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