If you want to build a great reputation in the blogosphere then you want to know some blog commenting rules that’s going to spruce it up.
Some of you are getting genuine traffic that gets engaged right at the start when they come to your blog. But other’s of you, not so much. You can see some of your fellow peers just getting comments out the woodwork!
And you’re wondering if you’re doing the same thing, why aren’t you getting the same results as they are? What’s so special about them?
Well of course they’re doing something that you’re not. As a matter of fact, they’ll tell you some of what you’re doing, and as usual, it just doesn’t help you, right?
So what gives?
Well it all starts off with how you comment.
Well this is how I started off, and I got to the point of attracting better results and the opportunities that I had a fear of going after. When it comes down to it, it boils down to how you put yourself out there to your audience.
In this post, I will give you my own commenting rules that helped me to get more recognized and how it’s helping me to build a great reputation among my blogging peers.
“Your brand is a gateway to your true work. You know you are here to do something – to create something or help others in some way. The question is, how can you set up your life and work so that you can do it? The answer lies in your brand. When you create a compelling brand you attract people who want the promise of your brand – which you deliver.” ~ Dave Buck
We all love to be acknowledged don’t we?
It’s nothing like when our peers really acknowledge who we are and what we have done for them.
We love it when people acknowledge the things we do for them, especially when we ourselves didn’t take notice of it.
What’s better is when this happens with our blog posts!
We love those genuine comments!
When I go out salsa dancing with my partner in crime, we love it when people come up and give us compliments on our dancing style.
Although we love salsa dancing, it’s those genuine compliments that give us another reason to keep shining like we do on the dance floor.
But don’t you love it when people comment!
It’s that extra energy from other people that fuels you to keep going.
That is, the genuine comments that you can feel it meant something to your readers!
Many of you came across some comments that weren’t so meaningful. It’s as though the commenter was only trying to make a quota for that day.
Especially when we get the really short 2 word comments like “Great Post!”
Now because I’ve been surrounding myself with great people who leave insightful comments, I don’t get as many of the the “2 word” comments like I use to.
Yes, it all boils down to who you hang around with. Like the old saying goes “Birds of a feather flock together”!
But this post isn’t about connecting with the right people.
The main subject is really about you and how you can improve your commenting.
so let’s get into the blog commenting rules that can brand you like a boss!
The Right Mindset Make These Blog Commenting Rules Work For You
Yes, the right mindset will get you into the vibe of the blog commenting rules that I’m going to share.
You’ll see that a certain mindset will determine:
- If you get a reply
- What type of reply you’ll get
- If other commenters will come to your blog or not
- What type of comments you’ll get if other commenters go to your blog
Some of you may read a blog post word for word, while others of you like to skim. Either way it goes, you want your mindset to be aligned with the blog post itself.
When your mind is aligned with the blog post, that’s when you come up with unique, genuine comments that will definitely tickle the author’s fancy.
And here’s the goal:
If you show how interested you were in the authors blog post, they will recognize it and the the energy they put into their reply will show!
Check out this excerpt of Shamsudeen’s comment and my reply to him
As you can see, this is a great way to build relationship between you and the author start to blossom.
But does your comments need to be as long as this? No… here’s another great comment by David Hartshorne and my reply to him
So what are some of the Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to leaving a comment to a blog?
Well let’s take a look at them to see if you’re either consistent with your comments or maybe there are some improvements you can make.
Address The Author By Name
In Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends And Influence People he mentioned that a person’s name is the sweetest sound that they hear.
And if you want to brand yourself well, whenever you leave a comment, you want to make sure that you address the author by name.
This makes you look respectful and intriguing towards who they are.
In return the author has a great reason to return the respect by replying to your comment
Here are 5 great bloggers who practice this!
Although these bloggers comment on a lot of blogs, the fact that the first thing they do is greet the author by their first name makes them memorable.
Don’t you want to be memorable?
Then this would be a great habit to develop!
Make Sure You Have A Picture Of Yourself
Here’s a good thing to think of…
It’s not Halloween 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
So why would you put a picture of a logo or someone else besides your comment?
If you really want to brand yourself like a boss, then the best thing you can do is set up a picture of yourself so that it shows up on each comment you leave.
You also want to remember that your audience is watching too. And if they can’t put your comment with an image of you, then I can honestly tell you that this is a bad Branding practice.
So how do you set this up?
Go to http://en.gravatar.com to upload a photo. They will associate your email address with the photo so when you leave a comment, use that same email address.
When you leave a comment, then your image will show up.
FYI: Choose an email address you also use for your business and blog.
Try To Avoid Adding Links
When I was in network marketing, I was horrible.
As a matter of fact, I would go to a social gathering (not for business) and try to leave my business card with some of the people there.
Yes I was desperate!
And I did make some enemies, but yet, I kept on trying because I thought it was ok and these people were just blind.
But I was blind to the fact that these people were just interested in having fun and socializing, as oppose to me, I was more focus on growing my home business.
Well this is a no, no and it’s a no, no when you leave your links just for that purpose.
Unless the author or a commenter is asking a question where you can leave a link for a genuine answer, or you’re leaving a link to something that contributes to the Blog post, I would suggest that you keep your links to yourself.
The goal is to Brand yourself like a boss so you can attract the right people to you.
