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10 Reasons Commenting is Good For Bloggers

Remember last week I asked you to try commenting more?

Please try this. For the next week make an effort to comment on more blogs. Each day post more comments than the last, on more blogs. Comment well, not just “ditto”. Add something of value, your own thoughts.

So what was all that about?

I don’t think we comment enough and I put that down to bloggers not realising the benefits. Here are the benefits as I see them, let me know if I miss any:

  1. It’s the right thing to do – people complain about not enough comments on their own blog but don’t take enough time to comment on others. We all like some attention or an occasional pat on the head for a job well done. Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself!
  2. Make friends and influence people – Blogging is partly a networking activity. People are more likely to link to you (or more) if they have heard of you. Get yourself out there, make friends.
  3. Clicks – People click your link to see what other interesting stuff you write about. Obvious but true.
  4. Develop a Bloggers Eye – Find the point of interest in a story. By commenting you are training your brain to think of something interesting.
  5. Create Commentable Content – By observing which posts you commented on and which you did not (or couldn’t no matter how hard you tried!) you develop an awareness of what works to attract comments.
  6. Comments = Ideas – You managed to comment. Could your comment be expanded into a post …?
  7. You never know who is reading – It amazes me who reads my comments on obscure blogs that I thought only myself and a handful of others read. My comments on one blog lead to a consulting gig. You never know unless you try.
  8. What you give you get more of – I strongly believe what you put out comes back to you. You will get more comments yourself. Try it.
  9. Keep Match Fit – Exercise your writing muscles, the more your practice the more you improve. Comments should be short, fast, to the point and make an impact. They are excellent tests of your writing skill.
  10. Comment on Fresh Blogs For Fresh Perspectives – If you are always among the same crowd you will find inevitably the same thoughts being reflected back over and over. Break out! I advise people to comment on new blogs every day. By not commenting on the same old blogs, or especially setting a goal to comment on more blogs than the day before, you will be forced to leave your blog-reading comfort zone and visit new blogs. This exposes you to new ideas, different ways of looking at things, and hopefully a way out of the echo chamber.

Blogging is not just about saying your piece, it is also about going out and joining the conversation where it is happening. It’s about reaching out to people and exposing yourself (steady!) to new ideas. Some giving as well as all this taking back we focus on.

Ask not what the blogosphere can do for you but what together we can do for the blogosphere.

I didn’t manage to comment on more blogs every day, but I did make a ton of comments. It sparked ideas, conversations, new contacts, opened up opportunities, attracted more subscribers and I had a lot of fun.

Those of you who tried it, what did you find?


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  1. Chris,

    It was another good read. :) Since I’m one of those people who tried, I’m writing my experience.

    It’s my 5 or 6th day of regular commenting (5 or 6 comments/day) and I’ve realized that too many cool bloggers have included my blog link in their blogroll. It’s something that I never tried to think about!

    My comments have attracted many new regular readers and according to my Google Analytics report, the new visitor percentage to my blog has increased about 24%.

    I’m still unable to leave more than 6 comments/day but these amazing changes keep poking me to leave more thoughtful comments/day.

    I’m thankful for your “Comments” article. After reading the article, I’ve kept trying to leave comments regularly and as you wrote, traffic is not the only profit!

    – Avi

  2. Chris,

    It was another good read. :) Since I’m one of those people who tried, I’m writing my experience.

    It’s my 5 or 6th day of regular commenting (5 or 6 comments/day) and I’ve realized that too many cool bloggers have included my blog link in their blogroll. It’s something that I never tried to think about!

    My comments have attracted many new regular readers and according to my Google Analytics report, the new visitor percentage to my blog has increased about 24%.

    I’m still unable to leave more than 6 comments/day but these amazing changes keep poking me to leave more thoughtful comments/day.

    I’m thankful for your “Comments” article. After reading the article, I’ve kept trying to leave comments regularly and as you wrote, traffic is not the only profit!

    – Avi

  3. I’m glad it is working for you. It will be interesting what affect it has longer term :)

  4. I’m glad it is working for you. It will be interesting what affect it has longer term :)

  5. Hey Chris, I have been reading your blog the last few days and really enjoy it. I try and do the best I can when it comes to commenting, but it does take a lot of time. I probably read 10+ blogs a day. But, I do hate when people just lurk on my blog and never get in the game.

    cheers,
    mark

  6. Hey Chris, I have been reading your blog the last few days and really enjoy it. I try and do the best I can when it comes to commenting, but it does take a lot of time. I probably read 10+ blogs a day. But, I do hate when people just lurk on my blog and never get in the game.

    cheers,
    mark

  7. I agree, and therefore I comment. I wish I had more interaction on my site, though i know I have readers.

  8. I agree, and therefore I comment. I wish I had more interaction on my site, though i know I have readers.

  9. I have also been trying to comment a lot more since the Comments article. I haven’t paid much attention to the additional traffic at all since I began commenting 7-10 times a day, but I have made a couple extra friends and just that alone was worth it. A couple blogs I was making comments on even offered link exchanges. So thanks for posting the original Comment article Chris:) It is really advice and has helped me out a lot with my own blog.

  10. I have also been trying to comment a lot more since the Comments article. I haven’t paid much attention to the additional traffic at all since I began commenting 7-10 times a day, but I have made a couple extra friends and just that alone was worth it. A couple blogs I was making comments on even offered link exchanges. So thanks for posting the original Comment article Chris:) It is really advice and has helped me out a lot with my own blog.

  11. Excellent reasons here for commenting, Chris. Another good collection you’ve produced.

    I like the final point about commenting on fresh blogs, not just because I am a relatively “fresh” blog, but just because it is encouraging and hospitable, and motivates them to keep going. And, to be brutally frank, they are more likely to do a visit in return.

  12. Excellent reasons here for commenting, Chris. Another good collection you’ve produced.

    I like the final point about commenting on fresh blogs, not just because I am a relatively “fresh” blog, but just because it is encouraging and hospitable, and motivates them to keep going. And, to be brutally frank, they are more likely to do a visit in return.

  13. @Mark,@Joe sometimes people lurk out of fear, ask direct questions that are easy to answer and in a way people won’t think they might make a mess of it :) It sometimes just takes a little encouragement

    @James yup friends are priceless, way more beneficial than links :)

    @Rory you make a good point though originally I meant fresh as in “new” but your reason is even better :)

  14. @Mark,@Joe sometimes people lurk out of fear, ask direct questions that are easy to answer and in a way people won’t think they might make a mess of it :) It sometimes just takes a little encouragement

    @James yup friends are priceless, way more beneficial than links :)

    @Rory you make a good point though originally I meant fresh as in “new” but your reason is even better :)

  15. You missed out my favorite point.. commenting makes other bloggers happy. Funny how 30 seconds spent on a comment can bring joy or pleasure to someone else.

    I’ve always believed that someone wrote something brilliant, you should always leave a short note.. even at least to say that you’ve enjoyed it. It’s polite and a very nice thing to do :)

  16. You missed out my favorite point.. commenting makes other bloggers happy. Funny how 30 seconds spent on a comment can bring joy or pleasure to someone else.

    I’ve always believed that someone wrote something brilliant, you should always leave a short note.. even at least to say that you’ve enjoyed it. It’s polite and a very nice thing to do :)

  17. I kind of covered it in the first point but yes spread the joy! :)

  18. I kind of covered it in the first point but yes spread the joy! :)

  19. Oooh. That was a quick reply, Chris. One main reason that I’ve started commenting regularly on your blog in the past few days is because you actually reply to comments, which is very welcoming indeed.

    Thanks for that!

  20. Oooh. That was a quick reply, Chris. One main reason that I’ve started commenting regularly on your blog in the past few days is because you actually reply to comments, which is very welcoming indeed.

