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10 Things You Can Write as a Blog Comment Instead of Writing “Great Post!”

Blog commenting is a way to go out into the blog world and let people know that you exist. When I got my first comment, I was happy. But soon I started to get way more comments than I could handle. I thank all the people who took the time and commented on my blog. But when I see a one liner comment that looks like this: “Hey thanks for sharing; nice post; great post!” Then I wonder:

If my article is a “Great Post!” then what is JK Rowling’s Harry Potter? If my YouTube video is a “Great Video!” then what is James Cameron’s Titanic?

Well I know sometimes my articles or videos come in handy for a person who is in need of that information. That information just saved their lives and they want to say something to thank me but don’t have any words, so they just post a one liner like “Thanks for sharing” –type of comment.

Don’t do this! Please don’t do this. It does not add any meaningful contribution to the piece of content.

Instead you sound like “I don’t care what you have to say; I am here just to drop my link landmine so that someone will step on it at some point and land on my blog.

So let me share 10 comments you can write other than the one liner “Great Post!”

1. Genuinely explain to them why it helped you

Does this information in this video or article really help you? You want to say thanks to the author? Then say in a few lines how it saved your day. For example, I want to fall asleep early when I go to bed, and I watched a video that shares a tip that helped me go to sleep easily.

So, I went to that video again and wrote a detailed comment on how it helped me, how long it took, and shared with others that it exactly worked.

2. Add the additional information

We see a lot of articles and read a lot of things that we already know. But we like to read the same thing again just to learn one or two new things. If I ask you “How do you get more comments on your blog?” you can come up with 12-15 ways.

But an average article will usually share 10 ways and make a blog post about it. You can drop one more tip in the comment which is not covered in this article. So it will add value and boost your comment.

3. Add your experience about a product/service

Once I wrote an article about my internet provider and asked my readers if they have experiences with them or with their rival company. Amazingly a lot of people shared their experiences with this internet provider and some even wrote about the rival company that they are using. So when you see an article that shares about a product/service you have used, you can drop in your experience as a comment.

4. Join the discussion with others

Some people will ask questions and share opinions in the comments section. You can hit the reply button and start a conversation with those commentators. It shows the author that you are here for the community, not for the shallow promotion.

5. Write something negative

Bloggers are used to hearing nice things. Why don’t you write something negative?

I’m not saying you should start a fight for no reason; there are plenty of things which you may disagree about with the author. A smart blogger will keep that comment and continue the discussion. Just remember that you should judge things with facts and not with emotions.

6. Add some missing information

No blog post is perfect. You can always add something to the article.

For an example, someone wrote a tutorial on how to create a logo. They shared everything except the tip on how to make this logo transparent. You can drop a comment giving some extra information on how to make that logo transparent.

7. Add an update for old articles

For an example, you see someone wrote about the Google Reader, a while ago. You can drop a comment to inform that Google Reader is going to shut down soon. There you have it, an updated piece of info that you added to the article. You are awesome!

8. Add more resources in the comments

Blogging is all about sharing information. If you can provide links to articles that provide additional info (related to the post) –people will love it and visit these links.

In WordPress if you put more than 2 links, your comment will be moderated. So make sure you contact the author and explain why you added these links (if you have to.)

9. Introduce yourself and how you found this blog

Sometimes it helps when you introduce yourself in style. A few days ago I landed on a blog from Technorati.com (It is a blog directory.)  I landed on that blog, read a couple of posts and dropped my first comment. I was honest and said that I found your blog from technorati and I saw your blog is on the top 10 risers. The author was interested and asked me more about it. So you see I made my debut for that blog and made a contact with the author. The next time I commented, the comment was instantly approved and the author knew about me.

10. Ask a question

This works best when you really want to learn more about this topic directly from the author. Trust me, no matter how pro you are, no matter how many years you are in internet marketing, there are still many things you don’t know or you don’t understand. I am a pro in WordPress; people hire me to build their websites; I teach my students about this platform. Yet I still don’t know anything about taxonomies, and I don’t know what I don’t know. I asked my friend Courtney about it a few weeks ago and she explained it to me in the simplest form.

As Steve Jobs said “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” –feel free to ask questions, no matter how pro you are and how stupid that is.

And this applies to blog articles, Podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube videos. You can make a better place by not writing those one liner comments. You will have more of a chance to get in touch with the author and the readers when you write meaningful comments.

