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Traffic method # 225 - how to get better traffic by using commenting to form relationships

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  • 1. Free Traffic Tips | Traffic Method # 225 : How to Get Better Traffic by Using CommentingCopyright Tinu Abayomi-Paul tinuabayomipaul@leveragedpromotion.comhttp://www.freetraffictip.com/traffic-tip-225-how-to-get-better-traffic-by-using-commenting-to-form-relationships.phpTraffic Method # 225 : How to Get Better Traffic by UsingCommenting to Form RelationshipsWhy dont I consider leaving comments a traffic method?Because commenting isnt meant to generate traffic, its more of a by-product.And yes, there are some things we can use to generate traffic, even though that isnt their purpose, but only when its ethical.Leaving comments for traffic alone isnt ethical.Youre trying to take something from a community that worked hard to get it, instead of getting credit for sharing somethingwith a community that you belong to, and reciprocating when its given to you - these are two different things.I wish there was a plug-in that let me keep people from leaving links until after a certain number of comments, and to turntheir links off if they stopped participating.Andy told me on his ultimate dofollow listabout Lucias plug-in, which paid commenting may force me to turn to this evening.Think about how youd feel if someone did that to your blog, everytime you want to evaluate a traffic method related toblogging. If you wouldnt mind and allow it at your blog, then knock yourself out, because whatever you are doing to others isabout to happen to you.Commenting to get traffic is also inefficient.Why?Lets say you leave one comment.That comment will probably only bring you traffic as long as that post is new. When it fades into the archives, you wont getmuch traffic from it.Lets say its a DoFollow comment, and youre getting link juice.Sure, your link will get followed by the search engines, and counted among the number of links to your site, which may giveyou a little boost.But wouldnt it be better not to have to share that link juice with the other commenters? page 1 / 5
  • 2. Free Traffic Tips | Traffic Method # 225 : How to Get Better Traffic by Using CommentingCopyright Tinu Abayomi-Paul tinuabayomipaul@leveragedpromotion.comhttp://www.freetraffictip.com/traffic-tip-225-how-to-get-better-traffic-by-using-commenting-to-form-relationships.phpWouldnt it better to have a whole post dedicated to your site?Wouldnt it be great to get a Permanent link to your site from their Blogroll, on a page that has more weight than a singlepost?Wouldnt it be cool if someone discovered you by your link and then shared your link with other people?So how do you get that kind of action?Lets look at it logically.Good Bloggers tend to make posts about: - Quality tools, content, services, & products that will serve their community. - People who are doing innovative, interesting, creative things that will interest their community. - Quality tools, content, services, & products that will serve their community and make them money. - News of interest to their community that will either save them from doing a full blog post or help them to do a full blog post... just to name a few.It follows, then, that if you want a blogger to blog about your site, to share your site with others, or to add you to their link roll,you should : 1. Make comments that will both help and intruigue the blogger and his/her community, which make a good introduction to you. 2. Form a relationship with that blogger on the basis of what you have in common that could serve their community. 3. Form a relationship with other commenters in that community.In other words, comment to give, not to get. If you get the same amount of love back from comments you make, then great.If you dont, thats fine too, at least you got a link, and if you stick to it, youll get that love elsewhere.As far as how to apply this to your comment routine, that will depend a lot on your own preferences.This is what I normally do.My Seven Step Method of Commenting to Form RelationshipsIf I comment on your blog, its for the sole purpose of getting a link.I can buy links, earn them, submit for them, write articles, win awards, be written about, publish a press release, create a page 2 / 5
  • 3. Free Traffic Tips | Traffic Method # 225 : How to Get Better Traffic by Using CommentingCopyright Tinu Abayomi-Paul tinuabayomipaul@leveragedpromotion.comhttp://www.freetraffictip.com/traffic-tip-225-how-to-get-better-traffic-by-using-commenting-to-form-relationships.phppodcast.... so what the heck do I need you to link to me for?It would be nice but...A link is a consolation prize, not an end in itself.If I comment on your blog, its my way of saying hi, a precursor to a relationship. If we were to use the metaphor of dating, thefirst comment is the stage where I decide if youre worth asking out.Step One - Stalking.I read a blog for at least a week, looking for common ground, and seeing if the blogger writes in a style that leaves a place forreplies other than "good job".The content has to speak to me, so that I want to say, "fantastic