1,000 More Followers by Smart Commenting

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Introduction

Today’s guest blogger is Justian Madensen. He lives in Denmark and graduated from Celf (Vocational education) where he was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year 2010/2011.

When it comes to work I tend to have a lot on my plate. I work as an Affiliate manager for an Online Sports investor and on my spare time I spend lots of hours writing for my personal blog and gossip blog. Justian, thank you for this blog.

It seems like everybody is talking about making great content, and getting lots of inbound links and doing lots of commenting on other blogs, which are real good things to do, but are you getting the most out of it?.

I will share a few thoughts with you that will make your task easier to achieve.

If you are reading this, I know that you are already putting in a lot of hours in what you are doing. It takes a lot of hours making great content, getting inbound links and getting a huge network. What I am about to show you is no different. This is not a guide that will make you shine overnight, this blog post is more about thinking before posting and about giving you a heads-up about things you might be doing wrong or not as effective as you could.

Goals For This Post

  • To show you how some creative thinking will add value to your comments
  • To show you how you could stand out amongst the other posters

Before I get ahead of myself, I should mention that I am new to building my online network. I’ve been working with Search Engine Optimization for a few years now, and I am a strong believer of finding your niche and having your own (and better) approach then the rest of the guys out there.

Let’s pretend that your “base” (website, great content, Facebook, Twitter and Google+) are ready for you to increase your network. What additional options do you have besides what you’re already doing?

Stop and think (before posting)

One of the most powerful things you can do is posting a comment on someone else’s work. People love to read comments on the content that they have put hours into publishing. But don’t let you comment fall into the “Nice post” or “wow.. You got a point” category, those kinds of comments won’t get a second look by the author nor other readers.

Try to make your comment the center of attention. Make it special and make it worth reading. Are you able to contribute anything on this topic? Do you feel like the author has left something out? Thinking like that gets you into a debate with other readers as well as the author and that’s how you get the attention that you want. It also increases your chances of getting new followers and people looking you and your website up.

Be the first to comment

Being the first to comment ensures that your comment doesn’t get lost between all the other comments and since it’s right beneath the end of the article it is most likely that most of the readers will see it and perhaps make a comment to it.

Get notification

Make sure that you get notified if anybody makes a comment to an article you have commented on so that you can return and interact with somebody who might even have made a comment to your original comment.

Consider how your content affects the reader

I know I said – Think out of the box and get creative with your response to a blog post, but before you push submit, make sure that your comment have the right effect on people. You’re not aiming to alienate people  or trying to berate other members on a topic. So whatever you do keep in mind that people don’t like being patronized  and they don’t like being put down, so make sure you don’t offend people in any possible way.

Does your answer/post seem offensive or objective?

When people are attacking your comment or content in any way, it can be hard to calm yourself and be objective – but keep in mind, how you response on this matter might make you look like the hero or the zero. Do not answer right away! Give yourself a little time to reflect on the situation, and come up with the perfect answer. Don’t forget that your comment will stay there forever so don’t let a knee-jerk reaction make you look bad.

I know you won’t get 1.000 followers over night from incorporating this into your strategy, but you have increased the chances that the author and his readers will follow you. Getting yourself noticed is the first step to success.

Now it’s your turn. What other ways have you found that gets you more followers or people commenting on your comments?

I’ll be looking forward to reading your comments and you can find more information about me and my posts on my website  My website is www.newstyle.dk. You are welcome to follow me on twitter or google+ where I will be sharing more on my strategy on how to build a huge network . Thanks to Jorgen for the chance to be guest blogging here, and to pass my ideas and strategy on.

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7 Responses to 1,000 More Followers by Smart Commenting

  1. Alan Horton says:

    I like to comment too. I work in SEO, so appreciate and value comments and the links they bring. I always work hard to leave a valuable comment and not just “thanks, that was great”. I appreciate the time and trouble you went to in putting the article together. I know a lot of people think it’s a waste of time to comment on “no-follow” blogs. I couldn’t disagree more, if you out a reasoned and well thought out comment, it typically draws a few people to click on your link. So feel free people, click on my link! LOL

    • Hi Alan, thanks for your comment. Yes, commenting for the sake of commenting is usually a waste of time. Good comments also shows that the commenter (if that’s the right word) has taken the time to actually read the article and not just skim it. Thanks again. Jorgen

  2. Hoping I’m the first to comment! I found this stating the obvious, which of course we all need now and again.. I am used to leaving comments and then getting no feedback from the administrator of a site, which seems to me to be missing the opportunity to connect, and to maybe carry on a discussion further. Do you think administrators should ALWAYS reply to comments? Also do you think an administrator should always moderate comments?

    • Hi Mel,

      you’re right this is to some extend stating the obvious to somebody who understands what it takes to get interaction in social media. However, the vast majority of people do not understand these simple ‘rules’ which is why it can not be repeated often enough. While this relates to comments it also applies in general to what people post in social media. Most of it gets no comments because it’s not relevant quality content.

      No, I don’t think that administrators should always reply to comments. If an article has a lot of interaction (comments and they are on topic) then there is no need for the administrator to comment. If it has little interaction then the administrator can comments to try and generate more comments.

      As for moderating comments. It is common that the administrator moderate comments. Comment moderation allows the administrator to prevent comments from appearing without express approval. Moderation can be very useful in addressing comment spam, but it has more general applications as well. Of course this will only work if the administrator is available to moderate on an ongoing basis.

      I’m interested in hearing what other people think about my view – trying to get more interaction 😉

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  4. Hi Justian, I just circled you on Google+ and came across this post of yours. I agree with what you have to say though I’d like to emphasize more that commenting isn’t just about saying what one thinks about the blog post. Commenting is also about building relationships with the writer and with other readers too. What you say about being considerate is spot on. Blogs often have (weak or strong) communities around them, which gives the commenter a great opportunity to grab attention and stand out. @JeffreyRomano

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