First, maybe we need to define what blog comments are. According to Susan Gunelius, comments are what make a blog “interactive and social.” The most popular blogs are those where there is a lot of interaction with a community that post their opinions often. People like to feel “involved.”
Comments are the life of a blog, and your conversation with readers will build the popularity of your blog. Comments separate a blog from a website with information but no interaction.
Successful blogs encourage readers to respond. The blogger always responds quickly to the comments, which makes the reader feel like their opinions are important and valued by the blogger.
To effectively comment on a blog, here are some tips to remember. You must remember first and foremost to be yourself. Offer your opinion, but don’t be rude about it. Most serious bloggers also do not appreciate someone who brown noses by writing sugary comments. It makes the writer come across as a “goody two shoes” and is not valued by someone who truly wants a conversation on the topic he/she has raised.
Another tip for successfully commenting is to start with a smaller blog rather than one of the most popular ones. Your comments won’t stand out in a sea of hundreds of others.
To effectively comment on a blog, you should treat your comment thread as a forum. Among other things, it can help develop blog post ideas as questions are raised and readers discuss their experiences.
For bloggers, there are ways to encourage your readers to comment. One of these is to go to the settings of your blog and allow those who have commented before to be automatically approved. It fosters a sens of belonging. You can also use the Top Commentators Widget Pluin and reward your regulars with a growing number beside their name showing the number of comments they have made on your blog( Alex Whalley).
Sonia Simone lists seven deadly sins of blogging as being:
1. Selfishness (It’s about giving, not taking) 2. Sloth (Work online beats running a bricks and mortar business…Remember that) 3. Impatience (It takes time to build an audience so hang in there) 4. Lameness (Write good content and remember that lame bloggershave skinny kids) 5. Indenticality (It’s great to be inspired by a big blogger, but in order to creat your own audience you must find your own voice) 6. Irrelevance (It’s not about you. Write about topics that naturally attract people) and 7. Boorishness (Don’t be the one who refuses to shut up).
Whether you’re a reader, a blogger or both, you are participating to get your voice out there. Following good manners and using a little common sense will go a long way to insuring your success.