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How to Quickly Gain the Attention of Influencers and Get More Blog Traffic

Sue Dunlevie

Do you want more blog traffic?

I think I already know the answer...

Of course you do.

And there’s a way to get more traffic, building relationships with influencers, and gain credibility as a blogger.

get blog traffic

It all starts with blog commenting.

You may be thinking, “But Sue, I’ve commented on a lot of blog posts and I’ve never gotten any traffic from it. It doesn’t work for me.”

If you’ve commented on lots of blog posts and not seen any traffic from it, it’s probably because you’re not going about it in the right way. That’s why I’m about to walk you step by step through the exact process I’ve used to get more traffic by commenting on blogs and doing blogger outreach.

Bonus Tip: You will also improve your SEO by following this method.

Step 1: Generate a list of influencers you want to build relationships with.

I recommend starting with a list of 20 influencers in your niche.

You can find them by Googling “Top [YOUR NICHE] + Blogs.”

You will find lists of blogs in your niche as well as some roundup posts. Click into them and look around. Which blogs do you see again and again? Which ones do you enjoy reading?

Pay attention to which influencers actually respond to their blog comments, because that will give you a sense of whether they will notice your comments or not.

Once you have your 20 target blogs, create a spreadsheet and include:

  • The blog URL
  • The influencer’s name
  • The day they publish new posts (if they blog consistently)
  • A way to keep track of your commenting

Step 2. Rotate through the list and comment on posts.

Every day, choose 2 influencers on the list and comment on their blog posts.

For the most popular bloggers, subscribe to their RSS feeds so that you can be one of the first commenters when they come out with a new post.

Many influencers get hundreds of blog comments on each post, and being one of the first commenters will mean that they will see your comment first. Blog visitors will see also your comment, and they will hopefully click over to your blog post.

How to write a terrific blog comment:

  • Go beyond writing that you enjoyed the post. What did you enjoy about it? List a few specific things that stood out to you. Doing so will show the writer that you actually read the post, and it will help him or her to trust you more.
  • Add a few insights of your own. Since you are only commenting on blogs in your niche, you should be an expert on the same topics covered in the posts. Search out ways to extend the value offered in the post or to start a dialogue about the concepts raised. When other readers notice your thoughtful insights, they will be more likely to click over to your blog.
  • If there is a spot to include your URL, paste a URL of a specific blog post instead of the URL to your blog in general. This will help with SEO.
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After a month or so of doing this, you will start to get more traffic as blog readers will begin to recognize your name in the comments of their favorite blogs and then click over to see who you are.

But the next part of the strategy will yield you even more blog traffic.

Step 3. Ask the influencers to participate in a roundup post on your blog.

Now that you have gotten the attention of some of the influencers in your niche, it’s time to extend the relationship and feature their advice on your blog.

Create an expert round up post where you ask all the influencers a thoughtful question and share their advice with your readers.

Since you have spent the time to cultivate relationships with the influencers, they will be more likely to write a few sentences that you can include in your roundup post.

When the post comes out, tell the influencers. Many of them will share it with their audiences, and you will get even more blog traffic.

Step 4. Offer to guest post for the influencers in your round up post

Many influencers accept guest posts on their blogs, and they get multiple requests every day from hopeful bloggers wanting a chance to be featured.

Lucky for you, they already know who you are, because you have built your relationship with them by commenting regularly on their blog and featuring them on your blog, as well. So when you send them a request to guest post, they will be far more likely to pay attention to you.

Go to the guest posting guidelines on their website and then send them a quick email, pitching them on a guest post. Some bloggers want a fully written post, while others are happy with a summary of 1 or 2 of your blog post ideas.

When your guest post is published on an influencer’s blog, you will be seen as an influencer as well. Many of their readers will stop by to check out your blog, and your traffic will go up for the few days after the guest post is published.

You will also continue to get traffic from their blog, and your SEO will improve as you will have high-quality backlinks going from their blog to yours.

Now that you have a strategic system for commenting on blogs and building relationships with influencers in your niche, you can get a lot more blog traffic than you would by just posting your blog on social media.

To get more blog traffic from commenting on other blogs:

  • Write a list of 20 influencers you want to build relationships with
  • Rotate through the list and comment on 2 blogs per day for at least 2 cycles
  • Reach out and ask some of the influencers to be on an expert roundup post on your blog
  • Pitch guest posts to the influencers

If you follow these 4 steps, you will get more blog traffic.

Do you have a strategy for blog commenting? Share in the comments below.

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79 comments on “How to Quickly Gain the Attention of Influencers and Get More Blog Traffic”

  1. Hi Sue,

    Blog commenting definitely helps build a relationship with the blogger. I've also found that interacting with other blog commenters has a positive effect on traffic. I've actually met several dozen bloggers through comments on Successful Blogging after reading Eli Seekin's guest post here about blog outreach. We share each others work and also discuss strategy for building our blogs.

