Techniques To Make Blog Commenting Easier, Worth It and Enjoyable

While blog commenting is only but a part of your online / blogging business strategy that should be helping you get closer to your main goal of making income from blogging, a smart move will be to develop a blog commenting technique that is both productive and also delivers SEO, social and overall business benefits. This ready-made blog commenting technique that will help you stay productive, yet get the most SEO, traffic and social benefits whenever you comment on blogs. Read on.

 

Effective Blog Commenting Techniques To Increase SEO and Social Benefits

While blog commenting is only but a part of your online / blogging business strategy that should be helping you get closer to your main goal of making income from blogging, a smart move will be to develop a blog commenting technique that is both productive and also delivers SEO, social and overall business benefits.

Below is a simple framework to adapt or customize as your own blog commenting technique.

  • Kill 2 birds with one stone – multi-task. Learn new things while commenting.
    • Write down the topics you are weak at or want to learn
    • Write down a list of 5 – 10 blogs that you can learn that from
    • Focus on those for your commenting for the week (Do this every week, to add to the list or remove).
  • Write a list of 10 blogs (more if you can) that you find interesting.
  • Weekly Blog Commenting Planner: Fit these blogs into your weekly blog commenting tour, as per your written plan of action for productive blog commenting. See below for details on how to setup a weekly blog commenting planner.
  • Build your ‘inner circle blog commenting buddies’:
    • Look around your blog commenting tribe (or around other bloggers you have established a relationship with); identify 5 to 10 other bloggers/ marketers you would want to contact to be your blog commenting buddies.
    • Fit these bloggers into your blog commenting plan
    • Expose their posts to your social media friends so that they can get more chances to get more comments from your audience.

Automating Promotion of Buddies’ Blogs

Here’s how to automate this task, hands-free:

  • Feed their blog URL into your TwitterFeed or Dlvr.It
  • Set it at once or twice a day (ensure this is a reciprocal agreement to avoid someone cheating – they also feed yours the same time settings; agree to let the other party know when you want out of the agreement, so that they can reset their TwitterFeed).

Steps To Setup a Blog Commenting Calendar/ Planner

Method 1: Blog Commenting Weekly Planner

  1. Set a time and day, duration per week for commenting and stick to it; do not spend longer than scheduled.
  2. List blogs you want to comment on in a weekly planner. You may want to join a blogging tribe like Dani MacGrath’s invite only “’The Blogging Mastermind Comment Tribe” on Facebook – visit the commenting tribe’s Facebook page and do 2, 4, 6, 810… rounds of comment (and backlinks) and leave. You may want to schedule particular blogs you know of, in your blog commenting calendar.
  3. Specify number of blogs you want to comment on per day (5, 10, …?). Be sure your blog commenting blogs list includes high page rank (PR) blogs
  4. Do a weekly blog tour roaster on a notepad or scheduler

Method 2: Blog Commenting Weekly Planner

  • List the comment tribes you are in, in a weekly roaster
  • Have schedules (time, day, date, duration) to take a blog tour of the Blog tribes)
  • Double win strategy – building links while commenting: This is about using commenting to ensure that every post (URL) on your blog, not just the home page, does not suffer from enough backlinks, which happens when we pick random posts to backlink to during commenting on other blogs.
  • List the posts you want to build links to for the week. A strategy could be to take one link (of a post) and enter it in to 10 blogs commented on (10 comment backlinks per post). Then, depending on the number of comments you plan to leave per day/ week. Take rounds on the links you list and strike off the ones you have completed.
  • That way, you would be able to evenly build higher PR inner pages as well as for your home page. Some bloggers make the mistake of using only their home page (in the comment URL boxes).
  • According to your schedule, do the blog commenting rounds. Ensure to not comment on more blogs than scheduled. Leave and go take care of other blogging/ business to dos for the day.

Method 3: Blog Commenting Weekly Planner

  • If you have commenting buddies, do a weekly roaster to tour each of their blogs
  • Set number of days you want to blog comment tour
  • Set the days in the week you want to comment
  • Implement your plan – be sure not to spend more than assigned time and be sue to stick to the days you scheduled.
  • Just Do it and leave (until another commenting day)
  • Set duration you want to spend on commenting per day

Your Thoughts About Blog Commenting With A Strategy

What are your thoughts about this blog commenting technique?

