Blogging and Commenting: How to Create Traffic Driving Blog Comments

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  June 29, 2021 blogging tips ๐Ÿ•‘ 7 minutes read
how to create traffic driving blog comments

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(Updated 6/29/2021)

 

Blogging and commenting go together like peanut butter and jelly.

 

Bloggers still underestimate the power of genuine blog commenting years after seasoned pros stressed the importance of authentic commenting campaigns.

 

I uploaded a screen share video to explain how to drive traffic through blog comments a few years ago. However, I updated this blog post to add 1000 plus words of actionable text to:

 

  • be current
  • remind you of how to comment the right way
  • impress the power of blog commenting onto your mind.

 

Point blank; no blogger outreach strategy competes with a genuine blog commenting campaign for new or veteran bloggers. New bloggers can write and publish an impactful blog comment on a leading blog some 5 minutes into their blogging career. Meanwhile, the same bloggers may go 5 years before being skilled, credible and seen enough to publish a guest post on the same blog.

 

Veteran bloggers struggling to gain traction can make an impact through blog comments. Established pro bloggers often swear by commenting as their prime means of building a blogger friend network. Most powerful pros who follow Blogging From Paradise met me through genuine comments I published on their blogs.

 

Blogging and Commenting

 

Since the people have spoken and I love doing these screen shares, here is another 13 minute job that explicitly lays out how to create traffic driving blog comments.

 

If you are new to blog commenting, this traffic driving method of building bonds and creating value is perfect for new bloggers, veteran bloggers and hell, any blogger, when you do it right. Blogging and commenting rocks because few get the genuine power in authentic blog commenting. Most overlook effective commenting. Better for you and me. We stand out through this neat way to make friends, drive traffic and grow profits. But you need to do it the right way. Commenting the right way is the way to make impacts. Otherwise, you just spam folks and lose your reputation in the process.

 

Lisa Sicard, Sue-Ann Bubacz and Anthony Gaenzle are skilled blog commentors. Follow them. Learn from their example. Comment just as effectively as these pros. Lean from folks who know their blog commenting stuff to show your blogging and commenting stuff, too. Observe the gems. Follow their lead. Become a blog commenting gem.

 

The thing that gets me about blog commenting is that it is 100% free. No one charges you to publish a valued, genuine comment. No gate keepers to get past. Plus, no barriers to entry. All you need to do is publish a thoughtful, personalized comment, to avoid the spam folder. Sounds good, right? Newbies to pros, anybody can publish genuine, valuable comments right now to expand their reach, to make friends and to grow their blogging business, indirectly, of course.

 

Blogging Video

 

I discuss:

 

  • why personalizing comments makes you stand out
  • how crafting meaty comments makes a genuine impact
  • why your sign off matters (it really does)

 

Click the “play” button as I explicitly show you how I crafted a whopper of a comment on Pro Blogger to give you a framework for creating eye-popping, traffic-driving blog comments. Note; prepare for some audio choppiness 4 minutes into the video. The screen share extension seems a little buggy so I will keep future videos short and sweet.

 

How to Create Traffic Driving Blog Comments the Right Way

 

 

1: Personalize Comments

 

Personalizing blog comments is a sure way to avoid falling into spam or trash folders. Spending a few seconds to address bloggers by name and to sign off with your name makes a powerful impact but also makes comments legit in regards to spam algorithms. For whatever reason, spammers rarely use names. Legit commentors sometimes use names to personalize comments. Bloggers know this.

 

I scan trash and spam folders for my name and sign off names to weed out legit comments. Spammers use names in rare cases but most do not.

 

Driving traffic through blog comments seems easier if readers actually see comments. One needs to avoid spam folders to get comments published, visible and ready to drive traffic to your blog.

 

Spend the moment or two required to greet your fellow blogger by name. Sign off with your name. Personalize interactions. Avoid spam folders. Allow your comment to go public.

