When leaving a comment on a high trafficked blog with dozens or maybe even hundreds of post comments, standing out is very tricky.
However, it's a very important traffic generation strategy to increase your blog traffic and should not be missed.
Here are some not-the-same-old blog commenting tips to help you with that:
1. Format Your Comments
You do that on your blog (hopefully), so why not do it for your comments?
If you can make your comments attractive to the eye of a reader (or skimmer I should say; very few people will actually read comments, but many of them will at least skim them).
This is your golden opportunity to stand out and make someone read your very insightful and thought-provoking comment.
What do I mean by “formatting”, by the way?
Make some sentences bold or italic, use quotes, make lists, things like that.
Most comment systems will let you use basic HTML tags to do that.
Here's a short list of suggested tags to use:
1. <strong>Makes a sentence bold</strong>
2. <em>Makes a sentence italic</em>
3. <blockquote>Add a quote</blockquote>
<li>Make a list – point 1</li>
<li>Make a list – point 2</li>
<li>Make a list – point 3</li>
Side note: I've read it somewhere that using HTML in your comments can send them straight to a spam folder. While it's true with HTML code for links, I haven't seen any proof of that fact with other HTML tags. As a matter of fact, I do use them and love it.
2. Make a REALLY long comment
This blog commenting strategy works great for catching attention of both readers and bloggers.
One caveat: you need to actually know what you are talking about. Make sure your comment adds a great insight, another solution to the problem stated in the post, a few more points to the post list, an alternative point of view. You can even start a debate, just make sure you can back it up.
3. Reply To The First Commenter
This one is great for posts with too many comments to count.
Simply reply to the first commenter (or the second one, if the first one had nothing intelligent to say) and your comment will be just as visible to the readers as the first one. Make sure to make a good point though!
4. Start a Thread
Try to start a dialog with one of the commenters (preferably, the first one).
Readers are much more likely to stop and read a thread or even jump in to share their own opinion. Remain in control of the thread though and your payoff can be great – targeted traffic back to your site.
5. Choose To Be Notified Of Replies
This tactic goes hand in hand with the previous one.
Most comment system will have a check mark box to request to be notified of any follow-up comments.
This is a great way to get engaged with the host blogger, as well as get in touch with some of the readers.
The following are some other miscellaneous tips on blog commenting the right way.
6. Ping Your Comments
I am sure you know what pinging is, but here's a refresher just in case:
Pinging is a way to notify your server that your blog content has been updated. The server in turn will notify different pinging services about the update, which in turn will trigger search engine bots to come and check out your new content.
You can (and should) also ping your new blog posts by hand, using services like Pingler.net, Pingoat.net, and Pingomatic.com (there are many others, of course, but these are the ones I use).
So what does it have to do with your comments?
Well, pinging your comments using services mentioned above will increase the chance that a search engine bot crawls your comment MUCH sooner than it would otherwise, thus discovering your link and attributing it to your site.
7. Use Blogger's Name
ALWAYS, always, always use the blogger's name when commenting.
First of all, it shows respect and attention to details.
Secondly, it might be the very thing that will help your comment to emerge from the spam folder should it end up there.
When checking my spam folder, I will always take a special look at the comments with my name in them, since they are more likely to not be spam.
8. Use Twitter ID for Website (bonus)
If you are working on taking over the first page of Google for your name, using your Twitter or Facebook link instead of your blog URL just might be the thing to do.
It goes without saying that none of these techniques will do you any good if you fail to provide any value with your comment. Remember, commenting is not just for one way link building (although it's certainly a great strategy), but also to connect, network, and yes, bring more traffic to your site.
Will these tips help you to become a better commenter or are they more likely to deem you as a spammer?
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