Blog commenting provides you with a simple, easy to follow strategy for building powerful relationships. Friends engage friends, right? Every relationship online or offline starts with a “Hello”, and blog commenting is a direct way to meet and greet just about any influencer from your niche. – Ryan Biddulph, Author of Blogging from Paradise

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Blog commenting helped me build an online empire. Honest!

I get paid to share my opinion. Maybe I’m not paid directly, but clients find me through my comments and my eBook sales have jumped since I tapped into the immense power of blog commenting. Businesses are built on forging relationships. By building bonds with niche influencers both parties can leverage each other’s presence quite quickly.

Blog commenting provides you with a simple, easy to follow strategy for building powerful relationships. Friends engage friends, right? Every relationship online or offline starts with a “Hello”, and blog commenting is a direct way to meet and greet just about any influencer from your niche.

My Blog Commenting Story

5 years ago I resided in a cyber cave. I’d publish posts but refused to form bonds with influential bloggers. Bad idea. Blog commenting became my savior BUT I had to study the best to become a kick butt blog commenting machine. I had to learn from the blog commenting power players how to make a serious impact through the comments field. Today, I live a happy Internet lifestyle in Fiji — blog commenting enabled me to create opportunities I wouldn’t had otherwise.

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If you really want to see these power brokers in action observe their comments on their blogs and watch them on other blogs from within their niches. Many of these folks are friends with one another so you can see them create helpful, in-depth comments bursting at the seams with value on authority blogs.

10 Blog Commenting Power Players to Watch


Carol Amato

Carol Amato (@Carol_Amato) is a commenting dynamo. You’ll find her making an impact on your local authority blogs. Carol can help you grow your online business through a variety of marketing channels but I see her as one of the ultimate blog commenting experts online.


If you scroll up on down the comments section of her blog and if you scan authority blogs in her niche you’ll note Carol going above and beyond to make a serious online impact. She treats comments like content, meaning that she creates a mini-guest post sized comment each time she shares her thoughts. Get to know her. She’s a commenting champion. Blog: Carol Amato

Adrienne Smith

I think of Adrienne Smith (@AdrienneSmith40) as the Engagement Maven. As a guy who’s built a thriving community on blog commenting I can point to her as a real mentor in the blog commenting game.


She’s particularly adept at posting thoughtful, insightful comments that make her memorable. Watch both the quality and depth of interactions on her blog and observe her in action on blogs from within her niche. Adrienne is warm, kind, honest and oh so helpful. She even wrote a glowing review of my first eBook, without me even asking her to do it. Our bond was forged through blog commenting. Connect with Adrienne today. Blog: Adrienne Smith Dot Net

Andrew Warner

Andrew Warner (@CopyWarner) is a thoughtful blog commenting power player who always leaves thorough comments. He’s the embodiment of blog commenting mindfulness.


I know how easy it becomes to mail in a blog comment here or there when you feel bored, tired or when your neck stiffens after spending a few hours on the laptop. Andrew has either found a way to fight off these feelings to create an in-depth comment each time, or he’s super human. Blog: Shade of Info

Donna Merrill

Donna Merril (@Donna_Tribe) is another super mindful, compassionate blog commentator. She taught me how to make an impact through every comment. Donna has also built a large, supportive, quite rabid tribe of readers and friends on her blog. Blog commenting was the straw that stirred the community drink.


Donna helps you master the concept of blogger outreach with her personable, warm approach to posting blog comments. She’s a power player who you should most definitely follow. Blog: Donna Merrill Tribe

Don Purdum

Don Purdum (@UnveiltheWeb)  is another blog commenting power broker. He pays great attention to detail in building thoughtful, caring comments. Studying his commenting approach teaches you how to build bonds and expand your reach quickly.


Don runs a hyper successful consulting business and based on the way he establishes relationships through blog comments I’m not shocked at his success. He’s a must follow blog commenter. Blog: Unveil the Web

Harleena Singh

Harleena Singh (@Aha_Now) is one of the ultimate blog commenting pros to follow. She builds as in-depth, thoughtful and value-added comments as you’ll ever find on the web. The thing about Harleena is that she really cares, just like everybody on this list.


She genuinely wants to add value to your post through her comments. She wants to build relationships with authority bloggers and does an absolutely smash up job of forming prospering friendships with blogging pros. Follow her blog commenting trail. You can’t help but to become a commenting power player by following her lead. Blog:  Aha Now!

Kumar Gauraw

Kumar Gauraw (@KGauraw) creates shockingly in depth, thorough comments and he’s a masterful relationship-builder as well. He makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside as a blogger because he’s so darn adept at crafting about the longest, most meaningful comments you’ll see online.


