Bloggers are Selfish people!

For the past three-four days I have been stuck at home with flu (Nothing new – it recurs every two or three months) and wasn’t really active on visiting and commenting on other blogs. The impact of this short break from the blogosphere was immediate – there was a huge reduction of traffic and comments on this blog. And I was really thinking whether we bloggers are becoming more and more selfish these days.

I think, the selfishness is more in the MMO niche because helping each other is not a popular formula here. After all ‘money’ and ‘selfishness’ complement each other very well. And if majority of your readers are bloggers themselves (blogging tips niche) you have a very good chance of not getting any comments on your post if you don’t return the same favor on time.

Selfish and how?

You comment and I comment back attitude is the most visible part here. Even then, most of the times comments are like ‘nice post’, ‘good points’ etc. Please, unless a particular post adds value to your life, you strongly agree or disagree to the content, you don’t need to necessarily make a comment. And when you are making a comment be specific and provide details.

(An exception to the above is when you have dofollow blogs or top commentator plugin that shows easy-to-enter numbers. Please note that those who comment only for those backlinks may not have even read your post completely)

Social bookmarking and tweeting is another area of selfishness. I see a lot of retweets of late though somebody initiating a book mark by himself is rare. Mostly, you have to tweet yourself on your own posts first to get further retweets.

Bad tone on comments is relatively rare but something that I have seen in the past. Some people take pride in convincing the world that what is being written is crap (e.g. for such a comment ‘Nice paid review’. Probably, the whole world knows that it is a paid review and you don’t need to stress on that fact)

Skipping the affiliate links is another thing usually exhibited by fellow bloggers – they rather prefer to sign up directly than using your referral link 🙂 The reason, why help him make more money, though it costs me nothing.

One week challenge for bloggers

Now, I would like to know how many of you bloggers are willing to do the following for the next one week (or two):

  • Stop visiting other blogs and commenting there in
  • Remove your top commentator plugin
  • Put back rel=nofollow on your comments section

Are you ready for the challenge? Do you believe that you will still get at least 10 comments per post even after taking the above steps? (I am talking about upcoming blogs and not pro-bloggers)

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  1. Hi Ajith,

    I missed out on your challenge, but I have to say that I wouldn’t have gone through with the entire thing anyway. I may give up top commenter, as I’m thinking about altering some things, but getting rid of my dofollow,… nope.

    That’s not because I worry all that much about losing visitors, who, at this point, I don’t think care all that much anymore. It’s more of a kick back at those bit time bloggers who talk about doing all this stuff for their visitors, then give them nothing. Well, some of them actually do have something good to say here and there, but many times, they’re not really saying anything relevant or thought provoking.

    However, if you did it, how did the experiment turn out?

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    • @Mitch,
      Appreciate your comment especially on the do follow part. Some of our blogger friends here (e.g. ZK of WebTrafficRoi) has do follow comments/links. Basically, the fear around DoFollow and Google needs to be reassessed 🙂

      As in my case, I stopped my comment spree – it’s not like I used to do in the past. I only comment the posts I liked and would like to really consume. And I reduced the top commenters count from 8 to 7 to 5 now. Might take that out as well soon.

  2. I truly appreciate your guts to say this out! Even though many of us actually know this and are very well following this, no-one in my knowledge actually said this out. It a very good explanation what exactly selfishness is all about and Bloggers are no exception!

  3. Yeah I agree with you. Bloggers are selfish indeed. I felt the same as you felt. So I understand what you mean, buddy.


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