Fashion blogs and self-promotion: How much is too much?

I've recently heard that the fashion blogosphere has reached a point of oversaturation. It's becoming increasingly hard to "break through" and there's nothing new left to say. While a debate about this would deserve its own post, truth is that many fashion bloggers have resorted to abusing the community for unabashed self-promotion in hopes to keep their head above water.

When I joined Independent Fashion Bloggers after starting Dressful, I was immediately bombarded with unusual communication disguised as "welcome messages" from some IFB members. Those messages consisted of three to four words like "Hi welcome to IFB" followed by a plethora of links to the member's blog, Facebook fanpage, Twitter profile and even pleas to follow their blog.

It was more than obvious that they had been copy-pasting the same message all over the site not to make anyone feel welcome, but to promote themselves. In my case, the effect of this was diametrically opposite to these bloggers' intention: I was put off by their spamming and never visited their blogs. I also deleted the messages.

How much self-promotion is too much? Shoving your links into people's faces when you're leaving comments on other sites and blogs is unnecessary if you have the option to fill in your name and URL so when others click on your name, it'll take them to your blog.

Blogger supports this.
WordPress does, too.
If you click on a member's name on IFB, it'll take you to their profile where you can find all of their links.

Why copy-paste your links everywhere when blogging platforms make it easy to reach your blog by default? Nobody appreciates it. It's time-consuming. It won't do anything for your blog in the long run. Initially it might bring you some extra clicks, but if most people who visit your blog never come back, it means you're doing it wrong.

There is a special place in hell for fashion bloggers

This is a frequent case with blogs whose owners desperately seek attention - the very reason their self-promotion is so aggressive is that nobody follows them because their work (or lack thereof) is mediocre. Blogs entirely filled with reposts and unoriginal content don't inspire, educate or make you think in any way.

I wish these bloggers knew they could get many more followers by improving their content instead of wasting time on shortcuts to success.

Shortcuts don't work. Especially not in blogging.

Sometimes it does happen that an aggressively promoted mediocre blog gains a big(ger) following, but only in numbers. Looking at the feedback they're receiving, you'll see it's just like the spammy comments those bloggers adopted as their claim to fame - generic and boring.

If you constantly bother people asking them to follow you on 5 million sites without a good reason, don't expect anything better in return. It's impossible to respect someone who wants all the attention, but adds nothing worthwhile to the conversation.

61 Comments

  1. So true! With my other blog I've experienced this thousands and thousands times, I usually call those bloggers spammers, just like you said. And I hate spammers, just for the record. xoxo

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    • I used to get a ton of such comments on my old blog where I was mainly posting my outfits. I get less of them here, but it still happens often. If a comment has more URLs than actual text, I don't publish it though.

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  2. Love the last line of this post... 'It's impossible to respect someone who wants all the attention, but adds nothing worthwhile to the conversation.' - So True! We've got to add to the conversation if we are going to play an active role, just like in a family each member chips in. It's certainly time that some bloggers stepped up and did the same. - Katy

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    • Thanks for your comment Katy! I'm glad there are still a few of us going strong ;)

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  3. word! why the fuck would I wanna follow someone's blog just because they asked (demanded?!) me to? like I want my reader all spammed up!

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    • Agreed, if we followed everyone who asked (demanded) us to follow them, I think our RSS readers would collapse 0_o :D

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  4. I love this. It's very, very true. If someone wants to read my blog, they can click on my name. I'm not going to paste in my URL for them in my comment.
    I've also watched people DO this and have seen their readers grow in huge numbers, but like you said, how much is REAL conversation and how much is just spammy? I'd rather have less people read my blog, but WANT to read it, than have hundreds of people read it because I've spammed them.

    I'm excited for FBFF this week.

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    • Hey Suze, thanks for the comment and I'm excited for FBFF too! :) I feel that if I'm not connecting with my readers via comments, tweets and emails that actually mean something, there's no point in doing it at all. Besides, I find the concept of an idolizing but shallow "fanbase" quite creepy.

