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Updated on May 1, 2012

We are all trying to make a living and advertise our work but there are right ways and wrong ways of doing this. I am going to share with you business etiquette. The Internet is a big place but we still need to have etiquette and manners.

What is business etiquette?

Sitting behind a computer monitor at home gives people a boldness they wouldn’t have in person. You would never go to another person’s home carrying a poster advertising your place of business or a product you are selling and nail it to their living room wall. And yet, time and again I see people who I don’t even know show up and post links to their website or another they feel strongly about.

You may say, “Well, I do mention to my friends products and ideas I feel strongly about while in their home.” Yes, this may be true but it isn’t left on the wall for everyone who comes to visit after you leave. When you post links without permission that is what you are doing. Leaving your mark where they live.

Helping a friend

I don’t mind helping a friend from time to time and I’ve had some ask permission to leave a link to their website or article. That is proper business etiquette; asking permission before posting.

People I don’t even know, thinking just because I get a lot of traffic they’ll leave a link or two and help their own website. That is not the proper way to make friends or get traffic.

I will delete them

Make no bones about it; I will remove them, especially if I don’t even know you. If you are a friend, asked permission or I asked you to leave a link, that’s different. That is a mutual agreement.

Aggressive advertising

Aggressive advertising is rude; I don’t care what anybody thinks. There are right ways and wrong ways to go about getting your product out there and this is not the right way.

Some get away with it especially if there is a lot of traffic but most people won’t click on your links because they see it as pushy and rude. No one likes a forceful person.

You can get traffic to your website the right way, you don’t have to mark your territory everywhere you go.

Advertise the right way

If you leave great comments on other people’s work and your name is the same as your website or pen name people will find you. They’ll think, “I like what Pamela N Red has to say I wonder if she has a website?” If they Google my name, guess what? They find me all over the place because I put my name out there, not by being pushy but by writing content people want to read.

Making a name for your self takes time

It doesn’t happen over night. No one out there right now who is a well-known writer made it quickly. We all had to work and work hard.

Make friends or as they say in the business world, network. Networking is important but must be done the right way. There are many books on the subject if you need help marketing your product but don’t push your links on other people’s websites. That is just rude.

I want to back up my statement with links

If you disagree with a writer and want to make a point the proper way to go about that is to leave a quote and author’s name. Dr. Know It All says this, “People with attention deficit hyperactive disorder have trouble focusing,” and he wrote this book, “I Know Everything About Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.”

Those interested can either look for the book or put in a search for Dr. Know It All’s website.

When you feel extra strongly about a subject, write your own article about the subject. Great writers get ideas all over the place and this is one of those writerly moments.


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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Glenn, they are sneaky about how they leave their mark behind. I don't mind if it is you or someone I know closely but when someone shows up out of no where trying to ride on my coat tails it is just rude.

      Thanks for checking my name. I get several lines of results but then it's my computer and Google gives us what we want so not always sure how accurate it is.

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Yes it's amazing that some people just don't understand web etiquette, or business etiquette. I also will delete comments people leave in my hubs when they place a link to their site in it. I also see trick some people play with posting a short "nice hub" notice along with "I wrote one like it." Even if they don't leave a link, it's seems to me that they are hoping readers will click to their profile to look for it. In those cases I will leave the comment if they included something of value. But "Nice hub" doesn't say anything useful.

      Others can learn a thing or two from your hub. You reviewed a lot of useful and important etiquette rules.

      Oh, I tried doing a Google of your name. Yep, it's important to get oneself out there so they can be found. But as your explained, it's important to do it properly.

      You've done a good amount of social networking to succeed at that. And all your results do indeed come up in Google. You've been busy doing it the right way!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Greg, it takes time to find your fit. The world changes so much it's not always easy. What worked five years a go doesn't work so well today.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Robie, I get them everywhere and it's been especially bad lately. People need to learn the proper way to leave backlinks. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Well done-- I don't have much trouble on Hubpages with linkspammers, but on my blogs, particularly for some reason on A Hat for All Seasons, I get lots of them. They make a flattering comment and then leave their link, like animal spoor:-) I so agree that not only is it annoying, it is bad marketing. It certainly doesn't produce customers and probably doesn't produce backlinks so why do it? I will never understand, but I am totally on the same page with you. Great advice. Great hub which I am voting up

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Timetraveler2, It's hard to make that decision and I have started saying no if it's not a person I know and trust their writing.

      When we link to another website it tells our readers that we agree with what they are saying. I might not agree with everything they write and don't like to do this with strangers. Like I said, I am happy to do it for friends but not someone I don't know.

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      Sondra Rochelle 5 years ago from USA

      I'm glad you wrote this one and, by the way, thought it was excellent. Someone here liked one of my hubs and said they wanted to link it to one of their articles IF I would do the same. I did it, but it didn't feel right, and I'm not so sure their work exactly matched what I was writing about. If I delete it, then I've broken my word, but if I keep it, I'll be unhappy about it. This, by the way, was not someone I knew. Anyhow, you are spot on with this artlce and I thank you for it.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      It's different if its friends you know but people you've never seen before is not cool.

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Yes, I've had this happen several times on Hubpages. Thank you.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      RHW, just delete it. I wish we could just delete the link and keep the comment because sometimes they have nice things to say but still not the proper way to advertise. I get these all the time and it's annoying.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey Pamela - thanks. I've had this happen only 2 times - where someone posted a link in my commentary section. I did find it rude and did NOT ever have comments from those people before. I wasn't sure what to do but now I know:) thanks again!