How to Get Bloggers to Reply to Your Comments

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Want to know the secret to getting big-time bloggers to reply to comments you leave on their blogs? I’m talking about people like Brian Clark, Ramit Sethi and Danny Sullivan.

“No way!” you say. “Those guys are too busy! They’ll never respond to me.”

Anyway, why should you really care?

Well, getting someone to respond to a comment you left on her blog is a direct line to getting her attention…

And getting her attention is one step closer to becoming popular online.

And becoming popular means you are driving more traffic to your site, converting more of those visitors into subscribers and ultimately building a loyal following who will buy your products.

Over the years, I have both experimented with strategies and learned methods from others like Nicholas Tart at Income Diary to get the attention of bloggers. Now, I want to share those strategies with you.

Comment immediately

I do a lot of web surfing and come across a lot of content as I research for blog posts. I have to say that Nick Stamoulis, hands down, is the king of being the first to comment on most blog posts I see.

The man is everywhere!

And, naturally, he also gets the majority of responses from the bloggers. The reason this strategy works is because of blogger sensitivity. Bloggers are most sensitive to comments the first few hours after the content is published because that is when they are most interested in the readers’ reactions.

The older the post gets, the less likely they’ll answer comments. You can especially count on it if they post daily. So, if you can comment within minutes of the blog being published, you are going to strike them when they are hot.

But how does Nick do it? And how can you do it?

If you’re an iPhone user, you can use a push notification tool like Push 4.0 that sends notifications straight to your iPhone:

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If you are a Google Chrome user, you can use the Google Reader Notifier:

google notifiet

And as soon as you get new content, read it and respond.

Now, this won’t work if you subscribe via email since the delivery is typically scheduled and can arrive in your inbox hours after the post was published.

Ask a narrow and meaningful question

Lots of popular bloggers get questions in their comment sections. Most of those questions, however, don’t get answered.

Why is that?

Typically, these questions are pretty basic like “I’ve just started in such and such business, and do you have any advice for me on how I can succeed?”

Talk about opening a can of worms! That’s not the kind of question a busy blogger wants to answer because it would take forever.

Instead, if you want an answer, you need to narrow your question down to something very specific. Here are some examples:

  • “In the third section of you post you said X. Have you ever tested what would happen if you did X and then Z? Did you know that the results would not be A?”
  • “Your post reminds me of a situation I was in. [Blank] happened. And I did X. Did I do the right thing? What would you do?”

As you can see, asking a series of questions will narrow your idea down so that the blogger’s answer can be more manageable. Make it too broad, and you will probably get ignored.

Here’s a good example from a recent SEOmoz post on Google, where “explorionary” asked a great question…

seomoz reply comments

…to which the author of the post responded.

Leave a ton of comments

Another strategy you can employ to get the attention of the blogger is to reply to a bunch of comments per post.

I’ve seen Sean D’Souza do this at Copyblogger. He naturally rises in Brian Clark’s eyes, who probably not only appreciates the inflation of his comments, but appreciates that Sean is tackling a lot of the questions that Brian might not have time to answer.

In other words, Sean is making things easy for Brian…and a busy blogger definitely appreciates that!

Gregory Ciotti did this recently on my How to Leverage Groupon’s Affiliate Marketing Model to Grow Your Business post:

quicksprout reply comments

He answered the first comment, and I came back around and thanked him. It helps that Gregory comments a lot on my blog.

By the way, I try to respond to every single comment, so maybe I’m not the best example. Still, I think it is good to recognize the comment.

Reply to the blogger’s reply

When the blogger jumps out there and answers a comment, that’s your perfect chance to engage him. He is obviously interested in the topic…He is hot…so, strike when the iron is hot!

On the Groupon post, Mohideen tailed in on a comment I left…

quicksprout neil reply comments

…to which I responded.

You can employ a number of the strategies I mention in this article such as: leave a thought-provoking opinion, ask a narrow, meaningful question or disagree with what the blogger says that encourages him to respond.

Answer the follow-up question

A lot of bloggers like to end their posts with a question. How many people do you think actually answer that question?

I end all of my posts with a question…

post questions

And I love it when people respond.

Not very many do, which is unfortunate because bloggers ask that question for a reason.

Make a point of answering the question. Who knows, you may be the only person who answers it. And if you are, you will more than likely get an answer.

Here’s how I would go about answering it: “Hi, you asked X at the end of the post. Well, the answer to your question is Y.” Of course, Y is where you answer in detail.

Speaking of detail…

Leave a thought-provoking opinion

Comments are like forums, where the discussion that was started in the post is continued. If you’ve deeply read and understood the blog post, then you are prepared to leave a really good opinion.

Leaving a thought-provoking opinion shows the blogger that you took the time to read her post…something most people don’t do, which is reflected in their short and shallow comments.

Furthermore, an insightful opinion will give value to the post. So will an additional tip.

For example, if the blog post is a top 10 or 100, leave a comment that adds no. 101, no. 102, etc.

