One of the simplest ways to build traffic is to leave comments on DoFollow blogs. In my particular niche I spent an entire afternoon researching the best blogs and forums to comment on. All you have to do is put “your niche” + “blog” into one of the search engines and it will return a long list of blogs. I was quite surprised at the poor quality of some of the blogs I found. Out of every ten, I only found one that I would even consider participating in! Some were redundant, with hardly any visitors or comments, or the comments were irrelevant to the niche, and it’s amazing how many blogs are not carefully moderated by the owners, meaning that comments like “great blog dude” were allowed to get through along with a backlink to that commenter’s site.
What’s wrong with that scenario? It would be quick to leave short comments like that, and easy to get backlinks. Sure, but Google would assign no relevance to the posts on the blog and it wouldn’t rank high. You want to find blogs with high traffic, because more visitors means more click throughs for you and better qualified visitors.
Google and visitors all want to see quality content, and that includes blog comments. If you can leave an educated and helpful blog comment frequently on a site, then visitors will see your answers and comments and are more likely to click through to your site.
Look for high PR (Page Rank) blog sites. Ranking goes from PR0 to PR9 – Google, Yahoo, Facebook and YouTube are all PR9 sites. The higher the PR blog site you can find and leave your comments and information on, the more credence and ranking points Google gives. This means your ranking will increase more if you are a regular contributor to a PR7 site, than a PR0 site.
Look for CommentLuv sites. Andy Bailey has worked hard on this concept, and by joining the CommentLuv family, you can leave a blog post, and the CommentLuv WordPress plugin has the ability to choose between five to ten other comments you have made, and display those too, creating more interest in what you have to say. A new version has just been released and is recommended.
Once you find high PR blogs that have regular participants, build your credibility by using their RSS feed. That feed will tell you when someone has commented on your comment and you can get straight back to them and continue the conversation. It’s also a good reminder of the blogs you are contributing to, and seeing how active they really are.
Blog owners love regular participants – you are actually adding content to their sites. Eventually you could be invited to be a regular guest blogger as you become perceived as an expert in whatever the blog is about. A win-win for you and the blog owner that will gather increased traffic for both of you.
One little trick I use for blog commenting is cutting and pasting paragraphs from my site into the blog comments, and perhaps tweaking them a little. It saves time, and you know you have already proofread the material you are using.
Blog commenting can also give you some great ideas for articles for your own site. If members are constantly asking “how do I do this” or “what is this thing for”, write an article about it and send them through to it with a link.
I find blog posting to be fun most of the time, and a learning experience. I recently discovered a new blog and now have a rapport with the owner, who turns out he lives about 30 miles away. There may even be a joint venture discussed over breakfast soon.
If you are not using blogs to get backlinks, which really is the easiest and most enjoyable part of getting tedious backlinks, you should start today.
Has anyone found a way to find high PR blogs quickly, without paying for the privilege? If you enjoy blog commenting – leave us a comment!