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Commenting on other blogs isn't about SEO

26.01.2013 - 00:43

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Recently I read on a newsletter about how you should stop commenting on other blogs for SEO. That's because the search engines aren't that much paying attention on comment links and half of the time they have rel="nofollow" added to them. That nofollow-thing tells the search bots to ignore and not to follow the link.

Besides it's lots of work to comment on other blogs. And half the time the comments are more or less ignored by the blog owners.

That's actually correct. All of it. The links on comments on other blogs aren't helping much with your SEO. Commenting on popular blogs is also futile if you hope the blog owner to notice you.

But there's something else to it too. First of all I've noticed that commenting on popular blogs creates at least a little bit more traffic. It may be only a couple of new folks coming in, but that's the couple of new folks more. Some of them may become regular visitors too, so it's not a bad deal.

Other good reason for commenting on blogs is to get more comments on your blog. This works especially if you comment on not-that-popular blogs.

The owners of blogs that don't get a steady amount of comments every day are thankful for any (nice and polite) comment they get and therefore are often happy to return the favor. Believe me on this, I know.

The truth is it may seem like lots of work with very little gain. However if you aren't ready to work for your blog, it's best not to hope too much traffic or comments on it either.

Commenting on other blogs isn't about SEO. It's about connecting.

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I'm Mervi Emilia Eskelinen, an artist, and a multi-talent of web visibility and branding from Finland. I help indie businesses, freelancers and bloggers to stand out online. I have 18 years of experience and a formal education in everything about web design and development, branding and online marketing.

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5 comments for "Commenting on other blogs isn't about SEO"

Of Fairytales and the Weekly Wrapup | the tasselflower blog's picture
[...] Commenting on other blogs isn't about SEO - "Commenting on other blogs isn't about SEO. It's about connecting." [...]
Jonathan Firth's picture

That's useful! I'd agree that comments are very welcome especially for smaller blogs - I've only had a couple of dozen comments on my blog but it's always very welcome.

Also I'd agree that it's a traffic source, if not SEO booster. I came to this blog because I saw your comment on a flickr photo and followed the link :)

Mervi's picture

Thank you Jonathan for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

You coming here shows the commenting works on getting new people to find your blog. Well, Flickr is not a blog, but hey, comment is a comment and I think that still proves the point. :))

Besides, now that you commented this one, I found your blog as well!

3 ways your blog fails | the tasselflower blog's picture
[...] Instead of making it unnecessarily difficult, let your readers easily connect with you. [...]
How to get more readers to your blog | the tasselflower blog's picture
[...] Commenting other blogs is a well known and well tested method to get readers to your blog. It's not about SEO, but it's about connecting. [...]

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