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Overheard on #Blogchat: CommentLuv (@womanonajourney)

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Do you participate in #blogchat? Every week, this weekly discussion on Twitter focuses on a specific topic and bloggers everywhere are invited to join in. Because I often have more to say than what will fit in 140 characters, every Sunday night (or Monday morning), I post about some of the most interesting #blogchat tweets. Join the conversation by commenting below.

(Still confused? Read more about #blogchat here.)

This Week’s Theme: Open Mic!

On open mic nights on #blogchat, there are always tons of topics covered. Here’s one of the tweets that I found interesting from the dozens of different conversations that happened over the course of the hour:

@womanonajourney: One way to encourage traffic, find blogs that use CommentLuv, it encourages visits to commentors.

When I first started blogging, one piece of advice that I got over and over and over again was that I needed to comment on other blogs. So I did, and ever though I felt that I was leaving valuable, interesting comments, I didn’t see much traffic from that work. About a year into blogging, after still continuously hearing about the importance of commenting on other blogs, I did a little experiment. Over the course of a month, I made it my goal to leave 25 comments per week, across random blogs – and I tracked my change in traffic.

After over 100 comments, my suspicions were confirmed. I got little traffic from my comments, even when left on blogs that got tons of traffic. I noticed in my own behavior too – even when I enjoyed someone’s comment, I would rarely click through to read the person’s blog.

CommentLuv has changed that. When I’m perusing comments on a post I like and the blogger has CommentLuv installed, headlines often catch my eye and convince me to click through. I’ve also noticed that when I comment on a blog that has CommentLuv installed, I do see a little traffic from that comment.

Honestly? Comments are never going to be a huge source of traffic. They might build your brand and help you form relationships with other bloggers, but if you want biggest traffic numbers, SEO, aggregation, guest posts, and other techniques are much more time effective than comments. Still, if you are looking for traffic from your comments, looking for CommentLuv is your best bet.

Have you noticed traffic from CommentLuv? Do you leave comments as a traffic-driving technique? Do you use CommentLuv on your own blog?

Thanks to @womanonajourney for a great conversation point on #blogchat!

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