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Comments on: Is Commenting On Blogs Part of Your Marketing Plan? Are Your Doing It Wrong?

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By: coupon food

Sat, 13 Sep 2008 20:49:33 +0000

Well, yesterday morning I logged into my wordpress admin dashboard and saw that I, too, had been attacked by a spam ping- bot. The website: a fake hair cair blog. Wait: a hair care blog!? Yes, they linked to my Recommended Listening post of last week. What does hair care have to do with classical music? Well, the title of the song I was reccommending in the post was The Girl with the Flaxen Hair. That might explain that bit.

By: Des Walsh

Wed, 03 Oct 2007 07:40:55 +0000

From a number of 'comments' which include words from a blog post title but prove on closer examination to be nonsense, I'm guessing there is some kind of robot being used to generate spam. There are recurring phrases in these weird items. On linking back, given that we have the opportunity on most or all comment forms I've seen to provide a site hyperlink to our name, the times when we use a link in the body of the comment should be rare - as Andy says, when there is a long article worth referring to or a link to someone else's content. What puts my teeth on edge (apart from the links to non-blog sites) is the game of gratuitously adding a link to the commenter's site at the end of the comment. I have taken to using WP's facility for editing comments, so as to block that little caper but leave the comment otherwise intact.

By: JM

Sun, 30 Sep 2007 19:18:39 +0000

I have to say that commenting is an a yes/no attempt to market my own blog. It's a yes in the fact that my blog link is on more sites but no in the fact that I rarely directly link it in the content of the comment. If I link within the content, it's because I believe my post is relevant to the main topic in either a supportive or contrasting way.

By: Ted Slater

Fri, 28 Sep 2007 21:34:41 +0000

Actually, not on Boundless, but on our blog, Boundless Line. :-)

By: Ted Slater

Fri, 28 Sep 2007 21:32:32 +0000

Great points, Jim. I've seen the same kind of comment spam on BOUNDLESS.ORG ;-)

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Thu, 27 Sep 2007 11:53:06 +0000

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By: Salubri

Thu, 27 Sep 2007 08:55:31 +0000

I comment wherever I find content that interests me. I very rarely link from my comment... I figure if what I say is interesting and insightful enough people will want to read more and will follow the link to my blog (most comment forms have a place to enter your URI). Occasionally (if there's a specific post I have written that I think is appropriate) I will directly link to the post. As I blog mainly for my own amusement and not professionally I think this makes navigating to something topical easier for the reader of the original post I am commenting on. For professional blogs there should _always_ be some sort of semantic connection between the post you are commenting on and what you link to; if your corporate blog is mainly unrelated to the post - it might also be necessary to link to a specific post but really I would feel that's an uncommon situation. My rule of thumb when approving comments on my blog is to immediately discard any comments from people I don't recognise if the content is not relevant. After that I _may_ visit a link in the comment body if the comment grabbed my interest. If the target site is also interesting the comment is approved.

By: Stephanie Booth

Wed, 26 Sep 2007 20:52:00 +0000

Commenting on blogs to promote one's own is delicate. It's one of the best ways to make yourself known as a blogger, but it's also one of the best ways to lose any credit you might have had if you go around doing it clumsily. I usually tell people the following: read other blogs, particularly blogs which have something to do with what you're writing about. If you read anything that you find thought-provoking and have something interesting to add, then leave a comment. But leave a comment because you have something to say/share, not "just to leave a comment". It's also really important to understand that leaving a comment will bring people to discover your site only if they think that what you said was smart, relevant, interesting. Leaving a vacuous or off-topic is worse than not commenting at all.

By: Andy Beard

Wed, 26 Sep 2007 19:15:17 +0000

I think the only time I ever drop a link in a comment is when I would be forced to copy a 3000 article to make a point, or I am linking to someone else's content. I get a fair amount of junk comments that it is obvious people are just commenting to get a link. They get zapped very fast.