Engagement Rules of Blogging

What are the rules of engagement when it comes to blogging? Are there certain standards we have to obey by and if so, what are they? For newbloggers, the Internet can be one massive maze of confusing messages.
A blur of images, content, sales messages, networking sites and blogs.
It’s enough to drive the most sane person mad. Unless of course youknow the rules of engagement. Alright, I admit, blogging isn’t a battle, although sometimes it ends up being one. Some bloggers battle their own subconscious because they struggle to come up with a working concept.

If that is you, then don’t worry, as looking around this blog and reading Alex’s great tips will certainly help you with that.
As for standards, let’s look at common aspects of blogging and how we can tie them together into some sort of behavior.

Linking out

The whole purpose of linking to another blog is to pass on someGoogle juice to that person. Now, if you stop a moment and think abouthow you can do this best, here is how. Do’s and don’t’s of linking out:

  • It is best to link to others without having the link open in another tab. An exception to the rule are links to affiliate networks oradvertisers. Other than that, there exists an unspoken rule to linkwithout any additional attributes.
  • If you consider linking to another person, use THEIR main keyword,blog name or post title to link and NOT their name. It doesn’t do themany justice to link to Tom. I know you mean well, but you can also dowell.
  • Posts in blogs should usually be dofollow links due to respect ofthe other person. However, having said this, I think when weconsistently link to big networks like Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo orothers we can sometimes attribute a rel nofollow to the link in ordernot to diffuse our PR. (I understand some of you might disagree with me here, and if so please let me know why)

Blog posting frequency

There really is no rule about the frequency in which we ought towrite a new post. Quite frankly, the blogging community is pretty muchdivided. One half says: “you have to post every day”, the other says:“no way, you do as you please”.
What you have to consider is what your intentions are with your blog. If you target a huge flow of traffic, then you might be better of topost more frequently.
In the end, you ARE your own boss and do as you please on your domain.


One thing that really annoys me (excuse the pun) is when blogcommenter’s use a keyword to leave their comments. It’s not considerednet-etiquette if you ask me. Unless the blog owner clearly states he/she accepts these types of comments, you should use your name, or at leastyour name followed by your blog name if you leave blog comments.
It’s really hard to have a conversation with atlanta automobile club.
Blog comments have one purpose and that is to encourage discussions.Remember, real people read your blog, so behave like one too when youread other blogs.

The ultimate rule of engagement

Ultimately, these rules are really not rules at all, but simpleguidelines you can choose to follow or not. I consider them commoncourtesy, others might disagree.
Blogging should be foremost about having fun, meeting new people andfostering a friendly community while helping to spread knowledge.
What do you think about rules in general? Are they meantto be broken, or do you see a sense of having some order in blogging?Please let us know. I welcome discussions.

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