6 Vital Reasons to Comment on Other Blogs

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Comments are the life-blood of a successful blog. The comment section of a blog reveals the level of communication between an author and his readers. It’s also one of the fundamental features that seems to make a blog stand out from regular websites.

As much as I love receiving comments at Site Sketch 101, I also find great joy from leaving comments at other blogs. I find that not only am I able to connect with other bloggers about our common interests, but I’m also able to use comments on other blogs to benefit my own blog.

6 Vital Reasons to Comment on Other Blogs

Here’s a list of ways that commenting on other blogs can be a great benefit to your own blog:

  1. Comments help build your online presence. As you increase the number of places that you leave your mark on the internet, you will also increase the number of people that will be exposed to who you are.
  2. Develop professional relationships. If you are a really good blogger then you can accomplish a lot of great things on your own. But if you want to be a great blogger then you will need to learn that working together with others will multiply your chances at being truly successful. Engaging comments are a great way to begin connecting with other bloggers.
  3. Enhance your site’s brand. When you leave well-written comments that grab the attention of the other readers then it’s as if you are getting to advertise for free in the feedback section of other blogs.
  4. Grow your credibility. When people see you out and about in the community and your actually contributing meaningful content to the conversations then they usually take note of you. Especially if they start to see your name around a lot.
  5. Create links to your site. Most blogs give you a field to put in your website address which creates a link back to your website along with your comment. I have many people tell me that they found Site Sketch 101 by clicking through on one of my comments at another blog.
  6. Build your page rank. This benefit, of course, only applies to blogs who do not use the nofollow tag on their outbound links. Google will use these links to add more weight to your website which will in turn increase your chances of being found in their search engine.

After perusing that list of benefits, you’re probably ready to get out there in the blogosphere and start leaving your mark. That’s great. But make sure that you take the time to make each comment genuine and credible. Don’t start spamming other bloggers with junk.

Make your comments really worthwhile and you will build your name into a recognizable online authority.

Group Discussion:

Can you think of other benefits to leaving comments on blogs? Have you ever received any visitors to your site as a result of commenting? What’s your favorite blog (other than your own) to comment on and why?

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  1. August 18, 2009

    Satkrit said:

    Commenting on other websites is really vital. This post hits all the important points.

    P.S. I saw the Choose your language: Great idea. But I think you should put it after the twitter followers. More easier for people to see. :0

    • August 18, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Satkrit » Thanks. The main reason I chose the bottom is because the majority of my readers are from the Unites States. Because of this trend that I’ve found in my analytics program, I’ve decided that I wanted to make sure that it’s available but not necessarily taking away from the most important information to my current demographics.

      Eric B. » Good point. I’ve actually already written another post that will go live on Thursday in which I discuss some rules that when followed can really multiply the effectiveness of leaving comments. Comments are a great way to promote yourself and to build your credibility…but only if they are done right!

      Hua Chen » That’s certainly the goal of every blogger…to create great posts that inspire people to leave feedback and engage them with their thoughts and comments!

      Eric o. » I’m glad that you went with Gravatar.com. I know that with me personally I now have a way to visually represent who you are. I see the picture there and I instantly associate it to you and your comments. Commenting can be intimidating at first but you’ve obviously got it down. Also note that the way that you write more than one sentence and the way that you break up your sentences with line breaks is an excellent way to increase your comments readability.

      Dave Sparks » You’re welcome. That’s a good point. Just getting your name out there can be just as valuable as link-dropping if your comments offer real value to the blog.

  2. August 18, 2009

    Eric B. said:

    When I’m leaving a comment, I usually try to say more than “Great post!” (I do sometimes, though :P)

    Also, if your comments have a more personal tone, I think that more people would click the link to your site because you don’t sound like someone just commenting to get some links.

    I do get some visitors to my site from leaving comments on blogs. Google Analytics shows that the blog that has brought me the most visitors is buildinternet.com.

    I think this site is the one that I’ve left the most comments on. The second one would probably be Nettuts.

  3. August 18, 2009

    Hua Chen said:

    I like to comment on blog that have great posts.

  4. August 18, 2009

    Eric O. said:

    I’m getting more and more comfortable commenting on blogs. It was a little intimidating at first. Not really sure why, but now I enjoy it.

