Commenting Tribes: The Secret to Leading Many Streams of Serious Traffic to Your Business Blog

Commenting Tribe Lead Traffic to Your Blog

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I have so much value to share with you here, to help you get traffic to your business blog through the use of a commenting tribe!

The launch of the Clever Marketer Mastermind Community (CMMC) has been momentarily detained by a technical glitch, but it will be ready soon.

I can hardly wait…I know you’re going to LOVE it!  Here are some clues to what I’ve been working on for the commenting tribe forum and the membership area:

  • A forum for the commenting tribes and for mastermind that will offer DoFollow links in your signatures
  • links to your blog posts (hopefully these will be do follow links as well, although I’m still trying to figure that out.)
  • blog comments
  • training, (the recorded Prove It! Training Webinars)
  • eCover creating software
  • Tons of resources and tools to help you build your business
  • And hopefully soon, a way to earn affiliate commissions from Clever Marketer.

But before I get into that, I want to share what I experienced first hand, that led me to the discovery of a commenting tribe

When I stop to think about where I was last August right before I was introduced to the concept of joining a commenting tribe, I get an all too familiar queasy feeling in my stomach.

After about 2 years of “studying” internet marketing and struggling to get online, I was blessed with a couple of wins in my business:

  1. I was actually online with a functioning blog
  2. I was lucky enough to have my blog critiqued by Ty Tribble and Ann Sieg a month into my blogging journey.

They helped to point me in the right direction with a few things I was clueless about, like my irresistible opt in offer and links leaking away from my page, but even with the help from a couple of the very top industry leading marketers online, I was struggling with a feeling of hopelessness.

Do you ever have the feeling where you know you can be successful, but you feel like you are missing one important piece of the puzzle?  That’s how I felt day after day. I knew I was close to reaching my goals, but I felt invisible online.

I would get so excited when a post got a little bit of traffic as I shared my links out in social media, but by the very next day, it would be gone. I couldn’t sustain the momentum.  I knew I had great content, Ty Tribble and Ann Sieg said so in my blog critique, but no one knew it was there.  Well no one I wasn’t related to…I had three people on my list; my mom, my daughter, and me. LOL

I know I was probably a little impatient, but I felt like I was working myself into the ground.  Writing and marketing my blog in between being a mom, wife, and building my home based business has never been easy, but the beginning was the hardest of all.  I wanted to be committed to keep pushing on, but as hard as everything felt, I just couldn’t see myself continuing to blog for an extended period of time.

And the bottom line was that I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford to stay on the same course I was on, buying product after product, and up to 22 domain names and 3 different auto responders because I was so confused about what to focus on.

Like many of you reading this, every product I purchased was like buying hope that it was going to be the ticket to help me either simplify my business, increase my success, or save me time.

But my bubble of hope would quickly be burst when the reality set in that I’d bought yet another “system” that I couldn’t use at the point I was in my journey online.

And if that wasn’t enough, I was dealing with a big does of jealousy of the marketers who were succeeding online.  I would listen to their audios and think to myself that if they could do it, why couldn’t I.  They were no smarter, or better than I was, they just knew what to do when and they had more experience than I had.  The more I listened to their trainings, the worse I felt about the progress I’d made in my business.

My anger and jealousy was a good thing though, because eventually it made me angry which led to me finding determination inside of my self that I never knew was there.

I reached a turning point when one of the products I purchased led me to the solution I was looking for.

The product was a membership to a social media tribe called the Unified Tribe.  It seemed like the perfect solution, other people would share my content online, generating me “tons of traffic” and leads and I’d do the same for them.  A perfect win/win.

While it didn’t work out quite like I had expected it to, joining the Unified Tribe led me to another marketer who led me to the commenting tribe that turned my business around.

I was amazed by the instant difference participating in a commenting tribe made in my business.

I’m not kidding when I say instant traffic!  Because these other bloggers where in the same niche I was in, the traffic they brought to me through the comments I left on their blog and through the tribe sharing my links through social media was a perfect match for my content.

And because they were commenting on my blog posts daily, and encouraging me to post 3 times a week, I was seeing a huge increase in visits to my blog!  And even better, this traffic was converting into subscribers on my list (a few every week at first, and now I get a few to many daily.)

There are some significant differences between the commenting tribe and a syndicating tribe like The Unified Tribe.

  • Cost was lower with the commenting tribe!
    • The commenting tribe was free!
    • The Unified Tribe was $67 per month.
  • Commitment was higher with the commenting tribe!
    • There was no commitment to being a part of the Unified Tribe. No one knew if I came or went.
    • The commenting tribe required that I participate in at least 2 campaigns per week.  That was good for me because it built momentum, and good for the tribe because it gave us an opportunity to build back-links and traffic by commenting on the posts of the other members.
  • Syndicating was about the same with both tribes!
    • The Unified Tribe required that we earn 5 points for sharing content from others before we could submit a post of our own.
    • The commenting tribe required that if I participated in a campaign, I would agree to comment on everyone else’s post, as they would comment on mine.  It was optional to syndicate, although I believe most people did.
  • Comments were sparse with The Unified Tribe vs. the commenting tribe.
    • I hardly received any comments from the Unified Tribe.  The Unified Tribe encouraged people to read the posts, although I don’t think everyone did.  I believe a lot of people were just clicking the links to syndicate in order to earn enough points to submit their own content.
    • With the commenting tribe I received anywhere from 10 to 15 blog comments depending on how many people were participating in the campaign.
  • Masterminding & collaboration is a huge part of the commenting tribe!:
    • I felt invisible in the Unified Tribe. I networked with others, but I didn’t feel vested in the relationship like I did with the commenting tribe.
    • With the commenting tribe, I quickly got to know the others in the tribe through their amazing content and friendships and relationships developed as a result.  This has led to collaboration…today as a matter of fact I was helping one of our tribe members convert something to PDF to share on her blog and she was giving me feedback on my header design! :)

I hope you can see some of the benefits of being a part of a commenting tribe!  I can’t wait to invite you to join ours here.  I promise it will be soon, but in the meantime, please help me out.  Let me know what you’d love to see in the membership and forum, and I’ll do what I can to make that happen!

