Get Your Service Business Noticed Online

May 28, 2018 | 37 comments

This blog post explains 2 quick steps to get your business noticed quickly, easily, and for FREE. Try it now.

 

As business owners, we all know how important it is to get our business noticed. We need to get noticed, and we need to get noticed NOW.

But that’s an expensive business.

How is it possible to do that, and for free?

Do you have 5 minutes?

Take these two quick steps to get your business noticed NOW.

 

1. Comment

Imagine that you have just read an article. You saw the headline. You became curious. You clicked to learn more. You read the article. You related to it. You learned something useful. You read the comments.

What should you do now?

Should you now leave the website?

Should you read another article first?

Perhaps so.

But before that, should you not also add your comment?

Why?

Because your comment will add to the discussion and get your business noticed.

How is that possible?

That first quick step will ensure that your comment will be seen by:

  • The article writer.
  • Some or all who will read the article.
  • Some or all who will comment on the article.

Even when I used to comment on just the odd occasion, I saw traffic come to my website from blogs that I had commented on. Now, I put aside time each day to do this, and what a difference! My daily website traffic from these comments alone is better and more consistent than my total daily traffic from before.

Lesson: If you want to get your business noticed NOW, then leave a comment at the end of the post.

 

2. Share

When you see the practical value of something you have just read, what are you often likely to do next?

Do you talk about it?

If so, why?

We like to share our good experiences in the hope that others may benefit as we did. When we comment on blogs, other readers may benefit from our feedback, wisdom, and experience.

There is another advantage. Others too will share that article. If you comment then share, your comment will be seen by:

  • Some or all of your networks and beyond.
  • Some or all of the networks of the writer and beyond.
  • Some or all of the networks of the readers and beyond.
  • Some or all of the networks of the commenters who shared and beyond.

These networks may be social and professional communities and groups, including friends, families, acquaintances, colleagues, and followers. So who knows how far your message could reach?

Imagine how I felt three years ago when I first encountered Ryan Biddulph of Blogging from Paradise. He left a comment on one of my early posts, which ended with: “Power tips! I’ll RT to my 28K followers. Thanks :)” And he did! I received more web traffic. No doubt he and others who had already commented probably experienced the same.

Lesson: If you want your business to get noticed NOW, then share each post that you comment on.

 

Conclusion

When we make the effort to comment and share consistently, our potential reach has no limits. And it is possible to start right now.

By commenting and sharing, those 2 quick steps can get your business noticed NOW.

Think about that for a moment.

Then do it.

37 Comments

  1. Uttoran Sen

    Nice article Nathan, brief and up to the point,

    There are a number of things that can be done to get any business noticed but comment and share are just two basic things that everyone should absolutely do,

    PS. why don’t you keep the default wordpress comment system? any reason to use Discqus?

    thanks,
    Uttoran Sen,

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Hi Uttoran.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Yes, there are a number of things to get a business noticed. I wanted to discuss something that is attainable for all. Also, I don’t think I’ve seen this topic discussed in the way that I have done.

      I have tried several commenting systems on more than one occasion, including Disqus. For me, Disqus works the best overall.

      As you know, you were able to comment as a guest, without needing to sign up for anything. That makes it easily accessible.

      Those who use Disqus already are likely already logged in, so they can just comment straight away without entering their name and email address.

      It is also great for its community value. And you also received a notification for this comment, which wouldn’t have happened with the default commenting system. Additional plugin(s) would have been necessary to install first.

      Those are my reasons. And it also looks more professional than most, if not all.

      Nathan.

      Reply
  2. Nathan Ambrose

    Hi Uttoran.

    Thanks for your comment.

    Yes, there are a number of things to get a business noticed. I wanted to discuss something that is attainable for all. Also, I don’t think I’ve seen this topic discussed in the way that I have done.

    I have tried several commenting systems on more than one occasion, including Disqus. For me, Disqus works the best overall.

    As you know, you were able to comment as a guest, without needing to sign up for anything. That makes it easily accessible.

    Those who use Disqus already are likely already logged in, so they can just comment straight away without entering their name and email address.

    It is also great for its community value. And you also received a notification for this comment, which wouldn’t have happened with the default commenting system. Additional plugin(s) would have been necessary to instal first.

    Those are my reasons. And it also looks more professional than most, if not all.

    Nathan.

    Reply
  3. UnveiltheWeb

    Hi Nathan,

    You offered some fantastic ideas on how to get your business blog noticed!!!! I love comments and I’ve made some incredible new friends not from my blog but by the comments I leave.

