Nevermind SEO, How Much Traffic Do Blog Comments Bring Me?

I comment on a lot of blog, like a lot lot of blogs, yet it’s never enough, there are too many valid reasons to stop commenting on blog which include SEO, networking and backlinks.
Whenever I take the time to read a post I’ll leave a comment and share it when it’s relevant to my followers. One of the main reasons people comment on blogs is to get backlinks for SEO purposes, and while I do it for that reason too, it isn’t the only reason I comment on blogs.
I like commenting because it allows me to give my feedback or thanks to the blogger, and also allows me to networking with the writer or some of the other commentators on that blog.
Another reason that commenting on blogs is great, and is often overlooked, is that it can bring in extra visitors to your website, and if you’re commenting on blogs that are relevant to yours, then chances are those visitors will be highly targeted and interested in your blog, products and/or services.
I was wondering just how much traffic do blog comments bring me (hence the title of the post!). I took a look at where my traffic came from over the past thirty days on this blog, and found that blog commenting had a significant amount of traffic.

Traffic Breakdown From The Past 30 Days

Blog Comments: 7 %
Direct Traffic: 26 %
Search Engines: 36 %
Social Networks: 29 %
Other Sources: 2 %
You can say seven percent isn’t extraordinary, and when I look at the numbers, it works out to almost 1 visit per comment, but like I said at the beginning of the post, I’m not commenting only for visits, this is just a bonus, the SEO and Networking advantages also come in to play.
While looking through my stats, I noticed that it wasn’t just the bigger blogs that brought in more traffic, the smaller ones would bring in a good amount as well. They key was to comment first or last depending on how the website lists comments in relation to the post or comment form. The closer I was to the comment form or to the post the more visits I got, the more I was in the middle of the pack the less visitors I got.
Another thing to do in the comments is reply to individuals, they are more likely to click-through to see who you are, and make sure you click the opt in button below the comment form to be advised of replies so you can keep the discussion going.
Besides this website and my other sites, I also do paid blog commenting for others so it’s good to know what I’m working towards.
I’m thinking about creating a blog commenting checklist in the near future with all the details of what I need / should do each day to be successful.

How do you go about blog commenting?

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