Blog Commenting – A Solid Way to Increase Your Traffic with Very Little Writing

Blog commenting is one of the best ways to build natural traffic to your site.  If done correctly, blog commenting will bring you traffic in two different ways.  However, if not done correctly you might just be wasting your time.

So, let’s see how you can encourage people to comment on your own blog and how you can comment on other people’s blog so you can create a two way stream of traffic source.

But first thing first, you need to let people comment on your own blog to benefit fully from blog commenting.

Making sure your own blog is comment user-friendly

Have you noticed how some blogs out there are just not comment user-friendly at all?  Not fun is it?

To me the two main purpose of a blog is this – give and take.

If you are using your blog to take only, then you probably don’t give the chance to your readers to comment, or you do it in such a way that doesn’t encourage or even make it very hard to do so.  That’s really NOT what you should be doing with your blog.

If you do, what you are really doing is discouraging people from coming back to your blog.  So, to be inviting people to leave a comment on your blog, well, the first thing you need to have is a user-friendly commenting plugin while you leave out the spammers.

I think that the best plugin you can get for a WordPress blog is a plugin called commentluv.  I love to comment on blogs with comment love and this is why; it allows you to link to your last blog post automatically as soon as you start typing your comment in the box.  So, your comment will show not only your name but the clickable title of your last blog post, or any one post of your choice among the last ten.

This is what you give to your readers, but there is a sweet little catch for you, the blogger.  You can set that to happen ONLY if your commenter registers to your blog.  So, they can choose to either leave just their name as a link to their site (without registering), or they will be able to show one of their 10 last posts as a link with their comment (by registering).

You can also choose to allow this to everyone if you prefer.  It’s up to you!

If you are a smart blogger, you will of course choose the latter option, because it will definitely encourage more people to register to your blog.

Comment but no spam

How do you love those spam messages accumulating faster than you can get rid of them on your WordPress blog dashboard? I know it sucks!

Well, there is a great way to get rid of those forever by getting a plugin called GASP (Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin).  This great little plugin was referred to me by Ana Hoffman.  This little guy will add a check box under your commenting box that will ask your commenter to confirm that he or she is not a spammer.  Don’t you love that?

This is much more user friendly than a CAPTCHA, and spambots can’t see that check box, and therefore, can’t check it either.  This means that such comments will never go through whatsoever.  You’ve got to love it!

So, there you have it.  To start a good blog, you need to have a comment-friendly and comment-smart plugins to make sure that your blog is ready to attract more and more readers and encouraging them to leave an insightful comment.

Commenting on other people’s blogs

I am not going to lie to you, commenting can be time consuming, but it is also well worth your time.  But before you start commenting on blogs you need to do find blogs that are:

  • Niches related to yours
  • Dofollow
  • Important enough in ranking

Recently, I met a cool marketer named Sarah Russell who’s got a great easy to understand little video about ways to find blog commenting sites.

Writing your comment

Once you’ve found a good blog to comment on, you should do it again; just one comment on a blog once will not take you very far.

This is how you do it.

Think of a comment as a mini article.  Do not leave a comment that says good job, great post, interesting, etc…  Even with commentluv you might get deleted after a couple of those.

First thing first, read the post.  I know it takes some time, but you are not going to be able to leave an incentive comment if you have no idea about what the post is talking about.  So, yes, you should read the post you are intending to comment on.  This will help you to write an intelligent comment that might bring an idea, answer a question, give a tip or just emphasis what you’ve read.  In any case, the quality of your comment will improve by 99% if you read the post you are commenting on.

How do you increase your traffic with blog commenting

By posting comments on other blogs on niches related to yours, first, you increase your traffic by creating valuable backlinks, since each comment is linking back to your site.  Such backlinks will improve your site ranking as well.

Second, the owner of the blog you are commenting on AND all his followers will have the chance to see and notice your quality comments and click on your link landing to your own blog.  You’ve got to love that too!

Track your blog and follow-up on your comments

To make sure you remember what blogs you’ve left a comment on, you need write them down.  I am very old fashion when it comes to writing things down, and yes, I do write my blogs on a notebook.  But you can use whatever works for you, as long as you keep track of them.

Once you’ve left a comment, you need to get back to the blog and post where you posted the comment to make sure that it was approved.  If you notice that you’ve been leaving comments on a blog that doesn’t approve them, it’s time for you to spend your precious time on anther blog that will appreciate your well written comments, and proudly show them off on their blog.

Keep in mind that blog commenting is NOT a quick easy fix to increasing traffic; it’s one that will take some of your time.  But it will also become a long term traffic that will last as long as your blog exist.

If you enjoyed this blog, make sure to leave your thoughts about it in my wonderful Commentluv area where you can leave your wonderful link to your own blog.




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25 Comments

  • David Wright says:

    Wow, Sylviane, I have been blogging for over 3 years now, and never, never have I read an article so helpful and clear on building a better blog and generating more comments & followers. I really do appreciate your information and I want to follow your future blogs.

    Now a question, my blog is on Typepad, so I don’t think I have the luxury of adding commentluv or some of the other plugins. Would I be better served by setting up a standard wordpress blog?

