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10 Dreadful Mistakes that Kill Your Comments

This is a guest post by Ana Hoffman.

What does it really take to build a hustling and bustling blog with a thriving and active community around it?

Kristi knows – just look around.

PageRank 5, Alexa rank about 15K and constantly dropping (in case you are not familiar with how Alexa rank works, the lower the number, the better), a wealth of comments on every post.

It seems like Kristi knows everyone and everyone knows Kristi.

Want some of that?

Let’s talk about her not-so-secret secrets that power up her blog.

Besides her numerous guest posts all around the blogosphere, several prestigious awards like Finalists: Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2011, and being an all around nice gal, Kristi is always about GIVING to her readers.

Yes, her readers come back over and over because of the exceptional content Kristi provides, but also because she rewards those who take their time to read her posts and leave their thoughts in comments with Dofollow, CommentLuv, and KeywordLuv enabled links back to their blogs.

Let’s face it: most commentators on any blog appreciate a high-quality backlink or two – after all, link building is still the cornerstone of top Google rankings. And blog commenting is still one of the easiest ways to get backlinks.

However, what I see many bloggers do, newbie bloggers in particular, is not really knowing how to use the resources Kristi and so many other bloggers provide to maximize their link building efforts.

So how do you use Dofollow, KeywordLuv, and CommentLuv to their full potential?

Glad you asked.

This is a guest post by Ana Hoffman.

What does it really take to build a hustling and bustling blog with a thriving and active community around it?

Kristi knows – just look around.

PageRank 5, Alexa rank about 15K and constantly dropping (in case you are not familiar with how Alexa rank works, the lower the number, the better), a wealth of comments on every post.

It seems like Kristi knows everyone and everyone knows Kristi.

Want some of that?

Let’s talk about her not-so-secret secrets that power up her blog.

Besides her numerous guest posts all around the blogosphere, several prestigious awards like Finalists: Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2011, and being an all around nice gal, Kristi is always about GIVING to her readers.

Yes, her readers come back over and over because of the exceptional content Kristi provides, but also because she rewards those who take their time to read her posts and leave their thoughts in comments with Dofollow, CommentLuv, and KeywordLuv enabled links back to their blogs.

Let’s face it: most commentators on any blog appreciate a high-quality backlink or two – after all, link building is still the cornerstone of top Google rankings. And blog commenting is still one of the easiest ways to get backlinks.

However, what I see many bloggers do, newbie bloggers in particular, is not really knowing how to use the resources Kristi and so many other bloggers provide to maximize their link building efforts.

So how do you use Dofollow, KeywordLuv, and CommentLuv to their full potential?

Glad you asked.

Dofollow Links

In simple terms, dofollow links mean that the owner of the originating site is willing to pass some of their site authority to your site. It’s as if Kristi is saying to Google “This site I am linking to can be trusted.

The more such quality dofollow links you have pointing back to your site, the more likely you are to rank higher on Google.

Mistake #1: Commentators seek out dofollow blogs only.

However, there’s one very important rule to remember: don’t try to build links from Dofollow sites exclusively.

Google likes a natural link building footprint, which includes links from various sources, like blogs (in-content and comments), article directories, Web 2.0 properties, social bookmarking sites, forums, just to name a few.

And yes, you need a mixture of both Dofollow and Nofollow links, because that’s what natural link building looks like.

How do you know whether a blog is Do or Nofollow?

There is a multitude of tools to determine that.

Personally, I use SEOBook Toolbar (free download), which has a function to highlight Nofollow links on any given page.

How do you get the most out of Dofollow links?

Or any links for that matter…

The best links are the ones that contain your keywords you are trying to rank for as anchor text.

And that’s where KeywordLuv and CommentLuv come in.

KeywordLuv Links

First of all, what does KeywordLuv do?

When you enter “your name @ your keywords” in the name field of the comment section, the plugin will leave your name out and link only “your keywords” part to the URL you enter in the “Website” field.

For instance, here’s me leaving a comment on one of Kristi’s posts:

keywordluv comment example

After the comment is submitted, KeywordLuv will automatically turn “Ana @ Bounce rate” into “Ana from Bounce rate“, linking my keyword to the URL I chose.

There are many ways bloggers, both veterans and newbies, don’t use KeywordLuv to their advantage.

Mistake #2: They don’t use it at all.

