Blogging Friends – Your Guide To Networking

Every single blog is looking to get more links to their blog and more traffic to their blog. This is where networking comes in to it’s own.

Networking allows you to work together with other blog owners to share their audience with yours and share your audience with theirs, and add a link to each others blog in whatever kind of post you’re collaborating on. It’s beneficial for both you and the person you’re networking with.

This is basically the premise that YouTubers build their audiences on, if you appear in someone else’s videos their audience, if they like you, will subscribe to you too. You’re a friend of the person they already like and they can sample your work before committing, it’s a great soft sell.

You need to be networking with other blogs. It’s probably the most important thing to do for a blog. Networking with other blogs could be anything, here’s a quick list of things you could do to collaborate with other blogs:

  • Syndicated Content
  • Guest Posting
  • Interviews
  • Sponsored posts
  • Engaging With Their Audience
  • Giveaways
  • Roundups
  • Challenges
  • Contests
  • Appearing In Their YouTube Videos Or Podcast
  • Seminars or Webinars
  • Books or eBooks
  • Workshops
  • Newsletters

Now you know what kind of collaboration you want to do with the bloggers you need to find these bloggers to collaborate with. As a disclaimer you will get rejected by 90% of the people you ask. But that 10% will be worth it. The best way of finding bloggers to collaborate with is Google, or lists by other blogs such as ‘Top 100 food bloggers‘ or ‘Top 100 beer blogs‘.

Once you’ve found the bloggers and their contact information send them each a personalised message, don’t just spam them with the same bland email or else your 10% will dwindle to about 2%. Stroke their ego a little, mention a post they published last week, show some passion and explain what you want to do with them. Here’s an example of a good blogger outreach email:

Hi John,

How are you?

I’m writing on behalf of Blogging Friends and I wanted to get in touch to see if you would be interested in a guest post collaboration? I’ve been looking at your blog, I see that you’ve talked about blogging several times already, and think we would be a perfect match.

We would like you to create a post around how to network as a blogger, but we’re open to suggestions!

If this sounds like something you would like to go forward with, let me know. Or, if you have any other ideas!

I look forward to hearing from you,


You can see it’s personalised, it’s mentioned their previous posts, it’s straight to the point, it’s flexible and it opens up the opportunity for further collaborations in the future.

The whole point of this is that you should be networking, collaborating and working with other bloggers to share your audience, improve your ranking on Google and essentially make more money.

The Big List of Free Stock Photos & Images

Every new blog needs images, and what you don’t want to be doing is wasting time trying to find these images on the internet that are royalty free. You want to go to a website search for what you need and it be there. Done and dusted in a few minutes. You could create your own photos and images but that’s time consuming and not advisable if you don’t have a quality camera.

So here’s the big list of free stock photos and images:

Free photo packs:

  • From Free Goodies for Designers: 12345678910.
  • From Graphic Burger: 1234567.
  • From Dribbble: 123456789.
  • From Deal Jumbo: 1, 2345678910.

7 Best Places To Start A Blog For Free

When starting a blog all you want to do is tell the world what you have to say. You don’t want to pay for it, you don’t want any hassle, you want to write and you want them to listen.

We’ve created a list of the best places to blog for free. These places will even help you grow your viewership by connecting you with others by including your blog in a social network style system.

  1. WordPress
  2. Blogger
  3. Medium
  4. Tumblr
  5. Svbtle
  6. Quora
  7. Google+

WordPress is the almighty leader in the world of blogging, most websites are built on the platform and it also offers a free blogging platform too. Start your blog in seconds and choose from multiple different WordPress themes. You can even buy your own domain name to get rid of the extension, considerably cheaper than buying hosting. This platform will truly give you a little piece of internet to call your own.

Blogger is a little older than WordPress and doesn’t have the capabilities to offer such a wide range of designs but it still holds up strong with it’s blogspot domain names and it’s large userbase.

Medium is one of the newer blogging platforms and has seen a surge in traffic recently with many social media experts dubbing it as the next big thing. It’s whole premise is that when you blog people want to see the words and not some fancy theme. Medium strips down your blog to a simple banner, content and author bio. Which is nice since many blogs nowadays look horrific.

Tumblr is the social media equivalent of blogger, it’s known for it’s userbase being a young demographic who are a little edgy or oddball. You’ll find that this platform definitely suits a type of blogger. If you’re a food blogger or mom blogger I’d stay away from Tumblr.

Designed to help you think, Svbtle is exactly that, subtle. It’s a minimalistic designed platform that helps you focus on your writing instead of the pretty bells and whistles on other platforms. I’ve not seen as many blogs with Svbtle so I’d say it’s a little bit of a risk going with this platform.

Quora is known for being the place to ask questions but the company recently released the ability to start blogging on the platform. It looks good in terms of functionality but you won’t have the choice of themes as you would with other platforms. The big selling point of Quora is the distribution method, they sell it as your content will be discoverable and re-discoverable as Quora grows.

Google+ is essentially a social network but it allows long posts, creation of communities and a great way to get in front of your audience. I’d say if you want to be a content curation specialist go with this, if you want to be more social with your blogging go with this. But if you want a ‘proper’ blog, go with something like WordPress, Blogger or Medium

How To Start A Blog

Starting a blog is easy once you know what you’re doing, this blog post will explain the ways to start your own blog and guide you through the process.

How to Start a Blog in Five Steps:

  1. Choose a blogging platform, domain name, and hosting option.
  2. Design your blog using a simple theme.
  3. Modify your blog to get your desired look and feel.
  4. Select the best plugins for your blog.
  5. Write compelling content that adds value to readers.

Choose a blogging platform

WordPress is the most popular blogging platform at the moment. However, you can use blogger, tumblr, Medium, Svbtle, Weebly or even built in blogs to ecommerce websites.

You will then need to decide on your websites name, and then you need to buy the domain name for that website name. There’s many different websites where you can buy domain names, Namecheap, 123-reg,, GoDaddy, the list goes on. I’d recommend Namecheap, their domain names are cheap surprisingly.

Next you will need a hosting option, where you will store all your websites files and upload your blogging platform to. Some of the blogging platforms such as Tumblr, Medium and Weebly won’t require hosting as they already provide this. You can purchase hosting from a variety of companies, in my experience the smaller the company the better. Places you can buy hosting from is, justhost, hostgator, ixwebhosting etc.

Design your blog using a simple theme

Themes are the best thing on the internet if you’re looking to set up your blog. They make it easy to make your blog look good. You can buy premium themes from places like and or you’ll probably be able to find some free themes if you have a google around.

Modify your blog

You can look in to the HTML and CSS of your website to change the look and feel of your website along with moving things about to have the layout the way you want it to look. I’d suggest skipping this step if you’re a beginner.

Select the best plugins

Many of the blogging platforms include plugins, these can be added on to your website to add functionality, or change the look of things. My favourite WordPress plugins include Yoast SEO, Revive old post, Wordfence and bbPress.

Write compelling content

I guess this is the reason you want to start the blog. Try and write good compelling content that people will want to read. Keep the blog length above 300 words and make sure there aren’t any spelling/grammar mistakes. Not only will your readers not like this but Google won’t either!

I hope this helps you plan out your blogging start and will kick start your online fame.