Do High PR Backlinks From Blog Comments Really Work?

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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.

What Are High PR Backlinks?

High PR backlinks are when you get a link to your website from a website that has a high level of authority or page rank. They are considered to be the most powerful type of backlink you can get.

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.

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

Summary

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.

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.

224 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

      • pinto jaman
        February 21st, 2017 at 11:52 am

        thank foryour sit

  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
    2.4.2013

    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 :)

        • September 7th, 2014 at 9:59 pm

          Hi,

          Use both and mix things up

          • Prabin With Keyword Difficulty
            December 6th, 2016 at 1:44 pm

            This is a bit weird idea I think.
            You have to roam around to make some Commenting Backlinks.

            Recently, also Penguin 4 arrived with real-time action.
            Its right somehow that still DA, PA matters a lo

  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 site:thedomain.com scrape then do a bulk PR check on all the results.

  6. Dramaon.Tv
    5.15.2013

    can some one provide me high pr wiki sites.

  7. Zevi
    6.11.2013

    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.

        Cheers!

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

    Thanks

  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
    2.25.2014

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

  11. David
    3.8.2014

    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
    7.13.2014

    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
    9.2.2014

    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
    11.24.2014

    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
    12.5.2014

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

  20. retraction
    12.13.2014

    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
    1.13.2015

    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
    3.17.2015

    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 marketever.com 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
    7.2.2015

    Very excellent article, thank you for this valuable information

  29. kokolu Boutique
    7.12.2015

    Thanks for sharing this article. Keep Sharing :-)

  30. Nathan Pelensky
    7.29.2015

    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
    8.3.2015

    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
    10.31.2015

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

  36. Rylan
    11.7.2015

    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
    12.16.2015

    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
    1.1.2016

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

  42. karan
    1.1.2016

    nice information .

  43. georgiana
    2.25.2016

    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
    4.20.2016

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

  45. joseph
    5.5.2016

    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

    THANKS FOR SHARE YOUR INFORMATION IT WILL BE VERYFRUITFUL FOR ME .

  49. jimmy
    7.2.2016

    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
    7.24.2016

    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
    8.3.2016

    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
    9.3.2016

    Thanks for sharing awesome tips.

  55. munar
    10.18.2016

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

  56. Jame
    11.6.2016

    Hey Math ,
    if I build 100 backlinks comment in a week for new site ,is it good for my site ?

  57. 11.12.2016

    This is helpful blog, thanks for share it.

  58. 11.12.2016

    Thanks a lot for these great informations. I really appreciate that

  59. 11.12.2016

    Very much informative article . In comment backlinks is it mandatory to put only the homepage url or if we put a post url will it cause any problem ?

  60. Moumik // Real Nature Pictures
    11.13.2016

    Wow… Its really good, your experiment make me excite, thanks for this post…

  61. edesign
    11.24.2016

    Great job you did by sharing high PR site. Thank you. It will help a lot for ranking in search engine. Thanks again, Take Care

  62. Gurdeep Singh
    11.26.2016

    Thanks for making us believe that commenting still has some value in ranking your site.

    • November 27th, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Of course it does, but it has so many other benefits as well like traffic and relationships

  63. 11.26.2016

    Thanks Matt,

    Personally I have tested this & it still works in Nov 2016..

    • November 27th, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Hey Ryan,

      Can you explain your test a little more please?

      • Capitum
        November 28th, 2016 at 8:34 am

        That was exactly what I also wanted to know :P

  64. 11.30.2016

    This is really very interesting. Yeah i definitely agree that comment backlinks are still very effective. Lower the OBL is better and also if the site is relevant to yours.

    • December 13th, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Yes and even better if you can grab one of the first few comments

  65. 11.30.2016

    So would I go about doing this by entering my web site here or is it like your form here on every site where I enter my website. Hopefully you can clarify for me how I would actually do this on someones blog post.

  66. 12.8.2016

    Thanks for this. I was actually commenting on a few blogs but I never stopped and actually wondered if it was making a difference aha. Thanks!

    • December 12th, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      It’s even better if you can grab one of the first few comments to grab some traffic too!

  67. 12.12.2016

    Thank you so much for writing awesome article. This is probably the best article by far. Easy to understand and educate myself on the blog commenting and how the best way to go about it. Thank you very much, I really appreciate you sharing this with us.

  68. Sachin
    12.12.2016

    Still to this day I am commenting on blogs for a page rank…your post really sheds a good light on the topic. Thanks a lot!!

  69. Aurelien
    12.13.2016

    Thanks Tanks for sharing. Great experience and good job.