    Commenting on blogs is a great opportunity to get exposure for your own blog, because it is almost like a mini-guest post. You get the benefit of the blogs traffic and guest can get a flavor of your writing style and a feel for you as a blogger.

    Finally, having an avatar is important in order to standout from other commenters. Thanks Nicholas for pointing me to Gravatar.com. I feel more legit as a commenter now.

  5. August 18, 2009

    Dave Sparks said:

    I have certainly noticed a lot more traffic to my site when I’m reading and commenting on people’s blogs.

    People should also not be put off by sites that use no follow or don’t allow links (smashing magazine for example) – it’s not all about page rank and links!
    It’s about being seen, getting involved and showing appreciation.
    Which leads me to say thanks Nicholas for another interesting post!

  6. August 18, 2009

    Bruce said:

    Social Media is my main source of traffic to my site, but people following through comments is #2. I find myself trying to comment on too many blogs some days. I need to come up with some sort of game plan. I also need to put more effort into better comments. Sometimes I’m just lazy and write anything to get my link out there. I know nobody will click on it if I don’t say something clever though.

    My favorite blog to comment on is scarymommy.com Probably because it was the first blog I commented on that then commented on mine.

  7. August 18, 2009

    Arisu said:

    Comments can give you ideas for posts and you get to know what´s going on around… I got to know twitter, technocrati and Chuck Norris facts for comments on blogs- It also helps to lose the fear of speaking up your mind.

    My favorite blogs to comment are the ones I´m suscribed to, they have great content -otherwise I wouldn´t suscribe, right?- and I can keep track of the “conversation”.

    • August 18, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Arisu » They certainly can give you ideas for posts. In fact, I’ve run a few posts around here just to get people’s feedback for ideas for other posts. Too often, bloggers undervalue the importance of their readers advice.

      David » I’m glad that you’ve gotten into the habit of it. I’m also glad that I’ve had the privilege of connecting with you and finding your blog because of your comment.

      Calvin » I know what you mean about the mood thing. Sometimes I just feel like I want to go relax or something because it really takes some work to think of engaging comments. Thanks for commenting on this site!

      Kathy » I’ll certainly be giving you some fodder for your blog. I plan on running a contest at least once per month her at Site Sketch 101. As the site grows, I’m going to try to increase both the number of winners and the magnitude of the prizes. Hopefully that will aid in fueling the growth here. I appreciate you leaving your comment here.

      HullDo » Thanks and good points. Comments really do help both the reader and the author of the blog.

      AspenSpin » Ha ha! You’re right. It is hard to buy bread with comments, but if buying bread is your only motivation then blogging will be a difficult task. Blogging is all about connecting with other real people and working to meet their needs and provide them with quality content. It’s not just about receiving. I’ve found that some of the most giving people are often the ones with the greatest rewards.

      Ana » Thanks a lot. That’s really nice of you. I’m really glad that you found the site here as well. I believe that blogging is all about connecting with people so if I weren’t very clear in expressing myself then I would be failing at my primary goal. I try very hard to be clear and your feedback really builds me up. I really appreciate it.

      Jamie Favreau » Thanks for sharing this with your friend, Jamie. Blogging really is an online community. We talk to one another. We ask questions. We develop friendships and professional relationships.

  8. August 18, 2009

    David said:

    I used to hesitate before leaving a comment on a site, but after getting into the habit of commenting to me now it’s a great way of building friendships with other site owners. Also it’s great to learn what is current.

    My favorite site to comment on would be bitrebels if I really had to pick one.

  9. August 18, 2009

    Calvin said:

    Very useful tips. Thank you very much! I too need to work on commenting on other blogs.
    Sometimes I’m not in the mood or other times I’m wondering whether or not I really should give my two cents. From now on though, I really will try to continue to comment on blogs, so once again I thank you! 🙂

  10. August 18, 2009

    Kathy said:

    I am fairly new to the blogging community but I am becoming increasingly aware of the importance of leaving comments to other posts. I originally began my blog as a way to share all the newest freebies and sweepstakes going on and to keep track of all the great links I have gathered over the years. Surprisingly though, I’ve found that I enjoy leaving comments and the interaction among other blogger’s in the community. It’s a great way to make new friends, help others, and build traffic to your site. I see it as a win-win situation. Seeing as I love to enter contests, and sweepstakes, most of my comments thus far have been related to contest entry. I do comment when reading an article of interest, a how-to article and so forth to either as questions or to thank them for writing the post. I truly enjoy the articles written here at Site Sketch 101. I am not sure how I stumbled across this site exactly but I am sure I was looking up ways to increase my site traffic, ways to setup my blog, and ways to effectively blog. The articles written here are exactly what I am looking. They are filled with excellent advice and great ideas. It’s what keeps me subscribed and keeps me returning.

