Why Your Blog Comments Didn't Generate Traffic to Your Blog

9 Reasons Why Your Blog Comments Didn’t Generate Traffic

Why Your Blog Comments Didn't Generate Traffic to Your Blog

One of the blog commenting objectives is the generation of traffic to the commenter’s own blog.

The timing, the quality of the comment, the commenting platform are some of the factors that have different impacts on the amount of traffic generated by the comment.

The more factors you take into consideration when deciding and then refining your blog commenting strategy, the more traffic to your blog.

Yep. Blog commenting strategy. You must have one. Commenting is a time consuming activity.

If you don’t make this traffic generation method effective for your business, you’d better not use it anymore. The time is limited and the more ineffective activities you perform, the less time is left for effective activities.

Now let’s see the top reasons why some blog comments generate an insignificant number of visitors or don’t generate traffic at all. Understand these reasons and adjust your strategy accordingly.

1. Not Commenting on CommentLuv Plugin Enabled Blogs

It’s a simple marketing fact: the more steps between a prospect and the final target, the fewer people reach that target.

When you comment on blogs that don’t allow a direct link to your blog but a link to a third party profile (Disqus, Facebook, etc), you add one more step between the prospect and the target. Not everyone landing on your third party profile will move further and visit your blog. It’s a fact. You lose traffic.

Even if the blog commenting platform allows a direct link to your blog and uses your name as anchor text, that’s still not the best situation for a commenter.

Your name and the link to your home page are way less attractive and effective than the same thing plus an attention grabbing headline and the link to that blog post. It’s simple math.

In addition, a great headline may get the click even if your comment isn’t a valuable one.

A word of caution: sometimes the CommentLuv plugin doesn’t work properly and it doesn’t display “the latest blog post” feature.

2. Commenting on Low Traffic Blogs

If there’s no traffic to the page you’re posting your comment on, there won’t be traffic to your blog.

In addition, you have to know that not everyone who lands on a blog page reaches the comments area. If you apply this piece of information in the case of a low traffic blog, you’ll see that the chances to get clicks are very reduced.

When assessing whether a blog gets a decent amount of traffic or not, don’t rely on Alexa rankings – they are very far from reality. You’d better test and see what you get.

Variant #1: Commenting on old blog posts. Some old blog posts still get traffic from search engines and other sources. Other old articles don’t get such traffic or get very little traffic.

Variant #2: Commenting on blogs where the comments are moderated and approved after a big delay. Commenting on a brand new post but having your comment approved after one month (real case) is like commenting on an old post.

3. Commenting on Popular Blogs But Coming Late to the Party

Some blogs have strong blog communities around them and get 50, 100 or even more comments for each blog post.

If the comments are displayed in the order they were submitted and you’re coming late to the party, you have no chance to get traffic unless you’re lucky.

Most of the visitors don’t read tens of comments unless there’s an interesting debate or something similar. Why would they read them anyway? The banal comments don’t make the news. Irrespective of their length.

4. Linking to Content Not Related to the Topic of the Page

CommentLuv lets you display a headline to your latest blog post or in some cases to one of your last 10 blog posts. Well, if that headline isn’t related at all to the topic of the page you’re commenting on, guess what happens… you’re gambling.

Example: You comment on an article about Twitter. You know that most of the readers of that article are interested in finding out more about Twitter. If your headline is about Twitter, that’s a perfect match. If your headline is about pregnancy, Google AdSense or something else, you have no clue whether the visitors might be interested in your article or not. See the difference?

The more related to the topic of the page your headline is, the more chances to get traffic.

Your headline is your ad. If the ad is related to the topic of the page you’re commenting on, that’s targeted advertising. If it isn’t related to that topic, that’s untargeted advertising and it’s less effective than the targeted advertising.

Variant: Never link to “clever” headlines that may mislead the reader.

Real example: “Have You Learned to Put Down Your Guitar?

No, that article isn’t related to guitars. It’s a business article. But the reader of the headline cannot know it.

5. Bad, Uninspired or Generic “Latest Blog Post” Headlines

The headline of your blog displayed in CommentLuv’s field “Latest Blog Post” can make you or break you. Maybe your loyal blog readers read your articles no matter the headline. They know you, they know the topic of your articles and they know that your articles are valuable.