 

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On a deeper level, adding blogger names boosts the chances that someone clicks your name – to visit your blog – or fellow bloggers bond with you. People love hearing their names. I believe we feel our name is one of the sweetest-sounding words in our native tongues because in a largely mindless, panicked world, name-users generally care about us. Caring about other bloggers influences other bloggers to care about you.

 

Follow this simple blog commenting golden rule: care to influence people to care about you.

 

Embracing this rule works quite nicely with tip #2.

 

2: Publish Value

 

The definition of “value” differs depending on:

 

  • the depth of the blog post
  • the stage of your blogging career
  • your knowledge of the subject

 

I published a hefty comment on Pro Blogger displayed via the video above because I know quite a bit about the topic and valued commenting as a prime connecting medium 3 years ago. Guest posting became important to me and readers since then. Now I publish shorter but still valuable comments.

 

New bloggers; publish at least 2-3 paragraphs to earn credibility in the blog commenting world. Think about sharing value to allow value to flow to you through:

 

  • blog traffic
  • blogging buddies who appreciate your comments
  • increased credibility

 

People follow value. Publishing thorough, detailed comments sends a value signal to blog readers. Some impressed readers click your link to boost your blog traffic. But the gateway nature of effective blog commenting pays immense dividends here as impressed bloggers who appreciate your valuable comments on their blogs befriend you.

 

Blogging buddies:

 

  • mention you through backlinks organically planted into their blog posts
  • invite you to guest post on their blogs

 

Organic backlinks and guest posts placed both increase your blog traffic significantly over the long haul through the concept of leveraging. Imagine having a 100 member blog following through your blog. A blogging buddy with 1000 followers leverages your presence with each backlink to your blog they drop in a post. Each guest post you publish in front of their 1000 followers leverages your presence even more because an entire guest post yields more credibility than a single link mention.

 

Genuine blog commenting opened the door for these opportunities. Publishing valued content via comments made the difference.

 

Blog comments are content. In essence, each valuable, detailed comment you publish adds immense value to the blog content published through the post itself. Your dazzling comments may even help nudge a blog onto page 1 of Google. Both you and your fellow blogger win if blog post comments and content join to create a masterpiece because you expand each other’s presence through the concept of leveraging.

 

3: Sign Off

 

Sign off with your name. Even though it seems meaningless on first review, signing off with your first name:

 

  • personalizes blog comments
  • strengthens friendships
  • keeps comments out of spam folders
  • adds a sense of etiquette to blog comments

 

Human beings tend to live in frenzied, hurried worlds. The online world reflects this truth in exponential fashion.

 

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Drop a 4 word text message because you are too busy to call someone. Send a 5 word ultimatum via Messenger, Drop a 6 word blog comment because you are in a hurry.

 

Each mindless, frantic attempt at communication above makes the human on the receiving end a target, a thing you happen to be communicating with. But publishing a mindful, valuable comment, addressing bloggers by name and signing off with your first name adds intimacy to your interaction. Being intimate simply means being close, being friends, or being familiar with one another.

 

Friends care for friends before caring for anyone else. Blogging friends care for you by increasing your traffic and profits via:

 

  • promoting you through their blog
  • promoting you through their social media
  • endorsing you
  • hiring you
  • purchasing your eBooks and courses

 

Signing off with your first name is a cherry on top of the friendship-building cake.

 

No blogger needs to sign off but the few extra seconds seems well worth it in terms of making a bit stronger impact.

 

What About Commenting and SEO?

 

Blog commenting is a gateway activity in SEO terms.

 

Blog comments links are No Follow links. Google does not give juice or credence to blog comment links. But never make the common error of writing off No Follow links, as short-sighted bloggers do.

 

Blog comments allow you to be:

 

  • seen
  • credible
  • impressive
  • noteworthy

 

in the eyes of fellow bloggers and their large, loyal readerships. Being credible in their eyes leads to:

 

  • guest posting invites
  • organic backlinks

 

Do Follow links gained via guest posts and organic backlinks boost your SERPs. Perhaps you won’t get a Do Follow link through the comment itself but the hundreds of Do Follow links you gain through organic backlinks and guest posts (courtesy of bonds built through commenting) seems worth following a genuine blog commenting campaign.

