The activity for the Challenge today was to figure out how to be a fabulous blog commenter and take that one step further.
The next part of the challenge was to determine what tips would you give someone if you were teaching them to be a great blog commenter.
I had some ideas of my own, but decided to went in search of other thoughts from other bloggers before synthesizing my own.
Gina Trapani offered these guidelines about posting weblog comments:
Stay on topic.
Contribute new information to the discussion.
Don’t comment for the sake of commenting.
Know when to comment and when to e-mail.
Remember that nobody likes a know-it-all.
Make the tone of your message clear.
Own your comment.
Cite your sources with links or inline quoting.
Don’t post when you’re angry, upset, drunk or emotional.
Do not feed or tease the trolls.
Good Comment had the following list of questions that one should ask oneself prior to posting a blog comment.
Is my comment on topic?
Is my comment as short and concise as possible?
Is my comment friendly and polite in tone and language?
Does my comment add something useful to the conversation?
Would I want somebody to leave this comment on my blog?
Does your comment pass the test?
According to Good Comment, if you can answer positively to each of the above questions, then the chances it’s a good comment.
Blog Comments are Permanent and for Building Relationships
A recent post on DoshDosh by Maki reminds us that we should view every blog comment as a permanent, long-term representation of yourself and your brand. We should also be seeing blog comments as a way of networking with the blog author.
Think long-term: not just incoming traffic today but exposure down the road. Don’t just focus on getting an immediate return (visitors via your link drop) but use comments to develop relationships of ongoing value.
Maki stresses to “Think long-term, think relationships and think about getting repeat benefits” and that Commenting is an extraordinary easy way to not only get visitors to your site, but develop mutually beneficial relationships along the way.
My Six “C’s” on Being a Great Blog Commenter
The key tips I would pass on to someone about being a great blog commenter are:
- Centered – Stay focused.
- Contribute – Share some information or something useful.
- Courteous- Be Polite.
- Credit – Give credit where credit is due. (Cite your sources.)
- Camaraderie – Commenting is a way of building relationships with other bloggers.
- Constant – Remember comments are permanent.
The last one, My Golden Rule of Internet Blog Posting, comes from my thoughts on an earlier blog posting, Debating / Day 5 Comment on a Blog Post You Don’t Agree With, where Bill Scott responded in the 10 Rules for Blog Debates with
Remember that once your post is submitted it will be read by many and possibly used against you later. Always examine your motives before you post.