New update! My Cool Secret Blog Commenting Tool

January 11, 2011 · Print This Article

 

UPDATE! - The creator of this tool read this post, listened to what the commenters' said and is offering anyone reading this a discount !  Kudos to Joe Marsh, I've never seen this happen before and I want to say thank you (if you're coming back to read this post again.)  Anyway, the special offer is good through January 30th.  New update – the discount is over :( but read on to see what this tool is about and whether it would benefit you.

The original post…

 

This secret blog commenting tool helps me leap tall buildings in a single bound.

[Insert my head on Superman's body graphics here]

I'd like to tell you about it and what it's done for me. Not an official case study; more like an unofficial relaxed listing of benefits. The ride has been pretty cool!

 

But first I want to mention a few facts (as I see them):

1.  Commenting on other blogs is a positive thing for the commenter in many ways. You can cement your status as an expert in your field, get traffic and comments to your site, build relationships that are not only fun but can result in successful business endeavors, and more.

2.  Comments should add value to the poster's post or be encouraging or somehow be a part of the conversation, not spammy.  Posting something like, "Awesome post man! Thanks!" won't get you anywhere.


Okay, now that we've established that commenting on blogs is a desirable activity, let's talk about WHEN to post a comment and on WHICH blogs.

First, to state the obvious, commenting on blogs that are similar or complimentary to yours is most advantageous for building your brand/expertness, getting targeted traffic, growing helpful relationships, and selling what you might be offering on your blog. 

Yes, there will always be blogs you want to comment on because you enjoy what they write, but this post is not about that!


As far as when to post?  Being one of the first is important, because then your comment is more likely to be read by everyone who reads the blog post.  Honestly, do you, yourself, read every comment on a blog when there are 112, 47, or even 28?  Nope.  If your comment is one of the first, it gets read more and your link clicked more often, which means more traffic.


So here is the tool I use: Traffic Sponge (aff link)


Basically, you load in the RSS feeds of your favorite blogs, which is really simple, then tell it to let you know in a popup on your screen the very minute a new blog post has been posted.  Viola!  You know before the ink is dry and the blogger's had a chance to tell his subscribers that a post is ripe for commenting.

You can set the popup, which shows in the lower right corner of your screen, for the length of time you want it to stay open. I have mine set for a couple of minutes.  If I've been away for a while I'll just click on the icon and see if my favorite bloggers have done anything in my absence.

It can also be set up to send you an email or a text message, but I'm good with the popup (see below).



These are the ways using Traffic Sponge has benefited me:

My blog traffic has increased.

My lists have grown in numbers. I don't always put the same website link. I'll usually rotate them or put the one that's most applicable to the blog I'm posting on.

My Alexa scores have improved (gone down).

I'm getting some much needed backlinks.

I'm building relationships with the blog owners, which is HUGE and has far-reaching implications. 

- allowed me to ask for help and be helpful to others. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and like to help.

- kept my name in front of a marketer who had promised to promote one of my products. They remembered and promoted.

- led to an interview and a chance to show my expertise.

- resulted in bloggers asking for my affiliate links x 3 to helpful products I mentioned.

- meant a guest posting gig.

- was asked to do a JV project.

- led to getting a paid product for free! 
The story here - I'd been commenting (as one of the first) regularly on 2 particular blogs. When I commented on Blog #2 about something they said about Blog #1, apparently Blog #1 noticed.  Shortly after that I purchased a new tool from Blog #1 marketer and he refunded my money and personally thanked me for my comments on Blog #2 and said he appreciated me commenting on his own blog.  Did you follow that?  If not, the main takeaway is bloggers notice and appreciate your comments, especially if done with some regularity!

Disclaimer – Not all blogs are created equal as far as traffic goes. You have to look at your stats and judge for yourself. I was surprised to see that posting first on one popular IM blog sent very little traffic my way.  But I think the more I comment there and build up my brand, the better. 

Also, Traffic Sponge doesn't help me when the blogger posts while I'm sawing logs.  I check it in the morning and comment where I want to.  Note to self – Become fully awake and have some coffee before commenting.