 

Conclusion

 

Put in the time to execute a genuine blog commenting campaign.

 

Traffic flows to social bloggers who share value through their authentic blog comments

  1. Vishwajeet Kumar says:
    at 12:35 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    Awesome Post. You are really a Blog commenting Ninja and do it very efficiently. I have also learned how to comment on blogs from you and its really help me to drive huge traffic to my blog. Blog commenting also helps me to connect with fellow bloggers like you and others. Its also help me to build my authority online. Thanks for this amazing post.

    Have a Great Day ๐Ÿ™‚
    Vishwajeet

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:26 am

      So many benefits, right Vishwajeet? I see you posting genuine comments all over the place in the blogging and online business niches. Love what you’re doing bro. Thanks much ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Brad Lindsey says:
    at 1:04 pm

    Hi Ryan

    I appreciate your video and all the helpful advice for submitting good, engaging, and relationship building blog comments! I am relatively new to blogging and article writing, and slowly but surely, learning about how effective a good blog comment can really build a solid relationship for a plethora of opportunities down the road.

    The bad one liners with incorrect grammar…tend to really agitate me, and will be thrown in the trash on my blog. I think making a little bit of an effort, actually reading the post, and giving your honest opinion and input, is the really only way to go! It has taken me a bit of trial and error to figure this out, and your video solidified some inner conviction that I have made the correct choice in delivering quality over quantity blog comments.

    And it is…paying off tremendously!

    Thanks again, and will be staying in touch and reading up on more of your articles!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:26 am

      That’s great Brad. Sometimes seeing a screen share and insight from another bloggers gives you a little extra clarity so you can stay the blog commenting course. The benefits are too numerous to bail on blog commenting. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Donna Merrill says:
    at 7:17 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    My favorite topic: Blog commenting.

    I always tell people it is the “backbone for your blog” because as a blogger you want to give your all on other blogs. It’s is kind of a mini guest post when you leave a great comment…like the one you showcase here to Darren.

    Gotta read the whole thing…yep! No skimmers allowed because people will know it. Responding to the content of the blog in your own words and style gives credibility to the blogger. It also enhances the context by putting our two cents in lol.

    The great perk in putting time and effort into a comment is that other people read it. They might just find what you have written is interesting to them. Then they hop over to your blog and start engaging. There you have it..another loyal follower. It’s happened to me so many times when someone writes “I read your comment on……”

    From our loyal readers to becoming our clients and/or customers it works that way. One person at a time building a good relationship of trusted friendship.

    I have known you over the years as a fellow blogger and friend. I wouldn’t hesitate to do business over a virtual handshake. That’s how we roll. This is the objective we want to have with others. It becomes a win win situation all the time.

    -Donna

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:25 am

      Brilliantly put Donna. Love your blog commenting style and I have enjoyed watching you from afar for years. If you take a few moments, read a post and share your thoughts genuinely, folks really do read your comments, click through and yep, hit ya up with I read your comment on…. It is about being authentic and sharing your thoughts generously. Thanks as always for the sensational comment!

  4. Jan Verhoeff says:
    at 2:08 am

    Ryan, I’m a huge fan of your meaty comments and blog posts. I particularly appreciate your ebooks. As a writer myself, I always get caught up in the quality of the craft, the covers, and the fun part of the design. But I so admire your “free wheeling” style of publication.

