Does Commenting on other blogs still help to generate traffic?

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Hi,
I have a photography and travel blog 10 months old and I am unable to generate much traffic. I get around 250 visitors a month which includes referral traffic from social media. Much of it comes from Pinterest. Organic- none at all.
Also, I earned just 10 dollars in the last 10 months by Adsense.
I have tried many things like submitting to directories etc. but traffic is so low.

Will commenting on other blogs in similar niche help?
#blogs #commenting #generate #traffic
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  • Hi,
    Yes, blog commenting is still effective for traffic generation, if it has done in a proper way. wait to adding link before that include yourself in a conversion to build trust.
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    • Profile picture of the author Yatharth Gupta
      Hi,
      Thanks for the reply.
      Can you please tell some example of the proper way as you mentioned.

      Thank You
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  • Profile picture of the author naviown
    Yes, it will still generate traffic, but make sure your blog comments are not spammy and high quality.
    I also suggest you to create Instagram profile, start youtube channel.

    Are you writing your blog posts yourself or outsourcing?
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    • Profile picture of the author Yatharth Gupta
      Thanks.
      Yes, I am writing posts myself.
      And I have an Instagram profile but followers are around 400 so hardly get any traffic from there.
      I am working on creating a Youtube Channel as well.
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      • Profile picture of the author naviown
        Originally Posted by Yatharth Gupta View Post

        Thanks.
        Yes, I am writing posts myself.
        And I have an Instagram profile but followers are around 400 so hardly get any traffic from there.
        I am working on creating a Youtube Channel as well.
        I am not a social media expert, but maybe you would need to use some Instagram growing strategy? To follow-unfollow, write quality content on photos too.

        And also, maybe you should improve your blog posts or hire a professional writer.
        I don't know your content quality, but maybe it's not completely seo optimized.
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        • Profile picture of the author Yatharth Gupta
          Thanks for the suggestions. I will keep these in mind.
          For now I am using Yoast for on page seo but maybe i should think of getting it checked by an seo expert. However, I would appreciate if you could have a look at the link mentioned above. If its possible.

          Thank You
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  • Profile picture of the author Michel Frost
    Hi!
    Glad to hear that you have your own photography and travel blog.
    I want to know the details of your blog what type of blog you have ... Can I?
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  • Profile picture of the author zlnbrg
    For me, it still works great. Just spend some time on high-quality comments. Also, I recommend you to focus on Instagram, it is one of the best sources of traffic for your niche.
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    • Profile picture of the author Yatharth Gupta
      Thanks for the reply. Can you give me an idea about how many comments should I make in a day? And people use the word anchor text, I don't quite understand if it is some other way of commenting or what.
      High quality comments mean genuine comments about the content, right? If there is something else to keep in mind please mention.

      Thank you.
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      • Originally Posted by Yatharth Gupta View Post

        Will commenting on other blogs in similar niche help?
        • No, if:
        -- The blog has no subscribers;
        -- It isn't getting any significant volume of regular viewers;
        -- Nobody's participating in meaningful discussions about its freshest content posts;
        -- You aren't offering a compelling reason for its owner to publish your comments; and
        -- Its subscribers and regular viewers aren't seeing any value in your comments and don't feel compelled to click your links and take a closer look at your own content ...

        >> Meanwhile ...

        • Yes, if:
        -- The blog has lots of subscribers and regular viewers from your target direct and vertical niche markets;
        -- Its relevant posts are ranking well in Google for keywords with significant search demand from your niche markets;
        -- It has social media pages with lots of active fans and followers;
        -- Lots of readers are actively engaged in meaningful discussions about the blog's freshest content posts;
        -- Its content is regularly being shared across relevant social communities;
        -- Its owner is happy to publish your comments; and
        -- Its subscribers and regular viewers appreciate the value of your comments and feel compelled to click your links and take a closer look at your own content ...

        Originally Posted by Yatharth Gupta View Post

        Can you give me an idea about how many comments should I make in a day?
        • Your primary objective isn't to get as many comments with links published across your target blog posts as fast as possible.
        >> Rather ...
        • Your goal should be to spend as much time as possible to make sure that you comply with the parameters I mentioned earlier ...

        Originally Posted by Yatharth Gupta View Post

        And people use the word anchor text, I don't quite understand if it is some other way of commenting or what.
        An anchor text is the clickable word or phrase in a Web page; and
        When you click it, you're taken to the page that's linked by that anchor text ...
        For example, the phrase "Internet Marketing Forum" below is an anchor text of a link that points to WarriorForum.Com :
        Internet Marketing Forum
        NOTE: This is a standard way of building backlinks for your target keywords / search terms ...

