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How To Keep Up With Blog Hopping

 

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In my last post I talked about How To Get More Comments On Your Blog which was a very popular post from all the great comments I recieved, so thanks to all my readers.

 

 

One of the tips on my list was to go Blog Hopping, it is a great way to increase traffic to your blog and build up relationships with your readers, which in return encourages them to leave a comment .

 

Ok so you start to visit a few blogs and after reading their latest post you leave a comment (if the content is good), if they are using CommentLuv which most bloggers do you will get a link back to your blog and hopefully people will visit your blog in return.

 

I recommend you start with 5 blogs a day to visit and comment on, it should take about 30-45 minutes to read a post and leave a comment on all 5 blogs, as you do this on a regular basis you will get quicker.

 

In return you will see at least the author visiting your blog and leaving you a comment, some of their readers may also hop over for a visit, as you continue to do this every day you will get more known to the bloggers in your circle. Don’t forget to sign up for a Gravatar, you may have a problem getting your comments approved without one, it is free to sign up so if you do not have one go ahead and sign up today!

 

How do you keep track of all the blogs you are visiting? for one thing you should sign up for new updates when they post new content, that way you can hop over as soon as they publish a new post, most people post on a regular schedule so you get to know which days they post, but to make sure of this sign up via RSS or to be on their email list.

 

I have made a folder with the blogs I visit so I have all the information I need ie: their name and blog URL, some people have spreadsheets to keep all the information, it is whatever works best for you. If you just want to use your RSS reader then that is ok, be comfortable whichever way is best for you.

 

When you have been visiting those 5 blogs a day and feel you can increase it then why not visit 5 of the ones you like and then 1 or 2 new ones to increase your list, the more you visit the more traffic and comments you will receive. Don’t forget to use the share buttons, after you have written your comment share on any of the social sites you prefer Twitter, Facebook, Google + etc again this will help to get new visitors to your blog.

 

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I can understand that for anyone new it can be a little daunting the thought of trying to keep up with all this blog hopping, and some may say to themseves I can’t do this but take it slowly and if you are not comfortable with visiting 5 blogs at first then start with 1 or 2, it is not a race and you need to go at your own pace, build it up over time and the traffic will come.

 

If you need more help with the subject of Blog Hopping I have a free gift for you, it is called Blog Hopping Queen by Sally Neill, she shares some great content here to help you get more traffic. You can download it by clicking on the link above or from my Free Gifts Page

 

How do you keep track of all the blogs you visit? do you use any of the tips I have written about here? or do you have any others you would like to share? I would love to hear your views so please leave a comment below.

 

To your success

Thanks for reading

Pauline

 

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  • Sapna says:

    HI Pauline

    An excellent advice

    Though at times it is bit difficult to visit 5 blogs but yes we can surely start with 1 or 2 and then possibly build on that.

    You are providing a great service to the newbies like me in blogosphere.

    Thanks a lot for this.

    Sapna
    Sapna recently posted..A Naive Bloggers Day Without ElectricityMy Profile

    January 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Sapna
      Thanks for being my first comment on this post :)
      It can be difficult to manage 5 blogs at the beginning but like I said do what is good for you, it is not good to try and achieve too much and overstretch yourself. I am glad that I am helping people that are just at the beginning of their journey, it is an ongoing learning curve.
      Have you seen an increase of comments and traffic to your blog through blog hopping?
      Hope you are having a great week
      Pauline

      January 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm
    • Retha Groenewald
      Twitter:
      says:

      Great post. I have been wondering how to keep track of the blogs. I do subscribe, it takes a while to get to know the blogs. I am going to start a spreadsheet. Thanks for the information.
      Retha Groenewald recently posted..Three Women related to a Great LeaderMy Profile

      January 16, 2013 at 8:45 pm
      • Pauline says:

        Hi Retha
        Thanks for stopping by, it’s nice to see you :)
        When I first started blog hopping I kept writing down all the blogs I was visiting on bits of paper but I had them all over the place on my desk and it just was not good, so I soon wised up and that is when I made myself a folder which I keep on my desktop, I am considering making a spreadsheet and see which I prefer.
        Have you seen an increase of traffic to your blog since you started blog hopping?
        Hope you have a great day
        Pauline

        January 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm
  • Phil
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline,

    I can tell everyone that you’re right and this is agreat way to get traffic. You need to stick with it, but it works. In my opinion to subscribe to the RSS Feed is less effective than to subscribe for email updates of a blog.

