Having been dubbed the "commenting queen" by some of the biggest bloggers, who I can't name [because I don't want them to go viral due to this post], I decided that I would share my secrets. If you're terrible at commenting, never fear! Queen Nova [yes, others call me this] is ready to teach you how to be a good commenter. So long as you aren't a better commenter than I am.
- Know the reason for commenting.
I guess I'm going to have to spell this one out, huh? You want comments in return. That's the only reason anyone shares comments, right? Doing it for the love of discussion is way overrated.
- Follow a crapload of blogs.
You need a list of blogs to follow but make sure you follow them in a way where you follow isn't displayed. You wouldn't want their count to go up, especially not higher than your own. I would recommend Notareal.site.io or dont.take.my.advice.com
- When you can, fill out the name [for commenting] as something that makes you sound cool.
Do you think I go by something as mundane as "Nova @ Out of Time?" HECK NO! Something like Queen Nova @ Blog That's Better Than Yours is sure to get someone's attention and they'll definitely comment back! However, don't use my title - I'll cut you.
- Leave your most recent post link at the bottom of your comment.
It doesn't matter if there's relevance between your link and the post you're commenting on! You want to SELL your blog and by doing that, you must promote on others' page. Plus, they'll be more than happy to spam you with blogger love because you graced their blog with your presence.
- Quantity over Quality.
Copy and paste messages, heck yeah! If you have 5 different reviews of [insert book title here] and you have to comment on all of them, copy one generic message like, "love your review! main character is so badass. check out my blog!11!1!" and post it everywhere. Instant popularity.
- Memes are the motherload.
The best place to use your copy and paste skills is for memes. I'm not saying that you need to post memes because ewwwww, I hate memes. They're for people who have no creativity. All I'm saying is that you need to copy your blog advert on each TTT or STS post and watch the comments roll in.
- Unfollow blogs that don't religiously comment back.
True followers will comment on every post or as many as you comment on. Also, your time is valuable so if a blogger isn't commenting back, why do you bother? If the person you're following doesn't live up to this standard, drop them like a poptart. Mmm... poptarts.
- Don't reply to comments.
Oh my gosh, you're ALREADY commenting on their blog with your copy 'n paste, they expect you to reply to their comments? Seems like some people have serious entitlement issues.
I don't consider myself a commenting queen or anything with such a high title but I definitely do my best to comment at least twice a week on the blogs that I know. I don't usually comment on reviews but if there's a discussion, I'm there!
Commenting is always to build relationships and to share thoughts - not to get comments in return. Sure, getting them in return is nice but still, I always want to remember my first purpose.
I comment with BL and I follow a crapload of blogs that have interested me in the past. And I'd like to say that replying to comments is seriously the best. It makes the commenter feel like they matter <3 [IMO]