How To Widen Your Blog Circle

As a blogger, you probably have met quite a few people. You probably have some regular readers, and maybe interact with the same number of people. Not that they are boring, but after some time, you might find yourself stagnate in your site’s progress. It might be from lack of knowledge in a topic, or perhaps a problem reaching new crowds. I am going to share with you on how to widen your blog circle.

Your blog circle currently consists of the following:

  • Your regular readers and commentators
  • Your subscribers
  • Your social network followers

Within these numbers are a small core of people who you interact with the most. A lot of times these are the people are both influence and learn from you. Often you will find yourself in a niche that is similar or has some overlapping, so some of your articles may be similar. The thing is that you only go to their sites and comment, and they do the same. This is great in some ways, but you forget one thing: there are more people in the world that you could be connecting and learning from (and with.)

Of course, your Internet routine may be different but aside from email, reading news sites, and other things, for bloggers, reading other blogs, commenting, and social networking are also part of that regimen. So, knowing this, if you do the same thing every day, reading the same blogs, commenting on the same blogs, and interacting with the same people on social network sites, you are going to produce nearly the same result every day.

To break out of that, you need to widen your blog circle. In order to do that, you have to connect with people you have not connected before, and read blogs that you have never read before. Of course, this is time consuming, but if you honestly want to break out of blogging doldrums, you really need to liven up some.

Here are some ideas on how you can widen your blog circle:

  • When you read another blog in your own blog circle and leave a comment, check out the other commentators. Visit their sites and comment. It would not hurt to also follow them on social networking sites.
  • Join forums, Communities on Google+, Yahoo! Groups, and Facebook groups that are relevant to your niche.
  • Search on Twitter for hashtag terms or topics that are relevant to your niche and follow people who regularly show up in those results.
  • Make a list of 5 to 10 blogs to visit every week. Visit, leave a comment, and connect. Eventually as you become part of their blog circle, visit those who comment on their site.

If you think about it, while these suggestions involve using time, they certainly do not money. A lot of bloggers are not really rolling in the dough to be shelling out the cash for advertising.

Is your site sitting on a plateau in its traffic? Are you not getting out there and connecting with others?

If you are not having these issues, do you have any suggestions on how to widen one’s blog circle?

Comments

  1. says

    Sound advice Nile, getting followers is a tough task for many – I do read many hashtags on twitter to find articles that interest me as well.

  2. says

    Thanks for the tips Nile, I often visit sites and blogs and comment on it, but I seldom do check sites of other commenters since I’ve read it here I’ll follow your advice.

  3. says

    It’s super important to build relationships with other people to widen your circle. I see a lot of people giving up after so long because their blog doesn’t do anything. It takes time to build relationships and establish that communication that comes from friendship.

  4. says

    Great tips Niles. I’ve met a LOT of new people through LinkedIn groups. It took me awhile to find the right groups – because many of them offer little in the way of interaction. But there are some that are very collaborative in nature and I’ve gone on to connect with members through out blogs and other social media platforms. I must confess, I’m not a fan of FB and use it less and less all the time. In fact not that long ago I set up a new FB page, and now I’m considering deleting it in favor of setting up a Google Community because it’s such a struggle to make myself spend time on FB.

  5. says

    Nile,

    You must have been reading my mind when you wrote this post. I was thinking the exact same thing!!! Great minds think alike I guess LOL.

    I have been reaching out to more and more sites these days to try freshen up my day. I was finding myself reading more and more of “the same stuff” on the collection of blogs I was visiting and it does get a bit old after a while.

    As a result my commenting was getting repetitive. Heck for some content I could have probably gotten away with copy/paste.

  6. says

    Hi Nile! My suggestion: try everything you can! LinkedIn works for some, Facebook for others – some people love the new myspace. There’s a lot of “low-hanging fruit” out there!

    PS- I always enjoy your articles, Nile!

  7. says

    Thanks for the suggestion Nile, I’m fairly new to the blogging industry and getting traffic is one of my biggest concerns right now. I need to network more with other bloggers it seems, thank you again for the tips!

