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5 Easy Ways to Become a Blacklisted Blogger

Did you know there are some very simple things you can do on the social Web (and you might already be doing some of them) that can get you blacklisted, meaning you’ll be labeled as an annoyance, a person to avoid, or worse — a spammer?

Suffice it to say, if you want your blog and your foray into blogging to be successful, then you need to avoid the 5 ways to become a blacklisted blogger described below.

1. Fill your blog posts and comments on other blogs with links.

If you want to annoy people or be labeled a spammer, then fill your blog posts and the comments you leave on other blogs with links.  This includes links back to your own site as well as affiliate links, text link ads, and so on.  Links should enhance content.  They should not detract from it making it impossible to find the links that are actually useful vs. those that are just self-promotional or revenue-generating.

2. Only talk about yourself.

Follow the 80-20 rule where 80% of the content and conversations you publish and participate in on the social Web are not self-promotional and 20% or less are self-promotional.  No one wants to read what you have to say if all you ever do is talk about how great you are or your business is and try to sell your products or services.

3. Republish other people’s content without permission.

Don’t plagiarize.  The original publisher of that blog post, article, or image that you want to republish on your blog spent time and effort creating it.  They deserve the credit for their work.  While it’s okay to republish a snippet with appropriate attribution to the original publisher (i.e., a link back to the page where you originally found the content you’re republishing) in order to add commentary to it, you don’t want to be accused of copy scraping (a spam technique that can hurt your blog’s search engine referral traffic and your reputation) or a plagiarizer (which is illegal).

4. Put ads before content and conversation.

While ads are a nice way to make some money from your blogging efforts, they should come in second place behind content and conversation in terms of your blogging priorities if you’re goal is to build a successful blog.  Ads can be intrusive and clutter your blog making it difficult for visitors to find the useful and valuable content that you publish.  No one wants to return to a blog that’s filled with ads but little original content (plus, filling your blog with ads and very little original content is viewed as a spam technique by Google and can hurt your blog’s search referral traffic).

5. Forget your words can be viewed by a lot of people for a long time.

Play nice!  The content and conversations you publish today can spread far and wide, and it lives online for a very, very long time.  With that in mind, don’t speak negatively about other people or businesses, don’t participate in online arguments, watch your language, and don’t publish pictures of yourself drunkenly dancing on the table at your office holiday party.  Instead, spend time publishing content and participating in conversations in a manner that helps you build a positive reputation across the blogosphere, because your reputation precedes you on the social Web.

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  1. Chris Foley ) says: 5/20/2010

    Great article. Here’s an addition:

    6. Accept every proposal from shady companies to place paid links within articles.

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  2. Susan Gunelius ) says: 5/20/2010

    Chris, I completely agree with you. Like Google, I’m anti- paid text links.

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  3. Volomike says: 5/21/2010

    {clears throat} This page is filled with ads.

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    • Franky Branckaute ) says: 5/21/2010

      This is a blog maintained by a network and all authors are both paid and receive total freedom to post their guides without editorial control. :)

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    • Susan Gunelius ) says: 5/21/2010

      Volomike,
      I actually disagree. There are only 4 ad units on this page and no text link ads that I can see. There are two 250px ad units (1 in the sidebar and 1 beneath the post), 1 small banner unit in the header, and 1 125px ad unit with 6 ads in it. The majority of the ads are at least somewhat relevant to the topic of blogging, and they don’t clutter the original content. I don’t handle monetization of this site, but I don’t have an issue with what Splashpress Media has done on this page.

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      • Franky Branckaute ) says: 5/21/2010

        Thanks, Susan.

        While we do have different approaches for almost every content niche, a site like BloggingPro revolves around its content and as long as I have any to say, content will be central. Ads can be placed around content but not before or within the content.

        If there are two blocks in between editorial content and the discussion (one ad and one block which I think contributes, offers the readers something more – blogger jobs), this is also done to keep the separation editorial/discussion distinct. News sites such as the NYT make sure to put to comments on a new page to avoid that comments steal the focus, even on their blogs.

        We do have sites where we have an ad between the title and the actual content but even on these sites, never on recent entries. Even if the BP homepage has one ad block more than every page, it is next to a block of internal links and we make sure to avoid buttonitis or to send the visitor on a mission, playing ‘It, go find the content’.

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      • Dan ) says: 7/14/2011

        Maybe something has changed since the original post but I’m seeing two 250 px ad units between the title and the content. I understand you don’t control the ads on this site, I just thought it was ironic. Good post though.

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  4. Alamin ) says: 5/23/2010

    Yea. So many link included affiliate link hurt a lot.

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  5. Andrew ) says: 5/24/2010

    I post some links on the blog posts,like one or two depending on how lot of content i write. Have seen blog posts that have like 3 sentences, but contain 10 links in them, what good can do that?.
    Thanks for sharing that there is that kinda rule of the content and providing a link to read it more about it.

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  6. TechGyo ) says: 5/26/2010

    I think fast loading makes readers open more pages. in that case ads doesn’t matter

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  7. Teknisyan ) says: 7/15/2010

    Looks like I’m guilty on some of the things that are being pointed out by the posters.. I may need to redesign my blog. :(

    This is a good article specially for beginners like me.

    Thanks again.

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  8. Nasif ) says: 8/19/2010

    If someone wants their blog to sucide then this posts is a must read for them :p

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  9. Anne says: 9/5/2010

    Well done. No.s 2 and 3 are the ones I see people doing all the time, and most of the time they don’t even mean to do it on purpose!

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  10. Summer Camps says: 10/30/2010

    You you could edit the webpage name title 5 Easy Ways to Become a Blacklisted Blogger | BloggingPro to something more catching for your blog post you create. I liked the post still.

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  11. Joan Stewart ) says: 11/8/2010

    Thanks Susan,

    An enjoyable post, it is incredible how many people leave a message utilizing their company name or blog name trying to get free advertising.

    When in fact if they used their real name and a valid email, one could make contact and realize a possibility of constructive business.

    This site is refreshing and most informative, keep up the good work.

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  12. Krissy90220 ) says: 11/10/2010

    I agree with everything in this post. I’ve visited so many blogs littered with ads yet only a few blog posts or a sentence or two of content. I’ve also don’t like when bloggers leave their URL in the comments. If you want additional advertising try purchasing ad space.

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  13. Anonymous says: 8/1/2011

    Republishing other peoples work could get you into more trouble then you would normally think. I like the last point, once you say something, it may not be so easy to lose it. You have to be more cautious on the internet now days.
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