It’s probably one of the things that most bloggers are told to do right off the bat but something that tends to fall by the wayside far too easily. I know it’s certainly true for me! And while it seems odd to “schedule time” to comment on my friend’s blog, it is important to stay connected.
So Day 20’s challenge of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog is to spend 10-15 minutes reading and interacting on other blogs featuring or specializing in your topic. You have to comment thoughtfully in order to avoid seeming like a spammer.
Bottom line – if you LOOK like a spammer, you are probably not going to get your comment published. If your comment just says “Very nice” or “I agree”, you are probably not going to get much attention from the comment you leave.
Go beyond just a statement of agreement – enhance a post, offer a differing point of view, ask a question, provide additional resources but stay on topic. I never approve comments that are completely off topic as they do not provide anything meaningful to my readers.
Here are some additional resources for blog comments (getting and leaving them) from some other websites.