Is blog commenting effective in 2011 seo?

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Hello Experts,

I have one confusion regarding blog commenting. Is blog commenting effective in 2011 seo?

Thanks a million !
#2011 #blog #commenting #effective #seo
  • Profile picture of the author cashtree
    You betcha! Even "nofollow" blogs are are useful because those mixed with dofollows help make your backlinks look more natural. Not to mention if the blogs popular regardless you could get traffic direct through it to yours. I'm a newb though, you may want to hear a seasoned vet's advice.
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    • Profile picture of the author bwhosting
      Originally Posted by cashtree View Post

      You betcha! Even "nofollow" blogs are are useful because those mixed with dofollows help make your backlinks look more natural. Not to mention if the blogs popular regardless you could get traffic direct through it to yours. I'm a newb though, you may want to hear a seasoned vet's advice.
      Hello, I think there are nothing any effect from no follow links, google never recognize.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by Monikacis View Post

    Hello Experts,

    I have one confusion regarding blog commenting. Is blog commenting effective in 2011 seo?

    Thanks a million !
    Yeah, it is. You can't just go around spamming people, though. First, your comments are likely to get caught by the spam filters. Second, a lot of people manually approve blog comments, so you have to make your comment relevant to whatever post you are replying to.

    Joey
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  • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
    I hear posting in the proper section and using the search feature is effective too.

    Might just be a rumor though.

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    • Profile picture of the author leclaims
      Blog commenting can be effective if your comments provide value (so they don't get deleted) to the post and you are able to link back to your own site.

      Seriously, I can speak to this from personal experience because too many times I have had to delete worthless blog comments that are created with broken English and make no sense whatsoever.
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      • Profile picture of the author cashtree
        Originally Posted by leclaims View Post

        Blog commenting can be effective if your comments provide value (so they don't get deleted) to the post and you are able to link back to your own site.

        Seriously, I can speak to this from personal experience because too many times I have had to delete worthless blog comments that are created with broken English and make no sense whatsoever.
        your backlink, in your signature is broken dude.
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  • Profile picture of the author dtaylor
    Relevant blogs are great for backlinks as well as direct traffic and exposure to a new crowd, just like posting on forums.

    I usually allow relevant comments on my blogs but detest the continual spam that is sent my way.

    DTaylor
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  • Profile picture of the author chubbsky
    You have to choose blogs that haven't been spammed to death. Otherwise, it is practically worthless.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyderJ
    You have to choose only those blogs which are not spammed to death as said by the member above and try to choose only those which are related to your keyword..Because those are more effective..!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Blog commenting the way most people do it is a complete waste of time.
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    • Profile picture of the author eurekapsycrille
      Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

      Blog commenting the way most people do it is a complete waste of time.

      Yeah, blog commenting is a complete waste of time in the sense that mostly our comments are getting disapproved. It's sad to say that there are only less than 10% chance for your comments to get approved.

      But there have been no recent updates about the full weight value of blog commenting this year. So I think there's still a lot to gain from this kind of activity though in one condition: if your comment gets approved.
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  • Profile picture of the author DonMarketer
    Blog commenting is still effective in 2011 SEO provided it is done properly. It has to be targetted and deliver value to the blog readers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Unomateo
      Blog commenting on relevant blogs in your niche is very effective for direct traffic... and making relationships with the blog owner

      Also, the more you provide quality comments, the better chance you have to get accepted to write a guest blog post for them and get a valuable backlink to your site...
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      • Profile picture of the author jocor
        As above, most of your blog commenting efforts will be a waste of time if it is clear that you are just spamming.

        Think about what comments you would approve on your own blog, surely not those saying that you are great and oh by the way here is a site about penis enlargement.