    Thank you,
    David Wright

  • Sylviane Nuccio says:

    Hi David,

    If you are not using WordPress for you blog then, my answer would be yes, it would be worth it to set up a WordPress blog. I personally believe, and I am not the only one, that WordPress is the best platform for blogging these days.

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  • stocktips says:

    Nice blog, very informative and helpful, really liked it and I am always ready to read this type of blogs . Thanks

  • Ted says:

    Hi Silviane,

    I am a big fan of using blog commenting to drive traffic and to build backlinks also. I fact I came here because I clicked a comment link from Ana’s website (TrafficGenerationCafe.com).

    I have a couple of questions for you.

    I see that you recommend using Commentluv on a blog, but I don’t see you using it here? Is there a reason why you don’t want to use it?

    I understand why you might want to use nofollow on your comments. But, when you are linking out to other people’s blogs from inside your main articles, how come you use it. You speak highly of those people, yet you link to them with nofollow links. Those links would be more beneficial to those women if you let them flow PageRank. Just a thought. Is there any special reason why your embedded article links are made to be nofollow?

    I hope that my comment doesn’t sound mean or disrespectful. That is not how I intend it to sound. I am truly curious as to why you don’t use commentluv and why you choose to nofollow links from inside your main blog post.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      That OK, there, I see that you’ve noticed that I do use commentluv. Of course, I do I love it and love to have it on my own blog.

      About the follow and nofollow. When I write an articles in which I include links, I was told a while back by a SEO expert that it’s good to add the nofollow tag on the link that you link from your article. To be sure, I do use both follow and nofollow which I think seems more natural to Google.

  • Ted says:

    Okay…I am sticking my foot in my mouth now that I see you do use commentluv. Sorry for the stupid question.

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  • Megan Moore says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    We all hate spam comments. Aside from that, our comments should be useful also to some readers. Thank you for this wonderful post. It helps us to understand the value of blog commenting and how to post comments properly.

    Regards,

    Megan Moore

  • Peter Palme says:

    Thank you very much for all this valuable advice. I will try out your tips and tricks one by one over the next couple of weeks in my open research project on best practices to increase blog traffic. The aim with this research is to identify the key most effective and efficient practices to increase blog traffic. So far I have already tested some of the tips and had some surprising results. The dedicated blog for this research is located here: http://bestblogtraffic.tumblr.com/

  • Claudia Robison says:

    Sylviane,

    You are such a great teacher and inspiration to me! I know nothing about “blogging”, but I will continue learning from your wisdom.

    Thank you so very much for all your great articles. I will continue reading them!

    God Bless YOU!
    Claudia

  • Lose fat quick says:

    That OK, there, I see that you’ve noticed that I do use commentluv. Of course, I do I love it and love to have it on my own blog.

    About the follow and nofollow. When I write an articles in which I include links, I was told a while back by a SEO expert that it’s good to add the nofollow tag on the link that you link from your article. To be sure, I do use both follow and nofollow which I think seems more natural to Google.

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  • Manish says:

    Hey Sylviane, thanks for giving a detailed information about how to do blog commenting effectively.

    According to me, blog commenting is a effective way to build the excellent relationship with other bloggers in the same niche. I want that every blogger should use blog commenting as a method of building good relations with other bloggers and in this way both the bloggers will be learning great new things from each other. Because knowledge sharing will give the huge benefits to every blogger in blogging world.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Amen to that Manish!

      Blog commenting is really a super way to make connections. I love it and if you do it right it really works for the benefits of everyone.

      Thanks for coming by here :)

  • Rajeesh Nair says:

    Great post Sylviane. As a Blogger, I always felt that there couldn’t be a better option to be in network with other fellow bloggers than commenting on their blogs.

    Now with tips from this post, I can comment better on blogs.

  • Vicky Sadhu says:

    Sylviane yes defiantly right…just few days ago i have read some bulshit thing about blog commenting that after Google panda updates..blog commenting is not good thing to get traffic..n will make your SERP down…but u defended that very well!!

  • Gary Ashton says:

    Without blog commenting the chances of strengthening the relation between the bloggers and the readers will become very weak. Through blog commenting the genuine readers interact with the other commenters and learn from them and this thing is stopped I doubt readers will even be interested to know in detail who the blogger/writer is.

  • SEO Reseller says:

    Just a short note to thank you – I enjoyed your article.

  • Matinder singh says:

    i always do blog commenting and i think it really works to get traffic great post after reading this i will always gonna blog commenting,

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Matinder,

      Yes, blog commenting is good for traffic, indeed. Thanks for coming.

  • Raden says:

    In my opinion Blog comments are the lifeblood of a blog. Comments are what separates a blog from a static website. As the conversation builds, so will your relationship with your readers and so will your blog\’s popularity. Encourage your readers to join in the discussion and leave comments and respond promptly to the comments left by your readers to make them feel valued. Just as you don\’t like to be ignored when you address someone in person, you don\’t want to ignore your readers when they address you through a blog comment.

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