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Upgrade Your Blog Comments By Doing This One Traffic Generating Tip

Do you have a new blog?

It’s frustrating isn’t it?

Upgrade Your Blog Comments With This Traffic Generating Tip

You’re putting out all this great content, you’re involved in Facebook groups, Twitter and Pinterest and still no one is coming to your site.

How come it’s easier for other people? They start a blog and in three weeks they have 100 subscribers and about a million comments. What gives?

TwinsMommy is a new site for me. I have another blog where I’ve built a good following, but I wanted to create TwinsMommy so that I can learn how to make money blogging – and also teach others.

I’m a freelance writer so I never went the whole affiliate marketing/ads/sponsored posts route. I figured I can give that a go on this blog. You can follow my blog growth if you want!

But, wait! Do you have a blog?

Before we get into the nitty gritty of this post, if you’re reading this and don’t have a blog, but want to start one, I have an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blog using Bluehost!

Even though I have a following, my target audience on that blog isn’t the same target audience for TwinsMommy so I had to develop a new strategy for generating traffic.

One thing I started doing – which I haven’t done in a while – is blog commenting on blogs in my niche.

Why Blog Commenting is Important

If you have a new blog then no one knows you exist! If you want to build a strong network and connect with other bloggers in the same niche, you need to make it a habit to comment on their blogs.

I started going to other mommy-business blogs or money-making blogs to contribute to the discussion and hopefully bring traffic back to my site.

Some of the blogs I’m going to are:

At first nothing was happening.

All that work I did commenting on 5 blogs a day wasn’t bringing traffic back to my site. Some had CommentLuv, others used Disqus, but still no traffic.

And it wasn’t like I was leaving a comment like,

What a great post. I’ll have to bookmark it for the future.

A comment like that can be cut and pasted to any blog post. It’s not personal or relating to the actual post.

No.

I write comments like this:

The blogger responded to my comment, but no traffic resulted from that comment. Now, I know not EVERY comment you write will result in traffic, but I found one easy way that increases your chance by up to 500%! I know…I’m being dramatic here.

It’s Not CommentLuv

What’s great is that this traffic generator tip works for commenting systems without CommentLuv!

See, before I started TwinsMommy and started my other blog, I only commented on blogs that had CommentLuv.

I figured it was a sure way to bring traffic back to my site. And it is! I mean I have this plugin for TwinsMommy too!

But, for some reason, many of these mommy/work-at-home type blogs don’t use CommentLuv.

I needed to find another way to pique a reader’s interest enough to click on my name and go back to my blog.

And you know what? It was staring me right in the face.

Moms Comment Differently

I’m a freelance writer. Most of the blogs I go to are blogging or writing sites:

And you know how “those” people comment?

Nothing fancy. It’s all business and nothing more.

So, when I started going to work-at-home blogs I started noticing that these ladies jazzed up their blog comment.

Here’s Sarah Brooks from The Frugal Millionaire’s comment on Embracing Simple Blog:

And here’s Jenn’s comment on a mom blog:

It wasn’t until I noticed something on these “mommy/work-at-home” blogs that I’ve never seen before.

Can you spot it out?

The One Simple Thing to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

These smart cookies are putting their blog in their name!

So, it looks like this:

Elna @ TwinsMommy

Or I can do:

Elna | TwinsMommy

or even:

Elna at TwinsMommy

I don’t suggest you put the “.com” in the name as this can trigger the spam filter and you don’t want your comment going there now do you?

I would also suggest to keep it as short as possible. If your blog name is four or five words long, consider a shortened version.

How easy and simple is that?

What’s great about doing this is people are more interested in checking you out when they actually know what your blog name is.

If you only used your name and nothing more, then you’re banking on people reading your comment. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t read everyone’s comments before I comment.

I’m sure the blog owner is about the only one that will read anyone’s comment, right?

But, if you were scrolling the comments and saw a URL next to a name, wouldn’t you want to see what their blog is all about?

Once I put two and two together, I started adding my domain name when I left a comment.

And you know what? It worked. Here’s my analytics for referrals.

blog-comments

I don’t know about you, isn’t that awesome for a new blogger?

Okay, the numbers aren’t huge, but still. All I did was put TwinsMommy in my name when I left a comment and people clicked on the link and went to my site.

What’s nice is that these people – whether it’s the blog owner or visitors – are my target audience.

