Do High DA Backlinks From Blog Comments Help Rankings?

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If you have ever left a comment on NeilPatel.com, you’ll notice that there is no URL field. Why? Well, a few years ago, blog commenting exploded. I was literally getting thousands of spam comments a day from people just leaving a comment for the purpose of link building instead of providing value to the community. Sure, there are spam plugins like Akismet , but it doesn’t catch everything. Now, most blog comments contain the nofollow attribute in which they tell Google not to follow the link or drive any “SEO value” to that URL. But still, people still leave blog comments for the purpose of link building. So, over the past 7 months, I’ve been running an interesting experiment to answer the age-old question… Do backlinks from blog comments actually help rankings? Experiment rules First off, for this experiment, we used “domain score,” which is similar to domain authority. If you want to know your domain score, the backlinks report in Ubersuggest will tell you what it is. With this experiment, I sent out an email to a part of my list looking for participants and had 794 websites apply. From there, I set the following criteria: English-only sites – It’s easier to rank on many of Google’s international search engines even without building links. I removed non-English speaking sites as I didn’t want to skew the results. Low-authority sites – I removed any website with a domain score greater than 20 and any site with more than 20 backlinks. The reason being is when a site has a lot of authority, they tend to rank easily for new keywords, even if they don’t build any new links. No subdomains – I didn’t want a WordPress.com site, a Blogspot site, or even a Tumblr site. Again, this would skew the results so I removed them. After eliminating the sites that didn’t meet the above criteria, I was left with 314 sites. Of those 314 sites, many dropped off because they didn’t complete the required work on their part (which was to write a blog post), so I was left with 183 sites at the end that participated. How the experiment worked Similar to my previous link building experiment and my on-page SEO experiment , I had these websites write a 1,800 to 2,000-word blog post on whatever subject that was relevant to their site. The websites had 2 weeks to …

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We Analyzed 11.8 Million Google Search Results. Here’s What We Learned About SEO

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We recently analyzed 11.8 million Google search results to answer the question: Which factors correlate with first page search engine rankings? We looked at content. We looked at backlinks. We even looked at page speed. With the help of our data partner Ahrefs , we uncovered some interesting findings. And today I’m going to share what we found with you. Here is a Summary of Our Key Findings: 1. Our data shows that a site’s overall link authority (as measured by Ahrefs Domain Rating) strongly correlates with higher rankings. 2. Pages with lots of backlinks rank above pages that don’t have as many backlinks. In fact, the #1 result in Google has an average of 3.8x more backlinks than positions #2-#10. 3. Comprehensive content with a high “Content Grade” (via Clearscope ), significantly outperformed content that didn’t cover a topic in-depth. 4. We found no correlation between page loading speed …

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SEMrush Review: Details, Features & Pricing

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Here is my complete review of SEMrush . In this post you’ll see: What SEMrush does well What SEMrush doesn’t do well My opinion of SEMrush’s SEO and PPC features Whether SEMrush is worth the monthly fee A whole lot more Let’s get started. Domain Analytics This is a big picture overview of a site’s overall SEO and PPC marketing efforts. And if you want to dig deeper, you can get details on a site’s organic traffic, backlinks , PPC campaigns, engagement metrics (like bounce rate ), the site’s main competitors in Google search, and more. This report is helpful if you want to quickly see how much traffic a site gets from SEO or Google Ads . But the real value here comes from each of the detailed subreports. So let’s break down a few of these right now. Organic Research This feature is simple. Yet super powerful if …

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17 Advanced SEO Techniques for 2020

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This is a list of 17 advanced SEO strategies, techniques and tactics. In fact, these strategies have helped my site bring in 350,973 visitors per month from Google. So if you’re sick of reading the same old beginners stuff (“create great content!”), you’ll really enjoy this list. 1. Rank for “Journalist Keywords” 2. Use Animated Images to Improve Time On Site 3. Create Content Hubs 4. Target Comparison Keywords 5. Use Dynamic Parameters for Pagination 6. Build Backlinks With Podcasts 7. Forge a Content Alliance 8. Maximize SERP Real Estate 9. Embed Original Images In Your Content 10. Optimize Your Content For Keyword Relevance 11. Create a Comments Section On Your Blog 12. Uncover People Also Ask Keywords 13. Add “Content Features” To Your Page 14. Publish Topic + Year Content 15. Get Backlinks From Unlinked Brand Mentions 16. Optimize for Google Discover 17. Find Low-Competition Keywords From Reddit Bonus …

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Ubersuggest Chrome Extension: The Ultimate Link Build Tool

