Blogging Etiquette? Opinions Please

by Rachel on December 28, 2010

in Blogging Resources


Apparently I stepped on some toes with my last blogging tip article,  and I don’t want to give you bad advice and have you commit a bloggy faux pas.  In my last article, Blogging Tips: How to Make Your Link Clickable, I showed you how to make a “clickable” link and put it directly in a comment.

In the example I gave, I referred to doing this for blog hopping but I think a lot of people misinterpreted that and thought I was recommending leaving your link on every single comment you make to other blogs.  I do not recommend using the HTML code to leave a link for self-promotion, but rather to make it easier for the blog writer to follow you back which is generally expected when blog-hopping.

I personally think it’s easier for the blog owner to follow you back if your link is clickable when blog hopping.  Part of my reasoning is that on blogs hosted on Blogger, if you just comment and do not leave your address in the comment, they have to click on your GFC account name, and search for your blog that way if your profile is public.

One of the bloggers who disagreed with my suggestion said via twitter, “put url in the url field NOT inside ur comment. inside is spammy”.  Another person on twitter said, ” I say leaving your URL in comment area is like wearing a wedding dress to someone else’s wedding” (is a blog comment really equivalent to something that happens on the biggest day of your life?)

I wanted to get to the bottom of this and see if maybe I’m just really out of the loop, so I googled “blogging etiquette”. 

I found these 2 articles, but they didn’t really address this topic.

The Comment Etiquette: The Guide to Proper Blog Commenting

The Blogger’s Guide to Comment Etiquette

So is there some unwritten law of blogging that automatically equates leaving a URL with spam? Have I been offending all of you when blog hopping by typing out my url with my comment?

Readers, I wanted to offer both sides to this issue.  You can follow my advice, but according to a few of the responses I got, it may be considered spam so use your own judgment.  I would love to hear how other bloggers feel about this.

(I tried to write this as clearly as I could, but I have been working from 7pm-7:30 am in the NICU the past 5 nights, including over the Christmas holidays when we had a patient die.  I’m basically in what I like to call “zombie mode” at this point.  However, since some of the reactions were strong, I wanted to get this up quickly in case I was leading you astray with what I thought was advice!)


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BEadECLECTIC December 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I'm not offended at all if someone leaves a link while blog hopping, so long as they are actually reading my blog. I did a couple blog hops and got some spammy comments. I feel like a lot of bloggers are into quantity vs. quality… that should so not be the case! As much as I LOVE seeing more followers, I'd rather have people who are interested in what I blog about. :)

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Jesseca December 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I agree with BEadECLECTIC! I don't care if someone leaves their link in a comment. As long as they really are reading my posts. I hate comments like:

'I'm following you, now follow me.'

Why would I want to follow someone that isn't really into my blog?

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JulzJewlz December 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I like when people leave their URL's it makes it easier to go to their blog to comment back. I don't like the spammy ones either. I did a blog post about comments with substance. I try to read the blogs and leave a comment about that particular blog. It makes reading your comments much more enjoyable.
Julz

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MaryEllen@TheDealScoop December 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I don't think it's a problem at all for blog hopping. I actually prefer it becuase it's easier for me to follow back when someone comes to my blog through a blog hop. For regular comments, though, it does feel a little spammy sometimes. It really just depends on the situation.

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Mommy D December 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm

You can't please everyone. I think this post did great at explaining what the intent was of your last post. I knew what you meant and didn't think you were promoting spam. I personally love if someone is clickable in my comments. Makes it so much easier to follow them and discover new blogs to enjoy.

Keep up the great posts.

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Debbie, Artist and Owner December 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Hello! I am an ABE follower. Since both of us know how many blogs are participating, that means that we are supposed to politely follow each other's blogs, read some of their recent posts, and follow them somehow. I personally, am not a Blogger, but a Business Owner using a Blog to help spread the word about my business and all of the fun events we host every month. So while I appreciate having more followers, I know that several ABE followers are simply leaving their name and their URL and have no intentions whatsoever in following my business updates or participating in the events. I am visiting all 100+ participating blogs, but not necessarily following all of them because I don't agree with some of the posts, and don't want to provide a false sense that I actually ENJOY their blog. So, with that said, I appreciate your tips on the after-holiday sale shopping, and I am happy to follow your blog. Your picture of you and your husband is awesome, and I would love to know who the photographer was. Thanks! http://pamper-you.blogspot.com.

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Rachel R. December 28, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Debbie – the group that did our engagement photos is AVI photography (http://www.aviphotography.com/
). Would you believe I got the pictures and a disc with all edited photos and copyright for FREE?