  11. August 18, 2009

    HullDO said:

    I like the idea of commenting on other blogs. It’s nice to receive feedback yourself, and commenting on someone’s work helps them too – in my opinion. Either, it makes them realise what they’re doing really well; like this article. Or it will give your suggestion and allow them to receive other feedback from different people who have their own ways of thinking.

    Nice website you have here, Nicholas.

  12. August 18, 2009

    AspenSpin said:

    Niiiice article, very valid, but its hard to buy a loaf of bread with comments.

  13. August 18, 2009

    Ana said:

    That is an insightful entry, Nicholas. I am happy to have found your blog, via serradinho’s site. You definetly have a clarity when expressing your experiences, within the Blogosphere. Commenting/writing is a natural means of connection and communication, and a useful tool. I feel that commenting on other blogs, is an opportunity to connect with people, putting aside the obvious blog promotion. The connection is always vividly strong between people, in regards to the blog entry as that is what drives a person to comment. That, and the diversity of comments left. I find this thoroughly enjoyable, to encounter people via blogging and read about what they think, their experiences, their views and philosophy on general issues and life itself. People are what interest me, and I am grateful to share this. Therefore I find it fascinating when I visit new blogs, as the engagement is rather more with the person through the message left in the entry.

  14. August 18, 2009

    Jamie Favreau said:

    I have passed this on to a person I know who is trying to share his blog but I know he needs to comment. I don’t think people realize blogging is another online community.

  15. August 18, 2009

    Mark said:

    I used to bounce form blog to blog and never leave a comment. Just recently I started posting comments on the blogs i go onto. I enjoy expressing my thoughts to different blog topics.
    I can efinitely see how posting can benefit you. most importantly it links you with other like-minded people.

    • August 18, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Mark » It definitely does connect you with other people which is one of the most important things about blogging in my opinion. Being able to connect with real people can really set you apart as a blogger. I think that now that you are leaving comments on blogs then you will probably begin to see more people coming and visiting your site and engaging with you. That’s what usually happens anyway.

  16. August 18, 2009

    Evan said:

    I agree with Mark, that your 2nd point is probably my favorite. I feel like I’ve almost gotten to know some people, just by commenting on their blogs (and vice versa). Some of my most regular visitors of my blog are people whose blog I visit, and sometimes the subject matter of their blogs aren’t remotely the same as mine. I know that isn’t the smartest way to get traffic, but I also enjoy experiencing different things.

  17. August 18, 2009

    gautam hans said:

    If u write something controversial u can get noticed. Yes comments get you noticed and you get noticed easily when u are the regular and first commenter of a blog.

    I have got traffic from other blog where i have left comments.

    Great post! Stumbled

  18. August 19, 2009

    Alex said:

    Leaving comments is simply good karma for everyone. Whenever I comment, I also like to tweet the post and share with my followers.

  19. August 19, 2009

    minanube said:

    Yes I love to comment on a neighbor blogger 🙂

  20. August 19, 2009

    Nora Reed said:

    These are great reasons to comment. I actually have a question for you, I have a hard time getting my own comments on my blog. Do you have suggestions on how to go about gaining more? I know the site gets traffic, but comments are scarce. It would be great to interact with my readers, but unfortunately, they never have anything to say. Your opinion would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  21. August 19, 2009

    jmj said:

    this is one post I really feel the need to comment on.

  22. August 19, 2009

    Joel A Levy said:

    I guess it’s similar to emailing, in a way. if you send a bunch of jokes out to a bunch of people on your list, you will start to get a bunch of jokes back. When you stop doing that for a while, you will only get stuff from a die-hard few. It’s good to stay in the mix if you want people to come calling to your site.

