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5 Signs You Are A Lousy Commenter

Profile photo of Ivan Bayross Submitted by Ivan Bayross July 6, 2016

Okay, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard this advice before “Write great comments, and your inbound Blog traffic will grow exponentially”. While this is totally true, what would be a huge help is if there are easy to understand signs that indicate you are a lousy commenter.

It’s true, writing great comments is definitely attention grabbing. A great comment is going to catch the attention of a super-connected, authority blogger. When that happens, it’s as though the universe has brought all things together to perfectly (and rapidly) multiply inbound traffic to your blogsite.

The downside is if you are a lousy commenter then all the multiplication of inbound traffic to you Blog site instantly vaporizes and all your efforts at commenting come to naught.

The only problem?

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You haven’t a clue what a great comment really is.  Does this sound oh! so very familiar?

  • Do you heap praise on the Blog post author?
  • Do you persuasively argue an alternative point of view?
  • Do you rant loudly and pointlessly?
  • Do you simply thank the blogger for delivering an in-depth, well-crafted article?

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While many Blog posts extol the virtues of writing engaging, value add comments, almost no Blog post explains exactly how to do this.

This can (and usually does) result in bloggers spending a lot of precious time writing comments they think are great, but in reality their comments – Suck – big time.

  • Step back a bit and have a think, blog commenting is a lot like dating.
  • You’re really trying to woo another person, by leaving a great comment, right?
  • You want the blogger to notice you, right?
  • You want a reply to your comment from the blogger, right?
  • Secretly, you want them to visit your Blog, follow you on social media, and become BFFs, right?

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But is all of this possible if your comments suck?

It’s time to improve your commenting. To help achieve that, let’s look at rookie mistakes that make you a lousy commenter.

#1 – Using A Novelty (Or Non-Existent) Gravatar Image

No Gravatar ImageHey! Let’s face it, would you show up on your first date in a disguise? Or worse, wearing a brown paper bag over your head?

Then why would you choose the cartoon image a constipated cat to represent you in Blog comments? Why would you settle for a faceless silhouette that screams – I’m a nobody?

Unless off course you are a close relative of – Freddy from Friday the 13th Or Jack The Ripper.

Let people see the real you. People feel a connection when they see a friendly face, and please, please, show that brilliant smile you have.

Besides, you know you look sexy, don’t you?

#2 – Using A False Name (Or “Fun” Nickname)

Hey! Among friends and family it doesn’t matter what – Name – you respond to.

But unless you’re a spy, or in witness protection, using your real name on a first date is just the right thing to do. Unless, of course, it’s a blind date and Batman’s – Joker – sits down at your table. Hey then using discretion is fine, I’m with you on that, honest.

This rule holds good in Blog commenting. Bloggers, just like dates, want to know who’s trying to woo them. Anyone who hides behind a false identity definitely isn’t a long-term BFF prospect.

#3 – Dumping Links In Your Comments

Imagine you’re on a date and, halfway through, your date suddenly asks if you have medical insurance?  You try to wave it off, but they begin discussing rates, policies and benefits with you.

You think to yourself. “This isn’t a date … hell this is a sale’s pitch!”

When you embed links in your comments, bloggers are likely to react similarly.  This really comes across as a cheap attempt to peddle your lemonade on the blogger’s lawn.

It won’t matter how insightful your comment is OR how relevant to the comment your link may be; the blogger will feel an irresistible urge to kick you off their property.

#4 – Failing To Read The Post Before Commenting

Have you ever been on a date from a match making site who did not bother to read your profile?

“Do you have any hobbies?” they’ll ask despite your profile’s thousand-word tribute to macramé. “Fancy a juicy steak?” they’ll suggest despite your publicly stated veganism.

Huh! No? Ah! well experience it sometime – Such a joy.

It’s the same with Blog commenting. Yes, yes I know you’re busy. You only skim the head line and sub headlines before commenting.  Don’t, reading a post thoroughly before commenting does takes time.

