Effective Blog Commenting: Best Practices For SEO and Online Business Productivity
For a blogger, blog commenting (or commenting on other people’s blogs) is a powerful and fast method of build a community of your own loyal readers. Blog commenting advantage and benefits include: to expose a bloggers posts and articles to readers of the host blog (through the link placed at the end of the comments), thus drive blog traffic and build backlinks through blog commenting; increase Page Rank (PR); blog commenting also has SEO and marketing benefits (search engines love blogs with activities) and increase the bloggers’ personal brand.
Commenting on other blogs is one of the effective and easy ways to get other people to find your posts to willingly share them and vote for them in social media sites. Other reasons why bloggers comment on other blogs include: to learn new tips, read latest industry news and network and build relationships with other bloggers.
Although blog commenting benefits are immense, commenting on blogs can be time consuming, and this could have a negative impact on the overall productivity of a business blogger. Sometimes, a blogger can get carried away in the fun of blog commenting.
Why Every Blogger Needs an Effective Blog Commenting Strategy
Today, I want to share with you some simple steps you can take to develop an SEO blog commenting strategy that fits your own purpose and online business development plan, so that you can be productive with when commenting on other blogs.
In a previous post, I shared the 3 core activities that make the most (80%) impact (income) in any online business but yet only constitute 20% of the entire scheme of things to do in any internet business. To find out what those 3 core online business activities are, click to read: How to Create a Wildly Productive Online Business.
In that post I shared that if you drastically increase your priority and time input on those 3 core activities (to 80%), you can significantly generate more income (because the small things can only but do small damage if you slack on them but the risk of slacking on the 3 big things is very high – low income generation, doing so much but achieving very small results).
If you look at those big 3 core activities we should be spending the most time on, you’d see that blog commenting falls under Traffic. But again it’s only one of the many traffic strategies you may be using, hoping that you have a written down or mind-mapped real life strategy in place for Generating Traffic to your blog. It’s a good productivity tactics and also helps increase outputs.
A little digression here: if you are yet to develop your own blog traffic strategy, don’t sweat the small stuff – use these simple steps to have a traffic strategy in place:
- List all the methods you already use/ know or plan to use to get more blog traffic, including blog commenting method;
- Now go back to that list and assign days of the week you want to do each;
- Go back to that list again and specify how long you want to spend on each activity in that list.
Now back to setting up a blog commenting strategy /plan, to ensure that you spend time on all 3 big core, divide planned daily business hours into 3, so that only one part is for doing traffic activities (including blog commenting). Remember, it’s only when you are productively doing all core activities to completion that you will get maximum results (bottom line is evidenced by steady/ increased income),
To ensure that you are not over-spending time on blog commenting and starving the other traffic generation methods (in your list) of your time, you will be developing your own personal blog commenting plan (monthly/ weekly, daily). That is the purpose of today’s post. Let’s quickly get to work – ensure you have your pen and paper or mind-map or notepad ready…. set…. go!
How To Do Blog Commenting Without Getting Drowned Under
Below is a blog commenting guide you can adapt or use “as is” to stay productive while commenting on other bloggers blogs so that you’ll every blog comment would be worth your time and deliver SEO benefits at the same time.
Below are 7 Steps to Developing Your Own Blog Commenting Strategy Plan:
- Blog Commenting Frequency: First decide whether your commenting on other blogs will be daily, twice a week, three times a week, 4 times a week. Remember, blog commenting should be a part of your overall blog traffic generation strategy.
- Daily (Total) Duration For Blog Traffic Generation: Next write down how many hours you will spend daily to work at generating traffic to your blog (all forms of traffic, including blog commenting);
- Planned Hours For Commenting: Of those hours, how many hours will be for blog commenting, daily;
- Blog Commenting Schedule: What will be your schedule for commenting on other blogs – How many days a week? What specific days? How much time (in total) will you spend any day you have to comment on other blogs – 1 hours, 2 hours, 30 minutes…? What specific start and end time (is it 7am to 8am? 3pm to 3.30p.m…?)
- Blog Commenting Coverage: How many blogs will you comment on within your scheduled duration and time (1, 2, 3, 4, 5…)?
- Specific Blogs To Tour For The Week: List the blogs (by names and URLs) you want to tour for the next week’s blog commenting (suitable if you have blog commenting buddies or favorite list of blogs)? OR Do you want to click at random (suitable if you belong to a blog commenting tribe). *There are a couple of Blog Commenting Tribes on Facebook – some open and some on invite only. Just enter “tribe” in the search box of your Facebook window and you’ll see a list to choose from. Ensure to ‘Blogging Mastermind Comment Tribe’ founded by Dani Nir McGrath.
- Assign Blogs To Days and Times: Schedule your blog commenting plan/ calendar using any of these scheduling ‘to do’ tools: ReminderFox (firefox addon), evernote or RememberTheMilk.
What Are Your Thoughts?
There you have it, Productive Blog Commenting Plan. It’s my desire that you put the above 7 steps to use for a more productive blog commenting.
What are the ways you currently use to manage your commenting on other bloggers blog, so that your core business activities do not get neglected?
I’d absolutely love to hear your own experiences and thoughts. Let’s meet at the comments area.
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Originally posted 2012-05-19 20:03:05.