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How to Do Blogger Outreach in Facebook Groups

facebook groupsA year ago, I learned about the awesome power of Facebook groups.

I went to a conference called Pioneer Nation in Portland, Oregon. It had a private Facebook group where conference attendees could connect before and after the conference.

A week or so after the conference, I noticed a post where a guy named Josh was asking for feedback on his website. I responded with a couple of suggestions, and asked if I could interview him for my blog.

We ended up talking for 2 hours. Now, a year later, I still talk to him every single week. We share our business goals and struggles and keep each other motivated. I am not sure if I would still be blogging if it weren’t for his constant support.

Facebook groups can, and often do, lead to real relationships that keep you blogging even when it gets hard, give you great post ideas that people are dying to read, and provide opportunities for you to expand your audience and your reach.

You just have to approach them in the right way. Which means:

  1. Choosing groups where “your people” hang out.
  2. Showing up to the same groups consistently so people get to know you.
  3. Only promoting yourself when it’s requested.
  4. Being helpful as much as possible.
  5. Being willing to get vulnerable and ask for support.

Once you learn to do those 5 things, the magical Facebook group doors will open and lead to great things for your blog.

1. Get support on your blogging journey

Let’s face it. Blogging can be a lonely process, especially in the beginning. Often it feels like you’re putting yourself out there without knowing if anyone will even see what you’ve written.

That’s where Facebook groups can feel like a lifeline.

You need people in your life that really “get” what blogging is all about. People who can walk the blogging path alongside you. And Facebook groups are a great place to find them.

You can use Facebook groups to:

  1. Get feedback on your posts and build confidence.
  2. Brainstorm headlines that really work.
  3. Ask technical questions about your blog.
  4. Share struggles you’re having and get support.
  5. Ask for comments on your blog.
    …and so much more.

I don’t know about you, but it’s MUCH easier for me to keep blogging when I know there are loads of people out there who will support me when I need it most.

NOTE: There is a platform is created to give bloggers and others in our field easy access and a good overview of what type of Fb groups are out there and how beneficial could they truly be for their blog by looking at the group’s engagement score. It's FaceGroupie.com

2. Find great post ideas and connect with potential blog audience members.

The best blog post ideas come from listening to what people want to read about. And Facebook groups are a perfect place to find out what people really care about.

Here are a few ways you can use Facebook groups to get post ideas:

Ask people what they’re excited about/struggling with that is related to your blog topic.

Even if you only get a few responses, you will know what people really want to read about. And it may even lead to a discussion where you can build relationships and show your expertise.

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Pay attention to discussions started by other people in your groups.

When someone asks a question about a topic that your blog covers, copy and paste it into a note in Evernote. That way you’ll always have something to refer to when you feel stuck on what to blog about. Then go back and respond to their question with some helpful suggestions. You can even direct them to a post you’ve written (if it feels appropriate).

Do a search within groups for keywords related to your blog topic, or read through old comments from the past few days/weeks to see if anyone mentioned something that you can write about on your blog.

Getting blog post ideas from Facebook groups is WAY better than coming up with them on your own, because you already know that someone cares about the topic!

2. Build relationships with other bloggers that lead to opportunities for greater exposure for your blog.

Facebook groups aren’t just great for getting post ideas - they can also lead to opportunities to grow your blog. Here are a few of the ways you can make that happen:

Blog post promotion days that lead to long-term relationships.

Many Facebook groups have blog sharing days when you can post a link to your blog post so that other people can comment on or share your post.

It’s nice when other bloggers share your stuff, but the real magic of these blog sharing days is that they give you an opportunity to support other bloggers and build relationships.

When you share other bloggers’ posts week after week, and they do the same for you, something amazing happens: you actually become friends. And that leads to great opportunities, like collaborating on blog posts, webinars, etc.

Getting guest posting and interview opportunities.

Many bloggers actively seek out guest posters and people to interview. And they do it in Facebook groups, because they know that other bloggers hang out there. Keep your eyes peeled for those types of posts.

You can also be proactive and write your own post letting people know that you are looking for guest posting opportunities. A good format for this is, “Hi, I am loving this group! I write about ______ and am looking for opportunities to guest post on blogs about _____. Let me know if you’re interested!”

Getting your blog listed in link roundups.

Many bloggers publish monthly link roundups of blog posts they’ve loved that month. A great way of getting featured in these lists is by connecting with other bloggers on Facebook groups. I’ve been featured in a number of link roundups without even having to ask, because my blogger friends wanted to support me and liked my posts.

