Link building from blog commenting

by cktan 55 replies
Will google penalize my site if my ENTIRE (or majority) link building campaign is blog commenting? Just curious...
#search engine optimization #blog #building #commenting #link
  • Profile picture of the author Chris Hunter
    I don't see how since 90% of my Google PR and ranking have come from blog commenting.
    Signature

    Ok, sure. You can follow me on Twitter - http://twitter.com/Chris_Hunter ;)

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[83755].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author cktan
      That's what I did and most of my sites have good ranking and PR too. But someone warned me that the big G may "detect" this someday and put me into trouble...i don't know,that's why I ask hmm...may be I should pay for someone for directory submission lol
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[83778].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author Terrybear
        That's shall be OK because many high PR follow blog have anti-spammer plug in which do not allow many comment on it. And build up backlink through blog commenting will not too fast. So, it is safe
        Signature

        Get six sigma tools from six sigma blog

        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[83865].message }}
        • Profile picture of the author flashgordon
          I'd say it is fine, but I would still diversify. What if that blog goes down, or the owner takes down that comment or post? You want to diversify your backlinks so that if one "type" gets slapped or taken down, it has little or no impact on your site.
          {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[83997].message }}
          • Profile picture of the author Emailrevealer
            I wouldn't want all my links from blog comments. Try some directory submissions and article writing.
            {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[84068].message }}
          • Profile picture of the author cktan
            Originally Posted by BlackTactics View Post

            I would actually disagree with that one. I get 99% of my links to my sites from posting useful and relevant comments on blogs and all of them have keywords as my name.

            As long as your not perceived as spammy, you 95% of the time your comments will be approved. Bloggers want community, and if you contribute to that community with useful comments, they will reward you with a link.
            Usually i will check to see if there is any keyword-based name from the previous comments to make sure my comment won't be marked as spam. If the blog owner don't like this I will simply modify my keyword to make it looks like a real name, eg.warriorforum to riorf/orfor...something like that...Anyway, based on my experience most bloggers do accept such keyword based name as long as you write a useful and relevant comment.

            Originally Posted by warrior1011 View Post

            The answer to your question is, no, unless you are linking back from blogs that have been blacklisted by google. However, there is no reason to limit your exposure and success on the web to only one method of advertising and link building. You can grow even more traffic by delving into multiple streams of traffic from multiple sources.
            Originally Posted by flashgordon View Post

            I'd say it is fine, but I would still diversify. What if that blog goes down, or the owner takes down that comment or post? You want to diversify your backlinks so that if one "type" gets slapped or taken down, it has little or no impact on your site.
            You're right, there's no point to limit my link building and who know may be google will devalue such backlinks in one day...

            Thanks
            {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[90529].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author dvduval
      Originally Posted by Chris Hunter View Post

      I don't see how since 90% of my Google PR and ranking have come from blog commenting.
      That's interesting. I've heard about this for a while, but I've only done limited blog commenting myself. I tried to find some good blogs for webmasters that have the "do follow" links but didn't find too much.
      Signature
      It is okay to contact me! I have been developing software since 1999, creating many popular products like phpLD.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[87745].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author Chris Hunter
        Originally Posted by dvduval View Post

        That's interesting. I've heard about this for a while, but I've only done limited blog commenting myself. I tried to find some good blogs for webmasters that have the "do follow" links but didn't find too much.
        Seriously, all I've done to one of my blogs is add some content (20 posts total), wrote one article and put it on Ezinearticles.com, and I've left numerous blog comments that AREN'T keyword based, but simply "Chris @ MyBlog.com".

        The site has a PR of 2. I'd say that's pretty good for all that I've done...
        Signature

        Ok, sure. You can follow me on Twitter - http://twitter.com/Chris_Hunter ;)

        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[89350].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Solidsnake
    Banned
    Originally Posted by cktan View Post

    Will google penalize my site if my ENTIRE (or majority) link building campaign is blog commenting? Just curious...
    No... blog commenting is one of the best link building method.. in legal way.. unless youa re not spamming on other's blogs..
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[84274].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author gabibeowulf
      As long as it comes with different linking strategies you should be fine.

