Is commenting always a waste of time?

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Hi, this is Max. I've heard different things about blog commenting. I've tried it myself. When I just commented on highly ranked blogs with simple comment forms it didn't bring me traffic to my website no matter how good what I wrote was. It only gave me some miserable SEO benefit and a bunch of visits now and then after a hundred of comments or so.

With Facebook comments enabled on popular blogs it was different. I didn't have a FB profile at that time but my friend had. I logged in to her profile and commented on big blogs in her niche. She had a fan page, put its name in "where have you worked" field editing her profile, in the ''position" field she typed in a strong call to action. So every time a comment I made went live everybody saw this kind of ad, not spammy, salesy, annoying but acceptable and cool. I drove her traffic, not too much but good. Her sexy picture played a huge role attracting attention too I should say. This method works. However, we don't know how to find a list of blogs with Facebook comments enabled in a specific marketing niche. All blogs I worked on were stumbled upon by accident. I was just browsing or making a research when suddenly spotted a blog or two with Facebook comments. Recently I asked of a shortcut to find lots of blogs that use FB commenting plugins in social media section of WF and on other forums but still had no reply. Nobody seems to know that.

Please guys, don't criticize us for not using paid FB options for traffic. We are still new to Facebook and look at free methods first when we have time for Facebook marketing. Later if we need it we'll learn it. OK?

Next story. One teen I knew made a weird gmail account. Instead of his first and last name he put 2 short titles. 1 - call to action, 2- solution of a problem. He created a YouTube channel and uploaded videos, some of them were sales videos. When he commented on popular channels people saw his short message instead of full name. It was a mild promotion rather than spam, the content of his comments was smart without any hint of spam as well. It seemed to work for him. But I prefer the first method I personally tested.

What methods do you know to make commenting work for traffic generation regardless of SEO? Is there anything else? Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author webapex
    There's still the backlink boost potential for quality site comments, the sort of insigntful contribition these valuable blogs might have to see to approve your comment can also act as your first step toward being accepted as a guest post writer, which would have substantially more payoff on a highly ranked site.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    For your first question, do a "view source" on the pages you already found with FB comments. Look for a comment line with a plugin name. Then search for that plugin name along with a keyword for your niche market.

    For your second, check back to see how long that funky gmail account and YT channel survive. It may seem smart, but the consequences could turn it into disaster.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    I still like blog commenting it is pretty good source of traffic and also does provide me with good links also.....

    I do like to have a diverse link portfolio though so I wont just build comment links....

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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    Yaa depends if you're looking for exclusively traffic from your comments or seo value also.

    YouTube strategy seems like a decent strategy
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    I very rarely read through all the other comments if I post a comment on a blog. People are too obsessed with themselves. So first you need people to read your comment and then you need them to click on your link. So you can see why it is bringing you very little traffic. I think there are much better ways to use your time.

    Go and seek out authority blogs in your niche and offer to write them a guest post.
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  • It depends on your intentions if you are looking solely for backlinks I think its a good idea, I've never gotten much direct traffic from commenting but who knows how much residual traffic it creates due to backlinks which boost page rank.
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  • Profile picture of the author garyt
    You need to be very selective on where you comment. If there are too many comments already, then no point adding on as yours will be drown in the sea of comments. You must be among the first 5 to comment, IMHO
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    Its always a good thing to comment not just for the links but for the relationships and the potential of having returning readers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monja
    I always get good traffic from blog comments. I wonder why you don't - I have a steady flow of traffic from many blogs. Not 100s of people but 2-3 per blog every day which means a good amount if you count it all together. So I believe it is definitely worth but you really need to stick to it for some time to archive a good traffic flow.
    as Fazal said - commenting also builds relationships
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  • Profile picture of the author Demetrius
    For building relationship through blog commenting, I would suggest to comment into the blogs which have got commentluv enabled. Those blogs will provide you good quality links (some may give you dofollow links) and people are more likely to interact at a commentluv enabled blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author lowelly
    Originally Posted by Max Greenflame View Post

    Hi, this is Max. I've heard different things about blog commenting. I've tried it myself. When I just commented on highly ranked blogs with simple comment forms it didn't bring me traffic to my website no matter how good what I wrote was. It only gave me some miserable SEO benefit and a bunch of visits now and then after a hundred of comments or so.

