Blog Commenting – Waste Of Time or Useful Traffic Strategy?

blog commentingWhat do you think about blog commenting?

I’ve found that bloggers go from calling it a complete waste of time to a wonderful white hat technique.

Commenting on blogs IS a useful traffic strategy but not in the way you may be using it.

Personally I didn’t use to comment on blogs.  I didn’t see the point.  That’s because I was using blog comments for the wrong reason :-(

So Why Do Bloggers Comment on Blogs?

The most common reason is to get back links.  Blog commenting has traditionally been a popular way to get lots of inbound links to your blog which is a popular strategy for increasing search engine rankings and generating more traffic.

Today, however that strategy has lost its punch.

Since Google’s Panda and Penguin updates links found in comments, sidebars and footers carry far less search engine link benefit than keyword rich anchor text found embedded in content on authority web sites.

But the rules have changed there too.  Scoring a keyword rich anchor text link on quality sites could mean a drop in ranking if you have too many of the same term text links across all the sites linking to you.   In the eyes of Google that’s’ unnatural and spammy.

A more natural strategy is for your site to be linked to with a variety of different term anchor text links, such as branded anchor text, using links such as “click here,” or varied keyword text links.

But here’s where blog commenting becomes a useful traffic strategy.

When you make useful, educational comments on other blogs in your niche you’re demonstrating your authority, and when you’re consistent with your comments across several blogs you’re also building relationships, even friendships.   People start to notice you.

What happens when you make friends?  People start to interact with you.  They ‘like’ you on Facebook, retweet your tweets, ask questions and visit your blog.

What happens when you get noticed as an authority?  People listen.

It’s these relationships that bring you quality traffic , not the links.  

How To Use Blog Commenting As a Useful Traffic Strategy

Used correctly, the blog commenting benefits are numerous. Otherwise it’s nothing more than a spam fest.

Here’s how to use blog commenting to get quality traffic.

Share what you know.  Don’t be the ‘fluffy’ commenter that fills the commenting space with words but says nothing. Be helpful.  Make comments that add interesting and useful information.  As you read the blog post note things that add to the interest of the topic.

Form Relationships.  Make friends!  You remember how to do that, right?  Start by retweeting their blog posts, like it on Facebook and Google+, then perhaps send a comment to the blogger through your favorite social media that compliments their blog or ideas.  Send an email asking questions or thanking them for their useful information.  The idea is to prompt interaction that will help each of you get to know one another better.

Create opportunity. Comment regularly on blogs you find worthwhile.  Many blogs have a check box for advising you of new blog posts they write, so check the box to get new update emails. Then comment as soon as a new post is written.    

Tips for making blog comments that get you noticed.

Now that you know how to use comments to your benefit, here’s how to find blogs that will keep blog commenting from becoming a waste of time.

  1. Evaluate the bloggers, not just the blogs.  Since commenting is about establishing relationships and connections with people don’t stop with simply the blog’s niche, look closely at the blogger too.   Read their about me page.  Evaluate the person and the information they’re offering before making comments.  Ask yourself if this is a community you want to be associated with.
  2. Use the blogger’s or post writer’s name when commenting.  Always, always address the person who wrote the post in your comment.  People like to see their name in writing.  It’s also good etiquette.
  3. Become a valued Commenter.  Commenting is a waste of time and truly is stupid if you’re making comments that don’t actually say something useful.   Merely saying ‘nice’ post or repeating what’s already on the post or what someone else says isn’t going to strike a chord with anyone.  The point of commenting is to impress someone with your unique ideas, personality, humor or experience.  Say something no one else is saying.  This is how you’ll get readers to click on your link and see what you are all about.
  4. Ask Questions.  If a question comes to mind reading a blog post, ask it in the comments.  Chances are others have the same question. It also shows that you’re an involved and paying attention.  Blog owners like that ;-)
  5. Make Daily Blog Comments.  Take a few minutes each day to comment on at least 5 blogs. Comment on blogs you already follow but also try to find 1 or 2 new ones to comment on.
  6. Sign up for blog updates.  When commenting check the box for blog post updates if there is one.  This way you’ll get automatic email notifications that the blogger has published a new post that you can comment on.
  7. Interact with other blog commentors.  Of course read the post you’re commenting on before commenting but also read the other comments.  Reply to other comments or start a dialog.  If there’s a comment with a question, try to answer it.
  8. Reply and Engage with your blog’s commentors.  Acknowledge commentors on your blog too.  Thank them for the feedback or insight.  If someone new comes to your blog and makes a comment visit their blog and make a comment on a blog post you can intelligently contribute to.
  9. Use a Gravatar.  If you want to be taken seriously create a Gravatar for yourself. It’s easy to do and takes only a few minutes.  Click here to find out how.