Ah! BUT this is time well spent is you do not want your comment to make you look like a complete idiot.  Comment on a post after skimming it, and you multiply the chances you’ll say something silly by at least 300%.

#5 – Droning On And On (And On)

A long blog comment, almost ensures that it’s not read.  One-sided conversations on a date are not much fun and neither are enormous Blog comments that last forever and a day.

Now, that said, I know that many great comments are on the longer side, but be meticulous not to confuse quantity with quality.

Example: A 500-word comment isn’t better than a 100-word comment. It’s just five times longer.
(And probably five times more boring OR not.)

#6 – Repeating What The Post Says

Ever been on a date where the other person repeats everything you say?
You love Gary Busey movies? So do they.
You adore Chinese food? Oh Yes! Them too.
You hate Mondays? They hate Mondays.

In the blogging world, this kind of parroting is a – (re)Pete Comment.

The Blog comment:

  • Doesn’t add to the conversation
  • Doesn’t ask questions
  • Doesn’t challenge an idea

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It simply repeats what was said in the post.

Have a quiet think about this, what’s the point of writing such a comment?

The Anatomy Of A Noticeably Superior Blog Comment

Okay now that you’re clear about all the major reasons of why your comments suck, it’s time to look at the structure of a comment that stands out for all the right reasons.

If there is indeed such a structure, then (Oh! Joy) maybe crafting great Blog post comments does not require an IQ of 300+, ordinary people can come up with engaging, value add, comments.

Let’s take a look at:
How a great comment begins?
What’s the content that goes in the middle?
How does a great comment end?
And so on.

#1 – The Friendly Greeting

All Bloggers look for personalization. All it takes is that you start all your comments with a pleasant – Hi

Yet too often I’ve read tons of comments, that are written which do not bother to acknowledge the Blog posts author in any way, shape, or form.

Do such commenters believe that:
Robots wrote the post instead of a human being?
Personalized greetings are an outdated ritual?
Are they simply too lazy to scroll back to the top to find the author’s name?

If you’re hoping to catch the attention of a popular blogger AND strike up a relationship, a healthy dose of the correct etiquette goes a long way.

So say “Hello” to them. Greet them. Definitely refer to them by their names. It works!

The Best Way To Do This?

Scroll back to the top of the post and find the author’s name.

If you are prone to misspellings, copy the name and past it into Notepad to strip all formatting. This makes it perfect to paste it into your comment.

Remember to add – Hello Or Hi Or Howdy if you’re feeling folksy – before the their names. These few seconds get your comment started off on the right foot.  It’s time well spent.

#2 – Pay Them A Sincere Compliment

Authors always feel terrific when their work is appreciated / validated.

You meet your date for the first time. You might say:

  • Wow! I love your outfit
  • I really like your car
  • Your SpongeBob tattoo is arresting

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The details are different each time, but the act is the same. When you’re on a date, you pay the other person a compliment. It’s what you do in civilized societies.

Blog commenting isn’t any different.

Remember, you’ve chosen read this person’s blog post, not someone else’s.  You must have a reason to want to connect with them over any of the other million bloggers you could be trying to connect with at that moment.

Chances are, you like them. You value them. You respect them.

So pay them a sincere compliment…
Tell them how much you enjoyed their post…
Make their day…

How To Do It

Focus on the blogger, the post itself, or a combination of the two.

Are you a fan of the blogger’s body of work? Tell them so. Say how much you enjoy their writing.

Even better? Tell them about a specific example where their writing has helped you.

If you choose to focus on the post itself, talk about a particular point within the post that truly hit home for you. Did it change your outlook on the topic? Did it motivate you to go out and take action? Did it rock your world?

Tell them so.

NOTE: In order to sound sincere, refrain from heaping too much praise onto the bloggers themselves. A smidgen of praise goes a long way.  For this reason, it’s often best to focus on the post rather than the blogger.

#3 – Add Value

It’s undisputed, great comments add value to a post.

  • Perhaps they add a personal experience.
  • A different perspective
  • Raise a new question or questions

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Truthfully, greeting the Blog post author by name and paying a compliment are nice.  Unfortunately, these niceties are instantly forgotten, if the comment content itself is like a garbage sandwich with no mayo.

