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.
Last week, Matt Cutts got the blogging community in an uproar over whether or not guest blogging was dead. (It’s not.) Actually, what Matt said was that guest blogging for “backlinks” was no longer going to be tolerated by Google and that we should be especially concerned with spammy links in guest posts intended for SEO. He cautioned us to only accept guest posts from trusted bloggers who we could vouch for. That got me thinking about the backlinks that are left in the comments of blogs that use the CommentLuv WordPress plugin.
This week’s post in the weekly “Friday Finds” series raises the questions: Do clickable Facebook hashtags raise privacy issues? Are you concerned that Google will penalize your CommentLuv enabled blogs for do-follow links? Would you buy a book to teach your toddler how to code a website in HTML?
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.
It’s no secret that the official launch of the CommentLuv Premium (CLP) WordPress Plugin is today. If you read any blogs or are on any of the social media sites, you can’t avoid hearing about CLP, how great it is etc. Personally, I like it. In my most recent article, “Will CommentLuv Premium Make Your Blogging Life Easier?”, I discussed some of the reasons why. But is it right for you? Well that depends. How do you think you’d benefit from using the premium version of CommentLuv?
Blogs are powerful tools that can be leveraged as part of an overall business strategy. They’re a great way to build awareness and drive traffic to a website for an existing business. Blogs can also be a business themselves. Some people are able to monetize their blogs and there are a number of people who start blogging in hopes of making a living solely through blogging.