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Get More Blog Traffic Blueprint [Week 3]

by Steve Scott | Join Him On Facebook

Welcome to the 3rd lesson in the “Get More Blog Traffic Blueprint” series.  Here we cover different tactics you can use to skyrocket the traffic to your blog.  If you are new to this series you can check out the previous posts on setting a baseline (also the introduction) and importance of content.

Blog Commenting

Talking about blog commenting may be nearly as tired as saying “Content is King” when talking about getting more blog traffic.   Both of these topics have one important factor in common; they are constantly brought up –and often overused- due to the fact they are really that important.

Like many of the topics I discuss, these methods take work and dedication.  Put on your game face, roll up your sleeves and get ready to work to do it the right way and get a real positive effect there is work to be done.

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.

Doing the Work

Before we break into the how’s and why’s of blog commenting, let’s talk effort.  Proper blog commenting is a lot more than going to your favorite five blogs and leaving daily comments.  Proper blog commenting is about expanding your reach.

How much commenting do you need to do? The amount I recommend is at least 20 solid comments each day.  This is a lot.  I will delve into quality of comments later, but these need to be a lot more than “great post”.

Figure on a few minutes to read each article and at least 5 minutes to leave a quality comment.  As you can see a little over an hour a day is the least you need to reserve for this.

There are some sites you will comment on more than one time a week, but again the desire is to spread it out as much as possible, if you haven’t comment on more than 80 blogs, you are not finding enough.

What sites do you visit?

Interesting posts: A big part of this philosophy is to find new and interesting sites to comment on, but before branching out you should always remember be your base.  Before doing everything else I try to make sure I go to the sites of people who have commented on MY posts first.  Just because you want to grow do not lose what you have.

New sites do not have to be in your niche but you do desire a decent percentage to be within your niche.  The important thing is that you like what someone has to say.  I never left a comment on peoples sites unless I liked what they had to say.  You may disagree with parts, that can make commenting itself more enjoyable, but you need to think their blog is good.

If you think someone is a gaseous windbag too full of him or herself you should just avoid commenting.

Amount of comments: There is a sweet spot for comments.  If a site gets too few comments it is not going to be seen by many people and may not be worth your time.  On the flipside your comment will never be noticed on a site with 175 comments.  Generally sites that get 5-50 comments for most articles are the ones to aim for.  These sites should have the best mix of volume of visitors and few enough comments that your site won’t be lost in the mix.

Of course if you love the post on a site with lower traffic, there is nothing “wrong” with commenting anyway, just realize you are mainly commenting because you like the site and traffic effects from it will be minimal.  This is not a bad thing, though.

Like many of the techniques I discuss, these methods take work and dedication.  Put on your game face, roll up your sleeves and get ready to work.  To do it the “right” way and get a real positive effect, you need to give consistent effort.

Commentluv/Keywordluv sites

signs of luv

Commentluv and Keywordluv are two popular wordpress plugins.  You shouldn’t make having these the “only” reason you choose to comment –or not comment- but it can certainly be a consideration.

Commentluv is a plugin that allows you to pick between the last 10 posts on your blog for one you would like linked to.  You could do this as a way to get extra links to a specific piece you want to gain backlinks for or because it is apropos to the topic on the blog.  For instance, if I were commenting on a post ABOUT blogging, this article would be an obvious one to link to, but if the article were about SEO, I might find another.

Many blogs link to your name so if I wrote “Steve” as my name the anchortext would read “Steve. “  Having an anchor text like this doesn’t help you to rank for anything meaningful.  Sites that use keywordluv help you rank for whatever keywords you type in after your name, so if I were to log in with (as I usually do) steve@lifestyle design The anchor text for my link becomes “Lifestyle Design.”  This makes the anchor text  better because you have the ability to make it relevant.

The Blog Comments

The comment itself is very important.  A simple comment of “great post” is almost an insult.  It is likely to be viewed as a spam comment that will get you tossed in the spam bin.  At a minimum you should review/rephrase  some of what they said to show that you did in fact read the article.  These is the weakest type of comment and is obvious you are fishing for a link, but it is wholly acceptable.

Funny: If you can come in with a quick witty comment that pertains to the post or the blogger it can be one of the best comments.  It is both quick and it is memorable.

The Argument/debate: You do not have to agree with every word said.  It may be my contrary nature, but I enjoy commenting more when I disagree than any other type of comment.  It does not mean you need to disagree with every word they said, or that they are completely wrong.  Some topics can have two correct approaches learning alternate idea can just deepen someone readings appreciation.The Lolcat made me do it

Presenting a contrary viewpoint is fine; just make sure you are respectful.  If you STRONGLY disagree, it might be better to find another site to comment on.  Flame wars and trolling won’t do any good for a blogger.  As your mother always says, “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

Furthering the conversation: Some topics are very broad.  For the blogger to fully express their idea would take A LOT of space.  They may not have touched on every aspect.  There is nothing wrong with adding additional information.  This could possibly deepen the topic for discussion.  Remember the difference between a blog and a post on a static website is all about these interactions.

