come across Jackson recently from both Ana’s blog and Enstine’s blog and I’m amazed at what he’s been able to accomplish in that short period of time. Makes me think to myself if I should try to start another blog, knowing what I know now, and see how that performs.

    But the stuff Jackson was able to accomplish, like I said, is pretty cool. He’s a smart guy, that one there.

    Also, I’m also familiar with Adrienne as well and I know that she’s been trying to get this product out for a while. And I’m definitely happy for her that she was able to get it out there and share it with the world.

    Who wouldn’t want to build a loyal and trusting community such as Adrienne’s? I know I’m striving for that. I have a long way to go but I did pick up her course and learned a few new things, so hopefully by implementing them, I’ll be well on my way.

    Great post here, Sherryl. Hope you have an awesome upcoming weekend.

    – Andrew
    Andrew M. Warner recently posted..8 Proven Strategies That’ll Accelerate Your Audience’s Trust ImmediatelyMy Profile

    1. Hi Andrew,
      As always, thanks for the kind words. It’s always great to see you here (and on Anas’, Enstine’s, Jackson’s and Adrienne’s blogs too).

      I think you’re doing a great job of building your community. I definitely know who you are! 🙂

      You have a wonderful weekend too!

    2. Hey Andrew,

      Thanks for the support and glad you recently came across Jackson too. He definitely has gotten to work, dove in and is doing really well. I’ve been very impressed with what he’s achieved so far as well.

      Glad you and I are a part of each other’s communities already. I know this course has been talk for awhile but I knew I would eventually get it out there. Happy to hear you not only picked it up but have already picked up a few new things.

      I think you’re doing a wonderful job with building your community and hopefully with what I’ve shared you’ll do even better! 😉

      Thanks for the comment and have a wonderful weekend.

      Adrienne recently posted..Everything You Need To Know About Building A Blog CommunityMy Profile

      1. Hey Adrienne,

        I just wanted to take a break from baking Thanksgiving pies to give you another shout-out to thank you and all the other wonderful bloggers who are part of this community.

        I wish you success with your course my friend and I’m sure that (as people complete it) you’ll be seeing many more testimonials to how valuable it’s proving to be.

        I hope you and everyone here (who celebrates Thanksgiving) have a wonderful holiday.
        Sherryl Perry recently posted..Self-Serve: How the Mobile Age is Impacting Customer ServiceMy Profile

  3. Hi Sherryl,

    Once again an awesome post and I am loving your post titles because it just makes me anxious to read the post till the end and search for more, even checkout the user views after that.

    Well, the bloggers you mentioned above are really cool. I am casual reader of Enstine and he also speaks about them a lot, almost everytime on his blog and looks they are awesome, even their work shows it.

    Thanks for this effort Sherryl, Keep posting … Cheers!

    1. Hi Ammar,

      I appreciate your kind words and I’m glad that you enjoy my post titles.

      I used to really struggle writing my post titles but now that I use the ” Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer” on the Advanced Marketing institute site (aminstitute.com), I’ve been much happier. 🙂

      Aren’t the comments my readers leave awesome? I’m so grateful to you and everyone else here who shares their ideas, insights and opinions. They’re an integral part of my blog. I get inspiration from them and learn new things all the time. It’s a wonderful community to be a part of.
      Sherryl Perry recently posted..How Can you Improve Your Website Blog? #FridayFindsMy Profile

  4. Hi Sherryl,
    These 2 bloggers you mentioned here are just so awesome. I work with both of them so closely.

    You know Adrienne has influenced me big time. I learned a lot from her. I have been blogging for just 2 years now but my community is widely expanding thanks to tips Adrienne shares.

    Her new product speaks for itself and I’m sure it’s going to largely help so many grow their blogs and become popular.

    Jackson is an awesome writer and a very simple guy. With him, we have gone far beyond blogging. Working with him closely on Broaded.net is an exciting experience.

    The first time I ever met him was on kingged. I liked his writing style and decided to hook up with him more closely. Since then, it’s been wonderful sharing moments.

    Thanks for featuring my friends Sherryl. It’s really exciting seeing them here.

    Hope you 3 are having a wonderful week
    Enstine Muki recently posted..SHOCK!!! Don’t buy Adrienne Smith’s Product! Read This First!My Profile

    1. Hey Enstine,

      Thanks so much for the comment and the compliment, I really appreciate that. I think I’m the one here enjoying all of this because I look at everyone I’ve met so far as a friend. I have always been impressed by what you’ve been able to accomplish and who wouldn’t want to learn from you.

      Thank you for speaking so highly of me, I’m definitely touched my friend.

      You have a fabulous rest of your week, you know I will.