    Thanks for that!

  21. Thank you Chris.

    How about de-lurking day? Some blogs are using it to make visitor write comments.

  22. Thank you Chris.

    How about de-lurking day? Some blogs are using it to make visitor write comments.

  23. Chris:

    Great post.

    There’s one other benefit worth mentioning: professional development. We try “join the conversation” a little more each week, not just as a way of staying on top of our industry, but also as a way of providing a little discipline to our professional development initiatives. Reading blogs is good. Writing blogs and commenting on blogs are better. Writing requires active engagement and forces you to structure and discipline your thoughts. It also gives you a chance to get immediate feedback on your latest, untested ideas. A former professor of mine once said, “How do I know what you think unless you write it down?” He was commenting on my lack of preparation for a class on politics back in the day. But the point of his critique can also be applied to the blogosphere today.

    -Mike

  24. Chris:

    Great post.

    There’s one other benefit worth mentioning: professional development. We try “join the conversation” a little more each week, not just as a way of staying on top of our industry, but also as a way of providing a little discipline to our professional development initiatives. Reading blogs is good. Writing blogs and commenting on blogs are better. Writing requires active engagement and forces you to structure and discipline your thoughts. It also gives you a chance to get immediate feedback on your latest, untested ideas. A former professor of mine once said, “How do I know what you think unless you write it down?” He was commenting on my lack of preparation for a class on politics back in the day. But the point of his critique can also be applied to the blogosphere today.

    -Mike

  25. @Maki, the comments are a big part of why I blog :)

    @Kuswanto, excellent idea, almost like a lurker amnesty ;)

  26. @Maki, the comments are a big part of why I blog :)

    @Kuswanto, excellent idea, almost like a lurker amnesty ;)

  27. @Mike, good point. I find writing things down also helps coalesce my thoughts. By trying to explain something I find I understand it better myself. It’s an interesting aspect, professional development – many industries have real world networking events. They are useful but I wonder if commenting regularly would not only compliment that but help when you get there?

  28. @Mike, good point. I find writing things down also helps coalesce my thoughts. By trying to explain something I find I understand it better myself. It’s an interesting aspect, professional development – many industries have real world networking events. They are useful but I wonder if commenting regularly would not only compliment that but help when you get there?

  29. In the book Citizen Marketers, it talks about the 1 Percent rule of thumb, where you typically get about 1 percent of people on any kind of community site who do much more than just read what is already there. Which means that it’s a lot of work to get a community going!

    I try to ask questions with some of my posts to actively encourage participation, and that seems to work pretty well.

  30. In the book Citizen Marketers, it talks about the 1 Percent rule of thumb, where you typically get about 1 percent of people on any kind of community site who do much more than just read what is already there. Which means that it’s a lot of work to get a community going!

    I try to ask questions with some of my posts to actively encourage participation, and that seems to work pretty well.

  31. @Maki
    Me too, i like blogs if the author answering comments and actively involved in the discussion.

    @Lars
    You mean 1% is the lurker? I think its bigger than 1%.

  32. @Maki
    Me too, i like blogs if the author answering comments and actively involved in the discussion.

    @Lars
    You mean 1% is the lurker? I think its bigger than 1%.

  33. An interesting experiment would be to set up a new blog & see how far it could get over a couple of weeks, only marketing it via commenting elsewhere.

  34. An interesting experiment would be to set up a new blog & see how far it could get over a couple of weeks, only marketing it via commenting elsewhere.

  35. Chris,

    Great Advice! Admittedly, I have sort of avoided it simply because when I read most comments, it’s clear they are just their trying to get their link included and I didn’t want to be associated with that group (this blog excluded).

    After reading your post I suppose I was being stupid. If comments are relevant and thought provoking then I guess there would be no reason to fear being grouped into the spammer category.

    Live and learn, thanks for the great advice.

    -Marc

  36. Chris,

    Great Advice! Admittedly, I have sort of avoided it simply because when I read most comments, it’s clear they are just their trying to get their link included and I didn’t want to be associated with that group (this blog excluded).

    After reading your post I suppose I was being stupid. If comments are relevant and thought provoking then I guess there would be no reason to fear being grouped into the spammer category.

    Live and learn, thanks for the great advice.

    -Marc

  37. Recently, I’ve been trying to get readers of my blog to comment more, so I started a program called “Comment Charity”:

    http://www.didntyouhear.com/comment-charity/

    It’s an idea that I got from a blog called Some Random Dude:

    http://www.somerandomdude.net/love

    and basically, every time someone makes a comment, I make a small donation to a charity at the end of each month. So far, the response has been very positive, and I’d love to see more bloggers start similar programs as a way of giving back.

    Comments are what make blogs so great, because it’s not just news or information, it’s a community, and if we as bloggers don’t contribute to the community, how can we expect others to?

  38. Recently, I’ve been trying to get readers of my blog to comment more, so I started a program called “Comment Charity”:

    http://www.didntyouhear.com/comment-charity/

    It’s an idea that I got from a blog called Some Random Dude:

    http://www.somerandomdude.net/love

    and basically, every time someone makes a comment, I make a small donation to a charity at the end of each month. So far, the response has been very positive, and I’d love to see more bloggers start similar programs as a way of giving back.

    Comments are what make blogs so great, because it’s not just news or information, it’s a community, and if we as bloggers don’t contribute to the community, how can we expect others to?

  39. @Kuswanto I think he meant 1% is the number who comment, I would put it at fewer for a lot of blogs

    @om strategy, could be interesting but if the content is good those visitors will spread the word. Once word gets round your results will be tainted by the additional publicity :)

    @Marc, you are a natural networker, I would have pegged you as a compulsive commenter! :)

  40. @Kuswanto I think he meant 1% is the number who comment, I would put it at fewer for a lot of blogs

    @om strategy, could be interesting but if the content is good those visitors will spread the word. Once word gets round your results will be tainted by the additional publicity :)

    @Marc, you are a natural networker, I would have pegged you as a compulsive commenter! :)

  41. @Cory that is a lovely idea :)

  42. @Cory that is a lovely idea :)

  43. Great post, Chris!

    All 10 benefits you list are invaluable in helping us to improve our own blogs, and the blogosphere in general.

    What’s your opinion on commenting about a blog on your own blog and including a trackback to the original post? Better or worse than leaving comments on the original blog?

    Thanks, as always, for your wonderful and very helpful advice!

  44. Great post, Chris!

    All 10 benefits you list are invaluable in helping us to improve our own blogs, and the blogosphere in general.

    What’s your opinion on commenting about a blog on your own blog and including a trackback to the original post? Better or worse than leaving comments on the original blog?

    Thanks, as always, for your wonderful and very helpful advice!

  45. You’d think so huh? I dunno, I get spammed probably 100 to 150 times a day personally and Our Forum gets probably 30 or 40 daily from Russian, China and India so I’ve almost become phobic about it.

    Damned spammers :(

  46. You’d think so huh? I dunno, I get spammed probably 100 to 150 times a day personally and Our Forum gets probably 30 or 40 daily from Russian, China and India so I’ve almost become phobic about it.

    Damned spammers :(

  47. @Bonnie a quick comment do it on their blog, a longer more in-depth response should be on yours

    @Marc, yeah spam is one of the things that has hurt my enthusiasm for my photography blog

  48. @Bonnie a quick comment do it on their blog, a longer more in-depth response should be on yours

    @Marc, yeah spam is one of the things that has hurt my enthusiasm for my photography blog

  49. Wow, this is cool… I just found that a comment I made on a blog post made it into a subsequent blog post! Check this out: http://www.lipsticking.com/2007/03/how_to_get_all_.html

    “Whoo-hoo!”

