blogging culture

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Knowing the culture of a place is extremely important when you travel the world. Something that is normal for you at home might get you in big trouble overseas.

The same is true for blogging.

Unless you know a bit about blog culture you might find yourself struggling to make inroads with important things like networking, landing guest posts, joint ventures, and much more.

In this post I’m going to show you a rough guide to blog culture and how to get it right.

So, what is blogging culture?

I have no idea really.

Here’s a little video explaining what this post is all about:

What follows is a list of tips that I hope will help some people avoid a few innocent mistakes and make some genuine connections with colleagues and readers alike.

This is all done with the motivation of helping!

1. On your blog…

Some new bloggers are really overwhelmed by the different things you should and shouldn’t do on their new sites. This can even lead to some serious confusion and stress! Specifically on your blog you should do your best to:

  • Name your sources
    This goes back to school. If you get an idea from someone you need to reference them. If you don’t it’s basically just stealing. You won’t always be able to remember but at least have a look around first.
  • Link back to your sources
    There is a new trend of mentioning bloggers but not giving a link back to their site. That’s a bit cheap. Always link back to a blog if you borrow from them. Links are blogging currency and chances are if you give them a link they’ll promote your post!
  • Don’t call people out
    If you have a problem with another blogger don’t call them out publicly. Email them first and try to work it out.
  • Don’t copy full articles
    It’s okay to take a bit of someone’s article and quote it in your post but don’t copy whole articles and then add a little link down the bottom. It looks lazy and it is really bad for the SEO of both blogs.
  • Don’t steal people’s brand
    If you can’t come up with an original name or design for your blog then you probably shouldn’t start one in the first place. I’ve seen so many spin offs of Blog Tyrant these past two years, it’s a bit sad.
  • Always credit photos
    You know how you can post royalty free photos on your blog? Well you still need to credit the photographer. Don’t ever forget this as it can lead to them seeking damages.
  • Don’t mislead
    If you say that your special deal is expiring in 24 hours so that people hurry up and buy it, don’t then leave it open for a week. It’s actually illegal in some countries.
  • Stay on topic
    From Chad Haynes: “If you want to know how to change a car tyre, do you want an article called How to Change a Car Tyre to give you the pros and cons of every tyre in the world and every possible way to change it, or do you just want to be told very clearly how to solve your problem?”
  • Ask permissions first
    If you are going to use a photo or asset of someone that you know you should always ask them first. A few times I’ve seen my photo endorsing someone’s product that I’ve never ever used before.
  • Make your interactions meaningful
    This one is from Geneviรจve Germaine Dubois: “The worst is when people come to my blog and they leave a comment that has NOTHING to do with my post, or when people ask a question that I specifically ANSWER in my video – it’s clear they never watched it. I don’t want to call them out, but I mean, why leave a comment if you didn’t watch the video?”
  • Try to be consistent
    From Monja Wessel: “If a person goes from 3 posts per week to none and then again to 3 or less, that is, in my eyes, a mistake.” I am still at fault of this one but know that it really helps readers to be on time.
  • Forgetting to ask
    From IMPromocoder: “Expecting your readers/clients leave a positive review/comment/feedback without specifically asking them to do so. I have found that no matter how happy your readers/customers are, and how high is the value they got, they still need to receive a direct request to leave a positive feedback/review if they were satisfied.”
  • Not taking action
    From Rahul Tilloo: Another and the biggest mistake I see newbies doing is hanging out in black hat forums. Just wasting time consuming content and not taking action. There will always be new courses launching and tools being developed. So all the times goes wasted downloading and consuming this. Taking action in what you learn is the most important thing.
  • Make sure your About page is done
    Great point from Patrick Baird: “I STILL see people focussing their about page on themselves, instead of making it about the visitor and what they can do for them.” I use a video and text on mine to make sure I’m as personal as possible.

