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  1. Lindsay @ Let Me Give You Some Advice
    February 16, 2017 @ 3:07 pm

    Thank you, this was helpful! It reminds me that I can still give back even as a new blogger. Any suggestions on finding a good conference for blogging. Some of them seem so big that it’s kind of intimidating but I’d love to find some smaller ones that might help build some real relationships.

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    • Kristen Millican
      February 16, 2017 @ 10:50 pm

      I’m wondering the same thing about blogging conferences. Having a list of a few recommended conferences would be really helpful! Thanks for the post. It’s exactly what I needed to hear. Networking is an area of weakness for me, and I believe this post helped to challenge me to take a step in the right direction! Thank you Ruth!

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  2. Katie @ Rebelsaurus
    February 16, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

    Awesome post. 🙂 I’m totally an introvert so whenever I hear that I should be “networking” I want to run and hide, but you made the idea of relationship building seem so much more approachable here.

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    • Hannah Stevenson
      February 16, 2017 @ 7:24 pm

      I just want to say that I love the name of your blog! Totally made me click over. Your site is clean and beautiful too. Just thought I’d let you know. 🙂

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  3. Fern Cohen
    February 16, 2017 @ 3:16 pm

    Even though I already knew these things, I will be sure to put “read other blogs” on my weekly list of priorities. It’s true that commenting on other writers’ blogs can mean clicks on yours. And, it’s also true that referring to an entry on someon else’s blog can be more than just appreciated — it can lead to a friendship with other bloggers. Thanks for reminding me.

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  4. Nicole | The Professional Mom Project
    February 16, 2017 @ 3:41 pm

    Love this advice. I really like reading other people’s blogs and commenting it’s such a fun part of the blogging community.

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  5. Catherine
    February 16, 2017 @ 3:45 pm

    I don’t know that I’d say I’ve paid anything forward yet (I probably need to be actually getting past 1k views/month for that, lol). However, I do like to give encouragement to bigger bloggers I follow have expressed concern or insecurity about what they are doing (whether it be publishing income reports or simply a direction that they are scared to go into). We all need support (The ENFP in me is totally coming out, lol) even if your making 7 figures a year, people need people! 🙂

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  6. Krishna
    February 16, 2017 @ 4:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m an introvert too and so I sometimes feel “safer” blogging from behind my computer screen rather than being out and networking. I know that’s one of the things that needs to be done. Now it’s just a matter of getting out of my comfort zone a little bit! 🙂

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  7. Sandy
    February 16, 2017 @ 5:18 pm

    I’ve sort of fallen away from linking to other bloggers as I have created more content of my own. I will make more of an effort to get back into doing that!

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  8. Ayanna
    February 16, 2017 @ 6:16 pm

    These are some great points!!! It’s so important in blogging to build relationship and support each other. I never thought about linking to other bloggers within one of my own posts. That’s an awesome way to connect and show my readers some of the blogs that I read as well.

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  9. Susan
    February 16, 2017 @ 6:39 pm

    Thank you, Ruth, for the wonderful tips! I’m looking forward to building relationships through my little spot on the internet.

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  10. Michele Riggsbee
    February 16, 2017 @ 6:43 pm

    This is an excellent reminder! I had the privilege of meeting one of the very first bloggers I started following several years ago at The Becoming Conference last summer. I started to introduce myself to her and when I started to tell her my name she said my last name before I did! Mind you she had no idea of what I looked like! Then she and I met again last fall at a quilt store when she was promoting her new fabric line and recognized me again. I was genuinely blown away by her friendliness!

    We have emailed each other many times and have even chatted on the phone! I am truly blessed to call her a friend and a mentor in the blogging community. She has already asked if I would help promote her book when it releases later this year! I about fainted and needless to say I was thrilled to be offered such a terrific opportunity. I’m looking forward to seeing her again at the Haven Conference in Atlanta in July! I can’t wait to meet many more of the bloggers I follow and to grow and learn with such an amazing community of wonderful people! I hope to have my blog go live soon. Thanks for such a great post!

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  11. Adrian | Adrianscrazylife
    February 16, 2017 @ 7:20 pm

    I think the power of face to face connections are often overlooked. That’s why I make a real effort to attend as many blog conferences, workshops and local blogger events as I can. Why not? There are always friends, fun, good food, usually swag and prizes and I’ve never come away without learning something. And tonight I am paying it forward – I’m meeting with several local bloggers for a monthly mastermind work night.

