How to Drive Traffic To a New Blog Through a Commenting Tribe

How to Drive Traffic To a New Blog Through a Commenting Tribe

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facebook commenting EIF tribeLooking back at the start of my blog this past July, I am completely blown away with how fast it’s grown.

Apparently, you are too since the questions of how I did it keep pouring in.

I am always happy to oblige my audience, so in this post I’ll talk about how I created a commenting tribe to give my blog social proof as well as a significant increase in my website traffic.

I mentioned this strategy briefly in my Traffic Generation Step by Step post, but just saying that I post all my new articles to various tribes didn’t provide much of the insider information on what I actually do.

I am sure you’ve heard of different internet “tribes” popping up as mushrooms after a summer rain.

What is a tribe?

Very simply, it’s a group of people who get together to promote each others’ content online.

I’ve seen 3 different tribe structures:

1.   Traffic Exchange Type Tribes

Some of the tribes I know of are huge and can cost you up to $70 per month.

They use a very intricate point keeping system and remind me of traffic exchanges: the more points you accumulate by commenting on and sharing other tribers’ blogs, the more people will do the same for you.

My thought on this?

Keep your money.

2.   Smaller Facebook Tribes

This is how this type of a tribe works: someone decides to create a fan page and call it a “tribe”.

Every new fan of the page can post links to promote their blogs – very simple concept.

It’s based on “give a little, take a little” kind of mentality; the hope is that the fans will not only post their own links, but also visit other fans’ blogs.

Problem with that: everyone focuses on self-promotion and the fan page creator is the only one who tries to visit other blogs – in the beginning anyway, until he/she figures out how futile the effort it is and just lets the page go.

I wouldn’t hope to get much traffic from those types of tribes, but I still do use them.

Why?

1. For social proof. When a reader sees that your post has already been shared by someone on Facebook, they are more likely to share it as well. Nobody wants to be the first one!

It’s also a good way to get more Facebook fans.

2. For backlinks. This is the easiest way to start your one way link building to a new post.

How do you find those tribes on Facebook?

Just type your main keyword and the word “tribe” in a search box.

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3. Private Commenting Tribe

This is exactly the type of tribe I created on Facebook that helped Traffic Generation Café to become a success just about overnight – THANKS to my incredible tribe members.

How to Create a Tribe

Here is exactly what I did to create my commenting tribe:

1. Create a private Facebook group.

2. Find peer blogs in your niche

Blogs that provide good content, but don’t get much traffic yet. Take a look at their Alexa rank, see how many comments they get.

I wouldn’t recommend going for entirely new blogs, since commenting on a blog no one else knows about won’t bring you much traffic.

3. Contact the blog owner

Let them know about your group; see if they are interested in joining.

4. Set the rules

You have to have a idea of how you want to run your tribe: how many people you need (20 was a good number for me), how many times per week each tribe member will visit other tribers’ blogs (in my group, we do 3 campaigns per week), what the rules are, etc.

5. And you are all set to go!

How I Run My Tribe

As I mentioned before, I decided to go for 3 “campaigns” per week.

I use “discussions” section to post a new campaign.

facebook tribe commenting campaign image

A campaign lasts 2 days.

Each tribe member who chooses to post a request for comments during a specific campaign has to also comment on all other requests.

Since the group is relatively small, it’s easy to keep members accountable.

How My Tribe Helped Me

1. It gave my blog social proof.

There’s nothing worse than visiting a blog with no action going on. Makes me want to leave right away. After all, if there are no signs of other people reading the blog, the content must be pretty bad!

That’s, unfortunately, how most people think.

Now imagine each of your posts has 5-10 comments as soon as it’s published! Quite a difference.

2. I got noticed by others

As I commented on my members’ blogs, I got noticed by their readers. I started getting traffic from their blogs.

3. Social media sharing increased

My tribers also started sharing my content on their social networks. I started getting even more social media traffic from that.

