Blogger ethics: myth or reality?

Code of Ethics - a set of moral standards upheld by an individual or a group of people. Ethical codes govern personal relationships and give a special moral sense to all joint activities of people. We all comply and support ethical standards. We help our parents, we do not use bad language in communication with the opposite sex, we remove street shoes, coming home.

What will happen if people refuse to comply with ethical standards? It is unpleasant even to imagine this.

However, the Internet is a specific area. The ill-breeding persons with weak temper often think in such a manner: “If the person is not nearby, then I can do whatever I want.

A person who does not comply with generally accepted moral norms - is unpredictable and uncontrollable, and therefore, is unreliable. He is a bad fellow, and a lousy business partner.

The team of “LinkFromBlog”, drawing up the rules of work with the service, decided not to restrict bloggers from doing almost anything, except frankly antisocial behavior. This includes, for example: advocacy of law violation, abuse, pornography and the like. As for the rest bloggers are guided exclusively by their own conscience.

However, compliance with obligations to the advertisers is the main and obligatory requirement in the unwritten code of ethics of bloggers, registered in the system. For this reason the paragraph 17 of the Terms of Service for Bloggers has been approved in the form: «Blogger is forbidden to delete posts, published at the request of the Advertiser, and also the blog itself».

If the blogger, without prior approval from the advertiser, removes the blog or the post that contains a paid entry, the Administration reserves the right to suspend the blogger’s account.

A blogger who violated the conditions of work, openly demonstrates disregard for the code of conduct that must be respected in the system between the business partners - a blogger and an advertiser.

An integral part of business ethics of LinkFromBlog is honesty, loyalty to word and respect for the rules of the system.

Blogging etiquette

Bear in mind that you’re writing for a global audience. Even though your blog may be a personal one, it’s still public and accessible to anyone.

  • Write original articles. Do not plagiarize/steal/copy someone else’s content or ideas. Putting a new spin on a subject is one thing, but downright copying someone else’s ideas is not right. If you can’t think of something to write about, don’t publish until you do.

  • Give credit where credit is due. If what another blogger wrote inspires a post, make mention of the post, and create a link back to your inspiration.

  • Check and recheck your grammar and spelling. Although some typos may slip through, try your hardest to provide a post with proper grammar and spelling. Your blog is a reflection on you and your credibility. If need be, have someone proofread for you.

  • If you allow comments, let your commenters know you have read what they wrote. A short “thank you” is sufficient, however, comment sections often end up being the “meat” of the post. If you’re not going to have time to answer comments, you may think of closing the comment section. (turn comments”off”)

  • If you prefer commenters do not get “off subject” (writing about an issue unrelated to the post), create a “comment rules’ page to inform your readers about your desires. Either post a sentence above your comment section, or provide a link to your comment rules. Comments often go off subject, so be prepared.

  • If you leave a comment on another blog, try to add value to the post/topic. Saying “great post” is not value. If you can’t find something valuable to say, don’t comment. Often two and three word comments will be considered as spam, and subsequently deleted by the author. Try to avoid “off topic” comments unless you know the blog author allows them.

  • If you comment on other blogs, do not alienate the author with derogatory comments. Your comment is a reflection of you. Negative comments can decrease your chances of receiving visitors from other sites. Negative comments may lead to having your blog boycotted (unknowingly).

  • If a reader/visitor contacts you via email or through your contact page, answer the email as soon as possible.

  • Do not “spam” another blogger or blog. Overusing the name of another blogger in comments and/or posts is often considered “content” or “comment spam”.

  • Prior to publishing your post, check your links. Consistently providing dead or 404 links is frustrating to your readers, and can lead to a loss of credibility.

  • When commenting, unless a link is relevant to the post, do not insert one. This is also considered “spam”, and most bloggers will avoid clicking on them.

  • If someone visits your blog, and leaves a comment, make time to visit their blog as well. It’s common courtesy. If you cannot identify with their most current post, dig through their archives and find one you can leave a short comment on.

  • If someone leaves a negative comment on your blog, do not feel obligated to leave it in your comment section. A negative comment can change the dynamics of the other valuable comments. Delete it or mark it as spam. It’s your blog.

  • Do not comment on another blog without reading the title and the complete post. A poorly written, off subject comment leaves others wondering “what are they on?”, again, reducing your credibility.

  • Don’t make your blog an excuse to make a personal attack on someone. Remember the old saying “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

  • Excessive and unrelated reviews not healthy for your blog.

Blogging is a hobby that connects us with others from all over the world. Be courteous, be kind and most of all, have fun.