Post # 1
I have a question about the blog-promotion policy. I know we can’t start topics to promote our blog, but can we post a link if it directly relates to the topic at hand? Or do we have to copy/paste all the information and pictures over?
For example, if someone is asking about how to do a certain craft and DIY, and you have a tutorial post on your blog, can you post it? Or if someone is asking about how to choose a dog kibble and I have a long write-up about it on my blog, can I post it?
In that sort of situation is it okay to link to your own blog? Or is it still “blog promotion”?
You can post someone else’s blog, right? StyleMePretty is someone else’s blog and I see it frequently posted. So is blog posting okay as long as you aren’t posting your own blog but posting other people’s blogs?
Is there a link anywhere to the blog policy?
Post # 3
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 # 4
The blog promotion policy is here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/self-promotion-on-the-boards-1
To answer your question, you cannot post a link to your blog anywhere except the monthly Share your blog threads. You can post links to other blogs though.
Post # 5
@MissAsB, the link doesn’t work.
That seems weird that you can link to someone else’s blog with a tutorial, but you can’t link to your own blog with a similar tutorial. The content is the same, just who wrote it is different. I guess it’s to prevent abuse of the system?
Post # 6
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
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
Vendors complained? That’s lame. You can also put your blog link in your profile.
Post # 9
@Miss Tattoo: That’s true, but it’s hard to link to a specific blog post in your profile.
Post # 10
good to know!!
can i just say i find it funny that it’s vendors who complained about users’ self promotion?!
Post # 11
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
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
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
@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
I guess I didn’t think of it that way. 🙂