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  1. Whats up with blog comment links?

    I launched a site about 3-4 months ago and the very, very first thing I did was some blog commenting (On nofollow and domains that don't have nofollow). I left probably 25-30 great comments out of which maybe 4 got denied so the comments and the back link are appearing on the articles.


    • all the articles were new, less than 2 days old when my comments were published.
    • all the sites the articles were on, have been indexed in the engines
    • all the sites were some how directly related to my niche

    Now the problem is, that after I did the blog commenting, I went and hit up some forum signatures and competitions forums that allowed links to other sites and they are still in place. Around 20-30 of these as well. Its probably been about 45 days since I finished this up.

    But in google webmaster tools the only links that are showing up for some reason are the links from the forums?

    So far, 0 links have showed up from the numerous blogs I left comments on, and even after going back to double check them and they are all still there. Does Google not give bennefit from blog comment links any longer? I'd venture to say that 98% of the blog comments I left were on wordpress blogs.


    I'm not really complaining as the domain is ranking #4-6 already for a highly competive keyword that had sites established for years before I came along. But if these blog comments would count, (or atleast show up in GWT and let me think they are counting) I wouldn't be here asking this question , and I'd hopefully be 2-3 (It'll be a while before over taking #1 as it has sitelinks and is an authority to be reckowned with first!)
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  2. The links in your google webmaster tools may only update when pagerank is updated. The last time my backlinks were updated was at the end of May - a full 2 months ago.

    Use the link: command in google - it updates on a regular basis but does not show all of the links.

    Besides that, use yahoo site explorer it seems to find more links then google does anyway.

  3. Last time GWT updated the link count was on "Updated Jul 26, 2009" using link: never works, it hasn't been accurate in years. Currently showing...1 back link Thanks for the advice though, checking out Yahoo site explorer to see what it has to say
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  4. Quote Originally Posted by Sundance View Post
    Last time GWT updated the link count was on "Updated Jul 26, 2009
    It might say July 26, but its not accurate. Check the date stamp on the actual links, not what it says at the bottom of the page.

    The last time stamp on the majority of my backlinks was the last week of may. Not a single link has been added to my google webmaster tools since around June 5th or so. From around June 5 - July 29, I have built several hundred links, maybe even closer to a few thousand. And not a single one of them has been counted in my google webmaster tools. But they show up using the link: command.

    Go go by the time stamp on the majority of your links. And not when the page says it was last updated.

  5. So far, 0 links have showed up from the numerous blogs I left comments on
    Are they just not showing up in google webmaster tools or are they not "counting", not having an effect on rankings?
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    Blog commenting is a highly effective method of building backlinks, so I think your best method would be to find a different tool to measure backlinks. I know SEOMoz has one for free that you can use, or you can get Clicky Analytics or Woopra.

  7. Advanced Link Manager is a great way to find "hidden" links on the web. There's a 30 day free trial you can play with -- again and again and again.

    I should mention though, that all of my tests have shown that Google doesn't give any weight to links in blog comments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    I should mention though, that all of my tests have shown that Google doesn't give any weight to links in blog comments.
    What about links in the blog comments?

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    Blog commenting is something that is highly effective so long as you have some knowledge to impart.

    I don't see it being effective for someone who knows nothing about the forum topic.

    What's awful is noobs with "that's great" or "thanks for that" posts.

    However niche forums are a great way to get relevant links and give something back to a community

  10. All of my tests show zero results from both forum signature links and blog comment links.

    I'm not talking about "can't get pages ranked well", I'm talking about "can't get a page ranked for a unique keyword that has zero competing pages on the entire web."
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