Kumar is a warm-hearted, skilled blogger who knows a thing or two about building a thriving blogging community. If you want to see a commenting power player in action visit Kumar’s blog. He’s a must follow blog commenting icon. Blog: Gauraw

Lewis LaLanne


Lewis LaLanne (@NoteTakingNerd) holds the record for the longest comment I’ve ever seen on Blogging from Paradise, or on any blog for that matter. I still recall the comment today; he’s just that good.

Lewis drills down on so many key topics or points of your blog post that you’ll be dizzy following his insights; but trust me, that’s in a good way!

He’s detail oriented and it’s readily apparent that he’s commenting to form strong bonds, and to make an everlasting impact on his fellow blogger. He’s a value creator supreme. Get to know him. Blog: My Note Taking Nerd

Martina Donkers

Martina Donkers (@MartinaDonkers) is bar none one of the commenting champions of the blogosphere. She is mindful of the fact that if you really want to show that you care about a fellow blogger you’d be wise to create an in-depth, thorough comment in response to their latest blog posts.


I cyber met Martina while we were house sitting in Savusavu, Fiji. She’s genuine, she’s kind, she’s supportive and she’s a highly talented blogger and commentating champion who you need to get in touch with. Blog: Martina in Motion

Angela McCall

Angela McCall (@AngelD0ve) is another commenting superstar who seems to pop up everywhere. She always makes an impact too.

This is a rare trait in the online world. Any blog commenter who is memorable stands out in my mind and Angela is one such blogger.


She’s mindful, thoughtful and generous in sharing her thoughts through the comments field. Get to know her, she’s a commenting power player for sure. Blog: Angela McCall

Your Turn

Have you met these blog commentators?

Are you using blog commenting as a relationship-building strategy?

35 replies
  1. Matthew Capala
    Matthew Capala says:

    Hey Ryan – thanks for this amazing roundup, I always looked at your blog with awe because of all the amazing community you developed through commenting and good karma on the Internet. Now, I have everyone in one place to follow, watch, and learn from! Cheers

  2. Don Purdum
    Don Purdum says:

    Hi Matthew, what a great choice in Ryan sharing on your blog! He’s an amazing guy who is teaching us all a lot about relationship building online.

    Ryan, I have to thank you for sharing such kind words about all of us you mentioned!!! I’m blessed beyond believe and I’m so grateful for the friendship we have been building over the last four or five months now!!!

    I absolutely love your blog and I’m inspired by your tenacity and drive to live the life you want with Kelli!!!! Thank you for being an inspiration!

    I know all but two of the bloggers you mentioned and can vouch for each them… Carol, Adrienne, Andrew, Donna, Harleena and Angela are simply the BEST!!!! Great, great people.

    I really need to get to know Kumar, Lewis and Martina and I look forward to visiting their blogs.

    This is the power of commenting!!! It’s not just social validation but it’s also the reality that here I am being mentioned by you as a guest blogger on Matthew’s site. Holy cow!!!! That’s really AWESOME when I step back and think about it.

    Matthew, I will be watching your blog a lot closer now. I’m not sure how you fell under my radar but I have my eye on you now. LOL…

    Have a great evening guys and Ryan I’ll see you in Blogger in Paradise!!!!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Ryan Biddulph
      Ryan Biddulph says:

      Don it’s my full pleasure 🙂 You and all of the bloggers mentioned taught me how to comment intelligently, and how to build those lasting bonds. It’s funny; when you focus on making friends through commenting opportunities seem to open up for you everywhere. Thanks Don appreciate it.

    • Matthew Capala
      Matthew Capala says:

      Thanks Don, I thought this post needed to be posted and Ryan was the guy to do it. I think there is tons of value in blog commenting for soloprenuers and entrepreneurs. Blog commenting power players don’t have egos, and they believe in good karma. They treat each comment as unique and quality content, and they read before they comment, so they learn a ton. Commenting is also a great way to build relationships with top bloggers on the net, just look at the relationships Ryan built blogging, it shows as testimonials on his website from guys like Chris Brogan or Yaro Starak. Period 🙂

      Glad to get to know you, thanks for visiting my site, and I hope to see you back.

  3. Martina Donkers
    Martina Donkers says:

    Hey Ryan and Matthew 🙂

    Wow, thanks so much for the mention!! I had no idea I qualified as a “commenting champion” haha but I’m so glad you think so!