I don’t get it.

I am sure some bloggers could care less about Google rankings and the free targeted traffic they can get from it, but the majority of us would love to see our rankings improve for a keyword or two.

Using KeywordLuv to target those keywords is an excellent link building tool and, since far not all bloggers are generous enough to give that kind of leverage to you, I highly recommend you don’t skip these opportunities.

Mistake #3: They overdo the keywords.

Let me give you an example:

how to use keywordluv keywords

Dumping every single keyword in your KeywordLuv link is a huge mistake; the kind that can minimize all your link building efforts.

What this kind of link building does is it dilutes your potential rankings for all those keywords, unless you want to rank for “how to go green, go green save money, green living“.

Side note: as I wrote that, I was curious to see if Steve from the image above is actually ranking for the entire phrase (not that anyone would every search for a mouthful like that). Results: he ranks #3. Interestingly enough, he doesn’t rank for any one of the keywords he MEANS to rank for.

Mistake #4: They don’t use “@” as the separator.

Most KeywordLuv enabled blogs will give you instructions on how to properly use the plugin to get your anchor text hyperlinked.

Here’s what see in Kristi’s comment section:

how to use keywordluv

Doesn’t seem like it would take a rocket scientist to figure this one out, yet I see anything from “|” to ” ‘ ” to “from” used as the separator instead.

Result? Yet another way to waste a great opportunity to build targeted links.

Mistake #5: They don’t link to internal pages.

Your blog home page is just that: A PAGE, as far as Google is concerned.

Thus, logically it won’t rank for every keyword under the sun; that’s what your posts and pages are for.

Your home page should rank for the most generic keywords that identify the overall theme of your blog.

For instance, for my blog it’s keywords like “traffic generation”, “web traffic”, etc.

It’ll never rank for such keywords as “bounce rate”, but one of my posts about bounce rate will.

And to help it rank for that keyword, I am using KeywordLuv enabled blogs to build anchor-text rich links, linking to the post itself (see the image above).

This is a good example of deep linking, i.e. linking to your internal pages instead of your home page.

Mistake #6: They link to the same page more than once.

This is not common knowledge and even if are good at avoiding all the mistakes I listed above, chances are you are guilty of this one.

It is a general consensus among SEO’s that Google will count only one link to the same URL per page.

How does that play out in comments?

Let’s say you left a comment for Kristi linking to your home page. She responded to it and prompted you to come back and reply to her response.

If you link to your home page in your reply YET AGAIN, you just wasted an opportunity to build an additional link from that particular post, since Google will count only the first link.

However, if you come back and this time link to a different page on your blog, you’ve just created yet another valid quality link to your blog.

This tip goes for both KeywordLuv and CommentLuv links.

If you leave more than one comment on the same post, make sure you link to different pages each time.

CommentLuv Links

Mistake #7: Letting Feedburner Steal Your Links

If you are using Feedburner as your RSS feed management provider and have never changed their default settings, your CommentLuv links are most likely being stolen by them.

How do you know if this is happening to you?

Just hover over a CommentLuv link you left somewhere and see if your site name is shown as the one you are linking to.

If you see a link like in the image below, read on – the instructions on how to fix this are below.

commentluv feedburner problemHere’s what you do:

1. Log into your Feedburner account and find “Configure Stats” in the left-hand sidebar.

change feedburner settings

2. Make sure your “Item link clicks” is unchecked.

3. Save your new settings and you are done!

This Feedburner behavior was first brought to my attention by Brian Rogel of Synactable.com quite a while ago, and I thought that it was a problem of the past by now.

Then I checked a few fresh comments on my blog and, lo and behold, many of them still showed feedproxy links instead of direct CommentLuv links.

Mistake #8: Not Seeking Out CommentLuv Enabled Blogs

Let’s face it: networking with other bloggers is great, but networking AND building double links at the same time is extra sweet.

I’ll give you two great tools to find quality CommentLuv enabled blogs:

  1. My very own hand-picked CommentLuv enabled blog list. Only active quality blogs PR2-PR6. Constantly updated.
  2. DropMyLink.com – designed by Chris Fong of MisterFong.com, this brilliant tool will help you search the blogosphere by keywords and specific search queries, one of them being CommentLuv Premium enabled blogs.

dropmylink.com link builder

Mistake #9: Not Using Targeted Anchor Text

Wait a minute, Ana.

