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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How to Boost Domain Authority: Checking and Improving This Key Site Metric

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Knowing your domain authority may help you create or improve your marketing plan. But how do you know what your domain authority is? Let’s dive into what this metric is and some tips for picking the perfect domain authority checker for your business. What is Domain Authority? Domain authority (DA) refers to the number of relevant backlinks—links to your website from other reputable sites—your site has. The relevance of those backlinks also contributes to your score. Moz created the Domain Authority metric to help businesses figure out where they may rank on search engine results pages (SERPs). They estimate a page’s possible ranking via several channels, “including linking root domains and the number of total links, into a single DA score. This score can compare websites or track the ‘ranking strength’ of a website over time.” Some brands are authoritative without even seeming to try. This is because the keywords …

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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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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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Link Building Consulting

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Despite how much SEO has evolved over the years, link building remains one of the most important components in order to rank well in search engines. It’s a simple concept: get as many quality and relevant websites to link back to your content. The difficulty however is in the execution, which involves various skills such as content creation, research, and outreach. All of these things can be time-consuming and hard to pull off. If you need help with your link building strategy, then you may want to look into link building consulting. 6 Ways a Link Building Consultant Can Help Grow Your Business Link building is a key component of SEO, which serves one primary goal: to grow your business. At a business level, you can expect the following benefits when you hire a link building consultant: Better search rankings – Getting more authoritative and relevant websites to link to …

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19 Advanced SEO Techniques to Double Your Search Traffic

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Are you ready to double your search traffic ? Understanding SEO is crucial to significantly increase your traffic and brand awareness. Right now, thousands of people are looking for content just like yours. You can help them find it by becoming an SEO expert. In fact, 40 percent of website traffic begins with a search query. That’s why search engine optimization (SEO) is so important. Staying on top of SEO takes a lot of research and experimentation. Google’s algorithms are constantly updated, so it’s important to stay tuned into the latest news. With a bit of practice, you can become your own SEO expert. That’s what I did! Every day, people use Google to conduct over 3.5 billion searches . In the U.S., 78% of people use the web to research products and services before buying. Once your website begins to rank on the first pages of Google’s search results, …

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The B2B Content Marketing Report

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We analyzed 502 B2B companies to better understand how they approach content marketing. And to help identify content marketing approaches work best in the B2B space. Specifically, we looked at: How many B2B companies have a blog The types of content are they publishing How much organic traffic B2B blogs receive each month The characteristics of top performing B2B content And more Now it’s time to share what we discovered. Our summary findings are as follows: 1. 72% of B2B companies have a blog. Put another way, 28% of B2B companies don’t have a blog. 2. Only 8% of B2B companies solely use their blogs for sharing company-focused, PR-style content. 3. B2B blogs that create education content receive 52% more organic traffic than those that mainly publish content about their company. 4. Only 29% of B2B companies allow comments on their blog posts. 5. 65% of B2B companies use stock …

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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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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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How to Choose The Right Link Building Agency

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Even if you publish the best content on any given content, Google might not rank it. In fact, they usually don’t. It takes a lot more than just content to get Google traffic these days. So what’s required to win? Sooner or later, you’re going to need high quality links to your content. There’s lots of grey-area folks in this space. What’s the right way to do it? Are there any good link building companies out there? They do exist. They’re just hard to find. And be extra careful with all this. Not only does Google forbid paying for links, the only legitimate long-term strategy is to build links authentically. The right link building companies will help you do this. Before going any further, always start with your goals. Know Your Goals and Desired Outcomes Take a step back and ask yourself: Why do I need to build links to …

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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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