Your goal is that every comment should add value, hence if the comment does not then it’s wasting everyone’s time, right?

Well honestly – Adding Value – has become an overused and meaningless phrase in blogging. Like soya sauce, people tend to pour it on everything and call it Chinese food.

So what does – Adding Value – actually mean?

When – Adding Value – is viewed in Blog commenting context, it means crafting a comment that makes you valuable, useful, insightful, entertaining, or interesting – to the blogger you’re aiming to woo.

Anything comment content that establishes you as a person worth knowing and helps develop that invaluable personal relationship with the Blogger.

You do that by making a positive impression, then building upon it. But how?

Let’s do a quick review of some tactics that work every time.

Value Tactic #1 – Share Personal Insights Or Anecdotes

Did a particular point in the post hit home for you?
Did you find something particularly relatable?
Did the post bring up an area in which you’re struggling?

When you share a personal insight, you become easy to relate to. You’re no longer an unfamiliar name making a comment . . .  You’re a blogger with a story!

How To Do It

Comments don’t have to be long to be effective. Amanda Formaro demonstrates this perfectly in her succinct comment about email subscribers as shown in diagram 1 below.

Diagram 1
Diagram 1

Jenn establishes a connection by sharing her struggles as shown in diagram 2 below.

Diagram 2
Diagram 2

There are almost unlimited ways you can share insights and examples.

The more personal your insight, the more unique it will be.  The more unique your insight, the more memorable your comment will be. The more you’ll stand out to the Blog post author.

Value Tactic #2 – Ask Thoughtful Questions

Was there an idea presented in the post that you didn’t fully understand?
Did you want the author to expand on a certain point?
Did the post set you off on your own journey of discovery?

Asking thoughtful questions is an excellent way to build relationships. It starts a one-on-one conversation with the blogger i.e. you ask them a question, they answer.

It’s pure, simple, poetry in motion. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to bloggers you enjoy communicating with.

Sometimes for brevity’s sake, a Blog post author won’t fully flesh out a detail in their blog post. If the article contained a detail you want expanded upon, don’t be afraid to comment and ask.

Value Tactic #3: Contribute To The Discussion

Where there 5 ideas presented in the post BUT you know the 6th?
Want to flesh out a point raised in the post?
How about exposing a detail that did not come up at all?

If your comments enhance the overall value of a post, few bloggers will fail to see that they have benefited by your contribution.

Often they will update their post because of your comment. This is a major validation of your ideas.

Bloggers love it when the comment count for their posts goes northwards. It’s a validation that their work is reaching people.

When you write a great comment that adds to the discussion, it often has a domino effect. Others will respond to your comment, which fuels even more comments.

The result is more people reading and discussing the blogger’s work, which means a higher comment count.

Bloggers love this – Most of all, they love the commenters who made this happen.

When you add value to a Blog post via a great comment, you’re investing in the blog post.
Blog owners love that.
They appreciate it . . .
They learn from it . . .
They remember it.  They remember You.

Value Tactic #4 – The Parting Promise

And when wooing a popular blogger, let them know you’re interested in a longer-term relationship.

One great way to do this is to promise that you’re going to share the post on your favourite social media channels.

Tell the blogger that their post is so good you have no choice BUT to share it on your social media channels.

Tell the Blogger you will back to read their next Blog post as soon as it’s published.
BUT
Whatever promise you make, be sure to keep it.

Tweet the post like you said you would. And when you share the post on your favourite social media channel, be sure to use the blogger’s hashtag, let them know you followed through.

Read the blogger’s other posts, and leave more comments.

In other words, do exactly what you said you would do.

The Rewards That Flow from Carefully Crafted Comments

Okay you may be wondering at this point:
Is it worth it?
Is it worth putting all that time and thought into a single blog comment?

Well, that depends on what you’d like to achieve from your blogging efforts. Would you like influential bloggers to notice you and follow you on Twitter?

Would you like blogging icons sharing your posts with their followers?