It made a HUGE difference to my blog and all other blogs in the tribe.

We learned from each other, we pointed out the things that could be better on our blogs, we developed true friendships.

Priceless!

Where Is My Tribe Now?

We had a great run, but as of right now, my tribe’s time is over.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any good recommendations for existing tribes either.

If you know of one, let me know in the comments or, even better, on my Facebook fan page.

Otherwise, start your own – trust me, it’s easier than it sounds.

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  1. Hi, commenters, I am looking out for people who won’t be delving into self promotion of products, but who are willing to critic each others blog. While providing valuable comments. If you have such a tribe or you know dm on @compellinadvert let get talking. Hopefully we will take our blog to the next level. Thanks Anna for sharing this valuable post as it challenges one to become better bloggers

  2. Thanks Ana – been think about this for a while but just needed some simple steps (guide) to get me there. I have been in with a few groups but find that I don’t get the real benefits of comments etc.

    Thanks ~ Gordon

    PS You are obviously most welcome to join the Tribe ;-)

    • Ana Hoffman

      Thanks for the invite, Gordon.

      What’s your tribe URL? I am sure many of my readers would love to take you up on your offer.

      • Hi Ana – I have called it WWG Blog Tribe … https://www.facebook.com/groups/293351310780349/

        I want to keep it fairly selective so that we are all benefiting from each others efforts. I belong to far too many of these Tribes were the majority of the ‘sharing’ is done by a few.

        The way I see it is that we have members that participate in the spirit that it should be we will build a strong community were everyone benefits.

        Thanks for this opportunity ~ Gordon

  3. Carl Hays

    Ana,
    I joined TribePro about a month ago but have been disappointed with the quality of content others are sharing.

    Are you aware of any currently operating tribes that you could recommend? The one your friend started that you mentioned at the bottom of your post is now coming up as a 404, so I assume it’s defunct.

    • Ana Hoffman

      Thanks for letting me know about the link, Carl.

      Unfortunately, I haven’t heard of any active tribes. Are you up for starting your own?

      • Carl Hays

        Yes, but only if I can learn what to do and not to do to make it successful. I don’t want to start something that will become a time-consuming drain of my energy coupled with nothing but self-serving people promoting products.

        • Ana Hoffman

          I understand time-consuming, Carl; trust me.

          However, I truly believe creating my own tribe from the beginning, when I really had no idea what I was doing, played a huge part of where I am today with TGC.

        • Ana Hoffman

          I definitely see a few tribes you can join when search for “tribes” on FB, Vi. Try to narrow it down to pages only.

  4. Thank for adding value to what I do. I am currently involved in various tribes. The key is finding one where members recipricate the favor and not use you to promote their own blogs.

    • Ana Hoffman

      Exactly, Guilda; it only works when everyone works towards the same goal – more traffic for all.

    • Carl Hays

      Guilda,
      I’d be interested in joining your tribe. I’m looking for people who understand the principles of quality content and the simple, but overlooked concept of adding value instead of being self-absorbed with their own needs.

  5. Chery Schmidt

    Hi Ana, This is my first time here and I am very impressed with your Blog. I have had my blog for a while now, but I am now finally trying to figure it all out. I love this tribe idea, I heard about tribepro but it is all so confusing to me. I guess I never really thought having a blog was so much work. But I am trying to learn everything and implementing as I go. Thank You So Much for sharing you idea’s. I am off to Facebook to see if I can’t find me a tribe to join. Chery :)

    • Ana Hoffman

      Blogging is indeed a LOT of work, Chery, and is not for everyone.

      Hope you are on your way to “figuring it out”!