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  5. hey!
    this post is really what every blogger should read.
    yes, i do admit to a little shameless promoting in the past,
    but then i got tired and i feel like i'm just like every other of the "spammers".
    thank you for this post,
    and posts like these are what keep me going daily and keep on blogging even
    when NOBODY comments or visitors were low that day.
    Thank You.

    With Love,
    Sabrina

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    • Hello Sabrina, this is one of the most fantastic compliments I've received since I've been blogging. Thank you, truly. As for your blog, hang in there, be creative and be patient. Lots of luck to you! :)

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  6. I shall remember never to leave my link on your blog then, lol. Kidding. I don't think I'm a approval seeker but I do leave my link under comments. I don't think its intrusive as long as the link is just simple and not posted a million times. Plus if the persons comment is decent then I don't mind them adding their link. People who are new to blogging don't always realise that the name links to peoples profiles so having the link right there is just simpler. I don't bombard people with my link and I never ever ask for followers and it really really bugs me when people do it to me. the whole, 'i'm following you, follow back please' is just awful, i will usually delete their comment. I think I am lucky that I get very few spammers and have developed a really good relationship even friendship with some of my readers. I think networking is one of the key ways to raise awareness of a new blog and it really did help my followers and comments, I think.

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    • Hello there! I didn't mean to say that links were banned from my blog for eternity (they're not), it just bothers me when there's too many of them accompanied by a shallow two-word comment. I absolutely agree with you on networking, but if you're doing shallow networking, you'll get shallow feedback. Glad things have been working out well for your blog, which I unfortunately cannot visit! ;) (hint: Website line)

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  7. i have to say that i agree so much with your post, and could not have said it better. although i'm not a fashion blogger but just a blogger =) but it is the same for us. so much for the saying that also bad publicity is publicity...

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    • I think this happens in all blogging "groups" and fields, but even more often in fashion blogging. No idea why though (because we could say that not only fashion blogosphere is oversaturated), this calls for a brainstorm!

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  8. My spam blocker is set to block anything with a strange number of URLs.

    Laughing out loud at "nothing new left to say." The saying "there's nothing new under the sun" pre-dates the Bible. Yet people have found a lot to say over the past two thousand years, no?

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  9. Hi there,

    Thanks for writing this, it's important to go about the right ways of promoting yourself.

    I'm embarrassed this happened to you on IFB, I have no way of knowing what kind of messages you get on the network, but then again, I get a lot of these self promotional messages on Facebook, so who really knows. Anyway, I'll try to think of a way to curb the occurrences of this.

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    • Hey Jennine, no need to be embarrassed, it's not you who spams people after all ;) You know I'm still on IFB for other, more likable reasons.

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  10. a new school of "comments" focused on following/socializing than actually liking/responding to the content.

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  11. Interesting read. I guess my reaction is mixed.

    I always try to leave relevant comments to people's posts, not just two word throwaways. My philosophy is that if the content isn't good enough to warrant me spending an extra minute to write something thoughtful, then it's best not to comment at all. I do typically include my URL with my comments because a lot of people (especially non-bloggers) don't know that clicking on your name will take you to a website. I've also discovered a lot of great blogs myself by clicking on such URLs in other blogger's comment sections, so they don't really bother me at all.

    Making sure you publish the best possible content should absolutely be a blogger's number one objective. However, unless your blog is strictly for your own personal enjoyment (which is totally fine), you have to do some sort of self-promotion (the legitimate non-spammy kind). I put a lot of time into my blog posts, and I also put a lot of time into promoting my blog as well. While it's true that many mediocre blogs achieve high readerships through shallow tactics. It's probably equally true that a lot of blogs with great content have abysmal readerships (numerically, at least) because no one knows about it. It's a delicate balance.

    As a somewhat newbie blogger, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on what you think are good tactics for promoting one's blog (assuming the content is already original and interesting).