Follow their advice

It’s so flattering to a blogger to hear about somebody who has taken her advice and applied it. Think about it. You’ve spent hours on a blog post, collecting ideas, writing and editing…so, naturally, you want it to make an impact on someone.

Wouldn’t you want to hear about how what you wrote helped somebody solve a problem?

This happens a lot on Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You to Be Rich blogand Ramit comes out and responds quite often…not every time, but enough to make it a tactic to use.

Disagree with the blogger

This might seem a little intimidating. I mean you are going to challenge someone who is at the top of the pecking order.

But don’t worry.

If you truly disagree with blogger, don’t be afraid to say so. The magic is, however, in how you say it. Coming off like a jerk will get you ignored or at least flamed and ejected by the community.

Don’t do this:

“You’re wrong. Where did you get your information? Did you even do your research?”

I didn’t say be combative. I said disagree, and do it this way:

Hey, help me out here. I was wondering where you got your information in section 3. After I added up all of the numbers, I came up with X, where you came up with Y. I did this three times, and I get the same thing each time. What am I missing?

If indeed the blogger is wrong, and he is a professional, he’ll appreciate your kind correction.

Everett Gavel praised Copyblogger for a great infographic but went on to explain what was wrong with it:

copyblogger reply comments

This feedback naturally brought Brian Clark out.

Add something controversial

Everybody likes a good scandal, so leaving a controversial comment is bound to signal the blogger.

A couple of things to keep in mind when using this tactic though:

  • Make sure you do your homework – If you say something you think is controversial, but it’s been proven wrong on Snopesyou’re going to look like a fool, especially if the blogger knows better.
  • Be humble – One thing bloggers can’t stand is arrogant commentators. If you are sharing some kind of a scandal in a prideful way, you are not going to look good in the eyes of the blogger or the readers.

Use the blogger’s name

People like their first names…and they like hearing them even more.

So, when you go to leave a thought-provoking insight or some controversial reply, make sure to start your comment with the blogger’s name.

As easy as it may sound, you can fail. How? By addressing somebody other than the person who wrote the article.

This typically happens when a blogger lets someone guest-post on his or her site.

This can be easily avoided if you simply pay attention to the author. Sometimes bloggers will put a colored box at the top of the post saying it’s written by a guest author.

Here’s how I do it:

quicksprout guests posts

Also look for the byline, which is usually at the end of the post. This is how Problogger does it:

problogger guests posts

You really shouldn’t have to look very hard to find out who wrote it.

Use your name and picture

You as a commentator need to identify yourself fully. Hiding behind Anonymous is a sure way to be ignored.

Instead, use your full name.

In addition to that, consider getting an account with Gravatar that will allow you to upload a picture that will show up no matter where you comment.

Having that picture is important, especially if you want to brand yourself.

Conclusion

Commenting is just one of many ways to get the attention of big-time bloggers, but it’s a pretty easy, straightforward and effective method, especially if you get good at combining several of the described approaches together.

Keep in mind that because of Twitter, blogs don’t get nearly as many comments as they used to, but this doesn’t mean bloggers don’t love them. They do. So, show them some love!

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Comments

  1. Hi Neil,

    I totally agree with you about blogger sensitivity and how beneficial it is to be the first to comment.

    My little secret weapon is Traffic Sponge. I have your blog listed on my Traffic Sponge and I got a desktop notice that you posted on your blog. I’d love to put my affiliate link for it, but that would probably be too controversial. ;)

    Have a great day,
    Peggy Baron

    • Hi Peggy,

      Hearing first time about Traffic Sponge, but it sounds like a great tool.

      Feed Demon, is another great (free) tool that I’ve been using from last few months and it works really great.

      -Dev

    • Hi Peggy (Tips Hat)

      Glad to meet you :-)
      I just looked-up Traffic Sponge. It looks plausible. Would you do me a favor? Rate it 1 to 10, 10 being high. I have a “picks and shovels” site where I could market this if its highly functional.

      Thanks!
      Dean

    • Thanks for the heads up about Traffic Sponge, Peggy! Looks like a worthwhile tool.

      Neil, what I love is the way you interact with readers who leave comments. It probably isn’t feasible to reply to every comment, but I like seeing a ‘conversation’ in the comments. It puts me off totally if the post author just ignores comments.

    • I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for letting me know about it.

    • This sounds like a very useful application. Thanks for sharing this. And regarding bloggers, a smart person should know how to admit a mistake and not get offended if somebody points that out. Also, it depends a lot on the way is pointed out :)

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  2. Neil, Great post! I have a lot of blogs in my reader which I just a few times per day. Never really thought about the importance of getting there first, great tip!

    Asking a question has worked for me in the past in getting a response, anyone who has not tried it, trust me it works!

    Thanks again for the great post,
    Chris

  3. Neil, great ideas here. These totally work. I’ll add on to the one about recognizing names who post a lot or who are helpful. I think positive recognition helps these posters continue posting too (which is what we want with more interaction.)

    I’ll add one more – when I have time I will follow interesting domain names from posters and see what they’re doing. If it’s something that’s pretty cool – they would get an extra reply back from me.

