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! 




Social Media: Scheduling Posts on Facebook

Social Media Tips and How To's

With social media, it’s important to have a presence. One of the things that we know you have to do to help extend your reach on Facebook is to post often, around 2 – 3 times a day, but spread out over the day and night depending on where your audience is based. Without being online constantly, there is no other way to do it but through scheduling posts.

Facebook over the summer has introduced scheduling with pages. This means that you can plan your Facebook posts in advance and set them to go without having to be there to click ‘Post’.

How to schedule posts in facebook pages

Scheduling posts using the Facebook page scheduling appears to not affect your reach, unlike Hoot Suite, DVLR.it or other methods to post where posts scheduled via these systems are seen by less people, or so it would appear. Scheduling is easy, following these steps.

How to Schedule Posts in Facebook Pages

Write your post as normal and instead of clicking on post – click on the little clock icon at the bottom of the post box.

scheduline posts in your page timeline

You can then set the year, month, day, hour and minute (to the 00, 15, 30 and 45 minutes past the hour) that you want your posts to go out in your timeline. Once your post is set, click on the ‘Schedule’ button.

scheduling posts on your facebook timeline

Administer Scheduled Posts

Once a post is scheduled it disappears from your timeline – but don’t worry, you can review it and delete it if neccessary.

Go to the pages admin panel at the top and click on ‘Edit page’- then ‘Use Activity Log’.

reviewing scheduled posts in your timeline

Once in your activity log – you can see the scheduled posts at the top of the log. Using the arrow at the side of the post you can delete and change it if neccessary.

activity log showing scheduled posts

Social Media: Scheduling Posts on Facebook
Recipe Type: Social Media How To
Author: Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum
How to schedule posts on your Facebook page.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Write the post as you would normally.
  2. Click on the clock icon in the botton left hand corner of the post box.
  3. Select the year, month, day, hour and minutes from the drop down boxes.
  4. Click on ‘Schedule’.
  5. To administer scheduled posts: Go to the admin panel.
  6. Click on ‘Edit Page’.
  7. Click on ‘Use Activity Log’.
  8. You can edit/delete posts in your activity log

Printable Blog Calendar & Post Planning Sheets

Blog Planning Calendar

With school starting and fall approaching, I seem to swing into planning mode and this includes planning for my blog. As a teacher, I used to have a brand new lesson plan book and folder for each school year (plus new stationery as well). Blogging, to me, seems no different and the start of a new school year sees me with a moment to reflect on how I’ve done and plan to move forward.

I do most of my blog planning on a good old fashioned notepad with coloured pens and pencils. I jot down ideas that come to me and use this as a method to plan activities that we do at home and then to post about them. I’m not one for having a set day for anything on Rainy Day Mum – apart from our regular weekly Linky, but that is it – everything else moves around. So planning on paper helps me to keep my thoughts organised.

Blog Calendar for Planning

Once I have ideas roughed out I get my calendar and schedule when I think that I will post them – By the end of the month the calendar is covered in crossing out as new things crop up and I make changes to when I want to post things. As well as a calendar for my own blog, I have a separate one where I schedule my guest posts over the month on different blogs.

Blog Planning from The Dainty Squid

I’m colour mad and tend to use different coloured pens and highlighters on my calendar to show where the post is for and even the topic of the post. I love this idea from The Dainty Squid with the use of Post it notes to colour coordinate the planning process. This would also mean less crossing out and I could move the post it notes around – Anyone feel like a trip to the stationery store after seeing the picture above and stocking up on them?

Blog Post Planning Sheets

Once I have post titles sorted, I then work on sketching out my posts – sometimes I go straight ahead and write them directly into WordPress other times I sit and sketch out the posts on some planning sheets I came up with. I have laminated my planning sheets so I can plan using a dry wipe marker and then when the post is up and written I just wipe off and reuse.