      Adrienne recently posted..Everything You Need To Know About Building A Blog CommunityMy Profile

    2. Hey Enstine,

      The day we met was the day I turned from my old ways of blogging! Coming down to your blog changed everything for me, because the very woman who I was mentioned alongside with in this post was at your blog when I met her too.

      You see, it all go round and round because we all are MAD 🙂 (Making a Difference)

      I really appreciate your kind words, they are encouraging and motivating as well.

      As for Broaded.net, I will keep working with you to see it rise to its fullest.

      Have a wonderful day ahead.

      Talk soon via Skype as usual.

      Jackson Nwachukwu recently posted..Adrienne Smith’s “Build a Blog Community Product” ~ Go From NO Visitors to HUNDREDS of Engaging CommunityMy Profile

    3. Hi Enstine,

      Adrienne has influenced many of us. She doesn’t just write about building relationships. She shows us by example. I also agree that Jackson has a wonderful writing style. I respect his honesty and frankness.

      You too are an excellent example of someone who is building a strong community. You do an amazing job of connecting with bloggers. I for one am grateful that I was your featured blogger in July.

      Thanks for the reminder about Broaded.net. I have had that on my to-do list for the past month but due to all of the personal issues that I’ve dealt with, I still haven’t joined. You’ll see me there soon.

      As always, thanks for
      Sherryl Perry recently posted..Did You Know Google Panda 4.1 Rewards Quality Content? #FridayFindsMy Profile

  5. Hi Sherryl,

    Building a community is perhaps the most challenging and difficult part of blogging in many respects. It requires discipline, devotion, consistency and being willing to set self aside for others.

    The two examples you have offered are both great one for understanding the principles of good networking online.

    Jackson does a superb job of sharing, connecting and offering to include others in his posts. It’s no surprise that he has seen massive growth in his blog. As with us all, the key will be figuring out to push past that and expand his audience.

    Adrienne, well what is else there really to say? She is a brilliant relationship marketer and engager. She is friendly but opinionated and what greater combination is there for success that those two positive attributes.

    It’s really amazing when you have a community that supports and reciprocates for one another. Thank you for the inspiration and reminder that we are always in the process of building a community of followers that we are loyal to and are loyal to us in the long-term.

    I hope you’re having an awesome week thus far!

    ~ Don Purdum
    Don Purdum recently posted..One Secret Behind Every Thriving Business and Why You Need to Know It?My Profile

    1. Hey Don,

      You are it again, throwing those wonderful words of yours 🙂

      I really want to thank you for your kind words, they are indeed compelling and heart lifting.

      I liked the fact that you mentioned these 3 things – sharing, connecting and offering, those are wonderful words that forms part of what I have as my mission in blogging.

      What more can I do is not give honor to who honor is due. I will keep connecting with awesome bloggers like you, share with you and offer whatever I feel will make a difference in blogging.

      Once again, thanks for joining me and my friend Adrienne on this special edition of Sherryl Perry’s #FridayFinds.

      Do have a wonderful day ahead.

      Jackson Nwachukwu recently posted..Adrienne Smith’s “Build a Blog Community Product” ~ Go From NO Visitors to HUNDREDS of Engaging CommunityMy Profile

      1. Jackson,

        You are so welcome. You made writing this post easy. 🙂 I knew that I wanted to share Adrienne’s awesome course with my readers but I was unsure how to approach it at first.

        Then, I read your October report and a light went off. You are an excellent example of someone who has recently launched a new blog and is achieving “success”. I thought that your story would be a great fit alongside Adrienne’s.

        There are all sorts of measurements of success and it’s not always money. I think we all appreciate the fact that you admit that you’re not making money yet – but – you’re on track of where you want to be. (Some would say that you’re ahead of where we would expect you to be with a 70-day old blog. That’s good for other bloggers to hear.

        As always, thanks for sharing and keep up what you’re doing. I value your honesty and your friendship.
        Sherryl Perry recently posted..Will Building Your Blog Community Make You a Superstar? #FridayFindsMy Profile

    2. Hi Don,

      “Understanding the principles of good networking online” – I love that you say that! It is networking. Just as in the brick-and-mortar world, successful business people network. They’re seen at Chamber of Commerce events, join networking organizations (like BNI – Business Networking International) and become members of organizations.

      Online is no different. We join groups and tribes on social networks. We reply to comments and support each other online. We build relationships. We become friends.

      Sometimes, we call each other or Skype. We send personal emails and chat on the phone. It becomes an online version of what we do (or did) face to face.

      We are both fortunate to become part of this wonderful community of bloggers. I hope everyone here, feels welcome to become a part of it.

      As always, thanks so much for dropping by and joining the conversation.

