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10 Tips Blog Comment - They Can't Trash You

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by santacruz, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. santacruz

    santacruz Junior Member

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    I found good comment tips on another blog (seomoz) . Hope this will help you to get more approve comment link.


    1) Read the last 5 posts made by the author - assuming you've never participated in this particular blog/community previously, make it a pre-requisite of commenting to read through their prior material. You'll get a good sense of the author, their interests, their perspective and their writing style. All of these will help you considerably to make a positive, impactful impression with your comment.

    2) Read at least 3 posts worth of comments - If you don't read the comments on other posts, you may have a tough time getting a sense for the community's level and style of discourse, making your comment appear out of place. You want to stick out from the crowd, but not because you're an inexperienced contributor. If it's your first time to a site, don't just drive-by comment and link drop, take the time to understand protocol and your contribution will be far more likely to generate value.

    3) Read previously posted comments on the thread - This one's obvious, but also oft-forgotten. In order to have a comment that the author and other readers will take seriously, you need to know what else was posted on the thread. If there's dozens or hundreds of comments, it's OK to skim, but make sure your point is being made and discussed earlier a reply or back-and-forth thread may even be a more appropriate place to post your content in these cases.

    4) Write "more than a tweet t and less than a blog post" - The exact amount is up to you, but generally speaking, the range between a long tweet (~140 characters) and 2-3 paragraphs (too short to be its own blog post) is ideal. It's easy to consume, but gives you enough room to make a substantive point (and potentially leave a relevant/useful link). If you do want to go much longer, write that post! The content will likely be more valuable for marketing on your site, and many times, the author may append their post to include your link. You can then make a short, relevant comment in the post itself and leave a link back to your more in-depth piece.

    5) Never drop a pure bio/reference link - If you link with something like this, you're barking up the wrong tree:
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    These sorts of "drive-by" link drops will get rejected 8/10 times and have the link removed before approval the rest. If you're going to leave a link, it better be highly relevant to the post, interesting to the audience and as non-promotional as possible (or, if it is highly promotional, prefaced transparently as such).

    6) You may link to your own content a maximum of once in a comment - If you're linking to the content of others as a reference, it's fine to leave a link or two, even three (this can be particularly useful if you're referencing data points, studies, surveys, etc. that back up a point), but if it's promotional in any way (even if it simply exists on a site you own/control), best practice says keep it to one.

    7) If at all possible, use your real identity and photo - The goodwill and trust built from an authentic human face and name that go together, match the bio/team of the site they link to and carry across mediums (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) is invaluable. It can often mean the difference between being treated as a respected new member vs. a black hat spammer. If at all possible, use your real identity, full name, and actual photo.

    8) Be authentic and honest about who you are and why you're there - You may be paranoid that by admitting you're a marketer, a community manager, an SEO, etc. you'll be thought worse of and potentially excluded, but I can say from experience that honesty is the best policy and that being open about your motivations and background will more often than not build trust and acceptance. That said, in many communities, if your title is officially "SEO link builder" or "SEO specialist" you might want to modify that slightly to "organic marketing specialist" or "content marketer" or even "blogger," if the title fits. So long as those descriptions are still honest, they can lessen the negative perception that "SEO" unfortunately still carries.

    9) It's OK to promote your comment (and their post) socially - Bloggers love getting their work tweeted/shared, so if you tweet/FB share a reference to your comment on their post, particularly if you call them out by name, it can have a very positive effect. For example:
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    10) Make your profile link point to an appropriate place - You can ruin a great comment by linking to what seems like a spammy/manipulative site. If you run a site that's completely off-topic for the blog/community to which you're contributing, at least point to your bio page on the site rather than the homepage.
     
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  2. banel

    banel Regular Member

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  3. cyberzilla

    cyberzilla Elite Member Premium Member

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    Oh! its just a copy paste!! Removed my thanks he he Next time give credit to the original author by linking to the source URL.

    EDIT: Yes, I see that! Need to consult an eye doctor LOL
     
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  4. nikoman

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    Yes that is what I do. I do not use keywords in the name field but take advantage of plugins such as comluv and keywordluv. That is where the power comes from! 99% blog comment approval. 0.5% still pending and 0.5% rejected by picky bloggers who do not like business websites. Oh yeah! all do follow. 0 to 100 unique visitors per day only per one month on blog commenting in a slow rate and giving valuable comments to blog owners. I even got some blogrolls because my contributions. I am tired of doing this everyday but it is working :) pure white hat. Take that!!
     
  5. santacruz

    santacruz Junior Member

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    cyberzilla, I put the source at the beginning of the post. You should see it if you are not blind.
     
  6. santacruz

    santacruz Junior Member

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    Thanks banel, I thought putting link here is invalid the TOS.

    So, next time I just put the link to share here.

    It save my time 10 minutes to do copy paste and add picture link. Sorry about that, I just want to contribute the good information, that's it.

    Santa
     
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  7. applepink07

    applepink07 Newbie

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    thanks for these tips, might as well do it
     
  8. deddymtp

    deddymtp Newbie

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    thanks
     
  9. TheTRUTH

    TheTRUTH Regular Member

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    Unless its a PR6 or higher, no link is worth all that effort when there are easier oppportunities elesewhere