Answering a question: Many bloggers end their posts with a question; this is done for one reason: to make it easy for you to comment.  If no other idea inspires your comment, give a nice, complete and full answer to their question

Input your opinion: Your opinion matters.  Remember that.  Do not be to shy to state your opinion.

Ask questions: They say there is no such thing as a dumb question.  I am not sure that is always true.  I have heard a few dumb questions in real life.

All kidding aside though, if there are any questions about what’s presented by the blogger: ask away.  If you have a question you can rest assured a lot of other people share the same question.  Often a blogger will LOVE to answer a good question.  So many posts are canned phrases saying the same thing as the previous four comments.  You can stand out as much with an intelligent question as you can with an intelligent comment.

What comments need to be: Regardless of which one of these methods are used it’s important that certain commenting requirements are met.  The main thing a commenter should be looking to do is to engage readers.  The desire is for the comment to be witty, perceptive, informative, enlightening or big enough to draw the attention of people visiting the blog and get them to in turn visit your site.  It is all about engaging the blog owner and thereby the blog owners audience.

Why Do You Spend a Lot of Time on Blog Commenting?

There are many great reasons for blog commenting.  Here are ten great reasons:

1. Making a name for yourself. Commenting on sites in your niche continuously you will slowly begin to build a name for yourself.  When people think about the niche and the people in it your name will slowly be thrown into the mix.

2. Indirect Visitors. People visiting the site of the blog may follow out your link if they find what you say interesting.

3. Direct Visitors. Most blog owners will go to your site to at least see what you are about after you leave a comment.

4. Finding Ideas. I am not saying to take an idea from anyone, but it is often the questions that are not said that just as important as anything else.  If you see a big gap in information or something that’s NOT well explained it can give a lot of ideas for your own posts.

5. Learning. Reading a lot of blogs means that your chance of finding tiny pieces of knowledge to add to your knowledge database greatly increases.  I feel like a pretty knowledgeable guy, but I am constantly find out little things I haven’t thought of.  The true path to wisdom really is knowing how little you really know.

6. Building Relationships. Relationships are the whole purpose behind blogging, Tweeting, Facebook and the like.  You do not develop a relationship and trust with someone overnight.  It is something that is built layer upon layer.  You never know what someone may be able to do for you or you for them, until you get to know and trust each other.  One of the great ways to build and start a relationship is with communication through blog commenting.  It doesn’t STOP there, but that is where it can start.

7. Gaining Authority. When you have the knowledge to comment with depth and authority that knowledge can be conveyed to your “brand” over time.

8. Paying it forward. We all have people that helped us out when we started, if you can help out someone who is starting you are paying it forward.  Not only are you gaining someone who will be loyal to you because you went above and beyond to help them, but cosmically you are evening the balance. Because most of us have had someone who went out of their way to help us.

9. Backlinks. When you leave comments on most blogs you at least get a backlink.  As long as the blog is not a “nofollow” blog you will get a link to your site that will help to rank your site higher in Google search results

10. Commentluv/Keywordluv Link: With commentluv or keywordluv links you get a link that is far more targeted than the average link.  Either by being targeted to a specific keyword or giving you a choice of your previous posts to link to or both.

Things to Avoid When Blog Commenting

Spam is badI am sure none of you need to be told of the things NOT to do when blog commenting, but I will take a quick moment for them anyhow.

*  Do not be negative.  Disagreeing is fine, but be cordial and polite or say nothing at all.

*  Say something constructive. A simple “Great Post” and leave is an insult.  Take the time to at least let the blogger know you took the time to read the post since they took the time to write it.  It is best if you can really engage and say something that furthers the conversation.

* Do not use foul language.  Personally I have no problem with most “R” rated curse words, but when visiting someone else’s site, unless you know THEY are comfortable with it, avoid using foul language.  Think of a blog like someone’s home; they invite you in and you should treat it with respect, doing otherwise will simply damage you reputation.

* Do not be too “spammy. “  Unless there is a very specific post that will exactly clarify a very specific problem avoid linking back to yourself.  You get enough links with commentluv and keywordluv.  Do not get greedy.

* Give respect to the website owner/administrator.  As said above, you are on their turf and no one is forcing you to comment.  There are a few blogs I choose not to comment on.

What You Need for Blog Commenting:

You own Blog/Website.  You DO NOT actually need a blog of your own.  “Website” is almost always an optional field.  But if you are doing commenting  to gain blog traffic and/or links to your website or blog, it certainly helps to have something that can be linked to.

Email address is almost always needed.  Most people have one these days, but a simple Hotmail or Gmail address will do fine.

