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Why I’ll Never Quit Commenting on Other Blogs

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.

Of course I want people to comment on my blog. I know how to handle blog comments, I can deal with trolls and I love reading my  comments.

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 advise 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?

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Author: Annabel Candy

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Alli Grant April 4, 2012 at 8:49 am

Annabel, I am guilty as charged. I LOVE reading other people’s blog posts, and I read so many each day, but while I TELL myself I really should comment, I generally get distracted and nip off to the next blog or work task. Commenting is really important, and I should do more of it. I should let bloggers know that I enjoy their work and support them! And you have listed some really solid reasons above as to WHY we should all commit to doing this – good for us, good for our peers. So, consider me COMMENTING on your post! Here’s to many more! Alli x

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Annabel Candy April 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Hi Alli,

Ah, thank you!

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Sandra / Always Well Within April 4, 2012 at 9:30 am

Annabel,

This is such a timely topic! My positive connection with you began because we’ve both commented on each others’ blogs. Commenting is a fantastic way to make great connections. Which makes blogging meaningful for me.

At the same time, I’ve seen so many hills and valleys when it comes to comments on my own blog. I’ve had hugely active commenting times on my blog and times when the action is limited. People come and go, it’s just the nature of impermanence. In that sense, you need to put energy into cultivating comments by reciprocating to some degree.

I’ve had to limit my commenting over the past few months due to life considerations and I’ve noticed a concomitant drop off in the comments I receive. There is a level of reciprocity involved when it comes to commenting unless you are a blog super start.

I understand your reasons for sometimes wanting to stop commenting. But I find the comments and my conversations on my blog often times the best part of the post! I wouldn’t miss it for the world. And I love making someone’s day by supporting them too. So I understand your turnaround!

Of course, commenting isn’t the best way to raise your profile but it does work to some degree. Thanks for tackling this interesting topic.

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Annabel Candy April 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Hi Sandra,

It is so hard with time always at a premium but so important:) Sometimes I miss my lovely readers if I haven’t seen them comment for a while and then I remember that I haven’t been commenting on their posts either so I do. It’s a way of reaching out and saying hi, how are you?

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Annie Infinite April 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

Commenting is tried true and tested and of course if you want to receive comments on your own posts you had better get out there and give to receive lol. Commenting thoughtfully – and you will notice that word shows you have read and understood the concept in the post and either agree or disagree with it and feel compelled to express and opinion hip hip hooray just what social media is all about.

My biggest challenge is with the spammers who come along with their copy and paste attitude to commenting – which is why when you comment on my blog I moderate the comments so that I can spam or delete these unthoughtful approaches to commenting.

I know you will agree with me Annabel :)

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Annabel Candy April 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Hi Annie,

My comments are moderated too. The spam is a problem. I write about ways to deal with that here: http://www.successfulblogging.com/dealing-with-trolls/

It’s all about being part of a community and everyone needs to show an interest in other people both on and off their blog.

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Aziza April 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Hi Annabel, thanks for sharing your opinions on this subject. I think commenting on other blogs definitely helps to develop a greater sense of community and I find it really handy for making and keeping connections. When I comment on other blogs it generally makes me revisit the blog later on. I also find that sometimes when I respond to a blog it’ll help me to shape a new thought or idea that I might want to blog about at a later date. All good things I think!

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Annabel Candy April 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Hi Aziza,

Great to see you here. Love that you often turn your comments into blog posts of their own:) I do that too and often I also revisit to see if the blogger replied:0

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Irfan April 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

The reason I’ll never quit commenting on blog’s is, it gives me a rope to hold in order learn my fellow niche blogs and their owner. Also it brings their readers to my blog – which is a great achievement to attract their visitors onto mine.

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Annabel Candy April 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Hi Ifran,

Good to see you here:) I think comments work to attract visitors either if you’re a regular commenter and part of the community or if you leave a comment that stands out in some way.

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Christina @ Hair Romance April 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I feel the same Annabel. I like the connection you get with commenting but as I’m often reading on my phone or ipad (or from my reader) I don’t have time to go and comment as often as I’d like to.

