Striving to be an effective commenter is on every blogger’s to-do list. There is nothing wrong with it. Indeed blog commenting has so many benefits. Few of them include
- Building long term, genuine and mutual relationships.
- Make yourself and your blog/business popular.
- Build backlinks – good for SEO and ranking.
- Gain traffic.
- Get blog post ideas!
While it is all good and true, we should also be aware that blog commenting takes a lot of time. Some of the challenges involved with blog commenting are:
Finding appropriate blogs to comment for, that is
- blogs in your niche
- blogs with commentluv and/or keywordluv enabled
- blogs with high PR and/or Alexa rank
- blogs where the authors reply to your comment
- blogs that usually has very large number of comments, that help you to generate new ideas or leave replies to other commenters by answering their questions
- blogs that have very less comments – so that your comment will gain attention and, did I miss this?
- Do-follow blogs.
So there is a lot of stuff involved in the process of blog commenting. This alone is overwhelming, and if you combine blog commenting with your regular blogging activities (this again not only involves producing content!), it is all over-overwhelming, right?
More than the fact that commenting on other blogs is a too much task, it is also a distracting thing to do. I am not against blog commenting but I am sure that most of you would have experienced this syndrome.
At the same time it is very important to realize that blog commenting is one of the crucial parts of your blogging success. You need to reach out to other people, make yourself know and get noticed too.
So how to have a strategy that gives you the most out of blog commenting but at the same time does not overwhelm you by adding 101 items to your list?
Blog Commenting Schedule
You should have a plan. You cannot afford to jump in and comment on blogs at all times. Especially when you are writing a blog post, moderating your comments and when writing your newsletter, you cannot break the flow. It will be highly distracting to jump into blog commenting at all times throughout the day.
So have a slot of 30 minutes or 1 hour every day specially allocated for blog commenting. Visit your RSS reader, email alerts, bookmarks, blog roll, commenting forums etc. during that time of the day alone.
Remember that time is allocated only for blog commenting, so do not jump into other activities like fixing that plugin or checking your email while you are midway leaving your comments.
Completely use that time to carefully read all the blog posts, check your Twitter or Google alerts, not to miss any post and patiently comment (I mean, valuable commenting) on posts.
Getting the most out of your time
One of the important advantages of blog commenting is link building or building backlinks. Now there is nothing wrong with targeting good quality backlinks at the same time leaving thoughtful comments on others’ blogs. However, it is not an easy thing to spot opportunities for relevant, high quality backlinks through blog commenting.
But I use a blog commenting trick.
Market Samurai makes it easy for me to do that! Damn easy, I mean. So I will very briefly tell you how to make the most out of comments – Now, you have to hang on when you think “I don’t want to kill myself in the process”.
I know doing keyword research, drilling down to relevant and targeted keywords and THEN finding opportunities to build links for that keyword is a time consuming thing. But if you could set aside a one time investment of your time, you can really make the most out of blog commenting and the results will be amazing.
Just open Market Samurai and click open New project. You then enter your niche keyword to create the project. Now go to Keyword Research and click “Generate Keywords”.
Now you can filter out all the unwanted, irrelevant, non-paying and un-targeted keywords in this list. That is a long story, you can watch video tutorials by Market Samurai on that. You can
- cut off some keywords using “x” on the right,
- filter out keywords that only have a particular word by clicking that word and clicking “the tick mark”,
- define positive and negative keywords manually and so on.
It all takes about a couple to five minutes to drill down to the necessary keywords.
Now when you have got a list of, golden nugget keywords (in Market Samurai’s terms :)) you just have to open a new project for each of them and click on “Promotion” on the left menu. This is what you get
You can select from the options available and you get a nice list of pages where you can comment. Clicking a link on this page opens the webpage right there inside Market Samurai and you can comment from there itself.
Filter out for blogs with KeywordLuv and use the keywords you just found in the name field – you are done.
Here is how to do it:
Do a Google search for “Yourkeyword Enter YourName@” – without the quotes and replace Yourkeyword with the keyword you obtained from Market Samurai analysis.
You can target high PR pages if you have SEOQuake plugin installed (available for Firefox, Chrome and Safari).
If you have the list of keywords handy, you really can make the most out of your blog commenting efforts. With the pages returned by Market Samurai I also make new friends apart from the regular blogs I visit through RSS or email subscriptions (and increase blog traffic).
Further there is one more trick, combining this with Commentluv Premium. But that is for another post. I will add a link to that post when I publish it.
By the way, I would highly recommend Market Samurai, if you haven’t bought it yet. This feature is just the tip of the iceberg. There are lots to reap from it for the price they offer. Click here to try Market Samurai for free and you get a whooping 35% off if you decide to buy within 5 days after getting your trial.
Let me know your thoughts via comments. And start your smart blog commenting by leaving a comment at this post.