2. Over email…

Emailing will be a huge part of your blogging life – especially if you are trying to grow a mailing list. When emailing subscribers and other bloggers make sure:

  • You keep it short
    Long emails are annoying. Keep your emails short unless you are testing a specific pitch to your email subscribers.
  • You have their consent
    Adding someone to your mailing list because they sent you a private email about some unrelated topic is really lame. Don’t email people marketing material unless they opt-in.
  • You aren’t publicly CCing them
    Sending an email out to 300 people and putting everyone’s email address in the CC section so that spammers can take it and use it for whatever they want is really annoying. Make sure you understand what BCC is.
  • You aren’t cold pitching
    Sending someone a pitch without knowing their name, website or personal culture is a really good way to burn that bridge forever. Don’t email someone unless you’ve got to know their site a bit first.
  • You’re not going against requests
    On my contact page I have a clear message that I am not accepting any guest posts from anyone and yet I still get emails from people who say, “Saw your message, thought I’d have a crack anyway.” I just delete these.
  • You aren’t just copy pasting content
    After a while you can instantly tell when someone is just copying and pasting emails and just changing the name. It’s really disingenuous and you often make mistakes by forgetting to edit out the last recipients name or whatever.
  • You’re not being too frequent
    Anyone who works online gets a lot of emails. If you email them too often you’ll start to make less of an impact. Try and be a little bit careful with how often you email someone.
  • You’re not using cheap gimmicks
    Last week my friend Kristi Hines posted about a new email campaign trick that people are using to get higher open rates. This kind of thing is annoying and most people know what you’re doing.
  • You make it easy to unsubscribe
    It’s law in some countries and manners in others; make sure if you have an email newsletter that people can clearly unsubscribe. It’s in your best interests anyway as you don’t want people to mark you as spam.
  • You give people time
    If you want someone to participate in a blog post or something similar don’t send them a request the night before. People are busy. Give them at least a fortnight if possible.

3. On social networking sites…

Social networking refers to sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. Most of this will be common-sense but there are a few things to note:

  • Know thy platform
    Make sure you read stuff like my guide to social media so you know what each platform does and how to use it properly.
  • Don’t have private discussions in public
    This is similar to not calling people out in public. Don’t ask people private questions or questions about private business matters over a public Twitter stream.
  • Don’t mass email on Google+
    Be careful when you publish a post on Google+ as you can email all of your followers. If you do this too much it’s a bit annoying.
  • Don’t self promote constantly
    A lot of people just use social media to promote their own content. It’s not meant for that. Rather, you should be interacting with people as you would in public. Save the self promotion for about 10% of your social activity.
  • Don’t post angry
    Platforms like Twitter are extremely fast. And once you Tweet something it is out there forever. If you’re upset at something you see on the news (or a sporting match…) don’t Tweet about it right away. You might negatively impact your brand forever.
  • Don’t be biased
    Try to be generous with your posting and replying. If you reply to people with large followings and not the “small guys” it comes across as a bit disingenuous.
  • Don’t pay for Tweets/Shares/etc.
    It seems really tempting when you first start out but paying for these things (unless you’re doing advertising through the site) is really a bit dodgy. It can lead to getting your account banned or suspended and often results in a lot of mess for your followers.

Bloggers with integrity to learn from

I want to finish this post by giving you a list of bloggers who get it.

These are women and men who have, for many years, understood blogging culture and provided a solid example to follow.

Check these people out if you want to see how to do it well.

  • Darren Rowse – everyone’s favorite blogger and all-round smashing human being. Helped launch my career with a post series about Adsense, and then gave me guest post spots that really helped me take off. Never heard a bad word about him.
  • James Chartrand – for someone who told the biggest fib in blogging ๐Ÿ˜‰ (you’ll have to read this post) James is one of the most genuine bloggers out there. Really pushed me with my writing – for about two bloody years!
  • Brian Clark – without Brian there would be no Blog Tyrant. I’m constantly inspired by his ability to create new verticals and never deviate from the “quality first” method of building a business online.
  • Rand Fishkin – a huge hero of mine and a legitimately solid human being. He’s been very open about depression and insights into how to be a quality CEO.
  • Chris Ducker – founder of companies, international man of mystery, friend who is always willing to help out. Chris is a living example of how to run a personally branded business online.
  • Jerod Morris – this guy. Do I need to say more? Answers my emails faster than anyone else and is genuine about being good at what he does.
  • Pat Flynn – this guy is the epitome of a guy who takes care of his readers. Constant quality information from a family man that really wants to make a difference. I recommend him all the time.
  • Jon Morrow – ever since I read his post on ProBlogger about living your dream life I have been interested in Jon. He knows what works but he’s also dedicated to his craft and never produces anything short of brilliant.
  • Chris Garrett – another blogger who has been well respected for longer than I’ve been blogging. Always kind and helpful.
  • Kristi Hines – loved by bloggers and online marketers around the globe. Kriti is so prolific with her work but also never waivers from her trademark quality.
  • Ana Hoffman – social media savvy and extremely friendly. Always replies to fans and puts a lot of effort into providing new material.
  • Leo Babauta – one of the most popular bloggers in the world, all built by helping people become happier.
  • Joost de Valk – brilliant technical skills and a great brand. Always associated with quality products and trustworthy information.
  • Steve Kamb – legendary nerd and creator of one of the coolest online communities. Always kind, gentle and promotes a lot of healthy and helpful information.
  • Jamie Swanson – photography blogger who really gets it. Complete care across her whole brand a lot of dedication to quality blogging.
  • Peg Fitzpatrick – social media giant and all-round nice gal! Answers comments and curates content like an absolute champion. A great example of social media etiquette.
  • Glen Allsopp – I don’t agree with everything Glen does but he is kind of like some corruption-busting online Batman figure. He understands his space and always tries to be helpful to his customers and readers.
  • Caz and Craig – travel bloggers who love their kids, love their website and really take care of their community. Good example of how to run a healthy brand.

