Website Traffic Series Part 3: Leaving Comments on Other Blogs
On the first part of this series we talked about how you can generate traffic to your website by getting it featured on Web Design and CSS galleries. On the second part we talked about Blog Carnivals. Today we will cover another basic yet effective strategy: leaving comments on other blogs.
The concept: Blogs are conversations. Most of them, in fact, allow any user to post a comment at the end of every article. Usually you just need to write down your name and email (kept private) and publish your comment.
Most blogging platforms also allow you to insert your website URL, which will then be used to hyperlink your name to your website.
Should people get curious, angry, excited or feel any other emotion while reading your comment, there is a good chance that they will click on the name to see what kind of website you have on the other side. If the blog where you left a comment is a popular one, you could end up receiving hundreds of visitors from a single comment.
Does it work?: Yes, but mainly when your blog is new. You will still receive traffic from blog comments even if your blog is one or two years old, but by that time I expect that your average daily traffic will be too large to be able to notice the blog comments incoming visitors.
There are also some guidelines that you should follow. First of all do not spam as many blogs as possible with as many comments as possible. People will recognize a self-promotional comment miles away, and usually they will just delete it (apart from the fact that it is pretty lame to leave comments just for the sake of traffic).
So first of all make sure that you are adding value to the conversation with your comment. That should be something easy and natural if you comment on blogs that are related to your niche. You should have endless things to talk about the topics you like after all, right?
Secondly, there are certain types of comments that will attract more attention: the first comment, funny comments, thought provoking comments and controversial comments are just a few examples.
Finally, pay attention to the size of the blog where you will be engaging in the conversation, and on how active the community over there is.
How to get started: Just create a selection of blogs that are relevant to your niche and engage on the discussion there. Ideally you should subscribe to their RSS feed so that you can keep updated and follow up with comments as soon as an interesting post is published.
If you don’t know many blogs on your niche just head to Google and start searching, it shouldn’t be difficult to find heaps of them.
Over to the readers: Have you used the strategy of leaving comments on other blogs to generate traffic? How did it work?
Website Traffic Series
- Part 1: Using Web Design and CSS Galleries
- Part 2: Submitting Your Content to Blog Carnivals
- Part 3: Leaving Comments on Other Blogs
- Part 4: Faking A Website Sale
- Part 5: Pulling an April Fools Prank
- Part 6: Using Forum Signatures
- Part 7: Putting A Blog on Your Static Website
- Part 8: Adding a Forum to Your Site or Blog
- Part 9: Buying Targeted Traffic
- Part 10: Using Email Signatures
- Part 11: Putting Your URL On Online Profiles
- Part 12: Emailing Bloggers to Showcase Your Best Content
- Part 13: Faking a Hacker Attack
- Part 14: Promoting Your Content on Social Bookmarking Sites
- Part 15: Promoting Posts That Link to You on Social Bookmarking Sites
- Part 16: Promoting Your Content on Social Networking Sites
- Part 17: Using Article Directories
- Part 18: Exchanging Links with Partner Sites
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105 Responses to “Website Traffic Series Part 3: Leaving Comments on Other Blogs”
Being a motorcycle blogger, there are a lot of fellow bloggers out there ranging from scooters to professional racers that I comment on. I definitely noticed my traffic sources become more diverse and numerous after a couple weeks of commenting on other blogs.
Leaving comment on other blogs of our niche really helps us to bring more traffic and links to our blog
Well since this topic based on comments shouldn’t I comment? Actually this is my favorite part of the series. It really is amazing the spam that people will throw up on a comment just because they’ve read articles saying “comment! comment! comment! to gain traffic!”
Thanks for the info as always!
Yes, I have employed this tactic and it works marginally. I think the best benefit to commenting on other blogs is the act of being active in the blogging community. I think that action makes you a better blogger in the long run.
For blogger just starting out I think this is the best strategy for increasing traffic. Most importantly it allows you to start the networking with other bloggers with the bonus of leaving a link for others to follow if they so choose.
