By Jessie Holeva, Trend Hungry
I've always thought commenting on other blogs was beneficial. I've gotten some more traffic thanks to my practice of letting other bloggers know I'm digging their content and a lot of these bloggers have returned the favor on my site. Commenting has also bettered my Alexa ranking (the more sites linking to you, the better). But, one comment I left on Refinery 29 got me more than a spike in traffic. It got me and my blog into – wait for it – The Wall Street Journal.
Now, I know I'm not the only blogger out there with a penchant for great writing, a lot of us bloggers started blogging because we appreciate the written form, heck I majored in it. The Wall Street Journal is my inner journalism student's dream and to get a mention thanks to my love of fashion, well that's just icing on the cake!
So here's how it went down. About a month ago I received an email from the style columnist of The Wall Street Journal inquiring about a comment I wrote in regards to Coach switching up their style and going back to a classic design sans logos. As a budget fashion blogger, I think logos look overstated and just tacky.
My comment read: “Like this strategy. I rarely wear anything with the label all over it. So 90's/early 2000's. www.trendhungry.com”
That quick email led to a phone call (my hands shaking), dishing about my thrift shop Coach treasure ($14), and talking up my blog (how could I resist?).
A few weeks later, my name is in print and so is my blog's. When I left that quick comment four months ago, I never dreamt it would lead to such major exposure.
As a blogger, your opinion is everything. Share it. We all frequent a slew of blogs. It inspires us and almost every time you read a post, you feel something. If you love that DIY lucite clutch, comment. That blogger will be super excited that you appreciate what they're putting out there. Then bam, you could be on their radar. It's commenting karma and here are a few rules sure to bring good karma to your blog:
- DO leave nice, genuine comments.
- DON'T be mean and nasty. If you don't like a blog, move on. Not everyone will like your site either, but negative energy isn't necessary.
- DO, link it back to you. I always include a link back to me. If I didn't, I wouldn't have had this opportunity.
- DON'T have your comments simply sound like you're trying to promote yourself. That's not a complimentary look on you and will come off as insincere.