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Stella

P.S: By the way, if you liked this post you may want to take a cue from this detailed ready-made mind-map to strategize other parts of your online / blogging business. Click to get it here: Internet Marketing Strategic Plan Mindmap

31 thoughts on “Techniques To Make Blog Commenting Easier, Worth It and Enjoyable”

  1. Thanks Stella for this superb tips. I am really impressed with one line : Commment on High Pr Page :). Only for penguin update. No more low quality backlink.

  2. Hi Stella. Thanks for these tips and I especially liked the idea of creating a blog commenting strategy. Never thought about this before. Time is always against me as my business keeps my online time so limited so this was an excellent piece of advice for me.

  3. Hi Stella!

    Pretty neat techniques you’ve laid out here for blog commenting. I think if anyone were to take anything away from this, it’d be to schedule time to do it. I schedule the last hour of my day posting comments. I mainly do this because at the end of the day is when I’m feeling less productive than the rest of the day, plus most blogs have published a new post by that point so I’d be able to comment on a lot more blogs.

    It’s important to comment on a certain number of blogs, too. For instance, I only comment on about 10 blogs a day, that includes new blogs that I’ve never commented on before (which I usually stumble upon in one way or another) and my top 10 blogs that I comment on on a daily basis.

    By choosing a certain amount, you don’t spend all your valuable time commenting on blogs all day. 🙂

    I think everyone will find their own special techniques, but what you’ve laid out will definitely help them form it! Great stuff!

  4. It was quite interesting to have read about how bloggers try their best to introduce effective methods to their readers. Blogging looks fun but in reality as much as the bloggers are passionate about blogging, they toil that much hard to attract readers and keep the blog moving ahead.

    1. Sure, blog commenting is fun but applying productivity practices to blog commenting is necessary for every blogger. You can schedule your daily business activities and allocate a time for blog commenting – that way, you ensure that all necessary parts of the business tasks are covered everyday. You know, traffic generation (including blog commenting) is only but one of the many things that drive a successful business.

      Hey Gary, do you have any particular productive blog commenting plan that is working for you? I’d love to hear it:)

  5. Hi Stella,

    Excellent idea to create — and stick to — a commenting strategy. I’m much like you: I want a roadmap, to see the end then come back and work through a strategy. Go project management! LOL

    I don’t have a written commenting strategy but I do tend to follow one pretty much as you’ve laid out. There are blogs I learn from, those within my loosely defined niche, and those I just like to drop in for the conversation. (That last group is almost always what Klout refers to as “thought leaders.” They’re just good for me as a “roundtable” kinda girl.)

    Anyway, great stuff here. And I like how you include a personal comment to your comments that focus on the commenters’ own writings. Lovely! 🙂

    1. Hi Vernessa:

      I’m glad you like the ideas in the post, thanks.

      Lol, you know it – Project Management there! It’s funny that some people simply think it’s a chore to start with a big picture roadmap and then coming back to work through it. They simply like haphazard way of doing their business stuff, but then no successful firm (big or small) ever makes it that way – that’s why many entrepreneurs fail because they believe “it’s my own business, I’m the boss and I do not need to have a ‘routine'”.

      This blog commenting strategy is simply to give readers a guide to use it “as is” or customize to create their own unique commenting plan. The idea is to have a commenting plan and not just spend time commenting away because that is just only a minuscule part of daily online business “to dos”.

      Look like we are using similar blog commenting strategy. I also have the blogs I go to for conversation and socialization (like hanging out in the pubs) – to keep the social klout alive (lol). I try to balance those with the blogs I go to get pretty good value – maybe via research or by design.

      Thanks for your compliment about my comments replying style. Last time I was at your blog I kept having this “Young Father’s Speak – interview” popping at me, and again now – I’ll have to go read it. Again, I really enjoyed your contribution to the posts. Thanks and do enjoy the best of today!

      1. Hi Stella,

        Like your pub analogy 🙂 Funny thing, even hanging out has its place, and only works when it’s kept to a minimum (like hanging out in the pub! Haha!)

        In the early days of my consulting, one thing I was often hired to do was help organize the owner of a business (small firms, usually 5-10 employees). One of the first things I would do is convince that owner he needed a project management system in place. In today’s world, that would certainly include a Commenting Strategy!

        I’ll be referring folk over here. If you ever get time for it, maybe you can drop this in a PDF. Or pop it over to me and I’ll include it in my free download that will accompany my next article on PM.