    Off to share!

  2. Hey Sue,

    Good to be here again after some weeks 😉

    I like this post because it's straight to the point with actionable steps.

    20 blogs, 2 comments per day...

    That means within 10 days of applying your strategy, one should start seeing results.

    amazing how simple things that work lie just before our nostrils while we keep looking up the sky.

    Yes, I have had excellent results with blog commenting. Anyone that follows these 4 steps will certainly see good results.

    This is a result-driven blog post.

    Have a wonderful week Sue

    1. Hi Enstine,

      Always great to see you on my blog! You are so right - you have used this technique regularly and it has really worked well for you.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment today.
      Sue

  3. Sue, this is some great advice! Keeping track of my comments was a challenge at first. I just added a bookmark folder specifically for blogs that I comment on...like this one 😉

  4. Hi Sue,
    Happy to be here again,
    I could very well relate to asking thou mentioned in this post.
    I made relationships with influencers the same way and did two roundup posts and that was really successful.
    And my next roundup post is on the anvil.
    Thanks Sue, for reminding us of this wonderful strategies.
    Keep up the good work.
    Good day
    ~Phil

  5. I noticed this on MissMustardSeed this week. There is a woman who comments on the posts and includes something about her own business as well. I have hoped over to her blog a couple of times because of her comments.

    This post clarifies and gives GREAT action tips for how to do it myself. Thank you!

  6. Hi Sue,

    Thanks for this powerful insight on blog commenting.

    I really love the way you simplify the process and paint the big picture.

    On my mark to facebookland and Twitter City to share this gospel of yours on how commenting on influencers' blog skyrocket traffic. Off I go!

  7. Hi Sue,

    These tips are so specific and to the point. I, like Enstine, loved how specific and actionable- going through each of the four steps so clearly. Now I just need to come up with a list of 20! Thanks for the motivation in seeing how my traffycan increase.

    Norine

  8. Thank you for this advice. I've been commenting on various blogs based on what I enjoy reading. I never thought about seeking out influential bloggers in my niche and keeping track. I also considered asking these bloggers to participate in a roundup. I always figured they receive so many of these requests that they would have no interest in mine. I'm going to be more systematic in my commenting and see how it goes. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Nicole,

      I know most influential bloggers rarely say no to a well-crafted question for a roundup post. They answer them for my beginning blogger clients all the time! So go for it.

      Thanks for your comment today.
      Sue

  9. I loved the break down of your post. How it is based on creating trust with your influencers. It is a strategy that needs patience but the outcome is worth the waiting. Thanks, for this. I want to start a blog as well,so am in the discovery stage.once I gain enough knowledge I will be able to suggest helping tips.

    1. I so appreciate your comment, Jonathan.

      Sue
      P.S. And let me know when you are ready to start your blog - my tech guy can help you out with a free WordPress setup and a premium theme when you get hosting through my Resources page.

  10. Hi Sue, Many thanks letting me into your world and sharing your knowledge. I have just started a blog about health and nutrition and am in need of help in any which way I can, including how to drive traffic to my site. Your advice will greatly help influence the way forward for me.

  11. Hey Sue,

    The strategy to make a list and then commenting can be really helpful. It's always good to ask the influencers for the guest post.

    Including them in the expert round up increase the chances to make a connection with them.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    ~Ravi

    1. Hi Kate,

      You'll be happy with the results if you stick to it for at least one month.

      I appreciate your comment.
      Sue

  12. Hi Sue, I started my blog about a month ago. I have started creating valuable contents on the blog. Traffic generation I think is the foundation of every blog. I will go ahead and find the top 20 blogs in my niche and start the commenting as you have advised.

    Thanks so much.

    Emmanuel

    1. You'll enjoy it and it will help, Emmanuel, I promise!

      Thanks for taking the time to leave your first comment (out of 2) for today.
      Sue

  13. Hi Sue,

    This is just an awakening post for all hopeful bloggers who need traffic from blog commenting. I completely agree with each and every mentioned point. I just can't wait to create a spreadsheet and write the names of top influencers. And, I can't resist myself from naming your blog on top 😉

    I've truly found commenting a great source of traffic. It actually creates a successful online connection with bloggers.

    And, I've written a post on the blogger's interaction topic and to my astonishment, I was overwhelmed to see the response.

  14. Thanks for sharing such straight forward and extremely practical advice Sue Anne!

    And you shared an excellent point, (as usual. LOL!)I had actually forgotten about,

    the potential benefit of joining an Influential bloggers RSS feed.

    I had overlooked the fact, by getting RSS notices, of their most current blog

    posts, it definitely gives you the opportunity, to be one of the very first

    commenters.

    And as you mentioned, it's far more likely your comments gets noticed

    as a result!

