This post will provide new Christian bloggers 10 excellent Christian Facebook groups which efficiently help grow blog traffic. It will also provide insight into why Facebook groups are an important part of growing a new blog.
Why Facebook Groups for New Bloggers?
Starting out in blogging is not easy. When you create your posts for the first time you may be at a loss to know how to get your content in front of an interested audience. Facebook groups of bloggers who produce and consume similar content are a gold mine of collaborators. An ideal Facebook group for a new Christian blogger who wants to grow their blog is one with weekly reciprocation and share threads. A reciprocation and share thread allows you to share your latest blog post with the Facebook group in exchange for visiting and interacting with at least one other post that is also in the same thread. You will get much needed initial traction of people reading your blog. By doing this, you will also start to learn which post topics have the highest interest (so you can produce more along those lines). Participating in such Facebook groups also provides opportunities to connect with other new bloggers and form friendships.
While there are many other types of Facebook groups that are helpful for new bloggers (for example groups about WordPress troubleshooting, groups about Pinterest), groups such as those listed in this article help you grow your blog while also teaching you new things.
For more information on how to select the best Facebook groups for efficient and optimal blog growth please see my related blog post “Six Tips for New Bloggers to Pick Facebook Groups that Drive Blog Traffic” here.
What Are Some Key Characteristics of a Good Facebook Group to Grow Blog Traffic?
We all have limited time. We all want groups which give a good return on blog traffic growth for the investment of our time.
A group that will do this has:
- Clear rules about reciprocation.
- Helpful and involved group administration.
- Activity. Stay away from groups that only post once a month or less. You want groups with at least weekly interaction.
- Administrator rules for reciprocation on share threads. You want to avoid any groups that just ask people to post links……there is usually no interaction and no benefit to those groups.
- Reasonable requests for reciprocation on share threads. Unless you have a lot of time to focus on posting in Facebook groups, do not join groups that expect you to comment on ten posts for one share. Also, avoid groups that want you to interact with every single other blog in the share thread. The time demand is not reasonable for what you get out of those interactions. When the reciprocation requests are less than 5 per post shared, you have the highest chance of getting meaningful interaction on your posts (by this I mean people take the time to read your post and are genuinely interested in the content and vice versa). I have starting following other Christian bloggers through finding great content in share threads with reasonable requests for reciprocation.
- An ideal number of people in the group. If the group is too large, your shared post will drown in hundreds of others and it will be hard to find the person who interacted on your post so you can reciprocate back. If it is too small, there may be no one in your niche who genuinely wants to interact on your post as their niche is too different. Look for groups in the 50-500 person range. Also, consider new groups that are quickly growing-they have great potential (there is a new one starting up below!).
- Christian niche focus. The chances of having meaningful interaction on your posts and forming blogging friendships through collaboration are much higher in your niche.
The Ten Recommended Christian Facebook Groups for New Christian Bloggers to Grow Blog Traffic
- Christian Bloggers Mastermind
- Christian Women Bloggers Unite
- By His Grace Bloggers
- Christian Blog Tribe
- Salt and Light Linkup
- Christian Bloggers (there are several, look for the one that has over 500 members)
- Blessing Bloggers
- Called to Blog
- Christian Women Blogs
- *UPDATE*…..I have just started (*updated August 13, 2018) a new Christian bloggers Facebook group focussed on blog growth. The focus will be all about helping new (e.g. less than a year since starting to blog) Christian bloggers get their blogs growing fast. Collaboration, support, and helpful tips will be there. If you are interested in joining this group, please either search in Facebook the title “New Christian Bloggers Blog Growth group” and request to join, OR, follow this link to request to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/441398549705300/
There are many other groups I could have listed. The ones I have not listed may be inactive, have no reciprocation or have what I consider too high requests for reciprocation. I have also excluded those who do not respond to requests to join. The list above should save you some time in pinpointing the best Facebook groups to help grow your blog traffic. These groups should respond promptly (within a few days) too based on my experience.
A Couple of Cautions
Please don’t join too many groups! You want to have meaningful interaction with the groups you are involved in, and being in too many groups will eat all of your time. I would suggest no more than ten.
The other caution, which I learned the hard way, relates to how Facebook responds to a change in your posting behaviour. If you suddenly start dropping links in many groups and liking a lot of posts in a short space of time, the bots that run Facebook could label you as spam and stop you from posting in share threads—- for an unspecified amount of time. Be forewarned there is no way to communicate with Facebook directly about this. The whole system is run by robots.
The best way to deal with this potential Facebook problem is to avoid it. If you enter a share thread, limit how much you post at one time to 3 or less. Come back later to reciprocate. To avoid having issues with Facebook limiting how often you can post, spread your interactions out throughout the day, don’t batch them all at the same time for the share thread activities. I also don’t repeatedly post “followed” if I reciprocate on someone’s post in a share thread. Repeated words in a short space of time also aggravate Facebook bots. I try to vary what I write to let someone know I reciprocated.
This post is for the new Christian blogger who is at a loss on how to promote his or her blog. It gives you 10 suggested Facebook groups that will give you a high return on your investment to grow blog traffic as a new blogger.
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