Doesn’t CommenLuv pulls the data for the links from a blog RSS feed, thus whatever the title of the post is that’s what the link will display?

PRECISELY my point.

What if you were to change any given blog title you to just your keywords? Then CommentLuv will pull out that title, which in fact will give you much better targeted links.

And, by the way, you can always change your title back to the original; this won’t change the CommentLuv links already left in comments on other blogs.

You can read more about this strategy in this post.

Now, this gets to be even more fun when you use CommentLuv Premium because, along with other cool features, CL Premium lets you add your pick of 5 posts that will ALWAYS be displayed in addition to your last 10 posts. You can change your choices at any time.

I use my favorite 5 as a link building tool, whereas my last 10 I keep intact and link to them when I think I can generate some traffic from a relevant post on another blog.

Unfortunately, CommentLuv Premium is currently closed to new buyers, but I’ve got good news for those of you who are dying to get your hands on it.

Starting today, October 26, through November 7 (the next launch date for the plugin), I will be running a CommentLuv Premium giveaway on my blog. It’s simple to enter and you can even add your name to the waiting list to be notified the minute the plugin becomes available.

Mistake #10: …

Couldn’t think of one, but decided that if my post title says “9 Mistakes…”, you won’t want to read it – 10 seems to be a better number.

How about this: did I miss any cool link building tricks using KeywordLuv or CommentLuv?

Your tip can be my #10!

Marketing Takeaway

So what do you think? Have you made any of these link building mistakes in the past or are still making them?

Comment to show me that you’re alive!

And after you’ve built 2 links back to your blog in the comment section below, make sure to check out my giveaway… or just come by to say hello.

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By Ana

Ana shares her advice on how to increase web traffic on her blog along with a free SEO report on 7 Steps to Search Engine Domination.

95 replies on “10 Dreadful Mistakes that Kill Your Comments”

Ana as usual, spot on. Thanks for the tip about feedburner! I never would have guessed or even thought of that.

One thing I do, when I’m commenting on regular Commentluv blogs, is I’ll hop onto my blog and change the post date of the post I want to promote to be the most recent one. If you do most of your commenting in one block of time this is a good way to just get a bunch of links to that particular post from blogs that don’t have CL Premium.

Though I will say that I have it and I love it, I hope more people take advantage of it when it is on the market.

Good tips for those who begin creating links and thus to not to make mistakes. Well, but at the same time people who start building, they are aware of many things at least they know the difference between nofollow and dofollow.

I am surprised by how many bloggers are clueless about what seems to be common knowledge to you and me, Anna.

Thanks for the mention Ana! Your CommentLuv enabled blog list is also a great resource, and I’m using it regularly. It makes a big difference to work from a list of already vetted blogs, because I know the quality is good.

Also, I didn’t know about the Feedburner tip. Definitely something I need to check out.

Hi Ana,

In one word … awesome! How can you teach and entertain at the same time? Each time I read what you write I think it is the best ever but then you stun me with another one. I saw your tweet about this post and I ran here with excitement.

So thanks for yet another great guide on how to build links back. Loved the screen dumps you used, they really brought the post alive. And sorry, no tips for the Queen of traffic generation. If I can implement your 9 tips, I think I will be more than fine πŸ™‚

You are so kind, Flo – always a pleasure to hear your compliments; feel free to do it anytime! LOL

Ana,

I used to make that mistake with feedburner. I had it that way for several years till someone called it to my attention probably a year or so ago.

Glad you mentioned it hear because I bet A LOT of people are making that same mistake.

Ana,

I am glad you brought up #7. That is a pet peeve of mine. I read about it in the same post by Brian Rogel and I have subsequently mentioned it in a posts two times and have sent quite a few private messages to people about that. Yet I still see tons of people making this mistake.

I really don’t mind giving link juice to the people who take the time to comment. But I hate to give it away to Google. They get enough traffic already! πŸ˜‰

Thanks for another insightful post Ana.

I just left my first @keywords on this comment. I don’t usually check for follow or nofollow blogs, I just comment on related blogs that have things I’m interested in, for link building, meeting new people, and adding any thoughts I may have.

I also like going through other peoples comments to discover new people and blogs.

