Blog Comment Demon: Read Before You Buy

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Hello fellow Warriors;

We recently started using Article Demon, Social Bookmarking Demon, and Blog Comment Demon in my office. And while the first two work well enough that I'd recommend them to pretty much anyone, Blog Comment Demon has serious issues that you should consider before you buy. I'll go over the positives first, but there are not many:

1.) The ability to scan for approved comments is awesome
2.) The ability to export URLs and reports is great
3.) Software is well organized and interface is user-friendly

But that's where the high points of BCD stopped for us, and even those were flawed. For instance, we're not 100% certain that the Scan for Comments feature works 100% of the time, you can only export in one format, and just because the software is organized and presented well doesn't mean much if it doesn't function. In any case, there are much more major concerns about BCD.

1.) The Drill feature (to find related posts on the same blog/site) does not work. Period. Not once has it ever worked.

2.) It takes a VERY long time to return the blog results- usually about 15 minutes just to return 100 blogs.

3.) The blogs returned are a poor mix at best, with a great deal of blogs being returned that have NOTHING to do with your search phrase. For instance, yesterday afternoon during tests we used the keywords: "How to get help for drug addiction." Blogs returned included travel sites, religious sites, and a bunch of garbage that had nothing to do with the keyword.

4.) Of every 100 blogs returned for the multitude of keywords we have used over the past week, significantly less than 5% are Do Follow, Allow Comments, aren't already spammed, and have at least one comment already. of those that are viable, most are PR 0.

5.) The auto-fill form has serious flaws. If it works at all, it usually does not auto fill at least one line, typically the email address, website URL, or some other single-field. A great deal of the time the auto fill does not work at all, and you must cut and paste from it and manually put it in the blog comment section. VERY ineffective.

6.) So many of the blogs returned are either No Follow or Unknown tags that it makes it almost impossible to use the software effectively.

There's more, but I don't want to bash the software completely, as I think Article Demon and Social Bookmarking Demon are AWESOME. However, Blog Comment Demon just doesn't do what it's supposed to do: get Do Follow backlinks effectively and quickly using automated procedures. We spent more time babysitting and trouble-shooting this software. We should have just outsourced our blog commenting: we would have saved serious money considering the amount of time it took us to do this ourselves using BCD.

Because BCD was so terrible, I assumed it must be because I "didn't know how to use it." However, I read the ENTIRE guide. Twice. So did three of my staff. Not to mention that, like I said earlier, the software is well-presented and is pretty easy to figure out. But assuming that I was lacking something, I did extensive research online and found that most people are having the same problems and more.

Some reviews we found were glowing and highly recommended the software. However, upon further examination most good reviews were actually just IMs trying to get that affiliate money. No problem there, I paid for all three of my products through an affiliate link. And while I don't discount those reviews (meaning maybe BCD works for some people and not others) I really put this software through the ringer and it simply did not perform. And while no one wants to gamble, you can do just that if you want to try it for yourself, because you can easily get a full refund if you request it before 28 days after purchase.

Summary? Article Demon Good. Social Bookmarking Demon Good. Blog Comment Demon Bad.

You'll save more time and get more relevant, high quality results using Google and the following operators:

keyword/phrase "powered by wordpress" "leave a comment"

I hope this helps. I'm not trying to be a Negative Nancy, just giving my honest review of this product in the hopes of helping other people make more informed buying decisions. And in actuality, this review will help the software maker because they won't be issuing so many refunds. (BCD has a very high incidence of refund requests. However, most reports state that when a refund is requested, the money is usually returned almost immediately)

My honest opinion is that this software is great in theory and has AMAZING potential, but it needs some serious work by the developers before it could be a viable product for people like me who "play" in a great variety of niche markets. From here on out, we're doing our own article submissions, our own social media commenting, and we'll keep outsourcing our blog commenting (for backlink purposes only).

Thanks for reading!
#blog #buy #comment #demon #problems #read
  • Profile picture of the author koolphoto
    BCD works for me. I have had it since it was first introduced. Yes, it is not perfect, but I have found most software in IM never work like you think they will.

    Yes, it is sometimes slow, but it doesn't bother me. I also have never had problems with the auto-fill feature. It works for me. But then again, why would you want to leave the same comment on all the blogs you post to?

    If you want to find the right blogs, do follow etc, you do need to use the footprint feature. It sort of works similar to Scrapebox.

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    • Profile picture of the author Russell Barnstein
      Ken, you don't want to leave the same comment; not if you are concerned about quality of readership. (Not everyone is but I am) But you also don't want to have to manually fill in your name, email address, URL, etc every time you comment on a blog. I use the autofill feature primarily for that purpose, and sometimes to recycle comments when they are extremely relevant.

      I know there are browser plugins that can do the autofill part, but I wanted to include this as part of the review because the software comes with that feature and it should work but it doesn't. That's important for people to know.

      In any case I'll move the post to the section suggested by another user below.

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  • Profile picture of the author Nigel Greaves
    Hi Russell,

    Thanks for sharing your experience, especially in such depth.

    You might want to post reviews in this part of the forum though:

    Internet Marketing Product Reviews & Ratings

    The mods try to keep this main section clear of review type posts & anything we can do to help them has to be a good idea - if only to stop them zapping a thread you've obviously put a lot of time and effort into

    Thanks again for sharing.

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    • Profile picture of the author Russell Barnstein
      Hi Nigel;

      Thank you for your suggestion and I will implement it immediately. Unfortunately, I can't seem to figure out how to delete a thread. I see where I can edit my post, but while I can edit the text I don't see a way to actually delete the thread.

      I know it's a lame newb thing to ask, but could you please advise me on how to do this? I'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    It may be in the wrong section, but it's still a good post.
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    • Thanks Russell. I was just researching all 3 of these products and you have given me valuable input for my buying decision. Well done.
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  • Profile picture of the author sublime311
    Russel - is blog commenting demon working now? i see they have released version 3. did they fix those glitches that you were talking about, because it seems like a very good product if it is working as they say. anybody else?

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    • Profile picture of the author Kegandrew
      I've been doing a lot of research on blog comment tracking software. I have quite a few pieces of software and services that locate high PR DO FOLLOW blogs to comment on but I can't find a good tracking solution.

      I want a way to take the high PR DO FOLLOW blogs that the various software finds and keep running update on:

      * the status of my comment (has it been approved?)
      * Replies to my comment
      * Comment page current PR
      * Comment page current NO/DO FOLLOW Status

      Any ideas on how to accomplish this? Is there software that will do this already?
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  • Profile picture of the author grahampmortimer
    The thing I really like the sound of is the ability to check for authorised comments. It would appear that all the free ones still require that you go and check for yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author teqrecon
    Thank you! Great post and reference for our newbies!
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  • Profile picture of the author supermanokeh
    thanx for the review.. i will reconsider buying BCD until it has update to fix the problem
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  • Profile picture of the author RadCon
    Is there any update one year and a half later ?
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  • Profile picture of the author dalegolden
    I think the warriors who were thinking to buy BCD, they will become aware before doing it. Personally, I have never relied at any of the automated SEO software. Not a single. Because they are just premeditated programs which may not be able to get the best results for us.
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