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I want to talk about blog comments and the reasons you should leave comments on other people’s blogs. You may not be aware of it but this is a great opportunity to increase the exposure of your website/blog.

And it is one that can be done relatively easily, quickly and for free. Unlike using black hat methods, this can have other benefits which have lasting effects for years to come.

Spamming

Leaving comments has become the domain of the spammer and this has put people off from leaving comments but it shouldn’t. There are many great reasons for leaving proper genuine comments. They give links back to your site, something all sites need. If the site is relevant then the link is better, also your comment can be seen by readers of that site and they can click through to your site, giving you free traffic!

Utilize Different Browsers

A good idea is to use different browsers for blog commenting only. This way you will have a history filled with only the blogs you visited which makes returning to them relatively easily. If you are like me, working on the internet for 8 hours or more a day, you will notch up a lot of page visits each day. From serious work based pages to flicking through YouTube and eBay in your lunch break.

Using a dedicated browser for blog reading and commenting only will become a great resource of blogs that you have visited. Believe me when you start leaving comments, and finding more great blogs to leave comments on, it won’t take long before you will have commented on so many blogs that trying to remember who, where, why and when you left comments will become very difficult.

The reason you want to re visit posts you have commented on is to continue the conversation and make friends, if the author or someone else has replied to your comment with a question then why not answer and keep chatting? We do it all the time on Facebook and Twitter often with little benefit so why not do it on blogs and have traffic coming back to your site?

Keep Track Of Where You Comment

The other idea is have all the blogs you visit regularly in a spread sheet; you can open up the spread sheet and click through to all the sites looking for new posts to comment on. Remember to keep adding to the spread sheet any new blogs you find.

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You could bookmark all the sites in your browser but after time I find that they fill up with lots of posts, pages and blogs including useless ‘I will come back to that one day’ stuff that you never do get round to. The book mark list becomes real messy.

Network

If you have commented on a blog owned by a serious blogger there is a big chance that they will reply. This means that you are networking; you could reply back or comment on a few other posts on that blog and start up a conversation with the owner which will lead to the two of you creating a friendship based on familiarity and conversation.

Blog Comments

 This networking can grow to a point that you could work with the blog owner, swapping guest posts with each other and creating a strong bond with that blog, eventually sharing readers. Now imagine that happening with several blogs. You create a lot of links back to your own blog; you make good friends and working partners as well as having a share of a large number of traffic.

The idea is to comment with genuine points and replies to an article that you have read, even start up a conversation for the writer/blog owner or even other commenters. If you can answer questions by other people, then those people will thank you and want to pop over to your site to see more. You showed an interest in them and helped them; human nature is that they will be curious enough to show interest back.

So not only can you network and create friendships with the blog owners there are the other commenters who are also blog owners. Before long you will have started to create a close knit community of bloggers you can work with. Finding other blogs to write for as part of your guest blogging campaign will be a thing of the past.

The comments section on popular blog posts become meeting grounds for seriously high quality like-minded people that you can connect with. For example, pop over to Pat Flynn’s SmartPassiveIncome site and see the amount of comments he has on this post.

THE Backlinking Strategy That Works    1,893 Comments!

It is the same for Glen Allsopp at ViperChill, this is an incredible post and not only is it full of seriously high grade information it has become a great place for finding good blogs and possible friends. Blogging isn’t like the old style off line business where every company hated the competition and feared spies stealing each other’s ideas. Blogging has become a family where people like to help each other, they like to share with each other and recommend each other’s blogs.

How to Really Build Backlinks and Dominate Google    459 Comments!

There is a code of conduct when posting comments; and you should stick to it. Feel free not to and see what happens, you won’t get you comments published so you lose in the long run. I want to highlight here that too many people do not do it because they think it is spam and that they should because it is genuinely good for you and your site. I am not saying to do it half-hearted as a link building exercise, not at all. I comment on posts that I have read, or Podcasts I have listened to.

Again take a look at the amount of comments there are on this post over at Yaro Starak’s site.

What Is The REAL Reason People Do NOT Succeed Online?   81 Comments!

Also take note of the style of posts they create, notice the amount of useful content there is and the length of them. These are not your usual poor 500 word re-hashed posts you find on a lot of sites. Maybe this is why they are A) Popular and B) Successful?

Be One Of The First To Comment

It is best to comment on posts that have been newly published if you want to get into a conversation with the owner and fellow commenters, to be notified of new posts that are live sign up to their email lists, RSS feeds, social media accounts or set up a Google Alerts for your favourite blogs. That way you will usually be notified when a new post is live.

What Can Or Should You Comment About?

