Bloggers love comments. A thoughtful comment validates the time that they put into writing and maintaining their blogs. It shows that there is, in fact, someone out there reading it.
If you have a blog of your own, then leaving comments can do double duty. Comments allow you to show your appreciation for a bloggers hard work, while also getting your own name and link out there. One of the best ways to make connections with bloggers – and maybe get some new readers of your own – is by interacting with them in their comment sections.
There are, however, right ways and wrong ways to leave blog comments. Follow these simple tips and you’ll be well on your way to building friendships and contacts in the blogosphere.
- use your real name or a reasonable nickname. MyBloglsAwesome is not a name, even if your blog is, indeed, awesome. It’s ok to add your blog name. Just make it a bit more subtle: Jane @ MyBloglsAwesome, for example.
- take the time to fully read the post. It’s obvious – and kind of lame – when you skim a post and add a comment that has nothing to do with what the blogger actually said. You don’t have to spend an hour reading every word twice, but you should have a good understanding of the post’s message.
- add to the discussion. Share a personal anecdote. Commiserate. Give advice. React. Respond to other people’s comments on the post. Tell a joke. The beauty of blogging is community – be a part of that community. People will be much more likely to click on your name if you show that you have something to say.
- make sure that you link your name to your blog and your email address. If you leave a thoughtful, thought-provoking comment and the blogger or another reader is inspired to connect with you, they need to be able to find you! If you’re logged in to a commenting system, make sure that your account links back to you.
- make a point of reading and commenting on small and mid-sized blogs. Your comment can get lost on a big blog that gets 100 comments on every post. You’ll be much more likely to build real connections – and friendships-if you also comment on blogs with fewer readers.
- leave a comment inviting people to read your blog or follow you. You’ve already implicitly done that by linking your name to your blog. Anything more than that seems needy and insincere.
- leave meaningless two-word comments like “so cool!” or ‘love it!”. There’s no more obvious way to show that you haven’t read the post, don’t really care what the writer has to say, and are really only commenting in hopes of driving traffic back to your blog.
- burn yourself out by responding to every single blog
in the blogosphere. Many bloggers probably read the same blogs as you do. Seeing your name leaving dozens and dozens of trite comments every day will leave a bad taste in their mouths, and they’ll be less likely to click over to you.
- comment with “first!”. Just don’t. It doesn’t
add anything to the conversation – especially when your “first!” actually ends up being the third or fourth comment.
Connecting with other bloggers is one of the best parts of blogging. Take the time to ensure that your comments are meaningful and add value to the discussion, and you’ll find that your blogging experience – and the contacts that you make with others-will become even more rewarding!