Blog Comment Frequency: How Much Is Enough?

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  July 24, 2020 blogging tips ๐Ÿ•‘ 3 minutes read

Ronald in Bangkok

 

I seem like a fickle beast sometimes on the blog commenting front.

 

Feeling good is step A1. No way around that one. You have to enjoy blog commenting to see steady returns over the long haul.

 

But as Iโ€™ve been getting feedback on my eBook:

 

How to Build an Online Empire through Blog Commenting

 

I wanted to address one confusing point that flummoxes some bloggers.

 

Said point also befuddles some bloggers.

 

The concept flabberghasts bloggers too.

 

How Frequently Should You Comment on Blogs?

 

OK hereโ€™s the drill; if it feels fun, light and kinda airy, like youโ€™re having a blast, you can blog comment from once weekly on top blogs to 2-3 times weekly.

 

BUTโ€ฆ.the split second blog commenting feels like a chore, cut back on volume immediately. I am not kidding. Treat your high volume blog commenting campaign like I treat aggressive ladyboy prostitutes here in Bangkok, Thailand; drop it/them immediately.

 

For prying eyes unaware of my history please take a deep breath; I do not hire prostitutes. Kelli reads my blog. No; my incident had to do with being stalked then chased by 2 colorful lady boy street walkers early in the morning, trying to drum up business from the late night farang crowd (which I call early in the morning). See link in prior paragraph.

 

I ran into this issue a few times during my blogging career. No; not being attacked by burly, hairy lady boys in Bangkok. That only happened once. I mean blog commenting felt heavy to me.

 

Way back in the day I pulled back on commenting when it felt heavy. You recall when I closed comments on Blogging From Paradise, right? Too much. Tension. Felt like work.

 

If commenting once weekly on well-read blogs from your niche feels good, do it. Comment on at least 5 to 10 blogs though to build your friend network. If commenting twice weekly feels like hard work, or if you strain to get the job done, 1 comment weekly on a blog works beautifully because life, blogging and blog commenting are energy games, first and foremost.

 

Why in the Hades do you think Iโ€™m writing this blog post after 37 hours of travel, factoring in the 12 hour time change from New Jersey to Thailand?

 

My energy concerning blogging is tight, aight? Some say the Blogging Force is strong with me.

 

I love what I do. I have fun doing it. Words flow freely even if I only slept 1-2 hours during the 18 hours spent on a plane.

 

Overall Blog Commenting Volume

 

I am a big fan of building blog commenting momentum by publishing genuine comments on at least 5 blogs daily. After reading posts I spend 5-10 minutes in some cases crafting an authentic, personalized blog comment.

 

If you feel tension in your mind at the idea of writing 5 comments a day aim for 1-3 right now. Spread these comments out among a handful of top blogs in your niche to build your blogging buddy network and to increase your exposure.

 

Hassaan Khan is a shining example of how to do blog commenting right.

 

Whenever I read his comments here on BFP or on any of my guest posts he is authentic, warm and provides real value through his comments.

 

Follow him to see how to do blog commenting properly.

 

Bonus Point

 

How can you discern if a blog is quality enough for reading and publishing meaty comments?

 

Go with the heavies in your niche to remove any doubt.

 

High traffic blogs, highly engaged blogs and flat out authority blogs stick out like sore thumbs. Your intuition will lead you.

 

I chatted with a reader recently who shared a few powerhouse blogs in her niche, delving into the quality question. Hearty thumbs up for both blogs. One quick visit alerted me; these are players in the bloggerโ€™s niche.

 

I focus heavily on building relationships over any SEO benefits so give little thought to factors like Domain Authority. Many blog comment links are No Follow anyway.

 

Your Turn

 

Whatโ€™s your take on blog commenting volume?

 

Do you comment if it feels good and cut back if blog commenting feels like hard work?

 

What tips can you share with our community?

  1. To Travel Too says:
    at 4:48 pm

    Well, I have grabbed my cup of coffee and have settled down to read your ‘words of wisdom’ which always gives me a kick to focus more on my blogging. It is a large cup of coffee so here goes my 5 blogs for the morning and comments.

    Thanks for the wake-up call again Ryan.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:33 pm

      TTT thanks so much! Really appreciate your support on Twitter, here, all over the place. I hope you enjoyed your cup of coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jamie Gardiner says:
    at 5:54 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    I love your content, and have purchased a few of your books to boot (shameless a** kissing). Jokes aside, I think your content always delivers value, and is a light-hearted read. I have just started a blog (like, very early days…probably shouldn’t even be live early).

    My question, or perhaps comment in this instance is if hypothetically commenting is your main strategy to help build momentum in the initial stages, would it not be prudent to push on, even if it does become a ‘chore’ as such? Say for example, you are confident that 1000 comments over 100 blogs could help to deliver traffic, backlinks, authority (in following your guidance and commenting quality of course), then would it be worth continuing to pursue?

    Or…at the risk of sounding esoteric, would continuing to pursue it if it was no longer fun be counter-productive? I know it’s a ‘How long is a piece of string’ style question as you don’t know people, or their beliefs, external factors etc.

