Even though I island hop while circling the globe I know this; no blogger is an island.

Together you can do amazing things.

Blogging Lone Wolves? They die when things get tough.

I struggled horribly to build a successful blog. For like eons. Or for a many years.

Eventually I learned the secret of successful blogging: teamwork makes the dream work.

The simplest way to build a blogging team is through establishing a large, loyal community around your blog.

How it Works

Having a loyal blogging community:

  • Increases your blog traffic
  • Boosts your blogging profits
  • Frees you to have a life away from your laptop
  • Adds credibility to your blog and brand
  • Makes the blogging journey fun

Even when I had a little bit of success online I felt depressed, dejected and deflated as a solo blogger. I had no one to share my success with, right? That sucked. Big time.

As I slowly, steadily and surely built a tight-knit community at Blogging From Paradise I genuinely enjoyed the ride and experienced increasing success.

Win-win scenario here.

Look at Alonzo Pichardo on Youtube.

His Like to Dislike ratio is insanely high, the product of a loyal, loving, massive community he built over a decade.

When you have a tribe, you will do amazing things online.

Follow these tips to build a rocking blogging community.

1: Give What You Want

Come in close, Young Blogging Padawan; give whatever you want to receive.

I am no Blogging Buddha but know the basic rule of success is any niche is to give freely whatever you wish to receive.

Help other bloggers grow their communities by:

  • Commenting genuinely on their blogs
  • Promoting them freely on your blog
  • Promoting them freely on social media
  • Inviting them to guest post on your blog

Do these things to grow their blogging community. Ask for nothing in return.

Something sweet happens; some of these bloggers become your friend, comment on your blog, promote you and ask you to guest post on their blogs.

Said blogging buddies grow your community as they promote you to their large, loyal tribes.

See how nicely this works?

Give freely whatever you wish to receive.

Expect nothing.

Be generous.

Be detached.

Gradually, loyal readers will gravitate to your blog, building your community.

Be patient.

Good things take time.

2: Open Comments on Your Blog

Some blogging prima donna’s have no interest in dirtying their cyber hands with blog comments.

Just buy my stuff and leave me alone, they think.

Not a good look guys. Especially if you want to build a thriving blogging community.

Observe Donna Merrill’s blog:

Donna Merrill Tribe

See how her readers engage in the comments section? Like a big old blogging party, Donna’s community helped her become one of the elite home business mentors, all because she opened comments and responded to comments too.

Which brings us to our next tip.

3: Respond to Comments

Until you go big time with your blog respond to all comments.

Replying to comments – even with 3-4 words – shows you listen to your readers.

Whatever you appreciate, appreciates. This means readers who feel appreciated because you responded to their comments will spread your word, expanding your presence and growing your blogging community.

Take a few minutes each day to read and respond to comments. If you receive 50 to 100 comments a day feel free to read and respond to a few. But reply to as many comments as possible to forge bonds and to build a thriving blogging community.

Bonus Tip: Write About Common Reader Problems

Bloggers get the first 3 tips down cold but never grow large, rabidly loyal tribes because they do a poor job covering topics their readers feel passionate about.

Check out one of my recent posts:

How to Reframe Spending Money on Your Blog

Almost every single blogger I have ever connected with feared spending money on their blog at some time during their blogging careers. Common fear, for sure.

This post resonated with my readers because we all have zany money limiting beliefs that are totally untrue; bloggers are not immune from these false ideas.

If you write about something readers want to learn about, or if you publish posts readers feel passionate about, you can even muck up the first 3 tips and you will grow a loyal community around your blog.

Your Turn

What tips can you add to this list?

How have you built a strong community around your blog?

Or are you struggling to build a blogging community?

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Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging at bloggingfromparadise.com Follow Social Profiles:
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  1. Donna Merrill 3 months ago

    Hi Ryan,

    As always, thank you for the mention my friend. We make our own blogging communities as we spread our wings out to other bloggers. Be it in our niche or not. When we find something interesting, read it and give great feedback in the comment section we are doing our due diligence as bloggers. Furthermore, we need to spread it out on social media for our friends to see.
    As a blogger, we don’t have all the answers, so when our loyal readers depend on us for information here is where we bring in our guests to our blog. Bottom line, give your audience as much information as you can!

    -Donna

  2. Stefan Alexander 3 months ago

    Hi Ryan,

    These are great tips as usual! It’s important to read and respond to comments to grow one’s blog. Not just to connect with your audience, but sometimes they ask really important questions. You can use those to create new blog posts answering these questions and creating more valuable content. It will help with your visibility in the search engine and build your authority as a blogger.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Adrian Crisostomo 2 months ago

    Keeping the comments clean and spam free is a must for bloggers who wants to have a good blogging community. I also see some bloggers who uses tools and plug ins that accumulates all of the persons who commented on his/her blog for the month and gives them a shout-out through a dedicated blog post at the end of the month. Great tips as always Ryan!

  4. Subham Das 2 months ago

    Hi, I am a regular reader of your blog and I found that your blog posts are amazing and very knowledgeable, which helps me a lot. I want to thankful to you for your valuable information.

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