Why is it secret?  I don't think that many people know about it.  At least I haven't seen it mentioned by anyone else.

I do like to have a little fun with Traffic Sponge and challenge myself sometimes.  My biggest coup was being the FIRST commenter on Problogger one time!  You can have different motives than mine, but it's a handy tool for getting notified of your favorite bloggers' posts as soon as they happen. 

Comments

52 Responses to “New update! My Cool Secret Blog Commenting Tool”

  1. Ron Barrett
    Twitter:
    on January 12th, 2011 9:55 am

    Peggy,

    Good tips. I have noticed that if I am able to be one of the first to comment on a couple of selected blogs that I do get traffic from them. So what I've been doing is putting links to different pages to see if that holds true, and it does.

    I haven't tried Traffic Sponge so I'll have to check it out.
    Keep up the good work and it's good to see more posts from you :)

    Ron

  2. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 12th, 2011 10:30 am

    Hiya Ron,

    Oooh, you brought up a good point!  You don't have to link to your main page when you comment, but can link to pages within your site. This is an excellent idea if you have a page that particularly applies to the blogger's post.  That way you're not calling attention to it in the body of the post and coming across as a spammer.

    Thanks for that!

    Question – do you think it's okay to have your link go to someone else's blog? Like you've done a guest post and want traffic to go to it because it could add to the conversation?

    Peggy

  3. Mandy Allen
    Twitter:
    on January 12th, 2011 6:13 pm

    Hi Peggy, this looks like a good tool.  I am one of those people you mention who visit lots of blogs and comment – and they are nothing to do with my own blogging niche!  Ho hum…I enjoy what I do, I'm not worried too much about the traffic back, and I love learning new things.   But actually I do get a lot of traffic, and alot of comments too.  I think a lot of IMers like to read something different sometimes.
    I noticed your question in the last comment answer – I think it is acceptable to link to anywhere you choose, if you have written a post on another blog and want to get traffic to it, go for it. 
    I do click links often on other comments, if the person says something interesting I want to read more, or if the blog post they link to has an interesting title. 
    (Yes, you are pencilled in for 2012 – I do indeed love touring with visitors!  I know all the best places to go…)
    Enjoy the journey.
    Mandy

  4. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 13th, 2011 8:01 pm

    Hi Mandy,
    Yes, I would imagine you commenting on lots and lots of blogs because you're so interested in all people and what they have to say. :)
    I think your blog posts give people pause, and then a desire to add their experiences. You have that knack of drawing it out of people.
    Thanks for visiting and your answer to my question/reply to Ron's comment.
    Warmly,
    Peggy

  5. John from Electricians in Paddington on January 14th, 2011 1:35 pm

    Good stuff here Peggy! I am actually on search on software or tools that will help me on managing blogs and comments. This will fit somehow, I found awesome one too, the FastBlogFinder, it can compile all your blogs that you are interested about. You can monitor it. Have you heard about this software Peggy?

  6. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 14th, 2011 2:10 pm

    Hi John,

    No, I've not heard of FastBlogFinger. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for stopping by and telling me about it. :)

    Peggy

  7. Ron Barrett
    Twitter:
    on January 14th, 2011 6:01 pm

    Peggy,
    To answer your question — and I think Mandy did a good job of answering — in my opinion, yes it's ok for the link to go to another post on another blog.
    If you've done your job right and the resource box on the other blog has a link back to your site it's perfectly fine.
    Have a great weekend!
    Ron

  8. Cindy Bidar
    Twitter:
    on January 14th, 2011 9:40 pm

    This looks like a fantastic tool. I'm a lot less likely to comment on a post when I'm not one of the first few, not because I'm afraid my link won't be seen or clicked, but because someone with faster fingers than I has usually already voiced my opinion.
    I do have a concern about this, though – the distraction factor. How do you deal with the constant notifications followed by running off to read and comment? Doesn't it get in the way of getting any work done?

