A simple “great post” or “good job” is not a great blog or social media comment. You need to write better comments! More often than not, it just makes you look like a spam bot. Not cool! Also not too great for you or your blog if people think you’re a bot. Why should anyone care about paying attention to your content if you can’t be bothered to pay attention to someone else’s?
Genuine comments will get you much farther than commenting on every single blog you see. You might even end up making a new friend or business contact. Here are some ideas for leaving better comments, whether it be on social media or in the content section of someone’s blog.
Use the poster’s name
Starting out with a friendly greeting including the original poster’s name makes your comment more personal. You’re speaking directly to that person. It also proves that you have some sort of familiarity with the blogger, or that you can at least take the time to check out the author metadata. Be sure that you’re spelling the name correctly, as well!
This tip may be a little bit less useful on social media channels, especially on Twitter since you have so few characters to write in. It’s not too big of a deal though because you can replace the actual name with their @ mention. Still, if you can afford the characters to do so, and it doesn’t sound out of place (no need to be like “hey Stephanie, hey Stephanie, hey Stephanie” on every comment), try to use a name.
Comment on something specific from the post
Again, another thing that shows you’re actually paying attention and that you read or really took the time to view the post/photo. The poster is also more likely to reply with a thank you, and even possibly put the effort into checking your stuff out. You might even gain a follow.
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Ask a question
If you have a question, ASK IT! Don’t be too shy or think someone is too busy to deal with answering your question. A question is the best way to get a reply to your comment, and you learn a little bit more about the post’s content as well. You never know who else may have the same question. You might be helping tons of other people who will be reading the post as well.
Present an alternative
Do you have a different way of doing something than suggested by the author? The comment section is a great way to present that idea. Don’t be rude about it, but offer up an alternative suggestion and how that’s helped you. You may end up telling the author about something they didn’t know before, as well as other readers. They may turn to you or your blog for more info.
Again, be nice when mentioning your alternative. People are more likely to listen to your advice if you don’t put down their method of doing things.
Congratulate an achievement
It’s really easy to just say “grats” or something. I’m definitely guilty of this one! But you can turn that “congratulations!” into a conversation if you wish. Ask about how they accomplished a certain goal or if they have any tips that could help you achieve the same result.
Share a similar story
Got a story that parallels the original post? Share it! Show that you can identify with any emotions or experience to build some solidarity. I think this is probably the easiest thing to do on this list because it’s really easy to talk about yourself. Especially for a lot of us bloggers. Just be sure your story connects!
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Sign your comments
Tell people who you are! Use your real first name if you’re comfortable with that. Most commenting platforms allow you to enter your name in a separate field, so enter it there. Of course, you don’t need to sign off when you’re making a social media comment.
You may also choose to drop a link to your blog. If you do this, then make sure your link is to your homepage rather than to a post. You don’t want to seem like you’re just commenting to promote yourself.
Linking to your blog in the comments is a little controversial for some so you might want to be careful where you do this. You may be familiar with a WordPress commenting plugin called CommentLuv. This plugin allows people to link to one of their blog posts when they make comments.
If you want to be sure that you’re welcome to a leave a link to your blog, this is the best way to do it. By using this plugin, you know you have consent from the owner of the blog to leave your links.
Share your ways to write better comments
Got an idea that will improve commenting? Has someone written a great type of comment that you wish you’d see more? Leave your advice in the comments!