Commenting is an interesting blogging activity. Some bloggers comment on other blogs for direct traffic. Others do it for SEO but the winners are those who comment for networking.
When you network with the right people in your niche, you end up getting traffic and SEO benefits from these connections. That’s why I can boldly declare that those who comment for networking are on the winning side.
Most bloggers who understood this have taken their blogs from ghost towns to noisy streets.
They have mainly focused on blog commenting as a tool to connect with other bloggers. I want us to see how to use this activity (blog commenting) to literally take your blog to a whole new level. Let’s see how this will help you stand tall and attract attention from around the industry.
First, how does networking with other bloggers lead to growth?
Now let me say this – the new meaning of blogging is building a community. Gone are those early days when blogging was a simple way to express ones self. This activity has grown into a full business strategy and of course a full business in itself.
As you know, no business can succeed without a market. Therefore, if blogging is a business, then you must build a market around it.
This market is your readers who come from different channels – Search engine, social media, referral sources, etc.
Connecting with other bloggers help you big time to get more readers from these channels. Your connections (or your friends) will;
- Link to your posts from their blogs! This gives you natural backlinks for SEO and direct traffic.
- They will share your posts on their social media for more traffic from social media.
- The will mention you to their friends and talk about your blog during offline events.
- They will signup to your list.
- The will become your loyal readers who connect to your blog daily.
- They will invite you to feature on their blogs or guest post for them and that alone is a lot of exposure.
You see how connecting with other bloggers can lead to your growth? This means the more bloggers you are connected with, the bigger your marketplace.
So how do you use blog commenting to network with other bloggers?
Most bloggers who comment for the sake of SEO or direct traffic often dash into the error of dropping links here and there. That quickly drives their comments to trash. However, if you focus on connecting with bloggers (and not their blogs), you’ll care more about the value in your comments.
This value is what draws the attention of both the blog owners and their readers to you. So the simple way to network with other bloggers is to add value to your comments.
Here are some points to help you fuel your comments with tremendous value that makes it difficult to ignore.
1 Use the gravatar service by WordPress!
This free service helps you attache your picture to every comment you make. The reason for this is that bloggers are interested in connecting with people whose faces they can see.
If you don’t attache a picture to your comment through gravatar, a default (and sometimes ugly image) is used to represent you. The impression this makes is that you are not a serious person.
2 Read the blog post thoroughly before dropping a comment!
I know most people don’t really read through posts word after word. But note that the only way to get the real meaning of a post is to carefully read through it. By doing this, you are able to get an accurate knowledge and be able to drop a valuable comment.
3 Speak directly to the post author
Don’t just comment like you are speaking to the crowd. The first thing you must do here is to make sure you get the name of the post author.
There is a trap here…
The fact that you are reading this post on Zac’s blog doesn’t mean he wrote it. The author is Enstine Muki so it will be wrong to address your comment to Zac alone.
I have read some comments with practically wrong openings like ‘Hi Admin…’ Each time I see this, I trash the comment without a second thought.
Here are some examples of comments that directly call the attention of the post author;
4 – Use your real names not keywords
One of the things I hate is when comment authors use keywords instead of their real names. This goes straight to tell me this one is backlink-hungry
If you want bloggers to pick positive notice of you, avoid using your keyword in the name field of the comment box. This strategy might have worked in the past. But right now, it doesn’t.
5 – Pick one or two points in the post and comment on
A great comment is when you prove to the post author that you read and understood the content. It’s not the length of the comments.
Some commentators think it’s making a long comment that creates the greatness. That’s wrong.
A great comment is that which brings out some facts from the post and elaborates on them. Give your opinions, criticize, add more to it, bring forth more arguments, etc.
These are the ingredients that makes your comments attractive and worth paying attention to. I have not in any way say that long comments are bad. They only become poor when they have no value. Don’t just add words in order to have a long comment.
6 – Come back to answer replies
This is what converts comments into exciting conversations. Each time the blog owner replies to your comment, come back to it and add more to the conversion.
Don’t just drop a comment and leave thinking you caught the fish. Make it a discussion and by so doing, you draw the attention of other bloggers to your blog.
7 – Reply to other comments
If you are dropping comments on a blog post that has other comment authors, grab that opportunity and introduce yourself. Make meaningful replies and create conversations. This is an awesome way to create more connections in the blogoshere.