But the strangers – the visitors of another blog – will usually not click your link if all your headline suggests is, “Move on, there’s nothing interesting here!”

Real example: “Photos of the Week!

No one is eagerly looking just for… photos. So… What kind of photos are they? Cat photos? Justin Bieber’s photos? The reader has no clue, so why click the link? (btw, the headline is actually taken from a real estate blog)

6. Low Quality or Ineffective Comments

Grammar & Language Mistakes. From this perspective, there are three types of comments:

– comments that include common mistakes made by native speakers (you’re vs your, etc)
– comments that include mistakes made by non-native speakers, and
– comments that are hard to understand (bad command).

While the first two types of mistakes don’t have a significant impact on clicks, the third one may simply remove you and your blog from the reader’s eyes. If the reader doesn’t understand the meaning of your comment, it is very unlikely he’ll give you a second chance (the click).

Clever Manual Spam. These comments are positive and not related to any topic, so that they can be used on any blog. Usually these comment templates are used by Indian bloggers, and sometimes include also the title of post they’re commenting on. Example:

Example of Clever Spam Comment Attempt

Side-note: GASP or Akismet are pretty useless when it comes to this type of clever spam. However, the spam can be easily detected by using the method described in the article How to Spot Clever Spam Comments.

Other Low Quality or Ineffective Comments. The comments that get the attention and consequently the clicks – the effective comments – are:

– comments that add info to the original article
– comments that share the commenter’s experience related to the topic discussed
– controversial comments
– comments posted by influencers, no matter the quality of the comment
– comments posted by the owner of the blog or by the guest author.

All the other types of comments, even if they are positive and long enough, fall under the category “I exist. Isn’t it enough?” and whether you like it or not… don’t get too much attention. That’s why I titled this sub-category, “Other Low Quality or Ineffective Comments” – (you may argue about my label, still the results won’t change)

7. Commenting on Blogs Written on Other Languages

Example of Latest Blog Post Headline Written in Dutch

If your headline displayed by CommentLuv is written in another language than the language of the article you’re commenting, there’s a big chance for the readers not to understand it.

The result should be obvious.

8. Commenting on Low Quality or Hard to Read Articles

The articles that are hard to read (no paragraphs, improper fonts, etc), low quality ones or the articles that include misleading headlines aren’t usually read till their end.

If the main article isn’t read, for sure the visitor won’t scroll down to the comments area.

9. Some People Don’t Like You or Your Content

Disliking You – The comments or articles that are controversial, negative or satirical get the reader’s attention. However, irrespective of you being right or not, certain categories of people will not like you. If their discomfort created after reading your work is over a certain level, they’ll remember you and avoid you.

That’s a risk you have to assume. Before writing such types of content, be sure that the people who are most likely not to appreciate them aren’t your target audience.

Misleading or bombastic headlines that don’t match the article itself or fake controversial articles are different from the types of content mentioned above, but they may have the same effect: some people won’t like you. The only difference is that this second category of people may be way much larger. Usually you can fool the people only once or twice. Most of the people don’t like when someone cheats on them.

Disliking Your Content – Low quality articles, content that frequently doesn’t match the level of expertise of the reader, not interesting topics, lack of originality are factors that may create the reaction of… “This blogger’s content constantly wastes my time“.

If your content gets that label, irrespective of your next great comments or killer headlines, you may not get that wished click on your link. Once you wasted other people’s time, they may remember you and not give you a second chance.

Final Note

Throughout this article I avoided the word “mistake”. If your goal is to drive traffic via your blog comments (the topic of this post), almost all the reasons mentioned here are mistakes. Don’t make them!

However, if you have multiple or complex goals, such as creating relationships and getting traffic at the same time, some of these nine reasons cannot be labelled as “mistakes” but maybe as “assumed risks”.

My piece of advice is to define very well your goals, use a flexible strategy and update it based on your needs and results. And never forget that blog commenting is a time consuming activity.

To Your Blogging Success!
Adrian Jock

P.S. The last phrase might be a double-edge sword. Kind of copywriting no-no. Let’s see whether this blog post will get any comments or you’ll save your time :-) Anyway, just in case… Do you know any other major reasons for not getting traffic via blog commenting? Share your experience with us!

