The wave of vicious army ants proceeded on their murder dirge.
Marching roughshod through the Costa Rican jungles.
Prey became pulverized.
Fearsome-looking scorpions became snacks (Yes, I snapped the image below. And yes, a poor scorpion was being butchered alive beneath the branch).
Wasps were walloped into submission.
I’ve not seen a more impressive, intimidating, insanely commanding presence than the army ant hoard I observed in a remote region on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.
10,000 Is Better than 1
10,000 army ants covered every square inch of the house where we lived. The living mass carpeted some 50 meters in every direction around the hut. No living presence – save the larger mammals and lizards – were safe from the army ant colony.
Because 10,000 ants working together, all gaping jaws and stunning stingers, are an invincible force. Every small insect or creature either ran or hid. No sentient being bothered trying to fight the swarm. Doing so would be madness. Fighters would soon become dinner.
Because 10,000 is better than 1.
The army ants teach you the power of community. 10,000 is better than 1. 10,000 bloggers promoting you beats only you promoting yourself. 40 bloggers promoting you beats only you trying to promote yourself.
I’ve tried to do the promoting bit on my own. I blogged for a chorus of non-engaged crickets. Said collective never seemed to follow my calls to action. I admit; the crickets’ calls were serene yet the clicking critters were poor brand advocates.
Fast forward 6 years. I decided to promote others freely. I joined tribes. Large swarms of engaging bloggers promoted me. My blog traffic jumped pronto. My community grew.
10,000 is better than 1.
If 5 or 10 or 150 or 10,000 fellow bloggers promote you imagine how quickly your blog traffic will increase?
Leverage the stuffing out of your blog.
Join these 3 communities. Promote your fellow bloggers freely. Pick up your jaw (after it hits the floor) as an army ant swarm type of traffic assaults your blog.
1: Just Retweet
Just Retweet is a sweet little community for boosting your social shares and blog traffic.
How it works: sign up and link your twitter account. Scroll down the list to share links on Twitter or to Facebook Like or G Plus 1 posts. Gain credits for each share. Use your credits to share your own tweets.
You choose how many credits to dole out to other users for tweeting, Liking or Plus 1-ing your posts. You also indicate how many times you’d like each post shared.
I find this to be one of the easiest networks I’ve used for both ease of sharing and boosting blog traffic. Razor sharp efficiency here.
2: Viral Content Buzz
Ann Smarty’s Viral Content Bee also offers a “share to get credits and use those credits to get more shares” type system. Sign in with twitter. Share away. Boost your points. Submit updates to share on Twitter, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.
Blog posts are organized in categories. Scroll through the group or groups which catch your fancy. Share. Jack up your point count.
Submit your blog post. Add a colorful little description to jazz up your presentation. Assign however many points you’d like – based on your point total – to the post. Other VCB members will scroll through posts to do their sharing. Your posts get some juice. Watch your blog traffic rise.
Triberr was the creation of Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo before Dino sold the site a few months ago. As a card carrying (not really) Triberr member for years I have to say; the experience hasn’t changed one bit.
Sign in with your twitter account (noting a pattern here?). Search for relevant tribes. Request to join tribes. Or in some cases, tribal chiefs will ask you to join their tribes.
Share like mad. The more you share the more folks care about your blog posts.
Submit your blog RSS feed to Triberr. Your posts will pop up in the tribal feeds as you join more tribes.
Comment on Triberr to stand out from the crowd. Make friends. Grow your blog community.
I wrote a helpful post on how to work Triberr intelligently:
The Only Way these Communities Work Is….
….if you’re a generous tribe mate.
Share other blogger’s posts aggressively. On each platform you can schedule updates to provide your social media buddies and followers with a steady, measured stream of gooey good content.
I’ve found this to be the truth: the more I promote others the more they promote me. Generous people seem to be all over the place on these networks. Folks who appear to be all over the place tend to drive oodles of traffic to their blogs.
Set aside 20 to 30 minutes every day to share posts through each network. On JustRetweet and Viral Content Buzz, boost your credit and point totals to gain more shares for your posts. On Triberr, just share a bunch of content freely to pop up on the radar. Generous Triberr-holics snag a bunch of social shares and blog traffic.
As ye give, so shall ye receive.
Double Bonus Tip
View each community as a big old party. Have fun. Make friends. Form bonds. Shares and blog traffic flow to the sociable community member.
Have you joined these networks?
Do you have any communities to add to this list?