    -Yanik

  4. Kieran Hobson :

    Hey Neil,

    Interesting post about getting people to leave comments on your blog. When I first started my football blog I was new to blogging and I wanted to see how people will react to my posts. At the end of each post I left a question to try and persuade a reader to leave a comment, but unfortunately it didn’t work too well. To expand my audience I targeted other football blogs similar to my own which had large audiences and commented on articles. I got replies to my comments almost immediately and did notice a change in my traffic when I kept doing this over time. It definitely helps. I would recommend keeping an eye on the author’s posts you commented on and do the same for some of their other posts. When an author recognizes you as one of their popular readers who takes the time to comment on their articles they tend to take more of an interest in you and are more likely to return the favour.

    Kieran

  5. Hey Neil, I’ve used all these “strategies” and they really do work. One thing that doesn’t always go good is replying to other people’s comments. Most of the time it is fine, but one time, on a pretty big and well known blog, I left a comment and then replied to one of the commenteres, not only answering their question but with a goal to start the discussion. Guess what, the blog owner removed my URL field. I don’t comment for links but it was kinda not nice. I actually asked him about it and he said something like, I get a lot of spam so I just don’t want that on my blog… Of course he knew me so he said he will go back and fix it which I didn’t want to. It didn’t matter. I mean how fast do you approve 20 comments that you simply delete links “somehow missing it was me”. So I just don’t comment there any more cause I felt bad, was never called a spammer nor ever did something like that… Just saying what can happen hahah. Although on most blogs all these strategies work great, I love using them, it lets me connect with so many people :)

    • That blows! I hate when blog owners do that… they should at least take the time before quickly assuming a comment is spam.

      I hope that doesn’t stop you from commenting.

  6. Fantastic post, Neil. These totally works great.

    When I first started blogging and started doing blog commenting, I had a very ghastly experience. After spending few months in the blogosphere, I learned how to write the comments that would drive attention of big bloggers and add something of value.

    Now I don’t do much of commenting, but when I do I make sure I’m adding some thing of value.

    Thanks for the sharing the great stuff, Neil.

    -Dev

  7. Ankesh Kothari :

    Thanks Neil.

    I don’t do blog commenting a lot. Because like you said, if you’re not one of the first ones to comment on a post, the impact is low. You have to setup a RSS ping system to go and comment early – but this is very distracting. Unfortunately, I’m one of those folks who can’t get back to a task immediately after an interruption. So RSS pinging is a completely disastrous idea for me.

    Here is what I do instead. Create a “Smart people I’m Stalking” list on twitter. Add only 20 people to that list. And try to get in front of them at least 3 times every week. (Why 3 times? Because science shows, it takes a frequency of 3 notices between every 7 sleeps to seep into long term memory of people.)

  8. So another great article form you Neil :)
    What I did before is to read also many comments on blog and then I did get to many information .
    For me was the best to read good the texts and go to interesting parts from it and then leave coment.
    But it is also good to read what another did say and leave coment on that . Then you can make conversation and maybe make some kind of contact with them.
    And also, just say what you truly think,not try to make yourself something what you not are. Just be your self :)
    Respect and honesty are something what I alsways find in your articles , as advice.That I truly like:)
    Take care,
    Jelena :)

    • Thank you Jelena. I feel that there is no need to lie… so why not be honest.

      And as for respect, I feel that everyone deserves it. It’s funny how some people only give the rich or really smart respect, when that’s such a foolish mistake.

      • People says, the truly “big soules” have respect for everyone, while “small soules” shows respect only for that one, who they can use for something :)
        And about lie, I mean peopel show them self another way then they eally are, to be liked , respected or get something… It’s just sad…

  9. Loved the post Neil!

    I loved the strategies and tips you shared about commenting, and while some of them I do use, but I also feel rather than talking about getting the attention of the blogger for traffic etc. doesn’t it help if you personalize your comment and say something you mean :)

    I guess I am more of the kind of person to interact and prefer building relationships with the blogger in my own way, though the way may differ.

    Thanks for sharing yet another wonderful post :)

    • It is all about personalizing it. If you say something generic you will rarely get responses.

      Plus saying something generic shows how you don’t really care…

  10. Excellent article! Thank you for sharing the information Neil, I sure am going to implement some of it.

    Do you think commenting as number 11, I will still get the blogger’s attention?

  11. Damn, WAY far from reply #1 ;)

    I’ll reply here as I did on FB: It’s a rare day I’m looking for the blogger to respond. If I want to reach the blogger, I’ll write him/her directly. I reply in an open forum because I write to influence others; to light a spark; to create compelling conversation – but I don’t care with whom: the readers or the blogger.

    Interesting, Neil, that you say you love it when people respond as I notice a huge shift in your FB strategy: you used to post conversational topics. Now (in my opinion) you (mostly) post trite platitudes that garner lots of “Likes”… and very little conversation.

    I’ve found Facebook to be a profound platform for real conversation. Why the change? Did you just feel it’s ineffective, preferring the platform of a blog?

    • Thanks for the feedback! I will try to post things that encourage more conversation.

      I didn’t mean to change it… I guess it just happened without me noticing.