        On the same note, what systems (if any) you you guys use to measure the effectiveness of your blog commenting activities ?
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeybobikey
    And if you are going the route of "mass spam" and hitting every blog in site, make these links point to a buffer site and not your money site.
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  • Profile picture of the author rtailor
    Back links from high PR relevant blogs not only help in increasing your domain PR but also get relevant traffic to your site.
    Comments with back links on moderated blogs are worth than those on auto approved blogs even if they have high PR because they are often populated by spammers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sonny1977
    Few weeks ago I decided to make a little test. I took one of my websites that had been sitting at google rankings position 15. for a long time. I posted 20 comments to non-spammy do follow blogs (with my targeted keywords as my name and of course my website adress in the URL box) and now that website has been sitting at first page of google results since that.. so I suppose blog commenting still gets some credit to your website. Just do not use those 'dead' spammy blogs, they will probably get you nowhere..
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  • Profile picture of the author 4Frankie
    I let some comments through if they make sense but some don't and I don't think anyone else would understand them either. Always wondered how much help comments were, even though I did them. Thanks for the understanding.
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  • Profile picture of the author bamstk090
    i thinkblog commenting now is dead
    wordpress became a place for spam link
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  • Profile picture of the author jackinthebox
    It is surely useful when used within relevant and good blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mayhem Marketing
    Blog commenting is absolutely effective in 2011 - to say otherwise reveals a complete and utter disassociation with current SEO practices.
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  • Profile picture of the author thekaver
    yes very very effect!

    I have managed to get medium competitive keywords to page 1 google with just blog comments!
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  • Profile picture of the author ColinChia
    Hey,

    Blog Commenting can be very GOOD - but if done properly can be very time consuming.

    ...and, when I say properly I mean 'not spamming'.

    Not always worth the investment of your time, but the backlinks can be invaluable when they do stick.

    Definitely not DEAD!

    Hope this helps,

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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      As a blog owner, I can tell you that using a keyword as your name is a quick ticket to deletesville without even reading the comment itself. If you're going to look like a canned pork product, be prepared to be treated like one...
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    Sure, it's still very effective. Just not in the way that it used to be. Spamming the crap out of a few thousand low quality blogs won't get it done anymore.

    But if you actually provide quality comments on higher quality blogs you'll still see great results. It's a little bit harder and definitely more time consuming. But I'd rather get a handful of high PR backlinks, as opposed to a few hundred junk links from spammed-to-death blogs.

    Just leave quality comments and you'll be fine. Not all of them will be approved though. So don't be surprised if only 25-50% of your comments are actually approved. Even if they're well thought out.
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  • Profile picture of the author LiftMyRank
    Yes, they work alright, but they need to be do-follow on high pr page with low OBL.
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  • Profile picture of the author simonbuzz
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    Yes they are and they always will be..
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    • Profile picture of the author webjedi
      Originally Posted by simonbuzz View Post

      Yes they are and they always will be..
      Untrue. I think that blog comments are going to be devalued near zero.
      To predict the time frame? Oh that's harder, I am positive the guys at Google are trying to think of a way to sort 99% of comments out from the 1% of "normal commenting" and write an algo for that.

      The sheer volume of scrapebox and other tools that are inundating the entire blogsphere has to be dealt with.

      Very soon it will be worthless.

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  • Profile picture of the author larryphoto
    Personally, I've found it to be a lot more helpful when I am commenting on a blog that is actually in my niche. I don't know how much "link juice" or whatever it actually gives you, but I've had increased traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimmyR
    Abso-freaking-lutley. I just revived a couple of sites where traffic numbers were steadily declining over the last 6 months with a comment blast.
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  • Profile picture of the author tommen
    I agree, blog commenting still works.You just need to provide value and read the post you are going to comment on.I get a lot of these "nice post" comments on my blog which gets deleted instantly.If you can provide value in your comments, you will both get a link back to your site and traffic too, people will want to learn more about you and see what you have to offer.
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  • Profile picture of the author pons_saravanan
    I have recently tested this. It proves that the blog commenting really works.
    You can test this using a moderatly competitive keyword. You can get great results.
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  • Profile picture of the author ilee
    So important! I would say it makes up about 80% of all my backlinking efforts.
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    I am still finding that careful, thought-out comments on high-PR pages (with a backlink of course!) DO get results - it's a real grind, but I always see boosts in rankings. But if I can't add value to a blog with my comment, I will skip it - I don't care if it's PR10. As for spamming with Scrapebox - does ANYONE still do that?! Oh, yeah, they do, judging by the amount of spam on my blogs...
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    • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
      Originally Posted by markowe View Post

