Welcome to the BLOG PARTY!



Welcome to the FREE ‘Becoming a Blogger’ community! This Facebook group is a place for bloggers to connect, share insight, get answers, and learn the ropes of blogging + business.

To keep this community safe, positive, and productive, we have a few rules that all group members need to follow.

Rule breakers will be removed from the group at the discretion of the group owner, Cate Rosales, or her group moderators. We definitely don’t want that to happen, because this group is pretty awesome, and we want you in it!

Please take a quick minute to review the group rules below. As a brief summary, anyone that is here to drop links, poach for clients, or promote their affiliate links isn’t welcome and will be removed immediately.

Thank you for helping us keep this group awesome!

1. NO POACHING FOR CLIENTS, LEADS, OR SALES



This group is a free space for community, education, and support as you start, grow, and monetize your blog.

It is NOT for self promotion, building your own email list, dropping affiliate links, selling products, or poaching for clients (but we DO have promo days for those things, so keep reading)!

Group members are not permitted to promote ANY blogging, business, marketing, or SEO products or services outside of designated promo threads. Our group owner, Cate Rosales, and her moderators are the only ones allowed to share products/services in this realm.

Any sneaky self-promotion or discreet client poaching will lead to removal from the group.

Exception: if you are sharing the Cate’s affiliate links to your products, you can share it in comments as long as it’s relevant and helpful to others.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Admin reserves the right to mute/pause group members at our discretion. Please do not message admin or mods with complaints – if your account was muted, please re-read the group rules to make sure you understand them.


2. NO LINKS ON THE MAIN WALL



Group members are not permitted to share links on the main wall for any reason. This leads to excessive self-promotion, which is not what this group is about. 

You can always share helpful tips, share your wins, share your struggles, share inspiration, ask for help, offer help to others, give advice to fellow bloggers, tell your story, share positive experiences, network with fellow bloggers, share a lesson you learned, ask for feedback, etc.

When asking for feedback on your blog/ website/ business/ product, please start your post with the word #feedback and then share the link IN THE COMMENT SECTION. This makes it easier for our admin to monitor posts and keep self-promotion under control.


3. NO SHARING DIRECT AFFILIATE LINKS



Group members are not permitted to share direct affiliate links in this group. 

Do not try to be sneaky by using a hidden link, like Bitly or Pretty Links, it will be deleted. And do not offer to PM your affiliate link or referral codes to other members. These tactics will get you removed from the group without warning.


*** Exception: if you are an affiliate for any of Cate’s courses or products, you can share your affiliate links if/when they are genuinely HELPFUL to others. And if she is an affiliate for your products/services, you can share her affiliate links to those things when they are relevant or helpful to others. All other affiliate links or referral links will be deleted without warning.


4. NO SHARING “HOW TO START A BLOG” or “MAKE MONEY BLOGGING” POSTS



Group members are not permitted to share posts that teach others “how to start a blog” or “how to make money blogging.” Our group owner has created extensive guides and tools on these topics, and it’s our job to make sure that accurate and reliable information is shared here.


For this reason, outside blogging resources that have not been screened by our group owner are not allowed under any circumstances. This includes links to your own resource lists for bloggers, free courses, free guides, etc.


If someone asks about starting or monetizing their blog, you can always direct them to this free training guide, or to our pinned post under the Announcements tab in the group. This is where all of our best tips + tools are listed to help with your blogging success.


5. NO SELF-PROMOTION OUTSIDE OF DESIGNATED THREADS



This group is not for self-promotion, outside of our daily promo threads. Please do not poach for clients, leads, subscribers, or customers in this group. Do not bait members with success stories and then ask them to “PM you for more info”. 

Do not send PMs to people without permission.


This behavior takes away from the quality of this community and it will not be tolerated here.


This rule includes self-promotion in comment replies, unless it is requested by the original poster.


Example: if the original poster specifically asks for someone to help them design a logo, you are welcome to offer your services. If they ask for a coach, or a virtual assistant, feel free to offer your services! But please do not promote your business or services unless it is specifically requested.


Self-promotion includes but is not limited to:
offering freebies with the purpose of collecting email addresses; inviting people to check out your group, page, or website; going “live” for any reason; inviting people to join your affiliate programs or challenges; offering paid/barter blogging opportunities to other members, posting graphics that include your website URL, etc.


Keep in mind, we do have a SATURDAY PROMO thread and a SUNDAY COLLAB & BARTER where self-promotion is allowed, so please save your offers and promotions for that.


