Commenting on other people’s blogs sends traffic your way.
But it only happens if you’ve cultivated a relationship with that blogger as suggested by the Copyblogger. That means you can’t just link the heck out of a blog post’s comment section. In fact, I think anyone who does that should be banished to Spam Hell for all of their virtual life.
I’m not the most comment-savvy person. I prefer to read than comment and Twitter’s my conversation tool.
So I went looking for tips on how to comment on blogs, and there’s really a lot of information out there. So I thought I’ll pick choice tips and quotes, and repost them here. I’ve also linked to the original posts if you’re wanting more.
PS: The last two tips are mine, mine, mine! Bwahaha!
Blog Etiquette Tips
- Add something to the conversation (Ivan Walsh)
If you don’t have something that adds to the conversation – or challenges the writer’s argument – then it’s not worth posting. That’s my take, anyway. I don’t agree with Ari all the time but I still read his site, and I let him know where/how our views differ.
- Remember why you’re commenting (FoodBlogAlliance)
Elation, encouragement, connection. It’s not about you. Leave a comment that lets the blogger know you appreciate his/her work and creativity; that you’d love to see more of the same, or variations on the theme; and that the work is contributing to the whole blogging community.
- Make One Point per Comment (Grammar Girl)
People have short attention spans, and in my experience attention spans are shorter on the Web and even shorter when people are skimming comments. A comment should be just that — a comment — not a manifesto…If you have two separate things to say about the video, photo, or blog post, it’s usually better to break it up into two separate comments. Remember, people are often skimming.
- Be nice (Erica Johnson)
… Rude comments don’t add any value to a discussion, and only divert attention away from the author’s work. It’s perfectly fine to offer constructive criticism, just be polite. If you see others writing disrespectful or incendiary comments, or you receive such comments on your own blog, ignore/delete them.
- Don’t Self Promote Too Much
That’s as desirable as cold calls, email spam, brochures stuffed in letterboxes and Loud Howard.
Instead, frame your services within the post’s context and tell us how it can add to the conversation. Do this sparingly and when you’ve created a relationship, otherwise may the demons of Heck befall you!
At least check your spelling. A misspelled word can drastically change your comment’s meaning – “Floods from the Mississippi may be prevented by putting big dames in the river.” [dam]
So, how big a lady is going into the river?
This is just the tip of the blog commenting iceberg. There’s loads more in the links. Hopefully, it’ll help you in creating good blog comments.
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