When I first started blogging, I was very into blog commenting. Not just for traffic (although that was nice) but really just to get to know other bloggers.
For the last several months in 2009, however, I have had a heavy workload, including more responsibility at my main job, managing multiple blogs, and doing various freelance projects. I had to make a choice between continuing to comment on a lot of sites, or spend that time focusing on the content I put on my site. I chose the latter, and hoped to give back to the bloggers who have been very supportive of me with lots of social media shares on Stumble & Twitter, plus link love and resources in my Fetching Friday posts.
In mid-December, I was able to make time for blog commenting again. I forgot just how much I enjoyed visiting my reader’s blogs and responding to their posts, as opposed to just reading through and sharing socially. Commenting again has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and has proven very beneficial in the several ways.
Increase in Blog Mentions
Blog commenting is a well known way of link building. But more important than the links you drop in the comments is the links you get from other bloggers in their posts. I have noticed a definite increase in the number of times Kikolani has been mentioned on other sites, and it is greatly appreciated!
Increase in Social Sharing
Along with an increase in blog mentions, I have also noticed an increase in social sharing of posts by some of the bloggers whose sites I have commented on recently, another sign that blog commenting definitely helps build community amongst bloggers.
Increase in Traffic
This could go hand in hand with the additional blog mentions and social shares, but I have also noticed an increase in traffic. Especially on my portfolio site, as I have also done a lot of commenting on other freelance blogs. And it hasn’t been just bounce traffic either. My bounce rate has actually decreased since beginning blog commenting again, meaning that the referrals and mentions has brought in quality traffic, as opposed to just more hits.
Increase in Comments
Although the total number of comments I have received has only increased slightly, the number of quality comments I have received has increased by a lot. So less spammers and more people who are actually reading and responding to posts with in-depth comments.
Increase in Blogging Inspiration
There have been some posts that I have run across that have inspired me to not only respond in the comments, but to also create a post in response as well. For example, I was commenting on a post on whether to go with comment moderation or closing comments, and when I saw my comment was not just sentences but paragraphs, I turned it into a post on whether closing blog comments is a good idea.
The big thing to remember when turning a comment response in to a post is to give credit to the blogger that gave you the inspiration. This way no one can falsely accuse you of copying their article.
Commenting Pet Peeves
While going on my commenting sprees, I ran into a few technologies that drove me a little bananas, as they kind of slow down the commenting process (or stop it altogether). These quirks include…
- Registration. If I know I’ll be coming back again and again to a site, I don’t mind registering. But sometimes, I know it is going to be a one stop deal, and it doesn’t merit taking the time to go through a registration process and confirmation via email just to add a comment.
- The JSkit comment system. This one is somewhat confusing to me. When I comment using my Google profile, my photo never shows up, even though I can see my picture when I click on my profile. And I don’t want to use Facebook because I don’t know what kind of access I am granting the blog to my profile. I certainly don’t need another Facebook application posting to my wall.
- The Disqus commenting system. It always pops up and ask if I want to register, claim my comment, post as a guest, etc. I’m sure I registered at some point, but I don’t want to take the time to login. Plus I don’t always want to automatically subscribe to future comments. Too many extra things to change after adding the comment.
- Captchas. I’m ok with simple addition captchas, or ones that have an easy to read block of letters, numbers, or words. But I ran into some that were extremely difficult to read that I had to input two or three times before I got them right. Probably the strangest, most time consuming one of all was one that had you rotate four different shapes to match each other – there were no directions, so it took a moment to figure out what the point of the four images was.
- Blogspot captchas. I realize they are a necessary evil to help fight comment spam, and my beef isn’t with the bloggers that use it, but Blogger itself. They should put the captcha in the same form as the main comment form, instead of having it pop up after you submit your comment. I inadvertently missed one, as I saw it pop up right before my browser took me to another link I had clicked on, and I had to go back and do the comment again.
Your Pros and Cons of Commenting
Are you a regular commenter on a number of blogs? What are the benefits you have noticed when commenting? Any additional pet peeves?