Quality Blog Comments With Examples

blog comment quality image oneI want to share with you a couple of blog comments that should be considered quality.  I promise you will see them below.  But first, a few quick words about why.

The Reason Why You Want To Make Quality Blog Comments

Blog commenting is about building relationships with other blog owners.    You want them to know who you are and trust you enough to feel comfortable recommending your blog or any specific posts that you have written.

With this kind of trust and cooperation it is possible to build up traffic.  That is what most (not all) blog owners want.

Why Do You Want Traffic?

Traffic is necessary to monetize your blog real estate.  You need that traffic to provide revenue in the form of advertising fees, direct sales or affiliate sales.   There may be other ways to monetize as well, such as building your email list.  But that still equates to more revenue.

I acknowledge this explanation is very basic, but that is all we need in the way of background for this topic.

What Is a Quality Blog Comment?

I think it is best to jump in with the examples first and then discuss them more fully.

Quality Blog Comment Number One:

This comment was made on this post so that you can see it in it’s ‘natural’ environment.

 

Quality blog content -example one

 

Why Is This A Quality Comment? 

1. Corky Starts from His Own Experience.   When you share personal experiences in your blog comment you are truly giving something unique because it is YOUR experience.   People tend to appreciate that you have ‘opened up’ a little bit and shared something personal.

But more important than that, is that people, when analyzing information, are very interested in personal experiences.   All  the theory in the world is not worth much if it does not work in the ‘real’ world.

This is why people love personal stories.    Not to mention that story telling is the most powerful way to get a point across that we know of.   Just make sure your stories are true.  If people figure out that you are lying, then it will seriously discredit you and your comments.

Corky shares the information that was given to him and he passes it on to us.   He explains what is end result was.  This is what people want.  They want to know what you did, what happened and how it ultimately worked for you!

People don’t care about ‘theories’.  They want ‘real life’ validation and Corky provides that.

2. Notice the length of the comment.    It is 9 Lines of quality.   How many comments have you seen that are about 2.5 lines max.   You get the feeling that these ‘drive by’ commentors are just there for the link.

Remember that we talked about relationship building a little while ago?

Corky shows that he read the blog post and that he has something intelligent, valuable and useful to add to the discussion.

This is what makes this a high quality comment.  If Corky were to approach me about making a guest post on my blog,  I would be far more likely to oblige him, because of his quality comments, than someone ‘out of the blue’.

 

Quality Blog Comment Number 2  

This comment was made on a post about outsourcing work to the Philippines, you can see the post here.

Here is the comment:

Quality Blog Comments Example 2

 

 

What makes this a quality comment?

1. Notice the picture.  This tells me that this is a real person that is not afraid to show who she is.     That instills trust and confidence.   Notice that I did not say that there was a link to her ‘website’.

2 There is a link to her blog.     I want to know that blog comments are coming from someone who has a blog that receives comments too.

3.  Once again  Anna speaks from her own experience.   She tells us that she is an outsourced worker herself.

4.  She gives quality tips about what might be helpful.  That is going to resonate with the readers of this blog who will find her comments interesting too.

5.  If you go to the post, you will see that Anna replied to my reply.   That’s Quality!    She didn’t just ‘drive by’ and leave a comment, she signed up to know when someone replied and she came back to continue the discussion.

All of these things, plus what we discussed on Corky’s comment, are indicators of a quality blog comment.

 

What is a NON-Quality Blog Comment?

While the two examples above define quality blog commenting, I thought I should share an example of what is not quality.

I won’t display a comment here, because I don’t want to embarrass anyone, instead I’ll make a fictional, but typical, poor quality blog comment.

“Hi That was a great post,  I really liked it.   I learned a lot.  I’m going to bookmark this page.   I’m going to tell my friends about it.  Thanks!” 

signed;  phdf32X   – No picture.   Link to a website that does not accept comments.

Tip: Use your real name when commenting.  No one wants comments from phdf32X  or  “golf man” ! 

 

Video: 

I hope these examples helped to show you the difference between quality and non-quality blog comments.

In case you need more information to point out the differences, I have made a video that goes over the same comments.  Perhaps the visual and auditory components will help to clarify further.

Here is the video:

 

I hope this information and video helped you to understand what a quality blog comment is and what the benefits to you personally are for making quality comments.