    Thanks Sue! i always leave your blog, a little more blogging and Internet

    marketing savvy, than we I arrived!LOL!

    1. Hi Mark,

      You made my day with your last sentence! I so appreciate you and the time you take to write such thoughtful comments. A great example for this particular post is how you add to the knowledge of the readers.

      Thanks,
      Sue

  15. Thank you for the tangible actions I can take to improve blog traffic! I never thought to structure commenting in a systematic way so that it feels purposeful. I love the idea of a round up post, because ultimately I'd love to have prominent bloggers guest blog for me. Thanks again for this post!

  16. I like the long game strategy thinking here.

    In my niche, there aren't a lot of blogs, certainly not with active posting communities and lists.

    The natural extension to your suggestion is to apply this techniques to YouTube channels. There are some huge ones out there that really don't make use of websites, but still have very active communities. This would likely work on that platform as well.

    1. Love that idea, Anthony! YouTube is a great substitution for you.

      I always appreciate when you stop by and leave a comment.
      Sue

  17. Hey Sue, it's been a while since I commented. I'm so glad to se your face again.. LoL

    You just nailed this one, I have been thinking that commenting on other blogs does not seem to work right but I will definitely try this new step by step approach.

    Thanks once again Sue, what could i ever do without you?

    1. It does work. So create your spreadsheet and keep track and comment 5 days a week. Tell me when you get a guest post or are running a roundup post.

      Thanks for your comment!
      Sue

      1. I pray I will get a guest post soon.

        And I will send you an email when I run a roundup post, I will surely need your assisstance. At least to drive my traffic from pathetic 0 to about 100 visitors.

        Thanks Sue,

        Iyiola.

  18. Hi Sue,

    I love the simple, actionable steps you put forward and like Enstine Muki says, you might see results in as little as 10 days.

    What blows my mind is what kind of results you could achieve over a much longer period eg, 90 days, 6 months, 12 months, 2 years, 5 years etc.

    Most businesses are not built overnight - more like over time. Your strategy sets the scene to generate awesome results in the short and the long run!

    1. You are so right - long term strategies work if you stick to them.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment.
      Sue

  19. Hey Sue,

    This is indeed great advice. And I can confidently say that blog commenting has helped me with lots of things with blogging - generating high quality traffic, improved my site's SEO, helped me connect with a lot of bloggers and influencers and has landed me some great opps.

    However, most bloggers do it the wrong way. Either there is no strategy so they end up overwhelmed and soon quit doing it.

    Or, they don't add valuable comments so they don't see any benefits. And quit.

    Thanks for sharing the practical ways of doing blog commenting 🙂

    Cheers,

    Jane.

    1. I so appreciate your opinion on this, Jane. You have been commenting for years, like I have, and it's great to see that we are both still around where some of our contemporaries have had to close their blogs.

      I appreciate your comment today!
      Sue

  20. Hi Sue Anne,

    its a great post indeed. Its about a commenting how we start commenting on other blog to get traffic. There are 4 step which are very informative for posting a comment on your top 20 target blog.

    thanks to share these tricks.

    Regard:

    Maqbool Azam

  21. Hi Sue,

    Great topic. Influencers are more likely to answer to a roundup invitation if they already noticed as a frequent visitor on their blog. Also, if the blog uses comment luv, like you do, people that comment will receive a do follow backlink that will help improve their SEO.

    Thanks for sharing your strategy for connecting with influencers!

    Minuca

  22. Influencer marketing is one of the hottest strategies today, which means there are plenty of marketers out there wanting to build mutually beneficial relationships. Engaging with our influencer and landing a guest post are helpful steps to building a relationship with influencer. The blogosphere and social media are crowded arenas. Even if an influencer is interested in our content, there’s no guarantee they’ll manage to find and read it on their own.

    Top influencers get hit up all the time by people wanting things from them. Rather than being one of the folks they ignore, build an authentic relationship by commenting on their content, engaging them on Twitter, and following and liking their content on Facebook or other social media profiles.

    If we've got content, think would be helpful to someone’s followers, a great way to get their attention is to use tags on Facebook or mentions on Twitter. Provide a link to the content, mention them in your message, and offer a quick word about what the content is and why it’ll be helpful to our followers. Thanks for your continuous support.

    With best regards,

    Amar kumar

  23. Hi Sue, I believe blog commenting is key to maintaining bloggie relationships as long as they are not all one way. Some bloggers think they get "too big" to comment back at others blogs. I've recently got many new readers and I believe a lot of came from blog commenting here and there along the way.

    Also learning to promote oneself via social media and other places like InBound, BizSugar, Kingged, etc. help as well.