What (or who) have I missed?

I’d really like to know what blogging mistakes you think people make when they are first starting out in terms of “blogging culture”. Is there anything that really ticks you off, or on the other hand, something that really impresses you that you think people should know about? What about bloggers with integrity?

Please leave a comment and let me know.


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  1. Hi Ramsay, one that I would like to add is the share buttons. I still see bloggers whose share buttons say @sharethis instead of their Twitter handle. It drives me crazy to go looking for their Twitter handle to give them the credit they deserve when sharing their content.
    Oversharing one’s own content is another pet peeve of mine. I try to go by the 80/20 rule using only 20% or less of my own content to share.
    I would add Ilene Smith and Adrienne Smith to your bloggers of integrity.
    Thanks for sharing some great points with us on what NOT to do.

    1. That is a really good point. I think that has a lot to do with not knowing the plugin well.

  2. Hi Ramsay, Great post. Just wondering is it fair that you mention other bloggers helping you out by allowing you to guest post while you simply refuse to entertain similar requests from newbies yourself? Kind Regards

    1. Hi Raj.

      Good question. I have thought about that quite a lot.

      Actually, I opened this blog up to guest posts about 1.5 years ago. I wanted to bring on a few other writers. The backlash from the readers wasn’t good. So, in the end I went with them – they are the people I want to please and so I decided to shelve the idea because the readers didn’t want to hear from anyone else – at the moment anyway.

      I have to admit, I also got a little bit spooked by Google’s changing policies in this regard.

      Anyway, hope that sounds fair.

      1. Fair enough. Our customers/readers are the ones we ultimately serve.

  3. Chad Haynes on August 11, 2014

    Awesome article! Thrilled that I was able to contribute an idea.

    1. Thanks man. Appreciate it!

  4. Sue Anne Dunlevie on August 11, 2014

    I have to agree with you on the guest blogging thing. I get emails every day asking to guest blog on my blog. The problem? They haven’t read the guidelines I have so kindly linked to in my footer!

    As soon as I get their email, I can tell whether they followed my guidelines. If they didn’t, I say ‘No” or just delete the email.

    Thanks for the great post, Ramsay!

    1. Yeah I still get dozens every week even though I don’t take them. It’s hard.

    2. Vijay Bhabhor on September 3, 2014

      Hi Sue Anne Dunlevie, nice reply you have written on guest blogging, People are not following the guidelines, My questions is related to blogging, I would like to know How Google is handling SSL updates with Blogging, If you have seen Matt cuts then you might notice that his website is switch towards Https, Is it signal for all blogger to move from http to https?

      Also if we have to move from http to https then how it is possible with blogger, having a custom domain?

      Thank you
      Vijay Bhabhor

      1. Sue Anne Dunlevie on September 3, 2014

        Hi,Vijay and thanks for the compliment!

        I’ve also heard about the http vs https debate. From what I understand, it will be a favorable signal to Google to have https, but we shouldn’t all rush to do it right now!

        No one is sure how much favorable weight Google will give https. So, right now, I’m taking a “wait and see” attitude.

