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I have been trying a number of new marketing techniques lately. Some have worked out quite well. I am covering one in today's newsletter, and I hope to cover a couple more in the next few newsletters.
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Their Blog, Your Post
by Jim Green
Why waste your time writing comments on someone else’s blog? Because you will be allowed to add your own link to the comment. Done properly, because you can add your own link to your comment, this will help increase your link popularity and help position your site on Google. People will see your comment as valuable and click on your link to visit your site.
There is little value to making comments willy-nilly. You must find blogs that are on the same, or closely related topic, as your blog. I don't know about you, but I don't want to spend all day looking for a blog on my topic. I want software to do the work for me. Unfortunately, you can't automate the posting of your comments as each one is individual and relates closely to the post.
The post you are commenting on must be relevant to your site, and your comment must add value to the post you are commenting on. A comment like, "For more information on this topic, see my blog at "http:///www.yourblog.com," is a waste of time! You must put some thought into your comment so that readers will want to hear more from you and click on the link to your blog.
I found a free tool, Comment Hut, that will help you find blogs related to your topic, and as a bonus, it sorts theses blog by page rank. All you need to do is enter your keywords, go for a coffee, and it will find related blogs that will accept comments, and list them by page rank, while you're gone. Because it is the free version, it does have some limitations - it only checks WordPress blogs, and only returns a percentage of the related ones.
I was a little disappointed when I tried it out because it came back and told me that I might be IP banned from Google. Using my second IP address, I got the same result. Only by checking one URL at a time did I discover that one address was malformed somehow and was triggering the banned response. Once I eliminated that URL, the program chased down the page rank for me.
You can buy the full version of Comment Hut which allows you to check seven blog types and returns all of the related blogs, sorted by page rank.
You could of course just use Google with your search term “+WordPress” to find all of the WordPress blogs on your topic. You will not of course be easily able to determine the page rank of a blog this way, but that may not be a problem.
I tried this on a couple of topics I blog on and was not impressed. The number of sites that were about WordPress, rather than were WordPress blogs about the topic was huge compared to the stuff I was looking for. But your experience may be different.
I don't know about you, but I like to know if my efforts are paying off, so I track my traffic. You should be doing the same. I use a tracking code on my landing page. It returns the link and the site the visitor came from.
Depending on how your website is set up, you may need to put a tracking code in the URL you post with your comment. If you do, I would suggest that you use a URL shortener to cloak your tracking code.
Blogs that return visitors to your site should be monitored for additional posts that you can add comments to in future. Don't worry about blogs that don't return visitors, they will still add page rank to your site and help to build your reputation as an expert on your topic.
If you decide to use this method, do not expect a sudden rush of traffic after you post a comment. It could happen, but more often than not it will give you trickle of traffic over days, weeks or even months.
Give it a try. I'm sure that you'll be pleasantly surprised.Final Notes
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