New To Blogging? These Free Tips On Leaving Comments Will Help Bring New Visitors To Your Blog

Are you a new blogger? Have you recently started following my blog or thinking about following it?

I’m honoured that Hugh’s Views And News has gained a lot of new followers. What’s even better is that some of those new followers are already engaging with me.

But it seems there’s a big difference about what engagement is. 

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If you’re new to blogging, there’s a long learning curve ahead of you. So allow me to share some advice about engaging with other readers and bloggers in the comments sections of blog posts. 

Don’t leave uninvited links or demands in the comments section of any blog post.

I received that vital piece of advice from some professional bloggers at the beginning of my blogging journey.  

Examples Of Comments You Should Never Leave

I’ve recently had a rash of first-time comments from readers that had me shaking my head. They include comments likes these.  

Hi, check out my blog, follow me, leave me comments and tell all your followers to follow my blog.

Hi, subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Help me get to 50 followers. Follow my blog now! 

I’ve followed your blog, now follow mine.

Follow for a follow?

Then there are the demand comments that don’t include links.

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Demanding comment?

Yes, I’m interested in novels (not so much poetry), but don’t demand that I follow your blog, read your books, press ‘like’ on your blog posts and leave comments when you can’t even be bothered to mention anything about the contents of the post you’ve left your demands on. Did you even read my post?

I never responded to the comment because I doubt very much the blogger who left it would have seen it.

Although the blogger didn’t include a link to their blog, in my opinion, it’s just as bad as the comments that include uninvited links.

What’s worse is that some bloggers tried leaving the same demanding comments on several of my posts. All of them were bloggers who had never left comments for me before and probably wondered why their comments weren’t showing up. 

How To Get People To Visit Your Blog

If you want your blog to get noticed in the blogging world, read some posts and leave comments that add value to what you’ve read. 

However, while people are far more likely to check out your blog if you leave good valuable comments, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will follow your blog. 

My advice has always been to only follow blogs that interest you. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time following them.   

Leaving demands in a first time comment without ever having engaged with a blogger before is like going on a first date and demanding that your date buys you a drink and dinner. 

As for leaving uninvited links, providing you’ve set up your Gravatar correctly, your blog details are left within the comment box when you leave a comment anyway, so you don’t need to leave any links to your blog. It’s already there.

 

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Where to find a link to the blog of somebody who has left a comment for you

Be friendly: Be nice.

Addressing a blogger by their first name in a comment (especially a first comment) goes a long way to getting you noticed. If it’s obvious what the blogger’s first name is, use it in your comment. If their first name isn’t apparent, check out the ‘about me‘ page of their blog and find out what it is.

Or is all of that just too much like hard work? I’m shaking my head at you if you answered ‘yes’ to that question. 

Be friendly and courteous in your comments, even if you disagree with the post’s contents. Don’t come over like a troll or somebody who will always disagree with the contents of every post.  

I don’t expect those examples of poor comments I mentioned to stop coming in. Why? Because many of those who leave them probably never read the post they’ve left them on anyway. 

I’m expecting similar comments to get left on this post, but you’ll never see them here or on any of my posts. Why? Because I moderate all comments before they appear. Comments with uninvited links or demands get marked as spam. You’re wasting your time if you leave me demanding comments or comments that include uninvited links.

Am I being too harsh? 

There is a chance that some of those leaving demanding comments or uninvited links are at the beginning of their blogging journey. They may not know they shouldn’t be doing it. If you’re one of those people, then take some time to check out, read and ask questions on the thousands of free blogging tips posts found all over the internet. 

I’m one of those bloggers that don’t charge for the blogging advice I publish, so don’t be afraid to leave any questions you have about blogging in the comments section of this or any of my other posts. 

I’m always delighted to help. 

Other bloggers that give free blogging advice

Renard at Renard’s World.

Natalie at Natalie Ducey

Janice at Mostly Blogging

Take it from somebody who has learned a lot about how the blogging world works, that you’ll get yourself and your blog more noticed if you read posts and leave good, valuable, friendly comments on them. 

Happy Blogging!

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  1. Hugh, I demand that exchange for this comment, you figure out how to get everyone that has ever commented on anyone’s page to read this! I don’t know how, but this is all excellent advice.

