7 Unusual (But Powerful) Social Networks For Freelance Bloggers

Which social networks have helped you construct the strongest neighborhood round your weblog to this point?

We have revealed an extended social media advertising and marketing information to assist each entrepreneurs and bloggers take advantage of out of the preferred social platforms. However, there are extra social networks and communities on the market, some fairly uncommon and little-heard amongst bloggers, however undoubtedly highly effective should you play your playing cards effectively.

Which playing cards, you might ask? Here’s a listing:

  • Your area of interest or trade
  • Your audience
  • Your particular method and the angle round which you constructed your core message.

The 7 uncommon however highly effective social networks launched on this put up will work finest for you when you have these three pointers (actually your USP, Unique Selling Proposition) already clear in your thoughts.

1. Kingged

Kingged

Visit on-line: https://kingged.com

Whatever your running a blog area of interest, Kingged comes useful to advertise your weblog posts throughout the neighborhood.

Kingged is a content-based community, which implies you may write immediately on the platform such as you do on Medium or LinkedIn Pulse, in addition to remark, share, talk about, and vote on different bloggers’ content material.

As David Leonhardt from THGM Ghostwriter Services places it:

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What makes it highly effective is that, regardless of its dimension and area of interest focus, it drives visitors and extra engagement than another community.

What makes it uncommon is the extent of direct involvement the moderators take in the neighborhood.  Honestly, I ponder when they may burn out!

There isn’t any query that on a per-member foundation, Kingged is the simplest social media for bloggers.

When certainly one of my weblog posts n0tSEO (now rebranded into IAWSEO) acquired syndicated on Kingged in 2015, I noticed a spike in visitors to the put up and several other fantastic feedback being posted, which instantly made Kingged the primary platform for my running a blog tasks.

While you may now not syndicate your posts since 2017, you may nonetheless use Kingged to share 100% distinctive top quality content material that promotes your weblog and providers, and depend on an important neighborhood to drive the engagement you want.

2. DeviantART

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Visit on-line: https://www.deviantart.com

I’ve used DeviantART to advertise my content material a number of instances over time, both to my neighborhood of Watchers (followers) by means of Journal entries and polls, or by way of Deviations (submissions).

Aside from weblog posts, I additionally promoted a brief story on DeviantART by posting an excerpt after which linking to the web page on my web site the place readers might learn the whole story and depart a critique. Traffic and feedback on my story (and my weblog posts) was substantial, particularly as much as 7 days after I submitted my Deviation.

3. InfoBarrel

InfoBarrel.com

Visit on-line: http://www.infobarrel.com

Like Kingged, InfoBarrel is a neighborhood that encourages its customers to put up useful content material and helps them increase visitors and earn a passive revenue.

The vary of matters you may write about is extensive, however probably the most attention-grabbing networking device on this neighborhood is the likelihood to vote, share and talk about content material different customers posted, thus creating new alternatives to develop your community of blogger contacts.

Philip Turner of Time Money Problem shares his expertise with InfoBarrel—

I used to make use of InfoBarrel.com the discussion board as a networking device, and felt the identical [as MBU – Author’s note] in regards to the folks there. I additionally discovered nice paying jobs there as effectively.

4. GNU Social

GNU Social

Visit on-line: https://gnu.io/social/

GNU Social is an open supply sort of “federated” Twitter-like social community, within the sense you could both self-host your personal occasion (for instance, social.yourdomain.com) or be part of an current neighborhood, however you preserve your login id throughout all federated networks.

For instance, you should utilize the identical login from social.yourdomain.com on neighborhood.frienddomain.web.

Here is a listing of networks at the moment running GNU Social as a platform. My favourite is Quitter.no — extra much like Twitter by way of UX, I discovered a pleasing and constant viewers for my advertising and marketing ethics and robotics associated posts.

How does GNU Social assist your running a blog efforts? Once you run an account on the federated community of alternative and also you begin selling your weblog posts, they are going to be seen to the whole neighborhood throughout the various different federated networks.

5. Scoop.it

Scoop.it

Visit on-line: https://www.scoop.it

Scoop.it was created as a content material curation and era platform, however it may be rather more than that. As Deborah Anderson of Social Web Cafe places it—

I imagine folks consider it as a content material generator (thought generator) or a content material curation device, relatively than a social community.

