August 12, 2015

This Simple but Untapped Strategy can Make You a Popular Blogger

JVSII4KCCKAre you typing away in a dark corner of the internet? How about hoping to be discovered by influencers and people in your target audience who will instantly fall in love with what you write?

Let’s face it: this is a strategy that many, many bloggers follow without a single sign off success.

As a matter of fact, it’s how i started off myself.

It’s quite lonely when you put a lot of effort in writing posts, you finally enter publish, you check your analytics and it’s flat like the Dutch landscape i am surrounded by.

At an even deeper level, maybe i was even afraid of being discovered:

  • I wondered what people would think of me.
  • I was afraid to use my real name. Hiding is much safer.
  • I was scared that my posts weren’t good enough.
  • I thought people would eat me alive for the rubbish im posting.
  • I did not consider myself to be ‘a blogger’.

If you have similar thoughts about blogging for yourself, you’ll have to learn to deal to crush through this conditioning you’ve built up first, like i did. Like i know many blogger did, before they saw some success.

Now get this: to become a good blogger and to get better at writing, you’ll have to write. You’ll have to write a whole damn lot, to be more specific!

But there is another aspect of blogging, that is often overlooked. Its hidden in plain sight, and this might be the problem for some people.

So what is this “hidden”  overlooked aspect of blogging that can improve your writing and get you more readers at the same time?

The Art Of Networking Through
Value Added Blog Comments

When i first realized the power of blog commenting, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Once i saw it, there was no going back. Here it was, hidden in plain sight….

I saw bloggers commenting on each others blogs. They connected with each other and left valuable comments. They shared each others posts. It looked like they we’re having a lot of fun, too. I wanted in on the party.

I read Ryan’s book How to Build an Online Empire Through Blog Commenting. Then i kicked my commenting into high-gear. Things fully started to click with me when i came across Adrienne Smith and i first commented on her blog.

Here’s my comment:

Adrienne-Smith

And this is Adrienne’s response!

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At this point, i was blown away. Adrienne is a véry warm person, and i felt so grateful for her comment that i felt the need to reply back.

She replied even more in-depth on this, and we have since exchanged a lot of words in a short time. We’ve been chatting through email, she commented on my blog, shared my article on twitter,  and even engaged with people who retweeted my article!

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So thanks a lot Adrienne, for showing me what it REALLY takes to make powerful connections online. To have a friend, be a friend 🙂 Go visit her blog. And if you love what she writes, why not leave a comment?

I Never Won A Single Contest In My Life,
But Then I Started Blog Commenting

NevBox copywriting product

My NevBox! The dog is pretty cute too, right? LOL

Neville from KopywritingKourse is one of my favorite bloggers when it comes to writing great copy.

So i regularly visit his blog, and i usually find myself soaking up a ton of value and laughing my ass off because Neville happens to teach in a super funny and as he calls it “cheesy” style.

Here’s an image from his awesome post about Tone of Voice in copywriting that made me chuckle. This is how a lot of companies write their website copy:

Neville has multiple products on copywriting, including a really cool physical product. It’s called The NevBox. It’s a box with copywriting lessons, a cheat sheet and a swipe file starter.

And guess what…I won one!

How? I’m so glad that you asked. I won it through value added blog commenting.

Neville had a guest (Alicia) on his site with an awesome case study  how she tripled Yelp’s conversion rate.

Her results we’re fantastic. Can you imagine how your business would change if you would do the same amount of work, but get 3 times the amount of responses? Your business would explode! 🙂

However, i did have some feedback on her e-mails.

Note: Keep in mind that i would have left this comment anyway. I didn’t comment just so i could win  something. I felt that i had the opportunity to give some valuable suggestions.

As an introvert, it would have been easy to keep these thoughts to myself, but then i’d never have known if my feedback would be appreciated. So instead i just get them out of my head quickly 🙂

The point of this is to show that leaving high value, in depth comments are appreciated by blog owners. The big wins however, are in building a long term relationship. Give freely to receive freely.

Yelp-tips

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But you don’t have to stop there. There’s more you can do.

In some cases, blog owners are really busy.

However, they do get a lot of engagement.

You can help them out, though.

How?

Helping Bloggers By Reaching Out to Other Commenters With Questions You Got Answers To

There are a couple of rules to this tactic, but do this the right way and bloggers will only love you more for this.

First of all, it’s not really a tactic. All your efforts should come from a place of genuinely helping the other person. Got nothing valuable to say? Then it’s probably better to say nothing at all.

Essentially, it’s never about you. It’s always about serving other people. This is a mindset you’ll need to adapt to succeed with blog commenting and succeeding online in general.

In the particular case below, a commenter on Neville’s article said he has send 400(!) business emails without zero response.

He owns a cyber security company and had tried a lot of things to even targeting every business specifically and creating a personalized video for them. But the point is: if people don’t see the value of your service, they won’t buy.

Neville didn’t respond yet, so i felt i could give a contribution:

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Eventually Neville jumped in and gave his own awesome advice, but he did notice and appreciate my comment. I did not take over his blog and respond to every single comment, i just provided some value because i felt like i could give a small contribution.

Bloggers generally love it when commenters start talking to each other. This is a very clear sign that you have built up a community, or, should I say, a successful blog.

