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Seeking Other Garden Bloggers

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on June 25, 2011

I am seeking other garden bloggers to collaborate with.  What, exactly, do I mean by that?  First, we would use the benchmarks discussed by Gail in her post Blogging Collaborations Process: Benchmarking.  These are the normal things such as page views and unique visitors, facebook fans and twitter followers.

After we have a baseline, we work together to improve.  Using our keywords and anchor text, we comment on each other’s posts, when appropriate.  We mention each other’s blog using the same keywords and anchor text, again when appropriate.  As we learn more about blogging, each member of the team shares new things they learned, things that work and things that do not, and just the pleasure of having people who are interested in the same things to run things by.

In other words, this becomes not only a way to improve rankings in the search engines and increase your mailing list, it becomes a support network. Lots of other niche bloggers do this, but garden bloggers are not as prone to for some reason.  Maybe we are just more solitary, but there is strength in numbers.  The ideal group is about five people, but you can end up with many groups of five bloggers that generally work together.

If you are interested in collaborating, send me an email at stephaniesuesansmith@gmail.com with “garden collaboration” in the subject line (so it doesn’t get over looked) and we can talk.  I look forward to meeting you.

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Dorothy Beckmann June 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm

This is a good project to embark on. So far it has always worked on other niche. I think this could be part of the 80/20 rule where 80% of all productivity, yours in this case as well as others will come from the efforts of 20% of all people
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Stephanie Suesan Smith June 27, 2011 at 6:44 am

I hope it will be part of another 80/20 rule — 80% of influence comes from 20% of people, usually ones smart enough to band together.

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Gail Gardner from Niche Blogging June 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Thank you for being a leader in getting gardening bloggers to collaborate with each other. There are SO many benefits. Another that is very important is that you can share income opportunities:

When one of you has a new advertiser you can recommend your collaborators.

If you identify a related affiliate program you can share it with the others. YES, maybe someone will end up buying from them instead of you; however what is even more likely is that when someone sees multiple quality blogs recommending something sales for ALL of you will increase. While you may lose a sale today to one of your collaborators, over time you will all get more sales that more than make up for that!

As you create your own ebooks you will have a built-in promotion engine. Yes, MAYBE someone will buy their ebook instead of yours but what is MORE LIKELY is that they’ll buy both. Do YOU only have ONE book about what you love to do? I doubt that.

Think of all the bloggers you know. What if you knew exactly which posts were most important to them or that they published an ebook that is perfect for your next post or they’re speaking at an event and could use some extra visibility and support? The more you know about each other and what you have going on the more effectively you can use your time and influence for the mutual good of not just the collaborators – of everyone who finds or reads any of your blogs.

Bloggers who are wise enough to collaborate with each other will end up with the lion’s share of the traffic and be able to do greater good. You will grow your lists faster and when you have larger lists you will be able to negotiate special deals to offer your readers – making your blogs even more popular and influential.

I am more than happy to mentor more blogging collaborations groups. Stephanie is already in touch with me live on chat and that can benefit all who join her.
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Stephanie Suesan Smith June 27, 2011 at 6:43 am

Gail is very generous with her time and expertise and anyone joining in a collaboration can access that HUGE resource. Spend your time where it will most benefit you and your readers and join a collaboration. If not with me, then one of your own making. For a small initial investment of extra time and some ongoing maintenance, you get a huge support network and are able to magnify your reach many times over.

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Vernessa Taylor July 21, 2011 at 11:00 am

Hi Stephanie,

It’s wonderful what you are doing here and with other bloggers in your niche. I don’t have a green thumb, but I sure admire those that do!

Also wanted you to know I used a quote from your conversation here in my latest post, “Who Helps You Map Your Path, Grow Your Business?”

Wishing you much success with your collaborative efforts. 🙂
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Stephanie Suesan Smith July 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Thank you for quoting me. I wondered where that extra traffic was coming from all of a sudden. You never know what will happen when you seek out collaborators, do you?

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Vernessa Taylor from Local Business Coach July 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Hi Susan, no you never know! I’m pleased you got a bit of a traffic surge. Maybe some of those readers will become collaborators. Wouldn’t that be nice? 🙂

Thanks for popping over leaving a comment. Really appreciate your input.
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Lisa July 23, 2011 at 7:49 am

Excellent idea for all bloggers pursue in order to succeed.
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Laurie from Is It Down August 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Stephanie –

I am not a garden blogger myself, but I will definitely put the word out that you’re looking for one (or several!) to team up with. I’m sure you’ll find lots of great collaborators soon – especially with the way you’re planting the seeds…. Sorry – couldn’t resist the pun. 😉

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Stephanie Suesan Smith August 2, 2011 at 6:43 am

Thanks. Puns are fun, and I appreciate the good word, too.

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Goa Flowers August 20, 2012 at 4:53 am

So nice to see a lush garden with all the flowers!!! Those Astranias are nice. Your sweet pea vines are amazing though. Enjoy those eggs when they start. Everything looks lovely! Especially love the Glads on the fence!

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