    The reason for that is that the RSS Feed has a delay, in some cases up to six hours. If you get an email notification it will be immediately and you can be the first or one of the first persons to comment on a blog.

    By the way, thanks for the free gift :-)

    Have a nice day,

    Phil
    Phil recently posted..My latest WSO – In Fact My First One!My Profile

    January 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Phil
      This proves that you must have signed up for my email updates and not RSS :)
      I have to agree with you on that one, I prefer email updates as like you say it is immediate, I know a lot of people prefer RSS it proves that we are all different and have our own personal choices that work for us.
      I hope you enjoy the gift, Sally has some great content on this subject to help increase comments and traffic, I have learned some great things from her.
      I would be interested to hear your thoughts after you have read it.
      Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.
      Pauline

      January 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm
  • David Wildash says:

    Hi Pauline,

    Some great tips here, just as there was in your previous post. I’ll be adopting a number of them.

    I think the secret to effective blog hopping and forum posting is to do it in a way that prevents it becoming tedious. After all these are methods that work best when you stick at them over a long period of time.

    Three of your tips: doing a modest amount daily, for a set period of time and getting alerts from sites you can trust to provide valuable and interesting content, can really help maintain your enthusiasm.

    All the best,

    David
    P.S. Thank you for the link to the free gift.
    David Wildash recently posted..A Deadline Should be Like a BirthdayMy Profile

    January 16, 2013 at 8:11 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi David
      Thanks for stopping by :)
      If we do something and we find it tedious then it will be harder to do every day, we will become bored. It is best to make it more enjoyable, I tend to plan time in the morning usually 1 hour to reply to the comments on my blog (like I am doing now :)) and then the same in the afternoon to visit other blogs and leave a comment. I will change that routine from time to time if I have other tasks that need my attention but I do blog hop every day, usually less time on a weekend and maybe only once a day.
      I hope you enjoy the free gift, you will get some further great tips from Sally.
      Have a great day
      Pauline

      January 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm
  • Victoria
    Twitter:
    says:

    Wonderful blog post today Pauline! Excellent tips and so far I haven’t had a problem visiting 5 blogs a day. I aim for 8-10 and some days I make it, other days I don’t. I also respond to every comment on my blog as quickly as I can. Part of a successful blog, is engaging with your subscribers, otherwise you may lose them.
    Happy Blogging!!
    Victoria recently posted..Do Bloggers Really Blog In Their Pajamas?My Profile

    January 16, 2013 at 8:24 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Victoria
      Welcome to my blog, it’s nice to see you here :)
      I manage to visit around 10 blogs most days, some days I may have other tasks I need to get finished so I have less time to visit 10 and I may make only 5-7 that day but it is ok and long as we keep it up every day.
      I agree it is important to respond as soon as possible to comments left on our blogs, it shows our readers that we appreciate them taking time to read our post and leave their comment, I find it rude if I receive no reply at all to any comments I make while visiting other blogs!
      Hope you have a great day
      Pauline

      January 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm
  • Janice from swarovski,crystal,jewellery
    Twitter:
    says:

    Great post an something I am building on at the moment – I think I need to find a niche of relevant blogs to look at as at the moment it is mostly UBC. Thank you for sharing :)
    Janice@swarovski,crystal,jewellery recently posted..Is this a dagger I see before me?My Profile

    January 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Janice
      The UBC is a great place to start but there is a wide variety of niches so yes at some point it would be good for you find a group of blogs in your niche, if you do a google search you will find many I’m sure.
      Are you seeing some good results through the UBC?
      Thanks for stopping by again, have a nice day :)
      Pauline

      January 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm
  • Chef William says:

    Good advice, I am at about 5 per day but it has taken me a long time to get there. I believe that in the beginning we don’t understand how important it is that we have back links. I have found some new friends by commenting on blogs on a steady basis. I never thought of having a file to keep information it. That’s next.
    Chef William recently posted..BasilMy Profile

