So I was bored and unhappy with my traffic so I got an idea for a new experiment.
My last YouTube SEO experiment was well received, so I think you’ll like this one also. 🙂
You can scroll down to the TL;DR intro section if you don’t want to read the full intro.
I want to increase my blog traffic, and I want to see if I can do so by commenting on other people’s blogs.
Here’s the plan:
I will spend 30 minutes to an hour every day for a week reading posts and commenting on a list of blogs related to my niche. (You can find the list of blogs I’ll comment on later in the post.)
I’ll actually read the post and take some time to create a long, thoughtful comment.
None of that “nice post!” BS.
The basic idea is this:
- People see my thoughtful comment.
- They click on my name.
- They end up on my website.
The goal of this experiment isn’t just traffic however.
The biggest goal is establishing a relationship with the author of each of the blogs.
If you own a blog you know how great it feels when someone leaves a thoughtful comment on your post.
And if you don’t own a blog, I’m sure you can imagine how amazing it is.
Finding Blogs to Comment On
I already have a pretty extensive list of online money making and marketing blogs that I follow, but I need more to make sure that there are at least a couple of new posts per day I can comment on.
I don’t want to clog up this post, but if you’re interested you can click here to see a list of all of the blogs that I was following during this experiment.
For those of you who are skimming and miss the above sentence: click here to see which blogs I was following during this experiment!
How did I keep track of the new posts on these blogs?
I added all of the ones that had an RSS feed to Feedly, and the rest I just put into a favorites folder and checked it manually every day.
The list has 22 blogs, but as you can see I included people who are making thousands online and people who are just starting out because I want to build a relationship with them. 🙂
Plus I think it’s awesome that they’re just starting on their journey, and any support that they can get is great. (So go check out their blogs if you have time!)
There were more blogs that I could’ve included, but I decided to avoid blogs that use Disqus as a way to comment which got rid of some of the big players in the field.
I made a total of 24 comments on 14 blogs.
This took me about 3 hours.
That might look like a lot, but I actually read the posts, thought about them, and left comments that were meaningful and fairly long.
I wasn’t able to do this for 30 minutes per day, but I think I need to follow more blogs to do that.
So, what was the outcome?
- I had 40 more sessions and nearly doubled my number of new visitors to the site.
- I contacted Matt after commenting on his blog and got featured on his income report roundup leading to the huge bump in visitors on the 29th.
- I had more comments on my last posts because the bloggers who I interacted with decided it’d be fun to interact with me. Win-win!
Here’s the referral traffic chart:
As you can see, the blog comments didn’t directly improve my traffic by a ton.
However, being featured on Matt’s blog is great for publicity, SEO, and traffic purposes and it wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t do this experiment.
I’m considering doing a longer 3 month experiment and sharing the results on the blog.
What do you think?
I like the idea, and I think there could be an interesting result that I can’t predict, but it’s also a lot of work. 🙂
Comment below and tell me what you think I should do!