  6. Denalee Bell

    I am starting a new tribe, anyone interested, please email or fb me.
    facebook.com/denalee.bell

  7. Jalanda

    Hi Ana.I am expanding my blog comment tribe. My group is moderated and fair. If you know if anyone looking to join a quality group, please send them my way. Thanks J

  8. Ana, great post!

    I’ve been paroosing your blog for a while now and this post made me want every last one of your updates. Timing really is everything and this post, right now, is perfect for me. Other than the suggestion you offered are there other tribes you’d recommend? I’m excited about this strategy and would love your feedback on which tribes are great to look into. Thanks again!

    • Ana Hoffman

      You are very welcome, Mys – this was one of the best things I did for my blog back when I first started.

      I don’t really know of any functioning tribes right now. I’d suggest giving a holler to your social media friends to see if anyone is running one or just start your own.

  9. Ana,

    I just joined my first tribe this week. I think is a fantastic way to get your blog moving. You also get fantastic feedback from the other community members. Not mention shares and engagement… Just good stuff for any blog but especially a blog in its beginning stages…

    Thanks for a wonderful description of Tribes…

    Ryan H.

  10. Thank you for this article, Ana! I have a new blog in a fairly small niche, so I’ve been working hard to figure out how to let people know that my blogs are out there! I think, as the season changes, people will start finding it more often through my SEO terms, but it’s been wonderful to read and learn from those more established like you!

    Thanks again!

    Jen

    • SEO is always the biggest traffic generator for niche sites, Jen, but should never be the only one. You certainly don’t want to loose all your traffic when the next disastrous algorithm change comes our way.

      That’s why social media is always a great backup.

  11. first time hearing about this “Tribe” strategy. very interesting and creative. I just might have to poke around and see how it’s working out for people. thanks

  12. Thanks for this idea Ana. I’ve just created a tribe called the Man Coach Web Traffic Tribe for anyone with a site aimed at helping men with confidence, relationships, dating, self-esteem etc etc.

    It’s a bummer Facebook groups don’t seem to support the discussion feature any more…

    Cheers,
    Graham

    • Ana Hoffman

      Thanks for letting us know, Graham.

      As for “Discussions” tab, you can use Docs feature instead – works pretty much the same.

  13. Hey Ana,
    This is an awesome idea for getting the comments going on your site, but I notice this was written over a year ago. Facebook has made a TON of changes to how groups work since then. How would your recommend a Tribe be set up now? Is Facebook still the best option? Or would a group on LinkedIn be easier to manage?

    Thanks for any feedback you can offer. I’d love to get my own tribe started.

    • Ana Hoffman

      I think the base home for your tribe doesn’t really matter in the end, Lesa.

      Facebook is still the most convenient place since most bloggers have accounts there, plus they already spend a good amount of time on Facebook; it just makes more sense.

      My original group is still functioning as an FB group without any problems.

  14. Hi Ana,
    Thank you for the post. I have been sitting side by side helping a friend of mine build his blog and I noticed his ranking were dropping faster then mine ever did.

    I was amazed, so I held him down until he told me what he was doing, not really. But He joined a tribe.

    I just joined Heathers last week and excited to learn more about it

    Thank you for all you do,
    Jeff Faldalen

    • Ana Hoffman

      So good to hear Heather is still staying on top of it, Jeff – hope you’ll get some great exposure out of it.

      Any idea what happened to your friend’s rankings?

        • Ana Hoffman

          It’s actually no longer active, Jeff, but Dev from Blokube.com has recently started his own tribe; I posted the link in the post.

  15. Hi Ana,

    As my blog is poetry using star’s songs/movies titles, put as :-
    MEGAMIND of yours to get traffic and ranking !
    CONTACT between your commenting tribe
    To SNATCH a ticket to higher Alexa ranking,
    Pitt perfect is now your blog of a success in short time !
    COOL, Ana!

  16. Thanks Ana for your post. Tribes is a great way and I am using it also. Your tip about using the campaign and discussion tab on facebook group is interesting, will check it with my group :)

  17. I am amazed at how many blogs I comment on but never get a reciprocal visit. It’s discouraging to say the least.

    This is a very interesting idea that I had never heard of – creating a tribe on FB. Congratulations on your rapid success.

