I've been spending a little time this afternoon updating my "Look who's Following Me" blogroll. In case you didn't know, I choose to add those who are following my blog to my sidebar instead of those whom I follow. If you have a blog you would like listed and are a legit follower and I don't have you listed please let me know so I can add you.
I try to add my followers blogs by clicking on their icons and then adding your link. Many of you do not have your blogs listed in a link on your blogger profiles though. If the link is not there I may not be able to add you because I don't recognize everyone's profile pictures. Your blog name included in your profile name is not a link! It is a good idea to list your blog URL as a link on your profile so others can find you easily as well.
Why do I list those who follow me on my blog instead of those I follow?
Well, I do this because I know that a big part of blogging is all about linking together. The more places your blog is linked, the more exposure you get. The more links, hits and visits you get the more your rank goes up. The higher your rank the more crawler sites also (link) give your blog more exposure. There is a lot of computer algorithms involved in all of that and the more I can help someone else out I will. I'm not claiming to have a huge amount of hits or followers. But it stands to reason if your blog is showing on mine and others it's quite possible someone might see it and jump on over and visit you and possibly some will follow you as well. Linking your blog to others really is a very vital part of the success of your blog! Of course content is important and is what makes for the continued success of the largest blogs, but exposure is really a big part of what it is all about as well, not to be overlooked.
I learned this the hard way when loosing a position on someone's blogroll that I thought was a friend who had deleted me and my stats dropped dramatically. I also made the mistake of asking said friend to add me back, because I thought we were friends and thought it was an oversight on her part. When I was completely ignored it was a hard lesson learned but one learned none the less. This is why I offer this to all of you who follow me. I do have a blogroll of those I follow that I keep private. Therefore if I stop following someone who also follows my blog most likely they will still be on my blog and still be able to gain continued exposure. I am all for supporting each other, always have been, always will be. In short, I may not follow you but I am still willing to help offer exposure to your blog because every little bit helps. And yeah, I am just a little bit! LOL!
Additionally, adding those who are following me is a great way for me as well to see new blogs that I am not familiar with. If you are on my sidebar and I see your updated posts appear I'm likely to go over and check you out. I try to follow those whom I am interested in and sometimes this takes a few visits first. I do not comment nearly as often as I used to, but I do love to look!
There are a few cases in which I may not list a blog.
1. I cannot find the link to your blog. (Please send it if you follow and do not see yourself listed)
2. I am slow in adding my newest followers. (Again, send a request, it's not an issue with me)
3. Your blog is inappropriate or you are a spammer or have signs of Malware attached to your blog. (NO WAY, NO HOW!)
4. It's apparent you and I have gone our separate ways. Rare, but it happens.
Okay, so there you are blog friends. Starting tomorrow I'm likely to be very busy for awhile but the blogs always out there. Let me know if you need to be added to my sidebar and I'll add you as soon as I can!
Hope you all have a great week!