    January 16, 2013 at 9:39 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi William
      Welcome to my blog, it’s always nice to see a new face :)
      Visit as many or as few blogs that you are comfortable with, if you are at 5 a day that is good, if some days you don’t get to all 5 then that is ok too, but you should be seeing an increase of traffic by blog hopping, have you found this to be so?
      It is a great way to build up relationships with other bloggers and it sounds like you have started doing this :)
      Hope you have a great day
      Pauline

      January 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm
  • Tonya Stephens says:

    Hi Pauline,
    I agree with Sapna, great information…it’s the little things that make a big difference.
    This may be a dumb question but how do you put a sign up for new blog posts? Would it be through A weber as a opt in form with your blog url…not sure how this works.
    Anyway I have been blog hopping and my traffic is increasing…so I know it works.
    Thanks,
    Tonya
    Tonya Stephens recently posted..MLM Prospecting | How To Ignore RejectionMy Profile

    January 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Tonya
      Do you mean how to ask your readers to sign up for updates of new posts? if so it is a plugin called Subscribe 2, it will send an email automatically to your readers as soon as you publish a new post, here is the link for it Subscribe2
      If this is not what you are asking about just let me know what it is and I can help.
      Great news that your traffic is increasing from your blog hopping, it proves it works :)
      Nice to see you here again, hope you are having a great day!
      Pauline

      January 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm
  • Jude Banks
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline,

    I agree with you about having a routine for blog commenting. It is more rewarding than the one-way communication we usually tend to do in our advertising and marketing.

    Consistency brings rewards! I am enjoying your site and will come back later to read more! I have shared your post on G+.

    And thanks bunches for your gift! :-)
    Jude Banks
    Jude Banks recently posted..Back Up WordPress, Part 2My Profile

    January 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Jude
      Great to see you again :)
      It is great to connect with other bloggers and blog hop, it helps us build relationships, increase traffic and that all works to a more successful business.
      I like to reply to comments on my blog in the morning, say for about 30 minutes to an hour, then in the afternoon I go blog hopping and leave comments, usually for about the same length of time. It works well for me but everyone has their own routines, what is yours? do you prefer a specific time of day? I am always curious how others like to work :)
      Hope you enjoy the gift, Sally has some great info in her book, I have picked up some great advice from her.
      Have a great day
      Pauline

      January 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm
  • Eleanor
    Twitter:
    says:

    I love using CommentLuv on my blogs, today I am doing a blog hop for Wine Wednesday. I took you up on your offer to grab the download for the Blog Hopping Queen.

    Participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge has me visit a lot of wonderful blogs and hopefully after the challenge is over the habit will continue!
    Eleanor recently posted..Wine Wednesday #WWMy Profile

    January 16, 2013 at 10:35 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Eleanor
      Thanks for stopping by, welcome to my blog:)
      CommentLuv is a great plugin, so useful I recommend it to anyone who has a blog…
      I am glad you downloaded the free gift, hope you enjoy it! I am sure you will find it useful, I have learned so much from Sally, I would love to hear from you after you ahve gone through it to see if you enjoyed it.
      The UBC is a great way to start connecting with people, I participated in a couple last year, I would say yes continue after the challenge is over with.
      Hope you are having a great day
      Pauline

      January 17, 2013 at 4:12 pm
      • Eleanor
        Twitter:
        says:

        Thank you Pauline, I was wondering how many times a year the challenge takes place. I am glad to here that it is more then once. I look forward to diving into the guide also.
        Eleanor recently posted..Wine Wednesday #WWMy Profile

        January 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm
        • Pauline says:

          Hi Eleanor
          The challenge takes place every 2 months so the next one should be in March, but you can still add your posts to the Facebook group after this one has finished. Many bloggers use the group all the time to stay in contact and to also find new blogs to connect with, and of course to carry on with their blog hopping :)
          Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by again.
          Pauline

          January 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm
  • Jan
    Twitter:
    says:

    Great tips, Pauline. I tend to sign up via RSS – but having the time to visit everywhere, read and comment… well that gets time consuming! You do get quicker with practice!
    Jan recently posted..Facebook Graph Search Announced – Is Your Local Business Facebook Page Ready?My Profile

    January 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Jan
      Glad you enjoyed the tips, yes it can be time consuming but so worth it :) and you do become quicker over time, at the beginning it was taking me up to one hour to visit and comment on 5 blogs but now I can visit twice that amount in the same time, it all comes down to what you are comfortable with.
      Thanks for stopping by, and hope you are having a great day
      Pauline

      January 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm
  • Tim Bonner says:

    Hi Pauline

    I’ve been trying to comment on at least 5 blogs a day and more if I could. I struggle to keep up sometimes though.

