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Do you spread the link love?

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I’m taking an informal blog poll tonight after noticing a trend in the blogging world. Is it just me or are you finding that blogs are doing less and less linking to one another. The side bar blogroll seems to be a dying feature (I’m guilty of this myself — Just too many to list to be productive.) Bloggers just don’t seem to be reacting to each other, linking back to posts that inspire them or just giving good old shout outs.

I’m not pointing any fingers or calling out other bloggers because lord knows I get self absorbed in my own work ALL the time. I’m just curious if this is something you noticed in the blog o’ sphere.

As a blogger, do you spread the link love?



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Discussion

There are 23 comments so far.

    AlexandraFunFit

    July 1, 2010

    I try to mention some blogs, but I am so bad at web site stuff that it’s hard. I subscribe to quite a few, though. And I like to read what others are saying.

    Deb

    July 1, 2010

    I’m still so new at at blogging and tweeting that I get nervous when I post, start cutting and pasting and 2nd guessing myself…then I hit the delete button instead of submit. It’s taking me some time to feel comfortable in this media.

    FIDoAlmighty

    July 1, 2010

    I tend not to promote other web logs on mine. I do see posts I like, but I don’t like advertising for someone else. I just feel…cheap…and dirty…and used…and not in the way that leaves me smiling. Plus my web log tries to focus on my own stupidity and neuroses. Can’t very well do that by promoting someone else’s stuff. :-p

    Roni–I spread a LOT of link love and believe firmly in the practice. There’s just so much good stuff to share. When I see something of value, I want my gfe readers to know. Plus, in life in general, I believe the more we give the more we get. I know it’s a cliche, but it’s a cliche because it’s true. It feels good to spread the love so it comes back to you that way, and folks naturally send the love your way in return. Just win-win to me. But, I know some people who are very stingy with the link love. I choose not to focus on those folks though. ;-)

    Shirley

    Karen@WaistingTime

    July 1, 2010

    I have not put up a blogroll yet but keep thinking I should do it for that very reason. Just today I linked back to another blogger and I have done it before. It is one of the things I like about blog awards:)

    Great question Roni.. I try to do the link love often. I am setting up my readers page with links but when I first started blogging oh so many years ago, that was what you were taught. Links, references, building the network, the community. I left for bit and returned last year and it is SO different now. Honestly, I kind of liked it back the way it use to be. Much more sharing and community, instead of the feeling of competition…in my humble opinion!

    Amber

    July 1, 2010

    I try to keep a blog roll and if something in another blog catches my eye i will definitely link to the blog. I do notice it’s not as common as it once was though.

    Reinaldo

    July 1, 2010

    This really talked to me. I’m doing a very new blog (2-3 months old I’m guessing) and I don’t get that much readers, but I had seen that a lot of my visitors came from my comments in others’ people blogs. I did not expect that the first time.

    I had been commenting for a while now (and lurking even more time) but either as annonymous or just left blank the “your url” space. When I fill the url space once I began my blog, it was auto-filled in the next comments I made. And I get some little traffic from there.

    Still I do not comment in every single post I read. To my eyes, that would be spamming. I wont just comment “Hey, great post! Bye!” and hit submit just to have 1 or 2 more readers. If I got something to say, to reply, to COMMENT, I will and left my url just in case you might want to read some more of me.

    Well, thats about how the love is spread TO ME. How I spread it to others? Good point. I will work on that. I’ll make it a day theme.

    Not as much as I should … but I’m going to try to do better.

    Crazylady

    July 2, 2010

    I do have a blogroll but to be fair it hasn’t been updated in a while. I’m not so good at linking from my blog posts to other sites/blogs but then my blogging levels in general have been quite low of late!

    I’ve been thinking about this recently. I was going to set up a recipe page on my blog, but I realize I stole so many of my favorite recipes from other bloggers. Is it ethical to set up a page with links back to all those recipes?Should I not post the recipe at all, but just the link? I’m torn.

