What To Do When One Of Your Blog Posts Is Reblogged #bloggingtips

One the most delightful things another blogger can do is to share one or more of our blog posts. I remember when one of my posts was reblogged for the first time. As a new blogger, it was one of the most beautiful feelings I had, and I was excited that my post was now in front of thousands of new readers. Even today, I still get those same feelings whenever one of my posts is reblogged.

Unless you’ve chosen to turn off all your WordPress notifications, then you will get an email notification from WordPress when one of your posts is reblogged. It will tell you the following information –

  • which post has been reblogged
  • who has reblogged it
  • the number of followers the post has been reblogged to

Here’s an example of a recent reblog notification I received.

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A WordPress Notification Of A Reblog

WordPress also notify you of a reblog in the notifications area of your blog (The bell symbol in the top right of your blog).

The first thing to do is to thank the blogger who has reblogged your post. The easiest way to do this is to leave a ‘thank you’ in the comments section of the reblogged post. Not only is this polite and seen as friendly to do but you will also get notifications from WordPress of any further comments that are left on the reblog, which you can then respond to. However, don’t forget to tick the ‘Notify me of new comments via email’ box to ensure you get the notifications.

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Always thank a Blogger who reblogs one of your posts.

If the blogger who reblogged your post is new to you, then you may like to have a look at their blog and consider whether to follow them. However, you should never feel under any obligation to do this. For example, I once had a blog post that was reblogged by a beauty blogger. As I don’t have any interest in beauty products, I chose not to follow her blog, but I did thank her for the reblog.

Another way you can thank the blogger who has reblogged your post is by thanking them in the comments section of your own post. If you’ve already thanked them in the comments section of the reblogged post, then there is no need to thank them again. However, some bloggers choose to disable comments being left on posts they reblog so that readers who want to comment have to leave any comments on the original post. This is something I choose to do as I prefer comments to be left on the original post where they can be read by everyone who has left a comment. When this happens, you can thank the blogger by leaving them a comment in the comments section of the original post.

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Always thank a blogger who has reblogged one of your posts

Should you return the favour and reblog a post of the blogger who has reblogged one of your posts? Many do this, and it can lead to the blogger reblogging more of your posts, but you should never feel under any obligation to reblog a post because somebody has shared one of your posts. By all means, share one of their posts on one or more of your social media accounts but, providing you have thanked them, there is nothing else you need to do.

I’ve also seen many bloggers reblog their own posts. Personally, this is something I have never done, preferring instead to use features such as Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday to promote older posts. I also prefer to reschedule rather than reblog my own posts, which you can read about by clicking here, but do what you feel most comfortable doing.

What about me? Do I reblog? Yes! Over the time I have been blogging, I have reblogged other bloggers’ posts, but I do not reblog as much as I used to. I certainly do not reblog as much as many other bloggers choose to do but, as individuals, we should all choose what, when and how much to reblog. I have good reasons why I have moved away from reblogging and will cover these reasons in an upcoming post.

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Is there anything I’ve not mentioned that you do when one of your posts is reblogged? Do you reblog the posts of other bloggers and, if so, do you expect anything in return?

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191 comments

  1. I just re-read this Hugh and just saw the ‘notify me of new comments’ box. It’s funny how you can miss something you see every day. Thank you for pointing it out. I encourage others to revisit a post you’ve already read. I find I always miss something on the first read.

    1. I agree with you, Rob. Sometimes, there can be so much information to absorb that some of it gets forgotten or missed. It’s one of the reasons why I like to share these kinds of posts on blogging linkups posts where bloggers invite other bloggers to share one of their posts. It also brings in more traffic to the post.

  2. Hugh,

    I will reblog a post that captures my intellect or my ‘heart’. The best bloggers frequently capture both. Some bloggers write introductions to explain why they’ve reblogged a post: this is a good idea if you
    know why you think a post is interesting. I love your example BTW
    . 🙂

    1. I agree, Rob. If we’re going to reblog a post then we should definitely let our readers know why we’re reblogging it. I tend not to read reblogged posts if the blogger has not said why they are reblogging it. We don’t, for example, know that they even read the post. An introduction to the post when reblogging is something I’d recommend every blogger include when reblogging, even if they’re reblogging their own post.

  3. I keep hoping someone will reblog one of my posts but it hasn’t happened yet! I have a one-topic blog so reblogging others is a bit difficult for me,though I can see myself doing it one day! I had a different blog (several, in fact) in the past and got very fed up when my posts were reblogged by people who didn’t have any posts of their own – just reblogs. Many times, I ended up deleting my posts just to stop that,which made me feel bad for the people who’d enjoyed my posts in the first place. Do you get that sort of reblog with your own posts at all?

