Sharing links with others doesn’t need to happen just over Twitter and Facebook…don’t forget to use your blog to share resources with your readers also! This can be a great way to provide a lot of value to readers as well as building up relationships with others in the field.
You Need to Know Resources in Order to Share Resources
In order to build up great link posts you have to know about the other resources available. Subscribe to other blogs and sites in areas that interest you, monitor social sites or subscribe to news alerts (Google Alerts is a great tool for that). Challenge – Find another site or two or ten in your topic area to subscribe to if you haven’t done that lately.
In the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog book Darren talks about six ways to create a link post. You might link to several other sites, almost list form. You could expand on something someone else said in a blog post “These ten things that Blogging-McBloggerson said are excellent ways to build your blog’s community, but here are three more ways she left out.” One of my most popular posts on Untrained Housewife is a round up of the Best Homesteading Websites.
Offer an Alternative Point of View
Considering taking an opposite point of view – “This blogger said X, Y and Z but I actually think A, B and C.” Interview another blogger, or feature another website and why your readers might like it. And don’t be afraid to use links to other blogs liberally where beneficial!
Do you feel like there is a mental block for many bloggers to avoid using out-going links in their posts? Why or why not? Of course the homework today is to write a blog post that links to at least one or two other blogs. I would STRONGLY challenge you to make it a link to a specific post or article, and not just a link to the logs main page.