        Originally Posted by Yatharth Gupta View Post

        High quality comments mean genuine comments about the content, right?
        If the blog owner feels happy to publish your comment, then you're a third done;
        If many of the blog's subscribers and regular viewers see good value in your comment, then you're halfway done; and
        If lots of them click your link, take a closer look at your content, sign up as your subscriber and share your own posts with their peers, then yes -- That's a high quality comment right there ...
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        • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
          Originally Posted by Marx Vergel Melencio View Post

          An anchor text is the clickable word or phrase in a Web page; and
          When you click it, you're taken to the page that's linked by that anchor text ...
          For example, the phrase "Internet Marketing Forum" below is an anchor text of a link that points to WarriorForum.Com :
          Internet Marketing Forum
          Is there an echo in here?
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    • Profile picture of the author checkit
      Originally Posted by zlnbrg View Post

      For me, it still works great. Just spend some time on high-quality comments. Also, I recommend you to focus on Instagram, it is one of the best sources of traffic for your niche.
      You mean high quality content or comment on high quality blogs? Or maybe both?
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      • Profile picture of the author zlnbrg
        High-quality comments on blogs Also I choose blogs with activity in comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    If you look at comment sections as communities, you'll do better.

    Use commenting as a way to get on the blogs radar and network with the authors, in preparation of pitching a guest post.

    So drop insightful comments that add value to the community, not one-liners.

    The traffic you get from people clicking on your name will be small compared to what you get from guest blogging.
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    • Profile picture of the author Yatharth Gupta
      Thank You for the reply. I'll do what all you have suggested.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    The idea of looking at the blog commenting as "communities" is a great idea. I used to do this all the time on the EzineArticles blog and learned alot. Not only did i learn how to use the information to contribute to my business, but i created a new identity of myself - sort of like a self transformation of the type of marketer that i wanted to be - and it felt good. It really felt like a community. And still does.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    I would be more aggressive around Insta posting multiple times each day, doing Insta stories, commenting on other people's related Insta's (not as a tactic but as a REAL person) which your audience will see and then come back to your Insta feed where you can have your blog in your profile as well as include the URL in posts and stories. Go to where your audience hangs out - Insta is a big place for both suppliers and consumers of photography, images, etc...
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Albany
    Yes it works, but my experience it's generally a low return unless you are really doing it in volume. And when you do it in volume, it's hard to maintain a personal touch.
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  • Other than those mentioned above, you may want to start you FB page and FB group to get more followers who have similar interest.
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  • Profile picture of the author senupal
    Blog Commenting is effective but you should only post genuine,meaningful posts than get to more traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author SiteNameSales
    Yes, done properly it can be helpful to you. It's not as popular as it once was because many webmasters now have sites that contain the 'nofollow' code. This reduces SEO linking potential and it's really a way of cutting down on spam.

    As suggested above, the quality of your input will be the determining factor in generating visitors to your site. You might want to consider answering questions on Quora. It receives a lot of traffic and you know that at least one visitor (the questioner) is likely to be interested in your contribution.
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    • Profile picture of the author Yatharth Gupta
      Thank You for the reply. Yes, I do answer queries on Quora but the traffic is low from that source. Maybe I need to do it more aggressively.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
    Originally Posted by Yatharth Gupta View Post

    Hi,
    I have a photography and travel blog 10 months old and I am unable to generate much traffic. I get around 250 visitors a month which includes referral traffic from social media. Much of it comes from Pinterest. Organic- none at all.
    Also, I earned just 10 dollars in the last 10 months by Adsense.
    I have tried many things like submitting to directories etc. but traffic is so low.

    Will commenting on other blogs in similar niche help?

    my blog: yatharthgupta. co
    Yes, but only from a User Interaction position and very little at that and certainly not from an SEO position.

    The best way is to be a Guest Poster on someone else's blog "page" in the same niche with a backlink to a similar or good match keyword on your website's "page" and when both sites use the same keyword meta title tag the chances of decent placement in the SERP are high.
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    • Profile picture of the author Yatharth Gupta
      Thanks for the reply. If I am not wrong you mean Page but not post. Correct me If I am wrong. Thanks for this tip. I am trying hard to find guest posting opportunities.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
        Originally Posted by Yatharth Gupta View Post

        Thanks for the reply. If I am not wrong you mean Page but not post. Correct me If I am wrong. Thanks for this tip. I am trying hard to find guest posting opportunities.

