Re-blogging - Do you pay if forward in your re-blog? Or to those that re-blog your blog? - Part 2 of 2

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Hey everyone.... I talked about what re-blogging is all about and how it could either help the author or the person that reblogged the original post.  I wrote about it here :

Re-blogging - What is re-blogging? How can it help me or help you? - Part 1 of 2

So if you don't know what re-blogging is all about, please click the link above first, then come back to this post.  What did I want to talk about in this post?



paying it forward

We hear about paying it forward on so many different topics. We see so many that pay it forward here on Active Rain. I am sure it makes you feel good when you do pay it forward or when someone pays if forward to you.

My question to you is, why don't you pay it forward to someone that you re-blogged, even though they basically gave you permission by clicking the re-blog button.  Or pay it forward to that person that re-blogged your post.




Paying it Forward when you re-blog someone’s content


re-blogging button


You will see this green icon at the top right hand side of anyones blog that has optioned the re-blog, allowing you to post that authors blog. You just click it and it will open up a new blog.


When you click on that green re-blog button, this is what appears on your screen. A box appears, allowing you to give kudos to the author of that blog that you are re-blogging. You can also give a quick description of that blog that you are re-blogging. I will be honest with you, I love when someone says something good about my blog and why they re-blogged it.

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I want to be direct and honest here... I don't really care for those that re-blog something of mine, that I used my own sweat and thoughts (hard work), to see that all they did was copy my blog.  Sure, I gave permission to anyone, allowing them to reblog my post. But I find it lazy on their part for not giving a quick description... or...  just that they want business and google juice from my name and the topic that I wrote about. I call this greed. Or, one other thought... that the person reblogging that blog hopes thier readers don't notice that it was reblogged, thinking that person wrote it themselves. Yes, I read some comments at times that make me cringe. I read some comments that make it sound like they believed that it was written by that person alone. Many have felt the same in these comments : Comments about re-blogging and giving the author kudos

Lenn Harley gave good insight to this in this comment.  Comment by Lenn Harley :  Lenn makes an excellent point. Don't forget to add a signature to your post. Or, if you are reading posts, look at the signature page, this will tell you who wrote it.




Paying it Forward when someone re-blogs your content


Do you pay it forward to those that have re-blogged your own blog?  Do you go back thanking that person?  I try in most cases.  Sometimes I miss a few.  How do you know if your blog has been re-blogged? There are 2 ways...



       1.   You will see the re-blog button on your blog page with green dots. It will only show up to 5 green dots. But more than 5 people can re-blog that post that you wrote. If you place your cursor over the green dots, it will tell you how many total times that your post has been re-blogged OR


finding your blogs that have been re-blogged



       2.   You can go to your 'my home' page and scroll down to the 'points summary' link and click on that. This link is down at the bottom left side of your 'my home' page. When you click on this link, you will see what is listed below. It shows that a blog of yours has been re-blogged. You can click on that link and it will take you to the person that re-blogged your post. This is where you can 'pay it forward' and leave a polite comment and thanking them for re-blogging your post. 

       3.   Also remember, if you have your Google Alerts set up, this usually let you know when someone re-blogs your post.  I always seem to get alerts from Google when someone re-blogs my content.




Summary : So how do you show the love? Do you pay it forward when re-blogging someones blog, giving them a polite introduction?  Complimenting the author and or what they wrote?  Those that have a blog re-blogged, do you go back thanking that person?  How do you feel if someone just re-blogged your post, yet said nothing, leaving the commentary part absolutely blank. Just food for thought...






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Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Jeff, I agree that a consideration for a re-blog deserves a recognition, and I usually go to the re-blog and at lest thanks them on the post. I try to comment on the people on my dashboard, and hopefully, if I'm on their dashboard, they reciprocate. Good Post.

Feb 09, 2010 04:28 AM #1
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Fabulous Jeff.  I love the reblog and appreciate the members who reblog my posts.  If I remember, I "collect" their names and post them to say "thanks".


Feb 09, 2010 04:44 AM #2
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


ED... . I think many of us would agree on this....  I do wonder though about those that re-blog, yet they say nothing... I would at least give a quick shout out to that person I am re-blogging, as a thanks and to let others know that this wasn't my own post.   thanks and thanks for the compliment.

LENN... . I really do love those that re-blog my posts.  What do you mean that you collect their names though?  But it is great that you go back and thank them.  That is truly paying-it-forward.  And thanks for the very kind words...


Feb 09, 2010 05:43 AM #3
Cari Anderson
Danville, CA

Ahh...We were waiting for part two :<). Most of the time that our posts are re-blogged the person does "pay it forward".  I say that is a testament to the quality of the folks on this forum. Cari and I try to always comment on their blog as well. ~Doug

Feb 09, 2010 07:58 AM #4
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Jeff, I hope others got as much from your ReBlogging mini series as I did. I really had not understood the good/bad of it. I am now much more comfortable with the whole process.