I believe Yaro calls this tactic a traffic stream that if done consistently can lead to a traffic river. Perfect example of that idea in my niche – I left a comment on Gilbert Arenas’ blog with a link to my blog and an NBA.com writer followed it back and saw a post I did and wrote a related story and linked to us. That link provided the post with over 5,000 pageviews in 3 days. More importantly now an NBA.com writer is reading our blog who can provide us with more traffic surges if he links again.
I remember one time when I received 500 visitors from a first comment that I left on a TechCrunch post :).
Needless to say I never managed to repeat that success hehe.
I get some traffic once in awhile from comments on your blog Daniel =)
Great post btw, commenting is also cool because you engage the person whose blog it is. If your content is similar and the two of you have similar interests, it can even sometimes spark a relationship.
this only works for a short time, it doesn’t work long term at all.
I spent months dropping 300+ comments a day. I subscribed to 2500 rss feeds, and counted 300 good comments a day to various sites.
I saw no dramatic long term increase.
Thanks for this information. As someone new to blogging you have very good information for those of us new to the fold.
Sir Jorge, good point, in fact I just updated the post.
I agree that this strategy is mostly effective for blogs that are new. After a certain while the number of visitors coming from blog comments will be to small to matter.
Great advice, which is why I am posting, maybe I can steel some traffic from your blog. Humm, I need to think of something thought provoking. hummmm…… I got nothing 🙁
I agree with kellex and sir jorge.
Sometimes there are these comments at my blog with the intention to generate traffic.
As I personally know people who comment at the blog, I asked them if they have visited any blogs by comments.
The answer was NO.
But the subject is football, and no-one likes read about footbal, only to write. That could be a good reason for that tatic doesn’t work well.
Yasir O. Atabani
I don’t agree with bloggers who keep promoting comments as a way to generate traffic.
The traffic generated from commenting on other blogs should not be considered as a marketing strategy by any means.
Original content please, write about something people need to know be creative. your blog or website will make it.
I believe that leaving comments on other blogs can get you some traffic, but nothing impressive (except on a few ocassions). This technique works best for creating awareness and getting in touch with fellow bloggers in the same niche, which in the long run can provide backlinks, pings and trackbacks, resulting in a authority increase.
James Chartrand – Men with Pens
Considering I’ve been called the “Comment King” in the circles I run in, and that I’ve heard, “Cripes, James, every blog I go to, I see your name,” more often than I can count, I’d say that, yes, commenting is an effective strategy. 🙂
@Yassir, I don’t encourage people to comment on other blogs just for the sake of getting traffic. It should be clear if you read my post. But you can’t deny that some traffic will come if you engage in the conversation on blogs related to your niche. Beginners might not know it though, so that is the point of the post.
@James, no kidding I see you everywhere :).
James Chartrand – Men with Pens
@ Alex – Commenting itself may not get you traffic. Brand, image, reputation, credibility, interest, entertainment, referrals, word of mouth… all those are achievable via commenting – and THAT gets you traffic. Tried and true.
@ Daniel – See? See what I mean? 😉
Commenting on other blogs may bring some traffic but it may not be the only way to do so.
Wish I could figure out a better way to drive traffic to my site. Social networking works some but it too takes time to partcipate.
Just have to keep working on original content
Good article though
I’ve been working on that. It hasn’t really worked, but I only just started using this strategy.
The hardest part for me is finding a blog post that I can find a comment for. I’ve never been much for smalltalk – in fact, I started a blog and other things to help break this writer’s/speaker’s block I have.
I’ve been browsing blogs on blogger and have only found a few posts that I could think to comment. That’s mostly due to the fact that most of the blogs I encountered were written in a foriegn language.
But hey, I’ll keep trying and see what happens.
I totally forgot the world when i was reading your all the 3 parts of bring web traffic. Useful one.
Initally when i started my blog i commented just for the traffic. But for the past 6 months, i spend my time very preciously for writing genuine content and to give my readers the best. So, when ever i give the comments, i will be totally cautious of the full understanding of the conversation.
I agree. Commenting on other blogs increases visibility and generates traffic.
Not only does it generate traffic, it can also provide backlinks if the blogs don’t add the nofollow tag. :]
I believe that comment for traffic could be useful for new blogs. But I have a small problem: I want to join only if I have something to say. I donot want to comment ONLY to get some visitors.