Don’t aim for 10 one liner comments. Write just 1 awesome comment a day and you will see how things work out in your favor.

It’s okay! We all make mistakes!

Don’t think that I am the Mr. Smarty-pants here who does everything right when it comes to commenting. No I don’t! I did these mistakes too by writing one liner comments, that’s back then when I thought commenting is just for building links. Now I know that commenting is about building relationships and it takes time.

So go ahead and write a comment (genuine) on this article. Write how it helped you; add some missing information; create a discussion; write something that you don’t agree with me about; introduce yourself and how you found this post; ask a question; share your experience; add one more point.

Hi this is Tamal I teach people how to literally rule the market using web 2.0 tools like blogging, social media & mobile marketing to win loyal customers. Need help? Check out my blog & get in touch with me!

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  • Siddharth Solanki June 21, 2013, 9:48 am

    Awesome post but can we use this kinda trick on every blogs ? :D just asking ;)

  • Kimsea June 8, 2013, 8:00 am

    Thanks for sharing! I love blog comment than the guest post because It is not take much time..!

  • Chetan Gupta June 4, 2013, 3:40 pm

    Most beneficial article for me. I am always confused while commeting on other blogs that what should i comment and mostly i have don’t any idea about that. But now i thinks that after reading this post, i have many ideas to implement. Thanks
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  • Hugh Leon May 25, 2013, 8:55 pm

    I was always wondering, why my comments have a low acceptance ratio, I’m going to follow these tips from now on.

  • Chetan Gupta May 24, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Hey Tamal
    Thanks for bro. You have solved my that problem which happened daily. And I Genuinely explaining you that how this article help me. I am always thinking while commenting on a blog that what should i comment so that comment add value. and i am always confused but now i have a resource which tells me any time that what should i comment. I mean to say i going to bookmark this post and when i commenting on a blog and getting confused at that time then this post will help me. Right?
    :)

  • Amal Rafeeq May 23, 2013, 11:53 am

    Well, Great post Tamal,
    I think commenting Wisely is exactly worth like Guest Blogging on a popular blog. I’ll definitely try to use those methods and try to grab some attention to my comment from next time.
    Thanks a lot ! :) Now do allow me to share this one.

  • Chris May 18, 2013, 9:39 am

    Commenting does work!! I recently left a comment on the Huffington post and within 24 hours I had recieved over a 100 click threws. Def worth doing.

  • John Gibb May 17, 2013, 4:55 am

    hey Tamal

    You’ve shared a very insightful post here, as you’re preaching exactly what I’m doing with my blog commenting strategy, and tell my affiliate/blogging students to follow.

    Your tips are proven, there’s no doubt. What some of the readers might not understand though, is that it takes work to create premium comments as I call them. It takes effort to read the article and knowledge to make an insightful comment, isn’t it?

    Most individuals will get scared about effort it takes. For example, last month I’ve submitted 200 meaty comments on different niche blogs (relevant to my site). As a result, I’ve collected a word document, 81 whopping pages worth of comments.

    How many marketers/bloggers/affiliates have the guts to out-rank me?

    If time permits, I may think of a public challenge in this regard. Is anybody out there willing to compete with me? Let’s have so fun, not just make money… :)

    Cheers!
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  • Tamal Anwar May 13, 2013, 2:29 am

    Great Post! Thank you!
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  • Ruchi May 13, 2013, 2:23 am

    Hi Tamal
    Great Article as a Newbie Blogger so knowledgeable yes commenting blogs is very healthy learning technic well Thank You to sharing valuable Information.

  • Garry Ponus May 12, 2013, 12:55 am

    Hi Tamal

    this is a good idea for a post. My approach is usually to offer my thoughts on what’s offered. Sometimes, I guess I just want to say thanks to someone for writing the blog which I’ve found useful even if I haven’t exactly decided how I will use that information. I prefer to respond with my immediate (and perhaps briefer) reaction then wait and come back to it – which is far less likely to happen.

    Regards

    Garry
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  • Vivek May 11, 2013, 7:15 am

    For me personally commenting has proved to be a great source of traffic. While I do ask questions, reply to other member but whenever I post any negative comment, it hardly get approved.

  • Rudd May 11, 2013, 4:41 am

    I love point 4 and 5. When someone start arguing with the author, it usually will spark a great discussions. Sometimes the great discussions what make an article more interesting.

