As more members begin participating on Lifestyle Bloggers Anonymous, we feel it necessary to present you with this post. As you’ll currently see in many of the sidebars on the site, I’ve been the “Featured Member” for quite awhile. It totally rocks and all, but since new members are participating so much, it’s time to pass the torch and let someone else have a turn, finally!!
So tonight, I’d like to let you in on how you can become a Featured Member. But first, let’s discuss why you might want to become a Featured Member, what are the benefits for you. Part of our mission at Lifestyle Bloggers Anonymous is to provide you with a venue to promote your blog. From the many forums and discussions we have dedicated to blog promotion to our lax guidelines about the links you can add in a variety of areas around the site, we offer tons of opportunity to get the word out there about your blog.
From a blogger’s perspective, the main benefit of becoming a Featured Member is that it will give you more opportunity to promote your blog. Your profile is easily accessible from the Blog, the Members page, the Videos page, the Groups page and finally the Link Directory! That’s a whole lot of visibility across our site. Within your profile, you are given even more options to promote your blog.
But, what if you don’t have a blog to promote? What’s the benefit for you? Well, if you’re a blog reader and enjoy reading more blogs, when bloggers see that you are a Featured Member, they’ll reach out to you and be more likely to connect with you. You’ll also receive exposure to even more blogs to read.
On top of just that, we would sincerely love to interview each of our Featured Members and would like to offer a full-length post on Updates from the Head Blog-A-Holic about their blog or their love of blogs. This post is excerpted on our Tumblr blog, shared on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ feeds and therefore is featured in the sidebar of most of our blogs, including my own personal blog. Finally, the Featured Member is given props in The Official Lifestyle Bloggers Anonymous Group. Bloggers, are you excited about the promotional value here yet?
Now that I’ve explained why it might interest you to become a Featured Member on Lifestyle Bloggers Anonymous (and if it doesn’t interest you, let us know why in the comments below), let’s talk about what you need to do to become a Featured Member. It may sound daunting when we put it in list form, but once you get into participating on the site, you’ll discover it’s much easier than one would think.
Show Interest or Be Discovered
If we notice you as an active and outstanding member on Lifestyle Bloggers Anonymous, we will message you on the site to let you know that we’re interested in featuring you as a member. But maybe, we don’t get to you first and you have a strong desired to have your profile featured. You can simply fill out this short form and let us know you’re interested and whether or not you’d like to conduct an interview.
If you choose the form option, it could take up to 48 hours for us to receive your request, so don’t worry if you don’t hear from us right away. It doesn’t mean that you’re not going to get your chance. All messages regarding Featured Members are sent from within the site, so be sure to check your Inbox!
Complete Your Profile
To become a Featured Member, you must complete your profile. For your profile to be considered as completed, you must complete the following:
- Change the default picture
It doesn’t have to be a picture of you, but it does need to change from our default bubble guy. We want to see something that is somehow representative of you. If you’re unsure how to change your default picture, check out this tutorial.
- Add a status update
We just want to know that there’s a person behind your account. So feel free to change your status to anything you’d like. If you’re a blogger, it’s a great place to post links and if you’re not a blogger, it’s a great place to let us know what you’re doing.
- Add Recent Activities App
We really want to know what you’re up to around the site and so do the people who check out your profile. They want to know why you’ve been featured, so show off how you’re making connections on the site with the Recent Activities App.
Participate on the Site
It’s really that simple! All you have to do is participate. When you request to be a Featured Member, you will be asked if you have completed certain steps where participation is concerned. We’d like for Featured Members to complete at least one of the following:
- Write or comment on at least 3 blog posts
- Participate in a minimum of 5 conversations, using either the Discussions or Forum features
- Upload a minimum of 5 pictures, using your Photos page
- Share at least 2 videos, using the Videos page
- Join or create a minimum of 2 groups (and joining The Official Lifestyle Bloggers Anonymous Group counts as one!)
- Add or comment on at least 5 links, using the Link Directory
Again, we don’t insist that you do all of the above (though I will personally love you more if you do…), but we require that at least one of the above is completed. If you have done at least one of the above, chances are you’ve already been contacted about being a Featured Member, but if you want to speed up the process, please request to be featured.
Finally, the last step to becoming a Featured Member, is to follow our updates on at least one of the three social networks that we are most active on. If you haven’t already, follow @LBAnonymous on Twitter, like us on Facebook or circle us on Google+. You can even follow us on all three to earn a super special (and totally invisible) gold star. If you haven’t followed, liked or circled us, you won’t be eligible to become a Featured Member.
So there you have it. The 4 things you need to do to become a Featured Member on Lifestyle Bloggers Anonymous. Like I said at the beginning, it may seem daunting, but once you start getting actively involved in the site, you’ll find that it’s not very hard to become a Featured Member. The benefits are plenty and I would personally love to share someone else’s profile! So, what are you waiting for? Get participating and request to be a Featured Member now!
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