That is the blogging question! You come across a great blog post and decide to leave a comment. Networking is a great way to engage with other bloggers, connect, and increase the traffic to your blog. The question is, do you leave a link back to your blog or not? That depends… For the sake of this post, I’ll be referencing WordPress bloggers as that’s the platform I’m on.
In general, I personally choose not to leave a link to my blog when I comment on another blogger’s post. If the blogger or other commenters choose to visit my blog based on the comment I’ve left, all they have to do is click on my blog name which is linked directly to my blog. Should they choose to click on my photo, they’ll be taken to my Gravatar profile where they can read more about me and choose which of my blogs they’d like to visit.
If I’m leaving a comment on a meet and greet or a post specifically created for link sharing, obviously I’ll leave a comment with a link. Even in this case, I’m sure to thank the host for allowing the opportunity to share a link, I leave a comment that opens the door to a conversation should other bloggers choose to respond, and leave a link that might be helpful instead of the most recently published post.
Of course, these are all personal preferences that I choose to use as part of my blogging etiquette. The reason I’m sharing this is because as I visit blogs, I see people leave a variety of comments:
- An engaging and even flattering comment, followed by “check out my blog here!” (link to their blog inserted here).
- Hey, great post! Check out mine on a similar topic (link to their own blog can be found here).
- Hmm there are a LOT of comments on this post (or followers on this blog), let me leave a little one liner and (insert link to my blog here). Yep, that should do it!
- A comment that doesn’t contribute to the post or conversation much, but hey I took the time to find it, paste my comment, and insert the link to my own blog here.
For the most part, I think the majority of the first two examples are done by new bloggers. They may not realize that by leaving a comment, other bloggers can click on their name and be redirected to their blog. When someone leaves one of those comments on my blog, I approve and reply. I often ignore the request to visit because I’m generally inclined to stop by new neighbors’ blogs anyway. The third comment really depends, if it’s a first time, I’ll approve and reply. If it happens several times, it’s spam from that point on. The last type doesn’t even get approved. I automatically consider it spamming to just drop by and randomly leave a link to your blog on a post. A lot of times they are spam and get caught in my spam folder but for those that take the time to randomly paste their comment into blogs I visit along with my own, I mark it as spam and delete it.
So while I’m not against leaving links, I do encourage you to question your motives for leaving them. If it’s genuinely an attempt to steer traffic to your blog, it might backfire on you because people can see through that and won’t visit (which you can probably tell by the lack of referrers in your stats). If you’re doing it in hopes that someone will visit, I’d have to say in my own personal experience I’d check out your blog just by clicking your name if your comment resonated with me. If you’re coming across as pushy or clingy people will be less likely to visit. You’re better off liking the post and hoping they check out an unfamiliar blog or just leaving a comment and letting the conversation flow. You never know, it might naturally lead to you being able to share a post! If you leave a link because you don’t realize we can click on your name and stop by, no worries! Now you know and you can relax and just participate in the conversation because you’ll likely get a few visitors anyway.
Side note: Self-hosted bloggers, I know it’s tough to be found and don’t hold it against you. 😉
As always, feel free to ask questions or leave suggestions for topics you’d like to see in future Blogging Tip posts! Check out previous posts you may have missed here.
What are your thoughts on this post? Are you a link dropper? Did you realize that we can find your blog by clicking on your name? Do you click on links when people leave them on your blog? Do you click on links when people leave them on other blogs? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, feel free to share in the comments!
Thanks Miriam for leaving such a lovely comment, I hope you don’t mind me showcasing your comment as an example ❤