#SOPA – Sharing is not Piracy

Need comments and exposure for your blog posts?

Hands in the air - in concertI’m going to revive something I used to run in a slightly different form a few years ago, and I’d be delighted if some of you would join me.

One of the problems lots of us have is getting comments on our blogs, finding blogs to comment on, and generally getting exposure for our blogs.

Blog commenting groups are a great way around this.

How does it work?

  • Each group consists of no more than 8 people, and each person lets the rest of the group know when they have made a new blog post.
  • The group resolves to comment on the other members’ blog posts where possible
  • The group is also asked to Tweet and Facebook any posts that are particular interesting to them (this isn’t obligatory)
  • In theory every blog post should have at least 7 comments on it, but the fact that they are promoted too means that in practice they often have many more

Who’s going to be in it?

Well, I’m going to do as I did before and run multiple groups, some will be loosely themed (eg sites of interest to mums, B2B blogs, retail etc) and some will be just random.

You can be a part of as many or as few groups as you like.

How’s it going to run?

Ideally I’d like to run this using Facebook Groups – we’ll keep each group private so only the members involved can see the relevant info. However, I am aware that not everyone is on Facebook so we could also run it via an email discussion group and / or Skype chats. We’ll work it out as we go along.

I don’t have a blog, can I still take part?

If you’re planning on commenting on the other blogs in the group then yes, but each group will only have one person that doesn’t have a blog.

Can we use the groups to ask for feedback on blogs / blogging ideas?

Yes, it’s as much a support group at times as it is a commenting group

OK, so how much will it cost me?

Nothing. Zero. Nada. It’s something I ran on a networking site I’m no longer involved with years ago, and it worked well – I think it could work well again. Eventually I might turn it into a website, but it will still be free.

I’m interested, sign me up!

OK, in the first instance you need to email me nikkipilk@gmail.com and tell me:

  • Your name
  • The address of your blog
  • Your industry
  • Whether you want to be in the ‘loosely related’ groups, the ‘random’ groups or both
  • Whether you’d rather be part of a Facebook group, an email group, a Skype chat, or you don’t care

That’s it! Please don’t leave your answers on this blog post, as I’ll be sending all emails to Leigh to collate the groups, and it’s easier for us both to keep everything in one place.

Thanks for reading so far and I look forward to helping you to get more and more comments on your blogs, and to us all helping each other out!

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