And I prefer phorums and discusions because there is longer and more consistent converstation and it is more simple to follow several phorums then tens or hundreds of blogcomments.
I think you should add that there are some blogs with a “top commentators” plugin (with do-follow links) which is another great motivation to comment 😀
(Sorry for my bad English, I’m Spanish)
Bloguitar, I don’t like it because I think it reduces the quality of the comments.
I agree with you that is the strategy when i got started my blog and I want to make other bloggers to know mine, I always spend comments a few days a days. The result, i got comments from other blog I visited.
That is the great way to promote blog.
I have left a comment here.
I’ll now sit back and wait for the traffic !
Jennifer (Et Tu?)
I think that leaving comments can be a great strategy for getting a blog off the ground…as long as it’s part of an overall philosophy of *generosity*.
I’ve found that if your purpose in writing and reading blogs is to be generous and to give back as much as you get, you won’t have any trouble growing traffic. As you say, people can spot a self-focused blogger a mile away. If you’re leaving comments that express a genuine interest in others’ sites, take care to blogroll people whose writing you really enjoy, link to other interesting content in your posts, etc. people will be attracted to your blog.
In many ways, the same rules apply in the blog world to the real world: if you were in a room with a bunch of people and wanted folks to hear what you had to say, it would be far more effective to go shake people’s hands and engage in conversations rather than stand in a corner and talk to yourself. 🙂
Great topic, thanks!
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Interesting concept of interesting back links, traffic and your brand. This is a good idea to network with others in your field.
Whether you get traffic or not, commenting on other blogs and following the discussions, in itself, is an amusing thing to do. Even though I am not active in any other social networking site, commenting on blogs never turns me off and engages me for a pretty long time, all the while sustaining my interest. I guess, people have their own way of interacting socially, prefering one over the other.
If I stopped commenting on blogc relevant to my niche my visitors would probably drop by 50%.
Controversial comments increase traffic? Let’s see if this is true.
You’re mother wears combat boots! Oh wait, that’s just abusive.
Let me try again:
Global warming is nonsense! I’m sitting here freezing eating Fart Casserole in April for God’s sake. I could use a little global warming in my neighborhood! Al Gore give up on the global warning and keep promoting your Internet – you may be on to something with that idea.
I’ll report back, that is if my increased bandwidth doesn’t crash my site!
it is easy traffic
if folks arent doint it
they are losing easy traffic
I have learned something new today and that recieved comments are also as precious as the content of a blog and it happend cause i have started reading dailyblogtips.
Wow, Great Article, I am starting to make comments on others blog.
I am starting from this comment.
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I agree this is a great way to get traffic for new blogs. I don’t have time now, but when things weren’t as hectic, I would make a point to go out and comment on at least 30 blogs a night. Too much work right now but what started out as an experiment ended up showing me that this strategy works. LOL, I’m not doing it now on your blog…I get your newsletter and wanted to see what the others had to say. ;o)
I try to leave a comment any time I pop over to a site from my RSS reader. The main reason is so there’s a “point” to my blog reading besides just enrichment or entertainment.
In other words, if I’m going to use my precious time reading blogs, I should make the most of it and leave a link wherever I read. It at least makes my time well-spent (along with getting good information from where I’m reading).
Secondly, I like to leave comments simply because I like to receive them. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Even if I don’t get any clicks because of my comment, at least I made someone’s day by adding to their conversation.
I’ve found this “strategy” to be helpful. It won’t net you dozens or hundreds of new subscribers in a few days but just remember that old adage, “Slow & steady wins the race.”
Commenting on other’s blogs is just part of being a good “netizen.” Sure, writing should be sufficient reward in itself, but every blogger needs a little validation from time to time. Your stats will tell you if people are VISITING your site but comments tell you if people are READING and CONNECTING with your posts.
By the way, “deep linking” directly to an individual post on your blog (rather than the home page) is a nice way to direct visitors to an article that’s specifically related to the topic on which you’re commenting.