Read The Whole Entire Post
I know, some of you are skimmers, and that’s ok if you make a valid point related to a point that was made on the post.
But you know what?
Sometimes when you make a point without reading the entire post, it can backfire!
For example, if you give an opinion based solely on one point that relates to other points that you overlooked then that can make your opinion very much irrelevant and shows how disinterested you were in the first place.
How many times has this happened to you?
It has happen to me a couple of times in the past, and I felt pretty bad. What’s worse is that this doesn’t help your reputation with the author and among other commenters either.
What’s even more worser (if that’s a word) is that you may be looked upon as a spammer
And we can’t have that!
So make sure you read each blog post thoroughly enough that you get a good understanding of what the author was trying to get across.
Sometimes you can catch the author and other commenters off guard by giving a different perspective in which none of them even thought up.
This would be more brownie points for you which will give them a great reason to visit your blog!
Don’t Make Your Comments Longer Than The Post Itself
Now there are some commenters who are “Long Winded”. They can write the longest comments, hitting on every point that you made.
But what’s worse for many bloggers is that they may get over 100 comments in one sitting.
On top of that, maybe half of them could be long comments.
Now I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with being “Long Winded”, but you do want to write your comments in moderation.
Think of the author of the post and how they have to go through each comment, despite the other tasks they need to do.
I like reading long comments on my blog posts and it tells me how valuable and how much they enjoyed the post, but there are days where I just don’t have enough time.
besides that, on a positive note it shows great social proof to others that come to my blog.
Really Short Comments Will Never Work
This has got to be the most popular blog commenting rule there is
And yes, I’m going to regurgitate this!
If you want to brand yourself like a boss, don’t leave really short, two word comments.
I’m a man of small words when it comes to commenting, but not that small.
This really shows how uninterested you were in the blog post, and when I get these types of comments, I have to ask myself why did they waste their time?
Sorry if anyone gets offended, but I know of quite a few bloggers who would just simply delete these “two word” comments.
If you think you’re going to get a backlink to your site, then think again.
If you want to at least get some respect and a reply back from a serious blogger, then make sure you write a genuine, engaging comment whether it be a couple of lines or more.
Add Value To The Post
And speaking of genuine, engaging comments, make sure that you make an effort to add value to the post.
Again, this isn’t about making a quota or getting backlinks
This is about gaining value and building your reputation!
We all want to brand ourselves enough to where our comments pique enough interest from other commenters and readers for them to come to our blog.
This is attraction marketing if you think about it.
You’re putting yourself out there in order to bring people back to your blog and even find you on social media.
Because they love the value that you give. You are an information magnet, and the stronger your magnet is, the more you’ll attract your perfect audience to you.
Don’t Repeat Word For Word What An Author Or Commenter Said
Ok for me and for many other bloggers this is a red flag!
I just notice this when I read Glenn Shephard’s post How To Know When To Ditch Your Teacher a month and half ago
In the post he goes into why people use auto-posting software to leave comments by copying excerpts of what other commenters said and why it’s not good to do so. And I do have to say that I agree with his opinion.
But repeating a post word for word shows disinterest and can get you called out.
It’s one thing if you paraphrase to show why you agree or disagree but it’s another thing when you write down word for word. This looks quite suspicious to a lot of bloggers.
Another great thing you can do is “copy and paste” a snippet of the post to show what was your favorite part or even to prove a point. That’s considered engaging and really getting involved with what the author had to say.
But again don’t expect to get shown love once the author or commenter realize that you’re putting up a front.
Write In Conversational Mode
One thing I make an effort not to do is to be sooo serious all the time!
Yes we are in business, but when it comes to commenting you want to make it enjoyable for the author, you and the rest of the commenters.
Yes, there are times you want to be “professional” but at the same time you want to add a little of your own personality to your comment. I mean, that’s a part of personal branding, right?
Sometimes you want to make it seem like you’re doing “slapstick comedy” in a professional way. Yes, this sounds like an oxymoron but it’s a great way to draw attention.
Here’s a great example between Kevin Duncan and Henneke Duistermaat. And FYI, By no means I’m trying to promote Commentluv Premium over Disqus.
Yes, I know, we all don’t have the same personality, but there’s a little of Kevin and Henneke in all of us.
With that said, this shows how connected we are together.
I mean it’s all about connecting with great people right? Especially in our blogosphere.
When we can build synergy like this, it makes a better experience for all of us. Exchanging energy like this can give other commenters and the author a reason to come to your site.
If you’re in some type of home business, whether it be network marketing or some other business model, the ultimate goal is to live the life you want right?
But along your journey you have to make a plan. A plan that’s going to brand yourself like a boss.
You want to build some type of authority in order to have an influence over your target marketing that makes it a win-win for you and them.
With all the different strategies out there to do this, commenting is one of the easiest and yet powerful things you can do.
Although it may be tedious to some, it doesn’t have to be.
You can make it an enjoyable experience as well as gain a lot from it!
Now It’s Your Turn!
These are great blog commenting rules which I follow, but these aren’t the only rules that everyone should follow. This is a great start when it comes to commenting, but I know there are some other rules that many other bloggers follow.
So do you apply these rules yourself?
If you do, what are the results of applying them? How consistent are you?
Are there any other rules you would add?
Is there anything within this list you feel that needs to be added to your commenting routine?
If so, what are they?
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