Blog commenting – what’s the fuss all about? Well, that’s what I asked myself when I started blogging. I put a great deal of effort into creating content on my new blog and I expected people to stop by, be kind enough to leave me comments. Did I leave comments on other blogs? Nope! So, what was I thinking?
I mean the golden rule to reciprocate applies in our daily lives and in business. If you want to receive abundantly, you should give endlessly… This is exactly what led me to taking matters into my own hands and going into a blog commenting frenzy.
I was also invited to join a private Facebook commenting tribe a few months ago. And the result? My blog started to get recognised, my blog traffic started to pick up and the comments on my blog went through the roof! So, blog commenting does work, eh?! I thought to myself…
In addition, blog commenting is a great way to build backlinks to your blog, if you execute it properly. Well, today is your lucky day as I’m going to share with you some killer blog commenting strategies that you can implement right after reading this post… Comment starvation will be a thing in the past — guaranteed!
Blog Commenting – Killer Tips To Driving Traffic and Creating Backlinks:
Blog Commenting Tip #1: Find Blogs in Your Niche
This is really a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning. What’s the point if people come to a blog which doesn’t cater for their needs? Furthermore, there will be no much SEO benefit for you commenting on the weight loss blogs if that’s not your niche market. Your goal should be to visit and comment on blogs with the same interests as yours. No, I don’t mean spending all day long commenting on blogs. The key is to pick a few top quality blogs.
Blog Commenting Tip #2: Use Your Keyword in the Name Section
When entering your name in comment section, use the primary keyword (alongside your real name), that you want to rank for, e.g. Mavis Nong @ Blogging Tips, Marketing Training etc. Well, you can use your personal name if you want to rank for it… The example below shows that Rob Fantra uses the keyword, Success Coach and Mentor:
Blog Commenting Tip #3: Link to Your Relevant Post or Page
A cool way to create backlinks with blog commenting is to use your relevant post and page links instead of your home page. If you have a post that is relevant or a money page that you want to rank for, then link to it. I see some new bloggers making a big mistake of not linking to their blogs at all — big mistake!
Blog Commenting Tip #4: Add Your Picture To Your Comments
One of the effective ways to build your brand online, is to use your own picture, preferably the same one. Now, what good is it if you use a default image and people don’t see your face next to your comments? If you really need to be visible and make a name for your self in the blogging arena, then you need to add your picture. And pictures of your pet, company logo and so on, will not help you to achieve this. More about this here: How To Add Your Picture To Your Blog Comments.
Blog Commenting Tip #5: Be Polite
How do you feel when someone leaves a comment on your blog without greeting or acknowledging you or signing their name?… When I reply to such comments I don’t really know how to address the commenter, I sometimes can’t even work out the name on the e-mail address
Now, if you want to build a relationship with blog owners and their readers and attract some traffic to your blog, you have to do things right and show some respect. The example below shows how Oliver Tausend does just that:
It’s always great when people address you by your first name, isn’t it? It shows that they are interested in you. Another good habit is to be thankful and show some gratitude. As you can see above, you could say “Thanks for sharing your insights”, “Keep up the good work” or similar.
Remember that bloggers put a lot of effort and time into researching and creating valuable content, so encouraging and appreciative words don’t go unnoticed.
Blog Commenting Tip #6: Leave Meaningful Comments
The key here is to actually read the post… Sounds obvious, right? You’d be surprised… When you highlight some of the key points in your comment, you are showing the blogger that you have actually read the post.
“Great post.” – is not a meaningful comment at all.
Now, you don’t have to agree with everything the blogger says. Don’t be shy, feel free to voice your opinion on the topic, add value or controversy (if you have facts). Rule of thumb: don’t be rude and disrepectful.
So, how long should your comment be? There is not fast and hard rule on this one, as long as you are leaving meaningful comments. Personally, I’m not a fan of very loooong, essay-type comments.
Hot tip: if you have a lot to add to the discussion, you can create a post on your blog and expand on the topic.
Where allowed, you can add HTML link relevant to the topic in the body of your comment. If you abuse this, your comments will likely end up in spam.
Blog Commenting Tip #7: Create Curiosity
When leaving a comment, don’t give away all your “golden nuggets”… Hang on, are you not supposed to be sharing value? True, however you want people to click on your link to see what else you have to offer. For example you could say:
Awesome post on how to generate leads for your business. I especially like the tip on how to generate free leads. This post really compliments a post I wrote on how I generate leads while I sleep…
Thanks for sharing your killer tips.
All the best,
People will click on the link out of curiosity. And the blogger will approve your comment if it adds value to the discussion.
Blog Commenting Tip #8: Respond to Comments on Your Blog
When you start getting comments on your blog, be sure to reply to them promptly to keep the discussion going and to encourage even more comments. People want to be heard and appreciated. Now, you can go a step further and install a plugin called Comment Reply Notification, that notifies your commenters of your replies, adding a nice personal touch:
This plugin works particularly well for comments with questions. Do you think your commenters would like the answers to the questions delivered to their email inbox? You bet!
I do appreciate your comments. I love your encouragement, feedback and input. Keep them coming!
Over to you now, how is blog commenting going for you? How do you encourage more comments on your blog?
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