Do A-list bloggers have a responsibility to link to others?

Sue Polinsky (who helps to run the excellent Converge South conference) asks an interesting question: “Do big(ger) blogs have an obligation to smaller or newer ones to link to them?”

I can’t speak for anyone other than myself, but, yes, I try to link out to as many people as possible. I got found because other people linked to me, and I view it as my responsibility to link to other people as well. I also leave my comments open so people can post their own opinions and links to things.

But, I can’t get to it all. The blogosphere is too big. So, in front of every audience I speak to I demonstrate how to use blog search engines and I keep my link blog, which has linked to many many thousands of blogs.

Another thing I can do? Ask you to post your link in the comment area on this post. I’ll visit them all and subscribe to good tech blogs, which will mean more links in the future from my link blog.

So, free blog advertising! Tell us your link and why you think your blog is interesting.

383 thoughts on “Do A-list bloggers have a responsibility to link to others?

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  2. I am very passionate about my blog, but since it is a guitar instructional blog, it is extremely specific. There are a lot of guitar blogs but not that many instructional blogs, or at least not that many that actually keep up with it. Tech and financial blogs are always in demand, but it makes me wonder how personal blogs are able to do well. There doesn’t seem to be as much of a demand for these types of things, but maybe its just me.

  3. I am very passionate about my blog, but since it is a guitar instructional blog, it is extremely specific. There are a lot of guitar blogs but not that many instructional blogs, or at least not that many that actually keep up with it. Tech and financial blogs are always in demand, but it makes me wonder how personal blogs are able to do well. There doesn’t seem to be as much of a demand for these types of things, but maybe its just me.

  4. No, there is no obligation to link anyone. There are far too many blogs out there to do that. Besides, a blog is supposed to be more personal than other media types and with that the right to list only the the blogs you desire to be listed on your site. In closing, I shall thank you for the opportunity to list my new blog in this comment.

    http://www.blogatation.blogspot.com/

    Please feel free to spam my blog with your website in return, if you should so desire.

    Best wishes

  5. No, there is no obligation to link anyone. There are far too many blogs out there to do that. Besides, a blog is supposed to be more personal than other media types and with that the right to list only the the blogs you desire to be listed on your site. In closing, I shall thank you for the opportunity to list my new blog in this comment.

    http://www.blogatation.blogspot.com/

    Please feel free to spam my blog with your website in return, if you should so desire.

    Best wishes

  6. One of the comments here mentioned how they hate to link to sources of information that will charge the viewer to see the content. The example of IT analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester was given.

    I started a blog to aggregate and comment on the analyst reports that are licensed and distributed by IT vendors. These are complete reports from those same leading IT analysts, but you don’t have to register anywhere or pay a fee to get the report.

    Hope you find it useful. vantelo.com

  7. One of the comments here mentioned how they hate to link to sources of information that will charge the viewer to see the content. The example of IT analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester was given.

    I started a blog to aggregate and comment on the analyst reports that are licensed and distributed by IT vendors. These are complete reports from those same leading IT analysts, but you don’t have to register anywhere or pay a fee to get the report.

    Hope you find it useful. vantelo.com

  8. WOW,

    Love your blog… A living legend. I log how when you left microsoft their stock fell the next day.

    Any who……

    I have developed an integration between Solomon and Microsoft CRM. I have a great blog. But … Hard finding people in my community who will link. Very frustrating…

  9. WOW,

    Love your blog… A living legend. I log how when you left microsoft their stock fell the next day.

    Any who……

    I have developed an integration between Solomon and Microsoft CRM. I have a great blog. But … Hard finding people in my community who will link. Very frustrating…

  10. Wow, 186 comments now? Intense. I hope you make it through the list!

    My blog is a choose your own adventure site where people choose my adventures ha ha. Random idea, but has the potential to be fun… if people actually submitted ideas.

  11. Wow, 186 comments now? Intense. I hope you make it through the list!

    My blog is a choose your own adventure site where people choose my adventures ha ha. Random idea, but has the potential to be fun… if people actually submitted ideas.

  12. Coming late to the party here but….my blog is mostly technical but tends to wander form time to time. Recents posts: Posts on the Newspaper Association of America Marketing COnference in Vegas (They have a blog and a social networking session!), IBM’s Social software offerings, disposable underwear, a piece on the guy who blew up the buddhist staures in Afghanistan in 2001 (he was killed last week), MSM coverage vs bloggers at Davos, My ideas for dining VRM, brian finerprinting, ideas for a travel coffee maker and a new Vista boot screen, CES coverage, and is poker a game of skill or chance….

  13. Coming late to the party here but….my blog is mostly technical but tends to wander form time to time. Recents posts: Posts on the Newspaper Association of America Marketing COnference in Vegas (They have a blog and a social networking session!), IBM’s Social software offerings, disposable underwear, a piece on the guy who blew up the buddhist staures in Afghanistan in 2001 (he was killed last week), MSM coverage vs bloggers at Davos, My ideas for dining VRM, brian finerprinting, ideas for a travel coffee maker and a new Vista boot screen, CES coverage, and is poker a game of skill or chance….

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