Professional Bloggers don’t come up with content ideas out of thin air. It’s hard work. But, they don’t mind. They have a passion to release to the world. And, blogging is their platform.
They have a story to tell the world. And, they use words (and sometimes video) to tell their tale.
To the professional Blogger, their writings are more valuable than any historical document!
So, think of these things next time you decide to leave a blog comment and follow these Five Blog Commenting Tips.
Incredibly Useful Blog Commenting Tips
Don’t Be Worried About Being the First to Comment
If you have read any other of my blog post, then you already know. I can be a little controversial. Everyone says the way to have high email open rates is to have a subject line.
I, of course, disagreed with almost everyone.
Some agreed with me. But, the majority disagreed with my findings for The Real Reason for High Open Rates.
Well, its the same here….
If you have searched for blog commenting tips and read other post, then you know the first advice most give is “Be the First to Comment”. And, I say it doesn’t matter….
If you are not the FIRST to comment that is okay.
Simply read the first person to comments thoughts.
Then, “Reply” to their comment. And, when you Reply to their comment be sure you:
- Reply using their name (see more on this topic on Tip # 3).
- Be kind if you disagree – Its okay to disagree with a commentor. But, be sure to do it in a nice way. For example: “Hi Karen. I’m Bubbie. I read your reply and I certainly can agree with your point because I had a similar experience. However, I found …. and it helped me tremendously!
I remember my dad sharing with me when I was a young kid. “Son,” he instructed. “Respect don’t cost you a penny. Use it as much as you can.”
Actually Read The Post
Okay. I begin this post with the most obvious of all blog commenting tips – read the post!
Because most people who comment on blogs are doing it for SEO or back link purposes. There is nothing wrong with that. Except these people usually skim the article without paying attention to the content itself.
They are not interested in the content itself. They are just searching for the high points to comment about. Or, they skip the content itself looking for the comment box.
This approach doesn’t work because you are missing the spirit of WHY you comment on blogs.
For example, many questions are asked every day about what blogs are best to comment on. And, the answer is the best blogs to comment on are the ones you are doing research for YOUR next post.
Let me explain…
While researching THIS post I visited nine websites researching the data I wanted. If I found their content was valuable, I left a nice comment sharing with the author how much I appreciated him/her taking the time to share their thoughts and knowledge with us.
Skimming the article for the high points, then writing a comment will work. But, what did you learn? It’s better to find articles that are interesting and relevant to your research.
If you don’t know where to find such articles I highly suggest you check out Viral Content Bee.
They have literally THOUSANDS of articles to choose from. PLUS there is a bonus.
When using Viral Content Bee, you can also share the article with your following and earn points to promote your own article. And, people WILL share your article.
But, remember The Law of Reciprocity! It’s the secret ingredient in Network Marketing.
When you take this approach, you know you will read the whole article because it is interesting and relevant to your research.
How Long Should Your Comment Be?
Research I have done has revealed that the most effective comment should be at least three sentences:
- The Introduction of your comment (at least one sentence);
- The Body of your comment (at least one sentence);
- The Conclusion of your comment (at least one sentence).
The Introduction of Your Comment is called the “Blog Commenting Handshake“.
Prior to writing your thoughts, take a moment and introduce yourself and acknowledge the writer by name! Remember what Dale Carnegie said in How to Win Friends and Influence People – “A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”
Something simple as, “Hi (author) I’m (your name)… will do.
The Body of Your Comment is simply your thought on the article. What did you find interesting? Did you take any notes while reading the article? This is where you will tell the writer what was helpful to you.
In the Conclusion of Your Comment you can share with the writer:
- A point he may have missed;
- An experience you may have had using the writers advice;
- Your excitement to begin using the writers advice;
Oh! And another blog commenting technique I like to use is this formula:
- Are all the comments on a post long? Then leave a short one (about 3 sentences) and YOUR comment will stand out.
- If all the other comments short, leave a long one (about 6-7 sentences). Again, this will make your comment stand out.
Implementing these three blog commenting tips [Introduction-Body-Conclusion] have helped me build an engaging following.
Not sure what to say?
Simply read the post and if you had a similar experience share it.
Or, if you have not had the experiences (results) described by the author, let them know how excited you are to start seeing the same results.
For example, in this post I mentioned Viral Content Bee. If you too use VCB, then you could share in the comments below how using VCB helps you find articles that are interesting and relevant to your research.
In this example, you could add in your comment (Comment Down Below ) how you were looking for such a platform to both promote your blog and find people to network with.
Basically, after reading the article, you want to build your comment around what the writer has said.
And, if there’s a point the blogger has missed, politely point it out.
Respond to Other Comments
Blog commenting tips number five is one of my favorites.
If you read Blog Commenting Tips # 1, then you know that I feel the “be the first person to comment” teaching is a crock. “Being First” is only important to you if you use blog commenting for SEO purposes.
If you have read my article on why blog commenting for SEO purposes is REALLY a bad idea then you would understand! But for today, just realize the chance of being the first to comment on a post is kind of difficult.
After reading the article, you decided it was worth your time to leave a nice comment for the author. You get to the bottom and discover their are TONS of other comments. What do you do?
If it was ME in that position, I would begin reading each comment.
Maybe someone else already said how you feel.
Maybe someone disagreed and the author didn’t know how to respond. But you do!
Join the “conversation”!
Put your two cents in.
- The author will see your comment.
- The other person who disagreed will get notified and see your comment.
- Anyone else reading the article will see the exchange.
This is how INSTANT friends are made. Just don’t start pitching your product or MLM!
See why always being first doesn’t matter? Or, why blog commenting is my favorite networking strategies?
It’s so simple.
You are researching a particular topic anyway.
After reading the article, why not take a moment (like right now) to share with the author your thoughts.
For my conclusion, I could only add:
Don’t try blog commenting for SEO benefits. It doesn’t work!
Google has gotten WAY past gimmicks.
And, their ranking system has shifted to Content Quality. But, ranking a post could take month!
OR, I can read a post I am researching. When I’m done I will decide rather I liked it enough to leave a comment.
If not first, I will read the comments till the end (most times) and see if a conversation has started I can join in on. If not I will leave my thoughts.
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