  9. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 14th, 2011 10:10 pm

    Hi Cindy,

    You bring up some good points!  It often seems like people that comment first say what I want to say, and then it becomes really hard for me to add value to the conversation.

    Yes, there is a distraction factor, but usually it makes me finish up what I'm working on faster because I've told myself I won't go to that blogger's new post until I finish what I'm doing.  Sometimes I can't resist – especially if the blog title sounds REALLY interesting! :)

    Thanks, Cindy!

    Peggy

  10. Kim on January 15th, 2011 2:03 am

    Hi Peggy,
    Thanks, I am wondering if they have version available for Mac or just windows? Looks like a promising tool for blog comment but i can't use if it has no mac version :(

  11. greg urbano on January 15th, 2011 11:15 am

    Great tips ! My friend loved being the first commentor on one post of mine that stumbled 1600 hita

  12. Amr Boghdady
    Twitter:
    on January 15th, 2011 1:30 pm

    That seems like quite a handy tool there Peggy
    Too bad they don't have a trial version, I just couldn't afford spending those 40 bucks right now, and would certainly love to give that little app a try.
    Anyways, will keep it in mind when I have enough cash to spare
    Thanks for sharing :)
    Amr Boghdady recently posted ..Dative Case German

  13. Tristan
    Twitter:
    on January 15th, 2011 4:09 pm

    Ok Peggy, this… is SUPER cool. But $47… AAARRRGHGksdlfjkld. I've been spending a lot of money on software and info products lately, so I need to cut back.
    Any idea of how much traffic your blog got when you were the #1 commenter on ProBlogger?

  14. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 16th, 2011 1:25 am

    Hello Kim. :)

    I'm not sure if Traffic Sponge works with the Mac so I shot an email to the creator, Joe Marsh, and I'll let you know what he says.

    Thanks,
    Peggy

  15. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 16th, 2011 1:27 am

    Hi Greg,

    I would have loved to be the 1st commenter on your blog post with 1600 hits too!!

    Thanks for stopping by,

    Peggy

  16. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 16th, 2011 1:36 am

    Hi Amr,

    I hear ya. A trial version would be nice, that way you could give it a whirl.  I'll let you know if anything else spectacular happens with it. ;)

    Peggy

  17. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 16th, 2011 1:40 am

    Hey Tristan,

    You sound like you're on a diet… trying to cut back. lol.

    I did keep track of my traffic when I first started really using Traffic Sponge so I do have the results of the ProBlogger top spot comment.  I'll get them for you. They're in a folder on my desk… or is it on my computer?  hahahahaha  [referencing Tristan's post about organization.]

    Thanks,
    Peggy

  18. Pete Carr
    Twitter:
    on January 16th, 2011 10:01 am

    Hi Peggy,
    I am glad you have highlighted the ethics involved in blog commenting. It is really important to A. read the post and B. add value in your comment. If you do these 2 things and have the first or second comment then you can get a significant rise in traffic.
    Traffic sponge seems like a great little tool. If you had an iphone or ipad then even better, it could tell you where ever you are.
    Pete

  19. Joe Marsh - TrafficSponge.com
    Twitter:
    on January 16th, 2011 2:11 pm

    Hi Peg…
    Great post… Congrats on the Problogger comments. I know for me it's actually kind of a rush when your the first person to be able to leave a comment on a site.
    You get great exposure for yourself and your site (branding), the backlinks, and add to your status within your niche.
    Traffic Sponge was built as a WIndows program but for the MAC users out there. If they have a Windows Emulator installed we can give it a try. It will be on me. Get ahold of Kim if you can and you send me her information. If you don't mind.
    Also it looks like you have a great group of readers here. Let me setup a special for them and you can send it out to them.
    I hope this helps and let me know… I will get back with you during the week with the special.
    Thanks…
    Joe

  20. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 16th, 2011 6:39 pm

    Hi Pete,

    You are so right about the ethics involved!  This is not about comment spamming at all. Sometimes I might not have anything of additional value to say because the post was so thorough, but I can add to the relationship by commiserating, cracking jokes, giving encouragement or thanking them for specific parts of the post that I found very helpful.  Build relationships while getting more traffic… it's a beautiful thing!