Would you like to be invited to participate in expert roundups, conferences, and other great networking opportunities?

Would you like to receive emails out-of-the-blue from talented popular people asking you to write for them?

Because this is what can happen when popular bloggers begin to notice you.

Yup! This isn’t easy. It doesn’t happen overnight. Clearly, great comments alone won’t catapult you to world domination.

BUT

Great comments are a critical, often-overlooked component and unfortunately most people who write comments generally suck at it.

In a sea of sameness, great comments with great personalities stand out. They’re capable of getting other bloggers to sit up, take notice, and ask themselves: “Who is that?”

So tell me, now do you think it’s worth it?

Let’s Find Out Where Great Comments Could Catapult Your Blog

Comments are perhaps the most misused – and often the least understood – weapon in the ambitious blogger’s arsenal.

That’s why most blog comments suck.

You now understand the anatomy of the perfect blog comment, so you can start crafting your comments with purpose.

Comments that get you noticed.
Comments that woo popular bloggers.
Comments that cause opportunities to drop into your lap.

Are you ready to discover where it could take you?

Then let’s do this.

Please Leave Your Comments They Are A Huge Help

If you liked this Blog post, I’d love to read your comments. If you thought that this Blog post was not up to your expectations, I’d love to read your comments.

I promise that I will answer all comments. I promise that I will engage with you.

It’s your comments that helps me get better each day. Please pass on your comments in the comments section right below.

 


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34 Responses to “5 Signs You Are A Lousy Commenter” Leave a reply ›

  • Profile photo of Dave Profile

    Hello Ivan,

    You asked if we thought this post was not up to our expectations. I have to say it was even much better than I expected :)

    The thing I see is that we are all guilty of some of these lousiness you mentioned, at one point or another. Repeating these lousiness over and over again without a care in the world is the problem.

    What I like best with this post is how you first explained the signs of a lousy commenter then proceeded to talk about how to be a better commenter.

    But there’s a problem with this post that I noticed. The title says 5 signs, but you mentioned 6 signs:

    #1 – Using A Novelty (Or Non-Existent) Gravatar Image
    #2 – Using A False Name (Or “Fun” Nickname)
    #3 – Dumping Links In Your Comments
    #4 – Failing To Read The Post Before Commenting
    #5 – Droning On And On (And On)
    #6 – Repeating What The Post Says

    Is that an innocent mistake or am I missing something?

    That aside, this was very well written. Thanks for sharing.

    • Profile photo of Ivan Bayross Profile

      Hi Dave,

      Wow! thanks heaps Dave. Reading your comment really made me happy.

      Ah! the 5 / 6 issue. Boy! do you have Eagle eyes :-). I will have to ask Arjay to edit this for me.

      Thanks for pointing it out (Oh! do stop laughing at my lousy math. . . Just Kidding).

      I’m glad you found the post well written and that it did add some value to you.

      This is music to any Blogger’s ears.

      Have a terrific day ahead Dave. Thanks again fro dropping by.
      Ivan Bayross recently posted…10 Techniques That Always Deliver Arresting Blog HeadlinesMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Sunday William Profile

    Hey Ivan,

    Commenting on blog posts is one of the most often neglected value added part of blogging! What you have said in this post is true. Commenting truly can be compared with dating, and you did a good job dissecting the differences.

    Before this post, if you ask me what good commenting is, I will readily state that “a good comment is one that is relevant to the topic and provides the reader a clear understanding of intention of the Writer.

    Lousy comments doesn’t make sense and does not really add value to the readers.

    I am sure after going through this piece, many readers will have rethink on how they do commenting!

    Conclusively, good comments must be interactive, communicable, clear and relevant!

    • Profile photo of Ivan Bayross Profile

      Hi Sunday,

      Its been a month of Sunday’s since we’ve connected.

      Apologies for the crappy pun. It’s my fault really. Have not been very engaged with Kingged these last couple of months.

      Quote:
      Before this post, if you ask me what good commenting is, I will readily state that “a good comment is one that is relevant to the topic and provides the reader a clear understanding of intention of the reader.
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      I find that statement puzzled me a little bit.

