Commenting on other people blogs is important part of the entire blogosphere experience as it allows us to see what other people think, get new ideas and perhaps what is equally important achieve OTHER GOALS, 3 of which I want to share in this blog post.
I’m a strong believer in accomplishing many things with a single action to make sure that my time gets used correctly. I know many people who can, and actually love doing it, wonder around the web for hours. For me personally it is part of my work!
If you are short on time and have set goals for yourself that has to be accomplished, this 3 reasons should show you why I believe that commenting on other blogs is not just something that you could be doing but something that MUST BE DONE!
1. Get Traffic
Blogs are all about participation and opinions! Making your opinion known and obvious in form of comment on another blog can generate interest in what else you have to say and redirect some of the traffic that post gets to your blog.
Key to the process is being one of the first commenters. While I know a few people who read the entire comments thread, I get bored after about 10 or so and simply skim through the rest only stopping if I see a comment from someone I recognize.
Many others have even smaller attention span. So if you manage to comment within the top 10 and actually say something beyond “nice post” or “I bookmarked this post” you have a good chance of riding on the popularity of the post and get some traffic to your own.
At one point there was a tool that was designed to allow you monitor blogs of your choosing and would notify you when new post is available so you could be one of the first commenting. I see my good buddy Joe Marsh have just created a new tool that does same – check it out (not affiliate link) – http://trafficsponge.com/
2. Get Authority / SEO Benefits
Second reason on my list have to do with SEO aspects of commenting. And I’m not talking about stuffing your keywords in the “name” field as many still attempt to do on my blog. Those guys end up in my SPAM queue without any regard to the time they sometimes spend creating a quality comment.
- Yes, I have seen quality comments coming from keyword stuffing spammers!
- And Yes, I do send them to SPAM! – Reading my commenting TOS pays dividends!
So how do you accomplish it then? I personally prefer commenting on blogs that have CommentLuv plugin enabled. And while its nice if those blogs DoFollow, I don’t mind commenting on nofollow blogs either, as long as I get my backlink, as we all know that Google still pays attention to it!
If you are in Internet Marketing Niche – here is a great list that Doug Champigny have compiled a great list of blogs you might want to make part of your commenting strategy – 20 Must-Follow Blogs For Internet Marketing And Affiliate Marketing In 2010
Another way to build quality links is using KeywordLuv plugin. I used to have it but have chosen to disable but this post KeywordLuv: How Using It Benefits Us All might help you understand what it does and if its right for your blog.
3. Learn About New Functionality For YOUR Blog
This reason might be least obvious to many but I think it is important one. And here is why…
Blogosphere is a constantly changing and those blogs that stay at the top by providing more interaction, more functionality, more reasons to participate have better chance to edge out the competition.
Sometimes a simple thing that you personally liked on other blog should be evaluated – Will It Add Value To My blog?
Here is most recent example:
While doing what I promote so much (commenting on other people blogs that have CommentLuv enabled) I ended up on this blog – http://www.iwoodpecker.com run by a blogger named Allan. I never heard of him before but he commented on yet another blog that my friend Doug Champigny writes and I followed his link to his blog post – Getting Website Traffic in 2010.
In process of commenting I have discovered that he has a comment rating system. Idea I loved for one simple reason – it allows me to give you functionality and enable rating of comments!
Not only do you have option now to share your opinion but also rate and tell me what you think about other people comments.
LOVE IT! And I hope you will too and take advantage of the functionality provided!
- Create Clear Comment Policy To Avoid Spam (howtospoter.com)
- Will Blog Comments Increase My Traffic and Page Rank? (imonlineguide.com)
- Do Follow Links & No Follow Links-What the Heck Are They? (techtalkformoms.com)