5 Reasons Online Collaborations Can Help You Beat Out The Competition

By Bamboo Forest

The dictum that two heads are better than one can apply to many things, including blogging.

I collaborate with my brother on five websites, which makes me uniquely qualified to explain the benefits of online collaboration.

Here are 5 reasons collaborating with a partner can help you beat out the competition.

1. More variety in your writing. Single-authored blogs with the exception of guest posts will always be based on the standpoint of one author. Having a partner that writes posts with you ensures that your blog will always be filled with variety and fresh ideas.

2. Proof each other’s posts. Spelling and grammar mistakes occur in even the most popular blogs. Having a partner ensures you always have someone to proof your writing. Your partner can also let you know when your writing isn’t clear and flowing as well as it should be.

3. Make a good product amazing. If I show my partner a “final product”, he can take a look and give me a few additional ideas and tweaks that can make what I’ve written even more powerful. This process has helped my brother and I make humor pieces go from funny to downright hilarious (at least to us).

4. Combine your skill set to create new websites that kick-ass. The most recent site I’ve launched with my brother is a funny online comic called the Spicy Tornado. I draw the comics and my brother colors them in. By sharing the duty of creating each comic neither of us becomes overwhelmed by it. Combining our unique skill set in the creation of each comic makes for a finished product of the highest quality.

5. Significantly increase your capacity to promote. Without promotion your site won’t go anywhere no matter how quality it is. By doubling your capacity to promote your chances of gaining momentum multiply. For example, your partner can maintain your site while you do a guest post campaign. Also, you now have two twitter accounts instead of just one and double the connections with people who can link to you and promote you.

The down side of collaborating with online ventures

The two greatest downsides are that you must split profits and find someone you can trust completely.

It goes without question that collaborating is not for everyone and involves risks.

I’d argue, however, that considering the sheer competition out there, the upside of collaborating with a partner with online ventures overwhelms the downside.

What’s your take on collaborating with online ventures?

About the Author: Bamboo Forest is an Email Life Coach, helping people work on something in their lives over the course of a month through email.

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19 Responses to “5 Reasons Online Collaborations Can Help You Beat Out The Competition”

  • Rojish

    Online collabrations can be very effective. But it is highly depend on the trust between the partners. We must take extreme care to find a trustful partner.

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      No doubt about that. I would say, forgo collaborations eternally, unless you can find someone you can truly trust.

      Even then, of course, there are no guarantees. But that’s pretty much how life is.

  • MIr Imran Elahi

    Thanks Bamboo Forest for your nice post.But find-out a good and trustful partner is very rare.

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      It can be rare. Then again, it also depends how much effort you put into your search.

  • Deena

    You forgot a very important point. If you get together with the right person, you could end up staying motivated on a blog you otherwise would have quit long ago.

    I started habitza.com (habitza means the swamp in Hebrew and it’s about dating for marriage) with a partner and we worked together for close to a year. I really think there isn’t a chance habitza would have survived if I’d been alone during that time. Every time one of us started flailing, the other pulled her up. Every time we weren’t sure how to proceed, we discussed it and used our combined power to make decisions and continue on.

    A few months ago she backed out of the picture but it was at a time when I already had confidence to continue it alone and now that’s working out great.

    I guess the big lesson I learned is that the right partner at the right time can be priceless and moving on when necessary is very important too.

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Good point. You and your partner can help motivate each other. You can be accountable to each other.

  • Vivek Parmar

    trust+paper-work and other legal formalities you have to done before going to start online collaborations because after sometimes, things got messed-up so make clear all the things initially before going for online collaboration

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Paper work may be a wise idea. I’ve never done it, but I can see how it could protect both parties involved.

  • Jennifer Brown Banks

    This is a great post with many ideas to contemplate and apply accordingly. I think a lot depends on one’s blogging goals and the compatability of one’s potential partner.

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      You’re right. One’s blogging goals certainly factors in here on whether having a partner is even beneficial for you or not.

  • Bob Bessette

    Hi,
    You are fortunate that your brother is willing to collaborate with you. I agree that having another person would help a lot with creating blog posts and proofreading and adding suggestions. I do not have that luxury although I do allow guest posters at times on my blog.

    Last year I went a little overboard on allowing guest posts on my blog. I have vowed to do my own posting and allow guest posts randomly this year. I have even hidden the “Write for this Blog” page on my blog because I was getting too many requests.

    I enjoyed this post and good luck with your new comic blog.

    Best,
    Bob

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Thanks. In some blogs, such as Copyblogger, the vast majority of posts are guest posts! So, for some blogs, it appears, that a majority of guest posts doesn’t hurt the integrity of the blog… and instead… only helps.

      I’d also bring up another point now that I’m thinking about it.

      You can also hire someone or some people to help you with your blog. Hire an editor or writers etc. And while they would not be equal owners of your online property, they may still be able to give you many of the benefits found in this post.

      • Bob Bessette

        Bamboo,
        I hear what you are saying. A virtual assistant is an option to help out with my blog(s), money-making websites, etc. Believe me, I think about it all the time because I have a full-time job on top of my online ventures. But, I’m going to wait until I actually start making some money before doling out any more.

        The thing is, CopyBlogger and other established blogs are, well, established. Once you have a large subscriber base you certainly have a lot of great guest posters to choose from. People like us receive a lot of guest post requests but, to be honest, everyone is just trying to advertise their money-making sites. Not that I have a problem with making money online but it’s nice to get a guest post request from someone who blogs for the love of it. Those are few and far between.

        Best,
        Bob

  • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

    You make less money. But… When you really think about it… you can also launch more websites which can ultimately lead to making way more money than if you were to go it alone.

  • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

    Agreed. Smaller blogs will not receive the quality of guest posts as sites site like Copyblogger or DBT. Therefore, having lots of guest posts when you’re a small blog will probably translate to guest posts that may not be ideal.

    And in the early stages, perhaps it’s best to do the vast majority of the posts yourself for your brand’s sake.

    One of the luxuries of being a large blog is you can really leverage guest posts to help your blog grow.

  • Tristan Higbee

    “Significantly increase your capacity to promote.” I think that right there should be reason enough for everyone!

    Thanks for the great post. This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and it was good to see something concrete on the subject.

  • ray bak

    When it comes to build trust I thinks its best to find some offline partner the one you know personally instead of having collaboration with online friends in far away lands. Collaboration really helps achieving goals in lesser time..

  • John McNally

    You’re lucky to have a brother as your partner. It must be great brain storming with someone you have known all your life. But I wouldn’t actively look for a partner outside of my family, it’s not worth the hassle and possible risk.

    John
    Leamington Spa, England

  • Carolee a.ka. Blogging Biz Mom

    It is a very intriguing idea!

    Like you said- someone is there to edit your work and help create some new ideas.

    It would definitely help keep you motivated when you are feeling down!

    Thank you for a post that was a bit different from the norm!

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