Increasing Blog Traffic by Using HTML in Comments of Other Blogs.
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Hello! I am Jennifer from The Life of a School Bus Driver. I am a guest contributor appearing here today and maybe some more in the future.
Today, I want to talk with you about gaining blog traffic by commenting on other blogs using available HTML to make your comments stand out among the other comments. When your comments stand out, viewers are drawn to them and tend to click through to your site over the other guys. So, using HTML in comments gives you an advantage in the more popular, highly commented on, sites.
As an example of NOT using any extra code in a comment, take a look at the post It’s Comment Friday with Lee!. As of this writing, that post has 33 comments, including one of mine, without any HTML in it. Go and see if you would pick my site to click on. I bet that you wouldn’t have paid any special attention to mine until now that I have made you look.
Now, go look at this other comment from me. It is comment 11 on 5 Must-read Blogs for Creative Writers. I just used a non-breaking comment like the other one. But this time, I put a link in it and I made two sections bold and another italic. I think you will agree that this comment stands out much more than the others and is likely to get more attention and therefore bring more traffic to my site.
Now, if you know HTML code, you can stop reading here and skip down to the bullet points before you go skipping off, testing your commenting skills, out there in the blogosphere.
For the rest of us, without further ado:
The code for bold is simply n. The code for italics is simply i. The code for underline is, you guessed it, simply u. Each of these codes is used in exactly the same way: <code> before the text you want to alter, and </code> after the text you want to alter.
So, for example if, I want to make my name bold, like this, Jennifer, I simply type “< b>Jennifer < /b>” without those extra spaces, and my name will appear in bold in that spot of the comment.
You would do the same for the italics with < i> or underline with < u>. There are not any blank spaces between the < and the >! I have to type it with those extra spaces here so you can SEE the code, otherwise it would disappear. If you really use spaces in between those pointy brackets then you will end up actually seeing the code instead of the desired effect of the code.
Now, last but not least. If you want to make the name of your site a hyperlink, or any other text, for that matter, click-able this is all you need to do! Type in:
< a href=”http://www.blogaboutyourblog.com/”>Terrific Site< /a>
where URL equals the complete URL you are hyperlinking to; make sure to keep those quote marks. And where Terrific Site is what you want to make click-able. Oh, and make sure to get rid of that extra space before the < > that I had to stick in so the code wouldn’t become invisible to you in this post.
Note: This effect is less likely to be accepted by the blog host than the other techniques and having links in a comment is also more likely to get it into the spam file.
Now, before you get all excited commenting yourself to the top using HTML, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- You shouldn’t make your comments too long.
- You shouldn’t even hint away from the topic of the conversation.
- You shouldn’t just spam the site leaving something like “Great Post”.
- You should think about your comments.
Almost all sites including Wordpress & Blogger will allow the code that makes for bold, italics, & underline. These are simple codes to include in your comments and they will get you results. (By the way, since so little code is actually allowed in comments, even people with only these simple codes under their belts are on an equal footing with those people who know a lot of HTML.)
Okay, that’s it for today: a small technique, bound to give you big results. Try it! I want to hear about what you think and the results that you get using HTML in your comments. Let me know how it goes!
Jennifer from The Life of a School Bus Driver, signing off for the first time, wishing you all the best in your commenting journeys.