Sunday, 3 August 2014

Blog promotion part 2 - The Importance of Comments!

Last Sunday I blogged about promoting your blog, with specific reference to the importance of Twitter, if you didn't see it, you can HERE.

Today I am going to focus on comments, something a few people have emailed and tweeted to me about wondering if it would form part of my mini series, so that is what I want to mention today.  To me comments have two functions - blog promotion and social interaction and naturally the two work hand in hand.




I spend a lot of my time commenting on blogs, I always have done. If I read something I want the author of that post to know that someone out there has read what they have written and that, that said person was me - why? Because for me, comments are one of the main points of blogging, what is the point of writing a post for it to get ignored, not be interacted with and left unnoticed?

There is nothing more soul destroying than spending an hour or two writing a blog post for no-one to leave a comment. You can see from your post that 34 people have visited but the comments still stand at 0, it is a horrible feeling and you start re-reading your post imagining something is wrong with it. 
It is as annoying as sending a text message, you know it has been read but that person hasn't replied to you. In reality there probably is nothing wrong with it and for many different reasons a comment wasn't left.

We comment on things in so many different ways to communicate, often without realising we are doing it to converse, add an opinion, make a point, share our thinking and to learn from one another. We also comment on many different platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Emails, Texts, Whats'app all of which we use daily and if a question is poised or a comment made, we would reply, possibly without too much thought process, it is just the right thing to do.

For me blog comments are another way of interacting with people, much like Twitter, someone tweets you, you reply and it should be the same on blogs if you read someones post, let them know you have bothered to read it and make a comment about the subject in question, you might just make their day.


So how does commenting encourage blog promotion? well when I do leave a comment on a blog I usually include a link to my blog. Why? well it is all in the name of self-promotion. The link tells the blogger  A) Who I am, B) The name of my blog and C) it makes it easier said blog owner whom ive just commented on, to click on my link and head to my blog and D) anyone else commenting might like what I have written and also be curious to find out who I am and also click on my link - thus increasing my traffic!

How else can you get comments? Well this is a quick summary to some of the things ive been told to do, advised to do, shown how to do and do.

1.  Ask questions - Either at the end of your post or somewhere within your post ask something you would like your reader to answer.  so for example I wrote a post on my birthday meal at Burger and Lobster and at the end asked "Have you ever been to Burger and Lobster or have you ever had Lobster" in the hope it will engage with my readers and prompt them to reply and leave a comment.

2. Social media interaction - Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are great ways of getting your blog noticed.  Giving people an insight into who you are, what you like and showing cute pictures of your cats in funny poses always attract someones attention. 

3. Regularly tweeting - I mentioned this in my last post but I think it is important.  Twitter chats, tweeting your new post with a link, hashtags, commenting on someone elses tweet and so on.  

4. Facebook groups - This is one thing I am new to.  There are some blogging Facebook groups, a subject which will be covered in another pot, which allow you to leave your link in exchange for comments.  Groups like UKBloggers for example, simply leave your link and comment on at least two of the links above yours.  I do this daily, not only does it give me some interaction with some people I might not ordinarily come across, but it brings me some traffic too, remember blog promoting.  I tend to comment on more than just the two links above mine, I always scour through the list and see if any other links interest me enough to click.

5. Linkys - If you see them mentioned on Twitter or Facebook some will be worth joining.  For example, one of my favourite is run by Hayley from Sparklesandstretchmarks has started one called #Sundaybest and it allows you to add the link of your most favourite post from the previous week for other people who join in to read.  The idea being that you look through all the links and read the ones you like the sound of.

6. Answering comments - The main post has been about the importance of leaving comments but there is another side - answering them! I hold my hands up and admit that this is not one of my strong points, but I am getting better at it.  If someone is kind enough to leave you a comment, make sure you reply to it, they might come back to check and see if you have done so

7. Make it easy to leave comments - I do believe you should make it as easy a you possibly can for someone to leave a comment on your blog.  One thing that really annoys me is Capitcha, I am sorry if you have it on your blog but it winds me right up and the chances of me leaving a comment are slim because I have to spent 3 days figuring out what the blurry letters are by squinting at the screen, only to get the red pen of doom to tell me it is wrong and to try again with even more blurred lettering.  It is annoying!  If you want someone to comment on your blog and you want to use some kind of device, then look around at those blogs who get lots of comments and see what they use to get them.

So that is what comments received and comments given mean to me and why I think they are important. Don't forget to leave them!

So what do you think? Do you do all of this? 
Is there anything you think I have forgotten?




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55 comments:

  1. Great post Rachel :O)

    It is sad when no one comments lol :( xx

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  2. Another really good post. I'm learning so much! I have added my linky to #Sundaybest too. I too hate captchas - and also ones where you have to sign up to yet another obscure 'reader' (?not sure what those things are called) to be able to sign in and comment.

    Heather x
    http://eeebgum.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yeah some of them are really odd and hard to read and really off putting x

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  3. I need to comment more, I do try to but I often end up in such a hurry. I need to slow things down and make sure to comment when I like something, I hope for the same from other people so I should do the same.

