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.Edu Blog Comment Links

by Jon Cooper
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I had heard a few SEOs talk about commenting on .edu blogs, but I’d never known a way to find them. Until now. Recently I discovered a blog on a .edu domain, and I found a link to their Comments RSS (they use WordPress). I then realized there was something in common between all .edu WordPress blogs that have comments – they all have a comment feed. So, by typing in the following search query, you can find 1,500+ .edu WordPress blogs to comment on and get links from (the search results are comment feeds):
Site:.edu inurl:comments/feed
Now, are these links worthwhile? They are nofollow links, so they don’t pass link juice, but nonetheless in my eyes they are still worth it. Because they’re from a .edu domain, the links are much more trustworthy in Google’s eyes. Besides, a lot of SEOs recommend commenting on industry blogs (99% of them are nofollow) so these .edu comment links are a step up from the norm.
When you type in the above query, you will get around 1,830 results. This means you have quite a few to choose from. Here’s how I suggest you should pick the right ones for you:
•    Make sure the comment feed features comments within the last month. If not, you could run into blogs that scarcely accept comments or some that don’t even allow comments any more.
•    Look for blogs that are as close to your niche as possible. I know finding them is tough, but having blogs you can relate to makes the commenting 10x easier.
•    Look for higher Page Rank blogs on this list; some of them on the list are relatively unknown and might not get indexed too often, so make sure you’re finding a trusted .edu blog.
•    If you can, find universities that are closer geographically. This can help you build trust from a local standpoint, however I don’t know if this is entirely true. For example, if you live in Austin, Texas, commenting on a UT Austin blog might be more worthwhile then commenting on a University of Oregon blog.

 

In the past, you’ve been preached to about writing comments that contribute to the conversation. This has never been truer with .edu blogs. These blogs reject a higher percent of comments because they are more likely to get spam, so make sure you contribute at the very least 3 quality sentences. If possible, try and ask a question to open up the conversation even more. You can build more credibility through a blog by responding multiple times on one post, which can help get your future comments get approved.
Some could argue that you want comments from a wide range of blogs, but I’d argue that building up credibility on just a few can be much more worthwhile. By being in every conversation on a blog, you can build a relationship not only with the author, but also with other commenters. This can lead to bigger and better linking opportunities than just comment links.
Any thoughts on this strategy? I’d love to hear what my readers have to think on gaining .edu comment links!
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Jon Cooper – who has written 122 posts on Point Blank SEO.

Jon Cooper+ is an SEO consultant based out of Gainesville, FL who specializes in link building. For more information on him and Point Blank SEO, visit the about page. Follow him on Twitter.

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10 Comments
  1. Thanks mate! I was badly looking for .edu blogs, now i got many. But almost all are PR 0. Are all auto-approved, as then lots of blogs could be opened and commented on? Please help.

  2. Jon Cooper says:

    Yeah, that seems to be the only problem – the blogs aren’t sorted by highest quality. Here’s what I say you should do – get SEO Quake for Firefox (it’s an add-on), and once downloaded & active, you will be able to sort your search results by different metrics. Use advanced search so you get 100 results per page, then try sorting by any of the metrics, maybe Alexa ranking. You can’t sort by PR which is what I usually use this tool for because the comment feeds have no page rank. That’s the best way – other than that, you have to go site to site until you find a few quality ones. Hope that helps?

  3. Thank God! It works as you said most of the blogs are do-follow and auto approval. Thanks man!

  4. edu blogs have very Good strength in the eyes of Google.

  5. naschtial says:

    Thanks for sharing! :P now i think my brain is bigger! :)

  6. youngstyle says:

    Thank God! It works as you said most of the blogs are do-follow and auto approval. Thanks man!

  7. Nice work, I’ve a busy evening commenting ahead of me

    R

  8. Thanks a lot for this.

    I was wondering (not using your advise against you, lol, but) how can nofollow links help?
    They won’t provide linkjuice as you said but, what will they do?
    How can they be helpfull? and how can .edu links be helpfull?

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