How Blog commenting has Boosted my traffic stats

Since getting serious with blog commenting last March here’s how my traffic stats have increased.

  • March to April +15.3% Traffic Increase
  • April to May  +29.7% traffic increase
  • May to June +3.1% traffic increase
  • June to July +16.9% traffic increase

So I’m hooked!  I actually enjoy commenting now because I have a purpose that’s achievable.  I’ve made friends, found great connections, commenting has even sparked some advertising opportunities for me.

I will admit that I’ve given my blog sort of an unfair advantage with the CommentLuv plugin.  But I don’t feel guilty because I love how my blog posts get more exposure using the plugin. I also can’t argue with the fact that it attracts only quality blog commentors.  And spammers?  They’re gone!

How about you!  What’s your experience with blog commenting?

Blessings,

Photo courtesy of Renjith Krishnan & Freedigitalphotos.net

 

Comments

  1. Hey Liz,
    That’s an excellent article with a lot of useful tips. You remember I got to your blog through a comment you left someone and since then, I remained hooked. I love the relationship building ability of commenting. I’m in connection with many great bloggers thanks to this blog commenting activities.

    Like you mentioned, it should be more about the blogger and little about the blog. I think that’s what most of us don’t get. If we really do it the right way, in a long run, it will yield very interesting fruits

    Hope you enjoy your week Liz
    Enstine Muki recently posted..AWeber Alternative For Bloggers!

    • Hey Enstine,

      Amen! And yes, you found me through a comment I made on another blog and I’m so glad you did :-) I always enjoy hearing from you and your blog has such great information on it as well.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  2. I came across your blog from a comment you left on Adrienne Smiths blog.
    Found your blog full of great content so I keep coming back. :)

    But I like to comment on blogs not just for building relationships as well as links, but as a blogger when I don’t get comments on my content I wonder if I’m missing the mark and if anyone got any value out of it.

    So even if comments offered me no traffic or ranking value, I would still comment just so the blogs author knows that their content is appreciated.

    Kevin
    Kevin J Railsback recently posted..The Standing People

    • Hey Kevin,

      And welcome back :-) You made my day, I’m so glad you find my content helpful. That’s always nice to hear.

      If you’re not getting comments, that’s a clue that readers aren’t finding value – Great point! Of course showing appreciation is always a good thing and I certainly appreciate your comments Kevin.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  3. I have to say the responding to blogs is very time consuming if you are trying to really write something that is more than just saying great post. I was under the impression that the reason blogging is working with Google for example is that when you leave a response you are getting a backward link to your site, also Google likes new content and every time someone leaves a comment and you respond to the content, there is new content being adding on a continual basis. I can actually see an improvement in Alexa since I started to revamp our blog site. I sell promotional products and the first blog site was geared toward products only. The new site is completely different. If you are like me and have a main site and someone clicks from the blog to the main it also helps with SEO. A viable link came from a viable site.
    Arleen recently posted..Juggling and Balancing Business Productivity

    • Hi Arleen,

      Yes, blogs are interactive and Google likes that. Also commenting adds new content and that’s good too, and you’re getting backlinks pointing to your site which is good but the backlinks don’t hold as much water as they use to for gaining search engine rankings. Using comments to strictly gain backlinks isn’t profitable. For instance if you compare a guest post on a popular blog, to a comment on a popular blog, it’s the guest post that offers more trust and credibility with your market. And there’s a bigger difference in the quality of the link.

      Thanks for your great comment Arleen,

      Blessings,
      Liz

  4. Hey Liz,

    Like you I didn’t see the point of commenting until I actually started commenting a lot LOL..Next thing I knew, I started getting all of this traffic and more subscribers.

    You definitely want to have a strategy in order to benefit from commenting. Out of the strategies you mentioned, numbers 1 and 5 benefited the most for me and highly recommend beginners to focus on these two when they first start.

