Top Four Reasons Why Networking Is a Must For Freelancers

When I first started my site, I thought that other freelancers and bloggers are my competition and networking is the least on my mind. With that in mind, I decided to brave the world of blogosphere on my own and do my best to stand out from the crowd. 

However, a friend and fellow blogger asked me to have our blog linked in order for my site to gain "blog juice".  And recently, I have joined a number of Facebook groups that cater to bloggers and freelancers.  Why? Here are some of the reasons and benefits.

What is a blogroll? It’s a little widget attached on one's blog or site where the blogger can put the links of his/her favorite blogs. By becoming part of another blogger's blogroll, you gain a link back to your site and help gain more traffic for you. Aside from that, it serves as an advertisement for your site. By being part of a blogroll, you gain credibility and tell readers and potential clients that your site is worth visiting.

2. Opportunities For Guest Posting
According to Problogger and other sources, guest posting is one of the most effective ways to promote your site and your services. Through networking with other bloggers and freelancers, you're able to get opportunities for guest posts. Guest postings allow you to expand your target audience, increase site traffic and improve your ranking. Also, it helps you establish your credibility as an expert on your field.

3. Get More Back Links
One of the best ways to maintain your readership is to make sure that you provide them helpful information all the time. This is why bloggers often link out in their posts. Aside from that, it's also a great way to create networks with other bloggers. Through trackbacks, other bloggers are notified every time you create new content and when they write of the same topic, it’s possible that they may link to your post.

4. Get Advice and Tips from Experts
This is probably the best reason why freelancers/bloggers should start networking with other bloggers.  Every day we learn something new and through networking, we gain insights on the best practices and strategies of other bloggers. Regardless of how long you've been in the business, there’s always a thing or two we can learn from others. And in turn, others can also learn something from you.
And the best part is  it’s all for free. Most of the time, the only compensation they ask is for you to reciprocate their actions. If they commented on your post, it’s only right to do the same. Through networking, freelancers and other bloggers get the chance to work together in order to achieve individual goals collectively.
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  1. I agree on all counts. Networking, indeed, is the way to go if a freelancer wants to succeed. After all, even when the Internet hasn't been invented yet, this world is already a no-man-is-an-island world. :D

  2. Great info, thanks and glad I found you!


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