If you want your blog to get more traffic, you should visit other people’s blogs. No, really!
One of the best ways to improve your own blog, in terms of both content and interaction, is to visit and comment on a variety of other blogs in your area of interest. The blogging world is a community, and building positive relationships with other bloggers is a tool that could prove extremely useful.
Here are our top 5 reasons for commenting on other blogs.
1. Cultivate comments
It’s a simple fact – the more you comment on other people’s blogs, the more likely they are to comment on yours. It’s a straightforward interaction – they will appreciate your input, and are therefore more inclined to provide their own when they read your posts.
2. Develop relationships
Developing a positive reputation for yourself on industry blogs is a surefire wire to benefit your own blog. Leaving feedback on someone else’s post is a genuinely helpful thing to do, but it can also work to your advantage: as the relationship develops, it may even lead to opportunities such as guest blogging, making it doubly worth your while.
3. Increase inspiration
Reading other people’s blogs and thinking about their content to the extent where you feel compelled to comment will almost certainly lead to inspiration for your own posts. If you agree with a particular blogger’s standpoint, you could write a complementary piece in a similar topic, whereas if you disagree, you should have enough material to create a post that explains why. It’s is a great way to alleviate blogger’s block!
4. Build links
Leaving a link to your site in your comment is perfectly acceptable etiquette – people who comment on your blog will more than likely do the same! It’s a great way of getting the name of your blog out there, and getting extra traffic to your site. If your comment is particularly interesting or thought provoking, people are more likely to read your other work, so take your time and explain yourself in every comment you write.
5. Show support
Ultimately, interacting with other blogs encourages and supports the wider blogging community. Yes, it can benefit you in many different ways, but it’s also simply a great way to show appreciation for the hard work that other bloggers put into their posts! As the old adage goes, treat others as you’d like to be treated – it will pay off for you and make them feel good too.
So now you’ve got no excuse – leave us a comment and let us know about your own commenting techniques!