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Coming back to the point of interest, I would first like to ask you a few questions.
1. Are you relying upon blog commenting as a natural way for getting backlinks and enhancing the SERP ratings for your blog?
2. But in the process of doing so, only 1 out of every 5 comments you made, get approved?
If your answer to the above questions is YES, then it follows from simple mathematics that only 20% of your hard work is paying you back.
Do you want to increase this figure? I know your answer is definitely YES this time. Are you ready to do some SMART work in order to increase the ROI on your hard work? Sounds confusing, eh? Well, it is pretty simple. I am also a huge fan of getting backlinks via blog commenting, and used to fail to utilize it to its true potential, as you do. Then I did some research, and came up with five well-researched and proven methods, which, if followed properly, can highly increase the rate of approval of your comments.
#1. Be honest
“Smoking is injurious to health.” Similarly, pretending is injurious to your reputation. If you don't know something, admit it. There's nothing wrong in doing that. Asking a question is the best way of overcoming your ignorance. No wonder why sites like Quora are so famous.
In the world of blog commenting, asking a ‘related' question can fetch you a successful comment. Yes, your query should be related to the context of the blog-post. How would you feel if you review a gadget on your blog, while readers ask you questions about life insurance? Webmasters love when readers try to get in conversation by asking questions via comments. This makes them desperate to reply to their reader. Hence, the comments gets approved.
#2. If necessary, criticize
“No two men are alike.” Same goes with their way of thinking. What is food for you, might be poison for others. It is not always necessary to agree with the views of the author on a topic. If you feel differently, do not hesitate in expressing yourself via comments. But do not forget to mind your language. You need not be harsh in order to make your point. History also favors this point. Be polite.
One example of such a comment would be, “I appreciate your efforts, But, I do not totally agree with your opinion. I think……. Thanks in advance”. Fill the blanks with your opinion. Leverage the power of politeness for your benefits!
#3. Prove your Grammatical Fitness
I am no physician, but the term “Grammatical Fitness” is enough to prove the point I am willing to make. Write correct English. Site/blog/forum owners love a grammatically correct comment. Use proper punctuation marks when writing a comment.
#4. Keep it simple, silly
After reading the above point on Grammatical Fitness, people generally tend to use HEAVY words in their comments. Heavy words, here, do not refer to words written in capital letters, or within quotes. Heavy words are those, which are NOT used in day-to-day conversation.
People are of notion that if they use tough words, people will think that they are experts in the language. To your surprise, this falls back upon the one who thinks so. If you use simple words, people can easily get into the conversation, thus making your response more valuable to the readers.
#5. Avoid “Anonymous”
Everyone has a name. I am sure, you do too. Then why not use it whenever required? SEO is not always about building backlinks to your high-paying keywords. It is also about building a good name among your readers. Google may rank you for few days, or even months, for using keywords; but human readers will not prefer you if you do not use your original name. If you use a keyword as your name, your comment is likely to be rejected. At-least, I won't accept it for sure.
Always use a proper name in the name field of the comment form. Comments posted via “Anonymous” appear to be spam. And bloggers hate spammers. If you know what I mean 😉
I would request you all to carry out these strategies when commenting, and do let me know the results – both positive and negative. SEO is all about trial-and-error. One who practices, succeeds.
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