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Annabel Candy April 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Hi Christina,

Oooh, I love your super curly ‘do:) That is the big drawback with the iPad, it takes ages on there! I need to find a way to star posts so I can go back and comment later. But then later sometimes never happens….

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se7en April 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Oh, what a nice surprise – a great post on commenting!!! I love commenting, often if I don’t have time to blog , “hello mom of eight kids”, I will spend my computer time – browsing friends blogs and commenting!!! Commenting is such a win win activity!!! It is a way to encourage my blog friends for the great effort and work they have put into their blog and their writing … and it draws heaps of traffic back to my blog.

There is a balance between comments that are tactical and comments that are just encouraging your friends… often it is the first comment that you leave on a blog that leads to a brilliant and lasting friendship. I think if you are genuine and yourself in your commenting style you will never look back!!! Honestly I love commenting so much I wrote a post about it and I could probably write about ten more!!! http://www.se7en.org.za/2011/03/10/se7en-strategic-commenting-tips-to-grow-your-blog

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Annabel Candy April 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Hi Se7en,

You are a fabulous commenter and I so appreciate that. I’m sure all your blogging buddies do. I’ll check out your post:)

I agree – the first long read of a new blog and the first long comment can be the start of a great friendship.

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Serdar Kara April 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Hi Annabel, thanks for sharing your opinions.I can’t stop commenting because I get inspired and turn my comments into a blog post on my own blog.

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Annabel Candy April 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Hi Serdar,

You too:) Oh, I will need to use Google translator to read your blog. Thank you for visiting us here:)

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Johanna April 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm

It takes time to make comments, and to read the blog posts to make intelligent comments and while it’s an enjoyable past time, it is time consuming. But I think, and totally agree with you, that the benefits far outweigh the time it takes, and making new friends is the best bit of all. If I commented on blogs just to help with SEO I think by now I would have given up the will not only to blog, but the will to live as well! Because it’s not always that effective. However, with children all grown up and no ‘school gate’ chatter to pave the way towards new friendships anymore, blog commenting has filled a big gap for me. And not just a cyber gap, because sometimes I get to meet them in real life too – and that’s wonderful :)

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Annabel Candy April 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Hi Johanna,

Lol, love your comment about the SEO. I think I just use that as an excuse to keep commenting but what you say is so true. The comments need to come from the heart! I hope we get to meet in person one day:)

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Lisa April 4, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I believe blogging is like social media and that you cannot be and island out there with your blog. It helps you to get to know other bloggers and we can learn from each other. I have found it to be a wonderful experience and have met someone too like Johanna in person. Of course I never have enough hours in the day to comment on all the blogs that I would like to.

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Annabel Candy April 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Hi Lisa,

It’s true there are so many we have to pick and choose – every day I discover more fab bloggers and blogs.

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Hirfan, Work at home blogger April 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Well making comments on other blogs not only help us to get backlinks but also to gain more knowledge and good relationship with other bloggers in our niche.

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Annabel Candy April 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Hi Hirfan, that makes sense and it’s also good to use your name so people can get to know you better:)

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Felicia April 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I completely agree with you, Annabel! Commenting on other blogs is a great way to not only network yourself, but also to make new friends. I wish I could do it more often as I really enjoy it, but unfortunately having school and then having to go to work almost every day makes it very difficult to do sometimes!

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Annabel Candy April 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Hi Felicia,

I know, if only there was a faster way to leave comments!I am trying to leave a comment for everyone who comments here but only up to four so far:) Sometimes it’s the thought that counts and sometimes if time is short I’ll just send a quick Love this tweet about their post.

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Doug Francis April 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Okay, I am addicted to leaving comments. Whew, it feels good to say that!

It surprises me when I talk with friends who get anxious when I ask if they commented on a post. Maybe they have nothing to add, but if given some thought then they should be able to write a couple of interesting sentences. You know?

Also, I often click on the names and explore the commentor’s web site to see what they are doing that might warrant another comment.

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 5:37 am

Hi Doug,

Lol, well I like to think it’s a healthy addiction and a great way to spend some spare time and connect with other bloggers.

