So, I visited those same blogs and actually READ the posts and contributed valuable, meaningful comments. A few days later, I see myself on the top commentators list for that blog and have generated over 400+ links back to my site. I keep finding new blogs daily, all with dofollow comments and the "top commentator" plugin. The thing is, while doing this, I have discovered some unique blogs and have started reading them regularly in addition to adding my comments. So, it's a win-win - I keep returning to read posts and offer valuable feedback, they get a return reader and I get some links back to my site.
Since I've noticed that dofollow blogs and the "top commentator" plugin increase readership, I've even added these to my new blog that I've recently started to help increase readership.
Now, you can't just start blasting blogs with comments that are meaningless. That will get you nowhere and often ruin any reputation that you could've built with that site. Here are a few tips I picked up that have helped me gain solid links and be looked upon as a valued contributor to discussions:
- Never use a blatant keyword as your name. I usually input my name and then the keyword I'm targeting (i.e. Dave @ Legit Home Jobs). Doing this gets my keyword in there, but comes across as less spammy and more authoritive.
- ALWAYS POST MEANINGFUL COMMENTS! Take the time to READ the blog post. Offer something more than "hey, that was a great post!" or "thank you for the tips". I usually will try to add some value to the post, give additional tips, or if I disagree with the post, I will explain my reasons why. I also sometimes will reply to others who have a question or will elaborate more on their responses.
- Never post multiple comments and leave, especially on a new blog that you've never posted at before. Comments are timestamped and blog owners can easily see you comment dropping, never to return. I always start with a well rounded comment on a post that I can give the most feedback on. If it's approved, I'll return and post more each day. Plus, on most blogs, once you have a good comment approved, Wordpress has a setting that will automatically approve any commenters who've had a previous comment approved.
- Look for blogs with the "top commentator" plugin. On some blogs, this list will refresh daily, once a week, once a month, once a year or whenever the blog owner decides it's time for a change. Either way, it's a great way to get a lot of backlinks, as this widget is usually on every page of that blog.
I hope you all can use these tips the next time you try to work on blog commenting. Not a bad way to get a lot of link love with minimal work. I can say this is now in my overall link building plan for every site I have.