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.
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!)