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blogCreating Your Online Presence With Blog Comments

 

When I started this Blogging journey I didn’t do it blindly. After taking the Internet and Social Media Marketing courses I was trying to decide what would best suit me, which was what led me to blog. I started blogging to create an Online Presence and because I loved writing it seemed to be the perfect fit for me.

I quickly realized it wasn’t enough to just have a blog. It isn’t enough to have great content. You had to get your name out there. I found blog comments to be very effective. Most top bloggers agree that commenting on other blogs especially in the beginning is essential to your success. If you are not engaging with others no one is going to care how great your writing is. So often I see bloggers just posting their links and thinking their job is done, far from it.

What Blog Comments Do For You And Your Blog

 

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For You

By commenting on blogs you get your name out there and leaving a quality comment on a popular blog can get you noticed. Leaving five comments a day is suggested at a minimum. A good comment can raise your authority online like nothing else.

 

Most blogs now have the luv comment system which means your current post is not only visible to the writer of the blog but to everyone who reads the comments.

 

For Your Blog

What does comments on your blog mean? Essentially it says that your content is engaging, not only to readers but to search engines. You should definitely have guidelines though. A comment less than 7 words is considered spammy and can hurt your site. We have all had those comments like “Great Post”.

The best explanation of what a comment should consist of is that a blog comment should add value to the post. I only publish comments that are at least ten words in length and show that the reader actually read what was written.

Preventing Spam

You want to keep spam off of your site. It will devalue your site to search engines and Google in particular. I personally don’t publish comments where someone adds their link manually. There are many plugins to monitor spam and definitely worth it. Moderating your comments is also a good idea but can be time-consuming.

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Replying To Comments

Should you reply to every comment? That’s a tough one, I have seen big websites that get loads of comments and still reply to every comment. It does make your readers feel as if you care that they bothered. This can be difficult if you get a lot of comments. The truth is people rarely come back to check the comments.

Comment Threads

Comment threads are very popular in Facebook Groups in particular. This is where people have to leave mandatory comments. I am really not for this. I have participated in them and found that the comments often were poor quality. People will scroll through the post without really reading it. It can be obvious that they were made to by the content.  So sure you will have a quantity of comments that may leave the impression of popularity, but do they add value?

So while we are on the subject of comments, here are a few favorites to give you some idea of what a quality comment looks like.

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On Dating

Very interesting article. Since I have been married to the same person for 45 years, it is hard to understand these ‘millennials” ideas. In my opinion, dating should not have to be something that is “scheduled in.” I know everyone is busy, but you have to take some time for yourself.

The thought of being in a “dating” status for me at this time in my life is whacked! I’ve often said that if my hubs and I were to split, I’d go back to my days of my 20’s and just have boy toys. No overnighters, wham bam thank you sir, bye bye. LOL

On Blogging

Your group has helped me learn so much but also feel like I had a support group. Thank you for all the time you put in, it doesn’t go unnoticed! Now to follow your tips! Blogging is so much more involved than I ever imagined!

Congrats on one year! I celebrated one year in September so I can relate to this post quite well. Social media drives much of my traffic, but I work really hard on SEO and have been successful at organic traffic too. It’s great to read a post from someone who has had similar experiences and is in a similar place!

So you see that the readers read the post and added value with their own experiences.

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In Conclusion, there are many factors that go into your visibility online and commenting is an important part of that. Comments should be at least two sentences long and add to the post. A good comment can get you noticed and more readers to your website.

What do you think?

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  • klaudia November 5, 2016

    Very nice one ! Commenting is truly important , time consuming but it does a lot for your online presence. I am not the biggest fan of FB comment threads as 8 out of 10 comments are usually meaningless forced bla bla . I am getting very selective on FB groups for that , and my own experience has proven : the bigger the groups are , the less you gain out of your encouragement. Replying to my comments is still an issue , I really should care more about !
    klaudia recently posted…Focus On The Family – How To Get Divorced Without Destroying Your Children’s LivesMy Profile

    • klaudia November 5, 2016

      Ooops … engagement it should be , not encouragement . 😕 hadn’t had my daiöy dose of coffee yet 😉 brain’s still lame .

    • Heidi November 5, 2016

      I totally agree and believe some don’t realize what they are doing wrong, thanks for reading

  • Divya @ Eat Teach Blog November 5, 2016

    I’m with you on the commenting thing. I read every comment, but I don’t always respond to every single one. If something resonates with me or if I know someone has taken a lot of time to be detailed in their comment, I will often respond then!

    • Heidi November 5, 2016

      I think sometimes just replying on the bottom is good. At first I wasn’t picky about it but it affects you not them.

  • Michael Noker November 5, 2016

    I was really good about commenting on blogs once upon a time, but then I think YouTube kind of became my go-to place to comment. Working on getting back into it! Kind of. Also, those dating comments you published looked awfully familiar. 😉
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    • Heidi November 5, 2016

      haha yes. It really doesn’t matter where so much as how but I know Youtube and Instagram are all about the short, spammy comments

  • girl stuff November 6, 2016

    These are good tips. I’ve run a successful book review blog for 6 years, and just started a more personal blog that I am building up a presence with. I’d forgotten how much work it took to build up that first blog! a few additional tricks I’ve learned along the way:

    Include a striking image right away in the post. Something visual to get your readers attention.

    Ask questions. If you are talking *at* your readers, there is no room for a conversation. if you talk *with* your readers, a conversation begins. Ask questions like – I keep hearing about flavor infused oils and vinegars, has anyone tried it, and did you like it? Haunted houses scare me, what makes them so fun if you enjoy them? Questions get people engaged.

    Partner up with other bloggers as much as you can for group projects – maybe everyone posts their favorite pumpkin spice recipe, or everyone talks about a book they are reading, or everyone is watching the same TV show and discussing it online.

    • Heidi November 6, 2016

      Very true and good advice. Thanks for reading

  • jeremy@thirstydaddy November 7, 2016

    I try to respond to comments, but there is just sometimes when there really isn’t anything to reply to. I don’t get many that are only a few words, but it never would have occurred to me that these could actually be a bad thing

    • Heidi November 7, 2016

      Yes they are according to google, the same for adding their link in the comment

  • Gloria Kaye November 7, 2016

    Excellent points! As time goes on, I see the value of real comments on blogs aside from hoping a person may comment on your blog as well. There is one comment I made months ago on a “big” blog and the amount of traffic I still get from that one comment is impressive.
    I get so busy with all the various blogging jobs, I forget about commenting. I often remind myself that I set a “goal” of at least two comments a week. I’m always happy when I can surpass it!

    • Heidi November 7, 2016

      It is tough, there is so much to do and time management is a real issue. I admit for a long time I didn’t see the value in comments and commenting but I noticed how my traffic surged when I had at least a few on my posts.

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