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Bloggers Unite! A 10-Point Guide for Blogger Collaboration

badge guest post FLATTER Bloggers Unite! A 10 Point Guide for Blogger CollaborationWeb marketing isn’t a solo endeavor. In fact, the entire goal is connectedness: businesses to prospects, brands to brand advocates, people to people. If you have a blog, you can start connecting from the very beginning. Here’s a blogger collaboration guide to get you started:

 Bloggers Unite! A 10 Point Guide for Blogger Collaboration

Note: If you’re already doing some blogger collaboration, check your activity against this list. How many of these ten points have you got covered?

Create!

It’s more fun to make things together! Working with another blogger helps keep it interesting. Also, you can take on bigger projects when you split up the responsibilities.

1. Guest blog for each other.

Guest blogging is the most obvious and common type of blogger collaboration. When you’re the guest blogger, the shared audience and links are great for both social media and search optimization. When a guest writes on your site, they take some of the writing and promoting work off your plate. Useful: How to guest blog like a champion

2. Interview each other.

This is a fast, easy way to create content and to diversify the viewpoints on your blog. Email questions to a collaborator, then copy and paste the answers into a post. Or get on a Google+ Hangout, have a short candid conversation on a relevant topic, then use the video on one or both blogs. Example: Jane Boyd’s 45 Conversations

Coordinate!

These next few go together. It’s a mini-plan for coordinating topics, posts, timing and links.

3. Select complementary topics.

Find a collaborator in a related industry, but not a competitor. Now pick a topic that you’re both passionate about.

4. Plan the timing of posts.

Once you have topics aligned, now you can line up your publishing calendars. Either time the publishing to be the same. Or post one after the other as a response.

5. Link between your articles.

When you link between your posts, you share referral traffic, and you might even help your search engine rankings.

Example: In preparing for an event, I teamed up with Lennie Rose to create content on each other’s sites. Using the topic from the event, we each wrote top ten lists, then posted them on each other’s sites (yes, we’re also guest blogging). For of the the ten days before the event, we each added one tip to the list on each other’s sites, then tweeted the links. Here are the final posts:  10 Content Strategy Tips on Big Ooga, 10 Content Strategy Tips on Orbit.

Connect!

6. Make introductions.

If you have a connection that could be useful to your collaborator, make the introduction. This could be to editors of blogs, journalists, thought leaders, event organizers, or anyone who might be able to help.

7. Attend (or host) events together.

Going to events with someone else is always more fun. You’re certain to like at least one person there. You’re also more likely to meet people if your collaborator already knows a few people.

Better yet, host an event with someone else. You might find yourself speaking to a room full of people, half of whom you’ve never met. Great!

Promote!

8. Comment on each other’s content.

First, make sure you don’t miss anything! Subscribe to their newsletters. Keep them on a special Twitter list or in a Google+ circle. Or get serious and use an RSS feed or Google Alert.

Now read and comment. Yes, you’re busy. But slow down and be a good collaborator. Take five minutes to read and two minutes to leave a thoughtful comment. If you’d like them to comment on something you wrote, send a personal email inviting them to give their input.

9. Push each others content through social networks.

It’s fast and easy to share, like, retweet and +1. Consider sharing on networks where they are less active (LinkedIn? StumbleUpon?). This will help them reach a new audience.

Motivate!

10. Find an “accountabili-buddy.”

To keep yourself on track, find a like-minded blogger and meet with them on a regular basis. Update them on your publishing calendar and bounce ideas off of them. Soon you’ll find all kinds of new ways to collaborate.

Example: I meet with Tim Frick weekly. We drink coffee, share ideas and conspire on content. After just a few months, we’ve worked on posts, shared connections, and created an event called Content Jam. Now we’re planning a book!

Ok, collaborators, give yourself one point for each of the above points. Let’s see how well you did…

ScoreYou are…You should…
0 – 1…alone in the woodsGet out more!
2 – 4connected, but not actively conspiringReach out to like-minded bloggers.
5 – 7good at bringing people togetherMeet for coffee, brainstorm.
8 – 9a pro networker and good at teamworkTry bigger projects, larger groups.
10a champion collaborator!Pass along your skills to others.

 

Have an example of great collaboration? Want to share an idea? Interested in collaborating? Let us know in the comments!

  • http://twitter.com/KDHungerford Kelly Hungerford

    Andy, I love this post. I think collaboration is something we tend to forget — or not even think about when it comes to writing posts. Thanks for the suggestion. I’m putting your list on my list today!

  • http://www.312digital.com Sean McGinnis

    Great ideas, as usual Andy. Look forward to continuing our collaboration into 2013. ;)

  • http://GrowMap.com Gail Gardner

    Hi Andy. I’ve been working on getting bloggers to collaborate for about four years. We are getting close to a complete system to make that much easier so that any blogger, experienced or not, can plug right into others in their location and niche. If you connect with me I can make sure you get the details. Skype is the best method. Others are on the contact tab on my primary blog.

    It does not appear there is any way for you to know where that is when a blogger uses the Disqus commenting system so it looks like for you to find me I have to tell you where. I am growmap everywhere and my blog is growmap dot com. That is why bloggers who love collaborating use CommentLuv – so that we can easily see who is most relevant to us and easily connect with them.

  • http://www.eventchecklist.net/ Arwin Adriano

    Got some clever ideas here Andy. I think I should start making my very own blueprint of how I could start doing what you have advice here. Hope this works for me this coming 2013.

  • http://www.noggindigital.com/ Zach Kasperski

    I like this post a lot. It’s fun and it gets people to interact easily. Great job, Andy! I think I scored about a 5-8. I couldn’t really nail down a solid score but I’m doing all of the right things – or so it seems.

    What you said about hosting events is absolutely critical to small/mid-sized business success. One thing I wanted to add: never pay to speak. You could spend all of that time doing exactly what I’m doing – meeting people.

    Thanks again!

  • Shawn Houchin

    Thank you for the informative article – I am a 2. I have a lot to learn about making the connection in the first place. My challenge comes from where to start the conversation – I will definetly be putting this into action.

  • Hans

    Nice post Andy. Somebody already interviewed me regarding my music blog, but the idea of doing it vise versa should work too. Sharing posts on each others blogs is also a good one. I have yet to make contacts with other music blogs. With friendly greetings, Hans

  • http://twitter.com/CodeWithChris Chris Ching

    Thanks Andy. As a new blogger, I found the checklist invaluable.
    I was thinking of doing some guest posting but your checklist made me realize that there is much more that you can do!

  • http://www.nextstagemediagroup.com/ Pamela Muldoon

    Awesome checklist, Andy! I love this. I am so getting an accountabili-buddy! What a great new word. :-)