Does Commenting On Blogs Help SEO?

Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is very important to web masters and bloggers. How well you optimize for search engines determines how well your blog or website is seen by search engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing.

The great and almighty Wikipedia defines SEO as, “the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s natural or un-paid (organic) search results.” More information from wikipedia here, Wikipedia – Search Engine Optimization.

Moving on, the fact that a majority of traffic for most websites comes from search engines should attest to how important optimizing your site for search engines should be.

It’s a common debate on whether or not commenting on blogs will help with SEO efforts. The link to your website that you’re usually allowed to leave with your comment can help you, however there are a few stipulations. To better understand how commenting on blogs influences SEO we’ll take a look at a few specific points.

Backlinks

It’s common knowledge that backlinks are very important in SEO. Backlinks are for simplicity’s sake, links back to your website from an external website.

You probably often see backlinks being sold by various SEO companies from their “high page rank” web pages.  The page rank they are speaking of is Google PageRank. While no one knows the exact algorithm Google uses to determine where your website ends up in search results, it has been almost without a doubt proven that if your website is linked to from a website with a high PageRank that it raises your position in the results.

As a side note, your PageRank probably doesn’t have anything to do with your search results from other engines as PageRank is a Google product.

Not All Links Are Created Equally

It is often said that not all traffic is created equally, well the same can be said for back links.

Most blogs have outbound links from comments set to “nofollow.” Nofollow links are links that are not to be followed by search engines when they crawl a website.

Website crawling is when search engines go through websites and find relevant information to put into their database. While search engines don’t have to pay attention to this rule, the heavy hitters like Google, Yahoo, and Bing definitely do.

If you can find a blog that doesn’t have “nofollow” links you’re doing pretty good, and if it has a high Google PageRank you’re golden.

Content Is Still King

Yes, I know you’re tired of hearing this, but it’s still true. You can’t just go commenting on any blog hoping that the backlinks are going to help. The blog you comment on should:

  • Be relevant to the content on your website
  • Be of greater or the same quality of your website
  • Be original content (do you want backlinks from a plagiarized website?)

The content of your comment is also important. Make sure:

  • Your comment is tailored to the blog or article and not generic
  • Your comment adds to the discussion
  • Your comment is free of spelling and grammatical errors
  • To include your link in either the website field or the post itself  (Defeats the purpose if you don’t include a link)
  • You use an actual name or alias (Using keywords as a name looks spammy)

Applying these points to your commenting campaign will make sure that your comments are likely to get approved and get you some of that good old link juice.

So Does Commenting On Blogs Help SEO?

Well in short, yes it can. Given the right circumstances commenting on blogs can give you  a boost in your search engine result position. It’s up to you to determine if commenting on a certain blog can help.

Try to find blogs with plugins like CommentLuv installed. CommentLuv makes sharing your website through commenting much easier. It even retrieves a recent post from your own blog.

We have it installed here as well. So if you have a relevant website, feel free to comment.

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26 Comments

  1. Alex Carter -  March 18, 2013 - 8:37 am

    Blog commenting is the best way of getting back link and always remains.. but depends the way how you commented.. Never comment like “great article” or ask them to check out a specific page of yours- no one will react well to self-promotion. Say something intelligent, engage in discussion and come back again.
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    • Dollar Dojo -  March 18, 2013 - 2:02 pm

      Well put. Most comments aren’t accepted and regarded as spam because there is no relevance to the subject matter. I appreciate your input.

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  2. Velasco -  March 25, 2013 - 7:26 am

    Information shared in this article is really great…as you said…choosing a best relevant high PR site matters more than just commenting on each and every blog… but we do find mostly nofollow blogs over internet…is there any way or methodology to find the blogs without nofollow attributes which makes our work easier/simple…

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  3. Martin Spence -  May 2, 2013 - 8:10 am

    Is there an easy way to find what site have a good PR and also use CommentLuv?

    Thanks

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  4. Denis from Deneemotion -  May 10, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Thank you for clarifying this issue! One should never spam blogs with short and irrelevant comments. Totally agree!

