Achieving Blog Commenting Stardom

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Commenting RockstarOk I want to thank everyone who commented on the last post about my Social Media Blackout experiment.

It was really insightful to learn how you guys deal with productivity yourselves and how much stuff are you able to get done in just a few hours as long as you have the proper mindset and take massive action.

As a side note for this new update, I know I haven’t published anything here in the past two weeks.

Even if I tried to let you know everything I’ve done, you would probably end up complaining about the length of the article so I’m not going to do that.

Instead, I’m going to write some brief articles for the most relevant things that happened and we’ll take it from there in the upcoming days so let’s get this party started with blog commenting.

Blog Commenting

How blog commenting works, is you normally visit a site on a particular topic, read the article and if you have anything to say (hopefully something constructive at least) you’d leave a comment with a link back to your blog (assuming you do have a blog).

This establishes a communication channel between writer and reader and if you write an interesting comment, you’d normally expect an answer.

If the blog owner is smart enough, the blog will have a plugin to let you know that your comment has a reply so you can go back and check it out (and more visits to your site). 

(I won’t get into the pros and cons of commenting, let’s just stay with the action for now.)

I used to think of this activity as a backlink building strategy that helped our blogs gain page rank and authority.

Well I soon realized that it should be used as a connecting and as a communication strategy more than anything else and think of the backlink juice gain, as a plus from that particular task.

Just check out who visited the blog…

Gideon Shalwick

I say this because not only Gideon Shalwick was on this blog a few days ago, he even told me he liked the article, now how cool is that?

Gideon Shalwick TwitterTwitter Update https://twitter.com/#!/GideonShalwick/status/165001715865751552

In the remote case you don’t know who Gideon Shalwick is, then you’re living under a rock (lol j/k)

He’s your go-to guy whenever it comes to video marketing, he’s that good.

So… being one huge Gideon’s fan myself, I really can’t tell you how amazing this feels.

I was going to say something like “I don’t know what the heck am I doing here on the blog but something is definitely being done RIGHT” but I can’t tell you that because then I’d be lying to you.

I actually do know why and how I did it…

…are you ready?

With great comments!

Being there, appreciating other people’s hard work and being dead honest about our compliments, nothing else.

This is the comment that made Gideon check out my site.

Gideon Shalwick Comment

See… Not that difficult right?

And who else has been here…

Alex Jeffreys

Here’s another top gun who recently came to the blog, Mr. Alex Jeffreys.

Not only he was around and read a few things, he ALSO liked how I wrote and you can see it on the picture down below and on this Turn The Page article too.

Alex Jeffreys Facebook

That’s two internet marketing rockstars, reading the same blog (hint: THIS ONE).

And finally but not least…

James Francis

James Francis is another young Internet Marketer from the UK who I have been following for a while.

He writes very good stuff and shares a lot of great info on his marketing blog.

I recently wrote an article about Digital Nomads and Minimalism and I included a lot of people in it, including James.

To make a long story short, I asked everyone for permission (everyone replied except for one person but no big deal) and here you can see James’ reply.

James Francis Reply

To be honest, I wasn’t even aware that James maybe even visited my site but that’s the impression that I have from his reply.

I have left several comments on James Francis because I really enjoy his videos and…

…wait a minute, did he actually say “an honour to be mentioned“?

Okay, that’s a shocker and a pretty cool one too since I have learned a lot from him just by reading his blog.

I highly recommend you check out his stuff but, can you see the power of writing great comments now?

Conclusion

While I believe that commenting is key to making new relations and meeting new people, even possible business partners, it also can be a huge time sucker so do it wisely and apply common sense.

I used to comment a LOT before and really, it can be addictive to comment on every single post of every single blog you’re aware of and if you go that route, you’ll end up doing nothing else on your whole day.

And your turn…

So what’s the deal, care to tell me what is your commenting ‘strategy’ and share it with this Internet Marketing Newbie? (That’d be ME!)

Take care and speak soon, don’t forget to let me know how you manage your time when leaving comments on the blogosphere and talk to you tomorrow, okay?

– Sergio.

PS. Yes, you read that right… I’m publishing something else tomorrow and I’ll keep it like that for a few days so you can be updated on everything I have been doing lately.