    With Facebook comments enabled on popular blogs it was different. I didn't have a FB profile at that time but my friend had. I logged in to her profile and commented on big blogs in her niche. She had a fan page, put its name in "where have you worked" field editing her profile, in the ''position" field she typed in a strong call to action. So every time a comment I made went live everybody saw this kind of ad, not spammy, salesy, annoying but acceptable and cool. I drove her traffic, not too much but good. Her sexy picture played a huge role attracting attention too I should say. This method works. However, we don't know how to find a list of blogs with Facebook comments enabled in a specific marketing niche. All blogs I worked on were stumbled upon by accident. I was just browsing or making a research when suddenly spotted a blog or two with Facebook comments. Recently I asked of a shortcut to find lots of blogs that use FB commenting plugins in social media section of WF and on other forums but still had no reply. Nobody seems to know that.

    Please guys, don't criticize us for not using paid FB options for traffic. We are still new to Facebook and look at free methods first when we have time for Facebook marketing. Later if we need it we'll learn it. OK?

    Next story. One teen I knew made a weird gmail account. Instead of his first and last name he put 2 short titles. 1 - call to action, 2- solution of a problem. He created a YouTube channel and uploaded videos, some of them were sales videos. When he commented on popular channels people saw his short message instead of full name. It was a mild promotion rather than spam, the content of his comments was smart without any hint of spam as well. It seemed to work for him. But I prefer the first method I personally tested.

    What methods do you know to make commenting work for traffic generation regardless of SEO? Is there anything else? Thanks.
    Blog commenting is mostly good for SEO. To drive traffic to your site, you would have to actually offer solutions, so that those who read the comment follow the link looking for the answers they need. You can get more traffic with forum profiles.
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  • Profile picture of the author curationsoft
    commenting is never a waste of time, it help you promote your product or service and drive traffic to your website. its one way of promoting your website
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    • Profile picture of the author majesticman
      Commenting is great in the eyes of Google and other search engines. People hardly read comments except it is a very passionate topic and most times they are abstract topics that people would not spend money on.
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    • Profile picture of the author MarketMaster13
      Yeah it works only if you are commenting in relevant bogs and your comments adds value to other people .
      So,try as much as possible to be relevant and helpful to others.
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  • Profile picture of the author shreySEONerds
    In my view Blog Commenting is effective in the sense that through blog commenting we generally get targeted audience and also if we comment on good blogs,high PR blogs we get the quality backlink and also we able to communicate with our targeted customer which gives more chances of conversions..
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  • Profile picture of the author Fantastic
    I've commented relevant information on high-ish traffic blogs before.


    It would usually get me a backlink and 3 or 4 visits from that blog.


    The thing is though, it is sometimes tough to get your link in there...


    Without them thinking you're just spamming them or...


    Using their site as a potential traffic source.
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    • Profile picture of the author glennshep
      Personally, I enjoy blog commenting and find it very productive. The majority of my traffic, contacts and shares are as a direct result of blog commenting.

      One thing that I think is of vital importance is to always be relevant. Therefore you should only post on blogs that are related to yours and only when you have something of value to say. I have a lot of blogs that I comment on regularly but when there's a new post, rather than just leave a comment for the sake of getting a link or exposure, I will only comment when I can offer something to the discussion. If I can't then I just don't comment.

      I think blog commenting needs to be approached with the right mindset. If you approach it soley with the intention of getting backlinks and publicity then you're headed for disappointment. However, if you endeavour to engage with people, offer advice and opinions, show that you're interested in the blogger and always ensure to make comments of value, then you will stand out for the right reasons and people will be more likely to take notice of you. If nothing else, you will get the attention of the blogger, even if you get lost in the comments thread and don't get noticed by other visitors.

      Another tip is to share other people's blog posts via their social media buttons. Just that one click of a button can result in the blogger showing his/her appreciation by sharing one of your posts which, in turn, can get shared by other people and also helps to establish your reputation. This is something that I've failed to do as much as I should have until recently, but I have definitely noticed some good results by doing this.

      Lastly, you need patience if you're going to use blog commenting as a source of traffic. Expect a trickle rather than a flood, especially to begin with. But if you consistently do it the right way and stick with it, you will get the long-term benefits
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  • Profile picture of the author dengkane
    I like related comments posted on my blogs, but there are too many spam comments, such as "I like your content", and I will approve the comments if they are related with the blog posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author webrankingservices
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    It all depends on what you comment and where. I have made more than $40k with blog commenting. It works like charm
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  • Profile picture of the author Laura Raisanen
    I've found blog commenting to be a fantastic way of driving traffic, in fact, I get most of my traffic that way. As others have pointed out, the other great thing to come out of commenting is the relationships you build.
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  • Profile picture of the author Meir
    backlinks from quality blogs can help your ranking with Google, however you have to vary your backlink sources. Having all your backlinks only from blog comments can actualy heart your SE rankink as this may trigger a penalty from Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author DTGeorge
    Originally Posted by Max Greenflame View Post

    Hi, this is Max. I've heard different things about blog commenting. I've tried it myself. When I just commented on highly ranked blogs with simple comment forms it didn't bring me traffic to my website no matter how good what I wrote was. It only gave me some miserable SEO benefit and a bunch of visits now and then after a hundred of comments or so.