    The thing about commenting is just to be genuine. And it’s really not that hard. I mean, if you’re going to read an article, you may as well comment on it. And if you’re going to comment, you may as well do it properly – it doesn’t take that much longer, it’s more fun/interesting for yourself, and you make the person receiving the comment happy. (Come on, we all love to receive comments, right? 😉 )

    One thing I always try to do is to treat people like my friends. That means, when someone tells me an interesting story, I pay attention, I ask questions, and I offer a few ideas that expand upon it and relate it to my own experiences. Why shouldn’t that be the case online? It’s a little different sure, but the basic idea holds, I think.

    Also anyone reading this should have a look at Ryan’s ebook on blog commenting – it’s nifty!

    Thanks again guys 🙂

    • Ryan Biddulph
      Ryan Biddulph says:

      Martina, you genuinely made me feel like a friend the first time you commented on my blog. That’s why I included ya 😉 Awesome comment and what a fine message for commenting newbies. Visualize someone as a friend then treat them how you’d treat a friend, through the comments field. Awesome, awesome way to form strong bonds with other bloggers.

  4. Adrienne
    Adrienne says:

    Hi Matthew,

    Good to see Ryan here on your blog and sharing more of his awesomeness and experience across the web. I think I’ve been by here a few times but looks like not enough.

    Thank you Ryan for the mention here. Wow, I love what you shared and I know everyone on this list accept Martina. I haven’t had the pleasure yet so I’ll have to stop by and check out her blog.

    The funny thing about this is I started commenting for the traffic and boy did I have a wake up call quickly. I just couldn’t help myself because I was finding that I really enjoyed what everyone was sharing and I couldn’t believe they were teaching me this for free. I was just in awe and I think that’s why my comments stood out from the start.

    I just really appreciated what I was learning and I had to let them know that. In a short amount of time I myself started getting really great results so I was able to share my own experiences and I think that’s who people want to learn from.

    Everyone on your list here really does a fabulous job of pouring out their hearts and souls into their comments as well and boy do they make people feel welcome. I think that’s what everyone is really searching for. Genuine people they can make connections with.

    Thanks for sharing these awesome bloggers with Matthew’s readers and I’ll be eager to share this post as well.

    You guys have a great rest of your week and thanks again Ryan for the mention.


    • Ryan Biddulph
      Ryan Biddulph says:

      Adrienne, what a smart point. I too had the same realization; everybody was sharing a wealth of information with me for free. Blog commenting carries benefits aplenty but that one still floors me. We learn from the best and connect with them by sharing our thoughts; amazing concept that is not lost on me, one bit. Thanks Adrienne, you rock.

    • Matthew Capala
      Matthew Capala says:

      Hey Adrienne, thanks for sharing your thoughtful comment here. I taught an NYU class on Wed, and I was showing examples of effective blog commenting – treating comment as content – and I showed them your blog, and we were blown away that you get like 100+ comments on each post, which are small blog posts in themselves, thumbs up on building amazing community!

  5. Angela McCall
    Angela McCall says:

    Wow Ryan,

    I’m flabbergasted that you included me amoung the best bloggers on planet earth. I am truly honored. And now that I’ve seen your book everywhere, I believe more than 7x, now I’m curious I wanna get it. I might get it later after I’m done with my project.

    Yes, these ladies and gents you mentioned are also my friends. Except for Martina and Lewis, I might check them out later.

    Blogging from Paradise sounds great, Ryan. I, someday, would like to achieve that. I was actually born in the Island of Philippines. And I heard Chris Ducker has his own Virtual Assistant business in the Philippines, he’s married to a Filipina girl. Since I migrated to U.S. I haven’t been back to Philippines…it’s been ages. I know there are tons of beautiful beaches there like the Paradise.

    I said to myself, “Never say never.” Always say, “someday…” instead. My dad used to tell me, “Your someday can be today…” and he was pretty successful in his career. He actually achieved his Dream. He dream of coming to America and become successful here and I truly honor him for doing that. He’s a great example for us kids, as far as his career is concerned.

    Anywa, thank you so much for the great mention. I am truly honored. Have a nice week!


    • Ryan Biddulph
      Ryan Biddulph says:

      Angela I’ve seen you everywhere for years yet we never met up. So happy to feature you; you’re one of the blog commenting greats. Definitely give Matt’s book a read. He’s the SEO authority as I see it. I’ve learned so much from him as far as targeting my audience. Your dad shared a wise saying and I see why he succeeded. Kelli and I would love to visit the Philippines one day. So many wonderful beaches there. Thank you for being a commenting icon 😉

  6. donna merrill
    donna merrill says:

    Hi Matthew,

    I’m new here and came by because of your wonderful guest Ryan! I’ve known him a long time and watched how he grew in leaps and bounds. There is no better joy than to see someone achieve such great success. Plus Ryan shares his experiences blogging from paradise….what fun!

