Do You Know What To Do When One Of Your Blog Posts Gets Reblogged?

Many bloggers agree that having their blog posts shared is one of the best things that can happen in the blogging world. After all, whoever is sharing the post is putting your work in front of a new audience. 

I remember when, for the first time, another blogger reblogged one of my posts. As a new blogger, it was one of the most exciting moments of my blogging journey. Even today, I still get a lift whenever one of my blog posts gets reblogged.

But is there anything you should do when one of your blog posts is reblogged?

Yes!

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Do You Know What To Do When One Of Your Blog Posts Gets Reblogged?

Unless you’ve switched off your WordPress notifications, you will get an email notification from WordPress when one of your posts gets reblogged. It gives the following information –

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

Here’s an example of a recent reblog notification I received after Sally at Smorgasbord Blog Magazine, reblogged one of my posts.

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WordPress Reblog Notification

WordPress also notifies users of reblogs in the notifications area (the bell symbol in the top right-hand corner of a WordPress blog).

What should I do when one of my blog posts gets reblogged?

The first thing to do is to thank the blogger who has reblogged your post. 

The easiest way to do this is to reply with a ‘thank you’ to the reblog notification in your post’s comments section. 

If the person who has reblogged your post has not closed off comments on the reblog they have done, you can also leave a ‘thank you’ in the comments section of their post. Not only is this polite and seen as friendly to do, but you will also get notifications from WordPress of any further comments left on the reblog.

You can then respond to those comments. 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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Don’t forget to tick the ‘Notify me of new comments via email’ box

However, some bloggers, Including myself, choose to disable comments on posts they have reblogged.

Why do some bloggers disable comments on the posts they’ve reblogged?

Because they prefer comments to be left on the original post where they can get seen by everyone reading or leaving comments.

Should I follow the blog of somebody who reblogs one of my blog posts?

If the blogger who reblogged your post is new to you, you may like to look at their blog and consider whether to follow them. However, you should never feel under any obligation to do this.

For example, a beauty blogger once reblogged one of my posts. 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.

Should you return the favour and reblog a post of the blogger who has reblogged one of your posts? 

Many do, and it can lead to the blogger reblogging more of your posts. However, never feel under any obligation to reblog a post because somebody has shared one of your posts. By all means, please 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.

If they publish content you’re interested in reading, then by all means read some of their posts and leave them some comments. However, don’t fall into the trap of following a blog that does not publish content you’re interested in reading.

Why Do Some Bloggers Reblog Their Own Posts?

Mainly to update and promote older posts that some new followers may not have read.

I use blogging features such as Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday to promote my older posts.

Let’s wrap it up.

  • If you have email notifications switched on, WordPress will email you whenever one of your blog posts gets reblogged.
  • Reblog notifications also appear in the notifications centre of your blog.
  • Always thank bloggers who reblog any of your blog posts.
  • Thank them by responding to the reblog notification in the comments section of the post they have reblogged .
  • If they have left comments open on the post they have reblogged, you can also thank them there.
  • Don’t feel under any obligation to return the favour and reblog one of their posts, especially if they blog about a subject you’re not interested in.
  • Don’t feel under any obligation to follow the blog of somebody who reblogs one of your blog posts. Only follow the blogs you’re interested in reading.

Any questions?

Leave them in the comments section.

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

Not sure how to reblog a blog post? My post How To Reblog A Blog Post Correctly On WordPress gives full details.

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  1. Hi Hugh thanks for posting this. As a fairly new blogger I found this very helpful. Before I started blogging, for some reason I thought re-blogging someone else’s post was frowned upon. I thought it would upset the original poster. Thanks to posts like yours and doing a little research, I now know differently. 😁

    1. You’re welcome. I’m glad it helped.

      If there is a reblog button, then in 99% of cases, the blogger displaying it will be pleased for their post to be shared. However, if you’ve never reblogged one of their posts before, I’d recommend you ask that they’re happy for you to share their post first.

  2. Enthusiast reblogger of the posts of others here! We mostly reblog articles related to our niche. At times, we would reblog our own posts to either promote or expose to new readers.
    Thank you for this post!

