I recently noticed a poll over at Site Sketch 101 where Nicholas asks his visitors how they promote their site the most. Currently when writing this 50 percent voted on Commenting. I couldn’t agree more and think this is one of the easiest methods to get backlinks and visitors while branding yourself.
A few weeks ago I told you how to keep track of your comments, but the problem is that people usually spends 2-10 minutes reading a post and then only leave one comment to never return again.
Follow up your old comments
I recommended Delicious because you have a trail where you’ve been. At the end of every week you can use this information and spend one hour visiting your old comments to see if someone answered them. By doing so you may end up writing 3-10 comments on one single post which will help you a lot if you want to qualify for the top 5 commenting list.
In Delicious I usually use three different tags for my comments. C (to show it’s a comment), Check (if I leave a question I want to know the answer on) and last Return (comments there might be a response to).
These comments are also a lot easier to respond since they are asking you a direct question. Even though you may not know the answer on their question you have a reason to leave a new comment.
Do you follow up on posts where you’ve left a comment?