Change Your Blog Commenting Ways - Now!

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I keep seeing people recommending blog comments as a way of building backlinks. While I know the important of backlinking for SEO purposes, have any of you considered how silly your website might be looking to the real people that actually see the posts?

I'm talking to those of you that hire people to make posts like this:

"I was just talking to a friend about this very subject. I was right and now he owes me lunch. Thanks for the free lunch."

Or worse...

"Very insightful ways you do this story effecting my life."

Anybody that reads the later comment and sees a link to your site will think that your company is run by an illiterate idiot. The first example lets everybody know that you are a fake.

Instead of attaching your company name to a bunch of ridiculous, and often unrelated, blog comments, consider actually contributing to the conversation. This will have a much greater effect on your business than just building a bunch of backlinks.

Here are a couple of benefits...

1. By contributing intellectual commentary to a blog post, other readers are more apt to clicking on your link. They will want to see more of what you have to offer.

2. Regular commenting on a blog site that is in your niche will give you a greater opportunity to JV with the site owner. For example, "Hey, it's EBR, I have been enjoying our conversations on your blog." Isn't that a better ice breaker than a cold introduction?

3. Google searches for your company name will result in quality comments and conversations, rather than gibberish from some non-English speaking backlink company.

Just a few things to think about as you ring in 2012.

Now post your best spun comment below
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  • Profile picture of the author Lee Murray
    Your insights are of most valuable and giving thanks to you for such knowledgeable post.
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    Great post! Maybe you should have expanded the scope a little to include comments on this forum as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
    "Nice post this is however I saw it on another site you did not steal it did you? I saw this same writing <here on this stupid backlink>."






    I wish you would quit telling people how to start doing such important things correctly for free!


    :p




    But seriously do you think those posts are real people? I thought they were just spun junk from an autoposter, kind of like [a certain program] does for forums?
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  • Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

    I keep seeing people recommending blog comments as a way of building backlinks. While I know the important of backlinking for SEO purposes, have any of you considered how silly your website might be looking to the real people that actually see the posts?

    I'm talking to those of you that hire people to make posts like this:

    "I was just talking to a friend about this very subject. I was right and now he owes me lunch. Thanks for the free lunch."

    Or worse...

    "Very insightful ways you do this story effecting my life."

    Anybody that reads the later comment and sees a link to your site will think that your company is run by an illiterate idiot. The first example lets everybody know that you are a fake.

    Instead of attaching your company name to a bunch of ridiculous, and often unrelated, blog comments, consider actually contributing to the conversation. This will have a much greater effect on your business than just building a bunch of backlinks.

    Here are a couple of benefits...

    1. By contributing intellectual commentary to a blog post, other readers are more apt to clicking on your link. They will want to see more of what you have to offer.

    2. Regular commenting on a blog site that is in your niche will give you a greater opportunity to JV with the site owner. For example, "Hey, it's EBR, I have been enjoying our conversations on your blog." Isn't that a better ice breaker than a cold introduction?

    3. Google searches for your company name will result in quality comments and conversations, rather than gibberish from some non-English speaking backlink company.

    Just a few things to think about as you ring in 2012.

    Happy New Year!

    Don't forget "You're pathetic, a monkey could do better than you".
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  • Profile picture of the author RySpencer
    You insightfulness on the topic at hand has made me relish in jealousy. You have once again exceeded the intellectual plateau of this blog. I will think of this as I drive home tonight.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Thank you for making this {post|splendid post|comment|thread|ridiculous advice}, because someone needed to {say exactly that|tell me to screw off|shoot me the bird|dispense with the obvious}. {LOL|WTF|TBH}
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  • Profile picture of the author drmani
    Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post


    Just a few things to think about as you ring in 2012.

    Now post your best spun comment below
    Great blog. Now I will tell my friends.



