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July 17, 2002

Fishing for Bloggers

Thereís a discussion over at N.Z. Bearís about the ethics of emailing other bloggers about posts on oneís site, and where to draw the line between absolute link whore and ethical but undeservingly under read blogger who wants to spread his or her message about.

Spamming other bloggers is pretty much dismissed out right, and emailing even one or two other people about messages not directly addressing something they said is frowned upon, though a surprisingly large number of people at least intimated that they had done it. Have I done that? Oh yea. Iím a link whoreís link whore. But it doesnít work as well as fishing for bloggers, and blogger fishing is a lot more sporting, after all.

First, it relies on a personís natural vanity and curiosity to work. I donít know for sure about anyone else, but I obsessively watch my referral logs. The minute I see a referral page in there that doesnít fit the daily pattern, Iím off to check it. Thatís how I found most of the ďFriends of HrakaĒ. Iíve done this long enough to know that lots of people do this, and not just the microbes of the blogosphere, either. Who, you ask, who? Sorry, Iíll tell you how to fish, but Iíll be damned if Iím telling you where to fish.

If I think I've got a good post, I'll pull up the post's perma-linked archive page and then visit my blogroll from there. The referral log for the blog i'm visiting will record that page, and hopefully the blogger I've just cast to is online, or will be before the record of the visit scrolls away. If you want to hook the famous Tennessee Trout, he pretty much has to be online. His referral logs spin like slot machines. If I see an identifiable return visit in my referral log, then I've hooked a blogger. If I get a link back to the article or a blogroll entry, then I've landed one.

The Ethics of Blogger Fishing.

How you do it is up to you, of course. I know of a way using the Opera browser that would allow me to cast for bloggers almost as fast as I can click the mouse, but I donít use it, and I wonít tell you how, either. After all, with great power comes great responsibility, and the internet is not exactly known for adhering to that particular clichť. Iíll promise Iíll use it only in case of a blogging emergency, not just because something I thought was pretty cool got ignored by those callous bastards out there.

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Where were we? Oh, yes, ethics. No wonder I donít recognize any of the scenery. If Iím for fishing for someone, Iím not just going to click on their link, hit the back button and proceed to the next blog down on the list. If thereís nothing on their site worth my time, thereís probably nothing on my site worth theirs. Iím going to read a couple of things at least. Itís always time to feed the content monster here at Silflay, and somebody elseís work tastes just as good as mine.

In case youíre wondering, ď;ref1?login=silflay ď in all likelihood is me, or Kehaar. Like most bloggers, weíre easy to hook but harder to land. Well, not that hard to land, if you know the secret. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go bait a hook

Posted by Bigwig at July 17, 2002 08:23 PM | TrackBack
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