How to leave a lasting impression with a simple comment.

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Do you know that leaving comments on a blog posts is a great way to bring new people in front of your business? Well, only if you do it right! Here are my top 5 tips for how to leave a lasting impression with a simple comment:

1.  Before you leave a comment I want to make sure you are giving your attention to a community that is aligned with your business purpose.  If you are a Jeweler then leaving a comment on the Mud Racers of Kentucky blog may not generate the connections you are aiming at developing.

2.  Showing up just to promote- not valuable to you or anyone you are attempting to reach.  It is like going to your favorite author's book signing event and setting-up a card table with your book in the same room! All because you felt people would also enjoy your book. Not cool, right? You are pretty much doing this when you promote your business in a comment from another business's blog post. But there is a simple way to share your goods without getting kicked out of the room!

3. How would you reply if this were a conversation with a good friend? Remember you are building relationships with people- the blog author and her readers- so provide value with actions steps, other resources, or a personal story that relates to the blog you've just finished reading.

4. Show gratitude and appreciation to the author for her perspective, insights, actionable ideas, reviews, ect. True praise will go a long way because it is not a common reply offered on a blog post by other readers- so you will intrigue people aka drive more people to your website.

5. Leave your blog as the url option when leaving a comment. Most blogs have a place for your name, email and then your website- you can choose one of your blog posts, youtube videos, facebook image, ect that relates to the blog post you are reading.  This shows your ability to participate and adds value to the conversation.

About Adeah Wetzel
With a degree in psychology, 6+ years of social service work, and her background as a successful real-estate entrepreneur, Adeah brings her finely tuned sense of human behaviors, thoughts, and motivations into her true love affair with social media – the ultimate way to bring like-minded people from across the globe into your business. As a mom with two kids of her own, Adeah lives the successful-business-well-loved family dream.

Comments

  1. Mindy Crary says:

    Adeah, these are such important guidelines! Thanks for sharing them . . . and as much as I get irritated over #2 happening on my blog, I find that those people usually don’t come back a lot because they ARE in it for themselves. So they may “steal our thunder” one week, but they can’t make a dent in the overall community that we are building with each other!
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  2. I’m always surprised at how simple blog commenting is to build relationships and how much it actually works! Great post Adeah =)… And for the record –– I can’t wait to see you again when you’re in Austin!

  3. sarah says:

    Adeah,

    Whew- I do rather well with leaving blog comments ;}

    I will say that you made a great point that I feel gets overlooked often. People want praise and positive recognition. I find it irritating if people jump in and comments to add in (what feels like) a 1 up on the author.

    Professionally its rude and from the receiving end hurtful.

    In the end blog posts are meant to be simple and concise, one cannot possibly cover each area every time.

    (hugs)

  4. Such a smart post Adeah! People don’t always realize when they leave comments that they’re putting themselves out there in front of the author’s readers as well. With actual personal connection being even more scarce these days, it’s important to at least ‘give love for real’ where you can on line. It’s like being part of a new courtesy….leave a comment like ya mean it! 😉

    Thanks for the helpful guide! xo
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  5. Cathy Sykora says:

    I am going to print this out and reference it as I comment on blog posts! I don’t normally comment unless the blogger incites a strong personal reaction (which isn’t always good)…I can surely see your points and have learned a lot from your blog. Thank you for sharing this.

  6. Sarah Yost says:

    Great guidelines! I never sell in blog comments. That’s so sleazy. I’m here on your real estate to support what you’re doing. And if it works out, I’d love to meet others at the same time. And have them be exposed to me.

    I’ve never linked to a specific blog post though. I always link to my homepage. That’s a great idea.
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  7. Thanks for the great tips, Adeah! I only recently started leaving comments on blogs. Previously, I did not realize how much the author’s love to receive comments!!

    Protocol question – If one is commenting on a fellow blogger’s post and they are in the same field, is it okay to say as a fellow “…same job title..” blah, blah, blah. I notice this happens quite often and I was wondering if that is ok or a no-no? It could be seen as trying to divert potential clients. But, I have not seen any hard selling coupled with stating that one is in the same profession.
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  8. Adeah – great guidelines! I’m definitely going to keep these handy. So many people are commenting just to get more traffic to their blogs, forgetting that its all about building relationships first and foremost. Smart blog post and very timely – loved it!

  9. Kat Bouchard says:

    Thanks for the great tips. I especially like #3, what you would say if it were a real conversation. Sometimes its tough when I want to leave a comment to show my appreciating for the article but I can’t quite think of what to say. Looking at it like a conversation is a great way to go! Thanks so much.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Great advice Adeah 🙂

    I love the potential there is for connection and discussion via blog comments. To me, commenting is only worthwhile when you’ve got something valuable to add to the original post (even if that’s a simple word of thanks). Be honest, be open and be constructive. I love it when I comment on a blog and the blogger replies, and then a conversation ensues. It helps to extend the original post and maybe even take it in a new direction.

  11. Adeah! Great post for leveraging comments. There is so much information out there on guest blogging but hardly any on being a great commenter so that you target the right blogs to get the right traffic to your site. Well done! Perfect steps to commenting!

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  12. Adeah Wetzel says:

    Yes, especially if you are just entering into he world of blogging- it is super useful to first read and comment on others posts before starting your own blog. Thanks Anastasia!

  13. Adeah Wetzel says:

    Yes! I love dialoging in the comments for a blog post. It helps melt the technology away, allowing people to develop a deeper connection and feel a sense of community.
    Thank you, Rebecca!

  14. Adeah Wetzel says:

    Hi Kat, the “real conversation” is a concept I use a lot with my clients. It funny how the use of technology has shifted to help connect with other people, yet many people freeze-up when it comes to the “How-to” part of making a connection online. Thanks!

  15. Adeah Wetzel says:

    Thanks Yvette! I was wondering if people would feel pressured to leave the “perfect” comment after reading this post…just kidding, sort of. 🙂

  16. Adeah Wetzel says:

    Patti, it is so inspiring and motivating to read comments on my blog. With all the content going out it, feel really good to receive back from the readers. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  17. Adeah Wetzel says:

    Hi Sarah, of course! You really do show up to support and cheer other bloggers on! I’ve come to notice that about your comments on other blogs. I’m thrilled you learned a new idea- sharing a url to a hand picked blog post!

  18. Adeah Wetzel says:

    Cathy, you put a smile on my face- printing out these tips! I am so happy you found value and will use these tips to comment on blog posts. Enjoy!

  19. Adeah Wetzel says:

    Lazarus, You are spot on…somewhere people have lost how to make a connection when interacting online. I love seeing technology melt away, so that connections with communities can shine through our screens. Thank you!

  20. angela says:

    Thank you Adeah,

    Very valuable suggestions!!! This will be useful to me as I enter into the world of blogging and commenting:)

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