 

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40 Responses to Achieving Blog Commenting Stardom

  1. Linda
    Twitter:
    February 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    HI there Sergio,

    I must admit – never heard of any of those people mention, except Alex. Sounds like you are doing well blog hopping.

    Quite honestly, blog hopping tires me out..lol. My eyes get so tired reading – maybe I am just worn out, which could be it ;-) But, I only blog hop a few times a week, sometimes more, sometimes less…just depends on my mood I guess.

    It’s great that you are being recognized for your comments and your blog in general.

    Keep up the good work and look forward to your next post.

    Have a nice evening!
    Linda
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    • Sergio Felix February 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

      Hey Linda,

      Well apart that some blogs have very long articles or really long videos and then you need to decide if you’re going to write a comment or not, it’s the actual time what bothers me the most, not so much the effort on doing it.

      Depending on the mood you say, I think I pretty much do it like that as well although I’m being more aware of the time it takes me these days.

      Thanks for stopping by and adding your two cents, take care! ;-)
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  2. Linda
    Twitter:
    February 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Oh and I forgot to mention – I LOVE your new header on your blog :) It is a very relaxing picture.

    Linda
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    • Sergio Felix February 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

      Glad you like it!

      I was thinking of putting something else since I’m giving the back to the people lol but I still think it looks good. Might leave it there for a while.

      Thanks for the feedback on it ;-)
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  3. Patrick Griffin
    Twitter:
    February 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Hey Sergio,
    Another great post here and one people should really pay attention to.
    Basically you got people to come to your blog by showing an interest in what they did and by either leaving relevant and genuine comments or interacting with them in other meaningful ways.

    A good blog commenting strategy is to take a genuine interest in the blogger and then leave a meaningful comment to the post you have just read.

    The chances are you will already be interested in the blogger which is why you are reading the blog in the first place. However you could have just stumbled upon the blogger and found the post to be something which interested you.

    It should go without saying that a good comment should in some way relate to the original post but every week I will get people saying any old random stuff on my blog just to get their link shown.

    These comments are almost never seen because 99 per cent are automatically weeded out and the rest are manually deleted by me.

    Also it is quite alright to read a post and then find you have nothing to add so then there is no need to leave a comment.

    However if you can find something to say about a blog you read regularly then please do comment because bloggers generally do appreciate the feedback from their readers.

    Patrick
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    • Sergio Felix February 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

      Hey Patrick,

      Talking about great comments… yours was ROCKING mate!

      You’re right about people just saying anything in order to get a backlink, even though I’m pretty strict on that matter I do allow certain type of comments from the people I know and respect but no one else.

      Actually, if you look at the comment I left for James, it has nothing to do with his article (I felt bad for that but I couldn’t find any other social media channel to get a hold of him) apart from that one, I don’t plead guilty of ever saying something like “great article”, “great stuff”, “awesome post” or anything similar.

      I really hate those kind of comments and what people are doing now is include my name, like that is going to make me publish them.

      Not long ago, I’d just spam those kind of comments and then later decide to either un-spam them or publish them without the link.

      Honestly, I don’t have that kind of time anymore so I just delete them as soon as I see them, not worth our time.

      I loved your suggestion on not leaving comments on those articles that you can’t just add anything constructive because that’d actually force you to say something spammy like “Hey, great post!” lol

      I’m with you on bloggers appreciating comments, it is the same exact feeling a musician gets with an applause.

      Thanks for adding so much man, that’s what is all about, thank you! ;-)
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  4. Daniel Sumner
    Twitter:
    February 17, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    Hey Sergio,

    I have noticed you sharing a lot on Facebook and I now feel I have been missing a lot.

    You see I want to break into the blogging world and to do so I believe the way to get there now, is via good connection, link sharing and guest posting.

    I have been doing exactly that. Commenting, sharing, tweeting and giving my best input to as many blogs as I see relevant. It’s a climb especially when you have other commitments.

    Seen as you are name dropping I will as well. Don’t know if you noticed, but Pat Flynn commented on my blog because I gave him a link. I linked to his podcast which he would have got the trackback for, and in true caring expert blogger style. He commented.