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Linda ~ Journey Jottings April 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I don’t comment as often as I’d like as I’m a ‘sleep on it’ kinda girl and by the time I’ve formulated what I’d like to say that blog has passed me by, its too late to go back, and I’m onto the next :/

But how could anyone read a blog post about commenting and not comment… so here it is ;)

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 5:39 am

Hi Linda,

Oh well done. if I sleep on things they don’t happen so I have to grab the opportunity while I’m there. I’m never usually at a loss for words:)

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Dave Doolin April 5, 2012 at 1:06 am

Commenting is dead! Long live commenting!

I *know* I have thousands of comments out there because my Disqus feed alone is around 1200.

That said I’ve slowed down a lot lately due to being absorbed at work.

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 5:40 am

Hi Dave,

That’s amazing. I hadn’t thought of checking there. Thanks for slipping a comment in here, hope work is going well:)

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Chrysta Bairre April 5, 2012 at 1:25 am

When I started blogging I did not anticipate the amazing friendships I would build with other bloggers and my readers. These rewarding relationships begin with comments.

I can’t imagine I’ll ever stop commenting on blogs because I get the opportunity to participate, share, learn and grow!

Have a grateful day!

Chrysta

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 5:41 am

Hi Chrysta,

Thanks for adding participate and grow. So true:)

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barbara April 5, 2012 at 1:27 am

Commenting is what brought you and I together Annabel. You were the first ‘big’ blogger to comment on my blog and it reinforced my determination to keep going.

It was also on your blog that I found many of my blog buddies like Jen Gresham, Sonia Marsh and others.

If a commenter has something meaningful to add to the conversation I tend to click on their link. It has led me to many great blogs. Blogs I would have not found had they not spent a few minutes commenting.

I also agree with you about those who just say things like, “hi, stopping by from…” which adds nothing to the conversation except a plea for attention to their blog.
Great advice as always!
b

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 5:43 am

Hi Barbara,

I know and I’m writing a lot about commenting lately. I’ve been shocked by how some people in my workshops see it as a waste of time, looks like everyone here can see the value and thanks for adding your personal story!

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Cynthia April 5, 2012 at 1:51 am

Hi Annabel, I am fairly new at blogging, only been sending out regular posts since January. I have been commenting as much as possible on other blogs and have found that it has brought traffic to my site and introduced me to other bloggers which is fantastic. It does though become frustrating when a blogger does not repond to a comment or even acknowledge it especially if one has commented a few times. I must say though that I am so pleased that I found your website as I have found it be extrememly useful and I have certainly learnt a lot from it. Thanks!

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 5:45 am

Hi Cynthia,

Love your bee and thanks for the fine feedback:) I’m sure even if bloggers don’t reply they do notice you reading and appreciate those comments. Some acknowledgement is nice from time to time though:)

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corinneck April 5, 2012 at 2:10 am

What great points! I always hear you need to comment on other blogs to gain traffic to your own, but you highlight other very important reasons as well. thanks!

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 5:45 am

Hi Corinneck,

Great to see you here:)

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Alex from hostinghub April 5, 2012 at 2:24 am

I have noticed that if you are following all the ethical rules and you are curious about what you are reading and commenting. You just establish some connection with other bloggers and you have your own community. Indifference and just commenting for getting links is not right.

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 5:46 am

Hi Alex,

Thanks for mentioning ethical rules. It does feel strange when people only leave their blog name instead of a personal name. Like you I leave both:)

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Matthew Cline April 5, 2012 at 3:03 am

You know, I’ve felt in the same boat as you in terms of leaving comments so many times. I used to comment a LOT, too much. Then, my SEO savvy friends told me it wasn’t worth it at all because of the “no follow” stuff. But, now I feel like I’ve lost an important community. This community may not bring me any business or even traffic to my site, but it really helps me grow as a person and an entrepreneur. Thanks for sharing this article. I’m going to start commenting again, starting right now with this post. ;)

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 5:48 am

Hi Mathew,

Wooo hooo:) Thanks for the feedback and good on you for taking action. The SEO benefits are a bonus, as Johanna said if that’s the only reason anyone commented the blogosphere wouldn’t be anywhere near so much fun.