    Dr.M
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  • Profile picture of the author dsouravs
    And what about when U diet pills related comment and links in a web design blog. Heeheheh...yup with spam generators (softwares).
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  • Profile picture of the author danr62
    I have been searching for this forever. Very insightful post. I just subscribed to your RSS feed.
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Perfect you mention this. Where may I find information to back up your insight. Cheap Viagra.
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      EBR,

      Do you have any tips on how I can use this information to use Senuke 8.0 effectively?

      I heard that blog comments are "IN right now" and I want get to page 2.

      I've been trying for ages.

      Thanks EBR.
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  • Profile picture of the author onSubie
    Hi

    While this is true if you are trying to actually build a relationship and hopefully real traffic, the SEONukers and 5,000 backlink outsourcers are only concerned with getting x,xxx number of links and hope many stick.

    They don't care if the text is legible or what other posters think. They just want a link with "keywords" back to their where-ever that will hopefully hang around for a while.

    Other marketers will recognize them for what they are, innocent visitors will be puzzled by the idiocy.

    This is why blogs that are not well monitored, autoapprove and don't moderate comments are gold for tools. Of course that is also why they have hundreds of comments like these (or more).

    People pay good money and subscribe to expensive services to get fresh lists of discovered blogs. Many use them legitimately, but a lot just dump the list into SEONuke and click "Go".

    I don't do that at all so I have no idea of how effective that strategy is.

    The Internet is littered with backlink trash, it's not just blog comments.

    Mahlon
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    This blog has changed my life. Thanks for the inspirational post. Please keep writing
    No, but seriously, you're so right. People have lost the plot with blog commenting, ever since these mass comment producers have come out. I think the best strategy, if you want to leave backlinks on blogs in the form of comments, is to hire somebody who will actually read each blog and then write an insightful comment about it. It's hard to find guys who can do this, so sometimes it is best to take these matters into your own hands. These automatic software are overrated, in my opinion. Robots are still far from replacing us!

    Yasir
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    • Profile picture of the author mikereisinger
      This post almost convinced me to put my Scrapebox away. Then I realized how much time and effort it saves, and I gave in to the temptation...
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      • Profile picture of the author Torreylee
        Originally Posted by mikereisinger View Post

        This post almost convinced me to put my Scrapebox away. Then I realized how much time and effort it saves, and I gave in to the temptation...
        Haaaa, you too?

        -Unapologetically me
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        • Profile picture of the author paulgl
          Rules of blog commenting

          1. All blog comments are spam.
          2. In the even that you feel your comment is not spam, please
          refer to rule #1.

          Google tipped us off to this when they told us not to
          put adsense on spammed comment pages. Since I
          can't tell which comments are spam, I researched the
          rules above.

          Course I stopped commenting on blogs (for links), and
          stopped accepting comments long, long ago.

          Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author logobd
    Thanks dear for this thread. Yes, I am totally agree with you. If you leave any comments in any blog and link back to your site, that comment will carry your sites quality. So we should leave relevant and quality comments
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Hmmm, black hat and white hat. Fact is, you blackhat when there is the need and whitehat when you care about branding.
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  • Profile picture of the author Karen Connell
    "It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to piddeling around on the internet and realized that you are very correct about car wrecks..."

    Very insightful - posted on a site about listbuilding.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikereisinger
      Personally, my favorite...

      "Dear Sir my hearts is filled with joyness from entertaining your words that was saved my life for ever and ever."


      Nice to know I saved someone's life....I think. It did not move my own heart enough to approve it though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vampy
    You're some how right Brian Rose but people usually use blogs for commenting purpose they dont even know the story running on that particular blog or topic, now a days people just want to build backlinks and dont have much time to read whole conversation and contribute in it. I think you hv mentioned the great points and every web master has to follow this rules as blog commenting is not that easy as it before.
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  • Profile picture of the author aeri
    "Thanks for every single other superb write-up. Where else could anyone get that kind of info in such a excellent strategy of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I’m at the look for such information."

