Last we spoke of the dangers of building backlinks through spammy techniques. Here are examples of those dastardly techniques and the proper methods of replacing them when dealing with blogs. Saturday we will discuss the manners of building strong directory references without being spammy. You will need to first download the SEOmoz toolbar for Firefox. This toolbar has a function that shows “No Follow” tags on page links. Using this tool will allow you to determine which blogs are worth commenting and interacting with for links and track-backs. Most everyone with a blog has visited or even pursued Tecnorati… (if you haven’t you will after reading this.) Within Techgnorati, you have access to blogs that are separated by category and relevance. There are other blog index sites that maintain a strong list of blogs by content, but Tecnorati tends to be the most reliable for the search engines. Once you are on the site, search for a blog that resembles the topic of whatever page you wish to link to. If you are choosing to link to your main page, choose a blog that is closely associated with the Keywords of your entire site. If you are using the link of a specific page, search for a page that has that specific topic. Tecnorati has a ranking system that allows the user to comb through different levels of relevance. Obviously, you want to get links from the most relevant site to the topic being covered. Using this method, you’ll want to start by performing a “Time Honored Blogging Tradition” RTFA!!! Read the article people. Seriously, if you don’t know what the topic is, it will show in what you’ve written. Once you read the article, then it’s time to interact. Make sure that the comment you leave is more than the following junk: “nice post” “I agree with the points you made” “good thoughts but I take issue with your points” These comments are common and quite annoying pieces of spam. These statements will likely be caught in any filter and removed from any site that cares about their relevancy. It would always be suggested to be Part of a conversation. If you’ve read a post, use enough of the material within it to make a valid statement. Here’s a list of other rules that will avoid negative treatment for blog comments:
- Only leave comments that are a full, comprehensible sentence.
- Sign up for updates on future comments. This can ensure many links and a future relationship between your site and the site you are commenting on.
- Leave only on link on the site, the one in your name description. Leaving tons of links in the content of your comments makes it strongly resemble an unwanted communication, leaving many to list your comments as spam. If your site links or email addresses becomes associated as spam, it’s very likely that your future comments on other blogs will be filtered as well.
- Leave the auto commenting software to those who don’t mind being banned from the search engines. It’s just not worth it.
- Read the articles!!! There will always be a better exchange of ideas when you do and you’ll likely receive more convertible visitors to your website if they believe your communication to be respectful.