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Mary-Ann Hill April 5, 2012 at 3:59 am

Hello Annabel – I’m still at the stage of OMG, whatever I post is “out there”, on line forever…. So glad to hear that in your very very early days that was also a concern. I don’t have a blog and actually only follow a few, yours being one of my favourites :), and your post has given me a bit of a nudge to just get into the fray, say something, join in, share. I enjoy your posts, haven’t commented before so you post on commenting has brought me out of my shell :) From me, happy blog reader and now wanna be regular comment-or…, Mary-Ann

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 5:53 am

Hi Mary-Ann,

Thank you so much for commenting. I have a few “rules” that help me get over hurdles like that.

I always keep my comments positive. Even if I disagree I try to add helpful suggestions instead of just being negative.

But I do share personal stuff which can be a bit scary although again never too personal. For example last night I commented on Alli’s latest post about spots! Not my usual topic and it felt a bit strange but hey, everyone gets zits from time to time and I know how important it is to share personal stories so it’s good to take the plunge and add one:)

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Cate April 5, 2012 at 5:42 am

Hi Annabel
I ‘lurked’ for a long time before I ever left a comment – but eventually I felt so moved to ‘join the conversation’ that I couldn’t stop myself (I think yours was the first blog I ever left a comment on). I’m still procrastinating on what to blog about (I change my mind every day) – so I enjoy having my own little say care of other people’s blogs + I feel as though commenting gives me a connection, however small, with some people that I really admire.
Cate :)

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 5:56 am

Hi Cate,

That’s brilliant. I feel so proud and I do hope you hone in on your blog topic soon. One way is to just start blogging on a free Wordpress.com site and see what eventuates:)

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Caz (The Truth About Mummy) April 5, 2012 at 6:18 am

Such an interesting read. I think as your blog grows every blogger asks themselves these questions. Commenting is the fairy dust of the blogger world. It’s where the magic really happens. But as you get busy in bloggy land it gets harder and harder to do regularly. But, like you I’d never give up. (Even thou at times I’ve got really really slack at it). It’s about finding balance and setting time limits. 10 comments a day – just to spread some of that fairy dust around :)

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Hi Caz,

Lol, love the fairy dust analogy:) Magic to see you and bubs here too. 10 a day?! That’s lots:)

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danasia April 5, 2012 at 6:53 am

I try to comment on at least five blogs a day. So far I’ve made some pretty great people for friends and awesome connections.

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Hi Danasia,

Great to see you here, I love your name:) That sounds like a good goal.

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Melanie Graham / A Welcoming Hearth April 5, 2012 at 7:38 am

Thanks for this blog post. I must admit I started off all eager and commenting everywhere I went. But I have become a bit lax lately. In two months time I have been blogging for 1 year. I love it and am addicted now. :-) .

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Hi Melanie,

Great to hear you’re sticking with blogging:) That’s a landmark coming up.

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Seana Smith April 5, 2012 at 8:11 am

OMG what a lot of comments. Have you read Veronica’s Foale’s post about her blog, Sleepless Nights, getting less comments, it also got a zillion comments!

I have a problem in that I am aiming to read more blog posts and find that using Google Reader on iPhone and iPad works really well. But it’s murder to comment so I am commenting less. But I hopped on my laptop to snd a comment to you!!

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Hi Seana,

No, I haven’t seen that post, I’ll check it out. I didn’t expect this reaction. It’s fantastic! Thanks for hopping to it;)

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Leah McClellan April 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Hi Annabel,

Taking some time to read around (and leave some comments!) and nice to see you writing about it. I’ve had to cut down on blog commenting only because I haven’t had time, but it *is* a great way to “meet” other bloggers or stay in touch.

I could easily spend all day on it! But I haven’t liked the aspect of it that’s all about getting people to return the comment on our own blogs or drive up SEO value etc. My feeling is if I don’t have time to share meaningful thoughts (even if lighthearted), I won’t bother. Meaning, I’m not going to plop a canned sort of response on a blog post just for the sake of commenting (I feel like that’s worse than no comment at all).

So that’s been the “rule” I’ve developed–if I have time, I comment. If not, I don’t (though I might squeeze it in if the post is a really good one!)

Nice to see someone else thinking about this! Have an awesome day!

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Hi Leah,

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment today. I suppose the most important part is reading the blogs and that’s fun too. Leaving a comment is like leaving a tip:) I appreciate seeing you here.

