6 Tips To Better Blog Commenting
If you have read my blog before you probably know that blog commenting is one of my favourite ways of building relationships with other bloggers and of driving traffic back to my blog. It’s also one of the best ways of learning about different topics in the industry, picking up tips on how to become better at what you already do and also finding out completely new ways of doing things.
But as with everything else, there are great and not-so-great ways of going about things and as someone who actively engages in blog commenting I want to make sure I’m doing it as effectively as I can. I thought some of you might also find these few tips useful.
1. Add Value To The Topic
This is the crucial bit. You must make sure your comment adds value both to the author and to the readers. First of all, take your time to read the post properly. This is the only way you will be able to comment something valuable. Then think about it before you type and hit submit. It’s always a good idea to discuss the topic in question further, offer additional ideas (you don’t have to agree!) or share your own experiences on the topic.
2. Make A List Of Blogs To Comment
Once you really get into reading and commenting blogs it can become pretty much impossible to remember all the cool blogs you like visiting – and you’ll probably keep finding new ones all the time too. It might be a good idea to start making a list of all the great blogs you discover. You can of course do this the traditional way and use a text document or a spreadsheet or check out a site called Pocket which lets you store links with just one click. I have only very recently discovered Pocket but I absolutely love it already and it has certainly made it easier for me to keep myself organised. So long, spreadsheet!
3. Let Your Personality Shine Through
This is your chance to show other people a bit of what you’re all about and to get the readers interested in reading further on what you have to say. Don’t post comments that are generic, you know, the types that could fit pretty much any post. They add no real value to the post, they don’t show the readers anything about you and they can easily be seen as spam, which is the pet hate of most bloggers! I am a huge fan of people keeping it real and sticking to who they really are, I truly believe that being yourself is the only way forward in the long-term – in business and in personal life.
4. Engage In Conversation
You might have noticed that most blog posts have a call to action at the bottom, for example asking for the readers’ opinions or experiences. For me – and I’m sure many bloggers would agree – it’s an ideal situation if my blog post generates discussion. That’s what I strive to achieve. If you see comments on a post you think you’d like to discuss further, by all means, reply to them and get the conversation going. As always, focus on offering value.
5. Become A Regular
Visiting a blog on a regular basis and leaving valuable comments is a good way to become a familiar face around the community. This gives you a good chance to build relationships with other bloggers and to come across as someone trustworthy who knows what they are talking about. This will most definitely pay off, there’s no underestimating the power of relationships and networking. The more relevant and valuable comments you post, the more likely it is that people will be interested in taking a look at your site too.
6. Don’t Forget To Add Your Website
Now, you don’t go dropping your links into the body of the comment, unless you are linking to an outside source to back up the stance you’re making. The comment section is not an advertising platform and doing that would most likely cause your comment to land in the spam folder. Blogs usually have fields for name, email and website just above where the comment goes. Once your comment is approved your name will have a hyperlink to your website.
I’d love to hear your best blog commenting tips! What’s working really well for you? Anything you think should be avoided? Feel free to post your thoughts in the comment section.
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