I don’t check for DoFollow or NoFollow either but comment as often as possible, even NoFollow links give some PR to site though not as valuable as DoFollow. Also remember to vary up the keywords you are using, especially if you comment often on the same site. Remember that Google doesn’t value multiple link backs from the same site as often, so comment on a high number of unique sites rather than only sticking to the same 5-10 sites for better SEO value for your comments as well.

Look also for traffic, I get more referral traffic when I leave a good comment on Problogger.net or some of the other giant sites than from 20-30 baby blogs. Sometimes that traffic in itself can be more valuable than the simply keyword link. This is another reason why I don’t like Facebook commenting system is the link never goes back to your blog only your Facebook profile.

Definitely agree on the URL variations, Justin; it’s one of the mistakes bloggers make that I mentioned in the post.

I’ve given up on getting much traffic from comments, especially bigger blogs. I feel like I get lost in the sea of other commentators. Everyone talks and no one listens.

Ah, now I finally understand how to use the keywordluv feature. I think the “@” sign was the culprit that confused the heck out of me. I took it too literal. Like it’s describing a location or user name (must be the Twitter influence.)

So I never bothered to add the @AdvancingMusician into the name field, because let’s be honest, who’d be searching for that.

Now, after reading your explanation of using the keywordluv functionality depending on the main keyword of the target url everything makes total sense.

Thanks a lot for the detailed break-down. This post just went into my Evernote “blogging reference” notebook.

Hi Ana,

Actually, I goofed up a little in my excitement after the a-ha moment you provided for me. I didn’t add the exact page url to the website field and therefore my keyword isn’t as targeted as it could and should be.

Well, now I know to watch out for that as well.

P.S.: No mistake #6 though – I’m using another post for this 2nd comment. πŸ˜‰

Another tip would be to post relevant comment only. This may seem obvious, but there are a lot of people posting comments like “Good post! Thanks!” and getting into Akismet’s spam list (that sometimes is just impossible to get out of). That kills your comments forever!

I once got into Akismet’s spam list (don’t really know why) and every comment I make using that site goes into spam. A lot of people were marking my comments as “not spam”, but till this day, my site is still on the blacklist.

Yea, Steve from go green went a little nuts. That’s funny. πŸ˜‰ !
Yo Ana, I like what you’re saying. Had no idea about a lot of it, especially the feedburner steeling your thunder thing. Crazy.

I don’t have anything to contribute to this, but I will say that this is pretty fascinating. You’re on Kristi’s blog, talking about how to better leverage being in Kristi’s blog. I really like this. It’s open, cool and accurate. I also agree that Kristi rocks on an unusually awesome level. Woot!

Hey Ana,

Truly great tips. I am actually amazed how many people dont realize that only the first link is counted. I am a newbie and even I have see this talked about all over the place. So, I dont understand how some people could miss it.

I know that some times you just dont realize you are linking to the same post twice and also in some cases, you are thinking more about linking to a more relevant post in hopes of getting some clicks, (I certainly do that myself sometimes). But, if you think about it, if you have a blog where you comment all the time, you can basically build backlinks to every page of your blog only if you choose a different link to be displayed every time you post a comment.

Somehow this little piece of knowledge escapes most link builders, Satrap.

Just you watch, even after reading this post, many bloggers will continue in their old ways…

Sometimes I wonder about using the name field to link to other internal pages. If you use it to link to your homepage one time, and then keep changing it to link to another internal page every time you comment will the blog owner think or assume you are a spammer? I am hoping that most blog owners that actually have keywordluv installed do so for a reason and let commenter’s use different links in the name field. I just don’t know most are OK with that, or if they will end up deleting the comment or maybe even start marking it as spam. I am a bit more comfortable using commentluv to link to other posts. I guess it may depend on the site.

I see your point, Ray.

I can’t speak for the entire blogosphere, but on my blog I wouldn’t have a problem with your connecting to internal pages in your Name and Website field – after all, as you correctly noted, that’s what KeywordLuv is all about.

Great post,

All info is true and very useful. I am sure these simple steps will help lots for all newbie bloggers who wants to see much comments on their blog post.

Beside that you teach very well about no-follow and do-follow.

Thanks for this.

Very true Ana, One of the ways to get people or at least bloggers to comment on your blog is to enable things like Do Follow, Comment Luv, Keyword Luv and so on. Thanks for the lovely tips. I would love to win that Premium Plugin as well. Will check it out on your blog.

