1 Big Blog Commenting Mistake You Must Fix Now
Blog commenting is my favorite part of blogging and I have been getting many new readers leaving comments on my blog lately.
Which is great.
I love meeting new people, and I hope they find some value in my writing.
After all, meeting people, building relationships, and providing value to others is the best part of blogging.
Unfortunately, I have not published these comments, and I will explain why so if you are making this blog commenting mistake, you know how and why you need to fix it.
But first, what is blog commenting.
What Is Blog Commenting?
Blog commenting is the act of leaving a comment on a blog.
When you visit a blog that is of interest to you or ideally in a similar niche, you may choose to leave a comment if the option is available.
Blog commenting is a great way to express your thoughts on the topic.
What Your Blog Comment Should Be
There are a few different ways you may wish to express yourself when leaving a comment on a blog post.
- provide your insights on the topic
- ask a question
- offer another point of view
- share why the post was helpful to you
- tell others what you learned from the post
Leaving thoughtful comments provides opportunities for engaging conversations. These conversations then allow opportunities to build relationships with readers, potential clients or customers, and fellow bloggers.
It is also a great way to generate organic traffic back to your website.
So, before you hit submit, think for a minute if your comment provides an opportunity for engaged conversation and relationship building.
Your comment should always be respectful. Even if you disagree with the author or another commenter, be nice. There is no reason to be rude.
To make sure your comment offers additional value to the post and provides an opportunity to build relationships, you have to do a few things first.
Bring Your ‘A’ Game
If you want to be considered an authority in your niche, the quality of comments you leave should reflect that.
The first thing you must do in order to write a great comment is to read the post you are commenting on. If you don’t read it, you will have nothing to say about it.
Next, think about what you liked (or didn’t like) about the post.
- Did it resonate with you in any way?
- Was it helpful to you?
- Did it teach you something new?
- Did it provide a unique perspective that you hadn’t thought of before?
- Is there a reason you disagree? If so, why?
Finally, type your well-thought-out response in the space provided and any other information needed to approve your comment. When leaving a comment be sure to address the author by name.
You might be wondering, just how long does a blog comment need to be?
When I leave a comment, I follow the same rule I follow for my blog posts: “as long as it needs to be” to provide value.
Sometimes readers find value in a couple of short sentences, and sometimes it may be an entire paragraph. Either way is acceptable, although some people prefer short and sweet.
Oh, and stay on topic!
Don’t go off on a tangent about something unrelated to the blog post.
Also, feel free to reply to other people’s comments if it seems fitting. It isn’t only the blog author that can respond to a comment.
Now that you know what a blog comment should be ask yourself if you are bringing your ‘A’ game or if you need to pull up your socks?
I’m just going to say it; you need to pull up your socks if you make this one big blog commenting mistake.
What The Blog Comment Should Not Be
If your comments are one-liners such as “great post,” “well written,” “I like your post,” or “this post was helpful” without supporting evidence, you are not using the opportunity to its fullest advantage.
The comments below do not entice engagement and it is hard to build a relationship without any information about the commenter.
If it applies to you, this is one mistake that you must fix now.
This is not how an authoritative blogger comments.
Your comment must have some “meat” to it.
Why is it a great post?
What did you like about it? Or what don’t you like about it?
How was it helpful?
Could you add something to the conversation you think is relevant?
These one-liner comments do not invite engaging conversation, do not add value, nor do they offer an opportunity to build relationships.
Uninspired comments do not give anyone any reason to visit YOUR website.
And, an author can’t help but wonder if the person who left the comment read the post or is wasting their time on a fledgling attempt to get noticed.
Don’t worry; you are getting noticed, but not for the right reasons and only for a short time.
You are sabotaging your efforts and wasting your time, the author’s time, and other readers’ time.
Time is precious.
Use it wisely.
Take full advantage of your blog commenting efforts and ensure that you are leaving comments of value.
Leave comments that engage, and offer a place for relationships to grow.
Below is an example of excellent engagement and relationship building. Check out the post, for more examples.
I took Lisa up on her suggestion to take a break and spend some time in nature. My husband and I spent 3 days hiking in the mountains and I came home feeling great.
Comments that pique the interest of other readers and make them curious about your blog or website are next level.
These are the types of comments you want to get noticed.
Don’t throw away your time and effort by leaving poor-quality comments that won’t get posted.
There are a couple of other things you can do to level up your blog commenting.
Kicking It Up A Notch
Be sure you have a Gravatar to assist your blog commenting further.
A Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar. A picture of you shows up when you post a comment on a website, like a social media profile picture that gets used everywhere else on the web.
It can quickly be done if you do not have a gravatar set up.
Check the website for commenting guidelines before you submit your comment. Not all websites have them, but I can certainly understand why some do.
Finally, to show your appreciation and initiate some reciprocity, share the blog post with your readers on your social media platforms.
If you leave excellent comments and share their work, your fellow bloggers will do the same for you.
To Sum Up Blog Commenting
Use your time wisely to:
- read the blog post
- respond with a comment that provides value
- Share the post
Good comments will invite engagement, relationship building, and readers to your blog.
- waste time posting pointless comments
Pointless comments are not an effective way to try to promote yourself.
If you would like even more in-depth information about blog commenting, I highly recommend this post from Neil Patel.
Blog commenting can be an essential and effective piece of your blog traffic strategy, so make sure you take the time to do it properly.
Feel free to start practicing now.
Please Leave a Comment 🙂
Does your blog have a comment section?
Do you need to work on your commenting skills?
What is your favorite blog comment a reader left for you?
Do you find value in using commenting as part of your traffic strategy?
Let us know down below!
SharlaAnn is a blogger who focuses on helping others develop the mindset and skills needed to build successful blogs. She is always up for a challenge and is a determined student of personal development and SEO.