The Art of Commenting40 COMMENTS
If one is a very new blogger, it is really hard to get noticed in the initial few months. But all this can change if one masters the art of commenting. Though, it is not one of the conventional methods that bloggers employ to get traffic, but it is the one that can build a really great relationship with fellow bloggers and bring some loyal readers to one’s kitty.
I am a comment freak and I have read a lot of articles and participated in many discussions. Besides the learning aspect of it, I have used commenting as a tool to get traffic and also to build relationship with far more influential bloggers than myself. Not only traffic, my comments earned me a lot of link juice.
An important thing to note is that not all comments get noticed. You need to add something special so that it grabs the attention of people. It is similar to selling a product, you need to advertise it in a manner that it grabs attention of the consumer. Once it gets noticed then it will automatically get traffic to you. It is important to make each and every comment count. The ‘art’ is in the way one makes his comment count.
The art of posting comments that get noticed is an art that can be mastered easily, if we follow these points :
1. Use Actual Name
A lot of bloggers comment for the sole reason of SEO and so they use keywords as the name instead of their actual name. This does not bode well among readers, and they perceive the comments as spam. Using the actual name, builds an authority and shows that the commenter is real and not a spam bot.
2. Add value
By adding value, I mean that the comments should be pertaining to the article. It should not be about abstract topics and should not be as small as a single sentence. Comments like “useful post” and “I like it” are completely useless and it is better to leave the idea of commenting if you are thinking of using these comments.
3. Be Original
The heading may be a bit misleading, but by being original, I mean to be yourself. Comment as if you are talking to a relative or a friend so that you can comment freely and the comment is a true reflection of what you are.
4. Ask Questions
In my opinion, asking questions can be a good way to get the bloggers attention. By asking a question, you are not only starting a discussion but also learning along with it.
5. Be Opinionated
Being opinionated is good. Even if the post is the about the praise of some product, you don’t need to agree with it. If you differ with the point, then back it up with your experience with it and don’t be rude (because that is not very nice). Comments that are opinionated get noticed easily and grab the attention of the reader.
Following these simple steps will help you stand out among the crowd and increase the chances of getting some quality traffic to your blog but you can always try something different.