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21 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Commenting


Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: Commenting

Posts about commenting generally fall into two main categories: 1) how to effectively comment on others’ blogs to build your brand and boost your traffic and 2) how to police the comments on your own blog. Both are topics that you need to consider if you want to be a successful blogger. After all, audience participation through commenting is one of the biggest differences between a blog and a static website. Today’s Brilliant Bloggers discuss this topic from top to bottom, so you don’t want to miss a single post!

(This is serendipitously a really relevant topic for this week, since Facebook just unveiled their new comment box plugin.)

Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:

How to Use Blog Commenting as a Networking Superweapon by Arik Hanson

Dude, if you want a go-to guide for how to effectively comment and turn those comments into something more than just a few clicks worth of traffic, this is a post you need. It’s actually a guest post for Social Media Examiner, so it’s also a good example of how to do guest posting the right way! Arik does an awesome job of guiding you through the ins and outs of finding blogs and leaving comments…and then talks about how to leverage that initial interaction to do some awesome networking. After you read the post, you can find him on Twitter @arikhanson.

Is Commenting on Blogs a Smart Traffic Strategy? by Brian Clark

I love this post because it addresses something that grinds on my last nerve – people who leave senseless comments on popular blogs because they want to be first. In fact, on the biggest blogs out there, that’s what people say: “FIRST!” Ironically enough, often there are 10+ people who all leave “first” as a comment. In any case, rushing a comment to be first not only makes you look like a tool, but it also doesn’t really give you traffic benefits – at least, that’s what Brian argues in this post (and I agree). Check it out and follow him on Twitter @copyblogger.

Creating a Blog Comment Policy that Works by John Saddington

I recommend that everyone has a comment policy posted someone on their blog, especially if you post anything controversial. Debates can turn sour in a hurry, and comment policies can help your readers know where you’ll draw the line. John’s post will help you create a policy if you don’t have one already, and you can also check him out on Twitter @tentblogger. (Also, unrelated, but his blog has the best subscribe button ever.)

Even More Brilliant Advice:

Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about comments? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!

Next Week’s Topic: StumbleUpon

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Blogger Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

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  • Ashley K. Edwards

    Thanks for including our post, Allison! Great topic.

  • John Saddington

    wow, thanks so much for including tentblogger.com!

  • Steve Roy

    I do love me some comments! Thanks for the inclusion here, I appreciate it. I’m always looking to learn ways to improve reader interaction, so I’m excited to read these posts!


  • John Hewitt

    Sorry to be late to the party but here are my thoughts. http://www.poewar.com/?p=8529

    Rowse’s article is a classic. Great advice.

  • Riley Harrison

    Hi Allison,

    This is the blog I’ve been looking for. I’m trying to develop a commenting policy/strategy that I enjoy and yet is effective and not too time consuming. I thought I was on a long road of experimentation but think I can get all my answers here.
    Thanks so much

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    Commenting is just as important as posting, when you engage with your readers and put your heart and sole into the comments you will find its not only great for the content but also very valuable way to get others sticky and coming back.

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