What I’m going to share with you today is something I’ve (unfortunately) seen done over and over again, and it’s the one thing that stops people from being a successful bloggers. If you don’t watch out for this, you will fail. So…
I don’t remember the last time I commented on a blog post I’ve not previously read. The reason I don’t do that is, I think it’s rude and extremely unprofessional. Whenever someone comments on something I write, I can read their comment, and immediately know if they took the time to go through what I posted or not. I am sure if I can do it, other bloggers can do it, too. In fact. Let me make something clear:
This is Extremely
Easy to Tell !
Now, onto the story I have for you today. Some time ago I published a post on how to get the most out of guest posting and received a comment which read something like this:
“Guest Posting is Great and
it’s an Awesome Writing Strategy !”
Do you see what I mean? You really don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize the whoever wrote it, didn’t have any idea what the original post was about. They just wanted to get their link out there. There is at least one reason why posting general comments like that doesn’t work, and it is…
A Blog is Supposed to Be
a Discussion !
Whenever a respected blogger publishes something, he or she wants to get a conversation going, and general comments are conversation killers. I mean, think about it for a moment. If you want to join a discussion in real life, you don’t walk up to whoever is talking, and start saying general things, do you?
If you want to join in, at first, you listen to what they’re talking about, and then you decide if you have something to contribute. If there’s nothing you’d like to add, you remain quiet, but if you do speak, you make sure what you have to say is valuable and relevant to the conversation. That’s obvious.
It’s Life 101 !
What some people seem to ignore is, it’s the same with blog commenting. You first read the post and see what other people are saying to determine if you can (and want to) contribute. If you think you have something valuable to say, you say it, if not, you don’t.
Easy, Right ?
I am tempted to believe that the spammers making general comments, like the one I mentioned previously, already know all this. The problem is, however, their goal isn’t to contribute. Their goal is to get a back link. They sit there all day shooting crap around and making our lives harder because they want to get their site to rank higher in the search engines. Hopefully, after they realize spamming for back links doesn’t work anymore…
They’ll Stop !
There are a few things I’d like you to take away from this post. One, I want you to treat blog commenting seriously. Following blogs (and participating in the conversation that takes place on them) is awesome for building your status and striking relationships with influential people in your market. If done wrong, however, it is also one of the quickest ways to make sure no one wants to work with you ever again.
No Partners !
No Affiliates !
No Business !
It’s not worth it to ruin your reputation for one lousy back link. What’s more… most of those spammy comments are not going to stick anyway, which means…
You’ll Get Nothing in Return
for the Time
You’ve Spent Spamming !
Two, none of the big boys do it. Have you ever seen Wikipedia spam links out there? I haven’t. The trick to ranking well in the search engines is posting relevant content regularly, and making sure it’s not only interesting to read, but also useful. Of course you need to have your on page SEO done well, but if you always strive to contribute and provide value on your blog, your content will be picked up by opinion leaders in your market which will get the ball rolling really, really fast.
an Authority in
No Time At All !
Lastly, you need to understand your time is valuable. There are only so many things you can get done before the day is over, so don’t waste time on trashing the Internet up. If you’re still not convinced, I have an exercise for you. I want you to close your eyes for a moment, and go back to a time when you thought spamming blogs worked. Have you ever actually done it? If yes, let me ask you this…
What Was Your
Return On Investment ?
I mean, you’ve put in a lot of time and effort into this, but what did you get in return? If you’re like most inexperienced bloggers, your answer is going to be… not much. Why? Because, as I’ve mentioned previously, it doesn’t work. The people that sell spamming systems and software will have you think it does, but that’s not because they want to help you out. That’s because…
Their Only Goal is to
Sell As Much of Their products
As Humanly Possible !
A thing to keep in mind. People put a lot of work and effort into managing their blogs and making sure they provide value to the world. Don’t disrespect them by wasting their time with low quality comments. Make sure whatever you have to say is relevant not only to the original post but also to the conversation that’s already going on. When you show respect to people, they’ll see it, and whenever you approach them with a JV proposal or anything else business related…
They’ll Remember You, and
Want to Help You Out !
So that’s all I have for you today. Let me ask you this… Have you ever been upset by someone posting spammy comments on your blog? What happened?
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