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Note to commenters who are here ONLY for link love … YOU ARE IN THE ARCHIVES PAGES. Spread the love at … Uncommon Photographers MAIN SITE. But remember, like here, comments are moderated and have to be related to the posts. Comments such as awesome, good picture etc. do not cut it. Be reasonable.
And please link back if you can. Thanks!
Uncommon Photographers used to be popular with quite a high ranking at Technocrati, but since I turned the comments off (due to spam) and also since I moved servers several times, necessitating it to be offline several times, its popularity plummeted. It’s getting hits, but when I look at the log, the hits are mostly from robots who are crawling the pages.
A few months ago, i almost stopped publishing Uncommon Photographers and wanted to make it to a different photo site because I felt that I was just repeating myself. There are a lot of photographers now out there, I don’t even have to look for them anymore, so they are no longer novel. But a contributor told me not to …
Recently, I got energized again to work on Uncommon because of the Entrecard movement. It’s basically a nice way to popularize your blog by ‘dropping’ your Entrecard to other blogs that are members of the Entrecard network – when you do that, they usually reciprocate the gesture. They may or may not read your blog as many power droppers just want to drop the maximum drops (300) in a short period of time.
But some are like me, taking time to drop (about 50 drops a day) and also reading the blogs that I drop on, blogs that normally would not even spark an interest from me. Many blogs are basically MFAs (made for adsense or other advertising networks) to make extra money, but many more are gems. Lots of stay at home moms whiling their time away on the computer and connecting with like minded moms. Lots of expatriates trying to connect with their homelands. Lots of wanna-be photographers trying to exhibit their works of art (or not). The blogosphere is totally a different world now.
In order for Uncommon to be popular again, I am trying my best to become a member of various blog networks and participate in them (as you can see now in the preponderance of widgets and small banners on the right side bar).
But mostly, I am getting into the ‘U Comment I Follow‘ movement started by Randa Clay and advocated by several other top bloggers. I am latching on to this movement a little bit late, but if it makes Uncommon popular again, why not?
What it is, is, blogging platforms usually have a ‘no follow’ rule embedded in them. Whenever there is a link in the comments, search engines do not follow that link. Supposedly, these ‘back links’ are important to raise your rankings in the search engines, but if they are not followed by the search engines, adding links defeats the purpose. The reason for this was that spams usually have links and the platforms were designed not to follow those spam links. But that also removes the incentive for commenters to comment and contribute something of value to your blog.
So now there is a huge movement to turn off the “no follow” rule and spread the love for linking. So I turned mine off (although comments are still moderated) to spread the love.
Please comment, comments nourish.