If you are alive in 2016, chances are you know someone that has a blog. Blogging is used by both business and individuals. It is used as a creative outlet and as an income generator. Whether a blogger is doing it purely for fun or to make money, I guarantee you he/she wants some support. Blogging takes time, more time than most people realize. And there’s so much more involved than writing and hitting publish. Though, the writing itself can be pretty time consuming, bloggers also have to research, make visually appealing images and promote their posts (all of which are more involved than you probably care to hear). The promotion part often takes just as much if not more time than putting the post together! All this to say, bloggers want people to read no matter what their reason for blogging. If you have a friend that is a blogger, there are several ways that you can show your support.
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- Click – Don’t have time to actually read your friend’s latest post? It’s fine. Seriously. Every page view counts, so just click the link and stick around long enough for the page to load (and maybe a little more, sing Mary Had a Little Lamb or something). Have you noticed ads on your friend’s blog? If there’s an ad that interests you, click it to find out more. In most cases, simply by clicking you could be helping your friend earn a commission.
- Share – Did you enjoy your friend’s post? Do you know someone else that might enjoy it? Share it! Didn’t get to read it? Pin it for later! Hopefully your friend has share buttons to make it easy for you but if not all you have to do is copy the url and paste into the social media platform of your choice. (You can also text or email it to a friend.) By sharing posts, you are helping to broaden your friend’s reach. Trust me, any blogger would be extremely grateful for the help in getting the word out.
- Comment – If you have a few minutes to spend, make a comment on your friend’s post. What did you like about it? How can you relate? Was there a quote in there that you really like? Commenting will not only encourage your friend but it will help build the blog’s community. People are more apt to comment when they see that others have done so. Go ahead, lead the charge! Also, if your friend works with brands (or would like to) comments will help with those relationships. Brands want to see interaction.
- Follow – I recently had a conversation with two people about my blog within minutes of each other. The first person, an aspiring blogger, immediately asked about my traffic numbers. The second person, a professional blogger, immediately asked me about social media following. Social media is a vital component for blog growth. You can help your friend out by following the blog’s social media platforms. Much like commenting, this helps build community and it helps with brand relationships. The majority of my blog’s brand relationships have come directly from my Instagram account. When you follow your friend, it’s more than just another number – you are also connecting him/her with other potential followers. (Have you ever seen “suggestions”?)
These are all really easy ways that you can support your friend’s blogging endeavors. Of course, you could take it a step further by purchasing products directly from the site or through affiliate links like Amazon. But, by doing any (or all) of the 4 things above you are helping your friend out in a big way… without spending any money!