wondering about blog comments...

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does anyone know if blog comment backlinks are affected much by the anchor text?

I ask because you put your anchor text as the "name" field so i have been
wondering; does google recognize when you're forcing an anchor text
related to your site instead of an actual name like "Jared" for example.

basically my question is, is it better to comment using a name for the
anchor text or using a keyword?

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by benjamenjuan View Post

    does anyone know if blog comment backlinks are affected much by the anchor text?

    I ask because you put your anchor text as the "name" field so i have been
    wondering; does google recognize when you're forcing an anchor text
    related to your site instead of an actual name like "Jared" for example.

    basically my question is, is it better to comment using a name for the
    anchor text or using a keyword?

    Thanks
    If you're going to do blog commenting (can bring you in some good traffic), make a relevant comment like a normal person. Put your name is the "name" field, and only put your url in the "website" field. If you put keywords in the "name" field and stuff like that, your comment will end up going to "spam." Also, the best blogs to post on monitor their comments and stuff. They aren't stupid. Approving normal comments shows interaction, but spam just brings down the blog.

    Joey
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  • Profile picture of the author HeroZlatan
    Originally Posted by benjamenjuan View Post

    does anyone know if blog comment backlinks are affected much by the anchor text?

    I ask because you put your anchor text as the "name" field so i have been
    wondering; does google recognize when you're forcing an anchor text
    related to your site instead of an actual name like "Jared" for example.

    basically my question is, is it better to comment using a name for the
    anchor text or using a keyword?

    Thanks
    Yeah, this works. Do exactly what Joey said above, just enter your website link in the appropriate field and that's what you'll need to get your comment to pass through.

    Additional ways to get cheap backlinks - make sure you put your links on social media (a big one, often overlooked - especially Google Plus), interlink inside blogs (link from blog to blog), write content people will share (catchy titles with relevant text so people don't think you're click-baiting), see if you can make a guest post on similar blogs and giveaways (usually that involve sharing) all help (try this plugin for Wordpress https://wordpress.org/plugins/social-locker/).

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author benjamenjuan
    should I use a keyword if I know that it will be accepted? is this more powerful in terms of backlink quality?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Burritt
    Well, yes, blog commenting still works, just not like it used to. And, I don't use commenting software anymore. Timely relevant comments on niche targeted blogs can be good, if they allow it. I find it more and more a better use of my time to do more social media posts in various fb groups and forum sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author benjamenjuan
    no it didn't help this thread at all, and its not because I don't care, mind you, it's because this isn't about SEO. its a very specific question about blog commenting techniques which has been proven by the fact that good content unrelated to SEO but still related to blog commenting has been provided.

    the "you are a moderator" page has no instructions for users to do what you did, so either report me as spam or add an infraction, otherwise the admin can do their job just fine, trust me I would know and have criticized them for re-categorizing my posts into a low traffic section before receiving decent exposure to great quality content on some of my threads for other members' sake
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    • Profile picture of the author savidge4
      I would say this is NOT an SEO question.. ( based on the idea that you are not referring to the text / link in the comment but are more interested in the NAME that is used ) but I would have never read it more than likely in the main forum! LOL

      here is my belief and practice on this very subject. I personally. use my name in commenting. I also author tag my site with the same name.

      So now, again as I believe it... I have Author authority stretching out to context minded pages, and not just my own. This is something that Google over the years has made very clear they are interested in.

      I cant say that there is any SEO advantage here.. but as much as the standard of "Author" has as of last year become standard across the big 3 in search ( and then some ) with the use of schema there is without question a gain to be had somewhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author patco
    I would post my real name there.. Posting a website is not something the webmaster would like to see.. Well, if the comment is good written and informative maybe yes, but would he expect to see anchor text there
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  • Profile picture of the author benjamenjuan
    this is, once more, not an seo topic. i didnt even mention seo in the question or title and am not interested in the seo benefits. the only way I'd relate this to seo is that a SEO pro should know but I
    would expect more people would know just because blog commenting is such a common technique.

    I am asking, has anyone actually measured the effect of both techniques and compared them to draw a conclusion? I guess this would be hard to do, but for all the particulars and testing required i figured some should know.