        Until next time! BTW, I think you’ll enjoy the audio interviews. 😉

  6. Hi Stella,

    I love this advice. I have to admit though, I read a lot of blogs but I am horrible when it comes to commenting. I can’t tell you how many times I have started a comment and then decided not to post it. I suppose it feels more like play time to me rather than working. That’s a great thing as far as I’m concerned, but anywhere else I’d get in trouble for talking so much lol.

    This time will be different. I plan on putting your advice to use and I am going to actually start leaving comments! 🙂

    Crystal

    1. Hi Crystal, I reckon with you because I’m also guilty of not commenting as much as most bloggers, even though I do a lot of desk research which involves reading a couple of posts here and there. But then old habits die hard, I’m learning to ‘remember’ to kill 2 birds with one stone.

      Well, the truth is that since you blog, you can write a list of 10 blogs to practice commenting with. Then set aside a time of day daily, say 30 minutes and just do the rounds – just a disciplined, business approach to it. You know, it’s a good source of traffic for blogs, especially new blogs – when other readers read your quality comment, some are likely to visit your blog. Some bloggers have blog commenting as their main source of traffic.

      Once you start getting traffic momentum, you take most of the blog commenting to reward your own commenters – that’s what I do a lot; comment on all (most times) of yoour commenters, so that you build an informal ‘comment back tribe’.

      I like the way you said it plainly – you’re not alone, I’m also one of those ‘long commenters’ and ‘we’re many’ (lol). If you take it as a duty and traffic generation drive, and have a list of blogs you will learn from reading – you can achieve both play and blog work, while attracting traffic. Just be sure that the blogs you go to most times, have a fair number of comments and retweets – because their commenters are the ones that you will be attracting.

      Let me know how it goes for you. Hope to see you again, here.
      Just browsing your blog now, first of all I must say you have a pretty cool theme with nice colors; great contents too. let me go read one – I’ll practice what I just preached (leave a comment). Lol.

  7. I have just started doing this and have been seeing some results….
    I try to visit my fave blogs at least every few days to comment on their latest posts…the problem I find is expecting that they will then come to my page and leave me a comment but not everyone does this…..oh well….I will keep commenting!!! LOL

    1. Hey RawkinMom, good to see you around here – it’s funny, just yesterday I was over at your blogs and held spell bound by the color-wheel foods and recipes but my bad, I didn’t leave a comment (done now).

      I’m glad you’ve already started doing this blog commenting plan, keep it up – it’s the best to ensure that one also spends time on the other parts of business especially the 3 CORE that are responsible for bringing more results (and sales/ income [3 core discussed in http://www.stellaanokam.com/how-to-build-a-highly-productive-online-business-641%5D.

      Keep commenting but be sure to also find the crowd that are very much interested in your foodie writeup – commenting on those kind of blogs that attract foodie lovers will bring you some of their foodie readers; you can see in this post or my previous post on ‘making commenting worth it for you’, I pointed this out – comment mostly in the ‘right places’ and less on general ‘how to blog’ blogs if you want your commenting to pay off. Comment most where your target customers are – else commenting would lose purpose, like Kesha pointed out below (you are in a special market, learn blogging skills from ‘how to blog’ blogs as part of your learning time – and comment when you do) and your own blogging strategy should be at Foodie sites and foodie forums (search Google: “food+forums”, for example).

      I also visit Foodie sites but I like to use the top country site foodie blog listings from invesp.com/blog-rank/Asian_Food (top 15 for any country you like); I also check the blogher.com for other blogs (especially women/ mommy blogs). Getting lots of return comments from your commenting rounds will be easy when you comment most where your own crowd is.

      I was reading your ideas about dehydrating fruit pulps and I thought I could start off with the Mango and Almond one – to milk the life out of them and never have to throw “any fruitie part” away anymore – crispy snacks for the day:)

      1. forgiven!!! LOL 🙂
        Thanks for taking the time to write such a thorough reply to my comment!!! You are right, I need to focus on my niche market blogs and use the how to blogs for learning…which has been GREAT just in the last month I have learned so much!!! I really appreciate your post and reply-THANK YOU!!! 🙂

        1. Wow – I thought I just saw double now (just a second ago I responded to your comment and here you are, back (nice)). I love reading your comments, and I’m glad you understood the point I was making – that was the main essence of the blog commenting tips – to get people to not forget that blogging and commenting are only but tools and MEANS to drive their business goals – FOCUS and resist getting caught up in crowds where you have no business purpose to be in, for business sake.

