Blog commenting is a safe link building method provided you don’t abuse it and many bloggers and webmasters know this already but what most people do not know is that there is a rule or guide to follow if you are to get the most out of blog commenting. Today I want to share with you the proper blog commenting guide that will ensure you get the best out of blog commenting.
But first let me ask you, “what do you intend to achieve while leaving a comment on another blog?” This is a question most people that leave comments on other blogs don’t bother to ask themselves before leaving their comments.
If you are leaving comments just for backlinks then you may have totally missed the real essence of blog commenting. You can use blog commenting as a tool to building lasting relationships with other webmasters, improve your site’s visibility and drive tons of traffic to your site, build authority and credibility for yourself and your brand and gain backlinks of course.
Blog Commenting Etiquette
Get a Gravatar: Ensure to always use a Gravatar enabled email while leaving comments on blogs so a picture of you will show when your comment is approved. This will appear everywhere you leave a comment using same email and could get you noticed easily and will help you build relationships.
I recommend you use the same photo you used on your Social media accounts like Facebook; using different pictures may defeat this aim as people may not easily reconcile you with the different pictures of you they see all over the internet. Ensure whatever picture you used shows your head clearly if you are to get noticed easily.
Use your real names: Matt Cutts Google’s head of search spam in a recent video publication advised that people should use their real names while leaving comments on blogs so Google don’t consider your comment as a spam. When you use company names or keywords you want to rank for as anchor text, Google sees it like you are leaving the comment for commercial marketing purposes and may consider such comment as spammy.
Google will raise a red flag for your links if they understand that all your links or majority of your links come from blog comments, so ensure to practice other link building methods as guest posting.
Don’t sound promotional: it is a bad blog commenting etiquette to use blog comments for promotional purposes. It is often considered as spam when you use blog commenting to promote yourself, products or services. Don’t go dropping links all over your comments else it won’t be approved as it will be considered spammy and you could get blacklisted.
Actually read the post: This is another mistake people make while leaving comments, most people don’t bother to read the whole article to grab what its saying, they just skim through and end up leaving comments that is totally unrelated to the subject of discussion. If you want to get the best out of blog commenting then I recommend you read every post you want to comment on so you can leave worthy comment that is related to the subject of discussion, this will help you build authority when people see that you know what you are talking about.
Be polite & respectful: Don’t sound rude on your comments, don’t abuse people or use adult rated words while leaving comments. Be polite and respectful and people will easily notice you. No webmaster will approve a rude comment on his site and you may never get approved on such site ever again.
Write a comment not a spam: Always ensure to add quality to the subject of discussion via your comments. Write useful and purposeful comments that could help someone, people will easily check you up when they appreciate your comments. Don’t just write a comment just because you have to write a comment, if it is not related, helpful and respectful it will easily be considered a spam and deleted.
Make comprehensible comments: What is the essence of leaving comment if it can’t be understood? If you want people to respond to your concerns then make your comments comprehensible. Write something people can understand, use simple terms and easy grammar so everyone will understand what you are saying.
Stay on topic: It’s easy for people to deviate from the topic of discussion while making blog comments, don’t go diverting the discussion to some unrelated topic, remember it’s a discussion and you are not the only one involved in it. Respect the other parties in it and keep to the topic of discussion.
Don’t start an argument: Often times you see people take things to heart while making comments and begin an argument, don’t be such a person if you are to get the best out of blog commenting. Simply leave meaningful comments and avoid arguments even if you are picked on.
Follow the rules: Some blogs have comment policies, always ensure to read such policies before trying to leave a comment so you don’t violate their policy. Respect their commenting policy and follow every rule in it if you are to make the best out of blog commenting.
I hope you find this guide useful and I hope it helps you to getting the best out of blog commenting. Always follow the right blog commenting etiquette as I have shard here with you if you are to get the best out of blog commenting.
Now over to you…
What other blog etiquette do you have to add to the ones I already listed if one is to get the best out of blog commenting? Use the comment section below to add your view; remember to follow the right blogging etiquette while leaving you comments.