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Blog Commenting.  A Powerful Traffic Generating Strategy.

Blog commenting. A Powerful traffic generating strategy.

The Power of Blog Commenting

 

Blog commenting, or blog hopping, as it is also known, allows you to get yourself and your blog out there for the world to see by leveraging others’ blogs. For more information on the basics, read my post Blog Hopping We Will Go

What I am going to cover here is how to write comments that are going to get you noticed by top bloggers and their readers. You see, anyone can go to any old blog in their niche and leave a little comment like, “Nice post. I really enjoyed it.” The problems with those types of comments are as follows:

 

1. Nobody is going to pay attention to that type of comment. It doesn’t do anything to add value to the topic of the original post.

2. The blog owners may not even approve it as a comment, if they believe you are just doing it to drop a link back to your own blog. You may end up in the spam folder and never see your comments listed on their blogs. 

 

If you are doing this, STOP NOW!!

 

What you need to do is

 

1. Give the blog owners a reason to want to approve your comments and

2. Give them and their readers a reason to want to read your comments and visit your blog.

 

 

What is a mini guest post, you may be asking yourself. Simply put, it’s a comment which is at least 5 paragraphs long, which tells of your experiences, good or bad, relating to the topic of the original post. I first heard of this concept from my friend and world traveling blogger Ryan Biddulph on his Blogging From Paradise blog. What this does is

 

1. Get your comments approved by the blog owners because it adds value to the topic of the posts.

2. Get you noticed by their readers, who may be going through the same things you write about in your comments.

 

A month ago, while blog commenting, I wrote a comment on one of Ryan’s Blogging From Paradise posts that he mentioned in a video in a post for Huffington Post.

To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. I just wrote from the heart and wasn’t expecting it to be considered a great comment worthy of a mention on a well-known blog. That’s the kind of thing that can happen when you do it the right way. Door 

Here is the exact comment I wrote talking about my experience with list building, which was the topic of his post:

 

Hi Ryan.
Honestly, I have about 10 people on my list and don’t do a damn thing with it. I don’t focus on it because I was taught that you need the old ethical bribe to get an email address and I don’t have one to give.

I can see your point about obsessing over it and focusing all your energy in the wrong place. I admit that I’ve thought about the lack of a list and it has upset me, but not going to let it anymore.

Time to focus on sharing what I know through my blog and commenting on others’ blogs. Getting more involved with different groups, if I can provide valuable information about the topic(s).

Do some live broadcasts to get people to know, like and trust me. Maybe throw a joke or two in there. Hey, I’m only human. Lol.

All a part of breaking out of the shell I mentioned in a comment recently.

I’m realizing that if I continue to do what I’ve been doing, which is feel sorry for myself, I’m not going to get anywhere. No more. Going to be 50 in two weeks and would like to start my next decade off on the right foot and in the right frame of mind.

Sorry, I rambled. By the way, thanks for this podcast as it will help others to not worry so much about lists and to start focusing on better things.

Talk to ya soon…….Chris

 

The Results

 

This is the power of blog commenting using the mini guest post concept. If someone sees a multi-paragraphed comment, they are going to read it, just to see what it’s all about. This give them a reason to visit your blog and see what you write about in your posts. The results of this could be

 

1. Getting mentioned on a popular blog.

2. Increased traffic to your blog.

3. Subscribers to your mailing list. 

4. More sales resulting in more money for you.

 

Do you think this is something you could do? Let me know in the comments below. 

 

Final thoughts 

 

I’m not going to lie to you. When I first started out as a blogger, I didn’t know about this concept and I would leave very small, one to two line comments, and I wasn’t getting much traction as a result. Once I started telling my stories in my comments, I did start to get noticed by the blog owners, and then by their readers. They did start visiting my blog and let me know in their comments that they found out about me from other blogs. All due to the comments I started writing. It really does work, but only if you do it.

Tell me what you do to help yourself stand out when blog commenting on others’ blogs. I and my readers would love to hear from you.

Feel free to share this if you think it can help others.

 

Until the next time, have a good one……Chris


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Chris DeeWaard

I'm just an average guy who is also a blogger. I have made it my goal to help new bloggers become successful.

