Do follow - If you’re leaving comments, you might as well get some link juice. Unless you want to brand your name, it’s a good idea to use proper keywords as your anchor text. Because the comments are do follow, your anchor text will be read by Google. Here are two places to find do follow blogs: Do Follow Blogs Directory and 160 Do Follow Blogs. Also, you can do a search on do follow blogs.
Blogger links out - Scan through some blog posts and see how often the blogger links out. A blogger that links out a lot understands that blogging is not an insular activity but a conversation. This blogger will more likely read his comments and visit his commenters’ sites.
Some bloggers (like Mr. Gary Lee and John Chow) link out to their top commenters.
Right now, I have a free link offer where I’ll link out to you if you answer a forum question on your blog. It’s an easy thing to do. Plus, it helps you write useful content.
Traffic - Obviously, the more traffic, the better. Here are some ways to judge traffic. Look at RSS subscribers. Check out the number of blog comments. Compare blogs’ traffic with Alexa.
The best way is to determine traffic volume is by testing. Get a free traffic stats program like Google Analytics. Then, leave comments on different blogs and see which one drives the most traffic.
Number of comments - I know I just talked about blog comments, but you may not want to comment on a blog that receives 25+ comments per post. It’s hard to get your comment noticed if there are 25 other comments. If you do comment on these blogs, try to be one of the first to comment. The early comments get more traffic than later comments.
Consistent updates - It’s better to leave comments on blogs that post regularly. Each blog post is an opportunity to leave an insightful comment and get noticed. If a blogger posts once a week, you only have 4 chances a month to get noticed. Find bloggers that post multiple times a week.
From my previous post and this post, here are my 10 principles for picking blogs to comment on.
* Same niche
* Quality of content
* Same principles
* Fits your personality
* Do follow
* Blogger links out
* Number of comments
* Consistent updates
What principles do you use to choose which blogs to comment on? You can add to my list or talk about one of my principles.
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