Blog Commenting - Worth it?

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How many of you regularly use blog commenting as a form of backlinks, if so do you do it manually, automatically using software or a paid service (outsource).

How has this worked for you, and how many comments would you leave per month?

Ive never used blog commenting regularly so would be very interested to hear how successful this can be.
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      • Profile picture of the author yesacpow
        Well I think it all depends on how you comment.

        Some people just go spam blogs and expect to get good results. That just wont happen. Once I get spam comments on my blog I delete them so I know someone will do the same to me.

        I don't mind giving some link juice to someone with keyword in their title as long as they add some value to the discussion.

        With that being said there are a lot of benefits to be had from blog commenting when it is done right.
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        • Profile picture of the author GregGarrison
          I agree. Without any relevant and worthwhile content in your comment, it is going to get trashed. If you are going to take the time to leave a comment, at least make it valuable to the blog you are commenting on, and the chance that the comment will be accepted is a lot higher, thus giving you a relevant backlink to your site.
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      • Profile picture of the author addaminsane
        I compete in a very competitive industry so i utilize blog posts for more than links. In a competitive field, posts and sig links and such are beneficial to make it alot more of a pain for your competitors to see your good backlinks.

        Even nofollow links show up as backlinks in site explorer, so the more you have, the harder it is for people to go through and see a few of your potentially shady links, or harvest some good ones for themselves.

        Also, alot of times, noobs will see all these blog and forum sigs and assume that the reason your site is dominating is because of these, when in all actuality they're not at all. Then your potential future competitor spends alot of time building links via blogs and search engines and gets know where. He either gives up or finally figures out some real link building resources.
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      • Profile picture of the author rafib
        I will give you a personal example of how blog commenting can be used correctly...

        When I first started blogging in my niche, I was completely unknown and knew NOTHING about blogging. But I had actually been following the blogs in my niche beforehand, so I knew some good places to post.

        I posted a comment on one of the biggest blogs in my niche, mentioning how much his blog has helped me (completely true), a little about myself and the new blog I had posted up. THAT day he responded telling his readers to visit my blog and I had a first day surge of traffic.

        I wasn't trying to build links. I was trying to make friends, and to this day I still have good connections with many of the bloggers in my niche.

        That doesn't mean there aren't high PR blogs that allow do follow. But that shouldn't be your primary goal with blog posting IMO.

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    • Profile picture of the author Bryan Zimmerman
      If you leave good comments that add to what is going on on blogs that get a good amount of traffic, you'll will get some decent traffic to your site as well as a good back link. You'd be surprised just how much traffic you can get from good blog comments, let alone back links.
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  • Profile picture of the author VeronicaD
    They can be useful if they're used right. You may see some temporary benefits from mass, automated stuff... but your best bet is to find blogs that relate to your niche. If they have good traffic or page rank, even the better (depending on your goals). Relevancy and traffic means good chance of targeted traffic. High PR means link juice if it's DoFollow.

    Spamming does no good if it's taken right down! Use common sense. Look for a few each day to go leave comments on and be real. Interact and add value when you can. You can pay someone, but find out if their work is manual or automated.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Elliott
    I have some wordpress sites myself, and the spam comments drive me nuts and I delete all of them - and I can't understand why people approve them - obviously they have no spam filters.

    I think commenting on blogs manually sounds like the only decent option here.

    What is the easiest way to find blogs in your niche that allow sig's? Is it simply manually searching google or is there something to type into the google search box to speed this process up?
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    • Profile picture of the author yesacpow
      I think you can type your keyword + blog and you will get some results.

      A better option is: there is someone on here who was giving away a free sotfware where you can simply type in your keyword and it will return a gazillion blogs in your niche...

      Don't remember what's the name of the software


      Originally Posted by Aaron Elliott View Post

      I have some wordpress sites myself, and the spam comments drive me nuts and I delete all of them - and I can't understand why people approve them - obviously they have no spam filters.

      I think commenting on blogs manually sounds like the only decent option here.

