Can Blog Commenting Be Used as A New Way to Reach Your Audience?!
Hey Dolls! How are you today?…Fabulous I hope, if not just know that better days are ahead. Today’s juicy topic is all about blog commenting, what it is, the dos and don’ts of blog commenting, and if it can be used to widen your reach.
What is Blog Commenting?
As the internet puts it, blog commenting is a seldom talked about part of the infamous SEO (I’ll have a post coming next week on that). It is a way to get a back-link to your blog. Most sources say it’s important, others brush it off as not a big enough strategy to get ranked.
Here’s where they’re ALL wrong…yes, I just declared the internet has lied to you. Blog commenting ladies and gents, is a fun way to show support to a fellow blogger and helping them understand what content you like from them and what they are doing right! That’s right! You heard me correct, blog commenting should not be some crazy scheme to get your website ranked on the internet.
I see so many sources telling you not to comment on someone’s site if its…wait for it…NOT A RELEVANT site. At first I thought they meant a site that’s maybe likely to give you spam or your computer a virus. However, further reading these articles, these reliable sources and forums, are basically stating not to comment on a blog or site, if it is not ranked high or relevant to your niche.
What if you don’t have a specific niche? what if you found a new blog you like that needs a little support? What then? Do you just not say anything because you think it won’t assist your blog ranking?…NO! You go full speed ahead and continue to leave your sincerest comment because there’s no rule stating you can’t support people on their journeys.
The Dos And Don’ts Of Blog Commenting
You’re probably wondering why there’re rules to blog commenting if I just stated to go soaring through the comments, with your support. Let’s not see these as rules but common courtesies extended to others. You know that saying where people tell you “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”? Ye, Blog Commenting follows this context.
1. Do leave a comment ONLY if you have something genuinely nice to say. What’s the point of leaving a comment if it is not authentic and can be used as motivation or constructive criticism.
2. When commenting try to use your full name or one related to your blog. It’s the same as if you open your Facebook or whatever you kids use and someone by the name “Hot Flame Kitty” is requesting to follow you. You’re a bit put off and more than likely won’t accept or respond. The same goes for commenting, writers more than often get excited when they can see an authentic person awaiting in the comments and will be more likely to engage.
An example of the name I use when Blog Commenting on the lovely blog by Sophie from Sophie Hearts
3. Use a reliable email address. This ensures that the interaction isn’t broken between you and the blogger or other persons looking to interact with your comment. It most certainly has a terrible effect and any networking that could have been forged is now tarnished. If you are worried of too many emails coming in from a blog comment, simply create a different email for commenting.
4. Do provide a signature. It may not be a letter and you don’t have to be extra formal but it does add authenticity to your comment. Whether it’s your full name or blog name, add it to the end.
5. Make sure to have a picture connected to your comment. Having a picture adds to reliability, it’s like being on Twitter and seeing someone DM you with no pic, it looks fishy. You can use the site Gravatar to link a picture or avatar as they call it. If you wish not to use your personal picture you can use your blog logo or header design.
An example showing what your Gravatar would look like and the signature I use when Blog Commenting on the Jenni from Good Pieces in Life’s blog.
1. Do NOT leave comments like “nice post…I’m a new blogger and I’d like…” It just doesn’t fly well with anyone. How would you like it if you’ve worked hard on a post and someone disregarded your work just to promote theirs. two words…NOT NICE! 🙁
2. Do NOT leave a two word comment expecting to have someone return a comment just because. If you can’t find anything to say just “like” the post or share and move along.
3. Your signature on a comment should NEVER be longer than the comment. What is the point? More than likely it is just seen as a cheap shot to get noticed.
SO Did Lena Dee just catfish me with this “Blog Commenting? A new way to reach your audience?” title?
No my darlings I did not. I truly believe that Blog Commenting is the new rave, but not in the manner everyone expects. I believe you can get a wider reach to your audience through blog commenting. It has happened to me (giving a valid example: I have more than 150 comments in moderation from genuine viewers) and it can happen to you as well. When you actively participate on someone’s post and can share your knowledge on a topic, you would be surprise how many people are interested in what you have to say.
Sometimes people are nosy, but not for the wrong reasons. They may look at your comment and deem you knowledgeable or think what you said was thought provoking and are more than willing to see what else you have to say. When you are genuine in your actions and you support others, the universe finds ways in rewarding you. The Internet is more powerful than you think and you’d be surprise your reach.
Do NOT make the mistake to use Blog Commenting as a means to promote your content like it is some sort of social media. Take my word, there is nothing more heart felt then stumbling onto a meaningful comment.
I know this post was a bit lengthy but I hope it did shed some light into the world of Blog Commenting. There are some lovely chats on Twitter for bloggers to engage in swaps and the Lovely Rebecca from Rebecca’s Reviews provided a list if you ever want to join in on the fun and find new bloggers!
Photo of Blog Chats take from Rebecca (Times in UK times)
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Thanks for tuning in…Until next time