They were a new studio in town here so they were giving away free sessions at a bridal expo. They were so fun to work with and even let us bring our dog so they could take pictures of her too :)

Thanks for your feedback on my post. I agree that a since interest in our blogs is always most appreciated.

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Rachel R. December 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Julz – When I'm blog hopping, I also try to find a post where I can chime in with something relevant if it's a personal blog. It only takes a few more seconds :) It's a little harder (or less necessary I guess) to do that with giveaway/coupon blogs though.

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Debbie Hewitt December 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm

no, you're not committing a faux paux…see, the deal with 'do I or don't I' is a personal choice…sometimes if you don't leave a link, you just won't get a click-back…but a big thing is that you can't count on someone just clicking your avatar pic link to visit your blog, because not everyone wants to deal with extra clicks to get thru their profile just to get to their blog, and then if they have more than one blog, you may not want to post on all of them…so I say (and do), leave a link in your post, it's NOT rude, it's NOT unethical, it's NOT bad manners…if anything, it's bad manners to just assume that the reader wants to do extra clicks just to get to your blog…nope, I say, keep on doing what you're doing, you're doing great! just like this: Please feel free to stop by: Thrifty and Frugal by Debbie

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EmmysBoosAndRawrs December 29, 2010 at 6:24 am

Interesting topic. I don't do blog hops because of the spammy people. It makes me think that if I do a blog hop then companies will see that I am doing it and look at my blog as a fraud for having all of these 'I followed you so you would follow me back!' type comments, even if I didn't really ask for 'those' type of followers.

I don't do blog hops, yet I do get comments like 'I'm following you from 'wherever' follow me back here – and then theres a link'. I'm so confused about where these come from? It frustrates me though because I feel like it looks bad on my blog.

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Erin December 29, 2010 at 9:12 am

I much prefer seeing a link back to the persons blog in their comment especially on Blogger. It's a pain in Blogger to find their blog and comment back, plus a lot of people have multiple blogs which just adds to the confusion.

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Gina Alfani December 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm

It is so much easier to respond to a comment when a link is conveniently provided. I'm not offended at all. Also, I'm curious to know where they are following or visiting me from. I don't consider it spam at all.

What bothers me about blog hops are the cut and paste comments "I'm following you, now follow me". I follow everyone who follows me and leaves a comment anyway . . . I guess it is the insincere tone of some bloggers that bothers me.

A shameful plug . . . I've started a new blog with linkys for blog hops, events and giveaways.
http://fabulousfrugalista.blogspot.com :)

Have an awesome day . . . Gina

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Jen M December 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I always leave my link when I'm blog hopping. Most comments I get from blog hops, don't have any kind of a link in the comment and I have to go to the persons profile, which is time consuming. I didn't think of it as spam! When I leave regular comments, I only post my link when it's relative, like the topic is on blogging.
This is what I put down –
Jen @ My Secret Home
- I'll be more cautious now that I know that people might not appreciate it.

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Tammigirl December 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I have not done those types of blog hops, either. I did one to try to win a Silhouette once and it was a lot of work reading every blog, in order, and meeting all of the requirements.

I would love readers, especially the type who comment on posts. I just do not know if it's worth jumping into a pool full of who-knows-what to try to persuade them to (maybe) take a real look at my blogs.

I'm super tempted to start a blog nobody knows is mine so I can really say the things I don't say on my blog. I bet that one would have tens of thousands of readers!

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Erika December 29, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I personally like it when someone leaves a link like that on my blog during a hop – it's much easier to find their blog that way! I do prefer when people actually leave a relevant comment though – sometimes it gets old with everyone saying "I follow you, please follow back." But overall I don't mind as it is fun to see new traffic to my blog.

I think this is one of those cases – where with so many things in life – it's a personal preference. Some people may not like it, others do. Do what YOU feel comfortable with. But whether it's a big no-no? Absolutely not. Especially if you're participating in blog hops!

JMHO. :)

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Janine December 31, 2010 at 5:12 am

I think that Blogger users should just set up their comments so that visitors can leave their name and URL rather than just their Blogger profile. I use my Blogger ID to comment when it is a giveaway but otherwise I prefer to just leave my name and URL in the fields (as I'm doing with this comment). I personally blog with WordPress and yes, my spam blocker holds comments for moderation if there is a URL within the comment box.

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Mommy "S" January 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Honestly, I prefer it when someone leaves a clickable link regardless. If blog hopping, its easier to follow back. In general, I'll read a comment and sometimes want to go read from their blog then (or see if theres anything new) and its easier for me to just click the link while I'm thinking about it.

Also, I'm here to let you know that I have an award for you on my blog! (and I left a clicky link to make it easy to go see it if you'd like)

Adventures of Mommy "S"

~Mommy "S"

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