I’m not going to just any old blog and leaving a comment. I’m strategically going to blogs in my niche and now that I know certain blogs – Single Mom’s Income and Embracing Simple Blog – generate traffic, I’ll be commenting on those blogs more.

What About Disqus?

Disqus is a popular commenting system many bloggers use. You can create a profile with Disqus or just log in with your social media information.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of blogs that use Disqus. For some reason, I have a hard time commenting on them!

I’ll type up my epic comment then fill in my login info, hit submit and my writing disappears!! grr…That’s happened to me more than I’d like to admit.

But, it doesn’t discourage me too much. I still visit blogs that use Disqus.

Since they use your social media login info, how can you add your URL to your name?

I found some people use a signature when they leave a comment  on Disqus.

hannah

So, I’ll be sure to do this next time I run into Disqus!!

Did I Blow Your Mind?

🙂 Maybe I didn’t. Maybe this “trick” is old and nothing new. But, for me, it’s totally new. I’ve been blogging for over a year and I’ve NEVER seen this.

I suspect you see this in the lifestyle/mommy niche. But, that’s not to say you can’t use it on a blogging site or a food blog!

Before you send off your next comment, put your URL in it! I’m sure you’ll get traffic back to your site. And if you want to capture this new traffic, make sure to have a lead magnet or content upgrade!

Over to you – do you have any other blog commenting tricks to generate traffic? Share them here!

And remember to Pin me!

