Nov 23

My skills as a SEO (Search Engine Marketing) consultant are helpful when it comes to promoting this website. I am doing a number of things to increase the visibility of this site, increase the ranking for relevant key phrases, and drive relevant traffic to the site.

Lately, I have posted a number of articles on the issue of “Divorce and Remarriage”. I hold that the Bible clearly teaches that marriage is for life, and that to divorce and remarry is the sin of adultery. This is an important truth that is not being taught in the liberal congregations of Protestantism.

Leslie McFall has written the best explanation I have seen concerning the so-called ‘exception clause’ of Matthew 19:9. I wrote a two-page review of his technical 43-page article, and have been promoting my review article in the comments of other blog’s posts that are discussing the divorce and remarriage issue.

Here is the post that I have been making:

Leslie McFall has an interesting way to deal with the so-called ‘exception clause’ in Matthew 19:9 that appears to allow for divorce and remarriage based on marriage unfaithfulness.
He has written a 43-page paper that reviews the changes in the Greek made by Erasmus which effect the way Matthew 19:9 has been translated. I reviewed McFall’s paper at Except for Fornication Clause of Matthew 19:9. I would love to hear some feedback on this position.

I have posted this above comment on about 500 or more relevant blogs. I find the relevant blogs by searching with Google Blog Search for key phrases like “divorce and remarriage”, “matthew 19:9″, and other key phrases that are relevant to the divorce and remarriage issue.

Below is a sample of a search of blogs for the key phrase “divorce and remarriage”.

I also have sent up Google Alerts for 28 different terms. I get daily emails from Google with a list of any new blog posts that have these terms in them.

Here is a screen shot of my Google Alerts I have set up.

I do not consider the comments I am leaving as comment spam, as they are very relevant and have information that the blogger and his readership will be interested in.

There are a number of things that leaving a comment in the comments of relevant blog posts will do for your site.

If you are offering relevant information by the way of a link in your comment, it will bring you traffic from other reader’s blogs.

The blog owners that watch their comments will sometimes not only read the article you link, but leave their views of your article in the comments on your blog.

I use the name of my Website for my name. So I get a link back from all the posts with the key phrase “More Christ Like” in the anchor text. Inbound links with the key phrase you are targeting is one of a number of important things you want to help you rank high in the “search engine results page” (SERPs). Currently I am ranking #1 for More Christ Like, but sometimes if you have a competitive site title, it is not easy to rank for it. This is one way that helps you not only brand your site, but also get higher rankings for your site name.

I put a link back to an article that discusses in more detail what my post in the blog comments have been. These links back to my site help me rank for the key phrase I put in the anchor text (hyper text) of the link.

For example, I added a link back to my article on Except For Fornication Clause of Matthew 19:9. Now if you Google up the term “Except For Fornication Clause of Matthew 19:19″ I rank #1 in Google. I also rank #1 for Except For Fornication Clause, #5 for Except For Fornication, and #17 for Matthew 19:9.

The rankings will vary depending on your location where you are Googling from, but given the fact that I have posted on over 500 blogs, I would expect within the next 30 days to be ranking #1 for all 5 terms.

You can do more than one comment-linking campaign. I find that you can do as many as you like. You just have to be careful you are not just creating “me too” comment spam to game the system for an inbound link. The search engines frown on this.

So, if you try this I would suggest a number of pointers:

  • Make sure your comment has quality content and that it is something that the readers of the blog posts you are commenting on want to know about.
  • Make the comment posts short and put a link in the comments back to an article on the same subject.
  • Do not post in the comments of blog posts which are not relevant.
  • Use your personal name or the name of your site. Using a key phrase you are wanting to rank for in your author name is considered kind of spammy.

Part of running a quality blog is posting in the comments of other blogs that are relevant to your blog. This way different ideas can be exchanged, and you will not only benefit yourself, but it will benefit your readership.

