Do High PR Backlinks From Blog Comments Really Work?


A few years ago high PR backlinks from manual blog commenting exploded and became one of the most popular ways to build high PR links quickly and effectively. Way back then they were very powerful especially if you leveraged the strength of high PR comment links.

high PR backlinks from comments

It was incredibly easy to rank pages with nothing but blog comments but then tools like Scrapebox came along and ruined the party for everyone as every man and his dog was blasting hundreds of thousands of comments out per day and they become less effective.

Are High PR Links From Comments Still Effective?

I use high PR links from manual blog commenting as part of my overall link building process but it is difficult to judge if it is still effective as it once was when you are building lots of different links over a number of months.

There is only one way to find out (you know where this is going right?) so I decided to setup my own test and share the results with you!

Can You Rank A Page With High PR Backlinks From Comments?

In this experiment I selected a keyword focused inner page of a website that is already ranking well in the SERPS for its main terms. The inner page I chose had no previous link building work done on it all and was perfect for the purposes of this experiment.

Keyword #1 Competition

High PR Blog Comments KW1 Competition

Keyword #2 Competition

High PR Links From Comments KW2 Competition

Experiment Details

The page mentioned above was already optimised for the 2 keywords. Keyword 1 naturally ranked at position 62 and keyword 2 ranked at position 69 at the start of the experiment.

Every week for 4 weeks I built 100 new high PR backlinks with comments and ensured every target page had-

  • Less than 50 outbound links
  • A minimum page rank of 1

I did not spread out the link building each week and just built all 100 of them in one go every Tuesday morning. Pretty simple stuff and a few years ago that would have been more than enough to rank for some pretty decent terms.

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21st Feb – Experiment Results So Far

I started building the links on the 7th Of February and so far 200 of the 400 planned links have been built.

21st Feb Keyword #1 Rankings (Started at #62)

21st Feb Keyword #1 Rankings

21st Feb Keyword #2 Rankings (Started at #69)

21st Feb Keyword #2 Rankings

So 200 links seems to have a positive uplift so far and I’m sure Google are still playing catch up with finding all the juicy new links. Both keywords have jumped up at least 10 positions or so.

12th March – Ranking Update

Last week I built the final set of the links to the page which has now had at least 400 high PR backlinks from comments built to it over the past 4 weeks. Rankings below-

12th March Keyword #1 Rankings (Started at #62)

12th March Keyword #1 Rankings

12th March Keyword #2 Rankings (Started at #69)

12th March Keyword #2 Rankings


Both keywords have shown fairly decent increases in rank across the past 4 weeks. Keyword #1 has jumped up 23 places so far and keyword #2 has jumped up 25 places although both seem to be jumping between the 40’s and 50’s at the moment.

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Google will still be playing catch up with all of the links that have been built so I will update the page again in a couple of weeks with the results of that.

Clearly high PR blog comments do carry some weight and still provide traction with Google although I wouldn’t like to completely rely on them to get me to the number 1 position. You should definitely be using them to support and diversify your existing link building campaigns.

113 Responses

  1. 5.27.2012

    I think you never said which software you've used for this experiment. "High PR Blogs" – is that PR of a homepage or page with the comment? What's the PR range? Can you please give more details? Or maybe PM them to me, if that's not classified :)

    • Sokken
      May 12th, 2015 at 2:06 am

      Please clarify yourself further, this is a very interesting topic. Thank you very much

  2. 8.30.2012

    Interesting experiment, Matt. Have you tried speeding up the indexing of comments, or did you leave them to be discovered and cached naturally?

  3. Punit

    Thanks for sharing such a nice tips. I will try to get backlinks from High PR websites using comments.

    • February 5th, 2013 at 9:59 am

      No worrys :)

      • September 6th, 2014 at 10:59 am

        Hi Matt, I have made a lot of search and still dont find the anwer.

        Simple question blog post vs high pr.

        Blog post must be pr na cz it is new right? but in other side we can write a relevance topic.