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519 Comments

This is such a helpful post, thank you! I have been blogging for years, but am just starting to get serious about it. You talk about CommentLuv and Disqus; I am wondering which (if either) you use on your site because I love the clean format. I have recently redesigned my WP site and am trying to only include necessary plugins to optimize speed, but also want to ensure I am maximizing traffic and engagement too. So many things to keep in mind! 🙂Reply to Marcy
Hey Marcy, I would never use Disquis. I have used CommentLuv and loved it but it’s not supported so I no longer use it!Reply to Elna
Thanks! Yes, I noticed that it’s no longer supported, which is why I was wondering!Reply to Marcy
Man I’ve been commenting on blogs for two years and NEVER thought of adding my blog name to my name. It’s so funny how something soooooo simple can have a big impact! I’m trying it here for fun (*wink wink). Thanks for always giving such helpful tips!Reply to Heather
Hey Heather, I know right? I never knew for a long time either! Glad to see your blog name!Reply to Elna
This is a great post, I had no idea why people sometimes signed comments like that, it makes so much sense now (I’m gonna try it here for the very first time!)Reply to Donna
Hi Elna , I have a baby blog but i didnt keep commenting option. Now i understood that it was a great mistake for me. Commenting options is much inportant to connect with other bloggers and it increase authority. Thank you so much for sharing such a nice idea.Reply to Nicula
Hi Nicula, So glad you figured that out! Yes, I love to comment on other blogs and start that conversation!Reply to Elna
You’re amazing for putting such great tips out there for us new mom bloggers. I am now going to be searching out some great blogs in my niche to leave comments for. Your website is actually the reason why I started a mom blog in the first place, so thank you for that inspiration.Reply to Nicole
Hi Nicole! Thank you so much! So happy to hear this 🙂 Congrats on your new blog!Reply to Elna
and for some reason I was thinking I had to change my gravatar name and profile name on my blog but that didn’t work for the above comment so now I realize I just have to change my name for each time I make a blog comment. I’m obviously still learning everything lolReply to Nicole
Thanks for this insightful tip, Elna. We just started a blog a few months ago and are always on the lookout for new ways to boost traffic — and you’re the first person we’ve seen to suggest this idea! Trying it out for the first time in this comment!Reply to Colin
Hey, Awesome that you started a blog! Yes, boosting traffic is my jam! You can check out my course if you want to ramp up your new blog – Ready Set Blog for Traffic!!! 🙂Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, thank you so very much for pointing out this tip. Such a great reminder for this little hack. Because I’ve shied away from leaving comments ever since some top blogers mentioned that it’s not something worthwhile. But really, it’s all about perspective, isn’t it? Not to mention the reason for leaving the comment itself. I will surely try your tip.Reply to Devy
Hey Elna! This is a really good tip, but I have a couple of questions. Where are we leaving these comments? Pinterest? Facebook? Instagram? A lot of the blogs I am visiting don’t have a comment section. I also have been trying to comment on Pinterest but it just keeps spinning.Reply to Lauren
Hey Lauren, These comments are on blog posts like the one you just commented on my blog post! Yes, some blogs don’t have a comment section. If that’s the case, don’t read that blog. Go to a blog that has a comment section. Yes, it’s cut-throat but for ME, I’m not reading blog posts for fun; I’m networking, learning and thinking how to better my business.Reply to Elna
Wow! This isn’t really good info. I just started my blog about a month ago and had no idea this was a thing. Like even commenting on other blogs. I’m going to try it! Thanks so much for sharing this info!Reply to Jenelle
Ooh, so helpful, using it for the first time to comment here in your blog! I’ve been binge-reading how you grew your twinsmommy site and it’s so addicting, thanks for sharing!Reply to Julie
I love this post. I’m a beginner and this is just what I need. Thank you so much!Reply to Wendy
Hi Wendy, You’re welcome! So glad you started a mommy blog!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I have never heard of this tip before. Thanks a lot for sharing. I am a new blogger and it is indeed not so easy to get traffic! I will make sure to follow this tip from now on and start commenting on my niche-related blog posts from other bloggers.Reply to TheYpsilonBlog
That’s great to hear!Reply to Elna
What an incredible, insight post. Hopefully this helps with some of my SEO! Thank you so much for being a great resource for us all!!Reply to Ayana
Thank you for this Elna. I had a blog many years ago that seemed to easily attract comments and I remember how fellow bloggers would generally always reply to my comments and visit my blog to reciprocate. These days I’m surprised if I get a reply to my comment let alone anything else. Do you think this is because of social media? That’s my take on it. I’m still persisting with my new blog but it definitely doesn’t feel as dynamic or “fun” as it used to be. In any case, thank you for this great post. I love reading your blog and it has been very useful in my blogging journey.Reply to Mei-Ling
Hi! Yes, I’m noticing that trend as well, but I think if you cultivate a strong email list of raving fans you will get comments on your new posts! This is what I am doing so try starting an email list if you haven’t already!Reply to Elna
Like others who have commented, I’ve recently started a new blog. Your tips on commenting seem to still hold true for generating some secret sauce, even though I read somewhere that it doesn’t any longer. Obviously you are proving this wrong. After reading your tips on Pinterest, I have some work to get to. Thank you for sharing so much detail. It’s very helpful for those of us needing some SEO help, for sure!Reply to KP
