5 Ways Commenting on Other Blogs Can Help Your Blog to Grow

  • It Introduces You

When you comment on a post that interests you (or disinterests you) on other blogs, it introduces you to that blogger and everyone else who sees your comment. If they’ve been blogging awhile, rest assured they will click on your name and check out your blog (Do be sure your name is linked to your blog. Jason Cushman explains how to do so HERE.)

Here’s a screenshot of an example. Even though the name of my blog is Pearls Before Swine when I comment what shows up is my actual name and photo so that it is understood immediately who I am and what I look like (in real life). Click on my name and it will take you to my blog.

  • It’s a Reminder

I follow over 400 blogs over the course of the three years I’ve been blogging. There’s no way I can keep track of them all and I won’t pretend as if I do. I don’t like or comment on everyone’s post. It’s just impossible. Likewise, bloggers that follow me don’t get to see and interact with my every post. I’m not crying about it.

There is a way to remind others that you exist and it is by supporting their blogs.

When you drop a comment on someone’s blog they are reminded of your support and will undoubtedly want to return the favor. I’m not saying be fake with your commentary. I am saying that support begets support. When people I don’t know comment on my blog, I click on their profiles and visit their blogs. I may even decide to follow said blog. In most cases, I do.

  • It Connects You / Builds Genuine Relationships

Commenting in the world of the Internet is the same as being involved in a conversation. Commenting on other blogs helps you to make a connection with others. It’s good because you don’t just connect with the home blogger, you also connect with their followers. It’s a form of genuine relationship building. You may discover you write in the same genre, both are allergic to something, both love the same foods, colors, both love History, etc. You may even want to join the same groups. I have connected to many of you better because of you commenting on my posts. We have in turn followed each other’s blogs, joined the other’s email list, bought the other’s books, and know more about one another. All because of commenting on the other’s blog.

  • Adds Value / Authority

When you leave comments on other blogs, it helps to add value and authority to your blog via search engines by way of back-links, which generates traffic. Here is Backlinks explained by the Shout Me Loud Blog:

“Backlinks are incoming links to a web page. When a web-page links to any other page, it’s called a back-link. In the past, back-links were the major metric for the ranking of a web page. A page with a lot of back-links tended to rank higher on all major search engines, including Google. This is still true to a large extent. Here is a glossary of common terms related to back-links that you should know:

Link Juice: When a web page links to any of your articles or your website’s homepage, it passes “link juice”. This link juice helps with the ranking of the article, and also improves the domain authority.

  • More Subscribers

Commenting on other blogs brings more traffic to your site because of link juice and can lead to more subscribers. This is especially true if you leave detailed, well-thought out comments because it is a glimpse into the kind of content that can be found on your blog. Again, if the blogger is like me he/she will be inclined to click on your name (which you would have connected to your blog site) and check out your blog to discover more about you.

Combined these elements can help your blog to grow by:

  • Increasing Traffic / Views
  • Increasing Blog Subscribers

Before we go, make sure:

  • You don’t go around randomly commenting on people’s post after reading this. There is no right way or wrong way to blog but I have learned that such things as this must be genuine to work so don’t be fake, people can tell.
  • Your blog name is actually a name. Either your business name, Sara, Ann, Brandon, or Bob. Not 123_T or Princess_456.
  • Link your name with your blog so that when people click it this will take them to your blog. Learn how HERE.
  • Add an image to your gravatar. Preferably, a company logo or head-shot. I find human images better because it’s already difficult to trust people over the internet. Being transparent from the beginning by showing an updated image of your real self (Company Logos are good too) goes a long way. This is especially true if you’re an Independent Author. A brand tip is to make sure your author image and author name is the same across all your social platforms. I had to recently update mine so I am only saying this because I’m not very good at branding myself. I am working on it however and my first step was to go back through my social’s and ensure they all have the same image so that I am easy to find. I changed them all to the same picture and will also not keep changing them.
  • Make sure there’s a FOLLOW BUTTON on your blog so that when people are exploring and they like what they find they can follow you in the easiest and quickest way possible.