        So how do you think? blog post vs high pr? I am waiting ur answer. Thanks :)

  4. 5.2.2013

    I see you wrote this post a few months ago I am just wandering if blog commenting still works this days Matt.

  5. 5.10.2013

    I’m looking for pages with high PR, but always I found only web sites with high PR, and their pages pr is 0, it’s ok if I comment on these pages?

    • May 15th, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Yes thats fine but try and find some pages with PR as well.

      In scrapebox once you find a good site, do a scrape then do a bulk PR check on all the results.

  6. Dramaon.Tv

    can some one provide me high pr wiki sites.

  7. Zevi

    Hi Matt, did you make sure they were dofollow or was it a mix (which to me is 99 nofollow to 1 dofollow)

    • June 12th, 2013 at 8:33 am

      I’ve not cared about nofollow/dofollow for longer than I can remember =\

      • Zevi
        June 12th, 2013 at 11:03 am

        Very interesting in my opinion, that means that you have seen clear improved SERP results with nofollow links just because they were on high PR.


  8. Wow I think these are great tips.. I will definitely be using this method..


  9. 2.7.2014

    Hey Matthew,

    I guess its true that if we comment on high PR blogs, we can get a rank. ;)

    • February 8th, 2014 at 9:47 am

      It’s a nice tactic as part of a broader strategy :)

  10. Man88

    This is really true when using comment to backlink. Google will change your ranking when you comment more on high PR sites

  11. David

    Hey Matthew will this still work in 2014

  12. 5.8.2014

    Hey Matt this is just what I was looking for.

    I always build my sites with high PR contextual links and a good tier 1 foundation.

    I have found a niche where the number 1 site is using nothing but spammy high PR blog comments, that are completely irrelevant to his money site topic.

    I wasn’t planning on hitting this niche but I have dug up every single one of his backlinks and was planning to replicate it to a tee, and hopefully achieve similar results.

    Sites been around for a year with a 70% exact anchor ratio which I am surprised has not been hit. I was planning on actually making my anchors at healthy levels though.

    Was just wondering:

    1. Do you think this would work effectively?

    2. Is there any reason to suggest that a 70% anchor ratio is a good idea to mimic in this scenario? As hes been around for a year. Defies logic but seems to be working.

    3. Would pointing my good PBNs at this, should the spammy blog comments not be enough be a bad idea? Aka would this orgy of spammy blog comment infested niche site somehow leak s*** to my PBNs by being associated with them?

    Thanks mate

  13. Newton Shah

    Really nice tip i’ll must implement on my blog.

  14. 8.6.2014

    Matt you a true hero in this Internet Marketing World. I am a big fan of yours. I just follow your blog blindly because I know your secrets really word awesome.

  15. Ari

    Great info as always man! I’m gonna try this, cuase currently i’m kinda of stuck with SeNuke.

  16. 9.26.2014

    Very interesting stuff, especially what you said about nofollow links in the comments.

  17. sip

    Very interesting , and i know what is follow links from the comments.

  18. 11.25.2014

    if you do high pr blog comments or back links that good for your website. but you it depended on you website seo.

  19. Sudip Majhi

    This is an awesome guide. Hope it will help all people around the world.

  20. retraction

    Umm, were these manual or with scrapebox? Can I get a general idea on how you did it please?

    • December 14th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      ‘How’ the comments are placed really doesn’t matter

  21. 12.19.2014

    its helpful Matt. good job

  22. 12.19.2014

    Hi everyone, need one opinion about backlinks. I am start to using link-assistant and scan of backlink say, backlinks from low PR pages (whatever main domain have high PR) don’t have any value for page they linking. What is your opinion?
    Thank you
    Best regards

  23. christopher

    Interesting Experiment.Thanks for sharing.

  24. 1.17.2015

    That’s very helpful thanks for me nd thanks for sharing tips

  25. 3.2.2015

    thanks for sharing this information

  26. joe

    what i feel personally is yes !!, i think it is only One of the Parameter of Search Engine Ranking. Thank you Matthew Woodward foe the Awesome Article

  27. 4.28.2015

    Hello Matthew Woodward, I just find out your blog post from Al Amin Kabir recommend your blog post. I have just read out your post. Really this post is really helpful to build link though blog commenting. Either I’m a professional blogger or nor, just like and grab the opportunity what you are created here.

