How To Reblog A Blog Post #bloggingtips

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.
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WordPress Sharing Buttons
  • Beneath the sharing buttons is where you will find the ‘Reblog‘ button.
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The WordPress Reblog Button
  • Click on the reblog button, and a new mini-window will open.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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’.

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  • Find the post you’ve just reblogged, and click on the edit button.

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  • Add categories and tags to the reblog.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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 in 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.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share on how to reblog a post? Share them with us in the comments box.

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125 comments

  1. This is extremely helpful information for a new blogger like myself. Thank you for the informative post!

      1. I have pinned, flipped it. Hugh, I am not sure if you know but I run a guest post feature on my blog. Would you like to do a post here, as if on your own blog, thus the topic of your chpice. That will be amazing, please let me know if interested

        1. Thank you so much for sharing this post. I really appreciate it. As for that guest post, leave it with me and I’ll come up with something. If you could send me an email (via the ‘contact Hugh’ button on my blog), then I’ll certainly write something. Thanks ever so much for inviting me.

        2. Hi Hugh. Left you a note as per the above. Let me know when ready, at your convenience, then I will add you to the contributor list and you can do you post there. I am so so glad to have you here as well. Looking forward to your post in due course.

  2. Thank you for this! As a new blogger who is still learning the ropes, I need all the help and info that I can get. This helps a lot! Many thanks!

    1. I did, Lisa. In fact, it’s something I should have included in the post. However, I thought the post was getting a little too long, so I thought that would be a tip for another day.
      I’ll be publishing the post about ‘Press This’ in the next few weeks.
      Thanks so much for your comments.

  3. Hi Hugh,
    I feel ignorant but I followed your instructions and I still have trouble reblogging. Every time I try to reblog, I struggle with it. Perhaps there is something in my setup that needs to change. Everything goes well, (e.g. on the followers page) and it shows it is to be reblogged on my site. When I go to my site (Dashboard – Post) and look for the blog, it isn’t there. Sometimes I find it in my Readers followed site. When I do, I approve it to be posted and then it works. I now have added the ‘Press This’ button and I can reblog that way. Any suggestions. Thanks as always. HUGS

    1. Hi Chuck, that’s really strange if the reblog is not showing on your posts page. Is your blog self-hosted? If not, then it’s something I think you need to bring up with WordPress, as reblogs should show on your posts page.

      However, if you are already using ‘Press This’ then I would recommend that you stick with using it and to forget about reblogging. I’m writing a post about ‘Press This’ and will publish it over the coming weeks, but I think it’s a far friendlier function to use when we want to reblog a post.

      Hope that helps. 😀

    1. Providing we reblog sensibly, I don’t think it takes the fun out. Debby Kaye commented that we do eventually get to know who the safe bloggers are when it comes to images they use on their blog. I think that’s a very good tip.

  4. Thanks, Hugh. Great post with lots of very simple, clear, advice. I have used the reblog feature. I’ve also just noticed it is no longer on my blog. I must have inadvertently deactivated it. Reblogging and press this is not an option on my readilearn blog, although it is WordPress. However I can use the Press This bookmarklet, which works just fine.

    1. I’m glad you have found an alternative way to use the feature, Norah. I don’t use the reblog button anymore, preferring instead to use ‘Press This.’ That will be my next blogging tips post. 😀

      1. I think there’s a bit more flexibility with Press This. The option to save and make changes is good. I have de-selected my reblog button though. I”m not sure why it’s not showing up. Never mind. I don’t consider it a big issue.

  5. I am self hosted so have not reblogged and don’t believe I can. But this is interesting to me, as it has been a mystery. You bring up excellent points, especially using images. I have been very paranoid about using images and would hate to get into a mess by reblogging images from someone else.

    1. I’m not an expert when it comes to self-hosting, Molly. However, Debby Kaye who I mentioned in this post also has a self-hosted blog and I do know that she does reblog. It may be worth contacting her and asking her how she reblogs (if you want to reblog on your blog).

      Thanks so much for your comments.

  6. What a fantastic in-depth tutorial for reblogs Hugh. And thank you for mentioning my post on copyright here too. I’d just like to add that over time, we do get to know who uses their own images for blogs and who uses safe practice. In the event I’m reblogging someone’s post and not sure about their photos, I don’t use them and add my own. 🙂 Thanks again Hugh. xo Hugs my friend!

    1. You’re welcome, Debby. I’m just so sorry that you got fined for having a copyright image on your blog from a reblog that you did. However, your post is very helpful and I hope will make other bloggers check images before they reblog. I hope readers will click on the link and read your post because it covers such an important aspect of blogging.
      Thanks for the tip on getting to know which bloggers use safe practice as well. 😀
      Have a great week.
      x

      1. Thanks again Hugh for linking to my post. It’s important that we continue to share helpful info for others as I know how appreciative I am when I read something that helps me too. Paying forward! 🙂 ❤

  7. Great post-Hugh…I think I have got the reblog malarky in hand now…Press This…I look fo ward to reading it you always make it sound so easy and I love easy: Too old for complicated 😉

    1. It is, Brigid, especially as the image came from a reblog Debby did.

      I had to fish your comment out of my WordPress spam folder. I don’t know why it went in there but you may want to check that any other comments you have left on other blogs are not ending up in spam. Hopefully, this was just a one-off.

  8. Reblogged this on The Write Time ~ with Grumps and commented:
    Thank you for posting this very helpful information, Hugh.
    I can’t say I’ve noticed a ‘Reblog’ button before, and have been using Aggregating and Curating plugins to reblog from other blogs of interest.
    I shall be looking into placing one of those buttons on my website. Thanks again.

    1. You’re welcome and thank you so much for reblogging the post.
      Some self-hosted sites do have reblog buttons (providing the blogger has installed them). The most popular reblog button I have seen on self-hosted blogs is a button with a crown on it. Unfortunately, it does not say ‘reblog’ so if you do install one then it may be worth informing your readers which button it is and where they can find it.

  9. Some interesting tips here, Hugh. I don’t often re-blog as I prefer to share on other social media platforms but I do find it strange that some people complain if you re-blog posts. I thought sharing posts was what it was all about.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I don’t reblog anymore either, preferring instead to use the WordPress ‘Press This’ feature. I’ll be publishing a post about that soon. 😀

      I was once contacted by a blogger who was not happy that I had reblogged her post. She told me that it was her work and that I had no right in sharing it. I deleted the reblog and apologised (as I was quite new to blogging then). I didn’t have the heart to ask why there was a reblog button on her blog if she didn’t want the post reblogging. I’ve also read other stories of unhappy bloggers who do not like their work shared on social media, yet they have the sharing buttons on the posts. It’s rather strange to have them there if they don’t want their work sharing, but it may be that they don’t know how to remove them. Anyway, they tend to be few and far between, but you may just encounter one of these people one day.

    1. lol, don’t worry about it too much, Judith. I enjoy writing these posts and sharing what I’ve learned. I’m always so pleased when somebody says how useful they find one of my blogging tips posts. Thank you so much.
      xx

        1. I completely agree. That’s why I stick to only having my own images on my blog posts. Plus, I don’t use the reblog button anymore, preferring instead to use ‘Press This’. That’s a subject for another post.

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