Why Your Negative and Constructive Blog Comments Matter

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This is the worst blog I’ve ever read. You’re an idiot.

Imagine that you’ve spent hours crafting what you hoped was a thoughtful and well-written post for your blog. You post it and the comments start coming in. You’ve got a great dialogue going — and then, you get a comment like the one above.

And it stings.

Yet, comments like that one are not uncommon — almost every blog gets one at some point. As we all know, the Internet seems to encourage people to say things to others they would never say in person. Some people even make a game of it, visiting blog after blog and making insulting or offensive comments to see what kind of reaction they can get.

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But if you are trying to build a positive online reputation, that’s the last thing you want to do. Everything you do online, from status updates and photos you post on Facebook to the comments you make on blogs and news stories can — and will — be seen by others. If you’re trying to land a job or gain followers for your social media feeds, your online life is on full display, including that nasty remark you made to a mommy blogger who had a different opinion about breastfeeding than you — a remark that could take you out of the running for the job.

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On the other hand, thoughtful comments can actually help boost your online brand and reputation. That doesn’t mean sucking up to the blogger, claiming that their post is the best thing you’ve ever read (although praise is always welcome and acceptable), but instead adding to the conversation. Doing so can reap serious benefits for you, your reputation and your blog or website.

“First!”

How many times have you read something online, only to get to the comments and have the first few only say “first!” or something similar? You might wonder why people are so excited to be first, but the trend is actually a traffic-driving strategy. Statistically, the first one or two comments on any post are the ones that other readers are most likely to click on, meaning those commenters’ blogs will see a traffic boost.

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However, most people aren’t going to visit the blog of someone who has nothing more to say than “first!” so if you want to attract visitors to your site, you need to be more eloquent.

Comment Like You Mean It

There are a number of reasons to comment on a blog: You want to respond to a poignant, funny or insightful point; you have a question;or you disagree and want to share an opposing side to the issue.

Whatever the reason, there are certain “rules” to commenting. First, use your real name and link to your website whenever possible. Most blogs make this easy to do. Avoid putting your blog address or other links in the comment itself. Not only may the practice be banned by the blog owner, but other readers are likely to ignore them. If you add your site in the comment form, you’ll automatically create a link for others to follow.

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Second, make your comment meaningful. A bland “Great post!” doesn’t really say anything. Commenting is a great way to build relationships, both with the blogger and the other readers. Create an insightful post that adds to the conversation. Highlight what you liked best about the post or share an anecdote. Remember that in many cases, your blog comments will show up in online searches of your name.

Get the Most from Your Comments

While being the first to comment on a post isn’t mandatory, being among the earliest commenters is a good strategy for having your comments read. Most people don’t read all of the comments on a blog, especially when there are dozens of them. Also, try posting early in the day; the sooner you post, the more likely people are to read your thoughts throughout the day.

Don’t forget to respond to other commenters as well. It’s about relationships, and making thoughtful comments to others’ posts can get that ball rolling.

Your blog comments are one piece of the puzzle when it comes to your online presence, and what you say does matter. When done right, they can be a major boost to your public image and gain you more followers, so remember what your mother always said: If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

About the Author:Gayle Matthews maintains several blogs related to home, garden, crafts and her adventures as the mother of five. She loves reading comments from readers and makes a point to add comments to other blogs often. She uses Mylife.com to manage her online life and relationships.
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Comments

  1. collins says

    A good blogger always leaves a mindful comment that will add value to the original content. even if there is some errors in the post you should encourage the writer to do more and pretends as if you sees nothing. i always say that no one is perfect in blogging world despite having pro and newbie bloggers, pro-bloggers started from newbie and graduated to pro that is the truth.

  2. Adesanmi adedotun says

    I think leaveing bad comment on others blog doesn’t encourage aas comment is either to contribute or correct or commend the effort of author; insteaad of condeming such blogger via messahe why not try to correct him/her via contact form?

  3. Nairotech says

    Thanks for the tip off, no one knows it all that’s why we always need to draw inspiration from from one another.. Thanks for this piece

  4. Michael says

    It’s always been as it is expected. When the article is really informative then comments below says they appreciated.

  5. Babanature says

    Hello Gayle, I always mean what ii comment and i’ll say, that is the key to any successful blogger. Thanks

  6. Adesanmi Adedotun says

    Bloggers comment is what give life to blog post and a meaningful understand of what the blog content contains. I see blog comment as a short summary of one basic understanding of the article and not to jeopardize one personality rather contach the author via his/her contact page about the mistake made in the post!!!

  7. Terungwa says

    Thanks, Gayle for the insight. It pays to pay more attention to the negative comments than even the positive ones. Why? The negative one makes one sit up whereas the positive ones simply makes a blogger slack!

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