  12. Neil,

    This is once again a great post on blog networking. Leaving thoughtful comments work. But I do not think comments like ‘what a photo’ is going to add any value. I have seen them mostly ignored. Thanks anyway for the suggestions.

  13. Hey, we are setting up a customer so he can blog himself, and his team…. Im wondering, since they are 6 in the team, and that the list of blog in their niche start getting bigger and bigger, how can we put a feed in one place so they can pick and choose where to do commenting considering their skills set or availability ?
    I have search the web, but without answer… and having them with a rss reader by person, they cant know who pick a certain post.. any idea for a more efficient way ?

    • Why not just setup 1 company blog? And they all participate in 1 place with 1 feed?

      • 1-We are in a process of creating their own blog with an editorial guideline and a list of subject to write for ! But in order to rank the blog and seek attention from reader-blogger, don’t we have to be active on several blog of this particular niche ? To create backlink and attention ?
        2- It’s true that if our goal is to start making the team of my client to blog, then on a single centralised blog it will be easier to get their cooperation. Then, to motivate them to be read, since they will already have put some energy creating blog post, we can then bring them to do more off-site activity like discussed… Whats your taught?

        • That would definitely be a good idea. Being active on multiple blogs within your niche is a smart way to draw attention to your blog as well as create backlinks.

          Each team works differently, I would suggest trying it out and if it works out for your team then great if not then try something new.

  14. Nice Post,
    But I wonder!! Neil you write all?? don’t you get tired of writing a lot. ;)
    anyways thanks for sharing again such a nice post.

  15. Always wondered how they got to comment first. Its a great strategy which i want to learn more about.

    I still think you shouldn’t comment unless you know what you are talking about and can add value. These short comments like ‘great post’ are useless don’t you think?

  16. By the way, why don’t you display avatars on your comments Neil?

  17. Neil, this is again a good article.

    Funny thing, a client of mine actually put me onto your blog… and I can’t thank them enough!

    I do a lot of business consulting, and I end up making check lists with simple step by step procedures for people to follow. And I’ve had people, years after I quit working for them, still thanking me… all because of those check lists.

    I really appreciate how the information you put out is well organized, like a nice check list. Makes life easy on me.

  18. Great advice on building your audience through commenting. It takes a lot of time and consistency, but it works!

  19. kinda surprised that you left Pete Cashmore out of the examples for a post about commenting

    • LOL, I just mentioned him in a pervious comment.

      Yea, he did a great job of commenting when he first started. I’ve actually mentioned him in a few of my blog posts when it comes to commenting.

  20. Neil, time and again your posts are thorough and well executed. Thanks for the nuggets of gold for today.

  21. This is all such useful information. I’ve had a decline in comments lately! I’ve noticed sharing very interesting content works as well!
    Thanks for this!

  22. Neil,

    I love the suggestion of the Chrome Reader extension. I just installed it now and it’s a keeper. In the past I was just leaving a tab open with Google Reader and checking it every so often. I like this way better.

    Using people’s first name is also a solid suggestion, and coincides with advice from Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.

    Now before I get too carried away with the compliments, I’ll try and add a little value to the conversation:

    You suggest to reply to a lot of comments in order to get the blogger’s attention. But why stop there? Bloggers don’t only hang out at their sites…you can also sometimes find them hanging out on social media.

    So to twist your suggestion a little bit, if the blogger has a thriving community on say, their Facebook Fan Page, why not help them out by answering questions people post there? This is something I’ve been doing lately, and not only does it get you in front of the blogger more, but it also gets you in front of his/hers audience. If you’re in the same niche, this could be profitable in the long-run.

    Find your audience (in this case the blogger), find where they hang out, and start contributing high-quality responses. Good stuff happens when you follow this formula.

    • That’s an awesome suggestion. I’ve thought about participating on their social profiles, but I never have.

      I’ll have to try it out and see what happens.

      Thanks for the great tip!!!!

  23. Hah Neil, this should be your most commented post then! But a lot of beautiful tips, you should think about putting all those great guides together, release as training courses..or even train your own guys to outsource a bit!

    You’re super active and I love it, big respect from me!

  24. Max is king of TechCrunch comments, crazy, the entire team knows him because he always comments.

  25. It’s amazing how many in-depth, well-written posts you come up with on a regular basis. I need to learn to write faster if I’m going to follow your example. Anyway, the tip on Push 4.0 was great and other commenters added some other good app suggestions to the list. Muy bueno.

  26. Thanks for the great input, I’m going to apply this immediately. I already respond to posts fairly quickly, but will be sure to shorten my response time. As I am mainly blogging for my company, does it matter if I use my name or use the companies name in the comment? I already have good feedback and conversations on our Facebook and Twitter pages, but really want to get comments on the blog.

  27. Hi Neil,

    I think I’m missing something here! You asked what people do to get the blogger to respond – they’ve told you – but I still see no reply! Can’t be that all their strategies are flawed, surely ;)

  28. All of these suggestions kick ass but the one I’m getting on as soon as I talk to my partner Dexter is getting the Gravatar set up.

