The Downside of Having a Popular Blog

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Citizen journalism / blogger card by Pinseri-blog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why you should be careful if your blog is too popular
Blogger Fined for Ranking Too High on Google
Negative restaurant review gets French blogger in trouble
‘A French judge has ruled against a blogger because her scathing restaurant review was too prominent in Google search results.

‘The judge ordered that the post’s title be amended and told the blogger Caroline Doudet to pay damages.

‘Ms Doudet said the decision made it a crime to be highly ranked on search engines.

‘The restaurant owners said the article’s prominence was unfairly hurting their business.

‘Ms Doudet was sued by the owner of Il Giardino restaurant in the Aquitaine region of southwestern France after she wrote a blogpost entitled “the place to avoid in Cap-Ferret: Il Giardino”.

‘According to court documents, the review appeared fourth in the results of a Google search for the restaurant. The judge decided that the blog’s title should be changed, so that the phrase: “the place to avoid” was less prominent in the results.

‘The judge sitting in Bordeaux also pointed out that the harm to the restaurant was exacerbated by the fact that Ms Doudet’s fashion and literature blog “Cultur’elle” had around 3,000 followers, indicating she thought it was a significant number…’

Top 5 Data Resources for Bloggers
‘Everybody has an opinion. It’s nothing special. It proves nothing, not unless you’ve got the numbers to back up your propositions. Numerical data is absolutely essential to creating a successful blog. People don’t just want an actionable agenda, they want cold hard facts, supporting details, and colorful charts and graphs to back up whatever crazy ideas they’ve come up with. And this being the information age, there’s usually a few surveys out there that can allow them to do just that.

‘Not only are data resources necessary to back up existing opinions, but they’re great for generating content ideas for you to slap onto the blog section of your WordPress. As they say, when you are blogging it’s easy to find templates, pictures or opinions. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be a pain to find reputable resources for reliable data.

‘No worries though, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of the top 5 data resources that every blogger needs bookmarked…’

How to develop an effective commenting strategy
How to Comment on Blogs the Right Way
‘Are you commenting on other people’s blogs to grow your own readership?

‘This is often a good strategy when your blog is brand new – and it’s a great way to start building relationships in your niche.

‘Too many bloggers, though, go about commenting the wrong way.

‘If you leave comments that don’t say much more than “great post!” then you’re wasting your time (and everyone else’s)…’
the 5 steps

About DigitalPlato

Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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2 Responses to The Downside of Having a Popular Blog

  1. DigitalPlato says:

    Right Noel. As bloggers, better safe than sorry.

  2. I agreed with the judge. Ms. Doudet could have used a more subtle title for her review about the restaurant in question.

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