    I guess I appreciate most the “get it done and get it out there” concept that seems to sell so well. After years of plotting, planning and strategizing every book, I find myself grasping the get it done concept and writing more and more books. Still not as prolific as you are, although I must admit, I’m still writing content for other writers and bloggers, so probably have the word count down… LOL

    My take away from almost every encounter with you is the laid back beach boy style that suits you so well. I wonder at my own branding. I have all these questions about being uptight, too studious, overwhelmingly detailed, etc. But then I realize how many of my customers relate directly to me…

    But, is change coming? We shall see. I’d love input. I do feel confident in my choices, I just wonder sometimes if I should be having more fun? Not sure how I would do that… Because I really LOVE what I’m doing.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:18 pm

      What you are doing now works perfectly for you Jan because you love doing it! This is the key; we all have different journeys, and different strategies that feel good, or feel fun. This makes life interesting. We give people different flavors, and those who appreciate our flavor resonate with us the most and join our tribes. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Susan Velez says:
    at 7:35 am

    Hi Ryan,

    I love commenting on other people’s blogs. I actually picked up your eBook to see how you’ve built up your empire, after all, if I could pick up some nuggets then why not learn from someone who has built their empire through commenting.

    For about 8 months, I make a point to comment on other blogger’s blogs. The cool thing is that because I have spent time reading the blog posts and leaving valuable comments, I have made some great friends online. I consider you one of the friends that I’ve made online.

    Commenting can be a great way to drive traffic to your blog. However, you want to make sure that you are adding value to the comment, otherwise, you are just wasting your time because your comment will be deleted.

    I’m still amazed at how many spam comments I still get on my blog. More people should pick up your eBook so they can learn how to comment properly.

    It still amazes me how many people still try to spam other blogs. I guess people never learn and don’t want to spend the time to actually build the relationship. They’d rather spend time trying to spam in hopes of gaining a backlink.

    Me, I’d rather do it correctly and continue to build great friendships online. While I don’t comment as much as you do, I have made it part of my daily routine to help me grow my blog. It doesn’t take a lot of time and there are many benefits to commenting and sharing other people’s content.

    Thanks for sharing this with us and reminding us how important it is to take the time comment.

    Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Susan

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:17 pm

      You are a first rate commentor Susan and like you said; it is more fun to post thoughtful, in-depth, genuine comments versus spamming people all day long looking for a backlink. Being genuine counts most in the blog commenting game. Thanks for your rocking comment as always!

  6. Elvis Michael says:
    at 10:31 am

    I first heard the phrase mini guest post (from you) a few months ago, and it really stuck with me. From a purely psychological standpoint, it’s amazing how your mindset shifts into leaving a more thorough, meatier, useful response just by considering it a post and not merely a comment.

    A typical comment has become almost synonymous with “quick and sloppy” – and I think that’s where the problem lies.

    Thanks man!
    And happy 2018 to you and the lady and (of course) the kitty that loves to appear in all your videos (she’s the real star of the show).

    Elvis

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:15 pm

      Happy New Year Elvis! Agreed on the mindset thing. A simple shift through different word usage makes all the difference. Like a light bulb goes off. Delilah says Happy New Year too ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hassaan Khan says:
    at 7:11 am

    Hi Ryan,

    I believe a lot of bloggers misunderstand both blog commenting and guest posting; all they want is juice without putting in the work.

    I have said this to Joy Healey that I always try to give something away whenever I leave a comment on a blog. It’s a win-win situation if you write a compelling, useful write-up in the comment section. What it does is quite surprising: not only does it help the blog owner, but it also brings value to the readers.

    I don’t remember I ever left a one-liner on someone else’s blog. Either I walk away if I don’t have anything special to add up to the topic, or I sit down with a cup of tea and comprehend the idea of the blog post, then I respond to it in a way that it could help many.

    Moreover, I loved the analogy of a mini guest post. I once thought to create Medium or LinkedIn Pulse Posts out of every comment I do on others’ blogs.

    You’re the best, man!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:34 pm

      I have always noticed that about you Hassaan. You are a mindful, thoughtful commentor, wherever you share your thoughts. The cup of tea strategy is working ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also walk away from some posts without a comment if I have nothing to add. This helps me save energy for posts where my comments can flow. Thanks much!

  8. Shaheen Kadri says:
    at 4:01 am

    Hi Ryan, Thank you for the great Post.

    I was just amazed if backlinks from other websites that I own are also important just like from other websites. Is it advisable to do it both ways?