Because what’s a blog without engagement? What if nobody learns from you? Right, then they’re just letters on a digital space stored for eternity. Useless as space junk.

So bloggers love comments. It adds value to their posts. It’s a sign of life. Engagement attracts more engagement. People love to be part of something. Just keep in mind that you’re actually contributing. 

Parasite commenters just try to mindlessly suck as much link juice as possible from every blog they visit. Bloggers do NOT like that. Think you’ll build connections that way? Nah ah..Gotta give, to get!

However, you don’t always have to leave long comments like the one above. In some cases, bloggers are not commenting back to each person.

I know Jeff Goins is a busy guy, and this particular post (fantastic article, btw) already had over 350 responses. I did want to leave a comment, so i chose to go with a short but witty response.

Be-Witty

Thankfully Jeff liked it, and was kind enough to take the time to comment back. I’m still working on making my voice shine through. I’m actually doing it right now. By sitting down, and translating my thoughts to ink words for you 🙂

If You Want To Stand Out,
Don’t Stand On The Sideline!

If you look at the statistics, its impossible to ignore the power of commenting. Here’s a quote from AJ Kohn about blog commenting. He brings up the Pareto Principle:

To understand why blog commenting is so powerful you first need to grasp the concept of participation inequality.

In most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action.

So it makes a lot of sense, that if you contribute and create – you’ll automatically stand out.

So what does that also tell you about blog commenting?

If you want engagement, you’ll need to engage with that 10%.

Some Actionable Tips

  • Find a community of blogs you can regularly visit.
  • Make a list of bloggers you want to make connections with.
  • Actually read their posts (ya might learn something!)
  • Write valuable comments.
  • pro tip: keep an Evernote or other external file open to write your comment while reading. I find this also makes for a more intense reading experience, and your comment will make a lot of sense 😉
  • Connect through social media, email / other channels
  • Give freely, don’t expect anything.
  • Stick with it for a while, results do not show immediately.
  • Relax. Why so serious? Making connections is fun!

On some blogs the comment section can get very interesting, lively, and full of engagement. But make no mistake about it. They worked hard to create a community of loyal readers, and they continue nurturing the relationship on an ongoing basis.

“Thanks for the great post”  is not going to cut it. Do you know how many of those Jeff Goins ignores everyday? What i do know is that he has heart and reads them all. Because if you show good intentions – he usually responds:

i-read-all-of-your-posts

confirmation

Both commenters we’re genuinely thanking Jeff for the value he provided. He didn’t take this for granted and replied back to both, even though Malinda couldn’t join one of his classes at the moment. Note that he even reassured her that the blog lessons will remain free 🙂

Remember To Build And Maintain A Strong House

Let’s not forget that a blog commenting strategy is a lot more effective if you have a good blog set up. This is your house.

Think about it this way,  this is a place where you make people feel welcome. Where new connections can start. And needless to say, it should be a great place to further develop your relationships with bloggers in your niche.

I have a confession to make: my blog used to suck be kind of a pain when it comes to commenting. I just recently switched from Disqus to CommentLuv Premium.

Why? I love seeing this system on others peoples website, and i don’t like that i have to log in just to comment. Oh yeah, i forgot to tell you about that one time where i couldn’t even log in on my own Disqus account to respond to comments on my own blog. That was fun 😉

A lot of popular blogs do use the Disqus system, and for them it might work. But if you are starting to build an audience, you might want to consider keeping the barrier for commenting extremely low.

Want To Score Extra Points? Go The
Extra Mile and Be Attentive

Come closer. I want to share a secret with you….

No, i mean really close. This is serious stuff!

Alright, alright i’ll drop the bomb.

Here it comes. Are you ready?

Influencers are human too!

Yep, that’s it. I am sorry to tell you that there is no secret sauce. But you know what? People do not use this to their advantage enough. It’s funny really.

I’ve learned this valuable little lesson from a Mixergy interview called how to amaze people with big, caring gestures.

Do you consciously interest yourself in other people?

Because if you do, you’re definitely going to win big when it comes to blog commenting.

I had noticed Don Purdom’s blog UnveiltheWeb for a while through Adrienne Smith, and i had read some of his articles without leaving a comment.

His article on how a web designer can make a profound difference for your business sounded interesting.

A couple of hours before i read his article, i received a notification from Periscope that Don broadcasted his first session.

I couldn’t join in on the fun at the time, but made a mental note to mention it in the comment if i had something to say about his article.

I hadn’t read a fascinating article on web design in a long time, but this was definitely one of those articles that you’d refer someone to when they are looking for a good web designer.

Doing something like Periscope is always exciting because you have no idea how your audience is going to respond to your message or if anyone is even going to show up..really. So i felt making the comment a nice touch to create a hunan touch.

Don-Perdum-Periscope

 

Hopefully i made a positive first impression on you, Don 🙂 Judging from the reply, i did.

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I’ve read quite some books and i am fascinated by books on copywriting, neuro marketing and psychology. There are a lot of tricks you can use to influence the behavior of people.

