I used to follow SEO news a few years back quite heavily, but more recently I haven’t been so tuned into it. That could be because Google seems to be changing things so darn often that I just can’t keep up with what they are doing all the time.
I understand the value of a quality backlink and how beneficial it can be. However, I am not one to spend hours hunting one down. In fact, I don’t even look for them. If I happen to come across something of potential value, then great, but it’s not my primary focus.
Just for fun this past month of November 2013 I thought it would be interesting to see how many backlinks I got for the entire month, and where they were from. I only counted the ones that I actually did myself. I did not include any sites that may have naturally linked to my website. Also I did not take links from social media like Facebook, Google Plus, or Twitter into consideration.
Did I get a large number of backlinks in November? Not even close! Not in my opinion anyway.
The grand total…Drum Roll Please…33 total backlinks! Take that Google! I bet many of you could probably easily beat that in a given month.
29 backlinks were from WordPress blog commenting.
4 were from social bookmarking sites.
The four social bookmarking sites are all nofollow. The blog comments were a combination of dofollow and nofollow. I don’t know the specific ratio because I wasn’t that concerned with whether they were or were not.
I know people that do way more than that. Heck, you might even get that many in a day or two. Should I be doing more? I don’t know maybe. I could have done more, but in my opinion it’s not all about increasing my backlinks. Lately I have been a little more selective about commenting on topics that I am more familiar with and interested in. I don’t see the point of commenting on something just for the sake of getting a backlink.
Additionally the 29 blog comments were from only 14 different websites.
Blogs I commented on in November 2013 that I enjoy (in no particular order):
The 4 Social Bookmarking sites were:
I actually only submitted one link to all four of these sites. I hadn’t added a link to any of these in six months to one year or longer. I thought since it had been so long since I had logged into them and added anything new why not!
Does the author of an article reply to your comment?
I don’t know about you, but I like it when an author replies to my comment and I receive the notification in my email box. Some people say that this could be considered spam since it was unsolicited. I don’t consider it spam because the comment wasn’t solicited either. If you are not willing to receive a legitimate reply from the author then don’t leave a comment. However, this is debatable and has been a hot topic in the past.
Several of the sites that I comment on send out replies, but only a small handful arrive in my inbox. Many of them go directly to my spam/junk folder, and some I do not receive at all anymore. I should also note that I have never marked any of the replies I receive as junk/spam.
Which brings up the question:
Do you know if your replies are actually being delivered to an inbox?
Certainly if a reply ends up in someones junk/spam folder the chances of them actually seeing or reading it will be reduced considerably.
If you are using either the CommentLuv Premium Plugin with the ReplyMe feature, or the older free ReplyMe plugin with a WordPress website you might think about running an occasional test to see where your message’s end up.
I would consider running a test with several different email providers if possible. Especially the more popular like: GMail, Yahoo, OutLook/Hotmail, etc. to see whether it lands in your inbox, spam folder, or completely undelivered.
If you do have another email address you could simply leave a comment on an older post, then login to your WordPress dashboard approve and reply to it. Once you do this, you can delete the test comment, and hopefully you will see the reply in your inbox.
It is also a good idea to perform a test like this a few times per year to make sure it’s working as expected.