      1. I know you do, you said so in your post. I just thought mine was a demand that would be more of a tiny urge to maybe smile rather than roll your eyes, so I too had to make a demand. I’ve been fairly lucky. I’ve only had a handful of those demands in my years of my keeping this. For me, I keep it for me, so those people rarely look for me. But I have gotten them. I post them on my page. I didn’t have mod set when I started again this summer and one got through. I didn’t like it so i pulled it down and removed it. Moderation has to go up because my comments section became a battle ground for people who were angry at each other’s posts and decided to take it to mine. No thank you. So I set it to mod. I don’t know if they look through the first few comments or not or even come back to check, but it doesn’t matter. They are the only comments I alter. Usually, I change the messages to say something like

        “EDITED BT MODERATOR:
        Miss Mod doesn’t like it when people send spam comments. The comment I left was spam, so she changed it for me. I am aware this is my only chance and if she sees another spam comment from me I will not be sent to spam, but I will be forever blocked from commenting because she’s not playing with people like me.
        I hope everyone gets this message and understands that we all respect her rules.
        Thank you”

        If they spammed more than one post (as is typical) I edit the first one to say something like that, and then just block that user from commenting and delete the others. If it was only one, they circle back pretty fast, so I remember the user name (also keep a note). The second time, if there was time in between (several weeks or more), I change it to

        “EDITED BY MODERATOR:
        I chose to disrespect Mia Mod’s rule. I am now blocked. Bye everyone.”

        If it was shorter than that, they’re just blocked.

        3 things happen:
        1. You get to enjoy changing a stupid and pointless comment into something a little more your style and have a bit of fun that takes two minutes most.
        2. You block all the spammers so you get a significant reduction in them as they can never comment again.
        3. Your followers who read the comments section get to have a good time with it (they generally love it and those that don’t love it genuinely appreciate it), and they now also have the user name of someone they can choose to block to avoid that person spamming them too. It’s almost like a pay it forward kind of thing.

        Something to think about trying anyway.

        1. I, for one, love reading the comments section of blog posts because I’ve found they are a treasure trove of inspiration for new ideas. However, many readers won’t read the comments section if there are too many comments. Time seems to be the enemy of many these days, with many having little time to read posts, leave comments and read the comments section.

          All comments on my blog posts have to wait for approval from me. This was after one friendly blogger suddenly turned into a troll when they attacked several other bloggers in the comments section of one of my posts. When I woke the next day to find their comments, I was horrified by it, so I switched on the ‘moderation’ setting. Now, nothing gets past me.

          I’ve seen several humorous blog posts about spam comments over the years. I’ll continue not to allow or amend any spam comments or comments from trolls to appear anywhere on my blog. I’ve been blogging for 7 years and have always done it like that, but thanks for sharing how you deal with specific spam comments.

  2. As always, love the tips you share. BTW I am now starting to use and share your posts on FB from time to time (Thursday) with a link back to the respective post.
    Thank you so much for sharing your post at our Senior Salon Pit Stop.
    Pinned to Senior Salon Pit Stop InLinkz Linkup Shares board and tweeted @EsmeSalon #SeniorSalonPitStop

  3. Hello Hugh, you make some really great points in this article. I’ve been blogging for some years now and I’ve never been demanding to have someone visit my blog. You can be very off putting when you demand when you’re trying to get people to visit your blog. Really enjoyed the read and I totally agree with you.

    1. Thank you so much. Yes, demanding that someone visits your blog, likes your posts, and leaves comments aren’t the way to engage with other bloggers. Likewise, requesting that somebody buys your books and leave you reviews, especially when they’ve ever been in touch with you before.
      Thank you for adding your voice to this subject.

  4. I don’t think you’re being harsh at all, I think you’re absolutely spot on. Leaving links in comments is a big pet peeve of mine.

  5. Like some posts from Mr. Hugs before. I do not hesitate to say that all the posts made by you are very useful for beginner bloggers like me.

    I have tried pinning on twitter before after reading your blog post. After that I sort the blogs to follow. That’s also the result of reading useful posts here. now about comments and visits.

    There is no right word other than useful.

  6. Hugh, so much of this is both perfect and should be intuitive. Basic courtesy and all. I have wondered if I’m a dinosaur for trying to use someone’s name because it is a pain sometimes trying to find it. Thanks for another great topic.

    1. Some bloggers don’t give a name, Gary. I always recommend they use a pseudonym if they don’t want to use their first name. However, don’t worry about it if it’s not apparent what their name is and they don’t mention it on their ‘about me’ page. They may reveal it to you in a return comment.

