There will come a time in your blogging career that you want to add a quote from another blog. If you want to keep your reputation intact, it’s important that you know exactly how to go about quoting other blogs in order to keep from upsetting the original blogger or being accused of plagiarism. When it comes to quoting other blogs, the following are five awesome tips to help ensure you do it correctly.
1. Ask permission.
There are copyright laws in place to protect bloggers from having their work stolen, and in order to keep from violating a copyright law, it’s a good idea to reach out to the original poster and ask them for permission to use a quote from their blog on your own post. You may want to provide them with some details about your post, such as the topic and why you’re using their quote. You may also want to let them know how exactly you will credit their quote, whether with just naming them as the original quoter or linking back to the blog post the quote comes from. Giving them some sort of publicity can make them more willing to accept your request. When you have their permission to do so, you will avoid any trouble in the long run.
2. Cite your source.
No matter what, it’s very important that you cite your source when you quote from another blog. Make sure you lead in the quote with who said the quote and where it was said, and always make sure to put the quote in quotation marks. If you want to be more thorough, you can always add a true blog citation at the bottom of your post to give the author full and complete credit.
3. Add a link.
Linking back to the original blog post is important when quoting from other blogs. This allows your readers to see exactly where the quote came from, and it also generates more traffic for the original poster. This added exposure and traffic is a great way to thank them for allowing you to use their quote on your post, and they may return the favor by quoting your work and linking back to your site.
4. Proofread the quote.
The absolute worst thing you could do is to have a grammatical or spelling error in a quote. Depending on the error, it could completely change the context of the quote, which could look bad for the original author. It’s very important that you take the time to proofread your quote against the original and to also run the quote (and your entire post) through a spelling or grammar checker.
5. Don’t forget about images.
Some bloggers think that these rules only pertain to content, but they also pertain to images. If you plan on using another blogger’s image or video in your blog post, you need to still ask for permission and cite them as the original owner of the image or video. Failure to do so could put you in hot water.
Janetta Johnson is a blogger and a freelancer using Grammarly grammar check as her main resource for quality control.
Image Credit: etiquette.