When starting a new blog one of the best ways of driving traffic to it in the early stages is to comment on other blogs in your niche.
I rank blog commenting second only to guest blogging when trying to promote a blog.
The act of leaving a comment on a blog is a pretty straight forward procedure which means that it is a quick and easy way to generate links back to your blog and drive traffic.
However there are a couple of tips that I would like to share with you to help you to get the most out of your blog commenting time.
1. Leave an insightful comment
The biggest failing of new blog commenters is that they go for quantity over quality. It is better to leave 10 well thought out comments than 30 quick ‘Great Post’ style comments.
If you leave a short un-insightful comment then chances are most people will simple look straight over it, whereas if you leave an insightful comment that people take the time to read then they may also want to hear more and follow the link back to your blog.
CommentLuv is a plugin that allows commenters to have a link to a recent post on their blog. There are thousands of blogs that are now using this plugin and it gives you a great chance to get your posts in front of potential readers.
Make sure you choose a post that is relevant to the post on which you are commenting as the readers will be more likely to follow your link if it is on a topic that is of interest to them.
This is a great way of gaining new readers on your blog by capturing like-minded readers on another.
3. Be First
One tip that I have used to drive strong traffic to my blog is to be the first commenter on a popular blog.
Posts on popular blogs tend to be read by thousands of people over the first couple of days of publish. If you can be one of the first to comment on these posts then chances are you will direct some of the traffic to your blog.
I like to follow popular bloggers in my niche on Facebook, Twitter and via their RSS feeds, so there are many times through-out the week where I will be online when they publish a post. I then shoot across and read their post and leave my views on what they have written.
I hope that you find these tips useful and that they help you to drive more traffic to your blog via blog commenting.
Feel free to share your tips on driving more traffic through blog commenting below.