- 1 Five Deadly Blog Commenting Mistakes
- 2 Conclusion
Five Deadly Blog Commenting Mistakes
From the beginning you should know, blog commenting is an Art.
It is the beginning of establishing the know, like and trust factor. And, it is VERY important in establishing your authority online.
Is it that important?
A great blog comment can set you apart from the crowd. A bad one will make you look spammy or worse yet like you didn’t know what you were talking about!
I have literary built blog and the traffic it receives mostly through blog commenting, forum marketing and Q & A sites. I have had many successes. And, I had my share of failures.
But most importantly, I learned not to make these Seven Blog Commenting Mistakes!
As explained above, blog commenting is something you should take VERY serious.
Not taking the time to read the whole article
The sin of all blog commenting sins is not taking the time to read the whole article before commenting.
Here’s some friendly advice.
Don’t be a skimmer!
Skimmers are those who don’t understand the heart of blog commenting. Usually, they skip all the way to the end of the post to be sure they will be able to leave their link before SKIMMING the article for its high points.
I would know. I once was a skimmer too.
Everyday, I would search for high industry blogs, skim the article and leave a less then desirable comment.
I was in a hurry. There were other task to preform. I had to hurry if I was going to get them all done.
Ever been there?
Well, I found a solution. When I sit down to begin my work, I consider everything I have to get done.
- Begin a new blog report;
- Do keyword research;
- Research my topic in Q & A sites and take notes;
- Leave at least one comment.
I learned a mindset that says: I am doing research on my next topic ANYWAY. If I take a note I feel is important to my article. I take a moment and thank the author and leave a friendly comment.
Skimming an article then leaving a shabby comment will work. But, it will have little if any SEO value. If you want to REALLY soar your SEO position, then realize your comments are content. And, you will never skim again.
Not taking the time to read the other comments
In one of my guest post, I discuss how most ‘guru’s’ tell you you need to be one of the first to comment on a new blog post. Their reasoning is simple. “Comment first”, they say, “and you have a better chance of those commenting after you seeing your thoughts.
The problem I have with this approach is. It implies you are “searching” for a blog to comment on. Here’s what I mean:
In doing the research for this article I ran my keyword through Google. I found the “related” keywords and was shocked to find:
- How to do blog commenting for SEO;
- Blog commenting for backlinks;
- How to find blog commenting sites.
Here’s where the problem came in. You SHOULD NOT be blog commenting for SEO purposes (more later). Blog commenting for back links is not necessary wrong if done correctly. And, if you followed my advice in 5 Incredibly Useful Blog Commenting Tips shares WHERE to find good, quality blogs to comment on.
The Power of Replying
Let’s say, you find yourself on a blog post while you were researching your next topic. You found the article interesting and want to leave your thoughts. As you reach the bottom, you see about two dozen other comments before you.
Now, you get to harness the Power of Replying.
The Power of Replying refers to the speed in which you can become an “authority” by commenting and replying to other comments.
When you ignore other comments, you miss releasing the Power of Replying.
Read the other comments. Observe the author’s reply. And, join the conversation!
If this approach is taken, then blog commenting won’t become a task. It becomes a pleasure. And, you will become excited to join the blog commenting community.
How long should your Blog Comment be? Be sure to read ”
Not Adding Value
Remember, in the beginning of this article Blog Commenting an Art?
Well here’s where it comes into play!
Even if you don’t care if you commit a couple blog commenting mistakes, you better pay close attention to this one. Not leaving a high quality, value based comment can kill your networking abilities.
But, don’t worry. It is a skill both easy and fun to learn how to do correctly.
In “3 Magical Tricks to Use When Blog Commenting” I explain how your blog comments are content.
Your blog comment is considered by Google as content. And, they can rank!
But, what exactly is a “Value Based” Blog Comment?
Sorry to break the news to you but “Great Post” doesn’t work. It is actually an insult to professional bloggers. And, both Google and Word Press consider such comments spam.
You don’t want that.
Especially when writing a thought provoking, engaging comment is so simple. Just like any other type of writing, blog comments should have:
- An Introduction (at least one sentence);
- A Body (at least one sentence);
- And, a Conclusion (at least one sentence).
(For a detailed explanation see 3 Magical Tricks to Use When Blog Commenting)
Not Sticking to the Topic
Not sticking to the topic of the blog you are commenting on can get you into a lot of trouble. I see this a lot with “skimmers”. They search for what they believe are high quality sites, leave comments and in the end they just want to pitch their offer.
You may be thinking then, “What is the purpose of blog commenting if not to get high quality backlinks.
The answer is simple. Professional bloggers comment on other blogs. We do this to:
- Let the author know how much you enjoyed the article;
- And let them know how helpful the article was to you!
We don’t SEARCH out blogs to comment on. That is called Black Hat SEO. What we do is determine the theme of our next post. We research the topic and take notes for our post. Any post we find congruent to our new project, we simply let the author know how helpful their article was!
And, if you follow this principle, you will never go off topic when commenting.
How long should your blog comment be?
I answer that completely in 5 Incredibly Useful Blog Commenting Tips (Tip # 3). So, be sure to check that out too!
Not Promoting Yourself
This sound contradictory right? But, you CAN promote yourself inside of a blog comment if done correctly.
- Promote your experience using the authors tips;
- You can promote your latest blog post (as long as it is congruent);
- And, share your expertise on the subject (giving yourself credibility).
However, don’t over do it.
Simply share with the author how using their tips have helped you. Share your successes with using the same tips.
If you read “3 Magical Tricks to Use When Blog Commenting”, you are aware that blog comments are considered content by Google and can rank in the search engine.
That’s right! Blog comments are considered content by Google. So, I am adding this SIXTH and final blog commenting tip. Be sure you use any keywords or related keywords in your comments that are congruent with the theme of the post.
When you do this, you help the author rank his post, thus causing more people to be exposed to your content (comment) and people WILL take notice and follow YOU!
I hope these tips help you not break any of the blog commenting mistakes I made in the beginning when I started.
Your Friend and Mentor,
How long have you been sitting there trying to get that darn Word Press Theme do what it is suppose to.
Tanya literally takes you by the hand Step-by-Step to setting up a professional looking blog. You even get to pick which Word Press Theme to set up!