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39 thoughts on “9 Reasons Why Your Blog Comments Didn’t Generate Traffic

  1. Interesting post, though I do not agree with #2 and #7: If a low traffic blog’s content is interesting, it is still worthwhile to comment (that is, if you have something to say). Will it bring in loads of traffic? Maybe not. But it could (and should) attract the attention from the blogger, who could be a new networking contact, an online friend, or who knows, a potential customer.

    As for #7, which I am doing right now, as my blog is indeed written in Dutch: yeah, so you might not understand my blog. That doesn’t mean I couldn’t be an interesting and valuable contact… If a commenter says something useful on a blog that I read, I am bound to click on his link, and/or check out his Twitter profile. Customers and other valuable contacts can be anywhere… (as long as they speak at least one language you also speak, but their comments will tell you that)

    I personally am not a fan of comment luv. I think it clutters the comment section. If someone says something that triggers me, I’ll click on the link in his/her name to see if there’s a cool blog or Twitter account to check out.

    OK. End of mini rant… Have a good rest of the day!

  2. Hi Fern,

    Thank you for your comment. The funny thing is that you don’t agree with #2 and #7, but I do agree with your point.

    How’s that? Well, maybe you missed the headline (the topic of the article) and the Final Note… Reasons for not getting traffic via blog commenting. Not mistakes (see the case when your goal isn’t driving traffic or the goal is a complex one) ;)

  3. Interesting read…I have to say that my comment strategy has been (up to this point anyway) to connect with other like-minded individuals. I know that when I see familiar blogger’s names appearing in my social media feeds (particularly those who comment regularly on my blog) I am more prone to share their content.
    However, I did learn a lot from your suggestions. For me, a new way to view commenting overall :)
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Rach,

    Thank you for your comment. I don’t think there’s anything wrong in connecting with like-minded bloggers. Getting direct traffic from comments isn’t the only possible goal for blog commenting :)

  5. Hey Adrian,

    I have read a good number of blog posts about blog commenting but I think this is unique. I love how you aim at helping us get the best from blog commenting.

    Article really worth sharing

  6. Hi Adrian,

    It’s my first time to your blog and I love the advice!!!!

    I think any serious business blogger ought to have a thought out strategy for blog commenting. I know for me it has been a powerful tool for developing relationships with influential bloggers that has really propelled my blog and business.

    I do use DISQUS because it does a FANTASTIC job of keeping the spam down to virtually zero. Yes, if someone wants to go a commenters site they have to click there name to access the link to their site, but I’ve never had on complaint or issue.

    Again, I’m more interested in developing relationships and commenting on other blogs as well as those on mine has enabled me to get writing opportunities in SEMRush.com and in the Philadelphia, Central Penn and Baltimore Business Journals.

    By extending the conversations, sharing new or differing ideas or just have a great conversation on a blog it builds respect, community (if you visit often enough) and trust).

    I’ve gained several new business partners just through my comments on Adrienne Smith’s blog and as an example of the relationship that she and I have built she referred a very significant referral to me recently.

    The key is have know why you’re blogging, commenting and have a set of very clear strategies, goals and objectives.

    It’s great to be on your site and I’ll be visiting frequently!

    Have a great weekend!

    ~ Don Purdum

  7. Welcome to my blog, Don, and thank you for sharing your experience.

    Disqus… I think there are two perspectives on this topic (plus some variants for each perspective)…

    The perspective of the blogger who installs it on her or his blog, and the perspective of the bloggers who are supposed to use it.

    I could write an article on this topic, but there are so many already written by others :) To make it short…

    As a commenter, I don’t like Disqus, I comment very rarely on Disqus blogs, and I don’t see the point in liking Disqus as a commenter (not as a blog owner, different thing).

    Here’s why… The time is very limited and it never comes back. That’s why every time when I spend my time on something I want to get the most out of it. The more purposes & functions an activity has, the better the time is spent.

    Blog commenting on Disqus blogs lacks something: it cannot generate direct traffic (and backlinks). That’s why when you comment on Disqus blogs, you can’t get the most out of your time.

    Of course not all blog commenters have the same position like I have, but let’s be honest…

    – some people don’t blog for money, so … whether they spend their time playing games on Facebook (just an example) or commenting on Disqus blogs… there’s no difference.

    – other bloggers blog for money but don’t make any money. Spending such a valuable resource (the time) not very wisely is one of their problems.