    You can see where this is going. By sharing links and even bigging bloggers up on your blog it gets you on the radar.

    I have also been talking to Danny Iny and Corbett Barr. How? I just asked!

    I have some more plans for gaining attention very soon, and ultimately I want to guest post on some big blogs.

    Great post Sergio,

    Dan
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    • Sergio Felix February 17, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      Hey Dan,

      I think you are doing a terrific job mate and I can see you’re asking the best of the best for advice as well.

      On the Start A Blog That Matters (aff link) course from Corbett Barr, he says that in order to create a successful blog you need to have outstanding content (or better) and he strategically divides it like this:

      – Mediocre
      – Good
      – Great
      – Outstanding
      – Epic
      – Viral

      His recommendation is to produce great to outstanding content and aim for higher every time so you’ll eventually strike an epic or viral article.

      In my own point of view, I think hitting ONE viral article can make the whole difference as I have seen this happening in other places in the past.

      About name dropping I often see that has a negative impact on people.

      Obviously that doesn’t represents the vast majority and I think that if it’s done with the intention of proving a point and/or strengthening a direct relationship with those people, then by all means go for it.

      To me, it shows you’re actually doing your research and writing your articles based on fundaments and not pulling your opinions straight out of thin air which entices me to trust you even more and keep coming back to your blog (nugget?).

      I think Pat Flynn is an awesome marketing blogger and he’s actually the reason I bought a pen tablet (although I have to say, I still suck at doing doodles LOL)

      Danny Inny is another great dude. I have been following him for a couple of months and the man has replied to every single one of my comments, helped me a lot as well.

      I can’t say the same for Pat though but I don’t blame him either, he has created a monster at SPI and I know that replying to every single comment he gets would be a bit insane to do.

      Guest blogging, that’s your ticket to blogging stardom.

      It is a very delicate subject, not many like it, others hate it, others love it.

      If you can write an epic post and manage to get it approved at a big blog, then you’re all set mate.

      For more information on that, check out Jon Morrow’s site here: GuestBlogging.com

      It has a paid course inside (I didn’t join) but if you opt-in and watch all the free videos, you’re going to learn quite a lot.

      All the best and thank you for your insights man, I know you’re going to rock it with your guest posts and I also know you’re in it, to win it!

      Take care and speak soon! ;-)

      PS. I haven’t told you this (yet) but you made the same first rockstar impression that these people are doing right now.

      I first left some comments on your site, then when I saw you commenting on THIS blog I was WOWED.

      When I saw you started coming back for more, I knew I already had it “made” so thanks for all your support Dan, I really appreciate it and looking forward to do some business together but, you already knew that right? ;-)

      PPS. Nice job on the blog revamp, I still need to move some furniture around here and will let you know when I do so, maybe you can give me your point of view.

      • Dan Sumner
        Twitter:
        February 17, 2012 at 11:27 am #

        Pat actually inspired me to buy a pen tablet too. I can use it for mind mapping and a few other things but hey I’m still mastering it as I go.

        I have been talking a lot to Danny lately and he has offered me some great advice.

        As for as replying to comments goes, where do you draw the line? Replying to 50 comments is doable, but replying to 150 comments in a constructive and engaging way isn’t productive.

        I have been told from a lot of guys that guest blogging is a great way to drive traffic. I completely agree, but you have to be producing content 5 and 6 (of your comment) to gain the respect of another blog readers.

        I don’t have the method completely nailed yet, but it won’t be long. I can see whats working and what isn’t.

        Rockstar!

        Thanks for that Sergio it means a lot.

        I’m sure we will do something together Sergio, that I have no doubt.

        Thanks man
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        • Sergio Felix February 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

          Hey Dan,

          I remember when I made the Wacom Bamboo Review and man, that was a complete disaster hahaha

          But now I can say I have been playing a little bit more often with it and have been able to produce better results. (I did the handwritten signature on the About Me page) certainly not a masterpiece but at least is a start.

          Replying to 50 comments, yes it is totally doable assuming you keep them brief too…

          But 150? Not so much.

          About my thoughts on Guest Blogging, that’s the absolute best way to drive new massive targeted traffic but I would really like to make special mention on making the content as amazing as possible.