    If only that praise was really true I'm still waiting for that one comment that will at least summarize what I wrote or at least something more than the title of the article
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    I see your point and it is well taken but how does that affect the price of rice in china. Can you please more carefully illustrate how this will affect the futures trading market. With sincere hopes your new year is filled with favorable adjustments in your foreign exchange rate.
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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by Barry Unruh View Post

      I see your point and it is well taken but how does that affect the price of rice in china. Can you please more carefully illustrate how this will affect the futures trading market. With sincere hopes your new year is filled with favorable adjustments in your foreign exchange rate.
      This one gets my vote
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Cole
    What about - Your site isn't loading correctly in {Browser name} I will go try it in {other browser name} buy cialis

    Yeah, thanks for the tip mate, I must publish your comment immediately
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  • Profile picture of the author JayDoh
    I got this little gem on a "coming soon page"

    You should take part in a contest for one of the best blogs on the web. I will recommend this site!

    lol
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  • Profile picture of the author visimedia
    good idea and point of view about blog commenting.
    We shouldn't just see the blog commenting as a way of getting backlinks, but also if we have a good enough quality of the comments, we'll get traffic also because people will appreciate your comment and want to know you more by clicking your link.

    thx dude
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  • Profile picture of the author rowanman28
    I comment manually on the top results of Google for my keyword plus "yourname@yourkeywords" I do this with many different pages on my site. I don't know if software works better, probably depends how good you are at making it look like you're doing what I'm doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author carolf
    I am Carol and I am no longer a newbie. I used to have a blog full of spam comments and I didnt even know they were spam. The wonderful Rosetress helped me to install akismet onto my site and we removed all the spam. After 6 months of seriously hard work I am very proud to show you my comments on my blog. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever image I could get comments like these from real people. I am building and they are coming! Carol Finlayson – How To Be Happy
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Great timing - just saw this thread after reading a 3 yr old post here bumped by someone with "you could start a free blog".

      If you are hiring people to post or comment for you - they can make you look really stupid. If you are posting some of this tripe yourself - you may need to get a job as a backup plan.

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    • Profile picture of the author danr62
      Originally Posted by carolf View Post

      I am Carol and I am no longer a newbie. I used to have a blog full of spam comments and I didnt even know they were spam. The wonderful Rosetress helped me to install akismet onto my site and we removed all the spam. After 6 months of seriously hard work I am very proud to show you my comments on my blog. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever image I could get comments like these from real people. I am building and they are coming! Carol Finlayson - How To Be Happy
      Yep. Aksimet is your friend and incredibly easy to setup.
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  • Profile picture of the author tamiro1992
    great post couldn't agree with you more. people arer starting random conversations that don't have to do with anything just to build back links. wont get your site anywhere and doesn't make people want to see what you have to offer.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    Some blog comments are really bad. However, nobody reads them. People don’t read even good comments.

    Many times I give exactly the same answer to blog comments (that don’t look like spam because they are related to my blog’s topic). Most readers don’t bother reading the previous comments under an article, the same way they don’t seriously read my article before leaving a (related?) comment.

    Those who leave comments without meaning don’t want to use their comments to attract readers to their sites or blogs; they only want to show Google that their links are everywhere.

    Backlinking should have a double meaning: improve your website or blog’s ranking AND attract curious visitors. However, nobody writes decent comments, and nobody reads anything anyway…

    Fortunately, there are good readers who keep visiting my blog or new readers who subscribe to the RSS feed, but they rarely leave comments.

    I don’t waste my time leaving comments at other blogs. I did it in the past but the results were too poor, and I wasted too much time with this occupation because I read their articles before leaving my intelligent comments, which not always were appreciated by the blog owners.

    I enjoy leaving comments at Squidoo lenses (I’m a lensmaster too and I recently became a Giant Squid, having many advantages at Squidoo now). All lensmasters love receiving comments at their lenses because they get points from Squidoo, their lensrank improves and they get more traffic from Google.

    You can leave comments at Squidoo lenses even if you are not a lensmaster and even post live links at your comments (through anchor text). If your comments are interesting and positive, the lensmasters will gladly let them remain in their lenses. This way you get backlinks and you have the chance to attract readers if your comments reflect some wisdom.