But when it comes to this blogging business, you better work on building good old fashioned, meaningful relationships with people in your niche. Go the extra mile.  Check out their Twitter, Facebook or about page to see if you can find something out about them. Do not EVER complain in comments. Only bring positive energy to other peoples sites. Put a smile on their face 🙂 We don’t want some of that nasty, sticky energy to come back to haunt your site, right?

Talking about putting a smile on their face…here’s an example:

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This comment was from a guest post on Blogging Wizard. I noticed Adam, the owner of the blog replied also – but his comment just said “Jasper”. I had the feeling something was up here, and i thought it’d be a nice opportunity for me to connect with Adam on a personal level, as well.

So, i just asked:

Adam Conell

Adam replied back within 15 minutes and even said i could drop him an email if i have any questions about guest blogging. Ain’t that amazing?

Plant a couple of seeds every single day. Don’t expect anything, but trust in your efforts. Stick with it. You can evaluate later. If there’s one thing we know, it’s that we will not know what the future will bring us.

But if we move from a place of excitement because we know the possibilities are endless, then we create massive action. This is a cycle called potential + belief + action = results.

Do you belief in the potential of blog commenting?

I will definitely continue on my journey, and i hope you will join me.

Please leave a comment below if you liked reading this article, and let’s get this party started!

Jasper Oldersom

Hey, I am Jasper and I am an authentic freelance (copy)writer and marketer. If you need time to focus on other parts of your business, while I write a quality article for your website - I'm your guy.

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Sunday - August 13, 2015 Reply

Hi Jasper,
Blog commenting is no longer hidden as a strategy of become popular. Leveraging this tactics has helped many bloggers connect with influencers over time. It is practical to leave valuable comments on the blogs of others, as this brings about good results.

This part of your article deserves bookmarking

“But when it comes to this blogging business, you better work on building good old fashioned, meaningful relationships with people in your niche. Go the extra mile. Check out their Twitter, Facebook or about page to see if you can find something out about them. Do not EVER complain in comments. Only bring positive energy to other peoples sites. Put a smile on their face 🙂 We don’t want some of that nasty, sticky energy to come back to haunt your site, right?”

This awesome post was shared in kingged.com where I have left the above comment.

    Jasper Oldersom - August 13, 2015 Reply

    Hey Sunday,

    I agree that a lot of bloggers have found the positive effects of blog commenting and building relationships with other bloggers.

    However, i know for a fact that a lot of people have yet to fully embrace this. I was one of them for a long time.

    I know you did, because i see you around. 🙂

    I’m glad you liked that particular part of my post. I think it’s the truth. Building meaningful relationships is one of the best things you can do!

    Thanks for chiming in here Sunday, i hope to see you around.

    – Jasper
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Donna Merrill - August 13, 2015 Reply

Hi Jasper,

When it comes to blog commenting I always say “its the backbone of our business/blog” First rule is to read the blog lol. I cannot tell you how many times I catch a comment that is unrelated to my post. Sometimes I let it go through, others not. And yes, those one liners never work!

Bloggers need other bloggers! It how it works. So getting on a blog post and leaving your honest comment will not only please the writer, but also others in the comment section.

Leaving a great comment will get you noticed! Time and time again, I do get people coming to my blog just because of a comment I have made. It peeks their interest and boom..another loyal follower.

You sure did describe very well how comments are an important factor when it comes to blogging. I was nodding my head yes – yes – yes as I read along.

-Donna

P.S. So glad you chose CommentLuv. I swear by it! 🙂
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    Jasper Oldersom - August 13, 2015 Reply

    Hello Donna,

    The backbone of your business / blog. That’s a very interesting way to look at it! I continuously am amazed myself by the power of blog commenting, so i would say that’s a very legit statement 🙂

    Ha! Yes, actually reading is pretty important if you know..want to make a meaningful connection 😀 I have also received some comments that are totally irrelevant to my post. I usually simply decline them, but if it’s not plain blog spamming i’d let it go through, too.

    Great comments do get you noticed, and i will never ignore this beautiful part of blogging ever, ever again. It’s funny how i had to experience that myself before fully trusting on this process. My best blogging decision so far.

    Bloggers do need other bloggers! And comments add massive extra value to a post. I usually find myself reading through the comments on blogs i love visiting as well, and have discovered multiple great bloggers that way..

    How i found your blog? Ehm….yep. Through a blog comment!

    I’m glad you liked reading this 🙂 I loved your article on the 20% solution as well!

    CommentLuv is excellent so far and i am super glad i made that step to a more comment friendly blog.

    Have a good one Donna, it’s great to connect with you!

    – Jasper
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Adrienne - August 13, 2015 Reply

Hey Jasper,

Thank you, thank you, thank you Jasper for elaborating on why blog commenting does work. It can be the start of something beautiful.

When most people see that you’re adding to the conversation or you genuinely have something to contribute then they are much more open to having an actual conversation with you. We both know how that can open doors and give us all the opportunity to get to know someone much better.

I appreciate you using our connection as an example and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you more through emails. Because of your busy schedule we will have a face to face chat via Skype soon. So see guys, this can work in your favor because I think Jasper’s a pretty cool guy so I’m more than happy to read his content and share it on my social media accounts. That says a lot now doesn’t it!

As you’ve gone on to prove though through your other examples here as well that more can come from this too. Oh and let me congratulate you on winning the contest, those are ALWAYS fun and how awesome was that.

