15 responses

  1. Ted Ives
    December 8, 2012

    An example of a hidden link using HTML font colors:
    I totally agree with what this guy said here!

    Originally posted by Dwight D. Eisenhower:

    “This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.
    We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together”

    Too bad no one has heeded his warning!
    Can you spot the link in the quote above? – Ted


  2. Richard
    December 10, 2012

    I’ve always believed in the add something to the discussion philosophy. People frequently comment on my blog and I like that, just not when they use anchor text in their comments or if they sign their name as [insert anchor text]. Posting URL’s within comments is fine as long as it is warranted and not self-promotional.


  3. Martijn Oud
    January 7, 2013

    Hah, interesting timing to find this post. One of my new-years resolutions is to leave more blog comments. It’s something I never really get around to doing.

    I really liked your tip on auto-fill but, for Chrome, I don’t think it works for comment fields? For registration forms I can always use it but almost never see it forms like this one.

    As for “read the article” I of course agree but would like to add that you don’t have to read ‘every single world’. For example — I skipped the “what anchor text” part of this post since I feel it’s a subject I’m fairly knowledgeable about.


  4. James
    February 12, 2013

    This is the first time I’ve come across a post discussing tactics on the best practices for SEO blog commenting. I know the feeling when someone posts a completely unrelated comment on your blog. This is not adding what adding value is all about. If anything one cool trick I will take away from your post is the advanced HTML where you can Wrap the Link in an HTML Color Command To Make it Black


  5. Tim
    March 24, 2013

    Thanks so much for putting this together. I think the point you touched on that’s been most relevant for me was regarding gravatar. I’ve been trying to contribute in a thoughtful way to blogs that are in my industry, but I found my comment acceptance rate went through the roof once I added a gravatar. It’s great to see that you highlighted it in this post. Thanks!


  6. Ana Hoffman
    April 16, 2013

    Thanks for the awesome guide, Ted – followed you here from your post at SearchEngineLand.

    Gave it thumbs up in my marketing skinny: http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com/weekly-marketing-skinny-april-13-2013/


  7. Mike
    April 23, 2013

    Very interesting article, I was hoping someone would identify which text was camouflaged with the link inside that Ted Ives posted above. If its there I don’t see it. Hopefully someone will answer the question by the time I get back to this article.


  8. Paul
    June 11, 2013

    Very interesting post and very in depth. I honestly believe it should all be natural and genuine. Dont just comment for the sake of it comment because you liked the post and because you have something to offer to the post or the comments from others.


  9. Josh Nicholas
    June 25, 2013

    Clipped straight to Evernote. I’ve resolved to do more blog commenting to help promote our digital agency and build my own personal brand. I intend to encourage our clients to do more of this for their own businesses too – this is a definitive resource to point them to.

    Thanks Ted!


  10. Akshay Hallur
    April 23, 2014

    Very insightful article on comments. It is certainly a debated topic whether Google devalued links in comment section.
    I think as far as the link in the comment returns value to the future visitors, it is effective.


  11. preeti
    July 1, 2015

    Hello ,
    Thanks for Sharing Great Articles , Very insightful article on comments. It is certainly a debated topic whether Google devalued links in comment section.


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