8 Facebook Groups to Grow Your Blog & My February 2016 Blogging Goals

Posted February 2, 2016 by Tanya M in 2016 Blogging Goals & Linkup, Blogging, Blogging Tips, Linky Parties / 79 Comments

8 Facebook Groups to Grow Your Blog. Check out these 8 Facebook groups you need now to grow your blog plus my February 2016 Blogging goals and linkup.

Happy February! The month of love is upon us and it’s time to share my February 2016 Blogging Goals and 8 Facebook Groups to grow your blog. I puffy heart love these groups I belong to and thought I’d share them with you too.

First, let’s talk about how January went. I had some pretty lofty goals but I completed all of the mini-challenges done for the Biannual Blogathon Bash, got a great start on my new blog design with Daniela Uslan’s Blog Makeover class and took the SITS Girls Skyrocket Your PageViews class so I was pretty happy. This is the style guide for my new blog design, I think I’m going with Oregano for the subheading. What do you think of the colors and fonts? What subheading font do you like? These events gave me such good info, I have a lot of ideas to execute in February!

Mom's Small Victories - color and font style guide

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February 2016 Blogging Goals 

Alright, let’s get to the nitty gritty, here are my February 2016 Blogging Goals. Bullet journal style, some of these goals have been migrated from January if they did not get done.

Blog Growth

  1. Start a Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge & Events Newsletter. Since this is a join whenever you want challenge, I need to get the newsletter in shape to welcome new members and keep current readers informed of our monthly events. With 5 hosts now, there will be an event every month.
  2. Publish my blog mission statement.
  3. Create another freebie for email subscribers like my Free 2016 blog planner.
  4. Read the Epic Brand Identity Workbook. 
  5. Complete SEO to-dos from Skyrocket Blog Pageviews with Google Analytics* class based on the book.

Blog Design

  1. Start working on new blog design. I purchased Tweak Me theme version 2* and I can customize my design for EXACTLY what I want. I just need to take the plunge and start.
  2. Finish inspiration board for new blog design.
  3. Read Blog Design for Dummies*.
  4. Fix affiliate links.
  5.  Cleanup categories and tags.

Blog Content

  1. Write a planning post. 
  2. Write a Travel the World in Books Reading challenge post.
  3. Write a Recipe post.
  4. Write a Blogging Resource post. I decided to incorporate a blogging tip into my goals post. 2 birds…1 stone….small victory!
  5. Write a Rheumatoid Arthritis post.
  6. Write a Book List post.
  7. Write a Book Review post.
  8. Invite more guest bloggers for Be Our Guest Fridays series. If you’re interested in guest blogging for me, leave me a comment! 
  9. Update 3 images on old posts and repin.
  10. Cross post 5 book reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and B&N.

 Blog Maintenance

  1. Clean up email. I made great progress in January but still have 3k messages in my inbox that need to be sorted or deleted.

 

Well that’s what my February looks like here on the blog. I also want to share with you a blogging tip. Tammy from My Life Abundant always shares a blog income report and blogging tip with her goals and I thought it was a great idea. It helps make sure I share with you what I know or have learned about blogging. After all, my favorite thing about blogging is supporting the blogging community and people who love to share creative ideas with the rest of us.

Top 8 Facebook Groups to Grow Your Blog

I’m a Facebook group junkie. There I said it. I love finding people and bloggers with similar passions. These 8 Facebook groups have helped me in the past year with growing and beautifying my blog so I’m showing them my love and appreciation this month by sharing them with you. Stop by and check them out!

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. Blogging On Your Own Terms

Blogging on Your Own Terms is another free group dedicated to finding your voice and connecting with the audience you want. Daniela encourages members to not follow a cookie cutter pattern or just follow what another successful blogger might have done. She really helps members find their own way, on their own terms and make our blogs what we dream they will be. In the group, Daniela has daily threads to share social media and blog posts and also poses and encourages questions so we can all learn from one another.

Daniela also hosts challenges like the 10 Day Blog Makeover Challenge, offers free webinars and has a paid subscription service called Have Your Cupcake. Find out more about Daniela and all she offers on her website.

