You might have heard – “most often blog commenting gives more benefits to the commentator than the blog author.”
Blog commenting is one of my top 10 realistic blogging goals.
Blog commenting best practices – usually successful blogs have active blog commenting section. Blog commenting helps both bloggers and visitors (who I say commentators). You might have seen the blogs who give extra attention to the blog comments carry some special value to those comments.
Bloggers often give value to the comments in many ways such as – they share those comments in a specialized way on the sidebars, in separate blog posts, on social networking sites such as Twitter; popularizing those comments on forums, PR, news, as well as on events.
Lots of benefits for commentators, huh!!!
Not all blog comments get all those benefits, but certainly they get at least a bit of flowing blog commenting juices.
So, what reaches a blog comment to that level? Or if I can ask what should be the best practices of blog commenting to afford real benefits of blog comments.
Though blog commenting is not my primary intention to get any sort of direct benefits such as backlinks or traffic, but I do secure a blog comment whenever I read something online and if the quality of the post matches my below mentioned characteristics.
Here is a list of 5 best practices of blog commenting:
1. Author of the post: I never devalue the author of the post. It is what entices me most of the time to read the whole article. And, I prefer to have a comment on the blog post by active author. To give you the name of some of the great active authors – Pat Flynn, Yaro Starak, Mohit Pawar, etc.
2. Are there already comments: It is a good sign and worth taking time on commenting. But, you need to put some more care on analyzing the existing comments such as – are they trackbacks, are they pingbacks, are they automated comments, do comments give outbound links to the commentators profile page such as websites or blogs, etc. If every things looks good, I take time to do blog commenting.
3. Post publishing date: If the author of the post and existing comments do not attract me to make a comment then I look for the publishing date of the post. If the date of publishing is very recent then I must consider making a good comment on that blog post, otherwise I just left it for no reason.
4. How often the blog is being updated: If all the above criteria are good enough then there is no point analyzing this, but giving attention towards it help you get some real benefits. Is this blog being updated on a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly basis? Daily is simply awesome than weekly followed by monthly followed by yearly. I will never comment on the blog that is being updated monthly or yearly basis.
5. Page rank of the blog: Why I put page rank as a last option to look while blog commenting is that nothing is better than something. Getting links from high PR sites is a bit difficult and it shouldn’t be the primary reason to do blog commenting, although backlinks from high PR blogs are always good from the SEO point of view.
What are your blog commenting best practices? Let me know by commenting below.