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On of the aspects of blogging that I love is the way in which a link can change a persons life in so many ways (some of them big, others small).

This is illustrated pretty well over at Solution Watch which was the first blog mentioned at Blog Herald’s 100 Blogs in 100 Days series. That link led to a chain of events that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside:

As I have said, this last week has been the biggest week for Solution Watch yet. I was lucky to be the first mentioned on The Blog Herald, 100 Blogs in 100 Days. His mass amount of visitors scavenged my page, left nice comments, and was very supportive. Thanks, Duncan. Not much later, TechCrunch mentioned my Social Bookmarking List. This brought even more visitors. Because of this, the Social Bookmarking List was posted to Del.icio.us many times and quickly made it to the Del.icio.us Popular and Populicio.us pages which got Solution Watch even more noticed. Then, on top of that, Paul Scrivens dropped me an email inviting me into the 9rules Network! It has been a crazy week and I am still rubbing my eyes because I must be dreaming about all this hype going on. I owe a thank you to everyone who has supported Solution Watch, all my visitors, Del.icio.us users, and everyone else.

Ok – so it might not be an earth shattering event or change the course of history – but it does illustrate the power of a link and is one of the reasons I continue to ignore the advice of many SEO experts who tell me I have too many outbound links on this blog and thereby decrease my chances in the Search Engines. Frankly I’d rather have a blog here that plays a part in processes like the one above than one that just accumulates readers for myself to enjoy.

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Darren Rowse is the founder of ProBlogger.net, a blog about the many ways of adding an income stream to blogs.

Darren owns and writes a variety of blogs including Digital Photography Blog and Camera Phone
Zone
. He is also a co-founder of the Breaking News Blog Collective.

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