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Overview

The main purpose of blog commenting is that leaving comments will help you reach out to people. And this strategy will make you more influential. There is no other way that you could connect with a blogger none other than contributing consistently on their blog through the comments. This is a plus point to you because those bloggers see that you are reading what they write. Leaving a good comment sends a message that you spent time on their blog.

Blog guest posting is very common today but before you send a request to someone about posting as a guest on their blog, it is advisable to invest several time in commenting. If you approach them in a professional way,
the author will surely know that you are legitimate, serious and can add value to their site.

This also means that you can’t just leave links that are irrelevant to the blog or conversation. It is always important to leave links that will improve the discussion.

It is always into your advantage when you contribute to the social web such as blog commenting. And there is no doubt that Google likes it.

The Strategy

Why understand the blogger?

First thing is to know is where you are going to post. There was a time when commenting to 100 blogs in a short period of time is important, but now; it doesn’t work that way anymore. You need to be strategic about where to comment because you could leave comments on blogs that don’t really carry any social weight and these blogs has already eaten up your time.

Take note to see blogs that are relevant to your topic. Look for blogs that are worthwhile to comment on. Because getting links from them, it will actually mean something and that link will surely count.

Why understand the commenting community?

After seeing your prospect blog, take a look at the comments that are already present. Read through all the comments on the post you are thinking about responding to. If you can, have time to scan even the older
comments to have an idea.

Take note at the characteristics of the commenter’s and the community itself. Are the people around here friendly? Sarcastic? Mean? Smart? Is it a wise thing to leave comments in this kind of blog? Why do you need to check out the comments first before commenting? Because sometimes, you may actually realize after reading the comments that you don’t want to contribute to that discussion or blog. You might have seen that this blog can hurt your site instead of help it. So this step is important when it comes to figuring out strategically where you are going to post.

Why use authentic identity?
Before you consider blog commenting as one of your strategy, one of the things you will have to figure out early is your commenting identity. If you are new to blog commenting, you might have considered using a dummy name, screen name, fake name and there is a time that even symbolic ones. But, the best practice if you are a professional and plan on making a serious go at this to emphasize your online presence, is to use your authentic identity.

Using your true identity means using your first and last name and real photo of you as your avatar.

This is helpful because your identity even in blog commenting is tied into your social search strategy. Your identity will build credibility with the community you are about to contribute to. You will be known and most importantly, your name will appear to Google’s search engine results pages.

To make things easier, there are some tools that you can use to manage your online contribution profile. One is Gravatar, which allows you to pull the same image across the web as you comment on different blogs.

Why read through the comments?

The main purpose of this is to avoid repeating something someone else already said. Most blogs do not have hundreds of comments, so reading through will not be too hard. If there are lots of comments, you can just scan them but the main point is to to make sure you understand what is being discussed. If you post a comment that repeats a prior comment, you might lose credibility and that is something that we are trying to avoid.

How long should a comment be?

In writing a comment, you should remember these three C’s: Be Clear, Be Concise and Be Compelling.

You might write long comments but is it interesting enough? However in short comments, they tend to get overlooked, especially if there dozens or more comments.

What you should do is to write a long comment or write several short-to-medium sized comments on the same blog post.

How many numbers of links you should leave?

Avoid being too self-promotional by not leaving more than one link in a comment. That would just seem too self-promotional. If you are going to link to someone else, two is the maximum I would leave.

You should take note that in WordPress, by default, WordPress filters comments with two or more links as spam.

If you are going to put anchor texts, it’s better to use HTML code to make your links anchor text.

<a href=”http://yoursite.com”>your anchor text</a>

Search for Blogs Using Google Search

Steps:

1. Use the tool “Blog Search” on the Google searching tools.

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Note: Google has lots of new tools that you can use even in searching blogs to do your commenting. You can use Blog Search and Blogger (which searches for Blogspot blogs).

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2. Once in the Google Blog Search home, type in your keyword or the topic you wanted to search for blogs.

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3. You can now see that Google returned only blogs in the searches.

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4. Once in the website, look for the comment form at the bottom of the post which is usually look like this. Leave your name, email address, website and of course your comment.

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Commenting Using Disqus

Disqus is a networked community platform used by hundreds of thousands of sites all over the web. With Disqus, your website gains a feature-rich comment system complete with social network integration, advanced administration and moderation options, and other extensive community functions. Most importantly, by utilizing Disqus, you are instantly plugging into our web-wide community network, connecting millions of global users to your small blog or large media hub.

Source: http://help.disqus.com/customer/portal/articles/466179-what-is-disqus-

The benefit of Disqus, is how easy it is, and your comments will almost always show instantly.

Steps:

1. Go to http://disqus.com/ and register a Disqus account.

The username will be the anchor text for your link. Although you may want to try some accounts with keywords as the anchor text, it is really up to you as long as it is available.

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2. Set up your profile in Disqus.

Go to Settings and set-up your Profile and Avatar. Complete the details that are needed in your Profile section:

Full Name

Website

Location

Short Bio

These details will appear once you have made a comment.

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3. Search for blogs, use the following type of query when doing a Google search:

“Powered by Disqus” your keyword

Google will not only give you blogs which uses Disqus as a commenting platform, but also blogs relevant to your keywords.

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4. After searching for blogs, you can now post your comment. Type in your comment in the box. Take note that if you are properly logged in, your username should appear at the bottom right hand side of the comment box and you do not have to log in to other site again as long as you are already logged in and that site uses Disqus also.

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5. Clicking through one of the commenter you will see the bio or the profile page. You will see the username, description, website that you have set-up earlier. You will also see the number of comments made and the places that they have commented. This is the same info that will going to appear in your profile once you have made the comment.

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