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Krishna Everson April 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Wonderful post Annabel. I love to post on others posts, but try to keep it real by commenting when I truly feel compelled to, so that the comments are quality, rather than flippant. The other thing I’d like to add (slightly different topic), is that when people bother to comment on our posts, especially if they have taken the time to thoughtfully consider it, to respond in a way that is worthy of their effort. Thanks again for your great suggestions! Shared and tweeted! Krishna xx

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Hi Krishna,

That’s true, quality comments may be better than a lot of meaningless ones. But I still leave the odd Lol type comment. Sometimes there’s nothing else to add:)

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Sharon @ Funken Wagnel April 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Commenting is one of my favourite aspects of blogging. I like to see the internet as one big facebook page. I look at people’s blog as their profile. So, if I read something at their blog, I will comment as though I’m answering their status update on facebook.

Considering how much time so many of us waste on facebook, it makes me see commenting as being a very easy and enjoyable thing, also a way to connect. I treat it as feedback to the writer and a way to catch up and say hello.

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Hi Sharon,

Love the feedback. I’m sure most bloggers would much prefer to see you on their blog than on FB too:)

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Fran April 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Annabel, thanks for the views on commenting. I love it when others comment on posts, others posts that is, not just mine And why is this? It’s because when I am googling to find out something I often find what I am looking for in the comments. There are extra links, more hints, wider points of view and experiences to discover in comments. So readers – keeping commenting – it is appreciated. I try to comment with purpose so that my comment adds value to the post writers work. After all they are usually giving away something for free so this is a way of paying them back. Finally – I get a thrill when I get a comment. Fran

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Hi Fran,

Great to see you here and I agree, my readers add so much to the conversation – in fact without their comments there’s no coversation at all and I love talking with people not at them:)

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Nikki @ Styling You April 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Commenting makes the blogging world go round. If you haven’t time to comment on at least one other blog each day then you’re missing out on a big part of what the blogging community is all about.
Just do it!
I did and continue to do it. I make time for it and it comes back to me many, many times over.
Love this post, Annabel. x

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Annabel Candy April 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Hi Nikki,

Love that you do it! A comment means a lot to people.

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Sara at Saving For Someday April 5, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Annabel, thank you for putting this out there. Commenting is so valuable and it’s sad that so many don’t do it because they don’t have time. What also makes me sad are people who don’t branch out with their comments, instead just staying with those ‘top bloggers’ in what seems like an effort to get noticed.

As a blog without many comments, I have to say that comments are that warm smile that makes your day perk up. I have friends who’ve given up blogging because they think no one cares. Sure, they have page views but without comments it’s hard to soldier on believing that people want to read what you write.

It is time consuming to read and comment. Especially if those comments are going to be meaningful. But, sometimes it’s even just nice to drop in a short comment of gratitude so the blogger/writer knows they are appreciated.

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Annabel Candy April 9, 2012 at 8:55 am

Hi Sara,

Yes, comments are the best blogging motivation ever:) Love your line: “comments are that warm smile that makes your day perk up.” Thanks for brightening my day!

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Alyssa April 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Hi Annabel,

Yet another great blog post :)

It takes me a while to start commenting after I’ve read a post. I usually tweet them before I leave a comment. I really only start commenting when I not only like the content, but also respect the blogger themself.

You can take that as a compliment :)

Alyssa

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Annabel Candy April 9, 2012 at 8:56 am

Hi Alyssa,

I certainly do;) Thank you.

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Nanette April 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

Thanks for sharing your honest insight, process and practice here. I stumbled on your blog through linkage that I’m not sure I could repeat if I tried, and I’m so glad that I did.
Many of us have had the same thoughts, I’m sure, but not been willing to say them out loud!
But you’re so right… the blogoshere goes ’round based on the community that is formed, and it’s formed through the communication that is commenting.
Wishing you well–
Nanette

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Annabel Candy April 9, 2012 at 8:57 am

Hi Nanette,

Yes, comments are a great way to build that community, much better than doing it on Facebook or elsewhere:)

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Vanessa Bushell April 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Hi Annabel… I love leaving comments on other people’s blogs and in our QLD Blogging group, there are so many wonderful blogs to leave comments on! Mostly, I comment on two of three every time I post a blog, but sometimes I comment on others peoples blogs when I don’t post my own because they look really interesting!!! Generally, I believe it is good blogging practice to comment on others blogs for all the reasons you stated above!!!

