Be Excellent To Each Other: Building Blog Community By Helping Others

build community help What makes a community?

Okay, that’s a question with a number of correct answers. The one I’m going for here is “an atmosphere of helpfulness and giving”. Or, as Bill and Ted would say, “Be excellent to each other, dudes!”

Bill and Ted – do y’all remember Bill and Ted? Please say yes – were on to something. If you’re trying to build community on your blog, you won’t go wrong by being excellent to your readers.

I’ve been visiting a number of blogs thanks to the two blog challenges I’ve participated in recently. I feel pretty safe in saying that from what I’ve seen, you have the “be excellent” thing down pretty good. Here’s some of what I’ve seen:

Building Community On Your Blog

Tutorials. You know how to do something, or you have a need to learn it real fast. So you work up a tutorial to help others learn the same thing.

Publicity. Whether it’s a link round-up or using the CommentLuv plugin or having a “Top Commentors” plugin, you’re helping other bloggers get traffic by letting your readers know they exist (and the Google link-juice doesn’t hurt, either).

Free reports. I know people use free reports as a “thank you” for signing up to mailing lists or other actions. But if they’re filled with useful information that helps people? That’s still being pretty darn excellent, in my opinion.

Building Community Off Your Blog

Moral support. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen encouraging comments when someone mentioned something they were nervous about or having difficulty with.

Sharing. Maybe this should go under publicity, but it’s an extra bit of effort to do, so I’m listing it by itself. You share other people’s posts on different social media platforms, giving them a chance at a greater audience and, of course, the “social proof” that search engines are all over these days.

So give yourself a high five, Bill and Ted-style, and keep up the good work.

Time to toot your own horn! What have you done to help your community? Or toot someone else’s horn: what have you seen someone else do that you thought was a great example of being excellent to their community? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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12 thoughts on “Be Excellent To Each Other: Building Blog Community By Helping Others

  1. Unfortunately I don’t know who Bill and Ted are, but I love the whole idea of community, helping one another and sharing love. It is so great to be a part of a wonderful community of like minded people who support one another. Thanks so much for the reminder and for posting such a great post. :-)
    DTaRelle F. Tullis recently posted…Making Time For Mommy Tip #2My Profile

    • Bill and Ted are characters in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a movie from the late 80′s. One of their sayings was “Be excellent to each other, dudes.” It’s good advice :-) .

  2. Community IS so important! And I love the Bill and Ted reference! I’ll have to look into some of the plugins you were talking about and see what I can integrate into my site. :)
    Iris recently posted…Are You a NO?My Profile

  3. Ah yes. I remember Bill and Ted. Who knew they were really on to something. Thank you for this reminder that it is all about being excellent and building community.
    Linda Luke recently posted…How to Stay on Track to a Meaningful LifeMy Profile

  4. I am a big believer in helping my community – online & off. That’s why I’ve delivered presentations, workshops, teleseminars and webinars about social media, copywriting and marketing. For years, long before opt-ins were popular, I offered a different free report on my Web site each month. I often get contacted by wannabe copywriters and offer them advice. The more you give, the more you receive.
    Thanks! ~Debra
    Debra Jason recently posted…Is Your Inner Passion Burning Low?My Profile

  5. I like Bill and Ted’s (and yours) advice, Katie. Typically (to use an over-used cliche) what goes around, comes around, and if you’re good to others, they’ll be good to you back. Blessings!
    Amy recently posted…Harbingers of Spring at our houseMy Profile

    • That’s true, Amy. I think it’s a particularly important point to remember when doing business online where your reputation mat be all people have to judge you by.

  6. In blogging, it is easy to find yourself talking to a space and wasting bytes of data. All that can change by joining a blogging community. Interaction with people and sharing of ideas are valuable.
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