Is Blog Commenting Making a Comeback?

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(Or perhaps it never went away.)
It seems like I've noticed a proliferation post panda and penguin, not to mention a shift toward how it's viewed as a practice (SEOs used to look down on it as the last resort of spammers), but now it seems more legitimized.

Obviously, it all hinges on how it's approached.

- only if relevant
- only if in relevant niche
- and obviously not if packed with spammy anchor links

Does anyone use this as a regular tool in their arsenal, and what % of your strategy does it comprise?
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  • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
    Are you talking about putting 'keywords' in the name field?
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    • Profile picture of the author Honest Tune
      Originally Posted by PerformanceMan View Post

      Are you talking about putting 'keywords' in the name field?
      No, I'm talking about it as a legitimate linkbuilding technique.
      Keywords in the name field looks spammy, IMHO.
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      • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
        Originally Posted by carltonrsmith View Post

        No, I'm talking about it as a legitimate linkbuilding technique.
        Keywords in the name field looks spammy, IMHO.
        Me too. I think natural blog comments are very beneficial. They really help bring in IP diversity.
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        • Profile picture of the author gotlinks
          Originally Posted by PerformanceMan View Post

          Me too. I think natural blog comments are very beneficial. They really help bring in IP diversity.
          I concur.

          And to the OP.

          I don't believe true quality blog commenting ever died. Certainly for traffic and the like its still awesome. For backlinking if done carefully and methodically yes it works great.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nelapsi
    I never touch it... makes me itch just thinking about it
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    I don't think it ever went away. (Aside from the mindless spamming technique.)

    People just don't like that it takes more time now, which, IMO is a good thing.
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    • Blog commenting has never stopped working. As long as you leave relevant comments on quality blogs in your niche, you will get good results.
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      • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
        Originally Posted by mrsvirtualassistant View Post

        Blog commenting has never stopped working. As long as you leave relevant comments on quality blogs in your niche, you will get good results.
        Even if blog comments take a "hit" when it comes to SEO they'll always be a GREAT way to generated very targeted traffic. (If you're commenting on niche related blogs.)

        But as of right now, and it's been this way through all of the massive Google updates, blog commenting is still working just fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author petemcal
    If you are leaving blog comments do it to build a reputation and grow brand awareness. Never do it just for building links as it's just not worth it.

    Get yourself known, earn respect and then the links will be more likely to come either by themselves or thought guest posting opportunities because you'll be known and respected (hopefully)
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    • Profile picture of the author Honest Tune
      Agreed on all fronts. I wasn't looking at it purely from the linbuilding boost, but definitely one of the benefits. Spammers gave it a bad name. Like anything else with SEO, trying to cheat it and do it in high-volume won't reap the desired rewards.
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      • Profile picture of the author scottmacair
        As others have mentioned it never really went away but since most of the well known blog networks where hit and the roll out of penguin, people are hailing old techniques as the new magic or secret sauce as many vendors like to put it lol

        Truth is - these methods are mainly back in fashion because Google has cut off so many other techniques that at the time worked better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Oswald Joshua
    Blog commenting has never gone out. It is still the best way to get variety of links for free. You can get links from multiple domains, different IP and related websites by just making a valuable comment
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    • Profile picture of the author Duncan
      Blog commenting never left, it just was not appreciated. Blog commenting used in accordance with Relevancy, niche choice, and adding to the conversation is is extremely effective. Vary your anchor text if you do a lot of them.

      You can build backlinks, traffic back to your site, and a reputation of in most settings of good standing.

      If you become a scammer, well your domain will get blocked from a blog, if not many.
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  • Profile picture of the author moonerblog
    It's still working.only if it's a real blog comment.forget the spammy comments..
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  • Profile picture of the author fiverrfreak
    Well, blog commenting never left in the first place. It is still and effective and legitimate link building method when done well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yohance j
    Still doing this so I hope it works?
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  • Profile picture of the author guzpra
    I will use this pretty much now than before. Its good for traffic but not for backlinks. other than just relevant also put some quality comments that makes visitor want to click our links
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    Use scrape to scrape high PR links and relevant links and spam.
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    • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
      Originally Posted by Warock View Post

      Use scrape to scrape high PR links and relevant links and spam.
      I'm not sure I follow. Are you advising people to "spam" blogs? If so, terrible advice. Good luck getting anywhere by mindlessly spamming blogs with junk comments.
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      • Profile picture of the author TheProgrammer
        Originally Posted by Warock View Post