“Deep Linking” is an excellent way to shine a little new light on an older post that never quite seemed to get its due share of exposure. Y’know sometimes the blog entries that you’re most proud of are the ones that can seem to go by largely unnoticed…
There is another benefit to leaving comments within your niche that I haven’t read here yet: meeting and developing community with the other bloggers themselves.
I recently attended a conference within my niche (future-thinking church-related culture watchers…how’s that for a niche?) and ended up meeting several bloggers whose names I knew well from reading their sites and leaving comments. And each blogger I met at the conference seemed to know several other people who blogged or read blogs or wrote for a living, so a network developed.
All this developed from initial comments left on like-minded blogs. Definitely worth a shot.
thanks for the article… i’ll have to make a point to comment more often in the future. i think it’s just good to give feedback to acknowledge that you’ve visited the site.
I admire your dedication. Surely that time could have spent a little more producively though?
I left a comment on April 11th to see if it would generate any traffic. It did not. Not even one.
You do mention not any old comment will suffice, that comment rank is important as well as comment quality. I think given both of those criteria, recommending comments as a traffic building tool, is a bit off the mark.
I would agree with some of the others, that indeed leave comments. But do it because it’s a nice “tip of the hat” to the blog, not in the hopes of generating traffic to your blog.
Ava, you leave on comment on a blog, track it for 2 days, and since it did not send you any traffic you arrive to the conclusion that leaving comments on blogs does not generate traffic, period?
Well, you need to review your analysis strategy a bit :).
That’s primarily how I market my blog, this way I engage in a conversation with other bloggers and at the same time let them know where I blog.
I can’t say that I’ve had enormous success with it (I think it has something to do with the fact that this is basically the ONLY way I market my blog) but it has helped me move along a lot quicker than I thought.
Thank you Daniel. You even clarify in this string of comments, number 16, that people shouldn’t leave comments for the sake of generating traffic.
I was just playing around, trying to see if a humorous (Ok, subjective, I know, and clearly not funny I guess) comment would generate any curiosity.
Then since this is a daily blog, I figured it wouldn’t take long before this post aged out. So I wanted to report back like I indicated I would. And I attempted a slightly edgier, controversial position, like you advise in your article.
I was just playing around, trying to learn the ropes. Get in a little practice. I hope I did not offend.
For what it’s worth, I’m really pleased that you responded to me. Thanks again.
That’s indeed a valid point. I rarely post a comment even though I love the content. Not that I am rude but I just love reading. This article is really an eye opener. 🙂
Thanks for the tips.
I consider leaving comments (not spam!) in other blogs very important specially when you are new to blogging.
If a reader likes your comment, or considers it at least funny, sure he’ll click on your name and will check your blog. At least, I do it this way…
lol .. i am doing it now
thanks for information
I totally agree with you, this method works. I’ve had few blogs in the past, and I have personally tested this method. I have received many, many and many visitors from this method. You could also use signature links on some forums to promote your site, like I did. Some blogs also use Top Commentators plugin on wordpress, so you could leave some comments on the blog and become the most commented person. You’ll get quality backlinks if the blog is pretty huge, has traffic and nice PR. 😉
great tip but what is the meaning of nofollow
In the long run this strategy won`t make wonders but as earlier mentioned for beginners this could be a kick start to get the first visitors. If you post comments to get visitors post them only on blogs in your niche so the visitors could identify them selfs and come again if the blog is interesting to them. For example if you post comments on a blog about cars and you write about technology there is only a small chance the referring visitor will come again.
Ron – now the web designer not soldier
Having served in the Army for 21 years and several conflicts later, it is time for me to find a new career and have decided to undertake a career in web design and optimisation! Im not sure if this is the right decision as all I am entitled to within the Army ressetlement plan is Â£500 (which I need to spend wisely)
Now my questions:
1. Do you think I would be better off spending this money on an optimisation or web design course?
2. If web design how can I gain a high position without spending money and how long will it take to learn the subject of optimisation?
I know they are wide and sweeping questions but you input would be appreciated. I have my site nearly complete and have submitted it to a number of directories and search engines, what else can I do?