Again, if you’re in the same niche as the group owner, please reserve all of your promotions for your own audience and community, unless it’s within our weekend promo thread.


6. NO NAME CALLING, HATRED, BULLYING, OR DISCRIMINATION



This one is self-explanatory. PLEASE BE KIND.


Do not be negative, rude, disrespectful, or insensitive to others in this group. Do not call names, use inappropriate Facebook “reactions” to insult others, or curse at fellow group members.


We have thousands of members here and everyone is at a different place in their life and their blogging journey. Please be kind and respectful of your colleagues here.

ANYONE that follows our group rules is welcome here, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status. Discrimination will not be tolerated.

Any spammy, hateful, insensitive, negative comments or posts will be deleted without warning. If you wouldn’t say it to your own mama, please don’t say it to anyone else here in the group.


7. PLEASE DO NOT PRIVATE MESSAGE ADMIN OR MODERATORS



Admin will be present here in the group to support you, answer questions, and help whenever we can. But please do not send PMs to admin or moderators.


More than likely, they will get filtered out and we won’t see them anyway. We aren’t ignoring you – Facebook just tends to filter out messages from closed groups!


You can tag an admin if you need help, tag us in the comments if you notice someone breaking group rules, or if you’re recommending that someone reach out to us for blogging help.


If you have a serious or private concern related to the group, please send an email to the group owner at cate@sweetandsimplelife.com.


8. DO NOT PRIVATE MESSAGE OTHERS WITHOUT THEIR EXPLICIT PERMISSION


We do our best to keep unsolicited private messages (PMs) to a minimum here. Please don’t send messages to other members without their permission. Do not comment on their post letting them know you’re going to send a PM – just don’t do it.


DO NOT post on the main wall with interesting or intriguing questions that are meant to capture leads or sneakily lead people to your products or services.


If you are caught posting these types of things on the main wall and then sliding into people’s PMs without their explicit permission, you will be removed from this group without warning.


Let’s do our best to keep conversations here in the group to help others grow and learn!


9. HELP US KEEP THIS GROUP AWESOME!



Let’s keep it positive here, stay focused on business + blogging, share your wins often, and celebrate your colleagues always! And feel free to invite others to the group anytime!

Here is the group link again >>>


10. PLEASE FOLLOW THE DAILY SHARE THREAD RULES (IF YOU CHOOSE TO PARTICIPATE)



Our daily share threads are 100% optional and there is NO requirement to participate. However, if you do choose to participate, please follow the simple rules for those daily share threads. The rules are meant to help all participants get some engagement on their blog and social media.


If you are caught breaking the share thread rules more than once, you’ll be removed from the group. This group is about supporting one another, so let’s support our fellow bloggers whenever possible!


Here is our weekly promo schedule:

Monday: INSTAGRAM
Tuesday: TWITTER
Wednesday: BLOG POSTS
Thursday: PINTEREST
Friday: FACEBOOK
Saturday: SELF PROMO THREAD
Sunday: COLLAB THREAD + VIDEO VIEWS THREAD

If you post in our daily promo threads, you are expected to support and engage with a few others (right when you drop your link, don’t just drop a link and run). Please do your part to support your fellow bloggers.


You ARE NOT required to follow anyone that does not interest you and you ARE NOT required to “like back” or “follow back” anyone that likes/follows you. Don’t leave your link in comment replies (people will engage with you if they choose to).

You are only required to engage with the content of a few other bloggers in some helpful way (a like, a share, a re-pin, a comment, follow etc).

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR ALL MEMBERS:


If your post was deleted, it went against our group rules. Please re-read the group rules to make sure you understand them and then repost without links or self-promotion.


We want this group to be a positive, supportive, educational place for all bloggers. So, please be kind and constructive.

These rules are subject to change at any time, and it’s your responsibility to check back on occasion to make sure you’re caught up. If you don’t like the rules, you have the right to leave the group at any time.

With those things in mind, let’s make this group a positive and productive place to grow your blog and make money online!

FREE RESOURCES FOR GROUP MEMBERS!



Monetize your blog this year with THIS FREE GUIDE.

Boost your blog traffic with my FREE Pinterest Training HERE.

Get one month of Tailwind FREE with THIS LINK.

Learn to make money with affiliate marketing HERE.

Start your email list for FREE with THIS LINK.

NEED HELP WITH SOMETHING ELSE?


Our group owner provides extremely affordable courses and blog consulting for new/intermediate bloggers. Feel free to set up a call with me here.

Affiliate links may be used by the group owner in this document and within the group at any time. If you click on these links and make a purchase, we make a small commission at no cost to you.

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