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The Easiest Ways to Support Other Bloggers

I have been blogging for nearly two years now, and one essential lesson I have learnt from experience is that in order to become a successful blogger, you must establish close relationships with other bloggers and support them.

When it comes to blogging, reciprocity is fundamental and greatly encouraged. Simply put, if you wish for your blog to be read, then you must read other blogs. Similarly, if you want other bloggers to engage with your content, then you must engage with the content that they create.

It is worth noting that creating valuable content isn’t enough to make you excel in blogging. In order to blog successfully, it is crucial that you support other bloggers. Yes, do unto other bloggers as you want them to do unto you — this is the golden rule of blogging.

Building close and strong relationships with other bloggers has so many advantages, but it’s such a shame that many bloggers fail to realise this. Take it from someone who has been blogging for nearly two years, the most effective way to get more traffic and build a large readership is to expand your circle of blogger friends. This, my friend, is the gospel truth.

Now, there are several ways you can show some love to other bloggers and support their cause, but these six ways below are the easiest of them all.

1. Engage with their content regularly.

Nothing gladdens the heart of a blogger like getting some [positive] feedback on their blog articles. Bloggers love to have the assurance that they aren’t wasting their time blogging; they love to know that someone out there is reading their work, which is why they’re always giddy with excitement whenever they are notified that someone has commented their blog posts.

For this reason, engaging with other bloggers’ content is a fantastic way to support them. It’s also a fantastic way to build a relationship with them.

If you make it a habit to leave valuable comments on other bloggers’ blog articles regularly, they would soon recognise you and would always look forward to your comment whenever they publish a blog article. And who knows, if you keep up the attitude, they just might visit your blog (if you blog) and follow you.

2. Share their blog posts.

Sometimes, in order to fully support the bloggers you love, you have to do more than simply commenting on their blog posts. Sometimes, you have to go the extra mile.

Now, how do you do this?

One easy way is to share their blog posts to others who haven’t read it yet. Of course, not every blog post is shareworthy — although there aren’t any rules that justify what should be shared and what shouldn’t be.

But, in my opinion, if you read a blog post that resonates well with you, or one that contains some vital information that you think others need to know about, then you should share that blog post with others so they can be enlightened. Don’t hold back all that good stuff from other people.

Thanks to social media, you can easily share a blog post with a large audience in a matter of seconds. And then there’s also that reblog button — for WordPress users — that’s very similar to the retweet button on Twitter.

Granted, the bloggers probably won’t know that you shared their posts, unless you tell them yourself or tag them to your posts and tweets. But that’s all right. Not every good deed you do has to be made public. Sometimes, knowing that you played a vital role in a blogger’s success is enough satisfaction and reward.

3. Link back to their posts.

Linking back to other bloggers’ content is a major way to support them. Why? Well, because it promotes their work, and also because it usually brings them traffic and new followers.

Backlinks (or pingbacks) are another great way to share blog articles written by other bloggers with your own followers. It gets better when you have a large blog following and then link back to another blogger’s content. This will most likely drive massive traffic to their blog, and they would be earnestly grateful to you.

4. Follow their blog.

This one is a no-brainer, am I right? It is, in fact, the simplest thing you can do to support a blogger. Now, let me ask you this: why do you follow other bloggers?

Is it so that you can have more of their content in your feed?

Or… is it because you hope that they would reciprocate the follow?

Bloggers follow fellow bloggers for loads of reasons — some, good; the others, not so much. I can’t tell you why you should follow a blogger; I can’t tell you the right reasons to follow other bloggers, either, because the list is endless. Although I’ll tell you this: if you’re going to follow a blogger, let it be for a genuine reason — not because you want them to follow you back and increase your number of followers.

Bear in mind that following other bloggers with a dishonest or selfish intention doesn’t count as support.

Quick Challenge: I tripledare you to say “Bloggers follow fellow bloggers for loads of reasons” five times fast. If you attempt this challenge, let me know whether or not you could say it five times fast in the comments. *winks*

5. Follow and engage them on social media.

The majority of bloggers have social media profiles that they use to promote their blogs and interact with their followers. One way to get on the good side of these bloggers and support them is to follow and interact with them on social media.

Interacting with them on social media isn’t difficult at all. You need only leave valuable comments on their posts, share (or retweet) their posts (or tweets) occasionally, and maybe participate in any contest, challenge, or series that they’re hosting.

Easy as pie, right?

And you know, if you do this long enough, in good time, the bloggers you’re supporting will recognise your invaluable support and return the gesture.