    Kendra

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    • Hi Kendra

      I think I'm with you on this one, I enjoy writing my blog, all the content is original and those who take the time to read it compliment my writing style but I still have quite a low readership so I don't believe that this is due to poor content.

      I love what I do and eventually I would like to blog and work as a freelance fashion writer full time. I want to raise awareness of my blog and after reading this post I don't know how to do this without causing offence. I don't leave my link on other blogs but my comments aren't always very long, sometimes I just want to show appreciation and let the blogger know I'm reading. Recently I have been guilty of asking people to follow me via BlogLovin with the promise of me following back, not only because I want to increase my followers but also because I want to find new fashion blogs connect with the authors.

      Hi Eva

      I did enjoy reading this post, it left me with some food for thought... I doesn't really irritate me when people leave links after their comments as long as they have actually taken the time to read my post.

      I too am looking forward to participating in FBFF this week after being away for so long but in the meantime do you have any suggestions for creative self promotion that won't offend the blogging community?

      Hannah x

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      • Hello Kendra and Hannah,

        judging from my experience, leaving comments on other blogs is the best way to gain more exposure because most (fashion) bloggers usually return comments. However, there's a big difference between comments that contribute something to the discussion and comments that people leave just because of promotion. I highly recommend the former because it's also about building relationships with other bloggers. If you write thoughtful comments (like these you left here), it's more likely that you'll receive thoughtful feedback in return.

        Another way to get more people to your blog is to write a guest post for another blog (keeping in mind your target audience), but I haven't tried this myself yet so I'm not competent to say much more than this.

        It doesn't really *irritate* me either if someone writes a nice comment and attaches their link in the end. I'm just annoyed when there are more links (also to FB page, Twitter etc.) than actual text.

        Re: people not knowing that clicking on your name will take you to a website - I understand this, but I should also mention that about two years ago when I started blogging, nobody was attaching links in their comments and we still had no problems getting to each other's blogs.

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  12. I can see that you are annoyed with people greeting you to get your attention to read their blogs.. I get the same too.. But in a social networking environment, that is the norm.. why not!! let everyone say hi to everyone.. what you seem to forget is that a social network where bloggers register as members is different to an actual blog where readers are followers and visitors. So, was it too much work to read or ignore the welcome posts????!!

    I'm not being too critical, I am just lost as to what your point is?? Fashion or non fashion bloggers is irrelevant when it comes to an open social network. I also know that Independent Fashion Bloggers is not just message board posts, it also has alot of resources that fashion bloggers find very useful. But regardless, it is an open social network for fashion bloggers to say hi, discuss topics, explore other blogs, learn more and find resources.. That, in any social network often starts with 'Hi'. Don't you think? So, even if there's a problem, what do you think is the solution?? Let me guess, you are considering establishing a little bloggers community?? ;-)

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    • Thanks for your comment! My point is that these messages weren't really welcome messages because those bloggers only left them so that I'd check out their blogs.

      Also, I think it's clear that I wasn't critizicing IFB itself.

      P.S. Not thinking about establishing a bloggers community :), it requires too much time that I don't have right now.

