My first ever discussion post: LINKS!

Hi Munchworms!

It isn’t even that long ago since I told someone I’d rather comment ridiculously long rants on other people’s discussion posts than actually write one myself.

Of course, I jinxed it. Because all of a sudden I had this idea in my head for a topic and couldn’t let go. It might not necessarily be a discussion topic per se, it’s still something I wonder about. I want more opinions on the matter!
Okay, maybe that does make it a bit of a real discussion post…

Links in posts

Do you, or do you not use links in your blogposts?
This can be to Goodreads, BookDepository, Amazon…

The good

First of, if you use them, it’s an easy way for followers to get more information on the subject. If it’s a link to Goodreads, said book can easily be added to their shelves, or it’s easier to join a group, a giveaway, anything really.
The same goes for links to other sites. If they have the sudden urge to buy that book immediately, I can imagine them clicking the link and just doing so!
In the end, you make things easier for your followers.

Then there’s the matter of the affiliate links. I know some people who add these all the time. From a blogger’s vision, it’s handy to have a little bit of profit that way. I can definitely see where they’re coming from. However, it’s not something I’d ever go with, I think. If only because I tend to just open the tab to BD or Amazon myself instead of clicking a link, haha.

Advertising! There are plenty of Etsy-shops, subscription boxes and whatnot out there that we all feel passionate about. If we talk about one of their items, it’s only natural to want to link them, get others to find out where we get our gorgeous goodies.
I love it when I see something I’d like to buy myself and then, there it is! A link!
The same counts for linking to fellow bloggers. If someone gave you an idea for your post on their blog, link to them! It’s a simply way of saying “thank you” and it gives other people the chance to see where you got your inspiration from.

The bad

I honestly rarely go from a post to actually buying a certain book. I’d rather put it on my Goodreads-shelf and get back to it when I have the funds, than immediately buy it. Of course that’s me, and it’s personal but… I just don’t see the use in those Amazon- and BookDepository-links. So for that reason I tend to not put them in my posts either.

Not to mention the fact that as bloggers, we like to schedule some of our posts. If you want to schedule a review for a book that has yet to be published and, accordingly, hasn’t even appeared on Amazon yet, you can’t even schedule it! You have to keep checking and checking. From that point of view, I almost always go with not adding those links so I can go ahead, schedule my post and “be done with it”.

My opinion

Since I don’t really care about the affiliate links or really see the use in adding sites like Amazon and BookDepository to my posts, I tend to not add those. Unless it’s asked specifically for a blog tour or by the author. Or if I just really, really want people to read a certain book.ย See what I did there?
I do, however, always always always use a book’s cover picture to link to Goodreads. It’s something I think is handy and, honestly, I always get this happy feeling whenever I read a review, want to put it on my TBR and.. there’s a GR-link! Now I don’t even have to look it up myself!
Linking back to other bloggers is something I only do in tags and awards. I haven’t really had the need to do it in other kinds of posts? Yet?
Although I should give a shout-out to Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader because she’s the one with the “Let’s Chat”-discussion posts that I love most! Pretty sure it was her I once told that I’d rather comment on those posts than actually write one myself.ย Now you all know how I love proving myself wrong. It makes no sense.

So, tell me. How do you feel about using links? Do you do it all the time? Do you prefer having some links in posts and don’t care about others?


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63 thoughts on “My first ever discussion post: LINKS!

  1. Kathy, like you, I always always use a bookโ€™s cover picture to link to Goodreads. I also usually put links in connecting the author’s name to his/her website and other contact info if I have it. I also use links to topics or places that I include in my post (in case the reader wants to read up on a subject or setting). Occasionally I have included links to Amazon in order that my reader has an easy/quick way to purchase the book or read the Amazon summary of the book and check out the price. I am in NO WAY affiliated with Amazon, so I don’t benefit from this.
    If I have chosen to read a book because of another blogger’s review of said book, I usually include a link back to that blogger’s review that persuaded me.
    I do not participate in ‘tag’ posts, so that is a moot point for me.
    Great discussion post. Hope you do more of them.


