Posted on January 7, 2015

7 ways to leave great blog comments

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blog comments

Lovely pics! Wanna follow eachother on GFC, Bloglovin and Instagram?

Interesting post! New post over on my blog come see it!

Love that dress. Check out my giveaway!

These are all examples of how to NOT comment on a blog. Yet, you see it everywhere.

Unless you’re a stranger to my blog posts, you’ll know that I regard leaving blog comments as the best possible way to gain readers and interaction.

But they have to be quality comments.

They have to be unique and clearly related to the blog post, they have to have a personal touch and show some actual interest in the post.

Just because you’re commenting on a blog to promote yourself doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy reading it and can’t leave a genuine comment.

5 thoughtful comments are much more valuable than 20 spam like comments.

Although, I only think it’s right I should admit that I have in the past left spammy comments, and the odd ‘follow for follow?’ plea. Gasp. I understand why a lot of people do it, because, well, when a lot of people do something, it seems like it’s the thing you should do. So people do it.

I ain’t hatin’. It’s just that I always get a much better response when I spend a bit more time reading a post and put a bit more thought into it!

Here are some tips I like to follow when leaving comments on new posts.

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1. Always respond to the text.

You’ll see it many times on blogs – the blogger has put up some photos, whether it be an outfit of the day or a picture diary of a day out. After this, they’ll write a blog post either relating to the pictures or not.

The comment section is full, but only with comments relating to the pictures. Nobody has once referred to the fact that the blogger has just announced her engagement, or the birth of her nephew, or that a family member has been diagnosed with cancer.

Or it might be a review of a product where the blogger has said the product doesn’t work, or is poor quality. Afterwards, there are replies such as ‘I’ll have to check it out!’ or ‘This product looks amazing, I’m going to try it!’

Awks. Read the blog post. Please.

2. Share a story. 

A blogger writes a post about moving house, then share your experience of moving house.

It’s so easy to share a similar or related experience of your own on a blog and makes for a great comment. Especially if it’s a funny story!

3. Provide context.

You might understand what you’re talking about, but not everyone will!

If it’s a long post with many points in it, make sure it’s clear which part of the post you are talking about so the blogger and other readers/commenters can understand the context of your comment.

4. Have a point to you comment.

If you loved the blog post, don’t simply put ‘I loved this post!’. Say why you loved the post.

What is it about you that made you love it. Does it relate to something that’s happened in your life? Do you have a similar dress that you love? Do you like the cut of the skirt?

5. Proof read your comment.

I AM TERRIBLE AT THIS.

I honestly am.

Proof read your comment to make sure there’s no grammar/spelling mistakes, or you haven’t used the wrong word by mistake! I often neglect this and I just end up looking like a massive knob. Wah.

6. Ask a question.

This is a great way to spark interaction. Ask the blogger a question relating to the post.

Please don’t make that question ‘wanna follow each other on GFC?’

7. Leave your blog link.

But don’t over promote yourself!

I want you to leave the link to your blog, but what I don’t want is the link to your latest post, your Twitter, your bloglovin and instagram.

Just simply leave me a link to your blog to let me come visit you!

If I like what I see, I’ll follow your social media accounts from your blog – not by you linking them all up in my comment section.

What are your best commenting tips?

PS I don’t even have GFC.

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97 Comments

  • Reply Paige Mckinnon January 7, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Comments like those can be so frustrating at times~ ^ ^
    It can make you wonder if they put any thought in to their comment at all! ^ – ^

    http://www.thedailydollyblog.com

  • Reply Average Adventures January 7, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Cute article! Check out my giveaway!

    I joke I don’t do giveaways nor know or have a GFC I think? I’m a first time reader so thank you for popping up on my Twitter feed! I’m gonna go explore your site now and find me some more blogging tips!

    average adventures

    • Reply Megan // Oh Hey Blog January 7, 2015 at 10:38 am

      I was going to write the same thing… mmmm GFC?!?! Glad I’m not the only one with no idea about that one hahaha.