    Squidoo was not affected by the Panda, and you can get a lot of traffic from the Squidoo community and send this traffic to your blogs or websites, especially if you are a lensmaster and you create Squidoo lenses too.

    Squidoo lenses are an excellent free traffic generating method and they are great backlinks. You can also write interesting comments at other lenses, which are always welcome. Many lensmasters are quite gentle; they leave comments at your lenses too whenever you leave comments at their lenses. I prefer this occupation than leaving comments at various blogs.


    PS. Happy New Year!













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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by clever7 View Post

      Some blog comments are really bad. However, nobody reads them. People don't read even good comments.

      Many times I give exactly the same answer to blog comments (that don't look like spam because they are related to my blog's topic). Most readers don't bother reading the previous comments under an article, the same way they don't seriously read my article before leaving a (related?) comment.

      Your absolutely right... I stopped reading your long answer half-way through the second paragraph...

      Of course, most people read every post in a forum... So why would they not read the comments attached to an article? :rolleyes:

      People read and respond to comments that they think will be worth reading!!

      For example, sometimes I spend hours reading blog comments on that Salty site, just for the humor value alone. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author igorGriffiths
    I am guessing your blog has been visited by the same freelancers as mine. If the comment is not from someone I know or adds a valuable insight then into the spam bin they go.

    Marketing is a people business and people do business with people they trust but they use many pieces of your jigsaw to build that trust, one stupidly lame comment can destroy that trust.
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Strange that the mods moved this to the AdSense / PPC / SEO Discussion Forum. I would think that building relationships, maintaining a good business reputation, and a little humor would fit right into the main forum, not this one. Se la vi. We say "yes, sir" and move on
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
    Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

    I keep seeing people recommending blog comments as a way of building backlinks. While I know the important of backlinking for SEO purposes, have any of you considered how silly your website might be looking to the real people that actually see the posts
    Ummm speaking as someone who has had plenty of people here show me their website in order to get suggestions to rank them I can say you have missed a critical point.

    The websites of many of the people you are trying to talk to could not possibly look worse by people reading their junk blog comments. It still would be much better than actually looking at the commenter's websites.

    This is why you will never dissuade a good portion of the people to stop spam comments - their MFA and affiliate reviews sites are crappy to begin with. Theres very little to lose in credibility when your website doesn't have any to begin with.
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    • Profile picture of the author kea55
      Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

      Ummm speaking as someone who has had plenty of people here show me their website in order to get suggestions to rank them I can say you have missed a critical point.

      The websites of many of the people you are trying to talk to could not possibly look worse by people reading their junk blog comments. It still would be much better than actually looking at the commenter's websites.

      This is why you will never dissuade a good portion of the people to stop spam comments - their MFA and affiliate reviews sites are crappy to begin with. Theres very little to lose in credibility when your website doesn't have any to begin with.
      Right on! I agree with this one.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    How do you get your URL hyperlinked to your key word when you are blog commenting?
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    • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
      Originally Posted by timpears View Post

      How do you get your URL hyperlinked to your key word when you are blog commenting?
      o dear, more spam
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  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

    I keep seeing people recommending blog comments as a way of building backlinks. While I know the important of backlinking for SEO purposes, have any of you considered how silly your website might be looking to the real people that actually see the posts?
    when modding a forum a while back you would be surprised that 99.99% of those business had no idea their name was being spammed around the place.

    Back in the crystal palace the brains of the operation says we need need a bigger on line share, so they hire billy bob;s number one seo service, who in turn outsources to the outsources who then hire cheap labor.

    Th original site owner is not even aware of the rubbish being created, in the white collar office he / she has ordered a reputable seo company and thats where their interest stops.
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  • Profile picture of the author chrislangley
    I agree that contributing to the conversation with something meaningful is the best course of action, and besides who knows what algorithms the search engines are planning to deal with spam blog comments
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