    You’re quite an inspiration, Chris — thanks for making me a more better blogger! ;-)

  50. Wow, this is cool… I just found that a comment I made on a blog post made it into a subsequent blog post! Check this out: http://www.lipsticking.com/2007/03/how_to_get_all_.html

    “Whoo-hoo!”

    You’re quite an inspiration, Chris — thanks for making me a more better blogger! ;-)

  51. Thanks for encouraging me to do more commenting. I think the main reason I don’t is because I’m thinking other people already have thought of anything I might say. Your 10 reasons give me reasons to move beyond that fear, and the hope to break out of my shell and begin to do more commenting. Thanks for the help!

  52. Thanks for encouraging me to do more commenting. I think the main reason I don’t is because I’m thinking other people already have thought of anything I might say. Your 10 reasons give me reasons to move beyond that fear, and the hope to break out of my shell and begin to do more commenting. Thanks for the help!

  53. Chris,

    A little off-topic but now that we’ve got the ball rolling ..

    Not sure if you mentioned this before but what do you think of the Top Commenters Plugin as well as turning off NoFollow for comments?

    Do you think they’ll work as incentives for commenting? Will they be beneficial in the long run for bloggers? WIll they work better for new bloggers or bloggers with an established audience?

  54. Chris,

    A little off-topic but now that we’ve got the ball rolling ..

    Not sure if you mentioned this before but what do you think of the Top Commenters Plugin as well as turning off NoFollow for comments?

    Do you think they’ll work as incentives for commenting? Will they be beneficial in the long run for bloggers? WIll they work better for new bloggers or bloggers with an established audience?

  55. I didn’t set a goal but I made it a point if I read something that meant something to me I commented. I have two blogs and one of them has gained a couple of readers from it and a link.

  56. I didn’t set a goal but I made it a point if I read something that meant something to me I commented. I have two blogs and one of them has gained a couple of readers from it and a link.

  57. @StatMan if you worry about all the best ideas A) don’t! I’m sure you will have original ideas B) get in quick before anyone else ;)

    @Maki, I don’t believe in no-follow as an anti-spam solution but on the other hand people tell me when they hack their blogs to remove the no-follow their link drop problem gets worse. With the top comment plugin I think it turns a lot of blogs into a competition between readers for quantity rather than quality. It is nice to appreciate your readers though.

  58. @StatMan if you worry about all the best ideas A) don’t! I’m sure you will have original ideas B) get in quick before anyone else ;)

    @Maki, I don’t believe in no-follow as an anti-spam solution but on the other hand people tell me when they hack their blogs to remove the no-follow their link drop problem gets worse. With the top comment plugin I think it turns a lot of blogs into a competition between readers for quantity rather than quality. It is nice to appreciate your readers though.

  59. @Joey cool, every reader counts :)

  60. @Joey cool, every reader counts :)

  61. Chris, I just started writing a couple months ago and I find your tips really helpful and insightful. Unfortunately, I receive your blog from feedburner in my email and there is no direct link to comment from there.

  62. Chris, I just started writing a couple months ago and I find your tips really helpful and insightful. Unfortunately, I receive your blog from feedburner in my email and there is no direct link to comment from there.

  63. I think commenting is all but critical if you truly want to get to know your audience as well as other bloggers.

    I have “met” far more people in comment conversations than I ever thought I would, and it always helps to see the point of view of other people.

    After spending the time to write any given post, it is interesting to see what people have to say about your words. It often gives you food for thought, if not material for future posts.

  64. I think commenting is all but critical if you truly want to get to know your audience as well as other bloggers.

    I have “met” far more people in comment conversations than I ever thought I would, and it always helps to see the point of view of other people.

    After spending the time to write any given post, it is interesting to see what people have to say about your words. It often gives you food for thought, if not material for future posts.

  65. I have been a firm beleiver in carma and doing the next right thing. Just like you said “What you give you get more of – I strongly believe what you put out comes back to you.”

    I started my blog about 3 weeks ago and I continue to post to my blog without expecting anything in return. I have learned an incredible amount of information about my industry and the SEO industry.

    Practice, practice and your skills will grow. All of your points have assisted me on my journey. Thanks.

  66. I have been a firm beleiver in carma and doing the next right thing. Just like you said “What you give you get more of – I strongly believe what you put out comes back to you.”

    I started my blog about 3 weeks ago and I continue to post to my blog without expecting anything in return. I have learned an incredible amount of information about my industry and the SEO industry.

    Practice, practice and your skills will grow. All of your points have assisted me on my journey. Thanks.

  67. Hi Chris,
    The sign of a truly great post — the quality of the comments it gets — and this one has top-notch comments, worth reading all the way through to here.

    I left your original post thinking that I should have said how many comments I read stay with me, sometimess for days. Comments have inspired me and pushed me to see things in new ways. It’s especially fun when a comment shows me someone has gotten something completely different from something I’ve read.

    I find the most valuable thing I’ve learned from commenting is how to actively listen to what has been said.

  68. Hi Chris,
    The sign of a truly great post — the quality of the comments it gets — and this one has top-notch comments, worth reading all the way through to here.

    I left your original post thinking that I should have said how many comments I read stay with me, sometimess for days. Comments have inspired me and pushed me to see things in new ways. It’s especially fun when a comment shows me someone has gotten something completely different from something I’ve read.

    I find the most valuable thing I’ve learned from commenting is how to actively listen to what has been said.

  69. This is a nice read Chris. I’ll have to start commenting on more blogs day after day. I know i’ll get comments if I blog on other people’s blogs I just have to stay on point and be interested in the main conversation instead of going off on tangents of the actual point. Thanks for the great points Chris.

  70. This is a nice read Chris. I’ll have to start commenting on more blogs day after day. I know i’ll get comments if I blog on other people’s blogs I just have to stay on point and be interested in the main conversation instead of going off on tangents of the actual point. Thanks for the great points Chris.

  71. I’ve been working on commenting more. I had started it a few weeks back. The blogs I read regularly I make sure to comment whenever the inspiration strikes. However, I also set aside time once a week to find new blogs to comment on. Always relevant, not just to get the comment count up. I see slow changes in traffic in most cases, but one of my blogs is definitely showing some interesting growth.

  72. I’ve been working on commenting more. I had started it a few weeks back. The blogs I read regularly I make sure to comment whenever the inspiration strikes. However, I also set aside time once a week to find new blogs to comment on. Always relevant, not just to get the comment count up. I see slow changes in traffic in most cases, but one of my blogs is definitely showing some interesting growth.

  73. Not only is commenting ‘the right thing to do’, the ability to engage in conversation has changed peoples’ expectations.

    While bloggers crave comments, people expect to be able to add their input, instantly. They also expect almost instantaneous response. Comments have become a substitute for ‘screaming at the TV’. Though usually, the exchange is more polite. Why bother screaming at some news anchor when you can invest some time in dialog with a blogger that has a viewpoint counter to your own?

    I always check the sites of those people that leave comments, and I try to comment on their blog as well. What I’ve noticed is that the more I comment, the more comments I receive.

    >>I continue to post to my blog without expecting anything in return

    That’s an important point. It’s easy to get discouraged when you write a post or three every day, and receive no comments. Don’t let it get to you. I wrote for 8 months on a certain blog before I received the first comment, then it was like a floodgate had been opened.

  74. Not only is commenting ‘the right thing to do’, the ability to engage in conversation has changed peoples’ expectations.

    While bloggers crave comments, people expect to be able to add their input, instantly. They also expect almost instantaneous response. Comments have become a substitute for ‘screaming at the TV’. Though usually, the exchange is more polite. Why bother screaming at some news anchor when you can invest some time in dialog with a blogger that has a viewpoint counter to your own?

