Standards for Blog Promotion and Commenting
A while back Krum posted some hat tipping guidelines for blog users.
In that spirit I'm pleased to present:
The American Society for Testing and Materials' Standards for Blog Promotion and Commenting:
1. General Principle: While it is common practice to leave comments on popular blogs with the hopes of having your own blog recognized for the work of genius that it is, it is unacceptable to comment on a bloc post with the sole purpose of promoting your own blog.
Example 1 (Relevant links - Acceptable): Comment on a post about coffee: "Shifra, I love coffee too! Check out the cartoon I drew of me drinking coffee over on my blog!" (Link included in comment.)
Example 2 (Name dropping - Acceptable): Comment on a post about Slugs: "Ewww slugs!"
(signature includes blog address)
Example 3 (shameless Self-Promotion- Not Acceptable): Hey Shifra, check out my blog it's AWESOME!! (Link included in comment.)
Example 4 (Spam - Not Acceptable): Looking to buy lamps - check out Bernie's house of lamps! It's AWESOME!!! (link included in comment.)
In conclusion if you want your blog promoted start leaving clever, on topic, comments around the blogesphere or just go the direct route and email bloggers you like with your blog's address. If they like what they see they will link to you. Shameless self promotion is definitely not the way to attract long term readers.