      I am still finding that careful, thought-out comments on high-PR pages (with a backlink of course!) DO get results - it's a real grind, but I always see boosts in rankings. But if I can't add value to a blog with my comment, I will skip it - I don't care if it's PR10. As for spamming with Scrapebox - does ANYONE still do that?! Oh, yeah, they do, judging by the amount of spam on my blogs...
      Scrapebox can still be effective on your 2nd or 3rd backlinks. (Higher quality sites that link directly to you. Squidoo Lenses, Hubs, articles, etc.) Since these can usually handle the sudden surge of backlinks.

      I'm not a huge fan of blasting away at thousands of blogs because, as a blog owner myself, I know how annoying it is. But that said, most of the auto approve, Scrapebox compatible blogs have long been abandoned anyway.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dentist
        I have not used ScrapeBox YET but as far as I know if works pretty well, in fact some of our competitors have ranked high in very competitive keywords using that as their only main strategy. What is important is to be selective about commenting and by that I mean don't go for blasts instead find few good blogs (high-PR page, do-follow, low OBL, ...blogs) using ScrapeBox and then comment with right anchor text. And also use that as a part of a mix of backlinks in your backlinking strategy and on a continuous basis. That way it is highly effective as of my knowledge.


        Originally Posted by JSProjects View Post

        Scrapebox can still be effective on your 2nd or 3rd backlinks. (Higher quality sites that link directly to you. Squidoo Lenses, Hubs, articles, etc.) Since these can usually handle the sudden surge of backlinks.

        I'm not a huge fan of blasting away at thousands of blogs because, as a blog owner myself, I know how annoying it is. But that said, most of the auto approve, Scrapebox compatible blogs have long been abandoned anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lakbay
    It depends on how you placed your comment, if it is relevant to the blog post then it may be useful otherwise it could just be deleted by the blog owner.
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  • Profile picture of the author webgyorglobal
    Hi,
    I dont think blog commenting is the good way.But blog commenting we need to work with very carefuylly.
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  • Profile picture of the author henrywilliams
    well I think blog commenting is also important SEO factor as it is helpful in getting backlinks but your should be informative and meaningful as it is approved by the moderator.
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    • Profile picture of the author markowe
      Originally Posted by gittar1122 View Post

      Blog Commenting is still useful for sites
      Oh really?

      Has anyone actually got any EVIDENCE rather than just posting for the sake of advertising their blog commenting services?
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  • Profile picture of the author warehouselarry
    I've been getting good results with blog commenting, but only when I actually seek out high quality blogs and contribute a valuable comment. I find that one or two of those works better than a bunch of auto-generated scraped comments on junk blogs.

    I'll also add that I think the "nofollow" concern is becoming less important as Google really starts to look at what a community talks about. If Google wants to rank what's truly relevant to people it has to look at where conversations are taking place...blog commenting, forums, social networks...and give value to those links whether they are "nofollow" or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tuffy22
    I have two new sites that I had no backlinks. Once their rankings settled a bit, I began building some backlinks from blogs from relevant blogs with authority. With no other backlinks other than blog commenting, both sites experienced significant jumps. So, yes, I would say blog commenting still carries weight. Take the time to do it right though.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChartTraderZ
    Effective but much less.

