As a blogger, I get so excited when I receive a comment. To me, that means someone liked my content enough that they went out of their way to say something. As amazing as that feeling can be, there are also such things as bad comments. Shocking, I know! So the questions have to be asked. What should you be commenting on other blogs? What counts as negative self promotion? Are your intentions good? Hopefully I will be able to answer a few of these for you.
I know that going and reading blogs can sometimes be difficult to fit into our schedules. I know that I have to set aside time at random hours to get that done. No shade from over here! As a new blogger, it is awkward at first, but it really can male all of the difference in your blogging journey.
- Take the rime to actually read their content. I cannot stress this enough. It is like doing a school report. You need to have a reference to the post, otherwise, what was the point of commenting?
- Give your opinion. Not only is this of interest to the original author, but it also might be interesting to the other readers of that post. This is something I do frequently on beauty posts. If I know of a product that is similar, then I will go ahead and be sure to put that in my comment.
- Go above and beyond! If I really love a post, I will go ahead and email the blogger to further elaborate on my thoughts, or to pick their brains. Plus, how wonderful is it to get emails? Pretty great!
- Go ahead and leave your website as part of your signature. You need to make sure you that your comment is appropriate before doing any self promotion.
- READ TERMS AND CONDITIONS FIRST!
- My number one is do not make it about yourself! You are commenting on someone else’s work. Give them the spotlight for a minute homegirl.
- Do not leave a generic two word response. The blogger may see it as as self promotion and delete it. You do not want to give yourself a bad reputation.
- It is in really poor taste to complain about a blog/author/writing style in comments. If something bother you that much, or if there are untrue statements, then email that person privately. Do not drag people through the mud. Karma is real!
- Most importantly, blog comments are not to spam others and try and receive traffic that way. If I see people doing that, I always put them on my figurative “do not read list”. Please don’t put yourself there. I want to read everyone’s blogs!
Honestly, being a successful blogger boils down to being a good and hardworking gal. It is much easier to do things the correct way the first time around than to have to fix things over and over. Comment, build relationships, try things. The world is waiting on you. Do you have any tips for commenting? Share them below if you do!