If you are a blogger or just a beginner, then you probably have seen the Blogger Recognition Award. You may even have been nominated for one! Guess what? It’s not an award! You don’t get some nice trophy or plaque. It’s just a way for people to freely promote their blogs.
I’m not saying it’s bad to do free promotion for your blog. I just think the phrase “Blogger Recognition Award” is misleading. It’s not like it’s a Webby Award, which is a real award.
The premise with this award is you get nominated by another blogger. It’s usually through a Facebook blogging group or some other blogging group. Blogs get nominated and then they must follow the rules.
Here are the rules:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Nominees are asked to please pass on the award to other deserving bloggers.
I was nominated for one before but I didn’t like the false pretense. I like to do free promotion for my blog but I want real organic followers. I don’t want people to follow me just because they are playing along. I want REAL people who like what I have to say.
With that being said, I am happy for whoever gets nominated. They deserve the recognition. I just want people to know the truth about them before they follow thru with the game. Because that’s what it really is – a game. It’s a game on how many people can you get to follow your blog. But do you really want these people following you under false pretenses?
Before you do anything, you should ask yourself this two questions:
- Do you want people to like you because you provide great content?
- Do you want people to follow you because of their own personal gain?
You should be honest with yourself and be ok with whatever your answer is. In the end, it’s your blog. You can do whatever you want with it. Just remember that a lot of the people that were following you under false pretenses will eventually unfollow you.
That means your stats will go down and so does your monetization. Your stats won’t be as accurate as you thought. You won’t know who you are truly reaching. What you thought was your true demographic really isn’t.
Do you really want that to happen? I wouldn’t want that to happen to you. You have worked hard to get your blog up and running. It is best to do the grunt work in the beginning and grow an organic following.
If you do want to accept the “award,” then do it with caution. Free promotion is just that, free. You get what you pay for.