    Concentrate on getting links from actual blog posts (guest-blogging, paying for a link, etc)
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  • Profile picture of the author alinpion
    Any backlink is good ! I prefer bog commenting over forum because you can find PR5-PR6 blog pages with auto approved posting.
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  • Profile picture of the author enajohn
    Blog commenting is best traffic resource ever. It not only enhance your knowledge power but mainly it enhance volume of traffic towards your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author wildjohnny
    Yes it is still effective. Just do it properly. Post to blogs that are relevant to your subject and don't spam. Give some value in your comments and it's going to pay of on long run.
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    • Profile picture of the author jackwebson
      Definitely yes! Google loves contextual links and in my experience backlinks from comments are much easier to index than forum profile links.
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  • Profile picture of the author petermartin12
    Blog commenting can be effective if your comments provide value so they don't get deleted to the post and you are able to link back to your own site.
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    • Profile picture of the author CarmenDA
      If you see a bunch if spammy comments with links that are completely unrelated to the blog topic then just skip that page and find one with relevant quality content. I post comments on many blogs that moderate and if its a good comment it will be let it more times than not even if it has a backlink. The key is to find a site related to your keywords but that doesn't compete. Like if your site is about dog catching you don't want to try to comment on other dog catching sites. You want to find sites that are about funny pet videos or pet stories, or dog training...well not the best example but hope you get my point
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  • Profile picture of the author akasheg
    Most of the people see blog commenting as an opportunity for links only if that is the case then it doesn't has much value now because most of the blogs these days use nofollow and those who don't have so many comments that the link value gets decreased.

    So when you comment on blogs make sure that you stay on topic add something useful to the post if you do this you can build a good relationship with the blog owner and also the visitors which in return can return you a link if they find your site useful enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author steve24
    Maybe for me because now a day people are looking for the most..but i think some people are still looking for blog..so i think it is still effective..
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    I think blog commenting is still useful, but ofcourse you just have to ensure that you are adding useful content, or else the admin may simply refuse to allow to allow your link
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    • Profile picture of the author jgant
      Yes and I like doing it. It's probably my #1 favorite form of building backlinks. I spend 30 minutes to 2 hours a day doing it right now for some testing purposes. I enjoy reading and then joining in on the discussion. It's slow going, but if you get in the mindset of having fun and coming up with valuable comments, it's an easy-going, laid back way to spend a part of each day.

      Think of it this way - you can write guest posts (which I also do), but you'll spend much more time on a guest post than a comment. Yet, a comment provides some decent linkjuice (arguably not as good as a guest post on an authoritative website, but good nevertheless).

      Blog commenting is something to work at consistently - a few every day instead and over the course of a few months your sites will have some good links.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dentist
      Blog commenting can be useful indeed. Considering that you have a mixed of backlinks in place that can show your backlinks are organic, then high PR Page, Do-Follow, right anchor text, Relevant blog comments are some of the best backlinks you can get although they are hard to be obtained. Also think about it this way: setting aside blog comments, there are not that many ways to get high PR page backlinks (not talking about domains) so definitely useful.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikest4u
    Definitely Blog Commenting is one of the Fascinating Way To get qualitative inbound links for your site!!
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  • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
    Typically no, its a waste of time and energy.

    Why? Most comments can be easily identified, so why should Google pass credit along to those types of links?

    Second, there are so many garbage spammers out there that they ruin any quality backlinks in the long run.

    If you are using blog comments as your backlink solution in 2011, you should recheck your strategy.
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    • Profile picture of the author zannix
      Originally Posted by RevSEO View Post

      Typically no, its a waste of time and energy.

      Why? Most comments can be easily identified, so why should Google pass credit along to those types of links?

      Second, there are so many garbage spammers out there that they ruin any quality backlinks in the long run.

      If you are using blog comments as your backlink solution in 2011, you should recheck your strategy.
      Hi mister RevSEO,

      I think you're dead wrong.

      Comments can be easily identified? Great. Because most often people will read a good article and link to another related article that they want to share with the community.

      That's what Google is looking for. Vote links. And comments are a great media (a social media) for those kind of links. So, I don't see why Google should 'identify' comment links and disregard them. That's just stupid.

      Secondly, if you place a good comment on a high quality web page with an owner that actually cares about his site, you dont need to worry about 'garbage spammers' anyway.

