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How To Write A Roundup Post To Drive Traffic and Build Blog Engagement

This post was most recently updated on November 21st, 2016

How To Write A Roundup Post To Drive Traffic and Build Blog EngagementLearn How To Write A Roundup Post To Drive Traffic and Build Blog Engagement, and then make it happen.

If you’re not quite sure what a roundup post is, or how it can help your blogging business, then this article will be a big help.

I’ve written before about methods for driving free traffic to your blog, and this is one method that ranks near the top.

I’ve also written about how to build engagement on your blog, and again, writing a roundup post is one of the best ways to do it.

So if you want both benefits… traffic plus engagement, consider writing a roundup post.

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People have been asking me, “What is Roundup Post?”

So, I came up with two answers.

Here’s the quick answer.

A “Roundup Post” is when you round up or gather a group of people or ideas, typically other bloggers or thought leaders in your niche.

You round them up for the purpose of discussing the topic of your “roundup post.”

Beyond that, though, it gives you an opportunity to showcase, or introducing them to your readers.

Here’s the more difficult (but more instructive) answer.

I did my very first roundup post last week on this blog.

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You can take a peek and it will show you exactly what a roundup post looks like.

Keep in mind, this is a particular type of roundup post, which you’ll read about a bit more down the page.

There are other types.

I’d like you to look at that blog post before you read the rest of this because it will make it all so much more clear.

Hands on.

Real world.

A picture’s worth a thousand words.

Yea, all of that.

Why Should You Do A Roundup Post?

People do Roundup posts for many reasons.

Often they do them to create buzz and recognition for their blog.

They use them as a way to create good will with other bloggers and influencers.

In other words, it gets them noticed, and on the radar of folks they’d like to hang with.

Maybe not their favorite movie star, or anime character…

How To Write A Roundup Post To Drive Traffic and Build Blog Engagement

…but other bloggers anyway.

By far, the most important reason that you wanted to do a roundup post is to drive traffic to your blog.

Not Only Traffic, But New Traffic

When you blog regularly, you typically see the same people over and over again from within your crowd.

But when you do a roundup post, your traffic grows exponentially.

That’s because each person who participates in your roundup post, will share the article with

  • all their readers,
  • people in their social networks,
  • friends,
  • followers, and of course,
  • candle-stick makers (really?).

That means that not only your usual crowd will be reading your roundup post, but you’ll get visitors that you don’t even know.

That’s because their friends will drop by…

and the friends of the friends…

and that grows the amount of traffic to your blog immensely.

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Who Should You Include In Your Roundup Post?

I think one of the mistakes bloggers often make when they do their first roundup post, is it they just want to get a whole lot of people involved.

Anybody… everybody.

Or, at least, anyone they think will contribute.

But it’s not just a matter of getting a whole lot of people.

You need to be a bit more strategic in designing your roundup posts.

Roundup Your Crowd

Now a great method is to simply feature your followers.

That’s what I did in my first roundup post.

When you include your followers what you’re trying to do is to get their friends and followers to be introduced to your blog, often for the first time.

But it’s a two way street.

You also want your readers to go check out the blogs you feature because that will increase traffic to their blogs, and make them even more enthusiastic about following you in the future, as well as participate in future joint ventures (like roundup posts) with you.

This will certainly improve the traffic flow to your blog.

Moreover (I love starting sentences with that word, seems so smart of something)… Moreover, it will come with a hearty recommendation from the roundup participants, because they already know, like you and trust you.

They will pay forward (another cool quip) this know-like-trust thingee to their readers and followers.

So not only are you getting new traffic, but you are getting high quality, well targeted, people to your site who have probably never been there before.

Don’t forget, too, that they come on the personal recommendation of one or more of the people who participated in your roundup post.

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Roundup Some Experts

Another strategy is to center your roundup blog post around experts on a certain topic, or experts in your niche.

Now, it’s likely that these experts do not know you very well, if at all.

So you won’t have as much of a personal recommendation from them as you will with your own followers.

On the other hand, they will usually have a much larger following, and therefore probably drive even more traffic to your blog than your regular followers.

Including experts can also do a great job of enhancing your personal brand.

Hussain Omar recently did a wonderful expert post that had rave reviews, page one Google ranking, and brought him tons of social shares.

