No one, right?
We all like to comment. We all want to comment and get great results out of it. But, that’s not the problem. There isn’t enough time or energy to spend for commenting on all blogs we know.
So, what can we do?
That is why we have smart commenting.
Smart commenting is about picking out bloggers/blogs to interact with and interacting with them on a consistent basis.
There are two steps to smart commenting:
- Finding blogs and Picking out the best ones.
- And Interacting with them (Actual commenting).
Experiments can reveal a lot of things, small details that we forgot about otherwise. The commenting experiment that I have been doing gave me an upper hand on these small details; I saw several of them, simple but yet complex in its own nature.
Today, we will talk about the first step in smart commenting (we will also talk a bit about the experiment itself).
Finding blogs was my first challenge. You see, to avoid any others factors kicking in, I had to find new blogs for this experiment. When I started the experiment, I thought that this would be an easy task (It is, but not as easy as you would think it is).
The difficulty of this task, for the most part, rests on our experience.
If you are an experienced blogger, you have a better idea on finding blogs. But, if you are just a new blogger, then it might be hard for you.
I solved this challenge using various methods:
Comments on other blogs
I checked out the comments section of others blogs that I already knew. I checked out the profiles and comment luv links of the comment authors (Gave me an idea on who they were, their niche and whether they were a good candidate for the experiment).
When you are looking for other blogs to comment on, I recommend you check a blog you know. Check the comments (See if the comments are well thought and written – this given a idea on the personality of the blogger them self). Also check the comment luv links and profile links (twitter, blog page etc if available) of the commentator. This will help you to understand who the commentator is and whether they are a good blogging partner to work with. Checking the actual blog, blog posts and the community there (really check the community – tells you whether the commentator is working hard to grow a loyal community within his blog) gives you a better understanding of the person himself/herself.
Top Commentators Widget
In a way, this is related to the previous section about other blogger. The top commentators widget of other blogs will give you an idea on who the most active person is (there is higher chance for a person on the widget to be active blogger and a suitable blogging partner to work with – especially with networking).
Social media is a big helper, especially with commenting. In Twitter, the best way to find bloggers to interact with is by searching through the follow list (check the list of people your fellow bloggers are following, the people in the list will most likely be other active bloggers whom you can interact with). But, be careful, there are lot of bloggers out there who use automated methods (following people in bulk) just to get more followers – so you want to choose your candidates carefully. Same thing can be applied to G+ and Facebook (Check the circles and likes).
Your Own Blog
Last but not least, you own blog is a great source to find people to interact with. Go through your comments (Do you already visit the sites of your active commentators? If not, do it. Read their posts and reciprocate the comments). I have always been a bit lazy on visiting my commentator’s sites. But, lately I have been giving the activity more attention.
Other Means (Forums, Blogmarking sites)
There are also other means such as forums and blogmarking sites (Such as Blokube, Blogengage) to find bloggers to interact with. But, frankly I prefer other sources over these (I tried it, and found it a bit more hard to find new folks – new folks who really care and comment).
The next step in the process is picking out blogs.
Picking Out The Best Ones
As I mentioned earlier, you can’t comment on all the blogs you come upon – you have pick out a handful of them. How can we do that? Well, it depends upon the person itself. In this section, I will share the things I did to pick out bloggers.
If I came upon the blogger through commenting section, I looked at their comment (See if it is worthwhile), their profile and the number of comments they left.
The comment gives me an idea on the personality of the person. If the comment is really into the subject, then I can assume that he/she would be a great addition to my own community (hence I can comment on their blogs and convince them to visit mine).
The profile comes in handy when I find the blogger/blog through Social media sites and other means such as Blogmarking sites. The profile gives me a deeper understanding of the person him/herself (whether they are an active networker, sharer, influencer or just a normal twitterer. The number of comments give me an idea on whether the person is active within the community (of the blog through which I came upon them).
The first impression that I get from visiting blogs has helped me to sort out a lot of bloggers (First impression = clean design, awesome, usable and relateable content along with a good site speed). If any of these things are messed up, then the blog is out of the game (unless, they have exceptionally awesome content).
The comments in the blog has helped me understand whether the blog owner spends a lot of time on building an active community within their blog (this isn’t about the number of comments they get, it is more about the quality of the comments themselves).
So far in the commenting experiment, I have only had a few (10-15 blogs) who have “passed” my first challenge. Some bloggers didn’t have a clean design, while others lacked awesome content or a good community to support the blog.
Initially, I planned to stop the experiment and announce the results today. But, so far I have been doing great (But, I think a bit more data and experimentation can pull in more results and therefore more things that we can talk about and improve in our normal commenting style).
For the next post (next week), we will be talking about the commenting part – deciding to leave a comment, commenting style, choosing an appropriate comment luv link and all other stuff that is associated with commenting itself.
Meanwhile, you can help me out by leaving your feedback.
Do you have a way to finding new blog/bloggers to interact with? If so, what are they? If not, why?
Do you pick out bloggers? How do you do it?
Do you want us to address any specific topics in the upcoming post on actual commenting?
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