Key to Effective Blog Comments

28 Jan

TOW #3

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.

2. Keep it Short

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.

5. Proofread!

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

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2 Responses to “Key to Effective Blog Comments”

  1. lisjostaggs January 31, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    Rachel, I really enjoyed this post! There are so many great tips on effective blogging. I’ve never really thought of how important it is to get comments on your blog, until reading this. It is a great way to know that your thoughts and writings are being seen by others. I especially like the video at the end. Very creative way to show how important correct grammar is. 🙂

  2. emmyjoy February 4, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    I like this post, Rachel! Showed really great points about how to create blog point with meaning! Especially point four. Of course every blogger wants to promote himself. But overly doing it can be dangerous because readers pick up that and it could discourage them from reading again… and readers are important to blogging! Just the right amount of self-promotion should be the way to go.

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