Feb 09, 2010 08:34 AM #5
Michael Gordon - Colorado Springs Mortgage Lender
Peoples Mortgage Corporation - Colorado Springs, CO

Jeff...thanks for the crash course in re-blogging etiquette. As a fairly new contributor on AR, I appreciate the tips and guidance.

Feb 09, 2010 12:44 PM #6
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and Evenen there Jeff

When I have re-blogged someone post, I usualy write the reason and the name of the blogger, along with a thank you at the top. When someone has re-blogged one of my blog posts, I go to it and leave them a Thank you. I do not at all understand the folks that re-blogged one of my blog post, with out even leaven a comment on my post. And when I visit them, they don't even write a reply back to the Thank you comment I leave for them. Which is why I am tyrning off the re-blog on both of my blogs here in the AR community.

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Feb 09, 2010 02:46 PM #7
Toronto, ON

I've seen re-blogging handled various ways including (a) writing an introduction to the post and (b) re-blogging without an introduction which makes it often appear that it is your post and many people then comment as if the re-blogger wrote the post.

I am now seeing some people write an introduction and then turn off comments.  The introduction also states that you need to go to the original post to write comments.

Feb 09, 2010 09:50 PM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Jeff, good points and I thank you for pointing out some of the proper etiquette of re-blogging.

Feb 09, 2010 11:43 PM #9
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

I did notice one of your post was re-blogged about 12 times, nice compliment for that many times. I have to agree it is best to add something of new value to a re-blog.  By pointing out the fact it is a re-blog and a thank you is also, as Gabe just commented, proper etiquette. It is a smiply way to say thank you for using someone Else's work.

Feb 10, 2010 01:48 AM #10
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Jeff: Thanks for this. So much of what you say is common sense in my mind. I would bet most people re-blog with a comment. If they don't, you have to wonder about why they're here. Paying it forward is imperative in building relationships. People who don't understand the concept must be out for themselves. I find this sad. I wish you well-you get it! Take care.

Feb 10, 2010 07:37 AM #11
Lyn Sims and the Blog Dog
Streamwood, Elgin IL Real Estate - RE/MAX Suburban - Bartlett, IL

Jeff:  I make sure that the readers know this is a reblog and who originally wrote/posted it and why I chose to reblog it.  What info do I want the readers to glean?  Thanks for the compliment the other day BTW.


Feb 11, 2010 06:25 AM #12
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Jeff - I seldom reblog, but when I do, I always add a line or two at the top to explain the purpose of the reblog and to make my admiration know of the author who did the work.  It is common courtesy, which is lacking too often in this world.  However, I do not have a signature line as yet.  I will make an effort to do that.  I enjoyed this two-part series and remain a faithful fan.  Thank you. 

Feb 11, 2010 12:30 PM #13
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

Jeff, you always write so much better about what's going on in the Mortgage World that why would I even consider anything but Re-Blogging your Wisdom. I always give you Kudos and thank you for your good work. Who would not do this? This is an excellent post and will help those people not familiar with the Re-Blog, know the distinctions!

Feb 11, 2010 11:34 PM #14
Craig Snead
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI - Dearborn Heights, MI
Real Estate Investor

Jeff, thank you for the education regarding re-blogging.  A good practice would be to give credit where credit is due. That would say a lot about the person reblogging as well as the original author.

Feb 12, 2010 01:45 AM #15
Sharon Filbig
Prudential California Realty - Escondido, CA
San Diego County Real Estate

Jeff, thanks for this post because I was kind of wondering what all that re-blogging business was and what was the purpose of it.

Feb 13, 2010 04:29 PM #16
Paula McDonald
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury - Granbury, TX
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Being new to this site, I really apprecite your information on this topic!  Thank you.

Feb 14, 2010 08:30 AM #17
Jay Schmitt
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Gettysburg, PA
Gettysburg Real Estate Agent

I am new to AR and you post has helped me understand what that button was for. Thanks

Feb 18, 2010 03:04 PM #18
Brian Morgenweck
Power Realty Group, LLC Bergen County, NJ - Hackensack, NJ
Broker/Owner, GRI, CRS, ABR, SRS

Thanks for the clarifications, Jeff. Just considering re-blogging as an addition to what I write. I agree with your view of no intro, etc & the lazy aspect...

I think if the parties to a re-blog are of a supportive nature...God bless the synergy. Say I have a FB fan page "Hackensack Condos" and would like to re-blog financing info from a mortgage person and link it to my fan page as well...every one wins, I would think.

Thanks again!

PS What's your opinion on shameless plugs worked into comments?

All the best!

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