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First, what the heck is Blogging Etiquette? I have found too many different Ideas in the blogosphere and some are opposing in using any Blog Etiquette, while others like academics do not ever do anything without following the "Rules".

What Rules?

Chris Brogan put this simple rules:

  • If you’re blogging about someone else, link to them. It only takes a moment, and it’s how the Web was made to work.
  • If you read a great blog post, and don’t have time to comment, consider passing it along simply, using StumbleUpon, Delicious, Google Reader Shared Items, or Friendfeed, to name a few.
  • If you have time to comment, try to do better than “Great post.” If you can, add a few thoughts of your own, or recommend something the author didn’t cover.
  • If you leave a comment, in the name section, don’t put all kinds of attempted search words. Most blogs’ comment sections don’t get picked up by Google, so it just comes off seeming like you’re trying to game search.
  • It’s okay to comment about a post you wrote, and to leave a link, if it’s relevant. Just leaving a link to some random post you did- not so much.

If you want to read the full article you better check him out, I don´t want to break any Blogging Etiquette. (You see the link in his own name, guess I am safe, I haven´t forget to link).

Some others like Zona Marie Tan have a lot more to say, but seems they all agree about the basics like this line she wrote:

Be creative, don’t steal other people’s content. Just because you don’t have anything to write to maintain your blog, does not give you the right to copy and paste other people’s work onto yours.

Oh! Oh!, may I have already infringe this rule posting this little fraction of her post? I hope not, I am linking to her post, in case you haven´t notice the link is in "don’t steal other people’s content" wording, so if you want to read the whole article you better go over there and avoid me to break any  Blogging Etiquette, I will not dare to publish any more content in here from her unless she told me so of course.

But there others that goes the other way around like James McGovern that seems does not like much the Etiquettes, he thinks it is more important to have a dialog with the readers, which I agree, but still not pretty sure about everything. Anyway here it is a tiny fraction of what he thinks:

Lots of bloggers have commented on etiquette. I am of the opinion that it is all hogwash. Etiquette is important but communication no matter how insightful (or inciteful) is more important. With this thought in mind, today’s blog entry is all about better ways to ignore etiquette…The one pattern that has I have noted in the folks who have blogged on this topic is that not a single one of them is an IT professional. In fact, the vast majority of folk who complain on this topic tend to be from academia. Violation of etiquette seems to be associated with us average folk not sucking up to them.

I do not worry too much with him about breaking any rules by publishing a fragment of his post, anyway he seems not caring about Etiquette, but still I gave his link so you can go and read his entire post, I do not like to plagiarize more than enough.

What I Believe.

I am sure even you have your own rules about blogging activities. My rules are basic and simple this is what I believe:

Reciprocity. This is about every activity in blogging such as:

  • Commenting. Returning the favor as soon as possible (I may take sometime to do this since there are a lot of places to comment, but do not despair, I will check your site and comment in your blog, not spamming, Boy Scout Promise). By the way, try not to spamming me, please. I do moderate but only the first time when you are new in my community and if you leave a link in the comment section too. After approval you do not need to wait. Try to leave a comment that could be valuable to the general community, not just something like "love it" and that´s it, at least read the first sentence of the post and maybe the last ones so you may know what is all about.
  • Subscribing to blogs that have already subscribe to mine, provided they are not in any illicit or porn related activities.
  • Following at Twitter. I currently reach the limit to follow any more people but I am unfollowing the people that have not return the favor in order to follow my new followers, so If you follow me and I have not return the favor just leave me a comment and I will unfollow more people until I reach a ratio of approximately 1:1, but be sure I will follow you back.
  • Tecnorati Faves I am also participating in another Fave Exchange you may join if you like.
  • StumbleUpon Just tell me and I will be glad to exchange Stumbles.

I guess you got my point, I am in anything that can be beneficial for you and for the blogosphere community. If you want to reciprocate anything else just leave a comment or if you are too shy, no problem contact me, I will reply as soon as possible.

Socialize. This is basic to build a community and a business around your blog, if you do not interact with others then they will not trust you or care about any promotion you want to put in front of them, like I just got Alvin´s Atomic Blogging tutorial guide from a blogger friend Peter Lee´s link and the reason I got it from him it is mainly because I know him and he had socialized with me before he even post about that promotion (Ben sorry he won, but know I will need to buy your ebook when you put it live), so you see it finally had paid off for him.