  6. Hi Sherryl,

    I remember seeing Jackson’s post of stubborn bloggers and there I was along side with you and other of my blogging buddies. My first reaction was to jump right on that post! He is one cleaver guy and has grown in leaps and bounds in such a short time. Jackson sure knows what he is doing.

    As for Adrienne, she is not only my blogging buddy but a dear friend. I was so excited the day she told me she was going to do her own product. And now, here we are celebrating it! I’m so full of joy for her because Adrienne is not only the “engagement queen” but a real down to earth person with a genuine good heart. That’s why I can call her a friend.

    So good to see her on your sidebar!

    Donna Merrill recently posted..15 Reasons Why Blogging SucksMy Profile

    1. Hi Donna,

      I had a knee-jerk reaction to Jackson’s post. I recognized him from his comments on other blogs (like Adrienne’s) but I was on my first cup of coffee. I was startled to see someone calling us stubborn. (He’s a brave man singling out twelve women!) 🙂

      Jackson has come a long way and I agree with you that he knows what he’s doing. He’s also measuring his results and that’s a great example for other bloggers to follow.

      I think the world of Adrienne. She really does enjoy helping people and it shows. I’ve reached out to her on a personal level and count her as a friend too.

      The hardest thing for me when I started working from home was being alone and not having anyone to chat with. Since I became part of this wonderful community of bloggers, that’s not a problem any more. (You work alongside your husband right?)

      I’m happy for Adrienne too. She’s worked long and hard at creating her course and she’s helping so many people by sharing what she’s learned. I predict that her blog community is going to continue to grow.

      As always, it’s great to see you here. I appreciate your taking the time to join the conversation.

      1. Hey Sherryl,

        I had to jump in and say that I think the world of you too. I hate anyone who feels alone doing this and although I can’t be everywhere all the time I do my best to be there for the people who mean the most to me. That definitely includes you.

        Thank you for being there for me and helping me along the way as well. Your support means the world to me.

        Thank you again.

        Adrienne recently posted..Everything You Need To Know About Building A Blog CommunityMy Profile

    2. Hey Donna,

      Thank you for the kind words and I’m honored to call you my friend. That’s what I love about blogging, look at all the wonderful people I not only have an opportunity to meet but reaching out to a few of them I now can honestly call them my good friend.

      You’ve been there for me every step of the way and I can’t thank you enough for all your support. You’re the best, thank you for always being there for me.

      I love ya girl!

      Adrienne recently posted..Everything You Need To Know About Building A Blog CommunityMy Profile

    3. Hey Donna,

      Happy to engage with you here 🙂 Was just leaving your blog now where I read your 15 reasons why blogging sucks. That was a great read!

      Each time I read somewhere or any of you ladies blog about the post I did on you my heart jumps in happiness, because for the first time I was able to get the all 12 awesome women visit me to have real engagement with me.

      That post is still among my most popular posts. What makes it so sweet is the fact that I was able to pass the message.

      I really feel great seeing you around my friend. Sherryl has done so well putting up this post. I really appreciate Sherryl.

      Hope you are having a fun-filled week?

      Jackson Nwachukwu recently posted..Adrienne Smith’s “Build a Blog Community Product” ~ Go From NO Visitors to HUNDREDS of Engaging CommunityMy Profile

  7. Hey Sherryl,

    I know Adrienne Smith from about a year and half ago. And yes she is definitely an engagement superstar. Every time I would go on her blog, by the time I get there she’s already have a plethora of comments. I found out later I have to get up with the early birds just to be the first one to comment. I actually was able to do it one time LOL… but right after I did it, someone posted a comment. Yes! That’s how strong her community is and how strong the engagement can get!

    I found Jackson on kingged.com about 2 months ago. In his post he talked about how much he admired a couple of women bloggers and how they have been influential. It wasn’t the same post but I tell you that i do believe he’s really on his way to become a successful blogger from what I read. Especially since you mention how much he worked hard to get the 99K alexa rating as well as other stats. Now that’s true dedication and passion for what you do and what you want to achieve!

    Thanks for sharing Sherry! I hope that you’re feeling better!
    sherman smith recently posted..5 Online Marketing Tools You Need To Leverage Via Your BlogMy Profile

    1. Hey Sherman,

      I know the feeling about trying to be first on certain people’s blog posts. I usually never make it either. LOL!!!

      I’m glad we met though and have stayed connected. Having such an engaging community is awesome and I’m truly blessed. So thrilled you’re a part of it too.

      Thanks for stopping by and for all your support.

      Adrienne recently posted..Everything You Need To Know About Building A Blog CommunityMy Profile

    2. Hi Sherman,

      You do have to be up with the early birds to be the first to comment on Adrienne’s blog. Harleena manages to do it quite often. Then again, Harleena has young children and she probably gets up early just to have some “me” time. 🙂

      On the other hand, it’s approaching 1:30am here and I’m trying to play catch-up with both Adrienne and Jackson. They’re both replying to comments left here before me! 🙂

      I still haven’t joined Kingged but I met Jackson when he left a comment here and he introduced me to Kingged. He is amazing.

