7 Ways To Make Your Blog Comments Stand Out From The Crowd
Effective commenting is an art and when done correctly, it can raise your profile, establish your credibility, drive more traffic to your site and gain you new readers.
Have you ever sat with a blank greeting card in front of you wondering what to write? I sometimes think it feels a little like staring at a blank card when it comes to leaving a comment on a blog. You may find yourself faced with that blank comment box wondering how to be original.
So, how can you make your comments stand out?
- An obvious place to start, but do make sure you read the post in its entirety and understand the point of it before you wade in with your comment.
- Don’t be a “drive-by” commentator. Find a more interesting way of introducing your comment than “nice post” “totally agree with you” or “good read”. Always try to add value to the conversation.
- Equally too lengthy a comment runs the risk of not being read by the reader who is skimming quickly through the comments section. If however you do feel moved to write a longer comment to clarify a point, then break it up into chunks of text, bullet-point, bold and italicise it if you can (this isn’t always possible on many sites, but try to make it as readable as possible).
- Stuck for something to say? Why not focus on one point in the post which has particularly interested or moved you and respond to that (even if you disagree with the statement).
- And speaking of disagreement – it is fine to disagree, just do it in a non-aggressive manner please.
- Do you know the name of the blogger? Then use that person’s name in your comment - we all like the personal touch.
- Finally, and do I even need to say this?! Don’t make the comment all about you, your product, or your service. An instant turn off for blog owners is blatant self-promotion. So don’t pepper your comment with links to your own site and if you have nothing of value to add to the post? Well save your comments until you do.
Can you think of any other tips to make your comments more visible?