After reading a blog post, you might feel compelled to leave a remark in the comment section. The comment section is an excellent way for bloggers to interact with their audience. And as the reader, this is your chance to express an opinion on a particular subject and possibly drive traffic back to your blog. However, there is a wrong and a right way to leave comments.
Although blogs are casual, you want your comments to have substance. Here are seven tips for commenting effectively on blogs.
1. Be Clear and Give Context
As you write a blog comment, be aware that it might be difficult for others to discern if you’re commenting on the actual post, or responding to a remark left in the comment section. This is common when there are many comments ahead of yours, or if you enter the discussion late. Provide context before writing your comment. For example, if you’re responding to another reader’s comment, refer to this person’s comment before making yours.
2. Read Blog Posts Thoroughly Before Commenting
Sometimes, people will comment on a blog and ask a question that was already covered in the post. And sometimes, people make statements in a comment that are completely contrary to what the blog writer wrote. For your comments to be effective, make sure you thoroughly read posts and get all the facts before forming an opinion - don’t skim a post.
3. Be Respectful
You’re not going to agree with everyone who comments on a blog, and vice versa. It’s okay to state your opinion, but be respectful. If you don’t agree with another person’s point of view, you can explain your view. However, name-calling and personal attacks create a hostile environment. If you have a reputation for causing trouble on blogs, others aren’t going to visit your blog.
4. Elaborate and Offer Valid Points
For your blog comments to be effective, don’t simply state that you like something or that something is wonderful. Mention how you feel, and then elaborate on why you feel a certain way. For example, if you think the blogger gave amazing tips, explain why the tips were amazing. Maybe the advice helped you get through a similar situation, or maybe you feel that their advice was unique and creative.
5. Give Advice on What You Know
The comment section is your opportunity to offer insight on a particular topic or subject. But remember, people will read your comments, and some may take your advice to heart. Therefore, only offer expert advice on topics you know well.
6. Make One Point per Comment
Extremely long comments can annoy readers, and many people don’t have the patience to read long comments. If you want to comment on multiple points, post a separate comment for each point. This keeps your comments short.
7. Proofread Your Comments
It’s important to proofread and make sure that your comments are grammatically correct and free of typos. One typo can potentially change the entire meaning of your remark; and if you’re also a blogger, careless mistakes don’t project the most professional image.
8. Include Sources for Any Facts Stated in the Comment
If you’re commenting on a heavy topic, or if you’re giving serious advice, back up your words with a source. You should be able to link directly to a source in your comment. If you offer useful information, others will take notice and they may visit your blog, which can increase traffic to your site.
Blogging creates a community and it’s an opportunity to be heard and interact with those who share your interest. It’s a casual environment, but this doesn’t mean that your comments should lack substance or depth.
What are other ways to comment effectively when reading blog posts?
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