      Also, do not send out spammy comments. Keep the comments related to the topic, provide some value and you'll even get a lot of traffic from the blogs. Spammy comments are removed pretty fast
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[84575].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author David
      Originally Posted by Solidsnake View Post

      No... blog commenting is one of the best link building method.. in legal way.. unless youa re not spamming on other's blogs..
      I've been away from the forum for over a year so I may be 'out of the loop' but I thought commenting on most blogs had a no follow tag built in
      so PR and SEO from commenting would be non existant.

      am I incorrect with this idea?

      I may be out of the loop, a year ago it was commonly held that dynamic generated pages did not get spidered... I can see that one either has changed or was simply an SEO urban legend.
      Signature

      David Bruce Jr of Frederick Web Promotions
      Lawyer Local SEO - |

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[206699].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author susansan
    Just another tip - if you're commenting for the purpose of link building, make sure you check to make sure that blog doesn't use the "no follow" tag in comment url's. If they are, google won't count it and you've wasted your time.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[84580].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Solidsnake
      Banned
      Just avoid obvious ad... like using keyword as your name and posting links on comments...
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[84662].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author BlackTactics
        Originally Posted by Solidsnake View Post

        Just avoid obvious ad... like using keyword as your name and posting links on comments...
        I would actually disagree with that one. I get 99% of my links to my sites from posting useful and relevant comments on blogs and all of them have keywords as my name.

        As long as your not perceived as spammy, you 95% of the time your comments will be approved. Bloggers want community, and if you contribute to that community with useful comments, they will reward you with a link.
        Signature
        I'm a $300 a day success story using casino methods http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=240ydlt&s=5 PM me for general tips
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[84686].message }}
        • Profile picture of the author blogvibrations
          I just use my sites Name as my name when im commenting.
          it has my keywords in it.

          BUT, be sure to have a quick look to see if they have a 'comment policy'.
          some blogs only let you use your real name.
          {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[86894].message }}
        • Profile picture of the author Solidsnake
          Banned
          Originally Posted by BlackTactics View Post

          I would actually disagree with that one. I get 99% of my links to my sites from posting useful and relevant comments on blogs and all of them have keywords as my name.

          As long as your not perceived as spammy, you 95% of the time your comments will be approved. Bloggers want community, and if you contribute to that community with useful comments, they will reward you with a link.
          Most professional webmasters does not approve posts with keywords as anchor texts... I will never approve an post that is posted by :cheap webhosting"...

          That's interesting. I've heard about this for a while, but I've only done limited blog commenting myself. I tried to find some good blogs for webmasters that have the "do follow" links but didn't find too much.
          Lists and Directories of Dofollow Blogs | Myseoblog.net
          {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[87965].message }}
          • Profile picture of the author donnaabreu
            Originally Posted by Solidsnake View Post

            Most professional webmasters does not approve posts with keywords as anchor texts... I will never approve an post that is posted by :cheap webhosting"...

            Lists and Directories of Dofollow Blogs | Myseoblog.net
            I'll have to check out this link you posted. I too have done a lot of searching for blogs in my niche that have "do follow" links in the blog comments. And I have found not one.

            so then I tested my own wordpress blog... left a comment on one of my posts with a link. that link is a "no follow" link, and I never set any attribute to not follow links in comments to my posts. So it must be the default.

            I became very discouraged, because I was told that blog commenting is a great way to boost rankings.
            Signature
            {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[233069].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author dburk
      Originally Posted by susansan View Post

      Just another tip - if you're commenting for the purpose of link building, make sure you check to make sure that blog doesn't use the "no follow" tag in comment url's. If they are, google won't count it and you've wasted your time.
      Hi susansan,

      I would have to disagree with you on this point. If you are link building to bring targeted traffic to your website, then you have not wasted your time.

      I would rather have targeted traffic than a little green line on my tool bar. The little green line does nothing to bring you traffic or to help you get higher rankings in the SERPs.