    You definitely want to make sure it’s a type of blog that interests you, that’s in your niche, and above all the author is someone you can definitely relate to. With this is in mind, commenting will come a lot easier to you as well as traffic. I usually comment on at least 5 blogs a day, 5 days a week now and like I mentioned before I’m reaping the benefits.

    Thanks for sharing Liz!
    Sherman Smith recently posted..4 Types Of Prospects You’ll Encounter

    • Hey Sherman,

      Good for you! My thing has been to slot out some time each day for commenting. The trick is to be organized enough so you can get them done every day.

      You will get more subscribers and traffic if you can just make it a priority every day.

      Thanks for your feedback Sherman. Always good to hear from you :-)

      Liz

  5. Hi Liz,

    I agree with most ideas you presented here. However, there is one that need a little debate.

    “blog commenting as a means of gaining inbound links is a waste of time.” WOW! This is a tough statement. I don’t want to offend you but, where did you get this information? Who told you that “links found in comments, sidebars and footers carry far less search engine link benefit than keyword rich anchor text found embedded in content on authority web sites.”

    Did you find out from Google? If yes, then please be aware that Google is not a source of information you should bet your life on.

    Google is like the wind. They change frequently according to their interests. Even worse, sometimes they do not take into account their own rules. They constantly advice against ads but they use a lot of ads. They advice you to get organic natural traffic but they use paid traffic and favored those who pay them. To put your trust in what they say is not a good advice. Many times they say one thing and do a very different one.

    Conclusion
    Comment is indeed a useful traffic strategy but not because Google say so. Even more. Comment is a good traffic strategy not because 90% of blogs and sites say so.
    I affirm that blog commenting is a useful traffic strategy because I know from my experience this is true.

    Have a nice day
    Silviu recently posted..Blog Commenting Results. Case Study2

    • Hey Silviu,

      Thanks for your great comments. However I’ve seen this with another blog of my own. Posts that use to rank #1 in search engines with 200+ comments or more actually dropped in ranking since Panda and Penguin. These posts had more comment links than any others. However the posts with ‘content’ links from more prominent sites gained in ranking. So this is my own observation.

      What I’m trying to get folks to guard against is using the commenting strategy as a primary way to get inbound links hoping it will improve ranking. Commenting is a very small piece of the puzzle and shouldn’t be used as a primary way to improve ranking. There are far better ways to improve ranking, like guest posting and getting link mentions in content from authority sites.

      That’s not to say commenting won’t improve traffic, because it will, but in a different way. If your marketing strategy is purely to develop social connections then commenting is an excellent way to do that. However if higher search engine ranking is your goal, I would put less stress on commenting and put more focus on developing great content, site quality, technical performance and usability, which is really what we should all be doing anyway.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  6. Terrific post! Commenting on other blogs is the best way to establish relationships and help boost traffic back to your own site. I’ve tried so many things with my non-business blog and by far the activity that helped me the most was commenting. People don’t want to do it because it takes time and it’s a commitment. Blogging is work.

    • Hi Jen,

      Yes commenting does take a lot of time and effort but it can so be worth it but from a social standpoint, and of course if your comments are valuable to readers they’re definitely going to check you out. There’s a lot of value there :-)

      Thanks for your feedback Jen :-)

      Liz

  7. Nate Leung
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hey Liz,

    I didn’t realize how important commenting was until about a few months ago. I thought it was a social thing that the cool kids do. But I didn’t know the effects that it had on google and your serps.

    I think while getting people to comment is important because of the social proof. I mean really, why do we create blogs to begin with? To share and give value right? Some might want to exchange value for money. We also at the same time want be seen as authority in our niche. It tells the visitor who is visiting your site for the first time that “This Liz person is the real deal!”

    I always put an emphasis to reply and engage with the people who come on my site. This is one of the reasons why you want to meet cool people to begin with! Thanks the informative post!
    Nate Leung recently posted..Happy Birthday to NateLeung.com – Celebrates 1 Year!

    • Hi Nate,

      Absolutely! Social interaction is a good thing but useful interaction is even more important. After all what’s the point in making a comment that says ‘Nice Post’ or ‘Thanks for the info’, there needs to be a point to all this,

      If you can’t make an impression on someone, help educate or contribute useful ideas, you should move onto another social strategy.

      Thanks for stopping by Nate and for the awesome feedback.

