Blog Commenting Secrets from the Engagement Superstar

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Are you a lonely blogger?

If you feel isolated, like your blog is a desert island and the internet is an ocean, I know a way to get you “rescued.”

There is one simple thing you can do that will draw attention to your existence and will not only save your life (get new traffic) as a blogger, you will chase away loneliness and make a lot of new friends in the process.

The Answer: Leave comments on other blogs.

[tweetthis]Get ready to chase your loneliness away one blog comment at a time.[/tweetthis]

Not only is blog commenting one of the best methods to building relationships online, leaving comments on other websites is an excellent white hat link building strategy. You get valuable inbound links for SEO with every comment.

If you will be consistent at this by leaving comments on other blogs in your niche every day (or week), not only will the website owner get to know you, many other readers on that site will be introduced to you as well. Your name will stick in their mind, and lots of those folks will click on your name to check out your blog.

Like any social interaction, you just need to be social. Be friendly, open, and willing to get out of your comfort zone.

I hear all the time that only ten percent of your blog visitors will leave comments. The other 90 percent lurk silently and don’t comment.

Hey, that means there’s less competition for you to stand out in the comments. 🙂

Now before you go run off to blog comment, there are a few things you should know first so you can do this effectively.

These are some secrets to blog commenting I learned from a lady in Texas named Adrienne…

Meet Adrienne Smith–Online Engagement Superstar

Somehow back in late 2014 I came across a blogger named Adrienne Smith.

I discovered that back in 2011 Adrienne was crowned the Engagement Superstar by one of the best known digital marketers on the internet–Danny Iny. The competition included people like Pat Flynn, Marcus Sheridan, Ramit Sethi, and even Kim Kardashian.

Adrienne was nominated and eventually won because of her amazing ability to connect with people online. A lot of her success starts in the blog comments…

I noticed right away that her blog gets A LOT of comments. Every post she makes (normally once a week) receives tons of engagement. I also noticed she has many loyal commenters who consistently show up and engage week after week.

I also began to notice how extraordinary the comments were in her posts. People were not just spewing brief comments like “Great post! Thanks for sharing” and that’s it. Everyone was leaving thoughtful comments where they mentioned Adrienne by name, asked how she was doing, added something interesting or thoughtful, then wished Adrienne well in closing. The commenters were all so sincere.

Wasn’t long before I found myself joining in the weekly conversation at AdrienneSmith.net

Over time, Adrienne’s effective blog commenting practice rubbed off on me.

I picked up her blog commenting secrets through leaving comments on her blog and also from the comments Adrienne left on this blog.

These are things that anyone can do…call them common courtesy. Something the internet could use a lot more of.

These tips might sound obvious to you. After you go through these tips, start  looking more closely at blog comments and see how many people are actually doing this.

By putting these tips into practice, you will stand out from the herd.

Okay, let’s dive in…

Six Blog Comment Tips I Learned from Adrienne Smith

1. Write comments like you’re talking to a real human face to face.

When we are with our friends, family or even business associates, we don’t launch into a topic of discussion without first making some small talk or banter…We usually provide a proper greeting, somehow make a quick connection, and then go into the topic.

Unless we’re pissed off. But those types of comments are found mostly on the highly controversial blogs.

You don’t have to agree with the blogger or their topic, that’s not the point.

Consider what you have observed over the years with online conversation…you may have noticed that screaming at people in the comments isn’t normally productive.

When disagreeing online, a little politeness goes a long way. I’m the type of blogger who enjoys people disagreeing with me or questioning something on my blog in the comments because I think this enhances the comments section, making them more helpful and interesting to readers. As long as the person commenting is respectful and articulate.

I see too many people leave comments that don’t acknowledge the writer at all. They just vomit their statements onto the page and walk away, as if that’s effective human interaction.

When you are at a party, and there’s a group of people talking, do you walk up and verbally interject your thought without any acknowledgements? No “hi”, “hello” or “This is an interesting discussion” before joining in? Maybe you do. Gotta tell ya though, bro, it comes across really awkward.

It looks just as bad in the blog comments as well.

Adrienne demonstrates how the comments section is a wonderful place to build relationships. She has taught me the power of politeness, the firepower in friendliness and the connecting glue common courtesy creates online, like it does in person.

A fantastic blog comment, like great conversation at the local coffee shop, depends on how you start.

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2. Begin with a greeting.

When you see a friend that you haven’t seen in a week or more, what is the first thing you normally say?

Hello.

This is practical courtesy that human beings have been using since time began–because it works.

Be sure to give a greeting before you launch into your comment or question.

Skipping your greeting comes across as rude, even on paper.

You may not think so after seeing so many others doing this for years now…think about this: is not having a greeting at the beginning of your comment good for relationship building? Would it be better (more helpful) to say hi [insert name] and then get into your topic?

I think a greeting at the beginning of your comment helps because I’ve seen how Adrienne has connected with a lot of people who consistently comment on her blog week after week. Why? Because they like her. She has made a connection with them using dialogue, which is even more important online because you cannot see any body language in the comments.

 

3. Be yourself.

When writing a blog comment, there’s no reason to not be yourself.

Say it the way you normally say it. Don’t slip into formality or try to adopt the voice of someone else.

Just be your authentic self.

I’ve video Skyped with Adrienne and watched a couple of her videos and like me, I’m sure everyone else who has too will vouch that Adrienne writes like she talks. She uses her own voice.

And she is honest and up front with you. If she doesn’t like something she will let you know. If she’s not having a great day, she doesn’t hide it. If something strikes her a funny, she laughs.

Being yourself in the blog comments will only help you build real, authentic relationships.

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4. Provide value in your comments.

What I mean here is to include something interesting or helpful in your comment that either gives other readers additional information or asks a compelling question. The blogger will then (hopefully) address your question and this will enhance the reading experience for those reading the comments.

If all we wrote comments like “Great article!” or “Good stuff. Thanks for sharing!” and that’s it, comments would be boring and a total waste of time.

The good news is enough people already get this, which is why comments are still on most websites. Enough people are adding value out there.  This demonstrates a benefit to having comments on your blog.

The blogosphere needs more folks who get this, though…which is why I wrote this post.

 

5. Don’t spam your comments with links.

I think the vast majority of commenters know this, but there’s always a few newbies who don’t realize the protocol and need to be told: When you leave a comment, be sure to not stick URLs into your comment unless they are a reference you are sharing to back up your point or they add value to the conversation.

This is best when the links are not to our own site.

You get the opportunity to share your link embedded in your name, whatever system the blog is using, so sticking extra links or even repeating the one you already embedded is uber tacky. This comes across so spammy it may not even get past the blogger’s spam filter. The blogger may not even see your comment, depending on how they have their comment plugin set up.

Leaving spammy looking links in your comments may not hurt your Google ranking (it doesn’t help either), this practice will also annoy the heck out of the bloggers who own the sites. They probably won’t approve your comment.

