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Using Blog Comments For Backlinks and Traffic
This one’s pretty easy, but does take a bit of time, although it is free and can pull in some pretty good traffic and backlinks, as well as having the potential to build some “authority” in your niche if you get it right…

Leaving comments on other people’s blogs, preferably in the same market as you, can get you a bunch of backlinks and traffic for free.

The standard way to approach Blog Commenting for traffic is to target high “PageRank” and high traffic (low Alexa rank) blogs for your targeted keywords and just leave good comments (that will get accepted if the comments are moderated, which they will be on the better blogs) on as many blogs as possible.

There are software tools to help you search by keywords and find high PR blogs (that don’t have the “nofollow” tag on comments, so you get more “link love”) and I’ll link to a free one towards the bottom of this post, look for “Blog Comment Magic“.

However, I think the best part of this technique is it can raise the profile of you and your blog with other “authority” blogs and blog owners in your niche, and start to get your name/brand out there, but to do so you need to post good quality, interesting, knowledgeable comments, not just crap like “Nice post!”…

It does take more time doing it this way, but the benefits can be somewhat significant.

The trick is to search for the market leaders and authority blogs in your market/niche and actually read the posts so you have an idea of what’s “on topic” and current and can comment with some knowledge on the latest posts. If you need to learn more about the subjects of the posts doing a search on ezinearticles will usually give you more than enough knowledge to know what you’re talking about.

I recommend spending at least a couple of hours once or twice a month doing just this, or even better, if you can spare the time, spend one whole day doing it once a month for 2 or 3 months, as you’ll be surprised just how much you can get done if you focus on it solely for a whole day.

When you leave your comments don’t worry about putting your keywords as your name in the comment form, not for these kind of comments, as you are far less likely to have the comments approved on a up to date, active blog if you do so.

Your main aim is to post comments that other people reading these popular blog posts will find interesting and hopefully decide to come and have a look at your blog because of the quality of the comments you leave.

It’s also better to link back to a relevant/related post on your own site to make it even more likely to be of interest to people.

Not only will this start to get your name noticed by the authority blog owners, their readers will also start to see you as someone who knows what they’re talking about and come to visit your blog, AND you will get a very clear idea of what topics and subjects make for popular blog posts in your niche, so you can write your own posts on the same popular topics…

It’s basically a win/win!

This is also a tactic that you can do for a couple of months, then slow down a bit on, as you will probably end up with a short list of blogs that you find useful to visit regularly and you can just focus on commenting on popular new posts on these, making the process easier, and less time consuming.

That’s pretty much it for Blog Commenting, find good blogs, either using Google or the free tool below, and leave good quality comments so they get approved and read!

Here’s a free tool you can use to find good blogs to leave comments on here: –

Blog Comment Magic

**Please make sure you check the “Read Me” txt file if you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, as both need a small “tweak” for the software to run without any problems.

As a side topic, to stop people leaving short, “crappy” comments on your own blog there is a plugin you can use to set a minimum comment length: –

Minimum Comment Length Plugin

Note: Don’t forget to check out the previous posts in the Simple Blog Traffic Action Plan series…

Part 1: –

Getting Website Traffic

Part 2: –

Submitting Articles For Traffic

Part 3: –

Blog Directory Submissions

Part 4: –

Top 30 RSS Directories

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11 Comments

2010-11-10 18:30:27

Hey Matt,

Another excellent post!

Technorati.com is another site you can use to determine a blog’s authority score and ranking. Enter the name or address of any blog into their search tool and it will come back with the blog’s authority score and ranking. The closer to 1 the authority score, the higher the ranking. Also, entering a topic or keyword into the search tool will return the top blogs and scores for that specific keyword.

As for Google Blog Search… type your topic or keyword into the search tool, hit ‘Enter’ and it will return with a list of blogs in order of relevance, which can be used to roughly approximate authority.

Looking forward to your next post about traffic generation.

Fred S.

 
2010-11-16 04:13:30

Hi Matt,
I try to leave at least 5 comments per day, I create a spreadsheet with all the blogs I visit on them, adding new ones daily as i discover them, I find this really helps.
Like you have said, don’t spam them, create interest and you will see results.
Thanks
Pete

Comment by admin
2010-11-18 08:25:04

Hi Pete,
keeping a spreadsheet with a list of the blogs you have already commented on is a good idea. 🙂
cheers,
Matt

 
 
Comment by Mario Pesce
2010-11-18 02:04:03

Thank you for the interesting blog.

This is an activity that I had avoided, because I find it a bit boring and time expensive, but I will try to include it in my daily activities

Comment by admin
2010-11-18 08:25:57

Hi Mario,
yup, it can get boring, that’s why it can work well just doing a whole bunch in one big session once or twice a month. 🙂
cheers,
Matt

 
 
Comment by paul
2010-12-01 14:14:59

blog comment magic! wow never knew such a program existed! like it! 🙂 something im going to keep in mind and start using tonight or tomorrow, its my schedule of things to do anyhow! cheers.

 
Comment by Richard Perkins
2010-12-04 14:15:36

Once again Twitter brought me to a usable site. I just started actually reading and commenting on other blogs and posting my own thoughts and ideas on my own a few weeks ago. Get this I have been doing this for years and just couldn’t seem to put it all together. Software, Hardware, sales and repair – the actual operation of a computer – I am wildly proficient but this promotion and marketing crap? Nope.

I run WordPress and installed LinkLuv and CommentLuv to try to persuade other blog owners to come visit and comment. CommentLuv leaves a link back to your last post and LinkLuv allows you to set how many good comments a commenter makes then the system will automagically transform that “no-follow” link to a “yes-follow” link.

I hope to see results of this change in a few more weeks as my bounce rate is through the roof. I also recently stopped using traffic exchanges on my main blog to try and help decrease the bounce rate and spam and increase PR. I think TE’s are great but I guess Google and others don’t really think so.

So any of you that want to come hang out for a while are more than welcome. Read a quick post and drop a good comment and have a little fun while your at it and get a good backlink or maybe even learn a little something. 😯

This is a good and timely post with true and valid information. Thanks for the great information Matt.

 
Comment by Ali
2010-12-26 16:50:14

Blog commenting could be a tough job. In my experience many bloggers in my niche would not pass most comments. Some bloggers may never approve comments as well. You need to check if there is any comments already in the blog before you bother to leave a comment. You want to leave comments on people’s blogs if it is appreciated. If they do not have any comments in their blog that means they do not want comments and they will delete yours unless you are stroking their ego.

Comment by admin
2010-12-26 22:35:32

Hi Ali,
Thank you for reminding me of a very good point!!
there are some markets/niches, like insurance, debt, credit stuff, etc, where it can be more difficult to get comments approved…
You are spot on to point out that it’s worth checking to see if there are any previously approved comments, if there are non (depending on how recent the post is) it may be better to save time and move on to the next blog.
cheers,
Matt

 
 
Comment by Patrick McAfee
2011-06-29 08:46:07

Thanks for the article. I am learning different easy to use tactics to create awareness for my own blog which I just started and I am in the beginning of just playing around with things that work. I do spend a lot of time reading other blogs and researching new ideas so this should be easy for me. Thanks again. Great blog with great info.

 

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