No Comment- That’s Just Wrong

No CommentThere are thousands, no probably millions, of blogs, articles, forums, and other social networking places where you can discuss your primary industry.  I don’t care if you are marketing soap- if you Google it, you will find tons of information and tons of resources where you can participate in a conversation.  Many of you out there – AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE- take the time to read information from a variety of sources but you don’t take the time to comment.  No Comment- That’s Just Wrong in so many ways.

Missed Opportunity

If you are taking time out of your day to read information about your industry, you are watching and learning.  This is a good thing but you can do more.  Take the time to comment on the information you just read.  If you don’t, you are missing a golden opportunity to engage others in your industry.  I have heard many times: “I don’t know what to say”.  HOGWASH- just write like you talk.  Engage the writer in a conversation.  Pick out points you enjoyed, agreed with, disagreed with, or you found fascinating or disgusting.  If you are truly at a loss, then leave one of your favorite quotes as a comment. (Of course, make sure the quote has something to do with the information you just read.)  When you engage a writer, they will notice you.  They will appreciate the fact you took the time to comment and they will remember your name and or your face.  Commenting on other peoples stuff is a passive form of social networking and it is one of my favorites. Not only can you engage the writer, you can, also, engage the readers.  This is a perfect way to become known in your industry.

The PerksPerks

There are many perks to commenting on what other people write.  One of the best perks is the ability to leave a back-link to your own site.  I especially try to engage with writers who post on formats which allow back-links.  Like on this blog, you can put your name, picture (if your email is linked to a gravatar account), and a url.  Your name will be hyper-linked to the site of your choice.  If you leave an interesting comment, you will be surprised how much traffic you can get from this back-link.

Another perk, to commenting on the information you read, is becoming an authority figure in your industry.  If you continue to comment on the work of others, even if you don’t write your own blog or articles, you will start getting recognized as an authority.   You will be appreciated for your participation and will become known as an active individual who is continuing to engage with people in your industry.

The benefits of commenting on other peoples work far out weigh any negatives.  I actually can’t think of any negatives to actively engaging by commenting on the bodies of work available in your industry. Not Commenting – Well, that’s just wrong.

 

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36 Responses to No Comment- That’s Just Wrong

  1. Great post and you are right – I remember when I first starting commenting on blogs I thought to myself that people were going to think what I had to say was going to sound stupid and they could really care less what I have to say but you are right – the benefits out weigh what you think others are going to think – you really might be surprised by sharing your comment that it might be the same thing that someone else is thinking and may just agree or even disagree with you.
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    • Cathy says:

      Great point Nancy… someone may be thinking the exact thing you say in your comment. This will instantly form a connection between you and that reader. I love commenting on blogs and articles as a way of social networking. It works.
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  2. You don’t have to worry about no comment from me. 🙂 I enjoy taking the time to comment on something I read. I learned not long after I came online how much writers of blogs really enjoy comments. I also just enjoy voicing my opinion on things. 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      You are correct, anyone who writes greatly appreciates when a reader takes the time to comment. It is a form of appreciation, almost a pat on the back for a job well done. And, it’s the little things that make me happy….lol 🙂
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  3. Xarah says:

    I like getting comments because then i know somebody has visited my blog.
    Backlinks are getting less and less important with the new google update. But comments are important. The more the better. Social proof, interaction, that’s what Google likes now. So even if you don’t have the ability to leave your website, comment 😉

    And because you mentioned i could leave a quote in case i don’t know what to write:
    “Good things come to those who hustle while they wait.”
    –Unknown
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    • Cathy says:

      Whether Google likes back-links or not, doesn’t matter to me- I like back-links. We have gotten tons of traffic to our website from this method so it is important to me.
      Quotes are awesome and thanks for yours.
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  4. Commenting is important… Most people just don’t want to take the time, or they do not blog. I still believe backlinks are important if you are a blogger. (Content will always be top priority for google tho.) I am totally fustrated with blogs that do not allow them. I think they are less likely to get comments, so I don’t understand the reason behind it.
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    • Cathy says:

      I agree with you on this one Marcy. Blogs which don’t allow back-links or are hard to comment, will often get fewer comments than those where you can enter some simple information and bam, your done. I dislike having to fill out an account to leave a comment and, in most instances, I will just pass on that one.
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  5. I agree Cathy. If you take the time to read a blog please continue and leave a comment. Also if you are wanted your alexa rating to go up high, leave your website link and that in time will increase you alexa rating.

    I always have a hard time on what to say on a blog but I do try to do it.

    Thanks

    Lady V

  6. Rob Gehring says:

    I agree. So I commented! 🙂

    Engagement is good and it also lets people know that someone does see their material. Well done!

  7. James Dias says:

    There is times with a blog you JUST don’t want to comment It can be a direct sales pitch

    That to me is the hardest one to comment on so i don’t a direct sales pitch don’t need comments which means you did it right and they joined or you didn’t …. No comment needed.

    make the content original – If i have read the same blog post by 11 other people
    no comment needed

    I am not being negative this is just 2 examples of why I will not comment on a blog

    or i will write a long comment to one i like this one …LOL

    WORD UP!
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    • Cathy says:

      I agree James, the complete sales pitch post is probably the hardest to comment on. Even though the writer may not have intended it to be a sales pitch or maybe they did, either way, there is usually little room for comments. Occasionally I try to get creative and respond anyway. 😉
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  8. Hi Cathy,

    Thanks for a great blog post! I do agree with you about leaving a comment, however there are occasions that I will read a blog post that I find ridiculous or that I totally disagree with and I do not comment. I don’t comment because I feel like the particular author of the post will not appreciate my comments and just ridicule my opinion…it has happened before, so I do not bother to leave a comment now. Some people need to learn that God gave us all a brain to think with and we do not have to agree with each other all the time, just respect each other and agree to disagree.