Looking forward to hearing your quality blog comments below!   If you have some thoughts to add on what makes a quality blog comment, that would be very welcome.

 

Here are some additional post that you might find interesting 

Getting More Traffic Through Disqus Comments

Guidelines for Commenting on this Blog

Guest Posting on this Blog


Pictures of Churches In Kiedrich, Germany

 

46 Responses to “Quality Blog Comments With Examples”

  1. Theresa Torres Says:

    Hi David,
    What a difference between quality and non-quality comments! Thanks for pointing this out. I’ve seen my share of “great post” comments and you can tell they’re only there for the link.
    If a post resonates with me, aside from reading the article, I also like reading the comments because I learn a lot. If it’s a post that offers some tips, most of the time I can find additional tips from other commenters.
    I think comments are also used to judge a blog. Some blog owners accept all comments, even spam comments and this affects the credibility of the blog.

  2. Dave Says:

    Hi Theresa, thank you for your thoughtful comments. I have visited your link and commented there.

    I think it is important for blog owners to be respectful of each others blogs and comments. Quality is important as we all know.

    You just said it yourself that you can see the difference between link seekers and relationship builders.

    In addition, you have found that reading the comments of others has been helpful and useful to you. That is how it should be.

    Thanks again for your sharing your thoughts.

  3. Ray Says:

    Sometimes I do get decent comments from people that don’t have a gravatar image. The majority of the ones without an image tend to be spam though. At least on my sites. The short one liners are usually junk or spam bots, but every now and then a one liner is fine such as in the case of someone follows up with a reply. Some people like longer comments. Two to five sentences is fairly decent. I guess sometimes they can be almost too short, and other times they can get kind of lengthy.

  4. Dave Says:

    Hi Ray, Yes, I believe that is all true.

    I guess the actual length is not so important. It is more the overall intent. If the comment is helpful and meaningful, such as your comment here, then it is a valuable comment.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this problem It is a problem that I think troubles everyone to one degree or another.

  5. Lamperd Says:

    Keeping the quality of a job expands its efficacy and helps to boost it. I’m pleased to get the info about the importance of ‘Blog commenting’ and some precious clues to improve it. Thanks for the article.

  6. Dave Says:

    Hi Lamperd, thanks for the kind words. I’m glad that you got something worthwhile out of this post.

    The discussion from all of the comments as been good too!

  7. Ehsan Says:

    Hi David,
    Long tail comments aren’t always quality comments, The comment which is related to the post is called quality comment and If the comment is related and long than It’s called high quality comment!
    Thanks for the article anyway.

  8. Dave Says:

    I agree with you Ehsan . It is quality that matters most.

    You can have a long comment without it being quality but I have found that often times the longer comments are quality.

    There is certainly comment spam that is quite long with lots of links.

    Length is only one small item to take into consideration in regards to quality, it isn’t the whole story.

    You are right, length alone does not indicate quality.

  9. TB at BlueCollarWorkman Says:

    I feel under extra pressure now to leave a “quality” blog comment. 🙂 I don’t necessarily mind “drive by” comments on my blog, but when someone puts some thought into it, it definitely makes me click on their link and want to build a relationship with them.

  10. Dave Says:

    Hi TB, No pressure! I was afraid that someone might think that 🙂 . Your comments have been and are just fine. Good point about how a good comment makes you want to click on the person’s link, I do that too! So, there you go TB, a quality comment – Certified!

  11. Bellaisa Says:

    🙂 I actually came to this post because YOU left a quality comment on my article. First, you actually mentioned a part of my article. Second, you told a personal story that I could relate to. Lastly, you gave some insight that was not mentioned in the article and it made an impression on me! So all of that combined caused me to pay attention to you and click through to you website.

    I get a lot of generic non-quality comments like you mentioned, but because my blogs are normally about relationships, and people can quickly generate an opinion, I get a lot of comments where the commenter obviously read the headlines, sub-headlines, and not much else. They sometimes reverberate points I’ve made, and sometimes they talk about something completely irrelevant to the tone of the article.

    One small personal point: I do not like people who always have to argue your points or tone of the article. I understand that we all have different beliefs, but you can’t always be negative towards the writer. While it may make for a good commenting debate, it gets annoying and tiring – and it doesn’t build a good relationship with the blog owners like you were talking about. In fact, I almost never recommend their blogs or articles to anyone else because I don’t want them to start leaving negative comments on my referrals blogs as well!