    You don’t how pissed I was getting last night messing around in the admin panel trying to get a pic uploaded there for my profile and not finding an option to even do so.

    Finally through a trusty Google search I found what I thought might be a solution and your link helped emphasize the point even further that I need a plug in installed in order to do so.

    I’m the content/marketing/note taking side of the site and my partner is the techie who deals with the design, plug ins and all that fun stuff so as soon as I bring this to his attention I should be Gravatarized thanks to you Neil.

    • The thing you will quickly learn about WordPress is that a lot of plugins aren’t easy to use. And although they may work for some blogs, they may not work for yours. :(

  29. Its actually not hard to get a simple thanks on most blogs if you just put a comment like “Great post, thanks for sharing that information” but to really get a thoughtful reply you often need to demonstrate a little bit more of an expertise on the topic and add a comment that adds value to the post or something that has not been discussed in the post already.

    • I personally hate it when people just say “thanks”. Sometimes I keep those comments, but I leave a lot of them as they are a distraction from the real conversation.

  30. I guess this is the point where I make an insightful comment, knowing full well I have missed the ideal ‘early bird’ bonus!

  31. Damn it looks like I’ve missed it too. Now Neil will never comment on this. Anyway, love the blog topics. Always interesting

  32. Hey Neil

    You have any thoughts on Seth Godin’s comments about your SEOmoz post last week?

    http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2012/03/doing-it-wrong-relentlessly.html

    It would make for a great discussion/post comparing his marketing approach against someone like yours.

    • I think what Seth does works for him, but you have to keep in mind that he is a NY Times Best Seller. I call set an oddity… and there are always rare cases like him. As that wouldn’t work for 99% of the people out there.

  33. Hey Neil,

    Thanks goodness for sharing such a great and helpful post with us here on QuickSprout. I realy enjoyed reading it and looking forward to even more from you soon.

  34. I think sometimes we undermine (or forget) how something as simple as engaging in conversation via blog comments can help grow your own community.

    When I first started blogging, I created a group is in RSS feed titled “Visit Daily.” It was my list of blogs to frequent daily and comment on. I developed relationships with many of those people and conversations always seem to spark among several of us. We each visited each others blogs often.

    (I’ve stopped doing this, but really, should keep at it).

  35. An awesome post; but blogging seems more challenging today than ever before. Hardly can one find big time bloggers who want to respond to comments- no matter how well constructed that comment is.

  36. how interesting you do not think now you are a famous blogger and this advice you have given at #1 comment early and blogger will respond you most probably -is even not practiced by you Neil. ;)

  37. Thanks for the mention, Neil! I’ve gotten a lot of comments from people who say they’re going to implement the advice from the post. Very few come back and say, these are the results.

    By the way, I’ve always thought it was, “commenter,” convinced that spell check was wrong. Then I saw that you used “commentator” and my world was flipped upside down because I’ve never considered that option. So I researched and found this: http://grammarist.com/usage/commentator-commenter/. What do you think?

    To answer your question, I’m also a lurker of Copyblogger comments and I’ve noticed that Brian almost always replies when someone asks about something they sell.

  38. With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright infringement? My website has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any ways to help stop content from being stolen? I’d truly appreciate it.

  39. What an awesome post Neil. I manage a blog that gets lots of comments so I can attest that these things work. The most effective way to really stand out, however, is to compose a thoughtful comment that rivals the original post.

    I remember getting upwards of 100 comments a day in my previous role and few, and I mean *few*, people take the time to compose anything of substance. That length alone would grab the attention of the browser.

    But even when these people compose long comments, they usually write it to vent or to express an opinion – which usually gets approved but no answer. If you want to get an answer, you need to engage the blogger – and you can do that by asking a simple question at the end of the comment.

    Am I right Neil? ;)

    • I think they get responses. Some bloggers avoid any sort of confrontation, but a lot like me love it. Heck, I know for a fact that I am wrong… a lot. If someone can change my views for the better, I am all for it.

  40. These strategies that explain how to do effective comment on other blogger’s comments is really very good for the blog owner because they encourage bloggers to give reply on other blogger’s comments.

  41. Neil, I seldom post comment on the blogs I visited. I understand that there are positive effects in commenting other blogs but I was just carried by my laziness. In fact, in my blog, I failed to respond to comments posted by visitors.

    I actually felt guilty while reading this blogpost. There’s no wonder that I was left behind by other bloggers.

    I think, it’s now time to change myself.

  42. I totally agree with you. I have already tried controversial comments with some bloggers already. If the blogger can not answer to my question or they are hiding from the truth, they simply delete my comment. What do you feel about this neil?

  43. Awesome one Neil :)) by the way these tricks are working great for my newly launched project with your support, first dealer is on board, this morning.

    So much excited, can’t express my feelings here fully, thanks a ton for your help sir.

  44. RSS is stupendously useful for getting into comment conversations early. Always makes me laugh when people say RSS is dead. Just isn’t so.

