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Give Comments to the Little Guys

October 23, 2007

blogging buildings side by sideA short while back I ran a poll that asked this question: “Which do you find gives you better overall results: commenting on big, popular blogs OR commenting on new, small blogs?” I decided that it was about time to share the results with you.

Commenting on smaller blogs isn’t only to be nice, but it can be beneficial to you as well!

How can this be? Think about it. Let’s say you leave a comment on Mr. John Chow’s blog. Will he ever come across your blog through your comment and visit it? I highly doubt it. But if you a comment on a new blog that has zero comments, the owner of this blog will be ecstatic and very appreciative. They will visit your blog, they will probably comment back, and also likely is it that they will link to you! This blogger will probably remember you for life as one of their first commentators, especially if you comment more than once!

The only reason I can think of to comment the A-listers more is because if your comment is one of the first and appears near the top, a wide range of people see it. All those Shoemoney fans might just click on over to your blog and see who you are! But a hundred extra pageviews doesn’t beat the loyal readership of one solitary blogger.

Over 80% of Super Blogging readers said that they find commenting on smaller blogs gives them better results, and the reason why is obvious. If you didn’t get a chance to vote, which would you choose and why? Is commenting on Problogger better than dropping by on a brand spanking new blog? What do YOU think?

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18 Responses to “Give Comments to the Little Guys”

  1. Wayne Liew on October 23rd, 2007 6:17 am

    Actually , it depends for me. I am not sure about Darren Rowse’s Problogger but at blogs like John Chow and Shoemoney, their comments section is full of short and what I call “Hi and bye” or chatting comments, maybe due to the threaded comment plugin they used.

    If you can come out with a comment that is long and relevant to the topic (maybe 3 paragraph), it will attract some commentators’ attention.

  2. Jake on October 23rd, 2007 6:46 am

    I’m still quite new myself, but I find that if I comment or link to a blog within its first week or so that they are generally quite appreciative. If I leave a comment on, say, John Chow, then it seems like no one ever sees it.

  3. tallfreak on October 23rd, 2007 8:53 am

    Yea, I think my comments get lost in the shuffle on blogs like problogger and John Chow. However, if I comment on small blogs like superbloggingtips.com (just kidding!) I usually get a little more traffic from my link – and a lot more appreciation!

  4. Ruchir on October 23rd, 2007 9:33 am

    Commenting on small blogs is better in my opinion. I’ve even developed some friends in the blogosphere due to the fact that I commented on their blogs when it was new. I almost never comment on the A List blogs; it simply is a waste of time. To be at the real top you’ve to be really lucky. Hehe, yesterday John Chow published a post. I came rushing to his blog as soon I saw the post appear in my reader; and you know what? The post had received 5 comments within 1 minute of the post going live!

    I find commenting on small blogs much more rewarding. Almost 100% of the time, they visit your blog and some even subscribe. My blog is new and I do it too…

  5. bosley on October 23rd, 2007 9:40 am

    Yeah, I agree with you on this. Most of the time, they would visit your blog too.

  6. Court on October 23rd, 2007 12:02 pm

    One thing is for certain, if you’re looking to develop daily readers, it’s a lot more effective to comment on smaller blogs. Even though you can sometimes get some traffic from commenting on big blogs, they don’t usually turn into regulars from my experience.

    When I started CourtneyTuttle.com, I commented a lot on small ‘make money online’ sites, and that honestly made a huge difference for me in the beginning. I don’t do it that often anymore, but I probably should.

    The honest truth is that it’s a lot easier to build relationships with bloggers that haven’t hit the big time. You both could use each other’s help. Catching the attention of a major is hard to do through comments – many of them get upwards of 200 comments per day on their blogs. Finding a talented person that gets less than 10 will make it a lot easier to create a friendship that will be mutually beneficial.

  7. david on October 23rd, 2007 2:43 pm

    There’s so much comments on those 2 blogs that it turned me off to comment there.

  8. Tay on October 23rd, 2007 7:02 pm

    @Wayne Liew – That’s true, what you said about “hi and bye” comments. Often times the comments aren’t even relevant. Sometimes on John Chow’s blog I’ll go and see the first few comments and they say, “Yeah, I’m first!” It’s ridiculous.