  8. says

    Hello Nile,
    I agree with all your points but i like some points i.e. Join forums and Communities on Google+ (communities are the latest feature of Google+, it is in the news so i would like to prefer it first).
    commenting on the others blog is helpful in building the Circle :)
    thanks for sharing

  9. says

    Hey Nile,

    Great suggestions. I definitely think Google+ is best to connect for webmasters and I will definitely be making a list of blogs to comment and track. I think I should make your blog my first as I’m new here :-)

    Thanks!

    Chad

  10. says

    Good tips, Nile, and you’re right – sometimes the same people do read and comment over and over, which is GREAT, but it’s also good to grow your audience and bring in more people. I join a lot of groups so I can connect with different people. And checking out the blogs of other commenters is a great idea! You can meet new people and also find some great content that way.

  11. says

    Thanks for the advice Nile, I have not yet reach a plateau in my traffic building because I’ve only just started blogging and in fact, I’ve only just starting to see traffic increase to my blog. I will surely come back to this post though once I’ve reached a max of where I’m at :)

  12. says

    Hi
    I actually don’t know how I have done it and I don’t target keywords etc. I launched my blog on 24th August 2011 and in its first full year (2012) I had over 115k visitors and 290k page views and for December I had over 13k visitors, which was a new monthly traffic record.

    I have about 150 FB friends, about 20 followers on Twitter and about 190 LinkedIn connections. I used to comment on other people’s blogs, but don’t do that much anymore and I don’t do guest posts. My blog articulates Life issues to provide solutions using my experiences…

  13. says

    Hey Nile,

    So true, but the bigger the network the better. I use a lot of social media, participate on blog challenges, blog syndication, ect. I am always looking for new bloggers. I also do look at other blogs comments and if I have some of value I always leave a quality comment.

    A lot of times I just go through SEOmoz and check out my comps backlink profile. Populate a huge list and branch out from sites linking to them as well. Also, when I guest post I usually meet about 5-10 people and add them to my circle.

  14. says

    Social media is definitely the way to go especially G+. Nile, I really like the enlarging the blogger circle part. There is so much to be done and sometimes I get over whelmed but I guess we just need to take it one day at a time.

    The ups and downs of traffic play up on my mind but then again I have realized that slow and steady wins the SEO game.

  15. says

    Thanks for such a great article Nile – I find that generally networking across all social media platforms and relevant forums tends to do the trick.

  16. says

    Nile, no-doubt these points and tips are very awesome and effective to widen blog circle. The most effective source is social media and blogging. Social media sites are very fast and widest source to enhance our online visibility and to get traffic. But there is more need to work on blogging and to build relations with bloggers because these relations can make your successful in very short time.

  17. says

    Enlightening share Nile.
    I have just dived into the small business world and i am on a lookout for advice to entice readers and build up a loyal audience. I have gained lot of insight from your share.Thanks.

  18. says

    Beautiful article and fantastic blog topics you have here Nile.
    I do agree with your article about WIDEN THE BLOG NICHE, as an long experience in the internet, i must say that you have covered all the important things.

    Thank you.

  19. says

    i have a list of blogs and i visit them regularly and i always leave my comments there. this creates a relation between the admin and its readers. it helps in building audience and the reader gains some knowledge. but there are many benefits of this. thanks for sharing this post

  20. says

    This is really cool. I couldn’t do the ‘control f’ thing though, don’t know if it’s because i’m on a mac? i just scrolled through until i found the right spot. looks great on the blog so far, thanks a bunch!

  21. says

    Hello,
    Great tips Niles. I’ve met a LOT of new people through LinkedIn groups. It took me awhile to find the right groups – because many of them offer little in the way of interaction. But there are some that are very collaborative in nature and I’ve gone on to connect with members through out blogs and other social media platforms.
    Thank you

  22. says

    Nile,
    thanks so much for your blog post in this topic… I am not into blogging as much as you are and not sure if I can call my self a “Blogger” but as you know I have been writing my blog for a bout 7-8 months now… I think :-) During these times, I learned so much from you, and other member as your self… and now, either because I got some more confidence or experience or ego… (probably is the ego mostly:-) I sensed that it is time to widen the circle. Your blog post could not be more on time… because just two days a go, I was talking with my coach and we mentioned this fact.

