When I say, blog commenting that doesn’t mean to post anything it means to read a blog post, and then share your honest opinion in the form of a comment.
As commenting is important, you should know the things to remember while doing it. In this blog post, I am sharing a 10 things which you should remember while blog commenting:
1. Don’t comment just for getting a backlink
Every blogger gets tons of comments that are either one-liner or something that has no relation to the content. I get more than hundreds of such comments every day, thanks to Akismet that keeps them in spam folder already [Read how you can keep your comment out of spam folder]. And few of them which were not caught by it, I trash them.
Most of them either submitted by some software, and others are submitted by humans who just want to get a link to their sites. They don’t even read the article.
I would like to suggest that always read the blog post and then share your valuable opinion or feedback. Never comment before reading the article because bloggers are not fools they can easily get to know that you haven’t read the post, and they will trash your comment.
2. Start your comment with Appreciation
When you read an article, and start writing your comment then always try to begin with some appreciation. Just look at the below Comment posted by Carol Amato on my post => basics of On-page Optimization
Look at the comment Donna Merrill has published on the same blog post:
In these comment, read the very first paragraph, they somehow appreciate the efforts that I have putted into the post. Their appreciations motivated me to write even better content. Similarly, you should first write something like this and then write your views on the topic.
The first two lines of your comment can make a blogger jubilant, and they get motivated to produce even better content for you.
3. Don’t put brand name or keyword in the Name section
If you are blogging for a while, you must have noticed many commenters put their keyword or site name in the name section. They do it because they think these will help their site rank well with that particular keyword. They can even get benefitted if the comment links are dofollow. That’s the reason I had made my comment links nofollow a long ago. Most of the times, I don’t approve such comments because I hate it when someone doesn’t put his/her name in the name section. Sometimes, if the comment is really well and there is no name, then I approve the comment and ask them to use their name from next time.
But this really doesn’t entertain any blogger when they see a comment with no name, but a keyword in place of a name.
Nothing is there in the comment. It’s just a pure spam.
- Keyword in place of name.
- No Gravatar image.
- One-liner comment that has nothing to do with the article.
Thus, I would like to suggest you to always write your real name, valid email id, your website address in the given section, and a very well written comment. If you don’t do this, your comment either will go in spam or will be trashed by the blogger.
4. Avoid one liner comments
When a blogger writes a good post after putting a lot of efforts and time, you should be kind enough to write a good comment with genuine feedback, suggestions or views. If you don’t want to do these, try not commenting on them because no one likes one liner comments such as “nice post”, “great article”, etc.
I can understand that sometimes there are situations where you cannot write a long comment as you have got some problem understanding the topic, but then you can ask a question in a better way. Bloggers are smart enough to understand that you actually want to know the answer, and not just putting up the comment just for getting a link.
5. Don’t always Praise to get your comment approved
Most of the readers post just a simple affirmation in form of comment so that their comment gets approved fast. They don’t even care to notify you if they find any mistake in the article. I would suggest writing an honest feedback as a comment if you find anything wrong in the article. It builds up the trust and relationship, it also shows that you have actually read the content with full concentration, and that is why you can find the mistake.
6. Don’t write a blog post as comment
Though I and every blogger suggest writing a well descriptive comment after reading a blog post, but try to limit your content to 350-400 words maximum. I have seen few of the bloggers write a full blog post of 600 words in the comments that too is not good. Word count in the comments must be to a certain limit, 400 words max is what I recommend.
7. Be back to see again after commenting
Don’t get disappeared after posting one comment rather try checking there if there is something you need to reply again. The best thing is to do is to subscribe to the comments on the blogs on which you post comments so that you will be notified always whenever there is a reply to your comment. This is not that necessary but if you love creating conversations in comments, you must do this.
8. Don’t insert links in the comment body unless it is relevant
Don’t insert any links in the comment body unless it is relevant to the content or you need to add for clarifying anything. If you do so, either your comment will go to spam automatically, or blog editor will trash it.
9. Set up a Gravatar Profile
This is not that important because you might not be a blogger, and you may want to comment on some articles for a different purpose. But if you are into blogging, I would suggest setting up a Gravatar profile, and add an image there so that wherever you comment on WordPress blogs, your profile picture will be displayed.
10. Add relevant content in your comment
This is natural when you read and understand the post well, you must write an appropriate comment. But those who don’t read the post writing an appropriate comment seems a tough job.
Thus always read the full blog post, and then write a comment that is relevant to that blog post.
These are the 10 things I would like to recommend which you must remember while commenting on a blog. These are blog commenting etiquettes that if you follow, you will be liked by every blogger, and your personal branding and credibility will improve gradually.