Hi! Thanks for commenting! Yes, it is a secret sauce for sure and it DOES still work!Reply to Elna
I have just added that great tip to my task list. I have read a few of your blog posts, and they are really great. Within the last 30 min I have added 10 tasks for me to-do list 😉 I have just one question, I noticed this post is from 2018, do you still highly CommentLuv or is there another plugin that is doing a better job?Reply to Naama
Hi! CommentLuv is still around but it’s not as popular on blogs anymore! But having your blog’s name is probably the best bet! I don’t know of another plugin like Commentluv!Reply to Elna
Many thanks for the quick reply 🙂Reply to Naama
Wow, useful advise. I hope my mom blog turns out as great as yours one day 🙂Reply to Francinah
Hi Francine! I’m sure it will! Create unique and original ideas and you will build a strong community!Reply to Elna
I am fairly new to blogging and I feel like I have learned so much from you already. I’m really enjoy blogging, but I get discouraged because I am not getting much traffic. Thank you for posting this helpful tip, I never would have thought of it!Reply to Katie
Hi Katie! Hang in there! Thanks for commenting! Gaining traffic takes consistent content! So keep publishing content every week and promote it on Pinterest heavily! You’ll get readers soon enough!Reply to Elna
I am a really new blogger looking for ways to grow my blog so this guide has been incredible! I already have a list of things to do, number 1 on the list being to comment on this page 🙂 Thank you for such an informative article.Reply to Kie
Hi Kie, That’s fantastic to hear! Have fun growing your blog traffic and reading other people’s blog posts!Reply to Elna
Wow! This really blew my mind. I will surely start using it, starting with this comment here.Reply to Ijeoma
Hi Elna! I’ve just read several of your posts and they are all so helpful! I’m implementing your advice starting here by adding my blog name:) There is so much to learn for a new blogger like me and I’m really thankful I found your site with so many helpful tips. Thanks for sharing!Reply to Kris
Hi Kris, Thanks so much for being a loyal reader of Twins Mommy! Love your blog name and happy to see you are using this tip!Reply to Elna
And here I thought blog commenting was no longer the thing to do! I have no idea where I got that idea. I’ve started a list of things I can do just from reading this post. I’m ready to go out and comment! I’m not a mommy, but I’m a new blogger. Found your site this weekend and I’m learning so many practical things I know I can do. Thank you!Reply to Caryn
Hey Caryn! So happy you are using this tips! It really got me curious about your blog! Thanks for commenting!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna – I’ve been wondering how to reply to comments on my own blog. Right now I’m writing book reviews and short stories (realized I didn’t say that before – I’m new at this!) and it’s great when people post positive things about my writing, but I’m not sure what to reply back. It’s hard to find any posts talking about that aspect of blog comments. Do you have any tips? Thank you!Reply to Caryn
Hey Caryn, What you can do is at the end of each blog post post a question and encourage discussion in your comments. Since your blog is mostly reviews, you may not get a lot of discussions in your comments. So I would reply with a Thanks for reading and leave it at that!Reply to Elna
Hello. This is great information and I greatly appreciate it. I just started blogging and haven’t done much, but this is something small that I am able to implement quickly.Reply to Seun
Hi! That’s awesome! So glad you read this post and you are commenting with your blog name! Way to go!Reply to Elna
You’re right, that does kind of just smack you in the face! I’d never made that connection before. I’ve included my website but unless someone hovered over my name with their mouse, they’d never know it was linked to a site! Thanks for the tip Elna!Reply to Olivia
Thank you for this information! Are there any paid apps or things such as commentluv that you do use – I know you don’t use that one. Great to have you as someone I will follow.Reply to Suz
Hi Suz, I used to use CommentLuv and blog still use this option for sure! Not sure about any other tool though!Reply to Elna
This is definitely a great trick that I hadn’t thought of yet! I’m going to try it out right here and now 😆. Great post Elna, you sure know how to write an easy read.Reply to Lisa
Hi Lisa, Wow! Thanks! Glad this post was easy to read.Reply to Elna
Rebecca | RestyledHomes Hey Elna, I started blogging just a few months ago and have stopped by your blog often due to your thorough research and good advice. You my friend are the real deal. Thank you 🙏Reply to Rebecca
Hi Rebecca, Thank you so much! So happy you started your blog 🙂Reply to Elna
Very clever indeed. No matter how long you’ve been blogging for there is always something new to learn. What a great piece. Thank you!Reply to Dela
Hi Dela, You’re welcome! Glad you found this blog comment trick useful!Reply to Elna
Great tip – some blogs I go to would prefer that you don’t pop your blog name in there attached to your name. However, I will test it wherever I can. Thanks for the tip.Reply to Becca
OMG Elna.. I never though of putting my URL in your name as you suggested. I will be trying it out NOW. Your blogs are always awesome and helpful. Great way to spread Love to other bloggers and writers. Thanks for sharing!Reply to Beverly
Hey Beverly! Awesome you are using this tactic! I saw your blog name and it got me intrigued!Reply to Elna
Thanks for the tip, Elna. I’ve blogged in the past and stepped away for a few years, but just jumped back in recently. It seems to be much harder work than it was nearly a decade ago! So much more to learn about social media and traffic – it is all quite overwhelming. I stumbled across this post today, a day when I was feeling rather defeated, so thank you for the tip! It will definitely be put to use.Reply to Tina