Gravatar image. Not having a Gravatar image won’t “stop” you from being able to comment or post, but it decreases the efficiency of all your efforts.  For one thing it hurts “branding”  There will be a whole future lesson on branding, so I will not “go there” for now.

For now you should think of it as how serious you seem.  With no Gravatar most blog owners will look a little more carefully in deciding if your post is spam or not.  Without a Gravatar image most bloggers will never see your comment if you have a good comment that gets sent to spam.  It is not “needed”  but it is highly recommended.

Traffic Building through Blog Commenting Examples

This blog is gifted to have many examples of great commentators.  I am now going to use my gift of prophecy…

Azeroth  Gobble D Gook, Shamalama ding-dong

There, I have pierced the veil of time and foreseen that each one of the ones mentions below, as well as many other great people who am getting to know, have left killer comments below.

You didn’t know I could see the future too, didja?

These are just a mix of a few of the great commentators for this site.  Some have been commenting for a while, some for a relatively short bit.  They have all proven to be consistent and leave quality comments.  Thanks: Fran, Ryan, Tristan,  Mark, Dia, Matthew, Steve, Adam, Daniel and Jimi.  These are just a few also.  I have at least a dozen more people that I would say are great commentators.  Look below into the comments and you will see some of them too, I am sure.

Three Great Commentator Examples

For the final section of this mammoth post I want to highlight three people who I think epitomize commenting, and each represent a great style.

Murray-   Murray doesn’t comment every day.  But when he does I know it will highlight something I missed or delve into a deeper aspect of the subject.   Sometimes it may be off the wall, but it’s always enjoyable.  Murray leaves the type of comments that are fun to reply to, because they are fresh and make me think.

Patricia-  If you have a website and it’s in the English language you have probably received a sweet nice comment from Patricia.  I talk about doing 20 comments a day, which is a goal I really strive for.  Sometimes I reach it, sometimes I do not.  It seems that every site I visit, Patricia has been there with a comment first.  My guess is she does 40-50 a day.  There is absolutely no wonder in my mind at all why her site is inundated with caring visitors.  She cares and it shows. People care back.

The Vizier-  I was out one evening trying to find strange mysterious sites to comment on.  I visited someone’s site, I left a comment and never got one back so I never went back, but while on that site I saw another comment.  The comment was nearly twice as long as the post and explained it far better than the original poster.  Like a moth to a flame I was drawn to Irving’s (the Vizier) site to read his posts and comment.

When it comes down to it I can think of no better example of what a good comment CAN do.

Great 1000 word comments are not the norm.  I don’t expect them daily or even want them daily (for that makes me respond in kind).  Yet they are awesome when they come.  It can be like extra content chucked to the readers who care.

Please comment on commenting.  Do you have more to add?  Ideas and perspectives I have missed.  Are you one of the 20 or so great commentator’s that I didn’t mention?  Please comment below.  Remember: at very least you get a nice big fat dofollow backlink.

Once you are done commenting you have your to do your homework assignment for the week.  If you don’t already, try to go out and leave quality comments on 20 sites a day.  That will be 140 comments by this time next week.  Make sure at least 75-80 of those are on distinct individual sites.  If you have been doing a lot less than that each week please let me know how much your traffic increased over the week.

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Ryan Biddulph

Hi Steve,

A super comprehensive commenting post here. Thanks for sharing your insight and the kind mention :)

Your mention of indirect visitors is money. I’ve received many readers who specifically mentioned they found my comments on other blogs. Each creative, thoughtful act is prospered in some way, shape or form.

When commenting always try to make an impact. As in *always.* Never rush through any comment because you never know who you are impressing or unimpressing with your take.

Treat a comment like a piece of content: introduction, body and conclusion. Take your time! Craft each comment thoughtfully. Try to note something the author said to indicate that you actually read the post (most bloggers like this ;)

Have a powerful day!

RB

Steve Scott

Great point on treating an comment like a post with intro/body/summary. Even though I had literary diarrhea and clocked in over 3000 words, I failed to mention that. (as well as 1-2 more MINOR things) figuring that 3k words was comprehensive enough :)

Plus I hope they will all be brought up in comments which is the perfect thing for an article about comments, after all!

marlon @ productivity bits

Commenting is a sure way of getting traffic. I’ve seen this personally. The lesser I comment, the lesser I get traffic. But you’re right. That should not be the first reason why you need to comment. And that is what I am doing. I haven’t been commenting lately because I don’t have the time to read posts, hence I have nothing to comment about.

Steve Scott

Less commenting will certainly decrease people coming back to your site. Ultimately it does boil down to how much free time you have though.

From my previous post I mentioned I like a lot of posts each week. If these posts are made at the expense of not commenting, then there should be less, until the blog gets bigger. It is a careful balancing act in a away.