Thank you Ana for an informative as well as entertaining post! I am a new reader of yours. Happy to say I was in on the Beta version of CommentLuv Premium and am pleased with it’s flexibility. I wasn’t aware of the Feedburner RSS issue, however your instructions were so clear I was able to makes the changes to my blogs via iPhone!

Hi Ana,

As usual, a great tutorial! The keywordluv tips were really useful as I haven’t spent much time looking into the proper way to use them! I’ve seen some people use them in ways to attract other readers and other people use a string of random keywords obviously for the search engines.

I was actually lucky to have a lot of feedburner issues when I first started blogging because that’s how I figured out how to change my commentluv settings so that I was getting the link juice. Otherwise I wouldn’t have known about that.

Thanks!
Stacy

I suppose good things can come out of bad situations, Stacy!

By the way, my latest blog post was on how to use CL for traffic generation vs link building – two entirely different techniques.

Hi,
Just a few days ago, I wrote blog post on the premise of commenting for backlinks. It is a worth while strategy or waste of time.
So I can relate well to #1 – Commentators seek out dofollow blogs only

Often commenting is taking a marketing and branding strategy and many leave comments for just the sake of commenting. Ya, it does look nice when a post has +++ comments. At the same time, how many of those comments really add to the conversation, give something to think about?

I believe commenting on blogs – whether niche or not will be an overall plus and an avenue to “expose” your blog.
People get used to seeing the profile of you and your blog. You make yourself known among other bloggers and blog readers.
Others that read this blog post, will see your comment, they will head over to your blog. You gain new readers and drive traffic to your blog.
The blog owner might come over to your blog and comment on your blog! hint hint… :-p

cheers
Shamelle

I agree with you, Shamelle – commenting is a great way to network with other bloggers and get your face out there.

Of course, there’s no reason why you can’t kill two birds with one stone: network and build useful links at the same time.

Ana – Is it bad that I don’t know the keywords I want to rank for? Ha. Don’t answer that. I entered “DJ Waldow” in the name field above. Original, right?

Curious about your thoughts on Livefyre and how the suggestions you have above would apply to them. I switched from Disqus to Livefyre as my commenting system for all the reasons mentioned here – http://socialbutterflyguy.com/2011/08/16/why-i-just-switched-to-livefyre/ – and have not looked back.

Thoughts?

Also, if you are reading this Kristi, I’m a huge fan. I know that sounds a bit awkward. Looking forward to meeting you face to face next week in LA!

Using commenting systems like LiveFyre definitely reduces reader engagement, DJ.

Here’s the comment I left on your post:

“I think you are missing a big point here, DJ.

Your readers don’t really care about your conversations with Jenna – really.

When they leave a comment on your blog, they’d like to get some benefit from it; mainly, a backlink to their blog that brands THEM, not LiveFyre.

Personally, I don’t bother commenting on LiveFyre blogs for that reason.”

Ana – I just left you a comment on my blog post (ha!), but will repeat here now:

I agree that my readers don’t necessarily care about my conversations with Jenna. I was using that as an example of why I switched to Livefyre – the human interaction, the customer service, etc.

I’m not sure that I agree with you, however, that people’s #1 goal when leaving comments on a blog is for backlinks (link juice). I realize that it’s important, but I normally leave a comment to be a part of the conversation, to add my thoughts, to engage with the author of the post and the others who are commenting. For me, it’s more about the social aspect (conversation) of commenting, not the backlinks. This is one of the reasons I love Livefryre – the back and forth (replies).

Serious question: Do you believe that most people who leave comments on blog posts do so to get a benefit?

@Ana I love all your comment luv posts/discussion (here & on your own site).

I’ve found a huge lack of understanding of all of these concepts in the mommy blogger world (what page rank is, what comment luv is, why it helps you as a blogger and a reader, etc.) I am working on a post of high PR comment luv mommy blogs and it is a REALLY short list. None are do-follow other than my own.

And while mine currently is do-follow, given how little this is understood in the mommy blogger arena, I’ve been thinking of making it no-follow. Or using comment luv premium so that only frequent commenters get (OK all 2 πŸ˜‰ get do-follow. I mean why bother if the people who come don’t know or understand why it’s useful?

I see your point, Alexis.

