Blog Etiquette: 13 Ways to Share Nicely

Blog Etiquette: 13 Ways to Share Nicely

A lot of bloggers take great pride in the content they share on their blogs (can you blame them? Its their time, their content, their photos, their writing!). Bloggers that blog about their kids especially do. While they want their posts to be shared by you, they don’t want their content stolen and implied to be your own.

Sharing others’ content with your readers, fans, and followers is a great way to start your own community. It is a good thing to share! It’s a win-win for both you and the blogger you’re sharing! Do it!

But wait.

While sharing others’ content is great and usually very much appreciated, you can’t just take it and make it seem as if you created it. There is a right and wrong way to share others’ content, photos and posts.

Its easy if you just remember to play nicely. Ask yourself a couple of questions before sharing:

  • If the situation were reversed, would I be happy with the crediting?
  • How would I like someone to share my own content?
  • Did I give credit to the proper person? 



Let’s share and play nicely, just like we teach our kids to do.

Let's Share and Play Nicely


Here’s 13 tips on what sharing is acceptable, and what’s not.


Sharing: What isn’t acceptable?

    • Copying an entire post of someone else’s. This just is plain stealing. Its wrong. Even if you have permission from the other blogger to use their post in its entirety, Google doesn’t like it. It’s not good for your SEO or the other blogger’s SEO. It needs to be changed up even when you have permission. Copying any more than 3 sentences of content isn’t acceptable.
    • Using photos that aren’t yours without credit. Whether it’s in a blog post or on a social media platform, it’s always best to use photos that you take yourself. You will run into absolutely no gray areas that way. There are times that you’d like to feature a post with a photo. Most bloggers are okay with you using one of their photos with it linking back to their post that includes that photo, as well as text credit and link. This isn’t always the case though, so look for a disclaimer on their site. They may want you to get permission for any photo you use first. When in doubt, ask first.
    • Using more than one photo that isn’t yours. It’s not okay. There’s no reason to use more than one photo of someone else’s. If you are, you’re probably stealing too much of their content otherwise anyway.
    • Stealing ideas without credit. This is a huge gray area. We all know that an idea cannot be copyrighted, right? That said, if you see an idea that you’re trying out, and you blog or write about it, just give the person that you saw it from some credit. This gets to be a gray area because so many ideas are just common ideas that have been around for ages. But if its new to you, and you saw it somewhere before you did it that inspired you (even if you changed it up a tad), the right thing to do is to just to share your inspiration.

Sharing: What is acceptable?

    • Absolutely credit any photo that’s not yours. 
    • Credit any idea that you’ve been inspired by with a link to their blog. And a helpful hint: Don’t just say from “this post” and link “this post”, be descriptive in your linking and its a boost for SEO for both you and the other blogger!
    • Use only one photo from a source. You should crop it and resize it to a thumbnail size photo, and always make sure to link it to the source. And give it a link in the text too!
    • Always link to the original post (not just the blog homepage) and mentioning the source in the text is always nice.
    • Don’t alter a photo just to take out the watermark. Do not crop out watermarks! Thumbnails of images are great actually, so you can crop for that as best you can. And sometimes a photo of a child’s face that isn’t yours isn’t the best thing to feature. If you can, choose a different photo. If you’re cropping to take the watermark out, it makes it look like you’re claiming it as your own. Be better than that.
    • When in doubt, ask first.


A text example of proper sharing:


“Inspired by this Mess Free Painting from Rainy Day Mum.”

3 ways to easily and properly share on Facebook:

    • Whenever possible, find the originator’s Facebook Post of the post that you’d like to share and click “Share” from there. This automatically gives them credit right there. (Sometimes this is hard to do because it might be an old post, or you may actually be ahead of sharing it before the source blog does!)

Click "Share" on the original source's Facebook post

      • Share the link to the source.
      • Whenever possible, tag the source’s Facebook page using the @ symbol. You may have to look up their Facebook page from their blog to find the name they use (it’s not always the same as their blog name).



If you are sharing a photo that is not yours, remember to always:

Edited to Add: This is a huge gray area of good blog etiquette. If you do decide to share a photo on your Facebook page that is not yours, please remember to do the following. However, please consider that there are bloggers that don’t want you to share their photos on your Facebook page either. And just a link to the blog post is appropriate then when you want to share.
      • Absolutely be sure you know who is the originator of the photo (quotes have a tendency to be floating around with absolutely no credit whatsoever, so be careful with these).
      • Link, link, link.
      • Tag, tag, tag.