    1. Reblog farms (as I like to call them) are strange blogs, and I do wonder if anyone actually follows them, given all the posts are not from the author who owns the blog. They can become rather overwhelming, especially if you subscribe to them via email. I tend to stay well clear of them. However, I’m always delighted when one of my posts is shared. It can bring traffic in, but it does very much depend on how the post is reblogged. For example, if it’s just reblogged, without any reason as to why it’s being reblogged, then I won’t read the post. If, however, the reblogger gives a very good reason why they are sharing the post, then I’ll most probably read it.
      You can also remove the reblog button from your WordPress blog. I’ve removed mine, but people can still share my posts via ‘Press This.’

      Thanks so much for your comments, Val.

        1. That’s good to know.

          Mmm. The copyright problems need sorting out here, big-time. Years ago when I had an art blog here, I was appalled when someone reblogged one of my posts and it appeared with absolutely no reference to who had done it – also it had originally linked to Redbubble where I’d had work and that link no longer worked.

        2. Many bloggers see a ‘reblog’ button as permission from the author to share the post. However, it can cause all sorts of problems with copyright, especially if the post being reblogged also contains images that are copyrighted. It’s one of the reasons why I no longer reblog any posts and use ‘Press This’ instead.

  4. I also have felt honored when I’ve been reblogged. In fact, I read this through a reblog on Susieshy’s blog. Good advice.

  5. Thanks for the great information Hugh. I have never received a notice, but do see the bell. I’m not sure if that means I’ve never been reblogged or I have my notices turned off. I guess I better look into that. 🙂 I found your post on the Bloggers Pit Stop. Have a lovely weekend!

    1. You’re welcome, Christie. Do you have the ‘reblog’ button on your blog? I don’t have one on mine as it’s disabled when the ‘like’ button is removed, but check your blog’s dashboard to ensure you have ‘reblogs’ turned on if the button is there.
      Have a great weekend.

  6. Great tips as always – if i remember i also turn off comments if I reblog so the original post enjoys even more feedback. Never thought though of using the comment email notifications that way – brilliant.

  7. Hi! just a unique post. My faves! I will re-post and link this on my business page and promote it as well. Keep it up!

    1. I remember when I had my first reblog. It was a wonderful feeling and happened when I least expected it. It will happen, although I would recommend (if you’ve not already done so) when you come across a post that you’ve really enjoyed reading and commented on, that you reblog or share it via ‘Press This’. However, don’t reblog or share too many posts as many readers see this as spamming and may then unfollow you. I usually share at least one blog post a month that somebody else has written.

  8. Thank you for sharing your tips. I agree it is a matter of common courtesy to thank rebloggers and retweeters. I use links to older posts that are relevant to the topic of the current post, usually containing useful information for the reader. I also deleted my personal FB account 4 years ago and felt so much less stressed. I ventured back last year to set up a page linked to my health and wellness blog, it was very slow in acquiring interest and interestingly posts that are shared via Instagram or are written directly on FB get many more Likes than the ones that are automatically posted directly from WordPress which gain only single figures. I don’t give it much attention and don’t allow it to stress me out. I use Instagram and Twitter mostly. Btw I found you on the Reader via Stevie Turner’s reblog. 😊

    1. I have heard that the more links you place in a post, the higher up SEO’s will place the post. I don’t know if that is correct, but I’ve read many posts from bloggers who stand by it.

      I deleted my Facebook account a few months ago due to some problems I was having with it. I was going to set another one up but have decided not to. I’ve never been a fan of Facebook, and I don’t miss it at all. In fact, it has freed up a lot of time for me which I now put to better use. However, I realise that for many people Facebook is a ‘must have’ for various reasons. Fair enough, given that I see my blog like that. 😀

      Thanks so much for your comments, and thanks to Stevie for sending you over to this post.

      Have a great weekend.

  9. Thanks Hugh, I am visiting through Terri’s site via the Blogger’s Pit Stop.(It has been clicked on many times so we will give it a feature next addition.) This is a subject that I know little about. I am familiar with Evernote clipping and Flipboard. I am more inclined to do a link to information that is of interest and helpful to a post that I may be writing.

    ‘Thank you’ is a little word that is often most noticed when it is missing, but most appreciated when it is present. On the Blogger’s Pit Stop, a lot of energy goes into promoting other Bloggers. It is such a joy when they stop and say ‘thank you.’
    Thanks for expanding my horizon.
    Kathleen
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

    1. Thanks to Terri’s reblog and her sharing the post on Bloggers Pit Stop, Kathleen.

      I’ve been informed that including links in posts help boost it up the SEO list. I try and include links in posts as much as I can, including those to other blogs. I think it’s another great way of saying ‘thank you.’

      Thanks so much for your comments.
      Have a great week.
      Hugh

  10. Glad the pressure is off by feeling the need to reciprocate all nice gestures. 🙂 Thanking people is obvious in my opinion, but, just like in real life, not everyone is kind. I have never reblogged anything (yet), and none of my blogs have been reblogged. I have some growing to do, but… I don’t see myself as a blogger as much as an adventurer blogging about our unusual lifestyle. Blogging is a “job”, I unfortunately cannot commit all of my time to.

