10 Tips for Commenting on Blogs

Updated January 22, 2016

One thing that often leads to an increase in traffic is commenting on other blogs. The rise of social media has resulted in many conversations taking place elsewhere, but comments are not dead. However, to avoid just adding to the noise, don’t comment willy-nilly. Be strategic about it.

Why comment?

Adding value to the conversations happening in your niche is one way to gain trust and establish some authority on your topic, two very important parts of building your platform.

1. Hang out where your target audience hangs out

It might go without saying, but if you want to draw readers to your site, comment on other blogs similar to yours. As I mentioned in my post of networking tips, hang out where your target audience hangs out.

For example, if your blog is about knitting, commenting on blogs about softball, sports cars and snow cones is not likely to convert into many readers for you. It’s a silly example, but you get the point.

2. Branch out

At the same time, it’s a common mistake to find a handful of blogs we like, visit often…and then stay there. This isn’t bad—it’s a great way to get involved in the community—but it becomes limiting when you’ve exhausted your traffic pool. Don’t forget, there’s a whole huge world of internet out there.

Next time you’re visiting one of the blogs you always visit, make a point of seeking out some interesting links that might lead you to another pool of interested readers.

3. Be helpful

“Great post!” is a nice comment (I always like hearing it), but not very effective when it comes to driving traffic to your site. Try leaving useful information instead. Something like, “I really like your idea. Sometimes I also try using bigger needles because it gives a more textured effect.” (Can you tell I know nothing about knitting?) Offer good advice and be friendly.

Not only are helpful comments appreciated by the blog owner, they also help to establish your credibility and are much more likely to be noticed by others. The more comments you leave that are helpful, the more people are likely to remember who you are and the more likely they will want to check out your site.

4. Don’t be spammy

It should be said that while commenting on other blogs can be an effective way of gaining readers, gaining readers should not be the only reason you comment on other blogs. Don’t be a nuisance by commenting only to plug your own site or toot your own horn.

A huge pet peeve is the “comment competitions” on really big blogs. This is when people race to be the first one to comment. And then they leave a “First comment!” in their comment. Get genuinely involved in the conversation.

Should you leave links to your own site in your comment?

There are various opinions about whether or not it’s okay to leave a link to your own site in your comment. On a few occasions in the past I have included a link to my own site in my comment when there was a really good reason to do so.

However, the longer I’m online, the more I lean away from this practice. Leaving a sincere and helpful comment and trusting others will click over to your site via your name is a win-win-win situation for the blog owner, their readers and you.

5. Login with a good URL

When you want to leave a comment, you typically have to register by leaving your name and email address. Most of the time you’re also given the option to leave your website URL.

Many bloggers just leave a link to their homepage in this spot. Instead, deep link. That is, leave a URL deep within your site that relates specifically to the post on which you’re commenting.

For example, if I’m reading someone’s blog post about how to blog, I do not leave the URL of my homepage (i.e. https://amylynnandrews.com) in the Website URL field. Instead, I leave the URL of my post How to Start a Blog (https://amylynnandrews.com/how-to-start-a-blog/).

Why?

My assumption is that anyone who is reading the comments on a post about how to blog is somewhat interested in the topic. First I leave a useful comment on that post (no links in the body of my comment). If someone finds my comment helpful, the chances of them choosing to click through to my site via my name increase.

If they click my name and are taken to my homepage because I left my home page URL, that may be fine. But they are clearly interested in how to blog, so if they click through my name and they are taken directly to my post about starting a blog, it makes exploring the topic much easier.

And this will increase the likelihood that they will stick around a bit…and hopefully in the process, will find some value which will make them return later.

6. Be patient

If you haven’t figured it out yet, making money as a blogger is hard work. It’s time-consuming and requires a lot of sticktoitiveness.

Don’t expect to comment on a few blogs and then get a flood of traffic. It doesn’t work that way. It takes time, lots of time in most cases.

