Leaving comments on another blog, is a great way to generate more traffic, to your blog.

How does leaving a comment on another blog, drive traffic to your blog, you ask?

It starts with a short story.

Several weeks ago, I left a comment on Darren Rowse’s blog, Problogger. Asako, of “Before They Hatch” read my comment, clicked on my name, found my blogs, and now visits and comments often (Thank you, Asako). Yesterday, I was back on Darren’s site, and that’s where I found Nelson’s blog, Help Desk Geek.So I left him a comment. Today, he visited me, and left me a comment. Ironically, another “Blogging Buddie” of mine, Henk ter Heide, of See Me Draw, also found me on Problogger. Great minds must think alike. 8)

See how that works.

The process is very simple. Here goes…..

When you fill out the comment form, you are first asked for your name.

Then…your email address.

Then….your website address. This is the important part.

Just type in the URL as it appears when you are on your home page. In my case, my URL is http://bloggingwithoutablog.com

Hint: If you want to link to a specific page in your blog, you will have to type in the complete URL for that page.

After you leave your comment, and hit “submit”, a link to your site is created.

Now, it is said, that leaving a link inside of a comment is “spammy”. But…..If you are leaving a comment on my blog, and you are not comfortable with filling out my comment form, but want to provide a link to your site, just leave a link inside of your comment. I don’t mind. Just give me a way to find you.

In the past I made a typo when filling out my website address, and it created a dead link, so be careful when typing your website address.

With regard to comments, take your time to leave a meaningful comment. Saying “great post”, and nothing else, probably won’t drive visitors to your site. Leave a comment that will intrigue other readers, to find out a little more about you.

As a reminder, for anyone (with a web address) who leaves a comment on either this blog, or my Observation Mountain.com blog, I create a dedicated link to their blog, by adding them to my “Blogging Buddies”.

As of today, 9/21/07, I have 19 “blogging buddies”. Check out the page, and visit some of my loyal readers.

Unfortunately, one of my buddies, has apparently stopped blogging, as I’m getting a 404 error when I click on his link. Sad. He had the start of a great blog. But, I’m going to leave that link in place, just in case, he revives his blog.

So…..take some time, visit other blogs, and find a post where you can leave a compelling comment. Chances are, the author of that blog will come by and pay you a visit, thus generating more traffic to your blog. Sweet!

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  1. Hi Barbara, You should do an article about Blogrush. You can find more information on the subject at http://www.henkterheide.com/2007/09/21/viral-traffic-gain-method-for-starting-bloggers/

    Take care 🙂

  2. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Henk,

    Thank you for the comment.

    I have been seeing the Blogrush, “link” on several blogs, and did go to their site, however, I have not had a chance to find out enough about them, to write an informative post.

    I will definitely check out the link you gave me, and do more research on Blogrush, as soon as time permits.

    Thanks for stopping by. I hope all’s well in the Netherlands.

  3. SpicePuppyNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, I’m glad you mentioned the importance of leaving a meaningful comment. Aside from not being effective in driving visitors to your site, many people would consider it rude, an obvious attempt to get something for nothing. I’ve noticed a couple of blogs that consistently have terrific thoughts materialize in the comments, which provides great value beyond the post itself, and benefits everybody. On the other hand, comment spam (or comments bordering on comment spam) wastes time for the moderator and annoys readers. Some bloggers have felt that they had to turn off comments because of this, and that’s a real shame.

  4. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:


    Thank you for visiting, and for the comment.

    I visited your site for just a short period of time, and find it’s one I will have to revisit, when I can spend more time reading.

    You have created a very interesting and original layout. I found it extremely easy to navigate.

    See you again soon.

  5. Hi Barbara, If you have a article about leaving comments you should also tell about Akismet (http://akismet.com/) Akismet is the plugin to battle comment spam.
    I installed it a few months ago and haven’t seen any spam since. My admin page tells me that Akismet has stopped 202 spam comments since I installed it and ones in a while I check whether it’s all spam. But until now they haven’t had any false positives.

    Take care 🙂
    (And yes, everything is well in the Netherlands)

  6. AsakoNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Barbara, thank you, I am really enjoying coming to your blog since the first time I found your site!

    Another benefit of the comments is when I find the blog I like, I also tend to check out the blog sites of people who are leaving comments there. People who like to read what I like tend to have the same styles.

  7. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Hello again Henk,

    Yes, Akismet is a great addition to blog comments. Thank you for mentioning that. I use WordPress and it was preinstalled, and that was the first plugin I activated. I agree, it does work flawless. I’m glad I don’t have to take time to moderate all of that spam.

    And…there’s my friend Asako again,

    Probably at the cafe, blogging, hey?

    I agree with checking the other commenter’s blogs. It’s a great way to network.

  8. Hi Barbara – Great tips and great blog. Like Asako, I also check out the comments of those who leave comments on the blogs I like. It’s also a great way of finding new blogs that you might enjoy. Also, I make sure I visit the blogs of my regular commenters often.

  9. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Catherine,

    Welcome to my blog, and thank you for the comment.

    Isn’t it amazing how us bloggers, form a cyberspace network? I think it’s great to know that in this world of millions of people, those of us who share an interest in blogging, have a medium, which we can use, to show support and encouragement to our fellow bloggers.

    Happy Blogging! I’ll come visit you again soon. 🙂

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