        I hope this helps!

  5. ty for “Bloggers” list..

    1. Ok.

  6. Michael Ofei on August 11, 2014

    Hey Ramsay, top post!

    My pet peeve for new bloggers (or any blogger for that matter) is non-responsive web design. I consume most blog content on my phone so this is an instant turn off. That’s why I was stoked when you had your redesign earlier this year ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great list of bloggers too. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Michael. How you finding my new responsive design? Any changes you’d recommend?

      1. Michael Ofei on August 11, 2014

        Your design now is excellent. It’s really clean and easy to navigate. I did notice however that it was a little tedious finding your older articles. Have you considered having some sort of an archive function?

    (yes, it gets both CAPS and an exclamation point)

    Anyone can create a logo. Newbie bloggers can create crappy logos. Then, the logo is resized and looks pixelated. My recommendations:

    1. If you can afford it, hire a designer. If you don’t know where to look, go the safe route and try

    2. If you can’t afford it, research logo design. Here’s a start, keep to the threes. No more than three elements, three colors, three fonts, etc. Two is often better but don’t go more than three. Check out logopond for a bunch of logos. And don’t use color gradients. No fading colors. And for all that is good in this world, do NOT use the comic sans font. And use the right software – software for creating graphics, NOT photo-editing software. Big difference.

    Logo design is an art. Respect it!

    1. I don’t know how I keep forgetting this one. So important. Thanks Chris.

    (yes, again with the strong language)

    If your profile photo is a selfie or looks like a Glamour Shot from the late 1980’s (google it) then I can’t take your site seriously. If you run a site on how to take selfies, then by all means, use a selfie. But if you are trying to sell homes, financial advice, or anything – GIVE THE READER A REASON TO TRUST YOU!

    Oh, and no cutting out your photo from a family photo.

    A few months back, I was helping my wife with her linkedin profile and she needed a good photo. I had her dress up and then found a room with good natural light and a spot of plain wall for the background. A few photos later, and we were done. It’s not hard, you just have to do it.

    1. Again, great tip. Although I have seen some clever selfies out there. I’ll actually be featuring one next week! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. I hope it’s not you in the bathroom in your undies.

        1. Well this is awkward…

  9. Hi Ramsay. I have more of a general comment, though I have taken on board the image crediting info from this particular article which I think is definitely important, and the social media 10% ‘rule’. I run a small service business in Adelaide and I subscribed to your blog back in the first month or two of operation, when my initial SEO research told me that to rate in google rankings I needed to have a blog on my own site. (I’m doing all marketing/website/SEO stuff myself – which I’ve had to learn from scratch).

    I find “blogging” quite difficult- mainly because of the kind of industry we’re in – I just think it’s not the kind of work that needs blogging. Yet I still do it,even if only to at least just show visitors, with a post every month, that we are a living, breathing business and that we’re still trading.

    So a lot of your info goes over my head, or is just not applicable, but I do appreciate the quality of your posts, writing style and your passion about what you do! I kind of wish I needed a mailing list or a real fancy blog just to put some of your suggestions and hints into practise…maybe another business another day.

    Anyway I just thought after reading so many articles I’d better pop up and say thanks. I also love to see a fellow denizen of little old Adelaide doing so well – good on you.

    1. Hey Belinda.

      What is your website? You didn’t link to it.

      It would be interesting to see how much some of this content marketing stuff could potentially apply.

      1. Thanks for the quick reply Ramsay – and LOL I deliberately didn’t mention my site so as to not to have real-actual-professional-know-what-they’re-about-bloggers seeing my humble little site and tatty little posts ๐Ÿ™‚

        Thanks anyway for your interest and response.

        1. No worries.

          1. I suddenly had a lightbulb moment and realised that instead of being embarrassed about having “real” bloggers see my site and judging it – I should actually welcome any suggestions/observations. After all, Im sure BT and all the great blogs you mentioned weren’t perfect from day one and had help from others along the way.

            Any observations about applying content marketing to a real life hands on business would be welcomed ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Great post as always. Ive always wanted to understand the rational behind telling people about your “affiliate links”. Not doing so is that bad? Is that something everyone should do or is it specific to your industry? I find it annoying as i start reading the sentence only to find it another “disclaimer” has anyone tested the results with/without adding it? Thanks for your time.

