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How To Become An Engagement Superstar

February 27, 2012 | By Adrienne Smith

How To Become An Engagement SuperstarEver heard of an “Engagement Superstar”?  Neither had I until I found out last November that Danny Iny of Firepole Marketing was holding a contest.

You see, he was just releasing his new book “Engagement From Scratch” so he thought what better way to kick things off then to hold a contest and see who bloggers think deserve this title.

I received a message from a friend of mine informing me that I had been nominated for this title. Boy, what a nice surprise and I must admit I was very flattered.  After seeing the names of everyone else that had been nominated though I honestly didn’t give it a second thought.

By the way, Ruth Zive is the culprit and who happens to be my guest blogger this month.  She wrote a killer post on content so be sure and check it out when you’re done here; “10 Ways to Drive Your Content to the Next Level of Blogging Excellence.

Danny wrote a post on December 1st to announce the winner and guess who walked away with this title!  Oh yeah, yours truly…  Man oh man was I ever shocked.

Ever since then people have been asking me how the heck do I get so many comments on my posts? What exactly am I doing?  How am I able to be so engaging?  Since I continue to be asked this on a weekly basis now I just decided to share with you guys exactly what I do to get the comments on my posts.

Blog Commenting

I hope the majority of you had the chance to read My Secret To Blogging Success“.  It was my last post of 2011 and since last year was a huge turning point for me I was compelled to share with you everything I’ve done to get to this place.

Although I didn’t leave anything out, it was the “short version” so to speak.  I’m seriously considering creating a free report for you all with everything included because one post can’t do this topic justice.

As I mentioned in my post, I was in a training community at that time.  I was told to start blog commenting so I just started visiting the blogs of the people in that program.  Because most of them had CommentLuv installed, that’s how I found even more blogs.  I visited five blogs a day, five days a week consistently.

Every time someone left a comment on my blog, not only did I reply to their comment but I would go back to their blog, read their latest post and comment as well.  You wouldn’t believe how it makes some people feel that I actually took the time to visit their blog.  Especially those just now starting out and they aren’t getting any love at all.

How To Locate Blogs

It was about that time that I stumbled upon Brankica Underwood’s blog, Online Income Star.  She had put out a report soon after I started visiting her which was a list of her favorite blogs.  I downloaded that report and started visiting some of those blogs.

Brankica introduced me to Tristian Higbee and at that time he had a very popular blog called Blogging Bookshelf.  On his blog he had a directory of bloggers in different niches that he visited often and they would return the favor.  He no longer has that directory or blog but that’s how it all began.

Once I started visiting some blogs I really enjoyed I then wrote my own post with a report included with my favorite 42 blogs that I visited a lot.  I’ve updated it since then but probably need to do it again. If you’d like to get your hands on it you can by visiting my post, “42 Blogs Worth Mentioning“.

Last September I wrote a post, “A List Of 165 CommentLuv Enabled Blogs” that shared more blogs that are in our niche that Ana Hoffman actually put together so there are plenty of places you can go to locate really great blogs to start following and commenting on.

Relationship Marketing

You will hear so many times throughout your time online that it’s all about building relationships.  Well let me be a broken record and tell you the same darn thing.  So how do you go about doing this?

When you visit someone’s blog and read their post, take your time and leave a genuine comment.  As I always say, put yourself in their shoes.  Don’t you want someone to take the time to read what you wrote?  Don’t you believe it deserves some attention?  Don’t even think about leaving, “great post” or “wow, I really got a lot out of that one”.    Take your time, leave your honest opinion and if you have more questions ask away.

Every blog post that you read, share it on your favorite social networking sites.  I’m a huge Twitter fan so I will definitely tweet their post but only if they have their Twitter ID set up so that it’s easy for me to share.  I won’t get on my rant about this but you can read my post “If You Don’t Edit Your TweetMe Button Now, You’ll Hate You Later“.  You’re missing out on some great traffic if you don’t have this set up properly.

I will like it on Google+ if you have the icon set up on your post and if it’s really great then I’ll share the post on my wall.  I will also Stumble it if they have completed the information necessary to make that easy for us too.  I show you how to do this as well in “Two Traffic Sources You Cannot Do Without“.

If the post is something I believe my Facebook friends will enjoy then I’ll post it there as well.  My friends are different on Facebook so I don’t always post it to my wall.  You really can overdo it so just be cautious.

I will only share my own content once on each of these sites.  I will not post it multiple times throughout the day or week.  I will share mostly everyone else’s content and not my own.

Once people start seeing that you are sharing their information they will be more curious to come and check out yours.  This is how you get them back to your site and your content will draw them in.  This is where the interaction starts taking place and they’ll soon be sharing your content with all their friends.

Just Be You

I know you’ve heard this numerous times before but it’s so very true.  All I do is just be me.  I share my point of view in my post on things I’ve learned, I just started doing product reviews on services I personally use, I’ve been known to help out a friend if they need my assistance by writing about them and we all know how much I enjoy doing videos.

The same goes for my comments.  I’ve always been a very grateful person and I continue to be so flattered that you guys enjoy reading my content.  I’m also extremely appreciative of everyone who leaves me a comment.  I honestly do want to hear your opinions and thoughts and I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from all of you.

I ask questions at the end of my posts because I really do want to know your honest opinions.  Sometimes I’ll have more questions for you after reading your comment.  That’s really what you want to do, keep the conversation going.  The more interaction you get from your readers, the better you will look when other people visit your blog.  Make sense?

I’ve Done It Again

I apologize for my posts running so long and I keep telling myself I’m going to cut them back but I’ve gone and done it yet again.  I just want to be sure and cover as much as I can so that you’ll find this helpful for your own journey.

Everything I’ve mentioned here is what I’ve been doing.

Some of you might be wondering where on earth do I find the time…  I make the time because to me it’s important.  When you start building those relationships with your readers, they will slowly get to know, like and trust you.

Even if they don’t become a prospect or customer of yours you might form a mastermind group with a few of them like I have.  You may get some fabulous connections from these friendships. You might decide to partner up with someone you’ve met through this platform and the next thing you know you guys are in business together.

No one online today is able to do this alone.  We all need help, we all need advice, we all need support and we all need friends.  Trust me, meeting people through blogging is the best thing that could ever happen to you.

What Are Your Thoughts

So what do you think?  Are you doing any of this that I mentioned but not having success?  Do you have any questions for me that you need help with?  Is there any advice I can give you that might come in handy?  Fire away because you know I answer all my comments.

My advice is to just be you, write helpful and informative content that your readers can relate to, post content to your blog each week, visit other blogs consistently, comment on those blogs and share them with your friends.  Over time you will see the increase in not only traffic to your blog but in the comment section as well.

I never thought anyone would care what I had to say which is why I never commented before.  I was intimidated by these people and now some of them are actually coming to me for advice.  You will be amazed at the doors that can open for you!  It all starts with one thing but definitely can lead to so much more.

Will look forward to hearing your thoughts.  Always a pleasure to hear what you have to say.

 

 

 

 


Business Developer
Skype:  missadriennesmith
Email:  Adrienne@AdrienneSmith.net

P. S.   Before I go I want to share with you all that I’ve entered a video challenge that was created by Barry Wells and he’s got some prizes he’s including with this contest so if you haven’t started doing videos yet, you need to get in on this.  It starts Wednesday (the 29th) and goes until March 29th so everyone still has time to enter.

It’s going to be fun so every Thursday for the next month I’ll be posting a video on my blog.  Won’t you join me!

 

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1 Jamella Biegel
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Good Morning Adrienne,

I believe you get a lot of comments on your posts because you write great content and you take time to address each and every comment appropriately.

I am participating in 2 commenting tribes to generate more traffic and receive more comments on my blog. Also – I get comments on my blog, from people who visit your blog!

So in closing I would say that your Engagement Superstar title is well deserved!

Have a good day my friend!

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2 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Good morning Jamella,

Thank you, I sure hope so. I know that coming into this I didn’t really know if people would learn something from me or enjoy what I share. I’m just so happy to hear that they are able to relate. I appreciate every single person who takes time out of their day to not only read my post but to leave a comment. They are so deserving of my attention, don’t you agree!

I’m in one commenting tribe but it’s always up and down. For some reason, not everyone participates regularly so there’s not really as much interaction going on as I would have hoped. That seems to be the problem with those types of tribes. I’ve been in about four now and bailed on all but one. I sure hope you are in some good ones.

I appreciate that Jamella and I hope that people can take away from this post how they can grab that title away from me! :-) You ready?

I will most definitely have a great day and I hope you do the same. Make it a great week!

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3 Sonia
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 8:29 AM

This is exactly what people need to see girl and you couldn’t of said it better. I remember when I started, I had no idea how to get visitors to my blog and I can recall seeing your face on many blogs. It didn’t click until I started commenting and then joined a tribe and presto there you were again. I thought to myself what is she doing that I am not and how can I get some of what she is doing. Then I started visiting other bloggers and it just took off from there.

You are so right about commenting on other blogs and really getting to know the author because they really appreciate the time you take to read and leave feedback. It’s valuable confirmation we all want and need to help us see that we have the right formula for success. What I like most about you is that you truly give back and I would comment on your blog any day!

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4 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Hi Sonia,

It’s all kind of trial and error in the beginning isn’t it! I use to think the same thing about some people. Everywhere I went there they were. How in the heck did they find all these blogs and have the time to read and comment. It just blew my mind. And now people say that about me. Who would have thought.

