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Darren Chow is a full time writer, web developer, and Internet marketer. He graduated from the National University of Singapore and started dabbling in web design while still studying. Today, he spends his time writing for established websites and promoting websites for clients.
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I’ve been designing and testing a new blog commenting service that achieves the following:

  • Keyword based – Just enter a keyword phrase with each URL that you wish to promote. We will then identify a set of 15 URLs and post comments to these blogs. This means that for every URL that you promote, the blog entries that we post to will be different (i.e. keyword dependent). We avoid the problem of posting to the same blog entries over and over again.
  • Human written comments – All comments are written by human writers. So that’s 15 comments, for 15 blog entries. All comments are recorded in your account, so you can see the actual comments that we have posted in your account. This is to ensure that we include on-topic comments that are relevant to the post.
  • URLs recorded – All the blog entries URLs will be recorded in your account, so that you can go back and check if the comments have been approved to gauge the effectiveness of our blog commenting. You can always visit the blogs at a later date to network with the blog owners if you like.

Wouldn’t that be comment spamming?

Please note that if this service is to be launched (if it launches), it wouldn’t be a blog comment spamming service.

A spamming service does the following – use automated software to spam irrelevant comments on hundreds and thousands of blogs. For instance, posting “Good post.” to a thousand blog entries will be considered as spamming.

We don’t do that. We hire human writers to post intelligent comments to blogs that are handpicked (URLs are selected by human beings based on the keywords that you enter). You are also free to network with the blog owners based on the URLs that we have included in your account.

Are the blog URLs DoFollow or NoFollow?

A lot of information has been put out by the Internet marketing community about DoFollow and NoFollow links. The common perception is that the search engines only count DoFollow links. So everyone has been asking for DoFollow blog commenting.

This has been a difficult decision for us because our own tests show that NoFollow links are counted by the search engines as well. How do we know? Well, the links show up in our Webmaster account, and our sites have been ranked (and some have acquired page rank) in the search results.

So rather than go with the flow, we’ve decided to follow what works – participate actively in the blogs, and be rewarded with higher search rankings.

I also noticed that the focus on Dofollow and Nofollow takes the fun out of blog commenting. Blog commenting is never meant solely for SEO purposes. That is why I don’t encourage blog spamming, which arises out of SEO. There has to be a participating element involved, which is why we have chosen human written comments.

Since our test results show that NoFollow links are counted, we are going to go against the flow and include both Dofollow and Nofollow blogs. This may mean an uphill climb for us in terms of marketing, but in the long run, I hope customers can see the value in the work that we do.

Current development stage.

As of now, the prototype of the service has just been developed, but it is far from being a full fledged service. I am able to accomplish all of the above – identify blogs, write comments, and post comments. That’s about it. Right now, that’s good enough as the prototype allows me to test the effectiveness of the service. I can also monitor the approval of the links.

Commercial viability.

I’m having a lot of fun with the prototype, and have yet to decide whether to release it as a service or not. Well, the purpose of this blog entry is to determine the commercial viability of this service. Although I’m convinced that the service will benefit me, I’m not sure if you are convinced as well.

You should stop reading the rest of this post…

  • If you are looking for a blog spamming service that will spam hundreds of blogs with irrelevant comments, then obviously this service isn’t for you.
  • If you are only looking for high page rank DoFollow blog posts with 100% approval rate.
  • If you have a lot of time on your hands and would like to post comments on your own.

Read on if you are looking to hire someone to represent your Company and participate in high quality blogs…

The key challenge when developing this service is to have intelligent blog comments that are relevant and on-topic. As it stands now, there is no software in the market that can read a blog post and then generate an intelligent comment that’s on-topic. So comments will have to be written by a human writer.

To engage a human writer means there is a cost involved. To get a person to sit down, read the blog post, and then write something intelligent can be time consuming. We can hire someone to do that, but how much are we going to pay that person?

