(Closed) Question about blog-promotion policy

posted 7 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
Member
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Bump

Also, what if you are trying to ask for an opinion on something, and the pictures and info are already over on your blog? Should you copy/paste everything? Or can you link?

Post # 6
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The link has been fixed.

We had a lot of users complaining about vendors promoting their blogs so we had to make a clear and fast rule for everyone.

Post # 7
Member
4415 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

A work-around would be to post that you have a demo on your blog and just state that if anyone wants the link to PM you.

Post # 8
Member
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Vendors complained? That’s lame. You can also put your blog link in your profile. 

Post # 9
Member
4415 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Miss Tattoo:  That’s true, but it’s hard to link to a specific blog post in your profile.

Post # 10
Member
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

good to know!!

can i just say i find it funny that it’s vendors who complained about users’ self promotion?!

Post # 11
Member
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@simplifiedbride:

I wouldn’t say funny. I call it lame. they are just complaining because when they do it they abuse it & spam, which is where the issue stems.

I think the PM for tutorials etc is probably the easiest work-around.

Post # 12
Member
46137 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

or send someone else a PM and they can post the link to your blog! Let’s face it, there is a way around every rule.

Post # 13
Member
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t know why vendors and users have to follow the same rules. Yes, there are some vendors here on the site that are frequent visitors. I don’t mind them posting their blog links. I hate the ones that join the site for the purpose of spamming. 
I don’t know why a user can’t say “Hey look at my latest DIY project! Check out my blog for instructions!” Especially if they are a long term user and we know they aren’t spamming. 

without thread memory, the once a month blog posts become a bit annoying because it gets so long, I often forget where I left off when new blogs are added. 

Post # 14
Member
7976 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@Miss Tattoo: If you re-read MissAsB’s post above, you’ll see that users were complaining. With a volunteer moderation team, it’s much simpler to have a VERY clear cut rule on this kind of issue. No one may post links to their own blog, simple as that.

I think it’s a lot more gray than it might appear at first glance – we have several vendors who are also long term users, specifically a few photographers. We love that they’re here, because they engage in very useful, productive and helpful discussion, and offer a different perspective on the boards. I loved having that perspective while I was planning my wedding. But that doesn’t make it okay for them to start promoting their own work.

Also, even users who are well liked among the community are capable of spam – I remember months back, maybe before I even became a hostess, before the policy went into place, seeing users who would link their blog in at least half their posts. It felt like a cry for readership more than an attempt to be helpful, and as a new user on WB at the time, I found it annoying.

@julies1949: We actually encourage that practice, and I’ve seen it work quite well in the past. I often post exactly that when people are asking about china-made dresses (which is what I did, obviously) – they can PM me and I’ll send them a link. It’s actually all still here on WB, but I don’t like posting the same link a bajillion times, you know?

Post # 15
Member
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I guess I didn’t think of it that way. 🙂 

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