No one blogs merely to vent. We have journals for that. Bloggers want to be recognised, they want their work to be noticed because no matter how easy maintaining a blog is, it requires a lot of hard work and dedication. More on that later, though.
While there are many ways of driving traffic to your blog, one tactic is to interact with other bloggers. It not only makes other bloggers notice you, it might even get you regular readers. How do you interact with other bloggers apart from PM-ing on Facebook to please read your blog (please don’t do that)? On the most part it requires you to comment on other blogs. It’s the old ‘give and take’ rule. Like you, they crave recognition as well. When you leave a comment on someone’s blog, not only does the blogger notices you, but it is possible that other commenters will visit your blog as well. You need to entice them though, without using the phrase ‘do visit my blog’.
In this post I’m listing down a few ‘commenting rules’ I’ve established.
Do not go on a commenting spree
It requires a lot of confidence for a writer to post his/her work for the world to see. Naturally they expect some feedback, like I said earlier. So if you are commenting just for the sake of getting your blog link across, it is unfair to them. They worked hard on their post, spent a lot of time and energy on it so if you are leaving a comment make sure it is rewarding. Comment only when you have something to say.
Read the blog before you comment
Like actually read it instead of skimming through. Often you come across comments like ‘good post’, ‘thanks for this post’ etc. These sorts of comments make it seem like the person hasn’t really read the post and only left a response to get his blog link across. If you think you have nothing to add, just don’t comment. Like the post, or better yet, share it if you find it helpful.
Tell the author why you like the blog. If you agree or disagree with the author, tell them why. Give your opinion.
Add value to the blog
Your comment should add value to the post. If you think something should be added to the post then write it in your comment. For example, if it is a travel blog post about a destination you have been to, tell the author (and the readers) what you thought of the place, if there is anything you’d recommend that the author might have missed etc. Comments like these show your interest and also make the comment section as valuable as the post itself.
Keep it short
Adding value doesn’t mean, of course, that you write a blog post in the comments. Keep it brief.
Most important of all:
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