Friday 1 April 2011

Friend Friday: Networking Know How!

Hello Ladies, some of you may be a bit confused as it's not Friday, but I swear I scheduled this post for friday and it didn't post so I think I must have forgotten to hit publish and hit save instead, DOH! But better late than never eh?

First though Happy Mothers Day to all you Mummies! And to my lovely mum too!

1. Guest posts are a good way to gain new exposure. What do you thinkAlign Centreis the appropriate way to go about securing a guest spot?
Well start with your blogging friends, your bound to make a few along the way and most bloggers are interested or up for some guest blogging swaps as it provides exposure for both your blogs. A polite email to your blogging friends just asking if they would be interested is enough really. If you have yet to make any blogging friends send out some feelers via your blog, write a post on how you think guest posting is a great idea for bloggers and you would love to hear off anyone who would be interested, I bet you get hits!
My first guest post swap was actually set up via FBFF so joining a network is also a great idea!

2. Leaving comments is essential to growing your blog. But how can you leave a comment without coming across as ‘Follow Me. Follow Me!’?
I hate, repeat hate! 'follow me' comments. I think just being honest, helpful and interesting in your comments will encourage people to go view your blog, and if they like it they will follow at some point. Sometimes it will be on a first visit other times a may take weeks of commenting back and for before some one follows you. Its not the number of people who follow your blog that is important anyway. People shouldn't stress about followers or comments just about how good their content is and wether they enjoy blogging. The only thing I do to try to encourage people to visit is add my blog link to all my comments to make a direct link to my blog nice and easy, but I would never leave a 'Follow me' comment as I think its just rude!

3. We’ve all gotten a mass email at one time or another asking for blog exposure, a link exchange, etc… But the mass emails don’t work. How do you make your email stand out from the crowd?
I don't mass email! To be honest I think mass emailing is silly and so impersonal. If you really want to exchange links with someone then contact them directly. I think blog exposure should be earned not something you just expect other people to do for you or should be left to the other blogger, I often promote other blogs or link to them if I find something on them I like or they wear something I like.
So as far as I'm concerned - don't mass email at all, by personal and friendly when emailing and don't just do it out of the blue, make your presence known by commenting on the blog a few times and build a relationship with other bloggers.

4. In interacting with other bloggers where do you draw the line between seeking support and begging for exposure?
I feel I may have answered this above??!! lol. Anyway, I would never actually ask for exposure. I would ask for a guest post swap but only with bloggers I know or that have been trading comments with for a while and feel I have a good relationship with. Plus I would never accept a link exchange or guest post swap with someone who randomly emailed me asking for it.

5. What’s one rule of engagement error you made and how have you remedied that?
I don't think I have made an error, at least not in my eyes. At least I hope not! (somebody tell me if I have! lol!)

So whats your views on this subject? Do you have any comment no, no's? or any secrets on how to network more efficiently?
As usual check out Modly Chic for all the other ladies opinions

Daisymay X

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  1. Hi, Chantele! How have you been? I hate "please, follow me comments", too, haha. Sometimes they add me and leave a comment begging me to add them, too. When they see I haven't added them, they delete me ... big deal!

    Hey, I've tagged you in my latetst post. Is that a form of mass emailing? You don't have to do it if you don't feel like it, hehe.

    Hope you're having a nice day! :D

  2. These are really good tips. And I don't think I have much more to add to this. I too don't like those 'please follow me comments.' x

  3. Yeah, I agree, "follow me" comments are annoying.

  4. Very similar views. What is surprising is almost everyone that answered these questions says the same thing of how they hate the 'follow me' comments and would never do so. And yet it is amazing how many of those we get everyday. Right?
    Thanks for visiting my blog by the way and the nice compliments on the necklace and the shoes.

  5. you know, i've been blogging for just a couple of years. started out with the intent to promote my jewelry. sidetracked with vintage and life in general. i also blogged quite regularly for an Etsy team i'm on, Trashion. i've read a lot about it, and i'm sure about just a couple of things. i blog when i want to, write a few regular series of posts, and comment when i really have something to say. it's nice when people follow me and comment - a sort of validation!

  6. I am SO with you... 'follow me' comments are the worst! I don't like mass e-mails either. I've gotten a few and they are so annoying.


  7. All great tips! I don't have a "strategy" for getting more followers. I just try to visit as many blogs as I can and leave sincere and thoughtful responses. No "Great Posts!" or "Follow Me". Those are lame. I find if you're true to yourself, write about things you're passionate about and be kind to fellow bloggers, finding new friends is easy :)

  8. these are great tipss !
    i dont like "follow my blog, and i'll follow ur blog" thingi !


  9. I so agree with you that mass emails can be impersonal. I am not very fond of them, but I understand their use in large communities and groups of people. Great answers this week!! :)



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