Grow Your Blog with Proper Commenting

Commenting is an easy way to grow your blog with the Boost Your Blog in 100 Days Challenge.  It allows you to support what the blogger is writing about which will increase their seo and keywords.  And, since you’re linked to that same comment via Comment Luv you’re helping your own seo.

Grow your blog with comments and the Boost Your Blog in 100 Days Challenge

How to write a proper comment?

  • Once you’re opened the post notice the title and the picture as that is what pulled you in from the homepage. For the love of all if a hop or link up is how you’ve discovered the blog please don’t comment on the post that’s about the link up or hop.
  • As you read ‘pretend’ you’re in a conversation with them and use basic, common decency and manners.  Read the whole post before you comment.  I’ve seen bonehead comments before on a VERY serious post.  You don’t want to leave a “Thanks for stopping by!”  or “I’m here from x hop/linky.” or “You’re baby is cute!  Follow me back cause I’m following you.” and the post was about an accident and the baby had died.  It’s a MINUTE to read a post.  Take it.
  • Make a mental note as you read about what you found funny or even what irritated you.
  • Leave a comment that actually talks about the post, the picture, how the post made you feel but connect in some way. It is rude to say you’re there only because of a hop or link up. Try to include a keyword.

In real life you wouldn’t stand before someone who is sharing with you about x and suddenly say, “I’m here only because I have to.”   

um…YIKES! Were you born in a barn?! ;)  Sorry Michelle…that’s not directed at your AWESOME barn house. ;) Instead consider…”I hate animal testing too (cause that’s what the post with a puppy pic is about).  I use to buy cruelty free products until I decided to be more self sufficient and make my own cleaning products.”  You can then add,  “So glad I found you through the xyz!” but I prefer the hashtag approach.

  • Sign your name and if you’d like include the hashtag of the hop/linky beneath it.
  • Check for spelling, grammar and typos.  See Michelle of Simplify, Live, Love for grammar support.
  • If they happen to have comment luv (see below) look through and see if one of your posts match up or compliment theirs and click that one. If not then your newest one.
  • And then…publish it.

Easy peasy and you’ve helped another person.  So take a moment and get out there and comment on other’s blogs.  And, remember…don’t comment on teaser/blog hop posts.  Look for something else to comment on.  And, while you’re at it…go ahead and click a share button or two on their post.  It’s just an extra bit of love and doesn’t take but a second. Oh!  Comment Luv…I almost forgot!  If you have wordpress this is where you’ll get it.  When I left blogger they didn’t have commentluv but I know there’s a version out there.  I found this one, but I don’t know if it’s a good one.

~Honey


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Comments

  1. That’s one challenge I found, when doing #BB100 comments. Finding a post I felt I *could* comment on, in terms of being able to relate to.

    Most blogs weren’t a problem, but when it’s something really outside your experiences, it can be a bit of a stumped moment.

    I enjoyed it though, b/c it got me out of my usual comfort zone :)
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  2. Most people who use comment luv set it where you don’t have any choice in which of your post appears. They have it set to automatically choose your latest post. This is frustrating when you have a post that would compliment the conversation but you can’t post it. I am not sure why that is but it has been my experience on most blogs I visit. I am really enjoying the Blog Challenge! 100 Day Blog Challenge:Beyond the Surface
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  3. You gave me a few things to think about that I haven’t previously considered! I like the idea of commenting as if you were in a conversation with the person, that is a great way to approach any comment!
    I actually just started using comment luv for blogger, it works for the most part, but occasionally it has a few issues. I actually installed the same way you had a link to above, so for those with blogger it does work, it just doesn’t work as perfectly as it does on wordpress!
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    • Honey says:

      Oh good! ! I was hesitant since I couldn’t check it out myself so that’s good to know that’s a good way to get comment luv for blogger! It’s pretty snazzy isn’t it! Soon you’ll be so use it it that you’ll whine to have to sign in with anything but! ;) haha!
      ~Honey

  4. These are some good tips. I know I don’t always think as much about commenting as I should even though it is a good way to build my blog.

