Blog Commenting has been a great tool for those involved in online marketing since the invention of blogs back in the late 1990′s. If you read this blog commenting article, you will find tools that can be used to find blogs to comment on.
It would seem however that since the introduction of the nofollow tag, blog commenting has fallen out of favour – but to be perfectly frank, just looking at blog commenting from a site’s page rank building point of view is pretty short sighted. It misses the whole point of blog commenting!
Blog commenting is supposed to be about interaction with the person who’s written the article. As a reward for writing a constructive comment, you are given the ability to link back to your own website. If you are lucky, you might also be able to use html in the comment area. It is therefore worth your while to take the time to blog comment the right way. It’s not difficult, it’s common sense!
Let’s be clear, commenting on blogs isn’t just about increasing your site’s search engine result page listings. Yes of course when you comment on blogs you will / might benefit from increased search engine result page listing; especially if the blog that you are commenting on is dofollow, and allows you to use keywords instead of your name in the name /or html in the comment imput area (see above image) when you make a comment.
One of the biggest things that is overlooked with blog commenting is that you will also generate visitors to your site via your comment. Real visits from people who have clicked on your name / links attributed to you when you post a comment that has been approved on someone else’s blog.
Of course commenting on a blog that has a high page rank and still uses dofollow is possibly the holy grail of blog commenting, but if you’re looking for a boost in blog visitor traffic that isn’t dependant on your site’s search engine result pages, blog commenting is an absolute must. If you comment on posts on a popular blog, you will generate click thrus from visitors checking out your site / links after reading your comments. These click thrus will continue for months and years after you made the initial comment. They are a residual web traffic source, the more you comment, the more referral traffic your site will get.
Previously when talking about the direct click thrus generated by blog commenting, it seemed as if these click thrus were considered a ‘billy bonus’. Yes we got click thrus and referral traffic from the blogs, but generally the information was all about ‘gaming’ the search engines to improve SERPs.
I consider blog commenting to be an additional and vitally important web traffic source.
Referral traffic from sources outside of the search engines ensures that your site’s web traffic eggs aren’t all in one basket. If the worse came to the worse, your site would still get visitors from these referral sources. Blog commenting is one of a number of resources you should be using for web site traffic generation.
Blog commenting takes time, anything that is worth doing properly takes time. Don’t be lazy, don’t use software to post your blog commenting campaign, I’ve not seen a spun article / comment that looks real, they usually look like they’ve been written by someone who’s first language isn’t English! Of course that doesn’t mean that you can’t save relevant details such as your name / keywords and link details etc on something like Roboform.
Below you will find a quick guide on how to comment on blogs and ensure that you are blog commenting effectively.
Blog Commenting Guide
OK, first things when talking about blog commenting, I’m not talking about spam comments or mass commenting on blogs with generic ‘great post’ type comments using some software or other.
Any blog owner worth their salt won’t allow your comment if you use generic crap comments. They will probably click the spam button next to your comment. This will mean that whenever you comment on blogs in the future, your blog comment will be immediately filtered in to a spam folder and will probably be deleted without being added to the blog post in question.
The rule of thumb when blog commenting is to think to yourself would you allow the comment if it was your blog? Does the comment add to the post, is it constructive or informative? If you can answer yes to these basic questions, then more than likely the person who owns the blog will thinks so too.
On or off topic?
There’s a load of pap written about off topic commenting in relation to your site’s niche… Sorry, but I don’t agree with the most of it. If you can write a constructive comment on the blog post, then you are entitled to comment on it if the blog owner has a comment section on their site. My interests are wide and varied, as I imagine are yours, so if there’s a post on a site that covers a specific hobby of mine, there is no reason why I wouldn’t comment on it and include a link to my site. You should not be scared to comment either.
But that being said, you will probably be better off starting commenting on blogs related to your site’s topic / niche. There are millions of blogs, the chances are that you will find several thousand that are related to your site before you even have to start using your hobbies to generate blog posts to leave comments on.
So how do you find blogs posts that you can add comments to?
There are a loads of ways to find blogs that allow comments, do a search in google and use ‘footprints’ to find blogs that allow comments – include the speechmarks;
“Add New Comment”
“add a comment”
“Leave a comment”
‘Leave a Reply’ ‘Name “(required)”‘ ‘Mail (will not be published) “(required)”‘ ‘Website’
“Reply or Comment”
“Post new comment”
“Login or register to post comments”
“Login or register to post or rate comments”
“Sign in to comment on this entry”
“Write a comment”
“respond to post”
“Leave a Reply”
“Please login to be post comments!”
“Comments (You may use HTML tags for style)”
“Post a Comment:”
“blog comments powered by Disqus”
“Comments: (You may use HTML tags for style)”
“Leave a new comment”
“Comment on the Post”
“Enter your comment:”
“Comments on this entry:”
“post a comment”
“Sign in to comment on this entry.”
“Notify me when new comments are posted”
“You must be registered and logged in to leave comments.”
“Notify me of followup comments via e-mail”
“Enter this code to prove you are not a robot:”
Prefix each footprint with the ‘keyword’ that relates to your topic / niche. You could also if you wanted further drill down to the type of site that you are wanting to comment on by adding to the footprints;
Or whatever extension you wanted to specifically target.
There is also a really great free tool that you can use here;
Drop My Link
Another great tool for finding blogs to comment on is Google Reader. Google Reader will even show you how many subscribers each individual blog has. A blog that has a large number of subscribers will potentially drive a large and regular number of visitors via referral click thrus to your site if you write a constructive comment on a post.
Go to Google Reader and then click the link to browse the directory, click search and then type in your topic keyword or niche. It will then give you results of blogs that are listed by Google relating to the niche and tell you alongside how many subscribers each blog has. So in the imaginary example below using Google Reader I have searched on the term ‘tennis’;
Blog Commenting Guide – google reader
Google Reader spits out the blogs that it has listed in it’s directory that relate to the term tennis and gives the title, a short description of each blog and the number of subscribers that have subscribed to the blog in question using Google Reader.
Another great way to discover blogs that you can add a comment on is via the directory over at Technorati. Technorati is the grand daddy of blog directories and you will find 1000′s of decent blogs that you can comment on listed in their blog directory.
So that’s about it as far as blog commenting is concerned. Basically in my opinion, you shouldn’t be too bothered about whether a blog is no or dofollow. Either way you will benefit. Also having a spread of dofollow and nofollow links pointing back to your site looks natural to the search engines. If all your links are from dofollow sites, the chances are Google may think that something fishy is going on and penalise your site.
The most important thing is that you build links from a variety of sources. Blog commenting is just one of those sources that you should use.
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