As bloggers we write posts on our blogs and comment on others blogs.
That is what we are told to do in the courses that we take and that is what everyone else is doing so it must be the right thing to do.
Have you ever thought about just why bloggers go to all of this trouble to write posts and comment on others posts?
Maybe it is to get your Alexa ranking higher or is it to increase the Google page rank of your blog.
These are both good reasons but are they really the most important reason. Maybe they are the by product of the real reason we do all of the work.
I think the main reason we post on our blogs and leave comments on other peoples blogs is to Build Relationships.
It is through these relationships that we network with others doing the same thing we are or those who are looking for something we have to offer. Networking is a very important part of any business, including an online business.
In a traditional business people walk in the door to a shop and relationships can be built face to face. Online we have to use a little bit different approach to networking with others.
As bloggers we can network with others through our posts and comments. This then leads to even higher Alexa rankings and Google Page Rank.
How To Build Better Relationships
So, you are writing posts and comments like crazy but, are these posts and comments as effective as they could be?
As I blog hop I see some blogs that are really easy to comment on or I may even go back and reply to the authors reply to my comment. Then there are other blogs that it seems harder to comment on and I very rarely find myself going back.
I started asking my self “Why is that?”. I came up with several ideas. My first was some people are just better at building those relationships. I think there is some truth in this but, I also noticed that these same people were doing a few things others weren’t.
Several things I noticed that I felt worked really well when wanting to actually build relationships through blogging are:
People love to answer questions. At the end of a blog post ask a couple of questions to give others ideas on what to comment. Someone might comment that would not of otherwise.
When replying to comments on your post ask questions. The person may come back and reply to your reply. In doing this you are interacting with the people who are commenting on your blog.
When you go to another blog and comment ask a question in your comment. This will start a conversation with the author.
Use a plugin to let others know when you reply to their comment!
The plugin I like for this is ReplyMe. This plugin sends the commenter an email when the post author replys to their comment. This email includes the reply. This way they can read the reply right in their email and then decide if they want to go back to the blog and leave another reply.
Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Posts & Comments?