Blog Comment Service:
How NOT to Overpay for It…
In general blog commenting is great for growing the number of incoming one way links for your site.
The only trouble is about certain number and strategies.
Because you are EITHER overpaying seriously for the service that doesn’t cost that much OR you do not get real SEO juice from the backlinks (because commenting services give you lesser quality to be able to give a cheaper price).
In this post I want to share my own experience about how to avoid the price “black holes” that suck in tons of $$$ when you buy blog comment packages for SEO. I also want to show the quality standards – what should be included into blog commenting package so that its backlinks give you real SEO juice and help you to increase ranks in search engines.
Price “Black hole” #1 – What are the Links in the Package – DoFollows or NoFollows?
When you see huge blog comment backlink packages like 100,000, 500,000, 1mln or even higher – this is almost a guarantee that these packages have lots of nofollow backlinks. And nofollows are official reported by Google to have no SEO value at all (if you don’t know what NoFollow is <= watch this video post).
And if you email the seller and ask – how many dofollow pages are in the blog comment list where they will blast your comments to – then you will notice that these packages usually shrink to much smaller numbers, like: 10k verified dofollows, 5k verified dofollows and smaller.
So, don’t build your price about the package looking at the big numbers of comments promised. Better ask how many dofollow comment pages will be in this list.
Price “Black hole” #2 – Blast and Forget
For blog comment providers the easiest way is to blast your comment with your backlink and then say “let’s wait how many of them will get approved…”
Don’t be surprised that if you ask in the email correspondence with comment provider about the usual comment approval level, then the numbers will range – but I personally met from ~70% approval level till as low as ~30%.
Even these ~30% aren’t bad. But isn’t it more convenient to know that in advance. So that from the package of the 10k dofollow backlinks you get only 3,000. 3,000 extra backlinks is cool, but you expected 10,000 – and just because of failing to ask – got into over-expectations.
So, make sure to ask how many VERIFIED backlinks you will get from the package. Backlinks that you can check in the report and see with your own eyes.
Price “Black hole” #3 – Pinging and Quickness of Results
One more thing that commenting services usually hate doing is pinging. The advantages of pinging for your comments is huge. Just imagine that after blog comment with your backlink appear on a blog post page, it may take days or weeks or even more for search engines to get back to this page and re-index it – with your backlink on it.
This process can be pushed up by manual pining of all pages with your blog comment. This ensures that each and every backlink that was built on comments is indexed faster.
Published – pinged – indexed!
But, pinging “eats” lots of technical resources. It is quite expensive.
That is why often you can see that blog commenting services simply blast the comments and don’t ping the pages afterward. If you see a cheap price for the blog commenting package – then it’s 99.999% that the package goes without pining. And it seriously stretches the time line for getting results from your comment backlinks.
Whenever possible – ask to ping your comments (comments with your backlinks inside) to speed up the indexing process.
Price vs Quality:
Possible to Pay Cheap and
Get Real Results?
It is important to understand that all these “tricks” of giving you less quality are done by blog commenting services because they want to have cheaper price. Get yourself into the shoes of blog comment service owner – “I can put $20 on the 1,000 comment package (without pinging, without reports, with tons of nofollows in that 1,000 list, with only a small portion of backlinks that will get published) or I should put $$70-$80 on the same package (with all 100% verified, all dofollows, pinged, reported, etc.) – what should I choose?”
Most of the comment services will choose the cheaper/SEO “weaker” package, because YOU, my dear blog readers, love cheap SEO prices.
You’d better buy a cheaper package, instead of paying real money for the real job.
And the owners of comment services “follow the trend” and give you dirt-cheap packages. But, of course, they will not pay from their own pocket for such vital SEO things as pinging, they will not be investing $300-$500 into buying lists of dofollow blog comment pages. They will not mess up with showing you reports where you can track your backlinks.
My own verdict is that every time you buy cheap comment package, you steal your own time and money, because comment backlinks of high quality standard require serious investments into technological procedures (like pinging via proxies on dedicated servers, proxy lists, job with reporting, etc.)
And if you see cheap price (let’s say $10 – $30 for 1,000 comment backlinks), then be prepared to surprises like:
- lots of nofollows in the list;
- even if there are dofollows, the approval rate is small;
- no pinging after comment is published;
- no reports.
All these elements are vital for the success of blog comment backlinks. Without them you get only a tiny portion of what you should expect to get.
Before you buy blog comment package – ask if all these elements are available in the package.
With this knowledge, even if you choose cheap package without all these elements – then at least you will know what you are doing.