    But you are so right, take it to the next level and share, share, share. Other businesses love and appreciate it when you’ve connected with them, taken the time to comment and then share what you’ve learned. I always try to do a two sentence paragraph summary of the article and then tell my followers what I learned.

    One other idea which has really propelled my blog more than the two ideas you’ve mentioned is to include bloggers and their ideas in your blog articles and then link to them. When you share on social media, tell them you’ve included them on your article by tagging them.

    People love to be included. It shows that you thought enough of them to be included in your posts and it shows your readers you do a lot of research and reading to help them as well. In the end it helps everyone!!!!!! Especially if you serve the same audience your blogger friend does but in a different way.

    I appreciate your article Nathan. Now it’s time for me to share it on my Google Plus pages and Twitter.

    Have a great weekend!

    ~ Don

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Hi Don.

      It’s true that we all appreciate having our content shared. It makes it so much easier for us to do when we know that others will do it for us.

      I think the article summary idea is a very good one. It will reveal whether we really understood what it said.

      It’s definitely part of my strategy ahead to cite and link to other bloggers, and reveal lessons that I have learned from them. I also intend to use information from research papers from time to time.

      Thanks for commenting and sharing. You’re an expert on this topic, so I really appreciate your input.

      Nathan.

      Reply
  4. Carol Amato

    Hi, Nathan,

    I really like your title which intrigued me so I had to check it out and comment. 🙂

    You are spot on – engaging with the blog owner if you’ve received any value at all is just common courtesy in my opinion, and a super smart strategy to get noticed as well.

    Sharing is also a very good strategy to use to get noticed as I can testify firsthand that this definitely works, and love your example of this as well.

    Commenting and sharing are very simple concepts yet profound in the impact they can make. Thank you for sharing this great article, and I will be sharing it with my friends. 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    – Carol

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Hi Carol.

      Thank you for stopping by.

      I agree that engaging with the blog owner is common courtesy. I try to do that as much as possible nowadays. It’s not always possible if I read a lot of articles in a short period of time, but I certainly do it most of the time.

      It’s been so helpful to interact with other blog owners like you, as well as write my own articles. Why I didn’t think to write so much earlier I don’t know, because I’ve always been able to. It’s the simple things that always stand the test of time.

      I appreciate you stopping by to read, and thanks so much for commenting and sharing.

      Nathan.

      Reply
  5. Stacey Corrin

    Hi Nathan,

    I really like the snappy way in which you’ve written this. Straight to the point with no messing around. Perfect.

    I’m not a big commenter myself but I do see the value in it. That’s probably why I’m now taking the time to stop and comment now! If anything commenting is human. We all have opinions, thoughts and ideas. Commenting is a great way to get those out in the open instead of hiding behind our keyboards. 🙂

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Thank you, Stacey.

      I appreciate your comment. Yes, I think an article does not have to be too long if it achieves its objectives. I wasn’t dealing with something complicated.

      A few months ago, I wasn’t much of a commenter either, but I soon learned that I had to do something about it. Just doing that alone put me in a better position than those who don’t do it at all. So I definitely recommend commenting often, especially on my blog!

      When people comment here, I also tweet those out via Disqus. So that’s another way to get us out there.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      Nathan.

      Reply
  6. Muba Mi

    Hi Nathan

    Very useful points you mentioned in this post to get your business noticed.

    Without making your voice heard by all it is not possible people feel your presence. For that purpose commenting is the best option.

    There are two ways of commenting. One is the formal way in which you show how knowledgeable you are by discussing the subject matter of the post or sharing. In an informal way you build relationship with others and be familiar in your niche

    Whatever you do if you don’t make people know about it no one would recognize your work. So sharing is must to achieve this goal.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this quite useful post.

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Hi Muba.

      That was an interesting observation about the two ways of commenting. Yes, it’s true. Commenting can achieve several objectives.

      And yes, we can’t be recognised without being noticed. But people do notice people who share.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment, Muba.

      Reply
  7. David Wilson

    Hi Nathan,

    Brilliant article! I feel compelled to comment and share it. Well done.

    David

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Thank you, David.

      I’m pleased that you feel that way. If we all comment on and share articles that we appreciate, it will help us all.

      Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts.

      Nathan.

      Reply
  8. alannaerogers

    Great, concise article Nathan – thanks for sharing!

    I’ve been working on building our blog content and growing our audience, but it’s tough to keep up the momentum and continue to attract new readers. These are great suggestions and I will definitely try them out…like I am now. 🙂

    Thanks again!