It’s a perfect example of what an expert post should look like…

How To Write A Roundup Post

When people see you rubbing shoulders with experts in your industry or niche, they will tend to think of you as more of an expert.

I guess we could call that “expert by association.”

Oh yea, let’s make a retweet for that one…

Roundup Brand Reps

Another group of people to include in your roundup post would be brand representatives or owners.

Brand participants will be associated with particular products, maybe software or specific systems or tools that people in your niche use.

If you’re a social media blogger, for instance, you might like to include a rep from Hootsuite or Follower Wonk.

Your audience will probably already be familiar with those brands, so it will lend credibility to your own brand.

Brands will offer to have their spokespersons participate in your roundup post because they want to increase the visibility of their brand, just like you would use experts to include to increase the visibility of your own brand within their social networks.

One hand washes the other, right?

Another nice thing about including brand reps is that in a break-away or follow-up blog post, you can do reviews about those brands that you affiliate in order to increase the revenue of your blog.

If you don’t know any brand representatives, it’s not a bad idea to start following their blogs.

Most brands now have blogs on their websites.

Leave some comments, share their blog posts, “friend them” on social sites and basically, just get to know them.

Invite them to tea 🙂  

How To Write A Roundup Post To Drive Traffic and Build Blog Engagement

After a while, you can ask them to take part in your roundup post.

By that time, they will know who you are and they’ll be much more likely to get involved.

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What About The Content, Itself?

What should your roundup post be about, or focus on?

There are usually two general choices to make here.

One delivers information.

The other builds relationships, engagement or community.

Information Posts

Roundup posts that include information might look something like this… “48 experts tell you how to get traffic to your blog.”

If people are interested in getting new traffic to their blog, they are looking for information.

That information can be extremely valuable to your readers.

Information is probably the most common type of roundup post because it addresses a major concern.

It often solves a typical problem your readers have, as in the example I just used.

People need more traffic to their blog… that’s a problem for them.

You bring together “48 experts” to inform them of ways to do that.

Your roundup post just became a solution to their problem.

They like that, and will share 🙂

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Relationship Posts

Building relationships is also a great way to deliver your roundup post.

The purpose here is to build up an relationship with the people who visit your blog.

What you’re really doing, is building community, and including new people in your growing blog community.

You are also building engagement.

When you use the relationship as the basis for your roundup post, you are going to start connecting on a deeper level with people who have just discovered you for the first time/

Building a relationship with them right off the bat, will greatly enhance your ability to get them on to your email list, get them to join you on Twitter, be your Facebook friend and all that sort of thing.

People always like to feel like they’re part of a community.

Use your roundup post to accomplish that feeling.

Instead of giving your readers information, ask your post contributors to answer engaging questions like “What was your greatest challenge as a newbie blogger?”

This gets your contributors to open a conversation with your readers.

How Long Does It Take To Write A Roundup Post?

Well that depends on how many guests you have, what your topic is, how tight you are with your prospective guests, and how organized you are with your follow-up system.

I don’t mean to tell you that it’s a big hurry to get your roundup post published, but on the other hand don’t get stuck doing what I see so many bloggers do…

They think and over-think the process.

The result is predictable.

The roundup post just never happens.

Once you have your participants lined up, give them a short deadline for responding to your question.

This will motivate them to take fast action.

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Don’t for instance, tell them that you need their answer 3 weeks down the road.

Many of them will forget it and you will have to reconnect with them all over again to remind them that you have a roundup post coming up.

Preferably you will contact them once to ask them to participate, and as soon as they say “yes”… you will give them something like a 24 hour deadline for submission of their answer to your question.

Once you have collected all your responses, just get the blog post written.

Don’t make it perfect.

Again, I’ve seen so many bloggers collect information and then drag their feet on the project because they wanted to make sure it was perfect.

Newsflash… it isn’t going to be perfect.

Moreover (ha)… it doesn’t have to be perfect.

It just has to get done.

In my roundup post, for instance, I didn’t have the proper plugins to help me embed images with text wrap-arounds.

So, I didn’t have a photo to put next to the bloggers I included.

That’s not a good way to proceed.

However, I did proceed because I strongly believe it’s better to get something done then to wait for it to be done perfectly.

Hopefully, the next time I do a roundup post, I’ll have my act together a little more and it’ll look a bit spiffier.

But looking spiffy is not the goal… Publishing your roundup post is.