      • Reply Megan // Oh Hey Blog January 7, 2015 at 10:39 am

        P.s the little picture that appeared next to my name makes me look mean. I’m not! I swear!!

        • Reply Catherine @Not Dressed As Lamb January 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm

          Megan hi, if you register a profile pic at gravatar.com you’ll never get a generic icon anywhere again – it’ll show your avatar next to your details wherever you leave a comment! C x

        • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:01 am

          I like him 🙂

      • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:01 am

        Ha, GFC is Google Friend Connect, it’s a way of following blogs that blogger used to have. Some blogger blogs still have it though most use Bloglovin now!

  • Reply Abby Smith January 7, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Great post. I totally agree with all of your points here but especially the first one – it’s so annoying when someone clearly hasn’t even read the post and just comments to share a link to their blog! I know we’ve all been guilty of over promoting ourselves at some point but come on, how hard is it to leave a nice, thoughtful comment!?

    In my experience, I always check out the people who do leave quality comments because they’ve taken a proper interest in my blog, I rarely check out spammers! xo

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Exactly – if you want someone to read your blog, you need to give them quality engagement too. It’s a two way thing!

  • Reply Vanessa January 7, 2015 at 9:50 am

    This is a great post, I completely agree with you – those type of comments have no value and are just so frustrating! <3 xx

    nessiehere.blogspot.co.uk

  • Reply Chloe January 7, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I pride myself on leaving fabulous blog comments 😉 Although in reality I probably waffle on too much and bore everyone to tears!

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Sometimes I waffle on so much and I’m a bit embarrassed haha. Oh well.

  • Reply Chloe Ellen January 7, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I hate comments like the first examples – I go as far as deleting ‘follow for follows’ from my blog! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Mary January 7, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I enjoyed reading your blog post. It’s so true. I hate people, who comment: I love your blog. Wanna follow eachother?. It’s a little disrespectful to what you have written about.
    Also what do you think: is it better to leave a link to my blog, because I normally don’t do that?

    Mary x

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:05 am

      In my comment section, for example, it gives the option to leave your link which is fine. If the comment is on blogger or google plus, I always leave my link. But just the link to my blog.

      When I was on blogger and people didn’t leave their link, I got frustrated a lot because I wouldn’t know what the person blog was to return the favour. Not all bloggers will come back to your blog, but I honestly think it’s better to sign off with your blog name if you’re unable to give it any other way 🙂

  • Reply Anouk January 7, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I fully agree with your tips! I think over time, commentors (hopefully) realize that spammy comments are not yielding any rewards and may rethink their ‘strategy’.

    http://www.LUXESSED.com

  • Reply jackie harrison January 7, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I have to said this is direct and honest I respect that, I also agree with comments follow to follow or writing to promote yourself. I get so many of those. As per spelling errors I’m a corporate with my phone especially if I’m traveling for business I type fast before getting on a plane or in a middle of going to a conference room for a meeting, so sometimes I do not proof read due to lack of time. (Blame it on my phone spell ck LOL)
    Great post doll.

    • Reply Corinne January 8, 2015 at 11:44 am

      I never do comments on my phone, I don’t think I would have the patience haha.

  • Reply Joanna January 7, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Well said, Corinne. I do need to start proofreading my comments as well!

    lovejoanna.com

  • Reply KizzyDoll January 7, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    These are great tips!! I don’t mind someone asking me to follow them if they’ve actually read my post and it shows in their comment. But, as you say, the ones that say..’Nice post, come seen mine or let’s follow each other’ I tend to ignore really. I have had a few times that I’ve clicked publish and missed a typo and I try to fix it. The people that leave like every link to every page they have are annoying, haha. If all their links are neatly together in a row or something, that’s fine, but most have them one right under the other and posts weird sometimes on blogs and then they leave like a two word comment and all these links, I think it’s a bit rude. We should be reading posts and be more interested and give thoughtful comments, even if we might not be that interested in the topic, it still deserves some care in commenting as you would like the same on one’s own blog posts. This was great, lots of points that I always think on. Have a great day doll, hopefully a drier one than we’re having up here in Scotland 🙂 xx

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Thanks Kizzy. I agree with you. I don’t mind so much them asking me to follow after a decent comment, although I must admit it would still leave a bit of a sour taste in my mouth!