Murlu

In my opinion – commenting isn’t my favorite traffic tactic (although it does work) – the problem is that there’s often a 1:1 trade between the bloggers. What I mean is that you generally get the same people because although CommentLuv shows your post; it seems that not many people click through.

That’s not to say that blog commenting isn’t bad – I think it’s better used to show authority and make a connection with fellow bloggers (which can later lead to promoting posts through social media).

For example: I have roughly 70 blogs within my RSS which I consider my “100 Influence” (I’m aiming for 100 related blogs/bloggers to build a relationship with). It’s a lot of commenting every day but it goes beyond building links and a bit of traffic – it puts me on the radar of other bloggers which allows me to have a better networking potential.

In all, just remember to ALWAYS provide something of great value in your comment because you’re essentially leaving a little marketing message behind with you. Someone may find your comment years later and come to your blog.

Steve Scott

You make a good point. At first I was randomly targetting a lot of people to try to comment on. I still try to comment on an interesting looking persons blog every so often, but not with the frequency I did when I started out.

I think it is the lifecycle of a blog. Starting out you are trying to find those other bloggers that connect with and vice versa over time this narrows down to a list of a about 70-100 like you said. Commenting on 100 different blogs each week really fills the “qouta” they do not have to be 100 separate blogs you have never been to before.

You are absolutely right, I metionsed backlinks as almost an after thought in this post. It is a factor and a worth consideration, but not the Primary reason to do it.

IMO the main reasons are get noticed (most important for newer blogs) and like you said building credibility, relevance and authority for a little older blogs.

Fran Aslam

Hi Steve:

You have expressed your great experiences and insights that is the real juice for people to learn from.

Your blog post is cool, extensive, and composed as a great write up besides all the traffic information which is hard to find.

And one more thing, thanks for mentioning me in the post too.

All the best

Steve Scott

Thanks Fran I am gald you liked it and are enjoying the series. :)

Ryan Renfrew

Hey Steve,

Thanks for the third installment, I am really enjoying the Get More Traffic Blueprint. Loving the print PDF function. Very handy.

Thanks for highlighting the benefits of commentluv and keyword luv. Im getting right on it.

Steve Scott

The print PDF function was actually a recommendation from Karen @ http://www.ameaningfulexistence.com/ . I agree I think it is a great idea.

You may catch a few more spammers with the plugins but they give a lot more quality to commenters when you have it installed, and it makes commenting ON those blogs much more appealing.

It shouldn’t be the ONLY reason you comment but it is a nice like check box in the plus column.

Lye Kuek Hin

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the comprehensive guide on blog commenting. I have been guilty of not commenting on 20 blogs. I agree with Murlu that building relationship by commenting is far more important than directing traffic. To compensate that, i am using Twitter to have a conversation with other bloggers.

However, blog commenting is definitely a good way to start attracting traffic for new bloggers as you place yourself immediately on the radar of other readers. Commenting is also an art. To craft a special and unique comment need extra effort and also our knowledge on the subject.

Thanks for sharing.

Lye

Steve Scott

Lye,

There is certainly a balance, you want to get your name out there and get noticed but I agree it can sometimes be just as important to make connections and have conversations.

I also agree it is a stronger tactic for newer bloggers as older blogger may have 60-100 people in their rough, “circle” and commenting communicating with them can give a lot of places to comment and be seen anyway (as an indirect result)

The Vizier

Hi Steve,

Thank you very much for that honourable mention! Here I am just getting ready to step out of the house this morning to hit the gym, but your post really strikes a chord with me. This is not because you have devoted one paragraph to talking about me, but because you have mentioned many of the things I agree with.

Again you have written an excellent post and this is by far the easiest article to read because I do so many of the things you mention. I agree that we should try to leave at least 20 comments a day if that is possible. The idea is to aim for the stars so that if we miss, we land on the moon. It is better to leave comments on as many blogs as possible than to leave too few comments. I feel that comments should always come from the heart and who knows what kind of new relationships you can form just by leaving a well thought out comment from time to time? That for me is the joy of commenting and with this mindset in mind, it is easier to leave comments that are “nearly twice as long as the post.” But I won’t want to try to outdo you today. :P

Just a final point. In my favourite novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a minor warlord Zhang Xiu was trying to decide which of the major warlords to side in an upcoming clash. In one corner, dominating the northern region of China, with a huge army, advisors, generals and supplies at his command was Yuan Shao. In the other corner, with a much smaller army was the up and coming warlord Cao Cao. Zhang Xiu was inclined to merge his forces with Yuan Shao. But his advisor Jia Xu advised against it. Jia Xu pointed out that Yuan Shao was already well established and so he would hardly recognize Zhang Xiu’s war efforts amongst his many retainers. Cao Cao on the other hand needed all the help he could get and more importantly, his forces had talent and were more united than Yuan Shao’s. Zhang Xiu followed Jia Xu’s advice and Cao Cao did emerge victorious over Yuan Shao at the critical battle of Guan Du like David over Goliath. Although Zhang Xiu faded into obscurity, Jia Xu went on to serve as a trusted advisor of Cao Cao for knowing how to read the times.

