How Commenting Can Help You to Get 1000 Feed Subscribers in a Few Days

When you start a new blog, your first goal is to get new readers, more traffic and more subscribers. Of the three, I always suggest that bloggers focus first on getting more subscribers, as they turn into return visitors and increase the trust value of your domain. However, this is not an easy task for a new blog.  In this post, I will share a tip to help you to get more targeted traffic which you can then turn into subscribers with your quality content.

Let’s have a look at how commenting can help you to take your blog to the next level:

The strategy itself is simple. You simply need to spare a half hour a day for commenting.

Select a few major websites in your niche. Make sure the target users are the same as yours’. Keep track of all the feeds using a tool such as FeedDemon, and manage your folders.  (The approach here is to create different folders on your feed reader for different types of blogs which you are targeting to comment on toward the purpose of getting subscribers.)

Again, all of the blogs should be in same niche. For example, my niche is blogging and technology, so I would create folders for the same niche, and typically my folders will look something like this:

  • Popular blogging blogs
  • Blogging blogs using Top Commentator plugin
  • Blogging blogs using CommentLuv plugin
  • Dofollow blog comments on blogging niche

Now, commenting on popular blogging blogs will help me to get decent traffic, and if content on my blog is compelling and interesting, I can expect a fair amount of conversion.

The second and fourth options in the list noted above will give me an SEO advantage, and the backlinks will be high quality relevant backlinks.  The blog enabled with the CommentLuv plugin will help me to showcase my latest article, giving it more exposure. A good article title will do the trick to get more CTR.

Now – spend at least 30 minutes a day commenting on these blog updates. Make sure you add value rather than simply making a comment like “Nice! Thank you!” or “Great post!”

If you keep track of blog updates using Twitter, then you might be lucky enough to be the first one to comment. The first commenter will always get more traffic, and thus his comment will be more beneficial.

Suppose you’re the first one to comment on a post published at ShoutMeLoud.com, and the first day you get ten hits from the problogger, and the next day it goes down to five, and gradually decreases from there. It will still continue giving traffic once in a while.

Now suppose you make ten such comments in a day. Let’s do the simple calculations for that one day.

Out of ten comments you’ve written, let’s say six work for you (worst case scenario).

  • The first day you will be getting 6*10= 60 visitors
  • The 2nd day you will be getting 4*10 = 40 visitors.

So you’re getting 100 visitors within two days from your niche sites.

Now show them the best of your content, (the best way to do this is by using this landing page strategy).

So – even if you are successfully converting 50% of these visitors into your loyal visitors, you will be getting 50 RSS subscribers within a day!

Worst case scenario, if you are a new blogger without much content, and you manage to grab 5 RSS subscribers with this strategy, isn’t that better than spending an hour writing content?

Here is a testimonial from one reader who got a lot of traffic and many new email subscribers by simply adding a meaningful comment here at ShoutMeLoud:

Feed subscriber via commenting

Focusing on the following additional factors may be helpful to you as well:

  • Your blog theme
  • Prominent feed button
  • Ease of navigation
  • Quality content

Do you have any particular strategies that you like to use to increase the number of feed subscribers to your blog?  Feel free to share your ideas with us in the comments section below.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.

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COMMENTs ( 41 )

  1. says

    While some say blog commenting is not worth it anymore, your articles give me new insight and I’m convinced this is the right thing to do. Refers to your other article, what’s good is to make connection between bloggers. Not just only to gain traffic or for SEO sake.

  2. susheel karam says

    Hi Harsh,
    Thats an inspiring post. And that calculation was cool. Now I get to know the value of commenting. But can you tell me, how many blogs will be enough to comment on? As I am a student, i don’t get time to comment on many blogs and that to daily.

  3. Ashok says

    Hi Harsh,

    Nice Post and this is one of my favorite post on your blog. This post make me to learn how to professionally work on blog comments. Thanks.

    Ashok

  4. says

    Hi Harsh, this is indeed nice post and one good to give a try. But I would like to state here that in as much as blog commenting is one of the bed rock of profitable blog, is not a better strategy for driving “Massive” blog traffic.

    And according to your post title, “getting 1000 subscribers through blog commenting”, I think this would be a doubting task. Lets assume to get 1000 subscribers, you’ll need about 5000 unique human visitors, that is out of every 5, you get 1 subscriber. 5,000 unique human visitors through blog commenting?

    A blogger will have to spend is whole week leaving comments on blogs if not months. Why not put that same time on more positive actionable task like guest posting, engage on social bookmarking sites like Digi, StumbleUpon, expose your content to Blog engage community, Bizsugar etc.

    Just my opinion. Have a nice day.

    • Sarah Popejoy says

      I really did enjoy this article, but Shamsudeen you have me curious about those sites. I’ve heard of stumbleupon but not the others.

  5. Rahul Pahal says

    Hi Harsh,
    I have been following the blog commenting strategy for last some time and it is helping out too. But the number of visitors that I derive on my blog through it are still not satisfactory. Can you suggest me something that can help it?

  6. karan virk says

    hello, i started a website. & i read many of your articles, but i am not getting clearly what commenting is. r you talking abouts the comming which i am doing now on your blog or something else. ???

