Are You a Blogging Lone Wolf or a Team Player?

If you ever wondered why networking is important simply observe the most famous musicians on earth.

I just finished watching The Defiant Ones on Netflix.

Strongly recommended viewing if you are a music fan or entrepreneur.

The series details the lives of moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

One pattern popped up again and again; these 2 men who became worth billions and hundreds of millions of dollars succeeded through their passion for music and through teamwork.

Jimmy Iovine worked with some of the most iconic musicians ever. John Lennon.Bruce Springsteen. Tom Petty. Dr. Dre. Eminem. The list goes on and on. Every brilliant artist, from Gwen Stefani to Trent Reznor, got their start when Jimmy spotted these diamonds in the rough and teamed up with them. Some of these artists them teamed up with each other, with Dr. Dre and Eminem forming a formidable duo.

No musician is an island. All wildly successful, famous, iconic rappers and rockers became superstars through teamwork.

Same Deal in Blogging

Blogging is no different, my friends.

You need passion. You also need a team of like-minded folks around you to succeed.

Enstine blessed me with the opportunity to guest post on his blog. We are a team. I promote him freely through social media and through my guest posts on other blogs.

Alonzo Pichardo generously asked me to appear on his YouTube channel and on his podcast. More teamwork. I promote him freely through social and my blog.

Julie Syl Kalungi graciously invited me to guest post on her blog. She is currently writing a guest post to be featured on my blog. I also love to shout her out on social, through my guest posts and by commenting on her blog.

why networking is important

Blogging teamwork makes the dream work. Connected bloggers become blogging leaders.

The more teammates you blog with, building 1 to 1 bonds, the more teammates you add to your tribe through your generosity.

Persistent Networking

Jimmy Iovine networked for decades to become one of the most connected people in the music industry. He seemingly knows everybody. This is at the core of his success. If you have friends everywhere you have help everywhere and opportunities appear around you all of the time, opening up, for mutually beneficial partnerships.

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis noted the other day while he interviewed me how I appear to pop up in blog comment fields fairly regularly when he reads marketing or blogging blogs. I learned from icons to be connected by generously serving folks without looking for anything in return. My comments are for giving, not for getting. I comment to build bonds, not to build backlinks.

If you struggle blogging-wise you likely are making the common mistake of going lone wolf. Publish a post. Promote in 50 spots. Sit back. Relax. Wait for traffic to find you. Of course, such an approach leads to struggle and failure. Teamwork makes the blogging dream work while the lone wolf dies quickly.

Meanwhile, when I appear on Alonzo’s blog, Julie’s blog, Enstine’s blog, Matthew’s blog, and my wife Kelli Cooper’s blog, all multiple times, I form deeper, stronger bonds and appear to be all over my niche plus in a few other niches too.

Everywhere I turn I see help and support. My traffic, profits and online presence seems to expand more day to day, and week to week.


Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Teamwork makes the blogging dream work.

But before you live your dream through your blogging team ya gotta be generous.

Help bloggers. Ask for nothing in return. Promote bloggers. Comment on their blogs. Hire them. Buy their products. Publish positive reviews on their eBooks, as my friend Jan Verhoeff noted the other day during my Facebook Live Video. Read and publish rocking reviews onΒ Jan’s Amazon Kindle eBooks here.

Being generous connects you to a generous blogging friend network.

From there, your dream will work through some major league teamwork.

16 thoughts on “Are You a Blogging Lone Wolf or a Team Player?”

  1. I also agree with Jan. Such an amazing stuff got to read. and Really very very impressive as well as expressive writing. Well done.

  2. Hi Ryan,

    You are absolutely right, Team work can lead you to more success rather than going like a lone wolf. Team work not only affect in writing but also many aspects of life.
    Sometime you need someone to understand you , to correct you , to guide you, to advice you. I’ve plenty of experience in team work because my team always encourage me always available for back support .
    Thanks for sharing this Article

  3. heyBoss Ryan,
    Its first Post that I have read in You blog about Blogging and Its really Awesome. You are rocking Leading the Marketing witht Proven Results and sharing you experiences with us. Man I would like to follow you on facebook and Twitter. Please share me both Links here.
    I will try to come back to read more useful blogs about blogging.
    Thanks keep it up.

  4. Hi Ryan,

    You brought out the real facts about blogging. I recently told a wannabe blogger that blogging need collaboration, but he actually didn’t understand the point. And now, here I am reading an article that deals on the same subject.
    It’s amazing for many to learn that they need to be a team player in the blogging circle in order to have success, and you Ryan, you are a typical example of a team player as I see you on almost all the blogs I visit daily.
    You need to connect with other individuals in your space, collaborate on projects, help each other out.