      What is the easiest way to find blogs in your niche that allow sig's? Is it simply manually searching google or is there something to type into the google search box to speed this process up?
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    • Profile picture of the author tribros
      Originally Posted by Aaron Elliott View Post

      What is the easiest way to find blogs in your niche that allow sig's? Is it simply manually searching google or is there something to type into the google search box to speed this process up?
      Try a tool called "Scrapebox".
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      • Profile picture of the author blogginginc
        NO, NOT WORTH IT. Blog comments have rel="nofollow" tags and they DO NOT help with the serps.
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        • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
          Originally Posted by blogginginc View Post

          NO, NOT WORTH IT. Blog comments have rel="nofollow" tags and they DO NOT help with the serps.
          Wrong

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          • Profile picture of the author Efrain Hernandez
            Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

            Wrong

            Danny
            No, he actually is right. NoFollow links do not help you with serps. View the video below where Matt Cutts states "NoFollow links are dropped out of googles link graph"

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            • Profile picture of the author jaybo
              Originally Posted by Efrain Hernandez View Post

              No, he actually is right. NoFollow links do not help you with serps. View the video below where Matt Cutts states "NoFollow links are dropped out of googles link graph"
              I really don't believe nofollow is completely useless. In my country there isn't a lot of dofollow blogs and in small niches I see rankings improve from nofollow links simply because there is not much competition.

              When there is little to no competition the anchor text in nofollow links get weight..
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        • Profile picture of the author tribros
          Originally Posted by blogginginc View Post

          NO, NOT WORTH IT. Blog comments have rel="nofollow" tags and they DO NOT help with the serps.
          Use a tool called "Scrapebox" to find do follow blogs on your own niche. It will definitely boost your search engine rankings and brings you very good targeted traffic. The trick is to find and compile your own do follow blog list rather than commenting on the blogs shared by others.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    Blog commenting helped my blog get started when it was new and I think it really works. I never paid anyone to do it though and also never got a spamming bot but did all the stuff myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dev Maritz
    Hi there,

    I think blog commenting is very important. Yes, people do practise it because they want to build backlinks but I do agree with Danny...

    You should add value to someone's blog rather than just throwing a "one liner" post with a link out there.

    I attend to bookmark a blog when I find it very useful and return on a regular basis to read more posts. Ideally for me, is to leave comments on 10 blogs a day.

    Takes roughly around an hour to do but it is worth it. I like the idea to get to know the other Marketer and build up a relationship with them.

    Regards,

    Dev
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Elliott
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  • Profile picture of the author Mrs S
    I comment on blogs if I learn something from the post or if I can add value to the discussion. I don't do it for backlinks. That said it is a good way of bringing visitors to your site if they liked what you had to say and want to learn more about you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    blog commenting doesn't work? are you fricken nuts??

    Blog commenting is probably one of the easiest ways to build backlinks and and not only that its so quick and easy to do!!

    I dont use software and I can easily do 20 or 30 comments in an hour and these are not one liners

    I have found that blog commenting is more powerful than many other methods I have been in this game a long time now and its more productive than producing a billion crap articles and submitting.

    I can outsource it but I actually enjoy spending a few minutes a day reading a few blogs

    Dont spam and leave a comment that YOU would accept on your own blog dont leave comments with names like

    Fast Sex With Pigeons
    or
    I can make you rich
    or
    How to lose weight

    If you cant get your keyword in use your actual name or pen name

    Danny
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    • Profile picture of the author onemind
      Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

      blog commenting doesn't work? are you fricken nuts??

      Blog commenting is probably one of the easiest ways to build backlinks and and not only that its so quick and easy to do!!

      I dont use software and I can easily do 20 or 30 comments in an hour and these are not one liners

      I have found that blog commenting is more powerful than many other methods I have been in this game a long time now and its more productive than producing a billion crap articles and submitting.