  45. Hi Neil. Been reading and following your posts a lot lately.. Some useful insights here and I agree with you that Nick is all over the place. The man has a natural instinct of leaving meaningful and valuable comments. Had the pleasure of having a guest post from him and he did an awesome job of not only replying to comments but also “fueling” the discussions.

    Anyway, thanks for all these info. It is really an area where I lack more and I am definitely going to rectify this, by implementing all the goodies your mentioned here.

    BTW, going on the question mode. I am sure you have heard about CommentLuv before. What are your thoughts about it, really?

    • I just feel CommentLuv has a ton of features that aren’t really needed. I prefer when comments are simple and as a blog owner I don’t need all of those features.

  46. Hey Neil. I know it’s been 24 hours since you wrote this article, so the chances of you seeing this comment are slim. However, I feel like I have a good suggestion, so I’m going to give it.

    I get bloggers attention by referencing past works that they’ve done. I’ll say something like… Blogger, remember when you said X, I think that applies to this situation as well…. etc.

    Bloggers like when you know about their previous work, because that shows that you’ve been following them, and paying attention to what they write.

    • Don’t worry Bryant, I see all comments. ;-)

      Bloggers do like it when you see their previous work. It shows that you care, which is important as bloggers will want to build relationships with those commenters.

  47. Hi Neil
    One thing that really gets me down is knowing who to follow,I have tried to follow some and it justs ends up being one huge sales pitch,saying that someone recommended that I followyou and to say I am impressed is an understatement.
    Hey I even got myself a Gravatar,before reading your blogs I didn’t have a scooby..well still don’t ,but am getting better.
    Thanks again

  48. Neil – This is great! I never thought much about using commenting to try to get the attention of a blogger. Honestly, now that I think about it, I’m kind of wondering why I was creating comments in the first place??? Some famous bloggers seem to respond out of principle (i.e. Avinash Kaushik), so I never thought of it as attention in the traditional sense.

  49. good one Neil!! but i would prefer commenting only if i really liked the article without any selfish intensions!!!

  50. What other commenting strategies do you use
    to get bloggers to respond?

    Now I take this advice, pick up your question and try to answer it. :lol:
    Well Neil, I just try to make commenting as simple as it could be, by adding one more form for wp spam free on my blog.

  51. Hi Neil. I can’t say I have a strategy for encouraging comments. Now that I have read your post How to Get Bloggers to Reply to Your Comments it only makes sense to ask a question at the end. I’ve wondered why the blogger would not want to respond to their readers. Are they too busy? Is the comment not worthy of a response? I guess until I really get proficient and my blog is chuck full of comments, I’m going to continue to reply to all the comments I get. Thank you.

    • In most cases they don’t reply because they don’t care. They all have time and if they say they don’t, they can just cut back on watching TV for an hour a day.

  52. I’ve had Brian Clark and Darren Rowse and a few other leave comments on my blog. Normally its right after I mention them in a guest post on another blog.

    When Brian replies to my comments on his blog is usually when I’m being a smart a#$.

    Thanks Neil!

  53. Hey Neil!
    Anything similar to Push that would work on a BlackBerry 8530?
    Great article here!

  54. Honestly this was a bit too big to read word to word. I read the first 3-4 paragraphs and then quickly jumped to the conclusion:D But I get your point. In fact, I already follow some of these points like leaving a comment in reply to someone else. And IMO its easier to reply to other people’s questions instead of writing something like great post, great points, you are awesome etc etc. That is taken as a spam post by most bloggers even though it maybe a genuine comment.

  55. Very great ideas to get the comments for our blog. i receive comments to my blog in general and not about the subject of the article.

  56. Hi Neil,
    Great post! I’m a bit late in commenting, but just thought I’d add these points:

    1) Have an online presence to link out to (in other words, fill out the URL field with your website). Otherwise the fame you’re building won’t really help much…

    2) Use your actual name. Not your company/website name (in other words, stop spamming), or a Pseudonym (unless it’s part of your strategy). People connect better with actual people.

  57. Hey Neil,
    Many congratulations for featuring on Tech Crunch today, i am sure soon all of your Dreams as an IT entrepreneur will come True :) All the Best.

    Guys post is right here : http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/19/kissmetrics-experiments/

  58. Never heard about tools that alert you about recent post of of favorite blogs! Thank you for sharing! Normally i only receive those alerts on my email if i have sign-up the blog.
    Neil, it is really nice to receive your reply to comments! I visit several blogs that i like to follow and it is rare that i receive a reply to my comment from the blog writers! So, a big thank you to you!

  59. Thank you, Neil. Great content as always.

  60. I just turned on the Google Chrome Reader alerts, didn’t know that was available like that, thanks. I will also be getting a Gravatar account to increase people’s trust and validity in my comments. Thanks.

  61. Neil – great content, but I have two questions;

    1 -Don’t you get annoyed with all your ‘comment alert emails’ or do you simply turn them off?

    2 – How do you find the time to answer almost EVERY comment!!?!?

  62. Health Wrong :

    Hello Neil,

    I am shocked that commenting alone requires so much knowledge and skills. Honestly, I have learned so much about how to manage my readers better now.