On my planning sheets, I try and work out what keywords I would use in the post and the categories, tags that I will use as well. A nice thing about doing it on paper it means that my children see me writing, plus it’s something that I can do wherever I am as well – I’m not tied to wires and Internet connections.

Blog Calendar Printable Download

To help you with your blog planning we have produced a printable blog calendar for you – starting September 2012 and going through to December 2013, Yes, 16 full months for you. Plus, 12 post planning sheets, which like me, you could laminate and use over and over again.

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How do you plan (and keep track of!) ideas for your blog?

Find more inspiration for blog planning on our Blog Planning Pinterest Board!


Best of School Days Blog Carnival

30+ ideas for back to school

School has started for some and for others next week is the Big start. Here’s over 30 ideas for getting you off to a great start this school year.



Reading

Back to school book BasketReading about school is a great way to introduce your child to starting school or returning to school after a long break.

Adventures in Reading has a back to school book basket (seen above) with a countdown to starting.

A great list of books for those starting or returning from My Little Bookcase.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama has 5 books to read with your childs on the subject of school.

Even more reading with a selection of books on starting school from Smiling Like Sunshine.

Whether it’s preschool thru to Middle School KC Edaventures has some books for you to read with your children.

Starting preschool can be terrifying for a mom and a child of SAHM so reading a book on the subject and doing activities is a great way to get them ready to go just like this from Rainy Day Mum.



Getting crafty for back to school

Pocket Hearts for your child - Curly BirdsGet crafty yourself or with your children is a great way to get together and talk about school over the crafts.

These pocket hearts from Curly Birds are cute and practical to send with your child as they venture back to school or off for the first time.

It’s not just our children that may need some pocket hearts – Curly Birds has a simple version for your kids to make you. Especially for those first time away moments.

With two crafts to do with your kids Mama Pea Pod gets your kids crafting to set up their homework or homeschool area and a pencil topper for their pencil case.

These back to school stone pets in their houses are perfect for little kids to take to school with them to remind them of home from Red Ted Art – a great activity to get you crafting with your little ones.

With 30 crafts Red Ted Art has some stationery themed crafts to get you crafting together to start school this Fall.

Heading back to school – here’s 20 more crafts from Red Ted Art to keep you busy.

With a no sew fabric pen roll Rainy Day Mum makes even the least crafty of you able to create something unique with your child.



Fun and Games

Word games from One Perfect Day

Fun and games are a great way to get you in the school mode and even better to do when homeschooling young one.

With some word family games One Perfect Day has a great textured fun way to get spelling.

Creating a Name Kit is a great fun way to get children learning about their Names from Fun a Day.

Check out these ways to get children remembering their and others names in preschool from Fun a Day.



Setting up at home

Setting up a Montessori classroom at home - Living Montessori Now

Whether you will be homeschooling or sending your child to school having a place at home and ways that you do things at home is a huge benefit.

Living Montessori Now shows us how to set up a Montessori preschool classroom at home.

Getting a morning routine set up is key to changing the pace from the summer holidays with relaxed mornings to having to leave by a set time every day and The Pleasantest Thing has a morning routine chart to help you out.



Filling those bellies

Lunch box Ideas - Life at the Zoo

When it comes to packed lunches Sandwiches are not the only thing you can do. Filling their bellies with healthy fun food will make it better for the teachers come afternoon sessions as the children will be refreshed and refilled to start again.

With these tips, tricks and recipes Life at the Zoo has collated loads for you to help you out.

Packed lunches don’t just have to be sandwiches – these ideas from Second Chance to Dream are full of sandwich less healthy lunches for your kids to eat.



Advice from those in the know

8 ways to prepare your child for preschool - Hands on as we growSharing ideas and advice is one of the benefits of blogs. And here are some of the ways that you can help prepare your self and your child for school.

From Hands on as we grow – 8 ways to prepare your child for preschool – a guest post from experienced Preschool and Kinder teachers.

