How to Leave Comments on Other Blogs

Today’s episode is all about how you can leave comments on other blogs to build relationships and grow your blog’s audience.

In this Episode

You can listen to today’s episode above or in iTunes or Stitcher (where we’d also LOVE to get your reviews on those platforms if you have a moment). Today we talk about:

  • The 5 benefits to leaving comments on other blogs
  • The dangers of leaving comments on other blogs if you don’t do it well
  • How to make leaving comments on other blogs a regular habit
  • How leaving comments on other blogs can improve your blog content

How did you go with today’s challenge?

Do you leave comments on other blogs? What ideas will you use next for commenting on other blogs?

I’d love to hear your feedback on this approach to commenting on other blogs in the comments below.

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  • Darren, Here is am, doing some of the things you said NOT to – I am making the first comment, probably because of this time of day I’m the first to listen to the podcast – secondly I am going to tell you about MY commenting on other posts – the blogging group I belong to is very supportive and we all read each others posts and leave comments – However, we all seem to have our own unofficial policy regarding reciprocation. I will visit a new bloggers site twice and leave comments and I always try to make them meaningful. If the new blogger does not reciprocate after two tries I no longer visit their site.
    The big thing I picked up from this podcast was the length of the comments. I had no idea that you could leave a 500-600 word comment – that really opens up the field. I very much like the idea of using relevant comments and writing a post about it, linking back to the original site.
    Thanks Darren, I am learning so much and enjoying it immensely.

    • That’s interesting to know Lenie – ref leaving posts, it seem like a sensible idea to spend the commenting time wisely! I’ve joined the same group and am really impressed with and grateful for the considered comments left by them (and you) on various blog posts.

    • you’re welcome Lenie – thanks for commenting, I really do appreciate it!

  • Great do’s and don’ts. Thank you Darren. Having recently joined a food photography community, I’ve been closely following how everyone comments. Some comments are a very short with “yummy,” “beautiful,” etc. Others are really insightful and artful in describing how they perceive the image. I found this latter group provided not only value to commenting but a good learning experience on what to look for in an image.

    I do have one question on comments. My comments are moderated b/c I once had some very bad experience with moderators. But I’ve noticed lately that a lot of sites do not moderate. And so I’m thinking of opening comments up to post right away. I get an email that I have a comment and I try to respond as soon as I can. I’m just curious how do others feel about not moderating comments.

    • I’m using DIscus for comments now and apparently don’t get the options to moderate (probably missed some selection button I used to moderate all comments. I rather like the immediacy of not moderating, I still get a notification via email so if it’s a problem I can delete it PDQ. I guess if one gets lots of comments one has to weigh up the time spent moderating vs the quality of comments if not moderated?
      As a commenter I am a little put off being moderated 🙂 not enough to stop commenting but I feel less trusted by the blogger who’s blog I’m commenting on.

      • Rosalind, I too prefer the immediacy of “live comments,” but once a blog is targeted by spammers or trolls, it’s hard for some bloggers to stay “open.” I sympathize with both sides.

    • I’m using discus too and have found it easy to use. All the spam I was getting has disappeared in their filtering system, it’s also a good way to keep a track of the comments that I make using it.

      • That’s a good idea, especially as to where you commented. I always forget unless it’s a blog I frequent a lot.

    • I tend to let comments go live and moderate later on my sites as it does slow down the commenting/conversation a lot.

  • Dale Reardon

    Thanks for the podcast and the challenge to leave a comment – guess I am!
    I found this podcast / post through your Twitter feed by the way.

  • Great advice and challenge Darren. Commenting on other blogs is part of my daily ritual. I normally don’t leave links because many of the blogs that I follow use a comment plugin that includes a link to my latest post and I’m fine leaving it at that. I will admit I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the feedback and recognition that’s come about as a direct result of building relationships this way. In fact I was stunned when just last week a blogger I’ve been following for awhile signed up to my subscriber list! As far as my own blog I do monitor and reply to all comments. I also use a plugin that redirects first time commenters to a page I set up to thank them for contributing to the conversation and provide a few tidbits about the mission of my site along with links to key posts and pages. While someone will occasionally cross the line a little in terms of self promotion, it’s never been a problem and I can’t remember the last time someone left questionable link(s) so I guess I’ve been lucky in that regard.

    • what’s that plugin Marquita – sounds interesting!