      I can outsource it but I actually enjoy spending a few minutes a day reading a few blogs

      Dont spam and leave a comment that YOU would accept on your own blog dont leave comments with names like

      Fast Sex With Pigeons
      or
      I can make you rich
      or
      How to lose weight

      If you cant get your keyword in use your actual name or pen name

      Danny
      I know I could do at least 5 or so blog comments in an hour but my problem is finding the blogs to use. A lot nowadays do not have url linking allowed. It is hard to find good blogs to post on. Any advise? The project I'm working on currently is a solar power information website.
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  • Profile picture of the author zackick
    I know is easy to do blog commenting but here is some thing in your find must be worthy.
    Blog in high PR and got consistent traffic
    comment must not be spam like this
    i like your article, visit my blog here... url blog. Now this is sure spam from the owner of the blog eye. Maybe to find out some quality blog that offer dofollow is must more better coz this can allow google to our site.
    Now i am overwhelming with the commenting because it really consuming more time to fit with the criteria i have set.
    Why i do like this? is pointless if the PR low and not follow. what you guy think about my thought?
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    no follow do follow arguement..... I dont think its a massive problem yes do follow appear to have more weight but no follow IS NOT ignored.

    I dont think its time consuming at all you can easily do 10 comments in a 20 mins I normally spend 30 days building backlinks to one of my sites then spend the next 30 days on another and work through like that

    Danny
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    • Profile picture of the author vicone
      A better option is: there is someone on here who was giving away a free sotfware where you can simply type in your keyword and it will return a gazillion blogs in your niche...
      Two software programs that come to mind which are free and effective are Comment Kahuna and Comment Sniper. Details can be obtained from the respective websites.

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    • Profile picture of the author onuel
      yap no-follow don't get ignored, because lots of free classifieds are usually no-follow and I get backlinks from them.

      Blog posting is definitely a must for everybody. Forget about the backlinks and traffic, that's just the bonus. The real value is what you learn from it and what you contribute. Not only you learn more the more you contribute, but also you establishes your expertise/reputation on that particular niche. And that my friend is something you can't outsource and buy.
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      • Profile picture of the author xiaoayuan
        Originally Posted by onuel View Post

        yap no-follow don't get ignored, because lots of free classifieds are usually no-follow and I get backlinks from them.

        Blog posting is definitely a must for everybody. Forget about the backlinks and traffic, that's just the bonus. The real value is what you learn from it and what you contribute. Not only you learn more the more you contribute, but also you establishes your expertise/reputation on that particular niche. And that my friend is something you can't outsource and buy.
        I totally agree with you. I find backlinks from no-follow too.
        Blog commenting is a good way to learn from other bloggers. I mean when I am planning to leave a comment, I will read the whole post, most of time, I enjoy to find those useful tips, techniques, methods, etc.

        Besides using Google to do my research, I also use a software to help me to find relevant blogs which name is Fast Blog Finder. It can automatically seek out high quality blogs that accept comments on the exact topics that I want. And it lets me know the blog type is (nofollow, dofollow or mixed).

        You can try it and download it free.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeHumphreys
    Originally Posted by Aaron Elliott View Post

    How many of you regularly use blog commenting as a form of backlinks, if so do you do it manually, automatically using software or a paid service (outsource).

    How has this worked for you, and how many comments would you leave per month?

    Ive never used blog commenting regularly so would be very interested to hear how successful this can be.
    It works quite nicely but you have to play nice with the blog owners. Join their article discussion. Add value with your comment by either asking a follow-up question to them or an additional resource that connects to their article. In other words, treat them the way you'd want other people to treat your blog with their comments.

    Hope that helps,

    Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author molsted
    Ok, maybe I am biased but I do use blog commenting. I do it manually on high pr or high traffic sites (from lists that I have gathered) and with software to do great amounts in short time. What's nice is that google and other search engines finds the links over time so it looks natural. Just make sure your urls where you post your comment and links to are indexed and preferably with Page Rank and you will see great results over time. Stear away from Wordpress though... too hard to find places to comment without moderation. If you do it manaully that is...

