Imagine if you could use one simple blog commenting strategy, commenting on a handful of your favorite blogs everyday and increase website traffic.
Or even better…
What if I shared 10 blog commenting tricks with you that landed you 10% more visitors per day?
And why the heck am I only focusing on traffic? You get to build great relationships with other bloggers as well.
For the first 3 months since I had to divide my time into other projects apart from this blog (because that’s where 90% of my online income comes from till now), I couldn’t put any effort into SEO or link building other than blog commenting and sharing the posts on social media. I spend only two hours a day into blog writing and a little time for promotion to increase website traffic.
That’s because my main goal was not to focus on the quantity of visitors my site got but about the quality of visitors coming in.
I guess not bad for a brand new blog with limited content and no other SEO effort.
People have the idea that the more blogs you comment on, the more visitors you’ll get, i.e., you will increase website traffic.
No, that’s wrong! I commented only on 5 to 10 quality, high traffic relevant blogs everyday that I enjoyed reading.
My goal was getting few hundreds of traffic per month but they had to be real and engaging visitors. No spam bots! And boy oh boy, I was successful.
Till now, I developed relationships and a low but stable readership of 100 visitors per day for my blog. I know the number is not high but I am happy with it now, given the effort I’ve put.
Recommended Reading: Blogging for Backlinks or Relationships – Which is Better?
10 Blog Commenting Strategies that Helped Increase Website Traffic to My Blog
1. Communicate openly, just as you’d talk to your friend
If you’ve landed on a blog on which you’ve never ever commented before and you read a something wonderful that’s tempting you to leave a comment, you generally think twice before you comment. You generally tend to keep away from saying few things that you might have said to your old blogger friend. Don’t do so. Tell them that you’re new to their blog and make an approach to make friends with the blogger.
However, your approach should not be benefit-based but just a friend that likes his or her blog. You’ll see most of them accepting your friendship and communicating with you openly.
Let’s take my case. When I started blogging, I commented on Angela McCall’s blog and communicated with her openly from the first day. She warmly welcomed me to her blog and we developed quite a friendly relation. I didn’t get much traffic from her blog but a good relationship blogging started.
2. Agree and Disagree, at times
Blog is a place where people share their opinions. So, what a blogger writes in his or her blog, you may either agree to it or disagree with it. If you agree, then tell them so, or else, show them why and where you disagree with them.
You can also criticize their points if you disagree but ensure that to make constructive criticism at times, only when needed. Don’t make any destructive or harsh criticisms ever. It just shows off your rudeness.
There was a point on Mitch’s blog that I couldn’t agree to, so I put my personal opinions there stating how I disagreed with him. Surprisingly, I got the support of his old readers and also got the notice of many. This brought me many visits to my blog and increase website traffic.
3. Interact with them on social media platforms
The next best place after their blog where most bloggers spend their time is social media. Join them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, circle them on Google+ or LinkedIn. Tweet or Like their posts often. Who doesn’t like promotion? If you do your little helping them in promotion, they may also return the favor to you.
By regular interaction, if you can get them to follow you or friend you on Facebook, you’re almost successful because you’ll get more exposure.
I have many blogging friends like Harleena, Sherryl, Lisa whom I interacted with almost regularly on Twitter and they too did so. Ultimately, we became good friends and they too followed me. My honor, though!
4. Join their groups on other platforms and engage with them
There are many blogging communities and bloggers often hang out there promoting their posts and their group member’s posts too. So, if you join these groups, your post is likely to get better exposure and increase website traffic hugely.
Also, they can see that you’re an active member of the blogging community and they’ll take you seriously.
Due to the stiff competition, many people start a blog but aren’t able to maintain it long-term. They quit. So, initially, the biggies may not be interested in interacting with you over social media, but once they see you’re really active and trying from the chore of your heart, taking the right actions, they will come out to help you and interact with you.
The main thing is that you’ve got to be serious and take actions. You need to prove yourself if you want to grow a successful blog.
5. Send emails occasionally
If you like a post on your favorite blog, send out email to the blogger complementing the post. Even if you find any serious faults, instead of writing those in comments publicly, email them. This point does not bring in visitors but again a good tip for relationship blogging.
6. Reply when a blogger replies to your comment
How often do you comment on a blog and the blog owner replied you? Often times, right? Well, I often see that’s the end of the communication of that post. But no!
If they’ve taken the time to reply, you too reply again to their reply when needed. This shows that you’re actually following the post and not just commenting for the sake of it or to create backlinks. Doing this, you also come to the notice of the blogger and get to develop quick relationship with him or her.
I personally do this many times and get great results. You come to the notice of the busy blogger within a short time. On top of that, your website traffic will also grow when other members of the blog notice how actively you are participating.
7. Add value to their blog with your comment
This is important! When you comment on a blog, make sure that you don’t repeat the things already mentioned in the post. Give your personal opinion, ask questions, or say something related that is not mentioned in the post but you want to share with the readers.
The comment should be something that others visitors will take notice of and click-through your name to visit your blog.
This way, you’re adding value to their blog and bringing valuable visitors to your blog as well.
8. Don’t fake yourself, be honest
Be honest in whatever you say. If you pretend to be someone, it will show up someday or the other. Just be yourself and everything will fall into place. The best way to be yourself is have an About Page in your blog and being yourself when talking with other bloggers.
9. Invite them to your blog
Once you’ve developed a good relationship with them, tell them to visit your blog when they have time. Don’t be forceful, just leave it to their wish. You will see they will someday or the other.
However, if you invite them to your blog, make sure that the content you have on your blog is worthy of their time and they feel the necessity to visit your blog again. Only then, you can retain your visitors and increase website traffic.
10. Be a little personal
Once you’ve got going with the blogger, you can talk a little personally, asking them how their week has been, sharing yours, if you’re going on a holiday, etc. This gives a feeling that you being a real person and not speaking to some stupid bot.
For example, wish them a nice evening on Twitter or a great journey if you know they’re going somewhere. These little things don’t matter much professionally and won’t bring you any instant money but will leverage your relationships with other bloggers and ultimately grow your readership.
I was to share 10 tips with you but I couldn’t resist myself from sharing this one. If you can place your comment towards the beginning, probably being the first or second commentator, you will definitely get much more traffic than if your comment was on 9th or lower below.
This bonus tip doesn’t matter much but definitely you’ll see better results when your aim is to increase website traffic.
Here’s How You Can Get Started on Blog Commenting Right Now To Increase Website Traffic
You might probably be thinking – “If I had a list to start right now, I’d have followed these steps.”
So, here’s my special gift for you – a list of 100 blogs you can comment on to increase your website traffic and build a healthy relation with other bloggers.
Now, leave a comment below and tell me do you think these blog commenting strategies help you in relationship blogging and increase website traffic?