As you have rightly pointed out Steve, it is better to comment on an up and coming quality website that you find interesting. When there are less comments, each comments is a valuable commodity that is bound to be noticed and appreciated. But if you were to compete against many commentators, it would be very hard to stand out amongst the 100s of comments. A blog with 5-50 comments as you say is very much ideal. This principle has guided me and can be applied to many areas in life apart from commenting.

Thank you for sharing this great post! :)

Irving aka the Vizier

Steve Scott

Irving,

I agree, sometimes 20 is a bit of a “pie in the sky goal” I often do not make it. But I try just about every day. And I can crtainly correlate some increases with visitors around days when I made it.

OOO doubling up a 3k word post in comments would be rough…even for you ;)

I probably should read that book sometime. I remember growing up there used to be a video game I loved called Romance of the Three Kingdoms which didn’t deal that much in the exact history but did background it a little bit. It was my favorite Strategy Game until Civilization came out.

Thanks for the great and well thought out comment, as always.

The Vizier

Steve,

You don’t even have to purchase that book. In fact, here is the online version which you can go through at your leisure. Uhm….you just need to ignore the pictures of Bush and Colin Powell at the top, the book is below. Personally, I like the story from chapter 38 onwards. I always found the first part boring and did not care much for Cao Cao, the most powerful warlord of China. I prefer the underdogs.

And if you ever need help with the 1000s of characters in the book, check out Kong Ming Archives for everything you could possibly want to know about Three Kingdoms. It has games, forums, biographies and so on.

Haha, I am not saying you must read the book, just being helpful since you expressed an interest. :P

Have you played Civilization V btw? I always preferred more action packed grand strategy games like the Total War Series.

Irving

Dia

Hi Steve,

This is the best post that I have read about commenting so far. Great job my friend. I personally need to do more commenting. I have around 20-30 blogs that I visit. I have to work on finding and commenting on more blogs. You know Steve, you just gave me an idea, I’m going to make sure that I get to 100 blogs and visit and comment on all of them every 2 days, at least the ones that do add content regularly. Thanks for the mention and sharing my friend :)

Steve Scott

Glad you liked it Dia.

Being proactive and commenting is one sure way to up your traffic. I think of it similarly to going up and introducing yourself to people, many people will not become friends but some will and you never know which is which until you take a shot.

Tristan

Wow. It’s amazing how you can predict the future like that, Steve! And thanks for including a link back to ol’ BB. I really appreciate it.

Commenting has worked wonders for my blog. It’s hard work and there’s no magic bullet trick to it, but it does indeed work for getting new traffic, comments, and subscribers.

I think you pretty much covered it with this post. I think the single most important bit of information here is “Proper blog commenting is about expanding your reach.” I think that if you keep this in mind, everything else about your blog commenting will fall into place.

I need to expand my reach more by commenting on more blogs that I don’t usually comment on. I need them new readers! In fact, right now I’m off to comment on 20 new blogs that I’ve never commented on before.

Again, another awesome post, Steve. You’re on a roll!

PS, I happen to own KeywordLuv.com, so if anyone reading this wants their KeywordLuv enabled site listed there, let me know :D I’m in the process of (very slowly) redoing it and would like to have a directory there.

Patricia@lavenderuses

Wow didn’t know KeywordLuv.com was yours. You really are one talented guy. Will pop over and add my name to your directory.

BTW a friend set it up for me and I think it’s great.

Patricia Perth Australia

Tristan

I didn’t create the KeywordLuv plugin, I just happen to be an active domainer :) I’ve bought and sold hundreds of domain names and KeywordLuv.com is one I recently stumbled upon and kept.

And there isn’t a directory there yet. I need to add one. Consider that item 3,452 on the list of things to do!

Steve Scott

Rock on Tristan.

I know for sure you “get” the comment thing too. I have certainly seen more than enough solid comments from you on other blogs I have visited, and I am sure that is an important factor to your rapid growth.

I did feel that both “great content” and “comment” were two of the more overdone topics that people post about, but If I am s=discussing Buiding traffic they had to be mentioned because they are the single two most important factors. I wanted to hit commenting really in depth so I never needed to do it again. Hopefully I did that :)

Patricia@lavenderuses

Hi Steve

Firstly thanks for the mention. I wish I could visit 40 blogs a day. I aim for 20 but sometimes do 30, sometimes do less. Cos of my non-techie brain I do it all manually so takes me more than an hour a day!!!

As you know, I don’t seem to be able to write short comments lol Probably why it takes me so long to get around all the blogs I visit. I am visiting more new blogs and widening my circle within the blogging community.