  7. Shailendra Singh Bais says

    Wow. Harsh, a very good say. I will surely follow it. After all commenting is part of SEO. And, one more thing One should keep adding new blogs to their list of blogs. Commenting on same blogs will also a waste of time, what u say? I keep commenting on blogs like Devil’s Work… & some other. In due course, I have came in contact with them personally. And, we are good friends at Fb. Aditya Kane wakes up early morning, for his work.

  8. says

    Nice one. I went wrong with this strategy. I get the realization that I got pretty wrong with subscriber strategy, I was followed the commenting strategy without focusing on my blogs niche which harmed me and didn’t increased the subscribers.

  9. Bhawika says

    Yesterday first time I saw your blog and gave comment on article ” understanding do follow or no follow ” , although in that article you have written that comment on site which close to your niche, but your site is not close anywhere from my site but I cant not stop commenting on your blog bcoz its so informative for me. Thanks again!!

  10. craig says

    Great informative post. I have been struggling to work out how to get subscribers so will give this a try. Any traffic is good traffic for me ;-)

  11. Laxmikant Rajput says

    Very nice post. It is very helpful for all designers, developers. it really easy and cool,doing this surely increases time we use to comment on blogs or websites,which will surely increase our traffic and subscribers.

  12. sudha says

    I think this will work. I haven’t tried this. I have to admit that i am bit lazy in going to other blogs and commenting. It is bad. If i want to get good traffic i need to read more and more blogs and comment.

  13. Ajay singh bisht says

    ohhh…harsh !! this has been the best article i read over your blog..thanx a lot for this mate…

  14. Anand Kumar says

    Thanks Harsh,

    I am following your suggestion from your blog. Let’s hope it will work and i will get some traffic.

    One question! may you tell which is better Genesis or Thesis. any comparison?

    • says

      Hey Anand
      I hope this will work for you too…. Though if not subscriber, I’m sure this strategy will bring you recognition and people will start knowing you. Just one same avatar all the time..
      Meanwhile when we compare Genesis and Thesis both are good… People who are using Genesis says it’s easy to customize but it’s almost the same coz you need to have little bot of CSS knowledge. My recommendation would be Thesis of course. :)

  15. Neil says

    Thanks Harsh,
    I need to be more organized and targeted. Being involved in the sites I like is something I’ve been meaning to do, but now I have a blog I have even more reasons for doing so!

  16. sumanth says

    i think today u got this much traffic because of your strategies only..any way nice one will surely work…

  17. Jagan says

    harsh you made it really easy and cool,doing this surely increases time we use to comment on blogs or websites,which will surely increase our traffic and subscribers.

  18. Bindu says

    Very good knowing sharing. Will definitely implement it. I liked the comment by Manish Chauhan, “Even if you dont get expected readers , you will get unexpected knowledge. ” Wonderful!!

  19. Tech Sputter says

    your site s awesome n excellent n…..there are no words really to express the greatness of your site dude…:-):-):-)
    day by day its improving a lot and this article which you have posted here is extremely useful for my site…..really nice 1

  20. nelson says

    I comment for getting backlinks as well traffic and i think chandan is right. Getting backlink is different task, when you get backlinks from the listed link then it doesn’t need to first or second in the list. But make good comment regarding the post.

  21. Manish Chauhan says

    Well.. I think this is a nice idea .

    Another Important point which one body said here was that if you try to give genuine comments , you have to actually read a lot of stuff first and that will help you get some serious knowledge too .. so its a great thing in itself . Even if you dont get expected readers , you will get unexpected knowledge :)

    Manish

  22. chandan says

    I only comment for get backlink, I do not think that being first on comment list can increase feed subscriber to 1000, but it can help for grow traffic and backlink. afterall your blog is nice.

  23. Romel says

    Any one can get quality backlinks by commenting also. Dofollow blogs are great for easy backlinks :)

  24. hami says

    after all, all in one working forumula for new bloggers to understand the traffic metrics and commenting power ..

    p.s. any one heard of that Paid Internet Commenters by China ! chinese know power of commenting :D

  25. Simon | Teenius says

    Great post. Personally I spend about an hour a day commenting on other people’s blogs, and I must say I think it’s had a big impact on my own blog. I mean, I get around 17 comments per post on average, so I’m really pleased with that :)

  26. Harshad says

    It works, but not for all blogs and spending that much time on commenting would never give sudden boost in feed readers.

    Btw, have you seen any pro-blogger wasting his/her time on commenting? They would rather prefer to work on their blog. :D

    • says

      Harshad the stage at which Dareen is now, he does not need to comment anywhere.
      Most of people try to become the first one to comment on his blog because first comment always get noticed.
      That’s what I try on his blog and it actually works. I won’t say I get lots of traffic but if my posts are based on SEO or blogging, that attracts the same kind of visitors.

      Always try to comment on the niche blog according to latest post which you have posted.

    • Michael Aulia says

      Great post. Never have thought of organizing feeds that way. Honestly I only subscribe through email but now I think I’m going to try your way so I can comment more on specific blogs :D

      • says

        Thanks Michael.
        And from my personal experience it works big time. Though it needs lots of dedication for few days (7-10 days ) and if you can spend this much time on a blog with useful comments. You will see the difference in no time.

    • Joanne says

      Hi,

      Blog or website commenting will provide quality backlinks. However, I am not sure if it helps in generating feed subscriber.

  27. Nihar says

    Harsh,

    I think this will work. I haven’t tried this. I have to admit that i am bit lazy in going to other blogs and commenting. It is bad. If i want to get good traffic i need to read more and more blogs and comment..

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