So, are you convinced of the awesome power of Facebook groups? They can provide emotional and technical support, help you come up with great blog post ideas, and expand your blogging reach as well.

Jump in and join a few groups today!

Daniela Uslan is a blogging strategist who helps business owners blog with clarity, confidence and focus. Check out her blog for more blogging tips or connect with her on Twitter.

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55 comments on “How to Do Blogger Outreach in Facebook Groups”

  1. What a great article, packed with information on exactly what to do. You are always so generous with your info.

    1. Thanks, Amy, for your comment!

      I get the best guest bloggers - Daniela is a writing coach and has a great website you should check out.
      Sue

      1. Amy I'm glad you found it helpful! Sue, thanks for the shout out, and thanks for having me as a guest on your blog!

  2. Facebook is not only social media king but also a great friend to online marketers. Facebook pages and groups are the easy and best way to reach the audience and gain more followers. Thank you for sharing helpful information about facebook groups

    1. Hi, Gaurav,

      Facebook group are more imporant now that organic reach has dropped. Thanks for commenting today of Daniela's aricle.
      Sue

    2. Gaurav,

      You are right! Facebook is a great friend, and can help you meet great friends as well. Thanks for your comment!

      Daniela

  3. I couldn't agree more, very informative article, I share most of my posts in Facebook groups and 50% of my traffic are from the groups 🙂

    1. Hi, Hema,

      That's so interesting about FB being such a traffic driver for you. As a food blogger for kids, that makes sense. I get a lot of traffic from Twitter and Pinterest.

      Thanks for commenting,
      Sue

    2. Hi Hemapriya,

      That's great! It sounds like you're already using some of these strategies! Good for you. Thanks for leaving a comment!

      Daniela

  4. I am impressed with the tactics written in this article and now I am going to implement these for my blogs to get the maximum output from the Facebook Groups.Thanks for sharing this with the community of bloggers and now I am very happy to subscribe the email list of your blog.

    Mohinder Paul Verma

    1. Hi Mohinder,

      Thanks for your comment! I am glad you're going to implement some of the strategies, because implementation is the KEY step to success!

      Daniela

  5. Hi Daniela,

    Welcome to Sue's blog 😉

    I used to be very active on some groups but it became clear to me that almost everyone posted links and few were really ready to engage so I stopped.

    Well, I'll have to go back and maybe take some time to sort out useful groups that drive results. You brought out some great tips here. If everyone pays attention to what others share, there are going to be great results.

    Once more, welcome here. I'm off to your blog too 😉

    1. Hi, Enstine,

      Like all social media, it's "who do you hang out with". I agree with you - some groups are all about them. But there are a few I know of that I have to try these ideas.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!
      Sue

    2. Thanks, Enstine!

      You bring up a great point - many Facebook groups are just a bunch of people posting links to their websites or blogs, so you have to do a little bit of digging to find ones that are actually great communities. I usually try to find ones that have conversation threads where people are actively engaged, and that have rules to only promote on certain days. Let me know what you're looking for in a group and I may be able to give you some suggestions for ones to join!

  6. Hey Sue This is Great to do Blogger Outreach Easily and even i am also Using Some of those Method and they works really well.

    Thanks.

      1. Hi Raza!

        I am glad you're using these methods effectively already! Thanks for your comment!

        Daniela

  7. Hi Daniela and Sue,

    It's true, FB groups are very helpful, but I made a decision last year to get off of FB. It was a distraction for me.

    I had joined like 10-15 great and useful groups (and many more, later) from a list post by Alexis Grant. That was when I came to know Fb groups could be helpful.

    Though I won't go back to FB, I'll share this post on other networks. Thanks for the post.

    1. I don't like FB also but after reading Daniela's post, I'm starting to see the light!

      Thanks for your comment, Raspal!
      Sue

    2. Hi Raspal,

      I totally agree that FB can be SUCH a time suck! However, it's totally worth it for me. Thanks for sharing on other social media!

  8. Hello Sue

    Thank you for this great article. It sure can be a lonely road to blog, especially in the begining so your words really help.

    IVMOATS

    1. Hi, Samir,

      Daniela has a great way to find bloggers for outreach.

      Thanks for your comment!
      Sue

    2. Hi Samir,

      You are so right that blogging can be very lonely. It's really great knowing that other bloggers are right there and ready to support you on your blogging journey. Thanks for your comment!

      Daniela

  9. Hello,

    You made an excellent post on it. Your presentation design is excellent. Its consist of lots of details and pointers I need.

    Thanks for sharing this fantastic article.

  10. Hi, Ryan,

    Helping people always works, as you and I have discovered, Ryan!