Lots of love
Vanessa

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Annabel Candy April 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

Hi Vanessa,

That sounds like a good rule of thumb. I think I’ll try to limit myself to x comments per week. That way I should be able to read a lot of blogs and comment on a lot of them at least monthly.

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Penelope J. April 8, 2012 at 3:49 am

Hi Annabel, This post was both helpful and motivating to me. I also got addicted to leaving comments on almost every blog I read – and after a while, realized I was so busy doing that, that I hadn’t written anything of my own except for a weekly blog post. I also wanted each comment to be meaningful. Being long-winded didn’t help.

So I took a break from blogging though I kept up with several blogs. In that time, I finished a first draft (ghostwriting) of someone else’s memoir, researched self-publication options for my motivational book, am writing an 11th draft of my Big Book novel, and researching/outlining a historical romance with a paranormal theme, plus my regular Hispanic research work.

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Annabel Candy April 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

Hi Penelope,

I hear you! I do think about taking a blogging break. Might have to do that at some point to get the book done but hoping I can manage everything:)

You’re doing fantastically there and in many ways once your blog is up and running with community and posts you can step back a little and just let it tick over when you want to get a big writing job done. Well done:)

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Callie Kingston April 9, 2012 at 8:39 am

Thank you for this encouragement to all of us bloggers. It’s easy to start believing that leaving comments is a waste of time, but you’re absolutely right about how important it is to keep building connections. That’s what makes social media social. I’ve included an excerpt of your post in my Monday Memo this week: Monday Memo: Social Media Tips for Writers.

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Annabel Candy April 9, 2012 at 9:02 am

Hi Callie,

Thank you:) That’s the best recommendation I could get. I’ll check it out. Great to see you here.

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Crack You Whip April 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

I have to admit that commenting has opened up a whole new world for me. Excellent post!

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Android Resources April 11, 2012 at 1:47 am

Annabel, its great to know that bloggers even established ones continue to leave comments and engage with their audience. I even seen a comment recently from Darren of problogger. Thanks for the advice and tips.

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Jose Torres April 11, 2012 at 9:26 am

Annabel,
Thanks for your post. I aspire to learn how to blog successfully like you, and implicit in my strategy to change the world is to lean on your wisdom, your experience, insight, advice, and get to blogging at my site (www.benerosit.org) about how to make the world a better place by
*promoting greater understanding of difference through a better discussion
* creating a new business model where social networking sites donate their advertising revenues to the charities that people find to be valuable.

Did you know I’m counting on you? I’ll order your book as soon as I get my video up and my logo and my survey capability?

I’m counting on you. Keep on truckin’ and showing the world how to blog successfully.
Jose
Founder of Benerosity.org

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gmshovo April 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I think commenting is one of the greatest way to make a better networking. People dont comment for more traffic

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Ashok Vaishnav April 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

“Comments” is a way to express your sincere views on what you feel about what you read on the blog.
And that is what “Comments”should be – sincere expression of the reflection of what you genuinely and sincerely feel.
We owe that much to the blogger whose blog we visit.

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Nicole Robinson April 25, 2012 at 12:36 am

I started my blog a couple of months ago. I have only started regularly commenting in the last few weeks. Even if I never get a reciprocal comment or traffic, I believe it to be worthwhile. I have learned a great deal by reading the comments section of other blogs (including this one). For example, I’ve picked up on the types of comment software that the pros use. It’s also very inspiring just to be part of the atmosphere.

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alan May 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Annabel. This is my first time leaving a comment on a blog. I had a drink just before making this comment. It wasn’t juice. I t also wasn’t the jelly liquid that comes in jars of gefilte fish. It was a drink. Big breath. And out. Annabel. Your blog is the best blog I’ve read on the topic. It’s. Clear. Engaging. With a voice. And I know with Breaking Bad Mr. White-will-mix-again-next-season–certainty it will help my blog which is called Welcome to Kafkaville (pop. 1). Thank you.