6. Promote their blog.

As I said earlier, bloggers love to know that someone out there is reading their work — they wish to be recognised as a role model, celebrity, and, most times, an authority in their niche.

They want people to notice and love them for what they do. And they want the people who love them to constantly remind them of their love and support, whether it’s with actions or with words.

Thus, another great way to support a blogger is to express your love for them with a simple action — blog promotion. And you can do this many ways. Like me, you may decide to compile a list of your favourite bloggers and share the reasons why you love following them. Or, instead, you may choose to feature one or two of their blog posts in a monthly roundup blog post.

Or… you can always nominate them for a Blogger Award that you believe they deserve. All of these acts, as simple as they may seem, are highly effective means of supporting other bloggers. Altogether, they are the easiest and best ways to build close relationships with other bloggers, don’t you think?


What is your favourite way to support fellow bloggers? And what is the best way other bloggers can support you? Let’s chat!

59 thoughts on “The Easiest Ways to Support Other Bloggers”

  1. I follow other bloggers because I like their content and/or writing style. They encourage or inspire me. I agree, the way to gain a greater following is to be a better, more responsive follower. Time and caring – time and responding – time and expression – time and luck! 🤣🤪😂

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  2. No. 2. How have I not thought of that? What exactly am I talking about? Well, re-blogging is not really my thing. Not because I don’t like to promote others, but because what I like reading isn’t always what I think MY readers would like. Plus, if you re-blog someone, then everyone else feels left out.

    BUT! I completely forgot we had the ability to share on social media. I will have to look into that more, but I think I have an idea. Thank you!

    As far as pingbacks are concerned, I do them every now and then. In fact, I am trying to bring it back. Hence – only one winner with the Stormer award. I noticed that at some point, people stopped clicking on any of the pingbacks in the blogging awards posts. People got overwhelmed by a million links.

    I follow others if they have consistently good/ interesting post. Not just once in a while, but often. Every now and then I follow someone whom I connected with just to support them (because they support me) and stay in touch. Sometimes I want to follow someone, but I don’t because they post a million of times a day. (We’ve talked about this before.) I simply don’t have the time to go through all that, and I don’t appreciate other people getting lost in my feed because of that. It’s sad really. I want to tell them to post less often and then I would follow them.

    RE: Challenge. As long as I read the sentence, it’s not so bad, but trying to say it without looking at it gets hard.

    I have to work on my social media game. But the time!!! I don’t have much.

    As I write this, a swarm of people comes around me saying that something’s burning. People are freaking out that we are on fire. I roll my eyes. At least for once they actually reacted. Usually I’m the only one that seems to care about anything around here. Someone burned popcorn in the microwave. Crisis averted.

    I like supporting people by commenting and telling them how awesome they are. I came up with the new award. I think it’s a good idea.

    I learned quite a bit from this post. Thanks for the push and inspiration.
    You’re a great part of the WP community.

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    1. Our thoughts towards reblogging are mutual! That’s the same reason why I hardly ever reblog. Some of the posts I enjoy reading aren’t related to the topics I blog about, so I can’t reblog them. Instead, I share them with my friends on Facebook.
      And I agree with what you said about people feeling left out 😂
      If you reblog one person, most of your followers would get that feeling of entitlement. That would be bad.

      I’m happy I inspired an idea! You’re very welcome!

      I think it’s great that the Stormer Award is for just winner. It’s good for a healthy competition, plus it isn’t as overwhelming as those Award posts that have ten or more nominees.

      About those people who post so many times a day, I feel your pain. I don’t like seeing my Reader AND email filled up with spam posts from one person. I regard posts like these as spam. It really is sad because many of these bloggers are nice people, but because of their spammy attitude, they’re losing their friends and readers.

      Re: Re: Challenge. Congratulations! Even I couldn’t complete my challenge. I talk too fast so I suck at tongue twisters.

      I would very much like to meet with your colleagues someday. 😂 They have issues, honestly.

      I’ll say it again: your Award idea is a great idea!
      Thank you so much Goldie, for reading this post, and for all the help and support. I really can’t thank you enough.

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    2. I understand about not wanting to follow bloggers who post multiple times a day. I try to limit mine to once per day and maybe twice on some days. It annoys me to get a plethora of post notification emails from the same person each day, and I don’t want to do that to others. I usually don’t have time to write that many posts anyway. 🙂

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  3. 🙂 As you already know, I am all for supporting my fellow bloggers.

    I have never reblogged anyone else’s work (And, never will).