I didn’t mention in there Sonia that also with building relationships people will start asking you to write a guest post on their blog or if they can be interviewed. It all starts with taking the time to leave a genuine comment and get to know that blogger. You are one that I’m glad we connected also. I love seeing your smiling face everywhere I go.

Thank you Sonia and I appreciate your comment. Now you enjoy your week okay!

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5 Chrysta Bairre
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Adrienne, you are my engagement idol! I have learned a lot from your wonderful example, and I love when you share the effort behind your successes.

I just returned from a blogging conference, and I couldn’t help mentioning your blog to other bloggers. I had previously read your “My Secrets To Blogging Success” and I told multiple people that you started by commenting on 5 blogs a day, in addition to mentioning your blog in general.

I work full-time in addition to blogging, which limits the time I can spend on blogging. I suspect my commenting rate is closer to 2 blogs a day. It’s definitely increased the engagement on my blog. I love increasing engagement because I’m not nearly as interested in stats as I am in relationships and engagement- that’s my real blogging goal.

Thanks for sharing more details of your engagement success with us so we might all learn a little something from your awesome example!

Have a grateful day!

Chrysta

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6 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Good morning Chrysta,

Ah, thank you so much.. :-) Big smile on my face first thing this morning.

That’s right, the blogging conference was this past weekend. I know you had a great time and met some amazing people. I hope you’ll write a post about your experience, we’d love to hear all about it.

You mentioned my blog with some of the people you met! OMG!!! You are so awesome. I’m beyond flattered.

You know Chrysta, with you working a full time job just being consistent and visiting only two blogs a day to comment has shown you that the interaction on your blog has really picked up. I started with five because I had the time but as long as you are consistent with this you’ll get results. That’s what I try to hone into everyone, it’s being consistent.

Thank you for sharing this with me and glad you continue to learn from me. Music to my ears girl!

You have an awesome week because I know your weekend was fabulous! :-)

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7 Annie Andre
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Adrienne,
Yes this is exactly how i started doing it too. in the beginning I used to comment on anyone and everyone blog post that i read but found it was not sustainable. I was getting more comments before but they were attracting the wrong people i guess.

I’ve since cut back because my goal isn’t to get more comments and i’ve definitely noticed a drop off in comments but I’ve found that people are emailing me more.

Right now i’m trying to find more blogs in my niche to comment on (personal development / live abroad websites). I’m finding them but it’s a slow process.

I have a question for you:
1- Do you think your business is increasing at the same rate as your comment rate?
2- How long did it take you to go from zero to superstar socializer? One year? 10 months?
3-Theres a lot of people out there who say getting comments are meaningless. What do you think about what those folks are saying. im just curious.
Thanks Adrienne. I’m a loyal loyal fan of yours. I just think you are adorable.

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8 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Hi Annie,

I know what you mean, I was commenting on any type of blog but some I still visit even though that aren’t in my niche. Others, well I had to bail. It’s really important to try to stay within your niche but even if you don’t, some of those people who comment may be interested in what you have to share.

Well even though the comments are dropping off, the emails are coming. But what helps with the comments Annie is that when people visit your blog for the first time and see all the conversations going on in the comments, they instantly know you are someone they should listen to. That’s how others will see you as an expert and start paying attention to what you share.

Okay, here are my answers:

1) Absolutely, it’s definitely increasing at the same rate.

2) Within just four months I started receiving over 50 comments on each post so it didn’t take me that long at all. I didn’t get named a superstar until December so that would have been exactly 12 months from when I started.

3) Everyone has their views on this subject. I believe it depends on what you are here to accomplish. If you are building a name for yourself then I believe it’s extremely important. When people visit your blog they will see you as an expert because of all the interaction going on. If you are just concentrating on that though and aren’t getting any opt-ins or sales then you need to go back to the drawing board.

Always appreciate hearing from you Annie and thanks for the questions. Hope they were helpful.

Keep up the fabulous work, I just LOVE your blog and am really loving your videos…

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9 Annie Andre
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Super helpful as always. That video challenge looks good. Hmmmm

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10 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Thanks Annie and the video challenge will be fun! I love prizes… :-)

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11 Leora Wenger
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Adrienne,

All I can say is you really do take the time to read each post (on other people’s blogs) and to comment oh so carefully and thoughtfully. Even when some of my posts get a bit technical, you find a way to relate to the post and come up with a useful response! I really do value your comments.

Best wishes,

Leora

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12 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Thank you so much for that Leora, I appreciate it.

I enjoy what you share and I learn as I go. Even through some of the technical stuff, I can always seem to relate to my own point of understanding it all. :-)

I hope you have a wonderful week Leora and you know you’ll be seeing me soon.

~Adrienne

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13 Pauline Bennett
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Hi Adrienne

That is how I found your blog, Barry Wells advised me to comment on other blogs (he said 5 a day) so I found you and a few other great people who have helped me and given me good solid advice that I can learn from and pass on to others.
I have found my traffic has increased by blog commenting, I do need to find some new blogs that I can visit as my blog is all about helping newbies, any ideas?

Have a great week
Pauline

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14 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Hi Pauline,

Ah, Mr. Wells… What a great guy and I’m so glad he pointed you in my direction. He is so right, be consistent in visiting blogs each day because over time your traffic will increase as well as your comments.

On my post about 165 CommentLuv Enabled blogs, Ana’s list is mostly people in internet marketing. I would visit their blogs because they also attract a lot of newbies. You want to learn from them and continue providing good content that newbies can learn so that’s where I would start.

Hope that helped and I appreciate your ongoing support. You enjoy your week okay! Always a pleasure to hear from you.

~Adrienne

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15 Pauline Bennett
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Thanks Adrienne I will take a look at that post and take it from there, thanks again for your advice :)
Pauline

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16 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

My pleasure Pauline…

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17 Steve McAuliffe February 27, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Hi Adrienne,

The Engagement Superstar title fits you very well!!

I’ve only recently started following you, but have already picked up much more relevant information than from most of my other followees.

Thank you,

Steve

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18 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Hi Steve,

Thank you, I appreciate that. I certainly wasn’t sharing this to toot my own horn because trust me, I was floored that Ruth nominated me. Just goes to show what can come of this when you just are here for the right reasons.

I’m so happy to hear that Steve. That really helps me know that I’m headed in the right direction. Glad you’ve found my information helpful.

Have a wonderful day and make it a fabulous week okay!

~Adrienne

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19 Latha February 27, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Adrienne I have been on the receiving end of your love. I know you definitely deserve this title. You have been an inspiration.

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20 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Ah thank you so much Latha.

It’s a pleasure to know you and visit your place. It’s always great seeing you and you know I really do appreciate your support.

You have a wonderful week!

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21 Carolyn
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Hi Adrienne, You certainly are the Poster Child for engagement, my friend. You set a fantastic example for the rest of us of how it’s done. Not only do you comment on other blogs, you do a great job of sharing others’ posts which means so much to bloggers.

As I recall, you beat out Kim Kardashian for the Engagement Superstar award (and I heard she hasn’t yet recovered from being trounced by you). I’m thinking you would have beaten Oprah had she been nominated against you.

Thank you for all you have done for me in supporting The Wonder of Tech. Your blog is one of the top referrers to my site. You’re such a warm engaging, helpful and intelligent person that I would be a big fan of you and your blog even without the traffic you send. Although I doubt I could ever sufficiently repay your kindness, I hope to pay it forward and support others as you have supported me.

Best wishes for much continued success, Adrienne!

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22 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Good morning Carolyn!

Ah thank you Carolyn, I appreciate that and I must admit. I was floored because you know that I don’t see myself the way you guys do. I’m just over here in my own little world doing my own little thing just hoping others will enjoy my content. Little did I know I would have such an impact on others in this community. Trust me though, I’m honored!!! :-)

I got a big chuckle out of Kim Kardashian being nominated. But along with this was Pat Flynn, Marcus Sheridan and even Danny himself and we all know that Danny is everywhere. He is the one that judged this though so I was really floored when he chose little old me. What a guy!

I’m happy to help you Carolyn because your blog is one of my top favorites. I’m glad that others who visit my blog see what I see over at your place. You are the go to girl for tech and gadgets and I really don’t know what I’d do without you. The other blogs on this topic just aren’t the same. You actually reach out to help me when I have questions and feel like a doe doe for not knowing what the heck you’re talking about. But you have patience with me and I appreciate that more than you know.

I’m glad you’d visit my place with or without everyone else being here. You know I’ll always do the same for you.

There is nothing to be repaid Carolyn because just your continued support and friendship is all that I care about. I hope that will remain from this day forward.

You have a wonderful week Carolyn and thanks again. You’re the best!

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23 Sylviane Nuccio
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Yes, you are the queen of online relationships. I am sure that one of the reasons, if not the main reason why people keep coming back to your blog is because you are really, really good at doing the same for them.

I visit a lot of people’s blogs. A lot of them I found right here, and if I post a good handful of comments in a row without so much as one visit on my blog, I eventually stop visiting. I don’t want to be revengeful, far from it, but I am thinking, that person might not need online relationships and will spend my precious time finding that one person who needs it.
Thank you for that great topic, Adrienne and have a great week.

