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What is a Blog Commenting Tribe and Why You Should Join One — 21 Comments

  1. I am the first! Have no problem with it 🙂
    I used to have this problem when I was just started. In fact, even when there were posts with comments I was afraid to leave any comments. I felt, and I believe other feel the same way too, that I have nothing to contribute to the conversation.

    The reason that I started commenting was to gain the backlink from the post to my blog. I get a lot of traffic with this simple operation, and I learn a lot of new stuff just reading other people posts!

    • Hezi,
      I, too, didn’t leave comments when I first started reading blogs. Then came that one post where I found myself arguing with the author out loud; that inspired me to leave my first comment. And the discussion that ensued was interesting and enlightening. Now, it’s rare that I don’t leave a comment.

      Many people don’t want to be the first. Thank you for taking this responsibility on. I hope to see you here again.

  2. Hi Lesa,

    I am a big believer in commenting tribes, there are so many benefits to them! It’s not only great for increasing blog stats but a great way to network with other bloggers – you never know what can come out of that in the long run!

    Stacy

  3. Hi Lesa, I love commenting tribes for a couple or more reasons.

    First of all, I’ve been a bit of a slacker lately but if I can carve out an hour or so a couple of times per week to post and then place my link in a tribe or two and have a few nice reads and leave comments, it keeps things moving better than just leaving my blog dead.

    Second, I have met so many awesome friends. (true friends). It’s really been excellent for building relationships.

    As far as people not leaving comments, you’re right!! I have a number of regular readers who rarely leave comments. I know they return because I can see them on my analytics… they might even hang out for 15 mins or so… but rarely leave a comment! 🙁

    Having fellow bloggers to fuel the commenting fire is great.

    Thanks

    Jayne

    • Jayne,
      Many bloggers assume that all they have to do is allow comments on their blog and drive traffic and that will result in lots of comments on their blog. But that is really only the first step. You also have to invite comments and create an atmosphere where it feels safe to leave a comment. This is where a blog commenting tribe really helps as having just a few comments already on a post can make that reluctant commenter feel comfortable enough to share their thoughts.

  4. Hi Lesa, I have started participate in a few comment tribes recently and I really love them.

    The first time that I hear about them and their benefits was from a post of Ana Hoffman, and I am thankful for this. I have become a regular commentator in a lot new blogs that I haven’t heard before and on the other hand many other bloggers became regular commentators on my blog.

    The benefits are not just the comments it’s the relations you build with all these bloggers that you didn’t know before, additionally some of their readers could become yours too (especially if these blogs are commentluv enabled) which will increase the traffic to your blog and your subscribers…

    There are so many benefits and any blogger could find a commenting tribe and become a member…

  5. Hello Lesa,
    It’s good to have you back online again, power and all. It’s also good to know that you live in my part of the world — the incredible pacific northwest. Now you’re not just another blogger, but a relationship I value — thanks to, what what else, a blog commenting tribe.

    I agree with and appreciate all the benefits you cite about a blog commenting tribe. Blogging can be a lonely endeavor; so the sense of community that these tribes represent is reason enough to join them.

    • Srinivas,
      I, too, love the sense of community that the blog commenting tribe creates. I’m happy to have met you through just such a community. I’m looking forward to getting to know you better.

  6. I love blog commenting tribes too. Sometimes people give me feedback and you’re right, don’t make it difficult for people to leave a feedback by asking them to register.

    • Registration is fine for sites like the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers as it functions to help control spam and make the experience a good one for ALL readers, but for the average blogger, asking someone to register first before commenting really just decreases the number of comments you receive. There are other ways to control spam (and to get people on your list).

  7. You know this is a subject that doesn’t get much press. When I was first starting out I was reading everything I could get my hands on regarding blogging and it’s related topics, and comment tribes weren’t mentioned. I only discovered them a few months back, and seriously think they are a great asset to a bloggers toolbox.

