I created the Blogging Etiquette Series to provide some clarity on the “industry standard” with regard to blogging practices. You may not agree with some of what I have to say and that’s fine. The main question I want you to ask yourself is, “would I do (insert action here) in real life” and if you answer “no”, you probably shouldn’t do it in the blogging world either.
This is not a useful or acceptable comment on any blog. We’ve all seen comments like this. It offers nothing constructive. It mentions no part of the content, so clearly the person didn’t even read the article. Then to top it all off, they drop a link to their own site. Why the heck would anyone want to visit your site? Because of the awesome comment you left above your link? Hmm.
Let’s talk about the right way.
How to Leave a Comment on a Website or Blog
There’s no one right way to do it, but there are a few things you can do to make sure your comments are constructive and appreciated by everyone.
- Make sure to actually read the content that you are commenting on.
- Please, for the love of God, use proper grammar and check spelling errors. Especially if you are attempting to correct someone else with your comment.
- Don’t start a comment war. If you disagree and feel like you have to say so, state your point intelligently and appropriately and walk away. Then stay away.
- If you can help it, don’t leave a link unless one is asked for.
- Don’t be weird. Don’t ask awkward questions. Don’t tell your life story.
- Do respond to other people’s comments if you have something constructive to add, or if you simply want to kindly agree.
– I understand that everyone has to start somewhere, and that leaving links gets a few people to your site. But it’s generally regarded as tacky. Website owners like to be able to control the links that show up on their site. There’s an icky feeling that happens when you see someone else dropping their link all over your site. You’ll notice the “bigger” blogs don’t leave links with comments. That is not because they “have enough followers”, it is because they know how annoying it can be. Most often, your name will be a clickable link and that is enough.
– Give your opinion if you have to. But if you know it’s going to start a huge ordeal, think twice. Nobody wants to bear witness to a useless online blogger fight.
– By all means, practice on this post!
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