We all know that it helps your business to comment on other blogs. You get that link back to your blog, you get to network with other bloggers and you have the opportunity to engage with other commenters. However, while we all know why we should be commenting, we rarely discuss what we shouldn’t do while we’re there. Here are seven things to avoid while leaving a blog comment. Especially if you want to get your comment approved.
Don’t Sign Your Comment
In most cases it’s not necessary to include your name at the end of your comment. Nearly all blogs have software that asks for your name and URL and your name shows up as a link at the top when your comment is posted. Adding your name at the end just makes you look like a Newbie who’s just learned that the Internet exists.
Don’t Copy And Paste
You might think you’re providing valuable information when you copy-and-paste a paragraph into your comment but what you’re actually doing is putting duplicate content on that blog, something the blog owner will surely not appreciate. It’s fine to provide relevant information but do so in your own words.
Don’t Be A Link Dropper
Like I said, in most cases you have the opportunity to provide your URL with your name before you leave your comment. If the other commentors want to find your blog they know to click on that link. Adding additional links inside your comment looks spammy and a lot of bloggers won’t even allow your comment – no matter how relevant and well-written.
Don’t Be Critical
It’s not your blog. Remember what your mother always said: “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” If that doesn’t work, how about this: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” ‘Nuff said!
Don’t Be Irrelevant
If you want people to follow your link than you need to give them a reason. Leave relevant comments that add to the discussion, otherwise you’re just wasting your time and your comment probably won’t be approved anyway.
Don’t Leave One Or Two Word Comments
Some blogs have plugins installed that won’t even allow you to leave a comment unless you use a minimum number of words. If you haven’t run across this yet, you will. Others who aren’t using this plugin will simply delete your two-word comment before it even sees the light of day. Take a look around. How many “Nice post. Thanks!” comments have you seen lately? Not many, I’ll bet.
The purpose of leaving a comment is to show your knowledge about the topic so maybe, just maybe, some of those other commentors will come visit your blog.
Don’t Use Bold Or Italics
Using bold or italics to highlight a word or two is one thing, but not your whole comment. First, bold and italics are difficult to read when used for an entire block of text. Second, it’s just rude. You’re trying to steal the attention away from the blog post and it’s not your blog. Remember: If you want your comments to appear, then behave yourself. Otherwise they’re just going to get deleted.