One of the best parts about my blogging journey so far has been the opportunity to connect with other bloggers online! I love learning from those that are already established and always try to help out other new bloggers when I can. Today on the blog, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Facebook groups for new bloggers. I hope you enjoy them and if you do end up joining, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to keep an eye out for you!
Social Media Digest by Collectively Social
This group is just shy of 5,000 people and a good resource for those who are just starting out. I will say this, personally I’m not a huge fan of most follow trains etc. but if you’re looking to connect with some bloggers, you can probably find some similar to your niche in this group.
The group has a schedule that dictates what it posted each day.
- Monday is Promo Day. You can promote your services, classes, courses, or products on the thread posted by the admin. I like to browse weekly and see what other people are offering and promoting. Sometimes I find offers I want to check out more or free webinars that I’ll attend. Other times, I’m inspired to think about my own skillset and brainstorm some ideas for my own offers.
- Tuesday is Pinterest Thread Day. You can link to your Pinterest account or to a specific pin that you’d like repinned. You then engage with the person who left a comment right before you (that way everyone gets some benefit) and then are free to explore and engage with four other comments. Once you engage, you like their comment and then comment DONE under your original comment. I’ve found some new Pinterest accounts to follow using these threads and always like to see how other people are designing their pins, since I feel like I use the same pin templates I’ve created over and over.
- Wednesday is a Facebook Page Thread. Bloggers can share their Facebook Page URL and let everyone know what it’s about. You then engage with the person who left a comment right before you and four other comments. Pretty much the same rules as the Pinterest thread above. This thread is an easy peasy way to get some eyes on your Facebook page, which can be one of the hardest platforms for bloggers to grow their audience.
- Twitter Thursday. Same rules apply as the Pinterest and Facebook Page threads. I’m a big fan of choose a few platforms and do them well vs being everywhere so I’m not on Twitter right now and skip these weekly threads.
- Follow Friday. What I like about the way Collectively Social sets up their Follow Friday is that you don’t just have to follow the five people above your comment but are encouraged to go through and find five accounts you genuinely like. This helps the connection be more real and valuable for all parties involved.
- Support Saturday. There are no engagement requirements like in the previous threads so on Saturdays you just drop your latest Instagram post in the thread and engage (like, follow, comment) as you see fit!
- Collab Sunday! If you’re looking for a podcast guest, an accountability partner, guest posting opportunities, or a virtual assistant even – these threads are filled with other bloggers looking to connect and grow together!
This is one of my favorite blogging groups on Facebook. If you’ve read any of my other blog posts about blogging (lol), you know I’m a big fan of Lauren who leads this group. She’s a full time blogger and Pinterest guru. This is a fairly large group with over 43,000 members so there are always new discussions and posts.
While Elle (as she goes by online) does post some repeating threads, the focus in this group is connecting authentically and helping each other through the peer submitted questions. There are multiple posts a day and Elle does a great job at moderating the group and keeping it meaningful and spam free. I will say, I find most of the discussion questions and topics in this group to be for the novice or new blogger.
I’ve connected with a few great new bloggers in this group and was able to have them take a look at my site as I was just getting set up to give me their feedback. I’ve also helped people troubleshoot some technical issues on their blogs or even did a screen share with another new blogger to walk her through her Google Analytics dashboard and how to better understand the data!
If you’re looking for a group that discusses all things blogging in a really natural way, this is your place!
I really enjoy this group including the different threads that they post. There’s also a healthy amount of organic discussion from the 27,000 members that make up this group. There’s good representation from established bloggers in this group and the questions that are asked daily tend to be around more advanced blogging aspects or concepts than “How do I link Google Analytics?” or “Bluehost or SiteGround?”
Daily Threads Include:
- Goals Monday – This thread is great to see what other bloggers are defining as their goals for the week. I also like to leave my goals and hold myself accountable. I don’t know what it is but writing something on the internet, especially to a group of strangers just makes it seem more real. With a topic so broad like “goals”, you’re really able to browse through all the comments and find genuine connections and other bloggers that either you can help or that may be able to assist you in reaching your goals! Community > competition.
- Promo Tuesday – Bloggers use this thread to post their latest blog post or freebie and then either share or leave a comment on two others of their choosing. Much like the goals thread above, I almost always find a new blog I’m genuinely interested in and am happy to support. This is also a great place to see what others are offering for their freebies or opt-ins!
- Collaboration Wednesday – This thread is for connecting and collaborating with other members of the group. The admins do a great job of keeping this thread non-spammy and I’ve personally found great collaboration opportunities in these threads.