When you just take the time to actually read a post and then leave a genuine, honest and helpful comment a lot of good can come from that. That’s what has been the beginning of a lot of the friendships that I have today. We took it to email, then the phone, Skype and let’s face it. A lot can come from those relationships.

I’m glad you connected with Don and Elna rocks her content too. She’s another one of my readers and friends and I’m so thrilled to see her writing for Adam.

Just reaching out and commenting can take you a long way and from there the sky’s the limit.

I so appreciate you giving these great examples and this does go to show what can be achieved when you just put yourself out there a little bit more.

Thanks Jasper and enjoy what’s left of your week. I know we’ll be chatting again. 😉

~Adrienne
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    Jasper Oldersom - August 13, 2015 Reply

    Hey Adrienne,

    No, i want to thank you! You have nothing been great for me since the first time i interacted with you, and raised the bar for me when it came to connecting with other bloggers so of course i had to include you.

    I have absolutely seen how it can open doors and its been a great experience so far, and it’s also really cool to know that there is such a lovely community of people who interact with each other and contribute in a positive way.

    Getting to know you better has been a pleasure so far Adrienne. You are very generous with your time (and words, lol!) and i really do appreciate that a lot. I am sure that you can help me to grow even more as a blogger and i look forward to chatting face to face on Skype.

    Thank you SO much for reading and sharing my post on Google+, you made a really good post too! I haven’t been active on Google+ for a long time..I should get back to that one too.

    Winning the contest was awesome 🙂 There we’re 3 winners actually, some of the comments we’re really good. I am a big fan of Neville’s copywriting, so it’s really cool and i’m going to sit down later tonight to learn my first lesson.

    I was glad to connect with Don and Elna too, they are both great bloggers and i was happy to get such a positive reply from them. I will definitely connect with them more often!

    Putting myself out there was really a big point for me. You can sit around wasting your time by listening to your internal dialogue about why people won’t like you or won’t appreciate your efforts, but it’s not reality. Taking action will silence that stupid inner voice and will show you that people are genuinely interested if you are 🙂

    So i hope at least one person will pick this up and will start putting themselves out there, too.

    Thanks again my friend, for everything. We’ll be chatting soon for sure.

    – Jasper
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Lisa - August 13, 2015 Reply

Hi Jasper!

Thanks for this insightful post. I appreciate all the examples you gave about blog commenting.
I have some wonderful commenters on my blog that visit often, but I also have a few that leave the one-liners and don’t really add much value to the community.
I feel strongly that if a person took the time to write a great post, a commentor should at least take the time to read it in full.
I’ve met some awesome people through blog commenting that I became friends with and/or work on projects together.
Blog commenting is more than getting a backlink. It can add value and insights to a post, as well as create wonderful relationships with others.
Thanks again.
Lisa
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    Jasper Oldersom - August 13, 2015 Reply

    Hello Lisa,

    First of all, thank you so much for visiting my blog 🙂 Glad you enjoyed reading my article.

    I liked adding the examples, because nothing illustrates the point better than showing how i did it. Copying is bad, but modeling is very effective.

    Having people regularly come to your blog to comment is a great feeling, and it gives a lot of satisfaction when people interact with you. I love seeing my posts get shared, but when i get a great new comment on my blog i always light up even more.

    I agree that one liners usually do not add a lot to the community. I like it when people take the time to write a meaningful comment, like yours. When someone writes a comment that a visitor can gain extra knowledge from, that’s always a plus in my opinion too.

    Generating backlinks can be a nice advantage of blog commenting, but personally i do not focus on this because it’s already a by-product of building meaningful relationships.

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

    – Jasper
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      Lisa - August 14, 2015 Reply

      Hi Jasper!

      It was a pleasure visiting your blog. Thanks to Adrienne for sharing it in Google Plus…that’s how I found you.
      Another point is when people leave interesting and insightful comments, others will follow them to their blog to see what they are all about.
      I have been exposed to some wonderful blogs via comments.
      Have a weekend full of adventure and awe!
      Lisa
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        Jasper Oldersom - August 14, 2015 Reply

        Hi Lisa 🙂

        I thought it was amazing that Adrienne shared my article on Google+ and it only verifies the power of blog commenting because that’s how i initially connected with her.

        I definitely agree that you can pop up on other bloggers radar by being insightful and interesting. Great point Lisa.

        Have a fabulous weekend as well!

        – Jasper
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Donna Amos - August 14, 2015 Reply

Jasper
Great post. Ryan’s book about comments was on point. You have done an excellent job of building a following using thoughtful commenting and not just one liners that reveal you never read the post.

I always appreciate someone that has taken the time to read my posts, I appreciate the lack of time we all have. With so much great content it is difficult to choose. But I have to say I have been enjoying your writing, and this post is packed with valuable info that any blogger can learn from. Thanks for sharing your experience it is helpful to anyone who is looking to develop relationships online.

You Rock
Donna

    Jasper Oldersom - August 14, 2015 Reply

    Hey Donna,

    Thank you so much for visiting. I agree, Ryans book was on point. Even before i started blogging myself i noticed his comments on other blogs so that says a lot.