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24 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Thank you Sylviane, I really appreciate that. I know I don’t compare to some of the top queens in this industry but I love my little following over here in my corner of the world. :-)

I understand what you mean by not continuing to visit blogs where they don’t reciprocate. I would hope that we are here doing this because we want to but it’s nice to know that they appreciate your content as much as you appreciate theirs. I do have a few blogs I visit that they don’t stop by very often but I still enjoy reading their content so I may not make it by on a weekly basis because of that. I don’t want them to feel obligated but at the same time I would like to build some relationships from this experience like you mentioned. If they aren’t really interested then I would much rather find the people who are.

I’m glad we met Sylviane and I appreciate your comments over here. Glad you enjoyed this topic and you be sure and have a wonderful week.

~Adrienne

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25 Rusty
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Hi Adrienne! You have given excellent counsel! I had read all of the articles that you mentioned in your post! One thing that I find important and that you are very good at is the fact that you are very consistent in commenting others’ blogs and visiting and engaging! This is where I have fallen a bit short in, for one, I have had different obligations that take away a lot of my time. I realize that I will have to make the necessary adjustments if I want to bring my blogging to the next level. However, I have to say, I have met some amazing people through my blogging experience for which I am truly grateful! I know that only wonderful things can happen from here on out!

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26 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Hi Rusty,

I know that especially the people who work a full time job and have a family to take care of once they get home that it doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for not only blogging but commenting as well. To me you have to ask yourself what are you here to accomplish? If you want to build a brand for yourself then it’s imperative that you find the time to dedicate to your blog because this is how it all starts. Not being consistent is the reason why I have to continuously go back and update my favorite blogging report. I did it several months ago and more bloggers have quit their blog. It’s really sad to me but obviously it wasn’t the platform they need at this time.

I have met some of my closest friends now through blogging and to be honest with you, I’m not sure how happy I would be now without them in my life. SO many other good things have come from this as well Rusty so I say keep it up and do your best and it will all pay off in the end.

Always a pleasure to see you and I had trouble leaving a comment on your blog again last week. Was really busy so I didn’t leave you a message but I got yet another error message and it didn’t go through. I’ll be back around though and give it another try! :-)

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27 Ilka Flood
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Powerful post and lots of great tips! You are the “Queen of Engagement” so I am not at all surprised that you got nominated for the “Engagement Superstar” title. Congratulations, it’s very well deserved!

Blog commenting is a great way to engage your readers and build new relationships in your niche. And you are absolutely right … it’s all about that … “building relationships.”

Thanks so much for another fantastic post!

Ilka

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28 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Hi Ilka,

Thank you Ilka, it was a pleasant surprise and I’ve learned a lot from this. I’m now able to share with others just how I got here. Little did I know!

I love that you shared that, it’s all about building relationships. I know that you’ve gotten a lot out of this as well.

Always appreciate your comment Ilka and I’ll be seeing you soon.

~Adrienne

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29 Harleena Singh
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Loved the post Adrienne!

It’s hard for you to imagine that YOU are an idol to so many like me, and a continuous source of motivation. Nor can you ever imagine how much I learn from visiting your blog, though I have said this so often, but it is the simple truth- and not to miss the lives you touch, with your warmth and kindness.

I have learnt about sharing and about commenting from you, as these things were not well known to me, being a freelance writer and remaining pretty busy with my clients and writing projects. Yes, lack of time is something I always have, but as you so rightly say- if you need to reach out and connect, you need to make the time for it, and it’s something I have learnt to do. I guess it’s all about time management.

I have always marveled at your reach and the way you manage so well to reply to comments on your blog, yet are ALWAYS on everyone else’s blog as well- sooner or later. Earlier it must have been visiting 5 blogs per day as you mentioned, but with such a fan following- I am sure you must be spending over half your day commenting at people’s posts :)

I have also learnt to speak right from my heart (from you!)- by being honest- which is something that connects us to another instantly I feel. I am already a person of the heart, so this comes with real ease to me.

I do agree about sharing others content around the blogosphere more than your own, which again I have learnt from you!

So, you see the amount you have taught me- just for starters! And am sure there would be many like me (though may not say it), and I am indeed privileged to have connected with you.

Thanks so much for sharing all the things you do with all of us, it’s always wonderful to learn from you :) And please don’t worry about the blog length- I guess like me, most would be just flowing with your words :)

BTW- Wishing you the best, and may you WIN at Barry’s. I saw his video challenge, one of it’s kind and am sure that would be a wonderful learning source once it gets started!

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30 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Thank you Harleena and you are right, it’s hard for me to see this. Me, an idol! lol… Not in a million years girl but it warms my heart.

I’m glad that you have shared with us that finding the time to comment is important for what you are achieving online so making the time to do this is so crucial. Time management, something I’m sure more people need to learn how to conquer.

You are right Harleena, I started out visiting five blogs a day but that number has surely increased. But that’s where it all began and people will see that their traffic will start to increase as well as comments on their blogs so if they chose to visit all of those, they’ll be visiting way more than just five a day.

It sounds like we have a lot in common. I just didn’t share my own voice coming into this so people couldn’t really relate to me which is why my blog did so poorly in the beginning. Once I started just being me and speaking from the heart, others were able to connect and that’s what we really want. I love the way you write and what you share over at your place so you’re definitely accomplished that my friend.

I’m so happy to hear that I’ve been a great resource for you. I really appreciate you sharing that with me and so happy that you’ve learned a few things from little old me. :-)

Keeping my fingers crossed Harleena and from your lips to God’s ears. I’m going for the goal of walking away with the video challenge prize. So stay tuned.

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31 Ruth Zive
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Aw, shucks Adrienne – that nomination has turned out to be the gift that keeps on giving! Danny is a genius – and one of his more brilliant moves was choosing you as the winner of that Engagement Superstar contest. You are so deserving.

Not sure if you recall, but our very first interaction was when you visited my brand spankin’ new blog, left a comment, and then alerted me that my Twitter wasn’t set up properly. You directed me to your video training series to show me how to set it up…and the rest is history.

Thank goodness I found you, my friend. For so many reasons! Keep doing what you’re doing, and I can’t wait for the videos!

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32 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM

It does doesn’t it Ruth and with you winning that prize for my nomination, you got some fabulous advice from him as well. It’s benefited us both girl!

I remember coming over to your oh so boring blog. I actually felt sorry for you girl which is why I couldn’t help myself. I’m glad that my advice helped you want to do better and you have most definitely done that. Now you can teach us a thing or two young lady.

Just glad we’ve connected and I can now call you my friend. Ah yes, friends helping friends… I love that! :-)

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33 Harleena Singh
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Oh- and I forgot to congratulate you for the Engagement Superstar- I did read about that of course (just forgot to mention it here :))

And you touch our lives, guess the person who affects others would never know, unless someone tells them so :)

I also wanted to ask one more thing about blog commenting. Very often when the comments start increasing, you get people who may reply just in 2-3 lines, though connected with your post. And the ones who may have just new sites with no ranking or no traffic. So, it’s good to comment at their blogs also? I mean, I hope the CommentLuv juices etc don’t flow away from your blog? I really have no idea and so far I have been visiting and commenting on their blogs also (though they are total strangers to me). No one but you would know what one should do in such cases.

And am sure you are going to win, my wishes and prayers are always with you :)

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34 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Thank you Harleena, I appreciate that and no problem at all. You are right though, unless we are told we just never know what kind of an impact we’re making. I guess that’s why it comes as a surprised to me a good bit of the time.

That is one of the reasons I finally wrote some commenting rules Harleena. What I take into consideration is I prefer them having an avatar (don’t be afraid to show me who you are), their comments have to sound like to me that they took the time to read it (even if you don’t have a lot to say) and they have to connect to their comment with a blog post that isn’t all about advertising. If I believe that these are legitimate then I’ll approve them and it doesn’t matter if their blog doesn’t have a page rank yet. But if they start leaving crappy comments or linking to products or services I’ll ban their IP from my blog so that they won’t be approved anymore.

The higher page rank of a site that is linking to you, the more the search engines will pay attention to you. But if people are commenting on your blog and their blog has absolutely nothing to do with your niche, they are either sincerely there because they enjoy your content or they want your link juice. This is a decision you have to make and don’t feel bad about not approving all comments.

One good thing about CommentLuv Premium is if you like everything but the link they are leaving, you can make it a nofollow link right there in the comment. you can delete it for good or just make it a nofollow so they won’t get the link love.

It’s your blog and you have every right to not invite everyone to visit. The example I like to use is treat it like your home. If these people came over, didn’t participate in the conversations around your living room and just left leaving their advertisements on your coffee table would you be eager to welcome them back in again?

Hope that helped Harleena and questions are always welcome.

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35 Harleena Singh
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Another lesson learnt Adrienne! Thanks so much for your wonderful reply- will keep this in mind, while I have been already noting down points to make my comment rules soon now- these would be great additions to it. Loved your example of the ‘home’- so true :)

Thanks once again- as I know your time is so precious and sparing it for me- thanks once again- appreciate it a great deal :)

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36 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Ah Harleena, any time my wonderful friend. My time is sparing but I mean what I say. You ask away and I’ll answer. I just hope I know what the answer is to your questions. This topic I definitely know! :-)

You can always check out my commenting rules and use them if you want. I certainly do not mind at all. I use to feel bad about not approving all comments until someone compared my blog to my home too. Would you just let any stranger come on in who wasn’t here for the right reason? I stop feeling bad from that moment on! We protect what’s ours right! Your blog is no different, it’s who you are.

