It’s that time of year when everyone’s thoughts turn to hooking up, getting together and making a sweet, sweet partnership. For bloggers, that means only one thing.
Unleashing some blog comments.
So turn up the Barry White. Turn down the lights. And prepare for a lesson in the art of seduction. Because when it comes to the art of blog commenting, petrol station flowers and a box of milk tray just isn’t going to cut it.
The Seducer’s Guide to Sensual Blog Comments
Now you’re probably sat there, in the dark, with Barry White on, wondering why you’d want to devote time and effort to blog commenting. Surely the comment is just the brief fumble in the broom cupboard compared to the deep and meaningful relationship that only comes with mutual respect and regular guest posts.
Well, you’re wrong. Because blog comments are important for three main reasons:
1) Raising your profile. Having your interesting little vignettes at the bottom of dozens of posts is the quickest and easiest way to make people associate you with their favourite blogs.
2) Driving relevant traffic. Once people begin to recognise you, they’ll start clicking on your name. And because they’re subscribed to blogs in your niche, they’ll be more receptive to what you have to say.
3) Helping Your SEO. Yes, most blog comments are nofollow. No, a dofollow comment doesn’t carry much authority. But it all adds up. Regular commenting is a quick way to building a link profile, and it’ll complement your regular link building activities.
So now you’re ready to get down to business, let’s get down to business with some seductive blog commenting tips.
Don’t Post and Run
When you’re starting a relationship, it’s important to stick around. Don’t just do what you came to do, and then run off into the night without so much as a thankyou handshake.
The same goes for commenting. Post your comment, and then hang around. Have a conversation. Show that blogger that you’re interested in them, not just in sowing your wild comment oats.
Show Them You Understand
You need to show your date, and your blogger, that you understand what they’re saying. You don’t need to agree, but you need to engage with them.
Don’t Make it All About You
“Well I think” “I like” “I, me, me” – these aren’t going to charm anyone’s pants off. And a blog comment that’s all about you is going to make you look like an egotist.
So just like with a date, you need to act interested in what they have to say. The secret? Pertinent follow up questions. Trust me. Drop a few of those in, and they’ll be putty in your hands.
Don’t Forget to Call Back
You’ve had a great time. You’ve had a wonderful conversation, you’ve achieved what you set out to do and this has all the hallmarks of what could be a beautiful partnership. And then you never bother to call back.
I’m not suggesting you spend hours on the phone to every blogger whose posts you’ve commented on. But you should pop by every so often, just to keep that spark alive.
Who knows? You might even have seduced them into coming and commenting on your blog.
Just don’t expect a monogamous relationship with Unmemorable Title…