  • Reply M January 7, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Yesss!! I’m really loving these blogging tips of yours and this is one I loved to read. I really really hate those commenters who are asking for follow for follows and don’t even really read the post!! I reckon all the tips you’ve given are definitely things people have to do, except I don’t proofread my comments either. *blushes* You’ve pretty much covered all the tips so I don’t have anything else to say. Lol I’ve probably broken so many of them in this comment, but I hope it’s satisfactory. xx

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Haha, good comment 😉

  • Reply Lady parisienne January 7, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I understand, it’s true that it can but hurtfull, but I guess sometime people are not “delicate” if they don’t care they should’nt come I don’t know what you think but I can understand a Interesting post! sometime people have no time but not a Interesting post! New post over on my blog come see it!

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:10 am

      I think the thing is – so many people do this that people think it’s normal or okay to do. You can see small pockets in the community where the same bloggers will do this amongst each other. They might not be doing it in a nasty way, but in a community where commenting on lots of blogs is seen as a way of gaining readers/views etc, quality goes a bit downhill then everyone just follows each others lead.

  • Reply lily kate January 7, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    You always leave the best comments Corinne! I agree that you can totally tell when a reader has just looked at the pictures and skimmed over the text. I love when my stories I’ve shared spur others into remembering (and sharing) stories of their own.
    Thank you for commenting on my blog too!
    lily x
    http://www.jolihouse.com

  • Reply Hollie Garner January 7, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    this is a brilliant post which is so well written and is all so true! I have seen way too many of these type of comments on my blog! I never leave a link to my blog myself as i always feel like it has taken away from my original comment somehow! Maybe that is because of exactly what you have said above and in my mind,i dont feel comfortable leaving my link! This is how i feel! I also feel the same way about leaving my link at the end after participating in any blogger chats but this is unrelated to your really very interesting post! Thanks xx

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Haha, I wish you had left your link, 😉

  • Reply Catherine @Not Dressed As Lamb January 7, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Brilliantly observed, Corinne – agree with you 100%! There’s no way to get any sort of relationship going if you leave those sorts of comments… I have no clue why people do it and what they think they’ll get out of it.

    I am also terrible at proofreading comments, but really only in Blogger blogs as you only see a little bit of what you’ve written at a time. I love the interesting comments that I get on my blog – anything that’s well observed, or funny, or really complimentary (of course!!) are my favourites.

    I’m loving these tips posts that you write… I’m sorry I don’t comment more on them!! (How ironic considering the topic!)

    Catherine x

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:13 am

      I think they figure because so many bloggers are willing to swap a naff comment for a naff comment, it’s a quick and easy way to get loads of comments on their blog post. But I think it really says a lot if you see a lot of short, meaningless comments on a blog compared to a blog post that may have 10-20 longer comments!

      Compliments are great but are thrown around a lot in the community, don’t you think? I’m going to end up big headed haha!

    • Reply Ann Krembs January 28, 2015 at 4:27 am

      Since I found you through Catherine, I thought it only appropriate to chime in through a reply. Now, through Not Dressed As Lamb I’ve found yet another fabulous blogger!

      I totally agree with all that you’ve said. I cringe when I seen other people just saying “love it,” and that’s it. Well I don’t cringe, but I think to myself, “That’s not gaining that blogger any traction.” Anyhoo, we are all trying to get better at this. Posts like this really help! So thank you.

      I’m gonna sign off now (and include my link!! Heehe. I always do.), but I want to let you know I’m Happy to have found you! Thanks again Catherine and Corinne.