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37 Jens P. Berget
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Hi Adrienne,

That’s awesome news. Congratulations :)

I understand the power of commenting, and why we need to 100% authentic. I get many comments every single day from people just saying “nice post” and that’s not how we build a relationship. I like feedback, and especially positive feedback from happy people, but we want to have a conversation. And not just one sentence. On the other hand, one sentence is better than none (and many times, when I need motivation, I keep the “nice post” comments).

What I have been thinking about lately, is how much time should I be spending on reading and commenting on other blogs? I’m starting a business and I need to start thinking about how I spend my time. I don’t have an answer to this question yet, but that’s definitvely something I need to find out :)

I hope you have a wonderful day Adrienne.

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38 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Hi Jens,

Why thank you, it’s kind of old news now but I keep getting asked all these questions since that announcement so what the heck right! :-)

Comments are nice Jens, I definitely agree but if those people are leaving their “nice post” comment just to get your link love then they are actually hurting you in the long run. That my friend is not worth the smile you get. Just know we all LOVE you Jens.

You have to look at your blog as a tool to bring you more business. It’s going to also help with current clients seeing the type of content that you contribute. I would ask Ruth this question Jens because she has just been going through this same issue. I think she would be able to give you some very sound advice.

Thanks Jens and not only do I want you to have a fabulous day, but make it a super duper week! :-)

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39 Jackie Lee February 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Congrats on your superstar status. I think everything you’ve said is true, and the thing that makes it work so well is your consistent effort over time. You didn’t do “everything” but you did something, regularly and consistently over a period of time (not just a week :)). Consistent action is what makes things happen. Whether it’s blog commenting, adding more people to your facebook page, whatever, you’ve got to find actions that work and then do them consistently. I only just found your blog today, but look forward to digging in more! Great stuff. :)

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40 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Hi Jackie and welcome to my blog. So happy to have you here and to contribute to this conversation.

Being consistent is something I see a lot of people falling down on. They get real excited and get going on something only to get burnt out or busy doing something else and the next thing you know they are two weeks behind on a blog post. Or they aren’t consistent sharing content on the social networking sites, whatever the case may be.

Glad you enjoyed this post and I have SO much more to share. Watch out! :-)

Enjoy your day Jackie and I’ll stop by and say hello!

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41 Jack
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I am a big fan of commenting on other blogs. It is a good way to start to get to know others and to begin building a relationship.

When you do it consistently and provide genuine feedback people notice and respond. The most challenging part for me is time because my workload is so fluid I find that there are periods where I can really dig in and hit many blogs and other moments where it all I can do to read.

But I like to let people know that I have been there so sometimes I will leave a short comment. It is not about the link juice for me but a chance to just let them know that I appreciated their time enough to say something.

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42 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Hey Jack,

I know that you’ve really come quite a ways here Jack and you’re a lot like me in the relationship department. Oh sure, I’d love for everyone to be interested in what I do but it’s not always about that. The connections can go so deep with some people.

I have seen where you’ve left short comments saying that you’ve run out of time but you’ll be back by. I know that they appreciate that because we’ve all come to learn the type of guy you are. I don’t know how some people do it really, find the time. As I say that I’m shaking my head because that’s me. Sometimes I’m overwhelmed but at the end of the day, it’s so worth it! :-)

Thanks Jack and have a fabulous week.

~Adrienne

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43 Carol Lynn Rivera
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Good stuff, Adrienne. I had to bookmark this page because it’s great to have a concise and helpful guide that has obviously worked for you, so you’re speaking from a definite place of “been there, done that, now you try it…” Of course now you made more work for me because I have to read every one of your 42 favorite blogs :) Thanks for sharing this, I love getting the real-world input of someone who practices what they preach and gets results.

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44 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Hi Carol,

I know, I know, I’ve gone and given everyone much more work to do. Sorry about that but if this is what you’re after, this is work definitely worked for me. I’ve definitely been there and done that, that’s for sure.

I hope these resources I’ve provided for you will help you locate more blogs to comment on where you enjoy their writing style as well and look forward to commenting. Had I not had these resources when I started I would have really been lost. I found blogs to comment on but they hadn’t been active in years.

If you run across any questions, feel free to ask. Have fun reading Carol!

~Adrienne

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45 Morris
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Good article as usual. Are you engaged yet?

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46 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Why Morris, I’m the Engagement Superstar! :-) Thanks Morris!

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47 Dan Sumner
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Some top quality information to be had right here for all bloggers. Especially if you are just starting out.

The proof is most certainly in the pudding with you Adrienne. You have taken a success model and made it work. Brilliant!

I do have one question. During your journey, did you ever feel you hit a plateau with your blog traffic? Did it slow down or was it a steady stream?

Thanks Adrienne

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48 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Hey Dan,

Thanks for that and I appreciate your kind words…

It was slow starting because it takes time for people to start paying attention to you and coming around but once that kicked in it was steady stream all the way and to this day continues to head only up. I’ve never taken a nose dive Dan, not yet at least. I’m keeping my fingers crossed with that one.

Thanks! :-)

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49 Julie February 27, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Engagement From Scratch must be really a good read, I can’t wait to purchase and read it as soon as possible! Thanks for the inspiration, I had been searching for my next book for a while, when I found your blog.

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50 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 7:33 PM

It is a great read Julie and if you download the PDF then it’s free. The hard cover will cost you though so it’s up to you which version you prefer. Danny has done a fabulous job.

Hope you enjoy it and thanks for the visit.

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51 Deeone Higgs
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Congratulations, Adrienne! That’s awesome! I’m extremely proud of you!

I really enjoyed reading this helpful post too. The tips you shared were definitely on point. I haven’t actually reached your level of comments, but I can attest to the fact that my blog has grown since our first meeting. A lot of what has helped me is what you’ve shared here, in previous post, and a lot of what you shared on your Home Business Training site. So I want to remind you that you have and continue to help many other bloggers, beginners and more seasoned, alike. And because of that you will continue to soar, my friend.

I try to make it a point to visit as many of my favorite blogs as I can, and I usually leave comments, that some bloggers have come to call mini post. :D At one point this month, I was getting a bit self conscious about what people were saying about them, and I actually begin to think about making some changes to the length of some of my comments; but then I begin to think “Hey, that’s a part of who you are. Why change?” If I change that, I wouldn’t be allowing myself to be me. On top of that, not everyone get those long comments. I really only leave long comments when I read something that has given me a lot to say, or someone responded to one of my comments or post, which also gives me a lot to say. You and our dear friend Hajra, help me a lot whereas my comments are concerned. For that, I really do thank you.

I also completely agree with you on the relationship portion of this post. It’s all about the connections and building relationships. I loved that you included this in the post, “Even if they don’t become a prospect or customer of yours you might form a mastermind group with a few of them like I have. You may get some fabulous connections from these friendships. You might decide to partner up with someone you’ve met through this platform and the next thing you know you guys are in business together.” This was SO very true.

I believe that this post is filled with insightful information. If I mentioned all of the goodies, I would certainly have one of those mini post comments here. :D

Thank you for sharing such awesome tips with us. You consistently show why you are most definitely deserving of being the Engagement Superstar. Well Done, my friend. :)

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52 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Thank you so much Deeone, I’m still pretty stoked about it to be honest with you. But I did think that perhaps what I had to share about this could help others.

I remember when we first met and I’m so happy that some of the information I’ve been able to share with you has been helpful. I love seeing people who have the true desire to succeed soar in what they’re doing. You are one of those people Deeone.

I would hope that some of the people who made the comment that you were doing mini-posts were saying that in a positive light. I know that I have mentioned that before but I definitely did mean it in a very good way. I’m glad that you’ve decided to stay who you are and trust me, those people should be thrilled that you’ve got a lot to say. That’s what it’s all about right!

I’m just as bad sometimes but am learning to cut back some because I have more blogs I want to visit so I need to keep my comments to a minimum. Or as much as possible I guess. Sometimes I just have a lot to say that’s all! :-)

The relationship part of it to me is just as important if not more. People see you for what you can offer even if they aren’t interested in what you have. That doesn’t mean they don’t see how much value you bring to the table. People definitely want to partner with people like that or connect like in our mastermind. To me that’s just an added bonus to this process. Hey, I would have never had that fabulous Skype chat with you if I had just decided you’re not in my niche so to heck with it! Oh no… I loved getting to know you better Deeone.

Thank you for your semi-mini-post! lol… I LOVE them Deeone and they are welcome at my place any darn time my friend. You brighten my day with your visit.

Now, enjoy your week okay and hope the book is coming along nicely. :-)

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53 Hajra
Twitter:
February 28, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Yes, that some blogger who calls it is a mini post is me! And yes, I still think they should make you a professor for blog commenting!

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54 Colleen Kelly
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Hey Adrienne,
I feel the same way about commenting. I think if you write a blog you can understand better about having someone really taking the time to come by it and leave a comment. I know you always do mine. you always ask questions and comment. I know you have read it lol Iam honestly, amazed you do..lol I guess I look at your blog, Ruth’s, Dan Gheesling’s, Benny Hsu’s, a few of my Favs. and think “Wow, she reads mine?” You are so right. It means the world to know someone really reads the blog you put so much of yourself into. I have been meaning to get in touch with Alex about changing my blog around. It’s been really busy. But I am going to check in with him on it. Have to see if it could be manageable for me. The dashboard on Wordpress makes it easier for me not knowing about putting a blog together. So I will check on it. I have wondered about how to get more readers. So this has given me advice I truly was needing! no bull!! lol I have gotton more from blogging than I could ever imagined. I love it!.
Thanks for helping us all out. You’re right. We should I think that’s why we’re here for in the first place. :) Hey, Congrats Adrienne!!! I mean “Superstar” (wink) –very Cool!

