Is commenting on blogs worth the effort?
Can you benefit from one of the most abused link building methods on the internet?
If you want to use commenting as a promotional or networking tool, then it’s certainly worth the effort.
If you want to use commenting as a promotional or networking tool, then it’s certainly worth the effort. If you’re commenting to build direct backlinks, you’re wasting your time because most comment links are set to ‘nofollow’, which means they pass no link juice and have no SEO benefit.
However, you can get traffic from comments. And you can start and grow mutually beneficial business and personal relationships.
First, though, you need to get your comment approved.
As long as your comment isn’t full of spammy links or complete gibberish, you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting it approved.
Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of using blog comments as a networking and promotional tool.
Be Nice – It’s Free!
People are rightly precious about their blogs. They work hard on them. They spend hours researching, writing, editing and formatting blog posts and don’t like people coming along and taking advantage of their hard work.
Be aware of this when you are looking for blog posts to comment on and act with respect and courtesy.
- Be friendly, polite and add to the conversation and your comments generally get approved and published.
- Be argumentative and state the case for the opposition and your comments will (probably) be accepted too (everyone likes a debate).
- Be rude, aggressive and spammy and you will find your comments will (probably) get deleted.
Let’s get into a bit more detail…
1. Read the post before commenting
Sounds like a no-brainer, but you might be surprised by the amount of people who don’t do this, or at least appear not to do it.
If you haven’t got the time to read a full post, at least skim through it so you get the gist. Pick up on the important points and make a mental note of them, you want your comment to make sense and be on-topic otherwise it won’t stand much chance of getting approved.
2. Make your comment interesting and say more than “great post”
When you comment on a blog you are promoting yourself, your blog and your personal or business brand.
People read comments (you often find hidden gems of information buried deep within them), so try grabbing people’s attention by saying more than “great post”. Try introducing an idea or talk about your experience of a similar situation.
You don’t have to go into a lot of detail, just enough to get your message across and yourself noticed.
3. Use your name and not keywords for your signature
This is an area which splits opinion. Some blog owners don’t mind keywords in signatures, whilst others loathe it.
I don’t like keywords in signatures and generally don’t approve comments that include them.
When I comment on other blogs, I always use my real name. Using keywords just seems too rude – as if I’m only leaving a comment to generate a link back to my blog.
If you are not sure what to do, see what others are doing or err on the side of caution and use your name. Using keywords is a sign of comment spam.
4. The comment space is an opportunity to sell yourself and your blog
Similar to an earlier entry. Recognition in your niche is important, therefore, what you say and how you present yourself when commenting is also important.
Use every comment you make as an opportunity to sell yourself (in a non-salesy way).
You want to stand out from the crowd, you want to tempt people to your website, to follow you on Twitter or even reply to your comment on the same site.
It’s all about grabbing attention.
5. Many blog owners don’t like links inside a comment – don’t do it
If you include a link in your comment that doesn’t add value or is self-promoting it could be seen by the blog owner as disrespectful or spammy. A link to a relevant tutorial or guide is usually okay.
Again, see what others are doing and err on the side of caution if you are not sure.
6. Be the first to comment
Comments are usually displayed in chronological order. So the oldest comments typically appear at the top.
If you comment on a particularly busy site, you stand a better chance of clickthroughs if your comment is near the top. It should still be relevant though, a “great post” comment will be mostly ignored by your typical reader.
7. Comments can open doors and lead to new friendships and business opportunities
You never know who might read your comment, almost certainly the blog’s owner will, but plenty of other people will too. Sharing your knowledge and experience could lead to long-term friendships and profitable business relationships.
8. Don’t be afraid of speaking your mind
Don’t feel as though you should only ever compliment another blogger, especially if you disagree with him/her. If you disagree, say so.
People like a debate, and your point of view/experience may eventually lead to people changing their opinion on the subject.
9. You get a link to your own blog and (maybe) generate some traffic
Most blogs turn a signature into a link. Many of these links will not pass link juice as they have the NOFOLLOW attribute attached. If you make comments that interest people or offer value in other ways, you are likely to get traffic to your blog as people want to see what else you have to say.
This is your ultimate goal, not building backlinks.
10. Don’t waffle
Short and concise comments work best – unless the post requires a lengthy response.
“Great post” certainly isn’t good enough though. To stand out, you need to add some context – tell a story, write about your experience or ask a question.
There’s only one answer to the question at the start of this post – “Is commenting on blogs worth the effort?” – and that’s yes.
Of course it is.
Sharing your opinions via comments is a great way to get your face, name and blog known by people operating in the same or similar niches as yourself. Sure, it can take time, especially if you move away from the circle of blogs you already know and look for pastures new.
What do you think? Has this tactic worked for you in the past? Does it still work?
I would love to know what you think – there’s plenty of space in the comments section below.