  7. I meant to leave a humorous comment regarding the irony of signs unread and although I wonder if that’d become ill-placed. Thank you for a great post regarding blogging etiquette.

  8. There is a whole learning curve to blogging. You are one of the best ambassadors, Hugh, because you educate, and your humble nature shines through. As a former teacher, I know one of the most critical things is to create an environment where students feel safe to ask questions.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I don’t mind anyone asking me questions about blogging. I’m always happy to help. It’s just a shame that some bloggers try hijacking your blog by leaving demanding comments or uninvited links without even mentioning anything about the post’s contents. And some will keep trying to leave the same unwanted comments before realising that all those comments they left were a waste of time.

      Thanks for the lovely compliments about me, too. I enjoy sharing all this stuff with you all.

  9. Hi Hugh, this is a great post. It’s been a while since I’ve commented, and I still haven’t started a blog. But I like to try to stay up to date as much as I can. It’s so kind of you to share what you have learned with other bloggers.

    I don’t think you are being too harsh at all. Your just letting new bloggers know a bit about blogging etiquette and hopefully they’ll learn from your words of wisdom.

    1. I hope so, Lea. I know it’s a long learning curve when you start blogging, but I feel that many who leave the types of comments I mentioned in this post don’t read posts. For them, it’s all about getting noticed without having to do all the hard work of establishing a blog. If they click on a post that has lots of likes and comments, they’ll leave a demanding comment or uninvited links without mentioning anything about the contents of the post they’ve left their unwanted comment on.

      My fingers are crossed that some of those bloggers will read this post and learn from it. I hope so.

      Thank you so much for adding your voice.

  10. 🙂 I will begin by saying, “Thank you for the shoutout, Hugh!”

    I am glad that you posted some examples of comments that people should not leave on the blogs of others.

    A genuine well-thought-out comment will usually attract a blogger’s attention because it shows proof that the reader actually took their time to read what was posted.

    Also, new bloggers should resist the urge to leave generic comments like, “Nice post!”

    Unfortunately, new bloggers seldom understand the power of genuine comments.

    1. I agree, Renard. I’ve never understood why instead of leaving dead comments such as ‘Nice Post’, they don’t just leave it at pressing the ‘like’ button. Isn’t that what the ‘like’ button is for?

      However, I know from previous comments on the subject that some bloggers feel they have to leave a comment just to show they’ve visited. I’m not sure why they have to prove they’ve visited because I doubt very much that any blogger would get offended if somebody didn’t visit all of their blog posts. If they did, maybe one should rethink whether they should follow a blogger who’ll get upset if you don’t visit and leave dead comments on all their posts?

      You’re welcome about the shoutout. You write and publish lots of great blogging tips, so you deserve a mention.

  11. Great post, Hugh! Most of these types of comments get caught by WP as spam before they are published, but if not, I delete them as quickly as possible. It’s hard for me to believe that a blogger (even a new one) can’t see this as being rude. I put this type of behavior on the same level as those who Like several posts in a row (obviously without reading them) just so they can show up multiple times in my email. Why do they think this is a good thing?

    1. Thank you, Janis.

      Yes, many of them get caught by the spam system on WordPress, but I seem to be getting a lot recently that WordPress has not marked as spam. However, as I moderate all comments before they appear on my posts, I can mark those that escape as spam. Usually, WordPress then pick it up as spam and place any further comments from the same blogger as spam.

      I think those readers that press the ‘like’ button within a few seconds on lots of posts or comments are of a similar line to those who leave demanding comments or uninvited links. I have a particular blogger who clicks ‘like’ on every comment I make on my posts. In fact, they have liked every single comment I’ve left on this post so far, and no doubt will press ‘like’ on this comment too. If I commented that I was a mass-murder, I’m sure they’d click ‘like’ on that too. Sometimes, they’ll push ‘like’ on 50 or more of my comments within seconds of each other. They’re yet another example of somebody desperate to get noticed.

    1. Thank you.

      I’m sorry that the WordPress system marked your comment as spam and automatically placed it in my spam folder. Luckily, I check my spam folder at least once a day. I’d recommend you check that other comments you’re leaving on other blogs are not automatically being sent to spam. If they are, you’ll need to make WordPress aware so they can sort the problem out for you.

