How do you get more readers?
While the first (and most obvious) answer is to write quality content, the truth is that networking with other bloggers, especially if they are in the same niche as you, is essential to getting more readers.
And doing all that is as simple as commenting on their blog posts.
In today’s post I’m going to suggest eight tips for leaving comments on blogs that not only get (you) noticed but will compel others to visit your blog.
1. Be first
Of course, the goal is not just to be first, but to leave a great first comment.
Also, a warning: being first all the time might annoy certain bloggers. It seems intentional, and they will no longer believe that you genuinely want to interact with them, but rather are trying to get them (or their readers) to visit your blog.
2. Offer your side of the story
A great way to add value to a post by means of a comment is to give practical examples of how what they wrote about has influenced your own life.
This means that you have to get personal but the truth is that everyone is going to be grateful for your contribution.
3. Add a point
Did the blogger miss a point on their post?
Adding another argument or point can improve the conversation and show others you are someone who knows what they’re talking about.
One way to stand out is to disagree with the post and/or what others are writing in comments.
This isn’t something you will want to do on every comment that you leave, and you shouldn’t just disagree for the sake of being different.
You need to genuinely disagree, and to provide compelling arguments.
Also, don’t be argumentative or aggressive; this will only decrease the changes that folks will be curious to check our your blog.
5. Comment with conviction, passion, and personality
Sometimes, I read the comments left on my blog posts and wonder if they were written by some spambot.
Inject some feeling, passion, conviction, and emotion into your comments.
After all, this is still writing, right? So punch those damn keys and show others that you are an actual human being.
6. Funny helps
As a blogger who has a blog with posts that can get hundreds of comments I know just how mind numbing it can be to read through them all.
One type of comment that snaps me out of this state is a comment that makes me laugh.
Of course humor can also be misinterpreted and cause offense – so make sure you are actually funny.
7. Ask a question
Makes sense, right?
You ask me a question, and I have to answer.
It’s like asking a small favor of someone; this, in turn, makes them like you, because they wouldn’t be doing it if they didn’t.
8. Share a helpful link
Okay, so this is a bit tricky.
Never, ever, ever share a link to one of your own blog posts. It’s selfish, it’s desperate, and it disrespectful.
But do share links to someone else’s article that relates to the post you just read, or adds to the conversation, or provides a solution to a problem that hasn’t been solved.
Keep in mind that while leaving comments on other people’s blogs can be a great way to get traffic to your blog, it can also hurt your reputation as a blogger.
Common sense, respect, and moderation are three words to always keep in mind when interacting with bloggers/readers in the comments section.
Also, do keep in mind that you are merely a guest in someone else’s house, and this means that you have to obey whatever rules the host/blogger has laid out.