      I think a lot of folks get confused about the little green line (PageRank). It doesn't bring you traffic it only impresses admirers of the the little green line. While a link that passes Pagerank is good, a link that sends targeted traffic is better.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[204800].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Li Weng
      Originally Posted by susansan View Post

      Just another tip - if you're commenting for the purpose of link building, make sure you check to make sure that blog doesn't use the "no follow" tag in comment url's. If they are, google won't count it and you've wasted your time.

      Yeah that's very important. Blog commenting can be great, but you need to post relevant posts that contribute to the blog and not some junk like "cool... good post", because most likely they won't get approved anyway. As long as you have something worthwhile to say, then you should be fine.
      Signature

      - Insert backlink here -

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[243681].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Gunter Eibl
    Originally Posted by cktan View Post

    Will google penalize my site if my ENTIRE (or majority) link building campaign is blog commenting? Just curious...
    Why would somebody do this on purpose?

    Gunter
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[88295].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Sirric
    Maby they will one day, but i dont see them doing anytime soon.
    Signature
    Egyptian mythology www.Anubis.org
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[91403].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author mikegates
      cktan is right about looking at previous comments to see if the blog owner allows keywords or not.

      Many dofollow blog owners, like me, use a Wordpress plugin called KeywordLuv that encourages you to use yourname@Your Keywords.

      You can find many of those blogs by searching for "this site uses keywordluv".

      Just be sure to leave quality comments that are related to the post and your comments will usually be approved.

      Mike
      Signature

      The Link Rotator Script is one of my favorite marketing tools! Link Rotator Usage Video

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[91614].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author puti1
    One of the problems i faced with blog commenting is getting filtered by Akismet on Word Press type blogs. Once you are in their alert list, its very difficult to let unlisted. I think this method should be fine though as long as your comments are genuine.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[199359].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author metxa
    i tought commenting on others blog will not be followed coz of nofollow
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[203048].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author inspir700
    Here is my suggestion... use site wide links on competing websites.. find a way to get on their site using a partnership approach. Trading links worked for me.. I find that blog commenting is time consuming and finding NoFollow blogs can be tiresome. Work on the real deal.. the content.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[204372].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author surenpp
    There is nothing wrong in using blog comment for linkbuilding.But it is always good to get your link from as many different sources as possible.We do not know in what way google will respond to this t'morrow.You know well what happened to receprocal and directory links.so always be on the safer side
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[204445].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Justinmg77
    Google likely will not penalize you. Just note though, blog commenting can be good, just make sure your comments are substantive, but also realize that you may not get link juice from some or many of them, because no follows are present in some of the major blogger platforms, as far as I've heard. I heard blogger uses a no follow, can anyone confirm this? What about wordpress?

    Blog comments can be good for some referral traffic sometimes.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[204901].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author blue-ego
    To be honest I was having problems finding dofollow blogs recently. mostly wasted my time..
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[206479].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author henzy
    I prefer blog commenting and I am using it from past few months and I think because of it my few blogs got PR 4 to PR 3 as well. Not only this my keyword is also ranking high in search engine.

    Just remember one thing be honest while you are giving comments to any blog. I usually read full posts and than give comments so that blog owner also find it important to approve.
    Signature

    SIGNATURE EDITED - please read sig file rules

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[207089].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author rlnorthcutt
    I think its more important that your comments and the posts are relevant to the subject of your blog... think key words and similarity. IF you are all over the place commenting on blogs of wildly different topics, then you could really be wasting your time.

    Be sure to focus on the blogs that are similar in topic to your own and leave thoughtful, intelligent comments. This has the added benefit of allowing the owners to "Get to know you"... once that happens, you can possibly get a reciprocal link from them.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[207345].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author h1dayah
    Blog commenting is great way to link building.Especially if you found the blog that have comment luv plug in in it(i love commnet luv is just not straight way to put your comment on the blog but it has also snippet that aggregate your lates post via feed and will saw your last post in it,i just would say awsome for this).One more things that you must also choose blog that is do follow so your link will value in search engine bot. this link will refer you to tool that can search blog with do follow and also comment luv in it DoFollow Diver - The Premier DoFollow Blogs Search Engine, just only one rule don't spamming. In my opinion link building through blog comment is really great way for link building and it is legal way.
    Signature

