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Leave a longish comment. It’s that simple.
That is my secret to gaining readers to my blog. I leave in-depth comments (I hope they are that anyway) every time I go make my rounds of blog commenting.
You maybe earnest in saying “that’s a great post, dude.” You even care enough to plant here and there a smiley to spruce up your comment. But does it help?
No, your comment still sucks.
Leave a 500-word comment. Yeah, you heard me. Expound on the author’s main points, preferably on things he’d failed to mention. Write specific examples culled from your experience. Believe me, the author will notice you. You’d earn a return visit. And if you do this often enough, you’d not only attract readers to your blog. You’re likely to gain a friend, too.
And please avoid cliches and lame congratulatory noises of approval. If the blog owner is at the top of his game he has already heard them all before. They are not spam technically, but they sure are a pain in the neck.
Examples of irritating small talk or obligatory praises:
1. Another great post! (Frankly now, do you somehow expect him to fall flat on his face?)
2. You did it again! (Hold your horses, he won’t be an A-lister if he’s a one-trick pony)
3. Cool! Awesome! You rock! Or variations thereof. (Very juvenile – exercise your mind.)
4. Thanks a lot! (For what? For breaking your silence, and leaving all doubts about your state of mind?)
5. Nice post (Enough already, that word is lifeless and now must be consigned to the museum, thanks to you)
Imagine if the blog you’re commenting on belongs to an A-lister. If your timing is right and you are one of the first commenters, I’m sure you’d attract a good number of other readers to check out your blog.
Marko of How to Make My Blog has a good story how one good blog comment drove a lot of visitors to his blog .
An in-depth blog comment of course has to be meaningful. Give as much care to it as if it were something you’d publish in your own blog. Make it powerful by cutting out the flab. Let go of your pet phrases. And when you’ve made your point, stop.
Commenting out of context
To write long comment you have to read the post. Really. How can you make a two-paragraph comment if you just read the first or last paragraph of the post? You’re likely to miss the context of the post – sure recipe for disaster. It happened to me once and I still cringe, knowing it is still somewhere out there mocking me.
Good comment shows your guest posting potential
A long blog comment showcases your mind. If you’re thinking of submitting a guest post in that blog there’s no better way to get the big time blogger’s attention than leaving a comment that adds value to his post. When you leave thoughtful comments you’re laying the ground work for future collaboration with the blog owner.
You can’t do this, of course in every blog you visit. If you have a daily list of 15 blogs to comment on, just pick a couple of high profile blogs in your niche. For practice, you can drop your gems here in my blog and we will see how it goes.
If everybody agrees with the blogger, then feel free to disagree with his main points. Just don’t be petty and mean. Always remember your mission – to gain readers for your blog. No one wants to be associated with smarty pants and jerks.
When everybody else leaves long comments then feel free to drop a terse comment packed with value and good humor. That’s a nice way to make your comment stand out, of course.
Over to you now, guys. Care to share your sure-fire blog commenting tips?
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