If you have a blog or website, how to get backlinks to your site should be one of your priorities in the game of search engine optimization (SEO). Backlinks (links from other sites or blogs that are pointing to your site) are telling the search engines that your site is worth something – after all, these other sites consider your site worth linking to! Backlinks are especially precious if the site that is linking back to yours has a high PR (PageRank). Overall, the more backlinks your site has, the better for your search engine rank, and the more likely is your blog to show up within the first few pages of the SERP’s (Search Engine Result Pages).
Commenting on other blogs can be a great way to get backlinks pointing to your site/blog, – if you comment on the “right” blogs!
See, on my Internet journey I have learned that commenting on other blogs would be a great way to get traffic back to my site, because usually you can enter your blog’s address in the comment form and it will be linked to your name, so other people who click on your name will get taken to your blog. Easy! So here I was, commenting on all sorts of blogs, at the same time thinking I would be getting some backlinks, too!
But far from it. Many blogs have the so-called “no-follow” attribute enabled, which basically means even though you are creating a link to your site when commenting, the search engines will not give this backlink any value at all. It will be like it’s not there for the search engines. So it does not help you with your SEO.
To get a valuable backlink to your site, you have to comment on blogs that have the attribute “do-follow” enabled for their comments. For example, if you comment on a PR3 blog that has “do-follow” enabled, when you add your link to your site in the comment form, the search engines will see that as a PR3 backlink to your site. Your site just got an SEO boost! This is especially helpful, too, if the blog you commented on is related to your niche. Even better for SEO!
Now, how do you find those elusive “do-follow” blogs?
Here is a link to a blog that lists different “do-follow” blog directories, and also talks a little more about commenting on “do-follow” blogs: Get quality backlinks by commenting on do-follow blogs. Pick a few blogs that fit with your niche and start commenting! The blog itself has a PR3 and has do-follow enabled, so you can get a free PR3 backlink straight away! Let these blogs pass some “link juice” to yours!
Don’t get me wrong here – commenting on other blogs, even if they are “no-follow”, will always generate traffic back to your site, and you should not dismiss commenting on “no-follow” blogs. After all, this is all about interaction with each other, not just fighting for better search engine placement (or is it??? 😉 )
As a closing thought, I am thinking about possibly enabling do-follow on my blog here. But I need to find out a bit more about it first. Because I have read that when your blog is do-follow, with every link that is pointing away from your site (basically with every comment!) your site is losing a little “link juice”. Now, I don’t know yet whether that is really the case or not, but on the other hand, if a blog has do-follow enabled, it becomes more attractive to its readers to interact and comment, which will make the blog more popular. Hmmmm, something to ponder….
Off you go, keep commenting on other blogs, but make it more worthwhile! Get Backlinks!
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