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The 8 Rules of Blog Engage Etiquette

Blog Engage EtiquetteSocial media is a great way to promote your blog. But it can also suck away valuable time. Choose those venues that give the most bang for the buck. For me, the best social networking sites are:

The order in the list is relevant. FaceBook is my best traffic/comment generator, Blog Engage is great resource with a great community, Twitter is a distant third.

As the current top user on BlogEngage, I’ll throw out some ideas for how to be a good Blog Engage community member. If you’re into social networking — or a fellow Blog Engage aficionado — add your own rules of engagement in the comments below!

  1. Add a Profile Image
    Without a profile image, you look like a spammer. Take a minute to get a photo or icon (or something) up so we can identify you.
  2. Vote, Vote, Vote
    Take some time — at least a few times a week — to browse through the other great blogs. Find some in your niche or a topic that interests you. Vote up the ones you like. Be generous.
  3. Give Reciprocal Votes
    Some people spend a lot of time voting up the posts of others. See who’s voting for you and give them a little kickback once in a while. (Ahem.)
  4. Comment on Blog Engage
    Once in a while throw out a comment on a post’s Blog Engage page. This helps draw attention to the article itself. It’s also a good way to notify the author if there’s a problem accessing or commenting on the post.
  5. Visit Blogs
    When you find an intriguing article — or just want to encourage another blogger — go to the blog and read the entire post. It’s great to see traffic coming in.
  6. Comment on Blogs
    Leave a thoughtful comment on your favorite posts. Add some insight, share experience, give constructive criticism, present a counterpoint. Most blogs welcome all quality input. It makes for great discussion.
  7. Do Not Clog the Upcoming Blogs Page
    If you have a boatload of posts that you’ve neglected to add to Blog Engage, please, please don’t hop on over and add them all in a huge post dump. Doing so will knock all the other brand new posts clear off the front Upcoming Blogs page — and sink their chances for gaining votes. It also look pretty egocentric. Take your time and space them out. Having a couple of posts on the front Upcoming Blogs page at a given time is probably enough.
  8. Do Not Add Links to Non-Blogs
    The name is Blog Engage. That first part is key. Blog. Don’t be just throwing up any old link just to try to make a buck from the members. They don’t take kindly to that.

Just follow a few, simple rules and you can make the most of your Blog Engage experience — without making a serious social faux pas.

{ 21 comments… add one }
  • Jeevanjacobjohn November 11, 2010, 6:16 pm

    Great Post, Alison !

    I really agree with you. This list would be surely useful to anyone who is trying to build a good reputation at Blog engage. Even though, I had “the commenting part” in my blogging plan, I didn’t really fulfill my need to comment (Recently though, I decided to change and work on the commenting part. This has clearly reflected on my blog, I have got about 200 pages views per day and I am glad that I do comment and engage).

    The only time I remembering clogging up blog engage upcoming section with my content is when I joined Blog engage (I would have done it anyway). Now, I do realize my mistake. Thanks !

    Thanks for the awesome post, Alison

    Jeevan Jacob John

  • Alison Moore Smith November 11, 2010, 9:46 pm

    Thanks so much, Jeevan. We all live and learn, that’s how we become better bloggers.

  • AM November 12, 2010, 7:31 am

    Good bloggers always thinking positive. All frustration must be meet first before taking the reality. Somehow all efforts will be fruitful once you surpassed all strategy. Being good blogger, you introduce your site in a good way.

  • Darran November 12, 2010, 10:31 am

    Gotta love #6. There is nothing better than being able to engage in a discussion and get to know your readers. Over time, he/she won’t just be another reader but a friend and that is what builds a community. I always make an effort to visit the commenter’s blog to return the favor.

  • Alison Moore Smith November 12, 2010, 10:47 am

    Darren, spot on. I don’t always have time to visit every blogger who posts on all of my blogs, but it’s a great idea. (And I just commented on yours. 🙂 )

    It’s amazing to me (really) how over my nearly eight years of blogging (I’m ancient in the blogging world, eh?) some people I have never met in real l life have become very dear friends. There is a woman named Tracy with whom I’ve co-written a column for about seven years. We’ve never met in person but are great friends and have shared so much.

  • Edwin November 13, 2010, 1:31 pm

    Sweet tips. Reciprocal voting is always a nice thing you should do
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  • nisa sanjaya November 13, 2010, 3:31 pm

    yeah . this is very good. thanks for sharing,,
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  • Alison Moore Smith November 13, 2010, 7:43 pm

    I’m with you, Edwin! I love reciprocal voting. 🙂 If I always got it, I’d have over 25,000 votes. Can you imagine?

  • Alvin November 14, 2010, 8:54 am

    Agreed. good tips reciprocal voting is a nice feature. Blogger’s always thinking positive, All frustration must be meet first before taking the reality. As good blogger you must come up with your blog in a good way
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  • Laura November 16, 2010, 5:16 pm

    #7 is my pet peeve. And usually the people who do that have crap blogs anyway so your really good post gets pushed down for garbage.

    Wish BE would change that.

  • bbrian017 November 16, 2010, 5:34 pm

    Alison I loved this article. It demonstrates everything needed to be the perfect blog engage member. I’m always promoting community interaction and everything mentioned in your post encourages this type of behavior.

    Comment, Tweeting, Digging etc.. it’s what were about at blog engage and our community thrives off this social sharing. Thanks so much for the write up I know many members will find this very informative and beneficial.
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  • Alison Moore Smith November 17, 2010, 1:41 am

    Alvin and Lisa, thanks for stopping by and adding your thoughts.

    Brian, thanks for the kind words. I really love Blog Engage. It’s got much more of a community feel than any other social networking site I’ve participated in. You’ve done a great job of building the interaction there.

  • Daniel Snyder November 17, 2010, 9:05 am

    Well written common sense article – these methods can be applied to virtually any social network! Thanks Alison. (voted!) 🙂
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  • Alison Moore Smith November 17, 2010, 7:00 pm

    Thanks so much, Daniel. You’re right about more general application.

    I appreciate you stopping buy. And thanks for the vote.

  • Estava Morioka November 20, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I’m glad to get back into the swing of things over at Blog Engage. This will come in real handy. Thanks for all of the advice.
    Have a good weekend Alison.
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  • Alison Moore Smith November 20, 2010, 8:56 pm

    Thanks, Estava. Glad it could be helpful. See you around Blog Engage. 🙂

  • Carlos Smith December 2, 2010, 11:46 pm

    A very nice article have written,I am very much impressed.Thanks for this great resource very essential from SEO point of view.Hope to see such a great post in future!!

  • Alison Moore Smith December 3, 2010, 7:41 am

    Thanks Carlos. Hope to see you around here again.

  • Kavita May 12, 2011, 8:15 pm

    A well written article. To say in one word a blogger should be active at blogengage to get the best out of the site. I think these tips can be applied to other social sites too. Thanks for great tips, Alison

  • Alison Moore Smith May 13, 2011, 1:36 pm

    Spot on, Kavita. If you join Blog Engage, you ought to be “engaged,” eh?

  • Tim Ryan November 6, 2011, 8:33 am

    This is terrific. Thanks for the tips, Alison.

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