There should be rules of blogging. Recently I have been getting a little frustrated with the blogging world. So, I have decided to draft up some rules which should be followed. This is the John Banks Blog Unwritten Rules of Blogging.
These are my rules that in my opinion would improve the blogging industry, and everyone’s blogs! So, take note. Because you do not want to caught out not following these….
Unwritten Rules of Blogging #1
Share And Share Alike
If people make the effort to share some of your content, how about returning the favour from time to time? Now I know that this is not always possible. For example if I shared something from SEOMoz site I would not expect them to automatically come along and share some of my content. But, most of us mix in certain blogging circles and you should help each other out. You are not going to become the next Pat Flynn over night, so give each other a helping hand now and again. Unless you live in the Philippines or work as a group then earning a crust from this alone in the western world can be tough.
Unwritten Blogging Rule #2
Care About Your Guest Post
If you want to write a guest post for a website then try not to make it all about the backlink. I see so many guest posts these days that are literally just about the backlink. In fact, I have had a few guest posts on this site which I am thinking of removing because it is quite clear that all the person or rather company cares about is the link back to their site. Guest posts should be treated as your own work, just as you do on your own blog. What I mean is make the effort after the post has been published. Make sure you follow up with any comments about your post – people may have questions and the best person to answer it is guess who?….You!
The site owner can do their best to answer but may not always know. Make sure you at least check in for a few days after your guest post has gone live.
Rules of Blogging Number #3
Don’t Post More Than Once Per Day
Give your readers time to digest your content. Blogs that post two or maybe even three times per day must be really difficult for the readers to keep up with. I would say once per day should be the maximum. I can’t imagine what the newsletters are like for blogs that post this frequently. You should give your readers a chance, the older posts do not get as much viewing – this is fact. So, if you are posting too frequently then your readers are potentially missing out on your content. I am sure it is great for the search engines but if it is all garbage then what is the point? You may get an increase in visitors organically but they will soon be heading for the exit door.
And, Finally – Number #4
Make Useful Comments
If you are going to make a comment try to say something more than “nice post” just to try and get your link in there. Have something useful to say, try to add to the post for example. I have said it before and I will say it again blog commenting can be a very useful traffic method and can create useful relationships online. But this is unlikely to be the case if all you have to say is “thanks” or “great post”. Try to engage with your favourite blogs.
There we go. Four unwritten rules of blogging. This should be a signed document for anyone who wants to get into blogging. This is not going to happen obviously but please – lets all stick to them.
Are there any more blogging rules that you think should be added? Drop a comment in below.