      Liz :-)

  8. Hi Liz,

    What a wonderful post that is so easy to read and self-explanatory. Blog comments can only be useful when we are doing it the ways that you have shared here.

    Become a person of value can indeed be done through commenting. I found myself learning a lot through reading others’ comments and expanding my reach to more quality bloggers’ sites like this one :) Commenting is particularly effective if the site has CommentLuv .features. Other bloggers found me through some of the sites that I have left my comments.

    Great tips about sticking to 5 posts a day and adding one or two more. Sometimes, I can afford to comment on 10+ blogs in a day. Wondering what others’ experiences are regarding this?

    Thanks, Liz, for this wondering sharing!

    Viola Tam – The Business Mum
    Viola Tam recently posted..Stay-at-Home Mums – O for Options in Life

    • Hi Viola,

      You’re so awesome :-) And thanks for sharing your experiences here.

      Commenting on 10+ blogs a day when you can do it is definitely a plus. I’ve me so many great folks online because of commenting and I truly love it. I don’t think I would have so many great people around the world as yourself otherwise.

      Thanks for being a part of this site Viola :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz

  9. Sonia
    Twitter:
    says:

    You hit it right on the button Liz. It takes time, but commenting on other blogs is what helped people find me and my blog. Without it, I wouldn’t have the relationships I have now. I find it hard to believe that some bloggers don’t care or feel its worth their time, but if they think this way, I hope they have tons of traffic or either they don’t care. Either way, its been a blessing for me and it took time. Nothing happens overnight. Great post Liz!
    Sonia recently posted..Why SlideShare Should Be on Your Radar for Content Marketing

    • So true Sonia, nothing happens overnight. But anything worthwhile is certainly worth the effort. I think there are lots of ways to get more traffic, including trying to get into the head of Google, but why do that when this way is so much more fun, and certainly more rewarding :-)

      Thanks Sonia,
      Liz

  10. Hi Liz,

    Wonderful topic for discussion :)

    Oh yes…blog commenting is actually how I build my traffic too, just like yours. When I’d initially started, I hardly used to get any comments on my blog because being a newbie, no one really comes over to your blog as they don’t know you. But with time, once you start visiting other blogs and interact with the blog owners, you build a relationship with them.

    Yes, ALL of this takes time, and you too need to be consistent and determined to maintain the relationships by visiting each others blogs. It’s helped me make some very good friends too in the Blogosphere, and now the situation is such that I really don’t bother much about the Google updates because I know my friends are always there and will visit my blog, just as I visit theirs!

    I agree, CommentLuv is awesome and most of us bloghop once we see each others links at various blogs. I’d also add that Triberr is another great medium to connect bloggers, and that’s how we all meet too – isn’t it? Loved your tips shared as well.

    Thansk for sharing. Have a nice Sunday :)
    Harleena Singh recently posted..Blogging Tips: Basic Steps to Create Your Own Blog

    • Hi Harleena,

      I’ve not gotten serious with Triberr yet, in fact that’s something I’ll be working on this week.

      Thanks for stopping by and you enjoy your Sunday as well :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz

  11. What a great post Liz and thank you for sharing from your own experience.

    Well, you definitely know how I feel about blog commenting. When I first started back in late 2010 I was taught to do it for the traffic and the links. I was learning through a program I was part of but the more I did this the more I enjoyed the interaction and totally forgot all about the links and the traffic. Seriously, I had so much fun learning from these different blogs I was visiting and then the people I was meeting was just awesome.

    I really made my own observation too that building those relationships would benefit you way more then anything else. Google has finally come around to admitting that when you do things naturally without trying so damn hard that you’ll benefit more.

    Now I did have to go and clean up a lot of the links from people who had commented on my posts yet had nothing to do with my niche. I’m glad that I did because with this last Google update my site scored almost 100 points, the best it can be. I ranked in at 98.

    So commenting is great for your blog “if” you do it right, you hit the nail on the head with that one.

    Thank you so much for sharing this and I’m definitely going to spread it around too! People need to know this stuff and who better to learn from then someone who has experienced it first hand. That’s how I love to learn.

    Enjoy your week.

    ~Adrienne
    Adrienne recently posted..60 Tips Of Blogging Advice

    • Hey Adrienne,

      No doubt, there’s so much to learn other sites and just from just looking for sites to comment on. The experience and ideas that other serious bloggers share with us is phenomenal.

