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Blog Commenting in 2016 for Traffic, SEO, and Relationships [Experiment]

Blog-Comments-ExperimentSo I was bored and unhappy with my traffic so I got an idea for a new experiment.

My last YouTube SEO experiment was well received, so I think you’ll like this one also. 🙂

You can scroll down to the TL;DR intro section if you don’t want to read the full intro.

The Idea:

I want to increase my blog traffic, and I want to see if I can do so by commenting on other people’s blogs.

Here’s the plan:

I will spend 30 minutes to an hour every day for a week reading posts and commenting on a list of blogs related to my niche. (You can find the list of blogs I’ll comment on later in the post.)

I’ll actually read the post and take some time to create a long, thoughtful comment.

None of that “nice post!” BS.

The basic idea is this:

  1. People see my thoughtful comment.
  2. They click on my name.
  3. They end up on my website.

Simple, no?

The goal of this experiment isn’t just traffic however.

The biggest goal is establishing a relationship with the author of each of the blogs.

If you own a blog  you know how great it feels when someone leaves a thoughtful comment on your post.

And if you don’t own a blog, I’m sure you can imagine how amazing it is.

TL;DR
I’ll spend 30 minutes every day for 2 weeks reading other people’s posts and commenting on them in order to:
1. Get more traffic
2. Diversify my backlink profile
3. Build relationships with the authors of the blogs

Finding Blogs to Comment On

I already have a pretty extensive list of online money making and marketing blogs that I follow, but I need more to make sure that there are at least a couple of new posts per day I can comment on.

I don’t want to clog up this post, but if you’re interested you can click here to see a list of all of the blogs that I was following during this experiment.

For those of you who are skimming and miss the above sentence: click here to see which blogs I was following during this experiment!

How did I keep track of the new posts on these blogs?

I added all of the ones that had an RSS feed to Feedly, and the rest I just put into a favorites folder and checked it manually every day.

The list has 22 blogs, but as you can see I included people who are making thousands online and people who are just starting out because I want to build a relationship with them. 🙂

Plus I think it’s awesome that they’re just starting on their journey, and any support that they can get is great. (So go check out their blogs if you have time!)

There were more blogs that I could’ve included, but I decided to avoid blogs that use Disqus as a way to comment which got rid of some of the big players in the field. Read more

Market Samurai

Market Samurai Review

Hey guys!

Today I will be reviewing a keyword research tool called Market Samurai,

I haven’t used it in a while because I started using Long Tail Pro, but when I opened it to do my review I found a bunch of features that were either new or that I never used before.

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What Is It?

When most people think of Market Samurai they think of keyword research, but that’s only a small part of what the program can do.

When I just got it I used it only for keyword research and I was happy with it, but it can do much more.

In addition to the obvious you it can also:

  • Create a list of available domains based on seed keywords,
  • Find keyword-related products from Amazon, Clickbank, Commission Junction, and PayDotCom to help you monetize your site.
  • Create ads and blog posts using source content from the product/affiliate pages
  • Find the latest blog posts and articles related to your keyword (Perfect for regurgitating content)
  • Create and publish blog posts straight from the program (Not sure why you would do that because the WordPress editor is better anyway)
  • And find Web 2.0s, blogs, and forums related to your keyword so you can get backlinks

Market Samurai Functions

 

The Review

If you don’t like reading, here’s a video review for you:

I’ll go through the whole program step-by-step, but first let’s look at the price.

Originally it costs $149, but I think you can get it for $97 if you use someone’s affiliate link. (Here’s mine if you feel like it.)

I know that was the case back in the day, but I’m not sure if the discount is still there or if they got rid of it.

Either way for $97 or $149, you get a ton of value.

  • The Good
  • Tons of great features
  • Great value for the price
  • Can analyze keyword competition for you. Combines data from multiple sources
  • More features will be added as it’s still in “Beta”
  • The Bad
  • The Rank Tracker feature is expensive and useless
  • Everything the program does is slow
  • The Content Editor is very basic
  • More features will be added as it’s still in “Beta”

Rank Tracker

This is probably my least favorite feature of the whole program. Read more