We learn about blogging from many sources. We have access to many free services, software, plugins, themes, photos, and most of all, knowledge
Even before I went live with my blogs, I spent many hours pouring over articles written by other bloggers.
I was amazed at how others were so willing to share years of knowledge, all for free.
I did learn, through linking, I could potentially drive more traffic to their sites and build up their numbers and/or revenues.
With that in mind, the third post I wrote was titled: “Give Credit Where Credit Is Due”
It was all about gratitude, and I listed and linked to each blog/website that helped me get started.
I have continued this practice. If I add a plugin or change my theme, I write a post about it, link to and thank the author. I link to other blogger’s posts that may add value to what I have written, or ones that inspired me to write on a specific topic. I also link to new blogs in my NBOTW series.
Some will argue, linking to other sites may take traffic away from our site. It may. However, linking won’t necessarily keep visitors away.
Most visitors will come back and read what you wrote. When you refer them to great sites, you’ll soon be seen as an authority figure. Loyal visitors will continually return to your site to learn what you’re reading. Instead of fearing a loss of traffic, the opposite may happen, and your stats will show an increase.
Lesson Ten: This scenario reminds me of a fabulous post written by Jennifer, at Empowered Reader. It’s titled: Steps To Happiness – The How Tos of an Attitude Of Gratitude”. Showing your gratitude is powerful. We often hear the saying, “what goes around, comes around”, that holds true for giving credit where credit is due, too.
Equally important, if someone links to your blog or a blog post, blogging etiquette and common sense suggest a thank you is in order.
Do you freely link to other sites, even if the blog is similar to yours?
Do you show your gratitude to those who have helped you along the way?
Do you see traffic increases from others who link to your site (referral traffic)?
Do you remember to thank others for link love?
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