This a guest post submitted by my colleague Elizabeth McGee from http://www.homenotion.com/. I just met her few days ago via blog commenting, before visiting her blog. She is an amazing writer and I thought my readers would also love her writing. So, I requested her to guest post on my blog and she was very humble to accept my request.
She is more than 10 years into blogging and content writing. She is also an e-Book author and affiliate marketer. You can click here to know more about her. If you are keen to increase your blog traffic, then you must not miss out on reading her tips below.…..
Did you know that by making comments on other people’s blogs you can effectively bring targeted traffic to your own blog?
But it’s also true that blog commenting is one of the most misused and abused blogging methods on the web.
I love blog commenting and I use it as a daily blogging practice which has increased my traffic ten fold. It’s also allowed me to build loyal fans and create many close relationships, but there are also lots of misconceptions about how to effectively use blog commenting and what makes it effective.
So let’s start with how blog commenting works, why it works and what you can do to get the most out of your commenting efforts. and what you can do to get the most out of your commenting efforts.
How does blog commenting work?
Blog commenting works by drawing interest to you and your business through the thoughtful comments you make and the interaction you create on other blogs related to your niche.
Commenting gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your expertise, knowledge and sincerity. The comments you make expose who you are and what you do.
The more intelligent, helpful and useful your comments are the more other bloggers will take notice
However this won’t happen if your comments are worthless, unrelated spam.
I love reading the comments that I get on my blog and I actually look forward to reading them each and every day. But I also get a large amount of comment spam. By spam I mean comments offer no value to the post or to my readers.
Those comments will never get posted to my blog. They are comments clearly made with the intention of getting a link back to the commenter’s site.
You see many unscrupulous bloggers use commenting as a way to build one way links back to their own blogs. What spammers fail to realize however is that those spammy comments won’t get published by reputable bloggers.
It’s also a well known fact that back links from blog comments, side bars and footers carry much less search engine weight than links you receive from high quality sites that link to you within their valued content. You might then be wondering why comment on blogs at all?
To build social relationships.
Making thoughtful, useful comments on niche related blogs is more likely to bring you traffic than depending on the search engines for back links.
But the real beauty of commenting is the relationship building that takes place.
If a reader is inspired by your comment they will visit your blog. If they like what they see they are also likely to comment there as well. You in turn may want to visit their blog exchanging comments and thoughts. Before you know it you’ve become friends. This often leads to regular traffic, content exchanges and hopefully more sales.
Now you’re building a social community with your blog attracting more readers and regular traffic. That’s what blog commenting is really about.
But how you use commenting is what makes the difference.
So how do you use blog commenting to increase traffic?
For starters, comment responsibly. Take the time to read the blog posts first and make comments that relate to the post.
Comments that are off topic or blatant sales pitches will not only turn off readers, blog owners will delete the comment.
In your comment offer insight, ideas and opinions that readers will find useful. This demonstrates your expertise, knowledge and builds your credibility.
Address the blog post author personally. End with sincerity of thought and thank your host for allowing you to comment.
It also isn’t productive to make comments that don’t make sense. I will delete comments that have wrong information, poor grammar, spelling errors or don’t directly relate to the post.
Here are a few key tips I’ve used to help ensure my comments get posted. These tips also help increase the likelihood that others will click through to your blog based on your comment.
- Write at least 2 or 3 quality sentences that a reader find interesting and insightful.
- Be controversial without being offensive. If you’re not clear about something in the post, ask a question, other readers may also be wondering about the same thing. If you don’t agree with something in the post, mention it, but say it with tact and respect.
- Use your real name in the ‘name’ section of the comment. While some blogs allow you to put a keyword phrase as a name, not all of them do. I always use my real name for the personal touch it ads.
- Use a picture gravatar. This also ads an element of trust and sincerity.
- Don’t leave pointless comments like ‘Love your Post“, “Great info” or my personal favorite “I have not come across such a site as yours, it has everything I need to know“. Bloggers aren’t looking for flattery, but they love it when you can add value to the topic.
- Don’t ever be salesy in your comments and don’t include links to sales pages. Always make comments with the intention of adding value, helping other readers and building relationships.
- Don’t make comments that don’t make sense. Specifically comments that have wrong information, poor grammar, spelling errors or don’t directly relate to the post. These types of comments will often get deleted.
If you’re looking for more traffic to your blog without relying on the search engines or spammy tactics, blog commenting is an ideal strategy. It builds relationships, credibility, trust and creates opportunity to help others. And that’s what draws others to you.
Which method do you follow to increase your blog traffic? Do you love and enjoy commenting? Share your thoughts by commenting below.
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