Boost your reader base by commenting

2010 February 26
by velvet

In the past few months, I’ve received a steady amount of traffic from sites like Mashable, ProBlogger and recently, the New York Times. At first I wondered why I was getting traffic from these sites, then I realised that I’d left comments on various articles. The traffic I receive isn’t much – at most 5-10 views a day – but it introduces new readers to my blogs. I once left a comment on a Mashable article that was trending. My contribution to the discussion prompted a modest ‘rush’ (30-50 visits a day during the first few days) to my blog.

This has taught me that leaving relevant comments on other blogs or websites does help to increase the readership base of your blog. Most blogs/sites allow commenters to add their URL’s and that’s how readers find you. Leaving comments on other blogs/sites is now one of my strategies to drive traffic to my blogs. I’m not too particular about which blogs I leave comments on – just as long as the post piques my interest and I have something to say about it.

When leaving a comment, please keep the following points in mind:

  1. Read the post!
  2. Leave a comment that’s relevant and which adds value to the discussion
  3. Fill in your URL
  4. It’s ok to add a link to one of your blog posts if you think it adds value (don’t include more than two links)
  5. Go back to the post a day later and see if anyone has replied to your comment. If appropriate, leave a follow-up comment.
3 Responses leave one →
  1. February 27, 2010

    Hi Keith

    Another good post, thanks. I always appreciate it when someone like you takes the time to provide a detailed conversation about the intricacies of this delightful medium called Social Media. While little of it is difficult, I find that social media is like a huge tapestry with each thread contributing something to overall fabric. And some of the threads in the tapestry are a lot less obvious than others!

    I comment a lot simply because I am a curious, supportive person. I’ve never been certain about including a link in a comment. Appreciate having that clarified.

    Gwen McCauley

  2. velvet permalink*
    February 27, 2010

    Thank you for your comment Gwen. Glad you found it helpful. Social media is indeed like a huge tapestry – fab words!

    Best regards,

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