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[Experiment] Do blog comments help in SERP

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by tihiq, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. tihiq

    tihiq Newbie

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    A week ago I created a profile on PR8 authority site. One week later the profile was ranking 6th in Google for its keyword without any backlinks (the competition is low).

    Got a little experiment today. Right after publishing nearly 200 blog comments (half of them auto-approved) that profile completely disappeared from Google. 5 hours later it's back again ranking 11th :D

    As a "Name" I used the exact keyword I was targeting and I wasn't spinning the comment. What do you think?
     
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  2. wookie85

    wookie85 Junior Member

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    U will see the Google dance for some time, maybe a good spike beyond the 6th position and then ur profile page will just slowly start going down and down and down unless u keep pumping comments or some other links...
     
  3. true_promote

    true_promote Registered Member

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    Well, maybe its time to do a second round of commenting with a new set of spinned and LSI keywords!! You will definitely see an improvement.
     
  4. Let me try with blog commenting again....
     
  5. goodseoman

    goodseoman Power Member Premium Member

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    Keep doing blog comments and mix some profile backlinks or whatever. Your ranking will improve in short time if the competition is low.
     
  6. tihiq

    tihiq Newbie

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    Thanks for the input guys. Yesterday evening the profile disappeared from Google once again. Today it's on 12th position. I will keep a close eye on the SERP, it's really interesting and surprising to see that happening with an authority site.

    Right now it looks like a very good idea to do some blog commenting with my competitors' URLs and get them out of my way in less than 24 hours.
     
  7. BorisTipsIt

    BorisTipsIt Regular Member

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    Personally, I don't think you can look at one link and draw any conclusions unless Google is putting you on its home page! All links help. Some more than others. The key is to be consistent in hitting them.
     
  8. tihiq

    tihiq Newbie

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    3 weeks after my blog commenting experiment the profile is not ranking for its keyword anymore!
    It was ranking 6th, now it's nowhere to be found in the SERP. It's still indexed though.

    Now the question is... to blog comment or not to blog comment?
    This profile was hosted on authority PR8 site and still disappeared from the SERP.
    What would happen if I build backlinks to my low PR sites... SCARY!

    Maybe I should try blog commenting one more time using another not important URL and see what happen.
    Anyone having an explanation to why this happened?
     
  9. TwistedMarketing

    TwistedMarketing Regular Member

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    Bullshit experiment.

    Why would Google rank a profile high ?

    What you saw earlier was Google dance, Google was deciding where to put it and finally it disappeared because a profile is not meant to be on top spot in Google.
     
  10. tihiq

    tihiq Newbie

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    It's wasn't a spammy forum user profile. It was a book on http://www.scribd.com/

    Looking exactly like this: http://www.scribd.com/doc/41761558/Recipes-from-Bobby-Flay-s-Throwdown-by-Bobby-Flay

    Do you think this is not meant to be on top spot in Google?
    I don't think Google would normally ignore scribd internal pages.
     
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  11. Micallef

    Micallef Supreme Member

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    Ok enough of this sh*t.

    1. A single experiment can not prove anything about blog commenting. You'd need to do hundreds or even thousands to get a reliable result.

    2. Luckily, thousands of people have done blog commenting and the majority of people have had a positive effect. This is why almost everybody agrees to some extent that blog commenting is one of the key seo tactics.

    3. Finally, blog commenting is the golden key to my seo activities and it works beautifully. A prolonged campaign always lands me in the top 5, top 3 or position 1.

    If you're not seeing success with your blog commenting, to coin a silly meme, "you're doing it wrong".
     
  12. blight12

    blight12 Regular Member

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    Blog commenting works. I rank sites one after the other consistently with this strategy, though i focus on high page pr ******** comments only.
     
  13. Niche-Digger

    Niche-Digger Junior Member

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    You have to build links with various anchors too. Plus you need links from different sources. If google see all of your links come from comments only with one anchor text most probably it will discount links.
     
  14. tihiq

    tihiq Newbie

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    Micallef, you're right. A single test doesn't mean a lot. But I gave you the input data and the final result.
    There must be an explanation, don't you think? What went wrong and why?

    ashley.2328 suggested that low quality profiles are just not meant to rank high in Google. It doesn't look the case:
    1. This is not a low quality profile (see the example above).
    2. I uploaded several books and all of them rank on page 1 since the first day except the one I blog commented with.
    It was ranking 6th before I decided to build backlinks via blog comments and it's nowhere to be seen in the SERP anymore.

    Niche-Digger suggested similar backlinks will get discounted.
    I guess links being discounted is not the same as page not ranking anywhere anymore.
    Anchor text spam? Could be.


    I started a new blog commenting experiment yesterday:
    A) One month old domain submitted to 150 directories, 3500 indexed pages so far. It was ranked on page 1 but lately it's not ranking anymore (probably sandboxed).
    B) I submitted it to 100 auto approve, non spammed blogs from my own list (PR2-PR5). To improve the relevancy of the page, my keyword was included in the comment.
    C) As a name I used my main keyword.
    D) All comments were well spinned and not spammy looking.
    E) I used a different IP address and email every 10 comments or so. (ADSL line, no proxy IPs).
    F) The domain got banned in Akismet after less than 2 hours.

    Questions:
    1. Do you think these blog comments will help my site in the SERP?
    2. Is it possible to comment on more than 200-300 blogs without getting blocked by Akismet?
    3. In terms of SEO should I use my keyword in the name field or a name? Rotate keywords / names?
    4. Am I doing something in the wrong way?
     
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  15. zappys

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    yes , don't spam blogs anymore , let us do this , because is not working ;)
     
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  16. Jesperj

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    So are your findings that blog commenting is very temporary?
    If so, i guess i just have to blast a ton of blogs every single day to keep the juice up hehe. Poor blog owners... oh wait, im one of them hehe