To Comment or Not to Comment?

www.srsvirtualassistant.comIf you are looking for a way to draw traffic to your blog a great way to do that is to comment on other blogs. For this to work you have to leave comments on blogs that are related to your website and the comments you leave have to be insightful. If people feel that your comments are detailed and insightful not only will they keep on reading your comments, typically they’ll also head over to your website.

An easy way to lead that blogger to your blog is to use the CommentLuv plugin. I know this is available for WordPress I’m not sure of other blogging platforms. See this link for more info on CommentLuv and what it does.

You should always be respectful and courteous when commenting on other bloggers sites. You want to help bring good interaction for that blogger and also to leave a trail back to your own blog so hopefully that blogger and any of their readers will want to come and learn more about you.

Most bloggers understand what you are doing and appreciate the help when adding value to their site. Do not go and make a hard sell on anybody else’s site. This will not make you a popular person in the blog world!

Do you comment on other bloggers posts? Try to comment on five different blogs today. You can start here and comment on mine.

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Shawn Snyder owns SRS Virtual Assistant. We work as consultants and virtual help for the entrepreneur and small business owner who is looking for help with their social media needs, email marketing and admin office help.
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20 Responses to To Comment or Not to Comment?

  1. Actually, commenting and tweeting another’s post is a very valid way to augment the readership of your writing. As long as you are discriminate and don’t tweet every piece you read, no matter how poorly written, how little information it possesses, etc- because that then reflects badly upon you.
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  2. Many of us who are bloggers are also entrepreneurs and small business owners who work from home. It can be a lonely place. Commenting on other blogs encourage camaraderie and build relationships.

    Some of the best online relationships I have started with blogging – going out and commenting on other blogs and building that relationship.
    Yvonne A Jones recently posted..4 Ways to Build Engagement on Social Media PlatformsMy Profile

    • Shawn says:

      I love that mind set Yvonne. I agree that our blogs can bring people into our lives that we never would of had there otherwise. I have met some wonderful people through my blog and the UBC.

  3. Yes, I love to comment on other blogs. But doing two blogs in the UBC is a bit aggressive. I’m feeling the crunch, but in the fitness world pain and crunch are good things, right? I guess you could say I’m exercising my blog muscles. :-)
    Debi – The Romantic Vineyard recently posted..What Jurassic Park Taught Me About LoveMy Profile

    • Shawn says:

      LOL, your blog muscles should be toned and fit by the end of the month Debi. Good luck with the two blogs. I’ll be watching & commenting.

  4. Janice says:

    I try and leave a comment on the blog posts I read. Sometimes though, the blogger has a different perspective of life and I would rather not. On challenges like this, the titles don’t necessarily give you an idea of the content so it is hard to sort interests similar your own.
    I leave rather a lot of comments a day, too distracting these blogs :)
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    • Shawn says:

      I understand, there are always blogs with content that will interest us and blogs that won’t. Work on finding the best fit for you and have fun commenting.

  5. Jocelyn says:

    This is my first UBC, but I can see where leaving comments is helpful to new bloggers who need comments to keep their writing habit going. It’s encouraging to get feedback even when if the comments aren’t high quality. Sometimes people just need to know their blog is being read because it can be discouraging to new writers if they can’t see that.

    But, like Janice, I do find it challenging at times to comment on someone’s blog when the material doesn’t speak to me or my values. I’m very health conscious these days so it’s hard to leave a positive and useful comment on blogs about food when what they’re promoting is not at all healthy. If I wasn’t doing the challenge, I would just refrain from commenting on them entirely.
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    • Shawn says:

      The problem of what to comment about if you don’t believe in the post isn’t that difficult. Remember, there are hundreds of people participating in the UBC find the material you believe in and can be positive about and follow these people. There are other people who will do the same for posts that just aren’t for you. I want to encourage people to be positive and helpful on another person’s blog remember we are in their house when we leave a comment and as my mother use to say, if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all. :)

  6. Agreed with the commenter who said that its a bit tougher to separate during challenges like the UBC. But, overall I agree wholeheartedly. I just started my blog up in February and I definitely see the value in beginning relationships by providing valuable feedback. On another note, I currently use Disqus for my comments. But, Comment Luv provides a link to one of my most recent posts. For the purpose of publicity, I see great value in that. What are the comparisons between both comment systems?
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  7. I make much more effort to comment on blogs that use CommentLuv or some other means that people can find you. Besides just interacting and building community, it just makes good business sense.

    I’ve had many people find me from comments and sign up for my free offers or programs. Yesterday one of my colleagues told me that she just picked up a new one-on-one client who found her from a thoughtful comment she had left on someone’s blog!
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    • Shawn says:

      That is a great point. I think the last part of the plugin name comes into play when things like that happen. Some Luv gets spread!

  8. Martha says:

    I try to only comment when I’ve found something of value from the post, or if I have something to contribute to the conversation. That’s the tricky part of the UBC for me, because sometimes I’m not interested in the topic of the two posts ahead of mine, and I feel pressured into leaving a comment knowing that it won’t really add anything more than to say “I was here”, and I believe a comment should be worth more than just that.
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    • Shawn says:

      Oh yes the comment log is new and I believe Michelle is trying to use it to help make a situation fair for everyone. If you don’t like the log you don’t have to put your post in it. I don’t use it because I can’t stand the distraction of seeing when a new post if make in the thread. Put your post on the outside of the comment log/thread and go post on 10 other blogs that you enjoy.

  9. Jan Kearney says:

    I try to comment regularly on blogs, even outside of UBC. Yes, it does drive traffic back to my blog but perhaps more valuable is the relationships it can build.

    I don’t comment on blogs that require a log in (whether its WordPress, Disqus or Facebook).
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