What is The Idea Of A Blog?
The whole idea of a Blog is that its a place to share your thoughts with the world and other people occasionally comment on your content thus create a kind of online community of people with the same interests.
The Wikipedia definition of a blog is illustrated below:
“A blog (a blend of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video”
It is a commonly known fact that commenting on other Blogs helps you become part of an online community thus making you visible to other Bloggers, Marketers and of course giving you valuable back link juice to your own site if you have one.
Blog Commenting Practices
There are some practices however that I find extremely annoying, I would put them into 3 broad categories:
- People who jump from blog to blog with the same comment that has been copied and pasted with no thoughts given to the post – its obvious that all they are trying to do is improve their own SEO and nothing else, if this is you DON’T DO IT – It is insulting and will do you and your credibility damage going forward.
- People who comment on Blogs with links straight to a sales pages or affiliate link – people trying to ‘pimp their stuff’ – you wouldn’t walk into a shop trying to sell your own stuff in front of the owners would you?
- Automated commenting tools fired at Blogs all over the Web, hoping for back links to their sites and corresponding SEO benefits, I’m sure you have seen them. In my mind this is the same as these SPAM email systems that harvest millions of email addresses and fire them all over the web.
So as a rule I believe all comments should be genuine and adding to conversations – as you would do with a group of friends in a Bar if you like.
If someone in a Bar was telling a story to a group of people and you pushed into the group with the sole intention of trying to sell something you wouldn’t be too well thought of would you?
- So now we have established the basic principles of Blog commenting we should look at a few ways to gain decent exposure to the right areas in order to attract attention.
A fellow Blogger has covered Blog commenting very well, his criteria is a lot more rigid than mine
I don’t have too much of a problem with the odd typo or grammatical error as long as the person commenting has some sort of sincerity, you can see the blog post I’m talking about here
Your ultimate aim is to become a recognized authority in your subject so you create a set of fans, people who will comment on your Blogs and keep coming back.
Obviously we all want ‘Link Juice’ but the aim should always be to add to conversations as a primary focus in my mind – I think that the Link Juice should be seen as a bonus.
Improving Your Standing In The Blogging World
As a blogger an aspiration for all is that people read their material.
There are millions of Blogs out there covering probably 1000s of topics so a starting point for me would be to find other Blogs that cover similar sorts of topics.
For example I get SPAMMED by Weight loss sites on a regular basis – it is clear to me that they are not interested in proper Internet Marketing, just pimping their stuff with SPAM commenting tools.
Thankfully I have the AKISMET plugin installed which picks up the vast majority of them so it doesn’t involve too much work apart from going through them occasionally and picking out the genuine ones which have been wrongly filtered. If this is a problem that affects you then this product is free for private users and educational sites (that make less than $500 per month)
So if you want to get yourself immersed in the online blog community and you have a blog, what should you be doing?
For a start I would make sure I produce a new blog post at defined intervals, some do daily, some frequently every couple of days (I publish once per month) – as long as there is some sort of pattern.
To ensure your blog is search engine friendly I would use a Firefox add in called Wordtracker – this is a little window that opens up on your screen and gives you Keyword statistics whilst you are writing your article.
I would also have the simple google sitemap plugin installed so it pings the major search engines with your site map every time you publish a new article. This will get your site indexed quickly.
One thing to note is that by default WordPress Blogs are set to ‘no follow’ unless they have a ‘Do Follow’ plugin installed so Blogs that have this setting will not help your rankings in the eyes of Google.
I wouldn’t get too hung up on this though, I believe your aim should be to ensure to leave good comments to catch the attention of other marketers as opposed to worrying too much about SEO.
So what is the best way to find Blogs to comment on? The following are a few things to consider if you are trying this strategy at the moment.
If you do a Google search in your niche you will see a “more” section just underneath the “discussions” area on the left hand column on the main Google Search Page, and if you use the drop down menu here you can find Blogs that you can comment on that have more recent activity on them.
Simply scroll down to the “any time” section further down and you will have an opportunity to find Blogs that have been updated in the last 24 hours.
Do Follow Sites
If you are aiming to comment only on Do Follow Blogs as you want the link juice type in ‘Do Follow Diver’ into Google.
One of the tricks with blog commenting on popular Blogs is to be able to get on the top on the comments area by being one on the first people to comment.
Another good option is Comment Luv a WordPress plugin This plugin will visit the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieve a selection of their last blog posts, tweets or digg submissions which they can choose one from to include at the bottom of their comment when they click submit.
It has been found to increase comments and the community spirit for the thousands of Blogs that have installed it. With a simple install you will immediately start to find new and interesting blog posts, tweets and Diggs from your own blog and community.
Alexia Ranked Sites
Alexa has a ranking system which indicated how popular websites are. This is one good method of finding Blogs or sites relevant to what you are doing. There is even an Alexa WordPress plugin which you can put on your own Blog (which you will see on mine in the right hand column) and also a Firefox add on which gives you real time stats of each site you navigate to.
I hope this article illustrated the fact that the basic principles of good genuine commenting carried out in a timely manner on relevant Blogs is probably the main key to getting noticed.
It does take a lot of time to seek out Blogs and provide good comments so a suggestion might be to put aside a set amount of time say on a weekly basis for that type of activity.
If you have any other ideas or opinions let me know in the comments box below