    USA People Search | Instant Online US People Search Retrieval By.Brandsite.org
    http://www.brandsite.org
    Exploding Niche With Your OWN Automated People Search Engine
    http://usa-peoplesearch.blogspot.com/

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[207447].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author donnaabreu
      Originally Posted by h1dayah View Post

      Blog commenting is great way to link building.Especially if you found the blog that have comment luv plug in in it(i love commnet luv is just not straight way to put your comment on the blog but it has also snippet that aggregate your lates post via feed and will saw your last post in it,i just would say awsome for this).One more things that you must also choose blog that is do follow so your link will value in search engine bot. this link will refer you to tool that can search blog with do follow and also comment luv in it DoFollow Diver - The Premier DoFollow Blogs Search Engine, just only one rule don't spamming. In my opinion link building through blog comment is really great way for link building and it is legal way.

      Hi - I tried using your tool, and found this blog:
      The Cotton Clothing Blues | Healthy Living

      But my Search Status tool says that the links are NOT followable. Am I not usign this tool correctly? Thanks, Donna
      Signature
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[236828].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author francophile
    I think it is invitable that just posting comments (and even one-way links from directories) will raise flags for Google. You need to be "natural" as possible and linking to be organic (over a period of time, different anchor text / landing pages, different sources).

    You have heard it before - if you have good content: links will be natural and organic.
    Signature
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[208580].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author magnum3
    i don't think so, but i think you'll only get small traffic if its the only thing you do for SEO..
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[229393].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author surferman
    blog comments used to bring PR a few years ago.. now google just ignores them... don't lose your time on it.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[229509].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Spike SpiegelIM
    As long as you're doing it the legit way, I don't see any reason why Google should penalize you for that. But if you can expand you linkbuilding strategy then it's recommended to do so..
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[233997].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author datatrond
      A lot of Blog Commenting discussions is going on in different forums.
      Personally I do not comment to get links to my business website, but I must admit it has been interesting since some of my clients have been doing this with remarkable effect on the Google SERP results when their target keywords has been used in the comments as anchor text.

      Several companies and private persons is also offering lucrative deals at almost no cost and some even offers as much as several hundred approved blog comments for as little as xx $

      A friend of mine tested it on a pure test domain two months before the last Google PR update. He used Fast Blog Finder to detect High PR dofollow blogs and with high Page PR also. He filtered all results in Fast Blog Finder and only submitted comments to blogs that had his target keywords in it.

      He only commented blogs from +6 PR domains with Page PR above 5 and I have to say I was first impressed - then just sad!

      I think manipulating the Google SERP results by building links with "Blog comment spamming" is a large leak in Google that somehow has to be closed.

      Google's credability is dependent of relevant and good information in the SERP - and if to much manipulation is finding it's place into Big G I think we have a problem!

      I have been working as a SEO consultant for almost 10 years by now and I would strongly suggest that you build links on a naturally way and not by "misusing" the possiblitiy to provide short time results.

      I don't say Blog commenting is spam and I don't say that this is unethical, but as you might understand my personal opinion is that every attemt of manipulation the SERP is something everybody should aviod.

      As a SEO consultant I look at my job as a mission to HELP Google understand the content of my own and my customers websites and make them as available and easily understandable as possible for Google and other search engines.

      If some of the biggest spammers out there had put half the amount of the time they have been using on blog commenting to create Supreme Quality Content and/or successful viral campaigns they would possibly have had a lot more success - also on a long term basis :-)

      Personally I think Link building and all what is included in this is very interesting and I'm starving for information and experiences :-)
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[234761].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author ArTsYwRiTeR
    Well for me it is okay, but avoid spam post.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[244925].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Solidsnake
    Banned
    Originally Posted by cktan View Post

    Will google penalize my site if my ENTIRE (or majority) link building campaign is blog commenting? Just curious...
    NO.... as long as backlinks are valid, no way google will penalize you.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[244998].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author PalatnkFactor
    truth is i never saw "real" or even consistent traffic from blog commenting but I truly believe it helps the optimization of a website even though 99% of blogs are no-follow.

