“Wait a second – I thought this was supposed to be a travel blog!”
You’re right. Don’t worry, you haven’t mistakenly stumbled onto some “How to Be A Blogger” series. My blog is still focused on travel, and I will be the first to admit that I don’t have all the answers to every burning blog-related question in the world. However, as I’ve become more and more engaged in the blogging and Instagram communities over the past year, I have found incredible value in connecting with others in the same space on Facebook. I’ve learned so much, discovered invaluable resources, and made so many new connections (some I’d even consider close friends now)! I know that I would have been so grateful to find a blog post like this one when I was first starting out, which is why I’m hoping I can pass along some of the knowledge and resources I’ve gained to help out any travel blogging newbies in the same situation!
Why join a Facebook group?
If you’re reading this post, chances are that you already know what Facebook engagement groups are and you’re on the hunt for some good ones to check out. However, if you’re new to this whole thing, here’s a quick rundown: Facebook groups are an incredible resource for you if you’re looking to connect with other travel bloggers (or just bloggers in general), looking for ways to promote and grow your blog readership, boost your social media, or build your business, whatever your goals may be. (There are also groups for everything from Amazon re-selling to Whole30, but I digress.)
The following is a list of 75 (yeah, you read that right!) awesome Facebook groups that will help you do all of the above and more. Rather than explain what each of them focus on, I encourage you to click through and read the description for any groups below that interest you. Each group generally has a very detailed description section on the right-hand sidebar of their group page which you should read through before clicking “Join Group” to ensure that it’s the right fit for you and your needs!
A word to the wise…
There are a LOT of Facebook groups out there. Some are great, some are terrible, and many are just downright mediocre. I’m hoping that this list will help take the guesswork out of this process for you (since I’ve been in a lot of these groups for a year or more and am very familiar with how they operate, who moderates them, and what benefits they provide). None of them are perfect, but I think there is value to be found in each of them, so I recommend trying a few of them out! The more active you are, the more results you’ll see reflected in your social media and blog life.
By no means do you need to join ALL of these groups in order to see results and make the connections you’re looking for! I recommend starting small and picking 2-5 groups to join in order to get familiar with how they operate and then go from there. Each group has a slightly different structure, different moderators and rules, and different schedules. Take the time to find the one(s) that are right for you.
Psssst…a few of my favorite groups are towards the top of this list, if you’re curious.
Without further ado, let’s get on to this massive list!
75 Engaging Facebook Groups for Travel Bloggers & Instagrammers
4. Travel Instagram Engagement Group (The #Travelgram Posse) – Full disclosure: I am a moderator for this group!
12. Girls vs Globe
17. Blogger Insights
25. Bloggers United
26. Boost your Blog
39. Blogging 101
40. Beyond Her Atlas
45. Boost Your Blog
51. Blogging Boost
54. Blog + Biz Babes
57. Blogging Newbs
63. Grow Your Blog
71. Blogger Roundups
Woohoo! You made it through!
I can’t explain (without sounding super sappy) how much support, expertise and motivation I’ve gained access to since joining the groups that I’m in on Facebook. There are some seriously talented, kind, helpful humans out there in the world, and being a part of unique, niche communities like these truly do give you a different perspective on whatever you’re trying to do – be it travel blogging, photography, writing, activism, supporting your neighborhood or town…the list goes on and on!
It may seem intimidating at first, because you don’t know the lingo and feel like the new kid on the block, but I guarantee you that if you ask questions and engage with the rest of the group, people will help you out and take you under their wing. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and ask for help or work with others.
A few helpful tips I wish I’d known before joining groups:
- After you join a thread, click “Save Post” in order to keep track of which threads you need to follow up on or complete. It is nearly impossible to do so otherwise, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and headaches by saving posts this way. Pro tip: make sure you “Unsave Post” when you’re done completing a certain thread so you don’t confuse yourself. See example below.
- Don’t join threads with time-sensitive deadlines (i.e. must complete within 24-48 hours) when you know you’ll be busy or without wifi. These groups are serious about fair participation, and if you think you can just drop a link and sneak off, you’re going to get yourself banned from a bunch of groups quickly. It’s a fair system, so play nice and do your part to reciprocate.
- There are groups for just about every niche or topic you can possibly think of. Facebook is a fantastic resource and way to find like-minded people, no matter what your interest or business goal is!
- Have your blog set up before you start joining groups. Most blogging groups require you to have an active blog URL for them to check out before they’ll allow you into the group, so trying to join groups with a fake URL or no URL at all likely won’t get you into groups like these.
- Be kind and offer support – go above and beyond! Make connections with other bloggers and Instagrammers. It’s absolutely invaluable. You never know when you might need each other or want to collaborate on projects in the future!
- Ask questions and be curious. For the most part, people in these groups are incredibly kind and knowledgeable, and happy to answer questions or help you out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice.
- Above all, have FUN and build genuine community using these groups! I have made some incredible friends through Facebook groups (I’ve even met up with some of them in person!), and value these connections deeply. Engagement groups are not simply endless, hollow “like for like” posts – there are so many authentic, supportive people trying to make connections, learn, and build community. Find the groups that are right for you, leave the ones that don’t feel valuable behind, and enjoy the process of getting to know other people in the same space as you!
And that’s all folks!
If you have any additional questions about joining or participating in Facebook groups, I’d be happy to answer them – feel free to ask them in a comment below, reach out on Twitter or message me on Facebook for quick responses.
Also, if you found this post helpful, I’d love it if you’d share on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter (there are some handy-dandy share buttons on the left). I want to spread this around and help as many people as possible since I know how valuable these types of resources can be!