        Use scrape to scrape high PR links and relevant links and spam.
        Originally Posted by JSProjects View Post

        I'm not sure I follow. Are you advising people to "spam" blogs? If so, terrible advice. Good luck getting anywhere by mindlessly spamming blogs with junk comments.
        After looking at your signature you're offering 42000 blog urls for blog commenting. Could you please elaborate "what is the definition of spam" and is there anyway to comment on 42k blog urls manually? NO WAY!
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        • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
          Originally Posted by TheProgrammer View Post

          After looking at your signature you're offering 42000 blog urls for blog commenting. Could you please elaborate "what is the definition of spam" and is there anyway to comment on 42k blog urls manually? NO WAY!
          Yeah I guess it seems a little odd. However, nearly every single post is from a moderated blog. So mindlessly blasting comments is obviously not going to get it done. I've always been a big proponent of quality over quantity when it comes to blog commenting.

          I'm basically just helping with the "hard part" of searching for blog posts, checking their DF / NF status, ensuring that they're open for comments, checking their PR, etc. Takes me about 3-4 days to do all of this and that's with the help of Scrapebox. (Doing it manually would be pretty much impossible.)
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    • Profile picture of the author cisin
      Originally Posted by Warock View Post

      Use scrape to scrape high PR links and relevant links and spam.

      Why would you give such bad suggestion !
      Its spam, it wont take you any higher.:confused:
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      • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
        Originally Posted by cisin View Post

        Why would you give such bad suggestion !
        Its spam, it wont take you any higher.:confused:
        Because they're mindlessly making posts to up their post count.
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  • Profile picture of the author LiftMyRank
    Manual blog commenting will always have it's place, but auto-blasting is waning, indexing rates have gone way down this year and generally there only good as 3rd tier links..along with forum profiles.......
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  • Personally I think blog commenting has never lost its effectiveness in terms of getting traffic. A lot of marketers are doing this the wrong way and thus, making it less effective or not effective at all.

    The proper way of doing blog comment is to say something that really makes sense. You should also showcase your expertise or knowledge when commenting to related, niche blogs.

    By doing these, you'll get real and interested visitors to your blog.
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    Scapebox is back in action! lol
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  • Profile picture of the author petemcal
    I think like all forms of marketing if it's done right, to drive traffic and create value it works. If it's for the purpose of manipulating a search algorithm for secondary results you'll need a time machine because it doesn't work any more.
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  • Profile picture of the author abhigoogle
    Originally Posted by carltonrsmith View Post

    (Or perhaps it never went away.)
    It seems like I've noticed a proliferation post panda and penguin, not to mention a shift toward how it's viewed as a practice (SEOs used to look down on it as the last resort of spammers), but now it seems more legitimized.

    Obviously, it all hinges on how it's approached.

    - only if relevant
    - only if in relevant niche
    - and obviously not if packed with spammy anchor links

    Does anyone use this as a regular tool in their arsenal, and what % of your strategy does it comprise?
    Blog commenting was never dead and of-course it never will be! But if you are talking about comment spam- then of-course it's dead!
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  • Profile picture of the author seobuzz
    I don't think blog commenting was dead or something that sort of ever.

    I have always included manual blog commenting in my SEO arsenal and it gives me good results as always. What is more you can build a strong reputation in your niche through blog commenting. That is another useful plus of blog commenting.
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  • Besides blog commenting, there are no other easy way to get high PR backlinks. Forums can be a good place but yet you cannot target a forum page which have high PR because it may already have so much posts which have gone to the next pages. The thread's first page have the PR but next pages doesn't.
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  • Profile picture of the author trentonlaura
    Do you recommend using your keyword in the "name" field? I feel like it just comes off as spammy and no one will want to click through as it looks like you're just in it for the link juice (if the moderator even approves it).
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    • Profile picture of the author Craig B
      Originally Posted by trentonlaura View Post

      Do you recommend using your keyword in the "name" field? I feel like it just comes off as spammy and no one will want to click through as it looks like you're just in it for the link juice (if the moderator even approves it).
      No, absolutely not. Of course it comes off as spammy. It sends an obvious red flag and is not natural at all.
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      • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
        Originally Posted by Craig B View Post

        No, absolutely not. Of course it comes off as spammy. It sends an obvious red flag and is not natural at all.
        Depends. A blog with KeywordLuv enabled actually encourages this. (And there are thousands of KWLuv enabled blogs.)