    I will take your advice and slowly will learn how to widen the circle and some how will learn along the way what is best…
    Thanks so much again.
    nickc

  23. says

    Hi NIle,

    Very informative post. I think most bloggers fail to extend their circle because they don’t dedicate a specific amount of time for such activities. All of the tips you have mentioned above are now inevitable because blogging and blog promotion are directly related to active interaction with people. Without active participation from real people, one can’t succeed as a blogger. Thanks for sharing this article.

    Diana

  24. says

    Hi Nile,

    It’s easy to get comfortable within your own circle. I’ve been working on a strategy to break out and network more with new people. I think your #1 suggestion would be the easiest for me. “When you read another blog in your own blog circle and leave a comment, check out the other commentators. Visit their sites and comment. It would not hurt to also follow them on social networking sites.” That will take extra time, but since I’m already syndicating, I like the fact these new people are connected to my blog circle, and I can meet now people. Thanks Nile!

    Raena Lynn

  25. says

    I love connecting with people business wise but when it comes to personal relationships I like to keep my circle small. I know who I can trust and who I love to be with. With so little time outside of family and work I like to have strong and valuable friendships.

  26. says

    Great tips Nile. These are ‘Easy to do’ steps to widen blog circle.
    Also if we are new to commenting going through others comments and following the steps you mentioned will also help to get them better. Thanks for the share.

  27. says

    I definitely agree with this sentence “Join forums, Communities on Google+, Yahoo! Groups, and Facebook groups that are relevant to your niche.” because it is one of the best ways to increase widen customer base. You must take advantage of the millions of users it has in order for you to get some clients.

  28. says

    Very informative and useful blog! Thanks a lot for sharing such an useful information about blogging and to get more traffic ways. I am a new blogger, like to write blogs on different topics and the information given by you is very useful for me to achieve my desired goals.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Keep writing and motivating us.

  29. says

    This is really cool. I couldn’t do the ‘control f’ thing though, don’t know if it’s because i’m on a mac? i just scrolled through until i found the right spot. looks great on the blog so far, Thanks for share it.

  30. says

    After subscribing to a few blogs, I’ve been visiting them in a weekly basis for almost a year. Only recently, someone shared a list of about 300 blogs. That’s when I started to look at other bloggers.

    Do you suggest to go the width manner (quantity) on visiting bloggers or go depth (quality)?

  31. says

    Reasonable tips that seem truly helpful. Thank you very much for sharing your ideas that I believe are based on your experience. It’s really nice of your to disclose the secrets of your success.

  32. says

    I have to say that yours is the first blog I have come across without passing through Google+ that actually mentions that particular social platform. Why are so many people ignoring Google+ when it is alleged to be the second largest network in the world now ahead of Twitter?

  33. says

    Hi Nile,
    great post about why and how to widen our blog circle.

    Your suggestion to comment on blogs from people who commented on those of you circle is very valuable.

    Through the Bizz Blogging Buzz community I have found that I comment on a variety of blogs. Tweeting other people posts has also brought new visitors to my blog who left a comment, and on it goes.

    Thank you for sharing this.
    Cheers
    Yorinda

  34. says

    Hey! Thanks for the great tips- gathering more readers is something very important for me too- I have tried to improve my networking presence but I do not always get great results- I gain more if I write some “catchy” articles and try to involve my readers in a closer debate- I liked your idea with connecting closer with 10 something blogs in your niche!

  35. says

    I think sharing other blogger content on social media can build a strong relation with them. We should all do respect when you find a great content and enjoy you alot. Thanks for remind me again:)

  36. says

    Thanks for your awesome tips,actually i think we should focused on SEO because organic traffic is the most important and reliable source of traffic. and as much as visitors you have the more they will be shifted to readers.

  37. says

    THis is such an important article, because the truth is that we bloggers do tend to buy from one another. If something we do works, we share, and if we have built up enough credibility over time, we most certainly do sell from our blog. Having a wide circle of influence matters a great deal. I am connected to a lot of bloggers, just like you are…and I’m sharing this on my wall. Thanks, Nile!!

  38. says

    I have started realizing that extending the blog circle is the only way that you can generate buzz about your blog. Sure, if you write good content, you can run a blog that makes money. But if you want your blog to be popular one needs to invest time in building a big social circle who love your site and you! Thanks for the great post!