However, should you consider it as a technique to share your weblog posts (content material advertising and marketing) and search for locations to counsel it to the curators, it’s really an important alternative to community.  Think of it in the identical means as Pinterest boards which are arrange for teams.

The solely factor is, there may be one curator that scoops and you’re suggesting your posts to them.  This is an under-utilized alternative to community with others and share (and eat) one another’s content material.  It additionally offers a possibility to increase that sharing and curating to different networks.  Now, I simply have to go observe what I preach and community on Scoop.it

6. BizSugar

BizSugar

Visit on-line: http://www.bizsugar.com

Similar to Kingged, BizSugar is optimized for enterprise bloggers who wish to construct visitors to their posts, movies and different varieties of content material, in addition to join and community with different bloggers in the identical area of interest or trade.

If you run a really niche-specific weblog, BizSugar will work significantly better for you as a networking device than different, extra generalist varieties of social networks.

7. MyBlogU

MyBlogU

Visit on-line: https://myblogu.com

Like HARO, MyBlogU helps bloggers join to one another by means of shared tasks that contain interviews, brainstorming, media and boards.

Not as uncommon as a number of the above-mentioned, however since MyBlogU’s neighborhood continues to be small in comparison with different social gatherings for bloggers (together with boards) it earned a spot on this put up.

Jeevan Jacob John from Daring Blogger shares his enthusiasm about his expertise on MyBlogU:

Ann and her group [have] managed to draw some superior bloggers to this neighborhood – which makes it much more superior!

I’ve participated in different communities, however most of them are sort of comparable as of late (simply submitting content material, upvoting and so forth). And folks aren’t all the time energetic on these websites, in addition to selling their content material.

Here, it is completely different. We should not making an attempt to, immediately at the least, promote our enterprise or weblog. Instead, we share our concepts, ask for opinions (which helps to shine our concepts, and keep away from errors) and talk.

Plus, there are these pleasant competitions to encourage us to take part extra (and there is all the time a prize. Sure, we would not win the money prize, however finally we’re all winners due to the concepts shared!).

Philip Turner has additionally a really constructive view of the platform:

MyBlogU is my blogger community. We assist one another, chat and would all be good buddies in the true world. I’ve had many paying jobs by means of my contacts right here, so if funds = success MyBlogU wins each time.

What about probably the most ‘regular’ social network?

Christopher Jan Benitez recommends Google+

Christopher Jan Benitez

Many consider Google+ as a social graveyard.

However, when used correctly, Google+ is a great social networking site to make professional connections and tap into a new community for your site or blog. First, the Google Communities feature some of the most vibrant online communities. It depends on your niche, but each community generally is active and creates lots of discussion about your site topic.

Also, Google Hangouts is another great way to take your relationships with users [to] a whole new level. Conducting lessons, interviews, and webinars is a breeze using this.

— Christopher Jan Benitez (christopherjanb.com)

Dr. Elaine Nicholls recommends Pinterest

As a blogger, I actually find Pinterest is the best network I use in terms of connecting with other bloggers. It helps me to connect with people who have interests in line with my blog. MyBlogU has helped me connect with other bloggers in a way which provides me support in my blogging.

In my hobby blog (achelois.co) I find the best social network is not really a social network! It is challenge blogs. There are various card making, paper craft and mixed media challenges you can join in. By joining in with these you connect with other bloggers with the same hobby.

— Dr. Elaine Nicholls

… And then we have bloggers’ forums, of course!

Forums – the oldest form of social network.

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Forum marketing is still alive and kicking in 2017. And, it’s simple: Engage with the forum members, and consequently earn a massive stream of targeted visitors. Here’s what you can do to get started:

  1. Find the right forums
  2. Create a Compelling Profile
  3. Provide value to the forum
  4. Edit your signature

I once heard: “When it comes to forum marketing, your signature is your salesman.”

And it’s true. People will see your signature underneath any of your posts, and due to this fact, it’s precisely the place your hyperlink goes to be. Eventually, preserve posting within the discussion board at the least twice per week and revel in your new visitors supply.

— Sariel Mazuz