Adding comments to blogs or websites is an effective way of directing traffic to your site or blog. However, commenting is a privilege and not a right. Make certain that if you are commenting on other blogs or websites that you are commenting effectively as well as responsibly.
When deciding to use comments for directing traffic to your website or blog it’s important that you leave comments that are both responsible and effective. These are a few guidelines to help you achieve both.
• Find blogs or websites that are in your niche
Locating blogs or websites that are in your same niche is important for several reasons. If you are looking for traffic that fits your niche this is definitely where you will find these blogs and site.
• Read an article or blog post so that you can comment intelligently
Comments should be left on content that you have read so that you can leave a comment that is relevant to the information. If the site is moderated, the author will typically allow a comment that is well written and relevant to their content instead of one that simply indicates “nice post” or “great article”
• Nice post or great article is not a comment
Nice post or great article is a piece of a comment. You can include these in your comment but a comment should be more than a “drive by” piece of information with your link attached.
• Obey rules of the forum, website or blog
If the rules of the blog say that URL links cannot be left, don’t leave them. Obey the rules of the author.
If there are no rules indicating that you’re URL can or cannot be left in comments, it’s ok to leave the information as part of your comment information. If you have a relevant article or post that ties into the content they have written this is even better. Instead of your general site information, leave the URL for the specific content that is tied to their content. Your comment will look and sound better and more than likely be more appreciated and will typically be clicked by the reader.
• Let the blog owner know a topic that you would like to see more posts about
This is a great way to leave a comment. If they have a brief post on a topic or only one from a larger list of posts or articles, let the owner know what you would like to see more posts about.
• No foul language ever
• Do not get into dialogue with another commenter that is negative
You can agree with another commenter’s posting and add your own two cents. Don’t disagree with an authors comment and get into negative dialogue with them. This will be frowned upon by many moderators and you comment will be deleted or a negative connotation will surround your comment and your link will be ignored
Comments are a free, effective and easy way to direct traffic to your blog. These are ways to achieve that goal successfully. Remember to leave comments in the same vein of what you would like to see on your site or blog and you won’t go wrong.
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You should adopt the practice of blog commenting as one of your primary traffic generation strategies. It works very well, if done with responsibility.
And that is the key: doing it with responsibility. Every time you are allowed to comment on a blog, you have been granted a privilege by the blog owner. You have not exercised a right. You can continue to avail of this privilege only if you comment responsibly.
Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
1. Find suitable blogs
Suitable blogs mean blogs that are very much on your subject, your topic or your niche, or at least on something closely related. If your blog is all about building back yard sheds, you are well advised not to go commenting in blogs on yoga training.
2. Prepare well and comment intelligently
When you comment on a blog, you usually do so at the end of a post. It therefore makes sense that your comment be relevant to the content of that post, which also means that you should read the post before commenting on it. Of course, you can comments on something that is not quite covered in the post, but is relevant. Relevance is the key to making sensible comments. A lot of blogs have moderated comments, which means your comment gets published only when the blog owner/ moderator approves of it. Most serious bloggers will not allow banal comments like “I liked this post” or “I wonder where you got this great theme from?”
3. Comment columns are not for spamming!
You are ill advised if you consider blog comment columns to be opportunities for link building irrespective of the quality of your comment. In other words: DON’T spam! For a while, blog owners may be tolerant and simply delete your comments, but if you persist, you may be reported, and you may also gain a notorious reputation. You gain nothing in the short term, and lose a lot in the long term.
4. Comply with rules
If the blog owner specifies that links are not allowed in comments, then comply. You are gaining nothing but a bad reputation by trying to bypass the guideline.
In the absence of specific rules, it is okay to include a link in your comment, provided your comment itself is sensible and relevant. Ideally, your link should lead back to a page on your website that has close relevance to the content of the post below which you posted your comment. This is a far better option to leaving behind a link to your site’s landing page. You and your comment achieve a great deal of credibility and weight when you follow the policy of commenting only when you have something relevant to say.
If you have a relevant issue on which you would like to hear more about, ask the blog owner to oblige. It is going to please him that you asked, because by doing that you are acknowledging his expertise.
Never get into heated arguments with the blog owner or a fellow commenter. Learn to distinguish between healthy debate and destructive argument. Under no circumstances should you resort to foul language.
You are free usually to add to or contest a fellow commenter’s contribution. Make sure you don’t use overtly challenging or threatening language. If you disagree, it is better to present your disagreement in the form of a question asking for clarifications.
To go back to what I said at the beginning of this article: blog comments are a free and very effective traffic generation tactic that you can avail of as a privilege. Conventional wisdom – or for that matter any kind of genuine wisdom – has it that you do not insult the privilege given.
Look at it this way: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Don’t make a comment that you wouldn’t want to see on your own blog.
About the Author
Jeff Klimm is passionate about driving massive web traffic to sites and sharing new website traffic techniques with like-minded people.