    I always check the sites of those people that leave comments, and I try to comment on their blog as well. What I’ve noticed is that the more I comment, the more comments I receive.

    >>I continue to post to my blog without expecting anything in return

    That’s an important point. It’s easy to get discouraged when you write a post or three every day, and receive no comments. Don’t let it get to you. I wrote for 8 months on a certain blog before I received the first comment, then it was like a floodgate had been opened.

  75. I’ve long believed many of these points. Especially the one about comments leading to new ideas. Many times I find myself leaving comments and thinking to myself, this would be a great post to expand upon.

  76. I’ve long believed many of these points. Especially the one about comments leading to new ideas. Many times I find myself leaving comments and thinking to myself, this would be a great post to expand upon.

  77. Inspiring suggestions! I’m starting today with your blog. Generating good karma definitely helps everyone. In a similar spirit, submitting interesting blogs you come across to Stumble Upon, del.icio.us, Digg and such is another way to share the love.

  78. Inspiring suggestions! I’m starting today with your blog. Generating good karma definitely helps everyone. In a similar spirit, submitting interesting blogs you come across to Stumble Upon, del.icio.us, Digg and such is another way to share the love.

  79. What’s there to add? A superb post, so let’s go make some comments.

  80. What’s there to add? A superb post, so let’s go make some comments.

  81. Points 2, 5 and 10 are my favorite reasons for commenting. I’m amazed at a few of the relationships with other bloggers I’ve developed simply by leaving that first comment on their site.

    Also, I like the point about creating commentable content. I’m always surprised at what I end up commenting thinking, “If I had written this article, this is not what I would want the people to comment about.”

  82. Points 2, 5 and 10 are my favorite reasons for commenting. I’m amazed at a few of the relationships with other bloggers I’ve developed simply by leaving that first comment on their site.

    Also, I like the point about creating commentable content. I’m always surprised at what I end up commenting thinking, “If I had written this article, this is not what I would want the people to comment about.”

  83. Some very good points. About #10, I want to add that if someone is criticized for simply spamming new sites with their links in the guise of wanting to learn new things or have fresh perspective, they can leave anonymous comments or also keep in touch with all the previous sites they have left comments on, or many of them. Forgetting previous sites while focusing on new ones can be bad.

    I post comments almost weekly on around 72 sites that I have bookmarked, and these people have helped me online over the past years. It takes a while. However, I do not get enough return on those comments. I have decided that while I am going to focus on new blogs and sites also, I am going to keep interacting with people who have helped me move forward. Spending time on 72 sites which do not bring in enough comments back is interesting, but even more interesting is the fact that I am interacting with others and hanging around blogs which trusted me before and helped me improve my writing and my blog and helped me look at a lot of things through different perspectives.

  84. Some very good points. About #10, I want to add that if someone is criticized for simply spamming new sites with their links in the guise of wanting to learn new things or have fresh perspective, they can leave anonymous comments or also keep in touch with all the previous sites they have left comments on, or many of them. Forgetting previous sites while focusing on new ones can be bad.

    I post comments almost weekly on around 72 sites that I have bookmarked, and these people have helped me online over the past years. It takes a while. However, I do not get enough return on those comments. I have decided that while I am going to focus on new blogs and sites also, I am going to keep interacting with people who have helped me move forward. Spending time on 72 sites which do not bring in enough comments back is interesting, but even more interesting is the fact that I am interacting with others and hanging around blogs which trusted me before and helped me improve my writing and my blog and helped me look at a lot of things through different perspectives.

  85. These are some really great tips.
    I recently realized the importance of commenting on other peoples blogs when I noticed a sharp increase in my daily visitors. I wont comment just to comment. The post that I read has t ohave some meaning to me.

  86. These are some really great tips.
    I recently realized the importance of commenting on other peoples blogs when I noticed a sharp increase in my daily visitors. I wont comment just to comment. The post that I read has t ohave some meaning to me.

  87. Very true (I agree with them all).

    I also think it is nice to leave a comment at their website if they have left you one as well. Common good manners…

  88. Very true (I agree with them all).

    I also think it is nice to leave a comment at their website if they have left you one as well. Common good manners…

  89. I think leaving comments is a good to promote your blog. It also is good way to make new contacts. But the best thing is it makes you feel good when someone leaves you a good comment about your blog!!! And that keeps you blogging!!

  90. I think leaving comments is a good to promote your blog. It also is good way to make new contacts. But the best thing is it makes you feel good when someone leaves you a good comment about your blog!!! And that keeps you blogging!!

  91. Chris, this is my first time swinging by your blog, and this was an excellent post. I’m a gabber by my very nature,so commenting on blogs is a given. Besides, if I took the time to read something interesting, I may have show the author some love and drop a few lines!

  92. Chris, this is my first time swinging by your blog, and this was an excellent post. I’m a gabber by my very nature,so commenting on blogs is a given. Besides, if I took the time to read something interesting, I may have show the author some love and drop a few lines!

  93. And what better way to elicit comments than to write about commenting! ;)

    Quick question. Sometimes I find I am writing a loooong comment in response. So I abandon the comment and write a blog post instead linking back to the original.

    In your opinion, do you like that better? Or would you rather (hypothetically speaking) I leave a short comment anyways, along with the blog post?

  94. Good advice – I try to visit and comment on at least five or six blogs daily – sometimes more – and I keep a record of the number of comments I make. This is to keep me accountable to myself – I can see if I’m getting out there and reading and leaving comments. This has brought many others returning to my own blogs and leaving comments.

    Apart from the mutual linking and commenting aspects, my prime motivation is to develop a sense of community. This is most important to me.

  95. And what better way to elicit comments than to write about commenting! ;)

    Quick question. Sometimes I find I am writing a loooong comment in response. So I abandon the comment and write a blog post instead linking back to the original.

    In your opinion, do you like that better? Or would you rather (hypothetically speaking) I leave a short comment anyways, along with the blog post?

  96. Good advice – I try to visit and comment on at least five or six blogs daily – sometimes more – and I keep a record of the number of comments I make. This is to keep me accountable to myself – I can see if I’m getting out there and reading and leaving comments. This has brought many others returning to my own blogs and leaving comments.

    Apart from the mutual linking and commenting aspects, my prime motivation is to develop a sense of community. This is most important to me.

  97. Great post, it’s given me inspiration to blog about my inability to comment, and I’ve started commenting more (at least in the short term)

    I wonder what you think of “comment exchanges”, a friend of mine is a member of it, and she has to comment on 3 blogs, but she gets three blogger comments in return. Usually they give the same amount of deep thought as an ebay feedback “Wow! I like your site! A++! Would buy again from them etc!”, but she swears by them, saying that people are more inclined to comment because there are comments already there.

    What do you think?

  98. Great post, it’s given me inspiration to blog about my inability to comment, and I’ve started commenting more (at least in the short term)

    I wonder what you think of “comment exchanges”, a friend of mine is a member of it, and she has to comment on 3 blogs, but she gets three blogger comments in return. Usually they give the same amount of deep thought as an ebay feedback “Wow! I like your site! A++! Would buy again from them etc!”, but she swears by them, saying that people are more inclined to comment because there are comments already there.

    What do you think?

  99. I have been trying to comment more lately, and I think that it is working. I am not as stat crazy as most bloggers seem to be, but I am sure that my traffic has gone up. I have also found that writing comments is a good way to get me in the ‘writing mood’ to do a proper article on my blog after it.

  100. I have been trying to comment more lately, and I think that it is working. I am not as stat crazy as most bloggers seem to be, but I am sure that my traffic has gone up. I have also found that writing comments is a good way to get me in the ‘writing mood’ to do a proper article on my blog after it.

