I’ve written before about how great voice recognition software is as a replacement for typing and as a way to write blogs. It takes a little bit of self-discipline, and some fairly serious editing to turn a verbal soliloquy into a decent article. Still, Dragon NaturallySpeaking saves the blogger huge amounts of time.
But NaturallySpeaking is perfect for another blogging activity: leaving comments!
As many bloggers have discovered, leaving comments on other blogs is a critically important activity for attracting readers to your blog. I recently read on a very reliable source, Steve Scott, in his terrific article Get More Blog Traffic Blueprint that a reasonable target is to leave 20 comments a day!
Now that’s a lot of commenting! To avoid being considered spam, you need to read the article, dream up something moderately interesting to say, and then you have to type it.
Using Steve’s back-of-the-envelope calculation of five minutes per comment, we are talking 100 minutes per day. Since I try to find intelligent blogs with intelligent articles that I read pretty carefully, I think it takes me more than five minutes.
It turns out that this commenting business is quite important.
To quote Steve Scott, “If the ONLY method you follow from the whole Blog Traffic Blueprint series is blog commenting, I guarantee you will see a significant increase in blog traffic. I even offer a money back guarantee (on my free advice) to back that up.”
I started following Steve’s advice, not anything like 20 a day (yet), but quite a few. I saw my blog traffic double on the first day. Now don’t get too excited. Doubling 25 still only makes 50. Still, I can attest to the effectiveness of leaving comments on active sites.
I’ve recently been focusing on blogs that use CommentLuv and allow you to list one of your recent posts.
Bottom line: commenting works to attract traffic to your blog.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking can really speed up the process of commenting. You don’t have to type and, if you’re a lousy typist like I am, you don’t have to fix a lot of typos and misspellings.
But here’s the real beauty part.
The nature of commenting is much more like natural speech. That’s why Dragon NaturallySpeaking lends itself perfectly to “comment mode.”
When you leave a comment, it’s not expected to be the Gettysburg Address. A comment can, and should, have the relaxed quality of ordinary speech.
Armed with voice recognition software, a headset with a microphone, and a ready wit, you have all you need to become a speedy commenting champ.
Your fingers will thank you, your blog will thank you, and often the hard-working bloggers whose articles you comment on will thank you, too. They really will.
Note: I wrote this blog using Dragon NaturallySpeaking and am a proud affiliate advertiser for this great product.
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