Blogging Collaborations and Best Practices

September 17, 2011 By Gail Gardner 42 Comments


For years now I have been encouraging businesses and bloggers to stop competing and start collaborating. I even announced that Collaborating is THE Word for 2011 and I still believe that.

Every blogger will benefit from adding a geographic component to their existing blog as I explain in Why Your Geographic Location IS a Niche and in Bloggers: Position Yourself Where the Money Is.

Use these tips from professional copywriter Donna Anderson (@SheWritesALot) on writing compelling local content.


I am personally mentoring groups of bloggers to develop best practices. These are posts that include information about what we’ve been working on. As we have more data I will put together more formal how-to methods and case studies.

  • Bloggers Wanted to Lead Blog Collaborations
  • Blogging Collaborations Process: Blog Directories
  • Blogging Collaborations Process: Benchmarking
  • Blogging Priorities: Deciding What to Do Next
  • Couponing Bloggers Best Practices and Case Study
  • Guest Blogging Five Blog Schedule (For five bloggers to become regular contributors on each other’s blogs and publish the same day of each month for consistency and feature five other bloggers on months that have five weeks in them.)
  • Why We Need Group Geo-Targeted Niche Blogs



Click Image for the Most Advanced Example of Influential Bloggers Offering Advertising and Blog Outreach to Business


  • Rohan @365thingstododc wrote about my small business advice offerings and ran with my blogger collaboration ideas. He founded the most successful blog collaboration I’ve ever seen: 44+ now 62+ and still growing Washington D.C. Food Bloggers which has grown into this formal Washington D.C. Influencers service.


  • Homeschooling Deals blogger Kelli @momof3boys3702 is leading a formal blog mentoring collaboration and wrote YES! Collaborating with other bloggers works!

If you have a blog collaboration and would like to have it listed on this page – whether I mentor you or not – please contact me via Skype to GrowMap or via a regular tweet on Twitter to @GrowMap or by leaving your information including any number of relevant links on what you are doing in the comments of this post.

If you are interested in leading or joining a collaboration, leave a comment that includes:

  1. Where you are located (city or closest geo-metro, state, country)
  2. URLs to any blogs you are active on including a link to your about page. (If it is not your personal blog, include a link to your author page or at least the username your posts are published under.
  3. Primary topics you write about.
  4. Your Twitter username if you have one (if you put it in the Twitter field that is fine).
  5. Your Facebook page, if any
  6. Best ways to contact you (Twitter, Skype, Facebook, Google+, etc.)
  7. When you are most likely to be online on any of those (range of times including time zone). [Example: 12-4 p.m. CST or afternoons MST or mornings EST]

If any of the above is confusing just leave that part out and include what you can in a comment below.

Whether you are currently interested in a blog collaboration or not, Bloggers: Promote Your Blog Here (and as soon as I find the links or they volunteer them I’ll add more places you can do that).

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Gail Gardner

Small Business Marketing Strategist at GrowMap
Creator and owner of, Gail is primarily known for mentoring small businesses and encouraging bloggers to join collaborations to share skills and support small business.
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  1. spacer John says:
    October 8, 2013 at 4:44 am

    I really like this suggestion of collaboration vs competing for success. You can’t do anything in this life alone, and creating a successful business is a communal effort. I write about construction contracting and am based in California, but the site caters to the entire USA.

  2. spacer Mohammad ismail says:
    June 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Hello dear,
    Really a great article, i have install commentluv with dofollow link and its really providing me a great result
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  3. spacer adesanmi adedotun says:
    June 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Blogging should encouraging collaboration amongst bloggers and not survival of the fittest
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  4. spacer adesanmi adedotun says:
    June 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    All blogger are striving for survival in the indsutry but it should a collaborating industry and not survival of the fittest.
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  5. spacer make money says:
    March 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I would Absolutely agree with you, Let’s stop competing and start collaborating!
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  6. spacer sarafunky says:
    February 13, 2012 at 5:20 am

    I am a new blogger an its great to get such a great details…

    • spacer growmap says:
      February 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Please use KeywordLuv instead of putting unrelated links in the body of comments.
      growmap would love you to read ..Why Your Geographic Location IS a Nichespacer

  7. spacer iPhone Development says:
    February 13, 2012 at 3:25 am

    It is really a great piece of article. Useful information for the bloggers like to blogging. Thanks for the tips.

  8. spacer John says:
    December 28, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I am interested in participating in something like this, but my site is so new that I don’t yet have an audience. Is it best to wait until you have something to offer, or is there a way to connect new bloggers?

    1. Midwest
    3. I write about personal finance, debt freedom and lifestyle design, geared towards younger married couples. Some travel writing mixed in
    4. Twitter – @realtouristria
    5. Facebook – n/a
    6. email demandprogress (at) gmail (dot) com
    7. Afternoons and Evenings CST (if you contact me ahead of time I will make sure to be around my computer
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    • spacer growmap says:
      December 29, 2011 at 2:50 am

      Hi John,

      No, I encourage bloggers to get started collaborating right away. It makes the difference between getting traffic and making money and struggling for years to learn the basics and what works.

      While I know many people who only want to work with those who can give more than they get not everyone is like that. I work with brand new blogs all the time and there are many others like me who encourage and support new bloggers.

      Relevance is key and far more important than what you currently have so far. I focus on putting together bloggers who are highly ethical and believe in Dofollow and using CommentLuv. If that describes you we’ll get you on board soon.
      growmap would love you to read ..Quantity Equals Failure. Success Focuses on Quality!spacer

      • spacer John at says:
        December 29, 2011 at 8:50 am

        Thanks for replying, Growmap.

        I am excited about CommentLuv and will install it today, provided it is compatible with my WordPress theme.

        I also will need to determine if my links are DoFollow.

        Thanks for providing this forum.
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      • spacer John at says:
        December 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm

        I just installed CommentLuv and made my site DoFollow. It was surprisingly easy. Looking forward to reaping the results!
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  9. spacer Work online says:
    December 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Collaborating with bloggers in your same market is a great idea, you can also add an experience to the readers of each of your blogs and others you link to for more info. Great outlook thanks.
    I would love to be a part of this
    1. UK
    2. make money online
    3. Making free money online, Scams and job searches.
    5. Through my website, Twitter
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  10. spacer Pagas says:
    December 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Collaborating is always beneficial for everyone involved, but I assure you that competing is a good thing; it is what makes you get better and achieve great results.

  11. spacer Abraham says:
    November 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Collaborating is a Great idea. It’s seems to be an easy way to establish a link wheel. I said on one of my blogs that Internet Marketers should be a community and not competing with each other. That would include bloggers as it would build trust and friendship with everyone in the community.

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