Are (genuine) comments on high PR blogs still an effective backlinking technique?

by lilam
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Hi everyone,

I have a question.

I know that it is important to get high PR backlinks to rank well in Google. Are comments (not spam!) on high PR blogs still a decent way to get effective backlinks? Or does Google tend to disregard them? Does it matter if they are "nofollow" links etc.?
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    • Profile picture of the author tamarindcandy
      Originally Posted by thehypnoguy View Post

      Only if the owner of the blog is allowing link backs. Otherwise it is just a comment.

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      This. A lot of blog admins really, really don't like people trying to build backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebRank1
    Personally I believe they are and I try to create at least 5 good comments a day on PR4+ posts for any given site.
    As for the 'no follow' attribute, no one can say for sure.
    Matt Cutts says 'No PR and anchor text passes through a link that sports the nofollow attribute'.
    Personally I don't believe that to be the case. But I can't prove it. No one can but Google
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  • I'd say that either "dofollow" and "nofollow" links still have some power when it comes to ranking and traffic building.

    A "dofollow" link from a HIGH PR relevant page is very good indeed, and "nofollow" links are great when placed on high-traffic blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by lilam View Post

    Are comments (not spam!) on high PR blogs still a decent way to get effective backlinks?
    There's no such thing as a "high PR blog", technically.

    Blogs are websites, and websites don't "have PR".

    Only pages have PR.

    (As discovered by people who submit their articles to Ezine Articles thinking that it's a "PR-6 site": there's no such thing as a "PR-6 site" - that's just the page rank of EZA's home page, while their articles go on PR-0 pages).

    But comments on high PR pages of relevant blogs are certainly a very, very decent way to get some very effective backlinks.

    Whether they're context-relevant blogs matters a lot more than the page rank of the page on which they're published (and whether they're no-follow or do-follow isn't even relevant at all to some of us).

    The important thing is to make a genuinely value-adding comment which the site owner will want to have sitting there and will allow the backlink. When leaving comments on other people's blogs, I always imagine that I'm the owner and make sure I leave a comment that I'd welcome on one of my own sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author KatyaSenina
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      But comments on high PR pages of relevant blogs are certainly a very, very decent way to get some very effective backlinks.
      I agree with Alexa on this...

      By the way, it's easy to find high PR pages with SEOQuake.

      What I usually do is find a few blogs in my niche and insert the domain name into Google search like this:

      site:http://www.domainname.com

      This way all the pages within a blog will be displayed.

      With SEOQuake turned on it's piece of cake to spot high PR pages...
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    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Only pages have PR.
      Page rank is named for Larry Page, not web page.

      Anything with a URI has PR. Images, videos, scripts, folders, whatever.
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  • Profile picture of the author masterjani
    It is always a good idea to create backlinks on PR pages with some less OBL's.That links are indexed quickly and pass linkjuice to you.Blog commenting still helpful
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  • Profile picture of the author RichardF
    I agree with most of the stuff written here, but I don't agree that you need to go for relevancy. You'll get tons of value from a link on a strong page, relevant or not. The relevancy of the anchor text is a lot more important than what the page is about.
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    • Originally Posted by RichardF View Post

      I agree with most of the stuff written here, but I don't agree that you need to go for relevancy. You'll get tons of value from a link on a strong page, relevant or not. The relevancy of the anchor text is a lot more important than what the page is about.
      While that may be so, I would much rather stick to posting on relevant pages. Only when I run out of relevant pages to comment on would I play with the idea of contributing to non-relevant blogs.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Jason Perez O'Connor View Post

        Only when I run out of relevant pages to comment on would I play with the idea of contributing to non-relevant blogs.
        For sure ... I'm not even starting to look at others, or their page ranks, if they're not relevant. I'm doing this for link-juice and maybe some targeted traffic. Context-relevance is everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    Every backlinking method is effective. What you need to do is diversify. Just commenting on high PR blogs won't have the same effect as writing articles, guest blogging, blog commenting, forum posting, and so-on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Skinner
    Go for the content specific high PR Page, make sure your comment is relative to the topic of discussion and contains keywords you want to rank for.
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  • Profile picture of the author peter25k
    I read scientific paper that talks about nofollow tags. Dudes who wrote that paper observed phenomena called page rank evaporation. Which means google does take links into account even if they are flagged as nofollow and even some page rank can pass through.
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  • Profile picture of the author Xavier Tan
    There is no hard and fast rule as to a particular method being an effective backlinking technique. You can't just rely on one. It's good to have a mixture of poor quality and good PR sites linking back to you.
    Diversifying your backlinking methods is the way to go.
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      I rarely use blog or forum commenting - except for one site. For that site I use both on a regular basis. It's the single most effective way of getting totally targeted traffic and "spreading the word" that we're here.

      I don't do it for "link juice" or even "links" per se - I do it for traffic.
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