    Marilyn Martin
    Owner of Redman Surf

    • Cathy says:

      I understand your point. It is never a fun experience when, after you have taken the time to express your opinion, someone belittles it. But think of this Marilyn, if you are feeling that way, there may be many other readers feeling the same way you expressed. This is a great way to connect with other readers, not necessarily the writer. Just a thought.
      Cathy recently posted..Create A Money Making BudgetMy Profile

  9. Hi “Flashy”,

    Being in a room where there could be a slough (look that word up James, lol) of blog posts at any time, it could be extremely time consuming to post on every one of them. So I may often only comment on one where I have something to say that hasn’t already been said.

    If there are only a few new blog posts, then I may reiterate someone else’s point and add a little extra. Like a quote that fits or a topic that is a relevant “segway” from it.

    Right now I should be clicking on credit clicks in emails so I can mail today and, thus, again on Friday. Lately my time has been so hectic that mailers where I can mail every 3 days are only being used once a week! And that’s even with VMP available to me. (Plus sometimes I’m just greedy and want to mail to more than the minimum each time – but that’s another story.)

    I must confess, though. I’ve never been a huge networker. I’m fairly outgoing, but just have a problem finding the time to socialize when there’s a million things to do. Guess I’ll just have to try to make more time for it. (Anybody got change for an hour?)

    All the best,

    Brian R.
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    • Cathy says:

      Ahhhhh Brian, I was waiting for someone to point out the “time” factor. I agree, there is so much content available online, you could spend hours every day searching it out and commenting. My main point was if you have already taken the time to read a post, the extra few minutes to write a comment is well worth the effort.

      More on the time factor- basically I have research and comment day. I pick one day a week to spend extra time learning and commenting. I put this in my weekly schedule cause I feel it is that important.

      Thanks for the input Brian.
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  10. Sometimes a blog does not allow comments, and that can be frustrating if you’ve really enjoyed the content and want to engage with it. Now that we have Akismet, spam isn’t that hard to manage…
    Carol Walczak recently posted..2 New Squeeze Pages For All MembersMy Profile

    • Cathy says:

      I have ran across that situation too Carol. Read a great post and wanted to engage in the conversation but no comment was allowed- I will never understand that one.

  11. Carl Bailey says:

    EGGSELLENT!

    Carl

  12. Hi Cathy.
    Thanks for a great blog post.
    I agree with much of what has been said here. Sometimes its hard to find a good
    response to a blog. And yes I am guilty too, of not commenting more often.
    I will try and do better.
    I enjoy reading your blogs 🙂
    Keep up the good work.
    Monika

  13. Rina Van Der Berg says:

    Hi Cathy,
    Thanks for all the great blogs, yeah guilty…one of those that never left a message but in future I will take the time and leave a note.
    Do you know I think most people do not realize just how frustrating it is for you, rather ungrateful too…just taking all the information so freely given.
    Thanks for the time you take to write these blog posts, please keep it up.
    Rina

    • Cathy says:

      Rina,
      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.
      We enjoy providing information but, I admit, it feels good when we get responses from the readers.
      Hope to see you more often….. 🙂

  14. Barbara says:

    I almost didn’t leave a comment just because I agreed with everything that has been said … but that would have been wrong. *grins*

    Thank you for another wonderful post. =)
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  15. Patty Powers says:

    Hi Gals,

    I don’t always have the time to comment but I do read the blogs. You have a very valid point and I agree with you 90%. I do also, agree with James Diaz’s comment about if it is a sales pitch, which I usually start to read and then delete immediately. To me that’s not what posting a blog should be.

    Please keep up the blogging, I love them.:) I will try to be better and not be ‘wrong’ LOL

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Patty-
      Great to know you are reading and I look forward to reading more of your comments.
      We like to get input from everyone so we can learn and evolve.
      It’s a whole lot more fun! 🙂

  16. Diane Cooke says:

    Great post, Cathy.
    Lovely to see so many comments this time.
    I like to comment and get my bit of ‘branding’ in but often dont especially if I would be the first or only comment. I am shy like that!

    Sometimes (like winners lists) the post is just updated which makes commenting (like saying thank you for my prize) get lost in outdated previous comments. I hope that made sense as it is midnight here.

    • Cathy says:

      It made perfect sense. Yes, the winners list isn’t really a post but more of an informational update. Although thank you’s are appreciated, they aren’t necessary. Thanks for taking time to comment today. 🙂

  17. Julie Grace says:

    Your post got me thinking about all the lost opportunities I have passed by, by not commenting on posts. With promoting online & surfing my favorite exchanges, I sometimes forgot that there is a lot of valuable free information out there on blog posts. I will make a point of paying more attention, thanks to your post. Great subject.
    Julie

  18. Ken Wolff says:

    While searching for my log in details to HotFlashHits I came across this post about no comments. I read through all of the comments and noted that many of them were by my good friends that I know who are active in a lot of the same programs that I am in. I could not help but leave a comment myself. What I like most about the comments in blogs is the response by the blog owner. Communication and interaction is the most important ingredient in relationship development. You do that well Cathy!
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    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Ken-
      I very much enjoy interacting with people who have taken the time to leave a comment. I feel it s a great form of social networking. Thanks for stopping by.

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