Fast Blog Finder Review

I had posted a short review on the Comment Kahuna (CK) blog commenting software a couple of months back. The Fast Blog Finder (FBF) from G-Lock Software is a similar product which helps you to search blogs of your interest and comment there in from a simple window interface.

Why comment on blogs?

Improving the Google page rank (PR) is one of the primary goals of anybody who has a blog or website so that his/her website appears on top of the Google search results. The case is much the same with other search engines as well but Google PR is the yardstick for most people and businesses. Google assigns ranks (0 to 10 – higher the rank, the better) to web pages mainly based on the number of pages linking or referring to the page being ranked. In the case of blog comments, most of them accepts a URI to your own blog while commenting which gives a valid backlink per comment. Basically this is the hidden agenda behind commenting though on your regularly visited blogs it’s a more genuine story.

Backlinks can be primarily of ‘following’ or ‘not following’ types. Basically it tells the search engine spiders whether to follow to the linked site/page and index that as well or not. So ‘do follow’ backlinks (where ‘nofollow’ is NOT mentioned) adds more value to you in terms of search engine ranking. More importantly, backlinks form pages ranked higher than yours will be having a positive effect on your ranking, when Google updates the page ranks next time.

How does blog commenting software work?

Blog comment software such as Fast Blog Finder helps you to search for blogs matching certain tags or keywords. It is normal that you visit and comment on blogs of your kind and hence you search using the keywords of your own site. You can also search and filter for blogs for a specific page rank and with or without ‘nofollow’ property. Once this tool fetches in all matching blogs, you can visit them one by one and comment – all within the same software.

Fast Blog Finder

Fast Blog Finder v/s Comment Kahuna

Comment Kahuna is a completely FREE software where as FBF will cost you $49 for its so called Gold Edition. There is a free version of FBF as well but the number of blogs that you can query at a time is limited to 50 in that case. 50 blogs at a time would have been okay if the filter options (PR, do follow etc) are specified before search, but that is not the case. So CK wins in this aspect.

Comment Kahuna requires you to install the Microsoft .NET runtime as a prerequisite depending on what Operating System you are on. In the case of FBF it’s a very simple one click installation.

As for the user interface, CK looks pretty ordinary and the blog to comment is rendered in a separate popup window. FBF has a neat user interface and everything is done in a single multi-pane application window. Also, there is a possibility of opening up (by a double click) the blog to comment in your default web browser in the case of FBF where as CK allows commenting within its own window alone. FBF also has color-coding based on the filter flags you select and another important feature is that you can have proxies set up to carry out the query & commenting.

Final Verdict

Despite some good usability features for my practical use, I still like Comment Kahuna as FBF does not really provide any value addition for the 49 bucks you pay. However you may try the free edition of FBF if you can really get couple of blogs to comment on out of the 50 it supports, I could not find any practically. So for me, Comment Kahuna is the clear winner!

So, start commenting sensibly and promote your blog!

Tip: How to quickly check whether a blog comment is do follow? In the Firefox browser, if you right click on the link using the mouse and select ‘properties’, it should not have ‘nofollow’ mentioned there!

Comments

  1. Julia :

    Thank you for your comparison review of CommentKahuna and Fast Blog Finder. I tried both these programs and I incline to the Blog Finder. I think that it outperforms CommentKahuna.

    The accuracy of determining NoFollow and DoFollow links is much higher in the Blog Finder. Plus, the Blog Finder has a unique feature such as “Highlight Nofollow links” that is very useful because it allows the user to make sure that the link type is determined properly.

    Another nice option I liked is the ability to determine the page PR. CommentKahuna determines the domain PR only while the Blog Finder the domain PR and page PR where the comment will be posted.

    • Ajith :

      You are absolutely right on the page/domain PR part, I had that point in my review draft and forgot to mention here :) My favorite feature in CK though is the ability to set the PR options (pages with min PR to search for) upfront and filter them. It then brings in only those pages. In the case of FBF, we need to fetch in all and then filter.

      I appreciate your comments. Keep visiting,

      Ajith

  2. Great review! I just put a video about fast blog finder onto youtube if you would like to embed that into your post.

  3. victor :

    Hi and thanks for your review. I would want to know if there is any software like those CK, FBF, able to run on a linux bos. thank you all.

    • Ajith :

      I haven’t come across anything that runs on Linux, Victor. But let me suggest you the following work around.

      1) Install Google Toolbar for your Firefox for Linux (I hope you are using FF)
      2) Visit http://www.dofollo.com which is a Google custom search engine that looks for only dofollow links.
      3) When the search results come up and when you visit each link there in the Google Toolbar PR button will display its pagerank. If looks good, you can comment there.

      Slightly tougher? But it still works!

      Cheers and good luck,
      Ajith

  4. LayeroGooKe :

    The good resource should be brought in bookmarks

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