Forget About Paid Links: Comment Spamming Kicks Butt

Comment Spamming

At the time of writing this post, this freelance website design blog enjoys the following rankings in Google:

  • #59 for the term “Website Design”
  • #6 for the term “Freelance Website Design”

in Yahoo:

  • #5 for the term “Freelance Website Design”

in Live:

  • #2 for the term “Freelance Website Design”

How did this site achieve these rankings? By comment spamming relevant blogs leaving interesting comments on relevant blogs.

That’s what he says. Is it true? I checked his backlinks and it seems to be true.

I thought Google didn’t follow nofollow links :) Maybe they are too busy policing paid links.

So what do you do now? Easy. Get this piece of software that finds relevant blogs to your topic with high PR, it will make life a lot easier for you. Then hire someone cheap to leave a few comments a day. Wait a couple of months and enjoy your new rankings.

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20 comments ↓

#1 rob on 10.08.07 at 8:34 am

Sigh, another guy saying ‘look how smart I am’ I am wondering how long he will last.

That said, the software is pretty cool, a good way of finding niche blogs to make interesting comments and interact with :D Beats using blogsearch and wading through the splogs that turn up

#2 Gotan Raider on 10.08.07 at 8:39 am

True that. I also wonder why the hell he blogged about it. He is either totally naive and doesn’t know how evil Google is, or he is totally baiting us (I did give him an editorial link for his post.)

I think the first one.

#3 Shameless Reviews on 10.08.07 at 8:21 pm

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#4 Brandon Drury on 10.08.07 at 8:43 pm

Interesting! Nothing but blog comments? I never knew they worked so well.

Brandon

#5 Matt Keegan on 10.09.07 at 9:28 am

I have found good results for similar blogs by using Google’s blog search directory. Of course, the results tend to be skewed to Blogspot sites, but it has been a useful tool nevertheless.

#6 Alfred Fox on 10.09.07 at 12:09 pm

Well guys, totally Naive, not quite, but I do understand the confusion as to why I posted what I did.

Let me clear it up, I’ve been doing SEO for a long time now, as most of us have. I’ve seen things that work, I’ve seen things that don’t, I’ve seen people get completely mowed over by Google and their (often not clear) policies.

The fact of the matter is simple, I think knowledge should be free. If this works for me, it’ll probably work for someone else. And isn’t that what it’s about? The internet is a HUGE place, room for everyone, why not share what we know?

I refuse to leave comments in blogs that I wouldn’t normally comment in. I also refuse to leave spammy posts. I guarantee you, if there was a picture in the dictionary next to spam hater, it’d be mine. If you have reservations about leaving Key Word name in your comment, then don’t. For all we know, I could leave Alfred Fox, or Al in my name fields and still achieve the same rankings.

I certainly don’t consider this black hat. And certainly don’t want it to come across this way. Great blog here btw. I’ve been here a few times and enjoy it.

#7 Alfred Fox on 10.11.07 at 1:25 pm

@ Florin Costache – See there’s a huge difference between this and what I do. I hit my stumble button a ton during a day, about 1/3 of the sites are blogs. I read about 1/3 of those, and about 1/2 of those I leave comments at. Only at ones I read and find interesting.

This comment sniper seems a little too close to spamming. Sitting, waiting for a new post to be the first to spread your ‘love’ all over the web. EGADS – much closer to spam. IMHO

#8 Bert on 10.11.07 at 1:58 pm

Wow! Beating almost 47.000 competitors (phrase match) with over 2000 backlinks from targeted, manual submitted comment spam. Talking about a waste of time…

#9 Duncan Carver on 10.11.07 at 5:12 pm

“This comment sniper seems a little too close to spamming.”

Comment Sniper has nothing to do with black hat SEO or being a spam tool. Having said that I guess it is up to the end user how they wish to use it, but that is not what I endorse when using the software.

It is more about getting the “first mover” advantage, ensuring something you would normally comment on anyway (regardless if your intention is to only generate a backlink), will be one of, if not the first comment.

This ultimately will give your comment the most exposure on the blog and drive targeted visitors back to your own website as a result. Any link you decided to leave should just be seen as an additional benefit in the course of doing what you would normally be doing anyway.

It is also about building relationships with the blog owners themselves by leaving comments that enhance the authors original post to become a known in their everyday blogging activities. This alone can open new doors.

Again, this is one of those tools where the end user is in total control of how they wish to use it, much like driving a car. Those that abuse it by posting crappy comments or link spamming will see short term benefits at the very best. Those that use it to it’s maximum potential by keeping things quality and adding value to blogs are those that will ultimately see the power of this tool long term.

Best…

Duncan

#10 Alfred Fox on 10.11.07 at 6:50 pm

Ok, I’d like the opportunity to eat my words. Foot in mouth style. :) I checked out comment sniper, and it’s legit. 100%, good stuff Duncan. I played with it for a while, and it does everything it professes to be, and NO it is not spam. Not at all. I’m sorry I said that, It’s a great piece of software and I’m a little perplexed why it’s given away for free.. that’s how good it is. I’m a huge fan (after about 3 hrs.) Forgive my ‘Nay saying”

#11 taky on 10.12.07 at 12:21 pm

Thanks, your blog is fantastic also. Oh and according to the post, thanks for the +rank :D

Do you have some kind of IM?

#12 Headways SEO Consulting on 10.14.07 at 3:44 am

Blog comments work… obviously.

#13 roguespammer on 10.16.07 at 11:26 am

Comment Spam even though nofollowed has been helping rankings for awhile.

#14 Nature Wallpaper on 11.08.07 at 11:53 am

commenting does not work in increasing a PR for any site, I am 100 percent sure. It does build a brand image but nothing that will help the effectiveness of the site.

#15 Web Video on 11.08.07 at 8:21 pm

I wrote my own “Comment” blog finder software. Results are mixed, but if done right does increase traffic.

BeachBum Michael

#16 Comment Spamming? Really? Says Who? | evernerve.com on 12.06.07 at 5:41 pm

[...] Recently, I have been reading about comment spamming. You know, where you go around various blogs and leave your comment just to get a link. And I don’t agree that it doesn’t work, because black hat SEO diary proved that comment spamming still works. [...]

#17 Dave on 12.11.07 at 7:30 pm

@Gotan Raider: “I bet that from their POV…” Matt Cutts—and many others—have pointed to commenting as a legitimate way to get links.

“… embarrassing evidence that nofollow is inconsistent …” Alfred said: “I’ve not looked into how many of the blogs I’ve left comments in are in fact no-follow …”

@Nature Wallpaper: Commenting, when not nofollowed, can pass PR. ANY link, when not nofollowed, CAN pass PR. Google does block links from passing PR at their discretion, but tests show they don’t block all PR from all comments.

#18 WordPress SEO on 12.16.07 at 7:27 pm

And Alfred’s still there!

He should add some more content, find something to sell and do some real SEO.

Nice clear case study though. Confirms personal experience but our data is more mixed and to see a clear case like this really helps.

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