          The worse thing that I could ever do, is publish something I’m not 100% proud of and having people judging me from that, I think that would definitely suck.

          I’m aware that my content sits comfortably at number #2, Good Content.

          If I decided to do guest posts, I would definitely aim for at least #5, Epic Content but I know that would take some serious research and time to produce it.

          Who knows, I might jump into this some time in the near future but not right now.

          Good luck with your ideas Dan, I know you’re a serious action taker so I won’t be shocked if I suddenly start watching your content spread all over the blogosphere.

          Thanks again for the extra cents, I really appreciate it! ;-)

  5. Jens P. Berget
    Twitter:
    February 17, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    Hi Sergio,

    Wow, Gideon is awesome, and I’ve been watching his videos for a long time. The other guys are awesome as well, but I haven’t been following them as closely as Gideon. What you’re describing really works, and I also have many examples of the same things happening to me.

    But, I don’t think it’s important to focus on the “stars”. I’m not saying that you do. I just want to make a point :) Because when you build strong relations with people who are “ordinary” you end up getting support over and over again. And I can’t even start to describe how much awesome stuff I have received from the people who are commenting on my blog. It’s just fantastic, and that’s so much more fun and interesting, than having a “star” entering my blog and leaving a comment. I love it, no doubt about it, but I appreciate the relationships a lot more :)

    I hope you got my point. Remember, I’m Norwegian :)

    Happy friday Sergio.
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    • Sergio Felix February 17, 2012 at 8:38 am #

      Hey Jens,

      Ahh love your comments as always mate.

      The only stars I focus on, are all the people that come here regularly and leave me their feedback so I can learn more from you guys! ;-)

      I remember that when I first connected strongly with you, it was through twitter and my little USD $1 Social Media experiment (I still remember my promise and will make it happen as well, you’ll see.)

      Regarding comments, I see blogs as three possible scenarios:

      1. Blogs that I’m 100% sure that I’m receiving a reply.
      2. Bloggers that are going to reply AND also coming to my own site and reply there.
      3. Bloggers that are in NO way, going to reply.

      Having said that, I still write comments on all three categories because I genuinely have something to say.

      If we had to focus on just one kind of person, I’d certainly focus on the people that is reachable, certainly not the big stars (although you might want to aim for those for guest blogging)

      Thanks for adding to the article Jens, I really appreciate it and hope you have an amazing weekend as well! ;-)

      PS. I noticed your new optin boxes designs from Martin, they look very good although I’m not sure they are still properly set on the blog right?
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  6. Sandy Halliday
    Twitter:
    February 17, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    Hey Sergio,

    I agree, blog commenting can take up a lot of your time if you don’t have some sort of plan and schedule for it. I think it can really pay off if you have just started blogging to make the effort to visit other blogs and leave a great tip or observation that really adds something to the post.

    That’s the way I’ve found that brings traffic back to my blog especially if you can be one of the first few to comment. It pays to subscribe to the blog so you know when the next article is posted.

    I think it was Marc Milburn who advised us to visit 20 blogs every day to leave a comment on. That would take me far too long. I think it’s hard to skim read a post and leave a worthwhile comment. It also takes me time to compose the comment.

    When I look at the comments made by bloggers using the CommentLuv plugin I have noticed that the majority leave quite long comments. Quality, not quantity is what seems to count.

    As well as building relationships it helps with branding yourself.

    You can guest post on my blog anytime! Let’s talk soon.
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    • Sergio Felix February 17, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      Hey Sandy,

      I like your logic and love your tip on subscribing to the blog in order to get the first comments done!

      It would certainly give you some extra exposure since readers normally check out the first comments, then after the first ones they just skim through them to find the text box and leave their reply.

      I think visiting 20 blogs per day is insane, I did some experiments with this in the past and it is time consuming as hell.

      (I wonder where Marc leaves his comments at, I have seen him posting on John Thornhill’s blogs but not many other places)

      I think that visiting at least five new blogs on the same niche, would be a bit too much but if you have the time, be my guest, I’d certainly do it!

      I like your idea about quality over quantity, even though I choose quality over quantity any time, I always leave really long comments, I guess I need to be more aware of this and try to be more straight to the point.

      A huge THANK YOU for your guest posting offer Sandy.