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55 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Hey Colleen,

You bring something to the table that the rest of us don’t Colleen which is why I do enjoy your blog. First off, who loses that much weight! That in itself, I’m floored about and applaud you for doing what’s best of you. So you definitely now have the experience to help everyone else who is going down that road or just wants good advice about exercise and nutrition. Anyone who can loose over 120 pounds is a darn expert to me girl.

On my training site I walk you through how to install your WordPress blog. Alex has got some killer themes if you decide to go that route. I know Ruth is thrilled with hers. I also know he’s busy but he wants clients too so give him a shout.

Glad this post is helpful for knowing how to locate more people. Plus you can just go to Google and type in your keyword for your niche + blog or not you can just hit the blog tab on Google and get the same results. Hopefully there are a lot of active bloggers in your niche.

Hope that helped and thanks a bunch! Yeah, kind of cool huh! :-)

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56 Colleen Kelly
Twitter:
February 28, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Thank’s for the advice Adrienne :) I do appreciate a lot. I will try that Google thing! Thank you for your kind words. :) I have been lucky to meet the people I have blogging so far. You’re all a blessing, for sure! Have a great week! ;)

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57 Mike Beaumont
Twitter:
February 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Adrienne, once again you have gone over the top with some invaluable information. I think I need to start re-reading your posts, which I have saved them all by the way, and glean more lessons from them. I have learned something new from almost everyone of your posts, and this one is no different. I will also be adding Danny Iny to my bloggers list. I don’t think I got to read “The Two Traffic Sources You Can’t Live Without” but I have it now so thank you. I definitely need to make more time to share the love “commentLuv” that is. Thanks again for a great post, and congratulations on winning the crown.

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58 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 28, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Hey Mike,

I just share what I have learned and things I’ve done Mike to get the results I have. I love helping other people so anything I can share that can help move you closer to where you want to be, I’m there. :-)

I’m so happy to hear that you’ve learned something new every time you visit.

Danny is a guy who is everywhere online. He guests posts all over the place and has a very successful internet training course. He is the King of Engagement which is why I was so surprised that he graced me with that title. No one can compare to Danny, seriously. Above all that, he’s a genuinely nice guy who is here for the same reason I am. I help people succeed. I think you’ll love his blog and talk about learning a lot. You can also download his book for free if you want the PDF version. It’s worth the read.

Thanks Mike and I appreciate that congratulations. I just wanted others to understand that I do have a few things I believe I can teach you and others seem to think this of me as well. I’m truly honored that’s for sure. Plus, it’s just down right fun!

Have a beautiful day Mike and always a pleasure to see you!

~Adrienne

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59 Ashvini
Twitter:
February 28, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Does anyone has any doubt that you are engagement superstar? I think the tremendous number of comments that you get is all because you help and support all your friends. I have not seen many blogs getting this kind of attention .
I have known you from some time now and all our interactions have been great. What I have learned from you is that helping and giving is an art and it can be incredibly satisfying. Engagement is to help others when they need that inspiration and support. I was really moved by the last comment when you talked about start putting the videos on blog. That was really inspiring and I have read it many times.
All I can say is that you are doing an incredible job of connecting with others and all of us like it a lot :)

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60 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 28, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Hey Ashvini,

Well, I’m not sure they would go that far with that title. I know I wouldn’t but I thought it was so cool that Danny, of all people, chose me to win this last year. He’s the Engagement Superstar in my eyes.

I haven’t really seen a whole lot of comments on blogs that haven’t made it into the big leagues yet which is why I continue to remain humbled that people take time out of their day to read my posts and leave their thoughts. Never in a million years did I ever expect this type of response Asvhini but I’m so thrilled with these results.

I do love to help people Ashvini, I think that everyone just wants to have someone in their corner you know! Someone they can ask when they really don’t know where to go and aren’t finding the information they need. I know when I would search online I got so many conflicting results that I thought I was going nuts. Just happy to help, that’s all.

Thank you so much for your awesome comment Ahsvini, it’s always a pleasure to hear from you. I hope things are going great for you and your week has gotten off to a fabulous start. Thanks for sharing my post and you take care. I’ll see you soon.

~Adrienne

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61 Radu
Twitter:
February 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Hey Adrienne,
Yes, you’re right. You’ve done it again ! You just created another original quality post that goes directly in one’s heart :)
Blog commenting is by far one of the simplest yet powerful things you can do to grow your blog, your business and yes yourself as a human being.
Honestly, I was intimidated when I started to visit your blog and saw each post with over 100 comments :) Now, I understand that it’s not an accident at all but also not a hard thing to do. As you said all that we can do is to be ourselves, share and care. No rocket science..people love to see that others care about them..a thoughtful comment is enough to fill someone’s day with joy and create a great relationship.

One thing to mention here: the more you are detached to the outcome and don’t a became a comments/ backlinks/sales hunter(I commented on your blog, not you owe me) the easier is to create trust..People will come from the most unexpected places to engage with you and help you in times of need..Give as much as you can with every comment and let go the rest. If there is a big secret about commenting this is it :)

Congratulations for winnning the award last year as well as for going in a new video challenge. New adventures are coming.
Thanks for sharing your blog commenting tips along with these great resources- the 3 lists of blogs(downloaded and bookmarked already) as well as the book “Engagement from Scrath”. Will dive into it in the days to come.
Keep up the awesome work Adrienne.
Be blessed,
Radu

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62 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Hey Radu,

I’m so happy to hear that Radu, another quality post packed full of goodies that have worked for me. I love blog commenting, love love love it! Heck, that’s how I met you!

You were intimidated by me? Really!!! I’m so glad that it didn’t hold you back from commenting as well. I hope I don’t run anyone else off because of it. You are right, just show people that they matter and give them the respect and attention they deserve and you have a loyal and trusted reader.

Right again Radu, detach from the outcome and don’t worry about the reciprocation. I mean we all want people to come back over and comment at our place too. But you’ll soon learn through that experience if that blogger is interested in you as a person or your comment and backlink. That comes with time.

I appreciate that and I’m still excited about this little title I was awarded. It’s made people take notice so I guess that’s just another way for me to help people learn right!

Thank you Radu for your kind words and I always appreciate hearing from you. You always have so much to share and I appreciate that.

Enjoy your day and stay blessed!

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63 Peter February 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Oh, I can ask questions! :) OK, here we go:

One thing that would be interesting to know is how much time do you need for writing a blog post, on average. And do you write a pile of them and then schedule them?

Thanks!

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64 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 28, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I think it varies Peter. I may spend three hours writing one or I might be able to crank it out in as little as one hour. I know some of mine get rather long but that’s just because I have so much to say sometimes and I don’t want to leave anything out. Once I sit down to write, the words just flow for me. I don’t think there is any set time for anyone really but what works best for you.

Sometimes when I have several topics I know I want to write about I’ll go ahead and write a couple of posts and get them scheduled for publishing. Other times I’ll write them the night before. Like today I’ll shoot my video for my post on Thursday since I’ve entered the video challenge. I already have Monday’s post written and ready to go. I have a list of topics I’m going to write about so some weekends I’ll take the day and crank several out just so I can get those out of the way.

Hope that helped! :-)

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65 Hajra
Twitter:
February 28, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Do you have it chalked out before you actually write the whole post down. Like you know, a little note here and there, some key ideas you focus on and so? I feel I work better with the topic and the key points worked out before hand.

And yes, the video challenge is starting from tomorrow! Good luck with that! :)

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66 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 28, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Not really, I’ll usually have my title done and in my head I know what I want to write about. Once I sit down the words just start to flow. I’ve never done an outline or actually taken notes. My bad! :-)

Yep, it starts tomorrow but my blog post will be Thursday and I’m shooting it today. Looking forward to it so thanks.

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67 Peter February 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Yes, that helped, thanks!

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68 Adrienne Smith
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February 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM

You’re welcome! Happy to hear that. :-)

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69 Laura February 28, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Hello Adrienne! Very good advices, even if I am not willing to be a blogging superstar, just learn ma way to blog and blog better/more efficient. What do you think of the lenght of an average blogpost? How many words should it be? Is there such a rule?

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70 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 28, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Hi Laura,

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. I didn’t set out to do this either Laura but look what happened when you start interacting with people. And if you want to be an expert in your chosen niche, you will too. :-)

I’m the last person to ask about the length since I get carried away a lot but my friend Ruth who is a copywriter wrote a guest post just last week that addressed that question. Be sure and check it out here. You’ll find she answers a lot of bloggers questions.

Hope that was helpful and appreciate your comment.

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71 Hajra
Twitter:
February 28, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Hey Adrienne

You are engagement superstar! And yes congrats for that!

I always felt such a powerful sense of a strong community whenever I am here. I try my best to blog comment and be on many blogs and leave genuine comments; I just find it so hard to read as much as I want to. I want to read more blogs and I really do, but I feel I just take time to read and drop a genuine comments. Also, sometimes I find it really easy to be at many blogs while at other times. So I am just confused at blog commenting. I need to have a set regular pattern.

Yes, leaving a genuine comment is a challenge too. Sometimes, I like the blogger but I don’t like their particular post so I just drop a short comment!