This is really easy, comment on what you have read or heard with an experience you have had that is similar or if it is something new you have learned and you like it then say so! Tell them and thank them for giving you information that you needed which has helped make your life easier. Not only do these bloggers like your feedback but it motivates them to create more helpful posts which will in turn help you and your online endeavours.

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I certainly do not go to video gaming sites and say ‘yes a very informative post my friend, please visit “www.whataloadofcrap.com” to make a million dollars from smiling.’ The gaming site has no interest to me or my site. At least with Pat, Glen’s and Yaro’s sites I not only learn something new it is something I want to learn so I want to leave proper comments.

It is important that you have a picture associated with the email address that you want to use when commenting. This is called a Gravatar, you will see my Gravatar on the image above, you will need to set that up here at http://en.gravatar.com/

We live in the age of the YouTube troll, people arguing and passing negative judgements on each other for no reason, nasty personal insults flying around because of nothing more than individual tastes in music or film, it is barmy; we seem to live in a negative nasty age. Well I say it is time more and more people leave comments saying thank you and highlighting the good bits of blog posts and ideas. It is good for the blogging world; it is good for you and it can be very good for your sites traffic!

If this all sounds like hard work and time consuming consider this, set time a side to do it like an afternoon. Open up your spread sheet, click through to some of the blogs read the post and comment. It really doesn’t take long, you can start right now and more importantly it is free!

Your name will be seen regularly so you will become known, traffic to your site will increase and you will make new friends and contacts. The return you get in the long run is far greater than the effort you put in.

What do you think? Please tell us in the comments section below. PS, I have my special troll rifle ready! :)

 

About Andi Leeman

Andi is part of Tim Lowe’s R&D team and writes for Tim's Minions, a fun based educational site covering all aspects of Internet Marketing & Social Media. You can learn more by following him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

  • http://twitter.com/GetLinksPro Get Links Pro

    @Andi: I think you have hit the bulls eye with this post. I love commenting on blogs I follow (btw, I would recommend a Google reader folder over an excel sheet).

    Needless to say that a lot of commentators are only commenting to get backlinks and it’s sad to see that some of them using flattery and methods otherwise reserved for psychics.

    Most commenting systems allow you to see if someone responded to your comment, if you follow it back with a response the blogger or blog owner is likely to recognize you when you ask for a guest post opportunity in an email.

    • Andi the Minion

      Hi Get Links Pro ( if that is your real name:-) ) I also use Google reader to bring up new posts based around keywords. I have my favourite blogs on a spreadsheet, it’s easier that way for me.
      Andi

      • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

        Hi Andi! I suppose it doesn’t matter how you keep track of your favourite blogs, just keeping track of them is the important part.

    • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

      You make a good point about Google Reader. I use that myself to keep up to date with my favourite blogs latest posts. That way, I always know which posts I need to go and comment on.

  • https://www.facebook.com/MissClairT Clair Trebes

    Absolutely FANTASTIC post here …. Really like the top tips of using a different browser and also making a spreadsheet! I tend to have a bookmark folder purely for blogs I read to make things easier, but these are great tips!

    Its so important for relationship building – we should all comment more! :-))

    • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

      Hi Clair! Yeah, Andi offered up some great tips here. I liked the idea of using a different browser to keep tabs of where you’ve left comments previously. I’d also add Google Reader as a good place to keep up to date with sites where to leave comments.

      You’re right we should all comment more, makes this blogging malarkey worth it when we can connect with the larger community. Cheers Clair :)

      • https://www.facebook.com/MissClairT Clair Trebes

        Yeah I have my google reader open, but more for research articles rather than blogs – although i must admit today i’m putting a couple of these tips Andi has suggested into the mould!

        Reader is a good idea, because you’ve got everything there in front of you then! :)

        • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

          Yeah, I find Google Reader helps me keep up to date with all the sites I visit regularly. Helps me see exactly which posts that I want to read and comment on in one place.

        • Andi the Minion

          I am happy that I have added a few new tips into that very busy brain of yours :-) I totally agree, commenting is great for meeting with and networking with new people and as James said it is a great place to get new ideas too.
          Thanks for the comments :-)

  • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

    Hi Thomas! Yes, blogging can help to build some nice backlinks and more importantly engage with other bloggers and readers. That after all is what blogging is all about.

    • Andi the Minion

      Hi Thomas thanks for the comments, you are right it is a win-win situation for everyone and it is ethical and Google friendly. In an ideal world, this is what everyone would be doing, networking, building links while communicating and talking. Commenting on blogs was probably the first social media network such a shame it gets abused too much.
      Andi

  • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

    Totally agree with you! There is a lot to learn within the comments section of posts. In some cases, I’ve learned more from reading comments than the actual post itself! You can get a more honest reaction from readers than the writer of a post, as they have obviously invested time in their own article.

