If you want to rank well in the search engines, you need to get backlinks. One of my favorite ways to do this is via blog commenting. Basically, I find blogs or web 2.0 properties in my target niche and I post a USEFUL comment that relates to a specific post or article and I include a backlink to my site with my anchor text. I can’t stress enough though that your comment needs to be relevant and useful. If it’s obvious you are spamming then your comments will never be approved. So take the time to do this properly or you are just wasting your time.
Anyway, most people know this already. What I really wanted to share though is how I find sites to comment on. One of the best ways to do this is to go to Google and utilize various footprints that sites leave on their sites. For example, .edu links are considered very valuable for SEO purposes. If I am targeting the painting niche, I could type in:
painting site:.edu inurl:blog “post a comment” -“you must be logged in”
This would bring up a list of .edu blogs that have some reference to the keyword painting which you can post your comments to. Notice that it returns blogs that don’t require you to login as well.
KeywordLuv is a WordPress plugin that many blog owners install which rewards commenters by allowing them to separate their name from their keywords. To find these types of sites in google you would type in:
painting “Enter YourName@YourKeywords”
Finally, one of my favorite Web 2.0 sites is Hubpages. It’s a great site to post your articles to, but it is also very useful to comment on. By default, Hubs have automatic comment approval (although the author can change these settings). To find relevent hubs I would type this into Google
painting “site:hubpages.com” “hot hubs”
These are just three examples of footprints you can search for to post your links on. Be observant and you can probably come up with many more yourself. One problem you might find though, is remembering what all these specific footprints are when you want to use them. Luckily, I’ve found this really cool free site called Drop My Link. It basically includes a dropdown of the footprints I’ve mentioned above plus several more and searches Google for the results. It’s definitely worth bookmarking for future use.