I know I don’t. My spam filter gets most of these before I see them, but the ones I do see get banished to the spam folder.

To make sure this is clear, if you ask your readers to leave a link in a comment, that’s fine. Like I did a few months ago in the Paris Tragedy post.

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6. Share the posts you comment on.

We like to share good conversations with our friends, don’t we?

“Hey, today I got to talk with ABC about XYZ. What he said really got me thinking…”

If you want to get the most out of your comments, another thing to do is to share the posts you comment on. If you do, the author of the blog will notice. Be sure to tag them in your social media post so they will notice for sure. This way, the author will make a mental note of your share(s) and will be more inclined to return the favor and share your blog posts as well.

The reciprocity may not happen right away. This is why it goes back to relationship building in comments. The better your relationship, the more likely the busy, big name bloggers will share your content.

Look at commenting this way….let’s say you leave a comment on Neil Patel’s blog. You know Neil is going to share his own content, right? So if you will take the time to put more life into your comments on his post, the more intriguing you will be to his readers, and more people will click on you and check out your blog because your comment added value.

I noticed right away how Adrienne is consistent and generous when it comes to sharing your articles. If she leaves a comment on your blog, she is also going to share it on social media. Typically on multiple platforms.

If you leave a comment and share her article, you can pretty much bank on her doing the same for you within a week. As long as you have posted something recent for her to share. If you have not published something in three weeks and she has already shared and commented on that post, then she doesn’t have any way to reciprocate your comment. Don’t expect her or any other blogger to keep re-sharing the same post, no matter how much you are sharing their posts.

In other words, this works best if you are publishing consistently new content.

BONUS TIP:

Something else Adrienne does on her blog is reply to every comment.

I was slow to adopt this practice, thinking it took too much time on something that wasn’t significant…I now think it is worth the time and effort to respond to every single person who takes time leaving a comment on my blog.

Why?

This makes every person who comments on your blog feel important. Who doesn’t appreciate a response? So many bloggers don’t respond to more than a third of their comments, if that, which only makes people feel unappreciated.

Now keep in mind, most big name bloggers will only respond to your comment if your comment comes in soon after the article is published. If the blogger leaves their comments open, and you comment 11 months later, there’s a good chance the host will not take the time to reply. So for maximum impact it is best to comment on a post within 7 days after it’s publishing date.

If you just want the SEO benefits, feel free to leave a comment at any time. Sometimes you don’t discover a post until months after it’s been published, and if there’s something on your heart you want to share, by all means, leave your comment.

Just know up front not to feel slighted if there’s not a reply. Every blogger only has so much time to do it all. Replying to every comment years after the post is published is not something most do.

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Your Turn: Leave a Comment (HeHeHeHe)

The time to start this new blog commenting journey is now.

Will you be one of the top ten percent reading this? Or will you slink off into anonymity (again) and never take that bold first step to making new connections?

Don’t be that guy.

Let’s talk in the comments below.

And here’s even more helpful info for you. I’ve gathered some articles below if you want to take your blog comments to an even higher level.

Additional Reading on Blog Commenting Tips and Mistakes to Avoid

How to Leave Meaningful Blog Comments

Teach Quality Commenting Skills

How to Write Better Blog Comments

8 Blog Commenting Mistakes You Need to Avoid at All Costs

Hey! Where you going? You didn’t leave a comment. 🙂

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter

73 comments

  1. Adrienne   •  

    Oh wow Matthew, I’m so very flattered that you wrote this post around what I’ve done and accomplished with blogging. I’m blushing but thank you so very much.

    I know that everyone who comes into blogging is taught something different. In the beginning I was taught to comment for the traffic but I ended up learning SO much from the posts I was reading that I couldn’t help but thank them and of course ask more questions. People were so nice to me and I ended up meeting some amazing people. It’s funny how learning something that can benefit you in one way can really explode and benefit you in SO many other ways.

    Look at all the amazing people I’ve had the chance to meet, get to know, support and become friends with. You and I had that Skype chat which I had been wanting to do for awhile. Not that we didn’t feel like we knew each other some already but it helped to solidify that. You know that you can ask me to support you with something and I’ll do it and I know the same goes for me as well.

    If more people truly understood the power of blog commenting then I think they would take more time to do it. Does everyone respond to the ones you leave? Unfortunately that answer is no so make that choice if you want to comment because you have something to share or go meet someone who would like to get to know you more. It’s the people you meet online who can help you the most. Ask anyone who is very successful and they’ll tell you that very thing.

    I loved this post, thank you so much again for the mention here and it was very flattering indeed. Of course you also know I’ll share this one as well, I just can’t help myself. 😉

    Appreciate you Matthew and enjoy the rest of your week.

    ~Adrienne

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Adrienne,

      You have accomplished more with blogging than what I’ve talked about here, I know. Your commenting skills are what I focused on today because they have made such a huge impact on me.
      I think the motivation for more traffic is a normal desire for most who get into blog commenting on a regular basis. Once you start doing it, you begin meeting some fantastic individuals and soon that becomes your primary motivation.

      I’ve met so many cool people these past four years. Like you said, many are there for me and they know I will do whatever they need with one call or email.

      I agree, if only more people knew how powerful blog commenting is, they would do it. The fact they don’t is a huge reason why they aren’t growing an audience or developing personally.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this Adrienne. This was a fun way to honor you and how you have changed my life. Yes, I mean that. Blogging is my life so you have definitely made a lasting impression I will never forget.

      Thank you for sharing this and I’ll see you around, I’m sure.

      Matthew

      • Adrienne   •  

        Thank you Matthew, I am truly touched and like you… It’s why I do what I do. To me it’s the relationships that are the most enjoyable part of this entire journey! 🙂

        ~Adrienne

  2. Dana   •  

    Hi Matthew,

    First time here 🙂

    I have to start this by saying I LOVE the featured image. Besides wanting to chime in on the message you’re sharing here, it’s that fabulous pic that drew me in.

    I met Adrienne four years ago through blog commenting. As far as I’m concerned, she’s a friend now – and that’s a testament to the power of commenting.

    It’s funny you discuss this because I just wrote something similar for a friend of mine. Blogging isn’t my niche (I’m wellness and personal development), but it goes to show how powerful this is to reach out and connect with others.

    Adrienne does this beautifully. She writes the way she would speak to you in person. I’ve learned a lot from her – and it’s so cool to see what a huge impact she has made on all of us.

    Commenting is a way to meet one another and build some fantastic relationships. Some of these end up developing offline, and to me; that’s the beauty of it.

    But yes, there’s an art to it.

    Be genuine, real and authentic. Now that Adrienne has set the bar, anyone who isn’t being themselves (or is only in it for the “me, me, me” effect) is evident.

    Glad to find my way here Matthew.

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Dana!

