Commenting on other people’s blogs is one of the most effective ways to gain new readers for your own blog and to establish yourself within the blogging community. However, crafting comments is a bit of an artwork, and isn’t as easy as just saying, “Great post!” on an article you found particularly compelling. To be the most successful, comments need to be approached with the same gusto as blog posts. That being said, the next time you leave a comment somewhere keep these pointers in mind:
#1 Quality matters
If you want to really network with other bloggers you have to leave quality comments on other people’s posts so that they are interested in what you have to say. No one thinks twice about generic comments such as, “I agree!”, “This was great”, etc. It’s when you take the time to really respond to what the writer is saying that people become intrigued with you and your blog.
#2 Respond to your commenters
When someone takes the time to leave a thoughtful comment on your blog comment back to them! This way they’ll know that you actually read their comment and you’ve taken the next stop in forming a relationship with them, thus encouraging further commenting within your posts.
#3 Controversial is OK, condescending is not
If you read a post somewhere that you disagree with then it’s OK to argue your point in the comment’s section if you do so with tact and respect. In fact most bloggers encourage healthy debate within the comments section of post’s that they know may come across as controversial. You should never attack someone for their viewpoints though, so it’s important to stay respectful with your viewpoints.
#4 Don’t leave a lot of links
If the comment field allows for you to link over to your blog then you should, but you shouldn’t muddle your comment with a lot of links back to your website – doing that makes you look like a spammer and will end up backfiring on you.
#5 Have an avatar
Having a personalized avatar that appears next to your comment makes you a unique commenter and not someone that pops up with the same generic picture as everyone else. Establishing yourself as an individual through your avatar helps people to recognize you as a regular commenter or on other’s blogs, which can help build up your blogging reputation and increase your traffic.
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Put thought into your comments and make them unique, don’t fade into the background and parrot back the same generic things everyone else is saying. When used correctly blog commenting can be a great catalyst for launching your website’s traffic and for establishing a good, solid reputation within your respective blogging niche.