job", "thank you", or "and you know what else", or "I respectyou but youre SO WRONG about this."You cant expect people to write their most compelling work every day, but if I dont see at least one memorable shot after aweek or so of hanging around and reading archive posts, Im off.Because if Im not electrified, and Im looking to market to people like me, well, theyre not going to be electrified either.Sometimes I ignore this rule if their audience loves them for some reason I dont understand, mostly because some of myreaders have the same mercy on me. ;)Step Two - Introductions.I comment once, leaving my full name, and making a concerted effort to truly contribute to the conversation. (I make an effortevery time, but this first time, I want to be noticed, maybe even impressive.)Usually the first comment is without leaving my link unless the browser fills it out for me.If comments are moderated, I may come back if its really important to me and I remember. (If your template allows it, enablea subscribe to comments plug-in. Ours doesnt, one reason I want to change it.)If not, its a quick way to lose my attention, which is why I try to only moderate comments when were all on vacation, or if keymembers are out sick.Step Three - Flirting. page 3 / 5
  • 4. Free Traffic Tips | Traffic Method # 225 : How to Get Better Traffic by Using CommentingCopyright Tinu Abayomi-Paul tinuabayomipaul@leveragedpromotion.comhttp://www.freetraffictip.com/traffic-tip-225-how-to-get-better-traffic-by-using-commenting-to-form-relationships.phpI comment twice. This time Im looking for a response from the publisher within a few days.If the person who writes the posts isnt responding to me, but is to other people in that thread, I think thats BS.Every contributor is important. I dont want a relationship with a sometimesy person, which also means Ill probably never,ever buy from them.If you wont reply to my comments, you wont reply to post-sales emails if I need help.Ill probably still read though, because you cant judge the sum total of a person on their flaws.If the person doesnt comment at all, either because they have a high traffic site which always produces 25 or morecomments per post, I will cut them a little slack.But Ill probably read less often, and stop bothering myself to comment, unless I observe interaction between commenters.Step Four - Yes, Im asking you out on a date.I comment three times.With this third comment, if I make it this far at that site, and they respond or their community responds, Im moving them upto my priority list to read, link to, write about and reference.Step Five - I Talk About You All the TimeI share my favorite reads. I may share their posts on del.icio.us, Digg, Sphinn, PlugIM, BUMPzee, StirredUp, Stumble Upon,Facebook, anywhere Ill see them more often.Step Six - We Fall In LikeI bond with my new friend. We might poke each other on Facebook or email each other. (Rare for me because I Loathe email.)We may have our own inside jokes on each others blogs.My motives are simple - make a new friend.If anything else comes out of it, thats great. If there is something I can do for them, even better. If one day, they dosomething for me too, thats awesome. It doesnt always happen that way, and thats okay with me. page 4 / 5
  • 5. Free Traffic Tips | Traffic Method # 225 : How to Get Better Traffic by Using CommentingCopyright Tinu Abayomi-Paul tinuabayomipaul@leveragedpromotion.comhttp://www.freetraffictip.com/traffic-tip-225-how-to-get-better-traffic-by-using-commenting-to-form-relationships.phpIf it doesnt, I still get credit when I comment, which Ill do in bursts of frequency, and at the minimum, traffic and/or links willcome from it, and the community that posts there often may post over here, and if they do, Ill mention them from time totime on my blog and add them to my links.Who knows, that friend might lead me to another friend who wants the same serious business relationship Im looking for.If it does work out, its magic.Theyll write about me, theyll link to me, theyll reference my posts, theyll add me to their Blogroll, theyll thank me in public,theyll write me privately to set up partnerships, and I reciprocate or initiate the same with them.Which results in much more traffic, much better links, an increase in both our audiences and in sales, as well as, a newfriendship.Step Seven - The Mutual Appreciation Party BeginsI Repeat steps Five and Six as much as time allows.Again, thinking about this logically, what would you be willing to do for a person who was doing that for you? Ive had peopledo those things for me, and Id bend over backwards for them anytime, even if they only got to step five.Successful businesses are built on good relationships. You dont have to be best friends with everyone - in fact, Im really bigon not working with people who expect something for nothing, abuse my time, or think that because Im well-known in anarea they want to be popular in, that I somehow owe them something.However, every good blog traffic method is built on being a good neighbor in the blogosphere. No blog is an island.Thanks to Isotropic.orgfor letting me know how many days are left until the end of the year. page 5 / 5