    But to answer your question: if done right - sure it works.
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  • Profile picture of the author duia
    If you have enough time, then blog commenting is a good choice to attract targeted traffic. However, blog commenting is useless to SEO strategy and backlinks building because most blogs are using "NoFollow" tag in order to avoid the spams.
    Yes, I don't like blog commenting because I don't want to be regarded as an annoying spammer.
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    • Profile picture of the author jennypitts
      Originally Posted by dannyadams View Post

      Linking your name and adding as much value to the blog as possible in your comment does much more than just typing "I agree" with a link after it.
      Leaving one liner spammy messages like "I agree" or "Thanks for the post" is detrimental both in blogs and in forums. I always say, if you have nothing valuable to add, or anything important to ask, then do not say anything...:rolleyes:

      Originally Posted by Bryan Zimmerman View Post

      If you leave good comments that add to what is going on on blogs that get a good amount of traffic, you'll will get some decent traffic to your site as well as a good back link. You'd be surprised just how much traffic you can get from good blog comments, let alone back links.
      Leaving good comments does more than simply increase the chances of getting traffic to your site, it increases your credibility in the IM world. People trust you more and you have greater chances of becoming an authority in the field.
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    • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
      Originally Posted by duia View Post

      If you have enough time, then blog commenting is a good choice to attract targeted traffic. However, blog commenting is useless to SEO strategy and backlinks building because most blogs are using "NoFollow" tag in order to avoid the spams.
      Yes, I don't like blog commenting because I don't want to be regarded as an annoying spammer.
      You are so wrong its intrue

      Danny
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    • Profile picture of the author AnnYM
      Originally Posted by duia View Post

      If you have enough time, then blog commenting is a good choice to attract targeted traffic. However, blog commenting is useless to SEO strategy and backlinks building because most blogs are using "NoFollow" tag in order to avoid the spams.
      Yes, I don't like blog commenting because I don't want to be regarded as an annoying spammer.
      yes I agree too- most of you say here it helps build relations. But that doesn't help as most of my time is utilized blog commenting without any valuable reasons. I better go with forum postings and article submissions to get valuable backlinks without being treated like a spammer. I get instant links this way too
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  • Profile picture of the author John Pawlett
    Blog commenting 101 - the fastest way to get more traffic and higher rankings

    This is one of those threads that will end up leaving a 'newbie' dazed and bewildered!

    There are so many differing opinions, some extremely naïve, others just plain wrong.

    Here I am going to try to address most if not all of the aspects of blog commenting, forgive me if I miss a point or two out!

    I am writing this because I know a lot about driving free traffic although I spend less time doing it these days, I would much rather pay for traffic and buy myself the time back.

    However I still do manual blog commenting, about 30 minutes a day and it still is the fastest way I know of generating thousands of back links and targeted traffic in a short space of time without resorting to spam or any other blackhat methods.

    For this method you need to find yourself 10 to 15 relevant, high pr blogs with the 'Top Commentor' wordpress plugin installed.

    It might take you a day or so to find these blogs but it is time well spent.

    This plugin will appear on every page of the blog so for example if I have found a blog with a pr5 and 2,000 pages and I made enough comments to make it on to the top commentators list (usually shows the top ten) then I would get a pr5 back link and then links with pr juice from all the pages within that blog. So if you times that by ten blogs, that is 20,000 links from 10 different IP's, plus to avoid your comments getting deleted you will have written helpful, informative posts, then you will also gain a ton of traffic from (real) people clicking through to your site.

    I also mix into this a least two highly targeted very high pr blogs with the nofollow attribute, Google still counts them as back links, they just don't pass on the pr, but Yahoo and Bing (who can both send a lot of traffic) do count them. It also makes your linking look more natural.

    As has been mentioned many times, add value, if you do that your comments will always get approved. Another benefit of adding value is that some of the 'blogmasters' will ask you for guest articles which is another great way to gain more exposure.

    A quick note to any bloggers: Add the 'top commentor' plugin it helps enormously to add good quality content to your site, it also gives you instant feedback on what your readers would like to see or know more about. Be strict on deleting comments that are spam or not adding value to your blog.