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  13. hahhaha, first, i have to laugh a little at the writing on the t-shirt :D
    what you said is very true for all types of bloggers, not just the ones who write about fashion, this kind of self-promotion and attention-seeking is very common among mediocre ones and it is very annoying precisely because of everything you said. personally, i've been blogging in various places for over 4 years and every time someone new left me a comment, no matter how many comments I received, eventually i would find the time to click on their link/nickname, and if there was anything worthwhile, I visited them regularly. additional list of links never made me check them out any faster, in fact, it was a turn off.
    with blogs, just like with books, there is very little worthwhile content compared to the overall quantity, and it is not hard to follow the ones I like, but once I get into the situation of reciprocating visits out of politeness (usually i find it is because a mediocre blogger is a nice person who nonetheless puts an expectation on me) that it all becomes a chore and not-fun. i suppose it really depends on what one wants to achieve - initially it is good to comment on as many blogs you like (if one want's to have a chance at being a popular blogger), in order to let people know you exist, but ultimately, just like you said, it is your content that will keep the readers interested or not.
    in fact, i've been thinking just today, about fashion bloggers. apart from the boring attention seeking ones (whom I don't read) something that bothers me sometimes is the flagrant displays of wealth. I have nothing against good fashion, in fact I know a lot of fashion bloggers who are clearly privileged and have access to some insane clothes, backstage places and stuff, but somehow, there is a way to do it tastefully, to "keep it real", without shoving it down people's throats. but when a girl wears a different pair of Louboutins in every single picture, it makes me feel uncomfortable, because I'm thinking, she's like 21, what kind of a job or education can she possibly have to be able to afford £20 000 worth of shoes alone?! because I know girls like that in real life and they are not people I find interesting. nice clothes, yes, but I need more than that, even form fashion. i need character. but that's just my personal preference.
    so yeah, that is my pet peeve with some fashion bloggers, and that is a reason for me to stop reading even some good ones.
    ah, well, back to my morning coffee, great post Eva :))

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    • I'm actually not bothered by flagrant displays of wealth on fashion blogs because like you, I feel that it takes other things than wealth to be interesting, and if they're only about displaying wealth and not interesting, I just skip them. I am, however, always creeped out when I see people blindly idolizing someone *just* because of what this person can afford.

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      • i agree with that. i suppose, there has to be something more than just "things" to make it interesting.

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  14. Great post. Fashion blogging is a slow and steady rise and you must be authentic and bring something fresh to the table. Research shows time and again that quality of writing is the most important thing to readers and what keeps them returning.

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  15. I don't mind links in people's signatures as long as their actual comments are somewhat useful. Even an introduction should contain more than hi, welcome.

    Unfortunately, I blame Google. Yes, that's right! People are so SEO crazed that they will do anything for a back link and that's because the Almighty Search Engine (and I use almighty loosely) has created this type of environment.

    Of course, its not excuse for people's behavior but it does shine a light on motive.

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    • Hi Michelle, thanks for your comment. User-submitted links (comment data, commenter URI, etc) on WordPress are assigned the no-follow attribute, which means they don't get indexed by Google. I think Blogger has something similar too. So if anyone's leaving around their links to get a better Google rank, it's in vain. :)

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  16. I know how you feel, I just joined IFB as well, and as gullible as I am, I followed every one of my greeters, and left comments. While not even on half of them take a look at my blog. So yes, the feeling is mutual. I think link exchange is great, but I also think people should genuinely be interested in what others have to post. Just having another follower can't be too helpful. Is it a prestige to have 300 followers because you spammed them all, and only have a handful read what you have to say.. ? Good post. Kudos to you.

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    • Thank you! :)

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  17. Wow. Sometines when I read a post like this I am not sure if it is meant to be informative or cautionary. So, I will be optimistic and take it as informational. I am new to blogging and I initially thought it would be fun, and it is. However, I wish I was given a rule book prior to my first post. I am scared to break any rules now and come off as a pushy self promoting fool. I, have never asked anyone to follow me, but I have put my blog site after leaving a comment. I leave very few comments and I don't just leave comments to increase my readership, I leave them because I have something to say. I now feel like I need to check back and see if they are actually posted. I was hoping that bloggers who read/approved the comments before they are posted were doing so becasue they were filtering negative comments only, not weeding out self promoting spammers! Lesson learned, I guess.

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    • Hi Lynn, thanks for your comment! My post wasn't specifically meant to be "something", it's just an expression of my opinion that no one needs to take personally (nor so literally, for that matter). I'm sure nobody will be bothered if you leave a nice comment and attach your link in the end ... Although I think the extra link is not really neccessary, I have no problem publishing such comments myself. This post was more about shallow comments containing a ton of links anyway.