      You are pretty amazing yourself. I’m glad we’re connected too. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your insight with us.

    3. Hey Sherman,

      I think we both need to thank the Kingged.com platform for bringing us together because I also got a hold of you at the same place when I read your post on some awesome tools bloggers can use to cheat time and get their work yield results faster.

      I am really happy seeing you here on Sherryl Perry’s blog. She has again given me another wonderful opportunity to engage with awesome minds like you.

      I really appreciate you reading through what Sherryl wrote on me. Your comment on this is another motivation to keep the fire burning.

      Wishing you a great day ahead my friend.

      Jackson Nwachukwu recently posted..How to Become an Island Hopping Blogger Like Ryan BiddulphMy Profile

  8. I found this article on triberr as well. Can’t say I recognize any of the bloggers you mentioned in your article, I have been blogging on various subjects for 4+ years now. It simply takes time and a lot of work (writing blog content, guest articles, comments, etc.) to build up a blog. There are no real short cuts unless you can afford to advertise on different platforms or outsource on places like fiverr.
    Silke recently posted..Impact of Google Pigeon Update To Local SEO and What You Can DoMy Profile

    1. Hey Silke,

      I’ve been on Triberr as well almost from the start so I’m a big supporter there as well. Sorry we haven’t connected yet but thanks for stopping by and checking out Sherryl’s post. I was honored she mentioned me and my new course this week.

      Blogging is a lot of hard work but it can definitely be a lot of fun too. That’s what I’ve found at least.

      Hope you’re doing well and see you around the blogosphere.

      Adrienne recently posted..Everything You Need To Know About Building A Blog CommunityMy Profile

    2. Hi Silke,

      It’s wonderful to meet you here! Now, when I’m on Triberr, I’ll recognize you.

      You may not recognize the other bloggers who I mentioned here yet but most of them are dropping by here and if you get a chance, you may want to check out some of their blogs. You’ll find everyone who Jackson called “stubborn” to be very open, supportive and friendly. I’m sure they would love to connect with you too. (As Jackson would be also.)

      I just followed you on Twitter and I came across your “Crafts Report Part 1: Starting A Home Business”. That is very good! I honestly am right out straight right now but I’ll try to get back and comment. (I did share it.) Your “Impact of Google Pigeon Update to Local SEO . . .” article intrigues me too.

      Thanks so much for dropping by and joining the conversation.
      Sherryl Perry recently posted..How Can you Improve Your Website Blog? #FridayFindsMy Profile

    1. Good to see you Leora! Yep! I think the majority of the bloggers who I’m connected with at the very least recognize Adrienne. I’m always telling her that I’m in awe of how much she gets accomplished. (As nice as she is, she often reminds me that I have more “distractions” around me than she does. 🙂 ) Still, her accomplishments are impressive.

      I think you’ll like what Jackson has to say. He definitely has a way of making everyone who comments and engages with him feel valued and welcomed. (Just like you do too!)
      Sherryl Perry recently posted..What’s Better Than Blog Updates? Autoresponder Series That Rock!My Profile

      1. Hey Sherryl,

        This morning, I woke up from sleep and grabbed my PC to check my inbox and behold a wonderful tweet that reads “Jackson I just wanted to let you know we are talking about you over at my blog” I was really shocked to read this especially from a stubborn woman like you (I am sure you know what I mean by that :))

        This is indeed a blessing for me Sherryl introducing me to your awesome community, that makes another achievement to talk about this month 🙂

        The way you have shared my achievements and blogging strategies blew my mind off and I am really glad I met you in this journey of blogging. You are the best!

        What more can I say if not a BIG THANK YOU for featuring me alongside my coach and mentor Adrienne Smith! She is indeed a wonderful woman and I must say that this is a great achievement appearing with her on your super engagement blog 🙂

        Thank you so much for making my week an awesome one my friend.

        Jackson Nwachukwu recently posted..How to Become an Island Hopping Blogger Like Ryan BiddulphMy Profile

          1. Hey Adrienne,

            I am most honored myself. It’s indeed a dream come true that I am mentioned alongside the one woman I admire and look up to in blogging.

            This is indeed another success story to share and another great achievement recorded for the month of November 🙂

            To Sherryl, thank you so much this wonderful mention, I really appreciate.

            I am almost through with your lessons on Build A Blog Community Adrienne and I am looking forward to reviewing it ASAP. So far it’s been a great read!

            Talk soon.