  • Jerry Low May 10, 2013, 11:39 pm

    Nice article Tamal! Just to chip in and share my tip (following your advice #8 :) ), I tend to save everything I found useful on Evernote and use them as my reference when commenting on blogs. I think blog writers (and the readers) will appreciate this more as it adds value to the blogpost.

  • Mike Carlson May 10, 2013, 11:05 pm

    Well, I have to admit I am guilty with this kind of comment when i first started in blog commenting. But eventually, I learned how to express my thoughts regarding every topic that is tackled.
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  • Robin May 9, 2013, 11:02 am

    Tamal, Interesting post. “Great post” is considered spam today :D I like your tips.

  • yogesh pant May 9, 2013, 7:27 am

    adding some missing or additional information shall work more instead of adding something negative. Critics is something to which not everyone is quite used to. Asking question shall also work!

  • Suhas May 9, 2013, 6:58 am

    Hi Tamal, Really liked the way you have kept things here. Enjoyed the way you compared “Great Post” and “Great Video” with Harry Potter and Titanic. I hate one line comment, they do not make any sense. One should be clear with the reason of writing a comment and that can give the author a clear picture of what it is all about and how readers see the comment. I have seen many long comments which look like posts but they really mean something. We can understand that the comment values the efforts of the author when it has sufficient words.
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  • suryabhan May 9, 2013, 6:37 am

    hey Tamal
    really i also find commenting very difficult but your tips are great. while commenting i go through the article very fast and get a overview and then i comment on that article but sometime i could not understand about the article then i read the comments and build a idea about the article this is how i used to comment. I found one tips very great and that is asking question in commenting i think this is very good tips for those who don’t get the article properly.

  • Sourav May 8, 2013, 6:02 am

    Hi Tamal,

    You have got some helpful points there. Adding more points or correcting some mistakes in the post is a good way to comment. It not only increases your reputation but also helps to build a “blogging” relationship with the blogger.

  • Joan Harrison May 8, 2013, 5:50 am

    I have a problem posting comments as my area is self help & pesonal development. I trained for six years to become a therapist & hypnotherapist and consquently know a good deal about humans and why they do the things they do. My issue when reading personal development blogs is that the people writing them give advice and often do not know what they are talking about.
    Usually I refrain from correcting them as I don’t want to appear to be a ‘smarty pants’ but it can be frustrating and sometimes quite scary when I see the advice they are dishing out!

  • Sarj May 8, 2013, 2:30 am

    Hi Tamal,

    I am a newbie in blogging and I usually have a hard time formulating a comment with value. I also didn’t want to leave a trail with one liners. Thanks to your post, I now have a guide.

  • Anirudh May 8, 2013, 12:04 am

    “It’s okay! We all make mistakes!” This point was superb Anwar. :D We should learn from our mistakes as no one is born perfect. We need to learn everything here only. Anyways, you cover all the points and left nothing. In one word, “Superb” information.

  • Carl May 7, 2013, 11:34 pm

    Well, I usually try to disagree with almost everything always when I comment and rarely go with the mainstream.
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  • Farrell Conejos May 7, 2013, 9:28 pm

    Hey Tamal,

    First of all, I admit that sometimes I used the phrase “Nice post”. But I usually used it when the post is truly nice or if it’s very interesting and informative. Anyway, it’s a good thing that you’ve tackled this topic since every post that I’ve visited has a comment of “Great Post”. Not that I’m trying to deprived the commentators, it’s just too common when people say “Great Post”.

  • Gaurav Sharma May 7, 2013, 3:53 pm

    It is a great list of commenting options. I already tried twp or three optons here such as negative comment, my experience but i didn’t write anything on other options. It is great for me to read your blog. But, with this post i have to ask one question to you. Daily i make 50 to 60 backlinks for my article. Is this good or am i going to penalized by Google??
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  • Onyekachi May 7, 2013, 3:03 pm

    I am in line with what Tamal Anwar said in number five “5. Write something negative” when most comments remain positive with what the author has written, chances are that the author may not improve beyond his current level in near future.
    Negative statements open doors for greater research other than expressing opinion based on feelings burn out of emotion.

  • Rick May 7, 2013, 1:30 pm

    Hi Tamal! I’m actually glad someone adressed this issue and your post is so “obvious” that it’s almost funny:-) Don’t get me wrong, the great-post-syndrome is annoying – and your post is a crash course in polite and common sense blog commenting.

    By the way, found your post using feedly.com, which I use almost every day to find interesting posts.

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