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That’s right just hold on!
You know I am a fan of sharing great site links. No matter what site you like to use (Digg, FriendFeed, Twitter…) sharing links is good! That is why I wrote about the Shareaholic Firefox Add On a while back, to make sharing super easy.
Ok, why I do not want you to share your great find just yet?
So, you just read a great article and know that it is your duty to share it with your network. Let’s just think a minute before you do that.
You know that once you Stumble, Digg, Tweet….that your friends will be coming over to read it. Not only your friends but, if it’s good, your friends are also going to be linking it to their FaceBook, Myspace…. Yes, that means just by you clicking to share 1 post possibly thousands will be receiving the link and going to take a look for themselves.
How can you possibly use this to increase your traffic?
Easy, you thought the post was useful, it is a topic that you know about, why not add a comment? If you take a few minutes to write an intelligent comment to the post, then as others come and read through, you have a chance of being noticed.
Is this a sure fire way to get tons of traffic?
Probably not tons but, if you do not post a comment then I can guarantee that you will get NONE!
At least with having a comment posted you have a chance. You are not only getting yourself a backlink (if allowed) but, your name and your intelligent comment in front of all those that pass by.
Think about it – do you ever just click on a link that someone sent, read through the post, and the comments?
I do and I also find that if someone has written a comment that strikes me I then follow to their site and may get lost in blog post and comments for hours. Just from clicking 1 link I may end up on 50 different blogs, it’s like a blog post and comment train.
Yes, this sounds way to simple and it only takes a few extra minutes to add that comment but, the improved chance for traffic is worth it.
Soon after I finished this I realized there will be a question that I know will be ask. I might as well get it out of the way.
What if the blog is set to moderated comments?
In that case you have 2 choices –
1. You post your comment and wait for a bit until it is approved before you share the link.
2. You post your comment, share the link knowing that many bloggers post comments ASAP and that a shared link will most likely be sent out by several people over a period of time. You may not get your comment seen by the wave of readers you send but, it will be there for the next set.
Thanks for stopping in and I do hope this helps you get a few more eyes on your blog.