    1. Hey Chris.

      In some situations it is a legal requirement or at minimum a requirement of the affiliate that you are promoting.

    2. Chris, the affiliate link mention gets into legality issues.

      I have a disclosure statement linked to my about page. In part, it reads, “Links to products or services from this site may contain an affiliate link or link to a product or site that I own. If thereโ€™s an affiliate link, either I or the writer (if the link is within an article) are paid a commission for the customerโ€™s purchase.” Such disclosure statements are required by US law.

      1. In some countries I don’t think even that is enough – it has to appear near to the link itself and not on a separate page. That’s why I just try to include it at the very start of any post that has aff links as well as at the bottom of my site.

        1. Thanks guys glad i dont live under those dumb regulations. Now if only there was someway for your blog to email when you replied to my comment….

          1. It should do…

    3. Robin Hallett on August 11, 2014

      Ty for asking this! I wonder about this all the time…I feel like sometimes it seems like a manipulative tactic (NOT HERE THOUGH ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. IMPromoCoder on August 11, 2014

    Thanks for including my tip ( almost got me a DoFollow.. maybe next time ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).
    Another tip for beginners – hang around influencers, wait for your chance to contribute something meaningful, it will be worthwhile.

    1. Sorry about that. I just don’t know your site well enough yet. I’m being extra careful lately since I had a weird Google re-index. Rest assured, those links still pass some juice I’m 100% sure.

  12. liz@lifedreaming on August 11, 2014

    as ever a great post particularly for blogging and social media newbies.

    Pretty sure I do most of the good things on your list.

    I work on a policy of kindness and respect on and offline.

    If someone takes the time to comment/retweet etc then I’ll have the courtesy to respond.

    I use a lot of my own images on the site and blog so I don’t have to worry about copyright and attribution.

    I totally support your no guest post policy. This is a blog that I read to hear your voice. I stopped reading a couple of BIG bloggers when I thought they were overdoing the whole guest posting. It felt like they couldn’t be bothered.

    I’m in a huge private FB group [12,000+ people] and I’ve been hearing some awful stories lately about people having not just a post but their whole site, brand and content copied! Nasty stuff.

    I think that over and above all the tools of our blogging and online biz trade it’s important to be yourself and speak your voice. People appreciate honesty and enjoy getting to know the person behind the biz.


    1. Thanks Liz.

      You absolutely shine with your stuff and I always really love having you here. Please keep it up!


    2. A few months back, I discovered something similar to the stealing of branding. Someone in my niche started a site with a VERY similar URL/site name. I found them because they linked to my site content on a page. Looking at their site articles, some of them were almost carbon copies (remember carbon copies?) of my articles, with little changes here or there. Their site only has about 15 blog posts.

      Due to the size of my niche, my established reputation, and my branding working, I opted to do nothing. I just checked their site and it’s the same as before. No new posts.

      A friend told me I should have “outed” them. If they continued to copy my site, I would have.

      1. Yeah that is a really tricky one. I’ve had at least 3 really, really close copies. In the end I was like you and just decided to get on with it and build a better blog. If it was a direct copy though you’d have to take action, surely?

        1. Had they copied everything, I would have been very aggressive in dealing with it.

  13. Most points in this list are pretty much common sense.

    When I started promoting my blog on forums, I was a bit surprised about the effects of “promotion” vs “not needy participation”. People really despise any form of promotion, you have to be very careful to not come across as a seller. The forums in which I did that right reacted completely different from the ones in which I sold myself too much.

    1. Yep, totally agree.

    2. It’s common sense…now that we all have been through it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. The experience, I didn’t mean reading the article. (too much coffee today)

        1. Ha ha. Me too.

  14. Hi Ramsay,

    Just to let you know you put the same link for Chris Garrett and Kristi Hines.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Avastabik on August 11, 2014

      And the link to James Chartrand’s post gives a 404.

      1. Whoops!

  15. Thanks so much Ramsey, Fantastic information and so much of it.

    1. Thanks for commenting!

  16. Hi Ramsay,
    Wanted to let you know that you have Chris Garrett’s web address in your Kristi Hines link.
    Good info as usual though.

