Sometimes all bloggers reach at a stage when we may think it is not our cup of tea. It is just simply not working. AND they drop their plan to build a successful blog. Whereas some people who are so passionate about the niche and love to work on that and effortlessly create many posts without any goal. It may happen when you really like what you are actually doing. If you are a travel blogger, food blogger or any other blogger related to something creative (like craft making, home decoration, gardening etc). Sometimes they simply do not bother about SEO or SMM. They feel all such SEO related things (like blog commenting, forum posting etc) are burdensome. If you are at this stage, then sometimes you may think to stop blog commenting or forum posting. You may feel it is like wasting of time. Is it your case?
I also started thinking that way a few months ago but when you will start getting a few comments each day and they will appreciate your work then you will definitely feel importance of that. Not only that, even you will start working so that more & more people can read your posts. Now for improving your position in SERPs you need to earn more backlinks.
Getting a DO FOLLOW back-links is not an easy task and that too from an authority site is very hard to get. It needs continuous effort to prove yourself in that niche so that your competitors naturally gift you a DO FOLLOW back-link or you can contact another blogger or website owner and crack a deal so that you can exchange links to each other and get benefited mutually. But it is also said link exchange may negatively impact your site in SEO point of view.
Another way to write for other website or blog and get a back link in return. But getting a opportunity to write for somebody else is not a CANDY what a child can have in his hand. You have to do hard work and write something valuable for others (but you can give that effort to write for yourself too) and the back-link what you earn will be NO FOLLOW in most cases. But it is true that you definitely earn some reputation in your niche.
That is why most of the bloggers like forums and blog commenting. So if you are thinking to stop blog commenting then drop such plan now. Though all those are NO FOLLOW back-links but still by doing this you make visible yourself on other blogs too and will be able to get some referral traffic from those sites.
Interesting thing is that most people actually say that commenting on blogs & forums does not have any positive effect on your site’s SEO or another way you can say it does not improve your page rank. But does Google ever clarify this or any other search engine said anything on this clearly? Google always collects all data as you can see all such sites link to your site on Google Search Console’s Search Traffic data. So Google actually collects those for certain purpose and it may effect your page rank positively.
Then you must admit that there is no harm in commenting on various blogs and forums, rather you will be benefited for such good practices. So keep commenting and increase website traffic and if you are thinking to stop blog commenting then stop thinking so because you may gain from it but you will never loose anything from this.