Mind Your Blogging Manners: 10 Proper Commenting Practices

blogging tips1. Read the blog post. Sounds obvious, but I’ve read a few comments on my blog and on other blogs where the commenter clearly had not read the post. If you want to contribute to the conversation, you need to read the entire post.

2. Make sure your comment is relevant to the post. This goes back to reading the entire post. You cannot read the first paragraph of the blog post and expect your comments to be relevant. And don’t just rely on previous comments. You might get away with reading the intro a few times, but it will eventually come back to haunt you.

3. Your comments should add value. Your comments on other blogs should also add value and demonstrate your expert opinion as to what’s being said in the blog

4. Provide positive feedback. If you disagree, respectfully disagree. At all costs, avoid personally attacking the blogger, being too negative, or attacking other commenters. There is a polite way to offer your opinion.

5.   Engage others with your comments. Your comments should peak the interest of the author and of other viewers. A good way to do this is to ask follow-up questions. Authors who are intrigued by your comment may want to visit your blog and comment on it.

6. Don’t sell, sell, sell. This goes back to the point above that your comments should add value. Only talking about your products / services is annoying, rude, and not the way to provide value to the conversation.

7. Don’t include links to your site in your comment body. This is considered spam, and I can attest, no blogger likes this. There is a time and a place to include links.

8. Fill out the information box. When you comment, blogs allow you to include your name, email, and a link to your blog or website. Take advantage of this. When people viewing the blogs come across one of your intriguing comments, there is always the potential for them to click on your link to view your site or send an email your way.

9. Check back frequently. Don’t just leave a comment, and never return. Contribute to the conversation. If the blog allows it, sign up for follow-up comments via email.

10. Comment frequently on blogs you love. Doing so helps build relationships with other bloggers and the online community. It also shows people that you care about what’s going on in your industry and that you respect others’ opinions.

Michelle Salater

Michelle Salater is an award-winning writer and president of Sūmèr, LLC, a company which specializes in web copy writing, SEO copywriting, and the promotion and marketing of websites after they launch. In 2009, she was awarded the Forty Under 40 Award for her business and community leadership. 


  3 comments for “Mind Your Blogging Manners: 10 Proper Commenting Practices

  1. January 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    When I read the title of this article, two thoughts came to mind:
    (1) Why reinvent the wheel? [another article on writing blog comments]
    (2) Cool: I love reading articles on blog commenting.

    Sounds contradictory and ironic and my head went to all the reasons we communicate on the web — to share valuable content. We re-tweet and “re-write” because we may all reach additional people who haven’t seen this information before AND we have the chance to add our own spins.

    Earlier today I read Suzanne Vara’s 10 Mistakes not to make blogging — where I’d had the exact same feeling.

    Interestingly enough, one of her tips is an add-on to this post. She suggested that when you REPLY to a blog comment, you as the original poster should do some “work” and check out the commentor’s blog and refer to his/her blog in your reply.

    Every time we read something — even on a popularly written about topic — we can still learn something more, or better.

  2. January 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I would like to leave a comment that I hope adds value, following your excellent advice. A #11 could be to write coherently and check your spelling. Some bloggers think it is bad form to correct a comment so if it contains misspellings or incorrect information, they won’t use it. I, myself, have corrected innocent spelling errors and used the comment, but I’ve also received comments that were so poorly written that I didn’t include them on my blog.

  3. January 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Jeannette, love your #11 suggestion! Absolutely, your comment should be free of grammatical and spelling errors. The same goes for incorrect info. Thanks for your input.

    Shari, I do exactly what Suzanne Vara suggested — check out the person commenting. I usually send a thank you email after someone new comments on my blog. I’ve had bloggers send me thank you emails before and it really means a lot.

    Thanks to you both for commenting.

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