I have been blogging for a little over two months now and my only regret about blogging has been “Why didn’t I start doing it earlier?”
Blogging has been a lot of fun. It has driven me to gain more knowledge and to improve in ways I didn’t know I could improve. It has also given me the opportunity to meet different people that I otherwise would have never met.
I’m talking about other bloggers.
Okay, I have never physically met any other blogger, but by reading what they have to say I feel like I’m getting to know them – slowly. I am the new kid on the block but I feel like I’m starting to become part of a community – a blogging community.
I started this blog so I can track the progress I’m making in achieving financial independence and to use it as a medium to help my friends and family achieve the same goals. But since I am not an expert and I am just learning as I go along, I find it necessary to share what experts and not so experts have to say about the subject.
One reason why I started The Friday Five was to share with you some of my favorite blogs. The second reason, to show those bloggers some love.
Another way I can show other bloggers some love while providing related content to readers is with CommentLuv.
What Is CommentLuv?
CommentLuv is a nifty WordPress plugin that allows bloggers and website owners who comment on your posts to provide a link to their latest post. You can also give them the option to choose from their latest 10 posts.
CommentLuv also gives you (the website owner) the option to allow comment links to be dofollow. You can also set parameters to decide when links are dofollow – after three approved comments for example.
People that comment on blogs do it for four reasons.
- To show appreciation to the author for the information provided.
- To agree or disagree with the point of view of the author.
- To expand on the topic by providing useful and relevant insight.
- To leave a great comment which encourages people to click on their link and drive more traffic to their site.
- Okay there are also spammers and trolls but they have no reason to exist other than to be jerks.
Enabling CommentLuv in my site will hopefully encourage other bloggers and experts in the field to leave insightful comments and allow them to link to one of their posts. This in turn will help my readers find more useful information, help other bloggers try to drive more traffic to their sites, and help my blog by getting more comments.
Why would I want to drive more traffic to other sites? Because even though I want traffic to stay on my site, I am also part of a bigger community.
Joshua Rodriguez at CNA Finance wrote a great piece on Why Bloggers Fail, where he says we should selfishly be selfless in order for our blogs to be successful. CommentLuv allows me to be selfishly selfless.
By commenting on other blogs and encouraging others to comment on our blog, we can welcome each other’s opinions and hopefully develop relationships which can in turn help us build a stronger community.
Healthy relationships are based on a balance of “give and take.” I give you a little bit of love, you give me a little bit of love.
But don’t comment just for the sake of leaving a link. Please provide useful information to the readers. You might be able to say it better or might have a different point of view that will be valuable to both me and my readers. Either way, I just want to start a conversation.
So don’t be shy. Provide useful insight that helps my readers and as a result they will reward you by clicking on your links and see what you have to say on your end.
Show some love… some CommentLuv – okay that was super cheesy.