Free publicity for bloggers

Most days, I see comments or requests from people asking me to “Please check out my blog”.
Some bloggers, especially those new to blogging, will add links to their own blogs at the end of a comment. Obviously, they want to get more readers and followers. They might have discovered that starting a new blog is not as easy as they thought, or be disappointed that they are posting stuff that nobody is reading. In some cases, they may already have a hugely successful blog, but just want it to be even bigger. To be honest, I always edit those links out of comments, or don’t allow the comment at all. I don’t regard it as good ‘blogging manners’ to add links in that fashion. But that’s just my own view.

So I had a think, and a change of heart. We all need a chance, after all!

Here is a totally free offer. You can add a link to your blog in the comments here. The post will be left open of course, and the comments will not be closed. That makes it a long-term offer too. The blog can be about anything, in any language, but there are exceptions.

No religious blogs.
No blogs just selling stuff.
Nothing offensive, in any way shape or form.
No sexual content without the necessary warnings.
Nothing illegal.
Nothing to do with taking drugs.

I will check all the submitted links, and delete any that contravene the above conditions.
The post will be seen by all my readers and followers, also shared on Twitter, Google+, and Linkedin.

The rest is up to you.

109 thoughts on “Free publicity for bloggers

  1. Hey all, please do check out my serial science fiction series, Magpie. https://magpielog.wordpress.com/
    I release every Wednesday and, at least I hope, it pushes the boundaries for trying a new form of storytelling in blog form.

    Thank you already for all the support Pete, it’s great to see people still using this post after 2 months! 🙂 Needs of the few and many and all that x

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    1. I leave it here like a notice board. People come and go, and new ones add their links. It’s not great, but it’s free, and better than nothing! It will stay up as long as I have this blog.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. It’s a long process to become part of a real community, Paul. It has taken me five years to get to this stage, so you have to be prepared to be in it for the ‘long-haul’. One reason why so many new bloggers just give up. Use tags wisely; not too many, and not too specific. Readers search on tags and categories, remember that. Also, be a ‘good follower’. If you decide to follow someone, read their posts, and engage in the comments. Not just with the blogger, but with the other comments too. I have lots of tips, and you can email me for more ideas if you wish to.
          petejohnson50@yahoo.com
          Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. Oh so do I, Danni. (Like ‘Actually’, for one) It just seems that ‘Awesome’ has lost a lot of power through popular use. I would call watching an atom bomb explode ‘awesome’, but I have heard kids in a restaurant describe a pizza as ‘totally awesome’. And that was in England. 🙂 🙂 xx

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        1. Just send me a short bio via email, with a link to any particular post or promotion you prefer. Or I will just add a link to your main site, if that’s your wish. Any photos you want me to include should be sent separately as an attachment, to the same email address.
          Have a think about it, and send me something soon! 🙂 x
          petejohnson50@yahoo.com

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  2. I would take you up on your offer but I don’t know how to make a link. Is it something down the side of my post? I just click on the little stars of people who leave comments. All the folk I wish would read it are on facebook not wordpress and I refuse to follow them. Maybe I should?

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    1. If you look above this comment, you will see that I have added the link for you, Julie.
      On the home page, I highlight the https in the top bar, right click, (it turns blue) select ‘copy’. Then I go to where I want to add it, right click again, and select ‘paste’.
      I don’t have a Facebook account, but it can be useful for publicising books, blogs, or just about anything. You can link to Facebook, Twitter, and others by going to ‘Publicize’ on your admin dashboard. Drag the icons into the big box, and your posts will be automatically sent to all other social media that you have an account with, as they are published.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. I am so glad to read this, Pete. May I add, and please answer your thank you notes. That’s what I call responding to appropriate bloggers who have taken the time to read and comment. Thank you!

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  4. I agree Pete, my community came together by checking out each other’s sites and liking and following it mutually. Sometimes I notice people who haven’t liked my stuff in a while and seem to enjoy me checking out their site, sometimes I’ll put the hard sell on them and recommend a post of mine in a comment in their site but for the most part I kind like where I am now. Its a small community but one I can engage in pretty regularly. I have no interest in selling kitchen goods or buying them, you know?

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    1. I think that most of us originally get together by reading the comments on posts or blogs we enjoyed. I am at my self-imposed limit of blogs I can follow now, and rarely have more time for reading and following new bloggers. That’s why I thought this might help, Lloyd. But nobody seems to be out there now! 🙂

      It reminds me of a time when I went to a place where people were feeding huge Koi Carp in a castle moat. I didn’t have anything to feed them with, so I went back to the gift shop and bought a bag of fish food. By the time I got back to the bridge, all the fish had gone…
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. I do get similar comments on my blog posts Pete. Sometimes they just leave links on their blogs without commenting at all. I find it annoying and since I approve all comments manually, I put them in my spam folder. Others don’t even have content to show but they are bold enough to link sites that show nothing.

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    1. Those sites with no content are proliferating on WordPress, Arlene. I generally leave a comment, telling them that I will approve their comment once they add some substance to their blog. 🙂 They rarely do though.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Just in a few days before posting this, I had more than five requests to ‘please check out my blog’, or ‘please follow my blog.’ Most weeks, I see at least half a dozen similar comments or requests. The minute I publish this offer, most of them seem to have disappeared!
      I don’t understand it either, Mary.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. A lot of these are one-hit wonders. They come to my blog and say I should check out theirs. I always check at least once and some I follow. Then they almost never return to mine, or if they do, they leave no sign of it. Very easy to unfollow then.

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    1. I have had some like that, Peggy. Just lately though, I have had others who appear to be a lot more genuine, and were asking for help and advice. I thought I would try to do that, if just this once.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. Well, I’m not proud – very happy indeed to welcome new readers over on A Bit About Britain. It might appeal to anyone with a sense of humour who is vaguely interested in Britain’s heritage, places/things to see and doesn’t mind the odd rant. Not necessarily in that order. I’m afraid I can’t respond to every comment – and won’t be able to respond to any for the next couple of days – but I always respond to newbies. Eventually… Thanks Pete – a very kind and generous offer. Best regards, Mike. Here’s the link to the blog page http://bitaboutbritain.com/blog-2/ – I hope navigation is fairly easy from there. TTFN.

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      1. Thanks Pete, feedback appreciated. I share many of the thoughts of your other commentators. Frankly, anyone who comes on to A Bit About Britain overtly plugging their site just gets deleted. I have even had folk trying to promote a taxi service in Tunbridge Wells on a comment – are these people stupid? If you like a site and want to say something, do so; if your comment or site name attracts a reciprocal peek, then great.

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  8. I was going to joke “with those restrictions, I got nothing to share!” It’s a great offer, Pete, will be interesting to see if folks take you up on it…I am on here so much I assume anyone who is interested has already checked mine out – and I will say that I’ve followed a number of great blogs simply because of the intelligent comments I have seen on here

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  9. I often click on the commentator’s id and that gets me to their page. It is the content or tenor of their comment that makes me want to learn more about them. So if they have a comment on your blog, I don’t need a hotlink to get there, their id serves that purpose. I have gone back to several without following them.
    Warmest regards, Theo

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