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4 Tips for Leaving Blog Comments Authors Will Love

If you run a blog, you know exactly how great it feels when someone other than your mom leaves a comment on one of your posts. And if it’s a really good, insightful comment, it feels even better.

And you notice that person. You check out their blog. If you find that they have excellent things to say, you leave a comment on one of their posts.

So thus, if you’re leaving awesome, insightful blog comments, it’s an excellent way to draw attention and traffic back to your own blog.

Not sure where to start? Not a problem. Here are four tips for making sure that your comments are engaging and interesting!

Be Genuine

First of all, never force a comment. If the content doesn’t speak to you or you don’t have anything to say, then don’t attempt it. It may come off as artificial and the blog owner will be able to tell.

But if you think the post was especially good or insightful, make sure you say so in your comment. Everyone likes hearing that their writing has helped someone. If there was a particular part that resonated with you, point that out.

Also, use the author’s first name to establish a connection with them.

Check out how this commenter was genuine with a guest author over on Smart Boy Designs.

Be Genuine

 

Add Value

If you’re reading a blog post about something you’re pretty familiar with, you probably have something to add to the discussion. This could be a similar experience, a short (relevant!) story, or an answer to the author’s challenge questions.

In fact, answering a challenge question is one of the best ways to add value in the comment section. Lots of authors will end their blog post with questions to help foster discussion and  learn more from their readers. Answering them not only lets you provide an opinion, but shows that you actually read the post.

Greg Ciotti from Sparring Mind often asks questions at the end of his posts. Check out the value that this comment added to one of his recent posts.

Add Value

Don’t Stroke Your Own Ego

But be cautious when writing about your experiences. People want to revel in others’ success, but they don’t want to listen to some overly-pompous jerk talk about why they are the best thing that’s ever happened to the internet.

The comments section of someone’s blog post is not for you to stroke your own ego and tell everyone how great you are.

When it comes to this point, I think it’s better just to share an example of how an egomaniac hijacked someone’s comment section to talk about why he was so awesome.

Please note: names have been blurred.

Don’t Stroke Your Own Ego

What started off as a genuine, slightly value-adding comment turned into one blogger talking about how great he is. And it wasn’t even presented in a way that added value to anyone else.

“Bragging” does not equal a good comment.

Feel Free to Disagree…Politely

There will come a time when you will read a blog post and someone will write something that you just don’t agree with. Whether it’s a controversial new idea, or just a personal opinion, there’s something about the article that just makes you think, “Eh, no.”

There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing with a writer on one or all points of their blog post. In fact, a lot of authors definitely want to hear if you don’t agree. But you need to frame your comment in a way that isn’t personally attacking the author.

For a basic example, let’s say I write a post about how purple is the best color of all time. But uh oh, you’re pretty sure that red is actually the best color of all time.

You would not respond with:

Don't Be Mean!

But you could respond with:

Be Nice!

It’s a silly example, but you get my idea. I would be far more likely to continue the conversation with Sarah over Dr. Doom.

And to wrap it up…

Don’t be a jerk. If something makes you so angry that you want to write twelve paragraphs about how they’re wrong…you probably shouldn’t. (In fact, you should just calm down a little and then just turn that into a blog post).

But if you follow these four tips, you’ll be leaving excellent blog comments and attracting attention to your own blog in no time!

Do you have any other tips for leaving good blog comments? Are you terrified that I might be critiquing your blog comment? Don’t worry, I’m not. Just don’t be a jerk.

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Mandy Kilinskis

Mandy is proud to be a part of QLP’s content team. A self-professed nerd, her interests include video games, sitcoms, superhero movies, iPods and iPhones but never Macs, and shockingly, writing. Her claims to fame are: owning over forty pairs of Chuck Taylor All Stars, offering spot-on coffee advice, and knowing an unbelievable amount of Disney Princess facts. You can connect with Mandy on

Comments

  1. Bret Bonnet

    GREEN is the best color ever! Gosh!

    .. #MandyIsColorBlind

    [JK!]

    ;)

  2. Amy Swanson

    Awesome post, Mandy! Your tips here are really helpful and ones that could help even the most seasoned professional stay in tip-top shape (well, maybe not that weirdo unnamed person- they need more than blogger etiquette help I think…)

    If I’m stuck on what to write back to someone I usually go with finding a sentence or two from their post and sharing what I liked/agree with on it. It’s a great way to get a dialogue going without leaving a random, “good stuff” comment.

    Thanks so much for writing this, I hope others take note of it as well!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      That’s an excellent addition, Amy. I know personally that I like to know what resonates with readers, so that’s a great way to point that out.And you’re right, it’s definitely a better way to get a dialogue going than “good post.”

  3. Eric

    OMGZ RED IZ ALSO THE TITLE OF THE NEW TAYLOR SWIFT ALBUM THAT DROPPED TODAY.

    That I, uh…know nothing about.

    Useful post, Mandy. In conclusion? PREACH!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      OMGZ. I GUESS THAT MAKES RED SUPERIORZ.

      I actually didn’t know that a new T. Swift album had dropped. My mother will be beside herself with joy.

      And thanks! :)

  4. Rachel

    Wow. That comment under your “Don’t Stroke Your Own Ego” section is … interesting. Yeah, don’t be that guy.

    Great tips all around, Mandy. And I AM afraid that you are critiquing my comment now, haha! But see look, I’m answering one of your challenge questions, so … go me! ;)

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Yeah, definitely don’t be that guy.

      And no worries, I’m certainly not critiquing your comment right now. Especially since you answered one of my challenge questions. Hooray! :)

  5. Jana Quinn

    Great tips, Mandy. I think what separates the pure “link juice” responders and the active participants in these communities are qualities like those you’ve listed. I’ve also noticed that making a comment about something specific in the article is a great way to engage with the author and perhaps pique interest in your own writing; it shows you read it all the way through and that the author’s attention to detail did not go unappreciated.

    Although this post is full of fantastic, actionable tips, the best part was the “Don’t Stroke Your Own Ego” guy. He listed: “I love pop culture” under his things that he’s done that don’t fit with most “ppl.” Does he know what “pop” is short for?

    All in all, awesome post!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Agreed, Jana, and thank you! Picking out a specific piece to make a comment about is definitely a great way to stand out from the pure link juicers. I know that I get warm fuzzies when someone points out a specific part or a line that particularly enjoyed crafting.

      …and yeah. That dude is…special. Someone needs to let him know that “pop” is short for “popular.”

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