    I’ve decided though that I shouldn’t struggle with writing something on posts I just don’t connect with. Just move on to the next one.

    I’ve been using FeedDemon to keep track of blogs I visit and it’s really come in handy.

    Blog hopping has certainly increased traffic to my blog and I’ve got to meet so many new and interesting people.
    Tim Bonner recently posted..W3 Total Cache Has Been A Total FrustrationMy Profile

    January 17, 2013 at 12:07 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Tim
      It’s ok to find it a stuggle at times and only visit 3 maybe in a day, we have to be comfortable with doing this and it’s important not to stress ourselves. Another day if you find you have a little extra time then maybe visit an extra one and make it a new one, we do what works best for us.
      I will have to check out FeedDemon I must admit I have not heard of it, I am always looking for extra ways to help me with my daily tasks :)
      I hope you have a great day
      Pauline

      January 17, 2013 at 4:20 pm
  • Corina Ramos
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hello Pauline,

    Thanks for sharing this great advice. I started my list with 5 bloggers like you recommend and now I’m up to 15 bloggers/sites I visit at least once a day. It is a little time consuming but I think everyone will agree that the payoff is worth it. Plus it eventually builds friendship, so why wouldn’t anyone want to take advantage of this :)

    The easiest way for me to make sure I get it all done is by keeping it on an excel sheet. I have a to-do list that includes reminders like updating my profiles and my blog/website list.
    Corina Ramos recently posted..Wordless Wednesday: A Dog’s LifeMy Profile

    January 17, 2013 at 5:22 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Corina
      Wow you are going great visiting up to 15 blogs every day, and as you say it can be time consuming but so worth it! Are you seeing a big increase of traffic from this? I am sure you are :) It does get quicker as we get more experienced with this, and we do get to find some vaulable content as we go along.
      An excel spreadsheet is a good way to keep up with all the blogs we visit, sounds like you have it all covered!
      Thanks for stopping by, hope you are having a great day
      Pauline

      January 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm
  • Sara says:

    Thanks for the article Pauline. I must admit I get far too many emails which leads to information overload. Being on blogger we have a reading list option which is far better – you are on mine by the way. I also like Networked Blogs – you can go over there when you are in the mood for reading other posts. Just my two cents worth x
    Sara recently posted..Have You Checked Your Blood Pressure Lately?My Profile

    January 17, 2013 at 6:41 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Sara
      We all face information overload at some point so we have to be careful as it can have a negative effect, I only check my emails twice a day, once in the morning and again before I close down at the end of the day, when I first started I was constantly checking to see if I had any but that was taking time away from the tasks I really need to finish…
      Sounds like blogger has an easy way to keep up with your reading list (thanks for including me on yours by the way :)), I am also on Network Blogs which I find useful.
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leaving a comment, come back again soon :)
      Have a great day
      Pauline

      January 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm
  • Sylviane Nuccio
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline,

    I do blog hopping like a maniac. Frankly, I must comment of close to 50 blogs a week and considering how busy I am that’s not bad at all.

    When you start doing this, you can see a great increase of comments on your own blog. Then you always have the few weirdos that no matter what you do will NEVER visit your blog, but after a while you can just drop them, unless you want to try building relationships with selfish people. I know I don’t.

    On the other hand I do have a handful of VERY LOYAL readers who do not use commentluv, but I sure don’t miss a single of their post, because they are loyal and I love their blogs.