    Thanks, Pete.
    Peggy

  21. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 16th, 2011 6:42 pm

    Hey Joe,

    Thanks for responding to my email. I'll tell Kim to swing back here to see what you have to say and see if she wants to be a Mac guinea pig with Traffic Sponge. :D

    And thanks for reading what people are saying here and doing something to help them out. See… I just knew you were a good guy!

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Thanks,
    Peggy

  22. Fran aslam on January 17th, 2011 7:39 pm

    Hi Peggy:

    My first time visiting your blog. and I did read the post paying attention to it.

    As I like to write a comment that helps the comment receiver and comment writer both. Your post is well written in a very people friendly manner. These kinds of post bring results and readership rises. Some will convert to buying your products.

    Traffic is another reason that comments must be written carefully. Without traffic a blog is like it did not exist online.

    Well, if you like to know my blog you are welcome to visit my site.

    I have added your blog in my list of rounds for comments and I will see you again, hopefully.

    fran A
    Fran aslam recently posted ..Personal qualities Of Online Expert Blogger

  23. Alan Petersen
    Twitter:
    on January 17th, 2011 8:47 pm

    Hey Peggy,

    Awesome post and review! I’ve been amazed with the success you’ve been having following this strategy. You’ve inspired me to do the same and I’ve also seen some cool results so thanks!

    And holy molly, a sweet discount for the sponge (makes me laugh thinking of that Seinfeld episode). OK, off I go to buy. Thanks again. :-)

    -Alan

  24. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 17th, 2011 9:52 pm

    Hi Fran,
    That means a lot to me that you liked my post! Thanks so much. I like to write in a friendly manner because I am friendly. :D

    I do like your blog and will be back as I see you’ve got a new post up.

    Thanks for visiting!
    Peggy

  25. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 17th, 2011 9:55 pm

    Alan,
    You crack me up with the Seinfeld reference.

    And yes, I’m very impressed that Joe Marsh is giving readers here a discount on Traffic Sponge!

    Peggy

  26. Tristan
    Twitter:
    on January 18th, 2011 1:33 am

    Oooo…. $27, huh? You’re tempting me to go off my diet, Peggy…
    Tristan recently posted ..Bloggers- Are You Actually LEARNING Anything Useful

  27. Alan Petersen
    Twitter:
    on January 18th, 2011 1:40 pm

    Hey Peggy,

    Is traffic sponge web based? I’m trying to figure out if it’s Mac-friendly. Didn’t see it mentioned on Joe’s website.

    Or should I say a-la Seinfeld… Is it Mac Sponge Worthy. Ha-ha.

  28. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 18th, 2011 1:51 pm

    Hi Alan,
    See Joe Marsh’s comment up above (comment #19). Do you have Windows Emulator installed on your Mac?

    Peggy

  29. Alan Petersen
    Twitter:
    on January 18th, 2011 1:55 pm

    Oops. sorry Peggy. Busted skimming comments. :-) Didn’t notice this was already addressed here. Thanks.

  30. Jens P. Berget
    Twitter:
    on January 18th, 2011 5:19 pm

    Traffic Sponge sounds like an interesting tool. I am only using Reeder (my rss reader), so I never leave the first comment. To me, it has never been about leaving the first comment, but adding value and connect with the author. But, I see your point when it comes to traffic and connecting with the other readers.

    Do you know if Traffic Sponge works for Mac, or if it’s only for Windows?
    Jens P. Berget recently posted ..My First Marketing Mistake

  31. Terry Conti on January 19th, 2011 5:10 am

    Hi Peggy,

    There are many ways to generate free traffic. Blog commenting is a biggie. Not only do you generate free traffic, but it can be a great learning expeirience as well. Knowledge is power.

    Good points you bring up about blog commenting. Just the other day I was thinking about if there was a program out there that would let me know when a new post is posted on my favorite blogs.

