6 Blog Commenting Mistakes to Avoid
Commenting on other blogs is a good online marketing strategy. Not only can it drive traffic to your website and in some comes help you build more links, but it also helps you get your name out there and build your credibility. If you’re trying to build up an online presence, you should seriously consider creating a blog commenting strategy.
Of course, there are some dos and don’ts of commenting on other blogs. Here are 6 common blog commenting mistakes you need to avoid.
- Leaving a “me too” comment—If you don’t have anything important to say, you might as well say nothing at all. Don’t waste your time leaving a “good post” or “I agree” comment. It’s pointless, and it makes you look bad. If you want to leave a comment, make sure it adds value to the conversation. Be insightful, and bring something new to the conversation. By all means, show off your expertise, but don’t make it all about you.
- Commenting without reading the post—I know this sounds crazy, but you’d be surprised at how many people do this. The people who do this usually see blog commenting as a link building strategy, but what they fail to realize is that they’re doing damage to their name whenever they leave a comment like this. Don’t comment until you’ve read the full post.
- Using keywords instead of your name—You used to see this a lot more often a few years ago, but it still pops up from time to time. Instead of leaving their actual name, some commenters decide to use their target keyword as their name. So, instead of the comment being written by Joe, it’s written by “Car mechanic Houston”. Look, I’m all for building keyword-rich back links, but this isn’t the way to do it. First, blog comment links aren’t exactly high quality, and second, it removes the personal element from commenting and interacting with others.
- Not proofreading your comment—Proofreading is important even with blog commenting. Again, it’s your name that’s tied to the comment. If your comment is full of misspellings and other silly mistakes, it reflects poorly on you. Take a few seconds to study your comment closely to ensure it’s written properly.
- Posting something offensive—There’s a time and a place for coarse language and offensive jokes. Most blogs usually aren’t the place for this. Unless this is the type of language used by the blogger and commenters, don’t be the first to post something offensive. Keep it clean and professional.
- Being a spammer—The comments section isn’t the place for you to advertise your business. That’s called spamming, and most times, it will get your comment deleted. Even if it doesn’t get deleted, it still makes you look like a spammer, and that’s a difficult reputation to shake.
What are some other blog commenting mistakes you’d add to this list?