Memes, Friends and Backlinks

beautypageantthumbA backlink is defined as a link from one website pointing back to your site , and what every blog needs is one-way non-reciprocal backlinks. A blog meme is a viral game where you generate links and relationships through asking other bloggers  to participate.  Blog memes are legitimate means of securing backlinks.

Defining a meme

The word was first introduced by British scientist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976).   Dawkins defined the meme as “a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation,” but today memeticists vary in their definitions of meme.  The lack of a consistent, rigorous definition of what precisely a meme is remains one of the principal criticisms leveled at memetics, the study of memes. (Wikipedia)

Designing a meme

Hypothetically one could make a friendship award image and start a friendship meme. A popular meme that has been coasting through cyberspace for ages is the “3 things about me” meme. This could easily be adapted to a 3 friends meme. You could create a post awarding (tagging) 3 friends with a friendship badge, naming the qualities you most admire in them, and linking to their blogs.  You suggest they come and collect their friend badge link back to you in their post. If you start a meme, there’s a good chance that everyone who participates by being tagged and tagging will link back to your post and most memes have instructions to do just that.

Memes are actually quite common and as the last few Google updates were not good ones for many hypothetically speaking, it’s an attractive idea.

Benefiting from a meme

A meme might benefit your blog in these ways:

  • increasing traffic
  • increasing comments
  • securing more regular readers/subscribers
  • generating backlinks to your site

Reference

Related posts found in this blog:

Understanding Reciprocal and Non-Reciprocal Links

Understanding Backlinks

Blog Directories for Backlinks and Traffic

Article Writing and Backlinks

33 thoughts on “Memes, Friends and Backlinks

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  3. OK, so lets say you were nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award and you placed a link to my blog as a site you’d like to nominate, I would have to copy the Versatile Blogger Award image on to my blog and suggest other blogs I like as well?

    • Every meme has it’s own rules. Normally one is expected to accpet the award by placing it on their blog and nominating (linking to) a number of others bloggers one wants to award.

      Awards function in two ways and they are revealed in the post. Superficially they are a means of locating blogs to read you would not have otherwise located and making new blogging “friends”. But the actual purpose underlying any award meme is to accrue backlinks.

      Links are the currency of the blogopsphere. Backlinks to your blog and posts are an indication of popularity and a factor when it comes to earning page rank. All awards memes involve a badge of some sort and a list of things to publish about in a post of your own. All awards memes require “nominating” other blogs ie. sending them backlinks when you publish the required post. The overall function is similar to a chain letter function.

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  5. I have taken part in memes on many occasions. Sometimes I am not sure that they look professional a serious blog but on a craft/arty blog, they seem to fit ok. I rather like them on occasion. However, I never stipulate the full rules, I nominate other people/blogs because I like them and am happy to recommend them to others. I always make it clear that I don’t much care if they play along or not.
    Hope ur Ok

    • I think your approach is a good one. I’m currently part of a meme and here are the rules of the “One Lovely Blog” award:

      1. Accept the award.
      2. Post it (the image) on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
      3. Pass the award to other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

      I’d like to spread the love to these terrific bloggers whose blogs are new additions to my reading list. Please take part in the meme and please also visit each others’ blogs.

  6. Nice blog. We hope do not forget to visit us and We also hope can establish good relationships and good friends

    • I used to do the same. However, the changes that Google has made to their determination of authority has made it more difficult to obtain backlinks . Now I recognize this I can see the value of awards and other memes.

  7. Your post opens up the fact that memes can be useful and provide valuable backlinks if used effectively and properly. I think many people do over use the method and reduced its effect. But if ones uses it sparingly and skillfully, it can be a good resource.

    • @RecycleCindy
      I think that’s true or I wouldn’t have published this post. The way the meme is styled and structured ie. what the bloggers who are tagged must do once tagged is entirely up to the blogger originating the meme. Consequently, one can choose to have rinky dinky “things to do,” or one can choose to have interesting ones.

      Any blogger can produce a “righteous” meme that helps them to get to know their readers’ and their preferences better, and the dynamics of participating bloggers reading each others’ responses and commenting on them can be a community builder.

      What’s not to like? It amounts to getting to know some fellow bloggers better, having some fun, maybe gaining some new readers and collecting some backlinks.

  8. Ahoy TimeThief,

    Interesting concept, MEME.

    I have not tried it. We all constantly try to discover ways to generate more traffic and more backlinks. Theory and reality are two very different universes….

    Rob

    • @Hesham
      Please share what you have planned with us. I’d like very much to to know and I’m sure the others will want to read about it too.

  9. I thought memes were ridiculous expressions I chanced across on the web. So I did not take much notice. You site just pointed out to em what it’s all about. Great post.

    • @celticmusicfan
      As I said in my post above I used to have a negative mindset towards memes for backlinks. Now I can see that it’s the quality of the construct of the meme that’s in the originator’s hands. I’ve asked Vikas to provide more information on that. I’m likewise hoping any readers out there who have participated in memes they liked to tell us how they were constructed.

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