Like I said on my post on Allie’s blog, I need to be like the finger chopping people I mentioned! And yes, you personify just that! :)

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72 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 28, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Hi Hajra,

Ah thanks, I appreciate that.

Just visit so many a day and then cut yourself off. Do other tasks you need to do so that you can really concentrate on those blogs, read them through and leave a genuine comment. Visiting too many one day and not any the next day throws some people off. That would by my advice.

I don’t always leave fabulous comments either because I might like the blogger a lot and want to show my support but I can’t really connect as much with what they shared. I’ll struggle at times I admit so you’re not the only one. If I find that happens to me more often then not, I’ll stop commenting on their blogs. It’s just that I’m not connecting as well as I had hoped.

I have no doubt you’ll get there if you want Hajra! It’s up to you girl!

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73 Peggy Baron
Twitter:
February 29, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Wise words here. I would add that you’ve got that special quality of truly caring about people that shines through in not only your blog posts, but all your replies to comments plus all your comments on the blogs you visit.

Congrats and keep up the good work!

I wish I had more time… I’d spend it visiting blogs, soaking up the information, and leaving as many comments as I could because I enjoy doing that. But when I’m in product creation mode, something’s gotta give.

Thanks for being you, Adrienne!

Peggy

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74 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Hi Peggy,

Thank you, I appreciate that and I guess when we tell people to just be genuine, we’re all different in our own ways. I’ve just always cared about people so I know that comes across in my posts and comments. But really, I’m no different then anyone else. :-)

I totally understand what you mean Peggy. In between actually working is when you have to find the time to comment and in order to do that you have to read every single post. You can really become very overwhelmed if you let yourself. As long as you are on the path you’ve chosen for yourself and all is going well, that’s all that really matters.

So, get back to work young lady and thank you for stopping by!

~Adrienne :-)

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75 Peggy Baron
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February 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM

P.S. I love it when you call me ‘young lady’. :D
Thank you for that!

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76 Adrienne Smith
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February 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM

(((wink wink))) I KNOW the feeling Peggy! ;-)

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77 Pete Zafra
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February 29, 2012 at 9:36 AM

As usual, great stuff Adrienne! I just love it! Love the tips and insights you’ve shared here. It all boils down to the relationships we make and if we’re ourselves. I was making great relationships before but I was acting like I had a tie around my neck too tight and my hair being perfectly still on one side. lol The type of person who seems boring. It wasn’t who I am. Now I’m not holding back who I am and there’s a big change with myself and with others. :)

Btw, it’s great to get tips from an engagement superstar. :)

Keep it up! :)

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78 Adrienne Smith
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February 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Ah thanks Pete, I appreciate that!

I did the same thing, I wasn’t myself and my posts were boring. Once I let my true self shine through it’s made a world of difference. I guess the people who will resonate with you will be the ones who become loyal followers.

I’m glad you found the right voice with your blog as well Pete. It does make a world of difference doesn’t it!

Glad this engagement superstar could give advice to up and coming ones! :-) See you at the top my friend.

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79 Cathy
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February 29, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Hi Adrienne,

You have left us with much to think about and wonderful tips in this post! I have always been so curious about all the comments you receive, so this was helpful. I love your content, and know others do as well, but I’m the 75th comment which is amazing!!

I have learned to connect with other bloggers as well, and have a support system in place which has been amazing. As time has gone by, I too am receiving more comments, and subscribers.

It is a process, though and I would remind everyone that your kind of success does not happen overnight. There is a lot of hard work behind your blog, but your content always is helpful to me, as well as your other readers. I also feel that I can relate to you as a person and you have inspired me to believe that I can achieve success with my blog as well.

So congrats on your win, well deserved, and I look forward to your next post.

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80 Adrienne Smith
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February 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Hi Cathy,

Glad I was able to help with your curiosity Cathy! I promise, this is all I do to get the interaction going. #75, that’s amazing really! See, it still blows my mind.

It does take time so people just need to be consistent in their efforts and all will fall into place. That’s where a lot of people go wrong, they aren’t consistent and they don’t have enough patience. We have become an instant gratification society and that’s not how you build a following.

You can achieve success Cathy, just stay on that path and be consistent in your actions. If you aren’t seeing results in one area then change what you’re doing until you find what works. That’s all there really is to it.

Thank you Cathy and you have a wonderful day!

~Adrienne

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81 sunil
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February 29, 2012 at 10:59 AM

All round Killer post Adrienne. i can see you have used up everything in this post that can really make a Star out of a normal blogger. i loved the links which you specified in the post as they flow along the talk which u r describing here.and the links which u gave under the subheading “How To Locate Blogs” really helped me. it gave me a chance to jump out of the window and get to know some of the other amazing blogs and people,… thanx for sharing this amazing and wonderful post. i just loved it :)

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82 Adrienne Smith
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February 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Hi Sunil,

Ah, glad you found this one helpful.. Killer post, I love that! :-)

I learned as I went Sunil and glad my references of how to locate other blogs was useful. You can always just start a list of your own you know and help others when they get to this point. Especially in your particular niche.

As always, glad you stopped by and shared your thoughts on this topic. It’s a pleasure to see and hear from you Sunil.

Enjoy your day okay and happy commenting! ;-)

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83 Donna Merrill
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February 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Adrienne, First I must say congrats! You certainly deserve it. For the short time I have known you, I am always entertained and learning from your blog. You share great content, as well as a personal touch. Reading your blog is like having a cup of coffee with a friend. You are open and honest and you do practice what you preach: You are yourself. That’s what makes you shine my friend.
When you come on to my blog as well as others, I can see that you have actually read the blog and go the extra mile with your comments. I have written a blog post in the past about how important comments are on a blog.
Other people see you, and start reading your comments, thereby becoming interested in who you are.
Your blogs and comments make you the leader in your field. I am so happy to know you and learn from you.
This was a great post because you have shared so much. But you usually do!
Blessings,
Donna

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84 Adrienne Smith
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February 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Hi Donna,

Thank you so much, I’m still quite honored but it’s also been able to open doors for me so I can help others with questions you know! :-)

I am so glad you feel that way Donna, just goes to show that what I’m here to accomplish is working. I want people to feel at home when they drop by my place and I want them to feel like they are learning from a friend. Someone who will tell them the truth.

You are so right Donna, people will see you just from the comments you’ve left on other blogs. They will resonate with you on some level and want to know more about you. That’s how you get more visitors to your blog and all you did was be yourself and that’s what attraction marketing is all about.

I appreciate all your kind words, thank you so much. I’m so glad we connected here as well and I believe we are learning from each other.

Stay blessed Donna and enjoy your afternoon!

~Adrienne

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85 Mouh
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February 29, 2012 at 4:30 PM

SURPRISE!

How are you dear Adrienne? Long time no see! I should tell that to myself, no? :D

I see things are changing on your blog and it is getting more and more popular. :D That’s GREAT!

Gosh, I disappeared! And I very nuch miss things here. I had to go thru some hardship especially with my health. I am recovering now in this new world. I am in Doha, Qatar now. Thigns are different here compared to my home country and I am coping. I can’t wait to start blogging again and really pave the way.

Please say Hi to all my other blogging friends! I did not know I’d miss them this MUCH!

Have a lovely day!

Mouh :)

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86 Adrienne Smith
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February 29, 2012 at 5:09 PM

OMG, I’m SO happy to see you and hear from you! We’ve all wondered how you are Mouh! We missed you terribly my friend. I’m so happy you’re back or almost right!

I hope you are okay, health wise Mouh. I know that the move was a major one for you. I hope you are where you want to be and things are looking up for you since your Mom’s passing. I can’t tell you how much we’ve all missed you. We pop over to your blog every now and then to see if you snuck in without telling us. Just so darn happy to hear from you so thank you for letting me know.

Yeah, my blog has continued to move upwards my friend. Life is definitely good and it will be better now that you’re back to visit on a regular basis.

I’ll be sure to tell everyone Hi…

You take care of yourself okay and let me know when you get back to posting!

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87 Linda
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February 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Hey Adrienne!

Congrats on another nominee! How many does that make now? LOL

Being yourself is always important – I am always myself – how could you not be? :)

Thanks for taking the time to share these excellent pointers with us all.

Looking forward to your video for the blog challenge :)

Linda

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88 Adrienne Smith
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February 29, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Hi Linda,

Thanks Linda, thought this was pretty cool too! I’m starting to loose count to be honest with you! :-) Love it..

I wasn’t myself when I first started blogging. I didn’t think that was how people wanted to learn. I just shared what I knew in a pretty boring and dull format and boy, that didn’t work. If people were like me, I honestly didn’t think they cared what I thought, they just wanted to learn. Glad I was wrong and finally came around.

I enjoyed your video and mine will be up tomorrow so let’s have fun with this challenge. See ya later.

~Adrienne

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89 Nora March 1, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Hi Adrienne!

This is very good to know this news here! well you deserve that, you are engagement superstar! Congrats:)
know what i want this too lol :D

N i love the comment part here. i love to make comments and build new relations!

btw this is my first comment here! i found this blog by one of my friend’s suggestion, this is really i have good time here, while reading all this interesting n useful stuff!

I will be keep in touch here :)

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90 Adrienne Smith
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March 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Hi Nora,

Thank you, I think so too.. Kind of happy about it and thrilled beyond belief! :-)

Commenting on other blogs is the way you meet people and get to know more about them. I’ve learned so much from commenting on other people’s blogs and really gotten to know them on a more personal level as well because it opens up an opportunity to exchange our thoughts.

