I am relatively new to blogging and noticed over the past few months several posts with the title “Speedlinking: and the Date“. I had an idea of what it meant but I was curious to find a definition. I did a search on Google for “What is Speedlinking?” and I was surprised to NOT find a clear definition in the results. Then I tried Google Blog search, Yahoo!’s search, Microsoft Live search and many other search engines and still none of them had any definitions that jumped out at me. So, here is my definition of Speedlinking.
- What is it?
Speedlinking, aka linking, blog-linking, or linkblogging is the practice of writing a brief post with hyperlinks to favorite websites or blogs. Usually the post will contain anywhere from 3 to 5 links and each link will be accompanied by a one line description and a one line personal opinion.
- Why do it?
Many bloggers use this technique to quickly share links to blogs or websites that they found useful or relevant that day or week with their readers.
Basically, it is a way to bring the growing community of bloggers closer together.
I have come across speedlink posts that have more than 50 links. However, it is not a good idea to post that many links at once because it will be considered information overload and your readers will just skip over all of them.
- Who is doing it?
Darren Rowse at ProBlogger.net
Gleb Reys at PerfectBlogger.com
Aaron Brazell at Technosailor.com
Andrew Wee at WhoIsAndrewWee.com
Glenn Wolsey at GlennWolsey.com
- Is it Dangerous?
Only if you go too fast by linking sites that are not worth reading. In that case your blog may find itself alone on the Internet superhighway.
And if that happens who cares how fast or how much you speed link, no one will be there to see it.
Make sure the sites you link to are relevant and worth the time to read.
Calling for help. Leave me a comment if you want to add to the definition or have come across the origin of the term Speedlinking. I would also like to know if there are other terms with a similar definition or if speedlinking has other meanings than the definition above. Thanks.