Note: The headline to this post has been changed to 5 Ways. When I first drafted it, I only had 4 ways. I’ve just went back over it and see there are five bullet points. I have not changed the link (which still says 4 ways) because this post has already been reblogged. Please excuse the miscount. 


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79 thoughts on “5 Ways Commenting on Other Blogs Can Help Your Blog to Grow

  1. I have found this to be true. I love to check out people’s blogs when they comment on mine and had not thought about how much value I get from commenting on theirs. First, the value of finding a new writier and secondary benefit is they often follow me back.

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    1. Yes! So true. That’s what started this post. I noticed I was following and checking out the blogs of people who left a comment here and I was like hey! We’re on to something lol. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on the table. You know I’ll be to visit you soon 🙂

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  2. Not having a “Follow” button in plain sight sends me into Hulk-mode! LOL!

    And if I’m in for a penny, I might as well be in for a pound – all bloggers know the time and effort involved in putting together blog posts. Some posts require a significant amount of effort due to research and surveys. While we know we cannot comment or even like every post of every blog we follow, more effort should be put into commenting… not just clicking LIKE and flying on by. I see blog posts every day with 100+ likes and NO comments. So…uh, what did you LIKE about the post?

    *Kicks soapbox to the side* 😉

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing this. Inasmuch as it’s always good to comment on others blogs, what do you do when you constantly comment on a particular blog (I’m talking about genuine comments here) and all the person ever does is just like your posts? Will you let it pass and just continue?

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    1. Thanks so much for leaving a comment on the table and forgive my late response. Your comment went to my Spam folder which is a real problem lately. Anywho..

      If you are leaving genuine comments on the posts of blogs you have enjoyed and they are being ignored it can feel disheartening but I would let it go. If the comments are truly genuine there’s no reason to allow the lack of reciprocity to influence the support from your end. I’ve learned that if you do good for the sake of doing good without expecting anything in return, you will never be disappointed. Good that is returned will feel great but good that is not returned won’t bother you.

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  4. Great reasons to comment on other blogs! I personally feel supported when others comment on mine and I think everyone likes to know that someone is reading what they took the time and energy to write.

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing this. However, what would you advise if after constantly leaving comments (i mean genuine comments) on others blog and the only thing you get from them is just a click on the like button. Would you just let it pass, this can be quite discouraging when you invest positive time on someone’s blog and you don’t get it in return

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    1. That’s true. It’s discouraging to support others who are obviously not interested in supporting you. However, I would let it pass and keep doing me. That is, keep commenting on posts I feel genuinely pulled to comment on and expect nothing in return because I am not commenting so that they can comment back. I am commenting because I’d like to add to the conversation. (Please see my comment to your first comment above.)

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    1. I think so! It looks a bit strange to me too only because if our names and blogs are linked we don’t have to use URLs. People can just click on our gravatar or name and be directed to our blogs. But like you said, maybe there’s something to it! Thanks for stopping in!

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  6. Great post! Interaction is so important. That’s what it’s all about, right? I try to put well thought out comments on posts, sometimes I’m better at it than others. It depends on what is going on in my life at the moment and the interest I have in that particular post.

    I love when people follow me back, but I don’t expect it per se. I know the blogosphere is full of great blogs and sometimes we have to pick and choose the ones we follow or risk being completely overwhelmed.

    It’s the ones who do follow that bring the best interactions to your blog and have the most interest in your content.

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  7. This has been most helpful. I mean, some things I knew, like building relationships, getting to know and be known, and that, but the stuff about link back, and other things, some I knew just a bit about, and now, I’ve got info! I love, info!

    😊

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  8. To me, commenting on other people’s blogs is the best way to connect on the internet. Yes, I like social media. Yes, I share tons of stuff (I like sharing what I’ve enjoyed), but blog commenting has a level of involvement and connection that other social media just don’t have. This is how I feel, at least.

    That’s why I like doing it. Many times, I don’t hear from the blogger, they never even come to return the visit. But that’s ok. Many do come to at least see what I’m up to and there is a chance they’ll like it enough to then return.
    Not a fast process of connecting with people, but I think this is the most effective one, because it’s the one where more interest is involved.

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