      Love,

      Ann of Kremb de la Kremb
      Ann Krembs recently posted…Spanx Me Baby! The Pros and Cons to Women’s ShapewearMy Profile

      • Reply Ann Krembs January 28, 2015 at 4:29 am

        Oh, now that title looks really embarassing! Hmmm…something to be said about seeing your blog titles elsewhere! Might need to rethink that one!! *blush*

        • Reply Ann Krembs January 28, 2015 at 4:31 am

          Ugh! And now I’ve spelled embarrassing wrong! Goodness, I’m gonna just get outta here! Have a good day! ;P

  • Reply Neesha January 7, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I totally just read the blog comments to see if anyone had actually read the post lol! Everyone gets top marks. I find it infuriating when people just leave a comment asking me to follow them and don’t comment on anything from my blog post. Argh!! From now on I shall direct those nuisances to this post!
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:13 am

      Haha, yeah! Everyone seems to have got the point of this 😉

  • Reply Tara January 7, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Ah, yes! I appreciate all blog comments but I have about 2 or 3 regular commenters who always leave such thoughtful replies and those are my favourite.

    I absolutely hate ‘follow for follow’ comments, I will just delete them if I get any. I also love it when someone shares a story! I left a comment on one of my fave bloggers post’s the other day to say I had a funny dream with her in and she later tweeted me to say it properly cracked her up!

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Regular commenters are the best as you know they are genuine. Even if from time to time they leave quick, short comments – you still know they’ve read because of the trust/relationship they’ve built up with you in the past.

      Haha, dreaming about bloggers is a little mental, are you okay? :p

  • Reply Rowena @ rolala loves January 7, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    If only people actually followed these tips when commenting. I think even reading a little of the text is important before commenting. I read a post where someone was mourning a loved one and there were comments on the photo and follow me spammers that had nothing to do with the person had actually written which was quite lovely.

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:15 am

      That’s so sad!

  • Reply Shireen L. Platt January 7, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I’ve noticed a recent drop in the ‘follow for follow’ comments, haven’t been seeing it on my blog (touch wood!) and rarely see it on other blogs too. I would like to think the recent posts on the matter by many bloggers made a huge impact and others are more well educated on the matter.
    You’re not the only one who is terrible at proofreading, I’m guilty of it too. And with the damn auto-correct, I’ve my fair share of embarrassing comments. Eekk!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Yeah, as I’ve built up a stronger, audience that really do read my post and leave fab comments, I find I’ve got less and less. I think they must see that and not feel it appropriate to ask for a follow!

  • Reply Caro* January 7, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Great post ! Your advices are very good.
    I would like to say more sometimes but I lost a lot of my English vocabulary…
    I must learn again ! 🙂

  • Reply India January 7, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Haha point 6. Can you please follow me? Nice rose. I have roses too, we’re twins again.

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Forever twins.

  • Reply ISABEL - EL SECRETO DE MISTER CLOSET January 7, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Nice post! I agree with you.
    http://elsecretodemistercloset.com

  • Reply Naomi January 7, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    This is so true! Anyone who asks for a follow gets ignored tbh, I won’t even look at their blog haha!
    I much prefer thought out comments so when I comment I like to do the same! Xx

  • Reply DainteShop January 7, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    hah honey this post is great ! I read it every single word of it and everything is so true. I hate when some people leave me just a link to their blog. They should at least try to fake it that they care about my blog and about what I’m writing about.

  • Reply Laura January 7, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    ahh, #1. i hate it when people don’t read blog posts at all, especially when it’s something like talking about someone’s death and the comments are “great post!” haha! i do sometimes leave stupid little meaningless comments, but at least i try to do more than that most of the time:-) f4f? lyk4lyk? xx

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:18 am

      I think we sometimes are all guilty of it. spam 4 spam?

  • Reply Ellen January 7, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Very few bloggers would be brave enough to post a post like this and for that I really commend you. I also whole heatedly agree with you.

    When people just write a small little comment on my post it can be seen as insulting, as though they didn’t read my post properly and didn’t delve into something I put time and effort into. I love to see you addressing this because I see this everywhere. I think it shows that people are just eager for followers etc with minimum effort. I would much rather follow someone who put some thought into the comment they have written for me.