      Great meeting you and welcome to Build Your Own Blog!

      You are a fellow member of the “Adrienne’s Blog Buddies” club. How cool. Ha ha, I just made that up and I think the name of the club needs work. 🙂

      I agree, she’s a friend in my book, too. And yes, what a testament to commenting. She and I did not talk face to face for over a year, yet I knew she was a genuine friend because of all the blog commenting we had done.

      We can make friends with others too if we will just do what these tips say.

      Yes, blog commenting is valuable no matter what niche you are in. This applies to fashion blogs, education blogs, science blogs….every blog needs a comments section.

      Glad you “found your way here” and I hope you’ll drop by again, Dana.

      Have a great rest of the week,

      Matthew

    • Adrienne   •  

      Hey Dana,

      I really appreciate Matthew writing this post and once again letting everyone know how important blog commenting can be to all of us, no matter what our niche is.

      I also appreciate you stopping by and checking out what he had to share as well. I know you can relate to a lot of what he’s saying since you’ve had similar experiences as well. Just like what you shared on Cori’s blog today.

      When we’re all online trying to build our business and we use blogging to do that, most don’t comprehend just how powerful making those important connections really can be to your business as a whole. We all know how powerful word of mouth is and you get enough friends on your side and you’re unstoppable. That’s what blog commenting can do for us all.

      I’m honored to know you too girl and our Skype chat was pretty awesome too. You’re the best Dana, thank you again and I appreciate your comment.

      ~Adrienne

  3. Ryan Biddulph   •  

    Hi Matt,

    Hey, it’s an Adrienne sighting!!

    So happy to see you and that pic up top is cute. Love it.

    I pulled back on commenting recently but felt a pull to do it over the past few days, super thorough. I also spotted a pattern; Tor Refsland and Yann Ilunga – both from Scandanavia, neatly enough – interviewed me recently. Both featured me for my blog commenting.

    Each success summit bunches me with guys like Pat Flynn and John Lee Dumas. So I better get back to what I enjoy doing on the networking front, as my eBook writing days are over for now.

    #1. Envision yourself talking to someone. Like a fireside chat.

    I’ve no doubts Adrienne generated such online fame because she made buddies 1 face to face comment at a time.

    It takes time and energy but in many ways, it is easy and darn is it so fun when you fall in love with the connecting and creating.

    Just keep at it, and cool things will happen for you. But you knew that Matthew, and Adrienne 😉

    Signing off from sunny NYC.

    Ryan

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Ryan,

      I know you know Adrienne and what she’s all about. You and her go back further than I’ve known her, from what I’ve read Adrienne say…Ryan, you definitely know how to blog comment and do it prolifically. I’m amazed sometimes at the sheer number of sites I find you commenting on. And your comments are not one sentence and a cloud of dust…your comments (like this one) are deep and detailed. Heck, I could write a post about you too! LOL

      You really can “fall in love with connecting and creating” and honestly, you and Adrienne have both inspired me to do this.

      I’ll definitely keep at it and I can’t wait to see what happens next as I’ve upped my game this year in blog commenting.

      Ryan, are you in NYC for a short visit? Going back to Costa Rica soon? What a life you live, dude!

      Signing off from the Show Me state,

      Matt

      • Ryan Biddulph   •  

        Yep Matthew, a quick 2 week job in NYC.

        Then back to NJ and after that…where the winds take us 😉

        Ryan

    • Adrienne   •  

      Hey Ryan,

      Well I’m glad you’re back to commenting for a short bit and decided to stop by this post. Matthew had asked me if I would be around to check out his post because he had something planned but I had no idea what. Such an honor when people highlight you and what you’re known for.

      To me the best part are those who apply what I’ve taught them and then go out there and kill it themselves. We both know that the connecting with others is the best part of this entire process.

      Look what happens when you ask your friends to share something or stop by and comment. It blows people away who don’t have that type of recognition on their blogs. That’s what the power of friends can do for you.

      So you and Kelli are still in New York. I bet you are itching already to head someplace else but also enjoying being around family. I would miss that part the most. Have a good time though and enjoy your stay. Thank you as well for your awesome comment and I’m so honored to know you Ryan.

      ~Adrienne

  4. julie elangwey   •  

    Hi Mathew,

    Is it necessary to write lengthy comments to get user attraction? I noticed every comment is too long and I don’t think people have time to read line by line. Am I right?

    Cheers, Julie

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Julie,

      Length of comments is subjective, imo. Like the debate of how long a blog post should be. Everyone is free to choose the length of their comment.

      Cheers,

      Matthew

  5. Donna Merrill   •  

    Hi Mathew,

    When I seen the picture of you and Adrienne I had to come over and see this post! Wonderfully done!

    I know Adrienne for a long time and her comments can’t be beat. Whenever I read a comment of hers I actually hear her voice..her accent of that Southern Twang. lol. I love it!

    She is known as the “Queen of commenting” and that’s a tiara that is well deserved. Adrienne actually reads a post, comments honestly on it and even if she will disagree with what is written, she will acknowledge the writer in a polite manner and say why. She always respects others and when it comes to honesty, you can’t beat her!

    Commenting is so important that we, as bloggers, cannot shout out this message enough. It is the backbone of a blog. It is where we engage with others and can take it to another level. We can become business partners, or good friends. The relationship will grow and that’s the point. We need to build relationships with others. We form a great community that way.

    I am so glad to see Adrienne here featured on your blog.

    -Donna

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Donna,

      This header illustration turned out great! Lots of people are liking this one. (Making mental note.)

      I hear Adrienne’s voice too! When reading her stuff, comments and blog posts. LOL

      I agree, Adrienne is the “Queen of Commenting” and her 2011 recognition as an Engagement Superstar is well deserved also. That was five years ago and she still holds that title today, imo.

      Your description on the importance of commenting is spot on! People make fabulous connections that lead to life long friendships, open doors of opportunity, and foster a more peaceful world. I’m serious on that last point. I see people from all over the world connecting on blogs, people from different cultures and religions, and you can’t help but think all this communicating is a good thing.

      Thanks for dropping in and letting Adrienne know how much she means to you, Donna. This is fun.

      Matthew

    • Adrienne   •  

      What’s up Donna!!!

      Great to see you and that image is adorable isn’t it? Matthew did very very good with that one and it’s such an honor to be mentioned in this way.

      I know my coveted title was won five years ago but I’m one of those who does what works for me. Blog commenting, as you very well know, started off like most people are taught about getting traffic. Me though, I saw it as a fabulous way to meet some amazing people and boy did I ever.

      You and I have benefited greatly from blog commenting and when you ask someone how they did it they’ll always throw in that they could not have done it alone. What better way to meet others then to comment on their work and have more conversations. Love it, love it, love it.

      Thank you for the visit and comment Donna, I really appreciate that and hope you’re having a really great week.

