Keeping your online community strong may be one of your biggest challenges, but it does not have to be. It is vital to remember all of the hard work and dedication that it took you to get from Point A to where you are now. The people you met along the way helped transform you and your community as to who you are today.
Be Supportive By Following Back
Being supportive online is truly one of the easiest ways to keep your online community healthy and strong. Nobody likes a “pot stirrer” to fuel the fires that pop up. If someone follows you on a social media platform that has a “real” photo and a “real” website, by all means follow them back. Yes, it’s true, I do not follow egg heads. This is a simple way to show your support.
Social media is not a dumping ground– never has been and never will be. If you expect to be successful in maintaining your strong online community, it’s important to share the work of others. Seriously, this is Business: 101- It is better to give than to receive. I am a firm believer that when you do good for others, it all comes around in the form of a strong community. This same principle works when it comes to maintaining strong online communities.
Responding to comments online is so important. Instagram is a platform that many do not leave comments on. Be a trail blazer by leaving a comment or two. A great place to have a conversation is on your blog. If someone comments on a blog post, be sure to respond. These online conversations do matter, as they show that you are a “real” person and you do care.
Maintaining a strong online community is not hard to do. When you get to know the people around you and build relationships with them, the magic begins to happen. The North Iowa Bloggers are a true example of a strong, healthy online community. These folks are movers and shakers in the world of social media. They have not waited around for something to “happen.” These bloggers are making things happen!
So, tell me. How do you keep your online community strong? I’d love to hear what is working for you and what is not.