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Let’s Bring the Blogroll Back to the World of Blogging

RT Cunningham | May 28, 2021 (UTC) | Blogging

blogrollAccording to Wikipedia’s blogging glossary, a blogroll is a list of other blogs that a blogger might recommend by providing links to them (usually in a sidebar list). I blame Google’s search team for convincing bloggers that a blogroll wasn’t a good idea. They didn’t come right out and say it, but they implied quite a bit.

Today, all you have to do is add rel=”nofollow” to each of those outbound links if you want them to have no effect on source or target pages. I never bothered with all that. The only thing I use is rel=”noindex,follow” on internal links I don’t want to appear in search results. The individual category pages are one example.

Where to Place a Blogroll

You can place a blogroll anywhere and on any page, or even on multiple pages. The only page location that makes sense is either the sidebar or the footer, as the above image shows (click on it to make it bigger), if you want it to be on all the pages. You can place it in the main content area if you only want to dedicate a single page to it.

My blog has a full-width layout. I only have two choices, the footer for every page or a dedicated page. I don’t like the idea of a dedicated page because most people would never look at that page. Unless I end up with hundreds of links, the footer is a better idea.

Finding Other Blogs

It used to be easy. It seemed like everybody and their mother had a blog about something. Today, you have to search for them. There are still a lot of blogs that aren’t worth your time. Some of them are members of the Bloggers Traffic Community, but don’t get me wrong. Most of the members have blogs worth reading at least once.

I started blogging in 2006. There used to be lists of blogs all over the place as well as a lot of communities specializing in promoting them. Those types of websites are now difficult to find, and when you do find them, they can be woefully outdated.

I want to add a blogroll to this blog, and I’m not the only one thinking about it. Paige Brunton wrote “Bring back the blogroll” in January and Michael Beckwith described how to bring back the blogroll to WordPress in February of this year. If I keep looking, I’m sure I can find more.

As soon as I can properly format the footer of this page to include a blogroll, I will include one. If you want to be on it, please let me know, so I can review your blog.

Combined image attribution: WPBeginner

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