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How Insightful Comments Can Bring You Readers

How Insightful Comments Can Bring You Readers
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    Blog comments, and the practice of commenting in general, seems to have a weird mystery surrounding it. Is it like online chat and messaging, a forum, email, dinner conversation, or a networking function? Depending on the blog, it can be any, many, or all of these.

    Reg Adkins recently posted some excellent tips on commenting. From the standpoint of the small business blogger, or a writer looking to get some eyeballs on their stuff, his first tip – adding value – is key.

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    Good Point… Who Is This Guy?

    From the questions I get asked, many folks are confused as to what commenting is good for. To me it’s just like anything else in business, you provide something of value to someone, and chances are, it’ll be reciprocated. Add value to a blog post with insightful comments, and readers will want to know more. I’ve seen it happen in my own writing, and I do it all the time.

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    If I read a comment that makes a good point, or really adds to the conversation, I’ll check out the commenter’s site. 9 times out of 10, if I find many of their comments interesting, I find their blog interesting enough to subscribe to. And from what I’ve learned, I’m not alone. This seems to be a fairly common practice. I’ve found a lot of the blogs I subscribe to from comments on other blogs.

    So how can you make sure your comments are interesting enough to draw traffic?

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    • You have to have something interesting to say about the post in the first place. Rambling on about some off topic subject, that you just happen to be an expert in, won’t work. You end up looking like that guy at a party who keeps steering the conversation to topics he actually knows something about.
    • You have to actually contribute something. “Nice post” or “Like your writing” is not going to intrigue anyone. Using the dinner conversion metaphor, that’s like just popping your head in the window and saying “Hi. Nice house…” and leaving. You won’t get a lot of invites to other parties that way.
    • You have to be authentic. Whether you are agreeing or not, you have to be genuine. Readers aren’t stupid. They can pick up on the essence of your comment. If you don’t agree with the post, make you’re point, and do it politely and respectfully. Don’t badger, but be real. Trolling is not a good practice, but neither is sucking up.

    The idea is to approach writing comments with the same sense of contribution that you would writing for your own blog. You have something to say, that you think someone would want to hear. It’s all about communication – and adding value to the conversation.

    Tony D. Clark writes, draws cartoons, designs software and websites, and spends a lot of time talking others into working from home, being creative, and doing what they love. His blog Success from the Nest focuses on helping parents who want to do meaningful work from home and have more time for their families, and their dreams.

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

    How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

    If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

    Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

    So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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    1. Listen

    Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

    2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

    Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

    “Why do you want to do that?”

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    “What makes you so excited about it?”

    “How long has that been your dream?”

    You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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    3. Encourage

    This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

    4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

    After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

    5. Dream

    This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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    6. Ask How You Can Help

    Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

    7. Follow Up

    Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

    Final Thoughts

    By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

    Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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