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Expand Your Network By Synchroblogging

synchrobloggingPrior to hosting my first blog carnival, I did a little bit of research and stumbled on a variant of such blogging events called Synchronised Blogging. I decided to explore this topic as I wanted to take advantage of as many opportunities of promoting my blog as possible and this is what I have learnt so far.

A synchronised blog or synchroblog, is a collection of similar articles or posts made by a group of bloggers who have agreed to blog on the same topic, on the same day and usually at the same time. The interesting thing about synchroblogging is that it emphasises networking and association with other bloggers in the same or similar niche. Usually, each blogger is aware of this arrangement beforehand and the titles are circulated somewhere between two weeks and a day in advance.

Although the motivation for organising a synchroblog differs from one synchroblogger to another, I found the following types of synchro-blogs particularly interesting.

Types of Synchroblogs

Controversial Synchroblogs

Synchroblogs that fall into this category are those that are used as a way of addressing controversial issues by encouraging open discussions on sensitive issues among participating bloggers and their readers. For example, a synchroblog on homosexuality, immigration, religion or race-relations.

Expert Synchroblogs

This synchroblogs are used as an avenue for brain-storming on technical or advanced topic such as the next big mobile-phone technology which could possibly lead to some sort of discovery or innovation.

Student Synchroblogs

Student synchroblogs include a collection of student bloggers, who have been brought together by their University, program of Study or location, to discuss various topics ranging from student life to employment issues.

Conclusion

Overall, synchroblogging is a really good way for bloggers to broaden their horizon, start conversations, generate ideas, learn more from and challenge one another. Furthermore, it is also a good avenue for the famous ‘link-juice’ as each blogger has to link to other participating blogs in the synchroblogging event. While it might seem like having to do an homework, it is not mandatory and having not to think of a topic could as well be a relief to some of the participants.

Finally, you do not need to have an extremely large followership to host a synchroblogging event or take part in one. However, you can actually start building your own network by starting a synchroblog and publishing an announcement on your blog. A typical synchroblog announcement will have a title, the proposed date of publishing, an introduction, description and requirements for participants. You never know, this might just be the key for you to gain more insights on your blog, attract more readers, create a better network with other bloggers and generate more comments.

Talking Point

Have you ever participated in a synchroblog event? Please share your experience with other readers.

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10 Comments

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  2. Instant Fundas

    April 28, 2010 at 5:12 am

    How does this help a blogger? Wouldn’t it be better to link each others article if you are trying to create a network. That way bloggers would also benefit from the SEO point of view.
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  3. Mobile Games

    April 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I also agree with the above comment, if there is a network of bloggers then why not link each others post, this way the all the bloggers will get more exposure.

  4. Admin

    April 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Just linking to other posts is based on the presumption that you already know the participating bloggers. However, in most cases it is not so. Think of synchroblogging as a way of actually getting to know and interact with bloggers you may not meet otherwise. If they find your announcement interesting and agree to participate, yes, they will also link to you. And as more and more bloggers participate in future, so also will the number of blogs that link to you thus making it increasingly beneficial from an SEO point of view.

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    May 5, 2010 at 2:51 am

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  6. Small Business SEO

    May 24, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Synchroblogging would be a good excuse to use the WordPress post scheduler:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/schedule-a-post/

    Not sure if I read it on this blog or another about using the scheduler when you take a “vacation” from blogging for a few weeks – you schedule posts every day or other day to keep your blog from getting stale.

    I would definitely be interested in participating in a Syncroblogging event.

  7. The Best of Buffalo

    May 24, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I believe I already seen some of the bloggers doing it. For me as a blogger is a challenge to be part of synchronized blogger as you learn from blog information of the other or they learn from you.

  8. Domain name registration

    May 25, 2010 at 9:35 am

    It is a nice way of blogging about the same issue or event…

  9. Dave

    May 12, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Hey, some very valid search engine optimisation tips, read on people!!

  10. Janis Gagliardi

    August 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I never participated in synchroblogging event. I just heard it now. However, i’m wondering if Google will penalized you for duplicate content. I look forward to your response.

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