Zig Ziglar had said that:

People do not buy based in what they see

People do not buy based in what they want

People do not buy based in what they need

People do buy based in what they Trust.

And that is the Etiquette I really follow, those may be pretty basic but they could make a whole lot of a difference in your business or blog.

What´s the Etiquette Rules that you follow? Have any? in the first place, if yes what is it?

To Your Success,

Luis Torres




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  1. Interest take on the rules of blogging. I\’m read alot of posts like this, especially as I was getting started, but you\’ve laid it out pretty clearly. I\’ve often wondered about leaving a link, I felt that it was always wrong…but maybe not if you wrote the original post and it makes sense.

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    • The Almost Millionaire, Hi TAM, interesting name, lol. Thanks a lot for your kind comment. If you want to leave a link you should first check what others are doing that are already in that community, if they leave links then it maybe ok, even sometimes some blogs does not like that we use keywords in our names, so better checkt them out what it seems to be accept it. In case you still wondering then contact the owner of the blog and ask what it is acceptable for him, everybody have their own take.

  2. Hi. Great Post Luis. I’m so proud of you. I think you have develop very much from since I first see your post. LOL. You will be a great blogger in the future. Don’t forget me if you have become famous like John chow. I’m not a good blogger but I can tell you can be a super blogger. BTW one suggestion for your blog. I think it is too crowded. I think you can remove the amazon, bookmarking service stats, blogging stats.

  3. I always find it annoying when some people seemingly only want “great post!” comments for their posts because it keeps them from getting their feelings hurt if someone has a differing opinion that rubs them the wrong way..but the thing is, if you aren’t ready to accept people expressing their opinion than perhaps you shouldn’t have a website…

    Great Post! lol

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    • Melod,Hi Melody, you are right, forst of all a Blog is about exchanging opinions and they will be different than ours, so we better chill out and respond to our beautiful, kind, loving, intelligent, perfect readers really kind. Well perhaps with little less of falsity, lol. But I do love my readers cannot go without them.

    • Vic – Business Accent- Hi Vic, nice you come. Yes you are right, if all bloggers create one single standard for Etiquette will be easier for all of us to know what´s accepted and what not.

  4. Hi Luis,

    Thanks for the mention and for buying through my link. Actually that’s another benefit of growing and belonging to a big community of friends in our blogging community. We will always be buying each other’s product or service if we find them useful and need them. BTW I just subscribed (email) to your feed.


    • passive income ideas-Hi Peter, thats exactly what I was saying, so if you have more friends means you also have more potential to make money as well as to found honest reviews of products and services you may need.

  5. Blogging etiquette is hard to define. Certain practices such as comment spam, scraping content, and affiliate link spam, however, should never be tolerated. On the other hand, i defend and even encourage constructive criticism, provided it is done respectfully. Blogging etiquette should never mean “be nice”. It should mean “provide/convey value”.

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    • Internet Marketing Basics- Hi Ryan, welcome to my blog. Really insightful comment, you said something real true, most people understand that they should say something “nice” as you said, thats why we can find all over the blogosphere comments like “great post”, “Cool site” and the like but with nothing beyond that, like giving some extra value to the info in the site.

      • I thought we need to go feedburner sign to check on subscribers? I can login my heart random blog but. I mean check email subscribers at my blog.

        • Sherry- Hi, As for feedburner, you need to move your feed to the new Google feed, you may need to login into your old account and choose move to Google in case you havent done so. Your subscribers for posts you mean? If its so then you can check them in manage and then subscriptions, they should all the emails from the guys that have subscribed to your blog.

  6. I actually kind of agree with Chris Brogan… but I’m not going to link to his site from here.

    I’m not into blogging ‘reciprocation’ unless it’s fitting for my visitors or my website — I don’t link to 3rd party websites because I’m trying to help them out, it’s because I want to help my readers out. And, while I may go and check out somebody who links back to me, I may or may not comment, and I may or may not link back — it really depends on the situation.

    I’m not social at all (I almost never leave my house), so maybe that’s my personality bleeding through, but that’s my take on it.

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  7. You have written better than Chris Brogan on the rules of blogging. It is always to great to know the rules to make it better about your favorite thing.

  8. I have a lot of diving buddies and a lot of dives and a lot of pictures of me and my buddies diving and drinking beer…

    I plan to only use first names to preserve the privacy of my friends, but what is the acceptable etiquette of posting pictures of others on a website?

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