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  12. Michele
    February 16, 2017 @ 8:27 pm

    This blog post contains so much useful information – wish I were ready to spring it right into action! -…- I have not begun my blog yet- but I am reading “HOW TO BLOG FOR PROFIT …. WITHOUT SELLING YOUR SOUL” …. And I am so grateful for this book!! The value is *incredible*! I have paid FAR more for not 1% of the info provided in this book. Highly recommend it!!

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  13. Melanie Lawson
    February 16, 2017 @ 9:56 pm

    Awesome post. As a brand newbie to the blogging world, I can appreciate your advice and I agree with paying it forward. All the best!

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  14. Deborah Baggett
    February 16, 2017 @ 10:24 pm

    I am new to blogging, in fact I am gathering information before I start. I must say that your posts and resources have helped me tremendously. I look forward to taking the Elite Blog Academy class. I love your blog and the fact that you believe in paying it forward. All the best to you.

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  15. Rebecca
    February 17, 2017 @ 12:08 am

    Great Content! I’m exploring the idea of earning by blogging and this platform seems so helpful. It’s only two days back that I sensed the urge to leave a comment on posts that I felt I could relate to (just showing some courtesy). And here I am reading your advice on connecting genuinely! Thank you Ruth.

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  16. Laurie
    February 17, 2017 @ 8:35 am

    Thank you for the great advice, I’m new to blogging and you have been a tremendous help! Looking forward to taking your class!

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  17. Lo Tanner | All That Motivates
    February 17, 2017 @ 9:26 am

    I love what you have to say about guest posting. I read all day (well, often enough) on Pinterest that guest posting is dead and not worth the time and effort. BUT when you look at from the stance of connecting with other people and building relationships I can see it being a valuable tool. One of those reminders that some things aren’t all about the numbers.

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  18. Bev
    February 17, 2017 @ 10:24 am

    Hi Ruth, this is really an “eye-opener” for me, because I read alot of blogs, but I never really comment or leave a reply. I will definitely do that from now on. Thank you so much for these valuable tips & insights. Will also check out local blogging conferences to meet up with people face to face,. The only blog I actually commented on was a dear friend who helped me create my blog. Forever greatful to her.

    By the way I am from South Africa

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  19. Ashley
    February 17, 2017 @ 11:01 am

    I gave back by starting up a closed Facebook group specifically for bloggers in my specific community (Endurance & Trail Riders). It allows other people to share their posts and ideas for new topics.

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  20. Pamela Grice
    February 17, 2017 @ 11:39 am

    Thank you for this reminder that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” (I don’t know who said that, but I believe it’s true). I just spent the morning encouraging others and now it’s time to get down to the business of planning my day. I so appreciate your insights and wisdom and look forward to growing my (very brand new) blog as the year goes forward!

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  21. Cheryl
    February 17, 2017 @ 1:09 pm

    Thanks for the words of wisdom. It saddens me when newbie bloggers view successful bloggers as competition. There’s more than enough room in the virtual world for all of us! I am a newbie blogger myself, but I am encouraged when other (more awesome) bloggers share their income reports as well as tips and tricks for how they grew their blog. Unfortunately, some people view this as bragging. I truly can’t wait for the opportunity to meet my mentors in person! Maybe one day I will become someone newbie bloggers look up to…

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  22. Jennifer
    February 17, 2017 @ 7:20 pm

    Yes! Love the suggestions, the hardest part is actually scheduling the time to reach out to other bloggers…. orrr…. not feeling like my blog is substantial enough to even ask! Thank you for the encouragement, Ruth. I’ll never know if I never ask, right?! 🙂

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  23. sundae
    February 18, 2017 @ 2:28 pm

    Powerful! Thanks for these inputs Ruth! 🙂

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  24. Amy
    February 18, 2017 @ 6:04 pm

    This is so very helpful, I am a very newbie blogger (I only have 3 published posts!) I feel like I am learning so much every day and sometimes it is overwhelming but I am motivated to succeed and really appreciate people like you who can share your nuggets of wisdom with those of us just starting out!

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