    I’m just getting warmed up honestly, but it’s absolutely nice to see that other people are starting to pick up on me 🙂

    Donna, i fully agree with you. When people take the time to read your article, and leave an insightful comment..That simply means a lot. It’s not something to take for granted.

    With that said, i’m so glad you enjoyed my writing and found the information valuable. Your latest post was very valuable to me as well, especially the information on Google+!

    Can’t thank you enough Donna. Have a lovely weekend.

    – Jasper
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Theodore Nwangene - August 14, 2015 Reply

This post is simply WOW Jasper,
I don’t even know where to start from. You’ve really swift my feet away with this one and i must confess that its one of the best posts I’ve read this month.

Blog commenting is really one of the best ways to build solid relationship with co-bloggers. There’s no way you’ll leave a meaningful comment on someone’s blog that he won’t notice it unless the person is a snob.

When it comes to blog commenting, Adrienne Smith is really very good at it and that was why she was crowned Engagement Superstar sometime ago. Another blogger I respects a lot on that is Harleena Singh.

It was through the both of them that I actually discovered the golden benefits of blog commenting some years back and since then, I always try as much as I can to leave thoughtful comments on any blog post I read else, I won’t comment at all.

This shows that you’re really getting lots of amazing connection via your comments Jasper and all I will say is that you should continue with it.

Thanks for sharing.
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Jasper Oldersom - August 14, 2015 Reply

Hi Theodore,

Thanks a ton for your comment! Your compliments are much appreciated.

You’re so right. How could someone not notice you if you are being helpful and genuine? LOL, i had to laugh at your snobby comment. There’s some of those too, i’m sure. But mostly, i’ve found bloggers to be VERY helpful and genuine if you are. It’s been nothing but fun.

Adrienne is excellent when it comes to commenting and she is really good at building strong relationships. She also doesn’t just connect through comments. She followed me back on Twitter and Google+, and we even email. She truly is an Engagement Superstar.

Its good that you brought Haarlena Singh up, i’ve heard her name so many times now. Nothing but good things. I cant believe i haven’t connected with her yet. I will check out her website to see what she’s writing 🙂

Good point about trying as hard as you can to leave thoughtful comments, or not leave on at all. I will absolutely continue Theodore, you bet. Thanks for the encouragement.

Have a fantastic weekend and i sure hope to see you here again!

– Jasper
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    Theodore Nwangene - August 14, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Jasper,
    I Usually feel so disappointed each time I read a post which I found very interesting and then leave a comment and the writer will just ignore me.

    What is even worst is that you might actually find something you’ll like to dig deeper on the post. Maybe you got confused on something the author mentioned and then you ask him a question via comment in order to know more about the topic and he will not respond to you.

    In fact, I usually don’t visit such blogs again. But that’s by the way.

    Harleena is really good and you can check out her blog at. aha-now.com, I’m sure you’ll enjoy her work.

    Thanks for the response Jasper. Will be visiting often.

    Theo

      Jasper Oldersom - August 14, 2015 Reply

      Hi Theodore (or do you prefer Theo?),

      I agree it can feel very disappointing when your comment does not get a reply. I know sometimes a comment can simply be missed. It does happen. Other bloggers never even respond to comments.

      Asking additional questions is indeed a great utility for comments. Because if you’re blogging, you’re teaching. And some people would like some extra clarification.

      In some cases, this can even result in the blog owner editing the post because that question turned out to be really important to a lot of readers.. Seen it a lot of times, even on high authority sites.

      Thanks for the link 🙂 and i do hope to see you again.

      – Jasper
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Sherman Smith - August 14, 2015 Reply

Hey Jasper,

What can I say about commenting?

Well its more powerful than many may think. And coming from introcerts like we are, it does bring us out of our she’ll when done right.

Like you, I really didn’t see how much power commenting had until I met Adrienne Smith. She was welcoming and I have learned a lot from her and the other commenters who are regulars on her blog.

As far as Commentluv Premium, I don’t leave home without it! This is the only commenting system I’ve used and I don’t see myself changing anytime soon. It has quite a few genuine features that gives all of us a great experience in the blogosphere!

Thanks for sharing Jasper! Have a great weekend!
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    Jasper Oldersom - August 14, 2015 Reply

    Hey Sherman!

    I’m so glad you visited and read my article 🙂

    You’re so right. I actually belief the very reason why blog commenting is so powerful, is because a lot of people underestimate the power. This gives those who do comment a great way to stand out and makes it easy to connect with other bloggers.

    If someone received thousands of comments on his blog, i’d imagine it to be a lot harder to reply and connect with each and every single one of them. Thankfully, these type of numbers are highly unusual because of the pareto principle and that gives us a chance to build new connections, and strengthen the ones we already have.

    I agree CommentLuv Premium is awesome and i love it so far. It has a lot of features and i’ve yet to explore some of them 🙂

    Thanks a lot for visiting and i noticed you sharing my post on Google+ too! So i want to thank you a TON for that. I have your latest article bookmarked so i look forward to read that one.

    Have a great weekend Sherman.

    – Jasper
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Enstine Muki - August 14, 2015 Reply

Hey Jasper,
Adrienne shared this post on her Facebook wall and I just had to click through. Yes, she’s a wonderful person and one of the bloggers I discovered when I just got into blogging. I grabbed her free ebook and since then, I was given a huge lift.

