Would You Buy Blog Comments?

I guess my evil is starting to rub off on other people. I got an email from my Jon Waraas saying he started a new site call Buy Blog Comments.

Blog comments help your site rank better in the SERPs. We hired a few people who go through a list of blogs in a database we set up and pick out blogs that are in your niche. They then read through blog posts and leave a comment that has to do with the blog post they read, that way it wont get deleted. Your backlink will then be on a targeted blog, giving you more weight in the search engines.

The service is similar to a paid forum posting services like ForumShock, which help to make your forums look popular by having a bunch of people posting on it – fake it till you you make, as they say. With Buy Blog Comments, you’re paying someone to go out to a list of targeted blogs and commenting on their posts. Since these are live people making the comments, it should pass through all the spam filters. No doubt, the service will be targeting blogs that turned off their nofollow tags so they can get maximum Google juice.

The initial response from other bloggers have been extremely negative (here, here and here) and they recommend everyone stay away.

I’m going to recommend against this service as well, not because it’s a bad idea (it’s actually an OK idea), but because the price is too high. If the service actually does what Waraas claims it will do then most webmasters wouldn’t notice nor care. Let’s face it, all blogs want more comments because it makes the blog look active. And if the comments are related to the post topic, do you really care if it’s being done by a hired gun instead of the true commentator?

Many bloggers make commenting on other blogs as part of their marketing strategy. It helps bring traffic and gets you noticed by the blog owner. Waraas is betting that instead of spending the hour or two a day it takes to comment on your favorite blogs, you’ll pay him to do it for you. However, I don’t see many buyers at $19.99 for 100 comments.

If you want to hire someone to comment on blogs for you, then I recommend you go to Your Man In India or Get Friday and hire a virtual assistant to do it. You can get an VA for as low as $4 an hour and I’m sure she can make 100 comments in that time.