    When someone new visits my blog, i do go onto their blogs to check it out but I only follow if I’d genuinely be interested in the blog. 🙂

    Blogging isn’t only about the blog posts themselves but also the comments. I wonder is there a way to stop this behaviour?

    From Ellen in Ireland
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:20 am

      I’m not sure if it will stop! I’m sure it is a good way of getting followers, but what’s the point if they’re not going to really come back and leave. It just means that you have a bunch of followers that will stop visiting and your feed is full of blogs that you’re probably not that bothered about!

  • Reply Elizabeth Rebecca January 7, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I think they key to good commenting is time.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Reply Annabel January 7, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Well, I feel like the pressure is on with this comment now! But I am so with you on not proof reading, don’t think I’ll ever learn!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Haha, I feel the pressure now with my comments on others blogs!

  • Reply Brooke January 7, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Nice blog! Check out my giveaway!…Just Kidding! I couldn’t agree with you more. One of my favorite parts about blogging is connecting with other people and building relationships, so when people leave comments like that, I just ignore them. It’s just so insincere!

  • Reply Jessica Cangiano January 8, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Goodness, yes! This is a topic that needs to be discussed far more often, especially when it comes to novice bloggers.

    One of the most frequently asked questions that I receive is how I grew my blog’s audience (in the beginning and to this day), and a solid chunk of the answer is that I did so by leaving engaging, sincere comments on other blogs in my niche and a few akin to it. From those comments sprang not just readers, but often online friends, fantastic connects, new opportunities and a wealth of benefits, not the least have been quality comments on my site as well.

    Really, really ace post, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Thanks Jessica. I get the same questions too. I think too many people are looking for a quick fix to get a big, popular blog. When there is no quick fix. You either make the effort with others and it shows, or you don’t make effort with others.

  • Reply Tina Bradley January 8, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Great tips! I’m glad it’s good to share a story. I seem to do this a lot! T. http://www.bloglovin.com/tickledpinkwoman

  • Reply Tee | Rotten One January 8, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Ah, great post! I actually keep all of these in mind and try to give comments that actually show I’ve read the post. I guess for some people, it takes them a lot of time to read the things others are writing and then formulate a thoughtful comment on it.

    My favorite tip is sharing your story. If others are reading the same post, they will definitely be interested in hearing your own experiences about the subject matter.

    I think leaving helpful tips or information is another good one too! x

    Tee @ Rotten One

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Sometimes it can be hard to read some posts, or find comments on in a blog. There are times when I struggle but for the most part, it’s a habit I’ve learnt.

  • Reply Mili January 8, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Aghh I’m with you! What’s even worse is some people literally just copy and paste comments, like a few times I’ve gotten “what a cute outfit” comments on a recipe post. But sometimes I truly am stumped on what to say, so thanks for the tips 🙂

    Mili

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:23 am

      I’ve seen that a few times, when one blogger went around loads of posts saying about how much they loved the blog, the layout and it was an interesting post. It was the exact same message on almost every blog I visited! I was really tempted to go over to her blog and say something haha.

  • Reply Akaleistar January 8, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Responding to the text is so important! The pictures don’t always tell the full story.

  • Reply Alissa January 8, 2015 at 3:35 am

    These are really great tips! I hate reading comments like, “great blog post” or other general comments like that. You’ll really know who read your blog posts.

  • Reply Imogen January 8, 2015 at 5:04 am

    This is so completely 100% true. I get so frustrated by spam comments and self promotion. The one which annoys me most is “cute dress,,,[self promoting comments].” I definitely believe that commenting on other blogs is the best way to get readers too. I always really appreciate when someone has read the text in my post and not just looked at the photos. I can always tell. LOL I love how you said post a question but don’t make it do you want to follow each other on GFC.

  • Reply Mica January 8, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Yes! More people need to read this post seriously! Even though I don’t publish ‘follow for follow’/’please follow’ comments, and say that in my comment form, I get so many of those comments! GAAAH! They all just end up in my spam folder in the end.

