Blog Ettiquite for Writers

Here are a few tips you should consider concerning blogs and leaving comments;

Do not post another writer’s work in your blog.  Link instead. Some blog authors  require a certain number of hits to their page in order to glean some income from their work. Cutting and pasting those words  steals hits from them! There is also to consider the copyrights all writers have to their work, which includes email and web site. If its printed somewhere, its copyrighted. I also link with direct credit, to let readers know who is responsible for the article.

Add to your blogroll web sites that link to you. I do not add links from other wordpress blogs that have ‘produced links’ automated in the blog. If they went through the trouble to link to me, and their blog/site includes the same topic as mine, I link them.

Don’t leave comments just so you can leave a link back to your site. Such action is tacky. Instead, leave some comment about the blog or blog post, and only then add your link. Keep in mind, that many times a comment already links back to your blog anyway.

Don’t feel obligated to keep all comments. If some visitors leave spamlike comments, overly critical, or just negative comments, you are entitled to delete as necessary.

Try to leave comments on blogs you appreciate. Even a simple comment helps the author that their blog is being read and enjoyed.

rssDon’t forget to subscribe to blogs you really enjoy. This is with the RSS feed that most online journals provide. You can find them by clicking on the RSS link or finding the RSS icon.

linksLink the blog or blog post to networking sites to help encourage readers to the author’s site. This enables more readers to find the content through sites such as Digg, Twitter, or StumbleUpon.

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4 responses to “Blog Ettiquite for Writers

  1. Sandy

    Loved this post!

    Thank you for taking the time to share such great tips in such a reader friendly way. I was tired tonight and just rushing through some of my RSS feeds before heading to bed. I ended up reading “Blog Ettiquite for Writers” from start to finish.

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  2. This is a great topic to address – especially the tips on blog comments. It’s a reality that we often leave blog comments in order to get people to pay attention to our own sites but it’s also really important that the comments we leave are meaningful and respectful of the site they’re being left on. Sometimes that’s a hard line to walk and I think these rules of etiquette can really help. I also think it’s nice for the blogger to try to respond to comments with a new comment to keep the conversation going although sometimes this is difficult to keep up with.

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  3. I’m always been pretty laid back about copyright infringement (I never go after people who use my stuff on their site because… well, I’m lazy), but I do hate it when folks repost people’s entire posts in blogs or (more often) forum threads. Half the time they don’t even give you credit with a link or anything.

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  4. I came across a site that just funnels my entire posts across… seems a bit of a pain. Obviously some sort of automated things, but never seem to have to time to look into it.

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