Every blogger loves receiving comments on their content. It’s how we get feedback, engage with our readers and determine the kind of content that does and doesn’t work for us. But what if I told you that as a blogger, it’s just as important that you are leaving comments on other blogs? What if I told you that you might be missing out on huge opportunities by lurking instead of speaking up? Do I have your attention yet?
Here are the top 3 reasons you should be commenting on other blogs.
You never know who’s reading.
I commented recently on another’s blogger’s review post of an item. I was pretty excited about it and legitimately interested in it. Much to my surprise, the company came virtually knocking at my door (they tracked me down and emailed me!) and offered me a similar item to review. Companies who send out sample products do actually check up on review posts. There’s often a team of people hired specifically to figure out the opinions of the masses – including what you as a reader thought about the item. They might read your comment and offer you a little something for your valuable time!
Your Own Traffic Depends on It.
A good percentage of my blog traffic comes directly from the comment section of other blogs. A lot of bloggers use a variety of programs and helpful traffic boosters such as the Disqus commenting platform or CommentLuv post trackback. By leaving useful, well thought out comments on other blogs I have gained a great portion of my own readers. Comments give others a taste of your opinions and writing style. You never know who will find you thought provoking and interesting! Even better, Google loves a good backlink to your blog. The more, the better!
It Curates Community.
There are a small handful of blogs that I regularly read and comment on. These are blogs I almost always enjoy the content of and find reason enough to leave a little comment love. Because of my regular posting, it’s created a small community – a group of readers all regularly commenting and engaging one another to the point that we’ve found our way to each other’s blogs and even started working on neat projects together.
BONUS: It’s Free Advertisement!
No, I am definitely not saying that you should be commenting with the express intent of advertising your own blog. That is a huge NO. What I am saying is that commenting on other blogs gives you the chance to be seen and heard. It’s the ultimate is free advertisement for yourself. All it takes is some thought process and your time – Bam! People will see you and eventually take notice.
Why do you comment on other blogs? Do you feel it helps your traffic? Share your experience!