This week we are focusing on Blogs and providing information around blogs. Today’s topic is Blog Comments. This post will cover what Blog Comments are, Why they are good, How to Comment on other blogs to increase your traffic and dealing with the irrelevant or spam blog comments.
What are Blog Comments?
A blog comment is a comment that appears after a blog post on your blog. Typically the comment is related directly to the content of the post. Blog comments provide an opportunity for dialogue with your readers. Allowing Blog Comments on your site can allow you to improve your connection with those that follow you and also can help you with customer service by providing a place for comments and questions to be asked.
Why are Blog Comments Good?
Typically when your blog is new you will not have a lot of comments. As you develop your blog more and add more content and start to provide relevant information on your topic you will start to get the attention of others that are reading your blog. When you can encourage those that read your blog to comment and interact with you this helps strengthen your creditibility and reach. Typically the more comments you have the more others will want to read the post and share the information.
What about Spam and Unrelated Comments?
Although blog comments are great and something that we want, comments that are spam and those that are unrelated we want to keep to bare minimum or eliminate. Unfortunately there are a lot of people out there that make comments on blogs for the sole purpose of creating more links to their site. These type of comments are typically only done for the purpose of creating a link back to their site.
There are ways to help minimize these types of comments. One way is to set-up your blog to manually approve comments so that these types of comments are not automatically posted to your blog. Other ways to minimize this is if you are using a self-hosted WordPress blog certain plugins can be used to help with this. Here are a few of these plugins:
Commenting on Other Blogs
Commenting on other blogs is a great way to share your expertise, provide input and encouragement to other bloggers and also helps increase your blog’s popularity. You can use Google to search for blogs related to your topic or niche and then read the blog and if there is a post that you can provide meaningful comments to please do so.
When you do comment on blogs be sure to provide comments with substance and not the ones that you are trying to prevent on your blog. One other thing you need to be sure to do when you comment on your blog is to add your website to create a link back to your site (back-link). When you do create a link back to your site please be sure to leave your Keywords, for example if you want people to find you by the term Mid Century Modern Homes, be sure to make sure your blog is tied to those terms on your comment.
Remember comments are important for your blog. You need to cultivate good comments, leave good comments and also ensure your blog is monitored to help eliminate bad comments.