    Ryan, You are a great leader by living the lifestyle you do. You are always giving us great content, caring for others, and most of all teaching people that they too can live the life of freedom.

    I am grateful to you for the mention on this post and I know most of the people here. They are fabulous bloggers!

    Thanks for always sharing!


    • Matthew Capala
      Matthew Capala says:

      Thanks so much Donna for the kind words, I am blown away by Ryan’s success going from a laid-off firefighter from a small town in NJ with 2 cents in his banking account to hopping islands in Fiji and Thailand blogging, commenting, and living a happy internet lifestyle. I give often Ryan shouts at conferences and in my NYU classes. He exemplifies happy internet lifestyle.

      I know you are new here, and I hope to see you again!

    • Ryan Biddulph
      Ryan Biddulph says:

      Donna, it’s my full pleasure 🙂 You’re a networking champion, compassionate person and just so darn good at being a heart-centered entrepreneur. I cherish our friendship and feel grateful to have connected with you. Have a great weekend.

  7. Andrew M. Warner
    Andrew M. Warner says:

    Hi Matthew,

    Great that you had Ryan on here.

    Great post Ryan and also thanks for the mention.

    I didn’t start off commenting on blogs before but 4 – 6 months ago I made changes after receiving and seeing comments from Harleena and Adrienne. Then, I met you and your blog and saw your degree of comments, and decided that I wanted to emulate all of you. And low and behold, here I am mentioned in this post with some real great commenters.

    Everyone you mentioned here Adrienne, Harleena, Don, Angela, Carol, Donna and Kumar are superb commenters. Unfortunately the others you mentioned I’m not familiar with, but I’m sure they’re top-notch.

    Great post again, Ryan. And I have to start paying attention to Matthew’s blog more.

    Have a great rest of the week.

    – Andrew

    • Ryan Biddulph
      Ryan Biddulph says:

      Andrew you are one of the top commentors out there. You make impacts wherever you pop up. I admire your mindfulness to the nth degree and just love how your posts and comments add immense value, always. My absolute pleasure and yep, Matt’s a great guy to follow for sure. You too Andrew. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  8. Harleena Singh
    Harleena Singh says:

    Hi Matthew and Ryan,

    My goodness! What a lovely surprise the first thing in the morning! You guys made my day a lot brighter 🙂

    You know how much we all believe in the power of comments, which happens through our blog hops, something I’ve always believed in, ever since I started blogging. Yes, perhaps the first 1-2 months I was lost but once I started interacting and knew how well they work, there’s just been no looking back.

    The relationships I’ve built over time, the awesome friends made, the love, care, understanding – has all happened online and it HAS been through the blog comments and connections made with so many bloggers.

    That’s exactly how we met as well, Ryan! And you know how much I love your blog and Kelli’s too – just amazed at the way both of you have such a lovely time living the life you want, yet manage to get so much done. (BTW – I stopped congratulating you for the countless ebooks now…because you never stop…lol…(just joking!))

    Its such a privilege to be mentioned along with such great friends, and I am SO lucky I know all of them except for Martina and Lewis, whom I’d check out soon after here.

    Thank you so much Ryan for mentioning all of us, though you forget to add your name to this list because you are one of us! Have a nice week ahead, both of you 🙂

    • Ryan Biddulph
      Ryan Biddulph says:

      You and Adrienne were 2 chief inspirations for me to do commenting right. The amount of time, energy and thought you put into commenting speaks volumes of your compassion, mindfulness and loving kindness. Really, I have learned about all I needed to know by watching your commenting example. You really do care. Likewise Harleena, and have a wonderful weekend coming up.

  9. Kumar Gauraw
    Kumar Gauraw says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Glad to see you here at SearchDecoder! Wow! And honored to be listed among these commenting superstars who I tremendously respect and admire for their commitment and passion! Thank you for your kind mention!

    Fortunately, I know all bloggers you mentioned here and they are all wonderful people. I have had the privilege to have conversations with some of them via email and sometimes, I asked them a question or two and other times, they did. It’s great to be associated with them.

    I wish you all the success and have a wonderful weekend ahead!


    • Ryan Biddulph
      Ryan Biddulph says:

      I am floored by the length and depth of your comments Kumar; so happy to add you to this list. Building those bonds is fun, right? Through comments, through email and through other channels. What a blast.