    So is it worth it, IMHO YES.

    (What's the betting that someone with around 10 posts has this out as a 'WSO' within a week )

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  • Profile picture of the author John Pawlett
    A couple more points (I just knew I would forget something)

    Try to find blogs without hundreds of comments, the least the better, gets you on the 'list' quicker and the pr juice is not diluted as much.

    Try to be one of the first to comment then you have more of a chance that a 'real' person will read your comments.

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    • Profile picture of the author Aaron Elliott
      Awesome, how do we find Top Commentor? Is it just a matter of searching manually. maybe can google in quotes "Top Commentor" or something the plug in has in text on the WP pages.

      Originally Posted by John Pawlett View Post

      A couple more points (I just knew I would forget something)

      Try to find blogs without hundreds of comments, the least the better, gets you on the 'list' quicker and the pr juice is not diluted as much.

      Try to be one of the first to comment then you have more of a chance that a 'real' person will read your comments.

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author JesseSmith82
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    I think it's worth it but you have to do it the right way. You can't just spam every blog with the same comment & expect to see good results LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author DeonKrey
    Provided that you're commenting on relevant blogs then surely, your comment will be counted and decent amount of traffic goes your way. Also, it would always credit on how you add value to the posts you're commenting on and not only by leaving a compliment. That way, you'll not taken as spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author AskScottOBrien
    I set up Google Alerts to blogs with new artcles to certain keywords, this way I can read all the new articles coming out and comment... only talkes me 10-15 minutes a day.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobasics
    I do comment by myself when I stumble upon a high pagerank blog which is related to my sites subject.

    I try to avoid multiple replies spread on thousand of pointless blogs...
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    It has lost a lot of its steam for many reasons.

    I still do it, but the outcome, finding good PR *pages* with Dofollow possible is NOT worth the time/hassle..even with software like scrapebox.

    I never see more than 3 or so PR5 blogs, and i still need to do it manually (because i want them to stick) - takes a LOT of time.

    I think there are way better solutions for link building, eg. article distribution via blog networks. Better than spending hours a day for 5 or so "good" comment links.

    (Needless to say that he majority of them running Wordpress is Nofollow anyway)
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  • Profile picture of the author John DeProspo
    Blog commenting can be very powerful. If you do your homework and find the largest (traffic worthy) blogs in your niche and then carefully pick and choose well thought answers to problems and comment intelligently, you can be looked upon as an expert in that field and you will be noticed. These people and many others will be curious about you and your site and you will get noticed. This can create a buzz for you...Good luck, John
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  • Profile picture of the author thescribe
    I have found that posting useful or helpful comments more than makes up for the little effort that I expend posting comments. I have also noticed that I get a steady stream of traffic from my posted comments. So I would definitely say it is worth it for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author George185
    You shouldn't use blog commenting to get backlinks, you should use it to build relationships and establish your authority. Commenting on other's blogs can help you establish yourself inside your niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    I have one niche where almost ALL of my backlinks come from daily commenting on one blog and that has worked VERY well for me. I do not spam it of course but do try to provide on target and well thought out, relevant comments.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matthew Duggan
      I've just started using blog commenting to get interactive with other people in my niches. It's a bonus that they also provide good links back to my site for SEO purposes.

      Now then, there is a 'dofollow' search engine that locates specific posts within your niche which you can comment on. I found it today and it's pretty good for finding great blogs within your niche.

      Check it out here: DoFollow Diver - The Premier DoFollow Blogs Search Engine
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Tees
    Adding something worthwhile to the discussion tends to work. However, simply piggy backing off of someone else's post, and just putting a link or random garbage has a tendency of causing annoyance and being counter productive.
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  • Profile picture of the author badboy_Nick
    Originally Posted by Aaron Elliott View Post

    How many of you regularly use blog commenting as a form of backlinks, if so do you do it manually, automatically using software or a paid service (outsource).

    How has this worked for you, and how many comments would you leave per month?

