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How 30 minutes a day can result in 250 inbound links

First, know that the 250 links will come over time – it’s not a one time event. It is actually a pretty simple strategy and will have more benefits than just getting inbound links. I am referring to the practice of strategically commenting on blogs. Sure, it’s been talked about, but the question is are you doing it? And if you are, are you doing it effectively? How do you know if it’s working for you or not?

It shouldn’t take you more than 30 mintues per day to find a new blog to post a comment on. I recommend starting in your niche with the goal of attracting similarly minded subscribers to your site or blog. In the process, you will learn of new blogs in your field, find complementary blogs closely related to your field, and get to know more bloggers in your niche, which could lead to guest blogging on their blogs. A great way to find bloggers in your niche is through StumbleUpon, and blogging guru extraordinaire, Darren Rowse (a.k.a. ProBlogger) just wrote a great article about this.

In your quest to comment, I suggest subscribing to a few blogs and really getting involved in the community aspect by becoming a top contributor as this can lead to others eventually subscribing to your blog (and that is one of your goals right?) Also, help promote those blogs by Stumbling, Digging, or whatever flavor of Social Media Marketing you utilize. As Darren points out, they will take notice.

And of course, who says you need to only post one comment per day? The more you comment, the faster you will see results. Try kicking it up to 4 a day and see what happens.

Of course, some bloggers will use the (evil) “no follow” tag which will reduce the effectiveness of this tactic, but it will still get your name out there and may even solicit a few clicks, especially if you use a unique name as opposed to “Mary”… you know, something like “Old School: :-)

I have made a goal to do this myself and in fact even have a spreadsheet where I am tracking it (what a geek!) so I can make sure that I meet my goals. In a year, I almost guarantee that you will make huge strides in the blogging community if you practice this daily.

That’s me for now, but stay tuned for more hot blogging tips!

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84 Responses to “How 30 minutes a day can result in 250 inbound links”

  • How 30 minutes a day can result in 250 inbound links…

    First, know that the 250 links will come over time – it’s not a one time event. It is actually a pretty simple strategy and will have more benefits than just getting inbound links. I am referring to the practice of strategically commenting on blogs. …

  • Great post! In fact, I liked it so much I submitted it to our readers at
    bizSugar.com. ;-)

  • oldschool:

    @ John – Thanks for posting it on your site, I really appreciate it.

  • Nice article. Starting in your niche is key, and I think it’s important to not stray *too* far afield. It’s easy to find a bunch of random blogs to comment on, but relevance counts as well. Plus, comments are really all about fostering discussion and community, so IMO it’s important to actually make a contribution beyond “IAWTC.” As you point out, there can be a lot more benefit that comes from participating than just getting a link…

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  • oldschool:

    Thanks Jason. I agree that staying in your niche is helpful, given that those viewing your comments will be more likely to visit your blog since they are interested in the topic. I guess having your name or your URL branded with a term from your niche helps to so that at first glance people have an idea what your site is about.

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  • Hmm, I suppose what your saying makes sense. I still think that unless the “no follow” tag is turned off, it’s a waste of time. It would be much better to work towards quality as opposed to quantity.

  • oldschool:

    @cocoliso – The reason it’s not a waste of time is that it helps you to network with others interested in your niche and gives you exposure that you may not otherwise get. I don’t worry so much about whether or not its nofollow, because I trust that the those worth following and networking with will come around eventually if they haven’t already.

  • Thanks for the post! As we are constantly learning about SEO techniques for our company, blogs like yours are priceless.

  • oldschool:

    @ Carrie – I am glad you enjoyed it, please subscribe to our blog to keep current and also let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  • Great post…I found your blog on Google! I plan on reading all of your previous posts tonight! After reading this I had to comment! I think if you setup a system and work on it daily, you will see results with this marketing method. There are some blogs that live by this strategy! Thanks again for this!

  • Please don’t laugh! I’m a real newbie to blogging – I have two of my own, but didn’t realize that posting on other people’s blogs was a benefit to me – so I’ve only done it if I had an answer to a question, etc.

    How does this create a link? I don’t SEE any links in the above comments.

    Second – I’ve never heard of a “do follow” tag. Is that something you can only do if you use some kind of blogging software that would scramble my mind? I use Google’s blogger and the GoDaddy program. Have I overlooked something I should be doing?

  • oldschool:

    Hi Marte, now that the comment is approved, you will see that there is a link to your web site.

    Regarding the no follow tag, it is a default on most blogs, and there are various methods of removing it depending on the platform. For blogger, you would need to go in and modify the template, and I am not familiar with GoDaddy’s blog platform. For WordPress blogs, there are plugins that accomplish this pretty simply.

  • I realy appreciate your advice. We have just started our own blog, and are still picking up the ‘tricks of the trade’. Always nice to add something!

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  • It is important to be involved in your community by leaving comments and (this maybe another topic) making it easier with clicklet for viewers to add you page to their social list(s). Some pages include a whole slew of links, but I like to keep the list to under 7.

  • Thanks for this great article. Does anyone know if there is a way to tell which blogs use rel=nofollow and which do not? I know that we do not on ours at mailboss.net/resources, but of course we are smalltime. As a general rule of thumb can I assume that the bigger blogs use it?

  • I am new to this format. Saying that, I think sharing opinions with others who may be interested in the same types of things is great. If in the process you expose your site to more people…well then all the better.

    After reading these responses I feel kind of out of touch because I actually learned something from this article. Thanks!

  • oldschool:

    @ Kristen – Good luck with the new blog.

    @ Jack – I agree and use the Sociable plug in to allow people to add the posts to Social media sites.

    @ Jenny – I usually just “look under the hood” and peek at the source code, if I am really curious. For the most part though, I just comment regularly on blogs that interest me and I know I will hit some nofollows and some dofollows. There are some tools that can help you find dofollow blog as well and here is a link that shares a few:
    http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=868500

  • oldschool:

    @ Johnny – What you described is the essence of building community online and the foundation of Social Media Marketing. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Thanks for the info! I found this firefox plugin that highlights nofollow links in red and dofollow links in blue, you turn it on/off via right click in any browser, its great:)
    Check it out: http://www.zacharyfox.com/blog/free-tools/nodofollow-a-firefox-extension

  • I’m starting my 30 minutes now! lol I hope this is a dofollow blog, or else I can’t start my 30 minutes yet.

  • This is something that I should really be more proactive on…Is it too late to start a new year’s resolution?

  • Great idea to get inbound links! I guess this post would be one more for me. kudos.

  • Mike:

    Thanks for the excellent post. Its a good way to get incoming links!

  • I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more articles from you in the future.

    - Jack

  • this is indeed a good way to get alot of incoming links

  • Mike:

    awesome tip…time to start link building and the clicks will come…..i hope!!

  • Good stuff! I think Search engine marketing makes it easy to target potential prospects while they are actively engaged, looking for your products and services. Search marketing cuts the fat out of your marketing budget becasue it is the most inexpensive mode of advertising.

  • Not only is commenting good for obtaining links it can be great fun and a good way to pick up tips. I started out 10 mins ago looking at info on H1 tags on the SEOMOZ site and have now found myself here after reading various posts and comments and following the links on them!

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