We get ahead by collaborating

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Home Builder with The Flooring Girl

We all get further ahead by helping each other rather than competing and tearing each other down.  Two heads are better than one.

 

I think we all inherently know this.

 

But, more often than not, we forget it.

 

So I want to share one way that networking and collaborating has just worked for me in the blogosphere.  The more I blog, the more I'm realizing the importance of networking...each month and each week.

 

I've been trying to do more guest blogging.  Why?  Well the primary reason (for me) is to improve my domain authority/trustworthiness of my blog.  Why?  Because that improves my SEO for my entire site - for everything I've already written and everything I will right.

 

Recently, I bought an existing blog (with a friend).  Our domain authority is relatively low (even though the quality of most of the articles is high...in my opinion).  Previously, the blog was more of lifestyle blog, so kind of bit of everything.

 

Now that basically means it means nothing to Google.  A little bit of everything is basically a whole lot of nothing.  It's Jack of All Trades, Master of None.  Drives me crazy.  Because even if you don't care about Google, you should care about your audience.  And, we were confusing them.  No focus.

 

So we are trying to reel it in. We are focusing on blogging tips and ways to save/make money (most of them involve online solutions, blogging, work at home).

 

So we writing more articles just on these topics (and pretty much ignoring all the other stuff (e.g. meal planning, organizing, time management and about 5 or 6 other things).

 

And, we are building backlinks from other sites related to our topics, especially those with higher domain authority and larger audiences.  Thankfully over the last few years, I've met a lot of great bloggers and made good friends with them and helped them out.

 

This week, I was honored to write a guest post on Suzi's Start a Mom blog. You can read the article I wrote. It's kind of my success story.  How I make $20,000/month from my blog WITHOUT using an email list.

 

Feel free to read it, either if you're curious about how your blog can earn you money (potentially something to consider in future years when you are getting closer to retirement) or more importantly to just support me.  I don't want Suzi to think I'm a total loser, so if you want to leave a comment or share it, I'd be grateful.

 

Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand.  Guest posting occasionally can help build your domain authority so that later you can get more SEO traffic.

 

I wrote a different article a couple of weeks ago for a different site, and I plan to do another one in September.  Sometimes I get on a roll w/ these, and sometimes I get behind. (yes, I was supposed to this in December LOL.  But, it's done now. Yay!)

 

Now this recent guest post can help me in more way than one.

 

If you read it, you'l see that there are links to my 2 SEO ebooks.  My SEO ebooks are doing very well, BTW.  Anyway, in her post, those are affiliate links.  So that means if someone clicks her links and then buys the books, she earns an affiliate commission, so that help her.  And, of course it helps me, too.  It helps get me in front of a different and larger target audience.

 

Suzi also benefits because I wrote a unique article for her and her target audience. It's basically free content for her...and a success story that she can share with new and aspiring bloggers.  All she needs to do is add in a few pictures and some internal links to her related posts (which also improves the SEO for those articles).

 

Now it's great to have this extra content for free (as long as it's high quality).  It helps her get more traffic and more subscribers...and those subscribers are gold.

 

On my new blog, I'm starting to accept some blog posts from people I know very well, if it's on the topic of blogging and allows me incorporate my affiliate links.  You see managing 2 blogs is a lot of work...too much work. So if I can leverage the work of others (and I help them w/ a backlink), it makes my life simpler. I can promote more content in less time.

 

Our blog is newish so it's only generating a little bit of money (maybe $500/month), so we're not yet in a position to hire much help yet (but maybe next year).

 

Would guest posting be helpful for you?  You could guest post on other sites. Or you could allow others to guest post on your site (if you have a strong Domain Authority). Or you can do both.

 

Guest posting is nothing new.  I think I started doing it (occasionally) in 2012 or 2013.

 

I hope this info is helpful.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Debbie Gartner - I am glad this is working.  I have accepted a couple of guest blogs but didn't know the people and saw no results.

Oct 26, 2019 03:57 AM #7
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Debbie - many thoughts come to mind while reading your post.  Of course, we know there is no "I" in team but it's more than just that.  There's something synergistic about collaboration.  A true learning experience.  Exponential even.  