    It makes sense to me that google would recognize and appreciate a name anchor vs a keyword anchor and try to relate that to the domain owner/admin/contact as well as any contact info or blog author info on the linked site, but even still I am not concerned about SEO. It also makes sense that a keyword anchor could be good too. I'm looking for a concrete answer, if it's even known.

    If any SEO expert can really shed some light instead of guessing or providing useless content, boy that would be great!

    wondering if it would be good to do both. I have no shortage of great blog comment backlink opportunities.
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    • Profile picture of the author savidge4
      Originally Posted by benjamenjuan View Post

      this is, once more, not an seo topic. i didnt even mention seo in the question or title and am not interested in the seo benefits. the only way I'd relate this to seo is that a SEO pro should know but I
      would expect more people would know just because blog commenting is such a common technique.

      I am asking, has anyone actually measured the effect of both techniques and compared them to draw a conclusion? I guess this would be hard to do, but for all the particulars and testing required i figured some should know.

      It makes sense to me that google would recognize and appreciate a name anchor vs a keyword anchor and try to relate that to the domain owner/admin/contact as well as any contact info or blog author info on the linked site, but even still I am not concerned about SEO. It also makes sense that a keyword anchor could be good too. I'm looking for a concrete answer, if it's even known.

      If any SEO expert can really shed some light instead of guessing or providing useless content, boy that would be great!

      wondering if it would be good to do both. I have no shortage of great blog comment backlink opportunities.

      You are talking about no follow links... the value is what it is. Many on this sub-forum will say its crap. there are others that will suggest that it fills the overall link profile nicely. then there are others such as myself that would say that there is more there than meets the eye. the KEY is context. I think regardless of the overall thinking CONTEXT is the overall tie in. So name or keyword? Like I said earlier my overall strategy is to use a name. Tie the post to the site via the Author and Author tag.
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  • Profile picture of the author PBScott
    I doubt the links have any direct SEO benefit, but often times the blog author will visit your site after and may leave a comment... which of course creates content, and that does have a SEO benefit.

    Don't try and game your comments by putting keywords into strange places, if you piss off the blogger, your comment will end up in the trash.
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  • Profile picture of the author benjamenjuan
    oooo no follow i didn't know that but just did a little reading after @savidge4 explained.
    well that sucks, and like @savidge4 said, seems to me like there is probably more weight in the context and authorhship attribution (what and who) than in the "name" anchor link and even a contextual link within the comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author sameon
    Better put your name on the name box as required and just put your website in the option below it. If you're going to use a keyword especially if its your first time to post then the webmaster will likely delete your comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author voldamort
    it should be mixed between your brand name and your main keywords .... so mix them well and you are good to go always ...
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberHaggis
    Blog comments can be also used as backlinks. Blog comments are really good source of visitors.
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  • Our target is to either get traffic from the backlinks having the targeted keywords or directly building the link juice so to get some share of page rank and there is of no use to put anchor tag on your name but there is case. Actually I just wanna say that don't repeat the same comments again n again if you do, it will be considered as a spam so, do some changes with your description or even in your keywords but the best part just put the comments in your niche(same service provider) because it's enough to putting the article or comments in your niche but getting links from keywords is the plus factor... Hopes you get my points
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  • Profile picture of the author dewalds86
    I have been wondering the same thing but after doing some research I also gathered that it is best to use your real name for blog commenting.
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  • Profile picture of the author prism123
    Blog comments are more beneficial to get quick back links from website links.
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  • Profile picture of the author halk
    I use my name to blog commenting too... It is good to get some anchor diversity!
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  • Profile picture of the author riya279
    Blog commenting is useful as long as you are not spamming other sites. Don't use your keywords instead of your name. Comment on relevant blogs only which has good domain authority.
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  • Profile picture of the author Slade556
    I always use my name when writing comments on blogs.
    First of all, using a keyword instead of your name or nickname does not look very professional. You are clearly on that blog for the sole purpose of leaving your link! So, chances are your comment will be marked as spam or deleted.
    Using your real name shows the blog owner that you are there because you liked their blog or article. And this is so important!
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  • Profile picture of the author johnfsander
    I will prefer two ways, use your own name or use your brand name rather than keyword. If some people are getting approvals on through keywords then you can use your brand name in name field and if everyone is using his name then you should also use your name. I don't think keywords can help in this scenario because it is an old method to get backlinks.
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