Blog commenting is a powerful way to build backlinks, boost SEO and drive traffic to your websites. It works much slower than most SEO strategies, but will benefit you in the long run as you continue to establish links on important sites in your niche/industry. I’ve been commenting on blogs since 2006 so I have a bunch of experience to share with you. In this guide, you will learn how to leave powerful comments on blogs and boost your SEO & website traffic.
Benefits of Blog Commenting
There are many benefits to blog commenting but I’m going to focus on mainly SEO & traffic benefits in this post. I love blog commenting because I achieve the following goals:
- Establish a Relationship: Every blogger reads their comments. If you want to get someone’s attention, then I recommend leaving blog comments if you can. Not only are you adding content to their website, but it opens the conversation in the future when you send them an email.
- Build Backlinks: Backlinks are the currency of the internet. Many blogs give dofollow backlinks if you leave a genuine comment. I’ll show you how to do this later in this article.
- Drive Traffic: If you write a good comment, you generate traffic from other readers. A long, valuable comment is a great way to show your expertise and drive traffic to your website.
How Blog Commenting Works
Blog comments allow you to interact with the author after reading a blog post. Unfortunately, most bloggers think about blog comment spam when the topic of blog comments comes to mind. Sometimes, popular bloggers must disable comments because of this growing problem. When you write a comment, you must add some value to the conversation. That’s the best way to stand out in such a crowded space.
Whenever you read a blog post, most blogs have a comment section at the bottom of the article. With WordPress blogs, you will see the following fields:
- Email Address
This will be the text of your link. If you have a personal blog, I recommend using either your first name or brand name. Using your first name is the most natural way because it looks much less spammy to the blog owner. If you operate in a professional field (health, medicine, finance), then use your full name since it builds more trust.
Email address is required by most blogs. If you want a Gravatar to show on your comments, attach one to your email address then keep using the same email. I like to use my main email address unless I don’t want my Gravatar to show up.
If you want to build general backlinks, then link to your homepage. However, if you are commenting on a specific topic like “Weight Loss” then link to a deep page on your website instead. For Example:
- If I commented on a general marketing blog, I would link to http://www.backlinkinsider.com.
- If I commented on a page about WordPress Plugins, I would link to http://www.backlinkinsider.com/wordpress-plugins/
Dofollow vs NoFollow links
Once your comment is live, your link will be tagged either: Dofollow or Nofollow. In order to see what type of backlink you created, highlight any existing comment on the page and right-click to view Page source.
Example of Dofollow Links
<a href=”http://www.backlinkinsider.com” class=”url”>Tarik</a>
Example of NoFollow Links
<a href=”http://www.backlinkinsider.com” rel=”external nofollow” class=”url”>Tarik</a>
Dofollow links are the best because search engine bots follow them and give weight to them in their index. While Nofollow links don’t get followed by search engines, you still drive traffic and build a relationship with the blogger. Don’t ignore a highly relevant website based on its Nofollow status.
How to Find Blogs
The simplest way to find blogs is to perform a simple Google search with your keywords. Type one of your important keywords into Google and take a look at the results. Click all the top 10 results and see if you can leave a comment.
DropmyLink is a great tool for finding blogs to comments on. Here’s how to use this backlinking tool:
- Create an Account with DropmyLink
- Select “Comment Backlinks” as your category
- Choose “Dofollow comments’ or “Commentluv” as your footprint
- Set time to “Past Month”
- Hit “Search”
The problem with blog commenting is that many bloggers close their comments on older articles. I like to find blogs within the last month to comment on. Dofollow comments are the best, but I also think CommentLuv is a good source for backlinks, too. CommentLuv gives you 1 Dofollow link to a recent blog post. If you write articles for long tail keywords, then you have a great way to send backlinks to those pages.
Another awesome tool is SEOQuake. SEOQuake is a Firefox plugin that provides SEO information for your Google Search results. It will help you find niche blogs as well.
Organize Your Blogs
I use Feedly to keep track of my favorite blogs. Subscribe to a blog’s RSS Feed then add it to Feedly. From the Feedly dashboard, you can track updates on all the blogs you comment on.
How to Write Comments
It’s funny how people still leave generic comments when the article specifies on ADDING VALUE to the comments. If you want your comments to be notices you have to add something to it that others can learn from.
Ask a Question
If you cannot think of something valuable to add, then simply ask the author a question about the article. Most bloggers read and respond to reader questions. Ask them a question and you’ll get a reply along with a link to your website.
Do Not Spam
Frequently Asked Questions about Blog Commenting
What if the site doesn’t allow comments?
Blog commenting doesn’t work on sites that disable comments.
What if I don’t have time to leave blog comments?
Outsource your blog commenting strategy. Use Fiverr or Elance to find a blog commenting link builder.
Where can I find other cell phone blogs that have back links to them?
Gather a list of cell phone blogs using Google then check their backlinks using MajesticSEO or OpenSiteExplorer.
How is a link better if you write a solid post vs. just a quick post with a link? It seems to me that this is a time issue and faster would be better, no?
Both comments will get a backlink but the solid comment drives traffic too. I’ve driven up to 50 visitors per day with valuable comments. That’s an extra 1,500 uniques per month with just 5 minutes of work!
I was commenting blog post as same theme but now i did not get any improvement in my site…
Check to make sure your backlinks are dofollow. Only Dofollow links help your SEO and boost rankings.
Can you give us a specific method of making a comment backlinks without the owner counting it as spam
Ask a question related to the article. If you have more time, write a twisted comment to adds value to the conversation.
Can i left website’s url in comment space so users can go directly on it, may be that website don’t belong to that blog?
No. URLS in the website field will trigger the spam filter. Spam comments get deleted. I wouldn’t recommend that strategy.
Do you find your blogs via Google Blogsearch (or similar) and then manually save the RSS feed in reader?
Yes. Find blogs using Google then save them with Feedly.
When you comment, is it only the URL or ‘website field’ that creates the backlink? OR does typing in the URL on the comment text itself produce a backlink?
Both methods create a backlink.
Where can i find a dofollow blog list?
How long does it take for these backlinks to show up for Google?
It depends on how often the website gets indexed. It usually takes 2 to 3 days for the backlinks to show up on Ahrefs.
Is it your belief that blog commenting is currently not providing much boost for keywords ranking higher?
No. I have ranked websites using only blog comments. It’s one of the best strategies if you do it properly.
Can you recommend any software to help keep track of blogs you have posted to and if the comment has been accepted?
I’m reviewing a bunch of software and will let you know.
Please provide some insight on the approximate number of comments you post in other blogs daily.
I leave up to 5 comments per day across a variety of blogs. I want to increase this number in the future.
Tarik Pierce is a 15 year WordPress veteran. He writes about blogging, SEO, and personal finance.