      It would be more than an honor for me and just so you know, you have open doors here as soon as I start accepting guest blogs!

      Hope you have an amazing weekend and let’s speak soon indeed ;-)

      PS. Great job on having more comments on your site, I can see it has been growing a lot lately, congrats!
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  7. Barry Ranns February 17, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Hi Sergio,

    My day always starts with checking my blog, and replying to the non spam comments, and then doing the blog rounds. I try to avoid visiting and commenting on the same blog, day after day. There is a massive world of good blogs out there, and we have to keep looking for more. After all, if we make a worthwhile comment on their blog, it helps us both, and that is what counts, helping as many other people as possible, knowing that in return most will help you too.

    I turned of akismet on my blog because it was creating too many false negatives, so now I have more spam to delete, but I have more good comments coming through too, and I still find it exciting when I find someone has deemed my blog worthy of a comment, especially if that person is a first time visitor. I haven’t had any names to drop yet, but who knows, my next post may be the one,

    Thanks for the great post,

    Barry
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    • Sergio Felix February 17, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      Hey Barry,

      Great minds think alike, I do the same thing!

      Although I don’t have that much trouble dealing with spam here, I use a combination of Akismet + CommentLuv+ Premium (aff link) and that takes good care of spam for me.

      Before buying the plugin, I used Akismet + GrowMap Anti-Spam Bot Plugin (G.A.S.P) it is a free solution made from the same developer, Andy Bailey and I highly recommend it.

      As for the name dropping thingy, I see you’re IMTrustworthy verified, so maybe you could start with Omar Martin?

      He’s a really great guy, down to earth and always willing to help. I recently started learning TONS from him too!

      So I hope to see you around and thanks for the suggestion on NOT commenting on the same blogs day after day. Doing so would put a cap on getting our blogs to spread and grow faster, although I do comment on every post that my favorite blogs publish.

      Speak soon, thanks for stepping in, take care and speak later! ;-)

  8. Andrew Stark
    Twitter:
    February 17, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Hi Sergio

    First up I joined your list, but you didn’t tell me about this new post. But I did know about it because you’re face keeps appearing in the sidebar in the most comments plugin that everyone seems to be using – tell me which one you use.

    I think the whole point in commenting is to add value to the conversation and show people that you’re a real person, but the real value is when you actually have your own blog. If you just commented and linked to a salespage it would look desperate, but if you update your blog at least once a week and have good headlines you will be attracting your ideal audience, other bloggers who are interested in the same thing – in our case the world of internet marketing.

    Oh, and if people do comment on your blog make sure you do the decent thing and at least check out their blog. Relationships are going to be a big thing in 2012.

    Andrew
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    • Sergio Felix February 17, 2012 at 11:31 am #

      Hey Andrew,

      That’s odd, I just checked out Aweber and everything went out smooth with the broadcast for this update, I also saw what appears to be your email address there so I can only wonder where that broadcast went.

      For the top commentators sidebar I use a premium plugin called CommentLuv+ (aff link) which is a compilation of plugins built into one.

      You can achieve the same result with this free plugin Top Commentators Widget.

      “Add value and show that you’re a real person” I just LOVED that man!

      Linking to a sales page is a big turn off for me. I remember someone actually left a very good comment and he linked to a sales page and the domain had no blog whatsoever.

      I have to say I was a bit dissapointed because I genuinely wanted to connect with that person but I guess that some people just don’t understand what social media is for.

      Relationships already ARE the big thing on 2012, completely agree with you on that one.

      On comment reciprocating… I’m not sure on this one.

      While I expect people to at least reply to my comments on their own blogs, I think it is too much to ask for them to come over to my site and write a comment for me here as well.

      I mean, that’d be completely awesome but let’s face it, many people don’t even have the time to reply to their own feedback in their blogs, much less to be blog hopping for every single comment they receive.

      As far as I’m concerned, I’ll keep doing that as long as I can (replying to every single comment I receive and checking out every single site they link to AND commenting there as well).

      Love your points of view Andrew and after double checking my Aweber stats, you appear to have received the email on your gmail address.

      I hardly think it went to spam but these days you can’t take anything for granted right?