Glad you decided to stop by after your friend’s suggestion and I do hope you’ll be able to learn a few things while you’re here.

Have a wonderful day and thanks again.

~Adrienne

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91 Dee March 1, 2012 at 6:49 AM

Hi Adrrienne
Congratulations, you really deserve the award.
Your blog is one of the most enjoyable I have come across.
I get more comments on one blog than on the other, and do get more comments after I have been blog hopping.
Actually I quite enjoy blog hopping, you can learn so much from other blogs.
Keep up the good work.
Dee

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92 Adrienne Smith
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March 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Hi Dee,

Thank you, I really appreciate that! Happy face over here for sure… :-) Just so happy to hear that you really enjoy visiting my place.

I love blog commenting and would do it all day every day if possible. I’ve learned more from other bloggers then in most of the courses I’ve purchased. Imagine that!

Thanks Dee and I will most definitely keep up the good work. I really appreciate your comment and your support.

Enjoy your day!

~Adrienne

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93 Warren
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March 1, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I’m with so many others here and have to bow down to you Adrienne! You truly are the engagement queen, and if you’re looking for a product to create, I have to say I’d have to grab a copy of whatever you wrote on the e subject! :)

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94 Adrienne Smith
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March 2, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Hey Warren, always a pleasure to see you my friend.

When I was first considering doing a product I was leaning toward blogging but I think it’s been beat to death actually. Then I had several people tell me to do something on relationship marketing. That got me to thinking since Danny went and did all of this with the release of his book. Trust me, I have nothing on everyone he interviewed but I must obviously be doing something right. So thanks for that vote of confidence and I’ll definitely keep that one in mind.

Hope you have a fabulous day Warren and a terrific weekend. :-) Always a pleasure my friend.

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95 Amy Turner March 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Hello Adrienne, I know the sense of staying within your own niche, but apparently, I can only stay away if I am pressed for time. I have such a diverse circle of interests that I am fascinated by blogs and stories especially of a successful one like yours. Congratulations and you are indeed bringing some very good insights to readers. For me, this will be helpful as long as I stock up on the knowledge, what better way to do but put them to good use later, huh? Thanks!

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96 Adrienne Smith
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March 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Hi Amy,

I know the feeling Amy, I have other interests outside of my own niche and I still love to learn, read and get to know those people.

My blog is for helping people learn how to have success online by I teach you what I’ve learned and of course my experience of becoming more engaging with your readers will help you no matter what your niche is. Although I am in network marketing, I’m still learning so much that helps people outside of my specific niche so I can’t help myself really. :-)

Thank you for the nice words and it’s been such an honor. Just start applying what you’ve learned here and you will be surprised at how your reach can grow.

Best of luck to you.

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97 Warren
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March 2, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I’m actually reading Danny’s book now (picked it up after I read the article here) and will be going through it over the next couple of days.

Thanks you too Adrienne, have a great day!

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98 Adrienne Smith
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March 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM

It’s a great read Warren so enjoy! :-)

Thanks Warren..

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99 sindhuja March 3, 2012 at 5:56 AM

Very useful and applicable points you have mention to get succeed in blog. the question is i have started one of the free wordpress blog for my company website, I have posted general articles and my related business blog posts too. will there be any problem in promoting the blog?

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100 Adrienne Smith
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March 3, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Hi Sindhuja,

If I’m doing a WordPress blog for my company I sure wouldn’t go with a free theme. That’s the first thing I would like to address. Second, I’m not sure what you mean if there will be a problem promoting the blog. I think the best person that can give you advice with company blogs is Ruth Zive. She writes for company blogs and can help you understand that even writing for a company you have to put some personality into this as well. Be sure and check out her blog and read what she shares. She will be extremely helpful with the direction you are headed.

Thank you for your comment.

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101 Mitch Mitchell
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March 4, 2012 at 1:57 AM

I started out the same way as you Adrienne, only I didn’t stop at 5 a day. I pretty much dedicated a few days to commenting on other blogs while taking a break from working for a few days. It was glorious, and I found a great world of people out there to talk to, and they came back to my blog, which was nice.

My only problem these days is having 5 blogs and having to decide which one to represent when I’m commenting. This one seems to fit most blogs best.

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102 Adrienne Smith
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March 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Well, I had so many other things I also had to do during the day so 5 was about all I could handle at that time. Of course now, I do way more than 5 but this way people don’t have any excuses right Mitch! Heck, just do 2 if that’s all you can fit in but be consistent.

I had two I was running where I was commenting for both of them representing myself in different capacities. Some of them eventually found the other blog and the started crossing over so I eventually had to quit posting on one and I definitely knew it wouldn’t be my main one. I get what you’re saying though.

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103 Ryan Biddulph March 4, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Hi Adrienne,

More phenom content!

You are the queen of engagement. I never see a blog with as many comments as yours, and the genesis of such an exceptional blog are the mindful, thought-provoking comments you carefully craft on other blogs.

Thanks for sharing immense value wherever you show up Adrienne!

Ryan

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104 Adrienne Smith
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March 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Hi Ryan,

I really appreciate you saying that Ryan, coming from you. That means so much that you see me in that light. Wow! I’m truly touched.

I always go by the motto Ryan to treat people the way I would want to be treated. I’m sure we all have our moments right but I do my best to take the time to actually read people’s post and give my honest thoughts on it. That’s the least I can do.

Thank you so much for that and for sharing this post as well. I really do appreciate the ongoing support and you are someone I really do look up to Ryan.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

~Adrienne

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105 Hiten
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March 4, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I know you recommend we don’t do this, but I genuinely have to say this was a brilliant post. :-)

What I love so much about your writing is your ability to take a problem (in this case blog comments) and then explain in small steps what needs to be done to achieve an outcome. And you have such a great way of writing, it just makes you want to continue reading and reading.

I have to admit I’ve always been amazed at how many comments you get. Everytime I come to your blog, there’s usually a 100 on your most recent post!

I’ve been blogging for around 4 years, but have only started blogging properly for around 6 months. I used to produce tons of content but was clueless about commenting on other blogs, and sharing content on social networks.

I’m improving now, and am glad that I’m doing most the things you explained in this post. I need to start asking questions back to people who leave comments.

Ruth Zive recently put me straight in terms of editing my Tweetme account in Wordpress so that it now includes my Twitter id! :-)

I just had a couple of questions for you Adrienne please. After we as bloggers work on building relationships online, at what stage does this help us in selling our products and services? Also, from your experience do other bloggers become customers or is it just the general public who come to your site, from the increased traffic?

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106 Adrienne Smith
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March 4, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Hi Hiten,

Oh, I certainly don’t mind when you add more to that one comment. I think that those who just say “brilliant post” and leave it at that are the ones who need to understand what commenting is really all about. :-)

I’m so happy to hear you say that because I know that some of my posts are pretty long and we are all limited to the time we spend reading posts so I hate tying anyone up. But when I’m on a certain topic I just want to make sure I’m not leaving anything out. I’m happy to hear that I’m able to keep your attention for a little while at least.

I know, I’m pretty amazed too Hiten. It still surprises me and makes me smile for sure. I never get tired of reading people’s comments.

This is a learning process so as long as you keep moving forward then I believe you are doing your best Hiten.

Bless Ruth’s heart and I’m glad she steered you in the right direction. Without that properly set up, people won’t share your content and that’s really a big part of this.

Ah, good question Hiten. When you start building up relationships with people and they start to know, like and trust you. They will opt-in to your list to show you more support and they will definitely listen if you have any types of products that you write reviews on. Like for instance I just started this year implementing product reviews so although they aren’t the most popular posts, because you use them and recommend them and your readers trust you, they will purchase them from you. Once you get people on your list then you can start sharing with them whatever it is that you are offering. Don’t do every email though because you want to add more value then anything. Make sense?

Some other bloggers do become customers because they know they can trust me and I’ll be there for them. I’m also getting lots of newbies sign up for things because when they come to my blog and see all the comments, they can tell I’m someone who knows what I’m talking about. They’ll send me an email and we’ll start the conversation plus I call all my leads and introduce myself. Just another personal touch I believe helps other people be able to relate to you.

Hope that was helpful Hiten and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you. Hope you’re enjoying your day!

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107 Hiten
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March 4, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I just wanted to say a big thank you for answering my questions. I really appreciate it. :-)

That’s a another thing I forgot to add. I think it’s amazing how you respond to comments super quick. Thanks!

Time for bed now. We’re a little ahead over here in England. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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108 Adrienne Smith
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March 4, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Hey Hiten,

You are so very welcome and I love to answer questions as quickly as possible. Since this is a weekend I’m not usually on all weekend but am playing catch up so was glad I was here.

Have a great night and a week ahead. :-)

~Adrienne

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109 Janet Callaway
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March 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Adrienne, aloha. Congratulations again, you Engagement Superstar.

Your gift, Adrienne, is being YOU and letting me know you. With your radiant smile and warm words, you invite people into your party both to interact with you and with your guests. You let people know that everyone is welcome as long as they treat others with respect and “play nice.” You make it easy for people to feel comfortable visiting your blog and commenting.

Your commitment to your readers as well as your consistency in words and actions, makes your blog a home.

