Why You Should Definitely Be Commenting, Commenting, Commenting!
This post is split into two parts: one, talking about how you should comment back if someone comments on your blog, and two, why you should be commenting on other blogs. These things can greatly help your blog, and if you do them together, well, you’re doing amazing! It’s not just a “do this to make your blog better”, in my opinion. You should be doing these because it’s a nice thing to do.
Part One: You should be commenting back!
When someone comments on your blog, you should try to respond. Someone took the time to respond to your post with their opinion, and you should reply to them. I understand it can get overwhelming, especially when there are a lot of comments to go through. But doing this will help your blog succeed. Why?
You are developing a relationship with someone who enjoyed your post enough to comment. This person is more likely to return to your blog, so why not thank them for it by replying! You can have a whole conversation in the comments, and it makes you seem more like a real person than just a blog.
Part Two: You should be commenting on other blogs!
Don’t you just love receiving a meaningful comment on a blog post you worked hard on? It makes you happy, doesn’t it? By commenting on other blogs, you can make others feel that same way.
Seriously, I love receiving comments. To me, a meaningful comment is better than a bunch of pageviews. I’d rather have a small number of loyal followers that comment than a lot of followers who don’t care about my posts.
Commenting on other blogs does a lot, not just for the person whose blog it is, but for you as well!
It can spark up a friendship. I’ve had whole conversations in the comments of a post, and that started a friendship between me and that person.
It can lead that person to visit your blog in return and maybe comment on one of your posts! Boom. You’re getting more visitors, they are getting more visitors: It’s a win-win situation!
A note: Be sure that you are leaving MEANINGFUL comments. Not just a “Nice post! Check out my blog!” type of comment. That won’t help you at all, and might even annoy that person. If it’s a discussion, say if you agree or disagree with their opinion (nicely!). If it’s a review and you’ve read that book, tell what you thought about it! If it’s a guiding or helpful post, and it helped you, say it! Leave comments that actually could start a conversation.
You have the chance to gain a lot by doing a simple thing: why not take ten minutes and respond to comments and comment on other blogs?
I understand that it CAN be time consuming, but it will help your blog. Commenting back and commenting on other blogs is just an option, but one that I personally think everyone should try to do!
Do you comment back or visit other blogs and comment? Do you think it has helped your blog in any ways?