You’ve got a pretty cool blog, right? However, you keep hitting these plateaus and not being able to talk with other bloggers as easily as you would like. What is the deal? Are you snubbing your blog competition?
With more than 20% of the Internet’s websites powered by WordPress alone, and many others hosted on other blog host services or with other content management services, there are a lot of websites that are out there sharing all sorts of information. Each person is trying to gain readers.
Of course, you want your own readers, and there are ways to entice… like writing good content and engaging with others on the social network sites. However, what if the people you are talking to also have topics that you cover on your own site?
Simple – Keep engaging. That is what is awesome about the blogging community. Because each person is different, each person has a different angle on any topic. You can learn and get feedback from your competition.
In fact, maybe you should just get rid of the terminology “blog competition” or “competition” altogether. It really seems like a negative word and for some who are really competitive by nature, you take it really hard when you can’t control the situation.
And you know what, in welcoming your blog competition in a more positive light as more of a peer… it could even prove to fuel your blog’s future posts.
Now, I know that maybe the issue of copying might come up and really, if you are writing your own articles, you should not have to worry about any complaints on plagiarizing. It is pretty easy to see who is just writing to cover a topic, and who is actually interested in what they wrote.
The most important thing is to make sure your blog is not all about you on a podium. Anyone can do that, but what about the people listening? Your peers in your niche can be the biggest help, especially if you are sharing and commenting on their sites. Most of the bloggers who are top in their niche, despite being busy, try their best to take the time and leave a reciprocal comment or return a share on Twitter, Facebook, other social network sites, or social bookmark sites.
When you are friendly and engage, your visitors and competition are more than likely willing to link you too!!! Free link juice is awesome!
Don’t be a blog snob. You will hurt your site more than anything.