Commenting For Backlinks? 5 Things To Consider Before Wasting Your Time
By now it’s been drilled into every bloggers head that backlinks are important. We all know that backlinks play a huge part in positioning your blog/post post within search engines. Many bloggers consider commenting on other blog posts, as a technique for building backlinks.
Often, when bloggers hear that they can get free backlinks from commenting, all the time and effort is put into leaving comments endlessly. Don’t they know that commenting for backlinks alone, won’t guarantee a sweet spot on Google’s first page?
I recently read a blog post which described how one blogger went on to leave 100 comments on 100 blogs. I can’t begin to imagine how exhausting that might have been. After all, in order to leave a meaningful comment, you need to actually read the blog post as well!
I don’t frown upon such endeavor. By all means, if you have time go ahead. Here are some useful things to consider.
1. Plan Your Blog Commenting StrategyJust because you heard “commenting is free backlinks”, don’t waste your valuable time commenting endlessly on every blog you find. The key to commenting for backlinks is to comment smart and effectively.
How many blog will you comment on? Which blogs will you comment on? How much time can you invest in commenting?
Come up with a plan or schedule, on how you would go about commenting.
2. “I comment for backlinks only” Erase this mindsetThere are several side benefits commenting on other blogs. While backlinks are one of them it’s not the only one. So try to get the multiple benefits that comes along with comments.
People get used to seeing the profile of you and your blog.
You make yourself known among other bloggers and blog readers.
Others that read this blog post, will see your comment, they will head over to your blog. You gain new readers and drive traffic to your blog.
The blog owner might come over to your blog and comment on your blog!
All this will happen only if you leave a good impression with comments. Which brings to my next point
3. “Content is king” for comments too!“Nice post!” comments will brand you as a spammer and it will do more harm than good. So you need to spend time to read the post, understand it and add to that conversation. You need to write interesting, good quality, knowledgeable comments that will share your opinion add value to the blog post.
4. Find the “right” blogs to comment on, to increase ROIHere are a few attributes that you should look for
- Blogs in your niche, which allow do-follow links
- Blogs in your niche, which use CommentLuv
- Blogs in your niche, that permit keywords in the “name” (e.g. KeywordLuv)
- The page rank of the blog
- The size of the blog where you will be engaging in the conversation
- Blogs with great content and possibly active comment discussions
- Find 20 blogs in your niche that has the above attributes
- Develop your Blog Commenting Strategy for those 20 blogs
5. Commenting For Backlinks, know the ROICommenting is hard work and it will take a lot of time and effort on your part.
You spend 5 minutes reading a blog post, 2 minutes writing a comment.
Total time investment per blog = 7 minutes
You comment on 5 blogs per day
Total time investment per blog, per day = 35 minutes
While you might just get 5 backlinks (provided it’s do follow Google juice) , how many people will click your link and land on your blog?
35 minutes, spent on commenting for backlinks, would you rather spend that time, writing a blog post that will get more than just 5 backlinks and more new subscribers ?
Final Words..Having said all that, I don’t mean to discourage you from leaving comments on blogs.
Sometimes, you run into blog posts where you just feel like commenting “just because”.
Perhaps it wasn’t part of your commenting regime for backlinks. You just read a really interesting post and you feel compelled to leave a comment and share your 2 cents. You don’t care for ROI, backlinks or traffic.
Hope this post falls into that nature 😉
I’m curious to know, how long does it take you to read a post and leave a comment? Have you noticed any huge benefits in comment for backlinks?