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  1. Richard Seaton

    Hiya Chris –

    This is a very important post for both new and seasoned bloggers, because I reckon reputations are very hard to build out here in Blogging World, but very easy to destroy fast! I have seen that in the higher echelons of blogging, people notice what you do. There are not many so-called ‘top bloggers’ out there, and they patrol their borders carefully.

    Whenever I have broken the rules or posted something ill-considered or hasty, I have seen the repercussions in dropped visits and reduced engagements.

    Right now my blog has peaked with record Unique hits and comments, and I intend to keep it that way from now on!

    By the way – I also consider Ryan a mate here, and was honoured for him to Guest on my blog a couple of weeks ago. I always fins his tips and advice very clear and wholesome, and always recommend his posts when I can.

    You too have that openness and honesty in your writing, so keep up the great work – Richard

    1. Chris DeeWaard

      Hi Richard.

      Thanks for visiting.

      I agree with what you said about reputations. Once you are marked as bad news, it’s almost impossible to fix it, so why take the chance. I’ve been lucky enough to not have had any negativity aimed at me due to how I do my thing. I’ve learned from the best, and then some.

      I’m honored to be spoken in the same breath as Ryan. I’ve learned from him, as well as others like Donna Merrill, our own Glenn Shephard and others that we just need to tell our stories, both good and bad, and some people will relate to what we are experiencing or have, in the past, on our journeys.

      Ryan definitely has a unique way of telling his story, but it’s easy to relate to because he doesn’t hold back what he went through. Dean Holland and Louis Doughty are the same way, and that’s why they have so many who know, like and trust them.

      Thanks for commenting and the kind words.

      Have a good one……Chris
      Chris DeeWaard recently posted…6 Easy Ways To Get FREE Blog TrafficMy Profile

  2. Ryan Biddulph

    Chris thanks a bunch bro.

    Really, this is a perfect example of blog commenting done right. I loved the comment you published. Which planted a seed in my head. I took that idea seed, turned it into a Huffington Post blog post and referenced your blog comment as commenting done right. What a really simple, powerful way to grow your blogging community. What a great way to make friends. Blog commenting is a proven tool for any blogger to begin making waves today.

    Ryan
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    1. Chris DeeWaard

      Hi Ryan.

      Welcome back.

      I just wrote what I’ve experienced related to the topic, not looking for anything but getting it out there. Like I’ve said elsewhere, once I started writing, it just flowed. Maybe a little too much. 😉 Getting the acknowledgement was a bonus. I’m glad I was able to give you an idea to write about on Huffington Post.

      I see so many others doing the mini guest post comments and it really does get them seen in a better light. For someone who is usually a loner, I’m surprised how much more open to corresponding with others, I’ve become, like you and Donna Merrill, whom I’ve had a decent conversation with, in her comments recently and on Twitter. I could get used to this. Lol.

      Thanks for commenting and helping me to break down the barriers.

      Have a good one……..Chris
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  3. Donna Merrill

    Hi Chris,

    I’ve always been a stickler for doing a mini guest post when I’m commenting on someone’s blog. As long as you read the blog, give the author your honest opinion – i.e. be grateful of the information that he or she shared by acknowledging something that resonated with you.

    Like here for instance: When you commented on Ryan’s post in the Huffington Post. You received many eyeballs there in the comment section because you had given a true and honest opinion. It always works like a charm.

    Chris, I cannot tell you how many people over the years had come to my blog because of a comment I had made on someone’s blog post. As long as we are positive and always start the comment by recognizing the person’s name…like I did here “Hi Chris” otherwise it seems like you don’t care and you are just commenting for a back link.

    There are so many people that never get to be allowed on my blog commenting section because of the above and also those one liners that have nothing to do with the content of my post.

    So lets keep up those mini posts in the comment section. They are not only valuable to us, but to others.

    -Donna

    1. Chris DeeWaard

      Hi Donna.

      Welcome back.

      You’ve definitely been an inspiration, as well as Ryan and Adrienne Smith, when it comes to blog commenting.

      I just need to visit more blogging blogs and do the same thing there and the sky’s the limit. I consider you three mentioned here as friends, already, and plan on making that list much bigger, once I’m settled in NC.