      I’ve studied SEO quite a bit since I started online and it’s all changed about 20 times over. I still enjoy SEO and find it rather fascinating. Today the lesson is stop trying to make Google happy and focus more on your readers. Google doesn’t want to be the ultimate decision maker for what sites to deliver to its users, they want to deliver content that is most valued and sites that have the most interaction, likes, votes, mentions, etc.

      It use to be that the best way to get traffic was to highly optimize your website. You still should do basic, best practices optimization, but with social marketing we’re now in control of our own traffic and that’s really the way it should be.

      Actually what’s happening is that social optimization is essentially becoming part of the traditional Search engine optimization process.

      Hope you’re enjoying your weekend Adrienne :-)
      Liz

  12. Hi Liz

    I am sure we have all wondered at times, expecially when we are new online if we are wasting our time commenting on other blogs. When we first start and we visit others who never come to ours it really seems like a big waste of time.

    But then we learn. I have met so many people through other bloggers. One blog leading to another. And of course many of them have been Adrienne connections.

    I have also learned a heap from other bloggers and usually when we need to know something someone in the community has an answer. That is awesome.

    Thanks for a great post Liz.

    Sue
    Sue Price recently posted..How’s Your Work Ethic?

    • Hi Sue,

      That’s another big benefit of blog commenting, we can ask questions to the community. I’ve done that several times and I’ve gotten some pretty darn good answers. Things I wouldn’t have learned without some extensive research. But just commenting with the intention of boosting our own traffic doesn’t necessarily pay off. Comments need to be genuine with an interest in encouraging interaction, otherwise it can be a waste of time.

      Thanks Sue for your feedback.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  13. Hi Adriene,

    You are right indeed, am a blog comment addict indeed, though I don’t only leave a comment as a result of instant traffic but for quality backlink from a reputable blog that enables commentluv or intensedebate.
    Adesanmi Adedotun recently posted..Strategies for increasing marketing growth stock

    • So good of you to stop by and comment Adesanmi.

      I’m hoping you also comment for the interaction as well ;-) If you do the benefits don’t simply serve you in more traffic, you’re also gaining respect within your niche and of course, finding lots of new connections.

      Liz

  14. Liz, I love commenting because we get to know one another better and sometimes the questions that come up can lead to more posts with answers and more discussion. It’s like a great family debate. ( I love those!) It can be time consuming but so can SEO be, right?
    A well known blogger once told me she had commented on 100 a day to get traffic. I don’t think I have ever reached than many but I aim for at least 10 and some days more. I believe it’s a part of blogging.
    Lisa recently posted..A Blogger Named Mayura – Who Is He And Where Is Sri Lanka?

    • So true Lisa, We do get ideas from comments don’t we?

      Wow 100 blogs a day, that’s amazing! I can’t imagine how long that would take, but that can be so worth it. Ten comments a day is good. I generally do about 5 at a time, some days more, some days I don’t get to them at all but they’re always something I try to work at.

      I too love comments, I didn’t always but there’s a lot to be learned and gained from them and thankfully I realize that now :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz

  15. Dawna Kreis says:

    Great post, Ms Liz! The past few months I have made a conscious effort to connect with others. It wasn’t until most recently, though, that I began visiting other blogs and commenting. Since I have, I have begun to actually connect with others, and it’s been great! I, too, am hooked. :-)

    Hope you’re having a great start to your week!

    ~Dawna
    Dawna Kreis recently posted..Conscious Connection Vs the Numbers Game: Which Reigns Supreme?

    • Hey Dawna,

      It’s fun isn’t it?

      I generally take an hour or so a day, sit in my favorite chair with my laptop (and Kitty too) LOL! gets a little crowed but hey, that’s OK :-) and I try to get in as many comments in as I can. But I’ve gotta say, that hour is like visiting with friends and I honestly look forward to it, especially on the days I meet new friends.

      Thanks for your nice comment. I am having a great start to the week and hope you’re doing the same :-)

      Liz

  16. Great post! I agree completely. I’ve met some amazing people (yourself included) since I started commenting on blogs. Imagine my surprise when my blog traffic picked up too.
    Elke Feuer recently posted..In the Hammock — Courtney Giardina

    • Hey Elke,

      You’re so sweet.