    Ive never used blog commenting regularly so would be very interested to hear how successful this can be.
    I used to hire a freelancer to do that stuff for me and found it to be cheaper than BUYING textlinks. But the links never really stayed for long so I was forced to my original plan of buying these links.

    But the strategy definitely works, if you can build the right team!

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  • Profile picture of the author Doolder
    Blog commenting is getting harder and harder because of all the spam. Blogengine is a good blogging platform to leave comments on as they stick better than on wordpress blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author sacredhoops
    Is blog commenting out dated yet or what?
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Deegan
    Use blog commenting to actually participate in your market. Don't be an seo monkey and just comment for link juice. Bring value to the table and you will be rewarded. The sign is already on the door. Old school one dimensional seo is getting less effective every few months.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rikki_Fawkes
      About four years ago I started commenting on blogs to get traffic to my blog - I was just getting into the whole IM thing, was really young and didn't understand the ramifications of "spam that isn't spam" - in other words, I was posting real stuff, including my links in my posts and whatever, and people still thought I was trolling. I picked TOTALLY the wrong blog to mess around with - those people were brutal.

      I actually did get a lot of traffic that way, but never made much on AdSense or sales. And since I got whooped, I learned a good lesson, too. After my initial "offenses" (which no one but a few pesky readers called me out for), I figured it out and was pretty much left alone after that. I no longer post on blogs, but partially because I can't find any good ones in my niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author MassiveMarketer
    It dependes. There are some who are spammers and just post whatever just to put a link and have something to comment on. If you'll outsource blog commenting, better make sure that whoever you hire has knowledge on the job rather than posting, 'that's great' or 'good job'. Put more sense into it and really try to contribute.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I have no idea whether or not any of the blog spammers think it's successful. It's not on my blogs ... I delete and blacklist them all.
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  • Profile picture of the author reynoldscorb
    Blog commenting is worth it, if and ONLY if you make relevant post that benefit the rest of the blog.

    If you post something simple just to post a backlink, your comment is regarded as spam and nobody will even take the time to look at it. I've had traffic from other forums where I leave relevant and thoughtful posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarah Harvey
    Well I receive so many spam blog comments to my own blogs, that I am genuinely interested to find out how much businesses are actually paying these blog commenters- because it is so crap!

    Anyway, I think blog commenting is okay if you can add something of substance to that blog. If it was your site or blog you would want people to read your posts and comment if they find something of use or like something right? So why do blog commenting if you are not prepared to offer someone else the same curtesy?

    I think it is plain rude.

    I would never comment on a blog that I haven't at least read one or two posts and find something I could comment or talk about.

    Sure you are marketing your site, but people forget they need to add value. Most people's comments get deleted faster than they imagine simply because they did not take the time to read anything and provide a thought-provoking comment.
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    • Profile picture of the author jasonl70
      Originally Posted by addaminsane View Post

      Even nofollow links show up as backlinks in site explorer, so the more you have, the harder it is for people to go through and see a few of your potentially shady links, or harvest some good ones for themselves.

      Also, alot of times, noobs will see all these blog and forum sigs and assume that the reason your site is dominating is because of these, when in all actuality they're not at all. Then your potential future competitor spends alot of time building links via blogs and search engines and gets know where. He either gives up or finally figures out some real link building resources.
      lol - that's something I just recently started doing myself.. a lot of people only use site explorer to research a sites backlinks, thinking that just because yahoo shows it as a backlink then they must count It's pretty easy to scare off that sort of competition with sitewide links, no-follow links etc. They see 10,000 links and run - when in reality only a few are worth squat for seo. When I research the competition, I only care about how many
      links they have from unique domains that are not 'nofollow' (I don't worry too much if they are sitewide links - no SE is going to be tricked into thinking sitewide links are true 'citations').

      Just because a tool shows the backlink, it does not mean the SE's use it in their ranking calculations.

      Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

      no follow do follow arguement..... I dont think its a massive problem yes do follow appear to have more weight but no follow IS NOT ignored.