    1. Thanks. Fixed!

  17. Robin Hallett on August 11, 2014

    Ooh Ramsay, you nailed several of my pet peeves, basically anything that is disingenuous from adding people to a mailing list without consent, to copy and pasting text, to saying posts are about one thing but using the space for another topic…

    I will say in the beginning, I made some rookie mistakes, which we all do and hopefully learn from as we continue on.

    One of the strange things I’ve been seeing is people approaching me asking me to give a gift like a free session to their giveaway promotion which is really all about them trying to up their mailing list… the ask is made on the very first contact too, which seems like such a huge and obvious no no.

    Ramsay, this was truly top notch! Thank you, loved your video too ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Robin Hallett on August 11, 2014

      Also, I learned a few new things – especially to ask people for comments, I never do that! Thanks again

      1. Thanks for complimenting the video! I wasn’t sure about that… ha

  18. Elizabeth @ Rosalilium on August 11, 2014

    My biggest pet peeve is non-disclosure. I know so many many bloggers who try to hide their affiliate links with a and then not disclose in the post or on social media. It’s deliberately misleading and poor form.
    I have no problem with affiliate links, I just prefer them to be upfront. Most of us would be more than happy to purchase through an affiliate link by a blogger we admire, as long as we are aware of what is happening.

    1. It’s also illegal in a lot of places. Sometimes I genuinely forget but 99% of the time if there is even one aff link in a post I put a disclaimer paragraph at the top of the post.

  19. Hi Ramsay,

    I am posting comment for the very first time on your blog post. When I got your mail, I really felt that this post is for me. As I am launching my website soon.

    These are very good tips, thank you. But I am quite new in blogging, I wrote many times before but did not started any blog. It would be great if you will have a look on my website personally and will suggest me some awesome suggestions.

    I am very hopeful that you will help me in making my website more better and attractive. Thanks once again.


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  21. Rahul Tilloo on August 11, 2014

    Hey thanks Ramsay for adding my inputs. Hope they would be helpful to guide some newbie to the right path. Cheers

    1. Thanks for sharing them!

  22. Dominic Perilli on August 11, 2014

    Hi Ramsay,
    One of the big things that tick me off when I visit other blogs is when I’m misled by a title and then the author tries to sell me on a number of things to find the answer.

    For example, a post may say “The 10 Things To Do To Learn to Fly Airplanes” but the content has numerous links to books and videos that cost money. I don’t mind reading content that drops ads, but at least give me SOMETHING for visiting your site. Don’t just pass me off to products.

    I think it’s a cop out.

    As always, thanks for writing.


    1. Yeah that is a really good point. You see that a lot of the tech industry. You’re looking for details of a USB chord or something and it ends up just being a store.

  23. David Gillaspie on August 11, 2014

    Hi Ramsay,

    Here I was thinking I was going overboard with attributions. But no. Love the list and all the white around your new design.

    I follow a few smart bloggers who comment on some of the sites you listed, but not here. Now I’m wondering how smart they are. I’ll let you know if they show up.

    Re-designing and re-launching a client’s business blog, so just like when I put mine out there, I’ll be cruising here for the same good directions you explained a while back.



    1. Let us know how it goes, David. I’m always keen to learn from similar launches to one’s that I’ve done.

  24. Brian Clark on August 11, 2014

    Oh, so now it’s all my fault, is it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    All kidding aside, thanks for the mention Ramsay. You’re one of the good guys.

    1. Ha ha. That made my day!

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Gotta love them comment sections. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. A lot of your suggestions in #1 are basic copyright law. I don’t think it can be repeated too often as many people are not aware of the legalities around this.

    You’d be amazed at the questions I hear in my professional (book editor) life- ‘why can’t I use the 453 photos I copied off the internet in my forthcoming best-seller, _453 places in China_?’

    The answer: ‘All you need is written permission from each copyright holder.’

    The original creator has to have been dead for more than 70 years to avoid legal copyright issues, and then you still are morally required to credit the creator.

    1. Yeah it’s such a steep learning curve that I think people really miss out on that one. Even the photos that I buy from stock photo sites as royalty free are supposed to be credited. I always do it just to be safe.