    I honestly don’t see the point of people that leave spam comments. The good sites will always remove them straight away and the ones that don’t will suffer because of them, so either way they don’t really work any more.

    • Andi the Minion

      Hi Matt and Si, yes spam comments will get removed, it is surprising that some people who leave spam comments believe that they won’t. Most bloggers are so aware of the problem, they will remove any comment that is close to spam even if it isn’t just to be safe. Their blogs are their babies, they nurture them and cherish them. As if we will allow someone to post a viagra link to the bottom of a post about building email lists.

  • http://hortonmarketingsolutions.com/james James Horton

    Another benefit I have found in commenting on blogs and especially reading all the comments is I get an idea for a new blog. I read a blog and it reacts to me, I learn something, or I get inspired, but then in reading the comments I see where some readers maybe don’t get the same thoughts I did or didn’t understand a section of the post. So if they missed it – there is an opportunity to clarify from my viewpoint on something that is going to communicate to someone.

    And of course – I want to comment this was a great, educational post. I love the Excel sheet idea – I’m relatively new to the blogging world and have been trying to work out a good method to keep track of my favorite blogs I’ve commented on and its getting disorganized as I find more and comment more!

    • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

      Hi James. I do the same thing, reading all these different blogs gives me plenty of ideas for new sites and new posts.

      The great thing about comments is that you get a different perspective from the views of others. I’ve read posts that have made me think one thing, but then totally changed my mind after reading the comments it got. It’s happened on posts that I’ve written, where people have suggested different approaches that have changed my mind on a subject.

      Glad you liked the post James and thanks for commenting :)

      • http://hortonmarketingsolutions.com/james James Horton

        Another huge benefit – the great thing of Blogging is the interaction and the feeling of a discussion.

        I try to consider before I read a new blog post, just to myself, that there is something to learn here. That little step opens my mind up a bit and gets me in a learning mode. Then I can take in the information and evaluate it as I would any text book.

        Then the discussions are just like you would get in a class room – but with people who normally are experienced in the area and have that whole new viewpoint you mention.

        Its important to be open to learning and to see other people’s point of view – then we open ourselves up to growth and change and the world becomes a brighter place!

        • Andi the Minion

          Hi James and thank you for your comments, yes exactly, reading blog comments can give you great ideas for blog posts. I have written answers for people which have grown from a few sentences to so many that I saved it all in a word doc and then go and edit it all to create new blog posts. Comments are great places to hang out and many times I find they are far better than places like Facebook. Thanks for the comments.
          Andi

        • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

          I have to admit that this is one of my favourite parts of blogging. Having an opportunity to interact with readers and get their feedback is such a great part of the whole process.

    • http://www.ecloudic.com

      Yes! U r right bro… of course, it is a good habit to get through the worthy information.

  • Michael Shepherd

    Thanks for the prod. I have long done the reading and commenting but have never been organized about it. Now I will be more so–too big a step to become completely organized!
    Cheers,

    • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

      No problem Michael. I suppose the most important part is that you are commenting in the first place on different sites. Being organized about it is just something that can help you make the most of the comments that you have left.

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  • rndtechnologies786

    Nice blog.

    • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

      Thanks :)

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  • http://www.ecloudic.com

    Well! Nice post bro Matt . After reading this post. i have made my mind totally clear about the difficulties of commenting like what to comment etc etc. Again Thanks

  • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

    I have to admit that having a spreadsheet, like the one Andi mentions, is such a great way to manage where you have commented on.

    Not all sites use the same comment system, or let you know if there is a reply to your comment. That’s why having somewhere to remember which sites you have left comments on is a great way to then go back and follow up on them.

  • Andi the Minion

    Hi web designing, yes the excel sheet is great, each blog has a priority number starting at 1 which is exact niche match. I focus on commenting on them first and most of the time. I have my excel list stored in a Drop Box folder so I can access it from home on different machines without having to keep sticking it on a memory stick every time it is updated. A little trick I have learned from Matt Smith. :-) Thank you for your comments.
    Andi

  • Andi the Minion

    Hi web designing, yes the excel sheet is great, each blog has a priority number starting at 1 which is exact niche match. I focus on commenting on them first and most of the time. I have my excel list stored in a Drop Box folder so I can access it from home on different machines without having to keep sticking it on a memory stick every time it is updated. A little trick I have learned from Matt Smith. :-) Thank you for your comments.
    Andi

  • Andi the Minions

    Comments are like busses, you write one it never shows then suddenly two appear lol Sorry :-)

  • http://onlineincometeacher.com/ Matt Smith

    Don’t worry about it :)