Blog commenting (and doing it rightly) can never disappoint the commentator. It has connected me to so many awesome people (and I’m sure from here, we are going to be connected too)

I see you active on a lot of blogs I read. Makes me feel very comfortable here too 😉

Interesting post buddy and thanks for taking the time to table such value.

Hope you are having a splendid weekend
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    Jasper Oldersom - August 15, 2015 Reply

    Hello Enstine,

    Thank you so much for visiting my post through Adrienne’s post. It’s really nice of her to share my article 🙂 She’s definitely a wonderful person. I haven’t read her book yet, but i do have a session scheduled with her.

    When you do it right, the blog owner has to pick up on you..no doubt about it. Especially if you stick with it for longer periods of time and show you genuinely care. I absolutely hope we’ll get to connect more often Enstine and i’m sure we will!

    I am glad you felt very comfortable here. It makes me happy to hear that.

    Thanks a lot for taking the time to visit and comment!

    Have a good weekend as well Enstine 🙂

    – Jasper Oldersom
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Katrin - August 16, 2015 Reply

Hello Jasper,

oh wow … you really got me with this article.
I just recently decided to get visible on the web. I was one of the 90%. 🙂 In some way or the other I was struggling with this anonymity the web provides (it has pro’s and con’s, like everything else). And I also subconsciously didn’t really fancy all those “Thank you for a great post”-comments. I think that was the reason why I didn’t really want to belong to it.

I could really sense your empathy and your heart in what you wrote. That triggered something. I appreciate you shared your story and so many valuable tips how to connect. From my heart: thank you! 🙂
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    Jasper Oldersom - August 16, 2015 Reply

    Hi Katrin!

    Thank you so much for your inspiring comment 🙂 I know it’s hard to get out of your shell. You could consider asking yourself what could happen if you would throw yourself out there. This usually uncovers the underlying reason why you feel uncomfortable with the idea.

    There are definitely a lot of those lazy-messaging comments out there, and this gives some people the idea that commenting is a spammy technique. I’ve seen more than one big site close it’s comment section for this reason so it’s a legit concern to have. However, please don’t hesitate to comment if you’re actually providing value. Besides, you’ll stick out easily between those sloppy commenters 😉

    I am glad i triggered something with my writing, and that’s a huge vote of confidence so thank you so much for that. In the end i’m not only trying to provide value, but also trying to get people to act upon it!

    So i’m definitely glad you decided to comment here. Connecting is easy. All you have to do is genuinely be interested. I truly appreciate your comment Katrin.

    Have a good one 🙂

    – Jasper
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Carol Stephen - August 17, 2015 Reply

Hi Jasper,

I really like this: “Now get this: to become a good blogger and to get better at writing, you’ll have to write.” Seriously. This was the first thing to make me laugh this morning.

And I love your writing.

Here’s to blog commenting!

Sincerely,
Carol Stephen

    Jasper Oldersom - August 17, 2015 Reply

    Hey Carol,

    Haha i am SO glad you liked that! It’s kinda obvious, I know..But I still felt like pointing it out. Ha. Glad i got you to laugh, especially on Monday!

    Just kidding about Monday though, I tend to like a new week. (Sunday is pretty rad too, though 😉

    Glad you like my writing and I personally LOVED your last blog post, too.

    Here’s to blog commenting Carol! I am so glad we connected through Twitter and make it a great week.

    – Jasper
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Ashley Faulkes - August 17, 2015 Reply

Hey Jasper,
You seem to be garnering some great attention with your comments, and my hat goes off to you. It is not an easy or fast thing to do, and commenting with heart is something else all together.

I am not going to try to beat you here, but only take a minute to say great job, and inspirational. Unfortunately I have not had the time to participate in such comment blog hopping of late, but hopefully my small contribution here is at least something.

Hope to see you around the blog world more!
ashley
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    Jasper Oldersom - August 17, 2015 Reply

    Hey Ashley,

    Thanks a lot for your compliments, it genuinely means a lot. And that sentence doesn’t do it any right because its so damn cliché.

    I respect you as a blogger. You’ve been around for a while, and have been featured on some top notch blogs. You also have plenty of kick-ass content on your site. So that definitely has some weight to it for me.

    I think I have only left one comment on your blog since i saw your article on WP plugins shared by Adrienne Smith, but you can bet that I will be visiting you more often.

    I already have you on my sacred list of websites to visit regularly 😉

    Your contribution here is VERY highly appreciated. Thanks a lot Ashley, you inspire me as well.

    Have a great week ahead!

    – Jasper
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Don Purdum - August 18, 2015 Reply

Hi Jasper,

It looks like you’re off to a great start in commenting and connecting with bloggers. It’s a great way to build your online presence.

When I launched UnveiltheWeb.com in May 2014 I had only one strategy for the second half of 2014; connect with as many influential bloggers as I could.

I did it all through blog commenting and social media; combined with my blog of course.

I earned Adrienne’s trust and coached her on how to rebrand and rebuild her message and it has been awesome to watch the changes happening in her business.

I really appreciate you including me in this article. Be sure to tag me in the future on social media and let me know if you choose to include me again that way I can be more prompt.

