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How to increase your website traffic with blog commenting

How to increase your website traffic with blog commenting

Increasing your traffic with blog commenting is part of the the Link Building Strategy Series.

We all comment on blogs. It’s natural to want to express our ideas with the rest of the people reading the same post and with the author. What if we could also increase our site’s traffic by doing exactly the same thing?

Using blog commenting, we can!

I can’t stress enough how careful you’ll have to be while commenting on other people’s blogs. While you can do a lot of good, at the same time you could really harm your own blog! So pay attention.

Google has taken many steps to reduce blog commenting spam and I’m totally on the same page with Google on that! Back when the blogosphere was just a baby, anyone adding a comment automatically got a backlink back to their own page. Spammers quickly understood how powerful that was and suddenly the web got full of meaningless comments. So nowadays all the big platforms have a no-follow tag (an HTML code that does not pass value to the linked page) in order to reduce spam commenting.

You can still find and comment on blogs that pass value to the linked page, but I would really suggest that you don’t. These blogs will be full of meaningless spamming and you don’t really want to be between Viagra and loose-weight comments. See, once a webmaster removes the no-follow tag and allows comment links to pass value (making it a do-follow blog), then it’s very easy for spam to pile up, sometimes in a matter of minutes. You don’t really want to be associated with such comments!

To tell you the truth, there are so many link building methods; commenting on do-follow blogs should not be one of them.

The second thing you should pay attention to, is the comment itself. There’s absolutely no point on commenting just for the heck of it! No one will click your link if your comment has nothing to give back to the conversation! So make sure your comments give something back either to the reader or the author of the post.

So what to do now?

One thing is for sure, you don’t want to start commenting on every post you see, adding hundreds of comments per day just for the sake of it. You all have an RSS Reader and feeds that you pay attention to. And if you don’t, please do it now, it’s one of the best ways to stay current with your niche. So, next time you see a good post and you have something meaningful to add to the conversation, just do it!

Don’t hunt down posts just to comment on them, wait for them to come to you.

As a rule of thumb, make no more than three comments per day. For commenting to help increase your website’s traffic and exposure, you will have to keep at it for quite some time. It’s not going to happen over night and you really don’t want it to become a burden.

So why go to all this trouble just to add a comment? Isn’t it just better to add a new post to  my blog instead of wasting time on comments? The truth is that everything needs to a balance. If you haven’t added anything to your blog for months, close this window now and go write something!!!

When you comment on other blogs, you:

Become a member of a community.

By commenting responsibly, you help more people discover you. And if they like your comment, they will check your website out for sure! Make an effort to meet your favourite authors on a more personal level. I can’t stress enough how important this is. On many occasions I’ve received a personal email from the author of a post I commented on, asking me about my point of view. Sometimes we even continued the conversation via email. I even got guest post offers that I wouldn’t be able to get otherwise.

Brand yourself as an expert.

Other people will be able to see that you have something valuable to say, that you are a person with a lot of knowledge and that you’re willing to share it with others. I even landed two freelancing gigs, just by commenting on someone’s blog.

Create more comments for your own blog.

Reciprocity is a great thing and it will help your blog become more interactive because it’s all about exchange. The people who read your comment and clicked your link, most likely want to comment on your own blog as well!

I shall leave you with that in mind. Commenting on other blogs is a very powerful way to grow your blog too. You should not overdo it and you should devote some time to each comment you write. After all, commenting is an extension, not only of your professional personality, but also of your blog.



  • If you follow just one rule, you will be safe. Add value to the post.

    If you add value to the post, you can post more than 3 comments in a day IMHO.

    Infonote

    April 8, 2011

  • Thank you for the comment :)
    It’s true, the best thing you can do is to add value to your comment and help other people.

    I too do believe that you can add more than three comments per day but when you say to someone you can add as many as you want, they tend to take it to the extremes so I tried to be cautious with my suggestion.

    Don’t want people to go comment on 20 posts per day making it a burden to do it in the long run for them. I’d prefer if they could just make three comments per day but everyday and without getting bored.

    Angel

    Angel

    April 8, 2011

  • I totally agree! Adding value to the posts/comments is important. Since most blogs are filtering comments manually, spamming won’t lead you nowhere.

    More Web Site Traffic Guide

    December 30, 2011

  • My readership isn’t all that big yet, so I don’t mind the time it takes to read and comment on a lot of posts on any given day. But I do agree with the value of the comments. I try to add something worthwhile when I comment, in context with the topic issue, and preferably in a way that generates conversation. If I don’t connect with the post or have anything worthwhile to say, I pass on by.

    Matty

    April 11, 2011

  • Thanks for the comment Matty and that’s exactly what I wanted to say! If you don’t have something useful to say, just don’t say it. Cheers!

    Angel

    April 13, 2011

  • Hi Angel,

    Perfect. I am happy to see that there is a confirmation. I have recently conducted a blog commenting experiment and my blog traffic has gone above by 110% and my Alexa rank has dropped a couple of Ks in the past month.

    Cheers,
    Jane.

    Jane | Find All Answers

    April 28, 2011

  • The “Do Follow/No Follow” system needs a serious revision. I agree with you, in general, about Do Follow blogs being spam factories; however, there is a growing percentage that are utilizing the the ever-improving means to deal with it, such as plug-ins, automated applicability analysis tools, etc.

    Personally, I believe that a good blog comment ought to be rewarded for being good, as the blog owner receives numerous benefits from receiving them.

    Further, the truth of the matter is that the overwhelming majority of blog owners that are committed to “No Follow” have not made that commitment primarily because of spam, but primarily because they fear losing Page Rank and other ranking measures from too many out-bound links; and, they do not manually ‘weed’ their blogs on a regular basis for spam and mediocre comments.

    Most blog owners want active involvement and steady, quality commenting; but, are only distantly and occasionally involved with their own blog (especially the set-it-and-forget-it blogs whose sole purpose is money making). The love is all one way: Can’t build a relationship like that.

    aaron@WebsiteTraffic

    May 6, 2011

  • Its looking teched highlights. By the way could you please post more article on such topic ? I really appreciate it. Thanks man!

    Ajax Chat

    May 11, 2011

  • It’s great technique actually to increase the traffic for your websites. Do follow blog commenting is best way to link your site with others.

    Dominion Theatre

    September 3, 2011

  • Just don’t overdo it because that won’t seem natural. Thank you for the comment!

    Angel

    October 11, 2011

  • does blog commenting really increases traffic to a site ?
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    jimmy

    November 1, 2011

  • There are two ways to use blog commenting.
    First one would be to search what blogs rank for the keywords you are targeting and comment on those posts. That would bring almost no traffic to a blog.

    If on the other hand, you’re actively reading other people’s blogs and you are one of the first who comments on a post and at the same time write something useful that ads value to the post you’re commenting rather than “hey xxx great post!” that that will bring a good amount of traffic.

    Thank you for the comment Jimmy! ;)

    Angel

    November 1, 2011

  • Blog commenting is a one of the great and easiest way that building links with other website. so more and more new traffic own website and search engine likes to it and put to the top.

    Affiliate Marketing

    November 18, 2011

  • Great Article! I had never thought of it this way. I’ve been spending a few months blogging but I didn’t get alot of traffics.

    David Ho

    November 30, 2011

  • Blog commenting is an inexpensive way of building links for your web site. However, the activity really takes a lot of time. But the results it produce can be rather amazing.

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    December 30, 2011

  • You have to do what you have to do, especially if you are starting out, commenting on blogs with a relevant comment is not actually that hard, especially if you are commenting on blogs that are of a similar topic to yours, you should have something to relate to.

    Lucy Rosewood

    July 1, 2012

  • That’s also a valid strategy and it can help a lot, especially in the beginning!
    Thank you for the input Lucy!

    Angel

    July 6, 2012

  • 5 comments a day is more then enough ……but the comments should be of good quality

    Rajkumar Jonnala

    July 28, 2012

  • thank you well written will be putting advice into practise

    sitetrafficblog

    July 29, 2012

  • Do you need to comment on websites that are on the same subject?

    BD Williams

    October 8, 2012

  • Ofc :) Otherwise it will not have any effect on you.
    Cheers!

    Angel

    November 9, 2012

  • Thats totally right, then it will be like going to Mc’donalds asking for Wopper Jr. Nothing to do, its better to comment on blogs where the audience is to go to your page. About the 3 post per day its more than enough!!

    Free Web Design Tuts

    November 18, 2012

  • since it is a fact that blog commenting has been a powerful source of getting back links and hence a supplement to increase traffic and PR.But as a passionate blogger,we should avoid spamming,and always try to add some good thinking for the others. it is also better to add 2 to 3 comments per day in high PR blogs rather then bunch of comments in low PR blogs.

    Rafaqat

    February 20, 2013

  • Hello, i think that i saw you visited my blog so i came to “return the favor”.
    I am attempting to find things to enhance my web site!
    I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

    web traffic generator

    May 29, 2013

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