  12. Dave Says:

    Hi Bellaisa – wow now THAT is a quality comment (take note for those who are still wondering what a good comment looks like)

    Good point on negative tone comments. I don’t know how to handle those sometimes. I certainly want to be fair and allow others to air their opinions. But on the other hand if it is too over-the-top then I might not let it fly.

    I guess it ‘pays to play nice’, even when tempted not too! This is a good reminder.

    I know there was one blogger and I commented on his site and left some questions (maybe they were not easy to answer questions -given his topic choice) but he didn’t allow my comment.

    I didn’t ask anything ‘wrong’ per se. But it would be difficult for him to answer the questions without embarrassing himself in the process.

    So I was tempted to show the poster that he was incorrect in some of his assumptions. And this backfired on me.

    I guess that even if we know we are correct, we should never try to teach others unless they have requested to learn. I hope I finally learned my lesson on this one! Thanks for your comment Bellaisa.

  13. S.K. Says:

    Hey Dave,

    Nice blog you got here. I tried contacting you regarding a project I’m doing, but your contact form is giving me “Incorrect CAPTCHA” errors even though I’m typing the words correctly. You may want to look into that.

    Anyway, if you’d like to hear more, shoot me an email or contact me through my blog.

    Cheers,
    S.K.

  14. david Says:

    Hi S.K. I went to the contact form and discovered that you are indeed correct! it is throwing errors.

    My guess is that it has to do with the caching plugin we use on this blog to handle the current traffic levels.

    I’m going to have to get rid of that contact plugin and try something else.

    I am very grateful that you took the time to tell me about this problem. I did not know about this issue and it has probably persisted for a long time! Thanks S.K. I will send you an email shortly so that you can communicate with me.

  15. S.K. Says:

    David,

    I already told you about my Good Deeds project, so as part of it I’m offering some unsolicited advice on this issue, I hope you don’t mind: for free to use contact forms, the plugin you want to use is Contact Form 7. Hands down the best contact form plugin 🙂

  16. Dave Says:

    Thanks S.K. That is awesome, I will try that one out. I have seen it before, but I didn’t have any good advice on which to use – until now that is.

    Thank you very much. I must have missed some information on your Good Deeds project? I didn’t see any emails or anything on that.

    Could you resend the information or, if you prefer, you can post it here for the world to see.

    Thanks again S.K. for the advice. I will try contact form 7 out. Great info. Truly appreciated.

  17. John Says:

    Very useful tips here. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether a drive by comment is spam. Sometimes spammers will actually read my articles and drop a line or two referencing something I say, but then try to link to their affiliate site. I find it hard to delete something like that, but I have to remind myself that the person didn’t leave the comment to interact. That makes deleting it easier.

  18. Dave Says:

    Hi John, that’s a good point.

    One of the things I like to look at is if the ‘questionable’ comment came from another blog that has active comments on it. That is one way to differentiate those who like to take without giving.

    Just a thought. It does require a bit of extra work on your part. But it is one way to limit the link thieves.

  19. mitz Says:

    I love quality comments!!! Where can I get more!!
    I spend my whole life looking for real people to comment on my blogs and it is damn exciting every time a new one comes along.

    I especially like the comments that share a personal experience or a fantastic tip! 🙂

    Unfortunately there is the bad side of commenting too! I spend so much time moderating hundreds of comments everyday. I am looking forward to the day when those spam commenters actually realize that they are wasting their time!!

  20. Dave Says:

    Hi Mitz, I know what you mean. spam is a big problem. I have found the GASP function in Comment luv premium (which I think you are using if I remember correctly) to be really good at fighting spam.

    If you are having problems, you might want to check your GASP settings. That plus askimet seems to do a real number on spammers.

  21. Mika Castro Says:

    Your post was very detailed explanation of comment quality, but please add some lines about auto commentators and how to avoid them? because they are harmful for any blog, also degrade quality of serious comments.

  22. Dave Says:

    Hi Mika, are you using comment luv premium: http://allthingspondered.com/commentluv on your blog?

    If not, you might consider doing so. There is a program in it called GASP and along with Askimet, I get very little spam now.