      Take care and hope you have an amazing weekend, thanks for stopping by!

      PS. Let me know if you sorted the top commentators widget out.

      • Andrew Stark
        Twitter:
        February 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

        Hi Sergio

        Seems that my gmail is playing up, both your email and Patrick’s Friday newsletter were hiding in the wrong folder, but I marked them up as emails I wanted, so all should be good for next time.

        Will check out the plugins as now I’m blogging weekly and doing some guest blogging it would be cool to reward those who comment the most with their name in lights on the sidebar.

        Andrew
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        • Sergio Felix February 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

          Glad you got that e-mail thing sorted out Andrew.

          If you need any help with the top commentators plugin let me know, although it is pretty straight forward if I remember correctly and yes, it is very rewarding to entice people to comment on your site.

          Everyone loves a little bit of exposure! ;-)
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  9. Steve February 17, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Great points. Sure, the link back to your site is important but what it does to create real connections with real people is far more important. I have not been doing the level of blog commenting that I desire as much in the past few months (It just seems like there is not time for EVERYTHING) but blog commenting is an integral part of the equation.

    SEO, linking and all that have a heck of a lot of value, but the HUMAN factor and making those small but important connections are huge and can sometimes create incredible opportunities.
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    • Sergio Felix February 17, 2012 at 11:59 am #

      Hey Steve,

      “Real connections with real people” and “human factor”… I’m absolutely LOVING THIS and I’m starting to see a pattern here as well!

      For anyone who don’t know who Steve Scott is, I’ll break you in really quick as it is completely related to blog comments and creating business relationships online (although I consider you my friend now).

      I met Steve through this guest post (http://live-your-love.com/writing-ebook/) he did at Brankica’s Underwood site.

      The article absolutely knocked my socks off and I instantly knew I wanted to learn more from him.

      I went to his site and saw a collection of articles that were… well, beyond my initial belief.

      They were long but interesting, engaging, clear and very goal specific but the most important of all, he replied to comments.

      I started commenting at his site quite a lot, not because I wanted backlinks but because I really wanted his advice and I just couldn’t have enough.

      Then I realized we had many things in common, he also loved to jog, he made a very funny video with some dogs chasing him and I just knew I wanted to be around.

      I felt like I knew him and one thing led to another, I ended up buying his latest product which completely ROCKS! (still a review pending though) and that was all made with the power of social media done right.

      Picture this scenario, Steve comes for the first time to my site, leaves an ‘OK’ kind of comment and links directly to his sales page, do you think I’m going to even care to read his sales letter?

      If you thought I would, then that’s the reason why you’re still not making any money.

      But if he links back to his site, plays it cool, shows that he cares and has this very easy going attitude, then dude, by all means, show me what you got!

      Steve, sorry for the big comment here man LOL just wanted to make a point, you know I appreciate you a lot and wanted to thank you for all your help as well.

      I know you have been busy as hell so seeing you here really made me smile, are you finished revamping your site? Looks a lot cleaner now but I think you’re still moving stuff around.

      Take care and speak soon, have a rocking weekend!

      PS. Steve’s another great rockstar. See, this is the people I care about! NOT the big bloggers! ;-)

  10. Devon Dudeman February 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Hey Sergio! Glad to see you’re doing well! =)

    I’m ashamed to say that I don’t know any of the rockstars you have mentioned, but you’re right on target with how you handle yourself online. I was extremely impressed with you when I first had the honor of finding your website, and the conversation we had was just as impressive.

    To those of you who read this comment: Listen to what Sergio has to say, because he knows this industry well. =)

    • Sergio Felix February 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

      Hey Devon,

      Thanks for your kind comments man and yes, I remember our first talk and also the comment about my background being “too white” LOL hope you are over it now.

      I visited the sales page you are linking to here (and don’t take this wrong, it is constructive criticism!) the only thing I could find “OK” on that sales page was the FTC disclaimer, everything else is just bad man, really bad actually!

      Here’s a very detailed (free) guide by Glen Allsopp (http://www.viperchill.com/blueprint/) on how to make money with just a one or two pages site.

      That guy has some serious mad skills, really, check him out.

      Apart from that, thanks for stopping by and where’s your blog man? I want to check out your stuff too! ;-)

      PS. Have you had any sales already on E-Junkie?