GO on…DREAM BIG, okay?   Ask for the stars if you want to it’s okay! (I’ll just give you a mirror so you can see what a rock star you really are!)

I want this commenting tribe to be a turning point for you in your business like it has for mine!

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  1. Sounds really great Heather!

    Simply Amazing way to help each other out isn’t it?

    Keep it up,

  2. Such a great idea, Heather!

    I tried something like that where you were supposed to comment on the five people whose names were nearest yours in the lineup, and I did that but only two of them commented back and they didn’t even seem to remember joining. But I knew the idea was sound!


  3. Hi Heather,

    I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that you’ve accomplished so much, and that you started joining tribes last Aug of last year only! Now, that’s massive growth…

    Heather, I know we can’t thank you enough, but I sincerely appreciate how you brought us the opportunity to grow and be mentored by you in ProveIt challenge. I have met wonderful people, and I’m truly having fun! (although I’m behind :S) …My rankings improved a lot, and so did my writing skill. A big bonus is I get to learn from all the members’ posts.

    I am excited to be part of your next project (I hope I pass the requirements:) )…I love all things about ProveIt, but this was admittedly my first ‘tribe’ participation, that I can’t think of suggestions for your new forum site.

    I’ll wait for other people to comment here, and I’m definitely keep a look out for the official launch.

    – Rowena

  4. Hey Heather,

    Our commenting tribe rocks! I would definitely not be where I am with my blog if it wasn’t for the invitation I got from Ana to join.

    It put my blog on the map and I’m truly grateful to all the members for their help and support.

    I can’t thank you enough for introducing the Prove It challenge – I had never dreamed of posting daily!

    I’m confident that we’ll take our blogs to a whole new level with the launch of your forum here.

    Let’s see how the forum turns out, then we’ll take it from there 🙂

    Much success,

  5. I think I’ll just go ahead and ditto Rowena because she said it best! The things you are implementing are not just great for you but for us as well and I greatly appreciate your willingness to create that which is a win-win for everybody.

    This is how I know you are (and forever will be) successful beyond measure (I’m just making sure I’m on the same train as you!) 😉

  6. Heather,

    I agree wholeheartedly with the others that you are doing some amazing work! You have so much to offer and you’re clearly giving your all! You are amazing!

    I agree with all of the points that you made about the tribe, I joined when I first started my blog. My posts got a lot of tweets but like you said the commenting was really low. Though they did start picking up a bit after some people started writing posts about how beneficial commenting is to the person commenting!

    I love being a part of your Prove It Challenge. It’s a much better experience all around than TUT and best of all you’ve provided it for free!


  7. Thank you so much for breaking down the difference between the Unified Tribe (TUT)and a commenting tribe. I was always hesitant about joining TUT.

    You have come a long way since your online journey started and I totally feel you on your feelings of jealously and anger. What I’ve learned is to do my best and apply what I am learning.

    I still have a lot to learn because my blog is no where were I want it to be but it’s getting better every day and I thank you for allowing me to be a part of this challenge.


  8. Hi Heather,

    I agree with Mavis that our commenting tribe rocks. Compared to the Unified Tribe that charges you 67 $ a month, I get both with our tribe: Comments and retweets.

    Of course, the Unified Tribe is an affiliate programme and you could make money promoting it. However, this type of stuff gets people off their original purpose in most cases.

    Well, I admire you for your consistence and energy. There’s an old saying in this industry that there’s nothing more powerful than a focused blue.

    Be blessed


  9. Heather,
    I am very excited to get involved in the blogging mastermind community. Your post is so right on target and I’m looking forward to the connections.

  10. That does it! I really, really, really want to get into this tribe you’re talking about. I tend to be reliable and generous about commenting and praising, both people I know, and people I don’t, but whose work I like. This sounds ideal for me!

    Because I have a firm group of friends on Twitter and Facebook, I’ve seen many of the same things you describe here happening for me, but it’s slow, and I definitely could use some extra steam. Please keep me in mind when your commenting tribe is ready to go. I can’t wait to get to work with it!

    Thanks for the information, Heather, and I can’t wait to hear from you!

  11. I love being in your commenting tribe. You know what I like the most? You get what you give. If you post more often, you get more comments and then in turn I comment more on other blogs and then I get more traffic. Did that make sense? It is actually very simple and rewarding!

    I am very happy to be here!

    • Hi Allie!

      I love having you and I love your comment about get what you give. What a perfect way to sum it up! 🙂

      Can’t wait to get to know you better!

      Hugs, Heather

  12. I seem to learn volumes from each of your posts. Thank you again!

    Now I just have to get my time management back under control and get back to blogging, so I can sign up for your tribe.

  13. I have only just come across comment tribes and I suppose naively i expected them to be mainly ran by the people for the people, if i’m to pay $67 their are plenty of other thinks i could pay for. I’m looking for a small group to start commenting on each others posts.
    Thanks for enlightening me.


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