    Krissie

    July 2, 2010

    I got away from the links-in-post practice because I started using the Wordpress app on my phone a lot, and links aren’t simple there. But especially after all the support I’ve gotten lately from the blog community, I’m starting to get back to it. Because community is why I’m here, why I started doing this.

    And I will always have a blogroll. It’s how my husband finds the links to follow our friends. I do need to update it, though. Sounds like a great holliday weekend activity!

    Thanks for this post! I needed the reminder!

    I have a blog roll and I try to link back as much as possible. Being “just about me” is boring! I like to highlight others that have inspired me with a recipe or something they have done/said. I notice that a blog roll is becoming “passe” and I think it’s mainly b/c bloggers are trying to concentrate on SEO now and have been told that having a blogroll will hinder that. Too many links don’t get picked up, apparently.

    Katali

    July 2, 2010

    I like to think I spread the love. I’m a pretty compulsive linker because I always feel like people say things better than I could. And in my ‘About/Girl’ page, I keep links to my top sites, since I figure that if I find it helpful then other people might too.

    Of course, my neck of the woods is pretty quiet, I’m not even sure people read my blog, lol. Do I mind? Gosh no, that’s not what I blog for. But I still write as if people read.

    Leighann of D-Mom Blog

    July 2, 2010

    I have maybe the most extensive blog role for my niche. Also, most Tuesdays I do a roundup promoting other people’s posts I’ve enjoyed recently. Maybe that’s generous of me, but I think it’s important to promote others and not just be about yourself.

    I wish I had more time to leave comments. I usually read blogs from my phone in two minute spurts. But I star a gazillion posts in my reader with hopes of clicking over later and commenting.

    Virginia

    July 4, 2010

    I’ve always seen finding and sharing resources as an important part of what I do. I have a regular feature on my blog called “Useful links” in which I provide links and a brief explanation as to why I think the links articles are something my audience should read. I do not have a blogroll, however.

    Jennette

    July 8, 2010

    I think SEO tactics are partially to blame for the downfall of the blogroll. I usually get at least one email a link asking me to exchange links with a site so they can increase their page rank. When people start adding links for reasons like that, I think people become less interested in them.

    Also, it’s pretty hard to keep a blogroll up to day. I haven’t checked the links on my for several months, but I’d guess several of the blogs on there are now gone. It’s a pain to keep the blogroll fresh.

    chris

    July 13, 2010

    I used to link like crazy, however since I’ve been blogging since 2006 so many people have revised the layout of the blogs that it’s really hard to fix all the broken links. Often when they switch formats or revise the layout of their blog, they also change the navigation. I didn’t realize the full extent of the problem until I installed the “broken links” plug-in. Yikes.

    Now I’m less likely to link as freely. It has caused considerable work to go back and revise links.

    Keeping links in the blogroll works, but isn’t as compelling as showing an example in the middle of the paragraph where you’re discussing something.

    Other people I know are still using links, but putting them at the end of their post, not in the middle, so it’s not as distracting.

    Jim

    July 13, 2010

    I have a small blogroll that I started years ago. It’s a sad, small, wilted thing.

    From a design perspective, it’s tedious. I’m going to move it to my footer, and perhaps rotate links. I’ve been thinking about removing it altogether, except that a couple of my link-ees actually linked me back. I’d hate to seem ungrateful or rude.

    RhodeyGirl

    July 23, 2010

    I think I link to other sites when there is something relevant I want to share. I DO have a blogroll though, and I don’t care if that affects my SEO. There are blogs I really enjoy and support, and I think it is important to show that support.

    I never really thought about it either way though- I am going to be more conscious of sharing links I enjoy!

    Mary (A Merry Life)

    July 29, 2010

    Blogrolls are too hard to keep up to date, since in the weight loss niche people come and go often. But I do link to articles I find interesting when I get the chance. ;)

    Patty (nycgirl0501)

    August 3, 2010

    I just updated my blogroll today and I try to do a Follow Friday and link the interesting sites I’ve found. Will get back to it more after Blogher!