While working as a virtual assistant many have told me that they heard leaving blog comments is a great way to gain exposure to your site and increase traffic. I would have to say I do agree with this statement, but I only agree with this statement if you are actively reading the blog posts and leaving a genuine comment. For example don’t go over to 100 blogs and simply leave some basic comment like one I get in my SPAM box all the time here … “this is my first time here, you have some great content. I am sure to visit again”. I mean really? That is all you had to say? Obviously that person didn’t read my blog post they left this comment on OR they truly have no interest in returning but want to get their link on my page. The best way to truly increase your sites exposure and gain new loyal traffic is to only leave blog comments on blog posts that you truly have an opinion on or that truly touched you. Basically if you can engage in conversation with the blogger about that blog post, then you should leave a comment, otherwise, move on.
I read a lot of blogs, I happen to be a blogger who is addicted to other blogs. My inbox is filled daily with blog updates to read as I am uncertain how to use an RSS reader. My to-do this week does involve learning to use the RSS reader (so if you see my unsubscribing from your blog via email, that means I figured out the RSS reader). My plan is to transfer all of my email subscriptions over to an RSS reader, rather than waking up to an inbox full of blogs to read.
There is such a thing as blog comment karma, basically if someone leaves a comment on your blog you should do at least one of two things (preferably both if you can):
- Visit that persons website or blog and read at least one blog post, leaving a comment on your favorite post.
- Email reply to that person thanking them for stopping by and for their comment, or respond to a question they asked within their comment.
This will allow the blogger time to come back and see your site while leaving a comment for their favorite blog post. The circle will continue because then you should visit their blog. This is like a circle of blog comment karma 🙂
I used to be so super fast at responding to comments and visiting those who I am lucky to have as loyal readers, but sometimes life gets in the way. It’s okay that life gets in the way and for this I propose that you still return the favor by visiting the persons blog within a few days of them leaving the comment. My plan is to start designating one time every couple of days to go visit the blogs of those who left me a comment. This way I can get to know those who read my blog loyally on a higher level and in turn they may come back to read more here at Happily Blended and get to know me better as a person too!
Make it a Happy Day!