  18. I love it when I stumble on a tip or trick that makes a huge difference in my blog/business. This is definitely one of those times!

    Thanks Ana

  19. Hmnn.. interesting! I hadn’t thought of doing something like this before. Not sure I’d want to be a group leader though, I don’t have the time! lol Great idea though Ana, glad I ran across this post.. it’s given me something new to ponder when it comes to getting commenting going. Blog comments have always been a bit of a weak area for me, I’m always looking for ways to improve. :)

    • Cori,

      I’d be interested in starting a commenting tribe. Not sure where to begin although from what I’ve read keeping the group size small makes alot of sense.

      If you’re interested let me know.

      -Joe

  20. Johan

    Well done. I need a little further explanation on a campaign or definition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  21. Excellent post: This is the best blog commenting post I have seen. I don’t have a lot of time to leave blog comments on random blogs and hope it builds relationships, reciprocal comments, social proof, and traffic. Utilizing the private tribe model generates a high degree of leverage because you have a quid pro quo relationship with your group. I am working on building a private tribe and while I have only considered it before your post, I am already taking action and already have a tribe of 2.

    Zach

    • I am sure your 2 already turned into 10 by the time I got to your comment, Zach.

      It really worked great for me; very targeted and specific commenting that creates social proof and traffic – can’t go wrong with that!

      By the way, thanks for teaching me how to spell quid pro quo. :)

  22. Ian Belanger

    Hey Ana, I have sent a request to join your FB tribe, I am not sure if you are accepting new members or not, but I hope you will consider me for a spot, thanks Ana and keep up the great work!

    • We are trying to keep it small, Ian – really small. We’ll see what we can do, but I can’t promise. :(

      You could start your own though – why not?

      • Ian Belanger

        Hey no problem Ana, maybe I will start my own, once I get a little more good content on my blog. I will definetly still be checking out your blog daily, Thanks for replying to me.

  23. Hi Ana,
    So that’s what a tribe is. So many bloggers drop that term as if it were common knowledge. What do I think of it? Gangbusters! Obviously, it works. I think it’s gangbusters for two reasons:
    1. I’m already doing this informally. Imagine if the five people who almost always comment on my blog joined me and 14 other people and agreed to work together.

    2. I’ve joined super-complicated versions of this concept. They are dead in the water. If simplicity is the difference and “tribe” as a term reflects that simplicity, then, with all respect to the makers of the complicated systems, I’d have to call their collaborations “advance alien life-form hives”.

    Even though niche is important for tribes, I would still get involved without a niche. My stats are better than ever, just from all the commenting and cross-linking going on. I was just visiting Mavis Nong’s blog and mentioned that I generally don’t care about SEO. However, thanks to WordPress and CommentLuv, that doesn’t seem to stop Google :)

    So, if I WERE to join a tribe, I would definitely do it your way. Now I have a few questions for you: I recently participate in a meme and discovered a “tribe” that does nothing but memes. Do such projects count? Or do you think the benefits are too short-term? Would you ever consider that a case could be made to gamify the more serious memes, like Darren Rowse’s occasional challenges?

    I think about this kind of stuff all the time and it’s the reason I wrote my free program for bloggers.

    Cheers,

    Mitch

    • Simplicity is definitely the key here, Mitch.

      Keep it simple, keep it small, keep it quiet (too late for me:) ).

      I do generally like memes and actually started my own once. Wasn’t huge, but I got about 20 blogs to take part – not bad for a brand new blog back then.

      The thing about memes is that you need to make sure that you choose worthy blogs and topics to make it worth your time ad get some traffic out of it.

      On the other side of the coin, I never join the “big ones” since everybody is doing it and the concept gets diluted pretty quickly. I am the one against going with the crowd! :)

      Memes are generally all about link building and you need to choose carefully who to link to.

      Pleasure to have this discussion with you; this is my favorite part about blogging.