    – even if the time spent on performing an activity gets you good results, it doesn’t mean that you cannot be even more efficient by NOT performing that activity but another one that gets you better results. Time spending is a tricky thing and some good results may mislead you.

    – I’m not in someone else’s shoes, I’m staying in my shoes. Blogging (and everything related to it) is just a small part of my online business. Someone else who is in a position different from mine may think differently than I think. It doesn’t mean that one of us is wrong.

    Finally, I’m not claiming that commenting on Disqus enabled blogs is a total waste of time. Nope. Actually it isn’t! I’m saying what I’m saying, not something else :-)

  8. Hi Adrian,

    Your 9 points are well understood,thanks for posting and not keeping it to yourself. However, i do not agree to number 3. Even though your comment comes up in number 100,it can still attract other readers.

  9. Hi Emebu,

    No problem if you don’t agree with my #3.

    You’re free to comment even if you’re late to the party and hope that people will still read your comment and maybe will even click your link.

    That’s kind of gambling against all odds. However, this is a marketing blog and it refers to marketing not to gambling ;-)

    Anyway, maybe you missed this part of my article:

    “top reasons why some blog comments generate an insignificant number of visitors or don’t generate traffic at all”

  10. Nice post I must say. I have read quite a number of posts about comments on blogs but this is definitely a detailed one and also teaches how to get the best of blog comments .

    Thanks for sharing, I have learnt some new things I must confess.



  11. Hi Robert,

    Yep, you need a strategy in order to be one the first commenters. Your article reveals such a strategy and it’s a good addition to my article. Thanks!

  12. Hi Adrian,

    It is perhaps my first visit to your website. I came here from Richard’s blog, so you did the blog commenting very smart.

    In earlier days, I use to comment very genuinely, but very generic and then I don’t use to get nice replies or sometimes the comment won’t even show up.

    Learning through the online venture, I learned most of the tips you mentioned in this blog post.

    Very well said, the goal should be to make relationships, and if possible a nice traffic too.

    Take care buddy.

  13. Welcome to my blog, Rohan.

    Sometimes the comments aren’t shown because they are marked as spam and the blog owner doesn’t notice it. For example, both comments that you submitted today were marked as spam by Akismet.

    Try to discover the reasons why your comments are marked as spam. It’s a big waste of time to write a comment that isn’t approved ;-)

    Unfortunately I can’t help you, I don’t know the reasons. It may be the fact that your email address doesn’t match the domain name from the URL field, it may be the IP, etc.

  14. Hey Adrian,

    Well blog commenting is one of my most favorite subjects. Of course I’m also aware, as you are, that we all aren’t here for the same reasons or to get the same results. Some people blog for pure pleasure and some use theirs to “make money”. Others use it as their marketing tool to make those connections but however they do use their blog I would hope that everyone would want to make sure that the comments they do leave will grab enough attention that people would want to check out what they are all about.

    I know a lot of people don’t always agree about CL enabled blogs. Everyone has a right to whatever they feel works best for them but I’m also not in favor of third party commenting systems. I will comment on them if I know the blogger because 1) I either already have a relationship with them or 2) I want to support them. I love to learn so I love reading posts and of course commenting. But I can’t follow some of those that leave their comments back to their blogs because they’re not allowing me any way to achieve that unless I sign up with their service and go through having to learn yet another one. Not exactly what I want to do myself.

    I personally like to comment on blogs that don’t get a lot of traffic or comments. Traffic to our blogs is of course what everyone wants so I do absolutely agree with you about that. At the same time I’m all about the relationship and if I have to keep coming back to a blog that gets little traffic just so I can make them curious enough about me then I’ve reached my goal. To me it’s all about the relationship I can form with that blog owner and perhaps pick up another client along the way.

    I believe all your points are relevant. Some I do well while others I admit, not so much. I still love to say I’m a work in progress. In the past I’ve commented on a heck of a lot of blogs but moving into 2015 I’m going to do my best to focus on getting even better results. I can’t be everywhere all the time although I do love to support others and I know we all started out in the same place.

    You asked in the end if I knew of any other reasons we might not get traffic to our blog via blog commenting. You’ve covered everything so well that at the moment I can’t think of a thing. I do want to thank you for having my banner ad up though, that’s pretty cool to see it here on your blog. So thank you for promoting my course Adrian, I really appreciate that.

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. I wish you the best in 2015.


  15. Hi Adrienne,

    Thank you very much for your detailed comment.