How To Write A Roundup Post To Drive Traffic and Build Blog Engagement

Now You Know: How To Write A Roundup Post To Drive Traffic and Build Blog Engagement

So, I’d like to ask you 2 questions.

1. Have you ever written a roundup post, and how did it go?

2. Are you ready to tip your toe in the water and write your first roundup post?  (and what concerns might you have about doing it?)

I’d love to have you leave me a comment below, and of course, you’ve just got to share this article on your social sites 🙂


Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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69 Responses to How To Write A Roundup Post To Drive Traffic and Build Blog Engagement

  1. Ravijit December 25, 2016 at 4:29 am #

    Roundup posts can help to gain main 3 things (1) Exposure (2) Social Sharing and (3) Traffic

    Thanks Donna for writing such a useful post.

    – Ravijit
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  2. Erika Mohssen-Beyk
    November 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    I like how you did your post and it shows there are different ways of doing this .
    You show that there are a lot of possibilities and ways to do this.
    I like the roundup posts and think other people as well,it is interesting to read about the experiences and views of other about the same subject .It does not have to be only experts on this posts. It is a way to learn and get ideas as well because all of us come from different countries, traditions, and cultures as well. I think this is what makes them popular, brings good traffic.and is a way to connect.
    Thank you

  3. Muhammad Tabish
    November 21, 2016 at 9:03 am #

    wow, Thank’s Great. I love roundup post. Yes This is definitely Great way to Build Relastionship. Excellent Topic. Keep Sharing.

    have a nice day ahead.
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  4. Sathish Arumugam
    November 12, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    Driving traffic for roundup post is seriously an excellent topic to be exposed. And you have shown the original way to drive traffic and your concept of driving new traffic is a big thing to be mentioned in this article. But creating a roundup post is a major work to followed, but if we do that then it would be a great thing to drive traffic. And from now Im going to create a roundup post on my own, and this surely makes a good relationship between myself and my readers.

  5. Sonal Talwar
    November 12, 2016 at 1:02 am #

    Hi Donna

    Roundup post is definitely a great way to build relationships. There are so many bloggers we don’t know about – so it is a great way to meet new people.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  6. Paula
    November 10, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

    I never heard of a round up post. But certainly it sounds like a great idea. I will have to review your article and see where it leads my thoughts on this awesome topic.
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  7. Pranay Khatri
    November 9, 2016 at 6:02 am #

    Hey Donna,
    You really know how to bound the readers on your write-up. Its really an amazing article, roundup posts really drive traffic and engagement, though I never tried but for sure it gonna help me to bring new visitors on my blog.

    Waiting for more posts on your blog.
    Thanks for this wonderful article Donna!

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  8. Anyinature Damasta
    November 9, 2016 at 2:31 am #

    Donna You are Blessed.

    What A great writing skills and quality From A Woman Like You.

    Ma i got two to three insights about roundup posts.

    I believe round up posts is a way to create a lasting relationship between bloggers.

    I will surely create a Round Up Post On My Blog Soon.

    Thanks For This Wonderful Article Mum.

    Remain Blessed.

  9. ikechi
    November 6, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

    Hi Donna

    You sure know how to make a topic or concept look exciting with tons of insight. Your roundup post was indeed very interesting .

    You are so right and roundup posts is sure a way to boost relationships which is why I never turn any request down unless I suspect something wrong.

    I also agree and like the idea you shared about roundup posts being used for Social bloggers. Thumbs up for the post and have a lovely week.
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    • Donna Merrill November 22, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

      Hi Ikechi,

      I love to make new relationships being featured or reading round up posts. Some are too long so I have to skim around and cherry pick a few new people to connect with.

      I’ve made many relationships via these kinds of posts.

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  10. Elise Cohen Ho
    November 6, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

    This is, by far, the most informative post I have ever read on the subject of creating a great roundup post. Thank you for continuing to share such useful information.
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  11. Chetan Gupta
    November 6, 2016 at 5:41 am #

    Hey Donna

    Indeed a great post about conducting roundups.

    I too feel that roundup posts have that much potential which can attract hell a lot of readers and If you have got some roundup answers from some great experts then there are more chances that you will get much more than just readers.

    I have seen many roundup posts got so many shares, contextual backlinks and much more through the roundup.

