Unethical to link your profile to your blog?

I just read a post in ProBlogger tackling the issue of linking your profile pages from social networking sites (Yahoo 360, MySpace, Squidoo, Friendster etc.) to your own blog and its ethical implications.

It was picked up from SEOmoz blog in which they asked,

If you employ tactics like the use of Flickr, MySpace, Blogger, Squidoo, etc. to build profiles (ostensibly of Otis Waftengard) and place links back to your site, have you been deceptive? manipulative? unethical?

First off a little [tag]seo[/tag] basics (from my very basic understand of it): to get better search engine results for your blog, more sites must have a link to it, making it look popular in the eyes of Google. Getting link backs to your blog is not that easy and so any additional source of those link backs would be helpful.

This is were those profile pages we create in MySpace or Friendster or any other similar site, comes into value. You create a profile of your own, throw in some nifty descriptions about yourself, create an impressive booklist and even a fancy video or a matching and stylish CSS customization. Then you place a link on it that will take visitors from your profile page to your blog.

If you’re somewhat addicted to joining sites like [tag]MySpace[/tag], the Pinoy favorite [tag]Friendster[/tag], and any other similiar sites, then each profile you make is a source for those precious links since again, getting in coming links are not that easy. So the more incoming links to your blog, the more likely it will be put in a higher position in web searches. Setting up profile pages in various sites and linking them to your blog is one way of “do-it-yourself” blog promotion without the difficulties of negotiating link exchanges and such.

Going back to SEOmoz Blog’s question; “Is this ethical unethical*?”

I don’t think so. After all, it is your profile and you basically have the right to do what you want with it, duh! ‘Cusmtomize your profile’ and placing a link even an image banner (like what I did with my Friendster profile) is well within what we are free to do. It’s a no brainer right?

*thanks for Noelle De Guzman for pointing out the little typo. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. "“Is this ethical?"

    I don’t think so. After all, it is your profile and you basically have the right to do what you want with it, duh! ‘Cusmtomize your profile’ and placing a link even an image banner (like what I did with my Friendster profile) is well within what we are free to do. It’s a no brainer right?

    Is it just me, or is this phrasing somehow contradictory?

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  2. No prob, Jhay. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do agree with you that it's a person's right to place links back to their blogs from their profile pages. It's when this gets abused that it becomes unethical (like spam blogs before the search engines started screening for them).

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  3. What's so unethical about that?

    Its about self-expression, and a link from a social networking site profile back to one's blog hardly seems to be an issue regarding ethics. How can it be deceptive or manipulative when any visitor to your profile is free to click on the link or not. It's not as if he or she has to.

    Besides, my social networking profiles and my blog are all consistent, since I describe who I really am.

    What's probably unethical are all those people, whether bloggers or social networkers who make up stuff about themselves, post pictures of other people instead of themselves, pretend they are someone else, etc.

    Linking your blog from your profile? I don't see what the big deal is.

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  4. yeah, and that adds only 3 backlinks. LOL

    I think noelle is right about the spam blogs and yeah comment spams. It's just unethical..

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