    I’m stopping by from BYB.
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    • Honey says:

      I’m glad you liked the commenting tips Leah! I hope they help you grow and simplify! :)

      ~ Honey
      #BB100

    • Honey says:

      Ha! I thought you’d like that Michelle. Sweet for thinking it’s a good tip! ;) I feel all warm n cozy inside! ;) ~ Honey

  5. I try hard to leave comments when I find meaningful posts written by other bloggers. Why? Because I wish others would do it more often on my own blog. I do always try to make my comments relevant to the blog post, otherwise it may be caught in the spam catcher or completely disregarded by the blog owner. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right!
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    • Honey says:

      Amen! It only takes a second to do! Ooo…I never thought about spam catching it! That’s a great point! ! Then you’ve just wasted your time.

      Nice tip! I’m putting that one in my pocket for later!

      ~ Honey

  6. Oh no!!! I think I have done all the don’t s! So glad I found this post. I think I may print it out to remind me of what I should do. :) I am on Blogger so I will search out the commentluv and see if I can find it.
    Thanks again.
    Sharla
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    • Honey says:

      I do the samething Sharla! ;) I print out a lot of posts and I’ll highlight ‘new’ stuff until I learn and I’m integrating it into my posts without peeking. :)

      ~Honey

  7. Thank you for the tips on commenting!
    I love leaving comments on blogs that have touch my heart in some way. I know how good it feels when someone comments on my blog, how it makes me inspired to write more. I struggle with the time factor in commenting. With 5 kids, homeschooling, and blogging it can be a true time trap for me. Yet, I love it. I am loving the inspiration from the 100 day challenge to actively comment on the blogs of others. I have been so blessed by some of the writers so far!

    • Honey says:

      I hear you. Some days I think I should give up on the kids and let them run wild. Then I’d have plenty of time! ;) I’ve 3 monkeys, we homeschool and I run a business from home. I’m totally off my rocker and having tips/guides really do help me.

      ~ Honey

  8. I appreciate these tips and I laughed out loud at the first one because I see that A LOT! Leaving a comment on the blog hop post is odd and I can’t even imagine what I would say other than, “thanks for hosting,” and that sounds bland! I really need to educate myself on the hashtag situation as I really feel in the dark with that. I’ve noticed that it’s a big deal on Google+, Pinterest, and FB. I didn’t realize it was in the comment forms as well! I LOVE commentluv and I’m on blogger… the only way I was able to get it was to go through IntenseDebate and follow those directions! It has already made a BIG difference for comments! Thanks for article! :)

    • Honey says:

      Oh good!! Comment Luv is AWESOME! ! ;) Gland it’s helping you out too. And yeah…those hop comments drive me bonkers! ;)
      ~ Honey

  9. Lauren says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! So often I find myself nodding as I am reading through a post, but then I get to the end and I have no idea what to say. Your conversation suggestion has definitely helped!
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  10. Thanks for these great tips! I often see bloggers refer to leaving “quality comments” but I haven’t seen many explanations of a good comment.I’ll be pinning this post for future reference!

    -Cristyl
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    • Honey says:

      Ah thanks Cristyl! Pinning is awesome! ;) It’s my favorite way to destress when hubby’s working long hours. :)

      ~Honey

  11. Cole says:

    These are really great tips. Most of the comments I receive are clearly well thought out and meaningful but every now and then I get comments like you mentioned “Stopping by, follow me!” and I don’t really care for those.

    I’ve never actually read a post about commenting etiquette before (if you want to call it that lol), I liked reading it!

    • Honey says:

      There’s just something about a good comment that will send me over to a person’s blog to retweet, comment, or share it in some way. I value and honor when someone gives of their self. And, that’s not saying that I was never a bonehead that left a bad comment but you learn and you grow and that’s all I wanted to happen with the post…for folks to learn and grow. And…it’s awesome to hear you liked reading it!