      Love your comments. And yes, traffic will pick up when commenting. Don’t need to worry about what the search engines think, we’re making friends on our own :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz

  17. Hey Liz,

    A fantastic post, very much after my own heart, and full of all the right kind of wisdom and advice.

    I do think blog commenting is valuable if you do it for the right reasons – as you say, the real human connections we make in this way are immune from Google’s endless updates, of which I can never make head nor tail!

    Your suggestion that we should subscribe to blogs we want to follow is a good one – I’ve resisted that in the past, not wanting my email inbox to get inundated, but I agree it’s probably the best way to make sure we don’t miss out on our favourite blogs.

    Many thanks, Liz :)

    Sue
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    • Hi Sue,

      I use to worry too about my inbox being inundated and there’s always that one blogger who fills it up. If that’s the case I just unsubscribe.

      Actually what I find works better is if the blogger has an option to be notified of new posts. That way I can go to the blog and make comments on posts I can contribute to as I get the emails.

      Thanks for stopping by Sue. Always a pleasure :-)

  18. I have really enjoyed the effect of blog comments in many diverse of way, not really about traffic alone but exposure, relationship, increase in decrease alexa rank, and once I noticed this, I decided to make it my style.

    I can remembered vividly in one of my blog where commenting in order blog is my greatest turn off, then I just found it not necessary, irrelevant and I only concentrated on writing quality content but to my surprise it got suck at the end of the day with irrelevant traffic and from that time I learnt to leave a comment to build relationship with fellow bloggers most especially the pro-bloggers and I can attest to it that it’s one of the best way to build blog backlink most especially in a dofollow blog or forum.
    Adesanmi Adedotun recently posted..6 reasons why newbie blogger may not succeed in blog-o-sphere!

    • Hi Adesanmi,

      Yes, commenting can be fun and useful. I agree that you may get back links from commenting but backlinks found in comments are not as important to the search engines as they use to be.

      Thanks for your comments Adesanmi.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  19. Excellent point Liz,

    Thanks for sharing this with me by the way @AdrienneSmith40.

    I’ve found that blog commenting is excellent at first but then it’s like the law of diminishing returns kicks in or something.

    It didn’t take me long to realize that I could have written a guest post instead of 5 really good comments.
    Darnell Jackson recently posted..Exclusive Interview with Pradeep Kumar the founder of HellBoundBloggers.com

    • Good analogy Darnell :-)

      If you’re hoping to get some good SEO backlinks, writing a guest post is a great way to do that, provided you guest post on an authority blog or blog that Google deems worthy. Commenting on other blogs is a way to build good connections.

      My recommendation is to try to do some of both.

      Thanks for stopping by. Great to meet you :-)

      Liz

  20. Found you via Adrienne.

    I just gave a talk last week on blogging – I mentioned commenting about three different times in my talk? I was trying to get the point across! Lots of people who first start blogging nod their heads when they hear about commenting, and then they wonder why their blog gets little traffic (after no commenting on other blogs). Always a good topic.
    Leora Wenger recently posted..Build a Blog with WordPress

    • Hey Leora,

      Ah, where did you give your talk? BTW, I like your site, you have tons of great info there! I’ll be perusing some more after this little note ;-)

      Yes, commenting is not only a good topic, it can also be a good debate. Like I was just telling Adrienne, it’s not a great way to get valuable backlinks anymore, the search engines don’t the same weight on these links nowadays, but it’s an excellent way to get people to visit your site, but it doesn’t work to well if you don’t make comments that contribute value to the post. The idea is to get attention of other commenters and you won’t do that by merely saying ‘nice post’.

      So nice to meet your Leora and thanks for stopping by.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  21. Hi, Liz.

    It was at the Highland Park Public Library in New Jersey. I put the slides up here:
    http://www.slideshare.net/leorawenger/blog-workshop2013summer
    I believe I had Adrienne’s blog featured in a previous blog talk.

    My next blog workshop is going to be in December, and I’m going to talk about blogs and social media, because I discovered people want to learn about how to find blogs and read them (hardly anyone knew what an RSS feeder is, and this is in a smart group of people).
    Leora Wenger recently posted..Build a Blog with WordPress

    • Thanks for the slides Leora. I’m sure new bloggers found them useful and easy to understand.