So much to learn and the more I visit, the more I am learning. I love your writing style and really enjoyed this informative post. Looking forward to the next post. No pressure Steve ;-)

Patricia Perth Australia

Tristan

Patricia, I think that 20 in an hour is great! I average 10 to 12 an hour, so way to be speedy!

Steve Scott

I agree with Tristan, 20 in an hour IS great. My first draft said 2-2 1/2 hours to do 20. Because that is what it takes me, I am not the worlds speediest typist though, so I figure some people can do it quicker than me and I did not want it to sound too daunting.

As for doing it manually, comments are something that HAVE to be done manually as far as I am concerned. If you cannot put a personal touch to it, it is not worth doing, it is just spam.

Thanks for a wonderful comment Patricia! :)

Patricia@lavenderuses

What I meant by manually I don’t have blogs in my RSS feed cos I wouldn’t know how to do that; so I scroll down Twitter and also go to blogs I know.

So some days takes longer than others to find posts I want to read and comment on. Hours are spent some days, just to go round the ones I want to read. Still meeting lots of amazing people and learning heaps. I am a speedy typist which is just as well or I would be commenting all day lol

Patricia Perth Australia

Steve Scott

Gotcha,

I did it sort of manually myself for a while. I just had a list of blogs I have commented on on excel and would delete people after a while. Over time this got unwieldy though and I went back to using feeds.

My Twitter is still too much of a mess to use well. I will be building lists there soon and that could be a viable way to do things.

Jimi Jones

Great post! (okay, I’m done). LOL

But seriously, this is a killer post on commenting.
I agree that having a strategy for spreading yourself around the net is really important. I keep a file on my desktop with a list of sites to visit regularly. Additionally I am always out hunting for new sites.

My reason is two-fold, spread myself around the net and expand my reach while building new relationships and to locate a mix of up and coming and seasoned bloggers who generate great content. I use a portion of what I find to generate my Sunday Seven series.

Here is a quick tip for finding really nice blogs and post. Create a Paper.li newspaper from your Twitter list. It’s a great way to gather up a ton of content into a single document. You don’t have to publish the paper, there are too many out now to be honest, but use it as a resource. I currently have 3 that I use for finding places to go, publishing only one.

If you go this route you’ll have to PDF them because they change every 24 hours, overwriting the same url. I file them by date.

I’ve been upping my game on commenting in terms of the number of blogs I visit. Currently I’m hitting about 10 daily but will go for the 20 as suggested here. I’d like to dedicate about 90 minutes daily to this as soon as I get clear of a couple of projects.

In closing I have to acknowledge Patricia. I agree with you, she’s everywhere. :-) I arrive on a site and think I’ve discovered something new and there she is, sitting in the sidebar. Love her dedication.

Thanks for the post, Steve. You have a really nice community here and I look forward to seeing everyone grow their blogs and businesses into something special.

Steve Scott

The paper.li is a good tip. I made one for sng’s a couple of weeks back, but to be honest I have only looked at it once or twice. You are right, this could be a tremendous resource if used the right way.

20 is sort of an arbitrary number but it is high enough that it is not easy to do. If you are able to make 20 you know you are really spreading your reach. And if you can even come close to that daily, you are visiting one heck of a lot of site and increasing your reach.

About Patricia, I agree, even though she says she “tries” for 30, I still think higher, because I agree, I find a blog that i suddenly discover…and there she is…lol…. it is almost scary

Zengirl @ heart and mind

Steve,

I learn a lot from your post and this is good example of it.

You are so right, I have seen Murry, Patricia and Irving(Viziar) comments and I agree. Commenting thoughtful comments always brings traffic but it can be very time consuming for some. I comment whenever I think I have something to add.

I am into leisure blogging so I can get away with it, of course I do not make money either so there :-)

Thanks for the insights Steve.
Preeti

Steve Scott

Preeti,

Glad you liked the post.

It can certainly be time consuming. I do agree to, every post does not require or inspire a comment. Sometimes people say everything pretty well and it is hard to think or anything besides “great post” to say…sometimes quality ISN’T good and better not to say anything rather than insult. so if I comment on 20, I read 30 (at least). Fortunateley I am a very fast reader, even if I am a slow typist.

The “overboard” nature of comment comment comment is certainly geared toward making a financial success out of a blog as fast as possible. I really enjoy blogging. I am not a “profit” off of it yet (I make money, but I spend it on some outsourcing too), but that is my goal, so I am working toward that.

For those doing it just for enjoyment the arbitrary 20 number is just that: arbitrary. It is a good idea to still go out and try to spread your reach and visit strange places and comment every so often, though.

John McNally

Whew! 20 a day is a lot more than I expected Steve, but I like having targets, so 20 it is. This will take me a lot longer than an hour, I reckon more like 2 or 3 hours. I’m like Patricia I do it all manually, in fact I didn’t know you could automate it?…..Any advice please.