  11. Abuka February 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Thanks for overview, but still one question is left out of the scope. What do you think of nofollow tagged blogs commenting? Many say that it is senseless, while others considere them worth commenting.

    • Sergio Felix February 19, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      Hey Abuka,

      If I was concerned of no follow blogs for commenting, that would miss the whole point of the article, which was written around making meaningful connections with other people.

      If you’re just leaving a comment as a backlink building strategy to your affiliated web hosting catalog and you don’t need any personal branding either, I’d just outsource it and spend my time in something else.

      Which, ironically, it’s what I think it just happened here. LOL
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  12. Sire
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    February 18, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    Hey Sergio, I can safely say that commenting got me to where I am today. While I’m not making a fortune I am making enough pocket money to pay for all my expenses as well as buying a lot of electronic toys ;)

    Blog commenting also got my lottery site to number one of google for my selected keywords. I would also like to add that they only reason they have worked for me is because I’ve always taken the time to leave good comments on those blogs that I visit. Something that I can see you’ve learned for yourself ;)

    Great posts as usual mate.
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    • Sergio Felix February 19, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Hey Sire,

      You’re one of the best in this area mate and no, I actually learned about writing good comments from people like you! ;-)

      I think you once told me that I treated other people’s blogs like they were mine (because I always tried to add something good on the comments thread).

      To me, that is very humbling and I also believe that was definitely key to connect with other people.

      Funny thing is, I met you through a comment on John Chow’s blog, thank God you left a great comment there and made me want to click on your name.

      Speak soon mate and thank you for stepping in on the conversation! ;-)

      PS. You already ranked your lotto site? Dang you’re fast, congrats!
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      • Sire
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        February 22, 2012 at 4:57 am #

        John Chow huh? You still go there because I haven’t been for a long long time.

        It’s nice to know that I imparted a little knowledge to some of my readers. At least the ones who actually read my posts and paid attention to them. You have always been a good student ;)

        As for the Lotto site…..pretty good huh?
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        • Sergio Felix February 22, 2012 at 7:59 am #

          Hey Sire,

          Naah, it’s been ages without visiting his site, got a little too egocentric for my taste.

          Thank you for the student remark, I like learning from the best! ;-)

          PS. Lotto site, yes! Has it started giving some revenue back already?

  13. James Martin February 21, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    I agree to you Sergio that blog commenting is one way of making connections/relationships to other people. For me, the key word in blog commenting is to “appreciate”. Make appreciations and in return, you’ve got the thing called “reward” as being popular because of your positive attitude towards people. It’s just like give and take relationship wherein life cycle is complete.

    • Sergio Felix February 21, 2012 at 9:38 am #

      Hey James,

      Totally agree, we normally tend to reciprocate by nature.

      Taken from wikipedia: “Reciprocity in evolutionary biology refers to mechanisms whereby the evolution of cooperative or altruistic behaviour may be favoured by the probability of future mutual interactions.

      Thanks for stopping by and adding your two cents, have a great day! ;-)
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  14. Jeevanjacobjohn
    Twitter:
    February 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Hey Sergio,

    You are not at all a newbie ;)

    Commenting is indeed a great way to communicate with the blog owner. But, does it actually matter whether the blog comment is awesome or not?

    Don’t know whether you have came across this, but here is a post Tristan from The Back light (Formerly, Blogging Bookshelf) wrote about commenting fast : http://thebacklight.com/how-to-comment-on-lots-of-blogs-fast/

    In his article (it’s an year old), he does mention the fact that we blog owners don’t care whether the comment is “awesome” or not (we appreciate all comments – and I agree with him). We don’t actually care whether the comments change our lives or add something interesting to the post. All we actually care is that we get those comments.

    Now to some personal experience and talk (hope you don’t mind, Sergio :D):

    If you look back at the article, it is basically about how Tristan managed to leave 100+ comments in a day and how we can do that too.

    Right now, I am trying a commenting challenge – leaving 100 comments daily for each day – Monday to Friday for this week. My main goal, like everyone else, is to get comments back (and a lot more people to visit my new blog). So far, I have just covered 50 comments for Monday – Once I really went through it, I learned that it is much harder to get it done. So, I am just going to go for 50 comments a day challenge.