Wishing you the same happiness you bring to the lives of others. Aloha. Janet

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110 Adrienne Smith
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March 4, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Thank you so much for this wonderful comment Janet. I really appreciate you sharing that with me and I’m so happy to hear this is how I make you feel when you visit. I’m just so touched and honored by what you’ve shared.

Thanks so much and I do hope you have a really wonderful week Janet!

Blessings,

~Adrienne

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111 Tanya McTavish March 5, 2012 at 5:05 AM

Adrienne, to be honest, I’m not at all surprised that you got nominated and won. You are one of the most sincere people that I got to know online. In fact, the way you write, comment and tweet makes me feel like I’ve known you personally for many years. You have also introduced me to some awesome bloggers. I guess that’s what it means to be an engagement super star :)

I’m raising a virtual wine glass to your well-deserved victory
Tanya

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112 Adrienne Smith
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March 5, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Hi Tanya,

Great to see you and thank you for the kind words. I’m surprised I won to be honest with you because I was among so many people who I thought just blew me out of the water. But maybe they don’t have anything on me when it comes to being sincere and just friendly with all my readers and friends. Who knows! :-)

So happy to hear that you’ve met some terrific bloggers through me, that makes me so happy. They are fabulous people aren’t they! I just really enjoy connecting with other bloggers and the help and support you receive is fabulous.

Thank you for that toast, I really appreciate that!

Have a fabulous week Tanya and I’ll be by to check out your latest post soon.

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113 Lenia
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March 6, 2012 at 6:22 AM

Hi Adrienne,
How are you doing? I just read your post here. Since I have discovered your blog and I have seen the video on your training program, I started applying the 5 comments per day method. I work hard to follow your advice. To tell you the truth you were the first person who commented on my blog because you followed my comments on your blog. At the beginning, I didn’t know that sometimes it works that way: “I comment on your blog and then you comment on my blog”. I discovered that thanks to you.
I tested the method regularly and strictly for two months (January and February). Ok, I confess that I lost some days of the week such as Sundays where I was supposed to have some rest and I didn’t do comments on other blogs.
The thing is that, I haven’t visited many new blogs to comment but i was visiting almost the same blogs again and again. I now understand that was not quite efficient because the goal of the process is to meet new people.
To be honest, I met some new people with that process. On the other hand, not always all people come back to my blog to write a comment. I guess that is normal.
After 2 month testing I know that this method can give great results in order to make new friends. But for me, it could have been more efficient than it actually was.
There are many reasons for that such as the following:
- I started commenting regularly on the same blogs and I did not focus on discovering new blogs
- My blog is not a WP blog….I really don’t like it and i am currently working hard to migrate as soon as possible.
- As a complete newbie I feel like Alien…it takes time for people to learn who I am and what I am trying to do!
Unfortunately this month is hard for me to continue doing the 5 comments per day. That doesn’t mean I give up. It means that I am not as regular as I should me!

I have a couple of questions if you don’t mind:
1) Do you actually comment on blogs even on Sunday?
2) How do you track your comments? How can you remember what day you commented on which blog and on which blog post of another blogger?
3) Do you use a tool to organize your blog commenting?
4) I guess you go back to the site and you read the answer of the blogger to your comment (if there is). How do you organize that process: Do you have a specific time block where you are doing that or you re visit that blog just when you receive and email to your Indox that informs you the blogger has answered to your comment?
5) I just discovered the webminar. Do you think I can still subscribe to it (until the 29 of March)?

Andrienne, congratulations on your success. You really deserve that title :)
Thank you for all the tips you share with us!
Have a great day!
Lenia

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114 Adrienne Smith
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March 6, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Hi Lenia,

This method does take time and not everyone will come back and comment on your blog. This is very true. And you are right, a lot of people might not come comment on your blog because it’s not a WordPress. In my opinion it should matter but a lot of people are under the impression that if you are here for the right reasons, then you’ll invest in a self hosted blog so they don’t want to waste their time.

To answer your questions”

1. Sometime I do when I’m playing catch up. I started commenting on 5 blogs a day but now that I have a good following I don’t necessarily keep up with that same schedule. I definitely comment on more than 5 a day though. So some days I don’t get around to commenting at all, just responding to the ones from my blog only.

2. I don’t track comments. I start by visiting the blogs that have left comments on mine. Then I have other blogs that I have come to enjoy visiting and I visit my RSS feed to see if they have a new post.

3. No, I don’t use any tool to keep track of who I commented on.

4. If they don’t have the ReplyMe plug-in installed and I don’t receive an email notifying me that my comment has been replied to, then I don’t go back and visit it again to see if they replied my comment.

5. Are you talking about the webinar you can watch when you opted into my site? You can go back and watch it anytime you want so just click the link in the message I sent you or the next message you receive, the link will be at the bottom.

Thank you Lenia and I appreciate that! You are so kind.

Enjoy your day too! :-)

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115 Lenia
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March 7, 2012 at 6:12 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Thank you so much for your answers. You help me a lot! I appreciate that!
Good day to you too and see you :)

Lenia

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116 Warren
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March 6, 2012 at 8:42 AM

You’ve inspired me to be a better blogger Adrienne! :)
My comments are a weak area, and one I’m going to be focusing more attention on going forward.

I’m aiming for 5 a day, but like you said it’s usually more than that when you factor in the replies and back and forth that takes place.

I went ahead and created a document in excel to track them, but was wondering about the blogs without the reply option.
I’ve also added a new routine to my morning schedule that involves checking the comments that came in and replying, and then visiting their blog to repay the favor! :)

I do have a quick question, what are you using for spam protection at the moment?
I have G.A.S.P. (and was only using that till recently but it stopped protecting me it seemed so added Akismet which spams everyone – Including ME! LOL)

I know I’ve said it before, but thanks Adrienne
I’m getting some mileage out of this post! :)

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117 Adrienne Smith
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March 6, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Hey Warren,

Ah, I’m so very touched.. Thank you for your awesome and kind words! :-)

It can get a little time consuming but it’s definitely worth the time Warren.

If they don’t have the ReplyMe plug-in or some other feature that sends me an email to notify me that they replied to my comment then I don’t bother going back and seeing if they responded. They’ll eventually learn and if I go back and comment again in the future, I usually add a P.S. to my comment letting them know that it’s something they should include. I’ll also notify them if they don’t have their twitter ID set up either. If they don’t, I won’t retweet their posts.

I’m just using GASP and nothing else. I occasionally will get a few spam comments but you can only count them on one hand daily. I just don’t get a lot of spam. I quit using Akismet over a year ago because it was throwing so many of my regular readers into spam. That was time consuming going through that each day.

You are so welcome Warren and I’m glad you’re getting mileage out of this post. That was my intention. :-)

Have a great day!

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118 Ricardo Bueno March 6, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I think it was Mitch Joel who once said, “the best way to grow your community is to play around in someone else’s.” (Or something like that).

Which is to say that yes, one of the best ways to grow your networks/audience, is to engage in conversations elsewhere first. By engaging in comments, responding to Tweets, interacting on Facebook, et cetera. Basically, engaging in conversations on topics that you share a common interest in.

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119 Adrienne Smith
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March 6, 2012 at 2:39 PM

What a very wise man Ricardo and thank you for sharing that. Couldn’t have said that better myself. :-)

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120 faissal alhaithami
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March 11, 2012 at 3:20 AM

I have to admit that commenting is one of the greatest strategist ever, to be honest without commenting on others blogs my blog wouldn’t be able to be where it is now!

In other word, without commenting I wouldn’t be able to build a great relationships with other bloggers! you are an example :D

I got this information from the ebook “31 days to build a better blog” by Darren from problogger, and I see that you are one of the best bloggers who apply this strategy.

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121 Adrienne Smith
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March 11, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Hi Faissal,

Wow, Darren has that blog commenting is really important? I’ve never read his eBook but I have no doubt it’s chalked full of great information. I learned all of this of course from that course I took at the end of 2010. I love blog commenting and have built up some fabulous relationships Faissal and I’m thrilled that you have benefited from it as well.

I appreciate you sharing that with me and thank you so much as always for your oh so kind words. They are greatly appreciated.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

~Adrienne

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122 Amanda March 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I’m having a great time reading your articles!
I have two big blogging conferences that I am going to attend this year, and so I am reading into ‘engagement’ on different levels.
I am being sponsored by Andy (of commentluv) so I really want to do a good job!!
Some things you’ve mentioned are new two me, and and given me great pause for thought…thank you x

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123 Adrienne Smith
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March 15, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Welcome back Amanda and so happy to hear that you are enjoying my blog…

Wow, you’re a very busy lady and I’m so thrilled that Andy is sponsoring you for one of them. That’s very impressive and I have no doubt you’ll do that conference justice.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I’m always here for support.

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124 Dee March 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Hello Adrienne!

Just stumbled across your blog.. Awesome! I’m spent the last 30 minutes reading your valuable content.. Last stop was the Twitter secret which I did not know about.. so thx!

Definitely bookmarking so I can come back and visit.

dee :)

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125 Adrienne Smith
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March 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Hi Dee,

Oh, I love it when people just stumble across my blog! :-) That puts a big old smile on my face so thank you.

So have you enjoyed what I’ve shared? This is my own experience Dee from having been online for awhile now and I love to share what I learn with my readers. So glad you’ve been hanging around here and if you have any questions please let me know.

Hope to see you again.

~Adrienne

P.S. I just checked out your site and how come you don’t have comments open? You are really missing out Dee. Really missing out!

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