With a podcast Raising Playful Tots talk to Janae from I can Teach about 5 areas we can help our children have a positive school experience.

Boy mama Teacher Mama has some tips and advice for those first day jitters.

From Busy Kids Happy Mom two great ideas to help with the start of school – the back to school fairy and writing to your childs teacher.

Teachers can create wonderful traditions witin their classroom and Teach Preschool has a first day of preschool tradition that they share with us.

As parents we need some advice as well – it can be daunting knowing what to do. Being a prefect kinder parent and knowing what to pack in your childs back pack, some great advice from Kindergarten and preschool for parents and teachers.

Moving from Preschool to Kindergarten is a big step and knowing whether it’s right for your child as well as helping to make the transition is one of your parenting milestones.

Starting school maybe the first time your child has come in contact with a child with special educational needs and from Kindergarten and preschool for parents and teachers here is some great advice for you and your child.

Are you ready for school to start this year?

Happy, excited, or sad to see the new year begin?


SEO Tip: Blog Meta Tags

SEO Blog Tip

While meta tags are becoming less and less important to Google for ranking purposes, they are still important to other search engines.

However, I think more important than for SEO purposes, the meta tag description is what readers will see when they search for something and your blog homepage comes up in the search engine results.

Meta Tag Description & Keywords



What do Meta Tags mean, what do they do?


Meta Tag Description:

This is where you describe what your blog is about, hopefully using some keywords in your description that pertain to the content you generally post about.

This is what Google (or any search engine) generally pulls when someone searches and your blog homepage is in the results. The meta tag description is what is listed in the search results description.

An example:

My meta tag description for hands on : as we grow is this:

Hands on kids activities, crafts, and art projects for hands on moms.

It shows up in Google search results like this:

Meta Tag Description


Meta Tag Keywords:

The same way I spoke about finding keywords for particular posts, you want to do the same for your overall site.

Use the Google Keyword Tool to find the best keywords and keyword phrases that are fitting for your site. Don’t overload your meta tag keywords, just pick relevant ones. The 15 minute SEO Checklist suggests only 10 to 20 keywords at most.

<Keywords> metatag

The <Keywords> metatag also matters, though as all metatags it gets almost no attention from Google and some attention from Bing and Yahoo! Keep the metatag reasonably long – 10 to 20 keywords at most. Don’t stuff the <Keywords> tag with keywords that you don’t have on the page, this is bad for your rankings.

I mentioned that these meta tags are becoming less and less important, you can read more about Google’s use (or not use) of meta tag keywords, just keep in mind that other search engines do still look at the meta tag keywords.



How to add Meta Tags to a Blogger Blog:



Important: Please download a copy of your template before making edits by clicking on the Backup/Restore button in the Template tab.

In Blogger, you will be editing your template HTML. Go to the Template tab > Edit HTML > Proceed.

Find (Ctrl+F):

<b:include data='blog' name='all-head-content'/>

Add the following code right after that line:

<meta content='DESCRIPTION HERE' name='description'/>
<meta content='KEYWORDS HERE' name='keywords'/>

It will look like this:

<b:include data='blog' name='all-head-content'/>
<meta content='DESCRIPTION HERE' name='description'/>
<meta content='KEYWORDS HERE' name='keywords'/>
<title><data:blog.pageTitle/></title>

Change the DESCRIPTION HERE and KEYWORDS HERE to be specific to your blog. Save your template once you’ve filled in the appropriate areas.

Meta tags on self-hosted WordPress:

Use the All in One Pack SEO plugin! Fill in the information and you’re done! Check out the theme that you’re using though, some premium themes (such as Thesis and Genesis) have built in SEO packages that are better and easier to use without the need for an additional plugin.

The All in One SEO Pack allows you to fill in these meta tag fields on each post as well. Very vital, probably more so than it is on the homepage.

Meta tags for free WordPress:

Sorry, as far as I can see from research, you can’t access the meta tag files in order to add them. Bummer.



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