Today, not only will I take you through a step by step guide on how to reblog a post on WordPress, 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.Com users.
The first thing you need to do is find a blog post that you 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 as a way to promote other bloggers, authors, writers, books, etc.
Let’s get started
- At the bottom of a post are the sharing buttons.
- In some cases (depending on the WordPress theme) the sharing buttons can be found elsewhere such as towards the top and just to the left of a 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 mini-window will open.
- The next step is optional, but I recommend you tell your readers why you are reblogging the post. After all, you wouldn’t recommend a book, movie, product or hotel to your readers without saying why.
- Tell them what it was that you liked about the post and why you’re reblogging it.
- Just below the text box you’ve filled in, is a list of your blogs. If you have more than one blog or are an author of more than one blog, this will show a list of blogs you can access. 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 do after reblogging a post. However, there is still more important work to do if you want the reblog to be found by more visitors to your blog.
- Go to your blog’s dashboard navigation bar and click on ‘Posts’.
- Find the post you’ve just reblogged, and click on the edit button.
- Add categories and tags to the reblog.
Why do you need to add categories and tags to posts you’ve reblogged?
It helps more readers and visitors find it.
You can have a category called ‘Reblogs’ if you like. However, try and categorise the reblog to whatever it is relevant to – e.g. recipes, books, blogging tips, social media, book reviews, etc.
What happens if you don’t categorise a post that you’ve reblogged?
It will show under ‘Uncategorised’, which is of no help to anyone. Did you read my blog post, Are You Making Any Of These 7 Simple Blogging Mistakes? Then you may recall that I compared not categorising blog posts to walking into a library and finding none of the books has been sorted into categories.
Many visitors won’t stay long if they can’t find what they are looking for or your posts are not categorised.
What about adding tags?
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, tagging your posts correctly will help visitors quickly find what they are 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 new visitors.
- Press the ‘Update’ button.
Should I disable comments on posts I’ve reblogged?
Yes. Why? Because readers then have to leave comments over on the original post. It’s far better to have comments all in one place rather than being scattered across varies reblogs.
Untick the ‘Allow Comments‘ box (which you’ll find under Discussion). You can do this after pressing ‘Update’, but 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 pingbacks you’ve included also work. If you’re happy with everything, then you’re done.
Are there any pitfalls to reblogging?
There are a few 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.
When you reblog a post, any images on that post are added to the media library of your WordPress blog.
This takes up valuable free media space. The more images in a blog post, the more space they will take up. You can buy more media space from WordPress, but not everyone has the funds to do this.
We all know that we should never use images and photos that are not ours or free to use.
Before you reblog a post, check any images included in the post and ask yourself if they are free to use.
My blogging friend, Debby Kaye, was fined for having a copyrighted image on her blog from a reblog that she did.
It didn’t 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 about it by clicking here. If you reblog posts, I recommend you read it.
If you’re not sure if images are free to use, ask the blogger whose post you’re reblogging where they got the images from and if they are free to use.
If you’re not convinced or are still not sure, then don’t reblog the post.
As crazy as it may seem, some bloggers 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. They may have a reblog button on their posts, but it doesn’t mean they want their posts shared.
If you’ve not reblogged one of their posts before, ask for permission to do so.
However, 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 being shared.
Just for the record, I welcome my posts being reblogged.
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Do you have any tips you’d like to share about reblogging? Share them in the comments section.
Originally written and published in 2017. Updated to take account of new procedures on WordPress.
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