      Ana

      • Hi Ana,

        Thanks for these insights. I hadn’t considered the dilution effect of huge memes other than the fact that they tend to become attributed to people other than the originator!

        I’m going to be in trouble if I ever start taking SEO seriously. My outgoing links are all over the place. :)

        Cheers,

        Mitch

  24. Yeah I do agree with you ana. But the main problm that affects me is the initial hunch for traffic.. What would exactly be the solution for that. Is it really only cross commenting on buddy blogs?

    • Believe it or not, cross commenting did help immensely. Plus, the idea behind a tribe is much broader than that – as you enjoy reading each other’s content, you start mentioning it in your blog posts (creating backlinks and yes, traffic), plus share throughout social media.

      My tribe and Twitter were the only 2 things that gave my blog the push that it needed in the beginning.

      Having great content does help, as you can imagine! :)

  25. Great post Anna!
    Unfortunately I’m having a hard time finding a tribe for educational websites. I tried searching through Fb & Google, but without any luck whatsoever.
    I’m still searching though..

    Thanks for the tips, and have a happy new year :)
    Amr

  26. Betty

    Until I read this posting, I had never heard of a Tribe. I have looked into FB to see if I could find one that would best suit me. There are so many and it looks like so many have given up. Trying to find like minds that are still going is going to be difficult. Could you give me some ideas on what the general rules and regulations might be for one of these to be successful? I have looked at some and the ones that I am seeing have to go through a joining process and I really don’t want to waste their or my time joining a niche tribe that has nothing to do with my niche. Thanks so much for another great article!

    • Hi, Betty – the best tribe is the one that you create on your own, in my opinion.

      All I did was start with an idea (which you already have) and read a bunch of blogs in my niche (I am sure you can find plenty of them on Google or social media networks) to see which blogs could use some comments. Then you simply approach the owners with the idea to join your commenting tribe.

      The only thing that can guarantee your success is you, Betty. I had no experience in creating one of those – I pretty much made it up as I went (and still do :) ) and it worked!

  27. I’ve created a “professional” FB account since my personal one has close to 1000 friends – but they’re personal, not professional (mostly). I had that much of this done…:)

    But until now, the only “tribes” I’ve heard of are from Seth Godin’s book…what was the name of it…

    It’ll come to me. :)

    Anyhow, I always learn a nuance or two from you, Ana. Hard to imagine you need to work at this IM thing – it seems to come so naturally to you (viz. SERP’d). Thanks for being a wealth of great tips.

    • Hello James,

      Thanks for coming. There are lots of tribes in FB, you just have to find the right group whose members’ niche are similar to you.

      All the best,

      Ana

  28. Praveen

    Very good tutorial.I like the way this has been crafted. Keep up the great work. Retweeted

    i will definitely try all these in my new niche sites

  29. Borneo Tom

    Hi:
    Thanks for giving me the advice about Market Samuri. I have purchased the program and am using it extensively. As for tribes, I will try it on Face Book. Thanks for giving this computer challenged ape EXACT instructions for doing things!

  30. Antonia

    This is great info. Until now I didn’t know that kind of thing existed. My blog grew relatively quickly (though not to the size of trafficgenerationcafe) without tribes but it now came to a bit of a standstill, which is a shame. After reading this I am going to look and join a Social Media Tribe. Would you know any good ones that could use an additional member? :) Would appreciate the help. THank you in advance and thank you for this great post.

  31. Wow, I had no idea these things existed… but after reading this, it sounds like a brilliant idea! I’ve been new to the whole “commenting” thing for the past couple months and I had no idea how much it could do for my blog! Thanks for sharing this, Ana. :)

  32. Hi Ana,

    As a proud member of your Facebook tribe, I cannot thank you enough for inviting me to join you.