  70. 12.15.2016

    Ah thanks so much. I’ve been looking for this kind of answer. There’s such a fine line between pushing a website legitimately and being spammy

  71. nikhil upadhyay
    12.17.2016

    Very interesting experiment. Very helpful for the beginners seo’s

  72. sriraga
    12.25.2016

    Thank you very much.. A valuable lesson about the High PR links.. i learnt some thing.. from your post..

  73. Mawra
    12.31.2016

    Hi. i am facing “DE INDEXING” issue on my blog. If Any one can answer my problem. Please

  74. Alexsandro
    1.5.2017

    thanks for sharing

  75. Autoankauf
    1.10.2017

    Thanks for sharing. Good job.

  76. 1.15.2017

    This article was great for me. I was just trying to optimize my SEO, DIY style as a small business owner. I knew about linking from comments but thought that it was an outdated method. It’s good to know that backlinks still hold some form of validity in Google. This article answered my Google search perfectly!

  77. Steve Moore
    1.16.2017

    Hello Mathew,

    Thanks for Sharing valuable lesson about the High PR links.

  78. vizyu
    1.19.2017

    thanks for useful tricks. Following u.

  79. 1.21.2017

    Nice article thanks for sharing………

  80. 1.22.2017

    Hi Matthew,
    This brings me back to a question. Commenting on hundreds of blogs must be taking fairly good time. Now, these comment links matter because they are quantitatively more and on high PR websites ?
    Or getting fewer backlinks from articles would work better ?

    Please advise.

    • January 23rd, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Well as with most things in life, more is better :)

  81. Safran
    1.25.2017

    Doing experiment is a good idea. Thank you :)

  82. Amber Sullivan
    1.31.2017

    Great article! Glad to hear that blog comments still do play a part in SEO and can have a positive impact on ranking

  83. Ayush
    2.1.2017

    nice one

  84. 2.7.2017

    Nice Great Job Keep It Up

  85. 2.7.2017

    Hello Math ,

    if I build 30 backlinks comment in a Day for new site ,is it good for my site ?

  86. Maten
    2.15.2017

    Nice article and best tip ,
    Thanks for your information !
    Regard ,
    Daniel ,

  87. 2.15.2017

    Great post and thanks for sharing. Im starting to use ths strategy. Every little helps right!

  88. 2.15.2017

    Seriously i was looking for 3 days for this topic, such a nice post Thanks Man

  89. 2.17.2017

    Hi,
    Interesting article. Not sure about “the more the better”, but it seems to be still somehow effective, as you r experiment shows.

  90. 2.23.2017

    My website is died almost. It has 350+ post but not 100 visits per day
    what should i do?

  91. Poyraz Sahin
    3.1.2017

    Your post is really great. I have a question. My blog is turkish, if I comment webpages non turkish, can it be positive for my blog?

  92. Mithun Chondro Roy
    3.4.2017

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

  93. Thomas
    3.23.2017

    Great post Matthew. I was just strategizing on how to get some easy links going for a brand new site. Based on your results I think I will begin with a handful of blog comments here and there.

  94. Homigo
    3.23.2017

    I have been creating back links from blogs but nothing seem to work.. Any idea why?

  95. 3.27.2017

    Thanks! That helps alot. I’m going to need a new plan for my blog.

  96. sbtet world
    3.27.2017

    good artical sirrrrrr

  97. rosy paul
    4.1.2017

    I saw too many articles on this topic, but this one is better and little different so big thanks for this article

  98. zozothemes
    4.4.2017

    Thanks for sharing its very useful!!..

  99. Marie-Jeanne
    4.5.2017

    Thanks, this gonna help me for my project :)

  100. urdu digest download
    4.6.2017

    Thanks for sharing, fantastic article

  101. Neqson
    4.9.2017

    Thanks for these spots of BL :)

  102. 4.11.2017

    Great blog! I was really not sure if blog commenting was still useful but after I read your article, it changed my mind, thank you!

  103. michael
    4.11.2017

    a wonderful article, thanks

  104. 4.13.2017

    Thank you For sharing, it really helpful

  105. Hi Matthew,

    My thought on blog commenting: If Google does not keep a good eye on backlinks, I would like to do the art of blog commenting on high PR sites related to my niche. At least My blog will get popular among readers. Like how we post for our loyal readers, we should treat commenting method as a way to reach the right audience.

    Thanks.

  106. 4.13.2017

    very clear and steady. may be difficult to implement, but it should be attempted.

  107. Tampa
    4.13.2017

    Thanks for your list.. it’s very useful to everyone..

  108. Emagazine2u
    4.14.2017

    Also done some of the experiment and great result

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