    Roundup posts are always successful for creating interest in readers mind just by their title and readers easily get attracted to it.

    But all we need to conduct these roundups is just mailing all the experts. I have tried this many times but I hardly got reply from few of them and that’s why I never succeed in any roundup.

    Either way, Thanks for covering such a wonderful article. 😀

    • Donna Merrill November 6, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

      Hi Chetan,

      Roundups do work well as long as you have some kind of relationship with others. In my previous round up it was a “thank you” to my loyal readers that have been around for years.

      If you are creating a blog post about a subject and want to have influencers contribute you must have visited them several times or formed some kind of relationship.

      I get asked to do them all the time from people I don’t know, and unfortunately I have to turn them down. I don’t know where I will end up lol.

      My best advice to you is to build relationships…visit their blogs….comment and share them on social media. Eventually they will get to know you.

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  12. Emebu
    November 5, 2016 at 3:28 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Reading through this post reminds me of so many factors i might have ignored, mostly the traffic generating tricks.

    Every traffic generating tips is very vital for bloggers, merchants and marketers alike and what you highlighted here is unique on its own way.

    – Emebu

  13. Pankaj Kumar
    November 5, 2016 at 2:27 am #

    Hi Donna,
    That was really a useful and amazing post on roundups. This roundup-thingy is shining everywhere, nowadays. I will surely plan one for my blog.
    Thanks for the post again.
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    • Donna Merrill November 6, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

      Hi Pankaj,

      Glad you liked this post about roundups. It is one of those shiny things popping up just about everywhere, but it has been around a long time.

      Good to know you plan some kind of round up on your blog.

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  14. Hadharm Hiidee November 4, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    Great and Informative Article from Donna, the last roundup I did was based on a question which I asked some blogging experts. It really drive me more traffic and new subscribers. Roundup is truly one of best way to bring in new visitors. I will still plan on another one later.
    Thanks for Sharing.

  15. Don Purdum
    November 4, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    Hi Donna,

    For many months I was asked to contribute to roundups and did so. I worked hard to try to create valuable content for them. The problem was I noticed they were soliciting 50, 100 or more people to contribute.

    I did it for a while but the traffic drop-off to my site was significant beyond 10 other contributors. So now, I ask how many are participating and if there are more than 30 I won’t do it out of fairness to us all who are contributing.

    Otherwise, it’s a great way to provide value to someone.

    I haven’t given much thought to doing it myself at this point, but it may be a great way to get people’s thoughts on how they created their message or where they feel they need improvement for a new campaign?

    I just may pursue that in the near future.

    Thanks for getting me to think as always!!!

    ~ Don
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    • Donna Merrill November 6, 2016 at 11:50 am #

      Hi Don,

      Oh how I know that feeling of contributing to a round up with a hundred people. It can be frustrating scrolling down for five minutes to leave a comment lol.

      I don’t do round ups much, but was inspired to thank my loyal readers that have been with me for years in my last post.

      Sometimes I like to do what I call a mini round up whereby I will review a few tools I myself use to bring to light to others. I do include affiliate and non affiliates but keep it all fair. The good, the bad, the ugly lol.

      There are so many ways to do this and yes, I think it would be so much fun to do a round up like you suggested.

      I am so happy to make you think…it’s my job lol.

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  16. Anand November 4, 2016 at 1:09 am #

    Hi Donna. Excellent choice for a blog post topic. I’ve seen a lot of roundup posts on blogs from bloggers who are regular visitors to your site. I have wondered about how useful it is – seemed like “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.” But the way you explained it makes me feel it’s a useful technique that every blogger should be doing.

    I fully agree with the bit about getting experts to explain something to your readers, instead of trying to explain it yourself. That’s one type of roundup that I’m happy to do, all the time. Once again, thank you for sharing your thoughts on a topic that is interesting and helpful to me and the rest of your readers.

    • Donna Merrill November 6, 2016 at 11:36 am #

      Hi Anand,

      Round up posts can be something like “You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.” I’ve been in many of them and did respond and shared it on social media platforms. My last one was a simple Thank You to many of my loyal readers that have been with me for years.

      Indeed, getting experts to explain a specific topic on a round up post is a nice way of helping others.

      Any form of round up is always great for a reader.

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  17. Bren Pace
    November 3, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

    Hey Donna! I’m finally getting here!

