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 bookSee 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. 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. 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 🙂

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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..

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. I always put in Goodreads and Amazon links but when analysing my stats I find that no one really clicks on them! And I don’t click on them either when I go on other people’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 I’ve read someone’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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  5. 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…:) 🙂 But not so much. I sometimes use Goodreads links. 🙂

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  6. 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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  7. Oh this is such an interesting discussion! 🙂
    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 🙂

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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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  8. 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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