    • says

      Yes Vivek .Being popular, one needs to invest time in building a big social circle who love your site and you.This is the lesson We should take after reading this post.Thanks for Nile for this great post.

  39. says

    How timely is this! I’m just recently getting back into my blogging routine and connecting with other bloggers, so your tips about widening my circle couldn’t have come at a better time. I especially liked the one about connecting with other commenters on blogs that I visit frequently. That makes it so easy to meet other bloggers who obviously share similar interests. Thanks for this great advice!

    Dena Lynn

  40. says

    Hi Nile!

    Very good and interesting advice! It’s certainly not rocket science – you just have to think a little outside to the box sometimes and other times – take a little time to get to know folks.

    ~Robin~

  41. says

    Hi Nile… definitely facing the traffic plateau problem you mention in your post. The blogger community in South Africa is quite small though so have decided to try marketing our recent posts on Facebook instead… hopefully that helps with increasing comments and traffic.

    Will definitely try out Google+ too – we have the widget on the site but haven’t focused much on growing the blogging circle using it.

  42. says

    Hi Nile,
    What you’re referring to is what I call “blog incest” and you are right. I basically take advantage of my comments (I have commentluv) and check out other sites that I use to get exposure, as well my guest posts. There are so many blogs out there that it pays to widen your circle of influence. Great post

  43. says

    Hi Nile,

    I wrote a couple of scripts take out the best postings in the rss feeds I am subscribed on. With a predefined set of keywords the scripts looks if there are post in the rss feeds that stands out for me.

    This way, I save some time to get posts that are most likely relevant for me.

  44. Lee says

    Hi Nile
    Getting to a wider audience is all of ours goal my site is slowly growing and my views are slowly going up. Therefore my audience is increasing and I a seeing more returning traffic. What I need now is a good social media strategy and go for it to increase awareness that way.

    So for great advice thanks lee

  45. says

    Well I guess you have already nailed everything here on your post. As Wonkie said, blogger community in South Africa is quite small so I decided to engage doing some interactions with other blogger through visiting blogs by blogs though not as active as they are. Anyway, I just want to ask if getting involve in social media exchange sites such as youlikehits, addmefast etc to get more followers or plus is a good idea?

  46. says

    nice article Nile,
    most important, and valid way to widen your blog circle is to write guest post in different blogs and commenting.
    sometimes social activities also helps, because most of the bloggers from the blogosphere are in social n/w sites and they love to interact with other bloggers.
    you”ve given very nice points Nile, thanks :)

  47. says

    I too agree with you. Bloggers must use social networking sites and IMbots to increase the audience circle. The commenting on other sites also can promote the posts. You have said in right manner. I am also looking forward to more posts from you. Thank you…….

  48. says

    Thanks for the tips Nile, I often visit sites and blogs and comment on it, but I seldom do check sites of other commenters since I’ve read it here I’ll follow your advice.

  49. says

    Thanks a lot for the suggestion Nile, I’m fairly new to the blogging industry and getting traffic is one of my biggest concerns right now.

  50. says

    Thanks for the nice tips Nile, getting followers is a tough task for many – I do read many hashtags on twitter to find articles that interest me as well.

  51. says

    Hello Nile
    Ya you are right.In other words blogging is all about the process m,of interaction with other people.Getting engaged with same people always is not all about blogging.Visiting to other commentators site is a awesome idea for widening blog circle.Thanks for these nice tips.

  52. says

    hey Nile
    yeah it is true for a blogger to have a great social network .
    to widen this make more and more back links. back links play a important role in blogging. :-)
    thanks!!

  53. says

    very good points Nile.
    I just realize that my circle of influence although it is growing can still grow more.
    I love the idea of commenting on posts of other friends and other blogs that are in our niche- I have been
    knowing this and kind of forgetting this strategy.
    Thanks Nile!

  54. says

    Few days ago I have read that with promoting your business it is nothing. And without high quality content you can’t do anything if you promote it. So both are important factors.

  55. says

    Hey Nile,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing this post with us. I really enjoyed this post while reading and Yes, social networking sites really helps in making good relations with other bloggers and also helps in promoting our blog. Commenting on other blog and guest posting is also a good way for promoting.