    With Facebook comments enabled on popular blogs it was different. I didn't have a FB profile at that time but my friend had. I logged in to her profile and commented on big blogs in her niche. She had a fan page, put its name in "where have you worked" field editing her profile, in the ''position" field she typed in a strong call to action. So every time a comment I made went live everybody saw this kind of ad, not spammy, salesy, annoying but acceptable and cool. I drove her traffic, not too much but good. Her sexy picture played a huge role attracting attention too I should say. This method works. However, we don't know how to find a list of blogs with Facebook comments enabled in a specific marketing niche. All blogs I worked on were stumbled upon by accident. I was just browsing or making a research when suddenly spotted a blog or two with Facebook comments. Recently I asked of a shortcut to find lots of blogs that use FB commenting plugins in social media section of WF and on other forums but still had no reply. Nobody seems to know that.

    Please guys, don't criticize us for not using paid FB options for traffic. We are still new to Facebook and look at free methods first when we have time for Facebook marketing. Later if we need it we'll learn it. OK?

    Next story. One teen I knew made a weird gmail account. Instead of his first and last name he put 2 short titles. 1 - call to action, 2- solution of a problem. He created a YouTube channel and uploaded videos, some of them were sales videos. When he commented on popular channels people saw his short message instead of full name. It was a mild promotion rather than spam, the content of his comments was smart without any hint of spam as well. It seemed to work for him. But I prefer the first method I personally tested.

    What methods do you know to make commenting work for traffic generation regardless of SEO? Is there anything else? Thanks.

    Hi, this is Max. I've heard different things about blog commenting. I've tried it myself. When I just commented on highly ranked blogs with simple comment forms it didn't bring me traffic to my website no matter how good what I wrote was. It only gave me some miserable SEO benefit and a bunch of visits now and then after a hundred of comments or so.
    Some blogs (with 20-30 comments) I get NO traffic from. Others I easily get half a dozen hits.

    Make sure your comment is valuable, do it as early as possible, and increase your "comment portfolio", and you're sure to see traffic very quickly. You'll also be able to tease out which ones send the most traffic, and which ones send you the most valuable traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author imeasysales
    When I comment on blogs, I usually always do it to try and get traffic rather than for backlinks. If it's done right and the comment offers value and it's related to your site, then it can be quite good for getting traffic to your site. I find forum posting a lot more valuable however.
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    • Profile picture of the author Max Greenflame
      Originally Posted by imeasysales View Post

      When I comment on blogs, I usually always do it to try and get traffic rather than for backlinks. If it's done right and the comment offers value and it's related to your site, then it can be quite good for getting traffic to your site. I find forum posting a lot more valuable however.
      Absolutely agree, forum posting is a better alternative to invest your time in. However, many people disable the function of viewing signatures so we all are losing tons of potential forum traffic. I'm still looking for an effective blog commenting strategy, it used to be blogs with Commentluv comments...
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by Max Greenflame View Post

        Absolutely agree, forum posting is a better alternative to invest your time in. However, many people disable the function of viewing signatures so we all are losing tons of potential forum traffic. I'm still looking for an effective blog commenting strategy, it used to be blogs with Commentluv comments...
        The best strategy I've found is the "pebble in the pond" strategy.

        Drop a pebble in a still pond, and you get ever-expanding concentric rings.

        For blogs, the first ring is tightly related blogs. The next ring is more loosely related blogs, etc.

        On those blogs, look for posts with active conversations, not just loads of comments. Add something valuable to the conversation. If it's there, enable email notice of comments on your comment.

        When the conversations peter out, drop another pebble in the pond.

        Often, you can keep the rings going by clicking the links of commenters you like, and commenting on their blogs if they measure up.
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  • Profile picture of the author mohsinmallik
    I love blogs which have got commentluv enabled. A lot of commentluv enabled blogs provide dofollow backlinks which will definitely help in terms of search engine ranking. Personally, I think blog comment is still a great way to get good quality backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Meir
    Google has discounted the power of comment links.

    Actually too many links just from blog comments can get you penalized by Google. You need to diversify your links sources.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Mak
    Sooner or later blog commenting will not work for seo, but it is still working for now. so do it.

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