      ~Adrienne

  6. Jasper Oldersom   •  

    Hey Matthew,

    I wanted to stop by because you connected with me on Google+ 🙂

    Couldn’t have gotten a better first impression because I love Adrienne and what she stands for. Blog commenting has been essential for my blog growth. The sense of community, the support, and the amazing relationships you create are just a few of the pros.

    Things really clicked for me once I connected with Adrienne. I was already into commenting, but she took it to a whole different level for me. We also connected through e-mail and we quickly built that relationship. The whole experience blew me away and showed me the importance and value of creating relationships online.

    I also like how Adrienne is upfront. If she doesn’t agree with you, she’ll definitely say it. But I have never seen her leave a disrespectful comment. She has a positive vibe and it shines through in everything she does, from her comments to her coaching calls.

    I know some copywriters that state that reciprocity is a fluke, but they look at it from the wrong perspective in my opinion. They say that just because you give a free ebook, doesn’t mean they’re going to feel obligated to buy from you. Now, that’s debatable.

    But…I do know for a FACT that if I comment on other people’s blogs, some of them are going to do the same. Not all of them, and not all the time. We’re human. But my experience is that the blogging community is amazing and gave me back more than I have given, without even asking. Simply by showing up with the right attitude.

    I also tend to comment on the latest posts but I don’t care much for the SEO benefit. It’s something you don’t really need to pay attention to when you just get out there and purposely leave valuable comments.

    Thanks for this post, Matthew. It was an amazing read and a wonderful first impression here on your site. I’m glad you connected with me on Google+ because I would’ve missed out on this fantastic post. It’s one of my favorite blog topics featuring one of my favorite bloggers!

    Looking forward to stopping by again, soon. Enjoy the rest of your week.

    – Jasper

    P.S. I love the design of your blog and the image of you and Adrienne!

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Jasper,

      Great meeting you. I saw Adrienne’s post today about you and thought, “he’s someone I’d like to get to know” so I circled you over on G+.
      I’m really glad you dropped in. Sounds like we share interest in copywriting and I’m sure other topics.

      Adrienne is the best, as you know. She took my commenting to a higher level as well. This proves it is true–we become like the people we hang out with. 🙂

      I know reciprocity is not a fluke. If you put out good vibes and just give without expectation, goodness will come back to you. Giving away a free eBook does help connect people. I don’t think “obligated” is the right term. I think the kind gesture leaves a positive impression. Perhaps even a bond that leaving an enduring feeling. This opens the door for friendship and people buy from those they like. It definitely helps. I’m a copywriter who also thinks content marketing is also valuable, I’m not a “direct response only” type of copywriter. In fact, I think the two can work together nicely.

      You are correct, it is a FACT that if you comment on other blogs, some of them will comment on yours. May not be 100% but the more the better the return. You also learn how to be smarter about commenting over time which helps.

      Not really surprised you don’t care about the SEO benefit, as there are other tangible benefits that can overshadow SEO once you get into it. If you’re making real connections, you’ll get real results from real people, not robots. 😉

      Thanks again for saying hello, Jasper. All your kind words are appreciated.

      Talk again soon and you also have a wonderful week(end).

      Matthew

      • Adrienne   •  

        Hey hey hey Jasper, what’s up my friend!

        How awesome of you and Matthew to connect, love that he reached out to you after I shared that post about you. What can I say, I think everyone needs to get to know you a little better. I do think that you two have a lot in common too. Maybe you guys need to chat more. 😉

        I swear my head is swelling now, my goodness. It’s SO awesome when people pick up on something and then see themselves how valuable it can be for them. I know a lot of people aren’t 100% keen on blog commenting and they throw that “time consuming” word in there. Yes, it definitely can be but it’s SO worth it.

        We’ll come across people who just don’t get it or can’t see the value in it and that’s okay. The way I look at it is it’s their loss.

        I think the benefit of a free report is checking up with your subscribers to see if they may have any questions or if you can help them with anything else in particular. When they see how much you care to help them then that does become much more appealing to them. People just want to know that you care.

        I hope that by what you do online, others will notice and become interested once they see you doing so well. I think that does start by respecting others and replying to their comments. They did take the time after all to share their thoughts about something we wrote.

        Thank you my friend, awesome of you to stop by and always great to see you. Hope you’re both having a wonderful week now. I sure am!

        ~Adrienne

  7. Lisa Sicard   •  

    Hi Matthew and Adrienne,
    I just had to come on over after seeing the image posted on Facebook. It’s so adorable how could you not? And Adrienne, she is just fabulous. I’ve followed her online for 5 years now and I am always learning something from her. It is interesting to see how people debate the length of comments and posts still. I think the debate will always be there. I’m not as lenghty as Adrienne (I don’t know how she does it all – timewise!) but I think the comments have to be valid and never include a link!
    When I see links in comments I immediately think of it as spam. I would email the blogger instead of inserting a link on a comment if it was that important.
    I love the background on your blog too Matthew, very relaxing background. I hope you both have an awesome weekend ahead.

    • Adrienne   •  

      Hey Lisa,

      That image caught my eye too, how darn adorable and how flattering that Matthew wrote this post highlighting what he’s learned from me.

      I know that when people started wanting to know more about how I comment like I do, they just didn’t know me personally. As you and I have chatted as well, you know that I’m from Texas and this girl can talk. I was also in the secretarial field for over 30 years so I’m a very fast typist. Those 2 combined and that’s a deadly combination. LOL!!! I think everyone just has to do what’s best for them but still get their point across and make it more conversational instead of commenting to comment.

      I don’t allow links in my comments either unless I know you. I also think though that so many people just don’t know any better, it’s all how their taught. We can recognize spammers though so there is no excuse for them unfortunately.

      Thank you my dear for the lovely comment, I so appreciate that. Hope you’re having a great week and thanks for stopping by Matthew’s post.

      ~Adrienne

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Lisa,

      Glad you came over! 🙂 That image turned out pretty awesome, didn’t it?

      Adrienne is definitley fabulous. I’ve only followed her for about 18 months and like you, I learn new things all the time.

      People do have their takes on things like length of comments. I think it’s better to over deliver than to under deliver, so I have learned from Adrienne to over deliver. If someone doesn’t like the long comment, they will just eye scan and move on. There’s nothing you can do about it. LIke delivering “epic, mega blog posts.” If the info is good, people will eat it up, and I’d rather over deliver there as well.

      Most of the time a link in the comments is spam. There are a few newbies who don’t know any better. Like yesterday there was a comment on a different post, and the person didn’t embed any link in their name, they put a URL in their comment. I chalk that up to inexperience on their part. They will figure it out eventually.

      Hey, that’s cool you find this site’s wallpaper “relaxing.” I want folks to feel comfortable here, so I’m happy to hear that!

      Great meeting you, Lisa! Hope to see you again soon.