            Jackson Nwachukwu recently posted..How to Become an Island Hopping Blogger Like Ryan BiddulphMy Profile

        1. Hi Jackson,

          That was a fun tweet to send. 🙂 I knew that it would get your attention. – Sort of like when the twelve of us woke up to realize that we had been called “stubborn and fearless”. 🙂

          That was a great post and is definitely part of how you and I got to know each other better. We certainly had seen each other around the blogosphere and definitely at Adrienne’s. Still, that post needed a reply!

          I’m glad that this post turned out the way it did too. I knew that I wanted to let my readers know that Adrienne’s course was being launched but I wanted to do it in a different way.

          At the same time, I really owed my readers a #FridayFinds but I did not have the time or energy to write both a post for my series and another about Adrienne’s “Build A Blog Community” course. That’s when I came across your post and the light bulb went off. – “Superstars!” I was able to accomplish both in one article. 🙂

          So, you don’t have to thank me at all. I was happy to be able to write this. I really am in awe as to how so many people are talking about this.

  9. Hi Sherryl,

    Wonderful post indeed, and thanks so much for the kind mention as well 🙂

    Jackson’s a sweetheart! I know how he made our day by mentioning us in that post, and it DID make us all so happy, didn’t it? He is a wonderful blogger and it’s a pleasure connecting with him as well.

    Yes, we are ALL so excited for Adrienne’s new product that would be up tomorrow, and I can just about imagine her excitement too! I know people are going to love what she’s coming out with, having a little blog community and forum at my place too now (which keeps me SO busy). Though it’s different from what she has to offer, but the concept of building a community is what we can all relate to, and the relationships and good friends we make along, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Happy weekend 🙂
    Harleena Singh recently posted..Six Easy Steps to Success with Personal BrandingMy Profile

    1. Hey Harleena,

      Thanks you mentioning how excited you are for me. Just like the changes you’ve done at your place, this product is what I’ve been wanting to do for so long. I know that others will greatly benefit from it as well just like they’re benefiting from the connections they’re making in your community and the things they are learning from each other.

      Exciting times are still to come and I truly appreciate your support my dear. Thank you SO much.

      Adrienne recently posted..Who Else Wants To Learn From These 6 Authority BloggersMy Profile

    2. Hi Harleena,

      You are very welcome. Speaking of your community, I recently joined yours. How old is your membership site now? If I remember correctly, you launched it after your (short) summer break. I’m still toying with the idea of creating a membership site here as well but it’s a daunting task keeping up with new content on top of managing the site.

      Jackson is a sweetheart. He’s one of quite a few men who have recently been outdoing themselves when it comes to promoting others. I know we both appreciate being included!

      Happy weekend to you too! Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

      1. Sherryl, the Aha!NOW Blog Community (ABC) is about 4 months young now and is still quite in its infancy. But its going great and people are loving it. You’re right, I launched it just after my big summer break.

        I think you’ve a great idea! You should have a membership site. But you’re also right that it really gets tough to manage the community, if you even have forums in the membership site. I had to miss a few of my posts to look after and sort out the problems of the community, but I guess it happens initially and things would be fine after everything is set nicely.

        I’m glad to have you as part of the ABC and would love to see more of you there! 🙂
        Harleena Singh recently posted..GEMS Of Aha!NOW – November 2014My Profile

        1. Harleena,

          Congratulations! 4 months young! The Aha!Now Blog Community seems to be thriving.

          I would love to spend more time at ABC but I’ve been playing serious catch-up lately. (I know you understand as much as anyone that family needs to come first.) My mother-in-law’s failing health impacted us all. I was fortunate to have the honor of being one of her caregivers. Now that she’s passed, I’m trying to help my sister-in-law get her life back on track. Then, there’s the grieving.

          So, it will be a while before I get back completely in the swing of things. My goodness! My to-do list of “opportunities” and “must-do’s” is overwhelming right now.

          Thanks so much for joining us here. I always see your smiling face on Adrienne’s blog (and many others). I don’t think I have the energy that you and Adrienne have but I do my best to try to keep up! 🙂
          Sherryl Perry recently posted..Did You Know Google Panda 4.1 Rewards Quality Content? #FridayFindsMy Profile

          1. So sorry to hear of your loss, and yes, I can understand all that you’d be undergoing. At such times, it’s only the family that can help each other out. Don’t worry, things will settle down in a while, until then, keep the faith and be strong for those around you.

            You bet it is…and it’s a constant struggle to keep up with things as more blogs add up and your return visits increase. It certainly stops us from being and doing what we’d really like to, isn’t it? I guess we choose and do the best we can. 🙂

            Thanks once again 🙂
            Harleena Singh recently posted..Six Easy Steps to Success with Personal BrandingMy Profile

            1. Thanks Harleena. It was a really tough month. My sister-in-law passed away a few days before my mother-in-law and one of my husband’s closest childhood friends passed away a few hours after his mother.