        The post (article) is on the page.
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  • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
    And people use the word anchor text, I don't quite understand if it is some other way of commenting or what.
    The text that appears highlighted in a hypertext link and that can be clicked to open the target web page. It is usually the target KW. In the following link "Warrior Forum" is the anchor text: Warrior Forum
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  • Profile picture of the author gametalk
    What if i recommend SEO service for your blog.

    Perhaps, run Facebook and Twitter promotion.

    But meanwhile consistence is the key when it comes to traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author Yatharth Gupta
      Yes, Please do recommend.
      And yes, I have started running Facebook promotions.
      Thank You
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  • Profile picture of the author ishara444
    Yes definitely....
    But don't believe a lot of traffic quickly. I recommend you to try guest blogging. It is awesome to drive traffic. You need to focus on keywords and do basic SEO very well. Always believe about the search engine traffic
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    • Profile picture of the author Yatharth Gupta
      Thank You.
      Yes, I'm trying hard to get guest posts. For on-page SEO, I do everything that Yoast Plugin recommends. All green dots. Please do suggest, If there is something else that I should do for on page SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elvis Michael
    I wouldn't look at commenting strictly as a traffic method, but rather as a networking method.

    Befriend the author and fellow commenters on that same blog. Provide useful advice, ask curious questions, and be genuinely interested.

    This may naturally lead to your blog being referenced more often, and/or you may get an opportunity to submit a guest post.

    All in all, treat blog commenting as a genuine way to connect long-term and truly befriend others and network. Think what would happen if a well-known blogger really gets to like you and your blog....

    Elvis
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
    Originally Posted by Yatharth Gupta View Post

    Hi,
    I have a photography and travel blog 10 months old and I am unable to generate much traffic. I get around 250 visitors a month which includes referral traffic from social media. Much of it comes from Pinterest. Organic- none at all.
    Also, I earned just 10 dollars in the last 10 months by Adsense.
    I have tried many things like submitting to directories etc. but traffic is so low.

    Will commenting on other blogs in similar niche help?

    my blog: yatharthgupta. co
    Originally Posted by Michael Meaney View Post

    If you look at comment sections as communities, you'll do better.

    Use commenting as a way to get on the blogs radar and network with the authors, in preparation of pitching a guest post.

    So drop insightful comments that add value to the community, not one-liners.

    The traffic you get from people clicking on your name will be small compared to what you get from guest blogging.
    Originally Posted by Marx Vergel Melencio View Post

    • No, if:
    -- The blog has no subscribers;
    -- It isn't getting any significant volume of regular viewers;
    -- Nobody's participating in meaningful discussions about its freshest content posts;
    -- You aren't offering a compelling reason for its owner to publish your comments; and
    -- Its subscribers and regular viewers aren't seeing any value in your comments and don't feel compelled to click your links and take a closer look at your own content ...

    >> Meanwhile ...

    • Yes, if:
    -- The blog has lots of subscribers and regular viewers from your target direct and vertical niche markets;
    -- Its relevant posts are ranking well in Google for keywords with significant search demand from your niche markets;
    -- It has social media pages with lots of active fans and followers;
    -- Lots of readers are actively engaged in meaningful discussions about the blog's freshest content posts;
    -- Its content is regularly being shared across relevant social communities;
    -- Its owner is happy to publish your comments; and
    -- Its subscribers and regular viewers appreciate the value of your comments and feel compelled to click your links and take a closer look at your own content ...

    • Your primary objective isn't to get as many comments with links published across your target blog posts as fast as possible.
    >> Rather ...
    • Your goal should be to spend as much time as possible to make sure that you comply with the parameters I mentioned earlier ...

    An anchor text is the clickable word or phrase in a Web page; and
    When you click it, you're taken to the page that's linked by that anchor text ...
    For example, the phrase "Internet Marketing Forum" below is an anchor text of a link that points to WarriorForum.Com :
    Internet Marketing Forum
    NOTE: This is a standard way of building backlinks for your target keywords / search terms ...

    If the blog owner feels happy to publish your comment, then you're a third done;
    If many of the blog's subscribers and regular viewers see good value in your comment, then you're halfway done; and
    If lots of them click your link, take a closer look at your content, sign up as your subscriber and share your own posts with their peers, then yes -- That's a high quality comment right there ...
    Originally Posted by Elvis Michael View Post

    I wouldn't look at commenting strictly as a traffic method, but rather as a networking method.

    Befriend the author and fellow commenters on that same blog. Provide useful advice, ask curious questions, and be genuinely interested.

