Blog commenting has been on my mind often over the past couple of weeks.
In an effort to understand the world of commenting in greater depth, I decided to let other bloggers help me out.
In this three part series you’ll see the three following questions answered by many well-known bloggers.
- How much time do you spend commenting on blogs?
- What makes a great comment?
- Why do you comment?
I feel like these three questions identify important aspects of blog commenting and help us to better understand commenting improvement, time-dedication and importance.
Today the first question will be answered.
How much time do you spend commenting on blogs?
Stay tuned for the other blog posts. Thank you to all those who responded with their answers. Without further delay; here are their answers.
JD Meier of Sources of Insight
I time-box it to 20 minutes max.
Marko Saric of How To Make My Blog
I don’t spend much time anymore as my blog is well established.
In the early days I used to spend quiet a lot of time commenting on other blogs as it was the main source of traffic back when I started my blog.
Chelsea Thomas of The Social Marketing Project
I can’t really put a time frame on the amount of time spent commenting on blogs. I do try to comment at least twice a week. I’m guesstimating that I spend about 40 to 60 minutes reading and commenting during those days.
I may have a free hour during the day and I’ll try to dedicate that time to blog surfing and commenting. Other times I may have a free 15 minutes to myself where I’ll try to make a round or two at a few blogs. Sometimes that is only enough time to read but I end up coming back to comment later.
Ayngelina Brogan of Bacon is Magic
It really depends on the day and what is in my Google Reader. Most days it’s only 20 minutes or so but some days there are so many good posts it is easily over an hour.
Benny Hsu of Get Busy Living
I spend as much time as I can commenting. Before I was trying to comment on as many as I could but I find it takes away from working on other projects.
I wish I was a super speed reader so I could read more and comment more! But I do spend time commenting but only on blogs and posts I really enjoy.
David Siteman Garland of The Rise To The Top
Less time now. When I first got going I’d spend at least 1-2 hours a day doing it, but now it is much less.
Justin Germino of Dragon Blogger
Not enough, I only spend about 15 minutes average per day commenting on other blogs, I would like to spend at least an hour or 1/2 hour per day.
Srinivas Rao of The Skool of Life
I probably spend about 45 minutes to an hour day on it.
Patricia Millman of Lavender Uses
When I started blogging seriously in June 2010 I spent a great deal of time commenting on blogs. Probably several hours a day. However, lately I have spent less time as I build my business and concentrate on other aspects of blogging/marketing.
Probably no more than an hour on some days and less on other days. Depending on what other tasks need doing and also what blog posts are being published. I am more selective now as some of the blogs I previously visited are not relelvant to where I am at on my journey.
Annie Andre of Adventurous Living
When I first started blogging (seriously) two whopping months ago, I spent about 4 hours a day commenting the first 3 weeks. This includes reading time. I cast a wide net and now the commenting has narrowed a bit.
I spend about one hour a day commenting in the morning. And then if I feel up to it, I ‘ll spend another hour in the evening commenting. Again, this includes reading time. If I don’t put a limit, I can actually go for much longer, but that doesn’t leave any time for me to run my sleeping mask business.
Michael Powers of Mind of Michael
I’ve actually just recently started commenting on other peoples blogs thanks to your suggestion. I now spend probably about 10 minutes a day doing it.
I try not to go overboard with commenting but it helps to read other peoples blogs and learn from them and then leave them a nice comment afterwards. It also helps me get some traffic and connect with people in my field.
Aaron Klein of Aaron Klein
I try to spend 10-15 minutes every morning reading and commenting on blogs. Most of that time is spent in two categories: blogs of friends, and blogs in the tech startup world that I work in.
Vitaly Tennant of My Time Matters Blog
The time varies, but I try and make it a daily habit anywhere between 2 to 7 comments. Obviously the more the merrier. I often use google and other search engines to look for answers to my questions or things that interest me, and most of my answers and thought patterns are found in other people’s blogs.