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  18. I get really turned off when someone says "Looking cute honey!" followed by a link to their blog. If someone leaves a comment, I click on their profile to find their blog. No sense in spamming me. I will not click on a link if it's supplied int he content area of the comment. Good post, I was wondering if anyone would say anything about this!

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  19. huh. i havent run into any spamming yet, and i'm a new blogger. i wouldn't call myself a fashion blogger, and i do hope those who do choose to follow me are not doing it based solely on my outfit posts.

    about having nothing new to say: do we really have to say new things? this has bugged me since middle/high school when many of my friends felt the need to be unique, to be the only fans of a certain band, to say unique things, and have unique opinions. people like that bug me. there is no need to be unique everywhere we go, it's not that important. what is important is having personality. we're all different, and if we're 'real' on our blogs, i think that shows through.

    having said that, i am currently struggling with the thought of being 'real' versus projecting only the positive, unoffensive, likable parts of my personality. i love who i am, i love being real and occasionally offensive, but i do worry about someone like my boss coming across my blog one day and deciding i am not a good fit to nanny her children...

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  20. Nice reading!
    But I have to disagree to some points... the thing of the url signature, I find it useful! I always click when I read interesting urls (interesting for me of course) and I would have never seen them if people hadn't put them under their comments! I don't know, I don't find it annoying, as long as they follow a nice comment. I obviously hate "nice blog" "hi check out my blog" comments. Really really annoying.
    And the ifb spam thing... I got to argue with the first one who sent me that message! I had registered in that moment, and after 5 minutes here a nice spamming message about "oh check out my blog". I was paricularly bothered by it because I received e-mail alert of ifb messages and couldn't set off the alerts because my account wasn't activated yet!!! And I receive e-mails on gmail server, on Mail program on my computer, and on my Blackberry. So I hate spam messages! So I was so mad I left a not so nice comment on her blog. Guess now she hates me. Now I'm more into the blogosphere I got that thing was completely normal, but I still don't like it!
    About comments, I shut up if I don't have nothing to say, or I comment if I really like something and want to show my appreciation, besides sharing on twitter and alikes as well!
    Anyway, I'd print that pic out and hang it on my room's wall. Ahaha very funny! Who's that girl? Wanna shake her hand ;)

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    • I have no idea who she is, I found the pic on Tumblr where nobody credits anything :/

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      • Eeww yes. You'd be glad to know I've just posted on Tumblr a pic from Vogue UK here and linked back to dressful.com ahhaha!
        I always do that. also post pictures I show on my blog and then redirect to my blog. Trying to make it a source of traffic!

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  21. I spend a LOT of time browsing on other blogs, and to be honest, I typically don't comment unless something really strikes me. Whether it be a beautiful photo, a great pair of shoes, a fun recipe idea, etc., but I don't think I need to leave a paragraph of text every time I comment just so that my comment is [quote] meaningful [un-quote]. Maybe it's because I don't currently get 40, 80, 200 comments a post that other bloggers may get, and don't get me wrong, I'm okay with that because I still know people are reading my blog from other outlets (personal emails, facebook, etc), but I LOVE seeing a comment like, "Wow, I love your shoes," or, "Great jacket!" Those comments are flattering to me, in the same way as if a stranger approached me on the street and said the same thing. Also, many times I do leave my blog url at the bottom of a post, usually for one of two reasons. One, you can only comment via wordpress, google, blogger, etc. and I don't have my blog set up with one of those accounts. I did make a google account specifically for this reason, but it than takes someone extra work if they want to visit my blog and see what I'm about because there's a "middleman" type of page. The second reason is because many times if I'm reading comments, I'm more apt to click on a link at the bottom of their comment rather than their name. I have non-blogger friends who will comment on my blog from time to time, and they'll sometimes put in their facebook or another website url because they don't fully understand what that space is for. Plus, a fun blog name will grab my attention, before the name "Sarah" would in someone's comment. However, if I'm a regular commenter on a blog, I do generally stop including my url in my comments. But I guess maybe I'm in the minority with my opinion on this all..

    http://www.RavingFashionista.com

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  22. Such sound advice. It is easy to get obsseseed with follower / traffic numbers. If your blog is good enough and its in the right places such a IFB - people will find it and read it becuase they want to which will make them more likely to follow you and vitist your site time and time again.