      I think that the statement should read as under:

      Quote:
      Before this post, if you ask me what good commenting is, I will readily state that “a good comment is one that is relevant to the topic and provides the reader a clear understanding of intention of the (writer).
      UnQuote:

      Your ending line in the comment is awesome:

      “Good comments must be interactive, communicable, clear and relevant!”

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing Sunday.
      Ivan Bayross recently posted…7 Simple Editing Rules That Will Transform Your Blog PostsMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Anju Jerry Mathew Profile

    Hi Ivan,

    I like this post a lot. You must have spent quite a while to write all these.

    Thankfully I am not guilty of any of these 6 signs of a lousy commenter.

    But I don’t follow all the other structures you wrote here which make a great commenter.

    Hopefully reading this will help improve my commenting.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome post.
    Anju Jerry Mathew recently posted…INSPIRATIONAL QUOTESMy Profile

    • Profile photo of Ivan Bayross Profile

      Hi Anju,

      I’m glad you are a great commenter Anju.

      Do hop across to my Blog and leave your comments for me. It would be terrific to engage over there.

      Yup, this is a blatant plug :-). Getting great commentator’s to come across and connect with me has been a dream.

      Oh Yes! I did spend quite a bit of time getting this post out, but that’s the fun part of Blogging for me.

      Sorry you did not follow the ‘Other Structures’ I wrote about that make one a great commenter. If you’d like to connect via Skype or Email send me a PM and we can try and sort this out. Glad to help.

      Thanks for leaving a comment for me Anju. Have a nice day today.
      Ivan Bayross recently posted…5 Ways To Get Your Blog Noticed In 2016My Profile

  • Profile photo of Nanda Rahmanius Profile

    Hi Ivan,

    I’m glad I did not do these signs. Well, I know how important my gravatar in the first place. And I also never use fake names when making comments. Also, I often greet other bloggers with their names. I think it’s because I respect them so much.

    Thanks for sharing this insightful article, Ivan.
    I will try to active blogging again after break a couple of months. Please be kind to me. :)

    Have a great day!

    ~Nanda
    Nanda Rahmanius recently posted…My Toughest Time In Blogging!!!My Profile

  • Profile photo of David Profile

    Hi Ivan.

    That’s a great commenting guide. But as I was reading it, I found myself asking if anybody who really has a comment to leave would make any of those stupid mistakes. Of course, the answer is yes. All the time.

    I think the problem is that people leave comments just for the sake of leaving comments because – as you point out right at the beginning – they are told it’s a good thing to do.

    I think the best advice on commenting is that if you have something to say, say it. If you don’t, keep your mouth – and your keyboard – shut. As one speaks, so should one write. Nobody wants to hear somebody talk just to hear the sound of their voice.
    David recently posted…Three ways to write for the WebMy Profile

    • Profile photo of Ivan Bayross Profile

      Hi David,

      Great to see you here. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

      You’ve hit the nail on its head:

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      I think the problem is that people leave comments just for the sake of leaving comments because – as you point out right at the beginning – they are told it’s a good thing to do.
      UnQuote

      Going through the motions of leaving a comment, without having anything to say, but driven by – I must leave a comment – is crazy, BUT so many people do exactly this.

      I’ve noticed Kingged Admin, writing out plenty of warnings to multiple people indicating how inappropriate their comments are.

      Lovely advice offered David, you just called a spade a ‘bloody shovel’, but I love it.

      Now if only your advice was acted upon . . . .

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment David. Great of you to do so.
      Ivan Bayross recently posted…7 Simple Editing Rules That Will Transform Your Blog PostsMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Abigail Chow Profile

    Hello Ivan,

    I counted 6 signs in total from reading this post, but the title says 5 signs.

    It seems there’s a mistake somewhere?

  • Profile photo of Ivan Bayross Profile

    Hi Abigail,

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comments. Appreciate that.

    You noticed it too? That’s my secret for getting people to leave a comment.
    Just Kidding :-).