    1. Sometimes, it’s all about time, Liesbet. I no longer thank everyone who tweets one of my posts, but I will thank them by tweeting one of their posts. There are occasions when we don’t need to keep thanking people, but when it comes to a reblog, I think we do need to say thank you so as to ensure we see and respond to any comments left on the reblog. I always close comments off on any reblogs I do so that readers have to leave a comment over on the original post, but I know that some bloggers prefer to give the reader the option.
      Thanks so much for your comments.

  11. Great post, Hugh. I actually found it through a Sue Vincent’s reblog which I got to from Noelle Granger’s sidebar notice of a tweet – which makes your point about their value.

    I do thank my rebloggers, both on my site and theirs (when possible), but the WordPress reblog function doesn’t work well for a great many in my neuro-diverse community – they don’t respond well to the distraction of having to click to read more, and “reblog” doesn’t give them enough of a hook to inspire them to do so. So, basically, it is a tease of a post that turns many off.

    I ‘return the favor’ of reblogs of my posts by adding to the conversation on additional articles on the rebloggers post, and saving a link if I know I have something coming up that their post will expand upon. Since my blog is Evergreen, I also go back to older posts and add new links (removing those that are no longer available for some reason). I also have a couple of Boards on Pinterest where I pin them (original content, not reblogs for pins — and, of course, the post must have included a graphic.)

    I am a linking fool, however – the end of each of my posts includes quite a few places to visit for Related Content, which seems to work better for my readership.

    While I follow so many blogs I can’t get around to any of them very often, I continue to add to their number when I find an interesting blogger (after I have had the time to explore their sites). Usually their content is somewhere in the ballpark of what I research and write, but not always.

    I “like” from the Reader to show support sometimes, even when I can’t spare the time to get over to read it. I spend 2-3 hours every single day reading, commenting & responding, so it’s rare I can dedicate more. I could spend all day every day every day if I didn’t make myself stop and get back to my agenda – lol.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    1. Thanks for your comments, Madelyn.

      I pass many reblogs by unless the title of the reblog, or the introduction from the person reblogging the post, catches my eye. As you rightly go on to say, time is also a big factor as to whether there is enough time to read and comment on posts without it interrupting my writing time. I certainly do not want to go down the route of blogging causing me any stress again, especially when what stressed me out most of all was the thought of not being able to read and comment on all the posts of the blogs I follow. I’ve been there and it wasn’t a very nice place to be. I had to make some big changes to my blogging habits in order to carry on with blogging. I wrote a post about it and, not surprisingly, it’s become one of my most viewed and commented on posts.

      I’ve read many blogging tips posts that say that the use of links in blog posts helps boost the post up the SEO list. I use links where I can and am always happy to link to the posts of fellow bloggers who may have written about the same subject. This is also a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those bloggers who may have linked back to one of my posts. I also use Social Media to share the posts of other bloggers, but I have recently cut down on the number of social media platforms I use so as to have more time writing.

      Best wishes,
      Hugh

      1. All great ideas – reading and commenting, etc. does take time, and we need to get over the guilt to allow ourselves to have the time for the rest of the things we need and want to do.

        Almost every new blogger asks the “How do you DO it all?” question. The answer, of course, is that none of us have time to do it ALL. We each have to figure out our own personal 80/20 rules. It sounds like you have found the right balance for you – congratulations. I’m still working on it – which is why I am so afraid of engaging with more Social Media platforms.

        Do you have a sense of which are working better for you?
        xx,
        mgh

        1. I looked at those that were bringing in the most traffic to my blog, ease of use, how much of my time they needed, and whether I actually liked using them. I stick to using three which are Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Flipboard. I recently deleted my Pinterest, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts for various reasons and have freed up a lot of extra time by doing so. However, what works for me may not work for somebody else. When it comes to Social Media, people have their favourites and will usually stick with them. I’ve tried most of them and been surprised by the contrast and variation in results I’ve had from them. 😀

        2. Thanks, Hugh. I appreciate your sharing your point of view – especially what you considered to decide. LI and FB are a mess anymore – but my blog autoposts there so I haven’t deleted them (yet – lol)).

          Hope you had a GREAT weekend.
          xx,
          mgh

  12. Great tips, Hugh. I agree about thanking the person who reblogs your post and, if it’s a new blog to you, looking around a few posts and liking them. I find this helps build a relationship with the other blogger. Never feel compelled to reblog their post in return, especially if it’s in another niche than your own blog! I didn’t know when we reblog a post that it shows how many followers. I have about a 1,000 less than Sally – she’s awesome 🙂 Hey, so are you!

    1. Thanks, Christy. Yes, the number of followers that the post is reblogged to does show, but it’s not something any of us should bother ourselves with. It doesn’t matter how many followers a post is reblogged to, it’s all good stuff when somebody shares our work. I’m always delighted when any of my writing gets shared. It’s like the icing on top of a cake. 😀
      Thanks so much for the compliments. Yes, Sally does an amazing job and is an ambassador for the blogging work. She shares much more work than I do and was one of the first people to reblog a blog post of mine. 😀
      Have a great weekend.

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