      Social media is huge right now, certainly for a lot of different reasons. Finding good blogs to connect with is a great topic.

      Good luck with your speaking :-)

      Liz

  22. Great point above on how to do proper blog comments on other sites. I am getting tired seeing other people that just posting comments like “thanks for sharing”, “nice post”, in order to leave links.
    Those people must read this post for them to learn!

    • Hi Jeric,

      And that’s my point exactly. Leaving dead beat comments like that simply to gain backlinks isn’t providing the backlink benefits people think. The benefit with commenting is getting actual human eyes looking at your comment. Making useful comments gets people to notice you and visit your site, useless comments just waste everyone’s time.

      Thanks for visiting Jeric and I feel your pain :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz

  23. For every successful blog, there is always an opposite and equal reaction and that is guest blogging and comment. Comment plays an important role in building a reputable backlink to every successful blog, and is a must for every blogger to give it a trial for a start before his or her blog grow wings in the community.
    Adesanmi Adedotun recently posted..3 secret successful bloggers will never tell you!

  24. Hi Ms. Liz,

    I’ll admit that I had originally started to comment because I knew it was a way to get visitors to my blog. May as well just tell the truth ;)
    But it was to get feedback, and conversations started. Sort of like walking out of my front door with a plate of cookies (organic of course) and saying ‘hey guys, c’mon over and hang out with me’!
    And since I have, I love it.

    I love having people over to discuss things. It’s like having friends over for coffee.
    I don’t know anything about what traffic sources do what – but I do know that commenting has led to some relationships that I am extremely appreciative of.

    And it’s also led to guest posting – which in and of itself has been awesome in many ways.

    So for me, it’s really been about communication in general.
    Dana recently posted..Bullshit – the Road to Enlightenment?

    • Hey Dana,

      I don’t think there’s any shame in luring others to your blog by making comments on theirs. It’s sort of a blogging practice. It’s like bringing cookies to your neighbors, they’re not necessarily going to know you’re there if you don’t. I think of it as sort of a ‘Hi, how are you, I like your post, we have some things in common, if you pay me a visit we can discuss a few more things”.

      But your true motivation should be just what you’ve said. Getting discussions and connections started. That’s how we build friendships, find colleagues, and discover ideas for topics that interest our readers that we can discuss and banter about.

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful feedback Dana, so nice to have you here :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz

  25. Blog commenting is the ultimate way to get blog traffic back unless you have the capacity to upload anywhere from 5 to 10 blog posts on a daily basis. i did a test years ago between blog commenting, writing a guest post and giving an interview; commenting overwhelmed everything else. I also have 5 blogs and the one that does the best is the one I use most often when commenting; works for me.
    Mitch Mitchell recently posted..Your Blog Is Irking Me; Check These Gripes Out

    • Hey Mitch,

      Thank you so much for sharing that. You mentioned you did a test years ago where commenting overwhelmed everything else. Do you still find that to be true today considering all the Google changes we’ve seen.

      I don’t think commenting is a waste of time by any means but from a search engine standpoint I don’t think commenting links carry as much value as they use to, but I do think commenting delivers tremendous value in the relationships and connections it builds.

      Wow, you have 5 blogs. You are one busy guy :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz
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  26. Hey Liz!

    Blog commenting is good indeed, a wonderful traffic strategy and establishing relation with Bloggers community. But one more thing that I use are Forums. Forums are too good in building traffic, making relations with fellow-bloggers. Apart from that, a dofollow link from signature box. For me, forum marketing is really great!

    -Huzaima Khan
    Huzaima Khan recently posted..How To Increase Your Alexa Rank Fast

    • Hi Huzaima,

      I agree, forums are great for building relationships, especially if you are a regular. I like to use forums to build up my email list so instead of using a forum signature that points to my home page, I use my opt-in page link instead. That at least gets people to take an action.

      Hope you have a great day Huzaima.

      Good to meet you :-)

      Liz

  27. Liz,

    Used to be that comments were a way to build back links. I never used that strategy with my other blog. What I do notice, is that when I post on relevant blogs within my own niche, I get a lot of readers coming to look my site over. That is way more important than simply moving up on PR.

    I also noticed that these readers were spending more time on my blog, clicking on the about me page and looking over the other pages as well. Almost like a different kind of traffic.

    Thanks,

    Josh

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