      Thirdly... oh yeah, maybe contextual links on homepage would work far better? *wink, signature*
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  • Profile picture of the author dominicyordz
    Based on my experience, YES. They help. It is not easy though. Most are nofollow. Plus, there is a chance of your comment getting rejected.
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  • hi,
    Yes blog commenting is effective as it gives useful information and helps in increasing traffic towards our site.
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  • Profile picture of the author jenymartin
    blog commenting is very useful in seo, it increases backlinks
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    • Profile picture of the author ripdad
      Originally Posted by americaupdates View Post

      I just started a news blog and I normally approved comments even thought it's not relevances. Does is help me to get the traffcis?
      don't do this othrwise your blog will contain spam links. because you are allowing spam links. only approve comments that are relevent to your blog post
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  • Profile picture of the author ripdad
    i also wanted to know that after google update in 2011 some say that blog commenting is waste of time , some say it still useful. have anyone get profit form blog commenting after recent update of google.
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      • Profile picture of the author prcys
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        Originally Posted by americaupdates View Post

        I think it does bring some traffics to your website. I found out from my news blog when there are comments it will get index by Google and it's pretty fast sometime within 24 hours. Any comments from expert on this issue?
        As you know that through blogs one can provide the whole definition on particular word or topic or anything. And as results which google show ,contains the blog results also. And as people always looking to get the complete information and which they get by blog. And this way blog page searched more by people and people spend more time with that page. And such pages that be find many times by user , get the high value and due to usefulness of the page , it fast indexed by the google. And with the blog page , comment also related and by this reason blog comments indexed faster and show the quick effective result.
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  • Profile picture of the author shellarics
    Blog commenting is still useful as long as you've commented to high pr sites in a relevant niche. Make sure your comments are deserving to get approved.
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  • Profile picture of the author Falknersjf
    If the blog comment is useful to users, it should be useful to your SEO and you will get more traffic. I have heard that what the users love is what the search engine love. Am i right? Maybe some experts can give you wise suggestion.
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    • Profile picture of the author zannix
      Originally Posted by Falknersjf View Post

      I have heard that what the users love is what the search engine love. Am i right?
      I think you got it the other way around
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  • hey,
    Yes blog commenting is very effective as it gives many do follow and even no follow links which help in increasing traffic towards the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulrigby
    Yes blog commenting is one way of increasing backlinks for your site. But due to spammers most of the blog comments are not approved or approved with nofollow backlinks. This backlink will not be counted in Google. But it helps in increasing the ranking of the keyword to some extend.

    Also one must be genuine in posting comments, since this is the place where people interact.
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  • Profile picture of the author mahol
    Personally, I have started this to gain exposure to new blogs by making comments on popular blog posts.
    As far as SEO is concerned, most of the sites which fall in my niche have no-followed anchor text link so I use my real name. But there is a benefit on commenting on blogs who have Top Commentators widget on Sidebar which is Do-Follow in most of the cases.
    So, Right from start of the month, try targeting such blogs and to be on #1 and along with exposure you gain link juice too from all blog posts and pages of that domain
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    • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
      Originally Posted by Daniel Wilson View Post

      Blog comments can be really effective if you write quality comments that webmasters will actually accept.

      Daniel
      This.

      A lot of people are still spamming the crap out of blogs with Scrapebox. IMO, this is the wrong way to go about it. Quality > quantity.
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  • Profile picture of the author malta
    No, it's just spammy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Do
    All methods are effective, including profile blast, but you need to focus on the most effetive methods to win your competiors.

    personly i don't sugget you go blog spam. I did extensive test, it might bring some link juice at the beginning, but later google will sense it, you eighter be slapped or out ranked by your competitor easily
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  • Profile picture of the author kirakirafuwafuwa
    Getting traffic from blog comments is a myth. Seriously. Would YOU click on keyworded links dropped by blog commenters? I didn't think so either.
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    • Profile picture of the author markowe
      Originally Posted by kirakirafuwafuwa View Post

      Getting traffic from blog comments is a myth. Seriously. Would YOU click on keyworded links dropped by blog commenters? I didn't think so either.
      No, but people will and DO click on thoughtful relevant blog comments (no, not BS spam comments, or ones spammers just THINK are thoughtful and relevant) on high-traffic blogs. And not keyworded links, branded links, like Joe @ Moneyblogger, or whatever (I made that up). If what the person has said is interesting and useful I will certainly click to see what Moneyblogger is all about.