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Thanks for stopping by, Alanna.

      It is a real challenge to grow audiences online. I’m pleased that the suggestions are working for you.

      Nathan.

      Reply
  9. Andrew M. Warner

    Hey Nathan,

    Talk about a read. Straight to the point as Stacey said.

    Yep, comments and sharing are definitely ways to get your business/blog noticed. Alot of people don’t do it but perhaps they don’t see the true power in it. I know that when I started implementing these things 4 – 5 months ago, it changed my whole “brand”. It put me from a nobody blogger to someone that had the opportunity to guest post on 3 awesome blogs so far (and I’m hoping for more in the future).

    All because of commenting and sharing.

    Great job. Have a great upcoming week.

    – Andrew

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Hi Andrew.

      I’m pleased that you liked it. My personal preference is for a shorter article if it gets the job done.

      I read dozens of articles daily, and many of those are written by you and several others who commented on my posts. So I can see how a whole “brand” can change as people become more aware of it.

      As a result of daily commenting and sharing, I now feel that I’m progressing from the “nobody” stage to gaining more respect. The comments that others leave on my blog are getting better, and I had my first mention in another post the other day, which was quite exciting for me.

      I may consider inviting guest posts in the future, but I need to build up more consistent traffic first. But due to commenting and sharing, it’s looking reachable. And meanwhile I love learning all the time.

      Thanks for commenting and sharing.

      Nathan.

      Reply
  10. Donna Merrill

    Hi Nathan,
    You are right on target! I cannot write enough about this subject. When we leave a good comment on someone’s blog, you have to give it your all. This is where people find you that you don’t know. I too, get many people coming to my blog just because of a comment I left.

    We can’t leave those one liners’ It shows we don’t care and probably are just coming to the blog for a back-link. Those comments never make it to my blog lol.

    Commenting also shows other readers who you are, what you think, and sometimes how much you know. To me commenting is one of the back bones of blogging. It’s like going to a party. You wouldn’t want to go there to make a first impression dressed down and sloppy. Instead, you want to put your best foot forward and dress appropriately, listen to a conversation, and engage.

    Social sharing is a must! After commenting on a blog, one must share it on social media platforms. It not only helps our own followers find good information, but it is just plain old common sense. You read something you like, you share it.

    OK..I’ll stop the novella, but this is one topic I’m passionate about.

    Thanks for such a great post!

    -Donna

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Hi Donna, and welcome to my blog.

      I know you have a great tribe community reputation, so it’s great to have your comment here.

      The party analogy is a good one. People attend to make a good impression, maintain relationships, and build new relationships. This involves helping each other.

      It’s true what you said about common sense. It’s also common courtesy as @carolamato:disqus mentioned in an earlier comment. I must admit that I don’t do it every time, but I do always share it.

      I’m seriously considering writing a follow-up post about knowing what comments to make. From my own experience, it’s not always easy, and many also feel the same. But I’m sure this will help.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment and share.

      Nathan.

      Reply
  11. Reginald Chan

    Nathan,

    Great information about the share part. I consider this as a powerful ‘word of mouth’. Oh yes, when people share your staff, try to take the time to say thanks 🙂

    It goes a long way!

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Hi Reginald.

      Yes, ‘word of mouth’ is a good way of looking at it. I’d never considered it like that before.

      And yes, it’s true that we should always thank those who comment and share. Nobody will get far without that support. It certainly does go a long way, and it helps us too.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Nathan.

      Reply
  12. Tim Bonner

    Hi Nathan

    I don’t use commenting as much as I did for traffic generation because it takes up a lot of time. I do still do some though a few times a week. The best thing about blog commenting is the relationships you can make with other bloggers. It helps to build and be part of a community.

    Sharing is something I do a lot of, particularly on Triberr. I don’t share directly from Triberr any more though. I decided to use my Buffer instead because it targets the best times to send things out.

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Hi Tim.

      It’s true that apps like Buffer are usually better for sharing at the optimum time.

      I often feel the same about commenting. It does take up a lot of time and energy. Most of the time I do try to comment if the post was useful to me. But even when I don’t comment, I still share.

      Sharing is great, of course. But I feel that comments provide the best gauge for the blogger to assess if his or her post touched the reader.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Nathan.

      Reply
  13. Brian Ciampa

    Nathan,

    As so many others have said, this is very short and to the point. Great post!

    I tend to make the process of getting the word out too complicated in my mind. You’re right in that taking the time to comment on and/or share a quality blog post is a low cost, simple, yet powerful way to build a network and get yourself out there.