      Matthew

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Lutfar,

      This really is a robust conversation, eh? I take you you are on the side of “short comments are best.” LOL

      Great to meet you.

      Matthew

  8. Sylviane Nuccio   •  

    Hi Matthew,

    I think I’ve seen you around, but it’s my first time here.
    About an hour or so ago I couldn’t help but notice that cute cartoon on Facebook, and I recognized my good friend Adrienne right away.

    I met Adrienne through her blog back in 2011, but since then we’ve become friends. She’s the first person who called me when my four legged baby girl died in the summer of 2014. She’s the one I called from the airport when I started my European traveling journey 11 months ago, and she’s the one who I trusted to shipped me my new credit card all the way to France because my bank wouldn’t send it all the way here.

    Why am I saying all that? Because it all started with Adrienne assiduity in replying to comments and be more than just another blogger. She really loves people and the best at building relationships.

    Glad you featured her in this great post of yours and nice meeting you.

    I’ve been blogging for years, but I’m also busy with living life these days, and writing for businesses, so I don’t promote my blog nearly enough, but I’ll be back here.

    ~Sylviane

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Sylviane,

      Wow, what an incredible testimony on just how awesome Adrienne is! Your story is a “mic drop” because it says it all–blog commenting leads to mind blowing relationship! I’m not surprised at all Adrienne did all that for you. What a giver.

      Great meeting you too and I do hope you’ll drop by again real soon.

      Matthew

      • Adrienne   •  

        Hey Sylviane and Matthew,

        Yep, she’s right Matthew… That’s how our friendship started, all through blog commenting. That’s why I say that there is SO much more to it, real true friendships can be formed that in my mind are even better than just chatting with people and getting to know them. I will meet Sylviane some day in person but either way we’ve been on so many hangouts and chatted for years now that I definitely already know her as a person. I’ll just get to hug her someday too! 😉

        Thank you Sylviane for sharing this with us and letting everyone know how important blog commenting really can be.

        ~Adrienne

  9. Psychic Nest   •  

    Hi Matthew,

    It is nice meeting you and Adrienne. There were some things I already knew about blogging but it is good to see them all listed together in one post. Before I post a comment, I always have in my mind what I would like to see from someone who is interested in the content of my own blog.

    For example, if someone is not familiar with the topic but still interested, I would love to hear how the article helped them or how it will be useful to them. So the same goes for me when I post a comment. Even if I don’t have anything else to add to the conversation but I love the topic, I will still write a positive feedback.

    Great post, it was a pleasure reading it!

    Zaria

    • Adrienne   •  

      Hi Zaria,

      So good to see you, thanks for sharing your thoughts about what Matthew wrote here.

      Happy to hear how much thought you put into blog commenting as well. I mean we do want people to enjoy what we share but if we can help them in some way we need to be able to do just that. Through the comments is how we can start those conversations. I’m sure you get a lot of questions on your posts. 🙂

      Appreciate you stopping by and thank you again. Please do enjoy your week.

      ~Adrienne

      • Psychic Nest   •  

        Adrienne,

        Spirituality can be tricky, especially for those who just started their path or for those who are reevaluating what they know. So yes, people come with questions! Do you know though which is the best part? When the teacher becomes student. When wonderful conversations are being carried, there is always something to learn from both sides. That is the beauty of life. 🙂

        Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I am looking forward reading more of your work!

        Zaria

        • Adrienne   •  

          I definitely know what you mean Zaria. I have never claimed to know it all and I’m sure there are always some things I could do better and improve upon. So just chatting with others and learning from them too, that’s the fun part to this as well as getting to know people. I’m sure you have some amazing conversations as well.

          I also appreciate the response and you take care. I’ll have to stop back by your site and nose around some more. Busy month but will put that on my to do list for sure.

          You have a wonderful week.

          ~Adrienne

          • Éric Jouis   •  

            How do you built relationship in blog?
            I have a hartd time with my niche and to find it.

            Have a great day Éric

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Zaria,

      Great meeting you too!

      I love to hear lots of feedback as well. What they found helpful. Questions about the topic. Stories to share. I wish more people understoodd just how powerful blog commenting is. This post will open some eyes, I hope.

      That’s a friendly attitude there, Zaria. Nothing wrong with commenting how much you enjoyed something. Even though many experts say those comments don’t carry much weight, truth be told, every writer loves to see positive feedback from readers. Even “Great post!” 🙂

      Good to see you here, Zaria. Please drop in again soon.

      Cheers,

      Matthew

      • Psychic Nest   •  

        Matthew,

        Blog commenting is amazing because it brings people together and they can exchange opinions. Also, there is something else that needs to be addressed. The people’s comments on our posts, it is like a small survey. Gender wise, who finds our content more useful? How many people return to our blog to comment? By knowing our audience, we can improve our posts.

        Thank you too for the warm welcome! It is always a pleasure meeting people like you. Please keep it up with the excellent work! 🙂

        Zaria

        • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

          Love your description Zaria. Commenting is like great conversation at a get together or restaurant where people have stimulating conversations.
          You got it, comments give bloggers plenty of feedback (like a survey) on what a blogger needs. That does improve our posts!

          Zaria, I’ll make a note to check out what you got going on over at your site. Have a great week!

          Cheers,

          Matthew

  10. Adenle   •  

    hello there,Matthew

    after reading this post,it felt as if i already told how i feel about my blog page and you gave me the solution.

    i tried to abandon my niche,which is reviewing music production,and started posting every information i could get,thinking if i post at least 10 post a day my blog will be trafficked and i will start seeing comments.

    i noticed Adrienne post once a week, and gets a lot of comments and traffic.

    I guess i have a long way to go,and just as it is been said ‘journey of a thousand miles begins with a step’,this comment is my fight step to fight for quality. (lol)thanks so much.smiles

    • Adrienne   •  

      Hi Adenle ,

      I do post just once a month but when I first started I posted 3 times a week. After a year and a half I went to twice a week and then in November of 2014 I went to once a week. I had already built up a great following though.

      Unless you’re doing great SEO and enticing your audience to do something in particular then you’re not going to get a lot of activity I would think by just posting that often. This is about building relationships with others so you have to reach out to them. You have to meet other people, get to know them and form a relationship with them. You have to take an interest in them before they’ll take an interest in you. That’s just the way life really is I’m afraid.

      What Matthew shared here really does work but you have to be consistent at it as well and always remember that it’s not about you, it’s about them.

      Appreciate the visit and I wish you the very best.

      ~Adrienne

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Adenle,

      That’s great to hear the determination in your voice.

      Making some connections will be helpful. It sounds like you’re busy making lots of content. Set a goal for commenting, like “I’m going to comment on two blogs per day.” Keep a spreadsheet on what you’re doing.

      How many per day you can do depends on your time availability. This includes reading/listening/watching the content before commenting so we can contribute value to the conversation, so keep that in mind when deciding on your goal.