Great post and I’m excited about your future!

Have a great week Jasper.

~ Don Purdum
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    Jasper Oldersom - August 18, 2015 Reply

    Hi Don,

    Well, guess i’m majorly caught off guard by this one! LOL 😉

    You’re absolutely right that I should’ve tagged you / e-mailed you / let you know that you’re included in this post. In that regard, I still have a lot progress to make when it comes to being proactive. Thanks for pointing me out on that.

    Don, I can see that you are having a lot of success so far. Starting with UnveilTheWeb in 2014 and are already seeing so much traction is awesome and it shows just how effective relationship building this. If only i’ve known this earlier. But then again, it goes for a lot of things i’ve learned throughout the last years.

    It’s awesome that you earned Adrienne’s trust and got to help her push the business forward too. She’s doing amazing and when it comes to engagement, the #1 name that jumps up in my mind.

    Your comment means a lot to me, and i’m glad you did stop by to visit – even though I lacked the proactivity to let you know you we’re included 😉

    Lesson learned Don….Lesson learned..

    I also look forward to my future with a burst of excitement and positivity and I can’t wait to see what it has in store. Especially looking forward to connecting more and meeting more amazing and driven people like you Don!

    – Jasper
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Jane - August 19, 2015 Reply

Hey Jasper,

That’s an awesome post. And I so agree with all you’ve said here, mainly because I taste the power of blog commenting and relationship building everyday with my business.

There’s nothing to sweat about it. It is so much fun. In fact, the only thing I find as fun and so refreshing is to read others’ blogs and share my opinion. I don’t think about backlinks or SEO or anything else when I do it.

The main reason I’m doing it is because I want to keep up with the industry, I love reading others’ blogs, I LOVE building relationships and I do it to relax during my blogging schedule.

Thanks for the wonderful post, Jasper. Have an awesome week!

Cheers,
Jane.
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    Jasper Oldersom - August 19, 2015 Reply

    Hey Jane,

    First of all, thank you so much for stopping by and joining the conversation!

    I’m glad you agree with me on these points 🙂 When i saw people like Adrienne investing so much time in building relationships i couldn’t ignore the power anymore. And like you say, it is so much fun!!

    I also love reading others bloggers articles…I’ve been a voracious reader for quite some time, but connecting with other bloggers is something i should have done much earlier.

    Keeping up with the industry and learning new skills is something i also really enjoy. I try to learn at least a couple of new things each day.

    I already took a sneak peak at your blog, and i have to say it looks excellent so you’ll definitely see me there 😉

    Thanks again for your comment, already looking forward to connect more with you Jane!

    – Jasper
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metz - August 20, 2015 Reply

Hello there Jasper!

Newbies shouldn’t miss this simple but very powerful tip you have here. I concur with Sunday that Blog Commenting is no longer hidden as a strategy of becoming popular. However, not all bloggers put endeavor and time for blog commenting. As we know replying to comments or messages builds reputation, trust, brand and drive good outcome, yet not all know about this (or maybe some are lazy to build relationships).

There are many examples and good takeaways here that we can use. I will suggest this to everyone.

Thanks for sharing!
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    Jasper Oldersom - August 20, 2015 Reply

    Hi Metz,

    Thank you for your comment.

    Well, i didn’t write it just for the newbies. It’s also for the marketers who think that commenting is simply not an effective strategy due to the insane amount of spam around it, those who want to see real life examples of comments that worked and others that are insecure about getting yourself out there – like me for example.

    It’s not a hidden strategy, but it is hidden in plain sight. Like i noted in my article, 90% of people who read never comment. So it’s relatively unpopular (and will always be).

    Of course the Kingged community knows about commenting, but there are a lot of bloggers out there who have the best intentions and write great articles but think that just writing great content will have them covered.

    And yes, then there are the lazy ones… 😉

    I’m glad you found this one useful!

    – Jasper
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Kim Willis - August 24, 2015 Reply

Hi Jasper

Great post – I really liked the way you gave real examples of how blog commenting has worked for you.

I have to admit I am very new to this world of online networking through blogging. I started my blog years ago but never took the extra step of connecting with other bloggers. Sure I’d read about the strategy but thought I was above it, or perhaps it was because I was lazy.

Things started to change when late last year I interviewed Ryan Biddulph. After talking to him I realised that maybe the way I was looking at blogging was all wrong. Then a few months ago he released his new book about 27 Influential Bloggers, and lo and behold I was one of the 27 featured.

Why did he do that? Was it because I was a great blogger? Hell no. I think he did it for two reasons: 1. Some of my content is good, so he was happy to endorse it 2. Reciprocity – for me interviewing him 6 months prior.

That’s when the penny dropped – finally! (Yes, I am a slow learner sometimes.) From there I started reaching out to other bloggers and found Adrienne Smith. That was a few weeks ago, and since then I’ve really embraced blog commenting as a pleasant daily activity. I’m now commenting on other blogs too and it was through Adrienne that I found you – small world, eh?

I know that in a few months I’ll have a new audience, thanks to blog commenting. And thanks to people like you for doing great work.

I liked all the points you made in your post, but one in particular stands out for me. It was this one: “Helping Bloggers By Reaching Out to Other Commenters With Questions You Got Answers To” Yes, I like that one, so I will implement it in the near future.