8 – Link out to the post you commented
Remember we are discussing how to use blog commenting to connect with other bloggers. This is a solid point that nails it.
After creating a conversation with a blogger on his blog post, link to that post from your own blog. Then send a mail to the post author.
This will always generate positive results that lead to more friends. However, make sure you don’t just link out for the sake of linking. Just link to relevant content.
NB: I recommend you checkout this post where I show you how to use blog commenting to build editorial backlinks.
Zac also has another post here I highly recommend you read. This post is about Matt Cutts’ Tips for Successful Blog Commenting so it will be exciting to check it out.
Bottom line …
Creating connections in blogging may require time. You must put in place a strategy and work fervently on that strategy.
Don’t be in a rush else you’ll be running into silly avoidable mistakes. Follow these simple steps and I’m sure you’ll grow your blog to a very big point.
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Cheapies Never Go Far in Blogging
Someone wrote me a few moments ago. I quoted my sponsored post price. He replied asking for my best price. I told him all prices are final. Literally, I told him kindly but clearly to take it or leave it. He replied, asking me to accept his offer for $10, which is absurdly lower than my $11 sponsored post rate. I am joking; just seeing if you pay attention LOL 🙂 Anyway, his $10 offer is MUCH lower than my sponsored post fixed price. PLUS I already told him twice my fixed price, and to take the price or to leave the price. I *also* mentioned how all prices are final. Of course, I immediately labeled his email “spam” so all future emails, barterings and silly cheap-ness flow directly to my spam folder. I will never see him or his emails again. Nothing personal. But I have no time or energy for cheapies because if you are so filled with the fear of poverty that you completely ignore my emails, I cannot respect you as a blogging business partner.
This is why cheapies never go far in blogging. Imagine this lost blogging soul. He ignores my emails to ask for a ridiculous price on a sponsored post. I label his email “spam”. After 10 or 20 more pro bloggers label his email as “spam”, every single email he sends to bloggers winds up in the blogger’s spam folder. Almost all bloggers never check their spam. Most delete all spam emails without checking the emails. Imagine sending 500 emails to spam folders daily? That marks 499 to 500 emails no blogger will ever see, only to be deleted immediately.
Pay Up to Play Up
Moving up in blogging circles requires you to invest more money into your blog. From paying for your domain and hosting, to paying for your theme, to paying for your blogging education, to investing in sponsored posts advertising your business, the bigger money and greater traffic awaits in higher blogging circles, where money flows freely. Prospering people who buy your products and services without hesitating meet you through friends in higher blogging circles. Same thing happens offline. Jeff Bezos does not do business with someone who cannot afford my $7 eBooks. He does business with serious entrepreneurs who freely invest money in mutually beneficial ventures. Life works that way. Birds of a blogging feather flock together. Imagine if the $10 sponsored post cheapie paid my full price instead? I place the post, his business gets greater exposure in front of prospering eyes and he nets more sales and profits. He makes $100, or $1000 or more, earning more money to boost his sponsored post budget and to move him out of poverty. But the mental illness of poverty prevents him from seeing beyond “I HAVE NO MONEY! I NEED TO ***ONLY*** PAY $10 FOR EVERY SPONSORED POST I PLACE!!!”
He may place a few $10 sponsored post on terrible quality blogs with broke readerships. Truthfully, he should just donate the $10 to bloggers who place his sponsored post for $10 because said bloggers have either 5 daily readers or readers who cannot afford to spend $1, let alone, $100 or $1,000…or perhaps, both. Yikes. Pay up. Play up.
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How Much Confidence Do You REALLY Have in Your Blog?
Watch this video I recorded in Brooklyn Heights today:
Sweet view, eh? I made a powerful point too. Bloggers sometimes boast of their confidence and clarity. Puffing themselves up, they believe deeply in themselves and in their blog. Critics? Who cares? These dynamos seem unstoppable. Belief! Success is on the way, right? Awesome. Then, after mentioning their blog in front of a parent or sibling or cousin, their loved ones make fun of “blogging”, telling these idiots to “get a real job”. OUCH! Like a balloon being popped, your loved ones took a pin to your ego, deflating you. AND showing how you genuinely have little confidence in your blog. Turns out, you feel filled with doubt and pure uncertainty about your blog AND in yourself, blogging-wise. This is a good thing. Critics trigger and unearth deep fears you need to face, feel and release, to reach the next stage of your blogging career. So…how much confidence do you REALLY have in your blog? Talk about your blog to friends and family members, or to strangers. You will find out. Fast. Because these folks are non-targeted and often highly NOT interested in blogging.
