Commenting is a very important part of blogging. Blog comments build relationships with other bloggers, which can be extremely beneficial for networking. Comments show the blogger that their posts aren’t going unnoticed, and it helps the comment writer to get noticed. A simple comment- when executed correctly- can even drive traffic to your own blog.
1. Make a Point
It’s encouraging receiving comments like “Great post!” or “Love it!”. But they don’t really leave a lasting impression. Make a contribution to the post. If you have more information, add it and link to your source. However, it’s important to know what you are talking about. If you give bad information, your credibility will drop. Blogging is about sharing information, which is a two-way street.
People have short attention spans. Especially when reading online context, and when skimming comments. Make one or two points and keep it at that.
3. Comment Early
“The early bird catches the worm” is true in most cases, even blog comments. If you wait too long to comment, someone is already likely to have made the point you were going to make. Also, people rarely scroll down to read comment #37.
4. Don’t Over-Promote Yourself
Nothing is more annoying to a blogger than for someone to comment on their blog solely with the purpose to promote themselves. It is more appropriate to add a meaningful comment, and hyperlink to your blog if you have information on your blog that relates.
What is online is many times permanent and out there for the whole world to read. So read it a couple times before posting anything. Grammatical errors along with misspellings distract from the content of your comment. Below is a hilarious video embedded of some girls from YouTube doing a spoof off Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” song. In it, they express their frustrations of when they see a comment that is stock full of typos. It’s definitely worth your time.
Check out these blog posts for more tips!
How to Write a Great Blog Comment by Grammar Girl
How to write a good blog comment by Mack Collier
10 Reasons No One Notices Your Blog Comment by Judy Dunn