Commenting on Blogs Drives Traffic
Driving traffic to your new blog is hard work. Are you commenting on blogs? Commenting on blogs is a great way to introduce yourself, share your expert knowledge, and drive traffic to your blog. Most bloggers, when they read the comments on their posts, will click on your link to see who is behind the comment. If you are commenting on numerous blogs every day, think of how much traffic you can generate from commenting.
Engagement and Relationships
Driving traffic to your blog by commenting on other blogs should be part of your strategy. The goal should be to form relationships, and commenting is one of the tactics. So comment on other blogs, tweet links to blogs that you have read and enjoyed, post links to other blogs on Facebook. Most importantly,be nice. Being nice gets you real traffic.
The Dos and Don’ts When Commenting
- Make sure that your signature includes a link to your own blog. Use your real
name, and your avatar (profile picture) should be you. People want to know with whom they are engaging.
- Be nice. If commenting is part of your strategy for building your community, remember that if you are not nice, people are not going to come visit your blog/site!
- Get to know the blogger, read a few posts, not only the one you want to comment on.
- The length of your comment is also very important. If your comment is too long, it might be considered a rant, and possibly be ignored. If your comment
is too short, the blogger might think you’re just a spammer trying to get a link.If you want to speak, speak!
- Once you have commented, you have created another link in the Google love chain. The more links the merrier, but remember this only applies to relevant content! Don’t think that if you just write, “Have a good day,” someone is going to click on your link. Make your comments worthy of someone’s click.
Where To Comment
Part and parcel to writing your own blog is finding other blogs that complement yours, that share a similar voice, and that would appreciate your expertise. Once you have found them add them to your Google Reader or your RSS feed. Check them regularly and when you have something to add, share, and comment on…comment.
I recently read a great post on commenting by Annabel Candy (and I suggest that you all read it). I love tip #3 in her post, where she says:
3. If you leave a comment for another blogger, you’ll probably make their day and you might even make a friend for life.
The Comment Debate: On or Off
While writing this post, I must be completely honest and say that there is a huge debate amongst leading bloggers, whether to turn off, or leave on the ability to comment on one’s blog.
I recommend reading the following posts about in regards to this debate:
Until you have decided whether to remove the commenting on your own blog, you should continue to comment on other blogs. The following is from the link above. I agree!
“A blog without comments is a soap-box, plain and simple. Not having comments says you are only interested in passing on your wisdom, without testing it against any external source (at least not where others can watch you do so) or leaving open the opportunity to actually learn something from those who don’t have their own blogs, or aren’t on Twitter or Google+.”
Do you comment on other peoples blogs? Have you seen traffic on your blog from commenting?