Continuing the theme of better blog posts, this post is for artists who are new to the blogosphere or just having an online presence. Jackie Davidson was curious about the etiquette of linking to people. She wrote:
I have mentioned you on my website as being one of the workshops I most recently attended. Is this okay? Would you want a link from that paragraph to your website?
Yes, it’s perfectly okay to mention me. In fact, mention me often. And link to me. Link big and link often! But only if it’s nice.
Seriously, mentioning someone on your site or blog is a generous gesture for which you really don’t need permission. You’ll get bonus points if you also provide a good text link. That means that you link to searchable text words (art marketing, artist newsletter, Alyson Stanfield, greatest artist coach in the world) rather than just the URL (artbizcoach.com).
You DO need permission if you are copying an entire text from someone’s copyrighted material. My newsletter gives permission to do this, but also gives specific wording that should be used when doing so. (See the bottom of this page.) And I use a Creative Commons license on this blog (see the bottom of the left column). Check the fine print of anyone’s newsletter, Web site, or blog to find this information.
What I don’t appreciate seeing is my content under someone else’s name or my newsletter forwarded without any credit. I think I can safely speak for most people out there who are trying to build a business online: If you’re prepared to give me credit and a link, go for it!
Image ©Jackie Davidson, My Blue Heaven.