    Thank you Lesa

  8. Lesa great blog and something I wrote about recently too. It’s frustrating that more people don’t leave comments, particularly when you do all of the above. I get a lot of lurkers on my website, some of whom stay on there for 10 minutes without leaving a comment to say thanks or hello:)

    I do genuinely think though it’s lack of understanding and a habit form. You look at even the larger websites like Mashable, when you think how much traffic they get compared to how many people leave comments the results are shockingly poor. Hopefully in time more of us bloggers can teach people the benefits of leaving comments and things will improve:)

    What I love most about a commenting tribe is that you’re networking with like-minded people who share great content and see the value in commenting.

  9. Hi Lesa,

    Love the topic!

    Blog commenting is important and people who have many comments are considered as authority as you said so it’s important to recognize that fact because it could improve that all-important social proof.

    I never knew that blog commenting is considered in ranking until a few months ago.

    The tribe commenting is cool. I have formed some incredible relationships simply by gettiing involved in such groups. I met you in one of them 😉

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Tosin

  10. I use to be part of a community like this but left because they were promoting their business to the group. I like tribes and I would love to get back involved with one. I have been slack lately with my Blogging so it would make me get busy. 🙂
    It really helps having comments.

    • That’s a shame that the people who ran that tribe thought it gave them permission to market to their members. I don’t blame you for leaving; I would have done the same thing.

      When I started my tribe, I said from the beginning that I wasn’t going to market to the members. I host the tribe on my website, so I benefit from the additional traffic, and I feel that that is enough benefit to me to make the commitment managing the tribe worthwhile. I don’t expect to make a single dime form the tribe; it’s my way of helping to support my community. Too bad more people don’t see it the same way.

  11. This is really interesting. Will start to join groups like this from now on. It’s all about social proof and authority. Blogs are supposed to be made this way but since readers now are becoming lazier from dropping a line or two, they have lost their dynamic features and merely appears as good as traditional media.

  12. Hey there, cool concept! Hadn’t heard of it before. Question for you…
    I’m guessing that you’d have to be a good fit for the other business owners in the commenting tribe. I didn’t see a profile of who would be a good fit for your commenting tribe. Could you clarify?

    Or perhaps I should ask… does your “commenting tribe forum tool” allow for the setup of different industries/topics so you can find your compatible tribe?

    • My tribe is specifically for women entrepreneurs who are using their blog to promote their business. That is as specific as I’ve gotten for a group definition.

      The other groups like this that I have seen have been dominated by men. In those groups, when women shared posts that had a particularly feminine slant to them — how to take care of yourself or how to manage your business with your feminine strengths, for example — the comments they got from the male blog tribe participants did not really contribute to the discussion in any real way. I wanted to start a group where you knew you’d be with a group of people who would “get it” when you posted from your female perspective. That is not to say that what you write can’t appeal to men too…

      I’m glad that you picked up on the “good fit” angle. I recently had a man join, even though it clearly states this is a group for women. He obviously didn’t get it at all since he was writing a blog of short stories (fiction), so even his content wasn’t appropriate, even his gender had been. (I sent him a polite email and closed his account, btw).

  13. Lesa, I’ve always loved to comment when I have read something that engaged me. Thank you for sharing about making it easy for people to leave a comment. I can’t tell you how many times I shared something and then I had to jump through a lot of hoops and by the time it was done and over so was. No posting.

    I’ve never really known of the benefits and I myself would love comments! Yes, in deed! It feels better to be heard (even when that mean read) when you have something to share.

  14. Awesome post Indeed! Blog commenting is what builds a blogger’s reputation and status. Blog commenting has always been an essential part of a blogger’s journey. Even Pro Bloggers used to comment a lot. My favorite among the all you listed above is MAKE AN IMPACT. No matter if you are the first commentor or how many comments you have left on various blogs. It’ll all be useless if its not Meaningful and Makes an Impact.

    Regards
    Ashley Jones

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