    Thank so much for awesome post.

  5. Ryan,
    That was a very nice read this morning!

    And I totally agree with you; Teamwork could potentially make it if done the right way. While I’m a big fan, I sometimes can’t let go for certain things. Instead, I tend to do it myself!

    I’ve been blogging for a while now. I used to use help many times. But honestly, for the big things; I don’t let go. I know it shouldn’t be the case. And I’m doing my best to really overcome it.

    Yet, Networking is a very nice way to build audience and gather attention around what you do. Blog commenting, forum posting, Twitter chats, ..etc; All these strategies helped me to connect with awesome guys like yourself and Enstine.

    Keep it always up!

  6. Hello Ryan,

    Teamwork makes the things easier for all of us. I am following you for few months and have learned many things from you. You are a living example of how networking or teamwork works. Sharing other bloggers on your blog and social networks definitely help to create bonds and good relationship. I am also doing this for a couple of months and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing these great tips here.

    Have a Great Day πŸ™‚

  7. Thanks for sharing some totally awesome
    advice Ryan!

    Let’s sincerely hope, it doesn’t fall on deaf ears!

    You and so many others have definitely led
    by proven example.

    All we need do now, is follow your proven
    lead bud.

    Maybe I’ll check out that documentary
    on Netflix as well. Thanks!

    • Hi Mark,

      You’re absolutely right. Ryan is a good example of a team player. Even though it’s not easy to follow his example, but with effort and determination we can make it happen.

  8. Hmm You are right again Ryan,

    I was a solo flier, definitely a lone wolf when I first started out. Pumping out post after post daily 5 days a week and waited for the deluge of traffic…Then I read Ryan’s Book on Blogging and my world changed…that was my turning point.

    I deliberately sought out other bloggers, at the time it was mostly mom bloggers and went to work giving, I then realised I needed to hang out more with focused bloggers as with time more and more of the bloggers i hang out with quit…WHY? because they were takers, blogging for the “Sale” and thus never saw the bigger picture…

    Network, network and network some more…t has worked for me thus far…and I have Ryan to thank. πŸ™‚ And thanks for the Shout out bro so much appreciated πŸ™‚

    Julie Syl

    • Julie you are an unreal networker! Your community reflects this; a devotion to service. Keep on inspiring my friend.


  9. Team Paradise resounds!

    Thanks Ryan, for the shout out and the promote. It always feels so good to GIVE to others, but I’ll tell ya, when you get something back, it’s like a little bit of heaven shining a spotlight on your life!

    After a week of promoting, sharing, and shining a light on a number of incredibly well-spoken individuals, I’m thrilled to see so many reflections.

    When I noted the info about reviewing books, I’d been on Amazon updating some reviews on books I’d recently finished reading. One book, an incredibly good book that kept me captive through almost a seven hour evening of reading – late into the night… Had just one review. I was shocked that nobody had yet reviewed the book. I know the author had sold more books than that, I’d been to a book release party and watched several walk out with a copy.

    It’s such a small thing to do, write a few lines of review on a book. And so important for the author.

    Take a minute people. Write a comment. Write a review. Post on your own blog, referencing blog posts others write, and share on social media… It really is all about how we carry each other!

    • Hey Jan

      What you say is so true for Authors and other creatives. Lots of people buy a Book, a music CD, an Audio, a course and never go back to share their feelings or views on the resource.

      I have sold a good number of my books on Amazon yet I face the same thing.

      I know that some Authors actively encourage readers to go review and that’s one way of getting more people to receive the goodness we create for them.

      That said, what Ryan says here is Spot on, Build relationships and the back links will come πŸ™‚


      • Julie, so true about relationships.

        I had spent so much time building relationships as a young writer, and then I realized there was a difference in who you build relationships with… There are those who are influencers, and those who are influenced.

        We all need to spend a good portion of our time with those who are influencers.

        Coming from a small town, I remember realizing that “I was the product” they were using to get where they wanted to go… And while giving is my nature… I also needed influencers in my circle, or tribe. Finding them meant reaching out and asking for guidance.

        My experience truly was one of giving.

        The benefit of asking, was having an opportunity to give more.

        Thank you for your comment!

    • Fab comment Jan! All it takes is 1 minute, right? A kind word or act and you become a team player and wow this journey gets easier.

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