How to Comment Backlink
As a further experiment I have decided to focus on blog commenting for the next 60 days as my main method of acquiring new back-links to ZZZProfits. One of my favorite methods of creating back-links is commenting on other blogs and websites that allow posting a url that links through your user name.
I love blog commenting for a few reasons.
- The first reason is simply a blog comment backlink is the easiest and quickest method to create a quality back-link. There are always new blog posts being created, so the opportunity to comment is endless
- The second reason is that it is easy to find relevant & related blogs. Anyone familiar with SEO knows that relevant back-links are important part of SEO in the eyes of Google. With the current blog revolution you can find hundreds even thousands of related blogs on just about any subject.
- The third reason is you can engage the blog owner as well as their readers simultaneously. This is a great way to gain click-throughs as well as build online relationships.
The reason why I want to do this experiment is to see how much I can increase my daily organic traffic by focusing on only one type of off-page SEO, that being commenting. I followed a similar method for about 10 days, and after that time frame I noticed a mark-able increase in organic and referral traffic.
I believe that if done properly blog commenting can be a primary method of creating back-links.
So, what I have done is devised a simple comment backlink regimen that I will follow during the next two months. I have kept it simple and adjustable so anyone who wants, could create a similar plan.
But before I go over the blog-commenting-project-plan, I want to get one thing out of the way. I will not be using any software to spam or spin comments. Every comment backlink I make is unique to each post. All the best blogs manually moderate their comments, so using commenting software designed to spam blogs is pretty much useless in my mind.
The comment backlink plan that works
Here is the plan in a nutshell.
The first thing I do is find 25-30 authority blogs that are closely related to my niche or subject. What I mean by authority is that they are either ranked very high for some of my target key-words or they are highly trafficked with a healthy active community.
For example: one of my primary key-words is “passive-income” If you type into google “passive income”, you will see that one of the first page results is for a website called The smart passive income blog(an amazing blog by the way). This will be one of the sites on my top 25-30 list. These types of blogs usually receive a large amount of comments(this blog usually receives over 100 comments for every post) from people with similar or related websites, which is crucial as part of my plan.
These 25-30 blogs are what I call my first level comment backlink. With these blogs, I will comment on any new posts they create. Soon as one of these first level blogs publishes a post, I comment as soon as I am notified of new comments through my rss feed. I make sure to read their posts and create a relevant unique comment. I try to write in a way to get the attention of the blog owner as well as the readers.
Then what I do is bookmark the post. After about 3-4 days I return to the blog post that I commented on, then go down the list of comments, and one at a time I click-through to each users website. I then leave a comment on their most recent post. This is what I call my second level comment backlink.
As I manually comment backlink on these second-level websites, I create a separate URL list and make a short note about each website. I write down if I liked the website, what the website topic was, and if it seemed active or not. This way I can create an ongoing list of good related blogs that I will comment on in the future. The other fun part of this is you actually discover some really cool blogs during the process.
If it is the first time I am visiting the blog I will leave a comment like this:;
“Hey! I like your website. I followed you from “The-Smart-Passive-income-blog”. This is a subject I am very interested in so I just wanted to drop by and say hi. I bookmarked your site so you can expect to see me around. Cheers!”
With a comment backlink like that, I have achieved 3 things
- It almost always gets the attention of the blog owner, and I usually receive a reply at least %50 of the time.
- Since I am announcing that I followed them from a blog that we both obviously read, their curiosity makes them click-through and check out my website.
- Since the blog owner acknowledged me with a reply combined with the fact that I mentioned I found them somewhere else, a decent percentage of their readers will also click-through to my website out of curiosity.
I have a theory. I believe that if you create a comment backlink that gets a good percentage click-through, Google will give it a higher rating as a back-link which will better improve your SEO. So creating engaging comments should be the goal.
Here are some guidelines I like to follow when starting a comment backlink campaign
- If its is a brand new website, then I keep my daily average comment back-links to around 15-25.
- If it is a an older established blog of a year or more then I may bump the daily average up to 30-40 back-link comments.
- I always read or at least skim the post so I can leave a quality relevant comment.
- I never leave a generic comment like “Great site! You really hit the nail on the head with this post” That says spam all over it. If I receive a comment like that on my website it goes straight to the trash box.
- I usually check the notify me of follow ups box. This way I can comment back if I receive a reply.
- I always try and use an Avatar or Gravatar with my comments. There is a much higher click-through rate when people can attach a face to a comment.
- I experiment with the type of comments I leave. In other words I don’t always agree with the post; sometimes I try and stir or rile up the blog owner and readers. Everyone is always praising and agreeing, so going against the grain can make you stand out. Just be-careful not to piss off the blog owner too much or you could get banned, heheh.
- I randomize. Although I created a guideline, I will change up my routine, quantity, time of day, and order I comment constantly so Google will not see a set pattern.
- I don’t fret or spend to much time thinking about what I should say. I just get in, comment, and get out.
I would love to hear of any other comment backlink techniques that get results, If you know of any other tips let me know in a comment below.