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  5. Nathan Brook -  May 28, 2013 - 1:55 am

    This is a very nice post.I learned new things from here and this is very useful.

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  6. Simo -  June 7, 2013 - 4:11 am

    First of all thanks for shared this informative post with us and I totally agree with that a site need back links for getting page ranking and to make authority in google and Blog commenting is one of the best way to getting back links for site and it also some time help to get tarffic for site but we should do comment on high pr and on relevant sites to get good back links for your site.

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  7. FERNANOD BIZ -  June 14, 2013 - 4:17 am

    Great article and great to find a detailed posts about backlinks and how it helps for SEO. Agree with you on Page Rank it’s a Google’s products. Bringup the fact about PR, describes the authority of a website it doesn’t mean the site is getting a lot of traffic and ranking up on Google. The age of the site and the design guidelines it has used helps to increase the PR.

    One my colleagues website has PR 3 and get very little traffic and almost doesn’t rank on first page on Google for any keywords. And I started a recent blog and within few days of publishing some articles it ranks on first page. For example “How infographics Helpes SEO” ranked on first page on Google within a couple of days of publishing. And still the blog is about to achieve some PR.

    Thanks for the share and great write up.
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  8. Dallas SEO Geek -- SEO Consultant -  June 14, 2013 - 11:27 pm

    Blog commenting can help SEO. However, it is also important to comment to relevant sites to gain the traffic you need. Blog commenting also is a form of social engagement that is important in networking.

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  9. Priya kumari -  June 26, 2013 - 1:21 am

    I am agree with this article its beneficial for increase your website traffic and this is really nice article thanks for sharing this article.

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  10. Hollie@MiaFleur -  June 27, 2013 - 4:44 am

    Thanks for dispelling some of the myths about how commenting on blogs can affect SEO. It’s all a bit of a mind field for a newby, so great to get some useful info, thank you!

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  11. Hemant Sharma -  June 28, 2013 - 7:31 am

    thanks for sharing this informition is that how to improve our traffic with the help of seo.

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  12. Ashish Rathore -  June 28, 2013 - 8:04 am

    yeah its a very good post and it definately helpful for the seo.

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  13. Bidyut -  July 3, 2013 - 1:27 am

    Yes Blog Commenting is a great way to drive lot of traffic for any website and also this is a powerful way to communicate people socialy. Thanks for posting this article.
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  14. StoneLandDave -  July 9, 2013 - 6:22 pm

    This is a interesting strategy that takes time and research. Wished Google would reveal more of their strategy.

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  15. Veenus Group -  July 12, 2013 - 4:58 am

    Leaving comments on blogs can help SEO. However, it is also essential to opinion to appropriate sites to obtain the traffic you need. Leaving comments on blogs also is a way of social involvement that is essential in social networking.
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  16. Scott Craighead -  July 19, 2013 - 8:15 am

    Comment is good for interaction and connecting with people. Saying what’s on your mind and getting known out there in the blog-o-sphere. I love CommentLuv myself and I use it on my website as well. You should upgrade to premiere by the way for shares. – Scott Craighead
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  17. Jessica Sommers -  July 21, 2013 - 5:40 am

    thanks for this valuable information. This is really helpful especially for those websites which need traffic and those that are still brand new.

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  18. Keyword Researcher -  August 3, 2013 - 12:28 pm

    I wish Matt Cutts would say something definite on this issue of the SEO value of blog comments and put conjecture to rest.

    For my money, it is worth doing so long as the blog does not have like one hundred links already. How much link juice can a page with 100 plus links spare?

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  19. Lewis -  September 4, 2013 - 2:56 pm

    Thanks for this, it was good to remind myself that blog comments should invite a reply or conversation and should always be relevant to the blog post rather than a generic reply.
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  20. Shawn -  September 20, 2013 - 12:43 am

    Great article, however I had one question.

    Say if I were to comment on a blog with, say, a PR of 6 that has little to no way in being relevant to my blog – would it provide more link juice to boost my PR if I were to comment on a blog with a PR of 1 that was relevant?
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