    It’s funny looking at the comment section on my posts – i can see who’s taken the time to read the post and leave a thoughtful comment, and I’ll head over to their blog to return the favour. The ‘great pic’ or ‘great blog’ and 10 million links comments I don’t bother following up with, they haven’t taken any time so why should I? Hopefully eventually people will stop leaving useless comments!

    have to say, you’re good at leaving comments though, I enjoy reading yours! 🙂

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Mica! I think a lot of comments go straight to spam for me and I don’t really have time to go through them!

  • Reply Mariah January 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I try so hard not to leave spammy comments. If i don’t have anything really good to say, I usually just don’t comment. Thanks for the tips though! I will be applying them. I’m also super bad at proofreading just by the way. Haha!

    Theatricality by Mariah

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:26 am

      I always try to leave something, esp if the blogger has left me a comment. But there has been times when I’ve just given up!

  • Reply Lucy January 8, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I am sitting reading this on a train laughing to myself, everyone around me probably thinks I am mad. I really like thoughtful comments that you have read the post and are interested. I absolutely hate follow me. Love you blog if you follow me let me know and I will follow you. Delete sorry Lucy x

  • Reply Kerri January 8, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Nice post! 😉

    (Just kidding! I completely agree with this, 100%. I like to take some time every day to comment on a few new blogs and I get far more engagement from this. Probably even a bit better than twitter chats. It’s really nice to get a comment where they mention they they’d seen me come by.

    Don’t worry, we all look like a knob at some point!)

  • Reply Krysta January 8, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I have had my blog for a year now but haven’t taken advantage of commenting or using social media a ton. So thank you so much for this! It will help a lot as I start to comment more 🙂 if you have a free moment, I’d love for you to check my blog out! HulseSimplicity.blogspot.com. Have a great day!

    • Reply Corinne January 9, 2015 at 10:27 am

      You really should give it a go, it’s a great way of getting interaction!

  • Reply Sophie Durrans January 9, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Oooh, now I’m paranoid I’m going to leave a stupid comment! I’m awful at not reading back through my comments and usually end up looking like a tit as swype comes up with all sorts of weird and wonderful words I didn’t mean to write!
    One of my goals for 2015 is to interact with more bloggers and leave more comments so this had been a great post. Thanks!
    I never thought before to leave a link to my blog in comments before, great idea, so here’s goes!
    http://www.lifeasmrsd.co.uk

  • Reply Angi January 11, 2015 at 12:41 am

    I totally hate spam comments too! I’m much more likely to check out someones blog if they leave me a comment then if they put “check out my blog” or any of the other examples you gave…if anything those sorts of comments make me not want to look at their blog at all.

    I am guilty of saying “great pics!” though…but that’s mainly because I’m a photography lover and like to give compliments where they are due 🙂

    Angi | iidifferentworlds.blogspot.co.uk

  • Reply Krithi January 11, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I so loved your point on replying to context and the subject the blog has been written ,it is so valid point and so many times we all miss it.
    THese tips are so valid and important.
    Thanks for this post 🙂

  • Reply Daecery C January 11, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Wow I’ve never agreed more! It gets really frustrating for me because I write (and I put a lot of thought into my writing) to generate a repsonse from the public. It makes me feel like my content isn’t interesting. Maybe I may be thinking way into this but I think it comes down to people’s initial objective to having a blog. I have a blog to write, others might have a blog to become the next Aimee Song.

  • Reply Amber January 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I get so upset when people leave comments not relating to the post, just to the photos!! They totally contradict what you’re saying and it’s stupid ugh!I try and always leave thoughtful comments, I worry I leave too long comments on some posts and just drivel on into something I could easily write into a blog post aha :/ xo

  • Reply Sarah January 11, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    One of the main reasons I moderate ALL comments left on my blog is so that the spammy ‘follow for follow’ posts don’t get published. I don’t want others to see those comments when they look through the comments section. In a weird way, I feel like those comments spoil my blog. I respond to ALL the comments left on my blog, but how do I respond to that? I can’t, and I don’t want it taking up page space. :/

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  • Reply Emma T January 11, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Great post, and one that most new bloggers should read!

