Hands down, one of the best ways to get your social media presence off the ground is by joining different Facebook share groups, where you can network with other bloggers and help one another through reciprocal content sharing.
But where oh where are these magical groups?! How will you ever find them in the murky gutters of the online world?
*puts on cape* I’m here to help!
The truth is, there are a LOT of blogging groups out there, the difficulty is in finding quality ones that haven’t completely dissolved into link drops and like for likes. Here is a list of some excellent groups that are worthy of your Facebook feed.
… and before we dive head first into this list (lol who am I kidding, you guys have probably clicked ‘Join’ to each one already), here’s a few things I should establish.
Basic considerations to keep in mind
- Every group has unique rules and ways to get in. Some will require additional steps like filling out a form or messaging the admin. I trust you all to be responsible adults who follow the appropriate steps!
- I’m not admin or moderator for any of these groups. If you for some reason don’t get accepted, please don’t ask me why. I’ll probably answer ‘lol idk’ and go back to eating my nachos.
- I’m listing these groups because I perceive them to be helpful and of high quality. PLEASE be respectful when joining these groups, play nice and don’t embarrass me. In other words, don’t ruin these little pockets of blog utopia. They’re limited as they are.
- Only share content that is of high quality. Don’t force other bloggers to repin your ugly images for instance. Nail your content before moving forward.
- Spammers are not welcome.
Alright let’s dig into the groups then, shall we?! PS: Feel free to mention any missing ones in the comments! I tried my best to find as many as I could, but of course many groups are more hidden than others.
Groups for Social Media Sharing [In General]
Groups where there are share threads and whose main focus is to help bloggers get noticed via reciprocal shares.
Crazy organized and no BS (e.g. a lot of rules and zero tolerance for crap). It’s total reciprocation, so a lot of commitment, but there’s daily threads for different platforms, which is handy.
Daily sharing threads, but allows you to choose which ones you want to repin (good because it’s not a total reciprocation system, which means less repinning of irrelevant content).
MASSIVE group with lots of engagement (I’m talking hundreds of comments per thread) but the trouble is it’s not total reciprocation (for obvious reasons) which means it’s possible you won’t get a lot of reshares. It also has a diverse range of bloggers from different niches.
Share-centric group with daily threads. The goal isn’t like for like or follow for follow, rather you’re meant to use the threads to engage with content from different pages (although this isn’t heavily monitored, so l4l and f4f threads do pop up). The group is quite active, usually with dozens of comments per thread.
Groups for Blogging Discussion
Killer group full of valuable info, especially if your end goal is monetization! This group deals with how to make money online, and the community is not only supportive, but really smart too. This is where you want to be if you’re looking to earn from your blog/online biz.
Really solid resource for the business-y side of blogging (think monetization and technical nitty gritty stuff). As stated in the description, “this group is for asking questions and sharing information about the business of blogging (SEO, marketing, developing writing skills, etc).”. I love lurking in this group because there’s always valuable advice being offered. Perfect for intermediate-advanced bloggers looking to get on the next level!
Great for beginners, and a very supportive environment to ask newbie-levl questions. The emphasis is definitely more on discussion and Q&A vs. on sharing threads, but they do have a helpful feedback thread where you can get input on whatever it is you’re working on.
Groups Specifically for Travel Bloggers
Since travel is my niche, I of course have a bank of groups specifically for fellow travel bloggers. Here are my favourites:
Sorry fellas, but this group is my personal favourite. A place for female travel bloggers to get together, swap ideas, ask questions and help each other out on social media. By far the most supportive group of this type I’ve encountered!
An absolutely unreal resource for boosting your reach on Pinterest. This group houses daily share threads in which bloggers post a pin that they’d like to have repinned by everyone else who comments. This means a guaranteed 30-50 repins a day. Most pins are of decent quality.
Another great Pinterest sharing group, with usually 30-40 participants each thread. Again, most pins are pretty decent, so repinning isn’t so bad.
Daily threads but makes the very clever distinction between Light and Heavy threads. In Light threads, comments are capped off at 15, which means you don’t need to commit to repinning as many pieces of content. That said though, you’re also getting less repins yourself, so choose whatever is best for you!
Good range of sharing threads for each platform, and also makes special threads for non-travel related content. Includes blog comments, clickthrough and traffic threads as well.
Features daily sharing threads, with a different platform on feature each day, plus some Evergreen threads for StumbleUpon and Flipboard that you can use as often as you like. In this one, you tend to only engage with the 10 accounts above you, which means it’s quite a manageable number of pieces to re-share.
A relatively new group that does daily sharing/comment threads, alongside a weekly comments/feedback thread and weekly follow thread. REALLY good for those starting out with Flipboard and have no clue where to begin (like me haha).
Amazing & organized group for getting content shared on StumbleUpon. You’re asked to engage with the 10 comments above you, and if you install the StumbleUpon toolbar, you can get this done really quickly. Awesome for potentially going viral on StumbleUpon.
Not social media exactly, but still very handy! This is a small(ish) group where bloggers can exchange links on each other’s blogs to build up their backlinks and SEO juice. It’s clean, organized and filled with cool/helpful people.
The name is sort of self-explanatory – this is an awesome group for Travel Bloggers looking for a social media boost. Each day there are different threads ranging from Pinterest re-pins to Facebook engagement to my favorite, the weekly Saturday general share thread, where 10 other bloggers will share your post on various different platforms. Fantastic for launching new posts.