      I’ve also had people tell me that they noticed my comments on your blog, and had to come and see what I had to offer, so it really does work.

      Now that I’ve shifted my focus to blogging and away from affiliate marketing, I will be able to help others. I didn’t have the passion for AM and that’s a main reason why my posts were sporadic, at best.

      Although, I’ve never really been a writer, I do enjoy helping others and that’s a plus. That, and when I start going live, I’ll be OK in the blogging game. I’m still learning it. Who isn’t, right? But, what I learn, I can pass on to others with my experiences. There’ll always be those who know less than me and I’ll do my best to help them.

      Anyway, I’m glad I make the cut in your comments. 😉

      Thanks for commenting and the nice words.

      Have a good one……..Chris
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  4. Wayne

    Hi Chris. I like your idea of the mini guest post. I already believe in blog commenting as a way to get your name out, and more importantly, meet new friends.

    On my sites I immediately delete any comments that don’t reference anything I wrote in the post. If I can’t tell that they read it then it’s gone. You have to add to the conversation at least in some small way or what’s the point.

    The mini guest post makes complete sense. In addition to contributing to the value of the original post, it gets more of your own voice out there for people to connect with than just a “Hey great post. I completely agree with your list of tips, especially #2” kind of comment. I must admit that I’m sometimes guilty of that.

    I will try to remember this idea and do better in the future.

    Wayne
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    1. Chris DeeWaard

      Hi Wayne.

      Welcome and thanks for visiting.

      I’m glad this to see you already do blog commenting. It still is the best way to build relationships with other bloggers in your niche.

      I’d like to take credit for the mini guest post concept, but I heard about it from Ryan Biddulph.

      Please do try to use this technique as is really does work. Nobody’s going to want to visit a blog when the commenter doesn’t add value and just comments to get a back link.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Have a good one……Chris
      Chris DeeWaard recently posted…6 Easy Ways To Get FREE Blog TrafficMy Profile

  5. Sherman Smith

    Hey Chris,

    I’m a person of small words. I’ve done mini guest posts but they’re few in a numbers. I think the best thing to do is just write from your heart like you did on Ryan’s post.

    I consider a mini guest post to be about 4 or 5 paragraphs long. There are comments who are genuine and speak from the heart, then there are others who’s there just to fill space and make it seem like they’re genuine. You can definitely tell the difference.

    One thing I do a lot is share my own experience whenever I comment. This shows that I relate to the author of the post and it lets them see the topic from a different perspective. But I can tell you this? Many people came to my blog because of a comment that I made on another blog. Some were long but most were short (2 to 3 short paragraphs) and it feels good when they tell me this!

    Thanks for sharing Chris! Have a great rest of the week!

    1. Chris DeeWaard

      Hi Sherman.

      Welcome and thanks for visiting.

      I look at commenting this way, if you can add value to the post, it really doesn’t matter whether it’s 2-3 paragraphs, or 10. I’ve written short comments which have done this, and have written longer ones also. A lot of it has to do with what the topic is, and whether I have experienced it or not. If so, I can tell a story. If not, I can tell why I haven’t done it, which wouldn’t take as long.

      Like you say, just write what you feel and just be honest. Ultimately, that’s what is going to make others like your comments, visit your blog and share your work with others. Who knows, maybe even make you some money in the process. 😉

      Thanks for commenting.

      Have a great rest of the week……..Chris
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  6. Prosper Noah

    Hy Chris,

    Nice post you’ve written here; I love your Idea on the Mini Guest Post aspect.

    since I started taking blog commenting very important, I’ve come to discover that there’s no way you are actually gonna leave a thoughtful comment without reading the Post fully, this is where some do it wrong; they tend to be in haste when leaving comments not knowing this could prevent their comment from being approved and as well label then a spammer.

    The Best way to overcome this;

    Develop the habit of being able to read a post from beginning to end.

    When you read a post from beginning till end, you’ll have much to say from your opinion. I must say you just exposed me to Mini Guest Posting

    Thanks for sharing these piece of information.
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    1. Chris DeeWaard

      Hi Prosper.