    Thanks for this great topic.
    Sylviane Nuccio recently posted..How Can A Life Coach Help You?My Profile

    January 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Sylviane
      You sound like you have the blog hopping sorted if you comment on 50 a week! It gets easier as we get more experienced, I know I can visit more blogs every day than I used to be able to. Can I ask how long do you set aside every day to blog hop?
      I have found some blogs that do not have commentluv but because they have good content and are nice, loyal bloggers I also visit them on a regular basis :)
      I am glad you have enjoyed this post, it seems to be a popular topic……
      Hope you have a great weekend
      Pauline

      January 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm
  • Muhsin says:

    Hi Pauline,

    This is my first time visiting your blog..gotta say I am enjoying the great content that you are offering in your blog. List building is definitely one of my favourite topic to talk about and I am glad that I found your blog.
    Blog commenting definitely is one of the techniques that I used to do to get traffic to my blog although it can be time consuming. Thank you for writing a blog post about it.
    Cheers! :)

    January 17, 2013 at 6:04 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Muhsin
      Welcome to my blog, it’s nice to see you here :)
      List building is a great topic and many newbies need some advice and tips, one of the reasons I started this blog.
      Blog commenting can be time consuming I agree but it is a great way of increasing traffic if you choose the right blogs to visit, and a way of connecting wih fellow bloggers.
      How much time to you spend each day commenting on blogs?
      Hope you have a great weekend
      Pauline

      January 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm
  • Adrienne
    Twitter:
    says:

    Another popular topic Pauline and very well explained.

    That’s exactly how I started blog hopping, I visited 5 blogs each day. I also subscribe to their RSS feeds once I find that I’d like to visit them again and then I categorize them by different folders. I don’t like subscribing to an email reminder because they I get overwhelmed with way too many emails and then I feel guilty if I can’t get right to them.

    I have to make a note to visit my RSS feed daily but at least it’s a great way to remember the blogs you’ve visited because you won’t any other way.

    Great advice.

    ~Adrienne
    Adrienne recently posted..How To Stand Out From The RestMy Profile

    January 17, 2013 at 11:23 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Adrienne
      I am sure it was you that suggested I visit 5 blogs a day earlier last year :) great advice thanks…
      Do you keep your folders on your desktop or is this within your feed reader? I prefer to sign up for updates via email but I don’t have as many as you must have, at the moment I can manage my emails but I do admit they are increasing (which I suppose is a good thing lol)
      Thanks for coming over for a visit, have a wonderful weekend and catch up soon.
      Pauline

      January 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm
      • Adrienne
        Twitter:
        says:

        Hey Pauline,

        No, I keep the folders in my RSS feed. Since I visit a lot of different blogs who are in different niches I want to keep those all separate.

        You’ll get to a point where the emails are too much so at least this way I still know which ones I haven’t read yet.
        Adrienne recently posted..How To Stand Out From The RestMy Profile

        January 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm
        • Pauline says:

          Hi Adrienne
          Thanks for telling me how you keep track of blogs, sounds like it works well for you, I may switch over to doing it this way and see how it works for me :)
          Have a great day
          pauline

          January 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm
  • Leo from Job Prospects says:

    I try to do blog hopping everyday, but on about half of the blogs, my comments, even though they’re written with some thought, do not show up half the time because they’re marked as spam, often on blogs I’ve never visited before. Do you know why this could be happening/ I’ve never left a spammy comment in my life but it’s incredibly frustrating to spend the time reading a blog, leaving a good comment and to be marked as spam.
    Leo@Job Prospects recently posted..Accountant Salary by IndustryMy Profile

    January 18, 2013 at 2:53 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Leo
      I do think the reason your comments get marked as spam (yours did here the first time) is #1 you don’t have a gravatar of yourself, it would be better to have a photo of your face #2 I think it is your name/URL it may get classed as a spam website…..
      If it is happening a lot then maybe this could be the reason.
      Hope that helps, have a great weekend
      Pauline

      January 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm
      • Leo from Accountant Salary says:

        Actually, I do have a gravatar, Pauline, as you can see. You mean it has to be of a person rather than a symbol? But how would an automatic program know the difference? I’ll try changing that and see if that improves anything. Thanks.
        Leo@Accountant Salary recently posted..Additional Accountant JobsMy Profile

        January 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm
        • Pauline says:

          Hi Leo
          I think a person will be more likely to approve your comment if you have a picture of your face rather than a plugin, it will help you as when the program puts your comment straight to spam the blogger may not approve it.
          The other thing I mentioned is your name, try just putting Leo instead of @ Accountant Salary and see it it changes anything.
          Let me know how it goes :)
          Hope you have a great weekend
          Pauline