I have a list of around 40/50 blogs I visit regularly, and try and find new ones via interesting comments (proving the worth of commenting). However I waste a lot of time waiting for a slow-loading blog, only to find they haven’t posted anything new, so I’m off to another slow loading blog……Just realised, perhaps I need a new computer. :o

I’m hoping some of your other traffic generating tips will be less time-consuming, but somehow I doubt it. ;-)

John

Steve Scott

20 is a lofty goal, I would be lieing if I said I make it everyday, but it is a goal and a doable one with effort.

2-3 hours may be right. I was lowballing the number to not “scare” people. I figure it takes me 2-2.5 hours to do 20 comments. I am a fairly slow typist so I am sure some people could do it in 1-1.5 hours, but that really may be “best case”.

There is not “good” way to automate commenting. Automated commenting is just spamming. What you can do is use a free program like feeddemon for all your “regular” sites to make sure you do not waste time going to ones that have not updated.

If you haven’t used feeddemon yet it is not too complicated. you can input the feed (or even the URL and it will “find” the feed. this will give you a list of all the last posts for the site. If you “mark read” the ones you have seen you should have a pretty good idea of new posts

You can also make nice folders by general topics of posts like “seo”, “lifestyle design”, “personal development”, “Friends”, “misc” or whatever the heck you desire to call them.

This makes it a little easier to not waste time on those slow loading sitesthat haven’t updated.

You may be in luck….Though I consider this one of the most important ones with the biggest effect…It also may be the most time consuming. the others take effort too…but not as much as 2 hours a day…everyday

John McNally

Thanks for ‘feedemon’ Steve that looks perfect if it also tells me where I have been, and who has updated their blog. 8)

I commented on 20 blogs today, and it took me AGES. :o I will get quicker, but I don’t like the idea of having to work every day, so I’m going for 100 a week. That way I can have 2 days off for doing other things.

I like round numbers and 100 sounds a lot better than 140, and I think I can achieve this, which is important. For me 140 would be setting myself up to fail.

I think I will need those two days off for your next traffic gathering technique. :lol:

John

Steve Scott

100 Should be a fine goal. As long as you are pushing. You are definietely right, it does get quicker with time too, but it is never an “easy” goal. At least not if your comments are worthwhile :)

Kimi

When i do blog commenting, i tend to be honest and tell people what i really think.

Sometimes i edit and erase them, because i dont want to sound “rude”.

However in my blog, i love the most the honest comments and not just, good work keep it up thing.

I also love Murray’s comment :-)

Steve Scott

Honesty is good. A lot better than synchophantic, “you are right” to everything. I DO think it should be done politely. I usually will just avoid commenting on sites where I “strongly” disagree, because the temptation to lead off strong with, “listen here you idiot…” would be too too much.

I would even say I like spirited debate and polite disagreement, which is one reason I like Murrays site and his comments here, he and I do not always agree 100%, but I think he always makes valid points and I enjoy a little dissent.

Thanks for the comment Kimi.

Alex@Jocuri

Hi Steve,
Commenting is something every blogger should do because it has so many benefits.
It can expand your internet social circle, you can build links if there are dofollow and of course it can help you grow your authority not to mention that once you are a part of a blogging community the help you will get is priceless.

Also, I don’t think you should have a goal on how many comments you should do in a particular day. For example I always watch my feedly to see what interesting titles there are and I keep those while I hide the others this way I don’t have to force myself to write a comment I just write it because I really liked that topic or had a genuine interest in it.

Patricia, in my opinion is someone that should teach us more about connecting with other fellow bloggers, and her secret about interacting with so many blogs daily!

Steve Scott

YOu may be right. 20 is an arbitrary number. I still think it is a good rough goal, though. ON those days when your feed does not have enough interesting seeming comment you could strive to visit a few people who you have not seen before and see if they have anything interesting to say.

It does not need to be written in blood, and I would be lieing if I said I even made the goal number EVERYDAY myself, but it is a goal and I think it is good to have some sort of a goal for that daily.

I agree, I would probably buy a Patricia, “here is how to comment and interact on 40 sites a day” product :)

Fran Aslam

Hi Steve:

I agree with all the comments it is a great analysis of comments, its effects on blogs. and to add more you have added examples and its details.

I read your post today again and found some more than yesterday. You have even added a printer button to print the post, so it can be used for future references.

Lately your posts have information that is hard to find anywhere else where, as you write after experiencing, so this kind of information is more valuable to use .

Wow you are completely dedicated to Internet Marketing, it is time you write a book that is published on kindle, paper and as an ebook, so every one can read it and it becomes the book of the year, or the best published book of the year.

franA

Steve Scott

LOL,

That would be great. Having a real published print book IS something I want. I figure that is a bit down the road a bit though. I have no doubts that I have to up my exposure and some facility writing before that will happen.