    I was a typo when the article was published. I’m still trying to figure out how to edit it this post without bothering Arjay to change it.

    All the while praying that no one will notice.

    On the other hand . . . .

    I decided I’d throw in one more sign as a bonus.

    No! you don’t buy that? Heck! you can’t blame a guy for trying :-).

    Arjay, here I come . . . .
    Ivan Bayross recently posted…Do YOU Want To Be An Unforgettable Blogger?My Profile

  • Profile photo of Lawrence Berry Profile

    Hi,

    When i first get into blogging and trying to make my blog bigger, I read all these things about getting more traffic through commenting on other people’s blogs. I never quite understood the reasoning, so I just said forget about it.

    But as time went on, I noticed some very intriguing comments that people would make by the same people, making me interested in what they had to say. SO, I clicked on their name which therefore referenced me to their blogs.

    I now understand the reasoning, and like you said, being complimentary and welcoming in your dialogue has value. I agree with this post entirely and I think it has a lot of good information for new comers.

    Best wishes,

    Lawrence
    Lawrence Berry recently posted…How to Turn Your Career AroundMy Profile

    • Profile photo of Ivan Bayross Profile

      Hi Lawrence,

      Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving your comment. It was so beautifully balanced and authentic that it touched me. I also ‘Learned / experienced’ the value of commenting and engagement with Bloggers in much the same way.

      I my case I had studied what a lot of authority Bloggers has written about leaving value add comments of other Blogs and I tried it out carefully.

      I’d write a comment and then check how the comment fared. Was there any engagement with the comment for the Blogger or others reading the post / comments? I’d tweak what I wrote and try again.

      That’s how I learned how important commenting was to building relationships on the Net. Relationships lead to trust and trust to business. Has always worked for me.

      Have a great weekend coming up Lawrence. Stay safe, stay happy, always.
      Ivan Bayross recently posted…Do YOU Want To Be An Unforgettable Blogger?My Profile

  • Profile photo of James Ling Profile

    Hi Ivan,

    Many people ignores the power of comments. This is the reason they just leave comment without minding the benefits it would bring.

    Commenting with value will define how others perceive the person. At least, commenters must bore this to the heart!

    • Profile photo of Ivan Bayross Profile

      Hi James,

      Yes, I believe you are right.

      Too many commentator’s do not realize that comments are a terrific way to engage with a Blogger. Show them you care, show them you appreciate the time and energy the Blogger has put into crafting their post.

      One liner’s like – Great post, thanks for sharing – are terrible. They offer nothing at all to the Blogger.

      Add value to the Blogger / Post in some way.

      Make a promise to share their post on your social networks AND keep it.

      You are so right when you said that:
      Quote
      Commenting with value will define how others perceive the person.
      UnQuote

      A great comment definitely shows that the commenter values the Blogger.

      Thanks so much for dropping by leaving your comment James. It was kind of you to do so.
      Ivan Bayross recently posted…5 Ways To Get Your Blog Noticed In 2016My Profile

  • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

    Hi Ivan,

    Indeed, these are five signs that we are lousy commenters! I must add that when we ignore the topic on hand and start commenting on irrelevant issue, then we are not helping.

    A good comment should be relevant, useful, interactive and clear!

  • Profile photo of Sherman Smith Profile

    Hey Ivan,

    It’s been a while since I’ve been on your post.

    First off, I like to say how much you’ve improved with your content! It seems like you’re really enjoying the blogosphere even more so now than before.

    You’re definitely someone to look up to when it comes to writing great content.

    Now as far as commenting goes, you’re definitely on point.

    I like to place emphasis on the results of leaving great comments as you mentioned towards the end of the post.

    Coming from my own experience, it has gotten me traffic, roundup opportunities, new visitors and other opportunities to collaborate with successful bloggers and website owners.

    Not to get besides myself, but it did get overwhelming since I still work a full time job in IT, but fact of the matter is that I got noticed by a lot of people.

    But I’m not perfect either LOL… There have been a few times that I just skimmed through blog posts and left a comment. I just saw one point that resonated with me and based my comment on that.