    Ive never gone insane commenting on every blog either, thats not the right tactic, especially if you're leaving comments without any real substance which gives you no credibility. BUT, if you do, you will see traffic and you'll never get penalized for that.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[245573].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author David
      Originally Posted by PalatnkFactor View Post

      truth is i never saw "real" or even consistent traffic from blog commenting but I truly believe it helps the optimization of a website even though 99% of blogs are no-follow.

      Ive never gone insane commenting on every blog either, thats not the right tactic, especially if you're leaving comments without any real substance which gives you no credibility. BUT, if you do, you will see traffic and you'll never get penalized for that.
      What's involved with doing a no follow of my own?

      is it as simple as adding something to a url?

      like the way I add "target="_blank" to the end of a url ??

      thanks
      Signature

      David Bruce Jr of Frederick Web Promotions
      Lawyer Local SEO - |

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[245598].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author PalatnkFactor
        Originally Posted by David View Post

        What's involved with doing a no follow of my own?

        is it as simple as adding something to a url?

        like the way I add "target="_blank" to the end of a url ??

        thanks

        What do you mean a no-follow of your own? Being that my screen name is new on this forum (I am not a new member) I made a blog post yesterday on the no-follow tag and I think you'll really understand it. I cant directly link to it but here is the web address.

        You can read it here at palatnikfactor.com the 2nd post, I think you'll really get it!

        Maybe it'll answer the question, if it doest, let me know.
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[246199].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author magnum3
    i dont think so.. but if you ONLY do that, you cant expect to have a high PR
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[248111].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author ndev2k
    Most of my link building come from blog posting and forum posts but i have used directory submissions as well.

    I haven't got a clue how to use article submissions or where I could submit articles or what to write an article about. So any help in this area would be appreciated
    Signature
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[252404].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Ryan6
    Excellent information provided here, many thanks.
    Signature
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[265509].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Li Weng
    I'm integrating blog commenting more and more into my methods. It's quite an effective way. Also a good way of finding information if you're on high quality blogs. You learn a lot from them.
    Signature

    - Insert backlink here -

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[266504].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author solano101
    we did such test before, google didn't penalize our site.

    But we still suggest to use a few ways to do link building.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[266673].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author jinmin
      I think diversified is the best way to go. Besides blog commenting, add some other ways like article building, classified ads, etc to your link building efforts.
      Signature
      First-come-first-serve - Sign up as early bird now to grab a FREE copy of "Residual Cash Profits" worth $27! Get it Now
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[279766].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    If you do all commentings in the natural way regardless the numbers one or hundreds or thousands of comments, you will not get penalized by Google. Make sure that all comments are different. Please be aware that this effort is high time consumsing.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[274003].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Li Weng
    One thing you should do is to mix up your names when you're commenting. Just to be safe, you don't want all the links from blogs to come from just one name.

    eg. For me I'd use Li Weng, L Weng, Li W, LW etc.
    Signature

    - Insert backlink here -

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[276960].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author submit2.0
    There is no harm for link buildiong by blog comment but be sure that all must be "Do-Follow Comment" Other wise use less.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[301238].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author altesino
      Originally Posted by submit2.0 View Post

      There is no harm for link buildiong by blog comment but be sure that all must be "Do-Follow Comment" Other wise use less.
      I've invested a lot of time finding and screening sites from all the dofollow lists. You are lucky if the lists are 50% accurate.

      I've created a free --->>>dofollow search engine.

      Enjoy!
      Signature
      PBN links available: Many niches & each domain only has 10 OBL.
      PM to Guest post on Buzzfeed style 5 year old site. DA 38 / PR 4 / 300+ linking domains.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[457335].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author freeonlinedating
    submitting comments is only one of the way to increase PR,not all the traffic comes from this method.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[301733].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author george_b3nson
    Blog commenting maybe good, but I seldom use this technique in my SEO.
    But I agree with Jinmin that you should diversify by adding add some other ways like article building, classified ads, etc to your link building efforts.

    @Altesino, thanks for your info. I've subscribed it and waiting for your newsletter.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[458317].message }}

Trending Topics