    Well said!

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Hi Brian.

      I feel that if the point is made well enough, then the post is long enough. So I’m pleased that people are liking it.

      For me, it has definitely been very helpful to make and receive comments on a regular basis. To receive this many comments without yet getting out of second gear is possible only because of the help we give each other.

      I couldn’t have done it otherwise.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      Nathan.

      Reply
  14. Adrienne

    Hey Nathan,

    I LOVE hearing other people’s experience from blog commenting. I know everyone has their own opinions about it but I know so many people who have built up such a great following and support system because of this.

    These are the people who actually can end up being friends too and we both know how much friends support friends right! They love to go and spread the word about you and what you share. That gets other people interested to come and see what you’re all about too.

    That’s how Ryan was able to help by sharing your post because he has such a great following and people are interested in what he shares.

    What everyone just has to remember is that if you’re online then you’re in a people business. When you start connecting with others people really appreciate that and will take notice. Commenting and sharing is a big part of that my friend so thanks for pointing this out.

    Have a great weekend Nathan and keep up the great work.

    ~Adrienne

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Hi Adrienne.

      I also love learning from real life experiences. With all the theory that one can teach, there’s nothing like a living example.

      I’m still a relative newbie at this, but have already connected with hundreds of people through their blogs, and people coming to mine. It is definitely a people business, as you said. We can’t achieve much without them.

      This article was an idea that I had for a while, so I’m pleased that I wrote it as it clearly resonates with a lot of people. Every little helps.

      Thanks for stopping by, and you too have a great weekend.

      Nathan.

      Reply
  15. Mark Newsome

    Totally excellent advice Nathan!

    And when you really stop and consider the incredible potential leverage you can get simply by

    consistently blog commenting.

    It’s practically a no brainer! I mean you can tweet something and even under your best case scenario, you’d

    be lucky i even 5% of your followers actually see it!

    But consistently blog commenting and sharing other bloggers extremely valuable content is a proven way to build rock solid (not to mention) long term relationships.

    For a time investment of a mere five minutes or less, per comment! For the potential ROI (Return On Investment), you simply can’t beat it!

    Thanks for sharing a proven game plan.that’s extremely practical and easy to implement!

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Hi Mark.

      That’s true!

      Despite Twitter being one of the most effective broadcasting platforms to use, blogging, commenting, and sharing is far more effective for building trust and brand value.

      And it’s quick and free!

      Thanks for stopping by to comment and share.

      Nathan.

      Reply
  16. Matt Hayden

    It’s interesting that you say the traffic coming from those comments alone was better than from other sources. People often forget what an effective method of traffic generation quality blog commenting actually is.

    The best part about it is that it’s entirely a result of your own effort. So if you’re proactive, you will get results. Also, it’s close to immediate, as well as being targeted niche wise.

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Hi Matt.

      Yes, putting the effort in is really worth it, especially when we see an immediate impact.

      You made a good point about the resulting traffic being targeted within the niche. It’s not an easy task, but it’s certainly a great place to start.

      Thanks for your comment, Matt.

      Nathan.

      Reply
  17. Julie S Kalungi

    You are so right Nathan, a lot of New Bloggers read articles, grab some ideas and off they go. Completely missing the Golden Rule of Pro-Blogging…share the love by Commenting & Sharing. ( I did :D) I wasn’t a commenter until I learned the value in Giving…its a fact its in giving that we receive!

    Jokes aside Some one recently shared my article in the worst way possible, Copied and Pasted it into their Blog word for word, no mention of where they got the wonderful info and worse still left in personal info….But here is the sad thing for him, He forgot to “delink” My links…Karma is a woman 🙂 Thank You

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Hi Julie.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment. Yes, there’s definitely more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.

      That was bad what someone did to your article. But let’s hope he doesn’t remove your links later on.

      Enjoy the rest of your day.

      Nathan.

      Reply
      • Julie S Kalungi

        You are most welcome Nathan! We march on life gives us what we deserve, I cant let him spoil 2015. so I let it go! Enjoy your day too.

        Reply
  18. James Howe

    Great tip nathan. Word of mouth has always served me well in the real world. Of course online is the same.

    Reply
    • Nathan Ambrose

      Thanks, James.

      Yes, it makes a real difference. I’ve not had much opportunity to do this so consistently of late, and both my web traffic and frequency of comments on my blog have dropped. I’m working on a strategy to make that practical again.

      Nathan.

      Reply

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