      This post may help.

      https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2016/09/25/what-to-do-if-all-your-comments-are-ending-up-in-the-wordpress-spam-folder/

      1. Thanks for your help… No wonder that sometimes when I leave a comment it doesn’t get responded to. Your link really helped me and I’ll try to fix that issue.
        I have a question though since were talking about spam comments here… Sometimes when people leave comments on my blog, they get sent to the spam even though there is nothing wrong with them😕 and luckily I check the spam folder multiple times a day… is the fault with my blog or with the other party?

        1. Neither. It’s the fault of the WordPress spam software. I’d recommend you do what I did and inform them that their comment ended up in your spam folder, to check if it’s happening with comments they’re leaving on other blogs, and contact WordPress if it is. It’s happened to me on three occasions, and WordPress were quick to sort it out once I informed them of the problem.

    1. I always look at it as the person leaving those comments is desperate to get themselves noticed, Colleen. In my experience, many of them don’t last very long in the blogging world – which is a good thing.

  12. Fabulous post, Hugh. Thanks for taking the time to educate new bloggers on the “dos and don’ts” of blogging etiquette. The links are particularly annoying. I do have a question for you about links, though. If a blogger has a post that could add to the conversation, how do you feel about a link then? Personally I wouldn’t add the link unless asked for it but I’m not sure if that’s the right approach.

    1. Thank you, Michelle.

      Regards your question, my advice is never to leave any uninvited links. Many bloggers see it as a form of spamming, even if it’s an invited link to a blog post. If you think one of your posts is similar and you’d like to share it, I’d recommend doing one of the following.

      1. Tell the blogger in the comments that you’ve also written about the same subject. They may come back to you and ask you to leave a link.
      2. Tell the blogger in the comments that you’ve also written about the same subject and if they wouldn’t mind, leave a link to the post. If they agree, submit the link in your reply.

      I hope that helps?

  13. I’m sure most of these new bloggers have stars in their eyes and think they will make a million dollars on their blog–obviously, they know nothing about how blogging works, even if it’s for a business. Luckily, I don’t see too many of the comments you mentioned, Hugh, but I frequently get emails asking if I would like a guest post or to put a link on my blog. I laugh when they tell me how much they love my blog and how they follow it every day, then proceed to ask for links for toilet paper or insurance…umm, no? LOL! If I delete the message, they will actually send another follow-up message! I have to reply that I’m not taking guest posts at this time. I actually got push-back from a fellow a couple of years ago. Idiot. I don’t know if you saw this, but WP is offering their free beginning blogging course. Hopefully new bloggers check it out and take heart from the great info they can learn, like we all did those years ago. As always, your posts are a great resource to new and veteran bloggers alike!

    1. I love your opening sentence in your comment, Terri. Yes, I’m sure many think they will earn a lot of money from blogging, but leaving demanding comments or uninvited links won’t help. I read somewhere that 95% of bloggers will never make more than $100 from their blog. And 80% of bloggers give up trying after the first year.

      The emails are also a big problem. And now I get people contacting me through my ‘Contact Hugh’ page with promises of being able to help my blog get seen by thousands more people, providing I link back to them or allow them to write a guest post. The problem is that none of them has ever addressed me by my name. And you’re right in none of them have even read any of my posts, even though they say they’re a big fan of my blog. If they were big fans, surely they’d have left me some comments? All of these messages go straight to the trash bin.

      Yes, I saw details of the new course WordPress is now offering. The problem is, is that many of those who leave the types of comments I’ve mentioned in this post will say they don’t have the time to do blogging courses. And, when you think about it, all of them also don’t have time to read posts. They use all their time leaving spam messages around the blogging world.

      Thanks so much for adding your voice.

  14. Hi Hugh, I love this post, I know we’ve had a few comments about this mutual annoyance.

    I don’t worry too much now if I upset someone when they leave a demanding comment- they’ve come into my space on the web and their usually too busy being selfish to come back.

    I don’t have much time to read many new blogs now but will search for specific terms around what I’m writing about – there might be something worth backlinking about.

    I also don’t obliged to comment for comment. If a post takes my interest I will leave a comment but if they write nothing that interests me I won’t force myself.

    Like your advice on only following what interests you I’d recommend only reading what is of interest.

    I like your dating analogy – I’ve compared people who beg to ‘check out my blog’ like someone going round begging to go out with them – both are desperate and won’t achieve the desired result.

