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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
But you could respond with:
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.