  63. Hi Neil,

    I couldn’t agree with you more, I think these are all great ways to have more people comment on your blog. I’m new to the blogging community so articles like these are really helpful. Personally, I try to make sure that I read the article and I leave relevant comments. I also think that your topic should be interesting to most people, otherwise they won’t even bother reading it and much more comment on them right? I like it when authors are genuinely interested in their own topic, I think that really shows in their writing so yeah that helps too.

    - Cristina

  64. Holy smokes Neil,
    Okay, so I’m supposed to tell you something that you’ve missed … didn’t really notice anything. I know you mentioned to leave your full name, which I think is a big one. I realize that many put

    “name – website name “… or even better “name – keyword”

    All that says to the blog owner is that this guy is commenting for some link juice: not that he’s going to get a whole lot.

    Instead, I really like the idea of leaving a meaningful, thought-provoking or even slightly controversial comment as a way of getting a few visitors instead of trying to influence ones to visit your site because of your “cleverly placed” site name.

    The commenting strategy that I like most (I’m answering your question now), not that I use this enough, but more like I know that this is what I notice most when people comment on my blog …

    Be REAL, be PERSONAL and be RESPECTFUL.

    Many miss out on the opportunity here. I’ve had a few guys who’ve commented on my blog and you could tell, they were cool people. End results -> I engaged more with them and promoted, liked, +ed their content and sites MUCH more than the other commentors on my site.

    Being that this comment is about the 141st … I realize that this is mostly for your eyes only, so … AWESOME site, content and voice.

    To be honest I’ve been on the fence as to whether or not I wanted to get your course. Not because I don’t think it’s worth it, but because I’m trying to be frugal with my VERY minimal profit and I’m not sure if your course is what I need … probably it is.

    Email me and convince me to buy it :D

    Just another new and now consistent reader,
    Kevin McMillian

  65. Hi Neil,

    How would you suggest leaving comments and building relationships with bloggers when your site isn’t a blog? E.g. if you have a website that’s a store or service? I imagine it’s harder to get bloggers as interested in you.

    • I would suggest pretty much the same things. Be involved, ask thought provoking or valuable questions. Leave comments that add insight or start up a conversation. Just because you are not a blog doesn’t mean you are less likely to build a beneficial relationship with the author.

  66. Neil, (see what I did there :) ), the way I comment is by leaving something that is either helpful, insightful, or will benefit me in some way.

    If I ask a question seeking help on a meta-blog, which, by its very nature is meant to help, and I don’t get a reply I feel hurt – maybe I’m alone in this, but commenting goes a long way, as bloggers, there’s probably nothing more important than responding. Blog Tyrant responds to EVERYTHING and as a result, his fanbase loves him and we don’t even know his name!

    And as for helpful comments, for readers who are reading the post as it’s fresh off the bat, or if they’re reading it months, even years down the line, leaving a helpful tip is a great way to get people who need your help and bloggers alike, to remember you. In fact, especially if someone’s commenting later, should you respond because they’re more likely to have wandered there from a search engine and your comment reply would be a fantastic way to get them invested in you and your brand, for potential sales in the future.

    (Feel free to respond or not, I won’t feel hurt this time! :D )

    • I am right there with you Jasmine, I feel bloggers should always respond to there comments. That is the quickest and best way to make connections and grow a fan base.

      You have definitely left some helpful tips of your own. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the matter. :)

  67. Neil… Can you explain the value of getting big time bloggers to respond?

    Is it just to have the question you are passionate about answered, or are there deeper reasons?

    Thank you.

    • Yucel –

      Part of it is to have your questions answered but that is not all. The main value of commenting and having bloggers respond is to make a connection. When you interact and add value to the bloggers post you put yourself out there and build a relationship with the blogger as well as the other readers. By doing this you put yourself in a better position to ask for links or guest posts.

  68. Another very elaborate and well thought out post. How you keep coming up with great content for your readers, many years after, still beats me. Awesome, Neil!

    I learned a lot of new things from this post, especially about Traffic Sponge which I never knew about before.

    Thanks for a great piece, again!

  69. Returning comments is good karma for the blogger! If I am a first timer and the blogger actually responds to my comment with more than a canned “thanks for the comment” I am much more likely to go back to that blog again!

  70. Health Wrong :

    It is a great idea to ask questions in your comment so that your readers can participate by answer your question. This is what we call discussion.

  71. Hey Neil,

    Like several people before me I am curious as to whether my comment will be the one to break your impressive response streak.

    I’ve dabbled in blogging over the past couple years but never stuck to it for long. True to my generation, I’d lose interest after not receiving the instant gratification of traffic and comments. In my mind, the moment I posted, the internet users were supposed hungrily gobble it up. I mean with millions of users, the odds were in my favor. Oh how naive I was.

    Anyways, I’ve found something I can blog passionately about and appreciate the creative outlet it provides. This has gotten me over the single digit post hump and feels sustainable. I have been gaining a better understanding of the blogging community and enjoy it more and more. To be heard among the crowd I’m finding that being genuine and consistent are key.