          You can still have fun commenting in your own circle – in fact, those sites I gave you are from my diary because I use them weekly to visit top foodie sites to get food ideas, and I prefer to make my time count – so I go to the top sites where they have most comments (believing that it’s because they have great food ideas). Similarly, going to those top sites, you’ll grab the attention of most of their readers with your comments – they’ll trace yo to your blog. I have read a couple of raw food blogs (when I had acid reflux) and ideas but yours seem to stand out because you have interesting twists. So, also Google raw food blogs that get sizable comments to comment on.

          Ensure to download the ‘IM strategy mindmap’ (free) I left the link at the end of that blog post. Read and practice other ways of getting traffic – check http://www.stellaanokam.com/category/list-traffic AND create your own small eBook from a collection of your old posts (you’ll see my post on eBook traffic).

          I hope these help – sorry it’s long; I just wanted to make it worth it for the comments you left (lol).

    1. Hey Kesha:

      It’s nice to see you around my corner of the WWW – and thanks for leaving me a comment. I appreciate loads.

      Thumbs up for you – you’re already practicing productive blog commenting. I totally agree with you, without a blog commenting plan, the whole ‘act’ will lack purpose and meaning. It could easily become a fun ride without any tie to the business’ bottom-line (sales and profit). perhaps, this could be making a lot of people stuck as Newbies longer than they should. I hope many more bloggers will get to read this post, and use the blog commenting plans ‘as is” or customize to suit them.

      I loved reading your last post – It touched on a vital ‘industry concern’ and your 3 pointers clearly provide steps for any blogger to write better contents.

  8. These are useful tips. I’ve been meaning to setup some sort of guide for myself for a while. I tend to be a bit random on commenting. I like to try and find some new places to go and particularly like to find articles that have few visitors and few comments. I’m making a list now.

    1. Thanks Marty, for coming by and for leaving a comment.

      Good to know that you also like structured approach of doing stuff. It helps. Just a quick one, with commenting, as you’ll see in this post, blogs with more comments will offer more exposure 9more audience) – so a good idea would be to balance the low and highs, if you are concerned about killing 2 birds (traffic and learning) with one stone 9one-time commenting).

      I hope you found at least one of the guides / techniques in this post a base to customize to create your own blog commenting strategy/ planner.

      **Your post on ‘how persistence are you’ was quite motivational and soul-lifting. Thanks for sharing your own ‘related life chapters’ – was encouraging.

    1. Hey Barry – thank you for stopping by my little corner of the WWW. I really appreciate it, and thanks also for your kind words.

      I’m glad you liked the post and took away something – ‘food for thought’. I hope you’ll find time to implement any of the blog commenting strategies outlined inside the post.

      Guess what – I got on your blog and the first thing I said was ‘wow’. You’ve got an appealing and clean blog design there. Great unique contents too. I loved the blogging like Leonardo Da Vinci post – very creative and reminded me of a creativity course I took on ‘How to think like Leaonardo D”. Bookmarked – lots of pposts I want to come back to read there.

  9. Such great information, Stella ~ Thanks so much!

    I’ve been somewhat frazzled about trying to get to all my scrumptious blogging friends’ sites on a regular basis, while still trying to learn new stuff (Loved the ‘learn through commenting’ tip!!) AND get to meet new people.

    So this kind of strategy and time management makes sooo much sense.
    I’m going to work on setting one up for myself today.

    Bliss-ings,
    the goddess known as Jacqui

    1. Hey there, Jacqui godess – thanks for stopping by my e-zone today, and especially for commenting. I appreciate it.

      Yea, I know – it can get overwhelming and that’s the whole idea of having an end to end strategy (including a comment strategy) so that no part of business activities are left suffering. Ideally, you should touch on all 3 CORE activities that produce the most results (and income) in every kind of online business (ref: http://www.stellaanokam.com/how-to-build-a-highly-productive-online-business-641).

      I’m glad to know that you’ll start today to setup your own blog commenting strategy. Hope you downloaded the Free IM strategy mindmap (at the end of the blog post) – it’ll help you immensely too to manage all the other aspects of your online business strategically.

      I took away a vital lesson from your recent blog post “not all business lessons come from the business world” – that’s so true especially if one is to remain fresh and relevant. Great tips.

  10. This is awesome. I love how you laid it out with different options. Now no one has an excuse to not do this! You can use one or many of the above techniques. Planner is an awesome idea if you are type-a like me.. LOL!

    Great Post!

    1. Thank you Brandy, first for coming by and for leaving a comment – it’s most appreciated.

      I’m glad you liked this post, and yes the idea is is that no one will be left – anyone should be able to find one of the blog commenting strategies fit for them without any excuse.