  3. HI Hugh, this is a very helpful post. Thank you! I don’t think i have been reblogged too many times. You have given me a good reason to keep email notifications on. Sometimes i feel overwhelmed with the notifications because there is probably a difference between notifications on your own post, or getting notifications when you have commented on other bloggers. that may be the thing that fills my mailbox up. I have been blogging for a little over a year, but some details still get overwhelming. And yet, blogging and the community connections have become a great joy in my life. Thanks and blessings, Michele

    1. Thank you, Michele.

      Remember that you can always unsubscribe from WordPress email notifications. So if you’re one of the first to leave a comment on a post that goes on to receive hundreds of comments, you can unsubscribe simply by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the email. I occasionally do this, but only if I know, I’m not going to be interested in reading the remaining comments. It’s usual posts that attract what I call ‘lazy comments’ that don’t benefit the post.

      Feeling overwhelmed can be a big problem in the blogging world. It’s happened several times, and I took some action and changed the way I blogged, which gave me far better results and got rid of the ‘overwhelming’ feelings.

  4. I don’t think anybody ever reblogged one of my posts (yet), but if they would, I’d follow your advice, Hugh.

    I have only reblogged posts of other bloggers if they involved myself, like interviews or guest posts. I usually repost the first few paragraphs and then suggest readers to follow my “continue reading here” link that brings them to the original post. In those instances, I also turn off comments on Roaming About, to encourage my readers to visit the other blogger’s site and leave comments there.

    As I enlarged your example from Sally, my heart skipped a beat when I came across my name on the bottom of it. Always a nice surprise when that happens. 🙂

    1. Sounds like you’re doing it the same way as me, Liesbet. And I’m sure one of your posts will get reblogged one day soon. Like everything else, I find when it first happens that it happens when you least expect it to happen.

      Well done for picking up that link to your name in the screenshot. I’ll be honest and say I didn’t notice it, but Sally’s email notification was a great example for this post.

    1. I don’t approve any reblogs from spammy bloggers, so the reblog does not show in the post comments section they’ve reblogged. It doesn’t stop the reblog showing on their blog, but nobody reading the comments section of the post they’ve reblogged will see their link.

  5. Thanks Hugh for sharing. Personally I don’t reblog people’s work as I’ve always used my site for my ideas. However if someone’s work has inspired me to write something I will make sure to give them full credit and ensure to link to the post.

    I’m happy for people to reblog my work as long as they are not spammy about it (I.e reblogging everything) and would prefer that they switched their comments of so that it encourages people to leave contributions at the source material. At least then I get notifications to respond.

    1. Yes, I much rather see comments in one place on a blog post rather than comments be left on the reblogs, James. It’s why I always close comments off when I share another blogger’s post via ‘Press This’ or when I share my own posts via Throwback Thursday or Flashback Friday. It helps not having to be in more than one place at the same time.

  6. 🙂 Hugh, I always thank people who reblog my posts.

    In my case, I do not reblog other people’s blog posts.

    Why?

    Because I am not into reblogging.

    I do not even reblog my own blog posts.

    1. I don’t reblog either, Renard. I rather use ‘Press This’ if I want to share the post of somebody else (I do this about once a month), and I share my older posts via Throwback Thursday or Flashback Friday to present older posts to new followers.

  7. Hi Hugh, I have seen the notification in my notifications, but I’ve never seen one like you received from Sally. You reblogged my post about the experts say your blog needs two things, and I hope I thanked you at the time, but my gravatar wasn’t on your list of likes. I happened to see it listed on your recent posts. So If I didn’t thank you then, I’m super grateful!

    1. You may have email notifications switched off, Marsha. It’s worth checking. If they are switched on, they could be ending up in your spam folder by mistake, so check that folder too. If everything is switched on and the emails are not ending up in spam, then I’d recommend you speak with one of the Happiness Engineers at WordPress.
      And you’re welcome about the post I shared of yours, although I used ‘Press This’ to share it, rather than reblogged it. Again, you should have received a notification about me linking to the post. If you’re not receiving these WordPress notification emails (and they are not ending up in the spam folder), speak with a Happiness engineer. I’m sure they’ll be able to sort out the problem.

      1. I may have, but I’ll confess that I get so many email notifications that I just don’t have time to read them. After a while, if they are in my promotions tab, I delete them. It may have been there. I’m going to have to switch you to my personal tab. 🙂

    1. Agreed, Donna. I’ve seen several bloggers reblog something totally out of their blog’s niche simply because the blogger reblogged one of their posts. It’s a little like me reblogging a beauty products post or a post about ladies shoes simply because I felt obliged to do it.

