Remember when you were a kid and your parents taught you how to have manners during dinner?
Some dinner etiquette is common sense. Don’t speak when your mouth is full, don’t tell inappropriate jokes. Don’t put your elbows on the table.
Other’s can be a little more complicated.
What fork do I use? What volume of voice to use. How and where to place your napkin.
The same applies to blogging etiquette rules.
As a new blogger, it can be quite daunting at first. You have to learn which theme to use, what would widgets would be best to use or how to understand your dashboard. For seasoned bloggers, it can be a nice reminder of what to keep in mind while building relationships or collaborating with other bloggers.
In today’s post, I am sharing 17 etiquette tip that you need to know.
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17 Blogging Etiquette Tips
Like dinner etiquette, there are a variety of written and unwritten do’s and don’ts. As you grow your audience, it’s important to be start off on the right foot. So today, I thought I would share some short rules of etiquette I attempt to observe while blogging.
Do: Sharing is caring
Share other posts written by other bloggers. Found an article that you enjoyed and think your readers will too?
Did you know that I read every post that I share on my social media platform? I may not always comment but by sharing it means that I support/ like this post. It has my stamp of approval!
Get in the habit of reading new blogs and sharing the interesting ones with your readers.
Don’t: Ask for follow backs
There is nothing worse than seeing a blogger asking for follow backs.
Just don’t do it.
Truth is, by asking for followers, I believe, you’re doing social media all wrong. By asking for followers, you’re more interested in the quantity of followers rather than the quality of followers. Let’s focus on connecting and building relationships rather than the “follower” count on our social media profiles.
Do: Give thanks
Did someone share your blog post or social media post? Take two seconds and say thanks. It’s also an opportunity to see what they liked about your post.
As for myself, I have a Twitter list that I label “Cool Twitter Peeps”. These are people that I like to connect on a more personal level and we share each other’s posts.
Don’t: Send automated DM’s on social media to new followers
Sending unwanted mail is SPAM.
Whether you do it via email or online. I will unfollow a person if I receive an automated message as soon as I start following their account.
Instead, build relationships with people first to find out what their needs are. And then, if you think your website or product is going to be helpful, go ahead and share it with others.
I have heard from a few other bloggers that they have had success with the auto DM’s. In my opinion, it’s better to build a relationship first. But, please do whatever works for you.
Do: Leave well-thought out and insightful comments
Every blogger loves comments!
But, no blogger ever likes reading comments like “Great tips!” or “love it”.
As a commenter, ask yourself if your comment is adding value to the post. Next time you’re leaving a comment,take time and think about how you can add value to the discussion. You’ll be surprised bu how much your commenting will change.
Don’t: Correct another blogger’s spelling, punctuation or grammar.
The blogger might take it the wrong way because with text there is a lack of tone of voice.
Do: Give credit, where credit is due
ALWAYS give credit.
Were you inspired by a blogger? Let them know, tag them in your post. Did you use a styled stock photo? Give credit to the photographer, blogger or site that you used it from.
Don’t: Spam your readers
Whether it’s through your newsletter or blog, don’t abuse your reader’s email address. Always ensure that whatever you’re sending out is good, quality content.
As a blogger, remember not to spam other blogger accounts when you’re leaving a comment.
Do: Respond to questions and/or comments
This is one that I honestly need to work on. Sometimes, over a course of a day, there can be a ton of comments from my website and social media accounts. Because I work full time, sometimes it makes it difficult to respond to all comments. But if someone takes the time to leave a thoughtful comment , do due diligence and write back to them.
Don’t: Friend another blogger because you think it will help you get ahead
Have you ever met someone and you soon realize that they are not sincere? They only want to use you for your readership or expertise? It’s happened a few times. At times, this can make it hard to trust another blogger when you first meet.
Do: Respect the view of others
I’ve seen bloggers argue over a topic and as an outsider, it looks so unprofessional. Keep in mind, that we can voice our opinions in a respectful and kind way. If it’s a rude comment on your own blog, feel free to delete the comment. to avoid any potential conflict.
Don’t: Complicate your vocabulary when writing.
When writing you blog post, use words that your audience will likely know.
Do: Think before you post
Before you post, ask yourself: Is it true? Is it helpful? is it inspiring? Is it necessary? and is it kind?
Don’t: Use run-on sentences when writing.
Nothing worse, than reading a blog that has spelling mistakes, run-on sentences, grammatical errors and long paragraphs. Break your paragraphs into smaller and readable chunks.
Do: Connect beyond the blogger’s website.
When I come across a blog that I really like, I will instantly start following them on Facebook or Twitter. More than likely it will be Twitter. Or perhaps I will add their RSS feed to my Feedly account. This way, I can start building a relationship with them on a more personal level.
Besides, the keyword in social media is “social”
Don’t: As a guest blogger, don’t assume the host’s audience is like your audience
There a lot of benefits to guest posting, such as, increased exposure, social media growth, future networking opportunities, building credibility in your niche and so many other reasons.
But, one mistake guest posters will make is writing the post as if they were writing for their readers not the readers of the host. not sure what the host’s readers like or enjoy to read? Check out a few of the host’s posts and read the comments. All this will give you a better idea of how to write your next guest post.
Do: Offer help and support to other bloggers
I have been lucky that I have always been able to be mentored by other bloggers. In return, I will share my expertise with those that ask me questions about blogging. It’s all about supporting, uplifting and encouraging each other.
It’s community over competition.
Do you think these are important practices to keep in mind? If you have any more tips on blogging etiquette, please feel free to share them in the comments!
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