What are the SEO value of leaving blog comments?
Since this is my first guest post I decided to do some research on the subject . So I headed over to Google and looked for some articles.
The top article for my research search was this:
Blog Comments for SEO by SEO Theory
I was shocked to read some of the claims made in the post.
Here is one of the most extreme parts:
“Using other people’s blogs for your cheap, parasitical links is the lowest form of SEO. Using blog comments for SEO is as black hat as black hat gets because you are literally treating other people as if they have no reason to exist except to promote your Website for your benefit. It’s deceptive. It’s manipulative. It’s intrusive, abusive, and completely despicable.”
I must say that I have not read many articles that I disagree more on than this.. But for what I know the article might be link bait meant to cause controversy in the SEO sphere.
The author have done a excellent job, the article is ranks as #1 on my search phrase: “blog comments SEO”. Ironically there are currently 34 Responses on the comments, and to me it looks like most of them disagree on the posts.
If the post is serious and not link bait, I will say the blog owner shows a rather strange comment policy.
If you don’t like people to comment for link, it makes no sense to allow people to link for the comments on your own blog. There are easy alternatives avoid these comment if you have a problem with comments on your post.
You can turn off the comments, use Facebook comments or other comment tools that don’t give links back to blogs.
It is an honest thing to leave comments out of the blog if you have problems giving them some dofollow / nofollow link juice. But if you disrespect your commenter at the same time as you have a box asking the reader to leave a Reply after the post, you should think twice.
In the blog the name field in the comments are links.
According to the blog posts you should not use your name in the comment field, because this can (God forbid) give a link to your website. Instead you should only write your name in the comment text field, so that the reader can to Google and search for your name.
Seriously, I think the author is pulling a SEO nerd joke here.
I have probably done hundreds of comments, most of them on Commentluv blogs with a link a post with correct anchor text.
I am not going to brag, but I will say a vast majority of those comments were comments that contributed to the post they were on. I try to stay away form leaving “nice post kind of comments”.
I can tell you right away, blog comments don’t bring lots of traffic. I have yet to see a blog comment that drives more than 5 visitors to my blog in one day.
Do you think any of these 5 visitors would take the time to do a Google search just to find a commenter’s blog?
I think anyone spending the time leaving a meaningful commenting on my blog is entitled to at least one link back his / her blog.
Personally I use Commentluv on my own site, and leave most of my own comments on blogs with Commentluv enabled.
The SEO benefit with Commentluv blogs is that they allow one deep link to a blog post.
The link can be both dofollow and nofollw.
When leaving comments I usually don’t care if its dofollow or nofollow commetluv blogs, as long as I get the deep link.
Bjorn Johansen writes for WordPress blog magazine. He is also developing a New social media site for bloggers and internet marketers on buddytweets.com.