    Also replying to comments - I think that blogger commenting systems don't help this, the fact that people can't get notifications unless they get them of All comments (which no one wants) then they don't always know you've replied. I think that if there was a decent commenting thing in place then we'd end up talking more conversationally on posts. Obviously there are things we can install but then we're back to that busy busy hurry thing haha

    I keep trying to remind myself to include questions in my post, I forget and it's daft because it's an obvious way to engage readers, grr at me

    Nice post :) xx

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    1. Aw I always ensure I make time to comment, especially because I love reading what people have to say and it is one way I learn more about things too x

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  4. Captcha certainly stops me commenting on other blogs - but I must admit I don't really agree with leaving links, I don't leave links in my comments unless it's via commentluv x

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    1. Capitcha wouldn't be so bad if you didn't have to squint at the screen to enter the info x

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    2. It's infuriating when you write a comment and have to enter the code a million times - I often end up giving up.

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  5. such good points, it really does bother you when you get loads of visits but no one at all comments, i try to comment on any blogs that I visit xx

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    1. It does me too, I wonder what ive done wrong or what it doesn't resonate with the people reading it x

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  6. Very informative, learned a few things. x

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  7. I've really enjoyed your two posts before. I found this one particularly interesting/true because I think so many people overlook comments and commenting!

    Jade Rebecca x

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    1. I agree hun and as I have said, I think comments are important x

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  8. I don't like it when people don't comment but I guess sometimes just so many .x

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    1. I just like to know someone has interacted with me x

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  9. I love getting comments but I am rubbish at leaving them. I often read blog posts late at night so sometimes I read and then click off without even realising I've done it. Something that I really shouldn't do. Every week I start well by leaving what feels like thousands of comments but by Friday I hardly leave any. Bad Lou!!!

    Great post. Agree with everything you've said :D

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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  10. So so so true hun!! Its a huge pet peeve in the blogging world for me!
    I hate getting no comments especially if there have been a fair few views, surely someone has an opinion?!
    I spend a lot of time reading posts and I comment on every single one.
    I also reply to all comments left on my posts, I'm so grateful for everyone that has gone out of their way to leave their feedback! & I also make sure I always visit their blog back if they've left a clickable link.
    Fab post!
    Lianne | TheBrunetteSays...

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    1. I feel exactly the same way and because I get a bit upset when I don't get comments, I wouldn't want others to feel that way x

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  11. Great post! Loads of valuable points here. Sometimes if I can't comment I share posts on every possible social media :)

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  12. A great post with lots of good points

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  13. Great post - some really valuable tips/points. It;s lovely receiving comments, many people tell me they enjoyed reading my post - which is lovely, but comments are even better!

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    1. I just like knowing something I have written might resonate with someone somewhere x

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  14. I hate Captcha too! So frustrating x

    http://www.youbabymemummy.com

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  15. Great tips, I love commenting and receiving comments too.

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  16. I always comment on blogs, it really does help with traffic. I get so frustrated when i dont get comments :( I work so hard on my posts haha!
    xprincessjas | ♥

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  17. Great post! You comment on my blog and I rarely get comments so it means alot!

    skinstuffbykaty.blogspot.com

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  18. Great information! I agree, commenting is super important and a wonderful way to exchange ideas and keep the conversation going!

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  19. I'm loving this blog promotion series!

    I've been trying to comment on blogs a lot more because I know how happy I feel when someone takes the time to comment on my posts. I also know how horrible it is when you write a post you are really proud of but no one leaves a comment!

    I also hate captcha, I find it really hard to read!

    I find commenting on blogs difficult to do on mobile devices, I either can't type in the box or when I press send it doesn't actually send. So that sometimes stops me from commenting. But if I really want to leave a comment I'll remind myself to come back later on my laptop to write it, like I've done with this post :)

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    1. Aw thanks hun. I often struggle to reply to comments or even make them from my iPhone, especially if they have some weird commenting system x

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  20. This is such a helpful post! My blog stats are so low at the moment so I needed this! I didn't know about the Sunday Best hashtag -I'll definitely be checking that out!

    Thanks!

    Jenn
    Photo-Jenn-ic

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    1. Aw thanks Jenn and I hope you get lots more comments x

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  21. Great post with lots of valid and useful points xx I try to comment as much as possible, even if it is only a few words just to let the writer know it had been read and appreciated by someone :)

    Brenda | www.brendabusybee.blogspot.com

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    1. That is how I feel, long as someone knows someone is reading it x

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  22. I completely agree Rachel! I try to spend a bit of time reading and commenting on different blogs each day - comments are so important and make my day - they really do! xx

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  23. Fab post! I am so bad at replying to comments at the moment. I'm setting myself a task to reply to as many comments as possible and also comment on more blogs. I read a lot of posts and then often forget to comment! x

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    1. That is what im doing, I go through motions of being really good (like now) and really bad x

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  24. Great post Rach and thanks for mentioning my linky!

    Captcha is such a big turn off for me.

    I don't get much time to read blogs these days and whenever I do, it tends to be when I`m on my mobile....which makes it almost impossible to comment! So I am very guilty of not commenting as much as I'd like to.

    It's something I'd like to change as receiving comments is one of my favourite parts of blogging and I'd love to return the favour. I do always try to make a special visit to visit and comment on blogs who leave a clickable link when they comment on mine though, so I do definitely think that is worth doing!
    It certainly encourages me to visit a blog! xxx

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  25. Definitely agree. Comments are so important and just receiving a couple on a new blog post really makes my day and encourages me to continue writing. I used to not reply to comments but now I do because I have learnt to truly appreciate each reader and comment :)

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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  26. Some great tips here! Thanks for sharing

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  27. It's always difficult to find time for commenting although I know it's very important! I just about manage to get a post up sometimes with having four children. These are great tips though and I must make more effort. I'll def be back to read more of these posts, thank you x

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