- Social Thursday – This thread is set up differently than other groups and I appreciate that. On Thursdays, you can post any one (keyword here, one) of your social media accounts. You’re then free to like, follow, share, or comment on two other posts of your choosing. This format allows you the flexibility to find someone you genuinely connect with and want to support. It’s also easy to execute!
- Feedback Friday – This thread is set up to ask other bloggers to check out an aspect of your blog (can be two Pinterest designs, a new opt-in, page design, really anything blog related). If you post asking for feedback, you’re supposed to give feedback on at least two other comments. I love the way this thread is set up and find that those asking for feedback value the connections and time people take to review their materials, so they’re willing to give good feedback in return.
Growing Social Media For Bloggers
I debated including this group on my favorites list. There’s definitely a place for it and I know many bloggers use it “successfully” but if you participated in all the threads, you’d be spending hours engaging with others content when you could be spending that time working on your own blog.
Like I mentioned previously too, I’m not a huge fan of engagement trains where you have to leave a comment on the people directly above you. It could be a topic that I just don’t care about or have any experience with which means my comment isn’t going to be as genuine and authentic as if I came across the blog myself. Same thing goes for those leaving comments on your blog, if they have to in order to complete the requirements of the thread, the comments you get may not be as meaningful as those who decided to check out your content on their own.
I find value in connecting and supporting other bloggers but at the end of the day, I’d rather spend two hours working to drive truly authentic organic traffic to my site (maybe through creating pins, studying SEO, writing new content, or connecting with new accounts on Instagram) that will continue to benefit my blog in the future.
This group has daily threads that open and close at a certain time. You have until 2pm CST the next day to finish all the actions required for participating in that thread. It can be a lot to organize so I encourage you to check it out and again, instead of trying to be everywhere or do all the things participate in one thread at a time that will genuinely help you achieve your blog’s goals.
This group had three once a week threads:
- Monday: Pinterest Pin All- Motherhood
- Wednesday: Pinterest Pin All- Recipes
- Friday: Pinterest Pin All- Free for all
Each day this group posts the following daily threads:
- Instagram Post Like + Comment 5 Above
- Instagram Like ALL
- Facebook Post Like + Comment 5 Above
- Blog Post Like + Comment 5 Above
- Pinterest Repin 10
- StumbleUpon Stumble ALL
- Click Through ALL
See? I told you it was a lot to manage. I’d recommend spending your time in one of the other groups that fosters a little more authentic connection but if you’re just starting out and want to guarantee traffic or are concerned with more vanity metrics, then spend some time participating in this group’s threads but don’t let it overwhelm you! Remember what will grow your blog longterm and spend some time there!
New Bloggers Support Group For Women
Very similar to the group above (both in content and my thoughts about the threads), this group of 5,000 people posts daily threads that cover all different types of engagements. Threads are monitored by admins, have reciprocation rules, and close at a specific time, giving you 24 hours from the closing time complete.
Again, I don’t know that I would call this group my favorite but I wanted to include it because it can be valuable when you’re just getting started to see others’ content and to be encouraged by a little vanity metrics, face it – we’re all human.
Some daily threads include:
- Pin All Blogs
- Instagram Post Comment On All
- Instagram Post Likes Only
- Pin 10
- Facebook Post Likes Only
- Click Thru Instagram Bio Link
- Instagram Follow Five
- Share All The Tweets
- Comment On 5 Blog Posts
Bloggers Supporting Bloggers
This group is made up of almost 40,000 members and while there isn’t the discussion you might find from other groups, there are daily prompts. In all threads you get to choose who you interact with after you post. This means you may not see guaranteed results from posting each time but the comments, etc. that you do get are from those who are interested in your content.
- Blog Post Monday – You can share a blog post and then must leave comments on at least 5 others.
- Facebook Link Tuesday – Share a Facebook link and then like, comment, or share on at least five others.
- Pinterest Wednesday – Share one Pinterest link and then follow or repin at least five others.
- Twitter Thursday – After sharing a Twitter link, you follow or retweet at least five others.
- Instagram Friday – Share one Instagram link then like, comment, or follow at least five others.
- Saturday Favor Thread – You can use this thread to ask for a blogging favor. Some examples include following a social account, leaving a comment on a recent blog post, liking a photo, etc. Same as all the other threads, once you participate you must complete at least five other favor requests.
Whew, that was a lot of info but it’s so easy to get discouraged when you’ve just started blogging and don’t know any other bloggers IRL. I hope these Facebook groups are helpful in finding your own little online community. If you have any other groups that you’ve found on Facebook that I didn’t include below, please let me know in the comments below. I’m always looking for new connections & community!