When I first started blogging, I followed a lot of blogs just to follow a lot of blogs. As time has gone on, I?ve had to go through and unfollow a lot of blogs that I followed for giveaways or just to follow, but I continually skip reading their posts. So now I am always looking for blogs that are similar to mine who I can really connect with.
Why? First off, I love the connections I have built with other bloggers like me. There are plenty of blogs that I love reading, but have never interacted with. Finding bloggers like me who run blogs like mine make it so easy to connect! The other reason I am always looking is because the number one thing you can do as a blogger is to read other blogs. It?s good for inspiration and to always keep you bettering your blog.
I?wanted to share a few ways to find bloggers that are similar to you or to other blogs you follow and love!
Look at comments and sidebars
One of the easiest ways to find blogs that are similar to yours or ones you already read is to look at the comment section. Chances are if you love a blog and are always commenting on it and there?s someone else who consistently comments, you?ll be best friends, basically.
Looking at the sidebar to see who is sponsoring a blog you like (or doing button swaps for those blogs that don?t do sponsorships) is also a great way to find blogs you?ll most likely like. People try to sponsor blogs that are like theres, so you won?t normally find a fashion blogger sponsoring a food blog. ?Lifestyle? blogs are a little more difficult since that is a bit of a catch-all description for bloggers these days (myself included!)
Oh how I love Bloglovin! I remember when I used to read all of my blogs via the blogger reader. Bloglovin is so much more efficient for me. You can have Bloglovin automatically send you emails with?suggestions of blogs to follow that are similar to the ones you recently followed. This is great when you are first starting out as a blogger. Remember, bloggers need to read other blogs!
Also when you go to a blog?s profile you?ll see ?latest posts? ?# of followers? and ?similar blogs.? You can click similar blogs on blogs you already follow or even follow it on your own blog profile. Granted you should still check out a blog before you follow it but your odds are pretty great that you?ll find some new bloggy friends!
Passion Fruit Ads Marketplace
This is a recent discovery for me, but I love it! If you?re not familiar with Passionfruit Ads, it?s how a lot of bloggers run their sponsorships. It?s free to join as a sponsor and has low costs if you?re a blogger selling ad spaces. They also have a marketplace where you can search for blogs to sponsor. In my case, I wasn?t necessarily looking for blogs to sponsor but found that you can sort by certain key words to find blogs that you like. If you go to theMarketplace website, you can type in any search word and blogs that are labeled with that word will come up. It?s a great way to find new blogs just to read or to sponsor! Plus if you pay attention to their sponsorship prices you?ll probably be able to get a good idea of how they compare to you as far as size goes.
Pinterest is virtually ran by blogs, in case you didn?t know. Most of the pins originally come from some sort of blog-like website. When I first started using Pinterest I was only following people that I knew but inevitably you are going to end up with pins from people you don?t know since Pinterest is just a giant repinning circle. If you click through on a pin to a recipe, DIY project or something else, you may want to pay attention to the site you end up on, it just might turn into a new favorite blog! You can also pay attention to pinners? profiles to see if they have their website linked. Their pins may be similar to what they blog about! (also, side note, I created a blogging tips community board! If you?d like to be added, follow all of my pinterest boards?and email me at email@example.com to let me know you?d like to be added!)
To be honest, I think this one is both the trickiest and the easiest to figure out! There are TONS of blogger communities out there. Honestly, just google anything and you?ll find one. Mommy blogger community, bloggers of NC, bloggers of the south, puppy mama bloggers? I?m sure you?ll find someone out there who?s created a community group around your interest. There are also groups like SITS Girls who are more general groups but often have events that promote getting to know other bloggers. I have gotten pretty involved with the Southern Girl Blogging Community. They have a Facebook page with daily shares so you can get your posts out there! I definitely recommend finding some groups to get plugged into. You?ll find that some are worth your time and others aren?t your thing and that?s okay? blogging is just one big experiment anyway, isn?t it?