I blog a lot. I mean a lot. However want to know what I do even more than blog?
Delete spam blog comments from my email inbox.
Get your mind out of the gutter.
Bad Blog Comments
If you have a blog for your business and you’ve ever written a post, you might know what I’m talking about. SEO companies know the value of links, and especially back-links. Blogs are like an SEO candy store. Not only can you create great content (or I create it for you…) and generate links to your website through regular posts, but blog comments also allow you to generate links back to your site when you comment on other people’s posts.
But you see, those of us at Turn The Page Online Marketing aren’t the only ones who know the value of blog commenting. Unfortunately so do many, many other companies. However one big difference is the quality and quantity of blog comments. I believe Google’s new Panda update considers it “white hat” strategies.
Good vs Bad Blog Comments
There is such thing as a good blog comment and a bad blog comment. Good blog comments actually contain responses pertaining to the post. It’s called a “comment” for a reason – make sure you are actually commenting on what the other person wrote. Failing to do this isn’t exactly commenting. It’s really talking at the person… or in blog world … spamming.
It’s pretty easy to spot a spammer who’s simply out for the links and an individual or business who truly is trying to engage with you and your blog. Sure, even a good blog commenter might be out for the link back to their site. But if they took the time to actually read your post and make a meaningful statement, that’s heck of a lot better than the ambiguous commenter who left a statement trying to convince you to buy shoes in India.
Examples of Blog Comments
To drive home the point, walk with me through a sampling of my inbox tonight… yes, just tonight:
Example of A Good Blog Comment:
Good blog comment in response to a post about Mick Jagger & Celebrity Drug Use:
It is fun to think of the rocking Mick Jagger but very true that drug use in pop stars tend to influence fans. I agree education is key to making sure teens understand the risks of drug use.
This is a good blog comment because it actually:
- Refers to the topic of the post
- Gives a response that could have only come from the individual reading the post
- Agrees with the writer … it’s always a nice touch. (Disagreeing for further discussion is OK too)
Examples of Horrible Blog Comments:
1. This was a comment on a post about Aerosmith & Drugs. Just try reading it out loud:
Thanks for every other wonderful article. The place else may just anyone get that kind of information in such an ideal way of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I am at the look for such information.
Seriously? This person is giving a presentation on Aerosmith next week? I don’t think so…
2. This one tried to sneak by on a post for Raynor Garage Doors:
I discovered your blog site on google and check several of one’s early posts. Continue to keep up the quite excellent operate. I just further up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking forward to reading far more from you later on!?
However, this gets to go on the horrible list. Not just because it doesn’t make sense. But because of the author’s name:
Cheap Name brand products,Nike Air Jordans, Air Max Shoes,Ralph Lauren POLO shirts,Designer bags, sunglasses,soccer shoe,New Era caps,Sunglasses, Gucci bikini,Monster Beats Headphone.
No, I’m not kidding … that was the listed author’s name, packed with keywords (including Gucci bikini). Just nuts.
3. Last – and this one takes the cake – this is an actual comment left on a blog post about the 4cs of diamond rings:
A good comment can be written only after going through the content written in the blog. This is highly required to know what the blog belongs to and what is it telling. Comment should be relevant to the blog content or can also be some other information related to the topic illustrated in the blog. It should not be like starting a new discussion there in the middle of the topic related discussion.
This is a nice post.It has a good tips here. Thank you for sharing
Wow – so somebody actually just copy/pasted their training manual and made that the comment on the blog post. However I think they failed to actually READ the advice. Wowza – EPIC FAIL.
Lesson of the Story – Blog Commenting
So, the lesson of the story – have common sense and comment on blogs the right way. It’s not difficult to stand out from the crowd these days – there’s a ton of junk out there. So chances are your meaningful, relevant comment will actually be read, appreciated… and approved. Stand out among the spam and make your blog comment an actual comment. Or if you aren’t sure how to do that or don’t have the time, by all means hire us to do it for you.
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