    1) Re: the people who blog for pleasure or the people who use social media for other purpose than business

    While I do respect them and I think that there’s nothing wrong in doing such activities for pleasure, I’m not writing for them, they aren’t my target audience. This blog includes marketing tips (even the name suggests it), and marketing refers to business not pleasure.

    2) Re: the bloggers who dislike the CL enabled blogs

    While I know bloggers who dislike CL from the perspective of the blog owner (I understand their reasons), I don’t know any blogger who dislikes CL from the perspective of the commenter. Do you know any? I think that CL is the best system from the perspective of a commenter.

    There are two different perspectives and the target audience for this article is the commenter, not the blog owner.

    3) Re: your strategy to comment on blogs that don’t get a lot of traffic

    I think it’s wrong to do it in case commenter’s main goal is getting traffic. But if your main goal is to create relationships (not the topic of this article), the perspective changes – doing what you’re doing is not wrong anymore. I guess it’s easier to get the attention of the blogger who doesn’t get lot of traffic and comments, isn’t it? Easier to get a potential customer ;) It’s all about the perspective (and goals).

    4) I’m not a fan of blog commenting for the sake of getting traffic only. Actually – for multiple reasons – these days I comment very rarely on blogs.

    However, some bloggers comment only for the sake of getting traffic. They are the target audience of this article and I tried to teach them how to get the most of their comments in order to achieve THEIR goal (not necessarily mine or yours) ;-)

    Thank you for your wishes. A Happy New Year to you and your family!

  16. Hello Adrian Jock,
    Thank you for your post. I basically use 2 simple trick to attract new visitors.
    First , I use social media and social networks like Facebook, Twitter etc and other social bookmarking site to promote my newly published posts and want to drive traffic from some popular sites.

    Secondly, I use blog commenting on my niche sites like this Blog here. I think both this method work perfectly fine for me and I get enormous visitors from these two ways alone which help me earn decent amount of revenue and energize me to write even more.

    I usually comment on both commentluv enabled blog and not commentluv enabled blog to be normal in the eye of Google. I also comment on some newly arrived blog but most of the time you will find me busy on commenting authority site like this.

    Best Regards

  17. Hey Adrian,

    Wanted to come back and respond to your response!

    1) I agree, you aren’t writing for them but that doesn’t stop them from coming around right! I have a lot of people stop by my blog who are not my target audience but they still have plenty to say at times and then will kindly share with me why they disagree. They aren’t my target so of course they will. Silly people.

    2) I actually do know a few people but I won’t name names here. I think their reasoning is ridiculous actually but not everyone sees eye to eye of course. I actually agree with you, from a blog owner and a commenters perspective I think CLP is fabulous.

    3) Absolutely, they are very appreciative that I took the time to comment so that in itself gets their attention which opens the lines of communication which leads them to wanting to know more about me and being a potential customer. For that reason alone I’ll take them over the others quite a bit actually. ;-)

    4) I can understand that and although so many people do comment for the traffic, I like to teach them otherwise the benefits for doing that. I think we each have to do what’s best for us. I also appreciate that this post was geared toward those people, I just enjoy expressing my opinions.

    Thanks Adrian for your post again and for your response. Hope you have the best day ever and enjoy the end to this fabulous year.


  18. LOL, Adrienne, a lot of people who aren’t my target audience visit my blog. Indeed I cannot stop them.

    The funny thing is that sometimes I even directed them to my blog, without knowing that they weren’t my target audience…

    You reminded me of my Reddit experiment when I shared on Twitter sub-reddit my latest Twitter marketing article.

    What an indecent language! Calling me names, etc.

    Who were those guys? Not marketers. Guys using Twitter for pleasure since many years, following 5-600 people, being followed by half of them, the typical junk accounts. On top of that, a huge lack of education.

    Whether you’re right or wrong, there’s nothing wrong in disagreeing with someone. But using an indecent language just because you disagree with someone else…

    Anyway, thank you for stopping by again and have an awesome day!

  19. Hi Adrian,

    I completely get it and respect your view and opinion. I do hope you won’t let it be a hindrance to engaging with me on my site and offering your perspective with my growing audience?

    I hope you had a Happy New Year!

