Have You Been Commenting On Daily Blog Tips Lately?
This is a guest post by Harrison Li. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.
Yeah…you don’t often see one of these random posts on Daily Blog Tips do you? But ignore the fact that I’m a guest poster and take your time to read what I have to say. This is the real question you’ve got to ask yourself. Have you been commenting on DBT recently? Or should I ask, in the last three months?
You might not care about who I am, but what matters is, Daniel has worked hard to create this blog and grow his audience, and commenting is one of the best ways to say thanks and to show that you enjoy the content.
I’m talking about community here, if you would take a look at the archives right now, pick a post from one year ago, or a post 3 months after he first started Daily Blog Tips. It can be shocking to see there are even more comments on posts back then than right now.
There’s only one simple reason to all this, the result of bloggers being lazy and wanting only benefits from the sites they visit. We read, absorb new knowledge, and leave. Ever thought about commenting? And I don’t mean commenting for your own benefit again (i.e., to get traffic), but commenting to add value to the community.
I wish there was a time travel machine that could transfer the community of this blog (and many others) back to a year ago, having to enjoy those nice and fun moments networking with fellow bloggers and making new relationships (and participating in arguing with trolls). Unfortunately impossible, unless you are willing to afford the price of spending one minute after reading each post.
Of course, there are some benefits for you in reading this post other than myself expressing my thoughts on the community of DBT. Here are some tricks to keep your readers out of pure information consumption mode and putting them into the inner circle.
- Write regular opinion-generating posts, such as “Why should we blog?”.
- Create interactive polls like Daniel has, What Browser Are You Using These Days?. (take a look at the huge increase of comments compare to the other posts)
- Get a little personal with your life.
- Host blogging contests, offer freebies or giveaways.
- Use Questions & Answers, so people could ask you questions and attract readers at the same time. (like DBT had)
Those were just some ideas, I honestly don’t pay much attention to this because I don’t have a successful blog with almost 60,000 feed readers.
If you’ve been a regular reader of DBT for a quiet long amount of time, the valuable information you have freely gotten from this blog could actually be charged quite a bit of money. So did you give something back to community? Have you even used one minute of your time to spend on commenting?
Start rebuilding the Daily Blog Tips’ community, every little comment adds up.
Daniel’s Note: I appreciate the motivation behind this post, but I also think that what Harrison is talking about is a natural trend around the blogosphere. That is, blog readers were much more engaged a couple of years ago, while these days blogs and traditional websites are becoming almost the same thing, so the community aspect died a little bit. But let us know what you think in the comments below.
About the Author: Harrison Li is a 14 year old blogger who writes in-depth blogging tips at BlogLectures.com. His blog aims to teach anyone to starting a blog for money, he currently also has a goal of getting 100 feed subscribers to his new blog, help him achieve this goal by subscribing to his feed (only if you could find the icon).
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44 Responses to “Have You Been Commenting On Daily Blog Tips Lately?”
Prolific blogging AND prolific commenting (from the personally blog-less) serves a purpose. Done correctly and over time it takes someone to another place in their own mind, and in their own life. Most blogs from days of yore are dying because their traffic is down, their best commenters have moved on, and the proprietors have developed other passions (often because of their blogging adventures!). That’s just the way it is. My content has never been better but everyone else started gaming the search algorithms and I fell by the wayside. Plus there’s really just way too much content out there – it’s increasingly hard to stand out. We’re all Olympian skimmers now!
Great point about bloggers being a community that need to support each other. While I’m on the topic stop by TheFrugalToad read, learn, and leave a comment!
i always the huge supporter for DBT. i may come back and comment frequently while i learn lot of new update from here.
Usually i felt that DBT blog is easy to understand and read, it may become one of my hobbies to wasting time here.
But if you would like to get as much comment as last time, you must have certain action . You must have something to attract them back with your new post.
What i previous see that is they do some repeat topic around few month, i think that the reason why people not leaving comment or read DBT dailly.
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Commenting is NOT just saying thanks! And readers got to feel the need to add something to the post. Remember, most of the readers are looking for answers, in a listening mode…not in a communicative sharing mode…So, once they are done reading the article, they will probably go on to reading another, or just leave the site. Say, a guru was teaching you something, would you say…”whoa! you just took my words. thanks for the awesome information”? No. You will just appreciate it inside and probably want to visit him more and more. That’s how everything works.