      You’re right – I love strategies and planning and being a project manager, I always find myself uncomfortable if I do not first set an end-toend road-map, that cuts off any time-wasing activities and slack. It’s not about how busy we get at blogging and commenting, if we do less of the 3 CORE CRITICAL IM activities and do so much of the others (that constitute 80% amazingly), we’ll never be able to make the sales (or money) that is the primary reason we’re all blogging for business.

      Girl, I love your writing style, and yea “Me and JC have a pretty tight bond”. I read your “About Me” page and was just giggling because I saw some pretty similar things that I too do – like the arranging stuff in a certain way (and I feel uncomfortable when anyone changes the symmetry – LOL). So, shall I say, Brandy I’m pleased to meet you:)

  11. As a verifiable engagement addict- this is extremely helpful.
    I mentioned it over on the challenge- but oh I get so caught up and before I know it, it is time for lunch and I’m wondering where all the time went. (Admittedly a great deal of this is due to the commentluv plug in driving me all around these massively interesting posts on the ‘net. Lol)

    1. Thanks for coming by TS-Redmond, and most especially for commenting. I appreciate that loads.

      I’m glad you liked this post. Hahaha ‘the cat ate the time’. Lol. Okay, yes, blame it on ‘commentluv plugin’. I hope you found one of the blog commenting strategy methods fit for you to regulate your commenting time so that you’ll spend time to touch on other necessary business parts daily.

      Hope you downloaded the IM strategy mind-map (free) – it was at the end of the post – will help a great deal to schedule the other IM activities to manageable time, and ensure non suffers.

      Thanks for your refreshing writing on the immense benefits of ‘moments of stillness’. I tend to do that quite a bit and that’s when my creative mojo is on the rise. Lol.

  12. I like your tips Stella. Setting up a specific time frame and stopping at your deadline is key, so easy to get caught in blogging cyberspace for hours on end. Add value, be engaging and your presence will expand. Thanks for sharing!

    RB

    1. Thank you Ryan – it’s a pleasure to see you come by; it’s much appreciated as always.

      I like the way you summarized it – succinct and to the point. Yea, you know coming into this IM/ blogging thing – there’s a whole lot and some people may not just have got the order of things and in what proportion / priority produces good results that add up to bringing the sales (and money) – because after-all, that’s the ‘END’ to all our online endeavour (even though we have fun doing most).

      Man, your ‘5 things to trash..’ post was just to the point – no fluff about it – if you gotta be in business, roll your sleeves and quit the drama. Lol – as usual, the Ryan way. I loved reading it earlier today.

  13. Stella,

    Another stellar post! 🙂 I really love your advice all the way throughout the post about setting a specific amount of time to comment, creating a written plan, and executing it. As I’ve started delving into the blogosphere, I’ve noticed that it can consume TONS of time.

    I really do want to read EVERYONE’S content, but it’s just not possible. Also, *love* the idea of choosing 5-10 blogs about something I need to learn more about and commenting there. What a great way to expose readers who’d generally not see my content to my blog!

    Thanks again for your helpful posts. Love your work!

    1. Hey Ryan:

      Thank you for your kind words, and I am utterly grateful that you came by and commented.

      The whole blogosphere is a wide one and without a definite strategy of the big picture (that blogging is only but a MEANS to the end=business/ sales), one can easily spend lots of time on the things that bring smaller results. If you read my post on productivity killers and the one on how to build a highly successful online business, you’d see that there are 3 CORE activities that one should be spending the most part on (because they bring in 80% results and 80% income) whearas the other many small, small 80% activities all together bring in 20% impact no even if we do it 100%.

      So, in essence if you have a whole big picture of your whole IM business viz-a-viz what to setup first, next, next… you’ll be able to do a Daily Method of Operation (DMO) that ensures that you are not spending too little or too much time on certain stuff. Hope you downloaded the IM strategy mindmap at the end of post (free).

      Well, I just thought that a commenting strategy would help to keep one focused to do SOME commenting daily and get on to the other parts of business. You may want to first spend a bit of time to create about 1o posts on your blog so that when you comment on people’s blog, the people that reciprocate would have a reason (more posts) to stay long on your blog, and even come back.

      Thanks for reading, one again and I’m glad you liked it. Let me know if there’s anyway I can help you with lessons I learned so far:)

      I really like the tone and motivational twist in your posts – your recent post touches on something I have come to address in my life recently. Thanks, it was a good read.

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