We all have questions at some point that we Google for an answer. So when we do find that place online that answers the question, we are very quick to close that blog and move on to what we were doing before. We do it without thinking, even though we are taught especially via internet marketing to comment on blogs but we are only doing this because we want that all important back link. Or on the other side we comment on the blogs that we follow as part of a community. Well I believe those blogs that help you out along the way deserve a thank you.
If we thank a stranger that helps, shouldn’t it be the same online?
I am not saying all this because I don’t do it myself, because I do. I did it a lot until one day it just hit me that this blog had answered a question and I was going to leave without saying or typing a thank you. Trust me it’s a hard habit to break. We spend most of our lives online doing something, yet in a split second we are content flipping from blog to blog without a thank you in sight and it doesn’t seem fair.
If we were in the street and we needed to find a place, we would ask directions to a total stranger. We would automatically thank them if they helped us or not because they took the time to stop what they where doing and help. Well I believe because we do not physically see the faces of these helping blogs in person we bypass the need to say thank you because there is no one physically there to say it to.
It takes work maintaining a online presence for others to find, use and then not show appreciation.
Is this what the online world is creating, a way of taking what we need when we need it. Yet forgetting those who are typing away to solve your problems or answer your questions. It happens to me and it happens to everyone who has an online presence and wants traffic to flow to your place of words. We see it in all the tracking software we use on our sites. You could see 10 people come to your site and stay there for say 5 minutes each, yet not one comment was left. What were they doing there apart from reading and looking at your hard earned effect of words and your effect in getting them there in the first place?
Breaking habits is not easy, but it can be done
As I said before I do it but now I try and stop myself from leaving a website or blog without saying a thank you for the information. Let me tell you it’s not easy, sometimes I remember about leaving feedback hours later but by then that blog is totally out of my head.
Negative Feedback (Yes/No)
Now I know that not all places deserve good feedback, should you still leave feedback? Well in my opinion yes but ONLY if it is constructive criticism. Its hard enough to feel unappreciated of all the hard work you have put in to your site, to then be told it’s a load of rubbish without any details or suggestions of why. Words still hurt and we as webmasters are still human with feelings, even if we do try to grow a thick skin. By being positive in your constructive criticism and offering some suggestions will allow them you know you are helping which in its self is a good step.
Where to Link
We want traffic, every man and his dog are telling you their way of getting traffic to your blog yet we are actually missing out on a natural way of getting traffic and links without thinking. All the comments you leave should point them back to your blog, why because when they come to visit they want to read about the person, who took the time to leave a comment It doesn’t cost you a penny to leave a comment but it will make that webmasters day or give them important insights on how to better there blog and in return you will be getting a visit. They do deserve it and remember what goes around comes around.
In the comments my challenge for you is this. For the next 5 days monitor the places you go to after you use Google or any search engine for help. Those websites or blogs that help you solve a problem or answer a question, simple comment a thank you and tell them in a few words how they have helped you, it may be obvious but tell them anyway.