Proof that blog commenting is a waste of time?

by KulaShaker1 37 replies
I found an article in a newspaper recently that featured a competitor.
I then commented in the 'comment' section underneath writing a few paragraphs and slipping some example URL's in there including mine.

I did a google search a few days later when it was re-crawled. I searched for my name but google didnt recognise the connection with my URL and the page.

Could it be google is now ignoring mentions/URL's in the comment sections?
#search engine optimization #blog #commenting #proof #time #waste
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    Well now google works hard to prevent spam and its harder but i think if you make good relevant coments and dont try to spam it can still work
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Commenting works well in the relationship building department, for sure. SEO-wise, not as many benefits but it's all about building your network, at the end of the day.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by adilsweet View Post

      let me clear your concepts about blog commenting, Google never had considered links in comment section unless there is a dofollow tag and no one provide a dofollow link in comments.

      There is no such thing as a 'dofollow' tag.
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      • Profile picture of the author DABK
        Blue in the face yet?

        Doesn't matter, someone's gonna think there is such a tag anyway. Me, I got tired of saying it.

        Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

        There is no such thing as a 'dofollow' tag.
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  • Profile picture of the author AffPub
    google is never ignoring URLs in the comment section
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  • Profile picture of the author surfer30
    Blog commenting still works. Once Your focus is to provide much value. There is a specific strategy Nail Patel has told about to write an effective comment and in email section you write your own blog. it works

    Don't use spam. focus on adding value
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    • Profile picture of the author anexplore
      Originally Posted by surfer30 View Post

      Blog commenting still works. Once Your focus is to provide much value. There is a specific strategy Nail Patel has told about to write an effective comment and in email section you write your own blog. it works

      Don't use spam. focus on adding value
      What do you mean by that?
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      • Profile picture of the author surfer30
        Hi

        When You write a Good Comment. Instead of writing Your email address. You Put it like this
        marklind@ passiveincome.com

        People start reading your comment and also check your blog
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        • Profile picture of the author yukon
          Originally Posted by surfer30 View Post

          Hi

          When You write a Good Comment. Instead of writing Your email address. You Put it like this
          marklind@ passiveincome.com

          People start reading your comment and also check your blog



          Nothing wrong with that but it's not SEO, it's direct traffic.

          This is an SEO thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulgl
    Blog commenting might have worked for a trickle of traffic, but never for blog commenting.

    Blog comments are spam. All of them. End of story.

    Anyone who thinks they are not, is insane.

    If you are filling blog comments with spam, you are a fool.

    If you are blog commenting, trying to get google to crawl such an idiotic place for your url, forget it.

    However, on a similar note, the facebook comment plugin on pages can be golden if abused right.

    Google does not see them, and the traffic could be amazing. If done right, on the right websites, on the right articles. Nothing to do with google.

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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Blog commenting still works. It's not always just about Google either. About 20% of my traffic comes from blog commenting with links, usually my name is linked.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      You practice what you preach Benjamin I guess I would be some of that 20% of the traffic too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clint Butler
    Google is crawling content in the Facebook comments plugin.

    If you want proof, go to this site: http://www.pagemodo.com/blog/seo-tip...ook-fan-pages/

    select any of the text in the comments, for this example I already did it for you: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22T...hrome&ie=UTF-8

    Not all blog comments are spam, its the way you are using them that makes them that way. Which is why I would add to your overall comments and say, spamming blog comments is a waste of time. But actually making real comments on real sites where the op engages is actually very valuable for several reasons, including link building.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by Clint Butler View Post

      Google is crawling content in the Facebook comments plugin.

      blah blah blah
      I see no proof of any fb comment plugin. I see nothing remotely resembling that.

      If you think blog comments cannot be spam, you are living in 2003.

      There is no content in blog commenting. If there is, then the content is on your page, mucking up your page. So, if blog comments are adding value, content, etc., then you are constantly allowing people to muck up your page. Why on earth would I want other people mucking up MY GREAT content with their crapola?

