Mid November 2012 Blog Update Comments30 Comments

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So last week I said I was going to get more into blog commenting. Unfortunately that didn’t work out as planned. Just responding to comments on my blog and replying to e-mails ended up taking up most of my blogging time. So I got in very little blog commenting.

Based on the number of comments this week I guess people noticed. Although I did notice the drop in comments, I can’t really say it’s a big concern. If I get too many comments I’d just end up spending a lot more time replying to those comments. So the drop in comments actually frees up more time to catch up on my blogging to-do list.

Since my daytime job is going pretty well my blog is still mostly on the back-burner. As long as things don’t dry up completely, I’m content with just building up the amount of content, links and social shares.

I have been keeping track of who has been tweeting my posts, but I’ve been tweeting everything from my friends’ blogs. Soon I’ll have to check over that to see who is returning the favors. So if you’re slacking there, now’s the time to quick try to catch up ;)

If you haven’t already, remember to enter the $100 cash giveaway I am co-hosting this month.

Also, on Wednesday I accidentally double posted. I didn’t remember that I already had a post scheduled but then I went and scheduled a blogging tips post I had sitting in my drafts folder. So if you missed that check it out.

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Despite not getting as many comments this month, the links kept rolling in. Thanks everyone. Links go a long way in building up the strength of a blog. So I’d much rather get a lot of links each week than a lot of comments. If I can convince everyone else to link to my blog somehow, let me know.

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So what’s the most important criteria you use to judge the effectiveness of your blogging? Is that criteria progressing as planned?

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By : Jeremy Biberdorf | 16 Nov 2012
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30 thoughts on “Mid November 2012 Blog Update

  1. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Comments are good and all, but what I look for are the links and social sharing. In my opinion that helps get more attention to my site as opposed to just people coming by to comment. Don’t get me wrong though, I appreciate the comments, but the links and sharing are more preferable in my books.

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    1. Jeremy

      That’s my stance too. Not only do links and social shares get you more attention, but that also includes attention from search engines. That kind of stuff does a lot more to build up the long term strength of your blog.

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  2. Jason @ WorkSaveLive

    I’d say that traffic is the way I gauge my progress and it’s been doing well, although it’s tough to say because I’ve gotten A LOT of traffic this month due to my giveaway.

    The organic search results have increased nicely in the past few days since I got rid of that ad rotator thing; I’d say that’s doubled and hopefully the next changes will increase it even more. :)

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    1. Jeremy

      That’s awesome that removing that plugin has already had a positive effect. Now you just have to wait for the next PR update and you’ll likely jump up to PR4.

      Traffic is a fairly important metric but it can jump around depending on random things you do and random stuff on search engines. So I don’t get too worried when my traffic fluctuates. It’s kinda like the stock market if you know what you’re doing. It will go up and down but if you’re doing things right it will ultimately keep growing.

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  3. Grayson @ Debt RoundUp

    Thanks for the mention Jeremy. My criteria is how people respond to my posts either by commenting or by social sharing. I think both are important, but the way social is going, it is carrying a little more weight. I am enjoying my progression as of late, but have to keep it up before my son is born in a month. Then, who knows what will happen.

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    1. Jeremy

      I do admit that I used to care a lot more about how many comments I got. I realized I was putting more weight on it than necessary though. It is a good metric to pay attention to early on, but at that point it is also a lot more influences by how many comments you make on other blogs.

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  4. Jennifer Lynn @ Broke-Ass Mommy

    Here to clog up your commenting section. :) Thank you for the inclusion, Jeremy, it is truly appreciated. Comments are great fun for building community but links carry more weight with the big G, I take it? If the same sites are repetitively linking to each other, isn’t that frowned upon?

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    1. Jeremy

      lol you’re not clogging it up. I did spend a ton of time commenting on other blogs and building community. With the amount of time I have for blogging now it just isn’t as beneficial to try to maintain an artificial community that only comes around when I comment on their blog too. Comments are next to nothing to Google’s eyes. They don’t help you much long term other than by building connections with bloggers.

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  5. TB at BlueCollarWorkman.com

    I used to look at comment number, then alexa number, then got stoken when my google pagerank finally lifted away from 1…but you know, I think I’m tired of tracking in all these ways. I think I might prefer to just comment on blogs I like, write posts that I want, and let that be that.

