Last week I was discussing issues of how bloggers are not aware of copyright laws or copyright symbols. Though most bloggers learn about copyright issues well after they start blogging but well before they start making money from blogging.
I know a lot of young bloggers in their teens who copy-paste content from other sides on first website they put up. This is done very often done harmlessly and without realization that they might be actually doing something illegal copyright wise.
As bloggers learn more, people learn about various licenses. Creative Commons is on such licence which has been embraced by the online community to share information freely.
But everything with the CC licence symbol is not something that can be used without giving credit to the author. Creative Commons is used often in combination of Attribution (BY), ShareAlike (SA), NoDerivs (ND) and Non Commercial (NC).
I came across a nice infographic that explains how you can use Creative Commons licenced content. It was created by Milos Janata.
If you are wondering if you should credit the author/creator of some content, then you should be asking yourself why would you not want to give credit. Even if it was not legally required, it is ethically required in my opinion.
Do drop in your comments if you have any more simplified way for explaining copyright licences.
There are many professional bloggers in the world. By professional, I mean someone who blogs for a living. Bloggers and their blogs might have their individual stories, but the common thread among most of them is that most bloggers start causally.
I have often interacted with new bloggers who write to me, asking me for advice on how to start monetizing their blog. I decided to write down 5 rules bloggers could follow before they start monetizing their blog.
Just a disclaimer before I start, these are not tips or tricks on SEO or making money from AdSense. They are just certain things common with almost all professional bloggers.
- Email addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org sound very cool. Most people (yours truly included) have tried to have such an cool sounding handle for email. But if you want to come across as a professional then such email addresses will not do. Make sure you have your name included in the email address.
- Always use your own name while publishing a post. Never publish posts under ‘Admin”. An Admin usually means someone who takes care of backend part of a website not the content part.
- Do not praise yourself unrealistically. Never call yourself a hacker, a millionaire, or even a success. The real ones never do.
- Make sure you have an “About Us” page and pay very close attention to what your write on it. An “About Us” post with incorrect English or even worse false content can have a very bad impact on your reputation.
- Are you blogging for a career or for pocket money. There is nothing wrong with making a quick buck from your blog even at the cost of quality. But if you have chosen to make blogging into a career, the you will have to give it adequate respect.
These tips are not about making money but getting ready to make money. If you follow these tips, you will come across as someone who is serious about blogging.
Do you have more to add to this list? Do drop in your comments.