*The following tip was shared by Eric Gesinski who runs a Tulsa SEO company*
Note from Ann: please don’t spam Only comment when you have anything worth saying!
One of the most well-known methods of off-site linking for SEO is blog commenting. However, to really get a solid boost in SEO, there’s one detail that is not always mentioned when this SEO tactic is shared: most blogs are nofollow. That is, they have the “nofollow” tag for the link from each commenter’s name. This fact means that the anchor text used (in the name) is not usually going to help raise your ranking for that keyword.
Because of this, if you’re interested in making sure your blog commenting will help raise keyword rankings, it’s better to find “dofollow” blogs, or blogs that do not have the “nofollow” tag. Here are two ways to do this:
- Find a directory of dofollow blogs. There are a few of these out there, and not all of them are updated regularly (or have high quality blogs available), but an easy way to find them is to simply type in “follow blogs” or “do follow blogs” into Google. Many of these results will list blogs that do not have the “nofollow” tag, and can be used to rank for your keywords with anchor text by commenting on these blogs. My recommendation is to make sure you keep relevant to the blogs you comment on for your keywords, as it’s easier to have comments accepted for keyword names that fit with the blog you comment on, although some SEOs will comment on any follow blog they can find.
- Manually check for the nofollow tag. This can take some time, so my recommendation is to install a good tool such as SEO for Firefox that can let you see nofollow links immediately, without needing to view the code source. There is an option in SEO for Firefox that will actually highlight all nofollow links in red when you have it active. This can save you a lot of time when you’re checking blog comments to see if they are nofollow. (You can find more tools to see nofollow links on this earlier post by Ann.)
Remember, if you are commenting on nofollow blogs, your anchor text will not have the boost that it could if you comment on dofollow blogs. If your intent is to build SEO for specific keywords by blog commenting, it’ll help the time you spend to find dofollow blogs for the SEO for your anchor text, as opposed to putting anchor text into comments on nofollow blogs that will not help your listings.