Recently, I’ve found many of my fellow bloggers have been asking me about my go-to travel communities for building a following, networking with other creatives, and gaining engagement. The more I think about it (and discuss it), the more I’ve been noticing that there are several favourite communities that I turn to.
In my opinion, joining community threads is the best way to exchange comments and engage with other bloggers, which in turn will get you comments and views on your own blog, connect you with other bloggers and influencers, and provide a safe and informative space to ask questions and voice your concerns about the whole writing process. This helps in getting word about your blog and its amazing content out there in the world. Along with the following list of my 10 favourite blogging groups, I’ve included their current group banners so that you can easily identify them if you decide to search them up via Facebook (but I’ve also added the link to each in the description that I’ve written up on each).
1. Boost Your Blog is my favourite group by far. With daily threads for all areas of social media and blogging, I build my engagement by participating in the various activities the administrators post for members of the group. The blog rules are super simple: your blog must be written in English, have family-friendly content, and not be based on politics (which all makes sense, right?). By joining the threads on any of the topics — which are for blog visits, blog comments, click-throughs, Facebook likes, Facebook comments, increasing your your Facebook reach, Google+, Google search, Instagram likes, Instagram comments, Pinterest repins, Twitter retweets, Stumbleupon, and Youtube video likes, as well as various following threads — you agree to reciprocate with all others on the thread; in doing so, you get to read a lot of amazing blog posts, see great photos, and feel a stronger sense of connection with the blogging community as you explore what these influencers have to offer, while they reciprocate and do the same for you.
2. My second-favourite (but still daily) Facebook group is The Blogging Squad, a place for established blog owners. Bloggers and influencers alike come together here in the form of a support group to share their latest blog and social media posts in daily threads. Members are also allowed to post threads if they need any help, are looking for collaborations, or anything else regarding the assistance of the members in the group.
3. Another great place for tons of daily threads, Blog Support Group has tons of great threads aimed at boosting engagement on your blog and social media (like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+). The purpose of this group is to promote the businesses of all members, and to ensure that no one is bringing anyone else down. It’s made very clear that only positive and uplifting comments are allowed within the group, and this is exactly the environment and community that any blogger and influencer would want to be a part of.
4. The Blogging Engagement Exchange, though not a group I go to daily, does offer some great support for both bloggers and influencers alike. Their group rules are simple: “We are here to support each other with our website posts and our social media platforms.” They only have three rules in order to be a member, requiring that you be supportive (there needs to be 100% reciprocation on the days that you wish to take part in the engagement exchange), be kind to each other, and be an active and involved member of the group. You can use their banner (posted directly above) to gauge which are the best days to visit the group for your blogging needs and thus, which threads to join in for.
5. Growing Social Media for Bloggers is the perfect community for female bloggers (yes, unfortunately this group is for women only) who want to actively participate in a group intended to assist in building their online social media presence. Bloggers and influencers can ask questions and learn from others, and are expected to follow through without being reminded when participating in a thread, treat others kindly, and encourage the members in the community. They have awesome daily threads that assist in building engagement for your online presence.
6. Not exactly my go-to in terms of threads, Blog Life is a great place to just go and drop the link to your latest blog posts without having to reciprocate on a lengthy thread in return. Of course, it’s helpful to comment and interact with other bloggers who have done the same, but it’s not required in the rules of the group to do so. That being said, they do also have the occasional thread (usually for 10 people maximum), and those are always a good thing to participate in, so long as you’re actually willing and able to reciprocate for those within the delegated time frame.
7. And now, the next few blogging groups are for my fellow travel writers and digital nomads. Next Level Travel Blogging is a great place to find collaborations for your own travel posts, meet other travellers, help fellow travel bloggers/influencers, brainstorm post ideas, and gain travel inspiration from other talented writers. With this in mind, this group is not for travel brands who happen to also have a blog, or individuals who happen to write for a company’s travel blog.
8. Travel Bloggers is a sub-group of Cebu Bloggers Society Inc., but any travel bloggers outside the organization can also join (I’m not a member of Cebu, but still love being a part of this travel community). Like the blog above, it’s an incredible place to join with other travellers to see where they’re going around the world. I love reading posts on the incredible places that they’ve visited and using a lot of the tips and tricks found on their posts to plan for my own future adventures. I’d highly recommend checking this group out!
9. Girls LOVE Travel (GLT) is a global community of active and aspiring female travellers who assist in providing resources and empowerment to one another through the safety, socializing, and support of an online community. GLT enthusiastically connects GLTers around the world, turning this engaging and fast growing Facebook community into, as they proudly declare, “an international sisterhood”. With daily Instagram and Snapchat takeovers, you can follow along with GLT members as they show you the world through their travels. They additionally strive to go beyond just technology, with member-driven meet-ups hosted in any of their 100+ global chapters, and their group-organized trips. How cool is that?!
10. Last (but not least), I have my own travel group called Wanderous Affair: A Group for Travellers & Nomads. Put simply, this is a community of people who love to travel. I only have a handful of rules that I ask members to follow, so that engagement and blog/social media growth is authentic and that the community runs smoothly. Following these rules are critical for staying in the group: NO follow for follow, or like for like, as this creates inauthentic growth — only follow accounts that you are genuinely interested in. That being said, when following accounts you come across on this blog, don’t unfollow them afterward. This is unfair to the people in this community, and you wouldn’t want them to do the same to you. Thus, only follow accounts that you actually like the content of.
Also, since Instagram is one of the best way to share and discover photos of new places around the world, I use the weekend as an opportunity for all of us Instagram photographers to share our accounts and photos with the group. This helps with gaining followers and likes from the travel community. To keep the group from being flooded with social media promotion, we only share social media links on the designated post that is up on Saturdays and Sundays.
You can share any travel photos, travel-related blog posts, questions, tips, stories, etc. on the wall at any time! If it’s not travel-related however, please do not post it in this group. I look forward to seeing all of your faces in my feed soon! 🙂
Hopefully these groups help you build a sense of community amongst other bloggers and influencers, and that you notice a significant increase in engagement as a result! Are you a member of any of these groups, and love them as much as I do? Are you a member of any other groups that you’d recommend for building engagement? Let me know your opinions in the comments below!