7. Monitor how it’s working

Put a note on your calendar to reevaluate your commenting strategy after 3 or 6 months. Is it working? Have you noticed an increase in traffic? Is there a particular blog from which you get a lot of new visitors? Are there blogs that don’t seem to send any traffic your way?

These questions can be answered by looking at your stats in Google Analytics. Login and go to Acquisition (left column) –> All Traffic –> Referrals. As you page through the results, you’ll be able to see who is sending traffic to you. Click on any site name in the results to see which posts in particular are working the best.

Make adjustments to your plan—try commenting on some new blogs, drop some non-producing ones or increase (or decrease) the time you spend commenting, depending on how valuable it is.

8. How to find other blogs on which to comment.

You might be thinking, “Well, this is good Amy, I’d like to comment on other blogs, but I’m not sure where to find them.” This is completely understandable. Sometimes it’s hard know where to go when there are a gazillion blogs online. Of course there are always a few heavy hitters in every niche, but here are some ways to find new ones:

  • Search. It’s simple, but sometimes overlooked. Looking for other knitting blogs? Google “knitting,” “knitting blogs,” “how to knit” or other knitting-related keywords.
  • Use social media. It’s easy to find others online with sites like Pinterest.
  • Copy others. Take note of what the bloggers you already follow are doing, who they follow and where they spend their time. If you follow them long enough, you’re likely to hear them refer to other places they are involved online. Click on “Following” in any of their social media profiles to get a list of people they follow.
  • Forums. Forums are also great places to find other like-minded bloggers. Again, simply search “knitting forum,” “knitting community,” “knitting group” etc.
  • Hashtags. The words or phrases indicated by a pound sign (#) semi-organizes a particular conversation into one stream. You can search for hashtags at a place like hashtags.org, but I prefer to find them by noting which hashtags the people I follow use.

9. Time your comments so you’re near the top of the list

On blogs with comments listed from oldest to newest, if you’re the first person to comment on a post, your comment is more likely to been seen by other readers as they visit and leave a comment themselves. And because most bloggers interact in comments when their post is new, it’s also more likely to be seen by the blogger who published the post. The more people who see your comment and interact, the more likely they are to click through to your site, resulting in more traffic.

I wouldn’t spend a ton of time waiting for someone to post, but lots of bloggers publish at regular times. Sometimes it’s not difficult to figure it out. If it’s worth it & you have the flexibility, set a reminder and show up.

10. Be efficient

If you choose to make commenting a part of your networking process, my recommendation is to carve out a few minutes each day to do so. Set a timer (“I’ll spend 10 minutes commenting”) or pick a number (“I’m going to leave 3 comments today”) and go for it. If you do it regularly, you are likely to see some people come your way eventually.

Related: 30 Productivity Tips and My Top Networking Tips

81 thoughts on “10 Tips for Commenting on Blogs”

  1. shiningpearl102

    Hi Amy! i know this is not the place for my question, but Please! i wonder if i could starting now my blog just with the regular wordpress, and after some work on it and some traffic, i purchase my self-hosting for the same blog?

    Or then, i’ll have to do a new blog????

    thanks in advance!

  2. Thanks for sharing this useful information! I believe the art of blogging has sooooooo many secrets that are hard to imagine…. I just wish you can share how to attract more readers to your post. Do you have an article on this?

  3. I adore blog commenting because I really do love meeting new people and making friends with like-minded people. The biggest problem I have is that my blog name is “GiGi EATS CELEBRITIES” – With “Celebrities” in the title of my name, I find people think it’s SPAM, thus they mark it as such, even if I write a long note that actually has a point to it. I never leave spam like comments because I myself don’t like them on my blog. It’s unfortunate that this happens, and also frustrating. As you can see, I have shortened my name to GiGi Eats for this purpose, and hopefully it will help me! Because as I said, I love meeting new people 🙂

  4. Thank you for telling me to be patient. I had no idea why the past three months did not produce more traffic. This article was really helpful. Also the tip about putting your blog in a comment was good for me to read. I saw it a few times and thought it was the right thing to do. Continue your good work.

