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Best Practices for Blog Commenting

Updated on October 6, 2012

14 tips for blog commenting best practice

Blogging, in one word, is reciprocal. Unlike traditional media, blogging opens the door for conversation, rather than just one-sided broadcast. When you engage with bloggers, you demonstrate that you value the discussions they have started. Blog commenting is an excellent source of inbound links, can drive relevant traffic to your site, help build your social network and more! Most people in the SEO game know that commenting on blogs and websites can be a great way of gaining attention.

Here are blog commenting best practice tips to help make sure you're getting the most value for your blog commenting efforts.

  1. Read the blog thoroughly and try to be on the blogger's page (i.e. clearly understand it). The clever bloggers know who read the blog and who didn't, because the content is pinned in his mind
  2. Start your comment by addressing the author/blogger by name, if you do some background check and mention that as well, then the affinity with the blogger increases and he feels ashamed to delete your comment
  3. Don't appreciate the author/blogger with oily words and leave no comment other than that (we all know today that they are actually spams)
  4. Try to add more information to the article, as if the article is incomplete or you are adding more contents and perspective to it
  5. Try to leave more value to the article, i.e. write such comment that the author/blogger thinks your article completes the post/article
  6. Don't straight away insult or criticize the blogger, start by giving your opposing opinion and reason first, try to make him understand what he has done wrong. Sometimes, if you can show good reason, the blogger updates the post and gives you a credit to your link
  7. Engage the author/blogger in asking witty questions and/or opinions and make sure that after you write your comment, the blogger is 100% tempted to reply you
  8. See other comments and pledge to post better comments than others, rather than being just another brick in the wall
  9. Try to avoid misspellings, grammatical mistakes, technical jargons, ethnic terms, etc.
  10. Always try to write in easy to comprehend English, at High School Readability level
  11. Try not to use sentences that may have double meaning. There are more skimmers than readers. So, try also to write for skimmers
  12. Don't make the comment too long, use words economically (best use of limited resources)
  13. Try not to leave a link on the post, if the comment section allows you to have name as anchor text. In that case, just start writing some really helpful comment
  14. Always and always leave expert comments. If you are not an expert, then hire an expert to write your comments. If you are not aware, there is a big industry for this.


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      Sam Azgor 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      ChristyWrites: thank you for the positive comment

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Interesting! I like leaving comments to let people know I appreciate what they wrote. Vote up!

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      Sam Azgor 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      Thank you techhound, gmkonok & Lady_E for comment :)

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Sam. The tips are very useful. Quite a few were my favourites. E.g addressing people by name, not writing long comments, avoiding spelling errors. I will tweet it.

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      gmkonok 5 years ago

      great.....thanks a lot

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      techhound 5 years ago

      In the spirit of item 14, these are some great tips. Thanks for sharing.