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Kevi Naleo Mor May 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Thanks for being a great teacher. I have just started my blog and was looking for tips. lol here lemme try my first comment on yours. On a serious note thanks. Keep updating me with your new tips. kevinaleomor.blogspot.com

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Yeremi Akpan May 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Hi Annabel,

All so true…

I can recall how happy I felt when I recieved my first blog comment. Over time, I thought the feeeling would go away, but in truth I still enjoy seeing th comment count on my WP dashboard.

In a way, it is like my audience telling me they love what I am doing.

I can never get enough of it.

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RottenWord June 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Very nice article. I only recently started to understand why it is so important to comment on other blogs but I’m pretty new to blogging so I guess that’s an excuse. Anyway, I didn’t know that by living comments on others blogs you are able to rank higher in Google.

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Inspiration to Dream June 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

The number of comments you’ve received on this post would be an indication that you’ve struck a chord with many.
I always try to leave significant and meaningful comments on other peoples blogs – partly because I too love reading blogs but also because I’ve made some wonderfully supportive and amazing contacts this way. It can be discouraging sometimes when people don’t respond but I also understand that we’re all busy.
Other peoples comments when thoughtful and interesting on blogs I visit normally are often what help me discover new and unexplored blogs.

Higher ranking for leaving comments – boy that means I must be in the stratosphere almost.

Cheers, Fi

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jeny curran July 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I am very much admired on reading your post.Since you have shared your personnel experience along with your tips.

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Public Speaking Courses September 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Would love to always get updated great blog ! .

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Valer October 3, 2012 at 8:02 am

Wow. Really great post.I am new to blogging and this post made me realize why it is so important to comment on other blogs.

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Daura March 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I guess it’s my turn to leave a comment! Thank you for posting this – I’ve had my blog for over a year and have been wondering why I rarely get any comments. At first I thought it was just because I didn’t write engaging content – no one had anything to say. Now I realize that I’m not reaching out to relevant people often enough, I just wait for them to find me through their google searches. I pledge to comment a little everyday, and yes, make sure that I have something to contribute. As for this comment – it is to thank you for changing my habits and for letting you know I am here and appreciate your post!

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Sharon March 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

I must say that I have been writing a blog for about a year now. Only in the last 2 months have my blog comments picked up and that is because I have learned to comment on …yes, blogs that are similar to mines. It feels great when I leave a relevant comment and when people leave a great comment. It motivates you to want to continue writing!

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David Stannard, Paradise Rescued April 21, 2013 at 10:08 am

Awesome as always Annabel,

One of the great “principles of life” that I learnt and adapted form Skip Ross is “Give in order that you can receive”. This so applies to blogs, as you well illustrate. It is also a core principle of social media. It’s all about the dialogue, not “look at me” broadcasting.

Get out there and comment peeps…and please do it intelligently and maturely. Everyone is entitled to a point of view and ignorant rude and vulgar responses / comments simply make the commentator look foolish.

Have a wonderful weekend,

David Stannard
Paradise Rescued

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Miranda September 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I found your post via Twitter and can understand why you thought of not commenting and why you chose instead to continue. I tend to comment to thank a blogger, add comments/questions to the discussion, or simply to say hello or introduce myself. I am known to actually seek out blogs that are similar in nature to mine and read posts and comment. I believe that cultivating relationships is never a waste of time, because interpersonal communication, both virtually and face-to-face, can be very encouraging. I never know if my comment may help an excellent blogger decide to not give up on their craft, continue a particularly helpful series, ETC. Having not thought much about turning a comment in to a blog post before, I found this a worthwhile suggestion. Some traffic comes to my blog from blogs where I’ve left comments, but it has been just above minimal. I enjoy prolonged discussions continued beyond simply one comment when possible/practical, and as such believe it is important for bloggers to engage with their readers who take the time to leave a well-thought out comment that is not simply spam. Through reading various posts from others on blogging overall, I have seen multiple variations of how to best monitor comments while not losing reader engagement. I currently monitor each comment that comes through, and this ensures that I will reply right away when approving the comment. Do you or your readers have any thoughts on the most efficient way to monitor comments and encourage reader engagement? Thank you for sharing your insights, and have a wonderful week!

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