Some niches are definitely more “up to speed” on the advantages dofollow offers.

I suppose it’s up to you to enlighten your readers!

” yet I see anything from β€œ|” to ” β€˜ ” to β€œfrom” used as the separator instead.” – LOL!

I’ve actually wondered how people can be SO stupid as to not read the guidelines on my blog before commenting, when I saw comments with names like that. Then I switched to another antispam plugin (Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin), and those comments went away.

So apparently, those comments came from ignorant bot-using spammers – what a shock! πŸ˜›

/regards, Jannich

Ana,

My head hurts!!! I am glad I have you to teach me SEO. I think I do most of what you said above but frankly, SEO is complicated to me. Maybe I am just being stubborn and don’t feel like learning it until you teach it, lol.

I did some research a while ago on Market Samurai for keywords I am associated with. “Allie” came up. This is from comments I leave behind. I don’t like to have “Allie” as one of my keywords, there are 100’s of Allies out there. So I started to leave behind “Allie | Ramblings of a WAHM” in the name section. Now that phrase is starting to pop up for my keywords. “WAHM” is one of my keywords for my blog and my blog’s name is Ramblings of a WAHM. What do you think of this strategy?

Also, I confess, I rarely take advantage of Keyword love. I’m a bad blogger. But don’t ban me from your site. LOL.

~Allie

I checked your rankings, Allie, and it looks like you are ranking #14 and #15 for “wahm” and “wahm.com” respectively.

Yes, I do use this strategy as well for my links to appear more natural.

HOWEVER, you’ll get better rankings (and bring in more free SEO traffic) if you start commenting as “Allie @ WAHM”.

I’d love to see you start doing that.

Great post Ana. I don’t always follow all these rules, especially with Keyword Luv (I will here) or using a URL other than my main page. I try to mix up my comments on dofolow and nofollow, but mostly I comment on blogs that I enjoy or find useful. This was both! πŸ™‚

Commenting for the sake of networking is great, Julie; however, with not much additional effort, you can also get great backlink benefits out of it – win-win in my book.

Ana, very comprehensive post. And thanks for all the comments from the commenters too, they backed up many of your points. I don’t use CL on my blog but I might add it if I change from Blogger to WP at some point.

Not really, Joe.

I don’t think it makes much difference either way, except for maybe better tracking if you are into it.

Hi Ana,

This is the first time I’ve read any of your stuff. I’m definitely impressed.

There seems to be a lot of misguided SEO information out there. One of the biggest I see all the time is people who constantly say the only links worth having are DO FOLLOW and high PR.

Do these links carry more weight? Sure, but relying solely on them is misguided. It most certainly doesn’t look natural.

The other thing I see all the time in comments (which you also mentioned) is the keyword stuffing where people try to list 5 or 6 keywords instead of one. More is definitely not better in many cases. And, again, it doesn’t look natural at all.

People always want to spam comments and yet there are so many bloggers out there just craving comments from their readers. Many of these bloggers are more than willing to give you a good backlink if you actually contribute to the discussion and add value to their posts.

There’s no need to spam. Be a real person. Voice your opinion. Everyone has something cool to contribute if they just take the time to do so.

DJ

Can’t help but agree, DJ.

Most of those commentators are novices and simply don’t know any better. Unfortunately, many of them get labeled as a spammer before they have a chance to learn from their mistakes.

Hope to see you around my blog some time soon.

Hello Ana. Once again an awesome overdelivery from you. Taking examples from your own personal expereince and relating it to the success of a fellow blogger is an awesome tactic. I especially appreciated the mention about that box uncheck in Feedburner. I think VERY little bloggers know about that. Thanks!

Hello Ana.

I must say: Mistake # 8 is probably the biggest one of them all. Anchor text is probably just as powerful and important, but I really appreciate your ComLuv list. It’s really helped me zone in on some valuable blogs to comment on.

And, as a moderator of a fairly successful blog, people can really misuse and abuse KeywordLuv. Some are just dowright crazy, but at the end, I guess they’re just using it wrong as per your example above. Before you use KeywordLuv, you need to understand anchortext. Otherwise it’s not going to work for you πŸ˜‰

Lack of understanding of what KeywordLuv actually does is to blame for a lot of crazy anchor texts, Brian; thus I saw the need for this post.

“Fairly successful blog” – you are too modest!

