The Final Information to Leaving Feedback On Blogs

The Ultimate Guide to Leaving Comments On Blogs

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For those who’ve ever learn a put up, guide or eBook, or listened to a webinar or convention session on the subject of ‘discovering readers on your weblog’ you’ll have heard the recommendation:

Depart feedback on different blogs

It was the primary piece of recommendation I bear in mind studying about constructing readership and which I’ve heard (and given) a whole lot of occasions since.

Actually this method is a key aspect of Participating and Networking – Day 11 of 31 Days to Construct a Higher Weblog Course.


7 Advantages of Leaving Feedback on Different Individuals’s Blogs

1. Constructing your individual profile – leaving a remark will get you seen. Leaving a good remark could make individuals concentrate.

2. Showcasing your experience – sharing what you recognize or the experiences that you’ve will help construct your credibility.

3. Attending to know different bloggers – leaving a remark can typically be a good way to get on the radar of one other blogger.

4. Driving site visitors to your weblog – because of your engagement, you’ll typically get individuals trying out your weblog.

5. Concept technology – typically, if you interact in dialog in different blogs feedback, you get concepts on your personal weblog posts.

6. Staying sharp – I discover that studying and commenting on different blogs  is an efficient every day self-discipline to assist me preserve abreast of what’s taking place in my business and preserve my mind engaged on the subjects I write about. It’s additionally nice writing apply!

7. Alternatives Could Observe – simply final week somebody left a touch upon my images weblog that I assumed was so insightful that I requested them to jot down a visitor put up. Actually, now I consider it, one in every of our most profitable eBook authors on dPS first made himself recognized to me via an ideal touch upon the weblog. You by no means know the place an ideal remark may lead!


1 Drawback with Leaving Feedback on Different Individuals’s Blogs

The issue with leaving feedback on different blogs, as a method to develop site visitors, is that whereas it may well have many advantages it may well additionally find yourself hurting your weblog’s model and status – should you don’t do it the suitable means. Extra about that beneath.


This put up gives you some recommendation on tips on how to depart feedback successfully and what to keep away from. 


4 Varieties of Commenters

Over the past 10 years I’ve seen an actual spectrum of approaches to leaving feedback on blogs. I believe that the majority of us sit someplace alongside this spectrum.

1. The spammers

We’ve all see them – they depart feedback in your put up which might be fully irrelevant and stuffed filled with key phrase wealthy hyperlinks in an try and rank for these phrases in Google. Many occasions these are auto-generated spam techniques that merely get caught in your spam filters and by no means work anyway.

There’s no actual debate across the legitimacy of those feedback – they’re spam and any blogger of their proper thoughts mark them as such.

2. The spammy self promoter

A bit additional alongside the spectrum we see commenters who normally a minimum of go to the trouble of manually leaving their feedback and who typically even go to the trouble of retaining feedback barely on matter…. (typically).

Nevertheless, their feedback are fairly clearly solely about making an attempt to get a hyperlink to assist their search rankings or to get a number of clicks again to their website.

This group use quite a lot of inform story methods that present what they’re actually on about.

For one, they normally don’t depart feedback with a private identify however their identify is one thing like ‘Greatest Canine Biscuits’ or ‘Hawaii Lodging’.

Additionally they not often say something that builds on the dialog however depart empty ‘nice put up’ feedback. Alternatively, typically this group will do one thing controversial to attempt to get some consideration (attacking the author or different feedback) within the hope of individuals desirous to test them out.

Additionally they will typically depart hyperlinks of their feedback that haven’t any relevance to the put up.

In brief – this group are impersonal, irrelevant, add no worth and self promotional.

Typically these feedback get via spam filters however most bloggers will delete them if they’re noticed. It’s uncertain that the feedback have any actual profit to the commenter as most blogs have nofollow hyperlinks in feedback which kill any search rating advantages and no one of their proper thoughts will click on their hyperlinks as they’re so clearly spammy.

3. The Commenter who Builds their Profile by Delivering Worth

In my view that is the commenter who’s doing it proper.

They’ve clearly learn the put up and have one thing of worth to contribute. Their feedback might not at all times be lengthy or in-depth however they add to the dialog with one thing that’s considerate and related.

This group may share a narrative, give an instance, put one other viewpoint, reply a query or do one thing else that gives worth to the blogger and their readership.

This commenter is all about delivering worth however in doing so builds their profile and credibility. They’re after a win/win trade the place the blogger/readers get worth from their remark however in addition they may get some site visitors and kudos from the trade.

One of the best of those commenters in my expertise have a tendency to make use of a private identify (and the place potential use a private avatar). They have a tendency to go away much less feedback than the above teams however the feedback are more practical.

Be aware: on avatars, it may be price registering for a Gravatar account as that is typically used for avatars on many blogs.

4. The Worth Supplier Who Will get No Worth Again

On the different finish of the spectrum are a uncommon bunch of commenters who’re all about delivering worth however for one cause or one other don’t promote themselves.

There’s nothing improper with this – however I’ve come throughout a number of bloggers of late who’re both so shy or so fearful of being seen as a spammer that they don’t ever depart a hyperlink again to their very own weblog.

I do partly perceive the ‘shy’ factor however my recommendation to this group can be to know that should you ship worth that the majority bloggers wouldn’t thoughts you leaving a hyperlink again to your weblog – or they wouldn’t have a subject of their feedback part so that you can share a hyperlink.