      Keep us posted on your progress,

      Matthew

  11. Florence   •  

    Hi Matt!

    A blog post right on target because I AM feeling a little like I’m talking to the leaves. Haha…I have to keep reminding myself that it doesn’t happen in a month. My blog has been active only a little over a week! I know, I know, I’m expecting too much too soon.

    And to make matters worse, I have a broken kneecap right now, so I’m not able to do a lot of the things I had planned towards doing my articles, & taking pictures. But someone asked me the other day if I was bored, & I’m saying “No!” I’m so busy with my computer writing comments, & doing designs in Canva, reading blogging tips, etc….there’s not enough time in the day!

    So I have started commenting on other blogs, but only a fraction respond back. I’ll keep trying tho. This post has been great encouragement.

    Thanks a lot Matt! Lots of food for thought.

    Florence

    • Adrienne   •  

      Hi Florence,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed what Matthew had to share and I was so honored that he highlighted me here.

      With your blog being this new you’ve already got a few comments. I popped over there so you’re doing better than most. As you know though, everything takes time and you have to build up to having a presence online but you will. Not everyone will respond to your comments so if that’s the case and you want to connect with that person then take it a step further and email them. Everyone should have a contact page on their blogs so start that conversation.

      So sorry you have a broken kneecap, that’s got to be so painful. Bless your heart. Well just take care of yourself and do what you can. Just happy to hear you’re enjoying yourself, that’s the important part of this.

      Appreciate your comment and I wish you the very best.

      ~Adrienne

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Florence!

      Definitely doesn’t happen in a month! You are a newborn blogger with an exciting future ahead of you. 🙂 Blog commenting will help you grow faster. You should keep doing it and work on making connections with others. Don’t focus on the results at this point. They will come.

      Sorry to hear about the knee injury, I wish you a speedy recovery! It sounds like you’re making good use of your extra time on productive things. That’s awesome!

      Great meeting you and keep me posted on how things go.

      Matthew

  12. Mel   •  

    Hi Matthew,
    This is timely as I initially set up my blog without comments. I recently switched it to WordPress and included a comment stream and I’m starting to get comments in the blog. Before, I’d get sad emails from visitors who wanted a comment stream to ‘connect with me’. I didn’t realize there were people out there who wanted that! It’s cool right! Like having penpals all over the world and not having to wait for the postman!
    Everything you said about commenting holds true, and I would also add that being your authentic self- sharing the things you really believe is so important. Disingenuous comments are easy to spot.
    Thanks Matthew,
    Mel

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Mel,

      Your blog is definitely in a good niche for comments. People love book clubs, which means people love to talk about books. That’s great!

      There definitely are lots of people out there who want to connect. I’ve made many friends around the world. It is like having a pen pal, only without stamps. LOL

      You really can’t go wrong being authentic. People end up liking us more when we show our true selves. Disingenuous comments stick out in a negative way.

      Great to see you, Mel! Drop by again soon, okay?

      Matthew

  13. Éric Jouis   •  

    I have no section; comment to my blog, I will add this.
    Yes sometime I’m feeling alone in my blog but my motivation is intact.
    I need too better organize and plan my blog..

    Have a great day Éric

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Bonjour Eric,

      I’m glad you have put the comments section on your blog. Every new blogger should have comments if they want to grow an audience. That will help you feel less alone.

      How often do you comment on other blogs?

      Matthew

  14. Animalista Untamed   •  

    Hi Matthew, I wanted to leave you a comment but have to scroll down MILES before I got my chance!!! I’ve been really enjoying your posts, and this one is super-useful. I do try to read and comment on other people’s blogs – after all, how can I expect them to read mine if I don’t return the courtesy. But after reading all that great info above, I realise I’ve been far too impersonal about it. I suppose I’m quite shy even online. Things are going to change! Thanks so much for the really great tips! I have a lot to learn. And the blogging community is a great place to be. Kindest regards, Pam

  15. Anna Moore   •  

    Thank You Mathew and Adrienne. I now see how important comments are in regards to connecting to others. I tread this road with caution only because it’s something I’ve never done before other than Facebook in which I try to leave comments as much as I can, but feel I don’t need to leave comments on everything posted. I’m an inspiring writer whether it be creative or article writing, But most of all I just want to write well and hopefully make it in some field in which I’m comfortable in. I find these post and comments very helpful and hopefully in time I too will have my own blog. Thank you both.

    • Adrienne   •  

      Hi Anna,

      I’m glad you enjoyed what Matthew had to share here.

      So let’s say you write a post and you of course think it’s great. You would want people to comment on it right? You would want them to perhaps ask you more questions or help them in any way with whatever it is that you shared. So be sure to do that when you read other interesting posts and at the same time just by being open enough, that can open doors for you two to make some type of connection. Next thing you know they’re sharing your content and you’re sharing theirs. It’s a win/win for you both all while you’re enjoying this process.

      I hope you find this more enjoyable as you go along and be sure to get a gravatar set up as well. We want to see who we’re chatting with. Remember, this is about people connecting with people.

      Enjoy your day and have fun blogging.

      ~Adrienne

      • Ron   •  

        Blog commenting is great source to be interactive and to get to know other person’s opinion. Short comment or long comment depends upon how a person sees it fit to write about any information they read and what they have to speak or ask. Some people likes to read short but impact reads and some likes to read long and descriptive information. I think people should give a reason for a person to write a comment on any blog.

  16. Marlene   •  

    Hi Matthew,
    My blog is still a baby, but nowadays I like to say we are moving to solids and “she” is growing up so fast. Before I know it she will be all grown up 🙂 The reason why I mentioned this is that you are the only person (from all the newsletters I signed up for, for new bloggers) who still check in to see how I am doing and give me advice about blogging, and the basic stuff. (Keep the main thing the MAIN thing) I hope I am making sense here but what I mean is other bloggers have sent about one or two newsletters with very cool advice and then then rest of the newsletters were all about where they were now and what they are working on (i.e. new book, podcasts, etc). But it takes time as a new blogger to get there and often you can feel very isolated and lonely for sure!! As if you are out there in internet land doing it on your own – on your little island – and the moment a human being actually makes contact with you, you realise how famished you were and how much you needed to connect. A N Y W A Y – this post really spoke to that part of my blogging journey and have changed things for me – I now go out of my way to comment on each post that is meaningful to me, and I have seen the connection and someone reaching back to me – “light up” something that felt burnt out inside me. Thank you for taking the time to do this and for relating it to even more benefits like growing traffic – new bloggers struggle with this, because you have to start somewhere 🙂 All the best with all your things and thank you for shining your light in the blogging world.

    I have noticed that on some blogs they may end with a question but I cannot find a place where I can comment, sometimes even if you click on “leave a reply” it is as if it has been disabled. Could this be old posts, or am I missing something important?

