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.
The Mini Guest Post
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.
Here is the exact comment I wrote talking about my experience with list building, which was the topic of his 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).
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
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.
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. My readers and I 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