PostHeaderIcon How To Not Comment

By Terez Howard

Comments.  We love to get them, and we love to give them.

But when we’re commenting on other bloggers’ blogs, we need to recognize there is a certain form of etiquette to follow.  Here is a short list of what not to do:

  • Do not always focus on yourself, what you’re doing, what you like, what you dislike.  Try to engage the blogger and her audience in a discussion.
  • Do not post an unrelated comment.  It does not add anything meaningful to the discussion.
  • Do not include a dozen links to your blog and website in your comment.  A link embedded in your signature will suffice.
  • Do not click post without editing your comment.  You’re a writer, right?  Several errors will lower your credibility.
  • Do not fail to return.  Comments are part of a conversation.  When you return, you might find a reply is needed.
  • Do not try to take over the discussion with a super lengthy response.  If you have a lot to say, write your own post on your own blog.
  • Lastly, please do not give a two-word “Good post” comment.  It reeks of spam.

When commenting on other people’s blog, apply this rule of thumb: Contribute a meaningful comment to the discussion.

About the author

Terez Howard operates TheWriteBloggers, a professional blogging service which builds clients’ authority status and net visibility.

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