    I love the concept of roundup posts. Not only for those who are featured but for the readers of the blog hosting the roundup. It’s a win-win for all parties involved. I was honored to have participated in your last one. It means a lot to me. I haven’t done one but should. There are so many great blogging peeps in my life that I should pay my respects. Guess I need to put that in motion!

    Have a great week-end ahead!

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    • Donna Merrill November 6, 2016 at 11:30 am #

      Hi Bren,

      Glad you made it lol. It sure is a win win for everyone…from a simple thank you round up, to the best bloggers in town, or for just a few tools that are out in the marketplace.

      I just had to have you in my last post. When I think of how we met years back by being dog lovers, and then blogging buddies, it just makes me smile.

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  18. Donna Merrill November 3, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

    Hi Chery,

    I have seen you in a few of them myself. Doing one yourself is pretty easy because many people know you. It does take more time than a usual blog post but it is fun to do.

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  19. Chery Schmidt
    November 3, 2016 at 8:54 am #

    Good Morning Donna! Nope I have never done a round up post before although I have been thinking about it. I guess I never really new what to do, now I know!! LOL

    You did a great job as usual with this post my friend.
    Thanks for sharing
    Chery :))
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  20. Susette
    November 2, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    Hello, Donna

    Very instructive and interesting. Just tweeted and shared on FB.

    I like your quick answer hahaha!

    The more difficult method … for an expert blogger like you, this probably wouldn’t take much time! For me, it seems lik a lot of research, time and effort is needed, because you really need to have a tribe in place first, and more importantly, a tribe with the KLT (Know, Like, Trust) characteristics! I reckon that will come with consistency and patience!

    Reasons for doing a Roundup Post? I prefer looking at it as a way to create good will with other bloggers and influencers.

    Ahaa! Reading further down your post, now I understand how your traffic can grow exponentially with this type of round up post.

    I’m honored to be “rubbing shoulders” with experts, right here, on YOUR blog, Donna!

    I like the concept of Relationship Posts. I can see I have a lot to learn from you, Donna! I reckon I need patience, more than practice!

    • Donna Merrill November 3, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

      Hi Susette,

      One doesn’t have to be around so long to do a round up post. You don’t necessarily have to know others personally, but do a round up on a specific topic. Then research a few people that are ‘experts” in that area and list them.

      Do a little bio and link to them at the end and …viola!

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  21. lisa thomson
    November 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    Hi Donna, great info and tips, here! I did a round up post a few months back. It was called “When you feel lost-Lisa’s Divorce Support round up” so it was definitely an information round up. It was fun to do and I enjoy giving other bloggers recognition at my site. As well, giving my readers information they’re looking for is so important to me.

    It was so nice of you to include me in your round up post last week, Donna! Thanks again for that. It’s a great way to connect with new bloggers as well. I find round ups actually rather time consuming in getting all the links in but definitely worth it!
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    • Donna Merrill November 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      What a great kind of round up you have done a few months back.

      Of course I had to add you to my roundup last week. You have been on my blog so many times I can’t count.

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  22. Cori Ramos
    November 2, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    HI Donna,

    I love round-up posts. I haven’t done one in a while but they are truly effective in building engagement and driving traffic – for everyone. It’s a great way to acknowledge our fellow bloggers – can’t get a better shout out than being featured in a round-up post. 🙂

    And thank you again for including me in your latest one! I hope you’re having a great week. 🙂

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    • Donna Merrill November 3, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

      Hi Cori,

      Round up posts are great for the blogger and for everyone else. I like to do them, but also like to go to them to meet other people.

      I was so happy to add you to my last article

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  23. Marquita Herald
    November 2, 2016 at 7:20 am #

    Not sure if this qualifies, but I suppose my version of a roundup post would be those I’ve done where I’ve asked people (followers or peers) to share their insights on a specific topic. I normally do this a couple of times a year. In fact, traditionally I do one in December where I ask a select group of peers to share their most important lesson for the year and how they will take what they’ve learned into the New Year. These posts have always gone over very well and you are so right about how they help to introduce us to new readers. Thanks for the tips and inspiration Donna!
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    • Donna Merrill November 3, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

      Hi Marquita,

      Indeed this qualifies. It is another form of a round up. I’ve been in some of them that do just that. Ask a question on a specific topic and we all put our thoughts into it.

