If someone makes a useful comment on one of my blogs, I generally thank them and add something to my reply… for instance, if they have linked to their blog, I’ll take a look and comment on one of their posts and then tell them that I visited in reply to their comment on mine.
In my comment on theirs, I’ll tell them “thanks for visiting me today” or something like that and then comment about the post.
I don’t worry about whether or not they will reply further on my blog, but I will check back a couple of times to see if there is more discussion on the comment on made in their blog. I bookmark, but I don’t “sign up” because I have found that I get oodles of emails every time anyone makes a comment, in some cases it has been months or years later.
Right on! sounds like a very positive and sociable approach! I hear you about not going the ‘register’ rout, makes perfect sense… is there no way to be notified when a reply was made to your comment only?
When possible, I sign up for notifications if I ask a question in my comment or if the post is interesting enough to keep on reading more comments. On my own blog, I reply to commenters but I’ve also sent an email to inform people of my reply if it’s substantial.
That is such a good idea. I have never considered doing that because I was worried about being labelled a “spammer” by their email accounts. Do you get good response from that strategy? It certainly seems like it would be a good way to keep a good discussion going.
I find that it’s pretty nice and personal actually. It’s one of those things I don’t always do because it may seem, as you say, a bit “spammy” if overdone. So I only do it if there is a genuinely interesting conversation between me and the commenter, where I want to both let them know I’ve replied and that I much appreciate their comment. People seem to like this. I would. As mentioned, it becomes more of a personal thing and I believe that’s great.
I agree with the networkers. People that are just doing it for backlinks are pretty much spamming and actually not accomplishing what they set out to do. Most of those backlinkers don’t realize that all that backlinking is pretty much a waste of time because if you can bring value to the conversation you are much more likely to make a bigger impression and get more backlinks that do matter.
Finding a bigger network is always better than a single useless comment backlink.
Forum is the best place that i agree but blogs are also important that give us feedback about our services easily, what we should change and what not change can be known through blogs rather than forum…