So if you are using our blog commenting service, it’s as if you are hiring our staff to post blog comments on your behalf. Of course, we do all the dirty work. All you have to do is to place orders with us.

After doing our sums, we realize that for us to offer this as a commercial service, we have to charge at least $30 for each URL that we promote.

That means for $30, we will identify 15 blog posts that allows blog commenting, and post 15 unique comments on your behalf.

The problem is, I’m not sure if you will find such a deal to be attractive. Of course, you can hire your own staff to do blog commenting. If they can do a better job than we do, for less than $30, then you should hire your own staff.

But if you want to do away with having to hire staff, handling staff, identifying blog entries, writing comments and then posting those comments, AND you don’t mind paying $30, then you may wish to consider hiring us.

So before I take the prototype further and develop this into a full fledge commercial service, I’d like your feedback on this.

Do you think this service will be useful to you?

Send us your feedback by leaving a comment below. If you’d like to send us a private email, use this contact form.

If response is good, we will continue developing the service. If we receive a poor response, we will just continue to use the prototype privately, to promote our own sites.

So let us know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you 🙂

Best regards,

Darren Chow

P.S. If you don’t think blog commenting is for you, you can always continue to use our blog posting service.

11 Responses to Blog Commenting Service – Feedback Required

  • 1. First thanks for helpful post as well your free stuff (I just launched a Articles Directory)
    2. Agree that blog comments do big affect to SEO and traffic building.
    3. Nofollow is still count by Yahoo as I learnt.
    4. The price of service should vary, depend on rank of the blogs comment on.

  • While I can see that getting blog comments could be a good thing, by themselves they achieve nothing.

    There is a lot of b.s. talked about automation but I can see the day when a blog can be set up, receive automated posts and automated comments, achieve a good traffic rank and yet nobody actually visits it.

    I agree with you that dofollow and nofollow tags are treated the same by the major search engines but I fail to see how paying for comments can do any more than create a ganme of kidology where the blog owner can fool himself into thinking that his blog has value.

    My automatic blogs run well and get a lot of content but the value of that content is measured by the number of comments it receives. No comments means that the blog is failing and having ‘automated’ comments is no guarantee that other commenters will join in a discussion.

  • Personally, this is not a service I would use. Article marketing delivers more links, and more valuable links for less money.

    However, that does not mean that people will not line up to use this service.

    Some people are scared of article marketing for whatever reason, so in that sense, I think there will be people who would buy this service from you.

    If you do decide to do this, I wish you luck with the service.

  • It would depend on the quality of the comments made and the stick rate and the authority of the blogs where comments are posted etc. but I know there is a large market for this service.

    Jest Staffel

  • I would definately be interested in a service like this.

  • Sounds like a very good service. When you are trying to develop something there are a lot of things that need to be done. If you are able to farm some of it out, the worry always is are you getting quality work done, like you would do yourself or aren’t you. With this service it sounds very much like I would! Carry on! I think this service is very worthwhile, and the price is good.

  • I like the idea and I agree with you. Many people would benefit from it but of course it will depend on the quality.
    I’m not sure about the targeted price but I assume there are some willing to pay that for a quality service.
    Please take a look at my link and maybe we can work out some JV 🙂

  • It would be a good service if people can afford it on top of other things they are paying for. Quality would make a big difference but Article Marketing is still a good way but blog comments and posting are moving up.

  • It’s funny, here i am talking about blog spamming, and then I see people posting spammy and self promotional comments. Please refrain from posting anything that is not related to this post.

  • Really, I don’t like this idea at all, just like I don’t like artificial grass, plastic forks, or anything else that is imitation. But the grass and forks aren’t pretending to be real grass or bone china. I know many would use such a service, but I think it would be obvious to the discerning. I think there are better ways to gain traffic.

  • As a marketing company, I can see that this would be a useful service for my clients. But on a personal level, I am also concerned about the imitation aspect. I guess it may come down to whether the blog comments actually add to the community that blog serves.