Following on from my recent post, What To Do When One Of Your Blog Posts Is Reblogged, there were some comments from readers who were not sure how to reblog a post.
Today, not only will I take you through a step by step guide on how to reblog a post, but I’ll also cover some of the pitfalls of reblogging. For the purpose of this post, and because I use WordPress, some of this information will only be relevant to WordPress users.
Of course, the first thing we need to do is find a blog post that we want to reblog. Usually, this will be a post that you have thoroughly enjoyed reading and/or will have left a comment on. However, some bloggers use reblogging to promote other bloggers, authors, writers, books, etc.
- At the bottom of a post are the sharing buttons a blogger has added to their blog. In some cases (depending on the WordPress theme used) the sharing buttons can be found in other places such as towards the top and just to the left of the post. The screenshot below shows the sharing buttons I have chosen to appear under my blog posts.
- Beneath the sharing buttons is where you will find the ‘Reblog‘ button.
- Click on the reblog button and a new mini window will open.
- Always inform your readers why you are reblogging a post. Tell them what it was that you liked about it and why it’s worth a reblog. Maybe it will help them with social media, publishing a book, or is a piece of fiction that you believe is a must read.
- Just below the free text box is a list of your blogs. If you have more than one blog or are an author to more than one blog, then this will show a list of your blogs. Select the blog you want to reblog the post too.
- Click on the ‘Reblog Post’ button.
- The post will now be reblogged to all your followers.
For some bloggers, this is all they will do after reblogging a post. However, there is still more important work to do if you want the reblog to be found by visitors to your blog.
- Go to your blog’s dashboard and click on ‘Blog Posts’.
- Find the post you’ve just reblogged and click on the edit button.
- Add categories and tags to the reblog.
I recommend that you add categories and tags to the post you have reblogged. You can have a category called ‘Reblogs’ if you like but try and categorise the reblog to whatever it is relevant to, e.g. recipes, books, blogging tips, social media, book reviews, etc. Why? It helps visitors to your blog to quickly find what they may be looking for. If you do not categorise the reblog, then it will show under ‘Uncategorised’ which is of no help to anyone. Remember, most readers won’t stay on your blog for long if they can’t find what they are looking for or your posts are not categorised.
When it comes to adding tags to your reblog, you can use some or all of the same tags as the Blogger who wrote the post, or you can use your own. Like categorising, tags help visitors to your blog quickly find what they may be looking for. If you do not use tags, then it makes finding your post and/or reblog harder to find, and the reblog is less likely to get seen by visitors.
- Press the ‘Update’ button.
If you do disable comments being left on your reblog, so that readers have to leave comments over on the original post, then remember to also untick the ‘Allow Comments’ box (which you’ll find under Discussion). You can do this after pressing ‘Update’, otherwise, remember to press the ‘Update’ button again.
- Finally, check your reblogged post to ensure that it looks good, is easy to read, and that any links you’ve included also work. If you’re happy with everything, then you’re done.
Earlier, I mentioned the pitfalls of reblogging. There are a few which I am going to list below, but don’t allow these to put you off using the reblogging feature. If you reblog sensibly, then you’ve nothing to worry about.
Media Space: When you reblog a post, any images on that post will be added to your blog’s media library. This will use up the valuable free media space that WordPress gives you when you start your blog. So, the more images on a blog post, the more space they will take up if you reblog a post. You can buy more media space from WordPress, but not everyone has the funds to do that.
Copyright: We all know that we should never use images and photos that are not ours to use on our blogs. Before you reblog a post, check any images included in the post and ask yourself if they are free to use. I know of one blogger, Debby Kaye, who was fined for having a copyrighted image on her blog from a reblog that she did. It did not matter that Debby never wrote the original blog post because, by reblogging and downloading the image to her blog, she was fined for copyright infringement. You can read Debby’s post by clicking here. I recommend that you read it. If you’re not sure if images are free to use, then ask the Blogger who has them on their blog where the images came from and if they were free to use. If you’re not convinced or are still not sure, then don’t reblog the post.
Permission: As crazy as it may seem, some bloggers will get upset if you reblog one of their posts without asking their permission to do so first. It’s very rare that this happens, but I wanted to mention it because it can happen. Yes, the reblog button may be there, but if you’ve not reblogged one of their posts before then it may be wise to first ask for permission to do so. There are some bloggers who are very protective about their content and do not like anyone to reblog their posts (even with a reblog button clearly at the bottom of the post!). So, unless you’re sure it’s safe to reblog a post, ask for permission first. However, always remember that the majority of bloggers will be delighted that you’ve reblogged and shared their post. You’re less likely to come across someone who does not like any of their content to be shared.
If you have any questions about reblogging, then please leave them in the comments box.
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