  101. Well, I think commenting on other people’s blogs is a silly idea, I can’t believe anyone would take the time to bother :)

    Oh, OK – purleeeeeze comment on my blog, pleeeeease!

    Seriously though, I think commenting is part of what keeps the blogging machine going round, ideas fresh and circulating. It is essential – can you imagine a blog with no comments, no feedback, no links…

    Actually, there are some around, but they are the exception…

  102. Well, I think commenting on other people’s blogs is a silly idea, I can’t believe anyone would take the time to bother :)

    Oh, OK – purleeeeeze comment on my blog, pleeeeease!

    Seriously though, I think commenting is part of what keeps the blogging machine going round, ideas fresh and circulating. It is essential – can you imagine a blog with no comments, no feedback, no links…

    Actually, there are some around, but they are the exception…

  103. When you read it, it’s all pretty straight forward. When people ask, why don’t people comment? The answer should be a question, do you comment?

    I will try to do this.

  104. When you read it, it’s all pretty straight forward. When people ask, why don’t people comment? The answer should be a question, do you comment?

    I will try to do this.

  105. By writing our opinions about a post, we also make ourselves remove all the doubts and uncertainties, and come up with one final fixed opinion. Most of the times we have many contradictory ideas going throw your heads. At times, being at such a position that we are not sure of what exactly we think can give us a sense of weakness about ourselves. so in a sense, commenting is a practice of defining who we are and where we stand in regards to certain issues to ourselves as well as to others. I believe that it is a very powerful thing to be able to do.

  106. By writing our opinions about a post, we also make ourselves remove all the doubts and uncertainties, and come up with one final fixed opinion. Most of the times we have many contradictory ideas going throw your heads. At times, being at such a position that we are not sure of what exactly we think can give us a sense of weakness about ourselves. so in a sense, commenting is a practice of defining who we are and where we stand in regards to certain issues to ourselves as well as to others. I believe that it is a very powerful thing to be able to do.

  107. Chris,

    This post has obviously inspired many to comment here and on other blogs. We are trying to get a pulse behind the psychology of commenting and have put up a post and 3 questions inspired by you at http://www.grokdotcom.com/2007/03/14/what-makes-you-comment/

    Best wishes,
    Bryan

  108. Chris,

    This post has obviously inspired many to comment here and on other blogs. We are trying to get a pulse behind the psychology of commenting and have put up a post and 3 questions inspired by you at http://www.grokdotcom.com/2007/03/14/what-makes-you-comment/

    Best wishes,
    Bryan

  109. I woke up to a ton of great comments again, thanks people!

    @Jon, I hadn’t noticed that but I guess people can click the headline as the comments are at the end of the post

    @Aaron, yup some of my best ideas are prompted by questions and comments

    @Colbs, it certainly appears to work that way for me

    @Liz, yeah sometimes a comment can have a greater impact than the original post

    @nanunanu, we all break out into tangents occasionally :)

    @Stephanie, it is a good idea to set aside time but do not get caught in the trap of creating a feeling of it being a chore! It’s fun and relaxing, take it easy :)

    @DG, you are so right. I call comments the third dimension of blogging – how many other media do you get to “chat” with the content creator?

    @Scott, feel free to expand on this one :)

    @Mark, oh yes definitely – I wish more people would submit mine ;)

    @jhay, yes we all agree so let’s go do it :)

    @shawn, it’s interesting what people find as a discussion point isn’t always what the blogger imagined – keeps life interesting!

    @Bes, yes keep up the relationships you have built, do not neglect your new friends but fresh perspectives always helps

    @Cage, yup its a quality rather than quantity game. Just firing comments out doesn’t really help anybody

    @Jermayn, agree reciprocal comments works well if you can find something interesting to say

    @caplondon, I certainly feel energised when I see comments here :)

    @Jay, Welcome to my blog, please do stick around :)

    @Haacked, I always say long posts belong on your blog, shorter thoughts should be comments

    @Trevor community is key, it is a big part of what makes blogs so great :)

    @Rhys, I am not a big fan of these comment to get comment back deals because of my experience on flickr where people just make up their numbers rather than really put thought into it. I would rather people want to comment than feel obligated to?

    @Nenad, yes me too, I have so many more ideas after doing a bit of commenting but I also think it is a way to ease you into the writing mode and clear some bloggers block

    @markowe, oh yeah there are examples but for me a *great* blog has to have A) regularly updated content B) RSS C) comments – my three dimensions of blogging. You can not have any one of those things and still have a good blog (Seth Godins for eg.) but the whole is greater with those parts.

    @Benjamin, yup you are right if you want to know why people don’t comment look to our own behaviour for the answer :)

    @Quais perhaps that is another reason people don’t answer, they haven’t yet settled on how the feel about the topic and commenting would mean making a decision?

    @Bryan, be interesting to see the results, I look forward to it :)

  110. I woke up to a ton of great comments again, thanks people!

    @Jon, I hadn’t noticed that but I guess people can click the headline as the comments are at the end of the post

    @Aaron, yup some of my best ideas are prompted by questions and comments

    @Colbs, it certainly appears to work that way for me

    @Liz, yeah sometimes a comment can have a greater impact than the original post

    @nanunanu, we all break out into tangents occasionally :)

    @Stephanie, it is a good idea to set aside time but do not get caught in the trap of creating a feeling of it being a chore! It’s fun and relaxing, take it easy :)

    @DG, you are so right. I call comments the third dimension of blogging – how many other media do you get to “chat” with the content creator?

    @Scott, feel free to expand on this one :)

    @Mark, oh yes definitely – I wish more people would submit mine ;)

    @jhay, yes we all agree so let’s go do it :)

    @shawn, it’s interesting what people find as a discussion point isn’t always what the blogger imagined – keeps life interesting!

    @Bes, yes keep up the relationships you have built, do not neglect your new friends but fresh perspectives always helps

    @Cage, yup its a quality rather than quantity game. Just firing comments out doesn’t really help anybody

    @Jermayn, agree reciprocal comments works well if you can find something interesting to say

    @caplondon, I certainly feel energised when I see comments here :)

    @Jay, Welcome to my blog, please do stick around :)

    @Haacked, I always say long posts belong on your blog, shorter thoughts should be comments

    @Trevor community is key, it is a big part of what makes blogs so great :)

    @Rhys, I am not a big fan of these comment to get comment back deals because of my experience on flickr where people just make up their numbers rather than really put thought into it. I would rather people want to comment than feel obligated to?

    @Nenad, yes me too, I have so many more ideas after doing a bit of commenting but I also think it is a way to ease you into the writing mode and clear some bloggers block

    @markowe, oh yeah there are examples but for me a *great* blog has to have A) regularly updated content B) RSS C) comments – my three dimensions of blogging. You can not have any one of those things and still have a good blog (Seth Godins for eg.) but the whole is greater with those parts.

    @Benjamin, yup you are right if you want to know why people don’t comment look to our own behaviour for the answer :)

    @Quais perhaps that is another reason people don’t answer, they haven’t yet settled on how the feel about the topic and commenting would mean making a decision?

    @Bryan, be interesting to see the results, I look forward to it :)

  111. Just getting started with this and intrigued by the idea. I read quite a few blogs, but have always done so in the past to keep ideas flowing for my own. Commenting never occurred to me.

    Now that I’m looking for it, I’m surprised to see that there are some blogs out there that don’t allow commenting or do it in a way that doesn’t give you any real credit.

    Question: Does a comment, like the ones on this page, count as a link back for each person’s blog?? Maybe the answer is obvious to most, but I’m still a little confused.

  112. Just getting started with this and intrigued by the idea. I read quite a few blogs, but have always done so in the past to keep ideas flowing for my own. Commenting never occurred to me.