Lots of questions, hope you can help – biiiiiiig thanks
Ihe tactics work well for blogs or newspaper articles that have a top placing in the search engines for some essential keywords.
This blog for example has a good placeing for the words frase: leave a comment
Do we place comments to attarct visitor or for adding backlinks?
No questions that leaving comments on other blogs helps to bring visitors over to my site. However, one thing to think of if you are trying to monetize your blog is that if you post on sites with unrelated content, you are likely to get blog readers who are just checking your site out but aren’t so interested in your content. Therefore, they are less likely to click on content-related ads such as Google Adsense.
Nice article about leaving comments on other blogs. I have been reading about do follow blogs vs. no follow blogs and that even takes your point to another level. Not only traffice from people clicking on your comments but all the links that can be gained by the link itself. Great post.
There are some blog owners who don’t allow post or comments. So these blogs are not conversational and I understand that it may be due to spammers. I appreciate the fact that you allow others to post because sometimes, you might learn something new from another marketer. I am glad I found you because though I have a blog of my own, I have learned a few tips from here and other places. Keep up the good work.
hÄ±mmm very good thank you
Although offsite SEO factors are important one should not underestimate the importance of adding new and freah content to a website.
Our own web design company website http://www.kronikmedia.co.uk initially saw good results after our on site and off site SEO campaigns. After a while however we were running out of new SEO techniques to try. In the second phase of our SEO Campaign we are concentrating on updating our website with regular, new , quality content. We have also set up a web design resources blog at http://www.kronikmedia.co.uk/blog mainly for this purpose. This has added a completely new stream of visitors to our website.
Commenting works great because your links stays on that blog forever. Anyone who reads that post years from now may click on your name and go to your site. It is the best way of getting traffic.
This is a good advice, but i have a blog in Spanish, and i think the “Blogger world in Spanish” is less developed and is more difficult to increase your traffic through comments in other blogs.
I think leaving comments is a great way to build traffic and relationships. In fact, Consumer News Editor Wendy Perrin, of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, and I meet in SF yesterday because I left comments on her “Perrin Post” blog and she wanted to meet me.
We would have never met had I simply been a subscriber to the magazine. Thanks for the tips.
thanks for tips!
i have a 3 articles on my site related to this subject on how to increase web traffic to your site using social media sites like youtube, stumble and digg
visit my site at http://traffic2mypage.com
When leaving comments, try to variate the words you use every time. This will increase the traffic on the blog and benefit both you and the blog owner.
I have a whole section on my site on how to drive traffic to a website. When it comes to leaving comments I have found that if you are one of the first 5 to leave a comment – people will click on to see you site. Its all about timing!
One can never read this kind of information often enough.
I do this quite a bit and usually get about 10 hits per blog, depending on traffic. Surprisingly, it`s usually targeted about 60% of the hits.
When I set up my blog/web site, I intuitively knew it would be a good idea to cruise and comment on other blogs – hell it’s what I want to happen on my site too! This post bolstered my belief.
Usually I will end up subscribing to the blog if it looks fun or if it has value to me. Often times this generates feedback from the blogger and I’ve made a few blogging friends this way.
When I set up my blog/web site, I intuitively knew it would be a good idea to cruise and comment on other blogs – hell itâ€™s what I want to happen on my site too! This post bolstered my belief.
Often times this generates feedback from the blogger and Iâ€™ve made a few blogging friends this way.
I have been leaving comments on other blogs since my first day of blogging and I think it is not only about adding traffic. It is also about being sociable, and I earned some virtual friends by doing so.
But I would like to add another tip when commenting on other blog posts that I find really useful – use related blog post URL instead of your homepage. In this way, other commentators or even the blog owner will be curious to visit your blog.
It has been through following links left by other commenters that I’ve found some of my favorite blogs! Posting comments on others’ blogs is a great way to bring new visitors to your site. It may not result in droves of people flooding your door, but I do think it’s more likely to net you new subscribers than other methods that focus on volume.
I have found blog commenting to be useful, not just for any traffic that may come my way, but being able to engage with other “bloggers” in my niche has helped me tremendously to understand what potential buyers really do want….real content , and helpful resources to better help them with their business or personal issues
Very good article for seo. thanks
Usually I will end up subscribing to the blog if it looks fun or if it has value to me. Often times this generates feedback from the blogger and Iâ€™ve made a few blogging friends this way.