    It’s not so bad to do this, but you also don’t want to ask a question that was already answered in the post either.

    This was a great post Ivan! I hope you have a great weekend!
    Sherman Smith recently posted…Why Solopreneurs Struggle With Generating Blog TrafficMy Profile

    • Profile photo of Ivan Bayross Profile

      Hi Sherman,

      Wow! what a nice thing to say. Yes, I must admit as I Blog more and more I’m having a lot more fun as well.

      Creating a post is definitely not a chore, I do enjoy it.

      You just made my day Sherman, I cannot thank you enough.

      Quote:
      You’re definitely someone to look up to when it comes to writing great content.
      UnQuote:

      All the days / nights slogging over my English Grammar book, written by Wren & Martin, and writing English composition for my English teacher Mrs. Mabel Anrade, has definitely paid off.

      I never realised the huge value she added to me by being strict with her corrections. At the time I thought it to be a huge pain in an unmentionable place. Today, I realize the gift she left me with.

      Just as you’ve said all the effort made to write great comments pays off. May take some time but it pays off, in exactly the ways you’ve mentioned.

      Today, I’m being interviewed by ‘Sendible’ on Social Media Marketing. They got interested in my because of my SMM Blog posts and the comments I’ve left in various places on SMM.

      In my early commenting days, I’ve been guilty of just skimming a post and writing a comment.

      Today, I just don’t do that any more. I’ll reduce the number of comments I write BUT I’ll read the post thoroughly and then do the best I can when leaving a comment.

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment Sherman. Its always a pleasure reading your comments. They always educate me in many different ways.

      Have a terrific, fun filled, weekend yourself. The monsoons are on in my part of the world and the weather is awesome.
      Ivan Bayross recently posted…Get A Steady Income From Blogging – Here’s HowMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Celine Profile

    Hi Ivan,

    I always believe that the best of comment must be interactive and relevant to the topic on discussion.

    More so, if anything other than the provision of value is seen in a comment, it would be wise decision to delete!

    I like the way you put this :

    …A great comment is going to catch the attention of a super-connected, authority blogger. When that happens, it’s as though the universe has brought all things together to perfectly (and rapidly) multiply inbound traffic to your blogsite.

    • Profile photo of Ivan Bayross Profile

      Hi Celine,

      Great of you to drop by and leave a comment.

      Exactly as you’ve put it, friendly, helpful, interactive comments always made a Blogger really happy. I always feel elated when I read and interact with the commentors on my Blog site.

      Very correct. I thrash more comments than I publish because of crappy content.

      I’m always surprised, (even though I’ve Blogged for 20+ years now) by why anyone would post some of the ‘One Word’ type comments I see. I wonder why they do not delete that comment themselves.

      I’d so glad that my post added some value to you.

      Loved the quote you put in as well.

      Every Blogger needs motivation continue to work hard at delivering terrific content. The paragraph you quoted, drives me :-).

      Thanks heaps for leaving your comment Celine. Much appreciated.
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    Hi Ivan,

    I guess its time to recheck how we comment and start doing valuable comment. This surely will help us improve communication, generate leads and convert traffic.

    A blog/website with good comment is a valuable resource for the owner!

    Indeed, lousy commenting must be avoided like plague!

    • Profile photo of Ivan Bayross Profile

      Hi Sarah,

      Oh Yes!, lousy commenting must be avoided like the plague. I’m so with you on that.

      To write even a lousy comment takes a few minutes, I often wonder how much longer it would have taken to craft and engaging and helpful comment. Some that could make a Blogger grateful and make the comment reader want to emulate the same.

      I suspect it will not take a lot longer.

      So the differentiator is just how badly one wants to leave a terrific comment I guess.

      Thank you for dropping by and leaving your comment on my post Sarah. It was really nice of you to do so.
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  • Profile photo of Maketta Profile

    Hello Ivan,

    You have gave excellent instructions regarding how to write comments on blog posts. I think it all comes back to desperation. They are trying to leave as many comments on as many blogs as possible. Because, their main focus is getting back links to their blogs. I have heard many bloggers say that they comment on so many blogs a day just to get back links.

