Thursday, May 3, 2012

Internet Etiquette and Boosting Your Traffic

When someone gives you a gift, it’s always nice to acknowledge and reciprocate the gift that is given. The age old rule of returning a clean dish to a neighbor who shares their delights with you applies. I was taught it’s almost rude to give back a clean, empty dish. Instead, you build your relationships and expand your community by giving the dish back full or your own tasty treasures.

Thank you is the obvious and expected response. However, thank you can be considered a conversation ender, if you don’t follow it up with the extended handshake and appropriate interest toward the person being thanked.

Such is the case with Internet etiquette and commentary…

Why do people have to beg for comments on articles and blogs, when clearly people are responding to their message?

Allow me to state the obvious, good people. It’s because turn around doesn’t seem to be fair play. It’s because people get all excited when they see comments on their own Internet writing and photos; many of them even take the time to respond to what is being said about their personal stuff, by replying to the comments being offered…

What they don’t do is click on the name of the person who took the time to read and comment on their work, and take a few minutes to read and comment on the work of the person who commented – unless they’re in some contest or challenge where this is all part of the game, that is.

I’m on a personal mission to change all this when it comes to my Internet blogging and writing. It’s time to overcome some very bad and rude habits of mine, habits that end the conversation with a simple “thank you.” I’d rather promote the development of relationships within my own community. They’re already there, waiting for me to engage in the conversation. This isn’t rocket science, after all.

What do you say? Will you join me in this personal quest to not only thank people who acknowledge your Internet work, but make a point to click on their name and share your interest in their work too? It’s actually a lot of fun, and I’ll bet we can start a chain reaction and build a supercharged, active and highly functional Internet community in no time at all. What say you? Are you in? If so, leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to visit your work tooJ

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