    Helen, X

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  23. I really agree with a lot of what you have to say, I experienced the same thing when I joined IFB and it was more than a little overwhelming!

    I've heard on several different sites that posting your link at the bottom of a (decent) comment is a good way to increase your SEO ranking on Google, so that is something that I do. At the same time, I agree that leaving several URLs or annoying comments like "nice shoes" do feel extremely spammy (spam-y? spamee?)

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  24. What a great blog. My colleague just emailed me this article and I had to forward it. I never gave it much thought.

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  25. Well, this is my initial go to to your weblog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a very community in the identical niche. Your website offered us valuable data to work on. You have done a marvellous work!

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    • Thanks! :)

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  26. Oh wow.. Your post came just in time! A few hours ago I started using IFB a little bit more actively, not only reading it but now commenting, and I was just wondering if I should add my link in an explicit manner after my comment just like you describe in the post.. And now I'm glad I didn't do that and thank you so much for clearing my mind of this doubt!

    Sincerely,
    David

    PS. Your blog is lovely!

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    • Thanks David! I'm sure you'll be able to get people to your blog even without excessively aggressive promotion :) Good luck!

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  27. Great post. I wish every blogger would read this and actually listen. I just joined IFB and have been experiencing the same thing: my inbox constantly full of "welcome and please follow my blog and I'll follow yours" posts. It's so annoying, desperate, and pathetic. It reminds me of when I used to be on myspace and people would post "PC4PC!" Yuck! Are we that starved for attention?

    My blog is still new, and while it's not as popular as I'd like, I have received all kinds of readership from around the world, which is exciting. I think that in this time of over-saturation, it's important to remember that the only way to keep our blogs relevant is to bring something unique to the table.

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  28. Haha I know the "welcome messages" on IFB! I usually checked the links out but none of the blogs I really liked. I also replied them like "I am sorry but I dont like your blog because.... I prefer..." None of them ever replied me back!:D

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  29. Thanks a lot for this post and all other on this topic. I've just started my own blog and don't understand many different things yet, especially the one about copy-pasting links, that's really looks kind of chip...

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  30. amen to that! and if I may add, just because somebody is new to the blogging world doesn't mean you can bombard them with "follow me and i'll follow you back" messages. It's a bit insulting really. i'd rather i don't have any followers than have many who really don't believe in what i write. besides, you really learn to become better when you have genuine followers.

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  31. Great post! I just started my own blog (and no, I won't place the link in this comment ;)) and I'm trying to figure out how to get myself noticed among the thousands of other fashion bloggers..
    It's hard, but people find me, thats cool!
    Thanks for writing this.
    xo Madeleine

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  32. I completely agree, and I am so thankful I stumbled upon this article. I am a new (one week old) blogger and I joined IFB to find 50+ e-mails that were all the same promoting their blogs with unoriginal content. Blogging can appear easy to some people, but its not! I love how you said "shortcuts don't work, especially in blogging" I definitely needed to hear that because it can be discouraging to think you have your own content but no one sees it because they are only looking at the super successful bloggers or the unoriginal mediocre bloggers. Longevity helps, and thats what I am trying to remind myself. I don't want to go overboard with self-promotion and it can be hard because I just want everyone to know- but I want to be me while I'm still on my way.