          January 19, 2013 at 11:48 am
  • Barbara Charles
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline. I’m so glad your wrote this article. Our good friend Adrienne talked me into doing 5 blogs a day and I just recently started doing this and blog hopping and you answered a couple of questions I actually had. The first was related to figuring out how to keep track of who’s blog I’m visiting. Some are easy as I’m in blogging groups so you get to know the people pretty well. I also thought about a spreadsheet, but I thought that might be too cumbersome after a while. But I didn’t think of signing up to their RSS feed or signing up to see when a new blog is sent. Simple, but just didn’t think of it! Excellent idea so thanks for the tip! It does feel daunting sometimes trying to get to 5 blogs a day. I will increase it shortly after I get a bit more organized. Thanks for posting and providing some insight on effective blog hopping.
    Regards,
    Barbara
    Barbara Charles recently posted..How My Life Really Began In My 50’s by Adrienne SmithMy Profile

    January 18, 2013 at 5:47 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Barbara
      You made me smile when you said that it was Adrienne talked you into visiting 5 blogs a day, it was her that suggested to me to do it early last year :)
      she is a wonderful lady!
      Have you seen an increase to your traffic since you began blog hopping? I would love to know how it is working for you. It can be a little time consuming of course, once you get into a routine it becomes easier and you get quicker, I try to reply to comments on my own blog in the morning and then late afternoon I go blog hopping. At first I would do it all together but I felt like I was spending all day just writing comments LOL now I have spread it out it works better for me, we all have different routines I am sure that works for us.
      I am glad I could help you with this topic, hope you have a great weekend
      Pauline

      January 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm
  • Omar Habib
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline,

    First I want to congrats for you 100 posts in this blog.

    You have provide very good advice in you 100th post as like as other posts. Commenting on other blog is a good way to get regular traffic and also a way of building backlink. If anyone makes 5 comments per day means he gets at least 5 backlinks that is really amazing.

    Thank you for the advice

    Omar Habib
    Omar Habib recently posted..Start Your Website Flipping Business And Make Money OnlineMy Profile

    January 18, 2013 at 7:10 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Omar
      Thanks for your congrats, I can’t believe it has got to be 100 posts already :)
      Blog commenting is such a great way to gain more traffic, plus it lets you connect with fellow bloggers and build up relationships which is very important.
      Do you blog hop regularly? if so how many do you manage to visit?
      It is great to see you here again, hope you have a great weekend
      Pauline

      January 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm
  • Carol Lynn says:

    Funny, I never thought of it like that but you’re right, it’s a whole lot of hopping! I also keep a folder of the RSS feeds of blogs I’ve visited (and liked) so I can stay on top of them. I have also recently put a limit on how many blogs I’ll comment on in a day because it’s easy to get lost in the weeds from all that hopping :) Sometimes a whole morning goes by and I’m commenting, commenting… I find great stuff though!
    Carol Lynn recently posted..The New LinkedIn For Business: How To Define Your BrandMy Profile

    January 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Carol
      I do love the name “blog hopping” :) I was like you at first and sometimes spent the whole morning commenting, it IS easy to get carried away with this, I do admit on the odd occasion I do spend more time than planned doing this but if I receive a lot of comments on one post I like to reply to them all at once… the rest of the time I limit myself to 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour late afternoon.
      Thanks for stopping by, hope you are having a great day.
      Pauline

      January 19, 2013 at 11:55 am
  • Julie Barrett says:

    Hi Pauline, When I first started blogging a couple of years ago I did visit and comment daily, and made a group of good blogging friends. I must admit that while I do try to stay up to date in my Reader there are months when I am otherwise busy working or in creative mode when I just cannot get to it. Every once in a while, like today, I get a few extra minutes to meet new people and see what’s new.
    Julie Barrett recently posted..Mondegreens, Soramimis and Intuitive Signs Through SongMy Profile

    January 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Julie
      Thanks for stopping by, welcome to my blog :)
      It can be hard to keep up with blog commenting when we have so many other things we need to do, it is worth even spending 15 mins a day if you can, you will see some results I am sure. I have made some great connections with other bloggers since I started with this and we all learn and support each other, it is nice not to be alone lol
      Have a great weekend
      Pauline

      January 19, 2013 at 11:58 am
  • Sue Neal says:

    Hi Pauline,

    You’ve hit a nerve here! As I’ve only recently started blog hopping, this is a subject very dear to my heart – I know I need to be much more disciplined about it, so this is a great prompt.