    Have a great day!
    Marlene

  17. Matthew Loomis   •     Author

    Hi Marlene,

    You “got” this post completely. I can tell by your comment. I’m so glad this spoke to you at such a deep level. If you will make it a habit to comment on a certain number of blogs each day, you will really see some amazing results.

    I wish you the best and drop by again soon. Let us know how things are going.

    On your last question, it could be that some of those blogs have “disabled” (shut down) their blog comments, so there are not any there. This was a bit of a fad in 2014 but it didn’t last long. Most of those blogs are restoring their comments again.

    Cheers to your success,

    Matthew

  18. Rebekah Lee Mays   •  

    Hi Matt,

    This is a great post, and I think it applies to so much of online customer service.

    When I encounter a company’s Facebook page or Twitter account that responds right away to every comment with something fun or useful, I’m much more likely to come back to that page. It feels like a human interaction rather than just an interaction with a faceless customer service rep (or worse, a computer!).

    I think it’s the same with blog commenting. It turns bloggers into real people, not just bots spewing out random content for whoever to read. 😉 Thanks for your humanity, Matt!

  19. Matthew Loomis   •     Author

    Hi Rebekah,

    Thanks. I’m glad you like this post. 🙂

    That’s the last thing any blogger wants to do–keep the humanity out of their blog. Nobody likes feeling ignored, and nobody really enjoys automated customer service. Bleh.

    That’s the big secret behind blog commenting! We discover our humanity and make real connections! How cool is that?!

    Glad you dropped by, Rebekah. Don’t be a stranger.

    Matthew

    • Rebekah Lee Mays   •  

      Whoops! Sorry, Matthew, I don’t know why I thought you went by Matt.

      I’ll make a note of that. It drives me crazy when people regularly misspell my name right after I’ve written it in an email. If someone’s just met me and doesn’t know how to spell my name, of course I understand the confusion, but there’s no excuse when replying to someone in written form!

      Anyway, I should practice what I preach. 😉

      Rebekah

  20. Matthew Loomis   •     Author

    Hey Rebekah,

    No big deal really. I introduce myself as Matthew but when people do call me Matt I don’t try to correct them. Either one works with me. 🙂

    Have a great week,

    Matthew or Matt 😉

  21. Chris   •  

    Hi Matthew,

    Thanks for another great blog post! Sorry for taking so long to comment, but I’m a bit behind on all stuff “internet” since we are currently traveling in the Bahamas on our sailboat and cell service/WiFi signals are not always the greatest and sometimes non-existent! Have a decent signal today though, so off to check out Adrienne’s blog, which is a new one for me!

    I LOVE when people comment on my blog posts…especially when it’s someone new and not my family or friends! 🙂 My blog is just a baby though, so not a ton of followers yet, but slowly my audience continues to grow.

    Thanks again for all your helpful tips!

    Chris on S/V Radio Waves

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Chris,

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post.

      Wow, that sounds like you’re on an adventure out in the Caribbean! Do you sometimes get wifi when you’re out on the water? Like, so far out you can’t see any land?

      Yes, Adrienne’s blog was great. Notice I said “was.” She is moving on to a new business so you’ll need to hurry if you want to comment on her last post just a few days ago.

      Keep going on the blog, Chris!

      Matthew

      • Chris   •  

        Hello again,

        This has been a dream of ours for many years and we are enjoying and living life to its fullest! However, there are many times when far from land that we get no internet at all. It is possible, albeit very expensive, to get internet via a satellite phone, but that’s outside of our budget! This has been one of the hardest things for me to deal with…surfing the interwebs is certainly an addiction which is not easily given up!

        I did already check out Adrienne’s blog (and commented!), but was sad to see that the first post of hers that I read happened to be her last.

        Take care!

        Chris on S/V Radio Waves

  22. Mandy van zyl   •  

    Thank’s Matt,
    You have a wonderful gift of making one feel right at home. I feel like I could talk about anything and feel really comfortable whenever we connect. I can almost smell the aroma of fresh coffee and feel the comfy position of having my feet up onto something real soft. And I love that idea because I am normally shy and don’t express myself easily. So, hurrah for all the nice people’s people out there that really care and take the time to make one’s life a little bit more rosier!

    Best regards – Mandy

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Awe, that’s kind of you to say, Mandy. 🙂

      If you think I’m good, you should see my wife. She is REALLY good with hospitality and making people feel good and “at home.” She really helps me in this area. 🙂

      I’m glad you feel comfortable enough on this site to leave a comment.

      Cheers,

      Matthew

  23. Mandy van zyl   •  

    Thanks Matt and family !!

  24. Cathy Stoner   •  

    Hi Matthew, Adrienne and everyone else!

    My heart is pounding with excitement after reading this extremely helpful blog! I have played around with blogging before but believe that now is the time for me. I am absolutely loving learning through you Matt. (Thankyou so much for your emails!)

    I am yet to discover you Adrienne and will be visting you soon 🙂

    I am curious about Facebook and how you might use it to attract traffic to your blog?

    Thankyou again Matt for taking the time to email me. I genuinely appreciate it.

    Bye for now!

    Cathy ( from Australia)

    • Adrienne   •  

      Hi Cathy,

      I’m thrilled to hear that you’re excited about blog commenting and I for one know the power behind it. Just learn from Matthew moving forward and you’ll do great.

      As for me, I’m leaving blogging after nine years. It’s time to start some new income streams but blogging won’t be far from my mind. It’s been a huge part of my success years now and the commenting is what will get you some serious attention when done properly.

      I want to wish you the very best moving forward.

      ~Adrienne

  25. Julian Wang   •  

    I read Adrienne’s, blog post “How to Blog Your Way to Success Your Way” – Mar 21, 2016. I really impressed from her ideas and tips about digital marketing and blogging.

    Most of people wasted years just doing same marketing strategies again and again. Now they predict themselves like a true internet entrepreneur but you can easily caught them by their words.

    Adrienne’s deep knowledge about marketing can easily seen from her writings. Matthew, She really a true Engagement Superstar.

    Best of luck to both of you 🙂

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Julian,

      Yep, you can dig in and find many great posts on Adrienne’s blog. Just make sure you do it soon. I don’t know if you heard but she is going into a different business. She is no longer posting and I don’t know if or how long she is going to keep her blog archive available. I would dive in soon just to make sure.

      Really glad you enjoyed this and yes, Adrienne is truly the Engagement Superstar.

      I wish you lots of blogging success,

      Matthew

      • Julian Wang   •  

        Matthew, Thanks for answering me,

        I really didn’t know that she changing her profession,

        She did a lot in her field. I didn’t think changing profession after a long successful carrier is a right design for her. Hope she had much better plans for the future.

        What i observe about you !!, 🙂 you are a Shakespearean, because the way Shakespeare use to compare living things with non-living things in his writing(metaphor). You use same strategy in your blogging tips :D.