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Over the next few months, you are going to see a lot of updates in Ubersuggest , including new features. But before I dive into what I’m going to release soon, let’s first talk about the new Chrome extension . If you haven’t installed it, make sure you go and do so now … No more Neil’s face The biggest complaint we got about the extension was “my face” being in the search results. You know, that speech bubble that looked something like this… So, I removed it. I know you don’t like it based on the reviews , so I tried to leave it in as long as possible because it’s branding. Indirectly it keeps me and my agency top of mine so hopefully, it would eventually drive business. Link building You may have noticed that there is a little “U” symbol within your browser bar once you install …

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Your SEO Traffic Using Ubersuggest

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There are a lot of tools out there and a ton of SEO reports. But when you use them, what happens? You get lost, right? Don’t worry, that’s normal (sadly). And maybe one day I will be able to fix that. But for now, the next best thing I can do is teach you how to grow your SEO traffic using Ubersuggest . This way, you know exactly what to do, even if you have never done any SEO. Here we go… Step #1: Create a project Head over to the Ubersuggest dashboard and register for a free account. Once you do that, I want you to click on “Add Your First Project.” Next, add your URL and the name of your website. Then pick the main country or city that you do business in. If you are a national business, then type in the country you are in. If …

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Google’s New Algorithm: Page Experience

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Don’t worry… your traffic hasn’t gone down (or up) because of the Page Experience algorithm update hasn’t rolled out yet. But it will in 2021 according to Google. Due to the coronavirus, they decided to give us all a heads up on the future algorithm update and what it entails… that way you can adjust your website so your traffic doesn’t tank. So, what’s the Page Experience update and how can you prepare for it? Page Experience In Google’s own words, here is what it means… The page experience signal measures aspects of how users perceive the experience of interacting with a web page. Optimizing for these factors makes the web more delightful for users across all web browsers and surfaces, and helps sites evolve towards user expectations on mobile. We believe this will contribute to business success on the web as users grow more engaged and can transact with …

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11 Proven Ways to Increase Dwell Time

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Are you doing everything you can to rank for a specific keyword? Are you struggling to get on even the first page, much less the top? Here’s the thing: there’s a good chance you are making a ton of mistakes that sends users back to the SERP. After developing hundreds of high-ranking pages, I’m here to show you the role dwell time plays in ranking and how you can increase it. Before I share 11 strategies to increase your dwell time, let’s look at what dwell time is and why it matters. What is Dwell Time? Dwell time is the length of time a user spends on your page before returning to SERP. Most SEOs consider dwell time to be a ranking signal, though Google hasn’t confirmed it. As an example, let’s say you want to establish a better morning routine. So you Google “morning rituals.” You click on the …

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How to Get Backlinks in 2020 [Series] - Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by BritneyMuller Link building is never-ending in SEO, but a little creativity and smart tactics can help you ferret out great link opportunities from their hiding spots. In this episode of Whiteboard Friday, Britney Muller kicks off a series on modern link building (including the sage advice: let people choose their own anchor text!) Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, Moz fans. Welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. Today we are going to be looking at the easiest ways for you to get backlinks to your website. None of these involve content creation whatsoever. Really excited to dive into this. It will be part of a larger "Link Building in 2020 Series and Beyond." So really excited to dive into some of the easiest things that you can do today to enhance your backlink profile. …

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3 Simple Steps to Get Your First 10,000 Visitors from Google

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Today’s going to be fun. I’m going to make a bet with you that if you follow the 3 steps below, and you really follow them, you can get 10,000 visitors from Google. I promise it won’t be hard, but it will take time. And if you follow my steps and don’t get the results, hit me up and I will personally help you with your marketing. All I ask is you do it for 3 months straight. You may not get to 10,000 visitors from Google in 3 months as some niches are really tiny, but most of you should get there or be well on your way. Again, if you prove to me that you followed everything below and you don’t achieve the results, you can get in touch and I will personally help you with your marketing for free. Ready? Step #1: Finding the right keywords If …

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17 Untapped Ways to Find New Content Ideas

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Today I’m going to show you 17 little-known ways to find GREAT content ideas. In fact, finding untapped content topics is one of the main reasons that my blog now brings in 519,977 visits per month: So if you want to come up with content topic ideas for blog posts, YouTube videos and podcasts, this list is for you. 1. Use Google Image Tags 2. Facebook Ad Library 3. The Reddit Keyword Research Tool 4. Best By Links Reports 5. The Exploding Topics Tool 6. Scan Blog Comments 7. Competitor’s YouTube Channels 8. Product Hunt 9. Google Analytics Landing Pages Report 10. Ahrefs Content Explorer 11. The Content Relaunch 12. Create Yearly Guides 13. Content Swipe File 14. Google’s Searches Related To 15. Find Super Low-Competition Keywords 16. A/B Rankings Keyword Questions Tool 17. Podcast Titles and Descriptions Bonus #1: Conference Talks Bonus #2: Pinterest Suggest 1. Use Google Image …

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