    Now that I’m looking for it, I’m surprised to see that there are some blogs out there that don’t allow commenting or do it in a way that doesn’t give you any real credit.

    Question: Does a comment, like the ones on this page, count as a link back for each person’s blog?? Maybe the answer is obvious to most, but I’m still a little confused.

  113. Thanks for the tips, as I have just started up my blog I’m trying to absorb information everywhere.
    I strongly believe in point number 8 :)

    Cheers

  114. Thanks for the tips, as I have just started up my blog I’m trying to absorb information everywhere.
    I strongly believe in point number 8 :)

    Cheers

  115. “Question: Does a comment, like the ones on this page, count as a link back for each person’s blog?? Maybe the answer is obvious to most, but I’m still a little confused.”

    No, it’s not obvious, but it IS an issue – many blogs (like this one), add a “nofollow” tag to all links in comments, which indicates to reputable search engines that they should not follow these links, i.e. count them as backlinks. Without the “nofollow” tag, the links WOULD generally count as backlinks.

    This is understandable, as spammers try to increase pagerank by posting spam comments all over the place with their links in. But some think it is a bit stingy too :)

  116. “Question: Does a comment, like the ones on this page, count as a link back for each person’s blog?? Maybe the answer is obvious to most, but I’m still a little confused.”

    No, it’s not obvious, but it IS an issue – many blogs (like this one), add a “nofollow” tag to all links in comments, which indicates to reputable search engines that they should not follow these links, i.e. count them as backlinks. Without the “nofollow” tag, the links WOULD generally count as backlinks.

    This is understandable, as spammers try to increase pagerank by posting spam comments all over the place with their links in. But some think it is a bit stingy too :)

  117. You are right, it is stingy and I have gone on record a few times before saying I don’t believe in no-follow. Not doing something about it here was hypocritical so I have just downloaded and installed do-follow

  118. You are right, it is stingy and I have gone on record a few times before saying I don’t believe in no-follow. Not doing something about it here was hypocritical so I have just downloaded and installed do-follow

  119. Well, I guess commenting on blogs can make a difference.

  120. Well, I guess commenting on blogs can make a difference.

  121. Well this will be interesting to see if comments increase (guess its time to whip out my viagra ads ;) ;)

    I have to say, I posted 3 comments after reading this and have had a few very nice conversations with the blog owners as a result.

    Great post Chris…as always, keep up the good work

  122. Well this will be interesting to see if comments increase (guess its time to whip out my viagra ads ;) ;)

    I have to say, I posted 3 comments after reading this and have had a few very nice conversations with the blog owners as a result.

    Great post Chris…as always, keep up the good work

  123. hey, that was quick work. I repeat, I agree there IS an argument for doing no-follow, but there is also probably a positive aspect as people are more likely to post.

    Why don’t you test and see if you get an increased incidence of spam…

  124. hey, that was quick work. I repeat, I agree there IS an argument for doing no-follow, but there is also probably a positive aspect as people are more likely to post.

    Why don’t you test and see if you get an increased incidence of spam…

  125. My Guess is that spam WILL NOT increase for two reasons.

    a)A I think people who truly wanted to contribute aren’t posting just for links e.g. all these comments.

    b) I dont think spammers check for nofollow tags. I think they just blast quick comments anywhere they want. Sheer numbers being the idea behind these idiots.

    This post did give me a fantastic idea though, more to come…

  126. My Guess is that spam WILL NOT increase for two reasons.

    a)A I think people who truly wanted to contribute aren’t posting just for links e.g. all these comments.

    b) I dont think spammers check for nofollow tags. I think they just blast quick comments anywhere they want. Sheer numbers being the idea behind these idiots.

    This post did give me a fantastic idea though, more to come…

  127. Yeah I agree with Marc, the reason why no-follow didn’t work to stop spam is because spammers have no incentive to actually get involved in the process at all, it costs them no more to post ineffectual spam comments and they still get the click-through traffic a million spam comments creates even without seo benefit (if indeed there is none).

  128. Yeah I agree with Marc, the reason why no-follow didn’t work to stop spam is because spammers have no incentive to actually get involved in the process at all, it costs them no more to post ineffectual spam comments and they still get the click-through traffic a million spam comments creates even without seo benefit (if indeed there is none).

  129. Ok one more question comes to mind about no follow tags. In theory I think allowing links is great. These people are all helping your blog with honest comments and why not share the love if it’s that easy?

    Additionally, I’ve read on a few blogs that outgoing links can make Search Engines view you as a “authority site” all the more reason to allow links.

    However, I’ve also read too many outgoing links could make you look like a link farm of sorts.

    This is way out of my forte, any experienced people on this matter?

  130. Ok one more question comes to mind about no follow tags. In theory I think allowing links is great. These people are all helping your blog with honest comments and why not share the love if it’s that easy?

    Additionally, I’ve read on a few blogs that outgoing links can make Search Engines view you as a “authority site” all the more reason to allow links.

    However, I’ve also read too many outgoing links could make you look like a link farm of sorts.

    This is way out of my forte, any experienced people on this matter?

  131. On many blogs, including this one, if you put a link in your comment your comment will be marked as spam and the blogger will have to go through extra steps for your comment to show up so unless it is very much adding to the conversation I would leave the only link the one attached to your name.

    It’s more the links coming IN that make you an authority site. Being a hub can help but it is more about the times people link to you when discussing a topic.

    Yes the outbound links can affect the topic your blog is perceived to be about in Google but I am not too concerned, my blog is for people not search engines. In most niches the comments you get will be from others in your niche, “blogging” as a topic is so vague anyway it will not hurt me to link to credit and education sites :)

  132. On many blogs, including this one, if you put a link in your comment your comment will be marked as spam and the blogger will have to go through extra steps for your comment to show up so unless it is very much adding to the conversation I would leave the only link the one attached to your name.

    It’s more the links coming IN that make you an authority site. Being a hub can help but it is more about the times people link to you when discussing a topic.

    Yes the outbound links can affect the topic your blog is perceived to be about in Google but I am not too concerned, my blog is for people not search engines. In most niches the comments you get will be from others in your niche, “blogging” as a topic is so vague anyway it will not hurt me to link to credit and education sites :)

  133. One of the reasons I used to NOT comment was because I felt like I was dropping in, saying something and leaving immediately. Kind of rude! I never waited around for a response.

    Since then I’ve started using coComment, http://www.cocomment.com, to track the comments I’ve made and the conversations I’m a part of it and it’s a lot more intersting.

  134. One of the reasons I used to NOT comment was because I felt like I was dropping in, saying something and leaving immediately. Kind of rude! I never waited around for a response.

    Since then I’ve started using coComment, http://www.cocomment.com, to track the comments I’ve made and the conversations I’m a part of it and it’s a lot more intersting.

  135. I’m comment 68, so obviously talking about commenting gets people in the mood to comment!

  136. I’m comment 68, so obviously talking about commenting gets people in the mood to comment!

  137. So how do you not commment on a post about the importance of commenting? Lately I feel I am commenting more than blogging. My comments have seemed to help others in their blogging, but the rewards for me have stopped! Seriously, by making comments I have gotten to know others.

  138. So how do you not commment on a post about the importance of commenting? Lately I feel I am commenting more than blogging. My comments have seemed to help others in their blogging, but the rewards for me have stopped! Seriously, by making comments I have gotten to know others.

  139. Your 10 points are welltaken, especially developing the bloggers eye. Making connections is another good reason to comment. I doubt that any of us can continually increase the number of blogs commented on per day, if we’re going to continue selling real estate. Another reason to comment is the interaction, which is what Web 2.0 is all about. Thanks for commenting on the comments.