Blogging on Your Own Terms is essential for achieving your dream blog @DanielaUslan Click To Tweet

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 cannot afford a custom blog design yet and actually love designing my own blog with Tweak Me theme*. 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 DIY blog designers.

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 Kelly who also authored the Skyrocket Blog Pageviews with Google Analytics* and free 3 day class of the same name. The class was really helpful and gave me several easy to implement ideas. I’m new to their Facebook group but I’m sure it will be very helpful.

Crystal and Kelli have tons of videos on their 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. 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. NC Blogger Network

NC Blogger Network is a great resource for bloggers in North Carolina. There is an annual fee to join the network but they have a Facebook group where members are provided special opportunities, discounts, campaigns, podcasts, social events and webinars.

The NC Blogger Network Facebook group encourages us to support one another’s blogs and we can ask questions at any time. It’s where I scored a deal for my new hosting*  and where I learned how to create a freebie to offer my subscribers (and my # of subscribers increased 500%). Members also can take advantage of members-only Pinterest boards, be featured on their site and submit articles for guest posting. This is money well spent in my opinion, find out more about NC Blogger Network here and tell them I sent you if you join!

#NCBN is the place to be for NC Bloggers. I β™₯ Members only FB group! @NCblognet Click To Tweet

7. 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, my co-host for Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge, 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.

 

8. Book Lovers Boost Group

The Book Lovers Boost Group is the free group I started to help book lovers promote and share their posts. My goal is to have daily threads where we can share posts on social media and our blogs that we want others to RT, like, comment on, or repin. I started inviting people who blog about books, you do not have to only blog about books to join. I’ll be getting this ramped up, so please join us! 

8 Facebook groups you need to grow your blog and Feb goals. Rock Your Blog! Click To Tweet

Goals Linkup

If you have a goals post you want to share, link it up with us and get some great ideas from these other bloggers too!


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This post linked up with SITS Sharefest .

What Facebook groups do you love? What are your February goals? Share with us!
 

 

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79 responses to “8 Facebook Groups to Grow Your Blog & My February 2016 Blogging Goals

  1. Thank you for this post, I needed it to expand my community engagement. I’ve already started to sign up for some of the online groups!

  2. Love this! I really need to step up my FB game – I did a lot of work last month figuring out Twitter and Pinterest and need to work on Facebook. I love the FB group for helping with blog growth. I wish I had seen this earlier in the month, I would have gotten my own goals together in a post! I’ll just have to do it next monht πŸ˜‰
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    • Yes, and Facebook’s algorithms make it really hard for your posts to get seen by the people who already liked your page. So the groups definitely help boost engagement. Glad this post helped you. Hope you’ll linkup your goals with us. Our linkup is open all month so better late than never!

    • Thanks April, I was thinking of changing the design but glad you like this one. πŸ™‚ I hardly have time to blog, how do you manage homeschooling, family life, chronic pain AND a blog? Glad to help you be inspired. I am inspired by so many who help me grow my blog.

    • It does sound like a full time job doesn’t it? I wish it could be but I squeeze in what I can when I can. I just like really big lists so I have a good variety to choose from when the mood strikes. Thanks for hosting the goals linkup!

    • Thanks Emily, I was really late in writing up my goals so glad you came back to linkup! I will have to check out Nectar Collective’s Facebook group, I get the emails but didn’t join the group yet. The groups help my blog so much. Thanks for stopping by.

    • I have to keep mine detailed and S.M.A.R.T. so I can feel like I got something accomplished! You’re welcome for the Facebook resources, so excited to breathe some life into our Book Lovers Boost Group.

  3. I’d love to collaborate for Feature Fridays. Thanks for the great resources and direction for blogging. It’s very helpful for a new blogger such as myself.

    • The Skyrocket Your PageViews class was great and gave us a good teaser of the tools in the book of the same name. Thanks for stopping by, I love Bloggers Get Social!

  4. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring post. You have really great goals and you are quite focussed in which direction you want to go and what you would like to achieve.

    I found the list of facebook groups very useful and have already sent requests to join a number of the groups you.

    Despite my blog only being three and a half months old and still having low traffic I have just wrote my very first income (or lack of) and progress report which I wrote as a way of making myself accountable and encourage myself to work harder to reach the goals that I set.

