Whether you’re a writer or not commenting on other people’s blog posts and articles may be a common occurrence. You may want to offer some extra information, debate a topic, or just congratulate a writer on a job well done.
However, before you start writing, it’s important to think about what your comments will really do. Your comments can come up in Google searches (I’ve found that out just by Googling my own name) and they affect the blog positively or negatively. Some blog owners will also have strict rules on comments.
Here are three quick tips on how not to comment on articles and blog posts.
Don’t Spam With Your Own Links
Sharing a link that expands further on a topic can be considered helpful. However, far too many people leave a link as a way to get people to visit their blogs. The comments isn’t a place to do that. I just had to delete three comments from one of my blogs because of the same comment promoting the same link.
Spamming isn’t taken kindly. You could find yourself blocked from commenting on the blog and having your comment deleted entirely. If I can and the comment was useful without the link, I sometimes just edit the comment to get rid of the link.
There’s really no need to leave a link in comments. When you’re asked to leave a comment, there’s a place to add a website. You can use the link there. Your name then becomes the hyperlink. Some people also have Commentluv on their blogs, which will allow you to show the latest post you’ve written.
Avoid “Nice Post” or Anything Similar
Stopping by and saying “nice post” used to be a quick way to get a blog ranking highly. But now it can cause the blog to drop dramatically. That “nice post” or “thanks for sharing” isn’t helpful, and is another type of comment considered as spam. Chances are you will get your comment deleted.
Not only that, but you look like you haven’t even read it. What about the blog post was nice? Why did you like the article?
Writers want to know what you agreed with and what you liked. They want to know why you visited and whether you’d visit again. Think about how you would feel if you just saw a quick “nice post” comment.
I’ve received a few of these, and quite frankly I tend to delete them. I definitely don’t respond to them.
Don’t Attack Someone Personally
Debating with someone in comments is respectable and often accepted. I happily debate with people, especially when I’ve written something controversial.
What I don’t like seeing is someone being attacked personally, and it happens a lot now. One person writes something that others don’t agree with, and they’re called “stupid,” “unintelligent” or “an idiot.” I’ve even had someone tell me to kill myself because of an article I wrote, all because she didn’t agree with the view.
Now, those types of comments don’t bother me. I roll my eyes and delete them. Sometimes I keep one comment, respond to it with why it’s not helpful and why I will delete others and then move on. The problem is they can really hurt others.
Yes, writers need to have strong backbones, but they don’t deserve to be attacked in that way.
Instead of attacking, bring up the point that you don’t agree with and sensibly and calmly explain why. Share your own opinion and viewpoint, but respect that others have a different one. Differences make the world interesting. If you can’t respect other people’s views, why should they respect yours?
Think before you write. Are your comments valuable and helpful? Are you spamming or attacking someone personally for something they’ve written? Be courteous in your comments, and then you’ll be treated in the same way when you’re writing.