It is nearly impossible to build a business as a one man/woman. There are so many areas that need “extra” hands when it comes to any business.
And when I say “business” I do not refer to the multi million dollar companies here. Even small businesses that have one boss (like you) need extra hands to grow and prosper.
Let’s say you have a business and a related website. You create content so you can reach out to your target audience, gain traction and attract potential – but you cannot go about doing this successfully on an ongoing basis on your own.
For instance, let’s talk about the marketing that’s involved. If you share your blog post in your social circle, and if everything stops there, the purpose is not served.
On the other hand, if your friends see your update and like it, comment on it and if they share it with their friends too, that’s where real marketing begins.
Let’s say you think about creating a new product. You want to do market research. You cannot simply rely totally on software’s that will tell you what topic to focus on.
If you want to create a product that would sell like hot cakes, you should create what people want.
And will those lifeless software’s tell you what people want? Nope! Real people only will tell you that.
And only real people will help you grow your business. Only real people will buy from you and do real business with you.[clickToTweet tweet=”Any business needs REAL people. Period.” quote=”Any business needs REAL people. Period.”]
I hope you get the idea. So how can blogging communities like DoSplash help you with this?
Make genuine connections
Blogging communities like DoSplash are places where you can meet a lot of people – potential people with whom you can build genuine connections.
And you get the opportunity to virtually “meet” them, see their work, be appreciative and help them out – this is a sure fire way to get to know people who can be a big asset to your business in the long run.
And by helping each other and by being appreciative in a community you can build “genuine” connections and not just quick fly by connections that are of no use to you and to your business.
You get your work in front of more eyeballs
Of course! When you are an active member of a community people get to notice you. And at blogging communities like DoSplash, you also get to submit your blog post and your work to the community. This is a great opportunity in my opinion!
Your work is in front of a community where you get “votes” and “shares” – talk about growing your business where real people are sharing your stuff and are appreciating it.
Get targeted traffic
Let me say that again – targeted traffic! Yes not just any traffic, but targeted traffic that converts.
Since you submit your work in appropriate categories, community members who are interested on a particular topic browse through the posts in that topic and they will find you.
Since interested people click through your links, I call that targeted traffic.
Search engine visibility
Now when I say “search engine …” I don’t mean “search engine optimization” or “backlinks” – please don’t make that translation.
What I mean here is that your story submitted to DoSplash gets indexed a lot faster! And this is great for your search engine visibility.
If your blog is pretty new it could take a while for your post to get indexed in search engines.
But your story at DoSplash usually will get indexed a lot faster, which means you will still get search engine traffic even before your post gets indexed in search engines – pretty cool huh?
Discover and stay up to date
This one is a biggie for me. I would like myself to keep updated in my niche. And I cannot be Googling every time to stay updated.
Of course I have subscribed to some feeds but that will give me only the news from those particular channels.
Blogging communities like DoSplash, on the other hand, have a wide variety of users submitting a wide variety of stories. A particular user does not only submit their own posts but also submit their discoveries from other blogs.
This gives me a wide channel to look for in one place – rather than me going on a hunt for industry news.
I’ve discovered many valuable blogs and and hot news at DoSplash, personally.
The news or content I discover at DoSplash has inspired new blog post ideas for me, paved way for new connections, guest post opportunities and much more.
What is your experience with blogging communities so far? What are the benefits you consider to be really valuable? Do share them in the comments below!