How to Comment on Blogs (And Make It Worth Your Time)

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Commenting on other people’s blogs is a fantastic way to get direct quality traffic, draw the attention of other bloggers, and intelligently network with new friends and fans.

But only if you do it well. And, unfortunately, many writers get it wrong.

You can’t expect to leave a ding-dong-ditch ‘em disposable type comment and reap any benefit. At best, you will get a few curiosity clicks from quickly passing traffic.

These are worth approximately nothing.

Yet if you take the time to leave intelligent comments, or contribute meaning to the community, you can establish a relationship that leads others to your home base where you can nurture the relationship, eventually adding new regular readers and fan to your list.

Follow these three rules to mine the most benefit from every comment you drop:

1)  Be a gracious guest. Don’t dive into the comments with drivel such as, “Great post!” It clearly shows you didn’t read the post or that you skimmed it, at best. Even worse, it shows that you don’t care or are disingenuous. Just like refusing to look someone in the eye when speaking to them, this behavior is rude. Read the post and make a comment or don’t make a comment at all, but don’t be insulting. And never, ever be in a rush to make the first comment. Yes, the top comment will get more click-throughs, but not from the type of traffic that matters.

2)  Be a part of the conversation. Don’t hijack the dialogue or start a comment by spouting your own nonsense. Absorb what others before you are saying and contribute where possible. If you have your own thoughts, add them. But don’t be argumentative for the sake of getting attention. It’s bad form and rarely carries any positive result.

3)  Be cool. Imagine you’re in a coffee shop and you’re talking with a friend about digital cameras. From nowhere, the guy next to you slides his chair over, slams his hand on your table and says, “Hey, I’ve got some ink toner. You’re going to love this ink toner; it’s 30% off!” You’d look at him like he had three heads and two of them were turning purple! But if the guy tip-toed over and said, “You know, I heard you talking about cameras. There’s this great camera place down the street and I just heard they’re having 30% off all digital cameras for the next week,” you would be much more receptive to what he’s saying because it’s in direct alignment with the conversation you’re already having. Take the time to observe; it makes all the difference.

All three of the above suggestions are common sense manners, but they can go an awful long way in the comments section.

Follow common etiquette and you can make every comment worth your time.

Comments

  1. Every post is written for the readers. I think the introduction of blogs on web is to share the ideas and make online presence of all those intelligent people people who can’t meet the expense of online presence.The aim of sharing knowledge completes only when we read deeply the post,get some juice from it.Finally write something with experience relative to the post.

    • As a blogger, there is nothing more energizing than when a post captures the imagination of your readers and they take the idea and run with it in the comments section.

  2. Great post Sean! Wanna buy some ink toner?

    Joking!

    Another tip is to realise that you don’t always have to comment in isolation. If someone has already commented feel free to expand on their thoughts using a reply rather than starting your own thread.

    • Only if it comes bundled with discount prescription medication and no money down real estate!

      I agree, talking to the other commenters is fantastic. Some people can find it a bit nerve-wracking to “jump in” like that, but it’s a great way to network and build real connections.

  3. Dennis Edell says:

    #2 is very important. Way to many readers scroll right past other comments as if they couldn’t be bothered.

    The truth is, they are passing up massive networking opportunities.

    • Dennis, I agree it’s not just great networking, but a fantastic source of ideas and new perspectives. You’re missing the best part if you don’t read through the other comments.

      • Plus the comments can get a little repetitive if nobody is “listening” to the conversation. To use the coffee shop analogy again, if there’s a bunch of you, and you’re all only really replying to the comment made by the person who started the conversation, the conversation isn’t really going to go anywhere. And it’ll seem a little strange.

  4. cool ideas)

  5. Wow I totally disagree with you,sorry. If I go visit a blog I always actually “read their post” and if I say it’s a great post I mean it. I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t mean it.

  6. Great post Sean! :)

    Couldn’t resist. These are great tips for people who might be wondering why their comments do not get approved on other blogs. There’s really no sense to take the time to leave tons of spammy looking comments that probably won’t get approved vs. taking the time to leave a valuable one that will.

  7. Glynis Jolly says:

    Hi Sean

    Excellent points made in your post.

    Although it’s nice to be agreeable, if you have a different angle on the topic, if you voice it it shows that you actually read the post.

  8. Themafeestjes says:

    I totally agree. I would rather have no comments than 5 generic comments which just say ‘great post’ or ‘interesting article’. It does sound like they don’t really care. There’s a difference when someone says ‘great post, I particularly like ‘x’ because of ‘y’. I always try to do that myself when commenting on other people’s blog.

  9. Argie Monroy says:

    INTERACTION – I firmly believe that this is the one that keeps the discussion alive and running. If we just simply leave a comment on a blog without interacting all the other who have leave a comment on it, your chances for being known is quite low. If you’ve leave a comment on a post, it would be better if you stay subscribed to your comment’s replies. This way you’re not only getting clicks to your blog, but you also get to brand yourself as well.

    Thanks for this Sean !

  10. Your fist slamming on the table example perfectly cyrstalized the rampant breaches of comment ettiquette that occur so often now. You don’t necessarily have to write a book when commenting, but using such an opportunity to throw some fleeting phrases will of course, leave little of an impression.

    I don’t slave over how compelling my comments are, I just write what comes to my heart. Commenting is one such place where I feel the internet is less steril and one can make such a connection. So you have my thanks for ringing a chord with me on a personal level. This post shows me why this blog’s readers keep returning. Count me as 1 of them now :).