  23. August 22, 2009

    Ben said:

    Well, as you commented on my blog last month, I thought I’d stop by. 🙂

    Commenting on other blogs is really important. I don’t do enough of it, unfortunately, as I have so much going on, But from time to time, I go through my blog comments and click on a few sites I haven’t visited before. I like your site – great design – you have 1 new subscriber 🙂

    • August 22, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Ben –> Sometimes it really is difficult to find the time to respond to comments and to get out on other blogs and comment on their content so I certainly understand how you feel about that. I appreciate that you took the time to stop by here, to leave a comment, and to subscribe to the feed. 🙂

  24. September 2, 2009

    Mukund said:

    It is a very good article! This is the major way in order to get back links and there by achieve higher page rank. I accept with you Nicholas!!

    • September 2, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Mukund –> You’re right. Especially if you can find do-follow blogs like this one.

      • September 14, 2009

        Mukund said:

        Yes!! Yes!! I had a lot of problem understanding this do-follow and no-follow tags. Now, I am pretty clear with those!! Why no follow tags are not encouraged by Google for PR? Any idea?

  25. September 3, 2009

    Mike said:

    I have two blogs one of which I provide blog tips for the novice and the other a “daddy blog”. I use various urls from my blogs when commenting and not just the home page url. Helps with deep linking.

    BTW – thanks for you comment on 1 of my blogs: http://ecommerce-earnings.com

    • September 4, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Mike –> You’re welcome for the comment over there and I appreciate that you took the time to respond to it.

  26. September 7, 2009

    Marcus said:

    I found this blog due to a comment you made on another blog.

    I don’t comment enough on blogs, I know I should but all too often when I have written out my comment and press submit nothing seems to happen. Whether the comment is awaiting approval or has been binned as spam I don’t know. Most things on the Internet are instant, it can be disheartening when you think you have just wasted your time trying to comment.

    • September 7, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Marcus –> When my comments don’t get published somewhere, I simply don’t go back. I just build relationships with bloggers who enjoy my comments and are willing to interact with me. If they won’t give me that common courtesy then I don’t go back.

    • September 16, 2009

      ZXT said:

      Usually ion WordPress you have the option to moderate first time comments and then automatically approve their next ones.

      Sometimes though you’ll get a blank page afer you press submit, I think thats either WP fault or the hosting of the blog. Just try it again and see what happens. But if you’ve written wuite a few paragraphs already then its hard to have a motivation to type it all again.

  27. September 8, 2009

    BM said:

    This is so true. I do this when I try to introduce my new blogs to others

  28. September 9, 2009

    scott penton said:

    good post, commenting also gets us out of our readers, I read most of my subscribed blogs, like this one 🙂 , in google reader, and sometimes I don’t even go the person sites, but by commenting you gain the interaction part. Thanks

    • September 9, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      scott penton –> I’ll tell you that I’m glad that you came out of the reader and left some comments. Thanks for taking the time to interact with us here.

  29. September 9, 2009

    Matthew Day said:

    This article really clicked with me. I read an endless amount of peoples blogs.

    Then i bookmark and keep reading regularly, but I never comment.

    I thought to myself “why?”

    I guess it was because I didn’t really know the benefits until reading this post.

    Blog on, Squire!

    ~ Matthew Day

    • September 10, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Matthew Day –> Thanks. I’m glad that it helped you to break out of your shell and start commenting.

  30. September 9, 2009

    Luke Lux said:

    I like your post and your answer to Marcus above. It seems so right.

    Thanks to share it!

    • September 10, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Luke Lux –> I’m glad you liked it. I was just being honest with Marcus. It’s frustrating to not have your comments published.

  31. September 10, 2009

    Ron Boracay said:

    As a regular blog reader and hopper, I am bumping to great blogs from time to time. Sometimes, I end up printing those great posts they have for me to read while sipping a cup of coffee.

    One of those great blogs that inspired me to make some extra cash on the net is:


    Some people claims that he is a fake. But, whether he is a fake or not, his posts inspired me a lot and keeps me on going.

  32. September 10, 2009

    Noel Wiggins said:

    I thought I was the “only one” who knew these benefits of comment on other blogs, and was trying hard to keep it a secret, oh well guess the secret is out.

    So now I can shout it to the world.

    I love commenting on other peoples blogs in addition to the benefits stated above, its a way to join in on the conversations I find interested…

    Thanks & Regards
    Noel from nopun.com
    a professional graphic design studio

    • September 10, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Noel Wiggins –> Sorry about that. I didn’t intend to spoil your secret. LOL. The conversations are really what it’s all about.

