If you’ve stuck around the blogging world for any amount of time, you know comments are a big deal. There are all kinds of posts out there about how to get more comments but I haven’t seen many for how you should comment on blogs. We’ve all had those days where we are flying through reading posts and either a) don’t comment or b) leave a short comment like “Great post!” or “Loved this!” But if you’ve ever been on the receiving side of those comments, they can be really frustrating.?I may be the only one who feels that way and if that’s the case let me explain why. What is the point of commenting on other blogs? Well here are two:
Commenting is basically free advertisement
If you have your account set up correctly, if someone clicks on your name within a comment it will bring them to your blog. If you are commenting with Disqus, please set up an account and make sure your URL is listed in your profile. Commenting on different blogs will help drive traffic to your blog!
Commenting builds community
We all blog because we feel that we have something to share with the world. On some of my most vulnerable posts I get so nervous that no one will comment and I will feel very silly. Oh, you don’t ever get that way? Must just be me 😉 But really though, I know I go on and on about community building in blogging, but it’s really where it’s at. Commenting shows your support of someone else’s post and that generates relationships.
So how do you leave comments that are effective?
Comment on something specific within the post
If the post is a recipe for Strawberry Chimichangas, you might say something like “Wow, I never knew making chimichangas could be so easy! I can’t wait to try this!”
Get rid of your URL
Comments with your URL within the comment tend to look spammy, instead make sure your Disqus or Blogger account is set up correctly! This allows for people to be able to find your blog if they want to without your comment appearing like self-promotion. If you stick around and comment on a blog for long enough, chances are they are going to return the favor.
Ask a question
If you’re wondering about something within the post, ask a question for the blogger to respond to. My most meaningful blogging relationships have started with commenting on one another’s blogs. Asking questions helps that dialog continue past the “Great post!” “Thanks!” surface level interaction.
Give the blogger something meaningful to take away
Whether it’s just encouragement for a great post, an extra tip to go with the topic, or even a personal story, give the blogger something to connect to in your comment and something they can walk away with. A blogger is 10x more likely to go to your blog if you’re leaving well though out, community building comments than if you’re commenting consistently with short responses.
Most of all, don’t be shy 🙂
Bloggers love to hear from their readers. For me personally, I love when friends from real life comment on a post! But most of the time I know non-bloggers don’t tend to leave comments for whatever reason. But hey you! I want to read your comments, so please leave one for me! 🙂