We all know how hard it is to come back backlinks to our web sites, now that the web is a hugely-crowded space and spam is clogging half the pipes. So you've got the option of buying links (if you want to take the risk), directory submissions (limited effectiveness) and article publishing (time-intensive).
One of the best remaining options is commenting on do-follow blogs. Again, this can be utilized for spam by junk comments…but most do-follow bloggers are forced to manually approve their comments…and it won't be approved anyway. So…why not take 5 minutes to read the blog post and contribute something of value (an opinion, an insight or a personal experience)? The blogger will appreciate (and approve) your contribution, and you'll benefit from the backlink to your site.
But…how do you find these magical do-follow blogs? There are TONS of lists out there on various blogs and sites…but most are woefully out of date.
The best one we've found is a new directory, called The Rise Above Directory. Hundreds of blogs, confirmed as do-follow, categorized for your convenience…even ranked by Google PR. However, don't fall into the trap of just commenting on high-PR blogs. That's the kind of tactic that appeals to link-sellers…which isn't a very good long-term investment in the first place. Instead, find a good blog and support it with a comment or two. It's PR will rise in time and you'll benefit as well. Plus, the lower-PR posts are less likely to have comments…i.e., fewer links to erode whatever link juice is available.
Originally posted 2008-06-29 11:22:45.