  33. September 10, 2009

    Seth W said:

    There definitely are too many BLURKERS.. or blog lurkers who hide out on your blog and read articles but never contribute.

    It is nice to know as a blog writer that your readers are real people and actually alive!

    • September 10, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Seth W –> It is nice to know that. That’s why comments are so extremely valuable to me. I want to know my readers and I want my readers to know me.

  34. September 13, 2009

    Karl said:

    Excellent points. If I may add to the list: comments, questions and suggestions have helped me explore the subject of a post further than I had intended, or in ways I hadn’t considered. That’s worth more than presence.

    What would you classify as a junk comment? Sometimes I feel like dropping a “great post!” comment; it may add nothing to the conversation, but then again, some form of approval or encouragement may be deserved.

    ps. Great post!

    • September 14, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      Correct! It is just like expanding the topic then coming up with a new topic to be covered on the next post. This can bring out what your readers or commenters are looking forward to.

    • September 15, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Karl –> They sure do. They bring insights to the conversation that no individual could possibly come up with. They allow different perspectives and ideas to be presented.

  35. September 14, 2009

    ZXT said:

    I think 1 to 5 I can vouch for it as I already proved each of them. It’s the page rank that has yet to be seen. I think Google is about to update its page rank in the next 10 days.

  36. September 18, 2009

    akira07 said:

    Nick, i wanna ask a question regarding point no.6. I ever hear google is hate people who commenting in do follow blog too much, is this true?

    About comment in do follow blog will giving us pagerank, it’s true, but don’t hope too much since the article post is mostly have PR0.

    • September 18, 2009

      ZXT said:

      I never heard about Google frowning blog owners commenting on other blogs.

      About PR, which article are you talking about with PR0? I think PR isn’t specific on article but on the whole blog. So if the blog is PR3, a new or old article will be pretty much have the same PR3.

      • September 18, 2009

        Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

        ZXT –> PR is actually specific per page and not per site. So my homepage has PR1 but most posts have PR0. That is because the site is so young though. I’m sure that it might be PR3 by the next PR update.

        • September 28, 2009

          ZXT said:

          Nick -> Yeah you’re right its specific per page, I just assumed its per site because those websites that I checked usually have the same PR between their pages.

          • November 14, 2009

            Matthew Brown said:

            That is correct, PageRank is determined per page, though it is affected by the root domain. If you have a chance to, it can be interesting to look at the PageRank of posts with a lot of comments on them. The ones with a lot of comments are often the ones with the most sites linking back to them (not always, but often), sometimes these posts manage to get a higher PageRank than the website root. There are a number I’ve come across recently where the main site is sitting on PR 3, then some of their most popular blog posts are reaching PR 5 or 6!

    • September 18, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      akira07 –> I’ve never heard that Google hates them but someone who knows more about that topic may have more to say on it than I do.

  37. September 28, 2009

    Troy Monaco said:

    I keep hearing this so here goes… 🙂
    and yes definitely an insightful post. looking forward to reading more!

  38. January 12, 2010

    S.Smith said:

    Your blog is good looking. I post lots of comments here and there, but I’m baffled by lack of comments on mine. I have lots of readers, but few comments.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Kick Your Balance Woes =-.

    • January 12, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      It takes time to build up the community and the conversation. Just be sure that your constantly improving your site, that you’re writing amazing articles that are fun and full of information, and that you are connecting with people at and around your blog.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: 8 Awesome & Creative Free WordPress Themes =-.

  39. January 12, 2010

    S.Smith said:

    Do you use CommentLuv or your own version? I like yours better (or whatever you’ve done to it). And where does “twitter id” show up?
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Kick Your Balance Woes =-.

    • January 12, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      S.Smith » Actually it seems like it’s not displaying properly right now. I’ll look into it and I’ll have to get that fixed up today. Thanks for pointing that out. That feature must have broken during an upgrade or something.

  40. April 30, 2010

    Keith Davis said:

    Hi Nicholas
    It was a great surprise to me when I started blogging to find what a great community spirit there is amongst bloggers.
    I’ve found that many bloggers will return a comment with a comment.
    Really useful and encouraging when you are just starting out.
    As you say, commenting certainly builds your online presence.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Flying in formation =-.