Oct 26, 2019 07:22 AM #8
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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I'm a big believer in working together and collaborating with our peers too, Debbie. I did it years ago (also with fellow AR members). It seems you have also found the power in collaborating and it is defiintely worth the time spent - especially at $20K/month!

Oct 26, 2019 09:43 PM #9
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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I haven't done any guest posting in years, and only did a few. I get requests to have guest bloggers all the time, it seems, but have only done so in a couple of situations with people I knew personally. Sounds like it may be something to consider again.

Oct 27, 2019 12:43 PM #10
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Laura Cerrano
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My friends like to say that teamwork makes the dream work and they would be correct!

Oct 28, 2019 09:45 PM #11
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Laura Cerrano
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Jeff Dowler, CRS I know what you mean. It’s been a while for me too and I have to get back in the swing of things just a little bit more, But it feels pretty great right now in blog world.

Oct 28, 2019 09:46 PM #12
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Debbie Gartner
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Oh gosh I forgot I wrote this.  Looks like it's from August. Wow, what an honor.  Now I have to go back and respond to the new comments.

Oct 29, 2019 04:12 AM #15
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Debbie Gartner
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Eileen - Yes, so many lose sight of that.

Grant - You do the guest posts to improve your DA; you don't usually see traffic results."

Michael - Yes, so true about no "I"in team.

 

Oct 29, 2019 04:24 AM #16
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Debe - Yes, I know you were an early adopter in this arena.

Jeff - Right. I'd only accept guest posts from others that I know.  the rest is spam.

Laura - Yes, I agree.  Teaming up is often the way to go.

 

Oct 29, 2019 04:27 AM #17
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Alan May
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I love how you say "my new blog is only earning $500/month".  MY 11-year old blog is earning nuthin'. Zero, zilch, nada, bupkis, effes.

And I'm smart enough to know that I'm not smart enough to be you.  You rock!

Oct 29, 2019 06:24 AM #22
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Ron Tissier
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Awesome job Debbie Gartner !

And your "...$20,000/month..." blog post and road map to your success, so openly sharing your struggles financially and otherwise, is a testament to your courage and a never give up attitude.  Bookmarked!

Cheers to your continued success!

 

Oct 29, 2019 06:33 AM #23
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Candice A. Donofrio
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SO helpful, darling Debbie! You are an inspiration and just turned it all around and made a miracle! I am determined to follow in your footsteps in some small way . . . 

Oct 29, 2019 07:04 AM #24
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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I have had a couple of people approach me about guest posting, but so far have held off not feeling that the subjects are close enough to meeting my potential clients needs.

Oct 29, 2019 07:33 AM #25
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Stephen Turner
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Impressive success! Thanks for sharing your story and demonstrating the power or collaboration and joint efforts in audience building/sharing.

Oct 29, 2019 08:33 AM #28
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I always learn something from your sharing, Debbie Gartner ... and looking for what I can use in my own business to grow it.  Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and knowledge ...

Gene

 
Oct 29, 2019 09:22 AM #29
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Debbie Gartner
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Alan - Thx for reporting. I deleted some earlier and they keep coming back. ugh. Yeah, I was hopeful that we could make more sooner on the other blog. It's hard to find tim for everything.

Oct 29, 2019 03:30 PM #36
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Debbie Gartner
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Ron - Thx so much. yes, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.  it's easier to share now.

Candice - Thanks so much. That means the world to  me. Seriously.

Nick -That's right. only accept related posts from people you know.  But, you may want to approach fellow activerainers.

Oct 29, 2019 03:35 PM #37
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Debbie Gartner
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Stephen - Thanks so much.

Gene - I always love your comments, and I'm so glad to hear that.

Oct 29, 2019 03:59 PM #38
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Good morning Debbie. You are such a wealth of knowledge and I am so excited that I got to read this this morning. This is definitely something that I am going to look into! Have a great day and thank you so much for sharing!

Oct 30, 2019 07:42 AM #41
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Debbie Gartner
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Thanks so much Brenda.  That means a lot, and I hope this helps.

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