  26. Diana Marinova on August 12, 2014

    Great post, Ramsay – especially the emails section. At some point I was so sick of being added to various emailing lists or even worse – to group email threads in the cc and bcc fields, that I wrote a post about when to do what in terms of emailing your readers (or family :)) I have noticed mommy bloggers tend to send a LOT of cc and bcc emails…

    One thing to add in this regard for emails and new bloggers. If you happen to email someone about something (guest post, asking for feedback, request to connect, whatever) – please don’t send a follow up email the next day. People are busy – respect them and their time. By all means – follow up if you don’t hear anything back. Just give it a few days, maybe a week – this will give the other party the chance to look into who you are and what you want.

    1. Very well said! Thank you for the awesome comment. As always.

  27. Sasi Parvathi on August 12, 2014

    OMG!, you’re the best and experienced blogger. I readed many tips shared by various bloggers but this post is dominating them all. Thanks for sharing this nice post. Keep sharing. I am following you.

    1. Thanks!

  28. Ryan Biddulph on August 12, 2014

    Hi Ramsay,

    Awesome, awesome list. Both of people and things. We usually learn these culture lessons the hard way, and the blogging world does not spare the staff. I had my butt kicked around quite a bit for a long time before learning my lesson.

    More than anything, give before you take. I built a nice little community on my old blog but after I ditched it last month I went overboard in the giving department on my new one. I gave of my time and talents, posting in-depth comments on authority blogs like yours. I also wrote three, 2500 word or longer posts each week,

    Giving freely has helped me understand and vibe with the blogging culture.

    As for the list I think you have most of the biggies covered. I’d add Adrienne, as Lisa said way up top.

    Oh BTW, on the selfie thing I saw in a few comments….if done with a somewhat handsome man – ahem ๐Ÿ˜‰ – and with a nice tropical background, they work nicely. My blog is all about selfies, and I just had my eBook endorsed by a New York Times best selling author. Works for me, and my selfies work for some guy named Chris Brogan(I think we all know who he is) too, I reckon…. ๐Ÿ™‚ But if seflies go wrong, totally agree with the sentiment, things can get UGLY on that front.

    Thanks for the awesome post Ramsay, love it.

    BTW add yourself to the list dude, you are one of the greats.

    Tweeting in a bit.

    Enjoy your week!


    1. Ha ha. I love your selfies justifications! Name dropping like a boss.

      Congrats man. Glad it’s all going well for you.

  29. I’ll add one where I’m currently guilty – but working on it.

    Too much stuff after the post. I’ve got my share buttons, related post links, newsletter box, and then the comments section. I used to have share buttons at the top.

    I’ve considered dropping the related requests section in place of in-line links within the article.

    1. I’m still at a loss as to how best add these things. I think they’re always so ugly.

  30. Good job as always!

    PS: Haha, that’s not Rome, it’s Sant Felip Neri square from Barcelona ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ha ha! I’m impressed you’re the first person who noticed. I took that photo myself last year. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. Vince Polston on August 14, 2014

    I know that I’ve been completely guilty of the consistency problem.. Really have to stay on top of that. Going to visit some of the bloggers you mentioned; I haven’t heard of a good portion of them. Oh –also I sent you a private message on Facebook. Thanks for the great post.


    1. Off to check it now.

  32. Caz Makepeace on August 14, 2014

    Your posts are always so epic and full of such great tips Ramsay! Thanks so much for including us amongst such awesome and trustworthy bloggers! So stoked to be in the same list as them all!

    1. Love you guys! Thanks for doing what you do.

  33. I hate having to unsubscribe more than once; very annoying. Also, getting more than one e-mail a week from someone irks me. I understand that when people are trying to sell products they want to get in the e-mail boxes of potential buyers, but sending an e-mail every day of the week is a great way to get people to unsubscribe.

    1. Thanks Katie!

  34. Just found this post by luck Ramsay and it looks interesting. Going to read the rest of your posts.

    Cheers from Panama!

    1. Thanks Osvaldo! Appreciate it.

  35. Anuj Sharma on August 18, 2014

    Hi Ramsay,

    That’s quite an informative post. I am new to the blogging world, and just read your other post about importance of Gravatar.

    The rules you mentioned here are very important, and will really help newbies like myself.

    Best wishes,

    1. Really appreciate the feedback Anuj.

      1. Rodney Robinson on September 10, 2014

        Thanks, Ramsay. This is a very good “Back to the basics.” Great and simple insight to keep in mind about blogging best practices.

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