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5 Solid Ways to Collaborate with Other Bloggers


If you’ve spent any measure of time in the blogosphere, you’re probably already used to hearing the word “collaborate.” It’s kind of a buzzword in the blogging world, but it does describe what many bloggers do on a regular basis. Bloggers collaborate with brands and other bloggers on a regular basis, and many bloggers have managed to both get their name out there and monetize their blogs by means of collaboration. Here is a brief introductory guide to different ways to collaborate with other bloggers, as a blogger.



Guest Post

Guest posts are a popular form of collaboration between bloggers. A guest post is when a blogger creates a blog post for another blogger’s site. The blog post will essentially reside on that other blogger’s site, but it will link back to the creator’s site. It can be beneficial for both the guest blogger and the host blogger because the guest blogger will gain exposure (another buzzword) to a similar follower base, and the host blogger will get to add valuable content to their site.

How to do it: Sometimes bloggers will post “open calls” for guest posts, requesting content that will fit in well with the content that is already on their blog. This is especially common at times when bloggers know they will not have as much time to create blog posts (due to having a baby, moving, etc.) So the easiest way to become a guest blogger is to respond to one of these open calls. Even without an open call, however, you can become a guest blogger by simply emailing a blogger who you think would appreciate your content and proposing a guest post. Make it easy on the blogger by pointing them to some content on your own site and proposing a list of blog post ideas.


Coordinated Posts

This is similar to guest blogging, but it involves two bloggers each creating content for their own sites, and then linking to each other’s content. A vegan food blogger, for example, might create a blog post on how to make vegan/gluten-free donuts, while a gluten-free blogger might create a blog post on how to make your own gluten-free flour mix. The vegan food blogger could link to the flour mix post in their donut post, while the gluten-free food blogger could link to the donut post in their flour mix post. Make sense?

How to do it: This is also as simple as emailing a blogger who has a similar audience but who is likely to have slightly different content on their site. Propose writing coordinating posts so that the two of you can link to each other and thus gain exposure.

Group Project

As this article illustrates, sometimes teaming up with others is the best way to create something truly great. You and another blogger—if you live close to one another—can of course create content together. This means working on a project together and both posting the project to your respective blogs. This is a great way for each blogger to give followers an inside look at the blogging world and gain some exposure at the same time.

How to do it: Simply contact a blogger who lives in your area and who you think would be game! Think of a fun project that would work well for the two (or three or four) of you, such as a hosted event, DIY project, new recipe, etc. When posting to your respective blogs, be sure to link to each other, and consider focusing your post on what you had to do with the project. That way, your posts will still be different!


Interview

Know of a blogger who seems to be an expert in a topic that your blog touches on? Interview them!

How to do it: Interviewing another blogger is as easy as e-mailing a proposal for an interview and then following up with a list of interview questions. The blogger will then send back some well-thought-out answers to your questions and, if you’re lucky, some photos to include in your blog post. It makes for easy, relevant content for you, and it helps give that other blogger some exposure.


Support

This one is simple: support other bloggers. It may not necessarily be a form of collaboration between bloggers, but it’s definitely a solid way to strengthen relationships with other bloggers while simultaneously getting your name out there.

How to do it: Supporting other bloggers is simple—just do the things that you would expect followers to do on your own blog. Find bloggers you truly love and jive with, and follow their blogs. Follow their social media pages as well, and leave comments and likes whenever they do something that you just love. Be sure to comment on actual blog posts as well, and hey—if you particularly like something they post, go ahead and mention it on your blog or social media accounts. The blogger will take notice, and that blogger’s followers just might take notice as well.

Let's discuss: Can you think of any other ways that you can collaborate with other bloggers? 

Annmarie John
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  1. these are wonderful tips. I have guested blogged a few times and loved it. i also like the interviewing a blogger idea.

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    1. Guest blogging seems to be one of the more popular ways of collaborating.

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  2. These are all great ideas! One of the unexpected benefits to blogging has been all the awesome blogging friends and contacts that I've made.

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    1. Oh yes that is correct. I've met some great people that I now refer to as friends through blogging.

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  3. We've had some good collaborations, haven't we?? I remember my first guest post. It made me so nervous! Michelle of A Dish of Daily Life. Good times!

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    1. Oh yes we have. I still remember your first guest post here from Des. I still read it and laugh out loud every once in a while.

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  4. Us bloggers got to stick together! Teamwork makes the dreamwoerk. I have met some amazing people through collaborating!

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    1. We surely do need to stick together and I've met some amazing people the same way too.

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  5. This was so helpful! Collaborating with bloggers has definitely been a key component in growing my blog!

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    1. Collaborating has been a key for my success as well and one that I truly recommend.

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  6. Blogger support is such a valuable asset. I'm a part of some groups on FB, where people are always asking questions or post suggestions or inspirations. It's nice to be part of the community with such a collaborative spirit.

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    1. It is rather nice to be part of a community. I'm in a few groups as well and they're awesome!

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  7. These are awesome ideas! I'm working on a few of these myself for the next few months.

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    1. That's great Rachel! I think that they'll work for you.

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  8. I'm knew of guest blogging but the others are new... I will definitely try to add these to my blog growth strategy in the coming months. thanks for sharing...

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    1. You're welcome Kami and I'm glad I was able to share something new with you today.

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  9. I've always loved supporting other bloggers by interacting with them via their blogs and social media. It's wonderful way to connect with like-minded individuals!

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    1. It truly is a great way to do so and I'm like you. I've met some great bloggers this way.

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  10. I love this post because it gives so many wonderful tips! I have been blogging for years but have not really tried collaborating with other bloggers. Your post is encouraging me to! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Why have you never done that Cara? It's a great way to meet new bloggers etc.

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  11. Coordinated posts are my favorite! It still gives me content control with extra exposure!

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    1. That is very true and they are one of my favorites too.

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  12. These are all great ideas!!!! I get a lot of bloggers wanting to do guest post, but I don't know.... I'm too much of a control freak to let other wrote on my site lol....

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    1. I do have a few guest posters on mine but it's not a big issue really. You do control what is being said because usually they will give you a topic and you have publishing rights. You're going to go over it before publishing on my site. That's what I do.

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  13. Guest posting was one of the ways that I collaborated with other bloggers early on. It helped me get my voice out in front of a wider audience and helped me meet some awesome bloggers.

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    1. It's a really great way to get your voice out there that's for sure, especially if you're guest blogging on a bigger platform than you.

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  14. These are all great ideas! Wonderful way to connect and learn about other bloggers as well.

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    1. Thank you Ashleigh and thank you for stopping by.

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  15. I love collabing with other bloggers. Its so nice to be able to get in touch with other like minded people. :) I always try to support my blog pals as much as possible!

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    1. That's awesome Hannah! I try and do the same too!

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