By Jessy Troy
Lately, there have been a lot of groups interviews showing up around the web, Transcripts, email group discussions, Google Hangouts on Air footage… everyone wants to put together influencer round-ups on their blog, and it is no wonder.
These mastermind roundups have become a primary way to produce high quality content, and offer something truly valuable to the user.
The problem many people have is that they don’t know how to go about getting an expert to take part in an interview, especially if their blog is not yet huge enough. Pitching to someone who already has a full schedule may seem nearly impossible. Perhaps you have even tried, but never managed to land the opportunity that you so badly wanted.
MyBlogU, the absolutely free community of bloggers I’ve been using for several months now to feature and get features in expert interviews, has you covered on that front.
Group Interview Feature
Rather than having you contact experts, the Group Interview feature takes you to where they already are. You ask your question of people within your industry, and they answer. Since they are already there to connect, and are interested in both sharing and taking part in the creation of content, you are guaranteed results every time you post a question.
Not only that, but you are able to get multiple quotes from various sources, and bind them together into a group interview transcript. It is much faster, easier to organize, and doesn’t require all of the planning usually needed to find a good time or chance to bring people together for a discussion.
Building Your Reputation
Once you start publishing these interviews, you will notice a jump in your own reputation because you are producing and promoting quality content, with established names attached from your industry, you are going to get more attention. With this attention comes a chance to connect with other influential people in your niche.
This can lead to what? More interviews! It is a great way to climb up the ladder and produce more and more popular content while offering a really helpful resource for those who are reading it. Who doesn’t want tips from those who are already successful, and have had to work their way up to the top?
I don’t suggest publishing only interviews on your blog! Too much of anything could become harmful as you risk losing your voice! But making it a regular colums (once a month or once a season depending on your editorial calendar intencity) covering hot trends is a great idea!
Brainstorming With The Pros
Another great feature is the brainstorming tool. MyBlogU allows you to put ideas out onto the site, and get feedback from others who are a part of the community. If you feel uncertain of an idea, just want some opinions on what should be included, or even want to bounce off of someone else to generate more ideas for future content, this is the place for you.
You can also help to influence the others in the community. Offer your own feedback on their ideas, and let them know what you would personally like to red. Share insights from your followers and what you have learned through your target audience. Build yourself as an authority, and soon people will want to interview you!
MyBlogU is a great tool that allows users to join a community of like minded individuals. While there you can take advantage of their expertise, and create unique group interviews that will provide you with excellent content.
Try it for yourself!
Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with the site except for I am a member.
Example interview from the screenshot can be found here. Here are more examples from MyBlogU and their members.
Featured image via Flickr CC: aboutmodafinil.com
Ann Smarty says
Wow thanks a lot for the feature! Honored!
I couldn’t have noted better reasons to use MyBlogU.
The power of interviews and brainstorming is quite impressive, and it’s always fun, feels just like a community should.
Gail Gardner says
Congratulations, Ann, at being featured on Liz’ Successful Blog site. Citing experts and influencers in content can definitely get a site more visibility and build relationships with those being quoted. Thank you for providing an easy way to do it.
I haven’t been as active there as I would like to be, but if I ever get caught up and feeling good I’ll be sure to make it more of a habit.
While it is easy for us to reach out and get quotes because we’re fairly well known, MyBlogU makes it easy for anyone – even bloggers just getting started.
I was so happy to have Jessy share this resource! Thanks Ann!
Ashley Faulkes says
Very kind of you to feature my Pinterest roundup post (which yes did quite well, because it was targeted to Pitnerest people and was about Pinterest and had an infographic – great for Pinterest :>).
I have done another one recently which has gotten about 800 shares so far, and also an infographic, which will continue to propogate on Pinterest (hint hint).
I love the feature you mentioned n MyBlogU and have participated in quite a few.
I am also writing about this topic on Noah Kagan’s Traffic1m.com if anyone wants to learn more about traffic on that.
Appreciate the mention
Philip Turner says
This is a great article. The brainstorming helps the people who are helping you as well. It helps to start their minds moving along new tracks – All in all Any brainstorming you do is a win-win situation. MyBlogU.com is the only place I know where I can brainstorm on a daily basis, help other people and stretch my own thinking at the same time.
Anant Patel says
I am one of the member of MyBlogU community. MyBlogU is first community i join ever after start my blogging carrer. I learn so many things from myblogu community friends. Thanks to Ann Smarty and her team. MyblogU is one of the best platform for brainstorming and very helpful to newbie blogger to start their carrer in blogging.
Don Sturgill says
MyBlogU is not only effective — it’s fun. And it’s growing.
And (I believe) there’s going to be a blogging contest starting up soon. There should be some news soon on the weekly #MyBlogU Twitter Chat: Thursdays at 11 ET/ 8PT.
Wendy Kelly says
Great review of what MyBlogU can do! I love the idea of making expert interviews a regular scheduled part of your blog. Thank you!
Deborah Anderson says
Jessy – Excellent post! I’m a little biased because I love MyBlogU, as well. I especially love how Ann has these contests. Not because of the prizes (though, that is cool, too), but it is brilliant. We all know it takes 17 days to create a habit and by having a contest that encourages 30 days of use, it becomes habit. The real benefit is what you have listed in the article. But hey, I wouldn’t complain if I won, either. lol. Again, thank you for such a well-written article on MyBlogU.
I just heard of MyBlogU today from a professional copywriter and decided to do a little more research. The concept seems like an excellent way to meet bloggers, make connections and gain exposure. It sounds like a win-win opportunity and it alerts me to opportunities that I would have never known existed. I’m looking forward to watching the videos and learning more about the service.
Eren Mckay says
I totally agree that getting interviews is a great way to build your blog. It’s very wise of Ann Smarty to incorporate that as a part of the strategy. It becomes a win -win situation for everyone,since relationships are built in the process and great content also!
karen may says
yeah!!I totally agree that getting interviews is a great way to build your blog,too
Mikhail Khorev says
Haven’t seen many requests there for a while. Maybe its a good time for me to submit one and get content for my own interview-article.