    Interested to hear your thoughts:)

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:32 pm

      I am effectively buttered up Jamie LOL. Seriously thanks a bunch!

      Everything really is feeling. This means, if you reach the chore feeling at some point you want to assess the emotion. Is it self-sabotage? Bailing on what has been working but not quickly enough for you? If yes, be with the feeling of “I know this is working but I am being impatient”, then, dial it back some. Maybe take a week or 2 off from commenting. You will be OK.

      But if you come to really loathe commenting and despise it, then it’d be time to let it go. At least for a month or two, or maybe forever.

      Only your intuition knows Jamie because it Knows (capital “K”) where your greatest fun and freedom sits. Time spent in a quiet room for 10 to 20 minutes – or less – will give you your answer.

      Oh yes; once you stop having fun (predominantly) with blog commenting, you are screwed and it’d be beyond counter productive. Doing what is not fun pulls you down the energetic spectrum from Love to fear. Not good. Most human beings live in fear most of the time because they are in Survival Mode, doing things without any thought to their passion or fun, attempting to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. We do the fun thing though, detaching us some from outcomes and becoming freaking dynamos, folks wondering where we get our rocking energy.

      Thanks for the fab question!

  3. Tim Sams says:
    at 6:44 pm

    You never really said why itโ€™s important to comment on other blogs. What value in trade would I receive in commenting on other blogs. Itโ€™s a lot of time for only the other bloggers get value. How does this help me.

    Thanks

    Tim

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:05 pm

      Actually Tim, diving into your scarcity mindset in this area – fear of losing time, fear of only connecting with a few bloggers, heavy attachment to outcomes (why do it? What’s in it for me?)– would clear the fears, which reveal the benefits ๐Ÿ˜‰ The chief benefit is building friendships with top bloggers and as you know all business is built on relationships. Thanks for commenting and for all the RTs dude!

  4. Cori Ramos says:
    at 6:53 pm

    This is awesome Ryan! It was so good of you to share your story with us. That freed up a lot of guilt for me because I feel horrible if I don’t meet the magic number I set out for myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My goal is to do 5-7 but there are some days I can’t get to all 7. Some days it does feel like a chore so I’m glad you validated that it’s okay to dial it back a little. ๐Ÿ™‚ You have spoken, therefore it is, LOL!

    Definitely going to share this because other bloggers have asked this question.

    Hope you’re having a great week!

    Cori

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:26 pm

      Awesome Cori thank you. Really is an energy thing because feeling OK by pulling back, taking your foot off of the pedal, opens you up to more fun, more love and more prospering opportunities.

  5. Hassaan Khan says:
    at 12:48 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for the mention, mate!

    Blog commenting is undoubtedly one of my favorite topics in blogging. Perhaps the reason is that I see people using it the wrong way and I consider doing it otherwise — I always say that I learned two things from you: first being writing 1000 words daily and second is writing useful comments.

    As you mentioned that you take a few minutes after reading the blog post, I do the same thing to build a perspective on the topic and pinpoint some nuggets to give away in every single comment. It just helps.

    I loved this blog post. Short and sweet.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:16 pm

      Excellent Hassaan. My pleasure brother! You are genuine in all you do which makes you shine super star bright with blog commenting, blogging, everything. Folks who are doing it wrong are learning how to do it right from your example. This is wonderful. Lifts up the blog-o-sphere.

  6. VS Chaitanya says:
    at 1:50 am

    Hey, Ryan.

    I Do read more than 5 Blog Posts per day. But, I have not done any commenting till now. I do leave the comments on the Blogs only if I had any doubt or Queries regarding the Blog Post. Now, I will try to do Post some good comments that add at least some value to the Blog Post.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:14 pm

      I like it VS. I see it this way; for an extra 1-10 minutes you build meaningful bonds that reap crazy rewards for both parties. Adding value is key so you are on the right track. Thanks much.

  7. Rhonda Albom says:
    at 5:59 am

    So many comments, so little time. Five a day is a good number. Sometimes I do more, sometimes less. There are so many great blogs out there and I do have my favourites. These get my continuing attention. Any blog I read gets a comment. It’s a thank you for putting in all that effort to make the blog post.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:12 pm

      Exactly Rhonda. A nice thank you helps bloggers and also fosters bond building. Sometimes I go in depth; other times short and sweet. All based on how I am feeling.

  8. Susan Velez says:
    at 8:01 am

    Hi Ryan,

    I make it a goal to comment on at least 3-5 blogs per day. I’ve able to keep that consistent since I started commenting about 6 months ago. The only times that I don’t really comment is on the weekends or the holidays.

    I would rather take the weekends and holidays off. There have been a few days recently that I have skipped a day or two because I’ve either been working on something else.

    Like you, I think it’s okay to take time off from commenting if you are feeling stressed. I love commenting on other blogs because it helps me take time away from my blog out and get out there and network with other bloggers.

    I prefer to do my commenting early in the morning while I am drinking my cup of coffee. They don’t take very long and by the time I get done with my coffee, I’ve finished commenting and then I can start working on my other blogging tasks.

    Like you, I don’t focus on the SEO benefit of commenting. I’d much rather build a relationship with the blogger than anything else.

    Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Susan

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:48 pm

      A fellow morning commentor, eh Sue? Love it. I find commenting first thing when I begin working keeps me calm, centered and focused. No rushing, no pushing, I just slowly read comments and respond from a relaxed space. Thanks much and enjoy your weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. lisa says:
    at 9:25 am

    I didn’t realize comments were that important in the online world but it makes sense. It brings visibility to your site that you wouldn’t have garnered otherwise and is a first step in building a relationship with another blog in an informal way that also brings value to them. Look forward to browsing your other posts.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:44 pm

      I dig the bond building process Lisa. It takes literally a few moments to begin building a life long friendship which is fun to me. I also learn from my blogging buddies which helps me improve my blog. Brimming with benefits the way I see it.

  10. Rick Toney says:
    at 9:57 am

    I try to read different blogs and comment on them a couple of times each week. I find it stretches my imagination and keeps me current on an array of subjects. Plus, it is kind of fun. This is a good blog!!!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:41 pm

      Win-win right Rick? I enjoy learning then making friends through blog commenting. No brainer activity for becoming successful through blogging.

  11. Vishwajeet Kumar says:
    at 7:41 am

    Hello Ryan,

    I usually post comments on blogs whenever there is a new post which resonates me. Just adding two to three lines in comments does not make any sense. You have to make it authentic and relevant to the topic. This is the crucial part of blog commenting. Doing it in a conversation way is definitely more engaging and user-friendly. Hassan is a great personality in the blogosphere. Thanks for sharing these great tips here.

    Have a Great Day ๐Ÿ™‚
    Vishwajeet

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 6:43 pm

      Vishwajeet you are always authentic brother. I appreciate you and your rocking comments over all these years. Have a great day!

  12. Tyson says:
    at 2:36 am

    Ryan always follow a different approach, i used to do commenting on 7 blog/day and don’t follow any frequency. But now after reading i have decided to draft a separate plan for doing blog commenting. Thanks Ryan you always share the best.

  13. Janice Wald says:
    at 9:30 pm

    Hi Ryan,
    1. I love your writing. Flummoxes? Prostitutes? You have mastered the art of engagement!
    2. I appreciate your advice. I work outside the home as a teacher with a yearbook to make. My husband would like to see me now and again. To research, write, and promote my blog posts AND comment? Ouch! Where to find all this time? Your advice makes sense: do what feels right and not a strain. Coincidentally, I have a guest author writing about how to find time to blog this weekend. Thanks for the tip. Makes sense.
    Janice

  14. Israel Olatunji says:
    at 10:15 am

    Hello Ryan,

    Thanks for the informative and helpful post! I started commenting on top blogs from the very moment I read here about the traffic and exposure building potential blog commenting assigns to a blog.

    As I am learning this day by day, I keep improving on blog commenting though there are challenges with time and other factors. I have begun to see improvements each time I check my site traffic stats and I am deeply impressed to put in more effort.

    As you recommended right here in your post, I have visited Hassaan Khan’s blog to learn more about blog commenting in order to achieve best results in earnest. Thanks and kudos to you for uncovering big SEO secrets like this, the needful in online marketing!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:01 am

      Hassaan really is a commenting champion Israel. As are you buddy ๐Ÿ˜‰ Keep doing as you are doing. This is the path to increased success. Comment genuinely, have fun and build bonds. You cannot go wrong as you keep at it and wow it helps to see increased traffic through blog commenting too.

  15. Linda Bibb says:
    at 5:50 pm

    Ryan, of all of your books that I own, your commenting book is one of my favorites, because it’s got so much practical advice.

    It’s hard to balance all the things we need to do as bloggers, but I’ll agree that commenting is a huge one. So tanks for the gentle reminder that I should set a daily commenting goal. My biggest issue is that I spend too much time crafting each response and it eats up tons of time. This because my comments have been misunderstood too often. Any thoughts or suggestions?

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:57 am

      I’d set a timer Linda. 5-10 minutes tops. Or even 2-3 minutes if comments eat up your time. This ensures that you get super clear on the point you make so you don’t feel the need to craft lengthy responses, or, to think through each comments. This also creates a natural flow to your comments.

  16. Jerry Peri says:
    at 3:11 pm

    Ryan, this post makes me feel good! I have been blogging for 21 months now, but not until 3 months ago, I had only a hundred plus followers. I was busy working on content, I made over 600 blog posts! When I discovered and started the trick of commenting on other blog posts, my follower base started rising steadily and now it is 440 and I get new follows nearly daily, despite my blog being suspended due to inability to renew my premium plan!
    I read your bio, it’s every interesting, like everything you share!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:31 am

      Congrats on those 440 followers Jerry! So happy blog commenting is working awesome-sauce for ya ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Luis Medilo says:
    at 4:28 am

    I only leave blog comments on Sundays, which is my blog maintenance and improvement day. On those days, I don’t write my blog posts, just read articles on how to improve my blog, try some new features, make some design changes, and comment on other blogs.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:05 am

      I like that strategy Luis. I sometimes set 1 day aside for a blog commenting day to let things flow.

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