Let me paint a blog commenting picture for you…
Close your eyes and imagine you are hosting a party, you’ve spent hours and hours getting your house ready, decorating and rearranging your furniture to make room for all the extra guests. You’ve spent the day shopping, preparing food and even your favorite margarita recipe is ready to blend moments before your first guests arrive.
You’ve sent out invitations and called everyone from the neighborhood to personally invite them. You’ve told everyone about what a great party it’s going to be…you even created a happening play-list of songs that is pumping in the background building your anticipation and excitement of what’s coming.
But, no one shows up. You wait, justifying to yourself that they’re probably running late, but nope no one shows up.
Oh…let’s make this worse…imagine that you’ve managed to get a few people show up, but they’re totally bored, no one is talking to anyone else. You can practically feel the tension in the air. You wish someone would say something to break the ice, but everyone’s just sitting there, feeling uncomfortable and wishing they hadn’t come.
That’s what it feels like to have a blog without any blog commenting or buzz going on. Trust me…I was there in the beginning (last July/August) before I joined a blog commenting tribe.
I’d put hours and hours into building my blog, although it looked different than it does now, it was a huge accomplishment for me. I spent more hours and hours writing content and syndicating my posts through social media, but I still wasn’t getting any comments, or if I did, it was an occasional lonely comment or worse yet spam.
But as soon as I started to connect with a blog marketing forum on facebook and I started to learn that there were tricks to getting comments on my blog, everything changed. I became part of the “in crowd” and found my blog buzzing with conversation in the blog commenting section.
Here’s My 3 Step Process for Starting the Blog Commenting Party:
Engage your readers in your fantastic content by asking questions in your posts, opening up a debate or a discussion about a topic in your niche, or just by simply over delivering on value.
Breaking the blog commenting the ice by taking the first step to go talk to others on their blogs first. Even if you’ve got to comment on 5-10 of their posts over a few days, you’re likely to spark a blog writer’s attention and cause them to want to apply the golden rule of reciprocity and come check your blog out. Or, join a blog commenting tribe like our blog marketing forum here in the Clever Marketer Mastermind Community!
Give them incentives for blog commenting! Offer a contest for the person who comments and comes up with the best tagline on your blog, have newsworthy content, or simply use the following plugins that reward your readers for participating in blog commenting!
My Favorite Blog Commenting Plugins:
You’ll find these plugins installed here…which obviously means you should leave a comment because you’ll get some link love, keyword love, exposure, and increased personal branding when you do!
- Do Follow
- Comment Luv
- Keyword Luv
- Top Commentators Widget
- Show Avatars (adjust this in your WP dashboard under Settings –>Discussion)
- GASP, Gromap Anti Spambot Plugin: (Pinkie-promise me you’ll get rid of captcha, unless you like having a lonely blog!)
- Comment Reply Notification or Max Blog Plus Subscribers Magnet
Okay, now I want to know…what are your favorite blog commenting plugins? Share them in the comments below and please share this post on social media! And if you’ve not yet joined our blog marketing forum and commenting tribe, what are you waiting for! Come join our smoking hot blog comment party today!