    The world can be something else at times. Doing my blog hopping reading and replying to comments on my blog, I came across your good comment Peggy.

    As I was about to reply to you I couldn’t help but notice your blog post title at the end of your comment.

    I clicked and read this post. Just purchased Traffic Sponge. I’m glad I did. I makes so much sense. Thanks for solving my problem. Oh.. and thanks for the discount. Going back to my blog now to reply to your comment.

    The power of blog commenting brings results. Blogging is a wonderful thing.

    Terry Conti
    Terry Conti recently posted ..Free Traffic

  32. Teresa Miller
    Twitter:
    on January 19th, 2011 1:11 pm

    Thanks for pointing out this great tool, Peggy! Being more consistent with my blog commenting is one of the things on my “to-do” list for this year, and this will certainly make it easier.

    I will be getting Traffic Sponge through your link later today. So, glad that I caught this before the discount went away!

    Best to you,
    Teresa
    Teresa Miller recently posted ..Reviewing 2010- Planning 2011

  33. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 19th, 2011 2:29 pm

    Hi Jens,
    Yes, I very much agree that commenting is about adding comments of value and connecting to the blogger and other readers.

    But if I can add a valuable comment and build relationships WHILE being one of the first to comment on these blogs… then I’m all for it. ;)

    I believe Traffic Sponge does not work with the Mac, unless you have Windows Emulator installed.

    BTW, I love your blog!

    Peggy
    [Note to self - get that darn comment nesting issue in my theme worked out!]

  34. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 19th, 2011 2:33 pm

    Hi Terry,
    Thanks so much for stopping by! I really liked your post about Free Traffic.

    Isn’t it funny… just when you decide you need something, voila! there it is! Last week I was wishing I had an SEO cheatsheet and the very next day I came across one.

    Yes, blogging is a wonderful thing!

    Peggy

  35. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 19th, 2011 2:37 pm

    Teresa, it’s so nice to see you again. :)

    Blog commenting is not only fun, but you learn a lot… at least I do. Good luck with it in 2011. And let me know how you do with Traffic Sponge.

    Peggy

  36. Michael Martine on January 20th, 2011 1:52 am

    I just got this through your link, set it up and have already used it. :)

    Thanks for letting us know about this little-known secret.

    Funny you mention being first to comment on Problogger… there’s hardly a cheaper person on the planet than your average Problogger reader! Worthless—won’t spend a dime and complain if you sell anything. Which is too bad. Darren’s a great guy and his blog is still top-notch, but his audience is cheap. :)
    Michael Martine recently posted ..The Renaissance Person 20 Guide to More Freedom- Money and Time

  37. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 20th, 2011 12:05 pm

    Howdy Michael,
    That’s interesting what you say about Problogger. Perhaps commenting there is not the way to go but being a guest blogger is?

    I do like to read Problogger because I learn things, plus I have lots of respect for Darren. Maybe the readers feel they shouldn’t have to pay for info when they can get it from Darren’s site for free?

    Good luck with Traffic Sponge and thanks! You don’t have to tell me, but I’m reeaaalll curious as to which blogs you are going to strategically target with it.

    Peggy

  38. Michael Martine on January 20th, 2011 12:41 pm

    Oh I have the highest respect for Darren, he’s an icon in the field. The blogs I will target will be much more “lateral” to my own field than in it, as that’s where my clients come from.
    Michael Martine recently posted ..The Renaissance Person 20 Guide to More Freedom- Money and Time

  39. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 20th, 2011 1:37 pm

    Michael –
    ” The blogs I will target will be much more “lateral” to my own field than in it, as that’s where my clients come from.”

    Excellent!

    Peggy

  40. Alan Petersen
    Twitter:
    on January 20th, 2011 1:59 pm

    But even if the readers of popular blogs are cheap and won’t buy anything you still get a backlink to your web property from an authority site back to your web.