    Hopefully as time goes on and everything goes to plan this will give both myself and my readers a clear transparent view of what happens and can be achieved with a little bit of hard work and focus.
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  5. Kacie

    These are fantastic goals! I’ll have to go through the list of blog groups, those have helped my blog tremendously as well! I can’t wait to see how your new blog design comes out! πŸ™‚

  6. Shout out to Bloggers Get Social! I love this post and so helpful! I need to focus on the design of my page more. It needs to look more professional.

  7. Koninika

    Such a great post about goals and black going! I definitely learned from the post! Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work!!

  8. Wow, you’ve been busy!!
    I am a brand new blogger and have loved Build Your Own Beautiful Blog and Bloggers Get Social! It’s been an amazing resource!

  9. I like that you are so organised with your blog! I’m also thinking to start planning my posts ahead to make my life easier. Thanks for sharing these groups too, some I knew, some I didn’t.

    • Aw, thank you Melinda, glad to help. I really love blogging, and there’s so much I want to do to improve my blog. Glad you found some useful tips too!

    • Hi Tonya with an O! Down in NC where I live, people spell my name with an 90% of the time. Though the lady at Home Depot helping me with our water heater fiasco spelled it Tanyia. She must ALWAYS get her name spelled wrong! Anyway glad my list was helpful to you, there are some fab groups out there with such helpful and knowledgeable bloggers. It’s really been helping me up my blogging game. Thanks for commenting.

    • Oh Cat, I’m the master of to do lists πŸ™‚ So the list itself is organized so I can corrale the crazy chaos of thoughts running through my head at any moment. Case in point, I sat down to write tomorrow’s post and am instead responding to you! Hope to see you in some of these groups with me!

  10. Wow, your goals and organization are so impressive, Tanya! My blogging goals are just to try and keep up! ha ha I’ve actually had a lot of paid writing work lately – which is really good! – but it means my blogging time has been very limited. So little time & energy each day to spread in so many directions! I was thinking that my blogs don’t contribute to my income at all…but then I realized that each of my two blogs helped me get a regular paying writing job last year that is still on-going, so that certainly counts. I do have one blogging goal for the year (besides just trying to keep up) – to learn more about how my blogs can help contribute to my writing income.

    Love your list of FB groups for bloggers – I joined several – though my problem with those is the amount of extra e-mail they can generate, so I will have to try to limit that somewhow.

    And I didn’t realize Travel the World in Books was still ongoing! I just posted my “final” results for it in my 2015 challenge wrap-up. Glad to hear it is still going – I will add it to my list of 2016 reading challenges (which I still need to post – see what I mean about trying to keep up??)

    Great post – thanks for the info & good luck on your February goals!

    Sue
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    • Well the good thing about the Facebook groups is you can join the free ones and they don’t send emails unless you subscribe to emails. I like it better that way too because you can check on them whenever you have time. They have become such a part of my routine that I enjoy visiting most of them everyday. Oh yes, Travel the World in Books is a perpetual challenge, i wanted to do a 5 year challenge personally but participants can do whatever length of time they choose.

    • I’m usually just trying to keep up too. I hear most bloggers that make money don’t make it from the blog itself, but from launching a business out of it. For you it sounds like it gets you freelance work, which is awesome. I hope one day I’ll figure out which direction I want to head and until then I just keep blogging cause I love it! πŸ™‚

  11. These are definitely great groups! I’m in so many I can’t keep up, but I joined a great small tribe that has been wonderful, and I’m also part of the International Bloggers Association (they have an open and a paid group). I love the Tweak me v2 – I just spent last weekend rebranding my family lifestyle look using it. The book blog has been running the original tweak me for a while now too. Pinned this post πŸ™‚

  12. Thanks Tanya for posting this I think that I will create a post and post my goals for the month. I hope I can link the post by Thursday. I have my goals written in planner s this would be a great way to put it out in the universe!

    All of the resources you post are so helpful! Thanks

    • You’re welcome Daniela. I really loved the Blog Makeover Challenge and still have to catch up on a few days. Thanks for providing such a great resource for us!

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