  140. Your 10 points are welltaken, especially developing the bloggers eye. Making connections is another good reason to comment. I doubt that any of us can continually increase the number of blogs commented on per day, if we’re going to continue selling real estate. Another reason to comment is the interaction, which is what Web 2.0 is all about. Thanks for commenting on the comments.

  141. I’d have to say.. you’re the only blog I really pay attention to. I mean “Really”. I am not a fan of RSS feeds or any other blogs, but everytime you post something, it’s very insightful when it comes to blogging. I just wanted to mention that to you.. having a list like this is really helpful and really good for the soul (in some sort of way). Keep up the goodwork.

  142. I’d have to say.. you’re the only blog I really pay attention to. I mean “Really”. I am not a fan of RSS feeds or any other blogs, but everytime you post something, it’s very insightful when it comes to blogging. I just wanted to mention that to you.. having a list like this is really helpful and really good for the soul (in some sort of way). Keep up the goodwork.

  143. Yep Chris, not having settled with my feelings about the topic has stopped me from commenting MANY times.

    One of the reasons I like WordPress blogs is that we can subscribe to comments of a post to follow up with the responses. That’s a very cool feature.

  144. Yep Chris, not having settled with my feelings about the topic has stopped me from commenting MANY times.

    One of the reasons I like WordPress blogs is that we can subscribe to comments of a post to follow up with the responses. That’s a very cool feature.

  145. Your 5th point just whomped me upside the head — it’s true, it’s true! There are some posts for which, with the best will in the world, one simply cannot find a response that contributes anything of substance. Thanks for the tip — to pay attention to the Why and How of that dead-end content, and adjust my own posting accordingly.

  146. Your 5th point just whomped me upside the head — it’s true, it’s true! There are some posts for which, with the best will in the world, one simply cannot find a response that contributes anything of substance. Thanks for the tip — to pay attention to the Why and How of that dead-end content, and adjust my own posting accordingly.

  147. Well put, great advice. Congrats on #7.

  148. Well put, great advice. Congrats on #7.

  149. Ah, no way of getting tons of comments on a post than writing a post about comments? Antimetabole at its best.

    But I completely agree with what you’re saying. I love receiving comments on my work, but very rarely decide to repay the favor. It’s never too late to change.

  150. Ah, no way of getting tons of comments on a post than writing a post about comments? Antimetabole at its best.

    But I completely agree with what you’re saying. I love receiving comments on my work, but very rarely decide to repay the favor. It’s never too late to change.

  151. I think that everything that can be said, has been said, but I just wanted the final word ;-)

    There are some good lessons here. I see no real downside to blogrolling as long as the comments exchanged are contextually relevant. One of the things I would like to see more of on blogs are real-time gatherings of people with shared interests – the way we used to see with forums. In most instances, long delays between posts drain the energy from a conversation.

  152. I think that everything that can be said, has been said, but I just wanted the final word ;-)

    There are some good lessons here. I see no real downside to blogrolling as long as the comments exchanged are contextually relevant. One of the things I would like to see more of on blogs are real-time gatherings of people with shared interests – the way we used to see with forums. In most instances, long delays between posts drain the energy from a conversation.

  153. Hi chris I agree with your post entirly. I mean if people are putting up stuff for others to read they obviously would be happy with feedback.
    Now i would like to know why you sensor the comments written to you?
    I know you do this because you didnt post my previous comment which was “no comment” ,I thought it was an amusing comment to make.
    I also saw in one of your previous posts(Defeating Procrastination-your comment on feb13) you thanked people for thier insightfull comments saying “you wouln’t believe some of the comments others have made”
    If someone goes to the trouble of posting a comment, as you clearly state in this article thats what you hope they’ll do. Wouldn’t it be only fair for you to publish thier comment even if you disagree with it? You can always refute it with a reponse or just not respond to it and let others make thier own decision on it.
    Let alone degrading those who went to the trouble.

  154. Hi chris I agree with your post entirly. I mean if people are putting up stuff for others to read they obviously would be happy with feedback.
    Now i would like to know why you sensor the comments written to you?
    I know you do this because you didnt post my previous comment which was “no comment” ,I thought it was an amusing comment to make.
    I also saw in one of your previous posts(Defeating Procrastination-your comment on feb13) you thanked people for thier insightfull comments saying “you wouln’t believe some of the comments others have made”
    If someone goes to the trouble of posting a comment, as you clearly state in this article thats what you hope they’ll do. Wouldn’t it be only fair for you to publish thier comment even if you disagree with it? You can always refute it with a reponse or just not respond to it and let others make thier own decision on it.
    Let alone degrading those who went to the trouble.

  155. @Stormy I started using cocomment then gave up on it. I am still looking for the perfect system

    @Brandon, it certainly seems that way :)

    @rjlight getting to know people is valuable, congrats

    @Sharon, without interaction we would be all shouting into caves :)

    @Charlie thanks :)

    @Quais I am certainly glad when people enable it, as I have said above other systems dont work great for me to keep up with comments I have made

    @Jen yeah I learn so much by thinking about what influences my own behaviour

    @Alan, thank you :)

    @natnit – I had to look that up and I am still not sure what it means :)

    @Rusty, Liz and Darren are organising their own get-togethers, but it is true they are rare and tend to be conferences rather than meet-ups

    @john, I will write up my comment policy. Short answer: I do delete spam using akismet or offensive comments manually. Some comments get caught in the spam filter by mistake, most of which I catch but some obviously I don’t. Those comments you refer to on the procrastination post were absolutely horrible filth or nasty attacks (mainly myself but some about bloggers in general). I see disagreeing and downright offensive as two different things. I delete the latter while encouraging the former.

  156. @Stormy I started using cocomment then gave up on it. I am still looking for the perfect system

    @Brandon, it certainly seems that way :)

    @rjlight getting to know people is valuable, congrats

    @Sharon, without interaction we would be all shouting into caves :)

    @Charlie thanks :)

    @Quais I am certainly glad when people enable it, as I have said above other systems dont work great for me to keep up with comments I have made

    @Jen yeah I learn so much by thinking about what influences my own behaviour

    @Alan, thank you :)

    @natnit – I had to look that up and I am still not sure what it means :)

    @Rusty, Liz and Darren are organising their own get-togethers, but it is true they are rare and tend to be conferences rather than meet-ups

    @john, I will write up my comment policy. Short answer: I do delete spam using akismet or offensive comments manually. Some comments get caught in the spam filter by mistake, most of which I catch but some obviously I don’t. Those comments you refer to on the procrastination post were absolutely horrible filth or nasty attacks (mainly myself but some about bloggers in general). I see disagreeing and downright offensive as two different things. I delete the latter while encouraging the former.

  157. Ditto.

    :)

    Great post. I’ve tried to help many real estate agents get blogs going. I always tell them to comment and link back to others. Many times they don’t get either (agents in particular seem hesitant to link to other blogs, thinking it will drive traffic off their site).

    If nothing else, commenting is just writing practice, plain and simple. And why not practice and refine my techniques on YOUR blog before I write something not-so-swift on MY blog?

  158. Ditto.

    :)

    Great post. I’ve tried to help many real estate agents get blogs going. I always tell them to comment and link back to others. Many times they don’t get either (agents in particular seem hesitant to link to other blogs, thinking it will drive traffic off their site).

    If nothing else, commenting is just writing practice, plain and simple. And why not practice and refine my techniques on YOUR blog before I write something not-so-swift on MY blog?

  159. I also think a comment-able website (like a blog etc) it should also have a option were to subscribe to the comments on a topic like you have with topics themselves (rss, your option below etc).

    Above we have talked and talked and talked about how comments are good, but I think follow on comments are even better. This creates a community feel and brings people back. I know for instance that I have followed this discussion more than I have with others which did not have “subscribe to comments” options.