      It does go so well and helps to introduce new readers.

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  24. Darrell Harris
    November 2, 2016 at 3:36 am #

    Hello Donna
    i have noticed quite a few people are doing roundup post and I’m aware they really bring alot of traffic. You did a phenomenal job with your run up and explained how to do it really well. I’m hoping to implement these strategies in the coming months. Thanks for sharing so many extremely helpful tips Donna and have a fantastic week.

    • Donna Merrill November 3, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

      Hi Darrell,

      Some think that doing a round up post means that they need over a hundred people or topics, but in truth it can be as little as 4. I have done a lot of those in the past and it works well.

      Good to know you have some ideas rolling in your head from this post.

      Have a great week,

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  25. Siddharth Sharma
    November 2, 2016 at 2:52 am #

    Hey Donna,

    I read your this latest blog which , this is really fantastic roundup post to discuss about drive traffic to blog.

    Actually you are right , not only regular readers we also needed new visitors and our quality content will attract them to become those new visitors in to regular reader , it might be increase lot of traffic to our blog.

    Btw i learnt many of techniques here ,

    Thanks for this Roundup 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill November 3, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

      Hi Siddharth,

      It is pleasing to know that you have learned some techniques here on this post. We have to treat our readers like gold, because they are faithful to us. Then when they spread the word, others come.

      I’m so glad you came to this blog.

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  26. Dana
    November 1, 2016 at 10:14 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Well as you know, I did create a roundup post earlier this year. It was longggggg too – over 6,000 words.

    It was about people who inspired me. I enjoyed putting it together.

    I think roundup posts are awesome. It’s just nice when you see people appreciate what you put out there.

    I’m sure I’ll do another one again sometime.
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    • Donna Merrill November 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

      Hi Dana,

      That was a long blog post my friend. It was so enjoyable because it was all about people who inspired you and doing that kind of post is wonderful. Each and every person was honored to be there.

      Yep….people do appreciate what we put out there lol.

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  27. Lydia
    November 1, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

    Hey Donna, I think I am ready, Going to seriously think about what I would like to ask other owners of blogs in my niche. Also thinking that I could cover three areas and ask five bloggers from each topic. The topics would be connected to addiction recovery. Thanks you have my wheels turning lol
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  28. Neena
    November 1, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I have not yet done around the post but it is something I’ve been wanting to do.

    I have some ideas and perhaps in the coming months I will actually put them to use.

    Not going to lie, it does seem like a lot of work but I do think it’s a great way to engage and give back to other bloggers.
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  29. Ryan Biddulph
    November 1, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Super explanation and you did a fine job with your round up! As as aside, I share my round up posts with:

    – Candlestick makers
    – small woodland creatures
    – any sentient being within 40 miles of my current location

    😉 😉 Upper-case LOL.

    I’ve done a handful of round ups over the years. Tagging and or emailing round up participants is a biggie as they can spread the word this way and going forward with what you got – like, how you didn’t sweat the plug in thingee – is the easiest way to gain traction with the post.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Donna Merrill November 2, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

      Hi Ryan,

      I’ve seen your wonderful roundups over the years and they were wonderful. I love doing them, and don’t worry about plugging in that thingie because I wanted to get it done.

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  30. Ravi Chahar
    November 1, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    Hey Donna,

    I have noticed that people are doing many roundups and it’s pretty good. It helps the bloggers to get more exposure to their blog.

    All the experts will share that post and a new audience will come to the blog. It’s like using others influence for your blog.

    Though it takes a few days to build a roundup because people don’t reply on the same day.

    Thanks for making it up for everyone.
    Have a great day.

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    • Donna Merrill November 1, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

      Hi Ravi,

      There are so many ways to use roundups that it does bring more visitors and more than that, our blog post will get a lot of attention.

      It does take a few days to build a roundup but it is worth it.

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  31. Donna Merrill November 1, 2016 at 6:12 am #

    Hi Sue,

    Round up posts sure changed over the years. I’m sure you can come up with a good topic that fits your niche. It can be a round up of just about anything.

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  32. Sue Bride
    November 1, 2016 at 3:51 am #

    I used to do roundup posts a lot when I started blogging but they were often because of memes and not the type I’d do these days.

    I’ve been in a few round up posts recently and feel that I need to reciprocate, as thanks to those who included me (that includes you too).