    Why?

    Because I view reblogging as taking the easy way out. It is much easier to reblog someone else’s blog post than to write and publish your own.

    However, I am happy with sharing their content via Pinterest.

    Last year, I deleted my Twitter and Facebook accounts (Therefore, I will not be sharing any posts on those networks).

    Following blogs and linking back to the blogs that impress us is a fantastic idea.

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    1. I understand what you said about reblogging other people’s work. I once knew a blogger whose blogging schedule was to post three times a week. She usually wrote one article every week… the other two were articles written by other bloggers that she reblogged. I don’t subscribe to this mindset. Truly, reblogging can easily make one lazy.

      I tried out Pinterest this year February and March. Apparently, I’m not cut out for some things 😂
      I lost two of my Twitter accounts last year, so it’s just FB and IG for me.

      You’re one of the biggest blog supporter I know! Thanks for reading, Renard! Thank you also for constantly supporting your fellow bloggers!

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  4. Very sound tips, Obinna.

    Didn’t even think about the “reblogging” on other social media site…I’m not really one for reblogging though because the lawyer in me always thinks about copyright infringement blah blah blah but to each his own.

    Truly sound tips though.

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    1. I know another blogger who thinks like you. 😂 Eh, I’m also not a fan of reblogging because most of the posts I like don’t relate to the topics I blog about… So it feels inappropriate to reblog them

      I’m glad you agree with my pointers! Thanks a bunch for reading and commenting!

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  5. Awesome tips you shared here, Obinna!

    About pingbacks and shares, I haven’t really considered the idea.

    I’m really not cut out for reblogging. There was this blogger whom I unfollowed because all his content were reblogged from a blogger I was following already.

    I got tired of reading same content day in day out.

    I also think making comments on a blog post is the sole decision of the blogger in spite of whether you interact with their posts or not.

    I speak from experience. One of the reasons why I almost stopped blogging was because I read little to no comments on my blog. I did interact with a few and it looked as though my posts were sterile and unengaging.

    It’s a personal thing, though.

    Thanks for sharing, all the same. Enjoy the best of today.

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    1. I can relate to your experience, Faith. So can many other bloggers. Honestly, my favourite blogging aspect is comments. As in, I looooove getting comments! I mean, it’s part of the reason I started blogging — the chance to listen to other people’s opinions and feedback.

      At times when I don’t get any comments, I console myself with the thought that my readers couldn’t relate to the post. It’s not like the post was bad or anything. They just didn’t find it very appealing.

      In blogging, every day isn’t Christmas. There are times when we’d feel like we’re simply wasting our time blogging. At times like this, reminding yourself of your blogging purpose and silencing your inner critic is the best and only way to find motivation once again.

      Thank you so much for reading, Faith!

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  6. These are all great ways you’ve listed. Engaging is a very important aspect of blogging. It lets the author know that their audience are involved & interested in what they’ve to say.
    Even, to an extent, it gives the blogger +1 reason to keep writing because they know there are people out there that enjoys what they post.
    Nice one!

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    1. Beautiful summary! This about sums it all up! Nothing encourages a blogger to write like having a good blog engagement. It feels so good to know you’ve got a community that appreciates and love hearing your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. The feeling is bliss.
      Since we wish for our blogs to be engaged with then we must engage with other people’s blogs. There are no two ways about it.

      Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts! Have a lovely day!

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    1. Hello Sharon. This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to visit your blog. Each time I try, I’m redirected to a blog that hasn’t posted anything since 2011! Do you blog? If you do, can you leave me a link? I’d really love to check out your blog.

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  7. I read other bloggers post and try to comment on their work. I usually don’t comment on every post they make, but if I like their writing style and topics I will follow them. I wasn’t really sure what a pingback was. Thanks for clarifying lol

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    1. Hey EJ!

      Now that I know what makes you comment on people’s work, I am honoured that you left a comment on this post. 😊
      The reason you comment on people’s posts is the same as mine. I’d only comment on a post that resonates with me.

      And about that pingbank thingy, you’re very welcome. 😉

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  8. Obinna, I like this post so much, I want to share it on my own blog, but I already posted today so I will hold off.

    I do like to reblog the posts of others on occasion if I think they fit with my blog and might be of interest to my readers. Usually I will also include a little blurb of my own writing to go with it, so it’s not just a “here ya go, read this” type of link with no preamble.

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  9. “What is your favourite way to support fellow bloggers? And what is the best way other bloggers can support you?”