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yaa .. it is good article . It is so helpfull . The blog is so well presented and informative .It will help to all …
It does not work, I posted to million blog and no one visited me.
I have to disagree. It certainly works. However, it needs to be a part of a larger campaign. You can’t expect web site traffic from any one source. It is when you put all the SEO campaign parts together that it really starts to work.
Thanks for your post; I’ve never even considered the idea of building PR through comments. I have a fairly new blog, and it’s pretty upsetting to feel like your posts are being completely ignored by the general populace. ^^;; Anyway, thanks again for the tip. Your blog as a whole is very helpful — please keep up the good work. 🙂
HI and Happy New year…. I sometimes thought that when I read other blogs/articles I usually comment. So in my arrogance? I guess I assumed others would reciprocate.
I am still fumbling around the blogging community… I like the idea I can pass on what I stumble across… articles?.. etc.
What niche is there?… aren’t they all taken.. do personal sites work?
Anyway I am rambling… again HNY everyone and have a wonderful 2009
I am hoping that as I am participating in the communities of bloggers, in my case political, that the links will begin to reciprocate and that comments will start to come with the increased traffic. I hope they start to come sometime soon though. Is their a time line for when traffic really starts to pick up for a new blog?
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I have tried this approach very seriously starting slowly and increasing pace after few days. After I commented (of course related to conversation) on popular blogs and their latest posts, I found that blog started getting a spike in traffic.
My serious effort succeeded as shown in the statistics (page reads) of my blog. I am learning/inferring some more smart techniques to use while doing this activity. I liked this and the potential that it has. It gave me confidence that this is the most effective marketing strategy that is fully in our control..
Does the website link embedded in the name (like on this blog) serve as backlinks …the once tht google traces ?..and such traffic from comments wont be really interested i guess because they hav just cum to check the blog where as people who land up on a blog thru search engines or referred from other sites are more interested cuz they r really finding something
Great article! I usually leave comments on blogs where I can I figure it cant hurt.
This is something that I’ve been tinkering with for quite some time now.. I’ve seen a few traffic spikes here and there, but nothing substantial. I am not ready to give up on “commenting” for traffic purposes just yet… But I will say this : nothing beats quality content. Especially original quality content.
my blog is 1 year old, but we a very low traffic ( 20 daily ) even with 1000+ posts !! thx for the tip
Yes, comments are great but only if your adding some value to the coversation and not commenting what has already been said by somebody else.
I donâ€™t agree with bloggers who keep promoting comments as a way to generate traffic.The traffic generated from commenting on other blogs should not be considered as a marketing strategy by any means.Original content please, write about something people need to know be creative. your blog or website will make it.
I cant deny that simply pushing comments into blogs is a great way of increasing your own Google PR – but it does take time to achieve this.
I must stress that leaving quality comments is key in order to keep the blogging community alive!
The secret to building up links via leaving comments in blogs. has to be… only comment in blogs that you are actually interested in.
So which ones are they?
Blogs that deal with your interests or your hobbies, blogs that provide tutorials on skills you are trying to learn or improve, blogs that are humourous blogs that are related to your profession, blogs that are interesting, blogs that inspire.
And with all the great blogs out there… there is something for everyone.
Silence eludes me…
This is a very helpful article. I have a new blog and I want to build its traffic. I was having doubts to whether leaving comments on blogs is an effective way to generate traffic.
But now I know that it does count to leave comments on blogs 😀
Thanks a lot for sharing this 🙂
I can tell you when i just getting started i well try to get traffic from all part of the web,
but guest what i had too much to do, then one day i sat down and look for the best way to get traffic
you know what,
i had no money to but traffic so i start to comment on blogs
traffic, traffic, traffic, traffic, traffic, traffic
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@Garen – I have found the same.
Plus you actually become part of the blogging community.
I also try and find sites with CommentLuv installed.
Since this displays your post titles… it gives you the opportunity to come up with interesting post titles that people will want to click on.
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