    ~ Don Purdum

  20. Don, blogging and my blogs are just marketing vehicles to me. I’m a marketer, not a blogger. Or… first a marketer, then a blogger, whatever… And… when it comes to marketing, blog commenting has a very poor ROI.

    Yeah, sure, the blogger X after posting hundreds of comments – spending a lot of time – got a big contract. Can it be scalable? Nope, that’s kind of lucky shot. Gambling, not marketing. Well, I’m a marketer, not a gambler.

    Blog commenting is a time consuming activity. I know how to get most of my time by doing other things, and getting a higher ROI.

    Not doing something that works, but doing something that works better than other things that work fine.

    There’s nothing personally, but I comment very rarely on other blogs. When I comment, I want to get the most of my time. That’s why I comment on CL blogs.

    Disqus blogs? Check my Disqus account. 5 years old, 11 comments (incl. one thank you comment) on 6 blog posts.

    Finally, my opinion about blog comments is this one: blog comments won’t pay my bills, whether they are on my blog or on other blogger’s blog.

    Example: one of my blogs makes me money on autopilot while having very few comments or no comments at all on some posts. Not this blog, my solo ads blog.

    So I don’t very much care whether my blog posts get comments or not. And this is the piece of advice I give to anyone who is willing to listen to me: stop caring about the comments.

    Let’s not lie to ourselves… Most of the comments aren’t read by the visitors of a page. No matter how smart and useful these comments are. So…

    I comment rarely on other blogs. But I do read blogs and share other people’s content. That’s more useful than a smart comment almost no one reads ;-)

  21. Hi Adrian,

    Well I’m very late to this party (pressure of “day-job and family illness), but I enjoyed reading your useful post.

    Firstly because I had had the same thoughts about Disqus etc and wondered if I was completely missing something. I’m pleased to hear that you agree.

    I was particularly interested in your topic number 6 about poor quality comments so would value your opinion on a question please. I really hate to see typos and bad spelling in comments on my blog. Is it “bad-form” to edit them out? Obviously not to change the sense of the comment, but to turn it into better English.

    As an aside, I notice the little Crown popping out at the bottom right hand side. Is that Kingged? If so I’d be interested to hear your opinion of it please.

    Anyway – popping over to read your article about “clever spam” as I’m getting quite a bit of that lately.

    Thanks for some useful tips.


  22. Hi Joy,

    1) I don’t always edit that type of mistakes. Only when I notice them :) Kiddin’ a little bit, but now seriously… yes, I think that it’s OK to edit the typos and bad spelling in comments.

    2) As for that little crown, it’s not related to Kingged but to SumoMe. Edited: I don’t use this plugin anymore. No crown. Much better.

  23. Hey Adrian,

    Really interesting post. Just wanted to throw in my two cents.

    Blog commenting is a tricky thing and it’s really up to the person to decide if it’s really worth their time. I know I was heavy into blog commenting earlier on, but that was when I was only getting a few comments and didn’t have much other commitments to do.

    Now, it’s tougher to comment because I have a lot on my plate already … but I agree with the point that if you’re on a popular bloggers blog, and you’re late to the party, it doesn’t matter how good your comment is or how long it is.

    Also, I like the point about linking to “relevant” posts. That was something I use to do all the time and it worked very well for me. Don;t know why I stopped. But it’s something I may start up again sometime this year.

    Good post here.

    – Andrew

  24. Thank you for your comment, Andrew.

    Indeed it’s up to each commenter to decide whether blog commenting as a business strategy is really worth their time or not.

    It’s not about copying what others do, but about analyzing the investment (the time and its value) and the results. And the analyze doesn’t have to stop here…

    Then it follows the comparison between these results and the results of other activities that require time too and are successful for the blogger making the comparison ;-)

  25. Interesting take on commenting – I agree, commenting on blogs take a lot of time which you need to decide WHY you are spending that much time commenting. My two reasons are both for traffic and building a community. I have larger blogs that I comment on regularly that I find generate a decent amount of traffic for the time involved in commenting.

    I think it’s also important to look at the bigger picture too – although commenting on some smaller blogs may not drive immediate traffic your way – they may assist you in building a community and following which, in turn, will send a continual stream of traffic towards you.

    However, as the post is about mistakes made when commenting for the purpose of traffic, I do in large part agree with your post and think they are quite valuable points you have made. Thanks for your insight.