  5. Good tips. One other tip is to deep-link to specific posts on your site rather than just your home page. This is especially helpful if you’re commenting on a post where you have related content. Just click my name above for an example.

  6. Amy, once again, it’s on your site that I’ve found a CLEAR answer to a question that’s been making me pull out my hair and that I can’t find information about from any time more recent than 2007 or so!! It’s been driving me nuts trying to figure out how to leave comments on blogs so that my name is a link that goes to my site. Your answer caused me to realize that it’s not me, it’s them! (Blogger blogs that don’t allow, like you said.) And that I can still comment and link back to my site without going through a whole thing involving setting up an openID that’s hosted on my own hosting site or something along those lines….? Thank you SO MUCH. You’re totally becoming my go-to source. I’m subscribing. =)

    1. Hi Shifrah.

      When commenting on a Blogger blog you *can* comment with your name hyperlinked to your site. There is a drop down option for “Comment as” under the comment box. Simply choose the “Name/URL” option and you’re good to go.

      HTH,
      Dawn

      1. Yes, this is true…but the catch is, the blog owner has to enable that. Some bloggers don’t enable that so then the option isn’t there. 🙁

        1. Well, that’s annoying! I assumed that more recently created Blogger sites had that option as a default. Not everyone knows to go digging through their dashboard for hidden little bits like that.

          1. Yes, I agree, it’s a little frustrating. The other thing I noticed recently is that there was an option at one time to allow Name/URL. Now, if you want to allow Name/URL, you also have to allow anonymous comments too. That’s stinky in my opinion. I liked it better when the two options were separate.

  7. Thanks Amy. Good to know it’s not just me having a hard time with this. Would it be bad blog etiquette to let the blog owners know that people will be more likely to comment if they offer the Name/Website option? This particular blog does very well so they may not care.
    Thanks!
    Pam

  8. Hey Amy,
    I can’t seem to find the answer to this question anywhere about commenting. Hoping you can help me.

    I’m finding that every blog is not created equal when it comes to commenting. When attempting to submit a comment, this one particular blog post (which is on a Blogger blog) that I’d like to comment on is asking me how I want to ‘comment as’ – either Google, LiveJournal, WordPress, TypePad, AIM, or OpenID.

    I used my WordPress username and it said I wasn’t the owner of that identity. Then I tried commenting with my Google account but it didn’t link my name back to my website.

    Any cut & dry way to comment on all blogs no matter what type of blog it is? Any good tutorials on it?

    By the way, yours is very easy to submit a comment to 🙂 Thank you for that.

    Thanks!
    Pam

    1. Commenting on Blogger blogs can be frustrating. My preference is always to use the Name/Website option since I want people to be able to click my name and go directly to my website. Unfortunately, not all Blogger bloggers allow the Name/Website option. When I’m not given that option, most of the time I don’t leave a comment at all. (So to anyone who has a Blogger blog, I highly encourage you to enable that option!)

      1. I’m kinda stupid when it comes to this stuff, but how do we know if we’ve got this enabled or not if we’re a blogger/blog?! I think I do, but am not certain. Thanks Amy!!

        1. Not stupid at all! OK, I just logged into my old Blogger test blog to check it out. When you’re in your Dashboard, go to Settings –> Post and comments. Then find the section that says “Who can comment?”

          I just noticed the first two options (Anyone and Registered Users) have changed slightly. “Anyone” gives the ability to login as I mentioned above (i.e. Name/URL), but it also gives the ability for anonymous comments. That was not the case previously if I remember correctly. I think you could enable Name/URL without having to allow anonymous comments.

          “Registered Users” does give the option for someone to leave a comment with their Google account which is probably a safe bet these days and most people have a Google account.

          I think I would probably allow “Anyone” and then if I started getting a lot of anonymous comments, I’d switch it to “Registered Users.”

          I hope that helps!