    I must admit, at the moment my commenting schedule is a bit ad hoc – it got out of control when I suddenly started to get more comments on my own blog, because I couldn’t believe how long it was taking me to respond and then make reciprocal visits. At the moment my priority is to visit people who’ve visited me, and sometimes I just don’t have time to do any more than that – as I’m still doing this in my spare time it can be very challenging.

    That’s not a complaint, though – I really enjoy visiting and commenting on other people’s sites and learn a lot that way – the fact that it helps drive a bit of traffic is a bonus.

    But I DO need to get more organised, so thanks for reminding me of that!

    Sue

    PS Love the look of your site, by the way – and the great images – fantastic job, Pauline!
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    January 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Sue
      I just love blog hopping, I am totally hooked :) I am meeting some wonderful people…
      It must be hard when your time is limited, it’s not easy to keep up if you are receiving a lot of comments to your blog, if you choose the ones that really interest you and feel a connection then only visit these ones, reply to all the comments on each of your posts (if you can as it is important) and see if you can get a routine going.
      If you start with say 15 minutes every day and build on that if you can you will see results, I like to spend 1 hour in the morning replying to comments made on my blog, then 1 hour late afternoon visiting other blogs, it seems to be working out well now. I remember when I first started I was all over the place and would end up spending the whole morning commenting and never getting any other work done!
      Thanks for your kind words about my site :)
      Hope you enjoy your weekend
      Pauline

      January 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm
      • Sue Neal says:

        Thanks for that advice, Pauline – I can relate to that ‘never getting any other work done’ experience! – really helpful, thank you,

        Sue
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        January 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm
        • Pauline says:

          Hi Sue
          You are very welcome, have a great Sunday :)
          Pauline

          January 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm
  • Donna Merrill says:

    Excellent Advice Pauline!

    As a “Blog Hopper” myself, I do the same thing, but don’t go to the lengths you do with making a spread sheet. Oh…what a great idea to keep things organized.

    I belong to a few groups, Comment and syndicate them, and try to visit one or two blogs a day in my niche that I don”t know. That’s where I put their blogs on a note.

    It is for me a labor of love. What I enjoy most is going to a blog and having a learning experience every time .

    Donna Merrill
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    January 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Donna
      I was not so organized at the beginning lol but then I stopped and had a re-think, I had pieces of paper and post it notes all over my desk, it was not a good way to keep track!! That is when I started a folder with all the blogs I visit regularly, I was in two minds, a spreadsheet or folder but I tried a folder first, I am thinking I will try a spreadsheet soon and see which works better for me.
      I have joined a few groups, mainly on Facebook, where are most of the groups you belong to? I would be interested to find a couple more :)
      Have a great weekend and great to have you stop by.
      Pauline

      January 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm
  • RobG says:

    Hello Pauline great post, I think it’s a great idea to visit other blogs to see how things are going. I my self have setup a list of people I visit daily to see what’s new.

    This is something every bloggers should be doing because it’s the only way you can really gain loyal readers that you can call online friends. The process for me has been a positive one I assure you.

    Thanks so much Pauline for allowing me to add you to that list. Have a wonderful day
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    January 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Rob
      Thanks for stopping by, hope you are having a great day :)
      We can gain so much from blog hopping, it is something every blogger should be doing. Have you seen an increase of traffic to your blog since you started doing this? I know I have, plus I am building up some great relationships with my fellow bloggers.
      I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with my readers.
      Pauline

      January 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm
      • RobG says:

        Hello Pauline I’m having a GREAT day. You bet I have seen an increase in traffic in-fact, I send a lot of time hopping. Some bloggers don’t respond very well to this method I guess their just glad to have gotten a comment on their blog. The people that I feel are not interested in my friendship or connecting, I just move on.

        The people that shows me they want to connect with me and become friends I will add them to my list of bloggers I engage with.

        Thanks so much for a great post have a wonderful day :)
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        January 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm
        • Pauline says:

          Hi Rob
          I feel sad when I see that someone has taken the time to get their blog set up and running, write good content then stop, they do not realize that by not replying to comments that are left on their post they are stopping themselves gaining more traffic and connecting with their readers!
          I too stop visiting blogs after a few times if they are not interacting with me, I move on to someone who appreciates me :)
          Happy Sunday
          Pauline
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          January 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm
          • RobG says:

            Yes I know what you meas and some of the blogs that are guilty of doing this are really good ones. Thanks so much Pauline for a great read my friend
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            January 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm
  • Sandy Halliday says:

    I have just started blog hopping again for my IM Blog but I have been blog hopping for several years
    for my detox blog.