      ~Honey

  12. Beth says:

    Thanks, Honey, for your words of wisdom. The hashtag idea is perfect! I do try to leave meaningful comments, because I don’t see the point in commenting otherwise, but this is great info and I learned a lot. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us! #BB100
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    • Honey says:

      Thanks for the compliment Beth! I’m so glad to hear you try to leave meaningful comments. It really does make a difference.

      ~Honey
      #BB100

  13. Terri says:

    i love these tips, its so much more from the heart when you leave a comment that is going to mean something to the blogger :)
    I am your newest follower, looking forward to reading more
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  14. Angie says:

    There are many times I want to leave a comment and just don’t know what to say that sounds sincere. The Boost Your Blog in 100 Days Challenge is helping me to be more comfortable with commenting.

    Thanks for the tip about Commentluv. I added the plugin today.

    Blessings,
    Angie
    H.O.P.E. Home School Consulting
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    • Honey says:

      I totally understand that Angie. Sometimes a post isn’t…inspiring….or you simply have no interest in it. That’s when you DON’T leave a comment and choose another post. However, if it’s a blog that’s about something you don’t ..enjoy well that’s when you take the question route. I’m going to use you as an example. Someone who does not homeschool, thinks public school is the bees knees, and wishes school was all year long comes to your blog. Odds are there’s nothing there for them at all. I’d say…don’t comment at all if you can’t be nice or perhaps instead they ask a question. So, you’ve posted about how much you love to homeschool. They could respond with something like this…”I would never homeschool because I love ps and I don’t see it as enjoyable but I can see in your post that it’s something you truly enjoy.” or “I see how having a teacher that loves what they do can be of benefit to their students.” These are all sincere comments. Not nasty and yet they bring a value to the blogger.
      I’m also an organic mama. I don’t use conventional medicines or even shop in conventional grocery stores. My mil and stepmother both use chemical based cleaners and shop always at big box stores(we shop second hand.). I’m on a blog that’s all about the glories of bleach…and it’s not sunbleaching! ;) ). It’s a situation like this challenge and everything on their blog is about the glory of said chemical. They offer a printable on where to use it and how much to use. I’d say, “You did a great job on the printable! My extended family uses bleach and will get a lot of use from this so I’m sharing the link with them. I bet they’ll even hang it up in the laundry room to keep as a reference sheet! ~Honey”
      And, I send the link to them. Sometimes you don’t have to find personal value…sometimes sharing you’re sharing with someone who will find value is enough AND brings extra love as you’re connecting a blogger’s info with someone who wants and values it.

      ~Honey
      #BB100

      • That’s very helpful advice! I’ve been in that situation, too, where I’m “supposed” to comment on a post that is completely unrelated to anything I believe it. I try to focus on one thing I liked about it or one thing that I could relate to, or at the very least one thing I didn’t hate (lol!) and comment on that.
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  15. Yuliya says:

    Honey, those are some great tips! I don’t use hashtags when leaving comments, so I’ll definitely change that. I agree with Julie that a post about hashtags would be really useful! You’ve given me several things to change!
    Thank you!
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    • Honey says:

      Yuliya thank you for the compliments! ;) Ya’ll have my ego all swelled out today! ;) I will have a post about hashtag use during the twitter session so stay tuned! :) By the way, I love your post. Ruts are AWFUL! ;)

      ~Honey

  16. Julie says:

    Thanks Honey for these tips. I know I’m guilty of some of these. I do leave thoughtful comments most of the time. I like the idea of leaving the hashtag. I’ve seen them used lately but don’t really know anything about them. Maybe you could write a post on that! You know, enlighten us…well, me.
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    • Honey says:

      Hey Julie! That post is coming up in the twitter session. :) We’ll go over all kinds of things about hashtags, where and how to use them and such. :) And, let us know if there’s additional things you’re interested in learning about. Information should be shared and never hoarded so what do you want to know? :)

      ~Honey

  17. Marie says:

    Practicing ;)

    Excited to follow all you lovely bloggers and the 100 day challenge!!
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