5 Major Mistakes To Avoid When Commenting On Blogs
Blogging and Web2.0s in general, have given readers the opportunity to exchange ideas and debate on related topics. At the same time, blog owners enjoy free user-generated content under their posts and gain some popularity. However, although there are serious users who honestly add value to the discussions, commenting has been abused by cheap marketers and SEO wanna-be specialists, and today most of it is mere junk.
People comment on blogs for different reasons, either to leave a link to their website, to place value on the post or perhaps for both. Whichever the reason might be, there is need to leave a comment that will achieve that aim. However, getting over-focused on your goals might make you prone to these five major blog commenting mistakes. You should avoid them.
- Targeting More Back-Links With Many Comments On A Single Post
Greediness has cost people a lot, if only they can be honest enough to tell. Posting more than one comment on a single post to get more links is greediness; no matter how creative you try to be with them. Whatever you want to say, organize them in one comment and make it sticky. It will work that way!
- Commenting Around The Topic Of The Post
You may have noticed a lot of comments that are related but not directed to the topic of the post. A post on "traffic generation through article marketing" should have comments directed to article marketing and not one written around the topic. This is a common mistake that many people neglect but it does put a lot of readers off-guard and can also get some confused. It is irritating most times! I suggest you comment ONLY after reading the post and be direct to topic.
- Linking On The Text Comment
Many people have formed the habit of linking to their text comments. You can be very smart as to coin in a keyword from your site to your comment, but it is commonly noted as spamming. If people are going to click through to your site, allow them the decision. Getting those clicks via comment-text links may be considered a trick and it is not good.
- Word And Phrasal Posts
Some of the comments I receive in my blog, read “nice work” or “great post mate” and then has a link on a blog. Well, I delete them with no further ado cause the came only to place a link in my site. People use these kinds of comments to get links without caring to offer a real opinion or something valuable. They don’t even care to read the post. Actually, they don’t care about anyone. I tell you what; if I was the reader, I wouldn't click on that link either. People just do not want to waste their time reading useless comments. Also, do not underestimate other readers and of course the webmasters themselves by doing cheap commenting.
- The Use Of Keywords As Author Name
Webmasters are doing a lot of things for traffic generation these days. Some blog commentators use the ‘player’ keyword of their site as their name while commenting. Many bloggers however do not find this funny either and you should avoid doing it.
Bottom line is, whatever you do online aim to give value to others. From my short experience with blogging, I‘ve seen that people are sick of useless information and turn away, but they always appreciate quality content and helpful tips. Good content, even in the form of commenting, will pay back to you. Good luck.