  26. Thank you for your comment, Krystal.

    Regarding the commenting on smaller blogs:

    I think that one of biggest advantages on building a community isn’t the traffic that comes from these “fans” but the traffic they can generate by sharing your article.

    However, if the community is made by commenting on small blogs, the traffic these bloggers can generate may not be quite significant. There’s a reason why their blogs are small ;-)

  27. Hi Adrian, I just visited your blog from JustRetweet and wanted to see what you have written on this topic. Frankly speaking, i don’t think that commenting can really be utilized to get traffic. Yes, in some cases it works. But in most of cases it doesn’t work. Even on high traffic blogs, if you comment on an article, you may not get any traffic.

    My belief is that it entirely depends on the kind of comments you are making and the type of audience reading it. Obviously if there is no one to read it, you won’t get traffic. On high traffic blogs with hundreds of comments on each post, you may expect to get some traffic if your comment is posted near to the top. But from my experience, i can say that is very rare.

    I would rather not use commenting as a way to get traffic. Or if i have to, i would love to use sites with good community of readers. There are much better ways to get traffic and i think we should use them.

    Comments are simply letting the author know about what you feel about the article and that’s all. I have seen many online articles about using comments to generate traffic. But simply it’s a waste of time.

    I’m sorry if i said anything wrong. That’s all i feel.

    I would rather create the right kind of contents that my readers would find helpful and useful and obviously share with their social profiles or blogs.

  28. Hi Tamal,

    Thank you for your comment. I appreciate any genuine and on-topic comment, whether the commenter agrees or not with me ;) As a matter of fact, we don’t disagree too much.

    Most of the blog comments posted online are low quality or ineffective for traffic generation. That’s why most blog comments don’t generate traffic.

    When you apply a technique in a wrong way, yes, your activity is a waste of time. But it doesn’t mean that the technique itself is a waste of time. When you don’t know how to use a tool, don’t blame the tool.

    It’s OK to move on and never use that tool again. It’s your decision and it doesn’t affect anyone but you. However, it’s not OK to blame the tool as long as there are other people who use it successfully.

  29. Thanks for a quick reply. I understand what you mean to say. I don’t blame the tool and i know there are people who are doing it successfully. Everyone has different perspectives and different way of looking at things. That’s what i feel and i know it’s not a waste of time for many people. It’s sure if someone does something in the right way with the right guidance and at the right time, success is inevitable.

  30. Hi Adrian,

    The 8th reason made me laugh, but its true! This is a wonderful post and there’s so much to learn from it. I think I will add this post to my personal checklist so that I refer it every time when I comment.

    Thanks for this valuable info!

    Have a great day!

    1. Hi Nisha,

      Oops. I’ve just noticed that the 8th and the 9th reasons were both marked as 8. So I don’t know which one made you laugh :) Anyway, thank you for reading the post and for your comment.

  31. Hi Adrian,
    I stumbled upon your blog first time.
    Really it is worth to share this awesome post with my friends.
    Yes, you are right, one of most fact is commenting on low quality blog will not help us to get more traffic.
    And it is a good idea to comment on CommentLuv blog to get more blog traffic easily.
    I see, some blogger spam here and there. It will not bring good result for blog.

    However, thanks for sharing such kind of an informative post with us. Keep it up!

    Bookmarked for further reference!
    Would love to see your comment on my blog.
    Happy blogging!

    Admin Note – Links removed. Comment Policy, art. 4.3

  32. Thanks for this thoughtful advice, Adrian.

    Commenting on blogs in one’s niche and that also uses CommentLuv are two strategies I noticed that has been generating good traffic to my business blog.

    For me, I always advice that commenters should use their real name so that it will enable them to easily build relationship with the owner of the blog.

    Emenike Emmanuel

  33. Hello Adrian

    I found this article on Twitter and thought it was an update. Fortunately, I’m so new to blogging revisiting this article, I understand it a bit more and can relate with it better.

    I’m looking forward to some more great posts from you in 2018.

    1. Thank you for your comment and retweet, Michael. Here’s a blog commenting tip for you: go to gravatar.com and get an account attached to the email address you use for blog commenting.

      After you do it and upload your picture, your blog comments where you used that email address will display that picture – see the comments above yours.

      Showing a face next to your comments is not only professional but also human-like (“Look, I’m a human being, not a bot!”), and in addition it adds a trust flavor to your comment :)

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