    Finally on your point about trolls – great tip. Although not wordpress I’ve had to use the block function on twitter for the first time. They weren’t actually nasty, just seem to be pedantic about everything I posted to the point I didn’t have the energy anymore to debate/clarify what I meant. The lesson is add to the conversation, add to the debate, but don’t be a constant annoyance.

    1. Thanks, James. After getting lots of these comments over the last few months, it had to be said, hence this post. I just hope it stops some of those comments from being left on my posts and those of other bloggers.

      I’ve never seen the point of a comment for a comment. I’ll only leave a comment if I have something of value to say about the contents of a post I’ve read. You’re right. We’ve discussed these types of comments before, and it’s good to hear what you do when you get these types of comments.

      I used to follow over 500 blogs! Many of which I wasn’t particularly interested in reading. I wasted so much time reading content that did not interest me. Glad to say that I got off that boat a long time ago. What I found strange, though, is that after unfollowing some of those blogs, I never received any further comments from them. Does that mean they were also following a blog that published content they were not interested in? Or was it an unfollow for an unfollow? Anyway, I have far more time to read the content that interests me now.

      Sorry to hear you’ve encountered Trolls on Twitter. I get them visiting me, too but never respond to their poisonous comments. Likewise, the same here on my blog.

      1. From personal observation I find some (a large proportion?) of the blogging community go off this return the favour mentality – which maybe why they unfollowed your blog back?

        Although I often do return comments, I’ve never promised ‘comment for comment’ as this put pressure on me to commit to something I can’t guarantee plus I view the comment section as the real feedback how much someone has engaged with a post.

        In regards to trolls I used to try and discuss with them in an assertive manner – keeping my statements fair, not being abusive and asking questions on their view. I’ve now reaches the point where I can’t be bothered as I don’t have the energy!

        Thanks for the great post, and have a fantastic weekend Hugh!

        1. I’m sure you’re right, James. It could be that they followed my blog by mistake or simply because I followed their blog first, but it seems strange that they immediately unfollow me when they realise I haven’t visited their blog for a while. Sometimes, I’ve followed a blog because the content is interesting, but when they change their content to something I don’t find interesting, it seems odd that they decide to unfollow me even though I haven’t changed the type of content I publish.

          I won’t comment on a post if I have nothing of value to add. However, from previous posts on the subject of comments, I was somewhat surprised to get comments from readers who said they feel they have to prove they’ve visited a blog post by leaving a dead comment. It’s almost as if they’re afraid of what will happen if they don’t leave some kind of comment on every blog post that particular bloggers publish. Personally, I don’t know of any blogger who’d get upset if I didn’t leave a comment on all their posts regardless of what they’ve published. If I did, I’d have unfollowed them for that reason by now.

          You, too, have a great weekend.

    1. So do I. I’ve had so many demanding comments and comments with nothing but uninvited links to their blogs or books that I needed to write about it. I hope it at least stops some of them from doing it again.

      1. I hope so too. I recently blocked a few bloggers doing this. Only links shared on several of my posts. I don’t know how they think this will make anyone visit their blog?

        1. I see it as their way of trying to get noticed. The trouble is, they’re doing it the wrong way. They’d be far better off reading a couple of blog posts a day and leaving some valuable comments on them rather than leaving the same comments on hundreds of blog posts. You did right by blocking them.

        2. Yes, you’re right. One of them engaged in comments on my posts with everyone who had commented and made weird comments. I finally got tired of it and blocked them.

      2. The problem is they might not read this valuable piece of blogging etiquette 😂 Please tell us Hugh in a next post the tally of people who said “follow meee” under this very post!

  15. An excellent post, as usual, Hugh, and NO! You aren’t being too harsh at all. I swear, some of the things that come through for my approval make me shudder. I can’t imagine why even a new blogger doesn’t see how rude they are. Would they ring my doorbell and blurt out the same things? Man, I hope not!

    Every single thing you’ve said above resonates with me, and I thank you for sharing your tips and advice. As always, it’s good stuff! 😊

    1. Thanks, Marcia. I wasn’t sure if I was being too harsh, but I’ve had so many of these demanding comments recently that I felt I ought to write about it. I doubt many of those who tried leaving me those comments will even read this post, but I hope it’ll at least put some new bloggers on the right track.

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