Last November I joined the “Forward to Marketing” training community with the sole purpose of learning how to build an affiliate marketing business from scratch. And How To Build A Blogging Community. Not just promote affiliate products but actually build a business.
I’ve invested in myself in the past and failed miserably but my intention has always been to succeed.
Now I’ve been online for several years so this isn’t my first rodeo. Although I have been making a full-time living working at home. I’m not up there in the top income bracket by any means. I’ve been promoting affiliate products for some time now. But I wasn’t building a business. Big difference in case you were wondering.
I had certain methods I’ve been using with some success for driving traffic to my affiliate sites. But there is a right way and a wrong way to do things.
As we all know, some methods can change at any given time and trust me, some of my most profitable sources had done just that.
Promoting affiliate products has been a fabulous stepping stone for me but I knew it was time to step up my game which is why I decided to take this particular journey. I’ve been over in my little world, pretty much staying behind the scenes and doing my own thing for a while now.
The Teachings Begin
There have been some things online that I have not felt comfortable with, or to put it nicely, I didn’t do so well! Since I had invested in the FTM training community I made myself a promise that this time I was going to do what they said whether I liked it or not.
If you’re following my blog for any length of time then you are aware that I’ve been very open about sharing with you every single darn thing we’ve been taught on how to drive traffic to your sites.
I’ve also reported at the end of each month just how I’ve been doing, how much traffic I’ve received, where it’s coming from, and how many sales I’ve made. Up to this point, I think I’ve done pretty darn good.
As I’ve been taught in the past, blog commenting was another method of driving traffic to your blog. The only reason I never participated before is I make the excuse, not action.
My problem was that I would spend way too much time visiting blogs and I’m not the fastest reader mind you. Next thing you know, I got anything accomplished for the day. It can be very time-consuming.
But I made myself a promise and by golly, I was going to stick with it this time. No more excuses… Just take the darn action and you’ll soon find out what the results will be. So I did what they said, kept my fingers crossed, and prayed ~ a LOT!!!
Almost Six Months Old
My blog will be six months old on the 24th of this month and I feel so very blessed. Not only did I take action with what I was being taught, but I also continued doing it and the people kept coming.
Because of that, I am now blessed to be a part of an awesome community of friends. That was a total surprise to me but a very very pleasant one.
In The Beginning
So I told myself I was going to do this and I’d just have to work out some sort of system. I kind of play with it as I go. So I also taught how to look for blogs in my niche, make sure they have a good Google rating, and then start leaving my comment. Sounded pretty simple right!
Here’s the problem with that. The majority of the blogs I located hadn’t been updated in years. What’s up with that! I guess they just went a different direction after they got the thing ranking well. Who knows!
So I took a different direction and just started visiting the blogs of the people who were in my same training community. I mean why not show support for one another right! So I visited their blogs and started leaving comments.
What Happened Next
Now I didn’t intend to make any sales from any of these people because let’s face it, we were all promoting the same product. It’s what happened next that was surprising.
I started noticing other people who were commenting on these posts so I would follow their comment Luv link over to their place, read what they had to share, and leave a comment. It seemed like within just a week I started getting new visitors here at my place.
I thought long and hard about which direction I was going to take this blog. I thought it would be best for me, and hopefully, my readers, to just be open and honest about what I was setting out to accomplish and chronicle my journey as I go. People started appreciating how open and honest I am about what I’m learning.
Now I would be lying if I said I didn’t want everyone to purchase my product. But on the other hand, I love helping people so if the information I share here on my blog can help people in any way and they don’t feel like they need my product, I’m still a happy camper.
Spreading the Love
If you head over to my Archive page you’ll be able to see that in January of this year my comments started picking up. My blog wasn’t even two months old at that time. So that’s how little time it’s taken me to build up a good blogging community.
I have chatted with some of my new friends on Skype, we’ve talked on the phone, I’m partnering with one of the people I was in the training community with so we are now doing business together in another area. I was invited to write a guest blog. I’ve been interviewed three times, I have a podcast interview scheduled later this month. And I received a note from a young man just yesterday telling me how much I mean to him. I was literally in tears over that one.
How To Build A Blogging Community
That my friends are how you build a blogging community. You start visiting other people’s blogs, leaving genuine comments, and if at all possible, keep the conversation going. Let the bloggers know how much you appreciate what they’ve shared. and if you need help or assistance, reach out and ask for it.
I am not the only person who has experienced wonderful things from the people they have grown to admire and respect. This is how to build relationships, this is how to form partnerships. This is how to make friends, this is how to build communities.
Have you had a similar experience? Have the comments over at your place continued to grow and grow with time? How long was it before you started to see an increase in visitors to your site? Have you formed some lasting relationships from this experience?
You know I want to hear what you all have to say. Every single one of you has been a vital part of this journey. And I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for me. Not only have I learned from you, but you’ve helped me understand that I’m human just like everyone else. That we all have our own experiences to go through and deal with. It’s all just a part of life.
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