P.S. I wrote a LONG comment in the process!
Hey thanks everyone for your honest and sincere praise on this commenting problem (I find it quiet hard to respond to all comments too since they all have their points and there isn’t a reply function), well on DBT from now on, you probably won’t ever see a post with more than 40 comments, unless it’s like written by daniel himself or other top bloggers.
What I have suggested in this post won’t really work, it’s just a temporary (talk), like Daniel said it’s a natural trend, it can’t be changed.
Shyam @ScorpionGod Lair
Ya really really encouraging post. I comment in DBT when I read the full post. But I never comment very long ones. But little ones.
First, good post Harrison. You really have good concern on the current trend on blogshere. Well, that’s a part of blogging now. People these days do not want to give anything without taking anything in return. Most commentators just want backlinks to their sites, with their insane comments like, nice post, great post, oh! your post was awesome, I just subscribed to it. If you check your feedburner, there may not be any more addition of readers. These are all bullshit from the so-called cheap bloggers. Your post is really thought provoking.
I have some requests to Daniel too. First, please check the comments before they are made public. If you think, the comment is good but the linked site is not, delete the link and then publish it. You can also put up a comment policy so all can follow it.
Earlier, there was an option to reply to any commentator (If I remember correctly. Correct me if I am wrong.) But you have disabled that. Any reason? It’s better to talk to commentator directly and counter-comment on his/her. Request you to enable it.
Do not let others to get their comments approved instantly, even if they might have their earlier comments approved. If they notice this feature on your blog, first, they will give a nice and polite and maybe informative comment. Later they will spam it with loads of spam comments. It’s hard to track those.
Lastly, I’d request you to comment on guest articles too liking or disliking any point or adding some other tips. Other blogger will be encouraged to get your comment on a guest article. Make your comment distinct from others with color change or with your pic or so.
Good work DBT. Keep rocking.
I have seen the major difference between dailyblogtips and other blogs. Its the commenting. I can still see the comments touching above 50 is very common here for which the credit really goes to the excellent quality of these articles. I still know there are blogs where though good posts are there comment participation is very less. Its not like , commenting on every post but atleast it makes a point when we comment on the article which we write.
The commentor can gain a backlink and at the same time, a small appreciation from the reader gives the energy for the writer to come up with more such good articles.
Good writeup Harrison.
Great reminder – we all love to get comments, whether our blogs are brand new or have thousands of regular readers. I agree that meaningless comments like “great post” are a waste of time (and actually come across sounding like spam), but we do need to remember to take the time to encourage each other when we read something that was helpful or thought-provoking!
I just want to say , this 14 year old kid make me comment. I am regular reader of the DBT, but mostly in Google Reader so i don’t bother to go to actual site and fill out the comment form until unless i have something really to comment or share.
For a 14 year-old kid, you really are quite impressive. But with regarding to the commenting after every post read, I don’t see the logic behind it! Don’t get me wrong! I mean not all the time readers will have something to say after reading a post.
Yes everyone can comment with thank you or nice article or great post or keep it up but there is no value to it right? Sometimes it is better not to say anything if there is no value to it. Well there are also readers that don’t comment but share the link with their friends or subscribe to feeds or bookmark DBT.
Although these activities are not visual unlike commenting, still it helps the DBT community to grow right? But I also really get your point behind this point! Good stuff Harrison!
I comment quite frequently because I like the discussion and am a chatty person. Even more online.
But, as other posters also pointed out, there is no use commenting unless you really donÂ´t have much to say.
Oh, btw, if anyone feels like commenting on my blog, donÂ´t be shy 🙂
I agree with Daniel, I think the trend has changed and ‘the good old times’ won’t come back again….
Yes, I guess that I am become lazy over the years with my blogging responses. If I search my mind and focus, then if I have read an interesting blog, there is a response somewhere within me! Then there’s a point that the Internet forums and blogs tend to keep me very busy, and in busy-ness leads to non-focus. Not very Zen-like for a Zen practitioner I guess, allowing myself to be swept along by the forces of WWW!
Anyway, thanks to your article, my focus has received kick in the backside. We are forming communities through our blogs and it is not just about traffic generation. Personally I much prefer the interaction as I find that teachers and students tend to change places constantly particularly when it comes to Zen. So thanks for reminding me and getting me started again.. 🙂
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