    At the time, there was no much activity on my blog and I wasn’t even sure if I was really qualified to be a part of your group. Now, I can’t believe the traffic and comments that I am now getting. Yes, just like you, the initial comments were from the other members, but I soon started seeing new faces as well :)

    It’s really great to see my content/links being shared all over the place by other people – building social proof for me :)

    And your strict and clear rules are keeping us all in line and that explains why our group is so successful. Those who can’t take the heat, they simply leave the kitchen! :)

    I have a blogging schedule and I find that by being a member of your group has also helped me to stick to it. I never wanted to miss a deadline to submit my new posts. It gives me a sense of responsibility.

    Lastly, I have met incredible people and have learned a lot from them. In fact, I’m still learning new things everyday :)

    So, Ana, from the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you massively for inviting me to join your amazing group and for all your help since I met you a few months ago.

    Keep up the good work. All the best to you!

    Mavis

    • Hello Mavis,

      The pleasure is mine for having you in my group. You are an amazing person and you were able to contribute greatly and have done your part as member of the community. Thanks also for being one of us. You are irreplaceable.

      Have a great day,

      Ana

      • Hey Ana,

        Thanks for your encouragement :)

        Just to let you know that I implemented what you shared here in terms of finding other tribes on Facebook. I’m now getting some traffic and comments by just using this strategy.

        I never paid attention to joining other tribes… Thank you so much for sharing this.

        To your readers: what Ana teaches here works and works very well!

        All the best,
        Mavis

  33. Hey Ana,

    Totally agree with you that the number of comments made on a post is “social proof” that people are reading and people frequently visit your blog. Having a traffic commenting tribe is a very interesting idea and I like it when you said in one of the comments about making it a small instead of too large a group.

    • I strongly feel that we need to help our business, not overwhelmed ourselves further, Bryan.

      With that in mind, the size of the tribe is very important: just big enough to fulfill its purpose, yet small enough not to become your second day job. :)

      Thanks for coming by and wishing you a great weekend.

      Ana

  34. Hi Ana, I found you through Mavis Nong’s blog. I’m a newbie to blogging and just put up my first post today woo hoo!!! I’m going to adapt the ‘tribe’ strategy but I’m just wondering what the best way forward is since Im very new and have no comments on my blog yet.
    Looking forward to your response.
    Ruth

    • Welcome to my blog, Ruth.

      First, you need to publish more great content. Don’t look for readers yet; nobody wants to come to an empty book.

      After you publish 15-20 solid posts, then it’ll be good time to start drawing traffic.

      Meanwhile, find other blogs in your niche and start commenting. Start watching them to see how many comments they get, if they get much traffic, etc. Then approach them with an idea of joining your tribe.

      Hope this helps!

      Ana

  35. Very nice, Ana. I’m going to look into the commenting Tribe and see if I can find some like-minded individuals to connect with. This is an idea that is so obvious and yet it would *never* have occurred to me.

    Thanks much for the info you provide. Peace!

    -JG

  36. Hi Ana,

    This post really inspires me to use Social media, which i have no success at all at it, or maybe because i am never serious at it.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Kimi.

    • Hello Kimi,

      Social media is a very effective tool in increasing traffic to your site, but you have to invest your time and effort and be serious for it to work.

      Thanks for reading my blog,

      Ana

  37. Hi Ana, my first time in your neck of the woods and needless to say, I’m really, really impressed. I hate to admit it, but I had no idea these types of ‘tribes’ existed. The concept makes a ton of sense and I only wish I’d known about this sooner. I look back on this last year of blogging and realize that I basically wasted my first 6 months because I simply didn’t understand networking. And although I’ve gotten much, much better, this article reminds me I’ve got a long ways to go. ;-)

    Thanks for the read!

    • Hello Marcus,

      Each one of us commit mistakes in the past, but I believe it’s not a waste of time because it’s always been a learning process. What’s important is that you learn something from those experiences. As to joining a tribe, you can add it to your “to do list” and I’m sure it can help you bring more traffic to your site.

