In the business world, we love receiving referrals. In the blogosphere, it’s no different.
With blogging you’ll often hear the words, “link love”, but the technical term is “referral”.
In fact, if you look at your statistics, you see a category under the same name. Click on the links and you’ll see who and how someone is linking to your blog. (These are also known as “inbound links”.)
With traffic coming to our blogs from a variety of sources, referrals could have the biggest impact. After all, these are fellow bloggers announcing our blog, product or services are worth checking out.
These inbound links can bring us more traffic and increased sales.
Being listed in the blogroll of a fellow blogger is another way we get referrals.
Being tweeted or Facedbooked about, helps too.
Personally, I like linking to others in my posts, but let’s look at what a few other bloggers are doing.
Here’s a small sampling of bloggers who use a blogroll:
- Chase March of Silent Cacophony shows “Blogs to Check” in his sidebar.
- The Farmer’s Wife lists “People I Read”
- On Tammy’s Studio, you’ll find a category named “links”.
- Susan Deborah, over at Meanderings and Reflections, titled her blogroll: “Let us go then you and I…”
You’ll also see bloggers doing extensive (and time-consuming) list posts:
- Praveen of Geeks4Share wrote a post titled, “List of 60 High PR [page rank] Do Follow Blogs That Use CommentLuv
Other examples include:
- Gail at Grow Map, who uses Twitter to “tweet” or “retweet” the blog posts of others.
- Betsy at Passing Thru, includes the names of “Online All Stars” (bloggers) on her “Services” page and provides short write ups, as well.
- Wendi and Deb of Blue Sun Studio include links to fellow bloggers in their ezine (newsletter).
Although some bloggers feel if they link to others they’ll lose readership, I’ve found the reverse is true.
It’s all about karma and good things will come back to us tenfold.
How sweet is that?
Do you fear linking to others will negatively affect your readership?
If not, what is your favorite way of promoting the work of fellow bloggers?
Care to share?
P.S. This is the perfect opportunity for me to thank all of you who include me in your blogrolls, link to my posts and help to promote my blogs. I am truly humbled and honored to not only be mentioned, but to be your online friend. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.