              We only get what we can handle. Things will get better. Thankfully, we have a two year-old granddaughter who is my MIL’s namesake and she’s been a Godsend. Children have a way of helping us get through the tough times. 🙂

              We do choose. Thank you too. It’s so nice to have friends who care and understand.

    3. Hey Harleena,

      OMG! You just called me a sweetheart, I am dancing right now 🙂 That was really lovely coming from the mouth of an engagement superstar and comment queen!

      One thing I have always been proud of is the fact that I met you and connected with you. I can remember the first time I saw your smiling face on my blog and there and there I knew I had arrive. It was indeed an endorsement for me seeing the smiling faces of Harleena Singh, Sherryl Perry, Adrienne Smith and host of other awesome women like you on my blog!

      O yes! We all are looking forward to the big launch 🙂 I have waited so long for Adrienne’s product launch and right now I am imagining how excited she really is. Will see you there!

      I really appreciate your support and kind words Harleena, I am glad Sherryl made such an awesome post to get us discussing and engaging.

      Wishing you a fun-filled week and greater results.

      Jackson Nwachukwu recently posted..How to Become an Island Hopping Blogger Like Ryan BiddulphMy Profile

      1. Hi Jackson,

        This is amazing how many people are joining this conversation! It’s wonderful to see the wonderful community of bloggers that have formed here. It seems many of us already know each other. For those here who don’t, we all welcome them with open arms. 🙂

        As a side note, community is the main reason that I continue to have the CommentLuv plugin installed here. Not only is it a way for me to thank people for commenting, (after 10 approved comments, everyone gets a do-follow tag on their link), but it’s also a great way for us to hop over to each others blogs.

        Thanks so much for being here! I’m so glad you called me “stubborn” that day. 🙂

  10. Hey Sherryl,

    Oh wow, thank you for the awesome mention and notice about my upcoming product release.

    Before I get into that though I have to agree with you about Jackson. This man knows how to do it right. What I teach is really just pure common sense BUT some people weren’t born with it while others just might not know all the necessary steps you really should be taking in order to get other people’s attention.

    Will they all react accordingly? Probably not but I think when it all comes from the heart and you genuinely do want to either learn from people or help them in some way then these types of things will just happen for you. I know, kind of a sap in this way but hey, it works.

    I’ve had the pleasure and honor of getting to know Jackson because he has taken the time to stop by my blog, read my posts, leave awesome comments that you just have to respond to and that just makes him attractive in my eyes and I want to learn more about him. That’s how it’s done here, that’s how you start to get on people’s radars.

    I’m so glad you joined my pilot group and I so appreciate you taking the time to help me with this. I want to make it the best I possibly can and I’m always afraid I’m leaving something out but there is always room for improvement right! Good news is that as I make additions and updates, those that purchased it will get those too! 😉

    Thank you for spreading the word, I’m SO excited to be releasing this tomorrow and I truly do hope that everyone will benefit from it as well.

    Rock on Sherryl and thanks a bunch my friend.

    Adrienne recently posted..Who Else Wants To Learn From These 6 Authority BloggersMy Profile

    1. Hi Adrienne,

      You’re very welcome. I knew that I wanted to let my readers know about your course because I truly believe that building strong relationships can really take your blog to the next level. All anyone has to do is visit your blog and they will instantly realize that you have built a community of engaged readers.

      As I mentioned to you before (in emails), you really “practice what you preach”. Lots of times, we see self-promoted “gurus” who present themselves as experts in their field yet it quickly becomes obvious that they’re really phonies. You, my friend, are the real deal.

      Yep! Jackson is one of the bloggers who I recognize when I visit your blog. (Actually, many of my readers are your readers too.) I’ve said this before but I could honestly spend the entire day just visiting blogs through the CommentLuv links left on your site. You have built a wonderful community there.

      Good luck with your launch!

      1. Hey Sherryl,

        Well you KNOW I greatly appreciate the help and support you have given me and I’m honored that you’re part of my community as I am yours.

        I know that what I teach works, I’ve had so many others implement what I’ve taught them and gotten great results. Look at Jackson, he told me he found me through Enstine’s blog and he raved about me and how much I had helped him and so he started listing to what I was sharing. When you do the work you’ll get the results. Where you take it is up to each of us individually but I can definitely teach you how to put yourself out there and make some darn noise. 😉

        I know what you mean about people who present themselves as one thing and we all soon learn they are not at all what they say they are. It’s really sad which is why I think building your own community is so important, especially today.

        I do have great readers don’t I? It’s hard for me to visit too many other blogs either because I have so much fun following them back to their place. I can’t help myself, I’ve got to check them out.

