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Disclaimer: This policy obviously does not apply to those I consider my close friends. Hint: if you're not commenting here regularly or in touch with me by e-mail, you're probably not - don't bother asking me..
Er... no, I'm not going to move my blogroll to a separate page of its own.
Rather it's something I've been annoyed about for a while now. It's called "reciprocity" and it's a word I've used recently in a different context. I've removed a couple of links from my blogroll as a result of this.
When I link to a blog, I do expect some reciprocity from the other side. When I say that I have given people a fairly prominent link on my home page. What I don't appreciate is my link being buried among hundreds of others in an obscure blogroll page. Mind you, I don't care about the SEO benefits. What I care about is (there is that word again) reciprocity. If I give you a prominent link, I expect a prominent link in return or your friendship and regular participation on my blog's discussion page. If I get neither, I am naturally upset.
So here's a new rule I'm going to follow on Hari's Corner from now on. If you want a link back from here, I expect one of the two (or both if you prefer ):
Posted on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 07:47 IST (last updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2009 @ 18:58 IST)
More linking guidelines:
- Being a (reasonably) regular commenter on my blog. (Obviously there's no need to comment on every article I write; I just need to know once in a while that you're still following my blog) OR
- Giving me a link on your home page or finding some other way to link to this blog meaningfully (for example, in articles.)
I'm sorry to have to implement such a system in any case and if I had been more careful in the past, such a rule wouldn't have been necessary. But I have been generous enough in linking to other bloggers and even commenting on their blogs (most of my regular readers will confirm this), so naturally it's time to expect something in return.
Link or comment - it's your choice. Fair enough?
- No linking from an obscure page on your site. Link must be on front page or a prominent blogroll page. I'd prefer the link to open in the same tab, but if you must I can accept links which open in a new window/tab.