  11. I’m fairly new to the blogging community, so any good advice is headed. Having scoured through a variety of blogs and posting those that have been disingenuous have stuck out like sore thumbs. This post is a small reminder that integrity goes a long way.

  12. Great commenting tips Sean. There’s one thing I’ve noticed on blogs, even mine. People usually comment on the main blog post and, crossing #2 of your post, very very few people comment or interact to other people’s comments. The “reply” button is scarcely used.

    I have to admit that I am also part of those commenters that do not reply that much to other comments.

    • Commenting was such a huge blessing to me when I first started blogging. I learned a whole lot about social media and blogging from a lot of people.

      Connected with you on your blog Robert. Excited to read more!

  13. @ Argie Monroy

    “INTERACTION – I firmly believe that this is the one that keeps the discussion alive and running.”

    I fully agree with that one. I think this is one of the main benefits of having comments. Interaction often generates new ideas that benefit to other readers, as well…

  14. Nice points you’ve made Sean :)

    I guess I expect a certain etiquette from commentators on my blog, and I carry one with me when I comment.

    Commentators who don’t look you in the eye (like your turn of phrase on that one!) get deleted, as do the spammers or link grabbers.

    Being natural and joining the conversation in a genuine way with respect to the author and other commentators sums it up for me.

    Although, a little lively debate can be fun sometimes too :)

    Thanks Sean,
    All the best,
    Jym

  15. I used to like forum sites, but lately I’ve been straying more towards blog sites. The overall feel and experience is generally much more positive and friendly. Where a lot of forums are often the opposite of your 1-3 tips and then some. Nothing wrong with a little disagreeing with one another as long as it doesn’t get too crazy.

  16. Hi, Sean.

    I think this is the first time that I read a post of yours in WeBlogBetter and I like what I am getting. :)

    One of the most valuable advice that I have gotten since I started blogging more than a month ago is to build a community. I followed that advice by doing blog commenting and I have been enjoying my journey so far.

    I get what you mean about leaving worthwhile comments and joining the conversations. It usually takes me several minutes to read a post because I also read the comments that come with it before I place my comment. Leaving a comment that connects with the rest of the conversation is one of the best ways to join and be part of a community. It makes people want to get to know you better, especially if you always have something good to add. :)

  17. Hi, I saw your post on The Daily Brainstorm and hopped right over because I think about this stuff and try to leave non-generic comments and add to the discussion. I also read other comments and of course read and respond to them on my own blog.

    I’ve definitely seen the argumentative types and the fist slammers! The two-word, quick compliment comments as well, though they don’t bother me too much. One thing I’d like to add is that it’s obvious, to me anyway, when someone has only skimmed the article or barely read it even when they leave much more than a few words in their comment. I’ve seen plenty of comments that are so far off the point of the post that it’s clear it wasn’t really read, and the commenter jumped to a conclusion based on headlines or whatever. On my own blog, there have been a few times I hardly know what to say in response though not a big deal, just something I’ve noticed. So I try to make sure I’ve read thoroughly!

    Glad I’m not the only one who thinks about this stuff :)

  18. totally agree about your commenting tips specially about formal discussion should not be very artificial because relevancy to the topic is important rather the bulkness of comment…..

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  20. Good comments comes from people who appreciate what they’ve read and would like to contribute to the content by adding their voice.

  21. Good commenting tips.Actually Comments also contributes to backlink so it will not only help to get quality traffic but also backlink which will result in pagerank update.

  22. Great post. Being a part of the conversation is the most important thing and I always consider it on my blog when moderating comments..

  23. I think the most important thing while commenting is to express a point of view. Sometimes it is quite amazing how different readers will look at the same piece of content from their own unique perspective and come to totally different conclusions.

    In fact, that is what I love when going through comments. When a blog author covers a lot of ground in a post, different readers react to different parts of the content – to me that is most interesting.

  24. I agree with Blokube

  25. I am totally agree with what Blokube is saying. I am planning to start my blog so that people comment there & get traffic

  26. Usually people write blogs about what they know without accounting what people want to know , so i think if any one consider this too his/her blog will become popular very soon

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  28. Commenting is also a good art.

  29. I think is good to appreciate if some one has written a great article. It also depends on niche. When you browser a tech of software blog you will find many comments like “great post” or “great share”. And those people are not someone who are looking for backlink, they don’t even have a site or blog. So you need to think about your 1st point :)

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  32. Commenting on a blog is meant for people who are really ready to learn more. This is why you MUST read the blog before commenting on it. Even if you have known what the writer is talking about, you will still learn one or two things from it. Comments like “Great post!!!!”, “Nice one” and others. I thinks comes from auto – comment software or people who believe commenting is just for BACK LINKS not for HAVING MORE KNOWLEDGE.

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  33. As you said, commenting on other blogs will do the commentor very well, if they leave a uniquely written comment, and work daily in building meaningful relationships with others on the World Wide Web. College of content when never dive into a blog comment starting with the words “great post.” Doing that leaves the blog owner with the impression that person or company commenting on that specific blog post is a potential spammer. In addition, nonsense on blog comments is what will get anyone filtered out as a blog spammer. Keep up the good work on your blogging, Kiesha.

  34. Although comments can improve the traffic to your site, it is not cool to spam other websites just to get backlinks. The comments should be interactive and share any information that you know which is not there in the post on which you are commenting.

  35. Simple yet proven commenting tips, I ever read a more complete article about this on Niel Patels blog, the tips including calling the name of the post author, that is you Sean, I ever wonder who skinnyninja is :P

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