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“How do you give credit to other bloggers” is a question many ask.

After all, even though we may say our blog is “all about us”, in actuality, without other bloggers visiting, commenting and giving us moral support, we could end up feeling pretty lonely in blogosphere.

All the more reason to show them some link love.

how to give credit to other bloggers

Today’s Lesson

Some bloggers feel if they link to other sites, especially in their niche, their readers will abandon them and not come back. From experience, I’ve found this is not the case. In fact, I’ve read comments on the sites I’ve referred others to which state, “Thanks to Barbara, at Blogging Without A Blog, I’ve found you.”

I see that as a win-win.

Giving credit to other bloggers can be done in numerous ways.

  • If we are inspired by an article written by another blogger, we can link to that blogger in our post, stating how what they published was the basis for our post.
  • We can provide a short quote from a fellow blogger and include a link to their site.*
  • Writing a short thank you at the bottom of our post with a link to a fellow blogger is a great way to give credit where credit is due.
  • We could create a list at the bottom of our post giving credit (including links) to all resources from which we have benefited.
  • We can use our blogrolls as a way to link to fellow bloggers and title the list as: “Blogs I follow”, “What I’m Reading”, Or….
  • The CommentLuv plugin is a great way to show our appreciation for a comment plus gives the blog author a chance to include a link to one of their posts.
  • A “Top Commenters” plugin or widget can be used to reward those who frequently comment. Show the results in the sidebar.
  • I use the Get Recent Comments with avatars plugin for my “Who’s Talking” section. (see sidebar)
  • We could create a special award, link to the blogger and share with our readers why the blogger deserves the award.**
  • Twitter is a great way to show link love. Send out a tweet and link to the blogger’s home page or to a post of theirs.
  • We can share some love on Facebook by posting on their wall or sharing a link to them on ours.
  • Other. ________[Fill in the blank]__________.

Keep in mind, linking to other bloggers doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily come by and say “thank you”.

If for some reason their pingbacks or trackbacks aren’t working properly, they may not know you linked to them.

And finally, when linking to big name sites or A-List bloggers, it’s rare they’ll show up even if they see the inbound link.

Today’s Assignment

Do you feel comfortable linking to fellow bloggers?

Or do you feel a link out will send your readers packing?

If you give credit to other bloggers, what method(s) do you use?

Care to share?

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*Keep quotes from other sites short. Long quotes could be construed as plagiarism.
**Although you have put time into creating the award, don’t be discouraged if the blogger does not post it on their site. It may not “fit” the blogger’s online persona.

Linking is something most bloggers hear about early on.

Linking to other blogs is a great way to gain more attention to theirs and ours, and linking internally (deep links) may work well to drive traffic to older posts, increase page views and improve our bounce rate. Links may also take a visitor to a site for which we’re an affiliate.

However, as beneficial as linking can be, how well does it REALLY work?
Do links work in blog posts

Today’s Lesson

In the Entice Your Readers To Stay Awhile post, many of you said you don’t click on related post links.

But, what about the other links we include?

When I look at my stats, what I’ve observed is most of the links others are clicking are the those which are displayed via the CommentLuv plugin to posts written by those who commented.

The internal links I provide get far fewer clicks.

Truth be told, I’m not surprised.

When I’m on other blogs, I’m usually under a time crunch and as much as I’d like to follow all of the links included in a post, most times I don’t. If I do click on link, I am more apt to either click on a CommentLuv link of someone who commented before me, or on a related post which has a catchy title or intriguing photo.

That’s not to say linking to others or linking internally is a waste of time. Links are great for:

  1. Showing a courtesy to fellow bloggers
  2. Telling our visitors about other blogs we enjoy
  3. Drawing more attention to our blog
  4. Referencing an article which echos our viewpoint
  5. Directing readers to relevant posts in our archives
  6. Or, ___(fill in the blank)_____

Personally I enjoy linking. I see it as a great way to build credibility and to also bring attention to the accomplishments of fellow bloggers.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer to how we can encourage others to click on those internal links.

Do you?

Today’s Assignment

Do you feel linking to others or to older posts has been beneficial?

When you’re on another blog, how could a blogger entice you to click on a link?

And CommentLuv links? Do you click on those?

Care to share?

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Since I call this “your blogging classroom on the web”, I decided it was time we talk about homework; or that behind the scenes stuff we often put off.

Today’s Lesson

As many of you have noticed, I decorated my blog for the holidays.

Since I use a theme which has the “custom header feature”, adding the photo was simple. For the RSS widgets I searched for “holiday icons” and then recoded my widgets.

Listed below are a few new (to me) plugins I am testing.

  1. First is Sexy Bookmarks by Josh Jones and Norman Yung which is visible at the bottom of each post.

    The Sexy Bookmarks plugin is easily customizable, looks good, doesn’t take up too much space and is positioned so readers will be reminded to Tweet, Digg, or use StumbleUpon, etc. to share a post.

  2. The “Follow Me” plugin by WP Burn.com can be seen on the right of the page.

    This plugin is to remind our readers they can follow us on Twitter. The customization includes using different colors as well as different Twitter birds images.

  3. The Wibiya toolbar can be seen at the bottom of the page.

    What I like about this toolbar is if you don’t want to clutter up your sidebars with an RSS feed, recent posts, etc., you can include them in the toolbar.This isn’t a plugin, but more of an add-on which requires an invitation. Just go to the Wibiya site and follow the instructions. In a matter of days you should receive an email from them and at that time you can set up an account and customize your toolbar.

  4. Thanks to the suggestions from both Internet Strategist @ GrowMap and Betsy at Passing Thru I added Zemanta and Apture.

    In a nutshell, these two applications which work for all blogging platforms* make blogging easier and faster by suggesting photos, links, related articles, etc. for our posts. (Disclaimer: I’ve only tested them on WordPress.)

    Zemanta adds a interface to your dashboard from which you can drag and drop photos and/or links into your post as you’re writing it.

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    Apture adds icons which when clicked on, does the same.

    Zemanta also adds a “reblog” feature at the bottom of the post which makes cutting and pasting quotes much easier, plus and an option to add links to other posts which may be beneficial to our readers.

Thus far, the only downside I see to using some of the above applications is they do slow down the page load time.

Today’s Assignment

What are your favorite plugins or applications?

Care to share?

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Footnote: When using Zemanta on a self hosted blog, the Zemanta plugin must be used. For WordPress, the plugin can be downloaded here.

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