Do you wonder what it takes to make a blog post go viral? We think we have killer content, but how do we get people to visit our blogs and want to stick around? I’ve had a couple blog posts go “viral”, and by that I mean far outside the normal traffic for a post. My Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge post was repinned 26,000 times (63,000 pageviews) and my 7 habits free weekly planner post 13,000 times (143,000 pageviews)! And you know what helped launch the viral traffic to those posts? Blogging Facebook groups.
For each of those posts, I had shared the posts in a few key Facebook groups where bloggers leave links to their posts and share others’ posts in return. Much to my amazement, they got repinned or reshared by another blogger and since then as you can see, the traffic from them has SKYROCKETED!
I love finding bloggers with similar passions and free Facebook groups are a wonderful way to connect, collaborate and learn from other supportive bloggers. Not only did these 10 Facebook groups help me skyrocket my traffic, they also helped me learn, grow and beautify my blog so that I can take advantage and convert visitors into loyal readers when these posts go viral. I love to share the keys to my blogging success so be sure to visit my Blogging Tips and Tricks to Take Your Blog to the Next Level page for more great resources.
Some of these groups are niche specific to topics I blog about but I think it’s important to look for others that promote and support similar niches as yourself.
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1. Bloggers Get Social
Bloggers Get Social is a free group dedicated to growing your blogging network and boost your social media. Krystal puts up daily threads where members leave their links for blog post comments and social media links so other members can like, comment, RT, repin and stumble the posts. The daily Facebook really helps my blog Facebook page with engagement since very few people who like my page are actually served the post.
Bloggers Get Social also hosts podcasts, periscope challenges, Instagram challenges and weekly Twitter chats using the hashtag #BloggersGetSocial. Find out more about the Facebook group and other details on Bloggers Get Social main site.#BloggersGetSocial is a must have Facebook group to boost your blog @BloggersGetSocial Click To Tweet
2. Growing Social Media for Bloggers
Growing Social Media for Bloggers is another free group dedicated to promoting your social media posts and growing your accounts. I enjoy this group because I can focus on particular social media on different days, they have monthly pinterest group board and follow all threads to grow your followers.
3. Pinning Perfect
Pinning Perfect Students is for people who have taken the Pinning Perfect e-course* offered by Blog Clarity. I took this class a year ago and since implementing their tips, it’s taken Pinterest to my #1 traffic referral source. In this group, members can ask questions and course instructors Melissa and Anna and other members chime in with answers and tips to help one another grow their Pinterest audience and improve their Pinterest strategy. It’s also helpful in finding Pin70 groups to help promote your pins.Pinning Perfect will help take Pinterest for your blog to the next level @MelACulbertson Click To Tweet
4. Blog Beautiful
Blog Beautiful is hosted by the talented Marianne of Design Your Own Beautiful Blog. I was so thrilled to find Marianne’s group. I could not afford a custom blog design yet and purchased the Hello Trending theme* from Hello You Designs. As hard as I try, I’m not a designer so I turn to this group where Marianne offers design tips and help for those of us who want to improve the navigation, flow and appearance of our blogs and images.
There are daily threads to share our goals for the week and tips and tricks we learned. We can also ask design questions and share helpful articles with each other. Marianne always has constructive advice on how to improve our designs. I’m often pinning the articles she shares to my Blogging Tips and Design Inspiration board so I can come back to it when I’m ready to tackle a certain area. Find out more about Marianne and how to build a beautiful blog on her site.Blog Beautiful FB group is awesome for bloggers looking to design their own blogs. @marianney Click To Tweet
5. Learn to Blog Hangouts
Learn to Blog is hosted by Crystal and Kelli who also authored the Skyrocket Blog Pageviews with Google Analytics* and Dominate Search Engines* courses. These classes are excellent resources and gave me several easy to implement ideas that really have an impact on my blog.
Crystal and Kelli have tons of videos on their Learn to Blog website to help bloggers with SEO, blog design and time management. As a forum where you can ask questions, the Facebook group allows you to ask questions, they have social media and post sharing days and Crystal and Kelli are very helpful often doing video tutorials to answer bloggers’ questions. There is also a paid version of the group called the VIP Forum. Find their blogging videos and useful advice at Learn to Blog Hangouts.#LearntoBlog has great videos on SEO, design, time mgmt & FB group @LTBHangouts Click To Tweet
6. Simple Pin Pinterest Strategy Group
Not only do I ENJOY stalking Pinterest all the time, Pinterest is without a doubt my largest source of traffic to my blog. Kate from Simple Pin Media is another Pinterest guru I turn to and her Simple Pin Pinterest Strategy Facebook Group is great for learning effective strategies from her and other bloggers to drive traffic from Pinterest to your blog.
I love using Tailwind (grab a free trial here)* to schedule out my pins. Tailwind optimizes when my pins are posted for when my followers are most active so that they are more likely to be repinned. Tailwind tribes are groups of users who schedule repins of each others’ content and they have been awesome in getting more reach for my pins, in one tribe, the 71 pins I shared have had 813,000 potential impressions (reach). That’s fabulous visibility.
Anyway, this Facebook group has an extensive list of Tailwind tribes to join covering all sorts of topics. I even found a Tribe for autoimmune diseases (like the Rheumatoid Arthritis I have) which is a very niche specific group so that would be perfect to find another traffic source for my RA posts. Joining several Tailwind tribes has been vital to optimizing my traffic from Pinterest.
7 & 8. Facebook Fabulous & Instagram Fabulous
Run by the same group, Facebook Fabulous for Business Owners & Bloggers & Instagram Fabulous for Insta-Users are amazing Facebook groups for promoting interaction and gaining followers on Facebook and Instagram. There are various threads for liking statuses, commenting and following all accounts in the thread. With over 7,000 members in the Facebook group and 21,000 members in the Instagram group, threads can easily get over 100+ participants a day, so be sure you can commit to completing the thread rules when you leave your link. However, receiving those 100+ interactions can certainly boost your engagement and visibility in Facebook and Instagram.
9. Book Bloggers Do it Better Discussion Group
Book Bloggers Do it Better is a fun group of book bloggers. Blog self promotion is only once a week but this community is great for networking with other book bloggers and discussing issues regarding our niche. I love the moderators Becca and Tamara who also moderates all the great Twitter chats for SheReads. I love the camaraderie of the book blogging community and this is a great group to join for book lovers.
10 Facebook groups #bloggers need to help your posts go viral! Click To Tweet
10. Chronic Illness Bloggers
I didn’t realize just how many people battle and blog about their chronic illnesses until I joined the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network. It is a fabulous network that offers support and sponsored post opportunities for chronic illness bloggers.
Their dedicated Chronic Illness Bloggers Facebook group is a collaborative place for bloggers to share posts and encourage each other on their health and blogging journeys.
Participating in blogging Facebook groups has been one of my secrets to getting viral traffic to my blog. There are a variety of Facebook groups to help you improve how your blog looks and functions and help grow your social media presence to drive constant traffic to your blog. For more amazing Facebook groups, be sure to check out these 12 Best Facebook Groups for Bloggers to Increase Traffic.
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What Facebook groups do you love?