#31WBGB: Write a Link Post

by Tonia Kendrick on August 14, 2011 in And More

#31WGBGWelcome to Week 7 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!  Week 5’s topic is about linking out to other blogs or websites.

Why should you link to other sites?

  • Linking out gives something valuable to your readers.  There is a lot of great information out there, but who has the time to sort through it all?  When you share a post or a site that you have found valuable, your readers will be appreciative.
  • Linking out builds your credibility.  Building on the above bullet point, by sharing the valuable information you have found, you establish yourself as an authority.
  • Linking out builds relationships with other bloggers.  They’ll appreciate that you are sending traffic their way and if your post builds on their ideas, it could lead to a continued dialogue and ongoing interactions.  Plus, it’s just a great way to support others in our community.
  • Linking out may help your search results.  Search algorithms consider outbound links to related content as a positive thing, so it could help you appear higher in search results.

3 Types of Link Posts

There are many types of link posts.  Here are three examples:

  1. Build upon the Points of Others – take a post written by someone else and add a new perspective or some information that they didn’t include.  For example, if someone wrote a post, “17 Gadgets That Will Help Your Genealogy,” you could write a follow-up post called “7 More Gadgets That Will Help Your Genealogy” and link to the first post.
  2. Build a Resource on a Topic – Maybe there is a hot topic floating around that a lot of people are writing about.  You could write a post that pulls together links from all those other blogs.  DearMyrtle did this a few weeks ago with a variety of posts relating to citation styles.  It doesn’t even have to be a “hot” topic.  Maybe you are researching something; you could pull all the posts you find on that topic together into a link post.
  3. Suggest further reading – Another way to add value to your readers and create extra depth to your posts is to add links to what others are saying on your topic.

Note:  be sure to link to quality content.  You are basically endorsing any site that you link to.

A Tip on Collecting Links

An easy way to collect links that may be useful for future link posts is to use a bookmarking site like Diigo or Delicious.  Create a tag that you only use for links that you may want to share in a post.  For example, I use a tag called “31 weeks” for posts that I think I may want to share in this series.

Action Item

  • Write a post linking out to another blog or blogs.

If you are just joining us, then “welcome.” You can read the kick-off post about 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy blog here.  Feel free to start with this week’s reading and action items – you are not behind!

Giveaway

The giveaway this week is a $5 discount* from Familyarchives.com.   To enter, leave a comment below with a link to your link post. One winner will be selected randomly. Giveaway ends at 11:59 Eastern time on Saturday, August 20, 2011.

*This discount was a blogger gift from SCGS Jamboree.  I have no affiliation with Family Archives.

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Dana August 18, 2011 at 12:47 am

Well, I finished this one early! That’s a change! :)
http://www.justfolks.us/archives/311

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Nicole August 18, 2011 at 5:44 am

Great and very interesting post! Thank you for sharing these very informative tips about blog linking.
Nicole´s last blog post ..Kids Bookshelves

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Shelley Bishop August 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

I’m back from vacation and glad to be participating again. My post is on the FGS 2011 conference.
Shelley Bishop´s last blog post ..Are you going to the FGS Conference?

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Bart Brenner (GeneaPopPop) August 19, 2011 at 1:20 am

Tonia – once again a good lesson, and an easier one than last week’s. My post is at http://tinyurl.com/3r3znul.
Bart Brenner (GeneaPopPop)´s last blog post ..#31WGBG – Write a Link Post (Syncing Files with Dropbox)

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Tonia Kendrick August 22, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Good tips for file syncing, Bart! Glad you found this week easier. I did too. : )

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Michelle Goodrum August 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Since I didn’t do last week’s assignment I did a combination. Hope people find it to be helpful:

Blogging Tips from other Bloggers:
http://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/2011/08/this-weeks-assignment-from-week-7-of-31.html

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Tonia Kendrick August 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Good tips, Michelle! I like the idea of adding commonly used folders to the toolbar. And the post about fonts and images is golden; I’ve bookmarked it to come back to when I have a chance to implement the ideas. Thanks!

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Ruth Stephens August 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

Here’s mine:

http://ruthsgenealogy.com/2011/08/20/31wbgb-write-a-link-post/

Some great Texas links!
Ruth Stephens´s last blog post ..#31WBGB: Write a Link Post

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Cheryl Palmer August 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Amazing, I got this week’s challenge in! I posted here:
http://www.myheritagehappens.com/2011/08/31-wbgb-week-7-write-link-post.html
Thank you Tonia! Looking forward to the next challenge!
Cheryl Palmer´s last blog post ..Military Monday ~ Leonard J. Plants

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Tonia Kendrick August 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Good idea to link to others in the challenge, Cheryl!

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Michael Hait August 21, 2011 at 12:03 am

Missed it by minutes. Oh well, here is my post:

http://michaelhait.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/31-weeks-week-7-2/
Michael Hait´s last blog post ..On the transformation from Footnote to Fold3

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Tonia Kendrick September 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Congratulations to Michael Hait, winner of the Archival Box discount!

I enjoyed everyone’s link posts. Thanks for participating!

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