      Danny
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      You are so wrong its intrue

      Danny
      we'll have to disagree on that one..
      google, yahoo and ask have all come out stating how they handle nofollow. google says they ignore the link and anchor text entirely (but they now will reduce the pr flow to the other links on a page as if it wasn't nofollowed, to prevent "pr sculpting"). Yahoo will follow the link, but won't use it in their ranking calculations (ie, they use it find/index new pages). Ask.com ignores the 'nofollow' itself, and will still count it as a backlink.

      I still try to aquire nofollow links, but I'm realsitic about their value. I do it because most totaly legit sites with zero seo have a majority of their backlinks as nofollow. Google knows what a 'natural link map' looks like, so I make sure I get 'em I just don't invest a lot of time in them.
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Originally Posted by Aaron Elliott View Post

    How many of you regularly use blog commenting as a form of backlinks, if so do you do it manually, automatically using software or a paid service (outsource).

    How has this worked for you, and how many comments would you leave per month?

    Ive never used blog commenting regularly so would be very interested to hear how successful this can be.
    Blog commenting is a lot of work with little reward. Your time can be spent so much better on other things. People that resort to blog commenting are people that do not know how to properly promote a website.

    Can you name one popular website that can attribute its success to blog commenting?
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  • Profile picture of the author JEL0221
    I comment on blogs about 3-5 times per day. I am in the commodities trading niche and market my offline brokerage services via seo and driving traffic to my page.

    Being in the trading niche, there is always tons to talk about via blog comments. I comment on peoples blogs and they come to mine to comment.

    You have to make sure that you are adding value to the current article or discussion, not spamming. I always get the..

    "The article is goodz. I think maybe. Have U tried Cialus in the year 2014?"

    This just screams that the person is using some sub-par bot to build links to their site, which is a waste of money because:

    1. Nobody ever approves these comments on their blogs.

    2. These links are next to useless and google does not like them.

    You get much better link juice if you add some high quality, unique, and relevant content with your anchor text as a backlink. If you do this, most times the blog owner will approve your comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimG
    I have found that by blog commenting without any regards for the topic of the blog or attempting to add any comments of value to be a complete waste.

    However, for the blogs where I was actually interested in the subject matter and posted quality comments which provided additional value to the subject being discussed on the blog proved to be extremely rewarrding for the blog owner, the other folks reading the blog contents and for me personally based on tha traffic generated to my site and the sales made.

    Not saying I ever endorsed the blog spamming but due to recent testing I can now effectively vouch for the ineffectiveness I saw first hand by not adding value to a blog.

    I would rather become a guest blogger or provide an article as a guest contributor any day over having 500 blog spam comments attributed back to me based on the ROI from the guest blogging.

    Respectfully,
    Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author -Jericho-
    The biggest problem with blog commenting for backlinks is that you have no idea if it will get approved or not. You could be leaving comments on blogs that are dead when it comes to approving them.

    There's a lot of benefits from getting backlinks through comments but you're going to have a lot that never get approved. It's up to you if your time is worth it. Outsourcing is the key.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaybo
    Everything helps. Blog commenting too, but I wouldn't depend on it
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  • Profile picture of the author John Pawlett
    Hi Guys

    As well as my comments on the previous page regarding the top commentors plugin.

    Here is another way I use, in fact one of my favorite ways for driving free traffic using blog commenting, I find that hardly anybody does it properly.

    One well written relevant comment can bring you hundreds if not thousands of subscribers as well as having the added benefit of giving you a back link to your site (sometimes)

    I am going to generalize a bit here because I don't want to give away my exact blogs but search in Google for the top blogs in your niche and make a list of the top ten.

    Then subscribe to these blogs, when the owner posts you will usually get an email notifying you.

    Get to the blog and leave a GREAT comment, try and be in the first 5 comments.

    If you have left a comment that is really helpful/controversal/offering a different point of view then you will find a lot of people will click on your link to read more about you.