    This is another reason I like CL.

  23. Chris Says:

    Hi David, great post, thanks, I’ll share it.
    I was joking of course 🙂
    Commenting on other websites (including blogs) isn’t as easy, as it looks like. You must learn something about blog owner, his/her posts (not only one). What’s more, you must familiarize also with commentators and their own style.
    But if you only want place your comment…
    BR, Chris

  24. Dave Says:

    Hi Chris, that is an interesting perspective. I have not really thought about it in those terms before. I view each piece of content as unique and respond to it. Interesting point though. sounds like it is working for you. Thanks for sharing that with us

  25. Marissa Says:

    You’re absolutely right about quality comments. The issues ends up being that sometimes I really don’t have a lot of valuable insight and I really did learn a lot from a post, so I leave without noting that. The best thing that I found to get engaging comments is to ask a direct question at the end. This allows the reader to centre their thoughts and guides them towards conversation.

  26. Dave Says:

    Hi Marissa, Well said. I think you are correct in that. Asking questions at the end of the post or even during the post can help trigger a reader to have something to add to the conversation. Hopefully, there would be enough in each post to trigger a response in most people.

  27. Michael Belk Says:

    Dave nice job on the blog post. Quality comments are more important to me because it makes it easier for me to respond to. It also shows me that you cared enough to read my article. I try to write interesting content and when some leaves a good comment it might give me another avenue for the subject. I like seeing what other bloggers have to say. It would be ridiculous for me to think my opinion is all that matters.

  28. david Says:

    Hi Michael, I very much agree with you. Having interaction with others is what makes blogging worthwhile. Without the engagement, a blog can feel like a real ghost town .

    Thanks for participating on this one1

  29. Shalu Sharma Says:

    Quality commenting makes a lot of difference not only to the blog but also the poster. I think that a picture is a must, as it shows who the poster is, gives a lot of credibility. Also real names should be used and not keywords in the name box.

  30. Dave Says:

    Hi Shalu, I agree with you – although the idea with comment love is for some people to leave keywords. But if they are going to do that, I prefer they use name @ keyword1, 2, etc.

    But I am with you, it is a lot cooler if they don’t use any keywords at all!

    I think a picture is great. Everyone can get one to show up by going to gravatar.com and uploading a picture. Too bad more people don’t know that.

  31. Ehsan Says:

    David, I have visited your this post just to tell you that, I have got my blog hacked just because of a link of a comment on my blog. That link was a virus and the comment was quality and related to the post, sO I have approved the comment and that link hacked my blog! but thank GOD I had a full BACKUP!.

  32. Dave Says:

    Hi Ehsan, That sounds horrible. I am glad that you had a backup too. I guess that you can never be sure with any links. Was your server windows based or linux?

    We do frequent backups here. Everyone should backup frequently because you never know when you will need a backup. It is much better, in this case, to be safe than sorry!

    Thanks for sharing that story and I hope your blog remains safe in the future!

  33. Ivin Says:

    Hello Ehsan. Most people would not believe you if you share this with them. It’s crazy. I’m saying this because it happened to me too. And when I got hacked with malware, you know what happened? Every single comment I left on other blogs spread the danger to friends of mine. That’s a quick way to damage your rep. Luckily people knew me and they helped me get it sorted.

    Dave, you are really becoming a high quality blogger. I’m not trying to flatter you, but I like the elements you placed in this post: Clearly broken up points, real life examples and a video to demonstrate it. Real high value and how it should be done. I once did a post on how I had fun with a spammer, but I know whatever I replied to him, he never got the message, because they don’t do it.

    I was a real loser when I started blogging, replying to the spam comments and wondering why I got no traction. Admin is very important, because as you weed out the dreg, your blog becomes more valuable. I despise gatekeepers and became one myself 😉

  34. Dave Says:

    Hi Ivin, thank you for the kudos. That is a fascinating story of how you evolved in the blogosphere.

    It is interesting how we start out with a certain concept and then we find out in the end that we actually have found some other points of view to actually be reasonable after all.

    I think this happens to all of us – if we are honest enough with ourselves that is! I know that I have experienced this myself.

    Thanks for sharing here Ivin!

