29+ Useful Facebook Groups for Bloggers

Facebook groups for bloggers

If content is king and engagement is queen, then Facebook groups are the private parties with exclusive handshakes and the ‘jobs for the boys’ opportunities. Access to these groups have accelerated the success of Two Scots Abroad and guess what? You don’t have to be on the guest list to join. Each of these Facebook groups for travel bloggers differ in the type of support and possibilities they offer, from social shares threads to financial opportunities, technical help, and topic advice. Every niche will have hundreds of groups, some will be more active than others. Let’s take a look at joining Facebook groups, how to behave and what each offers.

How to join Facebook groups

Each Facebook group has its own rules. Always read them before posting to avoid being kicked out. Facebook now has a nifty function for admins so when you as to a join a group a pop-up request information set by the group. In the olden days, groups asked bloggers to display their websites in their private profiles, if you can I would recommend still doing this.

Etiquette in Facebook groups for travel bloggers

Unless stated (see the list below), the majority of these groups do not like ‘link dumps’. This means you should avoid posting your content unless it is asked for. The majority of admins are voluntary, most run their own online companies and host groups to be helpful. Avoid backchat and be nice to others, you never know who you’ll be working with or for in the future!

Warning: two very useful groups have just stopped taking in new members because the admin was tired of members not reading the rules. Remember, admins are business owners who volunteer their time to control Facebook groups. Be nice, respect the rules.

General blog advice Facebook groups

The following examples are travel related however there are groups for each niche. Take a look at the groups that other bloggers you work with/look up to are a part of and join.

We Travel We Blog

A great group full of friendly, supportive bloggers. Admins, Mapping Megan and Talon from 1 Dad 1 Kid run a tight ship. Members ask for advice on everything from Pinterest to Plugins. There is also an application for website critique and other specific threads detailed below.

→ We Travel We Blog

Travel Blog Success

Travel Blog Success is a premium group managed by Dave Go Backpacking and the ever selfless Megan from Why Wait to See the World. Many of the community’s top (and I mean top) influencers are members which definitely is an attraction of TBS. This is the only fee-paying group mentioned in this guide. The one-off charge ($297 for the year or $87 for four months) gets you access to a series of ‘how to blog’ lessons supporting you from setting up to working with brands. There is also an opportunities page for prospective online positions and partnerships. There’s a 30 day money back guarantee if you decide that it’s not for you. I would recommend it to those  who are ready to jump on the blogging bandwagon now and want to take action.

  Sign up here and I’ll see you on the inside amigo

Female Travel Bloggers

Sorry lads, no entry for you this time. This bird only zone is a network of newbs to those in their prime. FTB also runs social media shares, blog post Saturday (self-promotion with reciprocation) and market day Sundays (sell your services).

→ Female Travel Bloggers

Social Media Share Threads

If content is king then engagement is the queeny and there’s no point shouting into the Twitter/Faces/Insta abys if nobody is listening. Use force and exposure to break that barrier by liking, tweeting, pinning, flipping and commenting on other’s posts and they’ll do the same for you via organised social media share threads.

The following groups post specific social media share threads each day. Read the rules for each thread before joining. Remember, if you participate you need to reciprocate so don’t dump and duck or risk being thrown out and dissed by others for not playing fair.

Travel Bloggers Social Media Sharing Group

I part admin this very active share group set up by the lovely Emily Luxton. Daily threads include Twitter, Instagram, Stumble Upon, Pinterest, Facebook and a generic post share Saturday. We also have a weekly sponsored support, guest post callout, and questions threads.

→ Travel Bloggers Social Media Sharing Group

We Travel We Blog {currently closed to new members}

Although this excellent group falls under the ‘catch all’ group, it also hosts a weekly Twitter threads where you can expect 30+ shares on your Tweet. I’ve been less active in this share but joined recently to assess its worth, during the share week my new article received 300 clicks from Twitter.

→ We Travel We Blog

Pinterest Facebook Groups

If you are not using Pinterest to drive traffic back to your website yet I urge you to put everything down and start now. You need only need the following:

  1. Pinterest account linked to your site
  2. The free pin making template on Canva
  3. Some kickass images
  4. A callout (10 cheap things to do in X)
  5. An article from your site

→  High-quality pins win: read my Pinterest guide to start driving crazily good traffic today

Once you have the five above, pop the pin in these group daily shares and 49+ others will pin your pin. Yes, that means you pin 49+ pins too. Do not pin all at once! You’ll be put in Pin prison.

Pinterest for Travel Bloggers

This is a daily share group. Each day there is a light thread and heavy (50 pins). The heavy thread is usually maxed out by 1pm GMT so get in early. Home to mega Monday – this no limit thread will give you carpal tunnel

→ Pinterest for Travel Bloggers

Mappin Monday

A week-long thread, no limit to the number of pins, expect close to 200. I participated once and but it gave me anxiety! For those with the fear, check out their light thread.

