Well I’m saddened to admit, but the three part blog commenting series is coming to a close.
But, the party won’t stop here.
We’re going to spend plenty of time in the coming weeks having a grand ole’ time. Blogging, commenting, creating, posting, conversing, arguing, smiling, producing. We’re bloggers. It’s what we do.
“Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance.” -Author Unknown
Here are links to each part of the series, if you haven’t already caught them.
- How much time do you spend commenting on blogs?
- What makes a great comment?
- Why do you comment on blogs?
These three questions identify important aspects of blog commenting and help us to better understand commenting improvement, time-dedication and importance. Today the last question will be answered and expanded upon through video, short-interviews and your own comments.
Why do you comment on blogs? [VIDEO]
All these bloggers were so kind to give of their time in order to accomplish this grand feature series. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their incredible thoughts. I recommend you visit each of them at their incredible blogs. They are superb!
JD Meier of Sources of Insight
I think the beauty of blogging is it’s more than a spectator’s sport — you can dive right in.
Marko Saric of How To Make My Blog
Traffic. It is a really good traffic source when you’re starting your blog – see for example how comments I posted sent me more than 200 unique visitors.
Chelsea Thomas of The Social Marketing Project
I originally started commenting so I could introduce myself to blogging communities in hopes of becoming part of a great blogging circle. I comment to voice my opinion, to acknowledge great content, and for support. I understand the time and effort that goes into a blog so I want to make sure I give credit where credit is due. A comment is a immediate source of recognition. It shows that someone actually read the article and had a response to the material.
Ayngelina Brogan of Bacon is Magic
Although I read blogs before I became a blogger it did not occur to me to comment. Once I started blogging I craved feedback from others and it made my day to get an email indicating someone cared enough to respond. I comment on other blogs, especially newer ones to show the same support because I know they feel the same way.
Benny Hsu of Get Busy Living
I comment to get to know bloggers. When I first start I thought commenting a lot would get traffic. But I find that more tiring. Instead if I read something valuable to me, I want to show my thanks and share my thoughts through a comment.
David Siteman Garland of The Rise To The Top
To weigh in on things I find interesting and also honestly for traffic back to my site (without of course spamming).
Justin Germino of Dragon Blogger
I comment to be active in the community, be part of conversations and add value and insight where I can. I also comment to build backlinks but this is a lesser extent and a positive side benefit I don’t actively seek blogs just to get backlinks from comments, but often will visit a post based on the title and if I enjoy the article I will comment.
Srinivas Rao of The Skool of Life
I do it because I’m interested in connecting with people. I also think it’s important to show appreciation for the work that people are doing. Putting together a blog post is quite a bit more work than people realize. Sometimes it’s your comment that inspires somebody to keep going when they’re about to give up.
Patricia Millman of Lavender Uses
I have always commented on a blog to show appreciation for the content I have read. Also comment to input the topic if it is something I have knowledge about or to ask a question if I would like to learn more about the topic. I also comment to connect with the blog owner as commenting is a valuable way to network with other bloggers/marketers.
Annie Andre of Adventurous Living
Originally I commented because that’s what I thought I was supposed to do. But the more I commented the more engaged I became. It really makes me feel like I’m interacting with other like minded people. When I interact it gives me the courage to forge ahead in my endeavors and it helps relieve self doubt. Writing for the sake of writing is therapeutic at times, but without the engagement it doesn’t feel the same.
Michael Powers of Mind of Michael
I comment on other people’s blogs for a couple of reasons. To generate traffic to my blog. To help and add into the discussion and make the writer feel like he is doing a good job. To increase my blogs rankings. And to add my thoughts so people can see things from my perspective and not just the writers (hopefully its useful).
Aaron Klein of Aaron Klein
On my friend’s blogs, it’s all about connecting and encouraging them. I like them to blog because it keeps me connected with what they’re doing. In the tech startup world, I have two goals. First, I want to contribute to the thought leadership of our community and give back to the places I learn from. Second, I think it’s a great way to build the visibility of my new company in that community.
Vitaly Tennant of My Time Matters Blog
I comment because I have an opinion, and I am not just some bot that was released into the blogosphere. I like to comment to show recognition, or sometimes to disagree. All these actions help as they are the building blocks for both the author and the commenter.
Antonio Coleman of Traffic Coleman
First reason of commenting is to get readers to come over to my site and say..”Hey..This Guy Have Some Great Content..Let Me Subscribe” This is the first step of what I’m looking for, but the next thing is to get the attention of the blogger so I can do my networking magic which allows me to become friends with him or her and maybe start a partnership in the near future. This partnership can lead to guesting posting and many other things that come allow to having a freindship with a top blogger. So to put this in a perspective.. I get about 4k to 5k visitors per month by spending 1 1/2 each day commenting on other people blogs…this is call easy marketing.
Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook
When I see delicious food someone makes and/or food photography that is just amazing on some of the food blogs, it’s natural for me to leave some comment on their blog. I communicated with my fellow bloggers through the comment section on both their site as well as my own. Through the comments, I was able to build friendship with some of my favorite bloggers.
Marlee Ward of Metamorphoself
I comment because I want to support blogs and bloggers I believe in. Sometimes I comment just to give a word of encouragement, to add something to the conversation, or boldly disagree. I only comment when I genuinely have something to say. A lot of times I read great blog posts that really get me thinking but I just don’t have anything to add. I usually just tweet those kind of posts. And of course, I’d be dishonest if I didn’t say that I comment because it’s great for growing your own blog’s community. Commenting on blogs that you like will often connect you with like-minded individuals who find your home on the web because of your comment. I think that is pretty cool.
Janet Callaway of The Natural Networker
Let me count the ways. Because I am a blogger, I appreciate the effort that goes into writing a quality post. Whenever someone gives me something, I thank them. In the world of blogging, we thank by commenting. Because the blogs I read are either educational, entertaining, enchanting or d. all of the above, I want to let the blogger know how the post impacted me. And, Christian, I enjoy interacting and talking with people. Oftentimes it feels like a party in the comment section and I do enjoy a good party.
Riley Harrison of Getting Unstuck
Commenting provides a platform for you to be heard (and we all want to be heard) and social presence increases the traffic to your blog.
Daniel Wood of Looking To Business
Mainly to build relationships with other bloggers. That opens a lot of doors long term but it also gets me a lot more comments on my own blog. It also generates some traffic – not much but every comment gets me 1-3 visitors which means I get between 20 and 60 visitors per day thanks to my commenting efforts.
Frank Jennings of A Spark Starts
I comment for several different reasons. I comment to connect with the writer to let them know I found value in their work. I comment to join a conversation and learn from the experience and perspective of others. I comment because the voices in my head tell me to. Lol!
Adrienne Smith of AdrienneSmith.net
I started commenting mainly to drive traffic to my site but over the process of doing this I’ve learned so much more. Now I do it because I learn a lot from other bloggers and I’ve built up some wonderful relationships along the way. They have ended up teaching me more than any training community ever could.
Tyler Cruz of TylerCruz.com
When I comment on other blogs, it’s usually because I have something of use to say. I don’t comment just because I can. For example, you’ll never see me comment “Great post!”. Also, my comments tend to be longer than the average comment, usually being 2-3 short paragraphs long.
Tristan Higbee of Blogging Bookshelf
I comment for a couple different reasons. Sometimes I comment just to show support for other bloggers. Often I comment when I feel like I have something valuable to say. I also comment to get traffic back to my blog and to build relationships with other bloggers.
Eric Gati of My 4 Hour Workweek
For the most part, I comment to build relationships. I can think of several bloggers that I “know” online where the relationship started and was built by commenting. It goes a long way – it can lead to future opportunities for guest posts, joint ventures, and other types of partnerships. Secondary to building relationships is creating backlinks. No one likes building backlinks, but commenting can be an effective way to do it, especially because it can also drive traffic to your site (and as I already mentioned, it can build relationships).
Alex Whalley of AlexWhalley.com
To build my online presence, to meet and network with like minded individuals, and – because that’s what bloggers do!
John Paul Aguiar of Money Dummy
I comment to show appreciation to the writer and to add my 2 cents if I have some to share. Sometimes I learn something and have nothing to add but telling the writer I liked their post.. but most times I have something to share that I think will help others. I don’t comment as much as I would like to, but I’m working on doing it more.
Elise of Elise’s Review
I comment to networking with others and learn from other people’s experiences. It’s also great for traffic generation and expanding your overall social network. If you make great comments on blogs, you can attract the attention of the blog owner and other commenters as well. I definitely believe that everyone should put some sort of effort into commenting, even if it’s just 4 or 5 comments per week or so.
Danny Brown of DannyBrown.me
For me, I think I comment when I either have a question about the post, or if I’m looking at the subject from a different point of view. I very rarely comment if I completely agree with something (though I will complement a great train of thought) – I’d rather see if the blogger can expand on their views, that maybe opens up the post in another direction again.
It would be a lie if I said I started commenting because I didn’t expect gain. In the beginning, in my first few years of blogging; it was solely a marketing method of producing traffic. Now, it’s become something of a much deeper purpose. I comment now because it honestly makes me a better person. When I comment I’m able to work through problems in my head, retrieve a response from others & grow as a person. I comment because it helps me to be a better blogger. Period.
So, I pose the same question for those of you who are reading.
Why do you comment on blogs? What value do you achieve by commenting on other blogs? What is the purpose of blogging? Will your commenting habits stay the same? Do you seek to improve your blog commenting?
*Bloggers were listed in order of response. The photo up top is of me doing some standup paddleboarding at Lake Tahoe in the above photo.