    Much as I would like to comment on other websites, I thought that backlinks from my websites can also increase their visibility.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:33 pm

      Commenting on other sites is the way to go Shaheen. Then you spread the word, make friends, add value, and lay the foundation for positioning well in Google. Because the bonds you form through blog commenting – or effective commenting – lead to massive benefits for both parties. Thanks much.

  9. Curtisย J Newport says:
    at 2:13 pm

    I think making a little bit of an effort, actually reading the post, and giving your honest opinion and input, is the really only way to go! It has taken me a bit of trial and error to figure this out,

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:54 pm

      All important factors Curtis. I for one love sharing my take on a topic and just plain having fun with commenting. It took me a while too to figure it out; like shifting from commenting tension to ease.

  10. Susheel Karam says:
    at 1:59 am

    Hey Ryan,

    This is my first comment on your blog.

    As you said Writing long comments is best way to make your comments Standout and noticeable.

    But I think it isn’t right strategy for some blogs with higher posting frequency, where the author does’t even have time to reply.
    Your comment will get lost under number of posts and will have no value.

    But for other types of blogs it works like charm. People will definitely notice the work you have put in writing that comment.

    A small tip for those who write long comments:
    Save your comments you have posted in a text document until it is approved on a blog. So that you post it again if it gets lost or accidentally end up in spam.

    Thanks for great video Ryan.

    Regards
    Susheel karam

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:33 pm

      I feel that commenting may lend itself to certain niche Susheel. To most niches, really. But some may not be a match with blog commenting. The activity has to feel good to bloggers too, or, it needs to feel fun for bloggers, for the comments to flow from a genuine space. Awesome tip too; I often save comments in a Word document in case I run into issues with the blog itself. Thanks for the rocking comment!

  11. Israel Olatunji says:
    at 6:05 am

    What an amazing video tip! I didn’t discover the power of blog commenting in driving traffic to a website throughout the first 30 days of starting out my blog and, so, my traffic remained zero till the end of that month.

    Each time I checked through Google analytics for my website traffic progress, I used to find zero visitors and this discouraged me a lot. I didn’t give up, though I was trained how to cope with challenges and frustrations that could lead to giving up. This really strengthened and prevented me from giving up despite zero traffic.

    Thanks for the practical training given in videos! I believe this will change many lives positively.

  12. Israel says:
    at 8:07 am

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my own tips on how I’ve been driving traffic from blog commenting. I came across an affiliate marketing network based in Canada whereby I received online entrepreneur certification training courses in several stages of 120 lessons altogether.

    From one of the lessons, it was expatiated that tons of traffic can be generated from blog commenting with regular posting. I was trained that guest blogging plays a vital role in becoming a successful blogger.

    I have posts on my website that really uncover great secrets for driving massive traffic to a website through audience and social engagement. Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:50 pm

      You are doing blog commenting perfectly. I have frankly never seen anyone publish such a high volume of genuine, mindful, thoughtful comments on my blog in such a short period of time. Awesome Israel. Keep up the great work!

  13. Reji Stephenson says:
    at 8:19 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Glad to be here in this blog again. I was not commenting seriously on other blogs for the past few months and this post came up as a motivation for me to keep myself restart my commenting journey with more effort.

    Thanks once again Ryan for your interesting articles. Have a great time blogging and networking with fellow bloggers.

    Best regards

    Reji Stephenson

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:21 pm

      Hi Reji,

      Great to see you buddy ๐Ÿ™‚ I updated this post to remind me to keep commenting on blogs, especially when I feel lazy, as has been the case of late. We all need a little nudge sometimes. Thanks for stopping by.