    Obvious you may say but important I say :P

  160. I also think a comment-able website (like a blog etc) it should also have a option were to subscribe to the comments on a topic like you have with topics themselves (rss, your option below etc).

    Above we have talked and talked and talked about how comments are good, but I think follow on comments are even better. This creates a community feel and brings people back. I know for instance that I have followed this discussion more than I have with others which did not have “subscribe to comments” options.

    Obvious you may say but important I say :P

  161. I know I often don’t comment, so that certain blog readers won’t know that I’m reading a certain blog ;-) Bad habit, something I’m trying to change!

  162. I know I often don’t comment, so that certain blog readers won’t know that I’m reading a certain blog ;-) Bad habit, something I’m trying to change!

  163. I had to make the mental shift from passive reading to active participation. Forcing myself to comment on articles was an easy way to get there.

  164. I had to make the mental shift from passive reading to active participation. Forcing myself to comment on articles was an easy way to get there.

  165. Interesting perspective. I never really thought of commenting before– or that anyone was really looking at my blog.

    Hopefully, now, I’ll be able to write more posts with readers in mind… got any more tips?

  166. Interesting perspective. I never really thought of commenting before– or that anyone was really looking at my blog.

    Hopefully, now, I’ll be able to write more posts with readers in mind… got any more tips?

  167. @Jay – yup commenting is excellent writing practice :) real estate agents are in the people business not property business they HAVE to get this stuff

    @Jermayn – yeah if only every blog could create those follow-on conversations

    @Alex – naughty! ;)

    @Karthik – once you have started you won’t be able to help yourself ;)

    @Gloria – a whole blog full :) first tip: always put your blog address in the form when submitting a comment so we can click your name to see your blog :)

  168. @Jay – yup commenting is excellent writing practice :) real estate agents are in the people business not property business they HAVE to get this stuff

    @Jermayn – yeah if only every blog could create those follow-on conversations

    @Alex – naughty! ;)

    @Karthik – once you have started you won’t be able to help yourself ;)

    @Gloria – a whole blog full :) first tip: always put your blog address in the form when submitting a comment so we can click your name to see your blog :)

  169. Thank you for this post of information. I found it via Joseph Jaffe’s blog through Bryan Eisenberg who recommended Future Now’s “What Makes You Comment?” I thought you might find that interesting.

    Perhaps you would be interested in adding this information to a lens on Squidoo. It would reach more viewers, and who doesn’t want to do that? (I’m just a supporter of the site, not affiliated in any way. Also, I’d like for more people to see your helpful tips.)

  170. Thank you for this post of information. I found it via Joseph Jaffe’s blog through Bryan Eisenberg who recommended Future Now’s “What Makes You Comment?” I thought you might find that interesting.

    Perhaps you would be interested in adding this information to a lens on Squidoo. It would reach more viewers, and who doesn’t want to do that? (I’m just a supporter of the site, not affiliated in any way. Also, I’d like for more people to see your helpful tips.)

  171. I found it via Joseph Jaffe’s blog through Bryan Eisenberg who recommended Future Now’s “What Makes You Comment?”

    I absolutely find that interesting, thanks!

    I’m not sure about Squidoo lenses, do people visit them that wouldn’t find my blog?

  172. I found it via Joseph Jaffe’s blog through Bryan Eisenberg who recommended Future Now’s “What Makes You Comment?”

    I absolutely find that interesting, thanks!

    I’m not sure about Squidoo lenses, do people visit them that wouldn’t find my blog?

  173. That’s why I recommend it. Had I not gone through other sources, I doubt we’d be communicating right now.

    The home page defines Squidoo as “1) thousands of people creating a handbuilt catalog of the best stuff online 2) a free and fun way to make your own page and get traffic 3) a place to find what you’re looking for, fast.” Squidoo was founded by Seth Godin, a brilliant authour and entrepreneur (who has spoken to Google, Disney, Wal-Mart, and many others). I admire the guy a lot.

    I’m only suggesting this so you can have more ways to effectively get your informative message across. Thanks.

  174. That’s why I recommend it. Had I not gone through other sources, I doubt we’d be communicating right now.

    The home page defines Squidoo as “1) thousands of people creating a handbuilt catalog of the best stuff online 2) a free and fun way to make your own page and get traffic 3) a place to find what you’re looking for, fast.” Squidoo was founded by Seth Godin, a brilliant authour and entrepreneur (who has spoken to Google, Disney, Wal-Mart, and many others). I admire the guy a lot.

    I’m only suggesting this so you can have more ways to effectively get your informative message across. Thanks.

  175. This post was perfect for me as this is exactly what I have been trying to do lately. Just throwing me 2 cents out there and getting involved in the conversation.

  176. This post was perfect for me as this is exactly what I have been trying to do lately. Just throwing me 2 cents out there and getting involved in the conversation.

  177. What a web of blogs is out there. As a new blogger, I’m amazed at how quickly we travel around the world on cyber wings. There’s a zig zag route that led me here. Of course I had to leave a comment based on the topic, but also because that’s what I do anyway. Nice to see my instinct confirmed.

  178. What a web of blogs is out there. As a new blogger, I’m amazed at how quickly we travel around the world on cyber wings. There’s a zig zag route that led me here. Of course I had to leave a comment based on the topic, but also because that’s what I do anyway. Nice to see my instinct confirmed.

  179. Now, how could I leave that post without placing a comment before I go?
    As for developing my Blogger’s Eye, it getting a little late at night [here in Perth, Australia], for that one!
    Namaste, Thea

  180. Now, how could I leave that post without placing a comment before I go?
    As for developing my Blogger’s Eye, it getting a little late at night [here in Perth, Australia], for that one!
    Namaste, Thea

  181. What a great post! Personally, its commenting that led me to finally start a couple of blogs of my own. But no matter how much blogging I do I know I’ll keep on commenting because I think I’d get a little lonely in my echo chamber without it :-)

  182. What a great post! Personally, its commenting that led me to finally start a couple of blogs of my own. But no matter how much blogging I do I know I’ll keep on commenting because I think I’d get a little lonely in my echo chamber without it :-)

  183. I am gearing up to reinvent my stale old website and create an art blog from scratch. In particular I am trying quickly to get a feel for the whole concept of blog, and found this article very illuminating. Thanks!

  184. I am gearing up to reinvent my stale old website and create an art blog from scratch. In particular I am trying quickly to get a feel for the whole concept of blog, and found this article very illuminating. Thanks!

  185. Thank you, Chris, for this great tips.

    Some of them I’m already doing, though my blog is relatively new on the rss feed train.

    Peace,

    annieo

  186. Thank you, Chris, for this great tips.

    Some of them I’m already doing, though my blog is relatively new on the rss feed train.

    Peace,

    annieo

  187. “Ask not what the blogosphere can do for you but what together we can do for the blogosphere.”

    I didn’t know that JFK was into blogging too :-)

  188. “Ask not what the blogosphere can do for you but what together we can do for the blogosphere.”

    I didn’t know that JFK was into blogging too :-)

  189. Chris,

    Great tips! I’ve often wondered about using comments on other blogs to attract more readers to my own blogs (both my personal blog, which is an indirect marketing tool for my creative writing; and the corporate blog I’m going to be setting up as part of my day job), but I’ve never really given it a try.

    It’s a relatively simple thing to do, and you’ve provided some good reasons to give it a go.

    Cheers,

    Adam

  190. Chris,

    Great tips! I’ve often wondered about using comments on other blogs to attract more readers to my own blogs (both my personal blog, which is an indirect marketing tool for my creative writing; and the corporate blog I’m going to be setting up as part of my day job), but I’ve never really given it a try.

    It’s a relatively simple thing to do, and you’ve provided some good reasons to give it a go.

    Cheers,

    Adam