There are many ways to build traffic to your blog, but none better than commenting on other blogs in your niche. By commenting on other blogs, you are showing them that they are important enough for you to take precious time out of your day to stop by and read what they’ve got to say.
Not only does this get the blog owner’s attention, but it gets the attention of the blog’s readers as well.
By commenting, you are helping to build a community on another’s blog, but you’re also becoming a part of that community. And anyone else interested in being a part of that community, will want to have something to do with all of it’s members. Even if that’s by simply visiting your blog as well.
Here are some important things to consider when commenting to build traffic.
Be The First To Comment
It is a proven fact that the majority of readers only read the first 10 comments on any particular blog post. So in order for your comment to be seen, you need to be one of the first (if not the first) commentator on as many blog new blog posts in your niche as possible.
This doesn’t guarantee you visitors, especially if you leave an unthougtful comment. (i.e. Great Post!!)
If you’re going to comment, at least make sure you have something important to add to the conversation, otherwise you are better off not commenting at all.
Target Big Name Bloggers
By targeting the top bloggers in your niche, you have the potential to increase your visitors by at least 20 times the amount you’d get if you commented on small, lesser known blogs.
I’m not telling you to ignore the little guys, they need comments too. Remember, even the biggest blogger was that little guy at one point. If you don’t leave them comments, ever, they’ll remember you when they make it to the top. Or not remember you in this case!
Technorati has a list of the top 100 blogs on the internet. This is a good place to start when looking for blogs that will give you the most traffic from a single comment.
Alltop (the magazine rack for blogs) is also a great place to find top blogs. Simply go to Alltop, select the category that best fits your niche, and starting at blog number one down through the very last blog listed, make a meaningful comment for every new post. If you do this, I guarantee you will see a major spike in traffic.
Because bigger blogs have a wider variety of readers, there is a bigger chance you’ll get the attention of others interested in what you have to say.
Find The Top Commentators Lists
More and more blogs are starting to add a plugin called Top Commentators. This plugin list the readers who have left the most comments within a specific time period. Sometimes 30 days, sometimes 1 year.
Your goal is to be on that list. By commenting on every post, including making reply comments to other commentators, you are almost guaranteeing yourself a place on that list.
Think of the top commentators list as a Free text link ad. Normally you’d have to pay anywhere between $20 & $100 per month for a text link ad on a blog. But by harnessing the power of the top commentators plugin, you have the opportunity to get that text link ad for free. And we all know, there is nothing better than free!
Share Your Technique & Win
Do you have a creative technique you use to build traffic through commenting? If so, share it with the rest of us by leaving a comment.
The person with the most creative method of building traffic through commenting will get a Free one-month ad on this blog at any of the ad locations you choose.
Past Articles in the “Building A More Successful Blog In 30 Days” series