Do you ever feel as if leaving comments on other people's blogs is a waste of time?
I did too and, after I wrote about my time management problems in How Not to be a Victim of Your Own Success, I vowed to stop commenting on other peoples' blogs.
I even wrote a draft post about why I stopped commenting on other people's blogs which I've deleted permanently and replaced with this one.
But, time management problems or not, I feel way happier knowing that I'll never stop commenting on other blogs.
My Blog Commenting Evolution
I can still remember the fear about leaving my first comment. It was a big thing. I knew that comment would be there and online forever. I wasn't sure I wanted to commit to that.
But once I'd written that first comment I never looked back and, over the three years, I've been blogging I've probably written thousands of comments.
Maybe only half of those comments have been reciprocated so, although I didn't leave them for reciprocation, commenting started to look like a poor investment of my time.
Reader comments have brought me so much. That feedback has helped me learn more, given me confidence and made me carry on writing.
But I only really want people to comment on my blog because they want to, not because they want me to comment on theirs.
Why I Wanted to Quit Commenting on Other Blogs
1. Commenting seemed like a waste of time.
I started commenting on other blogs because it was touted as a good way to get readers to your blog.
Personally I didn't find commenting an effective way of getting blog traffic but it is a great way to network with other bloggers and meet people with similar interests and goals as yours.
But after networking by leaving comments for a year I had many blogging friends from total newbies to established bloggers and even a few top bloggers.
2. I decided I was addicted to blog commenting
Because I love reading other blogs and I always want to leave a comment for the blog writer.
3. I was using commenting to procrastinate.
Of course, I recommend to new bloggers to leave comments on other blogs in the hope that will be reciprocated because a blog without comments is like a party without people.
But I thought, since I generally get comments on my blog posts, that there was no reason for me to comment any more and I was just doing it to avoid more important work.
Why I'll Never Quit Commenting on Other Blogs
But I can't stop commenting. I love it. It's a calling card I use for many reasons including to:
- join the conversation.
- let the post writer or blog owner know I was there, reading and supporting them.
- add my advice, thoughts, questions or opinion.
- encourage the writer to write more.
- introduce myself to bloggers I don't already know.
- thank and reward people who've commented on my blog.
- reinforce awareness for my brand by being seen here, there and everywhere.
- thank the other blogger for sharing.
Bonus Tips for Blog Commenters
1. Leaving blog comments and your blog address on other blogs can improve your search engine ranking. Although blog comments tend to have “no-follow” Google still counts them as an incoming link so if you leave a lot of blog comments it should help with your SEO (search engine optimisation) and help your blog rank higher with the search engines.
2. Sometimes I get inspired and turn my comments into a blog post on my own blog.
3. If you leave a comment for another blogger you'll probably make their day and you might even make a friend for life.
Yes, I might have cut down on leaving comments but I'll never quit commenting on other blogs.
If you're a blogger and you've got a bit of time to waste reading other blogs and leaving a few comments is the best way to do it.
Do you leave comments on other blogs? Why? Why not? How often?