How many blogs do you visit on a daily basis?
Now how many of those blogs do you leave a comment on? None?
So you’re creeping?!?!
You know, creeping. It’s what my teenage daughter does when she’s trolling Facebook looking at her friends friends news feed (or whatever it’s called today). The whole purpose is to see what they’re posting without them knowing that you know…
Sure you might get a few tips on setting up a blog, search engine optimization, or growing your email list, but you’re missing out on one important thing. Engagement!
You want that for your blog right?
Don’t be a creeper, get in there and let them know they’ve been creeped. A wealth of opportunities await you.
Why Should You Leave A Comment?
Well if you found this post by searching for “Facebook Creeping” I agree. Don’t waste your time with leaving a comment. You have better things to do.
However if you’ve made it this far, I’m guessing you do have a blog, and there’s a good chance you’re looking for ways to increase engagement on your site.
Leaving a well constructed comment on another blog can lead to all kinds of networking opportunities.
How about some examples:
- You make yourself known to the author of the blog, especially if you leave multiple comments
- The author may return the favor by commenting on your blog
- The author may share the post they just commented on
- The author’s social networking followers see the post they just shared and check out your blog
- Readers of the author’s blog may see your comment, and check out your blog
- These visitors to your blog may leave a comment, share your post, or signup for your email list
See how simple that is? All that opportunity from leaving a comment or two.
Leave The Right Comment
There’s a right way and a wrong way to leave a comment on another blog. Your comment can make other blogger’s take note of who you are, or not…
First let’s look at an example of the wrong way to comment:
Great post dude
That’s not going to do much for you, and you’ll be lucky if it’s even approved.
If you’re going to leave a comment, be sure to add some additional value to the post, ask a follow up question, or at least call out something that you learned.
Now let’s look at an example of the right way to comment:
Hey Craig, I’ve been creeping on your blog for a while, and this post got me thinking, I should probably leave you a comment. First off, love your blog, and I’ve been able to gather a number of tips that I’m hoping to implement on my blog.
I never really thought about leaving a comment before on another blog. It seemed silly to me. I had no idea it could open so many doors. I didn’t realize networking was so important. How often do you comment on other blogs? Does it work for you?
Hope to hear back from you, and keep up the great work.
BTW – I just signed up for your email list.
Wow, I’m blushing. OK, I wrote it myself, but you get the idea.
If I received a comment like this, the first thing I would do is respond to the comment, answer the questions, and thank him/her for their visit and taking the time to leave a comment.
Chances are, I would head over to his/her blog to check it out as well, and if I liked what I saw would even leave a comment on one of their posts. Heck, if I liked the blog enough, I may even bookmark it and check it out from time to time.
I’ve done this on multiple occasions.
Recently there was a comment left for me on a previous post, and the author of that comment left a very well constructed response.
I was so impressed that I headed straight over to the commenters blog, and spent the next 20 minutes reading through a number of his posts. I’ve since bookmarked Luke Jordan’s InterGeek.co.uk site, and try to get over there once a week to check things out. We’ve exchanged multiple comments on each others blogs since that time.
Networking at its finest.
Your Call To Action
It doesn’t matter what niche you’re in. You need to network if you are looking for engagement.
Next time you’re visiting one of your favorite blogs to pick up a tip or two, take the time to leave a genuine comment.
Repeat this process for every post on every blog you find of interest. I think you’ll really be surprised.
If you’re tired of creeping around other blogs without being noticed, and are truly looking for ways to increase the popularity of your blog, just click here.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t be a creeper!