  2. Awesome topic! I also have problems with linking a book that hasn’t been published yet. This happened to me one time and I was almost afraid to do a review on the book because there was no link to the book yet.

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  3. I use links in my posts. In my review posts I give links to where you can get the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, and Book Depository. And in book tag posts I link back to the person who tagged me and/or the creator of the tag. It’s a helpful way to connect with more in the book community by clicking on the link to check out their blog. And sometimes I’ll link back to an earlier post I’ve written. For example, in my monthly wrap ups, I link back to any of the reviews I’ve done for books read during that month, just in case people missed the post and want an easy way to get to it. I don’t have any affiliate links, but if I did then I would be sure to let my readers know that it is an affiliate link so people don’t think that I am misleading them or tricking them in any way.

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    1. Mostly I just go with Amazon and BookDepository links, if I decide to actually use them that is. I just feel like we all have our go to-sites when it comes to buying books and I hardly want to have twenty sites mentioned, haha. Not to mention I rarely click those links myself to immediately buy a book.
      I love links to other bloggers! I sometimes feel like I’m “stuck” in the same circle of bloggers so it’s a fun way to get to know other ones.

      I don’t think I ever linked back to my own reviews in my wrap-ups.. Maybe I should start doing that.. I can definitely see it being helpful if people want my review on books but on the other hand.. I read so many books that my review sometimes only pops up a month later simply because I can hardly post twice a day, haha.

      It’s important to mention that! I’d definitely want to know if I do decide to click an Amazon-link and it turns out the blogger profits from it but didn’t mention it anywhere. Feels misleading indeed.

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  4. I find links handy! Like you, I don’t usually go straight to buying the book (I need to prioritize my reading AND I usually use my library instead) so affiliate links aren’t anything I use. But Goodreads links are a MUST in my opinion. I also like to provide links to the author’s website (if they have one) in my review, just in case anyone is interested in checking them out further. I do usually include an IndieBound link, but that’s more of a just-in-case thing.

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    1. Exactly! I never use my library though, but that’s mainly because English isn’t the main language so finding new releases in libraries? Impossible! I think the most recent one is two years old or something.
      Goodreads is definitely a must! Completely agreeing on that! It’s sooo easy to just hop on over there and add a book to your TBR!

      I’m so guilty when it comes to not checking out authors’ sites all that much. I should definitely change that because I’ve read some awesome things on some of those but I just.. can’t seem to squeeze it in, haha.

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  5. I enjoy seeing bloggers include links so I can just click and go when I am interested in a book. I wouldn’t mind shopping through affiliate links, as I had been considering joining affiliate programs myself, but I posted a survey a while back and most bloggers tend to shy away from affiliate links. I use regular links in my posts because I want to cater to those who are like me and don’t want to have to type something in in a new window, lol.

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    1. I keep forgetting to make a little list of bloggers I know who use affiliate links so I can use those whenever I order something but I keep forgetting!
      Totally agree though. I always wish people use Goodreads-links so I feel like that should be the least I’m adding in my own posts as well, haha.

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  6. I do enjoy links- and I always put them in my posts when applicable, just because I feel like it is a lot easier for readers, and it only takes me an extra couple seconds, so why not, you know? Especially Goodreads- because I don’t want people to have to like, squint to read titles on covers and such just to find a book! Now the affiliate thing is a little different. I *do* use Amazon ones, but only in reviews, with a little link that specifically states it’s taking the reader to Amazon. I used to do Book Depository ones, but in all my years of blogging, I made zero cents, so that was annoying and I stopped- but I DO still link to TBD in general, for international readers (again, only in reviews). It’s funny that you mention that about books and adding them to Goodreads before buying, because I do the same! BUT- I always *try* (keyword try ha) to go visit a blogger who I know uses affiliate links before I buy it because honestly? I’d rather the blogger get that couple cents-to a dollar! Great discussion, glad you decided to do one ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Exactly! Putting links to Goodreads is such a small effort on our part and it can help out more than one person in the end, so why not.
      Funny thing that you apparently didn’t make anything through your BD-affiliate links compared to the Amazon ones, haha. I take it Amazon is way more common to order books on in the US than BD is? I aaalways use BD even though the shipping kind of takes ages… Maybe I should think about reforming that habit of mine.
      Hm, actually never done that and now I feel stupid for it? Next time I’m ordering books, I’m going to do just that! Having people earn a little bit of money because of my book buying addiction.. Why not, haha. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜€