  41. August 27, 2010

    Lasse said:

    Great post. Made reconsider a few things 🙂

    The blog I am helping out on running is about a niche topic. There are barely any blogs around about the topic (a Danish author), so I have been thinking that commenting on the few other blogs has to be made very carefully in order to not leave them feeling that I try to steal traffic and followers. This post has made me rethink that. If I involve myself in a professional discussion it might get a different feel to it.

  42. March 10, 2011

    Riley Harrison said:

    I think you have to write (this includes blogs and comments) from the heart to be real and authentic. And if you aren’t real and authentic you aren’t going to develop quality relationships (the ones that you treasure).

  43. April 5, 2011

    Allyson Stewart said:

    Hi, Nicholas

    Sometimes, I leave a comment to help someone else who’s posting a question. Other times, I leave a comment to encourage the author. And then, of course, I leave comments because I have a question to ask. And would you know it (no harm meant), but I do have a question for you…

    Is it a bad idea not to allow comments in posts? Some of my posts allow comments while some do not. Any thoughts on this?

    Thanks for your help!

    • April 5, 2011

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Seth Godin is one of the most prolific writer’s of our era as far as authoring and blogging are concerned and he allows no comments on any of his articles. It is a personal decisions and you be incredibly successful with or without comments. It all depends on your own personal goals for each post. This is, after all, an art.

  44. May 26, 2011

    Sam Moore said:

    Commenting is a very important aspect of blogging and sometimes comments offer more additional information than articles as well. Comments are a discussion and discussions brings out the best ideas.

  45. June 6, 2011

    dollycatherine said:

    Through blog comments you can build quality, one-way links back to your site. Over time, this will help to increase your search engine rankings and traffic.What are the benefits of our blog comment service?
    One of it is Our back link will not be added in with the comment. Doing this will lead to less power in the search engines and, of course, a higher chance of the link being marked as spam.
    Thank you

  46. August 31, 2011

    IgniteWebsites said:

    I am a avid blog reader. Instead of spending time reading all the bad news on the news sites, I take a few breaks during the day to read blogs and actually learn something I can use or benefits from. I will usually leave a comment if I have something of worth to say. Blogs are great. I read, I learn, I comment, and I increase my presence.

  47. October 13, 2011

    Mel Melhado said:

    When blog owners starts discussing about all those things involved in blogging its not something new, its more like business as usual but when a non-blogger shows interest it shows how bloggers influence the lives of millions of readers across the world.

  48. November 27, 2011

    Sarah said:

    I’m a food blogger and I spend about the same about of time on others’ blogs as I do writing for my own. I find that it helps me see trends among my peers and then I can contribute meaningfully. Also I sometimes notice a gap that no one has addressed that I think I can fill.

    Thanks for your ideas about commenting. I recently wrote about how to nurture conversation through comments.

  49. November 30, 2011

    Mark Taylor said:

    Another great blog post Nicholas. Thanks for sharing these tips with us! Looking forward to reading more of your posts later, thanks again!

  50. May 27, 2012

    Andre said:

    Thank you for your post!
    This post may not be the niche that I blog about, but it is certainly helping me improve my blogging experience. Without your valuable information, my time here would be useless.

    As a new Blogger I am learning how important it is to join the community and interact. It is so much more than just creating the blog traffic. What is lacking is communication and feedback on posts. As long as we can actively engage with one another then we are building a very strong bond together. I believe that this social networking is far deeper and more intellectual than what Facebook has become. There are so many element that Facebook has stripped down, but not we are just facing the jury of our peers. I love blogging and hearing feedback from real people who don’t know me at all. It is so very tiring to hear the same pessimistic junk from family and friends.

  51. January 23, 2014

    Eric Deeter said:

    I admit I’m not consistent at leaving comments. I like the benefits I get, but I think my primary motivation should be to add to the discussion.

    And I try not to add to the discussion just for the sake of writing. I think your last sentence is the most important of this post. I want to be sure to add value or keep quiet.

    • January 25, 2014

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Remember also that sometimes value isn’t only added by sharing something perfectly on topic and adding new insight. Sometimes you can provide value by sharing how much you enjoyed it and telling how you might try to use the information yourself. Of course, make sure it doesn’t look like a spam comment, but that’s easy to overcome by being personal and conversational in how you write it.