The original version of this article I was working was huge. I’m going to try to make it simple.
What is a Blog Hijacker?
A person that comments on a post and does at least one of the following on several posts:
- Writes a comment that is so long it should be a post of its own and is mostly about the bloggers own blog and writing. Meaning you CAN TELL it is an obvious self promotion comment.
- Comments some nonsense and leaves links to their own blog when it’s obvious they haven’t even read the post.
- They reply to other commenters with what they think you meant by your post.
You are probably able to come up with some additional Blog Hijacker behavior. If you do, leave them in the comments. I mean that.
What if YOU are a Blog Hijacker?
If you are doing these things be careful, they WILL eventually have a negative impact on your own blog.
- People will begin to notice and stop visiting your blog.
- Not only the people you are doing it to, but their friends that are seeing your comments.
- You will one day wonder why you haven’t seen ‘likes’ from someone in a while.
Most comments should be:
- To the point, unless the blogger has asked for comments that are of an engaging nature or you are sincerely commenting with honest feeling.
- Supportive and/or complimentary or at least leaving an intelligently and courteously phrased comment about why you don’t agree with a post.
I personally don’t do the last one unless the blogger has asked for feedback of that nature. If I don’t like it I am going to move on and not be negative in another persons creative realm. However, I rarely find a post that is a waste of my time. I learn from most blogs. I learn what is bad and what is good. Both are instructional.
Do not mistake Blog Hijacking for being supportive.
- Look at what you are writing and see where the focus is.
- Is the focus on the post and the content and how it affects you, the blogger, or yourself?
- If the answer is mostly that last one, you’re Blog Hijacking.
How do you know if you are a Blog Hijacker if no one tells you AND you are doing these things?
- Are you receiving comments from the blogger when there should be a reply from them?
- Do your comments not receive ‘likes’ by the host when all others do?
Now for me, I use ‘likes’ to talk to people who comment. Unless there really is a reason to reply, I click like.It lets them know I read it and appreciated it.
Added for clarification:
Sometimes a post asks for comments that may be about self. That is the nature of some blogs entirely. Commenting about how the post relates to you and may touch you is great.
What this post is about are those random comments with links and off the wall unrelated comments or those people who as you read the comment you can tell are self promoting. We, as bloggers, love comments. It lets us know we are getting something right.
So those of you out there who write comments with honest feelings, you are good to go with commenting. Those of you who read your comment and realize, hey, this really is all about my own blog and does look like I’m trying to get people to go read my blog, well, maybe see if there is another way to do some phrasing.
As a result of putting out this post I want to let people know I’ve lost some friends who didn’t get it. They either misunderstood OR perhaps felt they were Blog Hijackers. I’m going to continue to be honest in my tips and helps. It is impossible for me not to be. Since I suffered a concussion I tell it like it is. And I rarely say anything maliciously. I’m not sure I have.
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