Commenting and guest posting are two subjects that never get old.
Why? Because they matter a lot.
And because they can make big changes in your blogging career.
I have seen a lot of bloggers talk about commenting and guest posting individually (and commenting before guest posting).
But, I have rarely read an article about commenting on your own guest posts (Yes, first you go write the post, then you are supposed to promote it, and wait for the feedback.
And once the feedback rolls in, you have to reply back.
Right? Of course.
But, those are just the basics.
We aren’t looking for the basics.
We are looking to build awesome relationships with those commentators (and drive them back to your blog!).
For that, you need to:
Reply to the comments you get (pretty basic!)
Comment before you guest post
Commenting before guest posting establishes you as a familiar face within the community (At the same time, it helps you build a better relationship with the blog owner and his/her audience).
Answer and ask further questions
For each comment you get, see how you can take the conversation even further (I know this seems like a time sucking activity and not a lot of people do it – Heck, I don’t do it either, for all my comments, because I don’t really like the time spend for replying to the comments I get through guest posting).
Ask further questions depending upon the comment. For instance: If the person agrees with you, ask them what made them to agree with them. Ask them whether they have considered the option of disagreeing (whether they thought about the other side).
If the person disagrees with you, ask them why (if it isn’t already mentioned). Ask them about their personal experiences relating to their decision (if they list any personal experiences, ask deeper questions regarding it).
Remember: No question is silly. Comments are conversations. You are talking to that person, so ask any question (of course, that is related) to the person.
Thank the person
Thanking them is extremely important, because they aren’t your audience. Thank them for reading your post and commenting on it.
Comment luv Links
In your discussions, you can also mention articles you wrote early and link them in comment luv (only do this, if it matters – don’t do it for the sake of link building). Use comment luv links, try to link to articles that are relateable to the comment. If you can’t find any, link to articles based on impression (You want the commentator impressed by the post, so link to those pillar posts!).
Those are my thoughts, regarding commenting on your guest posts.
Other than that, nothing.
Just follow your normal commenting rules.
Be a real person, be honest.
Leave honest feedback.
And help yourself
So, what are your thoughts?
What do you do to improve your conversations on your guest posts?