Thursday, May 03, 2007

Wanted to Hire: Blog Commenters

Class, this post title is conceivably a possibility in the future! The job description would read like this: "Comment on blogs for $15 an hour. Keep the comments simple, polite, and to the point." Has your Blondalicious Teacher lost her marbles?

I'm glad you're concerned, but not to worry. I've simply had an amazing vision of the future. Yesterday I happened to look down to the sidebar of Blog-Blond, and my eye saw a catchy post title on "The Good Blogs" list of titles. I clicked on it, and I found myself on the blog of Kent Newsome reading his post titled, "Narcissism, Honesty and the Technorati Top 100".

While reading his post about why Guy Kawasaki doesn't have time to read other blogs other than his own, this part of Newsome's post jumped out at me like a fierce tiger: "He has a "virtual assistant" (whatever that is) who will sometimes thank those who write about him."

That's when the lights went off for me! And I saw the future for employment possibilities. Take in account how much time you spend commenting on other's blogs! Is it an hour a day or two or maybe more? Commenting is time-consuming. I personally like commenting because I enjoy reading blogs, but obviously a lot of people don't have the time to comment! I view my Stat Counter and Sitemeter records and see how many people read my blogs, and out of the vast numbers who drop by, the commenters are rare birds!

Thus, a lot of people might like to employ an excellent, skilled commenter to keep their blog-ball rolling along, dontcha think?

Why should Guy be the only blogger to have a virtual assistant?! Whoops! I started thinking even more which is sometimes a dangerous thing for me--maybe he's not the ONLY blogger to have one. Maybe some of the comments which have been made on my blogs weren't even written by humans--maybe these comments were done by borg "virtual" assistants. How MANY bloggers are already using these hired borgs? The more I thought about this, the more I realized that borgs shouldn't be making all the money! What about humans? They have some rights! Or at least they should have!

There are probably lots of humans who'd like to make $15 an hour leaving comments on blogs and signing their name as Guy Kawasaki! Think about it: the job's a pretty easy one. You're sitting, not standing! You're sitting on your a$$ typing comments. How hard could this be? If I put an ad in the paper for this job, lots of folks would be lined up to audition.

Why did I pick the hourly salary of $15? Here's the way I look at it--even though the gig's an easy one with very little mental, emotional, or physical stress, you want someone who can type without making mistakes. After all, you wouldn't want other bloggers thinking you're a total dolt who can't even spell. Thus, you would need to hire someone with skills. And if you hired someone with good skills , you can't pay slave wages.

Slave wages are what most of us bloggers earn, except for the very few who game the system and happen to have lots of contacts. It's embarrassing enough to be earning nothing/zilch/zero/nada from your blog. The very least we could do is to pay our hired commenters a decent wage.

What do you think about this concept, Mr. ""?

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Posted by kuanyin333 at 3:37 PM


  • Blogger J. A. Blackburn posted at Thursday, May 03, 2007  
    You know what, that's actually an interesting idea. I really enjoy reading the blogs that I follow. But a lot of the time I find myself commenting as a means of support, and of showing I was there. When things get busy, I start to worry... if I haven't commented enough on XYZ blog, will they drop me like a hot potato for not doing my part? So if you're really serious about boosting traffic via building community/networking (e.g. comments), hiring someone to help out isn't actually that wild of an idea! And I LOVE The intro to this post by the way.
  • Anonymous Anonymous posted at Friday, May 04, 2007  
    Great post

    Alan (blog secretary to ploop)
  • Blogger Mother Theresa posted at Friday, May 04, 2007  
    Oooh, hire me, I love reading other people's blogs and commenting on them. I don't understand why more people don't comment; the read:comment ratio is about 50:1, or maybe even more. Don't they see we need all the encouragement we can get? On the other hand, I wouldn't hire anyone else to do my commenting, it's just too much fun, but for $15 an hour I'll do your comments any day.
  • Blogger robkroese posted at Friday, May 04, 2007  
    I just use a comment template that goes:

    Great post! It was very funny/thoughtful/disturbing. It made me laugh/think/lock my doors and hide under the bed. Good job!!!

    Then I tell them where they can get some Viagra.
  • Anonymous Anonymous posted at Sunday, May 06, 2007  
    I'm beginning to believe it takes three people to establish a truly successful blog: one to create content; one to socialize, leave comments, and set up links; and one to monetize, optimize, and handle all the geeky chores. Each one of these tasks is a full-time job.
  • Blogger confessing7girl posted at Sunday, May 06, 2007  
    hi!! i love blogging and reading/commenting on other blogs, but yeah its very time consuming!! i forget about time while im doing it...
    and making any blog successful is a very very hard job...
    hey, i love your slogan!!!! blond leading the blinds !!
    as for getting paid to comment im totally all for it!!i wish i was paid to comment i wouldnt say 15/hour but maybe 5/hour im cheat what can i do!! :D
  • Blogger hotdogman posted at Sunday, May 06, 2007  
    Hire a schmuck for five bucks an hour. I'll edit and spell check the posts for $8.50 an hour.

    Its a WIN/WIN!

    And BYBS too!
  • Anonymous Anonymous posted at Tuesday, May 15, 2007  
    I'm sure there's more people who are employing this strategy and we just don't know it. Outsourcing time consuming tasks is always a good idea if your time can be better spent on higher paying tasks. However right now, I just don't have the income to afford it! :-) Someday!
  • Blogger Harmony Sweetpea posted at Sunday, May 20, 2007  
    I'm looking for employment right now and that sounds like a great job. I enjoy reading blogs and your idea is a very interesting one. I am quite sure that some time in the future that might actually be a common online way to make some cash!
  • Blogger wj posted at Saturday, May 26, 2007  
    hahaha You've really made my day.. THANKS for such a brilliant idea! I am definitely outsourcing it to India :P

    $15 is way too high :)
  • Anonymous Anonymous posted at Sunday, June 24, 2007  
    I see you're from Maui. I'm in Texas, and where I live, $10 an hour causes nods of approval. So hire a Texan. The only problem is you'll have to deal with the word "yall" a lot.

    This concept scares me. Foreign blogs are getting really popular, and I'll betcha anything there is "blogfarming" just like there is "goldfarming" for Runescape $$, etc.
  • Blogger Unknown posted at Tuesday, September 04, 2007  
    New idea
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