How to Write Blog Comments – 13 Tips

Are you wondering how to write blog comments?

It wasn’t too long ago that I had the same question.  Since then I’ve written hundreds, perhaps thousands of blog comments.  It’s an activity I love doing.  I like communicating with other bloggers and of course I love getting a backlink.

Blog commenting is a 2-way relationship.  Some commenters like the backlink.  Bloggers love the content … as long as it’s quality.  The key as a blog commenter is not betraying the relationship.  Therefore it’s imperative, that you write high-quality blog comments.

If I don’t have anything worthwhile to say on a blog post, I don’t say anything.  However, this is rare because I have plenty to say on all kinds of subjects.

Reasons blog comments don’t get published

Sometimes a spam filter may improperly filter out a comment regardless the quality of the comment.  There’s not much you can do about this – except take steps to diminish the chances of this happening.

In my post How to do Blog Commenting – 10 Tips, I set out 10 tips for the technical aspect of blog commenting to increase the likelihood your comment will be approved.

In this article I want to explain in detail how to write blog comments.  In other words, I’ll provide some insight in how to write blog comments that bloggers like to publish.

What not to do with your blog comment message

  • Write “nice post”, “I agree” or something totally useless.
  • Include blatant links to your website in the comment field.  Sometimes this works, but often it doesn’t.  I don’t do this.
  • Write hate-related comments or comments that violate the commenting instructions.

13 Tips for how to write blog comments that get published

1.  Read the post or watch the video so you know what the post is about.  Also, sometimes a post may give direction or ask a question about comments.  For example, if the post is a photo gallery, you might be asked to vote for your favorite photo.

2.  Read other comments to get ideas what other commenters are saying and getting published.

3.  View your comment as a submission for a mini-guest post.  Take it this seriously.  You want to write blog comments which the blog owner will want to publish your message.

4.  Quality over quantity.  Sometimes I’ll write a 300 word comment, but that’s if I have much to say.  Usually, I write 50 to 150 words making up a full point.

5.  Edit your comment before submitting it.  Check your spelling and grammar.  Be professional.  Again, treat your comment as if you’re submitting a mini-article for publishing.

6.  Read any commenting instructions.  Most comment instructions tell you not to write hate-based comments.  Other instructions may include using a post’s keyword in the comment.

7.  Don’t write hate-based comments.

8.  If you have a different or contradictory opinion, that’s good.  A quality blogger will publish different opinions.  That said, some bloggers won’t.

9.  If a blog post is promoting a product or service, you’re familiar with that product and service, and you like that product or service, say so.  But don’t just say “I agree” or “great product”.  Instead, write about your experience with it and why you like it.  Write a mini-review.  The blogger will love your comment because it will help sales in the blog post.  Be sure to be detailed and know what you’re talking about.

10.  Reply to other commenters.  You don’t always have to write a fresh comment.  Perhaps you have a succinct and informative response to an existing comment.
Research some aspect of the blog post before submitting your comment.  For example, suppose your read a post about a pancake recipe that is gluten free.  Research for any alternative/additional ingredients that could be used.  If you try the recipe, write about how it worked for you.  If you know of a great cooking tool to help with the recipe, mention it.

Example comment in response to a gluten free pancake recipe:

“It’s amazing how detrimental gluten is for some people.  I had no idea until a friend was told by her doctor to avoid gluten foods.  She’s not alone.  Gluten sensitivity (GS) is on the rise.  It turns out that gluten can adversely affect the blood chemistry of gluten sensitive people (who knew?).  The trouble is that gluten is in wheat and other grains which are used so much in many diets.  That’s why your gluten free pancake recipe is helpful.  I’ll be passing this recipe on to my friend.”

11.  Include a post’s keyword in your comment if possible.  How to determine the keyword?  It’s likely in the post’s title.  Bloggers typically target 1 or a few keywords in a post.  They’ll like the fact you included the keyword in the post, as long as it’s done in a meaningful and natural way.

12.  Links in the comment?  I don’t do this, even if the comment form says I can use “href” tags.  I’m content with a link through the “name” field.  Two exceptions to this are as follows:

  • I may link to a site I don’t own – an authority on the subject that is useful for readers.
  • I may link to another blog post on the post I’m commenting.

13.  Be personal.  If you can tie a personal experience in the comment, that is fantastic.

A simple rule to follow for how to write blog comments is to imagine the blog on which you’re commenting on is owned by you.  Then write blog comments you would approve and would want published on your blog.

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