  56. says

    Hi, Nile! Thanks for the great ideas here. I like your ideas! LinkedIn groups have been one way I’ve expanded my circle. But I like to be as consistent as possible when adding new people to my circle, so that I can build relationships over time. I also love your idea of visiting the commentators from blogs we regularly comment on.

  57. says

    old but very useful post.
    Wasn’t knowing anything beside back-linking. Really communities play a vry important role in shaping ur site n providing a very huge traffic
    Very good post, keep sharing!!!

  58. says

    As a relative newbie to blogging- this is probably one of the most sticky issues for me – increasing readership, engagement, loyalty and getting people to take the next step – and using the blog as a networking tool is what works best! Great and informative article as ever, thanks Nile!

  59. says

    Thank you for posting such great suggestion around building the blogging network. I am a new entrant and have read a few of your posts and they are really helpful for someone whose just started blogging.

  60. says

    HI Nile
    Thanks for this valuable share..
    Like you said read ones views on blog and leave their your comments,I always found this very useful…
    Also selecting 6 or 7 blogs and giving there our reviews is better option…
    blogging is always done according to the readers interest bcg it boosts your social interection…

  61. Lisa says

    Branching out and increasing your circle is the key to increasing traffic as well as increasing your online presence which has a direct impact upon your relevancy. The more relevant the greater the presence and the greater the circle with the highest amount of traffic. All of your points are spot on, thought out, and very useful. Thank you for sharing!

  62. says

    Blog traffic is what each and every blogger strives for, but indeed, gaining the traffic for a blog is not like a walk in the park. It has its own set of hassles and troubles. By growing network with the other bloggers, some of the problems can indeed be cured. Thanks for the wise tip.

  63. says

    For bringing traffic to your blog you need to break from your existing circle and expand to wider circle of network that are relevant to your niche. This would help you enrich your content as well as allow memebrs of the network to access your blog. Great share.

  64. says

    I think in addition to widening your circle – it’s important to speak your mind and let who you are come through. A little controversy doesn’t hurt to get the conversation going.

  65. says

    Thanks. Having a list of blogs to visit every week is very important in that way bloggers can meet knew bloggers and eventually they will become followers. Aside from getting followers I think having a wide blog circle can also help bloggers learn about other events not related to latter’s niche.

    • says

      Hi Matt! Definitely… I am hoping to be more diligent in widening my own blog circle. It never hurts to meet new people. :D

  66. says

    i never knew about most of this blogging stuff,since i have took my time to read most blogs i am happy to say i might get on better with my own blog now.

  67. says

    These are wonderful suggestions, Nile.
    I’ve worked with many novice bloggers who just don’t know how to begin attracting readers and visitors. I usually tell them to join a tribe or blogging community, and I know that’s a good suggestion.
    One of the problems, though, is that in blogging communities, you’re not always cross syndicating with people in your niche. The suggestions you’ve give here lend to a much more targeted approach. I really appreciate your wise advice here. I’ll pass it on as if it’s mine… lol.

  68. says

    Hi Nile,

    Awww…you are giving out a lot of valuable information on your blog.
    I agree that it is worth spending the time to visit many blogs a week. I am currently planning to read and comment at least 2 blogs a day from various groups and that doesn’t really matter to me if they are from different niche. There is always something to learn from everyone’s blog. Driving different traffic to the blog can be challenging but it is worth the time and effort invested !

    Cheers
    Pearly Quah

  69. says

    Building relationship with fellow bloggers in the similar niche, will certainly widen our circle as well as help in getting natural backlinks. And yeah, frequent dicussion with blog readers, make then convert into subscribers.

  70. says

    Building relationship with fellow bloggers in the similar niche, will certainly widen our circle as well as help in getting natural backlinks. And yeah, frequent dicussion with blog readers, make then convert into subscribers.

