Are You Hurting Your Reputation With Google And Other Bloggers?
I love all of my readers. In this post, I’m specifically talking to the ones who are bloggers. You all probably know by now that I’m committed to sharing what I learn as I continue on this blogging journey. I’ve always been the type of person that has always wanted to just do things the right way the first time. But as in life, with my blogging, I’ve come to terms with the need for me to accept the process. Here are some things I’ve learned, recently, that could have been harming my reputation in the blogosphere or with Google so I wanted to share them with you all. Some of them are tips that I’m sharing just because I’ve seen it and I know that if people read a post to tell them otherwise, perhaps they would fix it or add onto their to do list to grow their blog. As you plow through these points, I hope you will be able to determine if you are hurting your reputation with Google and other bloggers? Hopefully, you aren’t and if you are, you can always make changes like I continue to do!
1) Is your gravatar picture showing a default face as opposed to an actual photo of you when you are making comments on other blogs? I’ve been actually blogging since March 2013 and I noticed that when I would comment on some blogs, there wasn’t a picture for me, but for others, it was. Right before I made the switch to WordPress, I was convinced that it was like this because these individuals were on WordPress. Well, after reading a commenting rules list on another blogger’s site, I learned that I didn’t have a picture because I didn’t have a picture or account set up with gravatar.com. This site is powered by WordPress.com. Many bloggers want to connect with you and see your smiling face to know who they are replying to on their post. I felt very silly for just realizing that this was the reason why I didn’t have a picture. Either way, I’m glad I have one now and I hope someone who doesn’t have one will register on that site to get one too. It took me 2 seconds to do it.
2) Do you have backlinks on your blog that are not relevant to your niche? First of all, I had no idea what backlinks were or how they worked. Two ways that I have learned that you get backlinks is by people referencing your site on theirs and also by people leaving comments on your blog. This was a real eye opener for me when I learned a little about this one. Many bloggers create buttons and like to swap with others. As long as people are within your niche, having them link to you isn’t a bad thing. It actually helps your reputation with Google. This was definitely a point where I had a sigh of relief because I have many topics that I blog about. If you haven’t already noticed, check out my pages up top that can give you a list of posts under those specific categories.
3) This brings me back to comments on your blog. You know now, if you didn’t know before from number 2, that comments provide your blog with backlinks that can really help your site. But what if the comments are not relevant to your post or if people who are not within your niche are commenting? Both of these types of comments can hurt your site. When someone leaves a comment that is irrelevant to your content, they are more than likely just trying to be seen. Because it hurts your blog anyway, you might want to rethink approving these types of comments. You know the ones where someone is telling you they nominated you for a blog award, or “thanks for hosting” on a post that isn’t a linkup or bloghop. How about the ones where someone says they are a new follower. I can respect the new follower comment if the person actually takes a moment to comment on the post that I put so much effort into composing. If you are a blogger who is doing these things, you are also hurting your reputation in the blogosphere. I’ve been guilty of a few of these types of comments in my early months as a blogger, so don’t feel bad. If you want to be seen and grow, just be more engaging by taking the time to comment on what people are saying in the post and then, share it if it is within your own niche and you think it will help your followers on social media. Before you know it, people will be returning the favor and you not only will begin to gain more followers, but great friends and faithful readers.
4) I’ve seen plenty of posts that address how to fix the “no-reply” blogger issue for people, but I wanted to mention that typically this happens when someone isn’t signed up for Google+. I just want to tell you that not being on Google+ is like shooting yourself in the foot as a blogger. First off, when you have a blog, most will tell you that Google Authorship is very important for helping you to show up in search engines. Google Authorship happens by your site/e-mail address showing up on your Google+ profile. If you don’t have an account, how will you set this up? Also, Google+ is apart of Google. You probably gathered that by the name. The connection to being able to make an impact with SEO on Google is as easy as sharing your post on Google+. This isn’t the only SEO technique, but it definitely is one of many that you can easily grasp simply by having a Google+ account and sharing your content. Forget the steps to fixing the “no-reply” blogger issue. Just sign up for Google+!
5) Speaking of social media, are you on just one form or none at all? If you are a blogger, if you want to grow, you definitely need to be on more social media sites. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, Google+, Youtube, Instagram…am I missing any of the main ones here? We’ve already discussed the significance of Google+. Pinterest is one of the top traffic sources for many and Twitter is the easiest way to share and connect even within 140 characters. Facebook has recently admitted to making it difficult for fan pages to reach their fans. I’ll admit it does look like a ploy to get people to pay in order to get their posts seen. I post to my fan page and then also share the posts with my personal account friends. That usually helps my reach a little. I also have my Facebook personal profile connected to my Twitter page so everything that is posted on my personal page, by me, gets updated to Twitter as well.
6) A lot of people don’t know much about Stumbleupon. It is a social bookmarking site. Social bookmarking is pretty powerful for your content and helping your page views and rank. Share all of your content on social bookmarking sites. Here are some I’ve come across: blokube and blog interact. Share. Share. Share. Join networks like Triberr, too, as I’ve said before to get more bloggers sharing your content as well. Keep in mind that sharing encompasses more than you just sharing your own content. People will respect and trust you more when you share even other useful and helpful content that comes from other blogs.
These are just 6 tips I wanted to share that I’ve come across recently. I hope it has helped someone out in some way.
Did you know all of this?
Did I forget to add anything?
What’s a blog tip that you haven’t seen that you would love to share with others?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!