Let's talk about your user profile. Or for your links under your user profile, anyway. This is a recycled post but so completely important for bloggers. I think it's as pertinent now as it was when I began blogging.
A few short months ago when I began blogging I posted a comment on another person's blog and clicked to follow her. The next day I returned to her blog and found her post was directed at me (without saying my name). She informed her readers that she was super irritated with people who left comments but didn't have their own blog on their profile so she could follow back. I hung my head in embarrassment and quickly rectified the situation.
Through the last few weeks I have read comments that reveal I was not alone in this mistake. Others of you have made it. This recent blogging campaign has shown me that others of you are doing it now. So this post will teach you how to make things right.
Please know that if you don't have your blog linked to your Google profile, I am not irritated or full of judgment. I simply want to help those who want to learn.
And from a marketing perspective, you should always have your link in your profile to make it easy for people to find you.
1. Open your blog.
2. Click on the "View My Complete Profile" under "About Me"
3. Select "Edit Profile"
4. By "Show My Blogs" hit "Select blogs to display"
5. Choose your options and save
Now when you follow someone or comment on another blog, anyone can click on your profile and see hyperlinks to your blog(s) under the heading My Blogs. (See below). Tip: Don't keep private blogs on this list. It's irritating to your followers to not know which blog they should follow.
I hope this was helpful and less pointed than the way I learned.
Are you linked up? How long did it take you to learn? How did you finally figure it out or were you always completely on top of it?