One blogger who I got here throughout these days mentioned that he by no means leaves hyperlinks as a result of he heard it may well get him in bother with Google.

I do know that Google search for unnatural hyperlinks (so these within the first two spammers classes above ought to be careful) however that they don’t have an issue with real feedback. Actually, Matt Cutts (from Google) made this video on that matter.

Successfully Depart Feedback on Different Blogs

A number of years in the past right here on ProBlogger I advised 11 ideas for getting the feedback that you just depart on different blogs to face out.

I feel many of the ideas I gave are nonetheless related right now:

  • Be the Early Chook – earlier commenters may have their feedback seen greater than later commenters. Nevertheless, being first on each single put up generally is a bit annoying.
  • Share an Instance – constructed upon the weblog put up with an instance that illustrates what the blogger is saying.
  • Add a Level – if there’s a degree the blogger has missed, politely counsel it.
  • Disagree – chances are you’ll not wish to do that on each remark you allow however courteously disagreeing after which including constructive the reason why could make a superb impression.
  • Write with conviction, ardour and character – this stuff stand out and present you care about your remark.
  • Use Humour – this will seize consideration of these scanning via feedback.
  • Ask a Query – I’ve lengthy observed that those that ask good questions typically turn out to be the centre of conversations in feedback.
  • Formatting Feedback – watch out with this. Some commenting techniques permit you to daring or italicise feedback. However don’t go excessive right here because it may appears spammy. Feedback techniques like Disqus permit you to add photographs – this will additionally work to attract consideration to your remark.
  • Useful Hyperlinks – should you’re going so as to add a hyperlink be certain that it’s of excessive relevancy and worth
  • Remark Size – Are all of the feedback on a put up lengthy? Depart a brief one – it’ll stand out. Are all the opposite feedback brief? Depart a protracted one – once more, it’ll stand out.
  • Lists/Break it down – consider carefully about how your remark will look. Will it’s only one large block of textual content? If that’s the case – contemplate breaking it into shorter paragraphs or perhaps a record sort format

One further tip that I’ve used a lot of occasions: if you depart a remark that you just assume provides lots of worth to a weblog put up – share a hyperlink to that put up with your individual social networks.

This reveals the blogger that you just’re not solely prepared to interact however promote their weblog (which creates an ideal impression). It additionally has the facet advantage of offering your followers with one thing helpful to learn (each the weblog put up and your remark) and reveals them that you just’re partaking past your weblog which might solely improve your model.

You can even take this a step additional by running a blog concerning the put up you commented on. I’ve solely executed this on a number of events and solely after I assume the weblog put up and the remark thread are of excessive worth – however it may well have a big effect.

Oh – and yet one more tip, common commenting on the identical weblog will be worthwhile. A one nice one off remark can have an effect – however this impression grows exponentially over time. Simply don’t turn out to be an over contributor and dominate the weblog (see beneath).

What to Keep away from When Leaving Feedback on Different Blogs

Additionally written a number of years in the past is a put up I wrote about how one can truly harm your model by commenting on different blogs. In it I listed 10 issues to keep away from (this did trigger a bit of debate on a few them so there are completely different opinions):

  • Extreme use of Signatures – this apply was extra widespread a number of years in the past but it surely includes leaving a hyperlink to your weblog IN your remark along with within the hyperlink subject that bloggers permit you to hyperlink to your weblog in.
  • Extreme Self Linking – solely depart hyperlinks which might be related and never in each put up you write.
  • One or Two phrase Feedback – it’s okay to point out some appreciation and say ‘nice put up’ – however extra helpful to the blogger is so that you can inform them WHY you assume it’s an ideal put up. Add some worth.
  • Not Studying Posts Earlier than Commenting – that is fairly self explanatory. I might additionally advise studying via different feedback already left!
  • Flaming and Private Assault – not good kind. For those who disagree, be constructive.
  • ’Nameless’ Flaming – in case you have one thing to say, put your identify to it.
  • At all times Being First To Remark – I’ve seen a number of individuals do that over time and so they’ve ended up annoying the blogger and different commenters. It’s not good manners to at all times be the one to say one thing… dialog can also be about giving others room to talk.
  • Dominating Remark Threads – just like #7, hear, permit others to contribute and let your feedback bounce off them a bit of.
  • Key phrase Stuffed Names – I do know this one causes some debate however my private choice is to know the identify of an individual that I’m talking to quite than seek advice from them as their Enterprise Title.
  • Not including worth to the Feedback – In the end this one is what it’s all about. For those who’re including worth, you’ll get worth again. For those who add no worth, you would be hurting your model.

One final thing to keep away from – don’t remark only for the sake of commenting.

Whereas leaving feedback does have many advantages I feel that most individuals get into bother with commenting when they’re simply going via the motions of leaving feedback as a ‘technique’ quite than leaving feedback as a result of they genuinely wish to interact.

What Did I Miss? (your likelihood to apply)

I’d like to get your enter on this matter.

What commenting practices have you ever used or seen others use that both are efficient or annoying?

I’m wanting ahead to some good feedback on this put up!

The Ultimate Guide to Leaving Comments On Blogs


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This put up was first revealed on November 20, 2013 and up to date September 29, 2022