I HAVE been playing around with the idea of releasing Kindle versions. That process really is not that hard, So I may take a shot there in a few months.

Susan@Home Workout

This is great, Steve! I have been doing this for about 1.5 years now and it has only been in the last month or so that I have really started blog commenting on other people’s blogs. I am sorry to say that I did it when I found a blog with commentluv. It has been a great way to get other bloggers back to my site. Thanks for the lofty goal of 20 comments per day. I like aiming high. Oh, and just to comment about Patricia’s post above, this got WAY easier once I filed all the blogs I want to comment on or read in my reader.

Steve Scott

Ya, Using a feed does make it easier, that is for sure. As your blog grows bigger the efficiency of doing the 20 posts decreases, but to get noticed it is simply hands down one of the best methods to start.

on aside note. I did notice your site crashed this last week….I guess that is what the post linked above is about…will be reading it once I catch up on few more commets. (2 days behind mow…I have to move stuff into my new place)

Ralph@retirementlifestyle

Steve,
I just decided to step up my commenting (since I learned that that is how my readers found me- not Google). Those metrics are useful. I see that stepping up is really stepping up. An hour a day and 20 comments is not chopped liver. 80 sites to follow. No wonder I’m going nowhere. I’m a lazy bum!

Steve Scott

Ralph,

Yup google does bring some, particularly as your profile and collection of articles grow. But not nearly as much as commenting. Particularly until you get that large initial group of initial followers.

Mark of Success

Steve,

First of all, Thank You for including me in the special mention of those who leave quality comments.

You make some great points in this post. One thing that I would like to touch upon is about the types of comments. I personally prefer to go for the argument/debate type of comments when I find that something does not resonate with my opinions. You see, more than 90% (probably 95%) of commentators jut agree with what has been said, and just throw around a bulk of appreciation.

I personally believe that, in order to get value out of the comments, there must be a healthy debate. However, unfortunately, many bloggers seem to prefer to only receive comments that shower praises, and do not even respond to comments that disagree (even to a slight extent) with what is being said in the post. No wonder you see a huge number of commentators just pouring words of praise, and effectively not providing any additional value to the topic.

Just my opinion there.

Cheers,
Mark

Steve Scott

Nothing wrong with a little dissention. I actually like it when I can disagree a little bit too. It should be polite though (as I am sure you are). saying “your ideas are stupid and you do not know WTF you are talking about” is pointless. But picking one area you disagree with or can ad to are often the best places ways to comment. Sometimes, everything IS said that is agreeable. Savvy posters will sometimes leave an argument intentionally one sided though, since there can be healthy conversation then.

AstroGremlin@superheroes

I had no idea that 20 comments a day was the target. Holy mackerel, that’s a lot of commenting. I noticed that you are a fan of the novel Replay. I try to get all my friends to read it since it is so mind bending. I suspect you are a fan of Groundhog Day, too. I had an idea for a book: all the missing scenes from Groundhog Day — you know he must have tried everything. But I digress from the topic of commenting. Your site has some material I had not found elsewhere, specifically, on e-books and all the details of marketing them. And this article really clued me in.

Steve Scott

Thanks man! Glad you liked it. And yes…I love “Groundhog day” Some Funny shit. And like you I try to put out the word about Replay a little bit and get people to give it a chance. It is so under-appreciated (IMO) Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

Jimmy/Life Architect

Hi Steve,

I am into your third lesson here already in a day. Hope I am not irritating you with my learning desires.

So far in my commenting journey, I find that the greatest threat to my time management is been sucked away. From one post, you could look for another person’s blog to leave a comment. Then from that blog, it could lead to another and another… By the time you realize it, you have lost the original person you started with in the first place. I find it quite an insult actually, but you are sure locking in the comments.

What I do now, is to discipline myself to only find one other relevant blog to comment on and then quickly go back to the original. That way, I am in the presence of that first blog. Like I am doing it here with yours. Commenting can be a real black hole out there – sucking you away to eternality.

Question: Can you explain how RSS feed works and how i can use this to improve my blog?

Cheers

Steve Scott

Jimmy,

You stated a true problem and then stated the answer to it: RSS Feeds. Definitely get a feed of our own. here is an easy video I found that will help (if you do not know) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y-rzo2-98M

The way an RSS feed helps is tracking those blogs you like. I have a list of blogs in my Feedreader (I use feeddemon, but google reader and others also good) When someone posts a NEW article I can read it in my feedreader. Pretty simple: it makes browsing sites I like and are related to my topic easy. Once a blog is in a feed you will get the new updates for posts until you take it out or they stop posting. You can also separate by “types” of blogs this way. It is just a tool to track those great blogs you want to comment on again and again.

People often pay more attention to “new” post comments too. So RSS gives people another way to read your blog and hopefully not forget about it if you happen to not post for a week AND as a user of a feedreader it helps you organize and remember those blogs you like.

Hope that helps

Steve

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