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7 Responses to “Commenting on Relevant Blog Posts”

  1. 1. Primitive Christianity Says:

    Hi Bro. Bob.
    Thank you for the information. I have began using this method, as you can see in this comment I now have gained two inbound links, one by my name, and the next one is to my Spanish page, El Cristianismo Primitivo.
    Actually, this is kind of a test to see if I have the technique perfected. :-)

  2. 2. Bob Mutch Says:

    Typically it is best with comments to only refer back to your site in the comments content if it is related to what you are posting about. Otherwise people look at it as comment spam and some times will unapprove or not approve the comment or remove the link as I did : )

  3. 3. Cristianismo Primitivo Says:

    Hi Bob:
    I was doing some research on this commenting, and it seems to me that it may not be as good a way to build ranking as it may seem.
    For example, a lot of blog software automatically adds a [rel='external nofollow'] tag to links in comments, like it did for my first comment (I checked the pagfe code to see). That means the search engine will not give that link any “link juice”. So while it may bring some traffic from interested readers, I understand that it will not add any ranking to the link. Am I correct in this?
    Nofollow has some relevant information.

  4. 4. Bob Mutch Says:

    Hi Mike,

    First comment links give you traffic. Some of the people that come may blog about the article or site and blog reviews don’t have nofollows. Also not all blogs have nofollows turned on. However I would hold while nofollow links are discounted I think they are still considered.

    I posted on about 500 blogs for one project and the key phrase when from #400 to the first or send page.

  5. 5. Pseurge Says:

    Is it true? I’ve had a mac os x for half a year now i didnt realize that windows actually came with it for free? thats what boot camp is right? so I decided that i want to set up boot camp but it asked me to back up my files first. i dont have an external source big enough to hold all my data. so i’m wondering if its really a big deal? is there really a good chance that i will lose all my data?? thanks

  6. 6. Bob Mutch Says:

    Hi Pseurge,

    I edited out the 5 links in your post. You should only link to resources that are revelant to your comment post.

    Mac OS Boot Camp doesn’t include a windows xp or vista license.

    Read Mac 101: Using Windows via Boot Camp with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and you will see that.

    Requirements — To use Boot Camp, you need:

    1. An Intel-based Macintosh computer with a built-in or USB keyboard and a built-in trackpad or USB mouse.
    2. Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    3. The latest firmware updates available for your Intel-based Mac.
    4. At least 10 GB of free space on your startup disk (single partition).
    5. A full, single-disc version of Windows Vista, Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later. Boot Camp does not include Windows. You must provide your own properly licensed installation disc. Important: A Windows XP installation disc must include Service Pack 2 (SP2). You cannot install an earlier version of Windows and upgrade to Windows XP, nor install an earlier version of Windows XP and update it to SP2.
    6. Boot Camp Assistant (find it installed in /Applications/Utilities/ on Leopard).



  7. 7. dating website Says:

    [Editor: Comment Spam Example]

    I was going to write a similar blog concerning this topic, you beat me to it. You did a nice job! Thanks and well add your RSS to come categories on our blogs. Thanks so much, Jon B.

    [Editor: This is an example of comment spam. This general comment could be added to any blog article. I typically removed the link that is attached to the name (this is done in the backend of the blogging software) so that there isn't a link to the website the commenter is trying to promote and then post the domain name and note they are committing comment spam. In this case I am not showing the domain as the pictures on dating sites are typically very immodest.

    If you own a blog and get "me to" or "good article" comment spam the best thing in my opinion is to do is either delete them or out them.

    You should be careful not to commit comment spam yourself. When making comments I make sure I have read through the post, address by name the person who wrote the post, make a comment concerning some point they have made in the blog post, and then post a link to a relevant article on my own blog and ask them to read it and give me feedback on it.

    Most blog software by default adds a nofollow tag to comments which tells the search engines not to give any ranking weight to the outbound link. This was done to discourage comment spam. Quality comments will still get your click through traffic, ranking weight and Pagerank vote from blogger that turn off the nofollow tag, and even when the nofollow tag is applied to the link I think the search engines still give you some ranking weight.]

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