How Commenting on Blogs Can Make You an Exceptional Person [Blogger]
Creating insightful, well thought out comments and feedback on other blogger’s article posts can help YOU create a reputation for your name and blog’s brand.
“Everybody enjoys the social proof that follows with comments and participation.”
For me, it shows that the dedicated long hours and hard work is paying off and is appreciated. It’s an endorsement that my blog articles hold some form of value to the reader.
Commenting on a Blog Article Endorses the Blogger – The Writer Extraordinaire
My 30 Second ‘Soap-Box’ Rant…
It’s unfortunate that in today’s fast-paced society everything seems to be turned around… in my opinion, it appears that the subject is all about “What’s in it for ME,” and not the other person.
I know it’s tough out there in the real world, but we as a society need to pull together and make some changes for the better. We need to give thanks where it’s due and bring reader participation back into the Blogger-sphere (my made up word).
Tell me I’m wrong, but it seems that the majority of people are looking for a solution, but don’t have the time to give a simple ‘Thank You+’ for the information that was diligently provided for them. We as bloggers work hard to provide value-based content to our readers and it’s time to show this appreciation, Dang-it.
Off MY SOAP-BOX, On to Facts About Reader Contribution…
Jakob Nielsen talking on the subject of social participation… he states that “In most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action.”, he calls this the “90-9-1 Rule for Social Participation”.
For this blog, JohnEEngle.com, the word on the Google Analytic’s street is that my readers enjoy my content. Google shows that I have a low bounce rate percentage which states that people don’t just visit the one page that they intended, but they liked the information enough that the reader clicked to another article or two.
I know of a few bloggers that claim to receive about 2000 to 3000 visitors on any given day that they publish an article and yet they only receive about 10 to 15 comments for that day.
In my opinion, that is not being very social on the part of the reader. And, it sure doesn’t back up the comment made by Mr. Nielson on the subject of social participation considering that there should be some participation from the 9%-ers.
This is pretty pathetic… 10 to 15 comments on an article that is read by 2000+ people is low, below the 1% of users that supposedly leave all the comments.
Building Relationships Through Blog Commenting Within Your Niche
To help build your reputation as a authority in the blogger world, you must actively participate in the social community. The simple task of commenting on blogger’s articles and interacting with other commentor’s can help you gain visibility, which in turn can bring those other people to your site.
For me, I have recently started a daily to-do list that includes reading and commenting on 3 blogs (minimum) each day. This is not only a great way to get your name out there to build relationships, but Google and other search engines witness you bonding with the community and it looks good in their algorithmic eyes.
“A good debate leads to great ideas”
Not only does this one simple act build relationships, but this daily participation helps give me inspiration to come up with additional content for my blog. Participating on blogs within your own niche will help empower you, giving you to a strong network of people along with driving additional related traffic to your blog.
I have found that doing this one little daily task creates curiosity on the part of other blog readers bringing additional traffic to my site to see what I have to offer.
Comment Participation Encourages Building Relationships
We all know that if you are building a business, whether it’s a network marketing business or a brick and mortar business, it’s all about the relationship.
If you’ve been following this blog for any time, you know that I preach “People Don’t Join a Business – They Join YOU!” Showing your appreciation for a blogger through the leaving of a positive comment will help develop confidence within the person behind the writing of the blog article.
Leaving Comments is a Natural Method for Gaining Backlinks
Having quality backlinks will add authority to your blog in the eyes of Google and other search engines. Having a better ranking will help you gain a higher position within the search engines results pages.
It’s simple… if others link to certain pages on your site, it will be shown as a “Vote,” or an “Endorsement” in the eyes of the search engine, that you have some good content on that page. Commenting on blogs considered “DoFollow,” that are without the “NoFollow” tag, will help you gain backlinks to your site.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to comment on a combination of dofollow and nofollow blogs which will help you boost your blogs rank in search engines.
Closing Comments About HOW Participating on Blogs Can Make You a Better Blogger
This site is a little over a month old, with some other articles brought over from another blog, yet I am appreciative of the traffic that I do receive from the search engines and social networking sites.
But, on the same note, even though I don’t receive a 2000+ visitors per day like some others, it would be good to know from my readers that the information I provide is value-based by leaving comments to the fact.
Be cool and leave a worthwhile comment showing your appreciation for the writer. Let him or her know how much you appreciate the time they spent to create the article and what value it brings to the table for you.
Leaving a comment is not much different than leaving a tip at a restaurant. If you appreciate the hard work the person puts in to taking your order and serving you with a smile, then to continually follow up to see if there is anything else you need, you show your appreciation by graciously leave a tip.
Leaving a Comment is OUR Tip!
I would like to CHALLENGE YOU! For the purposes of improving the Internet’s social participation; when you visit another person’s blog, take the time to write a value-based comment… after all, the blogger spent countless hours writing the article for you to read it with NO expectation in return.
But, don’t stop there… once you’ve left your comment, take the time to read other articles. After all, you came to their blog to read an article of interest, so maybe there is additional information that might do you or your business some good.