In my case, the comment was worth a link placement on the blogroll of a popular “make money online” website.
So here’s my story. Some of you may already be aware that our friend Tish often posts excellent recommended reading links over at BloggingGal.com. Well, earlier today I followed one of those links to a post on AaronCook.com titled, “Make Money: Online Money Makers That Work.” Well, imagine my ghastly surprise when I am greeted with this…
[Edited for the gentle eyes of the Blogging Startup readers.]
After reading what turned out to be an excellent post on affiliate programs and pay-per-click advertising that actually works, I settled in to post my comment…
Hi, I’m with the Asian-Pacific Anti-Defamation League of American Asian-Pacific People (APADLAAPP), and we find your photo representing two clearly emotionally disturbed individuals from the AP community as offensive, insulting and defamatatingingish. We, (okay, it’s just me…but I have an office) demand that you immediately remove said photo or be subject to scorn and ridicule from..from…well, from people like me.”
Well, even though the post was already a week old, Aaron (take note new bloggers) was still reading and responding to comments. Apparently he liked my comment. (But, I should add, did NOT take down the offensive photo!) Later I got an email from Aaron again saying he enjoyed my comment, had visited Blogging Startup, and because he liked the content on the site had decided to add BS to his blogroll.
So, 1 comment = 1 blog link.
(Using my Paul Harvey voice.) And now, for the rest of the story…
In addition to the comment, I stumbled (StumbleUpon.com) the article before I left. It never hurts to share a little social media lovin’ when you like something on another blog. (Hint)
In summary, here’s what we have learned:
- Tish writes great “Recommended Reading” posts.
- Leaving a comment on a blog can lead to great networking and other benefits in the future.
- Leave comments even if the post is older (’cause all good bloggers go back and read those comments anyway).
- Leave relevant comments that add to the conversation. Avoid leaving comments that just say “nice post”. Take a minute to add an opinion or even disagree.
- Bloggers love it when you stumble their posts. (DO I HAVE TO BE ANY MORE OBVIOUS HERE!?!)
- And finally, Aaron collects photos of strange men doing strange things. (BTW, to see the original, unedited photo, you need to visit Aaron’s blog.