Why Isn’t My Blog Tribe Working?

In the past year and a half since the Work at Home Wife was born, I think I have participated in blog tribes at least five times. Each has been a learning experience in showing me why so many of them fail. The latest attempt I bowed out of after only four days. If your blog tribes haven’t been living up to your expectations, this may be the main reason why:

The Hodgepodge Blog Tribe

1. A lot of blog tribes are started with the impression that it doesn’t matter who is promoting your work as long as someone is. I haven’t found that to be the case. My last venture not only did not boost my traffic, it dropped the traffic through the floor almost immediately from a few of the social networking avenues I usually have much success with. After the panic subsided, it wasn’t too surprising looking back. I usually share rather targeted information. In some social media avenues, the more your shares get shared, the better your “social standing” within the network. You have a good reputation, so they put your recommendations in front of more people. With the hodgepodge tribe, you are no longer sharing targeted information, you may be sharing everything under sun; fashion, self-improvement, home business, weight loss, etc. Your shares are no longer being shared by your personal network as much as they previously were. You may find yourself getting bumped down the internal ladder.

2. Not only is the social networking algorithm wondering what is going on, your own followers probably are, too. They are following you because they are interested in the niche you are blogging about. They want information on the latest fashion trends, not existentialism chatter. They couldn’t care less. Now, you may be losing your authority with your own followers.

3. On the other side of the fence, the followers of those within your tribe likely don’t care about your blog’s topic, either. They want that existentialism chatter. They don’t care about the latest home business trends. They are not popping over to your blog anyway.

4. Not to mention, you likely don’t care about half of the topics you are having to comment on and share daily. That becomes a headache quickly. You have little interest in what your tribe members are talking about, they feel the same way about your blog. Pretty soon you find yourself with those “great post” comments that we all despise.

As you can see, there is a lot of wasted time and effort with the hodgepodge blog tribe. So, now what?

Start your own. That’s exactly what I did. I knew what I wanted. I knew the kind of bloggers I wanted to promote and that I wanted promoting my work. Remember, I don’t fall for that fear-mongering competition mindset. That is total junk, and it will only hold you back. Collaboration is where it is at. Things are going great, and I think my fellow blog tribe members would agree. We are not only sharing each others’ work, we are also sharing our personal experiences with what is working and what isn’t. Every niche is different, and those within similar niches can give you this valuable industry-specific insight.

How Do I Start My Own Blog Tribe?

If you have not already been forming relationships with fellow bloggers within your niche, now is a great time to start. Get to know them. Get to know their readers. Chat with them outside of their blogs. When you are feeling comfortable that they are producing content you can stand behind, then ask if they are interested in this little joint venture project. Let them know exactly what you are hoping to accomplish, how it could benefit them, what your blog tribe promoting will involve, etc. and keep it small. You likely don’t have the time or energy to comment on and promote 27 blog posts each day. Start with a couple of bloggers and see how things go.

There is power in social networking, and there is power in numbers. But, only when it is targeted. The biggest blog tribe returns are going to come from staying within your own market.

Have you been a member of a blog tribe? What was your experience?

Comments

  1. says

    I love your honesty. This is some great insight, as this is the first time for me to join a blog tribe. As always, thank you for such good content.

  2. says

    I was doing the ‘comment on my blog’ thing at a forum and it was going really well. Their comments helped my other readers to feel comfortable responding and really gave it a community feel. However, it turned into me commenting on ten different blogs while only one or two were returning the favor. Some people take advantage of these. It is good to have a small group where it is personal and doesn’t become a job.

  3. says

    I really believe that a blog tribe could be incredibly beneficial if the people you’re helping to promote and vice versa have content similar to your own. As you said, once you start promoting things that you can’t be sure your readers are interested in, you could start losing followers. I am looking forward to checking my numbers at the end of this month to see how it looks compared to last month as a result of my participation.

    • Angie says

      I’m very happy with it so far. The bad experiences were good learning lessons. I’m using those things when I’m building up my other blogs.

  4. says

    My actual 1st Blog tribe is the one that you’ve started and it’s been a really great experience to work with a group of like minded women in the same niche. Collaboration is definitely key towards success.

    • Angie says

      I’ve loved the collaboration part of it, Carla. We all have questions about sensitive subjects (money, traffic), that you just are not comfortable talking about publicly on a forum. At least I’m not. This provides an avenue to get feedback without judgment.

  5. says

    Can I ask where/how you did this tribe thing? Someone pointed me towards Tribepro but this seems to be an automated thing. I’m not sure I want to just automatically spam unrelated topics. Is there a manual sharing and commenting tribe website?

    • says

      Hi, Angel. I use Triberr. As you mentioned though, I was very selective in choosing my Tribe. It consists of only very similar bloggers and it is all blogs that I read and would recommend regardless. And it is small. Triberr does have a manual sharing option. It doesn’t need to be automatic if you don’t want it to be.

  6. says

    Thanks for the article. I was poking around the web looking for information on blog tribes when I stumble on to your blog. You make some really good points about getting involved with like minded individuals and taking the bull by the horns by starting your own tribe.

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