  10. maxwell ivey
    maxwell ivey says:

    Hi; yes i use blog commenting. I learned from the commenting super star adrienne smith and am a fan of all of these bloggers. I am subscribed to most of them and i think they all know me. i leave long memorable comments and as a blind amusement equipment broker and coach mentor author and aspiring speaker i’m unique. 🙂 good post. best of luck to you, max

    • Ryan Biddulph
      Ryan Biddulph says:

      Max are you ever unique. You rock, and your comments are among the best I’ve seen. Keep on inspiring dude and keep on commenting. Your thoughts and story are book and movie worthy. Can’t wait to read it, and see it, on the big screen.

  11. Kathi miller miller
    Kathi miller miller says:


    Congrats on a great post! I consider myself lucky to engage with 3 of your top 10 but plan to check out the others as well!

    And kudos to Harleena Singh, Angela McCall and Adrienne Smith for making this list. You ladies are an inspiration and I know I always enjoy and appreciate your thoughts.

  12. Takeshi Young
    Takeshi Young says:

    I think you need to be really careful you don’t over do it as it can affect your credibility. I remember in the early days when Gianluca Fiorelli commented 1st on every Moz post. He must have spent the whole day just on Moz which highlighted the fact he actually had no clients. Though he has done well out of the strategy, many older SEOs still see him as ‘the comment spammer’, which is very hard to shake off.

    • Matthew Capala
      Matthew Capala says:

      Funny you mentioned Gianclucca, I met him over the Summer in Warsaw where we both spoke at a conference. He is a wonderful human being, but I agree his approach to commenting may be a bit ‘hacky’ bc I think it’s based on the right timing to get upvotes, but his comments are quality so I give him tons of credit. He def did well for himself, no doubt. He acted like a user, which is key for any platform to reward input.

      I think here is the distinction:

      1) commenting power player – treats comments as unique and quality content
      2) commenting spammers – copy/paste same thing, or writes nonesense


    • Ryan Biddulph
      Ryan Biddulph says:

      Matt makes the point Takeshi; the intent brings the result. I shared folks who are commenting to make friends, not to gain backlink juice, nor to only self serve. None here are 100% altruistic, yet all are genuine in their approach. No need to be careful with that intent, no, Takeshi?

  13. Soumya Roy
    Soumya Roy says:

    Came to your blog first time from one share on Facebook. Pretty much amazed with this super commentators list. I am not a blogger at all but yes, I love to read good articles and always try to follow authority bloggers. Because there are lot to learn from pro bloggers on your industry and obviously it helps you in staying up-to-date on your niche. Going to browse your blog a bit more in depth. Thanks for sharing.

    Soumya Roy

    • Ryan Biddulph
      Ryan Biddulph says:

      Soumya, thanks for reading the post and checking out Matt’s blog. We learn from the best and staying current with pros helps you bump up your game. Smart strategy, and keep on FBing.

  14. Harshajyoti Das
    Harshajyoti Das says:

    Hey Ryan,

    That’s a good list. Blog commenting is still an undiscovered advertising strategy. Guys like Carol, Adrienne, Andrew, Donna, Harleena, Angela, Kumar, Lewis and Martina have harnessed it’s power to drive traffic to their sites. You see them everywhere from blogs, Facebook to Twitter and they are the most engaging individuals I have found online apart from Matt & Ryan.

    If I were to compile the list, I would have included you “Ryan” on top of my list. That being said. Matt you couldn’t have found anybody better than Ryan himself to write this guest post on your blog.

    Matt, thanks for the headsup on Twitter.


    • Ryan Biddulph
      Ryan Biddulph says:

      Harsh, thanks so much 😉 You’re a commenting champion yourself. I recall your same note after reviewing my blog commenting eBook; it’s largely undiscovered. I had weird blocks associate with comments being of no value. My experience changed that belief fast and I hope it creates a paradigm shift for bloggers. We can create prospering bonds by sharing our opinion.

  15. Carol Amato
    Carol Amato says:

    Hello, Ryan and Matthew,

    WOW – I feel so privileged to have been included in this awesome group of influencers online, and want to deeply thank you, Ryan, for mentioning/featuring me here on Matthew’s site. (Nice to meet you, Matthew, and rest assured I will be back!) 🙂

    So sorry I’m late – have been traveling and out of my element for about 3 weeks now. Back on track, and simply flabbergasted by your wonderful write up – so humbled be be labeled a power player.

    I’m so glad our paths have crossed and have enjoyed watching you grow exponentially in the last several months, and I couldn’t be happier for your success.

    What a list of folks you have here…I know and respect them but was not familiar with Lewis or Martina until this post. I really enjoy getting to know authority bloggers, so thanks for the introduction, and you can rest assured I will be checking out their sites and connecting with them.

    You deserve a wonderful weekend, relaxing and pleasurable, and will talk to you soon.

    Sharing with my friends… 🙂

    Take Care,
    – Carol 🙂


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