  • Having been prompted several time to visit blogs during this challenge I have found some really interesting blogs I know I will want to follow going forward. It’s easy to leave posts on those. I hadn’t considered 500+ comments but really like this idea of developing a discussion with the other bloggers and continuing it on my own blog to widen an audience. I realise I have seen blogging as a fairly solitary pursuit until recently. I’m looking forward to engaging in a more meaningful way with co-bloggers/writers.

    • thanks for commenting Rosalind – hoping that you enjoy reaching out to other bloggers more and more in this way.

  • Lori English

    Darren, I listened to the podcast on leaving a comment which was very beneficial because In my niche is self development, and i continue to leave comments that are able to make a name for myself. By leaving comments it helps with traffic, but communicating with others helps with ideas for my blog and made it easier for me to connected. Your podcast is great and I plan on going through the rest of the sessions because I was late viewing this thirty- day blog challenge. I personally like how you make it easy to perform actionable steps to make blogging an fun and easy. Thank You-Lori English.

    • thanks for listening Lori. Take your time going through the days. While they’ve come out daily they’re designed so that you can tap in and out of them at your own pace.

  • Refreshingly high-quality intro content. Well produced, packed with helpful tips about how to genuinely get smarter about your participation. A breath of fresh air and a good reminder for those of us who’ve been blogging for a long time.

    Fwiw, I’d love to hear more about the partnerships side of this and hear Problogger thoughts on how engagement on other blogs helps ambitious bloggers learn more about the state of their industry. For example, I loved Andrew Grill’s blog post he just retweeted this weekend where he talks about how many social media’s ROI isn’t about driving traffic and marketing as much as it is about learning what to create in the first place. “if we channel the feedback gleaned from people talking about our brand on social media into our product development and research teams, then perhaps companies will build better products, more tied to what their customers actually want.” Some Problogger thoughts about how to optimize the business value of learning from social media participation would be awesome!

    • thanks for the suggestions Marshall

    • Marshall’s comment; the perfect example of the teachings within this awesome Problogger podcast 😀

      Thank you for commenting Marshall, it is great to see a quality comment, and to learn from experienced people.


  • Sam Walker

    This is something I have slowly been trying to do more of over the last few weeks. I will now try and build it into a daily habit. In the past I have been in groups with very mixed niches and there has been an expectation to comment on each others’ blogs but in many cases I have had nothing to say, not been able to add value and sometimes disagreed with the blogger. In these cases I haven’t left comments but then I also haven’t received many in return. Highlights the importance of forming relationships with like-minded people or bloggers in the same niche.
    Thanks for all the added tips about leaving comments, Darren.

    • you’re welcome Sam. Let us know how it goes.

  • I’ve recently gotten into the habit of commenting, and it has led me into starting a relationship with a couple of other bloggers. I agree that only valuable comments should be made, so I think I have to work a little harder on that. It really is amazing when you notice you have added some value the discussion!

    • thanks for sharing that Fabi – I’ve see this happen many times. Definitely put some extra time into it 🙂

  • Stephanie Boon

    I leave comments on other blogs and have made some great friendships that way, but I love the idea that you can use the comments (and link back to them) to write a post – it never occurred to me to do that!

    • I agree Stephanie – I generally just get carried away with responding to the post I’ve found interesting, and totally forget that it would also be useful for my own blog! I am also still very sporadic with following other blogs and updating my own – as it is not my primary focus but an additional ‘weapon in my armoury’, so to speak. Oh well, I guess that is why I am doing this challenge…

  • Katherine Chiu

    No one has left me a comment.. Am I doing anything wrong in terms of writing a post? I try and leave comments as well but I find that sometimes my comments are not useful. Here is my blog: Would love some feedback and some shares please. I don’t mind negative or positive. Anything at all which you think is useful

  • Last week after reading one link you shared on the Joining a forum challenge, I started increasing my daily comments. I got as many comments only this past week than last month! Although, sometimes I want to comment on a blog I like but I find it harder than usual. For instance, fashion posts, I think it’s so useless to only say “that look is pretty”. I think some posts just don’t call for a comment.

  • Hello Darren,

    Actually I love to comment on other blogs! Not just for back-links but for making good relationship with the bloggers as well as get to know faces through comments. I feel it is the super great method of getting noticed in the world. Reciprocation, done good, can be one awesome way to make yourself noticed by the fellow bloggers.

