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  • Leverage by Commenting on Relevant Blogs (Part 2)

    Date: 2008.10.16 | Category: blog comments, blog marketing, commenting on blogs, seo expert mumbai | Response: 0

    You have an opinion, like participating in discussions, and debating seems a way of life for you then you can use the power of leveraging by commenting on various relevant blogs.

    These powerful words will get your website or blog noticed in a crowded blogosphere, get you noticed as an active participant (nobody likes a dull boy), add to your credibility as an expert in your domain, and get you additional links that will point back to your domain.

    For those who have not read Part 1 of this series please do so NOW! This blog post is a continuation to the Leverage by Commenting series.

    We have already covered in Part 1:

    1. Choose relevant blogs
    2. Choose relevant bloggers
    3. Choose prominent blogs

    For those of you who have read Part 1, let’s continue our journey to find out which blogs to track, which ones to leave comments on, and which ones will form part of your overall SEO strategy.
    4. Check for Comments

    Another thing you could check is the number of comments which are being left on the blog. Are the comments useful and informative, or are the comments useless like “great work”, “thanks for the info” or worse “check my link so and so for more info”.

    Useless comments that don’t add any value to the article or blog post but just for the purpose of creating a link won’t work. Most bloggers are intelligent enough to figure out link building ploys like this and will delete your link and comments.

    Bloggers like it when their readers leave comments that are meaningful, praise their hard work, and even when they leave a negative comment but with justification. If you are pointing out a correction make sure you give credible reasons and references to your comment.

    Good bloggers don’t mind being wrong, or being corrected, in fact they may appreciate being corrected and will carry a correction blog highlighting the mistake they made and the person who pointed it out.

    An important note here! Check to see if the blogger is replying back to all the comments in a positive and fair way. Stay away from highly opinionated bloggers who think they know it all will probably not let you leave you valuable inputs anyways.

    Does the blogger leave external links in the comments field? If so that’s good. Follow those links to see how the commenter has added value to the topic. Understanding the mind of the blogger is important and so are the rules he sets. After all he is the master of his blog.

    5. Ask other bloggers

    The good ol’ word of mouth works best. Check to see how many other prominent bloggers have linked to the blog. You can do this by checking the blog’s authority on Technorati.

    Blog authority tells you how many other blogs have linked to the blog you are researching. So if you see a blog authority of 5, that’s means, 5 other blogs have linked to this blog. It would be a good thing if at this time you check to see why the other bloggers have linked to this blog.

    Check to see if the blogger is promoting his blog. Read Get your Blog Noticed Part 1 and Part 2 to know more about ways in which blogs are promoted.

    6. Make Friends (Most Important)

    The profile page will also list the bloggers other interests and passions so check if there is some synergy there with your interests. Having similar interests is the best way to grow a friendship. Please don’t fake your interests for the sole reason of pursuing your SEO objectives, it’s a waste of everyone’s time.

    Does the blogger have a good sense of humor? Everyone likes someone who can add dash of humor and fun to their writing while being informative. Even though it may not be an important point to consider, personally I like anyone who can bring a smile to my face.

    Make friends and grow your network. A blogger offers you his community of readers built after much hard work. Treat the blogger and his community of readers with respect, and they will give you a vault of information, ideas, assistance and traffic. Join in and have fun with your new online friends.

    7. Make a Commitment

    Once you have chosen the blogs you plan to read, track and to leave comments on, the next step for you is to be regular and committed. Read all the blog posts from your chosen blogs and leave comments when you have something valuable and positive to say.

    An easy way to catch up on your favorite blogs is to subscribe to their RSS feeds. You can set up an iGoogle account to scan through your blogs for new stories, or use other feed services like FeedBurner.

    I repeat don’t leave useless comments like “good work”, or “thank you for the post”. The blogger is working with certain objectives in mind and loves to blog; he does not need your thanks to continue.

    Also don’t leave useless comments purely for the purpose of link building. Having hundreds of useless comments on various blog sites won’t add real value to your SEO link campaign and you will piss of bloggers and their readers in no time (Bloggers will delete your comments eventually making it waste of your time at the end of the day).

    The key to leveraging on comments is to make each one count. Add further value to what’s being written, or to the discussion, that should be your mantra.

  • Leverage by Commenting on Relevant Blogs (Part 1)

    Date: 2008.10.16 | Category: blog comments, commenting on blogs, seo expert mumbai | Response: 1

    You have an opinion, like participating in discussions, and debating seems a way of life for you then you can use the power of leveraging by commenting on various relevant blogs.

    These powerful words will get your website or blog noticed in a crowded blogosphere, get you noticed as an active participant (nobody likes a dull boy), add to your credibility as an expert in your domain, and get you additional links that will point back to your domain.

    But be wary, leveraging by leaving comments is hard work, time consuming and frustrating at times. So homework is your best option (this is coming from someone who hates the word homework).

    Let’s have a look at the numbers:

    Statistics on Blogging – comScore MediaMetrix (August 2008)

    • Total internet audience 188.9 million
    Blogs: 77.7 million unique visitors in the US alone
    • Facebook: 41.0 million

    With these big numbers, it’s very important to know which blogs to select and track, which ones to leave comments on, and which ones will form part of your SEO strategy.

    1. Choose relevant blogs

    You can start by choosing relevant blogs. Don’t leave comments on a blog where you don’t know anything about the subject, and have no interest in the topics being posted. Instead choose blogs that are relevant to your knowledge, experience and where you can offer a meaningful link back in case any other readers want to know more about you, or your work.

    Ask yourself honest questions. Will the readers of this blog be interested in what I have to say (and no, everyone does not think you are an expert)? Will my comments add value to the topics being discussed?

    Choosing relevant blogs and intelligently commenting on the topic being discussed will add to your credibility as someone who is passionate and interested in that domain.

    2. Choose relevant bloggers

    Who are relevant bloggers? You can start by checking the date when the blogger started the blog. You can do this by checking the bloggers profile page. Blogging is hard work and only the committed can survive, so if the person been blogging for more than a year he is serious.

    Check for the frequency of the posts. Has the blogger been consistent in his posts? The best bloggers are committed to writing a blog atleast 4 to 5 times a week. Readers look forward to knowing that if they go to the blog today they will get some new information. Bloggers that stick to their deadline commitments are often those who have a good reader base.

    Also take time and read the posts. Is the blogger passionate about the topics he speaks about? Is the blogger knowledgeable in his domain? Does the blogger write well? The best way to find that out is to read 5 to 10 recent posts and dig in to read 5 to 10 older posts. In this way you will have some idea on how the blogger writes and the growth in writing style and knowledge over time.

    3. Choose prominent blogs

    How does one decide whether a blog is prominent or not? You can check the page rank of the blog on Google toolbar, or check their ranking on blog search engines like Technorati. Sites like Technorati also give the blog rank and authority as well, so since you are going to spend your valuable time commenting on blogs, ensure its ranked well.

    It’s ok to be picky here, you won’t have the time to read, track and make interesting comments on 50 blogs and more. Pick 5 to 10 blogs that interest you, and are ranked well.

    To make this article more reader friendly I am breaking up this post into two parts. In Part 2 we will be exploring others points to consider like checking comments, asking other bloggers, and making new friends.