I’m constantly amazed at the community blogging creates. I was really thinking about it the other day and it’s amazing at the individuals I’m been able to get to know and the joy it’s brought me. I still get big smiles when I get a new blog comment or retweet and I definitely feel like high fiveing (fiving?) someone when I get a new follower. Today I wanted to share a few ways to show thanks for the support bloggers give. Supporting other blogs is such an important part of blogging, even if your support goes unnoticed. It’s good blogging karma, the more love you send out into the blog world, the more you get back.
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Leave a comment on their post.
This is kind of a duh thing to say. Every blogger knows the importance of leaving comments on other blogs. However, sometimes we get in the habit of being backseat readers. I’m 100% guilting of reading a blog religiously and never leaving a comment. Even if you feel leaving your comment will go unnoticed, it’s worth doing.
On the other hand, don’t be that annoying commenter. If you leave a comment, make sure it relates to the post. Just like the content you publish, make sure it has a purpose. Also, don’t leave a link to your blog. Your comment is most likely already connected to your blog and it’s incredibly spammy.
Retweet their post.
Social media is also another obvious way to support a blogger. You can simply retweet one of their tweets or you can take it up a notch. Tweet about it directly from you account. Pin it to Pinterest. Use it in a link roundup post. You establish authority from what you share with the public. Sharing content that supports your brand is a win for both you and the other blogger.
Click on their sponsor ads.
Seriously. Go to a blog right now and click on all the sidebar ads. I can tell you it is stressful to have sidebar ads and nobody clicking them. When bloggers have sponsors they want to send them all the views in the world, but at the end of the day they can’t make you click on them. So go click on them! You’ll be supporting multiple bloggers and maybe finding your new favorite blog crush. (I know I’m not the only one with blog crushes.)
Let them know about any mistakes or typos.
I know. It’s really awkward to send a person you don’t know a “sorry, but you misspelled awkward on your photo” email. I know it’s awkward to receive it too. Yes, I have misspelled awkward on a photo before, it took over two months before someone pointed it out. Facepalm. As bloggers we have a reputation to keep. We want to produce quality content for our readers and we want said readers to believe that we do in fact know how to spell basic english. As long as you’re nice about it, every blogger will be thankful to know something on their blog needs correcting.
Click their affiliate links.
Many bloggers are affiliates to certain companies and get a cut every time someone goes through their link and makes a purchase. Amazon is one of the big affiliate companies bloggers are a part of and they can get commission off anything you buy as long as you went to Amazon through their affiliate link. If you click their link to the camera they bought but end up buying a fridge, they can get a cut of that. Blogging costs money, why not help a blogger make a little money back by clicking through their link for purchases?
What’s your favorite way to support a fellow blogger?