    I have Google alerts for certain keywords delivered to Google Reader. I check that once a day for new blog posts for my health niche and leave comments where I can.

    Unfortunately there don’t seem to be many blogs in the health niche that are CommentLuv enabled but I keep checking the lists that others compile as well as Andy’s own list.

    Some blogs make you jump through hoops to leave a comment. Some are worth registering with to make a comment and some are not. It can all take time initially but once you are confirmed you are away for future comments.

    I have enjoyed reading the other comments.

    Sandy
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    January 19, 2013 at 1:13 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Sandy
      That is a great idea to sign up for Google Alerts for keywords, I have them set up but for my name so far, it is good as whenever my name is mentioned somewhere I get to know… I will follow you I think and set one up for some keywords as well.
      Are most of the blogs in the health niche on the free Blogger or WordPress platform? maybe if they are not on a self hosting they cannot use the commentluv plugin, if they are on self hosting and you are visiting on a regular basis you could recommend they try it?
      You can find some great information or ideas for a post from other comments, I enjoy reading them too :)
      Hope your day is going great
      Pauline

      January 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm
  • Jodi from Heal Now says:

    You are obviously great at this! Love you!

    January 19, 2013 at 5:28 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Jodi
      Thanks for stopping by, yes I do enjoy my work! I get to connect with some very nice people..
      Have a great weekend
      Pauline

      January 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm
  • Mary Stephenson
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline

    Great advice and although I don’t always visit as many as I would like each day it has made a difference. I keep a blog log. The bad part is some times one writes a good comment and it never appears on the persons site. Does it get lost in spam? Apparently they do! I have found others in my spam and some have found me in their spam. But the worst is if people just empty their spam without looking. It is usually pretty easy to tell right away if it is spam or not. Most spam rarely use a gravatar. How many times will others come to your site and leave a comment only for it never to show up? I think they will eventually give up and not visit any more. So one really good advice for others is to check their spam.
    (Hint: I put 10 comments out in the past month and they have not been found?)
    Thanks for the great information.
    Mary
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    January 19, 2013 at 5:39 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Mary
      Welcome to my blog, I love to see a new face :)
      Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with blog hopping, but even if we only get to visit 2 or 3 blogs every day it will be good, it does get easier the more we do it on a regular basis the quicker we become!
      It is a shame when you take the tiem to write a comment for it to be lost in spam, to be honest your comment did go to my spam box but I always look through mine and “unspam” any genuine ones. Yes it true most spammers do not use a gravatar but I am sure it can also be due to the URL of the site, I have one blogger here whose comments are always going to spam and I have made a couple of suggestions to him so we can overcome that problem.
      I hope your next comment on here gets through straight away, I will let you know :)
      Have a great weekend Mary, thanks for stopping by.
      Pauline

      January 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm
  • Paul
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I’ve been investing 30′ a day for just engaging with other bloggers by commenting on their posts. The bottom line blogging is all about engaging, participation and building connections.
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    January 22, 2013 at 6:16 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Paul
      Welcome to my blog, thanks for stopping by :)
      That is great that you are blog commenting every day for 30 minutes, are you seeing an increase of traffic since you started this?
      Hope you have a great day
      Pauline

      January 23, 2013 at 9:16 am
  • Joy Healey
    Twitter:
    says:

    Hi Pauline, Only just found this very relevant post – because I was starting to get over-whelmed with my blog-hopping LOL.

    Anyway, I now have my list of 5 (you’re in it!) and I’ll be trying to make this a bit more systematic in future.

    You’re right, it’s so easy to get caught up in all the interesting stuff out there – even worse if, like me, you feel the need to actually try some of it out!

    Incidentally, like Sandy, I find it less easy to do this in the health niche with CommentLuv, but I know Sandy (we went to same college), so will contact,

    Anyway. Hope I can be better organized in future, and thanks for the tips/gift.

    Joy
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    March 7, 2013 at 1:27 am

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