      But of course there is no traffic to be had from crappy keyword comment-links on random two-bit blogs that no-one reads, we agree there.
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    • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
      Originally Posted by kirakirafuwafuwa View Post

      Getting traffic from blog comments is a myth. Seriously. Would YOU click on keyworded links dropped by blog commenters? I didn't think so either.
      An automated comment? No.

      But a well thought out comment? Sure, why not? I see traffic coming from comments all the time. It's not a massive amount by any means, but it's an added bonus.
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  • Profile picture of the author chrislangley
    I think blog commenting is still good, ofcourse depending on the authority of the blog
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  • Profile picture of the author owenlee
    It is still effective if the blog is related to your keyword...
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  • Profile picture of the author socialbookmark
    Its useful if you comment on authority blogs. Most blogs are not ranking high and they are not helpful in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author timwilson38
    Blog commenting is definitely effective, if the blog is regularly indexed and live and comments should be relevant only and related to your website industry.
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  • Profile picture of the author mukeshkumar@
    Both the no-follow and do-follow blog comments is always important for the backlinks. It makes the backlinks natural in front of search engines. And a quality comment is always beneficial as the user may visit the links provided in the signature.
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  • Profile picture of the author aeroturner
    Obivously Blog commenting is proved to be one of the most effective link building strategies,post your comments in relevant field, it helps to generate more traffic to our site..
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  • Profile picture of the author addison.agnote
    Originally Posted by Monikacis View Post

    Hello Experts,

    I have one confusion regarding blog commenting. Is blog commenting effective in 2011 seo?

    Thanks a million !

    Yes it is still effective. In fact, you can get a lot of exposure by commenting and participating in blog discussions. While you are adding value to the blog you are also gaining credibility for your site/ business.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanmckinney
    Many people seem to give the thumbs up for blog commenting..

    This person seems to disagree

    I would like to see some feedback from accomplished SEOers?

    Ryan
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by ryanmckinney View Post

      Many people seem to give the thumbs up for blog commenting..

      This person seems to disagree

      I would like to see some feedback from accomplished SEOers?

      Ryan
      I like "this person" - excellent article...
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  • Profile picture of the author dirtyhair
    I'm leaving a comment on a pr3 blog right now. Don't get me wrong I don't normally do this, I have outsourcers for these types of jobs.

    I was running a backlink analysis of one of my old sites and noticed a pr 3 blog comment with no other OBL. Yes, pr 3 with only my link on it. So while looking through I'm just gonna drop another commment with 2 links in it to other sites. Easy.

    Not the best use of my time however if you get the chance of course leave a good comment. Make it long, 150 words or so and topical, it will prety much always stick. Do Follow and No Follow you want them both.

    Blog commenting is great for variation and also to back up other links you have. Throw it into the mix if you have the time or dollars
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  • Profile picture of the author madison_avenue
    It depends on the page you are linking to. I've found if I link to a blatant affiliate site page, then my Blog comment usually gets deleted. Even if my comment is not spam but a thoughtful comment based on the topic being discussed. Often the Blog owner seems to check where your link is going, if it's an affiliate site, the link gets deleted.
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  • Profile picture of the author webworm
    Don't confuse and be sure in case of blog commenting .Blog commenting is one of my and many others marketer's favorite technique that is very useful for the link building.I hope this technique will be effective till this business exists.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Albas
    I prefer Blog commenting but manual blog commenting not automation commenting
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  • Profile picture of the author jamrk2000
    Yes, that's a part of organic SEO unless your post are not relevant to readers.
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