Are You a Blog Comment Pussy?

by Suzanne on June 25, 2008

 

Find out now!

The How’s and Why’s of Commenting on Blogs

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I’m going to cover some tips on the best way to leave blog comments, as well as, the importance … the “why” … you should be commenting on other people’s blogs.

Why You Should Comment on Blogs

Let’s start with why it’s such a good idea to leave your comments when you visit someone’s blog. This is a very simple habit to form and it can be a great thing for you and for the blog author.

1. Say Thank You. It’s a great way to thank the blogger for sharing their thoughts, insight, expertise, or whatever type of content they’re sharing.

2. Mention What You’ve Learned. You can use the comments section to tell the author what you’ve learned from the post and how you will apply it personally. Most blogs offer free information that’s there to help others so this is always great feedback.

3. Expand On the Topic. This is also a great way to share what you know about the topic with others who will be reading the blog. You can expand on what’s already been said or give a different perspective.

4. Links Back To Your Site. Most comment forms give you an opportunity to link your name to your own website URL.

5. Free Traffic To Your Site. Many blog readers are naturally curious and they will often visit your site after reading your comments. 

6. Name Recognition. Commenting on blogs is a great way to start building name recognition for you and/or for your website. 

How You Should Comment on Blogs

Now that you see how many benefits there are to commenting on blogs let’s look at how to post your comments.

1. Comment on the Correct Post. Before you post your comment make sure that you are commenting on the post your comment pertains to. It’s annoying to other readers if you post a comment about a different post.

2. Reference Something That’s In the Post. It’s always a good idea to mention something that’s actually in the post so the author and other visitors know you’ve read the post. You don’t want to be accused of being a “comment pussy.” (See #5 below).

3. Add Helpful Information. After reading the post it’s great to offer additional information and/or your point of view or opinion. Try not to steal the author’s thunder since it’s their site … but this is also a great way to help countless others who visit the blog.

4. Use Your Manners. My mom always said, “If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.” Remember your comments are a reflection of you and of your business (if you link to your site). There is just no reason to be ugly. I would also remind you that the internet is like writing with indelible ink and your comment could be there for years to come. It’s fine to share your differences of opinion but find a nice way to do so.

5. Don’t Be a Comment Pussy. I sure wish I could remember where I first heard this term so I could give credit where it’s due. From what I read a “comment pussy” is someone who comments on a post JUST for sake of getting links back to their site. I get comments all the time with something like, “Great post. I like your writing style. Keep up the good work.” I’ve even seen some automating software that posts these types of comments for the backlinks. Yuck! Don’t even go there!

6. Ask Questions About the Topic. As a blogger I love it when my readers ask me questions about the post. Blogs are Web 2.0 and should encourage reader participation.

7. Subscribe To the Comment. If the blog offers the “Subscribe To This Comment” you should do so. Anytime someone else comments on the post you will get an email alert. Often the author or another commenter will comment back to you or ask you a question and if you’re not subscribed you might not ever know about it.

8. Do Link Back To Your Site. There is usually a place in the comment form for you to enter your website URL. Some blogs allow the search engine spiders to “follow” the links in their comments and that is a great way to get links to your site. You might also be surprised at the amount of traffic you will get from leaving comments on the blogs you read. Most authors will stop by your site, as well as, many of the other readers.

9. Use Good Anchor Text. If you are going to be linking to one of your websites I suggest you use good keyword anchor text where the comment form asks for your name. This is in case the blog allows the spiders to “follow” the links in the comments to your site. Most people do like to know “who” is commenting … the person not the site … so you should also put your actual name either in that field (i.e. Money Making Ideas ~ Suzanne) or at the very least by signing your name to your comment.

So, as you can see there are some great reasons to leave comments on the blogs you read and hopefully I’ve given you some ideas on how to comment as well. With that said … I look forward to your comments!

*SmiLes* Suzanne

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{ 13 comments }

internet sparen May 28, 2009 at 10:16 am

Great post Suzanne. Nowadays you see more and more blogs on the internet so this is a nice guide for a newbie! 🙂

DVD Movie Club June 3, 2009 at 7:03 am

Hahaha that was definitely a catchy title – it caught my attention immediately! You’re very right about people simply saying “Great post!” and moving on, I think it happens quite often that people don’t actually say anything of value that will further the discussion or provide useful feedback for the writer. You bring up several key points here and I think it’s obvious why so many people have left you good comments as a result 🙂

escortgirl July 27, 2009 at 9:19 am

I make it a point that my comments will be relevant to the post and that it makes sense because that’s how I want people to comment on my personal blog.

Zahnzusatzversicherung August 27, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Commenting on blog can be sometimes very addicting and blog reading can also be very addicting in the first place. But from comments the author can know of his mistakes which would not be repeated in the next post.

Hesham October 7, 2009 at 10:11 pm

OK! good work Suzanne, I have added your blog to my list of 100 blogs that using CommentLuv plugin for my daily commenting coffee time!
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barter firmalari October 14, 2009 at 4:20 am

the author realize of his mistakes which would be eradicated in the next blog post and it would be of better quality.

Travel to Provence--Julie October 20, 2009 at 9:28 am

Dear Suzanne, your advice is so wise. I’ve never really understood the benefits of commenting…or the best way to do it. Thanks as always for taking the time to enlighten us!
Julie

christmas tree pattern November 11, 2009 at 4:22 am

It is really a nice way to Should Comment on Blogs.It is really a great idea on this topic.
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christian November 20, 2009 at 2:32 am

two years ago i don’t know anything about the internet especially about blogging ..it is through blog hopping that i have expand my knowledge about the internet and blogging that’s why I make it a point to leave a thank you remark for those great information those bloggers have given to me ..now I’m running a blog I’m very much active on blog hopping and blog commenting…thanks Suzanne for these great info you’re one of those bloggers that I want to encounter your content is king !

Trade Show Ideas December 26, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Hello really this is a good information fora blog commenter. But I have a doubt regarding in selecting blogs. What are do follow and no follow blogs. How can I identify them ?
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Yes, I am also a blog comment pussy. I often find blogs and add my comments there.

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