I was reading a couple of blogs that I tune into for some good internet tips, blogging tips, etc. I was reading the articles, looking around the site, and I realized that they all had one thing in common: A Blogroll. Thinking about it, I realized 3 major importances of having a blogroll on the sidebar/footer.
What is a blogroll?
My Definition: A Blogroll is a list of sites that you feel are worth mentioning on your sidebar or footer area of your blog. These sites may have personal connections, or you may feel that they deserve a link from you.
Wikipedia’s Definition: A list of blogs, usually placed in the sidebar of a blog, that reads as a list of recommendations by the blogger of other blogs. [Link]
Having a Blogroll by Your Blog.. First Reason:
Provides readers with a personal resource of your recommendations on what they should read (after they are done with your articles).
Having a Blogroll by Your Blog.. Second Reason:
Everybody likes backlinks to their website. If you see a blogroll on a site that you think you would like to add to your list (and vice versa), simply contact them. I’m pretty sure that most of them won’t refuse your offer.
Having a Blogroll by Your Blog.. Last Reason:
Looks impressive to potential advertisers and new visitors. Anybody that sees your list will show that you took some time to develop relations with your common bloggers. Some people choose to link to ONLY the popular blogs to make it seem like they are higher above (in theoretical blogging status) the rest of their competitors. They however, are only kidding themselves.
A blogroll is a great way to recommend additional resources to your readers, however, please don’t whore your blogroll to some gambling sites or pharmaceutical sites. That just looks retarded, The purpose of it is to highlight a site of interest, not who will pay you $10/month. Also, you’ll get your Pagerank stripped from you and your SEO will die.*
Do you like seeing a Blogroll by the blog you read? If so, why? Additionally, are you going to start using a blogroll after you’ve read this?
*Note – Not 100% accurate.. But a pretty good prediction.