Invitation to the Blogger Buddy Circle

Blogger Buddy Circle Group

Okay, so this isn’t an open invitation to all bloggers.

We’re niche-ing down a bit compared to other blogging growth groups on Facebook. We’re only looking to accept Mommy and Daddy bloggers, Lifestyle bloggers, and Travel bloggers that want to learn and share what they know about blogging for an income.

There are plenty of groups open to affiliate marketers or work from home bloggers but not so many groups open to the types of bloggers we’re seeking out.

I’ve included Travel bloggers because most of them are really lifestyle bloggers that travel and they almost always include categories of interest that are not solely travel related.

So why Lifestyle bloggers?

Lifestyle bloggers are essentially non-niche specific which means they blog about anything that suits their interests and through their unique perspective on life.

This also means that it becomes increasingly difficult to attract a large and loyal audience.  Think about it for a moment; on one day the lifestyle blogger publishes a post about their family vacation to Lake Tahoe and a few days later publishes a post that is a detailed tutorial on how to code an Android app.

Those are nearly polar opposites in topics so the person interested in tips on traveling to Lake Tahoe may have no interest at all in coding any type of app.

Mommy/Daddy bloggers fall into the same situation because it’s hard to define your entire blogging world around parenthood.  These types of blogs eventually become lifestyle blogs where the lifestyle just happens to be through the eyes of parenthood.

Why this Facebook group?

Since I’m only allowing a certain type of blogger to have access to this group, we can all say we’re in the same boat and so it becomes easier to share to our dedicated social networks and to comment and build blogging relationships with each other.

You may be in other blogging related groups that help each other share their content but you’ll notice that these groups, while called a closed group, are open to just about anyone that requests entrance.  This means if you’re a daddy blogger, you’ll be asked to share beauty tips with your dedicated followers.

I do it all the time but it seems and feels awkward as I really have no interest in beauty tips though I know that I’m asking them to share my posts about my Paleo diet lifestyle or my ecourse idea tips.  It’s called reciprocity and is pretty much expected.  You do for me, I do for you, type of situation.

Here too there will be a few weekly threads that require reciprocity but since all of our members will be blogging in a more tightly related scope, it shouldn’t present too much of a problem.

Benefits of joining this group

This group will hold discussions according to the Socratic method of teaching.  This means that everyone involved in the discussion will have the same opportunity to teach as well as to learn.  Nobody is wrong in this type of discussion, at least not for long.

We will discuss how to be better bloggers by learning what our readers want to learn.  We’ll discuss how to use the best SEO practices to make sure our posts get the search engine rankings they deserve and how to improve older posts to move them up in the rankings.

We’ll also discuss how to best monetize our blogs, which affiliate networks work the best and how to use affiliate links in our posts.  Plus, I’ll share knowledge from one of my blogs on the best way to use an ecourse to monetize our blogs.  For instance, you might not know this but even a free ecourse offering can generate an income.  I’ll discuss how this can be achieved.

I’ll be adding tons of resources in the “files” section of the group that any type of blogger will find useful and I’ll allow other members to upload useful files as well. For instance, I have a file there right now that has over 50 sites where you can find free to use and royalty free images.

So, if you are a mom/dad blogger, a lifestyle blogger, or a travel blogger, I am inviting you to join this closed Facebook Group

If you’re a blogger in a different niche then I would suggest searching for Facebook groups that are related to your niche or to more generalized blogging groups to help you share your content.

Thanks for the visit.

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  • Hi Rich this is a great idea. I love the groups I’m currently in, but I’ve been thinking of limiting my involvement because honestly i don’t don’t want to make useless comments. I don’t want useless comments on my blog and it is apparent I am putting way more energy into my reciprocation than some others. I have been blogging for a long time, but it was only last year that I decided to monetize it. Most of my success has come from freelancing (I have 5 bimonthly customers I write for) and I received my first Google Ads payment a couple months ago because they wouldn’t “cut a check” until I had earned $100. I am all for learning more from people who have more to teach and will reciprocate with a similar level of commitment.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Sounds like we really are in the same boat. Most of my income comes from freelance writing clients as well and I’m putting way too much effort, probably in the same group as you, with little to show for. I have been earning steadily from Adsense but that is becuase I have established articles posted on a revenue sharing site called Hubpages, where I’ve been a member for the past 8 years with a couple accounts. My goall for this new group is to help each other establish real, meaningful, blogging relationships so we can then focus on building traffic from outside sources and not just other groupe members.

      • Count me in. I love my blog, but I need to make this happen or make some serious changes. I really have to get on a real workable schedule, now that I plan on working outside of the house too.

  • Emely Roman

    I have the same problem as Stacey. I find that reciprocity in most of these groups is not something that is an obligation. Which is fine. I just started with the blogging thing and I am a lifestyle blogger. This is a very interesting idea and would love know more.

    • e-coursesxyz

      That is one of the problems with groups like that, there is no real loyalty to members from members. Not that all are deserving, its just that there are so many things you need to do that it’s hard to find the time to establish a true blogging relationship.

  • A Pageant Mommy

    Interesting idea, I just requested to join, I am a mommy, more specifically a “pageant mommy” – I write about the postitives of pageanty through my eyes, trying to change the perspective from “Toddlers & Tiara’s” to a “I should look into that, what a benefit to my daughter”.

    • e-coursesxyz

      That’s great, I’ll check it out soon.

  • I will check it out! I’m always keen on Facebook groups that helps bloggers out. I know I have much to learn still.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Sounds great, thanks

  • Stephenie White Gamache

    This is a great way to let people know about your group in detail. I often find the description on the group page is sometimes sparse. I’ll check it out

    • e-coursesxyz

      Yea we’re only allowed limited space with a certain amount of characters so you try to cram everything into a few sentences and lose out on a lot of info.

  • Brandi Kennedy

    Posting this sort of invite to your group was a great idea! I’m not sure I’ll do much there since I’m totally bogged down right now and trying to actually pare down my list of groups – but I did send a join request so that I can at least check it out.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Just approved it but if you find time, I’m sure your experience can help out from time to time plus I’ll be posting lots of goodies in the files section that can help all of us.

      • Brandi Kennedy

        I’ll definitely be looking in. Thanks for making me feel welcome!

  • Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig

    Ooh–can’t wait to check this out. I am really trying to grow my blog and I’ve found that Facebook blogging groups make a huge difference.

    • e-coursesxyz

      They really do but sometimes they get too crowded and people just start avoiding them.

  • Shobika Santhalingam

    This is definitely cool. I’m going to check it out as soon as I can. One thing I want to work on is to grow the numbers on my blog so this would definitely help. Ever since i started the blog, facebook groups have been such a tremendous help for me.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Cool.. my hopes is to help each other find ways to grow our blogs without having to rely on FB groups for the main traffic. I have some ideas that will help.

  • Cindy Nicoletti

    Great article. I can relate because I am a lifestyle all around blogger. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  • Thats such a great idea! Well done for creating such space for us, lifestyle bloggers. 🙂 groups can get veeery overwhelming but I hope going a bit more niche will help our traffic.

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  • Nicole Wi

    This is a perfect idea! I love to read about different subjects and we also write about jewellery, fashion, travel, wedding etc in our blog which doesn’t fit any other niche than lifestyle 🙂

  • I actually love the idea of nicheing down because it can become a bit overwhelming with large groups. And in that same note sometimes I love reading other areas that I normally don’t get exposed to.