    @Jake – On the big blogs, you probably AREN’T going to get noticed, just like you said, unless your comment is the first one. And even then, the readers will visit but probably never come back. Developing relationships with new bloggers is key!

    @Tallfreak – Hehe, thanks. : D Anytime you comment here I’m going to appreciate it, no matter how big this blog ever gets (and I do hope it continues to grow)!

    @Ruchir – That is insane! Yes, most of the “newbies” really do love receiving comments and encouragement on their blogs so they’ll check out yours and maybe subscribe, like you said. When I was new whenever anyone commented me I’d visit their site. I never subscribed, but only because back then I didn’t understand that yet!

    @Court – Thanks for your comment. You’re definitely right – the two bloggers are helping each other and both of them benefit – it’s a mutual thing. To a beginner, every comment on their blog stands out. To Darren Rowse and other A listers, only a select few do, even if they notice every single comment at all.

    @David – I still do comment sometimes on Problogger, but that’s about the only A lister I comment on. His posts are always of better quality in my opinion, and if I have something to share I take the five minutes to do so. A couple of times I’ve been lucky and gotten many visitors from some comments there, but rarely. And besides, those visitors never turn into regular readers (see Court’s comment above).

  9. Sandra - Free Cash Quest on October 24th, 2007 12:00 am

    I prefer to comment on the smaller blogs. Not because my comment gets more noticed by other bloggers, but because the interaction is better. Like mentioned before it’s very unlikely that an ‘A-list’ bloggers reacts to what you say, where as the smaller blogs do.

  10. Tay on October 24th, 2007 12:52 am

    @Sandra – Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Yes, the A-listers get so many comments they get to the point where they don’t really care so much anymore. Smaller bloggers devour what you have to say and really appreciate it more, and there’s actually a very, VERY likely chance you’ll get a response back and a continued relationship.

  11. Starbox on October 24th, 2007 6:06 am

    Yes, smaller blogs are the better way to articulate your opinion – even in spain.

  12. Heath on October 24th, 2007 12:44 pm

    I know that I was happy when Tay commented on my site a while back :-)

    I recently read about a guy who does nothing but comment. He doesn’t have a site, or a blog, he just comments on other people’s blogs. Neat concept and I realized that basically he IS blogging, just doing it on other people’s sites instead of his own.

    I rarely post on really busy sites, because it seems like by the time I read the post, there are already 1000 other people who wanted to be the first commenter. I don’t have a need to be the first, but when I’m 1000, I wonder if my message will even be read by anyone – so sometimes I don’t even bother.

  13. Frank C on October 24th, 2007 1:06 pm

    I wrote a post on this called “Long Tail Prospecting For Bloggers”. Essentially you go to those A-Listers blogs, see who’s commenting, and visit their sites. If you can make a meaningful comment there, do so. If you really like an article they’ve written, include it in a “link love” post. It builds both traffic and relationships for both blogs.

  14. Ruchir on October 24th, 2007 1:58 pm

    Hey Tay, just a suggestion: why don’t you install the Brian’s threaded comments plugin? It’ll be much easier for you to reply to people’s comments. :)

  15. Tay on October 24th, 2007 10:23 pm

    @Heath – :D That’s amazing. I don’t know if I’d be able to visit so many other blogs and not itch to have my own, but that’s a pretty awesome prospect. As for posting on really busy sites, you’re right. Sometimes you have to wonder, why bother? Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    @Frank C – That’s a genius idea! Thanks for giving me this advice, I’ll definitely try it out and see how it works for me.

    @Ruchir – I do have it installed. It doesn’t work with my theme for some reason. Besides, it was fine when I was using it, but I’m okay with this form of contacting too. Thanks for your suggestion, if commenting becomes a problem here I’ll add it again. :)

  16. Ruchir on October 25th, 2007 8:24 am

    @ Tay: you have to replace the comments file on your server with the file supplied with the plugin and make a few other changes in order for it to work…

  17. Tay on October 25th, 2007 11:50 pm

    @Ruchir – Sorry, I remember now. I used to have it working but when I changed themes I didn’t bother with again. I forgot how it used to work because, like I said, I didn’t look into it again because I’m not interested. Thanks for your help though. :)

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