    Anyways, thanks for the awesome post,

    I am off to do rest of my 37 comments for today ;)

    Jeevan Jacob John

    Note: What plugin do you use for subscription management? (I have used Reply me, but haven’t seen the drop down selector)
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    • Sergio Felix February 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

      Hey Jeevan,

      This is going to sound a bit strange but I qualify your comment as a great comment, although I don’t like the idea behind “All we actually care is that we get those comments” as bloggers.

      Actually, I don’t happen to agree with that thought in any way.

      I do qualify my reader’s comments, not on word count but on quality of their ideas and their feedback.

      (You can even come back and write a comment like “great post” and you’ll see that I’m not going to publish that)

      Also, without my readers I wouldn’t be doing this (writing here) but I am certainly not doing it to get a higher comment count either.

      Another great point here, is that I use certain Analytics systems and even with the traffic constantly growing, my visitors average 5:00 minutes on the site…

      So either they are reading something or they just enjoy to stare at a big white blog.

      Anyway, I really like the challenge you are currently doing but still, 100 comments a day… I don’t know.

      I visit sites that have videos that can run for a whole hour (and have found sites with articles that have 2 hour long videos as well) but if I apply the reasoning behind just caring about receiving comments…

      Then I guess I can just grab a dofollow list from the hundreds that are spread all over the internet and write controversial comments everywhere in order to make them click through to my site and gain… more comments?

      Thanks for stopping by Jeevan and giving me something to think about.

      As a small side note, I’m thinking of switching my commenting system (this does lower your numbers by a lot) and I think that I’m definitely moving forward with that idea.

      Good luck with the remaining 37 blogs though! ;-)

      And thanks for the resource on Tristan, currently checking that out.
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      • Jeevanjacobjohn
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        February 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

        Yes, of course. I am not saying that we like comments like “great posts”. I am just suggesting that even if a comment doesn’t add that much value to our post, we will accept it (as long as those comments aren’t like great posts…good job etc.)

        Yeah, they say: Aim for the “big”. Well, I knew I won’t get to 100 comments, but I still have to shoot for the moon, right? So, I am doing about 50 comments per day – it will take like 5 to 6 hours depending upon the post length.

        Well, no. I don’t mean that. I basically took the commenting challenge to meet new bloggers, get new people to visit my new blog (of course) and to challenge myself – because I like challenges.

        Yeah, that is a good idea, as many people do comment just for the links (I don’t do that, infact, I don’t give much about SEO and backlinks). You could check out Eugene’s article: http://www.contentstrategyhub.com/more-blog-comments-business-results << about why he modified his commenting system – I thought this would be helpful more for :) Sorry again for the link!

        No problem and thanks for the awesome reply, Sergio!

        • Sergio Felix February 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

          Hey Jeevan, you’re back!

          And with another great comment too! lol

          No need to apologize my friend, I already learned a few cool things from you and I really do believe in that!

          Also don’t worry about leaving links either, the first one was highly relevant and I’m sure I will enjoy the second one as well, lots of familiar faces in both places. ;-)

          About shooting for the moon, I would aim even higher so yeah, just do as much as you can until you find your sweet post and then just keep working at it.

          I know I would’ve attempted the same (go for 100 comments) in the beginning but then I found out it was really, really hard.

          And last but not least, if you decide to install the Subscribe To Comments Reloaded plugin, make sure you:

          1. Go to “Comment Form”
          2. Check “Advanced subscription”: Yes

          That gives you the drop down option and it’s not the default, so hope that helps!

          Take care and thank you again Jeevan for taking the time to come back and clarify, that certainly speaks a lot for you. ;-)
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          • Jeevanjacobjohn
            Twitter:
            February 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

            Thank you, Sergio :)

            Yes, it is hard (time consuming) plus I have to finish all my college stuff along with it.

            Yup, done that. Thanks for the reminder, though ;)

            No problem (once I start commenting on a site, I will certainly come back :D).

            See ya later,

            Jeevan

            • Sergio Felix February 21, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

              Hey Jeevan,

              Looking forward to it my man, take care and all the best! ;-)

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