  14. Lisa Sicard says:
    at 9:16 am

    Hi Ryan, You are spot-on for blog commenting! There are so many great reasons to do it. I love the networking impact of blog commenting. It is better than social media in most cases today ๐Ÿ™‚
    I think it’s even better if you allow them a backlink to their blog like CommentLuv or Thrive Comment systems. Even Disquis is a great comment system to further network with folks on.
    I try to do 5 per day though some days are 0 and then other days are 10 ๐Ÿ™‚ It does take some time when done right but if you can stick to 5 per day that is a great habit to get into. Thanks for the mentions and have a great day there in paradise Ryan!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:20 pm

      Hi Lisa,

      Keen insights all around my friend ๐Ÿ™‚ Blog commenting rocks around the block. Commenting on blogs far outweighs social media for many reasons; namely, because we are creating and connecting on real estate we own. Thank you for being a shining example of blog commenting done right!

  15. Alicia Thompson says:
    at 7:50 pm

    Hi Ryan, what a great post. I never really understood why comments were so important but this post is really factual. It’s a great way to network with other people and share my thoughts on their posts. I believe a lot of hard work goes into a blog post and a comment can really show someone that their voice is being heard. Along with the benefits of SEO and back linking. Great words!
    Alicia

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:00 am

      Hi Alicia,

      Truthfully, I needed to update and re-publish this post to remind myself of the power in blog commenting LOL. Sometimes I nudge commenting aside since I am busy promoting and networking on Twitter but genuine commenting seems to be #1 as far as an offsite means of bonding, growing business and enjoying the ride. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. SharlaAnn Matyjanka says:
    at 12:54 pm

    Hi Ryan

    The comments are the best part!!

    I have very often found myself lost in the comments of an article before ever reading the actual article itself. There have even been occasions when I have chosen not to read an article because of the comments.

    The opportunity to engage with others and have meaningful, thoughtful ideas discussed with the possibility of connecting with new people is priceless.

    Thank you for showing us how it’s done.

    SharlaAnn

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:34 pm

      Hi SharlaAnn,

      What an awesome perspective. Come to think of it, I find myself doing the same thing sometimes. I may scan comments or even begin reading before reading the blog post for all fascinating perspectives shared there.

  17. Erika Mohssen-Beyk says:
    at 1:27 am

    Hi Ryan,
    Good, you remind people about blog commenting again. It seems the new generation of bloggers do not know how powerful it can be for them. I see more one-liner comments these days and spam.
    Serious bloggers need to learn the art of blog commenting. The comments do not only add value to a blog post, it is also interesting to read the comments and see other people’s opinions or experiences.
    I see post sharing in groups and it is only about sharing on Twitter and Facebook and wonder if this is effective?
    I know commenting takes time and it may take even longer to comment if it is in a different language. For me, it takes still longer to write in English as well. But you bring good examples and explain why it is important. Hopefully, your post helps to make the new generation of bloggers aware of how powerful blog commenting is.
    Thank you
    Erika

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:41 am

      Hi Erika,

      Blog commenting rocks because it is a simple way to make friends and gain exposure. Your fabulous comment sets a fine example for new and even veteran bloggers to follow. Thanks for sharing your keen insights my friend!

  18. BeardedGyppo says:
    at 6:47 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    Never knew commenting was going to play a crucial role in blogging. I would just leave generic trash comments and would ask them to check out my blog. Reading your article on how good commenting can be done to boost my traffic and become friends with other like-minded people is so refreshing.
    I really loved how thoroughly you have explained the difference between good commenting vs trash commenting. Hope others do take this seriously and grow.
    There are some things that ought to be done in the old fashioned way – making connections with the human behind the blog and not just use the blog to market themselves.
    This post will help me and other novices in this field of blog commenting.

    Thank you
    Beardedgyppo

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:11 pm

      Hi BG,

      Thanks so much for your comment buddy. I believe we tend to overlook commenting because most bloggers do not clearly see how connecting through this medium leads to immense long term success over the long haul. Grounding yourself to bond through comments pay slow, steady returns as your blogging bonds grow.

  19. Lowell Owston says:
    at 1:22 pm

    Great post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Many thanks!|

  20. Genaro Dach says:
    at 1:10 am

    Hello! I’ve been following your site for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the good job!|

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