  8. My former publisher used to urge its active bloggers to host and reblog other authors in their stable – it was amazing how many of those authors never bothered to say thank you. I finally said no – too many truly supportive bloggers out there!

    1. Some of those authors may not have known about the reblogs, but I get where you’re coming from. I’ve certainly shared the posts of other bloggers and authors and never received so much as a thank you. It’s a bit like not responding to comments. If they don’t acknowledge the reblog or my comment, I won’t do it again.

  9. Hi Hugh,
    This is very helpful. I used to have an individual who reblogged my posts nearly every week. I thanked her but I found it odd. Now I realize it’s a compliment. That was a few years ago, so, of course, there are no more reblogs now. I didn’t really understand what a positive thing that was at the time.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this issue.
    Amy

  10. This is excellent advice for new bloggers. The first time I was reblogged, the feeling was the same — ecstatic. How could I not say, “Thank you for reblogging.” It seemed right, but I was uncertain how it would be taken.

    1. Thank you. I’ve never been asked not to thank anyone for reblogging one of my posts, but I have stopped thanking people for retweeting my tweets on Twitter. I show them thanks by retweeting one of their tweets that I know is attached to a post of theirs I have read. However, with blogging, I think it only seems right to thank someone for reblogging one of your posts.

      1. I do the same with tweets — when I actually check Twitter. It does seem natural to do that, but to thank bloggers instead of reblogging back.

        It would feel strange to have a person reblog the only thing they could find that they liked on my blog– such as a 6 month old Wordless Wednesday post — because I happened to reblog a recipe. 😊

  11. I would just add that some bloggers do not like to have their posts reblogged. It is puzzling to me why they include the reblog button if that is the case. I have never encountered this, but I have read of others that have. Some suggest asking permission to reblog. What are your thoughts, Hugh?

    1. Hi Maggie, in my previous post, How To Reblog a Blog Post Correctly On WordPress, I mentioned that some bloggers don’t like their posts being shared despite there being a reblog button and sharing buttons on their posts. I think it’s often the case that they don’t know how to remove them, but it’s easy to do once you find out why. I know of one blogger who has a widget on their blog where they have asked kindly not for any of their posts to be reblogged.

      Yes, I agree that it’s a good idea to ask permission first, but only if the blogger concerned is brand new to you. If you’ve previously left comments on their posts, I think you can safely reblog, especially if you’ve witnessed their other posts being reblogged.

      1. Thanks for clarifying, Hugh. I have always considered it high praise if someone found something of merit in one of my posts, but I understand why others may feel differently.

  12. Hi Hugh, I have never reblogged a post, but I often include link backs to posts of other bloggers. Sometimes the blogger will acknowledge, and sometimes not. When that happens, I assume they overlooked the notification, and are not intentionally slighting my kindness. Basically, it comes down to sincerity and good manners when participating in a blogging community. Feeling obligated to ‘follow’ shouldn’t come into play, but I’m sure some folks do go there. Thanks for the guidelines. Seems straightforward and sensible to me.

    1. Hi Suzanne,

      Don’t forget that if you link back to the blogger’s home page, the blogger you are linking back to won’t get a notification. The home page of a blog should never be linked back to. There is also an option to not allow pingbacks and links to blog posts that I know some bloggers use, so not only will your link not show up, but they won’t get a notification. From what I know, there’s no way of knowing if a blogger accepts pingbacks and links unless they say so in their post. I only find out when I enquire and get told that they’ve ticked the ‘no pingbacks’ box (usually on the blog’s dashboard) on the blog post.

      However, keep doing those links because SEOs such as Google rank posts higher when they include links and pingbacks to other blogs and websites (including your own).

      1. Thanks Hugh, I always try to link a specific post, generally one that supports my post or offers more information on the same subject. I’m sure I’ve been guilty of linking to a home page also. Now I know better.

        1. You’re not alone about linking to a home page of a blog, Suzanne. I only found out by trial and error. The worst thing is somebody linking to my blog’s home page, and I don’t know anything about it. I feel like they may think I’m not grateful for the link. Hopefully, this (and the other post I wrote about reblogging) will get the message out about the lack of notifications when linking to a blog’s home page.

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