I’ve read several different discussions recently on whether or not attracting blog comments is important and how important or not your regular commenters are to your blog. One discussion on DennisEdell.com attracted a good range of views. Some thought that most commenters were really only there for a backlink and since they were unlikely to be the visitors that actually buy anything via affiliate links, they were therefore of limited importance. Others (myself included) felt that commenters are very important as they add to the sense of community and life of a blog.
But what if there were other benefits from your commenters, what if they could actually gain you traffic!
Well that’s not possible is it? A visitor reads a post on your blog, leaves a comment with a link to their site, and they get traffic from your site? That’s the way it works isn’t it?
Well take a look at the screen grab below, and then scroll on down and let me explain what’s going on there.
OK, it’s not too easy to read, but the screen grab is the Google first page results for the keyword “affiliate progress”. And there is my site in the first two places (whoopie do, if anyone ever decides to search on “affiliate progress” I’ll be rich!). Position three is also of interest, that is a site that has picked my post up on Digg and re-posted it, so also a potential source of traffic.
Look down at the seventh placed result though, that’s the one I wanted to draw your attention to. That is a post on Forest’s excellent frugalzeitgeist.com blog, where I left a comment earlier this week.
So Forest’s blog attracted me to leave a comment. Now in Google, for my keyword Forest is potentially going to receive free traffic via Google. Pretty neat yes?
So even if I didn’t highly value the life your comments bring to my blog (which I do), and your advice, encouragement and suggestions (which I do), I should still value your comments because your keywords can gain me traffic!
So go on, leave a comment you’ll be doing us both a favour!