    Even if the link is “No-Follow” and big G has stopped passing the PR love to the other website, it’s still worth in SEO and targeting Keywords so I wouldn’t call it worthless. :-)

  41. Michael Martine on January 20th, 2011 2:15 pm

    Alan, nofollow links are absolutely worthless for SEO. That is the whole point of nofollow, in fact: to remove the SEO incentive for spamming. The point behind being the first commenter is to get traffic, not link authority, because no link authority will be passed.

    However, that traffic may then go on to create links on their own internet properties which are followed. That’s also part of the reason why social media is good for SEO: it drives “second-hand” backlinks.
    Michael Martine recently posted ..The Renaissance Person 20 Guide to More Freedom- Money and Time

  42. Alan Petersen
    Twitter:
    on January 20th, 2011 3:12 pm

    Hi Michael,

    We’ll have to agree to disagree.

    According to Google: “From now on, when Google sees the attribute (rel=”nofollow”) on hyperlinks, those links won’t get any credit when we rank websites in our search results. This isn’t a negative vote for the site where the comment was posted; it’s just a way to make sure that spammers get no benefit from abusing public areas like blog comments, trackbacks, and referrer lists.”

    As I wrote, you don’t get the link juice but it’s not a negative vote… folks and search engines can still click that link back to your website.

    As long as you’re leaving a good comment and participating in a good conversation like we’re doing now it’s not worthless. I’ll take a link back to my site. I don’t even know if Peggy has do-follow links but I enjoy commenting here and I get a link back to my site. Not worthless.

    Just curious, did you click on my link to see who this fool is? :-)

    Anyway, you’re not getting direct link building juice but those links are crawled plus there is the traffic-driving component to it and brand recognition. That’s worth a little something to me.

  43. Donace@Market Samurai Promo on January 20th, 2011 4:44 pm

    does look like a very cool product; a quick question. Lets say I left it running in the morning and came back at night. If I click on it would it give me list of the days posts?

    Also does it work on a windows tablet PC?
    Donace@Market Samurai Promo recently posted ..My Everest

  44. Michael Martine on January 20th, 2011 4:52 pm

    Alan, everything you said in your last comment is in perfect agreement with my own comment, but not with your first comment.

    Perhaps you are agreeing to disagree with yourself? :)

    And you’re still incorrect: nofollow links are not crawled. See here: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=2b251809b80749a3&hl=en

    If you had finished your unattributed quote from Google, you would have included this:

    “…the target pages may still appear in our index if other sites link to them without using nofollow, or if the URLs are submitted to Google in a Sitemap.” See here: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=96569

    This is clearly saying that nofollow links are not crawled and will only appear in Google’s index if followed links to those pages appear elsewhere on the web or via a sitemap.

    So if the link does not pass PageRank value, anchor text nor is it crawled, then it is, as I said, worthless for SEO. And SEO is the only context in which I said nofollow links are worthless. For getting visitors and “foot traffic” they’re wonderful, as we both agree on. :)
    Michael Martine recently posted ..The Renaissance Person 20 Guide to More Freedom- Money and Time

  45. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 20th, 2011 5:05 pm

    Sooo…. this blog does happen to be DO follow. :)

    Peggy

  46. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 20th, 2011 5:12 pm

    H Donace,

    I would think it works on a Windows tablet PC since it is Windows.

    You can set Traffic Sponge up to show you the blog posts (of the blogs you’ve told it to keep an eye on) for any number of days. Of course, if you’re not around, you’ll miss the little popup notifying you but you can set it to get emails or texts if you want, as well.

    What I mean is, I’ve got mine set up to show me 3 days worth of posts. So if I’m gone all day, I can come back and click on the Traffic Sponge icon and see who and what’s been posted today and the previous 2 days.

    I hope that answers your question and thanks for coming by!

    Peggy

  47. Donace@Market Samurai Promo on January 21st, 2011 3:36 pm

    Thank Peggy will give this a shot when I have some free time!
    Donace@Market Samurai Promo recently posted ..My Everest

  48. Steve Roy
    Twitter:
    on January 21st, 2011 10:02 pm

    Hi Peggy,
    I actually found your site through bloggingbookshelf.com as being listed in the top commentators.