        Alternatively, I've found that I still get plenty of comments approved using something like "Rick From Affordable Gardening Supplies" (Random example.)

        As long as you're leaving comments that you'd approve on your own blog you shouldn't see too much of a drop-off in approval rates.
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        • Profile picture of the author Craig B
          Originally Posted by JSProjects View Post

          Depends. A blog with KeywordLuv enabled actually encourages this. (And there are thousands of KWLuv enabled blogs.)

          Alternatively, I've found that I still get plenty of comments approved using something like "Rick From Affordable Gardening Supplies" (Random example.)

          As long as you're leaving comments that you'd approve on your own blog you shouldn't see too much of a drop-off in approval rates.
          Yeah, I forgot about KeywordLuv. In that case it would be just fine. Although, a lot of the KeywordLuv blogs I see still want you to include your name with your keyword.

          But as you said, the main thing is that you leave good comments instead of blasting away spammy ones.
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          • Profile picture of the author SEOSteveO
            Blog commenting never went away, its still a great way to get quality backlinks because with the way Google is i would rather have good quality links that quantity. You just have to make sure that you are leaving comments on a blog on your niche. Dont go leave a backlink on a blog that has nothing to do with your niche
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    • Profile picture of the author jonathanleger
      Originally Posted by trentonlaura View Post

      Do you recommend using your keyword in the "name" field? I feel like it just comes off as spammy and no one will want to click through as it looks like you're just in it for the link juice (if the moderator even approves it).
      I suggest that you look at the other comments to see if the blogger is approving comments with keywords in the name field. If so, you can probably use them if you have a high quality, relevant comment. But if all of the approved comments are names, you better stick with the name.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yohance j
    I hope so because I have done a few to say the least
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  • Profile picture of the author XenG
    I've been on and off with blog commenting due to the spam reputation this technique has. The thing here is that when we do blog commenting, we want to see our comments get posted right then and then. You would get that mostly on spam sites, BUT not on quality blogs. High pr, quality blogs usually moderate comments before they're approved and posted. And I have accepted this fact which motivated me to get back to doing this strategy. I think that blog commenting would work so long as you do it the right way by posting sensible comments.
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    • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
      Originally Posted by XenG View Post

      I've been on and off with blog commenting due to the spam reputation this technique has. The thing here is that when we do blog commenting, we want to see our comments get posted right then and then. You would get that mostly on spam sites, BUT not on quality blogs. High pr, quality blogs usually moderate comments before they're approved and posted. And I have accepted this fact which motivated me to get back to doing this strategy. I think that blog commenting would work so long as you do it the right way by posting sensible comments.
      Fortunately, quality > quantity. I'd rather have a handful of comments manually approved on quality (DoFollow, with PR, whatever) posts than hundreds automatically approved on spammed-to-death posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author J.M.Wilson
    It will work as long as you don't use automated software and spam the crap out of un related blogs! Bigger picture thinking, longer term outlook required these days!
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  • Profile picture of the author tech84
    Blog commenting never went away

    except for people who use this for spammy link building techniques
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  • Profile picture of the author themubeen
    Good content with Good on-page SEO is much better then building too many spam links.
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  • Profile picture of the author powerofschool
    Blog Commenting Still working for many sites.

    But Dont spam on any sites.

    You will get some do follow links with this method.

    And you will get some relevant traffic by commenting on Relevant traffic.

    But Think twice while commenting , it should not be spammy.

    If it is spam , blog author will remove your comment.

    All the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author connorbringas
    Originally Posted by carltonrsmith View Post

    (Or perhaps it never went away.)
    It seems like I've noticed a proliferation post panda and penguin, not to mention a shift toward how it's viewed as a practice (SEOs used to look down on it as the last resort of spammers), but now it seems more legitimized.

    Obviously, it all hinges on how it's approached.

    - only if relevant
    - only if in relevant niche
    - and obviously not if packed with spammy anchor links

    Does anyone use this as a regular tool in their arsenal, and what % of your strategy does it comprise?
    It never went away, and it is a legitiment way to get links. However, do manual comment submissions and actually read the post first so you dont look spammy.
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  • Profile picture of the author ErikWeich31021
    Agreed, comments work, but they need to be relevant and category related
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    Stats so far : Favor 90% Against 10%
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