How to Properly Share on Facebook

(The photo shared above was shared on the Blogging With Kids Facebook Page and is from Everything Etsy in her post about 10 Tips for Writing Blog Post Titles that Sell! — I recommend checking that one out!)

I know there’s a lot of instances of improper sharing.

If you’ve seen improper sharing, please share it in the comments!

I’d love to add it in here as additional unacceptable sharing behaviors! 




Better Photography with these Composition Tips

A common misconception in the photography world is that you need a DSLR to take good pictures. I won’t argue that DSLRs take a better quality photo, but there are many more factors that determine if a picture is good or not such as composition and lighting. Today I will be reviewing some easy techniques to improve composition and lighting which can be utilized with any point and shoot camera!

 

Rules of Thirds

One of the simplest rules of composition is called the rule or thirds. If you separate your picture into thirds (vertically or horizontally, or both) you want the focus point to land on one of those lines, or even better, where two lines cross.
ROT

 

A quick example.  Here’s a snapshot I took of my boys playing with water balloons.
rotbefore

 

A quick crop to make it agree with Rule of Thirds and I find it much more visually appealing.

rotafter 

 

Of course as with every rule, there are exceptions.

 

logansillygiraffe

 

Camera Vantage Point

Also, try different angles and vantage points. Get down on the ground or up on a chair.

Here I am standing up and looking down at the subject.

DSC07723

 

Here I squatted down and got a more interesting shot.

DSC07722 

 

That’s my basic intro to composition! The best tip I have is to try new things and see what fun pictures you can come up with!

 

What is PageRank?

Pagerank explained

Have you heard the term PageRank – not sure what it is exactly? What it is used for? Why it’s important? We hope that we can explain it a little in this post.

So what is PageRank – I’m going to quote from the Wikipedia site on PageRank and then explain it to you

PageRank is a link analysis algorithm, named after Larry Page and used by the Google Internet search engine, that assigns a numerical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents, such as the World Wide Web, with the purpose of “measuring” its relative importance within the set.

Confused? I was – so here is what it’s really saying PageRank is a mathematical formula that gives each site a value between 0 and 10 to say how authoritative it is within all the other pages on the web – it’s one of the factors used by Google to determine where you appear on the Google Search Page.

How is PageRank calculated?

It’s an equation that is closely guarded by Google there is lots of sites that “claim” to have the formula that it is calculated with, but what it boils down to is the fact that your PageRank is calculated based on your incoming links, number of pages and your outgoing links.

A brand new blog has a PR of 0 – it has no incoming links as it’s new and very few pages or outgoing links. As your blog starts to connect with other blogs and they mention you, your blog will start to gain PR and move up the ranks.

When a blog links back to you a part of it’s page rank is passed onto the page that is linked up. So getting links from higher ranking sites is of benefit, especially if they have fewer links as the link is worth more – but just to add to the mix – these are better if they come from real links so ones that fit in with your blogs theme rather than ones that have no connections with the content.

Where can I get my PageRank from?

Google PageRank Checker is the most well known of the PageRank Checker sites – we have placed the gadget below so you can check your PR easily from this post.

Check Page Rank of your Web site pages instantly:

This page rank checking tool is powered by Page Rank Checker service

What is a good PageRank?

I conducted a quick survey of bloggers who write about their kids and within this niche a typical PR is 3 or 4 – there are some sites that have a PR of 5-6 and equally some of PR 1-2 but most fall in that middle bracket.

 

Why is PageRank important to me?

PageRank is one of the factors that Google uses to place you on the search page – when a typical reader searches for information most people will click on a link in position 1 – 5 on a page, some will click further down – once you are on page 2 or more the people that will find your blog via searching decrease more and more by the time you are on page 4 very very few people will have searched through those pages to find your blog.

So by having a higher PageRank you increase the chances of appearing on the first page – we’re running a quick tips series on SEO – Search Engine Optimization every week with helpful hints on how to improve your own SEO.

 

How to grow your PageRank

Yes this is probably the bit that you most wanted to know, well basically it will happen it doesn’t happen overnight though you need to create the links back to your site organically.

The more connections you make with other bloggers the better. Joining in with linkies that feature posts each week increases your chances of having a page linked to, collaborating with other bloggers on blog hops and other projects is all part of the fun of blogging but also will help your PR to grow naturally. As well as using sites to promote your posts that others can search on – Pinterest – so this will increase your chances of having a post found and then featured on another blog when they want to link to others on a similar topic or do a round up of a topic.