  9. My challenge in the past (with any of my blogs) has been finding things to comment on. It easily takes me more than ten minutes just to find one post! It’s hard to find blogs whose readership I think might be interested in what I have to say. And THEN I have to find a good post I can comment meaningfully about. I think that is the hardest. Maybe I don’t know enough (and therefore have nothing to share) or I am just a person of few words.

    1. I would just find a handful of good blogs in your niche and follow them regularly. You can subscribe via RSS, or sign up to receive their posts via email. Then, when you see a post you can comment on, just go ahead. That way, you don’t have to go hunting but recent posts come to you and you can comment as is appropriate. I hope that helps!

  10. Amy, Now that I’ve got 6 months of blogging under my belt, I’m ready to start working on increasing my traffic. Your resourceful posts have been so helpful! I’m working my way through your “traffic tips” and am already seeing results. (Slowly, but surely.) I’m so thankful for your tips and instructions. Keep up the good work!

  11. Hi Amy,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful advice, I’ve just set up a blog and I LOVE your advice, it’s helped me so much. This is the first time I’ve ever commented on a blog, I’ve added commenting onto my daily to-do list now thanks to the great post.
    Thank you

  12. Superb timing with this link in today’s emailed post! 🙂 I just posted about a crocheted Peacock-esque Tote Bag I made and have been wondering … Should I connect with crocheters online or stick with the main stream of homeschoolers. Yes! I can go down rabbit trails and still go (productive) places! Thank you!

  13. Once again Amy…..so very helpful! Sounds like many of us here are in the same boat…..wish I would of found you a year ago. Better late than never…right?? I notice many are using WordPress….for no particular reason…I use Blogger…I guess that’s what my blog designer uses. Was that a good choice Amy? Or should I be looking to switch over…I hear that is a pain to do.
    Thanks again!!!

    1. Of all the free services, Blogger is definitely my first choice. There are a lot of bloggers who use Blogger and are happy with it. I prefer WordPress because it gives you a bit more flexibility and functionality. It also is owned by you instead of being owned by Google. So, I’d say, if Blogger is working for you, stick with it. If however, you have any inkling to switch to WordPress, I would recommend doing it sooner rather than later as it means fewer posts, comments and followers to move. 🙂

      1. Hi, Amy! I’d like to put in a good word for getting a self-hosted WordPress site over one of the freebies/lesser known hosting services. I’d been blogging for about 15 months on Weebly and got frustrated with some of the limitations, so on advice from a web-site designer I switched. I can’t begin to tell you the difference in traffic and income that this has made! And yesterday I received my first request to do a product review (unsolicited by me)! I also noticed last week that my home page now has a Google page rank! I really think the SEO on WordPress is responsible and I wish I had made the move a year ago!

  14. I admit it, I comment only on a few favorites. It’s just with everything involved with starting up my blog and then adding it into my current responsibilities as a homeschooling mom as well as the need to keep my house in a reasonable livable state, and also feed us all and make sure we have clean clothes by the time I sit down to read others blogs I am brain dead! I get to the end of the post and can’t think of an intelligent word to say! I think I need to start commenting for 15 minutes perhaps at the start of each day, instead of trying to do it at the end.

  15. Great advice. I am always hesitant that I will come across as a spammer even when I feel like I can bring something to the conversation. I need to jump in a bit more!

    Thank you!

  16. Amy, I really enjoy your posts. I appreciate the time you have put into your tutorials that help the rest of us grow. I believe that having a blog, being on facebook, twitter and pinterest has given us great platforms for reaching out to others and to develop friendships with people we might never meet this side of eternity…I’m glad to see and be apart of the on-line community. Blessings!

  17. I am very much a “lurker” and have trouble knowing what to say other than “great post” – but I am revamping my blog and would love to see my readership grow. So I am going to put this into practice and try to actually comment on all the blogs I read.

    Do you have suggestions for making commenting easy when you read them via email or a reader feed?

