What is in a Comment?

bloggingIf 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.

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 blogging world!

Respond back to all the comments that you get on your blog. You can start to form relationships with your readers which get them trust in you and you become the authority of your market in their minds.

I’m for anything that makes blogging on a daily basis easier. One of the things I love is a plugin for WordPress called CommentLuv. To install this plugin on your WordPress site go to the plugin section of your account, add new and look for CommentLuv. Install and activate the plugin and it is ready to go. Here is the link to the CommentLuv page and you can download it from there too if you would like. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/commentluv/screenshots/.

As the write up for the plugin says, it rewards your readers by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment. Encourage a community and discover new posts. In short, when you go and comment on another blog if I have this plugin activated on my WordPress site it will show the title of the last blog written on the other person’s site. I love when this plugin is being used because it makes it so easy for me to go to that person’s site and leave a comment.

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

About Shawn Snyder

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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18 Responses to What is in a Comment?

  1. I’m not so sure about that, Shawn.
    Let’s consider this. Your blog is about virtual assistancy. My efforts are to augment folks’ bottom line, to run more efficiently, to have more fun. So, we are somewhat related- but only in the way some might consider.
    I think comments should be placed on blogs when…
    1. The stakeholders for the blog have similar interests to your target market.
    2. The stakeholders for the blog can learn something additional from a post you created that complements, augments, or differentiates the post upon which you are commenting.
    3. The subject of the blog may give the wrong impression about something for which you are an expert.
    4. The blog quotes something you wrote/said/did/experienced out of context.
    5. The blog resonated with you. You want to thank the author for that experience.
    Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A. recently posted..Of the people, by the people, and for the people?My Profile

  2. Jan says:

    Great post about the benefits of positive comments. We all benefit when done properly.
    Thank you.
    Jan recently posted..Challenge YourselfMy Profile

  3. Diana Ennen says:

    Thanks for the tips! I so agree on being respectful and having it be a good interaction. Some of them that just write back and promote their agenda, I’m like REALLY, that’s not going to be me the warm and fuzzies and make me want to do business with you! I love how easy you make it on your site to share and comment. Something I’m working on for mine. Thanks! Diana Ennen

  4. If you are thinking of starting your own blog commenting on other people’s is a great way to get a feel for both blogging itself AND the general topics of conversation in your field of expertise. It is also a good way to get a feel for what your potential customers might be interested in or what problems they are looking to have solved. It is also a great way to get your name out there when you are first starting out – as long as what you are saying is a useful contribution and relevant to the topic being discussed. The key is to be authentic in your commenting – doing it just promote yourself will be spotted quickly by readers and you will just leave them with a bad impression.
    Meredith Eisenberg recently posted..Come Play in Traffic Challenge: Use Google Hangouts to Increase TrafficMy Profile

    • Shawn Snyder says:

      I couldn’t agree more Meredith. If you are fake in your blogging or in your commenting it would be a very hard act to perform again and again. Be yourself that way the right people who get you, understand you will be drawn to you.

  5. I love getting comments on my blog and respond to each and every one. The least I can do is return the favor as I’m sure it puts a smile on someone else’s face. Great post!
    Marilyn Thompson recently posted..7 Ways to Kill Your BlogMy Profile

    • Shawn Snyder says:

      I know what you mean Marilyn. I think the highest compliment you can pay to a blogger is to respond to them. It puts a smile on my face when people respond to mine. Thank you.

  6. I try to only comment out on blogs I actually care about. It’s nice to get reciprocal comments and I guess I could spend all day out and about commenting hoping for comments back, but really, it just feels flakey. Tammie has a group that she comments with and I have my own little network. Quality not quantity, right?
    Carolina HeartStrings recently posted..DUPLIN WINERYMy Profile

  7. Your post me made me pause to consider the amount of time I’m willing to invest in commenting on blog posts and what I ultimately want to gain from it. In the end, I want to make new connections and get people to visit my blog. But ultimately, we want more than just me commenting on your blog or so you can comment on mine and back and forth we go. You offer VA services and I write and sell my books, and ideally, we want to create connections that ultimately lead to that transaction happening. Not always directly ( i.e. me hiring you as VA or you buying my books) but also indirectly people (e.g. other writers on my blog noticing what an insightful VA you are and perhaps hiring you).

    So I also think I need to keep in mind Roy’s comment about stakeholders for the blog having “similar interests to your target market.”
    Damaria Senne recently posted..Why aren’t there many men in tech? Why do women dominate in high-tech fields?My Profile

  8. Interesting comments here. I leave a comment on a blog for no other reason than to participate in the conversation. Period. No expectations. If the writer of the blog likes my comment and wants to look me up or connect and build a relationship, great. If not, so what? It’s about giving freely in my opinion. No selling or promoting. I leave comments on blogs that appeal to me and on blogs in which I am a member of a blogging group (like this one!) Nice post!
    Laurie Hurley recently posted..Warning: Your Squeeze Pages Are Suffocating Your Audience (And A Neat Solution)My Profile

    • Shawn Snyder says:

      Laurie you have a great point. We are participating in a conversation not looking for business. Especially on someone else’s blog. We want to be friendly and helpful not make the owner of the blog upset by hocking our own wares.

  9. Taya Elery says:

    Hi,

    First, what an interesting plugin. Second, I do agree that commenting can build relationships. I enjoy commenting, but only when it’s relevant to me. I may share another blog post with my FB or Twitter connections if I think it could help them. However, just commenting for the sake of getting more followers, etc is not helpful for me because I’m looking for valuable exposure. Just a bunch of people posting, “ohh great post” isn’t helping my business and its a waste of their time as well.

    • Shawn Snyder says:

      Taya, thank you for your comment. I agree that we do need to keep our target market in mind with our commenting time. I love how you remind us that we can share good information with our own followers by sharing on social media.

  10. Deb says:

    This is a very interesting post with some thoughtful comments. It is about building relationships – the right kind of relationships. It can be time-consuming if you let it. It’s important to have a goal in mind. It’s a lot like social media. You want to engage with people to get your name out there and show people that you have something valuable to share but you have to set a limit. At the same time, there’s nothing like the feeling you can give to someone when you comment on something that they put their heart into. Blogs and social media are a new way to foster relationships that we used to only get at networking events. Thanks for this post. I just installed the CommentLuv plugin on my site!
    Deb recently posted..4 Steps to Avoid “Shiny Object Syndrome” and Find Your FocusMy Profile

    • Shawn Snyder says:

      Deb, I love your reply thank you so much. It is a lot of work to respond to the comments and building relationships. But that is the reason we do what we do. Thanks for your input.

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