  7. I link on my posts all the time! I rarely ever buy books from other people’s blog posts, but it’s nice and handy for myself to be able to click on an interesting book and see its page on Goodreads, for example. I spend quite a lot of time linking my stuff on my posts as well, and I really don’t mind. It also sort of makes the post look slightly better.

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  8. Yeah, Iโ€™m so glad Iโ€™m brainwashing people into doing discussions on their blogs. MY MASTER PLAN IS WORKING (jk, jk). ๐Ÿ˜‚

    But this is so interesting! I know there are people who include links for their reviews, but I donโ€™t. Youโ€™re right that people rarely click on them; Iโ€™ve heard from other book bloggers who use affiliate links that they donโ€™t get that much money from them. ๐Ÿ˜ And I also donโ€™t have any money, so itโ€™s not like I can buy books whenever I want to (I wish). I do like linking back to bloggers when they inspire me though!

    And, aw, thanks for the shout out! I always love your comments! ๐Ÿ˜˜

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    1. You are! YOU ARE EVIL. Especially since I now went “OMG people are actually full-on replying on this..” and now I want to find another topic.. We’ll see, haha.

      I figured that much. Affiliate links simply don’t seem all that interesting to me. The only reason I might use one is when I know a friend of mine has one and I’m just “well, why not” but that would be it. And even then I’d honestly forget about it anyway, haha.
      I guess we all wish we could buy books whenever we want! I feel lucky for getting to splurge once in a while even though my TBR hates me for it, haha.

      You’re welcome!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  9. i used links to goodreads in the beginning, but it got too stressful. now i am just putting links at the end of a review! that’s ok.
    i don’t care about affiliate links, i don’t click them. and i also don’t mind no links, because if i want to know more, i can search for it myself ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. It’s become a habit of mine to just make a Goodreads-link of every cover I use, haha. Unless I’ve been all over the place or lazy.. Then I miss a couple.. Oops?
      Same! I’m not that big of an impulse-buyer to just head to Amazon through someone’s review and start buying books. :’)

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  10. Mikaela has great discussion topics!!
    Anywho, links are good and non-issues at the same time for me. I thinks itโ€™s helpful for Books, so I can see a summary on GR without having to go out to GR. Any other link….depends on what itโ€™s for, like what I think itโ€™s heading to. If Iโ€™m slightly interested at all….Iโ€™ll click the link and see. If not, I scroll on by!!
    Love a discussion post!!

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    1. She has! I don’t even want to compare this one to hers, haha. *depressing*

      Exactly!! I couldn’t agree more! Although I never ever click Amazon/BookDepository-links. I’m not that big of an impulse buyer so those just don’t add anything for me.


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    1. I really wonder whether those have much use, haha. I don’t think I’d ever use affiliate links simply because I myself am not even tempted to click those when reading a post. But I guess it’s a good thing for impulse-buyers. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thank you!! I’m definitely one who likes it when people include Goodreads-links. It makes it a lot easier to just add a book to my “want-to-read” without having to look it up myself. [Being lazy is fun sometimes, haha.]

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  11. I use links when I’m talking about a specific page. If I’m doing someone’s tag then I’ll link to their page or if I reference a post, things like that.
    I don’t link to goodreads or amazon because I feel like if the reader wants to know more about the book they’ll google it. I give all the info I have and that’s it.

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  12. I always add all the links… even though, like you, I hardly ever actually use the buy links in others posts myself. But after a few years adding links has turned into a habit for me and I have tried to post a review without buy links- didn’t work out. It was like a niggle at the back of my head which told me to just add them!
    I think there’s no right or wrong… I know some people don’t care for links at all while others would come demanding where the bloody links are ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Haha. I really like it when I can just click a title or cover to get on the Goodreads-page. I know I sometimes don’t add books I’m interested in simply because I don’t want to go through the hassle of looking it up on Goodreads? Me being lazy: check..


