As a blogger, what would you prefer, lots of comments on your blog posts or lots of shares on social networking sites? Are you making one of the ten most common mistakes in blogging? Do you know what your EMV score is or use any of the 35 content marketing tools that I found on Clickz.com? Read this week’s #FridayFinds to hear about some blogging ideas that can help you increase engagement on your blog and drive more traffic to your site.
Do you have a strategy for commenting on blogs? If you’re new to blogging, you may not have one yet. You may simply want comments (any comments). We’ve all been there. If you’ve been blogging for a while, you undoubtedly have a plan. You’ve developed relationships with other bloggers and frequent their blogs. You’ve identified key “influencers” in you r niche and follow them. You know who your target reader is and you know where your referral traffic is coming from. You also have heard enough about Google penalties for “unnatural” links that you’re very aware of what sites you’re linking to (and what sites are linking to you). So, today, let’s take a look at some ways in which commenting could potentially hurt you and a couple of suggestions on how to engage your readers by featuring their comments and sharing them through social media.
For years, link building has been a cornerstone of SEO. Webmasters have used links in blogrolls, anchor text, forum signatures, user profiles and comments (just to name a few). Linking strategies have ranged from building links naturally to buying links. While links to readers’ websites are tagged no-follow by default in WordPress, bloggers who use the CommentLuv plugin have the option of easily enabling the do-follow attribute on links left with comments. With all the attention that Google has been giving to “unnatural” links recently, what should we do? Should we contact webmasters and ask them to remove links to our site? Should we make all of the CommentLuv links on our site no-follow? Let’s take a look at this topic in this week’s #FridayFinds.
Here’s the scoop. Andy Bailey has just launched his “Last Chance Sale” of the CommentLuv Premium WordPress plugin for self-hosted blogs. This is a 5-day half-price sale including life-time updates, the unlimited sites option, GASP Pro, TwitterLink Pro, ReplyMe Pro and bonus plugins. I’m sure many bloggers here already own a license of this premium plugin and I sincerely hope that those of you who are still reading this recognize that I don’t normally pitch products but this particular plugin was instrumental in executing my commenting strategy to drive traffic to my website when I was a newbie blogger.
For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Andy Bailey is having a special 75% off anniversary sale on CommentLuv Premium (CLP). If you don’t already have a copy, you may want to hop over and take advantage of this sale while it lasts. (My affiliate link is below.) The regular price is $97 and the price right now is about $24. In this kind of sale, the price goes up after every 5 sales and this sale will only last for about 5 more days.