Back in the day I used to read a bunch of info, get what I wanted, and leave … without showing any recognition, but at the same time not seeing the benefits. Without going into all the pros of commenting to build backlinks, seo presence, etc.; it’s a great way to build relationships with like minded individuals.
Antonio Coleman of Traffic Coleman
I spend 1 1/2 hrs each day commenting on blogs that have the readers that will be interested in my content. I mainly do this between 8am to 9:30am which is the time most bloggers to have thier content posted.
Plus I’m commenting on about 60th blogs or less on any given day which is the best if you really want to see a big effect of commenting.
Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook
I spend 9-12 hours a week visiting and commenting on blogs. Whenever I receive comments from my fellow bloggers, I always visit them and read their blogs before leaving a comment. Also, I subscribe to my favorite blogs or become their Facebook fan so whenever I see a new update, I go there to visit their post.
Commenting does requires some extra time, but it’s always nice for me to receive a comment or feedback from my readers, so I’d like to do the same for others.
Marlee Ward of Metamorphoself
It depends on my workload. Typically, I comment on blogs about 2-4 hours per week, but sometimes that’s in the course of two days. It just depends on what’s cooking.
Janet Callaway of The Natural Networker
It probably averages out to 1 to 1-1/2 hours/day.
Riley Harrison of Getting Unstuck
One hour a day.
Daniel Wood of Looking To Business
I do not spend a specific amount of time, instead I make 20 quality comments every day. That way I have a reason to work efficiently and get as much done as possible.
Frank Jennings of A Spark Starts
I spend about 3 hrs a day commenting on other blogs. Most of that time is used reading the post thoroughly enough to hopefully add value to the conversation.
Lance Ekum of The Jungle of Life
Blog commenting varies depending upon my other activities. That said, I have a core group of people who I visit whenever they post, and joining the conversation feels very much like talking to an old friend.
Other sites, I comment based upon what I have that can add to the conversation.
Adrienne Smith of AdrienneSmith.net
Usually around an hour a day, maybe a little more depending on how long the posts are. I take my time reading the entire post and I’m no speed reader. I visit five blogs a day, sometimes a few more, so that I don’t overwhelm myself.
If I could do nothing but visit blogs all day long, I’d be in heaven but I do have a business to run.
Tyler Cruz of TylerCruz.com
Zero, other than the occasional comment once or twice a month, but I definitely don’t to purposely go out and comment on other blogs.
Tristan Higbee of Blogging Bookshelf
I currently don’t spend very much time commenting on blogs. When my blog was newer, I commented for 2-3 hours every day.
Now that I’m focusing more on product development, I comment on only a couple blogs a day. I’ll be ramping up my commenting efforts again pretty soon, though.
Eric Gati of My 4 Hour Workweek
Lately, due to an overall lack of free time, I don’t comment nearly as much as I used to.
I used to spend at least 15-20 minutes per day commenting on other blogs (not including the time it takes to read posts). That allowed me to comment on most blogs that I read.
Alex Whalley of AlexWhalley.com
Too long. In the beginning maybe 50% of my time was dedicated to blog commenting (up to 20 hours per week) Now its maybe 10%. But I still devote a few hours a week to it.
John Paul Aguiar of Money Dummy
I used to spent 2-3 hrs a day commenting on blogs when I first started. It got me a lot of traffic and attention, but took way to much of my time. Writing quality comments takes time and to do that on a big scale isn’t time well spent.
Elise of Elise’s Review
Unfortunately, not as much time as I used to. I used to spend at least a good 6 hours a week or more commenting on blogs, but I’ve struggled to keep up with it, especially now that my schedule has changed after graduating school.
I plan on making the goal of spending at least 2 or 3 hours per week commenting soon again.
I comment in the morning for an hour. I hop onto Google Reader (which tracks around one hundred blogs I adore) and see what’s new for the day.
At night I’ll often come back and reply to comments posted throughout the day.
So, I pose the same question for those of you who are reading.
How much time do you spend commenting on blogs? Is there an optimum time?
*Bloggers were listed in order of response.