    I like to try to communicate with everyone who leaves a comment on my posts. I don’t want anyone to feel unappreciated. I do appreciate that they took the time to leave a comment.

    I have noticed that some bloggers simply click the “like” star every time I comment. It doesn’t feel very friendly, like a closed door.

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    1. You know it, Steeny. I’m always upset when people LIKE my comment without replying to it. It won’t kill them to show some appreciation. Even if it’s just a simple “thank you for contributing” message.

      If I comment on your posts very much and you keep ignoring them, I’d probably stop commenting. I’d save the energy for someone who would really appreciate it.

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      1. Well said, Obinna.

        I see you are a good communicator. I appreciate that! No wonder you have so many blog followers. It is always interesting reading not only your posts but the conversations that ensue.

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        1. Oh, thanks again, Steeny 😊
          I just try to be as friendly as I am in reality when I’m commenting and replying to comments. I like to believe that if I leave friendly comments, people would feel at ease to reply to my comments in the same manner. I think the way we comment matters a lot because it gives us a shot at gaining other people’s trust and building deep connections with them.

          I consider you a good communicator and supportive friend.

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          1. Friendly commenting is a beautiful thing. I feel refreshed coming here to WordPress and reading the posts of a handful of kind, communicative bloggers who I’ve discovered in the past couple months. It is such a nice change from the things I saw while I used Facebook regularly. So much meanness without a thought, hiding behind a keyboard. I rarely see truly mean people in person, except for a few, and those few really stand out as ones to avoid!

            Blessings to you, communicative, supportive friend! 🙂

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      2. And that’s the thing: if we comment much but they KEEP ignoring, it kills the communication. I can understand clicking the star and not saying much a few times if we are busy, but when it is continual, I will need to take the hint and step back from that person. Imagine if in verbal conversation they treated us like that. Would we want to keep spending time around them? It’s sad, but we can’t force them to talk.

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        1. That’s my argument, too! I always wonder, is that how they treat people in reality? Are they always snobby? One thing I hate doing is forcing a conversation. If I see that you don’t want to have a conversation with me, I won’t bother trying to start one with you ever again.

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    1. Hello Havylla (I can call you that, right?). Thank you so much for reading 😊

      Yes, there are many other ways to find blogs to follow, whether they’re Nigerian blogs or blogs written by people abroad. Searching in reader is a very effective way; although searching on Google promises better results. You could also ask your social media friends (if you’re on social media) to recommend some blogs for you.
      I mostly use the Reader app to find new blogs, though. You just have to know the right keywords to use.
      I’m flattered that my blog popped up when you searched for “Nigeria”.

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        1. Now that I know what you want to blog about, there are two ways to search for blogs in your niche. You can search using keywords like “fashion and skincare bloggers”.
          Or, since you said you were hoping to answer some questions for your readers, why don’t you ask Google those questions? Google’s job is to direct you to BLOGS that have answered your questions. So, when you ask Google those questions, you’ll be directed to many blogs in your niche.

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        1. That’s how it usually is at the start. I’ll tell you what I did in my case; I hope it helps.

          Follow bloggers who are in your niche. As in, follow those bloggers who blog about what you want to blog about. You’ll learn so much if you do this. To find popular blogs in your niche, I suggest you take your search to Google.

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            1. If you open your reader and go to that section that lets you read posts published by the bloggers you’re following, you’d see a “settings” button at the top right corner, just next to the search button. When you click on that button, you’ll see something like “Enter URL to follow”. Copy the link to their blogs and paste there to follow. It doesn’t work for all blogs, though. It doesn’t work for Huffpost, for instance. When it doesn’t work, you just have to visit their blogs regularly.

              It’s stressful, I know.

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  10. Thank you for these tips! But hey, I’m not on any social media platform. I’m still a kid and my parents don’t think this is the right age to be on any social media platform. Can you give any suggestions as to how I can get over this disadvantage?

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    1. Hmm, I can only think of so many alternatives. If you’ve got friends who are on social media, you can ask (beg) them to share your links to their followers. It’ll be easier if you convince them to subscribe to your blog so they get an email notification everytime you publish a new post.

      Or what do you think?

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        1. Nothing is ever enough as far as blogging is concerned. Even when you have several social media accounts with a large following and maybe even an email list, there’s still so much more you can do to grow your blog. I think that’s what makes our blogging journey challenging in a cool way. There’s ALWAYS room for improvement for us. 😊
          I’m happy you found my advice helpful. You’re welcome!
          Thank you, too, for reading.

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