6 Tips for Leaving Great Comments
Most of us know that commenting on blogs is one of the best ways to gain readership. If I already like the same things as you, what better way for me to let you know I exist than by leaving you a note?
It’s hard not to get in a hurry, blogging is a full time job. We have real lives and real families that need us. Whether you comment on a lot of blogs or a few; reply to all your comments, or only the ones you are able, I think it’s important to be thoughtful in your comments if you want to gain readership.
Respond to a question within the post.
It lets the writer know you read the post. An easy, thoughtful comment!
Mention a specific detail of the project that you liked.
Easy, again. Who doesn’t love it when someone notices the painstaking details in our project?
Tell about a a similar project you did.
This one is touchy, because you don’t look like a comment shark; a blogger who comes by your site only to lure you to theirs. They don’t care what you wrote, and most likely didn’t read your post. I totally made this word up, but they exist.
Don’t leave hyperlinks! Google will label your comment as spammy, which hurts you and the blog you comment on.
Tell me a little about yourself. It’s not vain! Your hanging out on my site, I want to know about you! Plus, it opens the door for conversation, & helps me remember who you are when I see you in the blogosphere.
Try not to leave canned responses.
We’ve all gotten a canned response before. Most of us have probably left a canned response. It’s a generic comment that could apply to any post on any blog. It leaves absolutely no impression on the reader. A blogger reads it and probably doesn’t remember your name afterwards.
Confession: I’m guilty of canned responses at link parties. “Thanks for hosting!” But I have to say thank you, even if its all I say. My mama taught me manners.
Don’t comment on posts you aren’t interested in.
What?! I’m dead serious. Your disinterest will show. Lets keep it real here. I’m a sewing blogger, I can barely make a sandwich! So I’m not interested in a quiche, soufflé, or anything else that sounds different than its spelled. However, I do appreciate the heck out of a great crock pot recipe with a prep time of 20 minutes. We aren’t all into the same things…but there is usually a common thread.
Here’s a solution. If someone left you a great comment, and you’re not so into, say…children’s clothing: scroll through their tag cloud and look for a similar interest. It’s much easier to leave a thoughtful comment when you are interested in the post.
We are all just little words on a screen, until we become a personality. When I get a notification about a new post, and I know your first name and what you look like before I open it, that’s when you are a successful blogger. For some reason; name, face, and blog mesh together in my head really well once I’ve corresponded with a blogger. Correspondence is what makes your readers view you as a person, rather than a website.
The point is, life happens. I’m not convinced there is a blogger in existence who ends the day with a smaller to-do list than they began with. But every chance you get, be a personality, not just text on a screen. Make connections!
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Please don’t feel like you have to think really hard & leave a super amazing comment. Posting about leaving great comments sorta makes the makes the comment box awkward, right? Relax. If I had an 8th tip, it would be:
“When in doubt, or in a rush;
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Thanks for reading ya’ll.