      I cannot believe that people are still blog commenting for seo. That's like saying you are using dial up and enjoying the web.

      Blog commenting for seo is an oxymoron. Emphasis on moron.

      The tip off? You talk about wikipedia links contributing to seo. Man are you imagining dragons.


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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
        Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

        I see no proof of any fb comment plugin. I see nothing remotely resembling that.

        If you think blog comments cannot be spam, you are living in 2003.

        There is no content in blog commenting.


        I know, I looked at his page. Doesn't even have comments and his Google search in double quotes was from the top of the page/content.

        I have no idea what he was trying to prove. I'll assume the link isn't self promoting spam.
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        • Profile picture of the author Clint Butler
          The purpose of the quotes is to trigger an exact match search.

          The comment on the pagemoto from "The Soul Explorer" was the string of text that I used to show that content is being crawled.

          Another example, same site, comment from "Blog Plus Tweet" has this string of text:

          "It seems that Facebook Pages are very much like websites. So you should do all the same things to draw traffic to them such as targeting certain keywords"

          A Google search for that exact string of text in quotes brings up the pagemodo site.

          A "find" search of the content shows that string of text is nowhere in the original post.

          https://www.google.com/search?num=30....0.J4OGAMP9cc8

          Thus showing that Facebook comments are indeed getting read by Google.

          I'm not here to pick a fight, this is clearly your world, my only point was the blog comments are not all spam.
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          • Profile picture of the author yukon
            Originally Posted by Clint Butler View Post

            The purpose of the quotes is to trigger an exact match search.

            The comment on the pagemoto from "The Soul Explorer" was the string of text that I used to show that content is being crawled.

            Another example, same site, comment from "Blog Plus Tweet" has this string of text:

            "It seems that Facebook Pages are very much like websites. So you should do all the same things to draw traffic to them such as targeting certain keywords"

            A Google search for that exact string of text in quotes brings up the pagemodo site.

            A "find" search of the content shows that string of text is nowhere in the original post.

            https://www.google.com/search?num=30....0.J4OGAMP9cc8

            Thus showing that Facebook comments are indeed getting read by Google.

            I'm not here to pick a fight, this is clearly your world, my only point was the blog comments are not all spam.





            No.

            What you're looking at is plain text in an iframe of an HTML page for the Facebook API.


            View the source code for the URL below, the URL on your pagemodo website example. The URL below is the iframe URL for the comment section on the pagemodo page. Replace hxxp with http on the URL.

            Keep in mind this thread is about SEO backlinks, not nofollow backlinks in external iframes that don't rank pages. All of those backlinks in the pagemodo comments point directly to Facebook (hxxps://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http...), not any self hosted money sites.




            hxxps://www.facebook.com/plugins/feedback.php?api_key=259061417471627&channel_url=h ttp://staticxx.facebook.com/connect/xd_arbiter/r/XBwzv5Yrm_1.js?version=42#cb=f2c0ab2fdd38b8c&domai n=www.pagemodo.com&origin=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pagemod o.com%2Ff10701dbcacfefc&relation=parent.parent&hre f=http://www.pagemodo.com/blog/seo-tips-facebook-fan-pages/&locale=en_US&numposts=5&publish_feed=true&sdk=joe y&version=v2.5&width=638
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    OK buckle in Kula LOL...and everybody else

    Through blog commenting, I:

    - spoke about blogging at NYU
    - landed a freelance client who had me author/ghostwrite a best selling eBook
    - appeared on Virgin, Forbes, Entrepreneur and Fox News
    - appeared on 1000 plus blogs
    - built a lion's share of my blog traffic and profits, before my guest posting campaign of the past 3 months
    - received 2 tweets from a NY Times best selling author, of 2 of my eBook releases

    OK I could be here for hours. No joke.