Hi Tina, Yes, blogging can be overwhelming but take it one day at a time and don’t try everything at once 🙂Reply to Elna
This is an interesting idea. I’ve heard conflicting opinions about blog commenting but I think it is a great way to connect with bloggers. Hey, even it if does nothing for you, it helps to connect you with your blog 🙂Reply to Marlena
Hi Elna, you are so right. I’ve been doing blog commenting to drive traffic to my blog site. But before that, I did Quora. It gave me traffic but not that high compared to the blogs I’ve commented on. Thanks for showing some samples of the comments you found that are very useful.Reply to Valerie
Hi Valerie, Thanks for that tip! Yes, Quora is a cool place to gain authority and clicks to your site, but you do have to look at the quality. Is Quora traffic your ideal audience or are the people reading similar blogs as your blog niche more your audience?Reply to Elna
Elna, this tip is fantastic and so easy to implement! I’m sort of an introvert so networking has been tough for me but I am struggling to get traffic so i need to start commenting more. Your approach is so simple! Love it.Reply to Amy
Hi Amy! So glad you found the blog comment tip helpful! It is a great way to up the curiosity factor when you comment! It made me want to see what your blog is about 🙂Reply to Elna
Girl! I’ve been blogging for a year and have had some trouble with consistent traffic. These simple tips are ah-may-zing! Thanks for taking the time to share them. You’ll be seeing a lot more of me around your posts! See ya later, MalloryReply to Mallory
Hey Mallory! Thanks girl! Glad you enjoyed this post and like my blog!!!!Reply to Elna
What a great idea! Never thought to do that.Reply to Stacey
Hi, Elna! I’m new to the world of blogging, but have really appreciated your tips. Now to hunt down other blogs in my Disney niche and start commenting. Keep up the great work! Thank you!Reply to Meghan
Welcome Meghan! What a cool niche for blogging!!! Nice! Thanks for coming over to my blog!!!!Reply to Elna
Thanks for the great tip, Elna. I always learn something new from your posts! I wonder how that would work with my site, though, because my domain name is my full name. Hmmm, I’ll have to play around with it a bit. Love your content, Elna. Thank you!Reply to Kari
Hey Kari! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, my other blog is my name for my domain name too! So I think I do name | service…so Elna Cain | Freelance Writer when I comment!Reply to Elna
Hmm, I see what I did there. I needed to write Kari Watterson | Freelance Writer in the ‘Name’ box, but also include my website URL in the ‘Website’ box so when you click on my name you’re directed to my website. I gotcha now. Very cool! Thanks!Reply to Kari
Yes, that’s perfect! Thanks so much!Reply to Kari
Thank you so much for your tips! I have left comments across different blogs but never knew how to engage them back with my content. This has been helpful and I will try them out.Reply to Wen
Hi Elna, I’ve heard many times that you should comment on other blogs that are in or close to the same niche to help with your traffic but nobody explained it as well as you have. Plus you gave examples! Good stuff! I’ve been blogging a while now but have not commented much on other blogs for fear of spamming. Your description of the right way to do it gives me the inspiration to comment on more blogs and hopefully gain new friends and followers. Thanks so much for this valuable information!Reply to Elisha
Hi Elisha! That’s great to know! So happy you found a strategy to help get more eyes to your blog!Reply to Elna
That is indeed an interesting observation. I have never thought about it. My concern is, it could be perceived as spammy. And also, my blog’s name isn’t really a name and it lives on a sub page of that domain… Hmmm, but I’ll definitively give it a try all the same. Thanks for the tip 😀Reply to Birgit
Hi Brigit, It might be spammy by the way you present it! (with the @ symbol). I personally use | and that is fine!Reply to Elna
Hey Elna! Thanks so much for this informative post! I just started my blog last month and have seen some traffic here and there. I think by looking for Blogs that my website can relate to will help me not only gain traffic but also hone in my content! Thanks for the amazing tips as always. -ElenaReply to Elena
Hi Elena! Glad you enjoyed this tip to boost your blog comments for content marketing and getting website traffic!Reply to Elna
Posting a signature link is considered spam and you can expect from moderators to disapprove your comment. It also feels a little bit cheesy in my opinion. It looks like that comment is posted for the single purpose of getting more exposure. I see that people started applying your @ strategy here in the comments, so I’ll join in 🙂Reply to Milan
Hi Milan! I suppose it’s possible the odd site owner may not like it, but I’m still providing my real name this is just a “bonus!” I agree it’s totally not cool when you just use your site name. With the kind of sites I comment on, I can’t think of the last time I had a comment disapproved and I would imagine if my comment adds value, the site owner would just trim my site name off. That’s what I would do!Reply to Elna
I wasn’t referring to adding your site to your name, I was referring to using signature links. This isn’t even allowed at forums anymore.Reply to Milan
So much good advise. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. Going to look into the comment luv plugin!Reply to Lauren
Hey Lauren, That’s awesome! So glad you started a blog and are connecting with other bloggers!Reply to Elna
This is great info! Thank you for sharing this. I’m a new blogger and wasn’t aware of this. I feel like I have so much more to learn in the world of bloggers!Reply to Katie