  18. I totally agree with you! And I want to second or third or whatever! the commentor here about following up on your own comments. I LOVE it when a blogger replies to my comment – either via email or by having a plugin installed that sends me an email when they reply to me on their blog. I’ve made some great friends this way and I’m determined to reply one of these two ways to all my commentors! I really like my ‘comment reply notification’ plug-in and wish all bloggers had it!!

  19. Michelle @ Changed By The Maker

    In my limited experience, comments have played a big part in bringing like-minded folks to my blog, and a few of them have really stuck around and become supportive friends. Sometimes I do have trouble finding the time to visit as much as I’d like on other sites, but I do try, and I enjoy the sharing.

    Well, since you said I could share, I do host a weekly link up called Make Life Meaningful Monday (http://changedbythemaker.com/make-life-meaningful-monday/) You’re all invited! Thanks, Amy.

  20. I am new and feel hesitated about this strategy. Does it really work?
    And you have not mentioned other ways like submitting links in Digg.com or similar sites
    why?

    1. As is the case with most traffic-generating techniques, it depends on a lot of things, but I do think commenting is a great way to get involved in the community and get your name out there.

  21. It seems somewhat risky to comment on this, a post about commenting. 😉 I will refrain from leaving a link to my own posts, now to find something actually interesting and witty to say….

    All joking aside, this is a fabulous post with some great recommendations. I always try to comment on others’ posts something that I would appreciate seeing on my own site, which would NOT be something generic. It’s true that you’re doing more than just attempting to drive traffic-in your one comment you’re affecting how hundreds (perhaps thousands) of people are going to perceive you, which will then influence their decision about if it’s really worth their time to visit your site.

    Thanks for the great information, as always! 🙂

  22. I had to really focus on the blogs that I follow – I used to follow loads of pet photographers, but as I learned more about blogging, I learned that this wasn’t the way to gain traffic to my site. I’ve since started following blogs who (1) I love and (2) speak to people like me and the the people I’m speaking too – I’ve connected with a lot of people this way.

    I also use Google Alerts to find new blogs to comment on – now that I understand how to leverage keywords a little more, Google Alerts has become a great tool.

    1. I use Google’s Bloglovin’ to follow blogs and comment. I like it because the app will give you recommendations for blogs that are similar to what your are following. It also lets you break the frame if you want to linger on a site a bit, which I think is pretty handy.

  23. Just wanted to say I found you through Money Saving Mom and you are Queen Guru!!! What you said is true keeping up with other blogs is good for getting your name out. I also find inspiration and support. I saw some people pondering how to efficiently whip comments out, I myself love google reader and friend connect. It all shows up in one spot for you. It’s like getting the paper filled with only things you want to read!!!

  24. Hi Amy
    Its good to know that you are having tremendous success with your blog. I am however a set it up and forget kind of person. I fail to find the motivation for blogging consistently. Or it may be that I have just started to realize the importance of blogging in bringing up long term passive income. Have bookmarked your blog. Plan o hanging around here 🙂

    See you

  25. oh,I have so much to learn,and like you said,it is (time-consuming and requires a lot of sticktoitiveness),the sticktoitiveness is hard when you are trying to juggle lots of other things.Like the commentor above,its hard for me to comment because I am shy also,but I am working on that.I love your blog,and I love all your tips,you have helped me so much.

  26. I just found your blog today from someone’s pin on pinterest, and have enjoyed reading your tips. I have a lot to learn. Thanks for sharing easy to understand advice.

  27. Thanks for this post (I know, not a great comment).

    I read a lot of blogs and basically what I’ve been doing is if I read, I comment. It’s simplistic but I realized I hardly ever comment. It doesn’t get me the rush of traffic like link-ups do, but it seems to get me true traffic.

    -Debra

  28. You always give such good advice. I finally have a few mins to bounce around your site. So true on the rabbit trails too. I try to stay focused when I am commenting and checking out new bloggers but I am so easily distracted… SQUIRREL…. Thanks for all the info you give out!

    Mel

  29. Amy,

    I just love getting all of your great advice and tips in my email box everyday!