  35. Jamella Biegel Says:

    Hi Dave,

    This post touches on one of my pet peeves – people leaving non quality comments. I don’t publish comments from those who leave one liners such as “nice post.” Also, if a real name isn’t used, or a picture doesn’t accompany the comment, most likely the comment won’t get published.

    I am one of those who visits other blogs because of comments left my other bloggers. I’ve learned a few things by reading the comments section too. We never know who is reading our comments and may find them of value. This could lead to a visit to our blog and maybe doing business in the future. Quality always counts!

  36. Dave Says:

    Hi Jamella, blog commenting is great and it is an educational experience too. I really like learning from other bloggers and the commentors who appear on their blogs / websites – the same way you mentioned.

    You can also find business and forge new relationships from blog commenting. And those types of interactions could grow over time!

  37. Young Professional Finances Says:

    I definitely appreciate quality comments but I don’t agree with all your points here. First of all, I’m someone who doesn’t put my real name in the “Name” field – I use my blog name. This is because I started anonymous and even though I added my first name, it would be too long to put my name @ my blog name. I’d rather just stick with what I’ve been doing – and no one seems to mind that. Same with the picture, because I’m anonymous, I don’t have my actual picture there, just a thumbnail I created.

    Also, I don’t feel like every comment you leave has to be a quality comment. Sometimes, I read a post and I really have nothing to add but I liked the post a lot – so I may leave a one or two line comment just saying that. I want the blogger to know that I really liked the post even if I might not have some personal experience to relate. I don’t do this as a ‘drive by’ commentor for the link.

    I definitely agree that quality comments are better than non-quality ones. However, I still appreciate comments from people even if they are short one/two-liners and don’t add much to the conversation.

  38. Dave Says:

    Certainly good points, Young Professional Finances! I think all of the items in the post above were meant to be guidelines an not hard / fast rules.

    There are many ways to look at it. I think we all agree that we want decent comments and less spam. These guidelines can help both sides of the equation.

    They are for those making comments as well as for those seeking comments to be made on their own blogs.

  39. John Says:

    “story telling is the most powerful way to get a point across.”

    Great Point! I think this goes for some of our blog articles as well. People love to hear stories of someone’s personal experience. There are a lot of articles out there with no personal experience to back it up. One reason I also like quality comments is that it then gives me something to reply to. Although a comment usually is better than nothing, I like to engage beyond writing or reading the article it self.

  40. Dave Says:

    John, that is a good point. The more I think about it, the more I realize that there are plenty of places that I could have left a story but did not.

    That is a great reminder to insert a personal experience or story whenever possible.

  41. Norbert Says:

    Hi Dave,
    Thank you for that great post. It’s my first visit here, and it’s one of your quality comments on another blog that lead me here. So it’s true that quality comments will always drive new visitors to your blog.
    I think the worst mistake when it comes to commenting is leaving a comment even without reading the entry.It equates to undermining the time and effort put in by the author.

  42. Dave Says:

    Hi Norbert,

    That is a very valid point you bring up. What I have been thinking about doing for those kinds of comments is just not respond to them. That way the people who are actually interested in discussion and the exchange of ideas will get the most from this site. Quality comments will generally be retweeted by me. So the drive-by comment people won’t get that benefit. 🙂

  43. Miss T Says:

    I totally agree. Quality comments are the only ones to make if you ask me. I always try to relate to personal experience and the relation to the article as much as I can. I mean that is why I read it in the first place. I really appreciate when people do the same on my blog.

  44. Dave Says:

    I agree, I like to read what people have to say and that is just part of enjoying the whole process of blogging and commenting. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this topic.

  45. Robbertcruz Says:

    Hey dave One time i get a reply from a celeb(a mid level wwe star) but later i found that it was not him.though his account is genuine but it was revealed that it was his assistant. My question is how will you know that the person is replied your tweet is celeb or his assistant. thank you in advance

  46. Dave Says:

    Hi Robert,

    I treat everyone the same way. I do not care if they are a celebrity in other people’s eyes or not.

    They are people just like everyone else. If a ‘regular’ person didn’t answer you back or had an assistant do so, would it matter to you? If the answer to that is “no”, then I would ask why it should matter to you if a ‘celebrity’ does it.

    So I guess my answer is that I really don’t mind if a person is a celebrity or not, people are people and everyone should be treated about the same.

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