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SEO Linking Tips: Why Backlinks Left On Blog Post Comments Won't Help You!

Updated on January 28, 2011

Leaving Backlinks On Blog Posts Comments Could Be Wasting Your Time

There is no doubt that building backlinks to your blog or website is the best way to improve your website's search engine optimization (SEO) and gain higher rankings with the top search engines. There are a number of ways to get quality backlinks and one of the most practiced but least understood ways is the practice of leaving comments on blogs.

Adding a link to your website in blog comments seems like a pretty easy way to get backlinks. However, most of those links are hidden from the search engines without you knowing. This means you are pretty much wasting your time leaving a link for the purpose of getting credit for the backlink.

I'll go over the mistakes people make leaving links in comments and how to avoid them. I'll show you how to know exactly which blogs are gold mines to leave your link on and how to find these hidden treasures. I'll also explain how you can actually leave a couple of backlinks that will turn into a flood of links pointing right back to your site!

How Getting Quality Backlinks Is Supposed to Work for Blog Posts

In the perfect world!

If done the right way, posting comments on blog posts is a great way to get high quality targeted links to your website. Most of us believe that to be true. Just about all blogs allow you to include a link to your website in the comment form thus giving you a backlink. However not all blogs are built the same.

Tips For Getting and Keeping Your Backlink

A big thing to keep in mind is to make sure you do not appear as a spammer. This is because most likely your comment will be deleted along with your time, effort and link. When leaving a comment make sure it is relevant and offers something productive. This will ensure your comment sticks thus ensuring your link does as well.

Tip For Maximizing Your Backlink's Effectiveness for SEO

Unless you are trying to rank high for your name use a key word or short phrase instead of your name in "name" box of the comment form. What you inter in the "name" box becomes your anchor text and makes the link higher quality to the search engines. Keep it short though, no more than two words or it will look like blatant spam and may get deleted.

Bonus Tip

Also don't be afraid of leaving a lengthy comment that has your key word or phase lightly sprinkled though out it. I have on more than one occasion found that one of my comments have turned up in the search results. This doesn't necessarily increase the value of your link but does increase your links exposure to more potential visitors.

What You Need To Know About Blog Comment Backlinks

Avoid having your backlinks hidden from the search engines.

The Big Mistake

It may seem that all you have to do is leave some great comments and include your link and presto you have hundreds of backlinks. Not true. The reason is you must be selective on which blogs you leave comments on. Most of the high ranking blogs add a "no follow" tag to your website link. This tag tells the search engine not to count this link which means you do not get credit for the backlink.

The easiest way to tell if a blog adds the "no follow" tag is by using a Firefox Add-On called SearchStatus. This tool allows you to highlight all the links that have a "no-follow" tag so you know what kind of blog you are dealing with. Below are some screen shot of what you are looking for when using SearchStatus.

For the sole purpose of just getting some exposure and more traffic it is not a bad idea to leave comments on high ranking top tier blogs. It just won't help with your page rank.

Find The Right Blogs To Leave Your Backlinks

These are Gold Mines!

What You Should Do

Find lesser known / ranked blogs. Generally these blogs will not have the "no follow" tag added to the links because they are trying to build their blog and are encouraging visitors to leave comments.

A good tip to find these kind of blogs is by following the links from other comments back to the poster's blog. You should be able to find relevant blogs this way that are good for leaving comments with your link. You can also use Google's blog search as well.

Super Tip For A Goldmine Of Links

Find blogs that list their top commentors. Many blogs have a feature on them that will list the top 5 or so people that leave the most comments.

Without spamming, comment often until you make this list. This is excellent because your link will appear on the front page of the blog which is normally the highest ranking page meaning a lot more weight is given to that backlink. The bonus is that the top commentors list is in the sidebar which is shown on every page of the blog thus giving you potentially hundreds of backlinks. Find a couple of these in your niche and you are golden!

I have found that most times I only need to leave about five to seven comments to make the list. These blogs are you money makers so you should visit and comment often. You will be amazed at the amount of traffic these blogs will generate for you as well as increase your rankings in the search engines.

What are your tips for getting quality backlinks?

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      Quality backlinks are not so easy to gain. You will need a lot of hard works in order to achieve it. I think article submission and blog submission are quite enough for this. Blog commenting should be on dofollow as it gets much highlight than nofollow.

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      I don't understand if you are saying I better write a keyword that i wanted it to be anchor text or I shouldn't I've heard many times it should be my real name not the Anchor text that i want it to be since it could be treated like a spammy comment What do you think?

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      Great advice,

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Recently I am trying the search query in google as "comment" + seo and keeping on variations of keywords. I have very good blogs with the comments, this blog as I found with the above search term. Don't know whether it's right one to get the blogs & commenting on them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      very informative post..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great article. Iwas just tasked to do this for our company and this was a great help.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The reason I like leaving backlinks via blogs is that 1. I find reading about the topic interesting especially if it's for my own site in the SEO niche. 2. I find they are indexed quicker than other types of links.

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      tommy328i 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Priya,

      I think if you use Google Blog Search and Searchstatus, as it is mentioned in this article, you could find the right blog :

      - For your niche

      - With Dofollow Link

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Having time to post backlinks on well written blogs like this one will defiantly help with your SEO

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, i totally agree that finding the right blog to post your comment at is the best way to help improve with your linking campaign. One good tip would be to do guest posts for backlinks on high authority(4 and up), high page rank blogs. Just make sure the blogs are niche specific.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      you save my time thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank for give this useful info, can you please tell me how can i get right blog...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks. But I was wondering where can we look for useful blogs to comment with? Please, can anyone help me?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks. But I was wondering where can we look for useful blogs to comment with? Please, can anyone help me?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thanks for the useful information

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      Thanks for sharing with images its really helpful

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You said, " you must be selective on which blogs you leave comments on." Will you help me how can I get such blog URL. I mean how can I find them in search engine?

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