    Blog commenting does seem to be a bit time-wasting but I can assure that it will yield the best results in near future if you keep it going!

    Great podcast and I am so happy to share it!

    Yours great fan from Pakistan,

  • A really helpful podcast Darren, thanks so much. I not only found the information useful I have actually taken action and commented on this – and one other – blog post after listening to it. I’ll have to get into the habit of commenting regularly as it’s not something I do very often at the moment. Thanks again, Nisha

  • lisainlouisiana

    The best tip was the last, just my opinion. I found a cool blogger to follow at Retireby40, and left a comment on his blog about taking a retirement dry run. Mu dry run Did NOT work, and the lessons learned could make a helpful post. Best part, though, is that I will be linking back to and promoting an amazing blogger.

  • I’ve made some of my best blogging friends by commenting. I’ve not been as diligent in commenting recently, but I’m trying to still comment every now and then.

  • When I heard this post I thought, “Oh, yeah! That’s something I don’t need to do because I am already doing it.” Then I realized I had saved a number of posts in Feedly that I wanted to comment on but never actually did. Now, many posts are so ‘outdated’ a comment would seem link I’m insincere. Oh dear!

    When I went looking for recent posts to comment on using my Feedly account, I discovered that I had nothing of value to add to the conversations of the blogs I follow. Perhaps I need to look for more inspiration, per your earlier podcast. A search to find more posts worth commenting on took me to a Flipboard account I created. I did find a few posts of value that I could comment on. Now I don’t feel so ashamed of being so prideful while listening to the challenge. And, I found a few new blogs to follow in the process.

  • Evan

    This is really amazing content…Thank you for sharing so much value!

  • Darren I never would have thought to leave a really long comment like you do, up to 500 words. All of your hints I have taken note of and will incorporate in the future. I think in part that is due to some of the blogs that I read, perhaps comments that long are not appropriate. But I think I could certainly spend more time leaving comments that are appropriate to the content.

  • It’s also important to spend a few minutes reading comments left by other readers. In some cases this can be just as informative / entertaining as the corresponding blog post, and sometimes better than the post itself. Though that’s rarely the case with your posts Darren 🙂

    As for leaving comments, don’t be a “me too” commenter (is commenter a word?).

    Great information Darren.

  • yehudit

    Thanks for the good suggestions. As soon as I finished listening to your podcast, I searched for blogs in my area of interest, and after reading several, I subscribed to three of them. I also posted “value added” comments on two of the posts I read. So your suggestions are already being carried out.

  • There are blogs I always enjoy reading, yet I often wait to “discover” their post in my twitter feed. Counting on “discovery” instead of seeking. So I am adjusting my daily workflow (yes, it’s difficult to create new habits) to visit a short list of my favorites. Seeing blog summaries on Feedly is not the same experience.

    My favorites, present company included, are Smashing Mag, Convince & Convert, Make WordPress, and several of the very good blogs of theme developers.

    I’d be interested to know who is on other listener’s “short list” of morning/evening reading. – Ravi

  • Great Stuff. I have just started to leave comments. I am excited about the possibility of forming friendships with other bloggers.
    Good tips such as not always been the first to comment. You want to seem supportive, interested, but not over the top.

    • So true Bryce,

      You don’t want to look like a total stalker, haha. 😉


  • Thanks Darren for more great insights,

    I love where you refer to utilising your own comments as a source of inspiration for a feature post.

    I wonder, is it just as appropriate to use questions asked by other commenter’s as inspiration for your next blog post?

    Great pod-cast as always. (short and sweet, love it)

    Robyn Williams

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  • Eindia Times

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  • Rshanphonsi

    I am definetly the over commenter. I don’t do it on purpose, one great post always leads to another. 😀

    Loving these podcasts. Thank you!!!

  • Norman McCulloch

    Hello Darren, I have been listening to your podcasts and I have also been giong through your posts. I really love what you share with us and find it to be very helpful. This blog is a grat place for anyone looking to build or improve a blog! Thanks and God Bless!

  • Hi Darren,
    I’ve come across your blog and podcast quite recently and I’m learning a lot thanks to it. I’ve started my first blog this year so I’m a beginner. I just wanted to ask if I should use just my name while commenting, or is it ok if I have my name and my blog’s name like “Adam, Bite of Iceland”. And is it fine to have a logo as an avatar, or is it better to have a portrait? I would really appreciate your answer. Thanks!