    Thanks for your thoughtful comment.
    Sue

  11. Ryan, it's good to hear that you're already doing some of the things I mentioned in the post! I love how you said a goldmine of rich friendships await you in Facebook groups. It's so true! Thanks for your comment.

    Daniela

  12. Sue, I have been following you and your posts since I began my blog two months ago. I am learning tons of great things from you and your contributors. Its amazing how many different bloggers can help other blogs not even related to theirs. Thank you for all your guidance. See you tomorrow on "Instant Traffic Class.

    As a golf blogger, most recent post, "Rules of Golf: The Basics”

    Gary

    1. Hi Gary!

      That's awesome that you'll be in Sue's class! I am excited for it as well! Thanks for your comment!

      Daniela

  13. Facebook has been so important to me for growing my blog. Even though I don't get a lot of traffic directly from Facebook, it's how I've connected with and gotten to know other bloggers as well as connected with so many people on Pinterest - where nearly 70% of my traffic comes from. Without Facebook, I don't think my Pinterest marketing would be nearly as successful.

    1. Hi, Kelly,

      Thanks so much for your comment! That makes a lot of sense - I never thought of FB in that way.

      Sue

  14. An e-mail last night from Alexis Grant reminded me of the other post, and she also linked it in that post.

    The older post I mentioned above, was by Kelly Gurnett, with a list of 12 FB groups for writers.

    Maybe helpful for others, so here's the text link from The Write Life:

    thewritelife.com/facebook-groups-for-writers

  15. Hi Daniela and hello Sue,

    Yes this was an eye opener and many who aren't still members of FB groups can try them too. I am a member of some facebook groups and we discuss a LOT of things there related to blogging. We help each other out in problems and share premium stuff and tips on those secret groups.

    One thing I would say is though blog promotion matters it would be creepy to drag a promotion anywhere and everywhere. Firs try to add value and then promotion can take the stage.

    Almost every secret or open (most open aren't active) group has its set of rules try to follow them.

    Thanks for this wonderful tips.

  16. Great article Daniela. Its a fresh and interesting view on getting support and exposure. A technique I have not come across before.

    And Sue I love your site. Seems to have a lot of fresh content which is unusual when you have read as many blogs as me!

    Happened across you on blogtyrant.

    Ill be back!

    1. Love Blog Tyrant. Ramsay is one of my original mentors!

      Thanks for your comment today, Paul.
      Sue

  17. Thanks for sharing..

    Actually, Facebook is the referral traffic and sales funnel for me. You know..? I got a lot sales from Facebook because I know about how to build relationship with those people on Facebook.

    Last month, I got 2 sponsored posts, 3 affiliate sales, and 1 freelance project offering. If you know about how relationship work in Facebook you'll find awesome work in that platform.

    I would with what you said above, Facebook group is really amazing feature that Facebook provided to their users.

    You could all above mentioned benefit from Facebook unless you know how to interactive with other people in groups.

    Thanks for sharing, I love what you wrote here...

    1. Hi, Kimsea,

      It's good to know Facebook is still working for someone! Nice work on getting business from FB.

      I so appreciate your comment.
      Sue

  18. Great Article, In my recent study I found that top 500 Alexa websites are getting more than 60% of their websites visitors from facebook groups & pages. Facebook has given a new face to marketing of blogs & websites.

  19. Hi Sue,

    I'm brand spankin' new to the blogging world and when I read, "Often it feels like you’re putting yourself out there without knowing if anyone will even see what you’ve written.", it tugged at my heart strings because that's exactly how I feel. But I'm taking a leap of faith and blogging away! I'm so glad I stumbled across this post of yours as you've provided me with a wealth of knowledge. Thank you for the tips!vI'm now off to find some FB groups to join 🙂

    Cheers,

    Alicia || loveplaycraft.com

  20. Thanks for sharing an incredibly helpful post Daniela!

    And even though I'm not currently that active in any

    Facebook groups, I can definitely see the potential benefits

    of doing so.

    Thank for laying out, such a straight forward, non complicated strategy.

    And thanks for showcasing her expertise Sue!

  21. Hi Sue Anne & Daniela ,

    My search for facebook groups landed me here!I have been active to a certain extent on many fb groups. But none worked for me! I now came to know what went wrong. I was doing more of promotion and less of interaction. I'm now thinking to restart this whole process and build relationships. Hope I find someone like Josh in this new journey.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences along with some fantastic tips.

  22. This certainly is a great post. Daniela, you have mentioned some really good points in it which will enhance the results. Will definitely consider these points from now onwards.

    cheers!

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