    This may naturally lead to your blog being referenced more often, and/or you may get an opportunity to submit a guest post.

    All in all, treat blog commenting as a genuine way to connect long-term and truly befriend others and network. Think what would happen if a well-known blogger really gets to like you and your blog....

    Elvis
    Really nice answers, thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tanay Kumar Das
    I have been doing blog commenting for the last year or so and its very effective till now. I get huge visitors to my link from it. Try to give quality content in your comments in authority blogs. Keep patience and follow a consistent schedule. Search for the following Kw in Google:
    Top 20 Photography Blogs and suggested KW by Google.

    Cover every KW and keep posting relevant comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author daviddifranco
    Commenting on blogs can be effective, yes -- but I wouldn't go about it in a "spammy" way. People can see right through that. Carry on a good conversation and things tend to naturally fall into place.
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  • Profile picture of the author Owird
    Yes it does help generate traffic, especially from high traffic sites which also improves your overall SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardworker2013
    You should get a good SEO service to rank your website, the travel niche is very competitive. You can also buy Facebook Ads.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebiztrait
    Yes...Give proper relevant link in a comment section of the relevant blog post can definitely help you to generate more traffic on your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Narjisinfotech01
    Yes if the blog you are commenting on is relevant to your niche with reasonable da pa then it will still help your website rankings and traffic point of view......
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  • Profile picture of the author Medon
    You are on the right track. The trouble is that you expected to make millions of dollars from the word go. It does not work that way, my dear. $10/10 days is not a bad start considering that the blog is only 10 months old. But I am happy you chose to share the problem with the rest of the members here. There are plenty of things you still need to do to push your blog forward. Just take the advice you will be receiving from different people here seriously and I can guarantee that you will make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adrianne_
    What are you doing to build a list? The easiest way to do this is by purchasing travel solo ads from a reputable source. As the list grows, you can email them weekly about any specials, discounts, or travel tips to keep them engaged as your subscriber and encourage them to buy from you.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishalsharma
    Yes blog commenting is very good traffic generation
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrewsfm
    You could do a paid ad, google or bing ads etc.

    Free traffic, join lots of fb groups related to photography and share content posted on your blog in the groups every few days. Don't do it too much as you don't want to come across spammy.

    Add people from the fb groups and build a fb profile of 5000 people interested in photography and post links on that profile too.

    That should be enough to get you going!

    Also you could run automation on instragram and dm people the link to your blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author kebumen
    Currently, blog commenting its not too optimal to generate more organics traffics. If you want organics traffics for long term, SEO technique is the best one. But to do this, you should be hard work, writing original article, and then submit your article to search engine.
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  • Hi Yatharth,
    Build your social media presence in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and promote travel, car rental type offers as they supply regularly promo codes or coupons that help close the sale. For holidays u get between 2%-4% but the basket value is high and car rentals 7% upwards.
    Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author dougp
    I'm not sure if doing it for marketing is a worth while strategy. You're better off joining social media site and joining in relevant conversations to your niche. That way your comments will get noticed by the people in the main thread, but it also has the capability of reaching other avenues in the social media site and beyond.
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  • Profile picture of the author sophie marton
    Yes, It will help you if your post comment on the relevant blog and if the blog approved your website link that you give in your comment. But if you want more traffic on your website so my suggestion is you need to try other things that were mention below
    Take advantage of Guest post
    Properly market your content
    Submit your business on local business submitting sites
    Work on forums

    Hope this answer is helpful for you!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Huenelde
    Yes, blogging helps. But not the level you want. Create your own pages in social networks. They will help you so much to achieve the desired traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaxFeerden
    Not always commenting helps to increase traffic. It can be enhanced with the help of social networks.
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  • Profile picture of the author gotmilk
    On rare occasion, you can find some websites that don't add "no-follow" to the link tags included in comments. Kind of difficult to find but its one way to get an easy backlink if you're lucky.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    Yes, blog commenting can work well, if done exactly right.

    Another idea . . . create a FaceBook Group for your target audience, make a Page which promotes the Group, and find other ways of promoting the Group, such as Messaging people who interact on similar groups. When you've made a start building the Group, if you keep engagement high (delete any members who have not engaged in the last month), FaceBook will send you more and more members for free.

    Then tell them about your website. Ask them what they most want, what's their biggest problem they need to solve, and give them a great solution!

    Also, find better offers than AdSense . . . there are a lot of offers on affiliate networks for travel and photography, and those might convert better than AdSense. Also test Amazon products there . . . the commission is small but the conversions can be really high for Amazon (some of their pages convert at 70%).

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