    I thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge. I just found your site through Guy Kawasaki’s blog, and will be digesting your advice and insight in the days to come. My desire to get tons of traffic is not fueled by a dream to get rich- it’s fueled by my dream to live the life I dream about. To me, the beauty of the blog is that it can empower people to pursue their passions and earn a living. All the got to do is blog about it.

    The potential of the Internet has barely been scratched. It gives the individual a voice and access to audiences. Audiences can give a blogger power, and power can free them to chase dreams. I imagine a world that doesn’t exist yet, and it’s one where all can chase their dreams. It’s one where the “9-5″ and “gotta pay the mortgage” are obsolete obstacles.

    Thoughts?

    • I agree, the internet business is still a rapidly growing one. With creativity and hard work people could possibly cease to be stuck to any time frame for their work. It is a difficult business though and you have to be wiling to open your mind and dedicate your time.

  72. Neil,

    Have you got any advice to those who are a small fish in a big pond. The site I am working with is trying to compete with some large players in the industry.

    I know exactly their link building methods because they approached me through another website that I am associated with.

    They are paying people for blog posts/articles which include a link to their site.

    The problem is, how can I compete with these guys when they have such a massive budget?

    Cheers,
    Steve

  73. This is great advice, thank you for sharing!

    But I have one more thing to add: don’t blame those that don’t reply to your comments because, as Neal said, lots of blog owners (especially in Neal’s niche) are very busy. Not responding doesn’t always mean they don’t care, but rather they are busy with marketing the website, for instance.

    Alex

    PS: yeah, I know I won’t get a reply, as my comment is quite late. :D

    • Thanks Alex,

      That is very true after a week so most bloggers find it difficult to keep up with the comments on old post. I try and keep my top 3 pages all up to date but sometimes I get behind due to work overload.

      Of course your get a reply! :)

  74. Or you can do like Neil and add a Top commenters leaderboard to encourage comments :)!

  75. Thanks Neil ,The tips you provided are really great way to comment and it forces bloggers if you ask series of questions to them to reply

  76. Commenting on other people’s sites or blogs is fun for me. The main reason I do it, is to make objective interactions and submit my opinion. When someone clicks my link because they like my post, all the better! But when I am commenting, I am genuinely browsing people’s sites or blogs for fun. There is no way I could compete with those other guys! Lol!

  77. Hi Neil,

    Great post! Thanks for sharing the secrets I will try to be the 1st commentor on my favourite blog posts :)

  78. Hi Neil
    Love this post so much that even when my browser crashes I open it again to remind myself to comment.

    I signed up for Gravitar and seems that my WP site isn’t linking. Not sure what that’s about as I know from your articles that branding is important and the use of a picture is beneficial. I know this because I sort through the spam comments for those with pictures in case I missed someone’s valid comment.

  79. Asking them at the bottom of your post to “please leave a comment, I would love to know what you think” helps. Also asking a question of what they thought about something at the end of the post can help. Or writing about something controversial can make many people want to comment.

  80. Neil, you asked ‘What other commenting strategies do you use to get bloggers to respond?’

    I’ll do one of two things. If the post topic is in an area of my expertise – and especially related to my personal blog – I’ll spend a significant amount of time crafting a really detailed, well-though out response. This helps me build credibility with and engage the blogger. Also, it helps build credibility with other readers who I try to connect with via a tasteful (and on-topic) link back to my own blog.

    My other strategy is to only invest in commenting on blogs where the blogger replies – like QuickSprout! Like most people, I have a lot going on and I want to make sure my comments are read by the original author. If I never – of very infrequently – see a blogger posting replies, I usually won’t invest the time to comment on a regular basis.

    One unrelated tip: If you’re going for traffic, being one of the first commenters significantly increase the likelihood people will click on a link you leave. On blogs with lots of comments, most people will read the first 30 to 40 comments, then skip to the bottom. That’s what I did on this post, as I scanned to see if anyone else used your template for how to address and answer the question posted at the end of the blog. Funny, seems like I might have been the only one who did. ;-)

  81. I don’t like people trying to become “popular” on the Web.

  82. I really liked the tip of leaving a provoking answer or questions! As long you do it nicely and intelligently you normally get a good answer back! ;-)

  83. Real blogg comments attracts both reply and visitor,I’ve tested it with some blogs that I know and I still receive free daily traffic for some popular blog even if I’ve stopped my comment activities on them!

  84. Awesome tips. You have applied all of these things to your own site and look how many comments you get.

  85. i agree with you neil that commenting is an easy and straightforward way to getting the attention of Big-time bloggers. good post.

    Thanks.

    Matt

  86. THis will be really effective to get replies on your comments. Nice )

  87. Hey! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any trouble with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing a few months of hard work due to no data backup. Do you have any solutions to stop hackers?

  88. Hello Neil !
    These tips sounds interesting.This is most effective tip to get the reply of bloggers “Ask a narrow and meaningful question”. And the one I really liked is “disagree with bloggers”. That’s sounds very interesting. I think this technique will motivate bloggers to reply.
    well, thanks.
    regards : Tony

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