        Thank you Sherryl and you have a wonderful week and I SO appreciate your continued support.

        Adrienne recently posted..Who Else Wants To Learn From These 6 Authority BloggersMy Profile

    2. Hey Adrienne,

      This is really sweet doing what you teach and hold to a greater height here on Sherryl’s blog. Yea, it’s all about the engagement and community building and that’s what blogging has become.

      You are a result getter and that’s one thing I love so much about you. Your teachings just like you rightly mentioned are all simple, and anyone wanting to grow in blogging will surely get that learning and following you.

      Just know that you have made my day by these awesome words of yours. I can really make use of them in future 🙂

      I am already at your product launch page reading through and about to hit that action button!

      Talk soon.

      Jackson Nwachukwu recently posted..How to Become an Island Hopping Blogger Like Ryan BiddulphMy Profile

      1. Hey Jackson,

        I love people Jackson and I enjoy getting to know them. This really comes so much more naturally for me but I’ve learned how this can definitely benefit us all if we’re blogging. Having a solid, dependable community standing behind you will take you very far. Now I get to share with everyone how they can do the same.

        You are right, it’s a simple and easy process and I know if anyone is willing to do it they can. I’m hoping more people will be willing.

        Ah, thank you SO much and sorry you had issues earlier. Those things will just happen I’m afraid but I appreciate your patience.

        Thank you SO much and you have a wonderful week and I appreciate your support.

        Adrienne recently posted..Everything You Need To Know About Building A Blog CommunityMy Profile

  11. Hi Sherryl,

    Jackson is an up and coming star. Adrienne is the engagement superstar. I am excited for her new product and am so happy you’ve spread the word for both of these awesome people.

    In roughly 2 weeks from today I’ll be speaking to a class at NYU via a Google Hangout. The irony is that I won’t be in Bali – where I am now – or in Fiji, where I was for the past 4 months.

    I’ll be in the tropical locale of New Jersey. Across the river from NYC, and NYU of course. I’ll have just taken a 21 hour flight and due to jet lag, I’ll be rolling out of bed to fire up my tablet for the speech; in person ain’t happening.

    The speaking gig found me through my community. As has all exciting opportunities I’ve been a part of. Adrienne and Jackson are a testament to how building strong bonds with friends raises your profile oh so quickly. Both continue to rise in the blogosphere because they make people feel special.

    Thanks Sherryl.

    Ryan Biddulph recently posted..12 Tips to Gain TrustMy Profile

    1. Thanks Ryan for your ongoing support my friend. You have been there for awhile now and I can’t thank you enough. I’m honored to know you and pleased to be able to call you my friend.

      I don’t really have to wish you luck with your speech but I’m going to anyway. You’ll do great and your excitement and energy will get you through. Have a great time with it my friend and thanks again.

      Adrienne recently posted..Who Else Wants To Learn From These 6 Authority BloggersMy Profile

      1. Adrienne,
        I’m sure Ryan doesn’t need my wishing him luck either. He’s amazing. Lots of people wish they could get paid to travel and he’s made the dream come true. There’s so much to learn from him.

        I was just replying to Jackson and it reminded me that it was when I read your post announcing Ryan’s book that I made the purchase. Your excitement was contagious and in the middle of the comment I was leaving for you, I bought it! 🙂

    2. Ryan, you keep doing the one thing you are great at – blogging from paradise!

      I must confess that ever redefining my blogging strategy which is connecting and building a community of friends meeting you was one of the best things that has happened to me.

      The first day your face appeared on my blog, I was like “wow, the travel superstar blogger has finally made it to my blog”

      That really gave me a greater stand knowing I was achieving the much needed results I had in mind by connecting with awesome bloggers.

      I have Sherryl to thank for making another wonderful post that got the two of us chatting once again.

      I have read your eBook on “Blogging from Paradise” and writing a review on it is one thing I could resist myself doing 🙂 Thanks for sharing your success strategies with us.

      I will keep track of your upcoming Google Hangout because I know there will be much to learn!

      Do have a great week ahead!

      Jackson Nwachukwu recently posted..How to Become an Island Hopping Blogger Like Ryan BiddulphMy Profile

      1. I love these names you’re dubbing people with Jackson. 🙂 Ryan really is the “travel superstar”. I bought his book too – actually thanks to Adrienne who wrote a blog post featuring it.

        I was already a big fan of Ryan’s before I read Adrienne’s post but it was her excitement that got me to press that buy button right away.

        So glad you came over and are replying to everyone. It’s awesome to see how everyone is engaging here.
        Sherryl Perry recently posted..Will Building Your Blog Community Make You a Superstar? #FridayFindsMy Profile

  12. Hi Sherryl,
    This is so exciting! I know that Adrienne has been planning this launch for months and I can just imagine how happy she is that the day is finally here. I’m so happy for her and everyone who is going to have a chance to take her course – they will be learning from the best, that’s for sure.