      All the best,

      Ana

  38. Hello Oliver,

    It’s actually my pleasure that you are part of my tribe and I know that others are also grateful because we learned a lot from you and from what you share to each one of us. You’re blogs are truly inspiring and you are a blessing to us.
    I agree with commenting as voluntary and not force and I’m sure that other members of the tribe also understand that. We collaborate and help each other as a community.

    Thanks for everything,

    Ana

  39. Hi Ana,

    Awesome post, as always. I love your writing style.

    My blog started to grow when i did blog commenting, i done commenting on as many blogs as possible. Then i started utilizing the power of social media sites.

    Thanks for sharing! Retweeted ;). Have a great day Ana.

  40. Hi Ana-

    I love the innovation:

    “I couldn’t find a good tribe, so I created my own.”

    This is some of the best social media advice I’ve heard since starting my blog in the spring. I’ll definitely take your suggestion to heart, as I’ve recently met some great people in my industry (psychotherapy) on Twitter and Facebook.

    This is truly appreciated.

    Happy Holidays!
    ~Linda

  41. Ana:

    I am truly so thankful for you. Had it not been for a personal response email from you and consumming mass amounts of your blog, I would have thrown in the towel. I was ready to quit and chalk it up to a lesson learned. You re motivated me and I am forever indebted to you.
    I am so thrilled your blog has shot through the roof and I admire all the hard work and dedication you have put into it. As I said in my last post, “I know she thinks I’m not listening” but we are madam!!
    Kudos to you and keep bringing the knowledge!

    • I loved what you said, Lisa; glad you are listening!

      Blogging is not an easy business in the beginning, but then again, which business is? Happy to see you are still with us, and you know what? Your blog can be exactly where mine is today in a couple of short months. I mean it!

      Ana

  42. Hi Ana,

    I can not tell you how grateful for you I am. I was so nervous emailing you back in August to see if I could be part of your tribe. I know the rules were strict and I knew I would really be stepping up my game in a big way. And I felt like I was a kindergartner asking to play with the “big kids.”

    Joining the tribe took commitment that I would be pumping out content regularly, and not just any content, it had to be worthy of comments from all of you experienced marketers in the group. I took a leap of faith and it was, by far, one of the best things I could have done for my business.

    Thank you for all your help. When I joined the tribe my alexa rank was in the 3 Millions and today it is 109,985. I’ve grown in knowledge immensely because I’ve read some of the best blogs regularly and I’ve grown in other amazing ways as well. Mostly in the friendships and relationships that being a part of our tribe has given me.

    It’s gone from professional connections to true friendships and I am so grateful. Thanks for letting me have the honor of taking a leadership role in the group. I’m so excited for the chance to make a difference for others like you have made a difference for me!

    Heather

    • Heather:

      thats exactly how I felt when I sent Ana an email asking a question! I felt like I was standing in front of the president asking a question that came out like Charlie Brown’s teacher…”waa waaa waaa.”

      I have learned so much from Ana and now you! Kudos on stepping up to the plate with the tribe!

    • Thank you so much, Heather.

      It’s strange for me to think that you felt this way about approaching me considering I was very new to this blogging game myself back then.

      I suppose nobody had to know that. :)

      I am blessed to have you as a part of the original tribe, Heather, and so grateful to have you, of all people, take my place.

      Look forward to seeing what heights your blog achieves next!

      Ana

  43. Hi Ana Great article about tribes. I just got done doing a post about tribes. I have been blogging since around 2006. My only regret is I didn’t get involved with tribes sooner.

    I can really see the benefit joining a tribe has for a newbie blogger. There is so much to learn about how to blog and get seo ranking etc.. Finding a good tribe can really go a long way with helping a person learn the right skill sets.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Larry

    • I agree, Larry – the right tribe can give a new blog a push it needs.

      I couldn’t find a good tribe, so I created my own. :)

      Good to see you back on my blog; hope all is well.

      Ana