Thanks once again, Jasper!

    Jasper Oldersom - August 24, 2015 Reply

    Hi Kim,

    Thanks for stopping by, glad you liked the examples!

    I love that you commented on starting your blog but only just recently picked up blog commenting. Like you, I didn’t realize the true power of building connections through blog commenting either.

    There are many reasons think they shouldn’t comment, but you and I both know that the power of building these connections is utterly important.

    It’s not about going to every blog on your list armed with CTRL + V, posting the same mind numbing comment over and over. But when you really build these relationships amazing things dó happen.

    Ryan is a great guy, very inspirational. He doesn’t respond to every comment or email anymore nowadays, but it’s a big part of how he got where he is now.

    There is one particular copywriter i love and learn a lot from, but there’s one thing i have to disagree with him on. He says that reciprocity is a crock. It’s not – and i’ve seen the effect of it. So I think you’re spot on 🙂

    I am a slow learner sometimes too. But when I truly “get” it – the door gets blown wide open and nothing holds me back anymore.

    Helping others with their questions absolutely is a nice one, especially on high traffic blogs where the owner is very busy!

    Thanks again for reading Kim and I wish you a great weak ahead!

    – Jasper
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Kore Duke - September 9, 2015 Reply

Hi Jasper,
I really enjoyed reading this post.
To be sincere am still waiting to taste and feel the power of blog commenting. Its a good thing you’ve shown how commenting has worked for you.
Yeah you so right, Andrienne Smith is indeed a warm person and even more. Am still learning a lot from her and Sherman Smith.
Everyday am gradually coming out of my shell to connect and comment more with bloggers.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.
Have a blissful day!

    Jasper Oldersom - September 9, 2015 Reply

    Hi Kore,

    First of all, thank you so much for visiting and i’m glad you enjoyed this one!

    It means a lot that you decided to comment even though you’re still working on coming out of your shell. I’ve been there, and I know for a fact Sherman Smith has been there as well 🙂

    Adrienne is amazing. She lights up my day with every interaction! There’s a lot to learn from both of them.

    I hope this post will inspire you to gradually comment more so you get to experience the power of commenting for yourself because that was one of my goals for this one.

    You’ll definitely find that there is an amazing community out there, ready to connect with you.

    – Jasper
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Gerhard - March 9, 2016 Reply

Hi Jasper

This is by far the best article I’ve read online about blog commenting and using this strategy to drive traffic to your website. I have seen many guides, tutorials and articles detailing the steps to take in order to make this work, but I’ve never seen anyone go as in-depth and give out this level of usefulness when it comes to blog commenting.

I’d just like to thank you for posting this content on your blog. I’ll be sure to come back to your blog often as I see the content you provide are very helpful.

– G
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    Jasper Oldersom - March 9, 2016 Reply

    Hi Gerard,

    Thank you so much for stopping by. What a compliment!

    When you apply these strategies consistently, you’ll be amazed at the results and connections you’ll make.

    I’m so glad you found this resource useful — you’re most welcome.

    Looking forward to seeing you here more often (…no pressure!)

    – Jasper

Karan Bhagat - March 12, 2016 Reply

Hey Jasper,


I wondered what people would think of me.
I was afraid to use my real name. Hiding is much safer.
I was scared that my posts weren’t good enough.
I thought people would eat me alive for the rubbish im posting.
I did not consider myself to be ‘a blogger’.

Exactly the same way I used to think of myself before getting into blogging.

Engaging with the commenters on our blog is definitely a must as if the commenter didn’t get any reply then he/she may lose interest to participate (as long as their motive is not to get a backlink only, because backlink seeking commenters do not give a damn about getting a reply).

Helping out other commenters on the article is also a very good idea, recently I got a reply to one of my comment on a blog, first was my comment, then the blog owner, then a girl, then again blog owner appeared to reply her and the last was mine. So it created a chain and a pretty nice conversation which came out with a positive conclusion. The best part is at the same time I was on my google analytics account and could see a referral from that blog, the logic says it might be that girl who replied to me. I gained an audience as well.

It was nice being here on your blog. See you soon 🙂

Best Regards,
Karan
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    Jasper Oldersom - March 15, 2016 Reply

    Hey Karan,

    I’m glad you got through those thoughts, like me! It’s not worth it to stay in our minds. When we get out there and DO it, we notice our beliefs were false all along.

    I agree, you definitely need to engage with commenters. When I comment, I never do it for a backlink. It’s outdated to think that way. In 2016, you need to go for those connections because those are the ones that achieved me SO much more (think guest posting opportunities, work, etc).

    Those chain comments are magic 🙂 You can definitely get some traffic by providing great comments on other blogs, I’ve seen my analytics prove the same!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed being here, Karan. Hope to see you soon (no pressure whatsoever 🙂

    – Jasper
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Vijay Kumar - September 28, 2016 Reply

Hi Jasper,
You have written this article beautifully, thanks for this awesome post. I have a movie website running on Wordpres. is this useful to use Commentluv on my website?
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Kristen - January 27, 2017 Reply

Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and finally got
the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Tx!
Just wanted to mention keep up the good job!
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