Guest Post: Top Five Ways to Thank a Blogger

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You’ve been reading a blog and really enjoying it, how do your show your appreciation?

If you’re like me, when you’re out in the real world you tip folks for the service you receive.  If you hear a street performer play a beautiful piece of music or see a busker perform an amusing act, you throw some change in their hat.  Bloggers write and produce content to entertain or educate, which the reader receives without cost.   The majority of bloggers are doing this “for free”.  And while they don’t pass the hat per say, it’s still always nice to receive a virtual tip.

So how do you “tip” a blogger? Well, there’s a couple of ways you can do it.

Share!
If you read a post you enjoy share it with others. Bloggers love the increased exposure. A great way to share a post is by linking to it on Facebook or Twitter.  Or share it on another site such as Digg, Technorati, etc. As you can tell from taking a look at the sharing widget along the bottom of this post their are a plethora of different sites you can choose to help spread the word. Or heck, even just email a friend or two and send them the link.

Show some love to their sponsors!
See the ads along the side bars? If you see something you’re interested in give it a click. Those of you not on the technical side of things might not know this, but websites can see where their traffic is coming from. So when you click on a sponsors button ad and go and visit their site it shows that xxx many people came to see their page today from ThisCoolBlog.com. Sometimes bloggers even get paid when you click on their ads (not much, usually pennies a click). Personally, I think this is my favourite way to show support to a site I enjoy. I make the effort to place a few clicks, and think of it as leaving some change on the table. Of course it’s always nice if you take the time to check out the sponsors website and browse around. Showing the sponsor some attention is probably one of the best ways to thank a blogger, as great traffic coming from their page is likely to open up new opportunities for their blog.

Comment!

Bloggers love to see comments on their posts! Have something to say? Say it! Enjoy the post? Tell them! It’s nice to see comments, even if they just say “Great post”. (If you’re unsure as to how to leave a comment check out this post.)

Follow ‘em!
You probably already thought of this one, but another excellent way to let a blogger know how much you appreciate them is to follow them, usually either on Google Friend Connect, Facebook, or Twitter. Or to subscribe to their blog either via email or RSS feed. Not sure how to follow someone? Check out this post HERE.

Vote!

Many bloggers are listed on ranking sites like Picket Fence, or Top Mommy Blogs. Look around for those little “vote for me” buttons in the side bar and give ‘em a click. You can vote once a day and all it takes is one click. No registration, no messing around. Just click on the button to head to the site and your vote is entered. Personally, I know I’ll never make top ten but it’s still nice to be listed, and I really do appreciate the votes.

There you have it folks, five easy ways to “virtually tip” a blogger.

When I originally posted this back in April I received a flood of awesome comments with tons of great suggestions on other ways to thank a blogger.  So I compiled a second list, Five More Ways to Thank a Blogger. You can check it out HERE.

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“I am a Canadian stay at home mom to two rambunctious little girls (ages 1 year and 3years). When my girls are sleeping, instead of cleaning the dishes I blog. Which has done a lot to improve my sanity but not the state of my kitchen.”
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My name is Amy. I'm a mom to three, wife to one, and a sister and aunt to many. I'm an Air Force wife currently living in Bossier City, Louisiana. Oh So Savvy Mom began as a way for me to share parenting and product advice with others. I have a lot share, but I'm no loud mouth. My blog is my way to be heard. Come join me at Oh So Savvy Mom, learn about new products, pick up some parenting tips and tricks, and have a good time.

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