This is Day 15 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, a group project we are doing together in an attempt to improve our blogs and help each other become better bloggers. You can read more about it and still sign-up to participate here. Please subscribe to our RSS Feed to stay updated on the project.
Today we are going to spend some time leaving comments on other blogs related to our niche. Thank you to all of you who participated on the first two weeks of assignments, we are gone through about half of the curriculum and are getting some good discussion back and forth as I initially hoped. Let’s keep up the effort and I hope everyone is having a good time while taking steps to improve their blogging.
- Week 1: Read about the first week of 31DBBB
- Week 2: The second week of 31DBBB
- Day 11 (Monday): Solve a Problem for your Reader
- Day 12 (Tuesday): Watch a First Time Reader Use your Blog
- Day 13 (Wednesday): Creating a Sneeze Page for your Blog
- Day 14 (Thursday): Write an Opinion Post on your Blog
- Day 15 (Friday): Leave Comments on Other Blogs
If I had one advice for any new or struggling blogger, it would be to participate in the greater community and regularly leave comments on as many blogs related to your niche as possible. This is exactly how I built up Anomalous Material and this is how you want to approach the game if you want to gain some type of readership early on.
Why Comment on Other Blogs?
- Network with fellow bloggers and make a name for yourself
- Start potentially fruitful relationships
- Link back to your blog
- Get potential new ideas for your own blog
What to Be Mindful About?
- Each comment is a mini-representation of yourself. Don’t make yourself look like a fool.
- Do not spam! Stay on topic and make insightful comments that are at least 2 or 3 sentences long.
- Let your comment show that you read the post
- Do not post links unless very highly relevant
- This is something that you have to sustain daily for the life of your blog (or almost)
Let’s put it this way, you have to work the hardest at this when your blog is still trying to find a footing. The return on investment will be initially low but you have to keep at it. From personal experience, what I did was:
- Visit hundreds of LAMB progressively
- Read and leave a few comments on blogs that seem to fit your “criteria”, bookmark those sites in a folder
- Some will respond and even comment on your blog: Those are the blogs and bloggers you want to keep nurturing
- Those who do not answer comments or return visits are immediately eliminated from the list (the bookmarks) of people you visit
- Rinse and repeat
Ultimately, how big your following becomes rest on how interesting your blog is but you will progressively win a readership that way without fail, unless there is something seriously wrong with your blog.
- Your assignment today will be to spend at least 30 minutes browsing and commenting on blogs related to your niche. As a movie blogger, I can point you out to our blogroll as well as the LAMB as good starting points to begin this assignment.
- Come back and tell us what you learned from today’s assignment