    But I gotta get some sleep eventually

    Effective, valuable blog commenting, involving 2-4 paragraphs of helpful discussion, personalizing the comment, is an immensely powerful way to build friendships with power brokers, said friendships opening profitable doors for you.

    Spam blog commenting does not work at all.

    Effective blog commenting helped build my blog and brand to levels I could not have foreseen.

    That's my comment, on blog commenting.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    I do notice when I check a Google News search for my name, articles where I published thoughtful comments sometimes pop up in the results. I know most bloggers make comments No Follow but some Do Follow must be crawling around out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    This isn't a Scooby-Doo mystery.

    If the link is nofollow it's useless for SEO.

    Yes, followed comment links can rank pages in 2017 (today), assuming the backlink page URL has it's own followed link profile from authority pages.
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    • Profile picture of the author Clint Butler
      Man you guys need to get off the cool-aid you're drinking.

      Nofollow links matter for SEO and are part of a natural link profile.

      If you want to test if nofollows matter just put a backlink on a YouTube video description, that's nofollow and I've ranked pages with just that link.

      Let’s look at a practical case. A link from Wikipedia is more relevant as to traffic and thus more important for SEO even if the link is marked as NoFollow. Some people believe that NoFollow links pass Trust. However, this could also imply that negative Trust could be passed as a spam signal.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
        Originally Posted by Clint Butler View Post

        Nofollow links matter for SEO...
        Completely wrong.

        You didn't rank anything with nofollow links.
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  • Profile picture of the author aishaaiyana
    Of course the Blog commenting is working. There is no doubt about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelkoehler92
    I do use Blog Commenting but only to diversify my anchor text ratio.
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  • Profile picture of the author evilclown
    You know you doing right when your competition comes to comment on your blog to drop their link.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shirlyn
    Ideally, google has nothing to do with the comment section.

    If you put your URL there, it will be considered as link to your site but with nofollow reference.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamie3000
    You might get a little traffic but not much juice from this. Focus on stronger links. Are you sure it's do follow? Most comments are no follow nowadays
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  • Profile picture of the author smsabuj007
    I don't think blog commenting is a waste of time. Because I already got benefit from blog commenting. I start my Juicer Review site only 1.5 months ago and already getting the result and Google indexing. Hope this will help you out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author PrintLand SEO
    Google Never ignores URL in Comment Section if it is Do follow.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidricherd
    Not all Blog Commenting sites index the comment section. We have to check the quality of the site before make comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author expmrb
    Blog Commenting is a waste of time. They provide no-follow links so no help SEO wise. And if you get some referral traffic by putting links into them then you are just lucky.
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  • Profile picture of the author sameer92
    First you have to check the sites which gives do follow links. This can be checked by an extension i.e. MOZ Bar, it will highlight the links which are do follow as well as external internal etc.
    When you find a site which is giving do follow links then you can start make a strategy and plan how you can acquire that do follow link . It can be by means of testimonial, comment, guest poste etc..
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  • Profile picture of the author Sekumar
    As i know, blog commenting works if at all you provide value in your comment, it should really be on point to solve or answer the question or problem at hand.
    All in all you should avoid spamming the post for google to see value in your comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gurjit Singh
    Hi,
    I think commenting is not waste of time. we should always sumitting comments on same niche blogs and website. they works for our blogs as inbound links.
    correct me if i am wrong
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    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Pdomain
    Blog commenting works, if it is dofollow......

    Google doesn't classify blog, forum or other websites....... it sees pages...... depending on the strength of the page, authority, reputation, your link gets value....
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    • Profile picture of the author Sekumar
      I strongly agree with you Pdomain.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marcus Cross
    Hard to know what the truth is here. Blog commenting works, no it doesn't, yes it doesn't, no it doesn't, yes it does, no it doesn't.

    Either half of your are wrong or all of you are only half right. I'm not quite sure which.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Hard to know what the truth is here.
    True - unless you read enough threads here to know who is speaking from experience...and who is only speaking...and even that is a matter of opinion
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