    Thanks for this post, it was a perfect read for a beginner blogger:)

    <3Courtney

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  33. Thank you for this post. Before starting my own fashion blog, I have always hated to see spams all over other bloggers' posts. The same goes to social medias such as Instagram, where spammers asks for followers in exchange of likes. When I finally started my own blog, I somewhat caved in, as I wanted more readers for my own insecurities. While I tried to make insightful comments on some blogs, I nevertheless aimed to promote my own. Deep down, I knew I didn't like spamming others, but felt the need to do so because everyone else seems to be doing it! Your post just reminded me that there are people out there, in the blogger-sphere, that would rather focus on content than begging for attention.

    Thank you!

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  34. I found this post while looking for ways to promote my blog and I guess I have to declare myself guilty of maybe too much self promotion too...

    When I started, or actually we started (I blog with my two roomates), we said we were doing it for fun and that it would never become a job or an obligation. And althoghu it hasn't become either of those it has become and addiction... Getting good feedback feels good and commenting usually works... It's not the only thing we do, we try to work as much as we can on our content too!! ;)

    But you are definetely right!! Not bringing anything new to the conversation is not worth commenting!

    Thanks for a great post!

    XX

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  35. This posits great, you hit the nail on the head! I hate it when I get comments from people that ask me to let the know weather I'm interested in a ill follow you if you follow me kinda scheme, It's really disheartening becuase I work hard on my blog posts and to get comments like these makes me feel like my blog is a place where others can rudely promote ther blogs. It's not as if they even read the posts sometimes because I will get comments like 'oh whereis that ring from?' when I have clearly stated it. It's annoying and I don't see why they do it becuase I am so turned off by bloggers that leave comments like these, it's obvious that they are in it only for self gain. Also I don't mind people leaving a link but 3 or 4 is silly, and its begging me to follow them that is annoying and pointless.

    Thank you for making such a great post!

    Rose x

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  36. I just found this post. I hate it when bloggers leave comments with links as well. Especially when you can tell they did not even bother reading the post they are commenting on, annoying.

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  37. I'm just thinking thought, if you put your blog link at the end of your comments, wouldn't it let you know what type of blog it was? I mean if people just how my name as Anna, would they really wanna click the link? If it was a interesting sounding link like "dreadful.com," wouldn't someone rather click on that since it piques interest? I'm sort of confused...

    Please give me some insight!! I would really like to know! Thanks!

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    • I don't know - you can try :) But I always click on the names of people who have written an interesting comment, no matter how ordinary their name.

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      • I see! That's a good way of thinking :) Thanks <3

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  38. I've been scouring high and low for more information on how to improve my beauty blog, and I really wanted something a little more substantial than what most blogs were offering. I've read two of your posts and they have definitely helped! In the past week my own blog has completely changed. You mentioned IFB, but it doesn't seem they accept makeup bloggers, or is this just misleading?

    XOXO
    Rhi

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    • Hi Rhi, I'm glad you found my posts helpful! As you say, IFB is more geared towards fashion bloggers, but I'm sure you wouldn't be the only beauty blogger there if you joined.

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  4. It’s all about me or is it? | Bubbling with Elegance and Grace - [...] She said the topic became fully formed until this morning when I read this post on Dressful (http://dressful.com/2465/ fashion-blogs-and-self-promotion-how-much-is-too-much) …
  5. Self-Promotion 101 : It’s Not About You | Independent Fashion Bloggers - [...] past few weeks, several bloggers have written posts about self-promotion, Dressful, Grit and Glamour, Miss Vinyl Ahoy and several …
  6. 20 sarcastic tips to become a popular fashion blogger - [...] To get more visits, spam other blogs with two-word comments like "great outfit" followed by links to your blog, …
  7. It’s all about me or is it? | Bubbling with Elegance and Grace™ - [...] Self Promotion.  She said the topic became fully formed  when she read a post on Dressful (http://dressful.com/2465/ fashion-blogs-and-self-promotion-how-much-is-too-much) about …
  8. Does that really make you a ‘top’ blogger? « Catherine Love Hammick - [...] get more visits, spam other blogs with two-word comments like “great outfit” followed by links to your blog, Twitter and Facebook …

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