      Thanks for the kind words. I have to give credit to Ryan Biddulph for the “mini guest post” concept, as he’s the one who I heard it phrased that way from first.

      Too many “commenters” are in it just to get a back link. They believe, or have been taught by who knows who, that all you need to do is comment and that’s going to be enough. Unfortunately for them, bloggers today know the game and most will simply trash those useless comments and could possibly blacklist the commenter from future posts.

      As you said, they need to read the entire post and mention the different points in their comment to impress not only the author of the post, but also other readers. That’s how you build a relationship, by actually understanding the article and adding value to it, by telling of your experiences on the topic. People will see you as a real person, honest and open. That goes a long way to help build the know, like and trust we all need to survive as a blogger.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Have a good one……Chris
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  7. Ash

    Hey Chris,

    Visiting you from Donna’s blog. Blog commenting, only when done the way you suggested, is indeed powerful. The reason why most bloggers don’t tap into this powerful way of getting the word out, getting to know other bloggers, and building real relationships, is because we expect things to happen in an instant.

    Instant coffee.
    Instant noodles.
    Instant access to this or that.
    Instant taxi.
    Instant results.
    Instant traffic
    Instant money.

    Fast, quick, instant… this has no limit.

    But relationships don’t happen that. Money (doing it honestly) won’t come in that quick. If it was quick, I’d be sipping Pina Colada on Borocay Islands, right?

    Ash
    Ash recently posted…HubSpot Review: From a WordPress FanboyMy Profile

    1. Chris DeeWaard

      Hi Ash.

      Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting.

      Yes, you are correct. Too often, people are looking for instant gratification, which doesn’t work for bloggers. Those who choose the route to make a quick buck find themselves either making nothing, or make money through scams, which can destroy their credibility when the scam is uncovered.

      People need to slow down, learn how to do things the right way, build relationships, create the know, like and trust with their readers/followers, and then reap a lifetime of rewards. That’s why blog commenting is still a great concept. It starts the process of getting visitors, who can become followers, and eventually customers and clients.

      Thanks for the great comment.

      Have a good one……..Chris
      Chris DeeWaard recently posted…Can I Be A Pro Blogger With No Expertise?My Profile

  8. Ash

    Hey Chris,

    Thank you for doing such a great job with your blog that makes “me come and visit” 🙂

    It’s surprising how titles like “How to make $18560 In 2 weeks Flat” still manage to suck people in. Some forums even propagate and defend this. God help them all 🙂

    I appreciate you taking time out to do the real thing, build relationships, and doing what you can to grow. I am with you.

    As a side note, I just re-birthed an almost dead blog now (it had gained quite some popularity before I could to commit to it full time). So, everything I do now has to be on the double.

    Ash
    Ash recently posted…AB Testing: Proof That You Should Test & Not AssumeMy Profile

    1. Chris DeeWaard

      Hi Ash.

      Thanks for the kind words.

      So many people are looking for the quick fix, that’s why those headlines still work. Unfortunately, people don’t realize, until it’s too late, that it doesn’t work that way, in a legitimate business anyway.

      Relationship building is the key to long term success, and blog commenting is still king.

      Glad to see that you’re getting back into the blogging game.

      Thanks for the comment.

      Have a good week…..Chris
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      1. Ash

        True that, Chris.

        There are no magic bullets, and no quick fixes in business.

        About this — in your message to Ryan in the post:

        “Honestly, I have about 10 people on my list and don’t do a damn thing with it. I don’t focus on it because I was taught that you need the old ethical bribe to get an email address and I don’t have one to give.
        I can see your point about obsessing over it and focusing all your energy in the wrong place. I admit that I’ve thought about the lack of a list and it has upset me, but not going to let it anymore.
        Time to focus on sharing what I know through my blog and commenting on others’ blogs. Getting more involved with different groups, if I can provide valuable information about the topic(s).”

        I was right there. It was only last week that I decided to take emails seriously (for myself, instead of setting funnels up for clients all the time).

        Time to focus 🙂

        Ash
        Ash recently posted…AB Testing: Proof That You Should Test & Not AssumeMy Profile

        1. Chris DeeWaard

          Glad to hear it, Ash.