    I have had my blog fora few months and am struggling to get comments. I’m not sure if it’s my style or what, but I know I want more.

    My goal is to build a community with my readers and interacting through the comment section is huge!

    You have some interesting things to say (and obviously are a commenting machine!!!).

    Call me naive, but I had no idea a tool like Traffic Sponge was even available. What a great idea! If I decide to purchase it, I will use your affiliate link :)

    Given the fact that you get around the web so much and probably have seen a ton of blogs, I would love your feedback on mine.

    Thanks and I hope to see you around.
    Steve Roy recently posted ..Why Your Personality Is Killing Your Blog

  49. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 22nd, 2011 7:50 pm

    Hi Steve (aka Peter),

    First off, the reason I’m the top commenter on BloggingBookshelf is because Tristan interviewed me and I answered a lot of the comments from that interview. It was a nice additional perk to land in that coveted top spot! lol

    Your site looks great, but then I tend to focus on the words more than the design (which is obvious when you look at mine).

    It looks like you are getting comments now, so that’s good. I would suggest you:

    1) Comment on other blogs, especially those with ComLuv, and get to know the bloggers. They will get to know you too.

    2) Ask questions at the end of your posts. This is their call to action. “Has this ever happened to you?”, “Which point could you relate to the most?” or “What have I missed?” are examples of questions you might want your readers to answer.

    3) Give some link love in your posts. In my most recent post I gave a shout out to Mark at icebluebanana.com and Tristan at bloggingbookshelf.com

    4) Tweet others’ posts. Even if you can’t come up with a worthwhile comment or don’t have time to comment, you can quickly tweet. Sorry to give this one if you’re already doing it!

    5) Be patient! It does take time.

    6) Some of my best-received posts have been case studies or similar. Let’s see what you’ve tried and what your outcome has been! That’s how I did the Traffic Sponge post. On one hand you could call it a product review, on the other you could call it sort of a case study. I used the tool and came up with exciting results. I love to share that sort of thing.

    7) Study bloggingbookshelf.com at length. He’s got the blog relationship building happening!

    IMHO, I think you’re on the right road, just keep at it! I will be posting an excellent guest post by Sheila Atwood about social networking and I think you’ll find it helpful.

    Thanks for your comment, Steve!
    P.S. You’re not the only one who has never heard of Traffic Sponge… that’s why I called it my secret blog commenting tool. :)

  50. Steve Roy
    Twitter:
    on January 23rd, 2011 10:57 am

    Thanks for the advice Peggy.

    I am slowly trying to spend more time commenting,although I don’t have a lot of time. I only have a few hours a day (at most) to do everything like write, marketing, email, Twitter, etc, so it’s hard to justify spending much of that time commenting.

    I can see it has paid off well for you as well as many others.

    One thing I haven’t been doing is asking questions. That’s a great idea! My friend Nick at SiteSketch101.com does a fantastic job of this and has a wonderful, thriving community of readers.

    Thanks again for your help!
    Steve Roy recently posted ..I Love The Smell Of Comments In The Morning

  51. Jon
    Twitter:
    on January 26th, 2011 10:14 pm

    Never heard of this tool, neat! Many of us probably have seen those certain people on our favorite blogs always being the first to leave a comment. Perhaps they’re using TS?!

    Blog commenting is such a “goodwill” activity that it absolutely must be in every bloggers/marketers toolkit. If it’s well-constructed and adds value to another website’s community then just sit back and watch; you’ll be rewarded.

    Thanks for this…
    Jon recently posted ..How To Target Your Market the Wheat Thins Way

  52. admin
    Twitter:
    on January 26th, 2011 10:44 pm

    Howdy Jon!

    You could be right… “those people” who are always first to comment on certain blogs might just know about this little secret!

    Blog commenting is definitely a goodwill gesture and a chance to build relationships. The bloggers who have figured this out are reaping the rewards. I know I am since I stepped up my efforts. ;)

    Thanks for coming by. And if you get Traffic Sponge, please don’t set it up for the same blogs I am! haha

    Peggy

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