Question by JB: Linkbuilding: If I comment on a blog and include a link to my site, will it hurt or help my pagerank?
I’m learning about seo, specifically linkbuilding, and I’m just learning about white hat, gray hat, black hat, etc. I’m trying to do some linkbuilding on by commenting on some well ranked blogs and including my link. I’m not just commenting with only my link. I’m making comments relevant to the blog content, and including my link at the bottom, like this:
“That’s very interesting. I’m glad you posted this seo information. I can really make good use of these tips. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.
Will google consider this spam and hurt my pagerank for it? Or is this ok?
Answer by JustinM
As far as getting linkjuice/pagerank, it depends on whether or not the blog you are commenting on uses the nofollow tag on links inside comments.
As far as ethics go, I wouldn’t include my link unless my site was relevant or had further information on the topic of the blog post. This will help insure that you link ‘sticks’ (doesn’t get deleted by the moderators of the blog) you don’t want to be marked as just a link spammer.
For example, say you posted a bunch of comments on a high pagerank blog and with something along the lines of “nice post” [link] on few posts.
The admin on that blog might not only delete your comment, but also continue to delete every comment you make from then on out because he thinks you are just link spamming. This would really hurt if later down the road if you had a high quality, relevant comment with more related content on your website that would not only stick in the comments, but drive traffic and maybe even buyers/readers.
So be smart about your posts because they also represent your brand.
I would also suggest simply having your commenter name be your link whenever possible because it’s non intrusive and doesn’t raise flags as much.
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