    I would really like to know what you think about “vote in” sites like Top Mommy Blogs, Picket Fence, etc. Are they worth all of the time and effort?

    Sue

  30. Thanks again, Amy! I am getting pulled in reading your very helpful posts.
    I try to be faithful in commenting on the blogs of my commenters! And sometimes that’s all the time I have. But I really appreciate my readers, so I try to make those comments the top priority.
    And when it comes to memes, I’m starting one next Thursday called “Try New Adventures Thursday.” My latest blog post talks about it in more detail…
    ~Alicia

  31. Amy,

    I am a stay at home mom/pastor’s wife, who recently started a blog. I just wanted you to know how VERY, VERY much I appreciate all of the information that you are sharing! The whole “blog world” is confusing, and it is such a breath of fresh air to be able to follow someone who is just an ordinary person, and has managed to get this blogging stuff right!

    I look forward to your future posts!

  32. I’ve definitely found commenting to be an effective way to make a connection with someone. And I agree that finding other blogs in your niche is good — I am more interested in reading blogs in my niche and trying to contribute something to the conversation.

    Do you feel any sort of obligation to follow or comment on a person’s blog who comments on yours? I’ve struggled with that because of the niche issue — many of my readers blog on very different topics. I try not to spend inordinate amounts of time online, so I don’t subscribe to every blog I visit. Just curious what your thoughts are on this.

  33. These are great tips, but I’ve actually increased my traffic by following (through RSS reader) and commenting on non-niche blogs as well. I suppose it depends on what you’re blogging about if you can bring readers over. I guess I see everyone as a potential reader, not just those on similar blogs.

    Don’t forget about your own comments! I keep up with the questions and conversation on my own blog by setting time aside each week to respond, and I try my best to visit each commenter’s profile and visit their blog if they have one (and leave a comment, of course). I’ll even email a commenter when I can. I am trying to encourage more comments and community that way.

  34. Up until now I have been a lurker in your website! I must have implemented about 80% of what you’ve shown in your excellent tutorials. This site has been a real blessing, popping out of nowhere just as the idea of starting a blog popped into my head.
    This is the second blog I’ve commented on today, I’m going for 3 comments a day, a great suggestion!. I’ve previously been too shy to leave comments (it can feel as though I’m about to gatecrash a party!) but ironically one of my biggest blogging fears is that no one will leave comments on my blog!
    Thanks once again for the great tips!

  35. Thank you so much for your tips. I am still pretty new at blogging and tweating so good advice is coveted. Must say I’ve seen hashtags but didn’t know what they were or how they worked. Thanks!

  36. I find I visit others sites when they comment on mine as well. Plus when I find a local site I love to comment about how I am from PA also. So my tip{s} is to find the common ground you share, leave a productive comment, and actually be interested in the site you are commenting. Like this one, Love it Amy! Thanks for all your hard work!

  37. subscribing to a lot of blogs helps make commenting much easier. i use google reader and sort by magic so it puts the posts i’m probably the most interested in up first and then i can simply hit “v” and it opens the post for me to leave a comment.

    i check out all of my commenters blogs, all of the people interacting with me on twitter, and all of the blogroll favorites of my existing favorite blogs and subscribe to them if they look interesting.

    1. I agree that subscribing helps with the commenting. I usually start out reading and commenting on blogs in my reader and then branch out from there based on other comments or links that I come across along the way.

    2. Christie @ Tree Hugging Mom

      Carrie,

      Thanks for the “v” tip. That’s pretty cool. I had no idea.

      I also subscribe to a lot of blogs in Google Reader. I just label them “Blogs to comment on” and when I get a sec, I go through all of them. (Like what I’m doing right now!)

  38. At the risk of being unhelpful, great ideas!
    I am finding branching out just 1 or 2 blogs a week manageable. Definitely need improvement in the scheduling category.

    1. Stay tuned, Kristin, for an announcement you might might be interested in…to help you with the scheduling part of it! 🙂

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