→ Link: Mapping Monday

Travel Bloggers Guide to Pinterest

I’m less familiar with this Pinterest group but does the same as above

→ Travel Bloggers Guide to Pinterest

Travel Bloggers – Boost Your High Performing Pins

Vicki from Make Time to See the World is a bit of a Pinterest pro and part of her strategy is to re-distribute her older top-performing pins. This group celebrates pins with more than 350+ re-pins and at the weekends the big hitters, the 1000+ re-pins. Vicki is not afraid to call you out if your pin does not meet the quality threshold. This makes me happy.

→ Boost Your High Performing Pins

Instagram advice

These are the original IG pod girls. Their Facebook groups and strategies have helped thousands of IGers gain a strong following in every niche. Their Facebook groups and pods are free but their lessons have a fee.

→ Instagram Posse

Flipboard

Another share, another medium. Flipboard is similar to Pinterest, it drives traffic to your website. The friendly admin is Stevie from Travel to Blank.

→ Flipboard

Google Plus for Travel Bloggers

Noel from Travel Photo Discovery highly recommends G+ as a tool for building your domain authority through Google’s eyes which can help you get to page 1 of Google for target keywords. This group offers tips on how to use Google plus to your advantage.

→ G+ for Travel Bloggers

»»» Read more: do you want to rank on page 1 of Google? Here is how I do it

YouTube/video groups

There are heaps of groups to support video creation and provide YouTube advice, here are a few:

→ Youtube for Travel Bloggers: Link

→ YouTube GROWTH for Travel Vloggers: Link

→ Travel Video Youtube Group: Link

Building Backlinks (join these now)

Travel Blogger SEO Support Group

This is my baby. Laura and I run a group for travel content creators who are building backlinks to their site. We also provide tips on how to increase your organic search engine traffic (e.g Google) through weekly tips. To join, you need to know your own website domain authority (DA) which you can check here.

Make Traffic Happen – support | SEO | Social Media

→ SEO Support Group {Link exchange}

Guest posting

This is when you write an article on another blogger’s site to help fill a gap in their knowledge which in return you receive advertisement and do follow backlinks to your articles. This is part of a solid strategy that has worked for me.

Guest Post Request Group

→ Guest Posts

Collaborations

Collabs are quick. A blogger asks for a group of other writers to write a paragraph on a topic (e.g tips for travelling with children), your tip/paragraph is then combined with other responses to create a post. What do you get in return? Exposure and backlinks. Aim for a backlink to a specific post you are marketing over homepage, ask politely. You will need to know your DA if you are requesting collabs info, they are a great way to get to know other bloggers.

→ Travel Collab Post Opportunities

Blog article comment

Travel Blogged is a bi-weekly comment thread. You read fellow bloggers articles and leave insightful comments.

→ Travel Blogged

Want to get more eyes on the prize? Let us show you how to find keywords, where to put them, how to tell Google they are there and make your old posts bring more traffic —> I want success

Mixed niche badass business groups

At some point, you may want to progress from hobbyist to hello money. You spend long enough slaving away at the keys, you might as well make it pay.

The Business of Blogging

I like the Business of Blogging as there are many experienced bloggers in this group, many that can help out with technical issues (my weakest skill!)

→ The Business of Blogging

Digital Nomad Wannabe

A go-to for affiliate based questions for me. Affiliates are when you recommend a product or service and receive a small amount of commission on that click-through or purchase. Lots of bloggers I respect are in this group.

→ DNW

Press Trips

Members share contacts for businesses who offer comped stays and tours etc. Great opportunity group.

→ Travel Blogger Press Trips

Self-promotion groups

These groups allow you to share your own content, some on specific days under callouts though.

→ Travel Blog Chronicles

Travellers

→ Travellers

We Travel We Blog – Free for all Friday

Does what it says on the tin.

Local groups

You will also find blogging groups local to you. For example, I admin the Scotland Travel Bloggers group for influencers in Scotland. There is also Edinburgh and UK Bloggers groups. Find a blogger who is from the same area as you and check out which groups they belong to or use the search function in Facebook to investigate. 

Non-blog groups

There are hundreds of travel-related FB groups where bloggers circle like sharks waiting on content related questions so they can self-promote on. Tip, chill – use the search bar to see if any topics you can help with. Here are a few:

→ Girls LOVE Travel: Link

→ Women who love travel: Link

→ Girl Vs Globe: Link

→ South America Backpacking: Link

→ Europe Backpacking: Link 

Today’s task

  1. Add your website to your personal Facebook page
  2. Create a spreadsheet of which groups you have joined
  3. Await acceptance
  4. Join one social media share
  5. Tell me how you got on in the comments below

Just when you thought Facebook was only for food pics and public grief you bounced into the world of blogging. Believe me, after a year of Facebook groups clogging up your newsfeed you’ll be pining for pictures of your pal’s kids on their first day at school. Jokes, no one really cares about those shots. I hope that joining Facebook groups is as fruitful for you as it has been for me. Although these are travel related examples there is an e-world of gangs for every niche.

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