    An example, if you are in the IM niche and Frank Kern does a blog post the majority of people will scroll down a little to look at the comments, the majority say something like 'love you Frank, everything you say is great' (adding no value) so you skim to the next one.

    What if you had a post that said something like 'great info, thanks, I have just written something similar but while it agrees with most of what you have written there are some additions'.

    How many people do you think are going to click through?

    Doesn't matter if it's a nofollow your not after the link!

    I would rather have a good percentage of Franks marketing efforts than 100% of my own. (I'm lazy)

    There are guru's in every niche, why not leverage the power of their marketing!

    Kind regards

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  • Profile picture of the author vantillu
    According to me Blog commenting is worth because
    1) Back link to your site
    2) Direct traffic to your site
    3) Exposure to your audience
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    I'm really cheesed off with all the blog commenters trying to spoil my HubPages with their stupid links to forex and fake handbag sites. I've already had one blogger blog ruined with comments spam.

    Please when you're commenting consider the owner of the site you are commenting on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketing Ignite
    blog commenting should be used for the purpose of sharing and helping others and not for building back links...All those links are no=follow anyways so they wont count in the SERPs. Build your reputation instead and stay far away from automated posts..it ruins the experience for everyone and you will soon be black listed from the forum..
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketing Ignite
    dont spam the forums and blogs..it will just hurt your reputation and it will NOT help in gaining higher rankings..not sure how many times Warriors have been asking this question..the answer is a resounding NO!

    Now if you participate actively as someone useful that is a different topic all together...
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  • Profile picture of the author seoweb2000
    two words to OP: Natural backlinking

    Keep it natural, like if a bunch of people love your site so much they would have it in their forum sig, comment posts, article body, etc. Remember at the end of the day, backlinking is a measure of how many "people" have talk about your site on various platforms using various anchor texts.
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  • Profile picture of the author McBrett
    @Aaron Elliott -

    I don't do too much blog commenting just with the intent of getting a back link. Although, I do for clients with a free tool like Free Link Building Software | Comment Kahuna.

    I'm going to lump blogs and forums into the same category here:

    I've found that blogs and forums that actually have a good readership and are related to my topic can drive very consistent traffic to my website. It's really one of the most consistent things that I can do for traffic.

    I think you'll get similar results if you post consistently. I suggest setting up a goal like posting smart responses on 5 blogs per day.

    After 5 days of repeating this process check your analytics and see where the traffic is coming from. The blogs that provide good value per comment, continue commenting.

    I get great value on my website by posting on this forum. In fact, I even get a 25% opt-in rate from traffic. It's pretty sweet.

    The only downside is that once you stop posting/commenting, traffic stops so a continued and consistent effort is needed for the strategy to work.

    Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kothapally Arun
    Quality comments with right anchor text is worth doing. Personally I don't bother about nofollow or dofollow blogs. I concentrate on giving value and I care mightily about anchor text and target page URL.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamespitt
    Being a blog commenter will build traffic, I argue that most people go about a blog commenting strategy the wrong way and there is a higher leverage technique that most bloggers don't do, but even if you follow the basic advice and just get out there it'll surely return traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    -Find a good Blog or Forum!
    -Don't go to blog/Forum if you think they're to spammy.
    -Pick a with a high PR.
    -Some forums/blogs are for every.
    -Its effective in its little way.
    -@Daniel: I agree!
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  • Profile picture of the author sameffect
    i was wondering this same thing. from my research it seems that you need to find blogs that do followed links. doing a google search you can find lists of them. but even then, the links are be dispersed so widely, there's not much juice
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  • Profile picture of the author FutharkLifehack
    As a personal development blogger, I started by commenting and adding valuable discussion material to the site. I believe in what I do, I think it feels very personal and goes beyond the other tricks that we all use. Connecting with power players seems easier and easier if you get a good comment in at the right time.
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  • Profile picture of the author BobbyS
    I am new to SEO and Internet Marketing but i have seen many people produce excellent results just from blogs, its mean that blogs work. But i think comment should not be Thanks for sharing or i like it. It must be relevant and informative.
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