        One Question for you 🙂 Will you tell me what tool you use to animate your blog post images. They are awesome 😀

        Thanks for the warm welcome on your blogger, this is my first visit at your blog and I really enjoy it.

  26. anya general   •  

    I continue to be impressed by the high level of Blog Tips that y’all provide. It’s fabulous!

  27. Deborah   •  

    Hi Matthew,

    I am a total and complete ignorant novice at blogging. If I had known what all was involved I may have chickened out before starting. Lol. Thank you for providing clear guidance for a newbie like me. I look forward to continuing to learn from your expertise.

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Deborah,

      Your blog is off to a great start! The writing is authentic and clear. Keep going!

      I’m here whenever you need anything. Don’t hesitate to ask.

      Best,

      Matthew

  28. Jimmy   •  

    Hello Matt,

    This is my first time here and first time commenting after a long layoff from blogging. I knew Adrienne from my last blogging days, but sadly I was one of those who faded away. Contrast that to how Adrienne has grew in the blogosphere.

    Anyway, I am back with a new mission and was having trouble wondering how best to reach out to people from other blogs again. Guess what, the first person I thought of was Adrienne. I remembered years back she also gave me the opportunity to do an interview with her. At that time, I was really honoured and surprised that she was willing to help a stranger. But that’s why we love Adrienne and remember her right?

    So I went searching for her on google and found this post of yours instead. To me the greatest learning from your post and Adrienne’s example is investing the genuine care and connection in commenting. When you are able to do that through the six steps you mentioned, I think people will be able to see and trust you. That’s probably the most important thing in a relationship, even one that is online.

    Cheers for the post, Matt. Your post prompted me to start commenting again. You must have juiced it will some inspiring stuff.

    And Hello to Adrienne, if you are still there. I don’t think you remember me, but you did an interview for me when my previous site Life Architects was still up. I was trying to find your site again but to no avail. Perhaps Matt or yourself can point me to your site again.

    Thank you both and it feels great to be back.

  29. Cathy Wentz   •  

    Hi Matthew,

    I appreciate this blog post so much! I usually can’t hold back in commenting on articles I’ve read in various publications (always with something of value to say, I hope), but now I am going to be on the lookout for opportunities to comment on blogs by people in my area of interest (which is affordable health care). I will also bookmark this post of yours because I am sure there is information in it to digest and re-digest.

    Also, thanks for all the help you have given me in getting my own blog going.

    Cathy

  30. Zarina   •  

    Hi Matthew,

    Seems like Adrienne is an extraordinary individual, not only does she get a lot of engagement on her blog (as you said here) but she also inspired me to engage on your blog as well 🙂

    Before I share my ideas, do you know by any chance why her blog isn’t working? Or is it just a glitch on my part?

    I even had to google her name to see if she has a new blog name or something (and that’s how I ended up on your blog).

    Now, in terms of Adrienne’s blogging tactics… Well, let’s just say that I couldn’t agree more!

    1) First of all, when I comment, I always say greet the blogger. To some it seems like I’m being too formal “email-like” but to me it’s just good manners.

    And it doesn’t matter if you’re talking to a “stranger on the net”.

    Just like in real life, every friend was once a stranger, and potentially you can develop a life-long relationship with the person on whose blog you comment on as well.

    And in my book, that can potentially happen if you’re well-mannered and pleasant 🙂

    2) VALUE!!!

    It’s super important without doubt. I started my online journey since 2015 (had to take a break due to accident and a few serious orthopaedic surgeries) but one thing I learned is that high-quality comments are important.

    Both to GET on your blog and to LEAVE on someone else’s blog.

    I will get a bit personal here, but last year after that orthopaedic surgery, I literally couldn’t walk for 5 months.

    So, having “too much time on my hands” and to avoid falling into deep depression (I was close to it), I created an Amazon niche website and really started working my butt off on it.

    What happened is that it became wildly authoritative. I didn’t expect it ranking so well in Google with less than 30 articles (back then).

    Google seems to LOVE my content and so naturally I started getting comments from small niche websites that likely wanted a backlink (or a comment back) by commenting on my blog.

    Now:

    Most of them went like these:

    – thanks for this helpful article (and that’s it)
    – hi “digitalworldbeauty” (I am not hiding my face and my name is everywhere on that site)
    – random requests to leave comments on their blog or something like that.

    I mean, would you REALLY want to even approve comments like that? I personally don’t. Especially those, who don’t even bother to get my name straight. #endofrant

    Personally, I leave long-a$s quality comments and I try to leave questions, so that there’s room for engagement. (Which also benefits the site owner in terms of SEO). It’s no secret Google loves highly engaging blogs/websites.

    3) “Share the posts you comment on”

    I honestly didn’t think of it. I usually either shared or commented. Doing both? What a wonderful tip.

    So, expect a Twitter share from me after me after I’m done my comment 😉

    4) My little tip to anyone who might be reading my comment besides Matthew:

    On the Internet people don’t like reading blocks of text, and personally I like to divide my comments into smaller “digestible” chunks.

    Some people who DO leave long comments, tend to write in an essay-like way (even splitting it myself in WP backend office takes a while).

    5) Recently I published an article on my (newly built) blog on increasing user engagement and getting more blog comments (link to that article is attached) and I will definitely include a link to this blog post of yours.

    My blog visitors will only benefit from this info. This is also my way of thanking you for creating such awesome piece of content, Matthew 🙂

    Honestly, I loved your article so much that I was going back and forth to write down my thoughts before I forgot them lol.

    – Zarina

    P.S. I loved your conclusion (HEHEHE) part 😀

    P.P.S. When you have a lot of comments, at the end of the article you can link “leave a comment” sentence with #commentform and your readers will be sent straight to the comment section (bypassing all the comments if they want).

    In my experience, not everyone knows about Command + [arrow down] function to be sent straight to the end of the page 🙂 Just a constructive feedback!

    • Matthew Loomis   •     Author

      Hi Zarina,

      I am sad to inform you that Adrienne left the blogosphere to pursue a different opportunity, so her blog is no longer available. We all miss her.

      But her legacy lives on here. She proved how powerful blog commenting is for people who DO IT.

      Again, she chose a new business opportunity. Her blog was going strong when she made the decision.

      I am still friends with her on Facebook and will tell her you asked about her.

      Thanks for the great comment!

      I hope you will check out more of my content (and leave comments). Like this recent interview: The Most Interesting Man on the Internet.

      Keep in touch,

      Matthew

      • Zarina   •  

        Hi Matthew,

        That was quick! I thought I’d have to check in tomorrow to see your response 🙂

        I found Adrienne through your Twitter account and her bio said: “Former Blogger”, so I assumed that she’s no longer in blogging. Appreciate you passing the word along (and sure does seem that her legacy lives on!)

        Will definitely check your blog more (and you’ll definitely hear from me haha).

        Stay in touch!
        Zarina

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