I am going to start this post off with an obvious, not so obvious statement: Community is EVERYTHING when you are trying to grow a blog. It’s the ONE thing I wish I would have known (or paid more attention to) when I first started my blog.
As you already know, blogging ain’t easy. There is writing, publishing content, product creation, branding, driving traffic, growing your list, and oh yeah that thing called SEO. Blogging, and more importantly making money from blogging only get’s easier when you have an engaged audience and tribe that supports you, shares your brand, and buys your stuff.
So no matter what your #bloggoals are: Whether you’re a hobby blogger or building your online empire, all of us can use a little support in creating the blog of our dreams. Now, there have been many days where I felt like I was in way over my head and questioned if I could actually earn a living as a blogger. Being a solopreneur can be a lonely place, sometimes. You sit behind your computer trying to build your online empire and sometimes your magic alone just isn’t enough the get the job done.
There have been many days where I felt like I was in over my head or just lost! Being a solopreneur can be a lonely place. You sit behind your computer trying to build your online empire and sometimes your magic just isn’t enough the get the job done.
Well, having a few online communities I can tap into for help has been a life-saver! I’ve been able to seek advice, ask questions and get solid feedback when I’m stuck, unmotivated and in need of some major inspiration. I had the opportunity to meet and connect with other hungry entrepreneurs that I probably wouldn’t have crossed paths with otherwise.
I no longer felt like I have to figure it all out on my own, and neither should you! So, here are 13 of my go-to online communities to help you find support and crush those blogging and business goals of yours!
1. ONLINE BUSINESS BFFS
Over the past few months I’ve learned a tremendous amount from Melyssa and her Online Business BFFs Community is just an extension of her awesome blog. The private facebook group is one of the most active I’ve seen and with close to 50,000 peeps (yes 50K!) it’s a place for online entrepreneurs to lend support, give feedback, and share advice. This is truly one of the most encouraging and strategic communities on the internet!
2. FREEDOM HACKERS
The Freedom Hackers Facebook group, run by punk rock business + branding coach, Kimra Luna, is the spot where like-minded entrepreneurs can help and support each other, ask questions, build relationships and celebrate each other’s win in business. The goal: Let’s help each other reach freedom! It’s the perfect place for technical questions on branding, sales pages, webinars, and Facebook ads.
3. BRAZEN AND BADASS ENTREPRENEURS (BABES)
Yes, the title of the group says it all. The BABES community is a great place for no excuses, unapologetic business owners who want a supportive place to come as they navigate the crazy world of entrepreneurship. Jenn Scalia offers free coaching hours, free challenges, member’s only special offers, weekly Pop Up Challenges and more. Real talk, there’s no other group like this one!
4. A PRETTIER WEB VIP COMMUNITY
A Prettier Web VIP Community is hosted by the super amazing Mel Karlik. She has opened up this community for aspiring online female entrepreneurs who want to make money with their websites. She brings a lot of WordPress expertise and her fun, bubbly personality makes the group super engaging. She’s always sharing new tools, plugins and what’s working (and what’s not) with regards to traffic, list building and sales. Please go check her out and make sure to check out her Digital Product Summit where you can learn from 21 experts (including Yaro Starak, Nathalie Lussier, Stephanie Nikolich and muah) and see how they create Digital Products (from idea to launch)!
5. THE GENIUS ENTREPRENEURS
This online community run by my good friend Dr. Will Moreland is a place to connect and provide serious entrepreneurs with unique, creative and out of the box ideas, strategies and solutions for life and business. Dr. Will is a speaker, author, investor and TV Personality, the creator of the G.E.N.I.U.S Business System and TEAM GENIUS MASTERMIND. Yeah, he’s about his business! This community is for those who desire to LIVE GENIUS and just aren’t into being average. Dr. Will shares amazing tips and thoughtful insight that will help you lead a phenomenal life.
6. BLOGGING 101
With over 3500 members, Blogging 101 is a place for bloggers and wanna be bloggers alike to share traffic-building methods, income streams, and blogging resources. People are always super helpful when you ask questions and it’s just a fun groups to be in! Nicole, a blogger and social media strategist herself, created this online community as a place of inspiration for fellow bloggers as they help each other grow on their blogging journey.
7. BLOGGING BOOST
Blogging Boost is a private Facebook group where you can connect with other bloggers, share your posts, and learn the ins and outs of working online! The group is open to anyone and offers tons of tips and resources on blogging, social media, and how to build a thriving business online! Plus, on Monday’s you can promote your awesome products and services! Wooohooo!
8. BLOG ENGAGEMENT/PROMOTION MASTERMIND GROUP 2.0
This is one of the first promotional groups I joined and it is AH-MAZ-ING!! Run by Alyssa Knee, the Blog Engagement/Promotion Mastermind Group aims to assist new and established bloggers in the promotion of their blogs and social media sites and provide them with opportunities for collaboration and networking. So, if you don’t like helping others, this is not the group for you. Alyssa runs a tight ship, but if you engage and participate, this group can do wonders for the growth of your biz and blog!
9. THE SIX FIGURE ARMY
This hyper-active facebook group run by Instagram guru, Alcyone Gunn, goes to war against do nothing brands. Love that tagline! The Six Figure Army is a community of creatives, builders, and branders that strive to grow with each other. If you’re looking for a fun, active and colorful community that’s full of brand builders from all different walks of life and industries, this is the group for you!
10. BLOGGING NEWBS
One of my favorite groups, Blogging Newbs, is a space for bloggers who want to share, learn and grow! In this group you really feel a sense of community, friendship, and learning and this is a space full of amazing, positive people. Promotional posts are allowed on their Tuesday Promo thread ONLY but they do encourage you to post your blog questions, ask for feedback, and post about any challenges you’re having with your blog so that you know you’re not alone. I’ve also found it’s a great place to collaborate and there’s a designated thread on Thursdays to help you connect with JV partners, accountability buddies, and comment pods.
Bloggers2Brands has been created to support bloggers from ALL niches who are starting out, want to showcase their work or want to grow their blog(s). Similar to the Blog Engagement/Promotion Mastermind Group from Alyssa Knee, there are daily threads where you can add your content and have the group comment, stumble, or share on social media. It’s a really great space to connect with fellow bloggers while gaining visibility and exposure.
12. WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEUR NETWORK
With close the 40,000 members, the Women’s Entrepreneur Network is your group to network, and get access to the resources you need to grow your business. This is a group run by women entrepreneurs, for women entrepreneurs. Boom!! (even though there are some guys in here too!) Created by Haley Lynn Gray, of LeadershipGirl, she really focuses on helping women become the profitable mavens that they want to become. They also do a #promosunday thread where you guessed it…you can post your latest blog posts, freebie incentives, and collaboration opportunities on Sunday.
13. AND OF COURSE…THE CHAMPION’S BIZ + BLOG COMMUNITY
This is my group of champion bloggers, brand builders and creative entrepreneurs building businesses, growing blogs, and doing BIG things. It’s one of the up and coming communities where entrepreneurs like you can stay motivated, get feedback and get connected to other peeps who are looking to win BIG online. The private Facebook community is open to anyone who wants to win in their business and doesn’t shy away from lifting other people up. In the CBBC we are all about promoting and praising each other so we can all PROFIT!
I hope one of these groups will help you crush those goals of yours and help take you and your biz to the next level!