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Be selfish and help someone

Posted by on 11th Sep 2007 | 7 comments

Until today, I had yet to write a series of blog posts or take part in one but when Blogging Tips author Steven Snell emailed me last week about taking part in a series of traffic related posts I was very interested. Steven;s idea was simply, he wanted 5 bloggers to write a post about something specific that has helped increased traffic to their blog.

Steven got the ball rolling yesterday with a great post entitled ‘Driving Search Engine Traffic to a New Blog‘. Tomorrow, Adnan from Blogtrepreneur will be following up this post. On Thursday Tay from Super Blogging Tips will be writing a post and John from SiteFever will finish the series on Friday. I’ll update this post when they publish their articles.

Enjoy :)

Help yourself by helping others

I have spoke about my experience with reviewme and about how much I like StumbleUpon however there is one method I haven’t spoke too much about as yet on Blogging Tips, helping others. Blogging Tips has received a lot of traffic directly and indirectly from bloggers I have helped out.

What did I do to help other bloggers? Well, I’m no Florence Nightingale, I simply did my best to help those who emailed me for support and I offered my assistance in this blog and on some forums too. Most of the questions were related to wordpress or hosting and I was able to resolve most of them very quickly, not because I’m some internet wiz, simply because I had resolved those problems myself in the past.

You might be wondering what this has got to do with traffic to Blogging Tips. Well, the majority of those I helped thanked me in one of their posts. Many of them also linked to posts here at a later date and a few even put Blogging Tips in their blogroll to say thanks. So by taking ten minutes out of my day here and there I was able to get links on dozens of blogs and to this day I still get traffic from a lot of them.

I strongly encourage you all to help fellow bloggers and readers if you are in a position to do so.

Some things to bear in mind :

  • You don’t have to be super experienced to help someone – You don’t need have to be an authority in your genre to be able to help someone. You can help people by just providing good links or pointing them in the right direction. Most bloggers link to the blogs of those who brought something to their attention (ie. give credit where credit is due).

    You can help blog owners by commentating on their posts and recommending their blog to other bloggers.Put simply, you don’t have to have loads of experience in something to be able to help another blogger, every little helps!

  • Don’t just help bloggers – Not everyone who reads blogs has a blog of their own. However, you should still help others through comments and posts etc where you can. Blog readers can be very influential and you’ll find quite quickly that those you help will tell others about your blog on other blogs and forums etc. It pays to be nice! :)

Summary

Helping other people is a great way to form partnerships and get traffic to your blog. If you can help someone with something they have spent hours trying to resolve they will no doubt appreciate your help and do their best to thank you in some way. So remember, be selfish and help someone!

Update

Here is an updated list of all the articles.


Kevin Muldoon is a professional blogger with a love of travel. He writes regularly about topics such as WordPress, Blogging, Productivity and Social Media on his personal blog and provides support to bloggers at Rise Forums. He can also be found on Twitter @KevinMuldoon and .

7 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Tara1 on 11th Sep 2007

    Hi Kevin

    ..and I thought you helped out of the kindness of your heart :wink:

    Seriously though I agree, I think people appreciate help, I get quite a few emails from people asking advice about design, I always do my best to help if I can or refer them to a site that I think they may be able to get help from. Even if they don't link back to your site, chances are they will mention you/your site to their friends and you get extra readers that way too

  • Posted by Adnan on 11th Sep 2007

    Great post Kevin – and I'm definitely of the mindset, that if you give, you'll eventually receive. I always try and help out any readers who ask me questions, because, on top of making you feel good, it also adds an element of a bond between you and the person – which will inevitably mean they will become loyal to your site.

  • Posted by Tay on 11th Sep 2007

    That was one great post, Kevin. Not only is it great to help others but it'll pay off for you too, which you've just proven to us. Thanks and keep it up! :)

  • Posted by Steven Snell on 11th Sep 2007

    Kevin,

    I'm glad to hear that it pays to be nice :smile: Networking is so crucial to blogging that it just makes sense. I can testify that you have helped me out by letting me get some exposure with posts here at Blogging Tips. Thanks!

  • Posted by GnomeyNewt on 11th Sep 2007

    I completely agree with you here and have got a lot of those thank you posts, which I appreciate even though they are not needed. Also I have found just linking to other bloggers eventually a few of them will link back to you. Seems pretty lonely if you don't help out other bloggers, which I think which sets the blogsphere apart from other types of websites. There is a built in community with blogs!

  • Posted by Daniel Primed on 12th Sep 2007

    Yeah, going out of your way for other people really is what blogging is about. Community. ^_^

  • Posted by Reem on 19th Sep 2007

    I definitely agree with you. When you go out of your way to help people, they tend to return the favor. I mean this doesn’t just apply to blogging, but just about anything in life :wink: