Are you a lonely blogger?
If you feel isolated, like your blog is a desert island and the internet is an ocean, I know a way to get you “rescued.”
There is one simple thing you can do that will draw attention to your existence and will not only save your life (get new traffic) as a blogger, you will chase away loneliness and make a lot of new friends in the process.
The Answer: Leave comments on other blogs.
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Not only is blog commenting one of the best methods to building relationships online, leaving comments on other websites is an excellent white hat link building strategy. You get valuable inbound links for SEO with every comment.
If you will be consistent at this by leaving comments on other blogs in your niche every day (or week), not only will the website owner get to know you, many other readers on that site will be introduced to you as well. Your name will stick in their mind, and lots of those folks will click on your name to check out your blog.
Like any social interaction, you just need to be social. Be friendly, open, and willing to get out of your comfort zone.
I hear all the time that only ten percent of your blog visitors will leave comments. The other 90 percent lurk silently and don’t comment.
Hey, that means there’s less competition for you to stand out in the comments. 🙂
Now before you go run off to blog comment, there are a few things you should know first so you can do this effectively.
These are some secrets to blog commenting I learned from a lady in Texas named Adrienne…
Meet Adrienne Smith–Online Engagement Superstar
Somehow back in late 2014 I came across a blogger named Adrienne Smith.
I discovered that back in 2011 Adrienne was crowned the Engagement Superstar by one of the best known digital marketers on the internet–Danny Iny. The competition included people like Pat Flynn, Marcus Sheridan, Ramit Sethi, and even Kim Kardashian.
Adrienne was nominated and eventually won because of her amazing ability to connect with people online. A lot of her success starts in the blog comments…
I noticed right away that her blog gets A LOT of comments. Every post she makes (normally once a week) receives tons of engagement. I also noticed she has many loyal commenters who consistently show up and engage week after week.
I also began to notice how extraordinary the comments were in her posts. People were not just spewing brief comments like “Great post! Thanks for sharing” and that’s it. Everyone was leaving thoughtful comments where they mentioned Adrienne by name, asked how she was doing, added something interesting or thoughtful, then wished Adrienne well in closing. The commenters were all so sincere.
Wasn’t long before I found myself joining in the weekly conversation at AdrienneSmith.net
Over time, Adrienne’s effective blog commenting practice rubbed off on me.
I picked up her blog commenting secrets through leaving comments on her blog and also from the comments Adrienne left on this blog.
These are things that anyone can do…call them common courtesy. Something the internet could use a lot more of.
These tips might sound obvious to you. After you go through these tips, start looking more closely at blog comments and see how many people are actually doing this.
By putting these tips into practice, you will stand out from the herd.
Okay, let’s dive in…
Six Blog Comment Tips I Learned from Adrienne Smith
1. Write comments like you’re talking to a real human face to face.
When we are with our friends, family or even business associates, we don’t launch into a topic of discussion without first making some small talk or banter…We usually provide a proper greeting, somehow make a quick connection, and then go into the topic.
Unless we’re pissed off. But those types of comments are found mostly on the highly controversial blogs.
You don’t have to agree with the blogger or their topic, that’s not the point.
Consider what you have observed over the years with online conversation…you may have noticed that screaming at people in the comments isn’t normally productive.
When disagreeing online, a little politeness goes a long way. I’m the type of blogger who enjoys people disagreeing with me or questioning something on my blog in the comments because I think this enhances the comments section, making them more helpful and interesting to readers. As long as the person commenting is respectful and articulate.
I see too many people leave comments that don’t acknowledge the writer at all. They just vomit their statements onto the page and walk away, as if that’s effective human interaction.
When you are at a party, and there’s a group of people talking, do you walk up and verbally interject your thought without any acknowledgements? No “hi”, “hello” or “This is an interesting discussion” before joining in? Maybe you do. Gotta tell ya though, bro, it comes across really awkward.
It looks just as bad in the blog comments as well.
Adrienne demonstrates how the comments section is a wonderful place to build relationships. She has taught me the power of politeness, the firepower in friendliness and the connecting glue common courtesy creates online, like it does in person.
A fantastic blog comment, like great conversation at the local coffee shop, depends on how you start.
2. Begin with a greeting.
When you see a friend that you haven’t seen in a week or more, what is the first thing you normally say?
This is practical courtesy that human beings have been using since time began–because it works.
Be sure to give a greeting before you launch into your comment or question.
Skipping your greeting comes across as rude, even on paper.
You may not think so after seeing so many others doing this for years now…think about this: is not having a greeting at the beginning of your comment good for relationship building? Would it be better (more helpful) to say hi [insert name] and then get into your topic?
I think a greeting at the beginning of your comment helps because I’ve seen how Adrienne has connected with a lot of people who consistently comment on her blog week after week. Why? Because they like her. She has made a connection with them using dialogue, which is even more important online because you cannot see any body language in the comments.
3. Be yourself.
When writing a blog comment, there’s no reason to not be yourself.
Say it the way you normally say it. Don’t slip into formality or try to adopt the voice of someone else.
Just be your authentic self.
I’ve video Skyped with Adrienne and watched a couple of her videos and like me, I’m sure everyone else who has too will vouch that Adrienne writes like she talks. She uses her own voice.
And she is honest and up front with you. If she doesn’t like something she will let you know. If she’s not having a great day, she doesn’t hide it. If something strikes her a funny, she laughs.
Being yourself in the blog comments will only help you build real, authentic relationships.
4. Provide value in your comments.
What I mean here is to include something interesting or helpful in your comment that either gives other readers additional information or asks a compelling question. The blogger will then (hopefully) address your question and this will enhance the reading experience for those reading the comments.
If all we wrote comments like “Great article!” or “Good stuff. Thanks for sharing!” and that’s it, comments would be boring and a total waste of time.
The good news is enough people already get this, which is why comments are still on most websites. Enough people are adding value out there. This demonstrates a benefit to having comments on your blog.
The blogosphere needs more folks who get this, though…which is why I wrote this post.
5. Don’t spam your comments with links.
I think the vast majority of commenters know this, but there’s always a few newbies who don’t realize the protocol and need to be told: When you leave a comment, be sure to not stick URLs into your comment unless they are a reference you are sharing to back up your point or they add value to the conversation.
This is best when the links are not to our own site.
You get the opportunity to share your link embedded in your name, whatever system the blog is using, so sticking extra links or even repeating the one you already embedded is uber tacky. This comes across so spammy it may not even get past the blogger’s spam filter. The blogger may not even see your comment, depending on how they have their comment plugin set up.
Leaving spammy looking links in your comments may not hurt your Google ranking (it doesn’t help either), this practice will also annoy the heck out of the bloggers who own the sites. They probably won’t approve your comment.
I know I don’t. My spam filter gets most of these before I see them, but the ones I do see get banished to the spam folder.
To make sure this is clear, if you ask your readers to leave a link in a comment, that’s fine. Like I did a few months ago in the Paris Tragedy post.
6. Share the posts you comment on.
We like to share good conversations with our friends, don’t we?
“Hey, today I got to talk with ABC about XYZ. What he said really got me thinking…”
If you want to get the most out of your comments, another thing to do is to share the posts you comment on. If you do, the author of the blog will notice. Be sure to tag them in your social media post so they will notice for sure. This way, the author will make a mental note of your share(s) and will be more inclined to return the favor and share your blog posts as well.
The reciprocity may not happen right away. This is why it goes back to relationship building in comments. The better your relationship, the more likely the busy, big name bloggers will share your content.
Look at commenting this way….let’s say you leave a comment on Neil Patel’s blog. You know Neil is going to share his own content, right? So if you will take the time to put more life into your comments on his post, the more intriguing you will be to his readers, and more people will click on you and check out your blog because your comment added value.
I noticed right away how Adrienne is consistent and generous when it comes to sharing your articles. If she leaves a comment on your blog, she is also going to share it on social media. Typically on multiple platforms.
If you leave a comment and share her article, you can pretty much bank on her doing the same for you within a week. As long as you have posted something recent for her to share. If you have not published something in three weeks and she has already shared and commented on that post, then she doesn’t have any way to reciprocate your comment. Don’t expect her or any other blogger to keep re-sharing the same post, no matter how much you are sharing their posts.
In other words, this works best if you are publishing consistently new content.
Something else Adrienne does on her blog is reply to every comment.
I was slow to adopt this practice, thinking it took too much time on something that wasn’t significant…I now think it is worth the time and effort to respond to every single person who takes time leaving a comment on my blog.
This makes every person who comments on your blog feel important. Who doesn’t appreciate a response? So many bloggers don’t respond to more than a third of their comments, if that, which only makes people feel unappreciated.
Now keep in mind, most big name bloggers will only respond to your comment if your comment comes in soon after the article is published. If the blogger leaves their comments open, and you comment 11 months later, there’s a good chance the host will not take the time to reply. So for maximum impact it is best to comment on a post within 7 days after it’s publishing date.
If you just want the SEO benefits, feel free to leave a comment at any time. Sometimes you don’t discover a post until months after it’s been published, and if there’s something on your heart you want to share, by all means, leave your comment.
Just know up front not to feel slighted if there’s not a reply. Every blogger only has so much time to do it all. Replying to every comment years after the post is published is not something most do.
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Your Turn: Leave a Comment (HeHeHeHe)
The time to start this new blog commenting journey is now.
Will you be one of the top ten percent reading this? Or will you slink off into anonymity (again) and never take that bold first step to making new connections?
Don’t be that guy.
Let’s talk in the comments below.
And here’s even more helpful info for you. I’ve gathered some articles below if you want to take your blog comments to an even higher level.
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