    All of these of course involve networking and getting to know others in your niche. I've working on a roundup post for next week 🙂 Thanks for the advice Sue and have a great weekend.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Good for you! You have been using the blog commenting technique and breaking out to roundup posts (I'll get back to you today, btw). Congrats!

      And thanks for the comment.
      Sue

  24. Hey Sue,

    Influencer marketing is one of the hottest strategies today, which means there are plenty of marketers out there wanting to build mutually beneficial relationships. Engaging with our influencer and landing a guest post are helpful steps to building a relationship with influencer. The blogosphere and social media are crowded arenas. Even if an influencer is interested in our content, there’s no guarantee they’ll manage to find and read it on their own.

    Top influencers get hit up all the time by people wanting things from them. Rather than being one of the folks they ignore, build an authentic relationship by commenting on their content, engaging them on Twitter, and following and liking their content on Facebook or other social media profiles.

    If we've got content, think would be helpful to someone’s followers, a great way to get their attention is to use tags on Facebook or mentions on Twitter. Provide a link to the content, mention them in your message, and offer a quick word about what the content is and why it’ll be helpful to our followers. Thanks for your continuous support.

    With best regards,

    Amar kumar

  25. You are an active member of the blog commenting club, Phil. I'm glad my blog is one that you regularly give your great ideas to.

    Thanks!
    Sue

  26. You are a great example of bloggers that do blog commenting the right way consistently.

    I so appreciate when you take the time to stop by and to leave a comment, Phil!
    Sue

  27. Sue! You won't believe it. The strategy has already started working. So soon!

    I am so excited right now, and its just too awesome to be true.

    This is just the beginning

  28. Again, you're so great at being super systematic, Sue! Step by step, people can scale their impact, just by following this set of instructions! Much love and thanks for your blogs.

  29. Hello Sue Anne,
    I believe with your step by step blog commenting strategy for traffic, an average newbie blogger will be on his path to success in just a few months.

    I must also compliment you on how simple, easy and straight forward you made your blog post. Information parked and also well organized.

    I will make your blog number one in my own list. Although your blog is not in the same niche as mine.

    Thanks a lot dear

  30. Wow SUE.You are genius i must say.I have a site which most probably 3 months old.But my site's traffics are very low.I tried hard but i don't get any idea.When my friend suggest this article to me and i just look into it and i thought my problem will get solved.I must say your ideas are great.I will really try out for my site and hope it will work for me.

  31. Hello Sue,

    I am also doing Blog commenting and its really a very effective way to drive traffic to my blog. It also help me to engage with some pro bloggers. You have mentioned some great tips here. I will definitely add them to my blog commenting strategy. Thanks again for this awesome article.

  32. These tips are so specific and to the point. I, like Enstine, loved how specific and actionable- going through each of the four steps so clearly. Now I just need to come up with a list of 20! Thanks for the motivation in seeing how my traffycan increase.

  33. Sue:

    This post was both very insightful and methodical in its approach. More than that, however, it is organic, which I have found, while not the quickest way to build traffic, is certainly the most effective.

    I would appreciate more insights as to how to connect and benefit from influencers.

    The other thing that strikes me is that it shoots right to the top. Cultivating a relationship with an influencer has the potential to expedite movement both in gaining more traffic and raising SEO.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Howard

  34. Hi Sue !

    Totally agree with you. Blog commenting is one of the best ways to build relationships and drive traffic to your site (of course, if done correctly.)

    Anyway, thanks for the useful tips.

  35. Thank you for this very useful advice. As I read it I could actually spot exactly what I am doing correctly with my blogging and what needs a bit of tweaking.

  36. Wow! Great write up, Sue.

    Blog commenting is a very great way new bloggers can get to connect easily with influencers.

    Another great way I find really helpful and actually works is through Social Media. Share about 1-3 posts from their blogs (after dropping a comment) and get active on their timeline. Don't just share but also include a thoughful review about it.

    I have used this a lot (though I haven't launched my blog, I have a lot of influencers already following me) and it really works.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers!

  37. Well, the way you write your articles is really creative. The starting sentences are interesting and it gathers the attention of the readers and makes them curious to go on reading. That's great! Very informative 😉

  38. Hello Sue,

    This is an awesome article and I can agree with you that blog commenting can increase once traffic and create awesome relationship between bloggers. Thanks for sharing and do have a wonderful day ahead.

  39. I'd had misconceptions about a spreadsheet to keep track of comments. It seemed..'artificial' or calculated. But nowadays we have so much to keep track of, we can have spreadsheets for whats for dinner or whats in the freezer. hahaha

    Something about your presentation helped me see it in a better light. Perhaps it's from trust ( :

    I enjoyed our call the other day! Thanks Sue

  40. Hi Sue,

    Your Article is great. Actually i was doing competitors backlink spying and then i found your link, he is getting a link from this site. I have subscribed to your email resources. i find your article really helpful and promise to visit your site often.

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