Part 1 in this Social Networking series focused on visiting other blogs and adding favorites to your blog roll. Today, we focus on what to do when you comment on other blogs.
First off, if you’re going to take the time to visit other blogs (and I know you are), then don’t leave without saying something. Most of the time, you’ll have something to say about the post subject. Add something relevant or pithy. Other times, you’ll read the post and think, okay that was interesting, but I have nothing to add. Sure you do. At the very least, comment and tell the blogger that the post was interesting or funny or inspiring or made you think or whatever is appropriate.
Say something. Otherwise, they’ll never know you were there. Sure, they can see that someone was there when they look at their stats, but they won’t know it was you. And if they don’t know it was you, you’re not networking.
When you comment, you’re going to have to leave your name and a link on the comment form. (Sometimes this is done automatically.) Even so, I recommend you leave your name and the link to your blog within the comment form. If that blogger or another commenter there likes what you have to say, you’ve made it easy for them to pop over to your blog. (More networking.)
Now some of you experienced bloggers know that if you want to visit someone’s blog and they don’t leave a link in their comment, you can click on their name and most of the time you’ll be taken to a profile page that will list their blogs. Then you can click from there. Why put those two steps in there for them? Make it easy.
Keep in mind, though, this is not your blog. Don’t put in two, three or more links. Stick to one. You’re not putting up a huge billboard - just a small sign helping others find their way to your blog. (This is the social part of networking.)
Start today. Start here. Leave a comment and add your link.
Tomorrow, Part 3 in Social Networking
5 weeks ago