    I agree that Jackson has done a fine job with his blog and it’s great to see him doing so well.

    Thanks for all the updates Sherryl!!
    Ileane recently posted..Blogger Interview: Sharing Pinterest Marketing Ideas with Jeff SiehMy Profile

    1. Hey Ileane,

      I’ve finally done it my friend and the day is almost here. 24 hours and 30 minutes to go and my product will be live for all the blogosphere to get their hands on. I’m SO excited about this only because I know I’ll be able to help even more people.

      I so appreciate all your support and your friendship. You rock my dear and thanks again for all the well wishes.

      Adrienne recently posted..Who Else Wants To Learn From These 6 Authority BloggersMy Profile

    2. Hi Ileane,

      I really appreciate your taking the time to share your insight with us. It’s appropriate that so many of my blogging friends are dropping by and showing their support for Adrienne. It’s a true testament to the fact that she is in fact a true “Engagement Superstar”. Who better to learn how to build a community from than someone who has actually done it?

      Yes. Jackson is really doing well. I certainly didn’t achieve the sort of traffic, comments and Alexa ranking that he did in such a short period of time. (Actually, I believe he already ranks better than I do on Alexa.)

    3. Hey Ileane,

      Look who we have here, the podcast superstar! I am really happy seeing you around. Been a while we chatted and I can still remember vividly how you gave me a spot to write on your blog.

      Reading your comment on this success report by Sherryl is also another motivation and endorsement coming from a highly profiled blogger like you.

      Thanks so much for coming by and I do wish you an awesome week 🙂

      Jackson Nwachukwu recently posted..How to Become an Island Hopping Blogger Like Ryan BiddulphMy Profile

  13. Hey Sherryl,

    Thanks for writing this. Came across this on Triberr and knew I need to share it. I heard about Adrienne’s course and might even join it.

    Just hoping to find more time to be honest. However, I am 101% sure those who join would definitely get a NICE chunk of information to bring back home!

    Looking for more updates and hey, happy weekend!

    1. Hey Reginald,

      Ah, thanks for even considering being a part of my course. I KNOW you have SO much on your plate but IF you want to take the time to build up a community then I suggest you grab it. If you don’t or don’t have the time then don’t even bother.

      That’s the way I look at things because although I would love to make more with it I would prefer people only purchase it if they’re serious. I know you are a very busy man and this does take time but it’s a heck of a lot of fun! 😉

      Thank you Reginald for all your support and you have a wonderful week.


    2. Hi Reginald,

      Ah! . . . Time! I feel the same way but when I heard that Adrienne was interested in bloggers who were willing to help her test the membership part of her course, I jumped at the opportunity. It was a chance for me to get a sneak peak (at a reduced price) while helping out Adrienne. 🙂

      One of the things that really impresses me about her course is that it’s self-paced. So, it’s very simple to skim over any part of the course that you are familiar with.

      To be honest, I didn’t complete every lesson. There were parts that I would scan/read and if I was nodding my head in agreement, I knew that I could get away without writing down my answers to the lessons for that chapter.

      There is a tremendous amount of value in thinking things out and writing them down though. So, if someone does invest in her course, I wouldn’t recommend going too fast. Benefiting from just one tip can easily make the time spent worth it.

      It’s always great to see you here (and thanks for letting me know you came here from Twitter).

      1. Hey Sherryl,

        Indeed Adrienne’s course is a simple and practical lesson that even a layman can understand. I was really monitoring Deal Guardian so I can be alerted once the product goes live.

        I finally got hold of the product yesterday and have devoted my time to reading it. I have gone through the basics, believe me it’s so straight forward and full of Adrienne’s personal experience in blogging. That makes it the very unique product she had promised.

        It didn’t take me time to connect with her message which explains the reason why writing a review on her product was no brain rack for me 🙂

        We all wish her well!

        Jackson Nwachukwu recently posted..Adrienne Smith’s “Build a Blog Community Product” ~ Go From NO Visitors to HUNDREDS of Engaging CommunityMy Profile

        1. Hey Jackson,

          Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

          I was so excited to see you not only purchase the course but actually enjoy it and learn some things as well. That’s the fun part and the one I’m the most excited about. Seeing everyone have their amazing results, I just can’t wait until they all get to work.

          I so appreciate your review as well and I can’t thank you enough. The support I’ve received is just amazing. I’m truly honored and blessed to have such an amazing and supportive community. Now let’s get everyone else to achieving the same thing.

          Thank you again.

          Adrienne recently posted..Everything You Need To Know About Building A Blog CommunityMy Profile

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