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    1. Jeremy

      That is a much less stressful route to take, but it can limit your growth. It does help to have the stats to motivate you to reach new milestones and give you small feelings of accomplishment.

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    1. Jeremy

      Yep I expect we will all see a dip around the holidays as people start having more important things to do. Normally with a website traffic would be the ultimate metric I would care about. With my blog lately though that isn’t the case. As long as I’m doing things right with link building and social media, I’ll be building towards the SEO strength that I’m after.

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  6. Kim@EyesontheDollar

    I think links are more important that comments, but darn, you want to feel like someone read your stuff and had an opinion one way or the other. For now, I think doing guest posts is what I need to be concentrating on. That seems to drive more traffic my way.

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    1. Jeremy

      Sure knowing people read your posts and had an opinion is great, but how good is that if it is artificial due to pressure on them to return commenting favors? A bunch of artificial comments actually scares off non-bloggers from leaving comments.

      Guest posts is a good strategy to pursue and I do plan on eventually getting into that. I want to have more montized pages worth doing link building for first.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks for the continued support. I appreciate that you still keep that up despite the fact that I have been very limited in my commenting on other blogs lately.

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    1. Jeremy

      Normally I don’t like german sheperds much, but that is my boss’s dog and she’s pretty lovable. With her around the office sometimes it’s really making me want to get a dog.

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    1. Jeremy

      No I totally would’ve saved the blogging tips post until next week if I had noticed I had one scheduled. Oh well, not a big deal. And yeah I’m down for bowling soon.

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  7. Canadianbudgetbinder

    I hear ya! I’ve had to slow down with the links as the list is getting far too big. I read alot of blogs every single day and although I would like to share them all It gets to be too much. I can already see there are bloggers that don’t seem to care as they never say thanks etc so that’s fine. Some people think it’s a waste of time but I don’t. I want to showcase other Bloggers that share my stuff with their fans, tweet, and comment. I think a combination of everything along with being interactive with the fans is very important. I had someone email today to ask me how My Pinterest has grown. I answered that Pinterest takes time but interacting is the key. If bloggers just dump posts on a page and that’s it people won’t interact as much or share. You have to make them feel like you are in the room with them and you are the star speaker. Anyhow… thanks again mate.. Keep at it, glad the jobs stellar! Mr.CBB

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    1. Jeremy

      Wow you’re on pinterest too? You’re hardcore man. I couldn’t imagine trying to add another social network to the mix. I barely just keep up with twitter. You’re right that to do it proper you have to put in the effort and really connect with people. I just don’t have the time or energy for that kind of effort these days. Plus I think stuff like your recipes probably does a lot better on there than some general interest finance posts.

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  8. Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank

    I really enjoy interacting with the people who take the time to visit my blog and then leave thoughtful comments.

    I have started to notice that it is taking up a lot more of my time than it used to, but I guess that starts to happen as more people find their way to your blog.

    One thing I have been considering doing is to only reply to those people who I know have read the entire post and are not just comment link spamming.

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    1. Jeremy

      haha yes there are lots of those. I just guilt those ones into leaving longer comments. Or if it is a consistent problem I just block them. If someone isn’t going to take the time to read the post I don’t want them leaving some drive by comment for their own benefit. That is nothing more than spam even if I have networked with that person before.

      It can be a challenge keeping up with all the comments as your blog. Then as more people comment on your blog you feel obligated to return the favor. It’s a recipe for disaster. Either you drive yourself crazy trying to keep up or else you find a way to cut back.

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  9. Edward

    I never even visited your site last week, but it was a rough week between working nights for a second week in a row and waking up one morning to find my site gone because the domain provider shut it’s doors. But I should be much more active this week.

    I look at pageviews/visits and comments. Both are important to me and I don’t feel like I’m truely succeeding unless I have both. EdwardAntrobus gets comments but not a lot of visits, while If You Can Read, You Can Cook gets plenty of visits but almost no comments.

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    1. Jeremy

      That shows one fault of using comments as a meter of success. Some niches just naturally get a lot more comments than others. With something like a recipe, lots of people will close the page after using the recipe without thinking of commenting. Some other niches are much more thought provoking.

      By the way, sorry to hear about your domain problem. I meant to ask you about that when you e-mailed me about your domain name changing.

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