Do you read a lot of blogs? I know that I do. I have a list of favorite blogs that I check almost every day, blogs that I visit occasionally, and other blogs that I discover through links in posts.
Most of the time, I am sorry to say, I read and move on. Once in a while I leave a comment.
I’m cheating myself, do you know why? Here are five good reasons, in no particular order, to leave comments on a blog that you visit:
- So the blogger will know that you were there. Many bloggers visit the blogs of their commenters. I know that I do this and I know that other bloggers do this as well. If you don’t comment, you’re missing out on traffic.
- So other bloggers will know that you were there. I know that I’ve clicked on a link in a comment before. I’m sure that other bloggers do the same. Once again, if you don’t comment, you don’t get the traffic.
- To contribute to the conversation. If you leave a comment you are contributing to the conversation. Like offline conversations, online conversations work best if there are at least two parties involved.
- To add a sense of community. So what if you don’t have anything to say. Sometimes it’s nice to just to stop in and say hello. As a blogger it’s easy to get sort of attached to the regular commenters, and I know I miss them when they don’t come by.
- The Dofollow movement. Many bloggers have removed the nofollow code from the blogs. (WritingThoughts has done this.) Essentially what this means is that when you leave a comment you create a link back to your own blog.
(Updated 9/2/2010: Sadly, due to abuses, this is no longer a Dofollow blog.)
Do you have a reason why it’s good to leave comments on blogs? Leave a comment here and let me know about it.
(Updated: 4/20/2012: Sadly, due to spam, comments are now closed on this post. Thanks to those who left legit comments.)
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