 

Keep updated on the linky parties, collaborations with bloggers
and call outs for features within the Blogging With Kids Community!

 

 

Blogging Basics – Blogger Commenting System

blogging basics how tos and advice

We all love receiving comments on our blogs without looking at the Stats it’s one of the ways that we know that people are reading them. However, Blogger in it’s standard set up discourages some people for commenting.

getting people to comment on your blog

With my Tuesday Tots link up over on Rainy Day Mum I started out visiting every blog that linked up but after a while I realised that I couldn’t manage to do this because of a few features that blogs used that meant that I couldn’t leave a comment easily without spending half an hour trying to work out how to do it.

One of the easiest things to change is to enable word press and other blog uses to leave a comment with a link back to their site is by enabling the Name/URL and Anonymous function of your blogger blog commenting system. Do not fear… Blogger has a good spam filter system in place and although you may get the occasional spam comment you can quickly delete these. However, by enabling the Name/URL and Anonymous you will encourage other bloggers to leave comments.

encouraging comments on your blog

To change the settings:

  • Go into your blogger dashboard and then Settings.
  • From the settings menu choose Posts and Comments.
  • There you can set the “Who Can Comment?” settings to Anyone, which allows bloggers and readers who don’t use Blogger to easily leave a comment with a link back to their blog so you can go and visit and leave a comment as well.

Putting social media icons on your blog

blogging basics how tos and adviceSo you’ve created a page on Facebook, signed up for Twitter, navigated the minefield that is creating a G+ profile and business page and opened a Pinterest account as well as spent hours and hours looking at everything on there and now you want to let people know where you can be found so you can start building your blogging community.

social media icons for your blogPutting social media icons into blogger

These will need to go into a gadget on your sidebar or other location on your blog. First off you need to add a gadget – we’re going to choose the HTML/Java Script gadget and open it up.

html text gadget in bloggerTo get you started we are providing a free set of icons for you to you. There is a Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and G+ Icon.

free basic social media iconsInto the box that appears you will need to copy the code below to use the icons – the portions of text highlighted are areas where you need to insert your own URL’s for the different social media.

<a href="your facebook page URL">
<img src="http://kidbloggernetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/facebook.gif"
height="50px"/></a><a href="your pinterest account URL">
<img src="http://kidbloggernetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/pinterest.gif"
height="50px"/></a><a href="your google+ page URL">
<img src="http://kidbloggernetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/g+.gif"
height="50px"/></a>
<a href="your twitter account URL"><img src="http://kidbloggernetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/twitter.gif"
height="50px"/></a>

If you title your gadget something like Come Follow us it will appear on your blogger blog like below

social media iconsUsing your own Icons

If you want to create your own icons or use some that you have found on the web you will first need to upload the images into your Picasa or other online image storing area and then change the red parts of the code below to the image URL that you want to use

<a href="your facebook page URL">
<img src="http://kidbloggernetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/facebook.gif"
height="50px"/></a><a href="your pinterest account URL">
<img src="http://kidbloggernetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/pinterest.gif"
height="50px"/></a><a href="your google+ page URL">
<img src="http://kidbloggernetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/g+.gif"
height="50px"/></a>
<a href="your twitter account URL"><img src="http://kidbloggernetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/twitter.gif"
height="50px"/></a>

Remember to test your icons that you have them linked to the correct URL

Troubleshooting social media icons

There are a few common problems with putting in social media icons

I want all my media icons to appear on 1 line

Using the code above they should if you sidebar is 250 px or wider fit on a single line – if you have a smaller sidebar then one of the icons will appear on the line below – in the template option in your blogger dashboard you can change these dimension – at Blogging with Kids we recommend using a sidebar of 350px+ as this will allow you to place the large ad units from Google Ad Sense.

My social media icons are all over the place some higher up than others

If you are using your own images this can be a very common problem – part of the issue is the way that the images are designed, some designers may have added extra blank space around the icons in our code above we have added the instruction height ="50px" this gives the instruction to make each icon 50px high – by changing the 50px you can alter the height of the image and make it fit with the other images- using icons from the same set shouldn’t produce this problem.

I want to add more social media icons

To add more copy the code

<a href="your social media URL">
<img src="http://kidbloggernetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/facebook.gif"
height="50px"/></a>

and add in your social media URL (highlighted in yellow) and change the image URL (in red) to the icon that you want to use. You may find that you need to add in a line break so that your icons split between 2 lines in which case add the code br before the <a href="..... and this will put in a line break.

If you have any problems please let us know in the comments