  71. says

    Nile,
    Thanks for the wonderful tips, as you know, I often visit sites other blogs and comment on them, but I usually do not check other comments or commenters, but as you mentioned here, perhaps I should haha :-)
    Thanks so much for your great advice as always…
    _nickc

  72. says

    Nile,

    Wow – 110 comments and still growing. You are certainly doing something right. Thanks for sharing your ideas about how to expand my blogging circles. I don’t often reach out at forums, etc.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica

  73. says

    Honestly speaking, just loved your post. And not only that but the whole look of your blog. We are also facing the issue of stagnant followers base. Unfortunately, as we believe in genuine followers, we don’t use spammy techniques of making more followers. We would love if you pay a visit to our blog and start a professional relationship with us. Meanwhile, consider your posts shared and liked on all our social media outlets.

  74. says

    Nile, Thanks for the tips.I generally use Twitter to find Bloggers in my niche and try to engage with them as well.We cannot underestimate the power of forming a Tribe or Blog circle.

  75. says

    You certainly have to “make” things happen if you want to make connections online with others, if you want people to visit your blog.. you have to interact. Once you start getting out there people will respond and can change everything. But if you sit back and do nothing – that’s just what WILL happen – nothing. Thanks for reinforcing the message …

  76. says

    Hello Nile, I would like to say it First ” Your Blog Design is very Cool” You have designed a very nice background and the signup box just stays with us when scrolling down. I liked it.
    To grow blog circle personal relation is very important , following each other and commenting on regular basis can help to grow it. The important point you shared here and i liked the most is ” Checking the other commentators on blogs” this will surely help to discover new bloggers. thanks suraj

  77. says

    Thanks Nile for the suggestions. I always spend time on social networks to widen my blog network, and try to engage with more and more readers to help them. Many times it helped me in reaching more audience using my knowledge in the open forums around the internet.

  78. john cuttsrta says

    I liked it.
    To grow blog circle personal relation is very important , following each other and commenting on regular basis can help to grow it.

  79. says

    Actually i want to increase my blog circle hugely but i can not find any way for widening. Now this tips for widening the blog circle is really helpful for me. Thanks for this.

  80. says

    Hi Nile. These are great suggestions. I was feeling a couple of months ago that I was getting kind of ‘stale’ and that I needed to spread out a little bit. I have a hard time keeping up with forums, but I’ve selected a few Facebook groups to focus on, plus I’m looking for new blogs to comment on. I will try some of your other suggestions. Even trying one new thing a week would keep one moving forward.

    Thanks for a great post, as usual.

    All the best,
    Leslie

  81. says

    This is really great stuff Nile. Honestly, I had been having that same problem you spoke of about talking/interacting with the same group of people. Thanks for the informative post.

  82. says

    To grow blog circle personal relation is very important , following each other and commenting on regular basis can help to grow it. The important point you shared here and i liked the most is ” Checking the other commentators on blogs” this will surely help to discover new bloggers. thanks roxytim

  83. says

    It’s super important to build relationships with other people to widen your circle. I see a lot of people giving up after so long because their blog doesn’t do anything. It takes time to build relationships and establish that communication that comes from friendship.

    • says

      Well, as I always say, building Friend Circle is not that much easy. And today you share really nice and effective points which will help one to increase their social circle. Thanks Nile for this really nice post!

  84. says

    I always have faith in word of mouth and organic results. these alone can bring so much and wide your audience in an exponential way. of course you can’t stay like a mummy in front of the monitor, you have to be active and writing, meeting, commenting, these are all good things.

  85. says

    I am using Twitter and Google +, but they both seem to be saturated with, “come visit my blog/site,” posts. Still learning and tweaking, and hoping for the better results!

    • says

      Hi Charlie! You’ve got to go and look more into finding other people to follow if you are not satisfied with those you currently have.

  86. says

    During my free time, beside updating my poor blog (huhu..i just a new blogger), i am always do blogwalking and leave a comment on the blog or article that i think help me most. Such as thanks to them or share my opinion. I am not stick on the same blog, so..here i definitely agree with your writing.

  87. says

    hi thanks for this article I have a hard time keeping up with forums, but I’ve selected a few Facebook groups to focus on, plus I’m looking for new blogs to comment on. I will try some of your other suggestion

  88. says

    Great article! I’ve been trying to find groups who exchange blog comments and am having trouble finding people in a niche even remotely similar to mine. Do you have any ideas on that?

  89. says

    Blogging is All about building authority and Widening your circle and gaining new readers.I think Widening your blog circle is very important and It must be our first goal from the very first day of starting our blog.

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