I recall mentioning my blog to my fam about 10 years ago. Before doing this, I believed I felt super confident about my blog and self. I BELIEVED in myself! Wild-eyed, ignorant, deluded newbie blogging excitement covered up the fact I doubted myself and my blogging abilities, horribly. After that little chat – even though no family member seemed terribly critical – I felt like crap. Awkward, and lost, my family’s questions triggered deep fears in me. I doubted myself. I doubted my blog. In truth, I had no idea what I was doing because I refused to learn from pros. Bad idea. Naturally, I gained confidence after this session – eventually – because I faced and felt doubts eating into my blogging confidence.
The quickest way to gain blogging confidence is to discuss your blog and what you do with anybody on earth, from friends, to fam, to strangers. Never try to convince or influence or convert folks, because doing so shows your lack of confidence. Let people live their lives and make their choices. Your job is to see how shy or clear you feel discussing your blog. Shy bloggers feeling awkward chatting blogging with folks simply feel filled with fear. Blogging fears need to go for you to succeed. Speak about blogging in public. Broadcast live in a public spot. Record videos in busy spots with heavy foot traffic, as I did above, in Brooklyn. Face, feel and release self-conscious fears that need to go for you to reach the next stage of blogging growth.
One way to be a smarter and richer blogger is by facing your blogging fears routinely. Speaking to or in front of fam or strangers about your blog certainly unearths some of those deep fears. Do it. See where you are at, confidence-wise. Being straight with yourself is hands down one of the quickest ways to accelerate your blogging success. Relax, share your blogging exploits and honestly assess how you feel, to increase your blogging success.
Writing: Your Best Blogging Friend
Writing helps you succeed with blogging. Because writing gives you credibility. Credible bloggers land clients, sell eBooks, place sponsored posts and drive steady traffic, too. Write your rear end off. Write 500-1000 words daily. Write to be confident. Write to be clear. Write to gain credibility in your blogging niche. Of course, most bloggers struggle because few bloggers practice writing offline, daily. Bloggers only write when they publish a blog post or guest post. BIG mistake. Most bloggers publish posts infrequently, meaning you get in little writing practice. Not good.
Why do you believe you can just show up, write and publish a post and become successful quickly? If blogger were this easy, guys like me could have gone pro within weeks of buying my domain and hosting. Alas, it took me thousands of hours and years to go full time because I had to practice writing, creating and connecting to be REALLY good at blogging. Skills, exposure and credibility flow to bloggers who tirelessly practice all aspects of blogging. Everybody else fails and quits.
All money you make through blogging flows to you because people trust you and your blog. Writing skillfully – with confidence and clarity – is the only way people trust you and your blog. The more you write, the more skilled a writer you become. The formula is genuinely simple. But quite uncomfortable to put into action, sometimes. Few bloggers want to practice writing with nobody watching. Some bloggers foolishly skip writing practice because they believe writing offline for practice wastes their time. This is like saying you waste your time practicing shooting hoops in a lonely, empty gym if you aspire to make it to the NBA. NBA stars practiced 10,000 hours or more, often times in quiet, lonely gyms, and always *in private, out of the public eye, with nobody watching*, to become skilled enough to go pro. Expect to take a similar journey in order to become a professional blogger.
Writing is your core skill. If you write well, you make money online. If you write poorly, you do not make money online.
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Every way to profit – out of these 15 strategies – can work quite nicely if you practice writing offline daily. Practice to become confident. Practice to become clear on your writing. Confident, clear writers write with authority. Writing with authority inspires trust in your readers. Again; this is a simple process. But sometimes, this process feels uncomfortable. Nudge through discomfort. Write, write and write some more. People who trust you based on your writing skills tend to buy your eBooks, hire you to coach them, hire you to freelance write for them and buy sponsored posts on your blog. Be diligent in writing. The money flows to you based on how much you practice writing. Plus, practicing your writing makes you prolific. Being prolific increase your blog traffic and blogging profits, too. No downsides exist to writing offline daily. Only upsides. So….write!
Practice in private. Shine in public.
Any successful blogger you envy now practiced writing so diligently that you would never envy their writing practice. After having written millions of words both online and offline, nobody envies the work I put into going pro. But being free to circle the globe? Worth it!
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