    What they fail to realize is, it’s not quantity it’s quality. If you are leaving quality comments then, people will stop and read them. You can tell if someone has read the blog post or not. If you are leaving comments such as, “That was a great blog post” but you didn’t elaborate on any of the key points you can tell that it wasn’t read.

    I am glad that you wrote this blog post because, I do believe some people generally just don’t know how to write comments. I, myself only like to leave comments if I have something to say. If not, then I don’t leave a comment. Sometimes it’s just better not to say anything, if you don’t really have anything to say.

    Thanks for sharing this with us!
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  • Profile photo of steven Profile

    Hi Ivan,

    Commenting, indeed, is like dating! One needs to give the ‘best’ if connection and interaction is to be sustained!

    It is important that you have shared, what is ‘not’ the best way to comment before explaining the what ‘should be’ the best way to comment.

    Lousy commenting doesn’t portray any value both to the blog audience and the blog commentator. It is critical to deviate from it.

    Commenting on blogs must be valuable from the beginning to the end!

  • Profile photo of Black Profile

    Hi Ivan,

    Thanks for sharing this post with us. It has rekindled the need to always write the best comments out there.

    Bloggers will connect easily with commenters who share values on their comment box, and this is a high way to better interaction.

    More so, I will bookmark this post for future reference!

  • Profile photo of Carl Profile

    Hi Ivan,

    From what I have learned from this post, it is clear that comments must be planned. It must be simply sharing of thoughts, it must be valuable.

    Like good content or blog post, a good comment must be planned with an introduction, main body and conclusion.

    If a comment is consciously written with value , then it becomes easier to connect with it!

  • Profile photo of Paul Profile

    Hi Ivan,

    Good comment is about value. A lousy commenter is someone who doesn’t share value in anyway with the comments left after reading a blog post.

    The Anatomy Of A Noticeably Superior Blog Comment you have shared should inspire readers to start crafting comments that would be generating good rewards.

    Thanks for this post and for reminding us of the importance of making good comments at all times!

  • Profile photo of Winford Moore Profile

    Hi Ivan,

    I doubt if there is any proactive blogger that will not learn a thing or two after reading this post.

    Being a lousy commenter erodes the integrity of the commenter. Your comment, in someway, tells of who you are! Every blogger must understand this.

    Leaving comments without adding value results in a turn off for those who are supposed to connect with them!

    I guess its time to embrace change and start making valuable comment always!

  • Profile photo of Grace Joseph Profile

    I think i’ll be a culprit when it comes to repeating a snippet of the post’s content, but sometimes it’s to make more emphasis on what i was trying to say. For spamming comments with links, most if not all of us have done that, most especially when you’re hearing SEO for the first time as a new blogger.

    A pic in comments like you’ve said is a good step, likewise leaving a comment that relates to the post and one that’s of a reasonable length. One I’m yet to try out are questions while commenting or even an argument. I’ll keep that in mind when commenting on my next post.Good thing you shared this
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  • Profile photo of Lawrence Berry Profile

    Great post.

    Leaving relevant comments can help bring life to your own blog, and your right about one thing; people don’t know what a great comment is. They think that if they leave anything on a another person’s blog that it will drive traffic to their. This is a mistake.

    All the comments that I receive on my blog are comments with link or some faulty name. I don’t even read the comment, I just delete them. Leaving a great comment is not hard work, it’s just like having a conversation.
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  • Profile photo of John A Karnish Profile

    Hi Ivan,

    Wow, awesome article. You have a very natural, easy to read writing style. I like how you compared dating to commenting on blogs. I got quite a chuckle at some points. :)

    I am somewhat new and have been commenting on a lot of articles here on Kingged but really didn’t know how to go about it. I am going to bookmark this article to come back. It was very insightful.

    It made me want to venture outside of Kingged on start commenting on other blogs. Now I know how! Thank you.

    Take care my friend and thanks for sharing…

    John

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