It is difficult to give a direct answer to this question.
A lot depends on how you go about leaving comments.
If done right, you may get a ton of traffic, but when done wrong, the comments may do your blog more harm than good.
Most of the readers who have stuck with my blog discovered me through a comment left on a related site. On the other hand, I see a lot of bloggers who do commenting wrong.
When commenting for traffic, taking the suggestions in this post into consideration can help you get results.
The Quest to be First – Is it Worth it?
A lot of bloggers rush to leave a comment on their favorite blogs as soon as a new post is published.
Does it make a difference?
Yes, it sure does!
This strategy works well for getting traffic from popular blogs. I have left comments that have brought me a few hundred visitors in their lifetime. While this might not seem like much for those with well trafficked blogs, it made a lot of difference for me at the time as a new blogger.
The prime benefit I got from this strategy is name-recognition. Everyone sees the name of the person who left the first comment, whereas a comment in number 45 position may just be lost in the stream.
While this may be a good thing for some, it is quite dangerous for others.
If your comment is good, the name recognition is obviously a good thing, but if you are in the habit of leaving one-liners in your haste to be first in the comment stream, people can tell and you risk being ignored, or worse, flagged as spam.
Many bloggers have fallen into the habit of scrambling for that first position, especially on the more popular blogs. This typically results in a comment that offers suggestions that are already treated in the post, giving the commenter away for not having read the article he is commenting on.
Worst, the comment comes out jumbled because the commenter did not have the luxury of reviewing his thoughts for errors in his hurry to be first.
Is being first worth it?
Not if you have to scramble for it.
I have never had to rush for first position – I don’t have the time to sit and watch my RSS feed and neither should you. My most successful comments were nowhere close to first position; tucked deep in the comment stream, the quality of thought I expressed still provides me with consistent traffic.
How is that?
Content is King – Even in Blog Comments
Without quality content, both on your blog and in the comments you leave on other blogs in your network, your effort is a waste.
Even if readers of a popular blog click on your link despite your spammy comment, how long do you suppose they will stay on your blog if your content is also mediocre?
Come to think of it, when you leave thoughtful comments, you are making someone’s blog a more interesting place to be in. How do you think that will make them feel towards you, especially if you leave such comments regularly?
Those favors would most likely include comments on your posts, tweet and shares and general blessings on anything that has your name to it. Such goodwill can proof invaluable when you launch a product or seek partnerships in the future.
So before you hit the publish button on a comment, it is instructive to review the comment and ensure it adds something to the discussion and expands on the ideas in the post.
If you have nothing of value to add, then add nothing. If you must let the blogger know you were there, it is better to share the content on twitter or Facebook instead of making a fool of yourself.
Better be a silent reader than a spammy one.
Commenting Etiquette – Don’t Break This Rule
If you are leaving a comment on any post on Pro Blogger Tips (or any other blog for that matter), please resist the temptation of adding keywords to your name field.
Most top bloggers find it difficult to have respect for a commenter whose name is Miami Legal Advice.
While I might allow your comment to survive if it does add to the discussion, you lose something before me – your perceived value drops a notch or two. As a result, I may not respond to your comment since I like to address my commenters by name, nor would I step over to your blog for a look-see.
I have already implemented Comment Luv which rewards all commenters who add their blog address in the website field with a link to any of their last ten posts. Those links are keyword-rich, since most blog post titles contain the keyword the post is targeting.
Don’t be a hustler and grapple for a nofollow link when you have a dofollow link pointing to your latest post.
What is you opinion on this?
Has blog commenting worked better as a relationship building strategy than as a traffic strategy for you too?
Have a tip that has given you results?
Let’s hear it in the comments – who knows who your comment will attract?