    I think a lot of the link comments are because commenters aren’t aware that their link is probably left automatically if they’ve filled in the comment form right, or that it’s blatantly spammy, even if not intended. It really winds me up if people leave theirs, and I’ll edit the comment to remove it…I have comment luv on my blog, so they shouldn’t even need to leave a written link.

  • Reply Samantha January 11, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I think this is a brilliant post – I don’t have a huge blog but I definitely agree that 5 thought out comments are better than 100 spam comments. It shows that your readers actually care and it makes you 1 million times more likely to go and have a peek at their blog too! 🙂 x
    Sam | Samantha Betteridge

  • Reply Dandelion Blue January 14, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Hmm. Am I really going to comment on a post about blog comments… Yes I will 😛 You are absolutely right that it is important to show some interest in the actual post. I am new to this, but I will only comment on posts that I have actually enjoyed reading and that have been useful to me. I think that is the best use of my time and that of everyone else. If someone spam posted me I wouldn’t click on their link. If someone left a thoughtful comment, I would be much more intrigued by it and hence much more likely to check out their website. I haven’t come across comments yet with several links but I think I would find that just as annoying. As to proof reading… Yikes. Yes I do forget. My laptop is actually brand new and I don’t have word installed on it yet. So no intelligent program to check my spelling :S
    Thank you for this post. It was very useful. There are a lot of post out there about blogging but far less on commenting. xx Dandy I http://www.dandelionblue.co.uk

  • Reply Katrina Fox January 16, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    When I started blogging I struggled with what to write in comments as I afraid of waffling on. There was plenty I wanted to say but was worried about ‘talking too much’. As a new blogger I think you try and emulate what you see which is a lot of ‘follow me’ ‘great post’ type comments. It’s only when you start to receive comments on your own writing that you realise how empty such comments are and as you say 5 meaningful, attentive comments are worth much more than 20 spam ones!

    I find social media comments sometimes follow in the same vein. I see so many ‘bloggers’ commenting on brands social media sites saying ‘need representation?’ ‘i’d love to work with you’. Personally I don’t think that’s the way to build professional relationships. The same rules apply, pay attention, get involved with the content and be genuine and the opportunities will come- just like the followers and traffic will.

    Thanks for the post, great advice x

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  • Reply Carolin January 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on blog comments! I have to confess I’m not really good at leaving comments, simply because I think the communication and interaction on Twitter is faster and I also get side track a lot in comments!

    (It has just happen again!) See what I mean? So coming back to the topic I have a reader who comments on every single of my posts and it is the same structure every time. ‘I love [product/ootd/picture/film] plus link’. Every time! I’ve stopped replying to her comments and approving them so they end up in the spam folder. I find this so rude. Why is it so hard to make the effort and read a paragraph of the post to get at least a tiny idea what it is about? It is a sheer mystery! Hope to speak soon, xxx

    Caz | Lunch Break Adventures

  • Reply Chelsea M. January 16, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    YES – I was thinking of writing a post along these lines! You’ve summed it up pretty well (and I love your hilarious writing style)! I too used to ask for f4f *cringe*, so glad my comments have evolved! 🙂

    Chelsea
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  • Reply Claire January 30, 2015 at 3:12 am

    This is so valuable!

    From a technical stance, it’s also worth noting that comments generally have what is called a ‘no-follow’ attribute in Google. This means that stuffing a comment with links has 0 effect on search results in google nor do Google tend to count them as proper backlinks. They do not contribute to SEO, and all it is good for is referral traffic!

    That said, I also get annoyed with people who don’t make the effort to code their links on their comments properly. If it’s not clickable – I ‘aint searching for it, no matter how valuable your comment is.

    Anyhow, this is a great article, and I hope it benefits heaps of bloggers.
    Claire x

  • Reply Michelle January 31, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Hey, nice pic of a computer! Only joking – I agree completely with all the points you’ve made, especially about actually reading the text of the post before commenting.