  13. I only link to goodreads and the authors website. Goodreads is good for more information about a specific book ro series. (I’ll often link reviews from goodreads that havent gone live on my blog yet too, or to avoid a million notifications). Author websites are good cor discovering body of work, and will also mention pre-order campaigns that other sites don’t. I dont see a need to link to book buying sites unless it’s a blog tour post.

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  14. In my monthly wrap-up post, instead of writing out my reviews, I put the links to my Goodreads reviews. That way too, if someone has never read a book that I’ve read before and there are spoilers in my review, they aren’t spoiled. I do link to other bloggers occasionally. I don’t use links to buy books at all either. This was a great discussion.

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  15. I always put in Goodreads and Amazon links but when analysing my stats I find that no one really clicks on them! And I donโ€™t click on them either when I go on other peopleโ€™s posts! Like you said, I open my own Goodreads tab and add the books on there and I never impulsively buy a book after Iโ€™ve read someoneโ€™s post!

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    1. When I find a book I’m really interested in, I do catch myself looking for a Goodreads-link in the post somewhere and am sometimes disappointed when I don’t find it. But that’s mostly the case when I’m reading posts on my phone and want to avoid the hassle of opening Goodreads, haha. Otherwise, it’s copy/pasting all the way!
      Same! Impulsively buying a book immediately after reading a review is pretty much non-existant. There are so many books I want to buy still that it wouldn’t even feel fair to all those other books either. :’)

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  16. what an interesting discussion Kathy. Actually, I am too lazy to add links, you know all those additional steps just have included links, I’d rather not go through them… This is actually making me feel embarassed…:) ๐Ÿ™‚ But not so much. I sometimes use Goodreads links. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. I always link to goodreads, that way people can then link to their preferred purchasing place or shop around for the cheapest option. They also have the option to add them to their TBR right there or go to their preferred site and add to a list or wishlist.

    Great discussion post, I actually just scheduled one myself. I love discussion posts, they open you up to so many conversations and ideas.

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    1. Yes, exactly! I love Goodreads-links for all the reasons you mention! Also, they make me lazy since I don’t have to go and look up the book for myself which sometimes feels like a hassle – especially when I’m reading reviews on my phone.

      Thank you! It’s my first one and so far I haven’t thought of another topic. I feel like so many topics have been mentioned over and over again that it’s kind of hard to come up with something new, haha.

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  18. Oh this is such an interesting discussion! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I usually only put links to Goodreads pages of the books, when I am talking about books, as well as to other bloggers’ blogs whenever I am mentioning them. I also link back to some older posts of mine when it’s relevant, but other than that… that’s it. I never put links to Amazon, Bookdepository or anything, because I am just like you: when I read about a book, I am most likely to add it on Goodreads if I am interested and not buy it right away haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you!
      Same here! I don’t think I ever really linked back to older posts though; except in short recaps to TBR’s I set but not in a way like “Oh, this was a good post as well!” if you know what I mean.
      Exactly! Whenever I have some money to spare to buy books, I just scroll through my “want-to-read” and see what catches my eye. Although I did add a “buybuybuy”-shelf recently for the more interesting ones, haha.

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  19. Good discussion! I do it on my posts but I do often wonder if the Amazon & BD ones are unnecessary, since I don’t ever buy books from people’s posts, either. Honestly, it’s just really rare that I order a book IMMEDIATELY after reading one review – I usually either wait until I see it on BookOutlet or am placing a book haul order, anyways. Hmm… maybe I should save myself some effort and just start posting the Goodreads links by themselves! Food for thought, for sure.

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    1. Thank you!
      Honeslty, I cannot even read the word “BookOutlet” anymore without thinking of your ridiculously large bookhauls, haha.
      I guess it really could save some effort if you’d just skip those links. Recently I found I only add them when I’m ridiculously excited about a new release and I pretty much want to push a book in people’s faces, haha.


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