Gosh DARN it you know your stuff, Ana. I have been goofing up my comments:
1) I haven’t been linking to my internal pages (and just learned [here!] to take the “\” off the end or it creates an error).
2) Didn’t know that leaving multiple links was pointless.
3) Didn’t know about feedburner steal – at least found out that isn’t burning me πŸ™‚

I have a premium CommentLuv enabled site and didn’t even know how to use CommentLuv right!

Hey Ana,

another great article. I’m confused about a couple of things though:

1: I intuitively put my website’s main address in the ‘Website’ field because that makes the most sense and is where I think people should go. Are you saying it’s OK to do that but only the first time, or I should always rather put an internal page in this field?

2: I am one of those idiots who still doesn’t really get it whether I should be making my site nofollow or dofollow. I understand what they both mean as a kind of consumer of this concept (links I get), but not as a supplier (links I give on my site). I think what you’re saying is it’s good practice to make your site dofollow but do I lose anything by doing that (my site is quite small and nowhere so far in ranking terms so if I’m penalised losing some of the ranking by being dofollow I probably can’t afford to do that yet until I have better rankings but even writing this I think perhaps I misunderstood πŸ™ )

thanks again for a great post (just in case I linked this comment to an internal page in my site instead of the main one and changed the keywordluv text too)

best wishes,
Alan

Hey, Alan:

1. When you leave more than one comment on any given post, leave your home page URL the first time around, and if you leave a second comment on the same post (like a response for something), use an internal page URL.

2. You absolutely won’t be penalized for being a dofollow site. From where I stand, you have nothing to loose and everything (readership) to gain.

Great Ana,

thanks – #1 – that’s what I thought, but wanted to make sure that was OK.

#2 I hear you and I’m nearly convinced but in that case why do people say things like ‘I don’t mind giving up some link juice to people who comment’ – isn’t that basically saying you lose some link juice? And by link juice do people who say this mean rankings?

Sorry for still being a bit confused πŸ™ & thanks for your help πŸ™‚

Alan

When I blog for the first time what I look for is dofollow links. But, it actually can harm my blog and I realize then that the good is how to combine both dofollow and nofollow backlinks. Thanks Ana for useful tips

This was a very good article, definitely the best one I’ve found so far that explains all that keywordluv, commentluv stuff πŸ™‚

It is definitely nice to get a dofollow comment, but I did try this on my own blog and started feeling that people were commenting just for the link so eventually I stopped using it.

well Ana mentioned that people always try to comment in Dofollow blogs, but I still do comment in both Dofollow and Nofollow because if I like the topic I am reading about for sure I will give my opinion about it, I think building links and friendship is always better than only building links

Another mistake is not using CommentLuv premium on your own blog so you can take advantage of having 5 posts or pages to choose from when you comment on other CommentLuv blogs. I often build my pillar content on pages, so it’s nice to be able to promote those, as well., along with older posts.

Ana,

I think I’ve said this before on your blog but this is a single most useful blog post I’ve read in a Month. I was definitely getting dinged by #7 and immediately went to Feedburner and made the change. I also too often do not use targeted anchor text.

Thanks for an incredible resource.

Ryan H.

I used to enable commentluv, keywordluv, and dofollow.

I then shifted from vanilla wordpress commenting to livefyre (and this didn’t use any of the three). When I shifted back from livefyre to vanilla, I kept commentluv because I recalled keywordluv/dofollow caused a lot of spam comments and it was tiring to manually weed out the good from the bad. But I recently stopped commentluv too.

If this makes me bad in your eyes, but I’d rather have genuine comments from people who want to read it and not comments from those who seek out blogs with certain plugins.

Very nice tutorial Ana πŸ˜€

Blog commenting is one of the best way to earn links and traffic if done right. Although I’ve done it for quite some time now, I still learned a thing or two from this post! See you around.

Ana thanks for a lot of great points on here. I think this is one think that many people over look. I know from my own experience and those from working with the freelance sites, too many people only focus on building links from follow blogs and/or forums. It doesn’t look natural.

The second challenge that I have seen is that few understand the benefit of building connections online. Blogs like this one, I feel, have a great potential for building relationships. As an SEO person, I enjoy reading and connecting with other people. I never got those that post “Great post – Buy my stuff at ‘x'” Just saying.

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