          If you have that one asset, your list, you can really build relationships, share value and, of course, make some money online. Just don’t obsess over it.

          You could have a list of only 100 people, but if you’ve built up that know, like and trust factor, even if half of them bought whatever you promote, your own products/services or affiliate products, you can still earn a decent income, on a regular basis.

          Just look at it as another traffic source to help gain clients who are looking for funnels, or to keep in touch with current clients if you have something else that they may be interested in purchasing.

          Have a fun ride going forward……..Chris
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  9. Ash

    Working on it, Chris.

    Focus on blogging, social, building relationships, building the list: check
    ESP with automation built-in: Check
    Ways to have people signup: Check
    Working on Products: Completed and had setup one course. Working on another one.
    Hustling daily: check
    Being nice: Check

    🙂
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    1. Chris DeeWaard

      Glad to see you’re taking action, Ash.

      That’s how you get to be successful.

      Good job………Chris
      Chris DeeWaard recently posted…Can I Be A Pro Blogger With No Expertise?My Profile

  10. Paul

    Good job on this post. I resonate with this so much. I was in the same spot a long time ago… trying to get the instant results. But I realized only later after many failures and (very important) restarts after failure, that the key to success here is the long game. Provide value, give back, share what you know, even if you are not THE EXPERT. Nobody is… we are all on a path of knowledge and development. Some are further than others.
    What I also do, and I noticed you do that to, because this is how I got here, I participate in Facebook groups. I give real and honest answers. You see so many answers that are just pushing some affiliate link or some blog post full of affiliate links. I see why they are doing it but again… that is not a long term, sustainable strategy.

    anyways, just wanted to say good job on this. I will definitely do more of what you are suggesting

    1. Chris DeeWaard

      Hi Paul,

      Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting.

      I think we all expected quick results when we first started out as bloggers. It’s the instant gratification thing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. It won’t happen overnight, but if we continue to share what we know with those who are new to blogging, we will get there eventually.

      You are right in saying that we are all on a path of knowledge and development. We don’t know everything, and never will, but we can be seen as experts to those who don’t know what we do.

      Blog commenting really is a great way to get knowledge out there to others and also to get people to visit our blogs, as long as we do it correctly. Leave great comments that add value and don’t just comment to drop a link.

      I have to admit that I don’t do enough of the social media stuff. That’s going to change. Visiting blogging communities is a great way to get noticed, by simply answering people’s questions and then give a link that will go into more detail about the solutions to the problems, not some affiliate link.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

      Have a good one……Chris
      Chris DeeWaard recently posted…Targeted Traffic DefinedMy Profile

  11. Hannah Moynihan

    Hi Chris!
    Thanks so much for this post. You had commented on my post on Facebook recently, and though others posted links to their own posts, I felt like you were actually trying to help me rather than just get some traffic! Thank you for that!

    Anyway, I learned a lot from this post and am going to put it to practice ASAP.

    Great job, have a wonderful day!
    ~Hannah

    1. Chris DeeWaard

      Hi Hannah,

      Welcome to my blog. Thanks for visiting.

      What I did when I left you that comment was try and help you solve a problem, which is what we as bloggers should be doing everyday. I don’t do it just for traffic, I do really want to help those who are new to blogging. I was there once and I know how it feels not knowing what to do. If they like what I have to say, like yourself, they will be inclined to see what I have to say on my blog. That’s the nature of it when it’s done correctly.

      Focus on providing value and having fun doing it, and people will come to you. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen if you do it consistently.

      I’m glad I was able to help you today and maybe in the future as well.

      Have a good one……Chris
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  12. Madam stylo

    Hi Chris!
    Thanks so much for this post. I learned a lot from this post and am going to put it to practice.
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    1. Chris DeeWaard

      Hi Madam,

      I’m glad you got something out of this post.

      Blog commenting is one of best ways, if not the best way, to build relationships with other bloggers and their readers. Not to mention getting people to visit your blog and read your posts. I get people who tell me in their comments on my posts that they saw my name on so and so’s blog and decided to check mine out. That’s the power of writing great comments that add value to the original blog post. You will get noticed.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Have a good one……Chris
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