    And proofreading your comment – being dyslexic this is rather important in my case 🙂

    Best
    Michelle
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  • Reply Wendy January 31, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Why not simply put a lower limit on the number of words or characters that a comment may contain? That’s what I do. If you can’t write a paragraph your comment will never be accepted on my blog. 😉

  • Reply Jenn February 2, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Hey Hey! These are some great tips and hopefully people take this all into consideration. I know I at least always try to leave a meaningful comment and I’ll sometimes leave a link to my blog after the comment of I’m new to the blog. I know that on my blog, I mpderate the comments so I can weed out the spammy ones or the ones that have nothing to do with what I’m posting.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Love,
    Jenn

  • Reply Jessica October 19, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I feel like there’s now pressure to leave a thoughtful, intelligent comment haha! Personally, I’m really lazy at leaving comments so if I am leaving one, it is a genuine response to the post as it made me actually want to leave my thoughts.

    Another thing I’d like to read is how to increase comments – I don’t know whether you do anything specific but you always have a lot of engagement on your posts, whereas I struggle to even get one comment on my blog posts.

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    • Reply Corinne October 19, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Haha, I increase engagement purely by commenting on other blogs. Almost all my commenters are people whose blog I read and comment on too!

  • Reply Anne December 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you for a great post! I’m a pretty shy person, but over the past month I’ve been forcing myself to get out of my shelf and comment more on the blogs I enjoy reading. I think I’m already leaving fairly thoughtful comments, as my #1 motivation is to connect with other bloggers rather than just growing traffic (short term). But I am very guilty of commenting on the pictures rather than the text – sometimes because I’ve only skimmed, but mostly because it’s so much easier to say something nice about – but I’ll keep it in mind now.
    I just have one question, when it comes to leaving your blog link. Do you think it’s okay to write in the comment as a signatur of sorts, or should you only fill out the field where you also leave name and email? I was thinking it’s likely most people won’t think you have a blog because it’s less visible if you don’t, but maybe it seems like you’re just promoting yourself if you do. What do you think?
    (Look at me trying to leave a thougtful comment. Maybe too long, sorry!)

    • Reply Corinne December 27, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      I think it’s fine to leave a link! I know some bloggers don’t like it, but I’d prefer to know where you come from. Luckily on WordPress you can leave it in the comment field, so I wouldn’t leave it at the end of the comment if the blog has that open. Only leave your blog link though, not the link to all of your social media accounts!

  • Reply Richel V. January 5, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I have no idea what a GFC is. But you already explained it on the comments so I won’t ask again, lol. I haven’t encountered any spammy comments yet – or maybe a plug-in of mine already took care of it. But I do agree that I love receiving comments with value/content. My favorite comments are those that tells stories related to my post – especially the really long ones! They’re just fun to reply to, unlike if one just receives a ‘Nice post!’ comment. I am also guilty of not proofreading the comments I leave on other blogs. The moment I press submit comment, I’ll realize my mistake and sulk about how I can no longer take it back! Haha! I love your posts so much, Corinne!

  • Reply Amy Rose February 22, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Your posts are really helping me get through this whole blogging palava and are really inspiring me to do well!

    I really love your 86 things I’ve learnt in 3 years of blogging! It’s just showing me and other new bloggers what’s to come

    Your posts are helping me with the type of content I want to post so thank you!

    Since you’ve been in this industry for a while, your opinion on my content is very much appreciated and help me grow my blog

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    Thank you so much

  • Reply Kate April 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I’m glad I’ve came across this because I have really learned a lot from these suggestions, I have been prone to expressing how much I like a post and not elaborated why. This has definitely opened my eyes to how to approach comments in the future about expressing what I liked about them, thank you for showing me this 🙂

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  • Reply Kimberley November 25, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    This is a great post! As a new blogger it’s so difficult to know what the best way is to interact with people and grow your following. This was so informative – thanks! 🙂

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