The blogosphere experience isn’t just about the post. After you write a blog, you’d want it read, shared, linked and promoted. Yeah, the whole traffic generation thing matters a lot. Honestly, ranking in the first page of Google and other search engines isn’t a major concern for me. Though that would be good. What matters most for now is about getting quality traffic so that I’d have another thing to bitch about. *wink*
To do so, the only sensible and topmost thing to do would be blog commenting. It’s not hard to do. Besides, I love reading and sharing my thoughts. About two hours of my day time, I like to interact with people. There’s always the curious girl inside me. And the simple and positive ways I look at life always finds ideas on others’ blog posts– and easily share a lot of them as well. So then commenting on blogs is a favorite thing to do for me.
But of course, I wanna get a good reputation as a blogger. At the same time, I’d like to be considered a “go to” among the VAs here in my region (all over the world is fine as well!). So that means what I write in the comment boxes must be everything that would make me a favored blog commenter.
Here’s how I do it:
1. Digest the whole post first. That means taking time to read and understand the whole blog , picking a point or two that spikes my interest. If the blog ain’t that special, I wouldn’t comment just for the sake of being there. I owe that to the blogger and that saves me like 10-15 minutes of writing.
2. Only comment when you have to. Why do people get in there to just write, “Hey, nice post!” Of course, it’s nice and it’s great and it’s worthy saying “thank you” for! But at least, write two or more lines why you think so. A few lines that expresses your opinion, additional tips or ideas or a hint of your experience. Give solutions if you have it. If you don’t have any of these, just don’t leave those eye-roll inducers.
3. Write things of interest. It’s always best to express something that catches attention. Something different but not anything crazy! Interesting comments get the author’s attention and perks excitement of other commenters. You don’t just become an appealing information source, your website or blogs would generate even more interest as well.
4. Offer something new. This idea is hard to come by anymore. It’s because most of those who leave comments come from the same niche. Like my website provides a merry mix of information on virtual assistants. But I go around on different niches and provide new, interesting and fun ideas to various other areas. Of course, I’d have to relate issues hitting close to home.
5. Go ahead and ask questions. Just because you don’t know everything doesn’t make you any less of a good blogger. In fact, I’d be more interested in people who ask questions and air queries on the comment box than those who push their ideas too far, if only to prove they’re a whiz at the subject. Questions also generate good reaction from the blogger and other commenters. Besides, you’d get healthy doses of new ideas and inspiration for your blogs.
6. Mind the comment length. Apart from a few instances, I always make sure the comment length doesn’t compete with the whole post. In blog comments, what matters is substance, not the word count. So make sure you write just a few sentences.
7. Be amiable and courteous. Always observe good manners and proper conduct. Express greetings and gratitude to the blogger and guest posters. Be nice as well to those with notable ideas. If in disagreement, make sure that you retain courtesy and explain your own views nicely.
8. Always follow commenting policies. Those who don’t would get a reprimand or a reminder. The worst things that could happen to impertinent and harsh comments is that everyone who notes it down will remember who you are. Respect the varying policies at all times.
9. Don’t overkill on promoting yourself. There’s a field for URLs and they’re definitely not in the comment box. More so, practice subtlety if you do have to mention anything related to who you are, your business and your ads.