    I’m just trying to come up a good topic that fits in with the type of thing I write about:-) This post is of great help. Thanks, Donna.
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  33. Karan Bhagat
    November 1, 2016 at 3:34 am #

    Hey Donna,

    I never tried roundup posts, may be because my sites are not from that niche but roundup does gives a genuine boost, if there are 30 people in your roundup then you can easily expect to get 30 shares from those people and some quality links too.

    Next time I would love to hear something from you which applies to other niche websites perfectly 😉

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    • Donna Merrill November 6, 2016 at 11:19 am #

      Hi Karan,

      There are so many different ways to do roundups.

      If you want to put one together for a niche site, you simply find the leaders, top voices in that niche and contact them. Ask them to answer one question that your target audience would be really interested in hearing about. Then post those answers in your guest article.

      It’s really a simple idea. The work is in knowing who the influencers are in your niche, making the contacts with them, keeping them focused on delivering, and then designing an interesting looking article.

      Finally, do the content marketing, the promotion and the follow-up with reader comments.

      That’s how to do a great expert roundup in any niche at all.

      Give it a try 🙂

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  34. LH Louis
    November 1, 2016 at 1:38 am #

    Round up post is definitely a great way to build relationship with bloggers while also attract their readers as well. Definitely a great way to get more readers.
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    • Donna Merrill November 6, 2016 at 11:05 am #

      Hi Louis,

      I do round ups once in a while, mostly to thank my readers. Other times short ones that can introduce my readers to other bloggers.

      It is just a win win situation!

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  35. Helyz Akande
    October 31, 2016 at 11:08 pm #

    Yeah! Round up post is a pulled trigger. It projects your blog to new individuals like me.
    Though I never plan of making a round up post but I must confess, you really hit the nail at the head.
    Round up post expands blogging tribe. It is a queen’s move which drastically carressed the audience unawared ― surely they will be enchanted.
    Nice One!
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    • Donna Merrill November 1, 2016 at 8:17 am #

      Hi Helyz,

      I’m glad to give you the idea, or maybe the push, to include a roundup post on your blog.

      Some people have told me they don’t have strong enough connections to build a roundup post, but that doesn’t matter.

      You can just find people active in your niche, or expert in it, introduce yourself and ask if they’d be willing to answer a question for your readers. The best type of question is something your readers would find valuable, like “how do you come up with good blog post ideas”… any blogger would find that valuable.

      Good luck, I’d love to see you do this 🙂

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  36. Sherman Smith October 31, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Doing a round up post makes a world of difference when it comes to generating more traffic. And it’s free to do.

    My major roundup post took me about a month to do. I wrote to as many people I could, gave then a deadline, and I ended up with little over 30 people to participate.

    Once I published it, I got over 300 shares within a few days which was phenomenal for me.

    So you definitely won’t go wrong with doing them. I highly recommend it. I really like the way you broke down the different type of round up posts. I haven’t realize how many different ones there are.

    Thanks for sharing Donna! Have a good one!
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    • Donna Merrill November 1, 2016 at 5:50 am #

      Hi Sherman,

      Doing a round up post does bring in tons of traffic. There are so many ways to do them, that any blogger can figure something out.

      From just a few to a hundred or over…it can be done. Yes, it is more work but the rewards ought weigh it all the time.

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  37. Lea Bullen
    October 31, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    I haven’t really considered writing a roundup post because I didn’t know how it would really fit for my niche (without overwhelming people). But after reading your post some ideas are flowing to me. The most common roundups I’ve seen are the informational and expert ones but you’ve opened my eyes to other possibilities.

    Thanks for the insight 🙂

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  38. Mark
    October 31, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    You’ve done another fabulous job Donna!

    This two part series really would make an excellent paid webinar and accompanying ebook as well!LOL!

    And you really laid out the nuts and bolts of exactly what to do and how to do it Donna!
    Although I suspect, just as you have forewarned, several readers will still find
    some reasons to procrastinate!LOL!

    That being the case, thank you for sharing your proven traffic generating blueprint!
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    • Donna Merrill November 1, 2016 at 5:38 am #

      Hi Mark,

      I wanted to explain it the best way I can so others can reap the rewards of doing some kind of round up blog post themselves. If they are in to do a bit of research and work….boom…if not, well, they might want to take action on something else.

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