    I start blogging on fashion. Need to build back-link that’s why I was looking for such a information what are you created here. Many many thanks bro.

    Best Regards
    Anwer Ashif

  28. Abdelwahab Esmail

    Very excellent article, thank you for this valuable information

  29. kokolu Boutique

    Thanks for sharing this article. Keep Sharing :-)

  30. Nathan Pelensky

    I am very new in this method… Is it really good method of getting ranking through only by blog commenting..

    • July 31st, 2015 at 8:47 am

      I wouldnlt 100% rely on it but it should be part of your strategy

  31. Jasa Halaman Satu

    I read alot your article in this niche. Very interesting article and most of them in page one. Thanks again

  32. 8.11.2015

    I keep reading so-called SEO ‘experts’ saying building back links by commenting on blogs doesn’t work in 2015. Well…it does for me :) As long as you don’t spam, and do it gradually, Google still seems to have no problem with it. Of course, like you said though, it has to be part of an overall strategy, not all of it.

  33. 8.23.2015

    i am Also trying to rank my site through blog comments , any one can help me ?

  34. 10.10.2015

    hey dude nice read by the way ! i just wanna ask if the PR of a website is high but the PR of the page not, does the backlink still worth or not ?

    • October 10th, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      PR is an irrelevant metric that you should ignore in 2015

      • October 10th, 2015 at 4:15 pm

        So you tell me that building links is not effective anymore ?

      • November 6th, 2015 at 10:39 pm

        I strongly agree with you, Matt. It’s better to take the Domain Authority and Trust Flow into consideration. Both these factors provide more value to determine the authority of a website.

  35. shruti // jadau jewellery

    Very concrete and productive list of links. Thank you very much :)

  36. Rylan

    Thank for sharing nice information.

  37. 11.7.2015

    wow, Nice SEO experiment.
    thanks for the information :)

  38. 11.15.2015

    Great post!Learned a lot! Thanks for sharing

  39. 12.3.2015

    Thanks, that is great information for me :)

  40. Ahmed Omar

    Thanks for this Matthew Woodward, I have been using your Rank Cracker software for many months and I can honestly say I have overtaken many of my competitors by copying their backlinks into my website.

    Ahmed Thanks

    • December 17th, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      Hey Ahmed, glad you are putting the software to good use and having great results, keep up the hard work :)

  41. bharat

    nice information . I have been using your Rank Cracker software for many months .thanks for sharing this information

  42. karan

    nice information .

  43. georgiana

    Very attention-grabbing in my view, those incomes that you have seen strong enriched SERP outcomes with no follow links just for the reason that they were on high PR.

    it means this way is still powerful backlink source…????

  44. Kasam

    Wow I think these are great tips.. I will definitely be using this method..

  45. joseph

    I’m just a beginner learning SEO from your videos :)

    • May 5th, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Well, the best way to learn is by getting your hands dirty :)

  46. 5.17.2016

    Excellent article.. Thank you mat

  47. 5.24.2016

    Thank you so much for sharing helpful information

  48. 6.25.2016


  49. jimmy

    Excellent bookmarking strategies.Open my eyes to new ideals and will try to apply them for better exposure for my site.

  50. 7.8.2016

    Hi Matthew, myself and some of my SEO friends have argued about this recently. My take was this would still have a positive effect on rankings if done the way you have described here. So, sharing this post to somewhat validate my claim :)

  51. Moudud

    Hi Matthew Woodward. Its very helpful for link builders. I bookmark it on my browser. It will help me in my profession.
    Thanks for your article. I will read it again.

  52. uthman saheed

    Thanks for the details. I never knew blog commenting could aid link building and ranking. You really touches all i want

  53. 8.6.2016

    Only for rich person

  54. la tahzen

    Thanks for sharing awesome tips.

  55. munar

    Thank you for the information about backlink, may be useful for all users blogger. This information is very useful.

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