3 Ways to build a network through comments

January 14 by

3 Ways to build a network through comments

All of us hope, as we write our blog posts, that someone out there is reading them.  We want to see comments, likes and shares.

And so it is with other bloggers as well.  It can be through the comments, likes and shares that we build a network with other bloggers and readers.

Why do we want to build a network?  Because it introduces us to other incredible people, it expands our reach, and it opens opportunities that otherwise we might not have had. So, how is it done?  Here are 3 ways:

First, as you start considering your topic, do a lot of reading. Especially of other like-minded bloggers.  Even those who are opposite in their thought processes.  Read blogs that are in a similar vein as yours, like-minded or not.  For instance, if your blog is about painting, read other painters’ blogs.  Read other creatives’ blogs.  Read blogs about paint.  Read the bios of the folks who write the blogs.  Learn about them in the blogosphere.

Pay attention to the way comments are being made, and the way the blogger responds to the comments.  Then, when you have the lay of the land, comment.  What kind of comment should you make?

Well… not this:

  • Nice post!
  • I agree!
  • Great writing!

Even if you think those things, don’t leave those comments.  Instead, consider: what makes you think it’s a good post?  Why do you agree?  What makes the writing great?  THEN formulate your comment.  It should be thoughtful, applicable and as meaningful as you can make it.  Others will read your comments, as you’ve read theirs, and the blogger will most certainly read your comments.  Odds are one or both will take a look at your blog, and possibly comment.  That is the beginning of networking through comments.

Second, remember to respond when people comment on your blog.  Even if you just say “thank you.”  Think about how you feel when a blogger responds to your comments.  You want to give that feeling back to your readers and other bloggers who take the time to comment on your post.

Third, if you really like what you’re reading, share it with a comment about why you like it.  Share it on Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook.

A bonus on building a network:  You’ll begin to find people that you’d like to have guest post at your blog.  Contact those people, and find out if they have an interest in guest posting.  Even if they say no, you may find that you have more in common, and they will become a part of your blogosphere network.  You’re an amazing person.  As you build your network, you’re going to meet other amazing people!

 

Cathy Lynn

About Cathy Lynn

Cathy Lynn is an artist, writer, executive trainer, and the co-owner of Inkwell Basics. She has published two coloring books, Conscious Coloring and Carnal Coloring. She's currently working on a novel, and turning her farm into an event venue. She previously blogged at 3 Shared Paths, a personal growth blog that was read worldwide, and has been blogging for over 10 years. She lives somewhere between the city and the country with her three cats, Sebastian, Miss Kitty, and Ella.

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  1. Eileen Norman

    So needed to hear this again right now. I let my life eat me up and barely manage to get blogs written, then don’t follow through with reading, commenting, and sharing other blogs even though I have a collection of blogger that I not only enjoy, but find inspiring and enlightening. Thanks so much.

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