CommentLuv Premium Turbocharged Anchor Text

The amazing plug-in, CommentLuv  Premium, is sweeping the blogosphere!

Invented by coding guru Andy Bailey, CommentLuv gives you the power to reward commenters with links back to their own articles.  You can set the rewards to encourage more comments, notify Twitter, Facebook, G+, etc., or lure readers to register to your site.

CommentLuv Premium is amazingly flexible for you the blog owner to offer other bloggers rewards

But as a commentor, the CommentLuv Premium offers you equal flexibility.

Standard Comment Method

The standard comment technique is to enter your name, your e-mail address, the URL of your homepage, a comment politely and tastefully crafted, and finally, a link to your most recent post. 

Using this standard approach offers the usual opportunity to make a politely worded germane comment and to promote one of your articles, where cleverness and creativity are reflected in the post’s title.

Let’s Kick It up a Notch

When the CommentLuv blog where you are commenting allows it, you have an additional power.  This is the power to add keywords following your name and the “@ ” sign.  Thusly, Astro Gremlin@knickknacks for sale. ”  

To have this power bestowed upon you may be required to have left three comments, or met some other condition, or may not be allowed at all  (bummer).

Keywords of your choosing are limited in number, ranging from 1 to 9, typically 3 to 4.

These words serve as what is called “anchor text” for your site.  Search engines such as Google see these anchor text words associated with the URL address of your homepage.  If you are a purveyor of knickknacks, for example, the keyword anchor text “knickknacks” tells search engines that your site is relevant to that topic.

For example, if you happen to have a personal blog and happen to be an ax murderer fan, the “anchor text” keywords such as “chop chop,” “Lizzie Borden,” or “40 whacks” might all work well to let Google know what your site is about. Photo of Lizzie Borden for CommentLuv Premium Turbocharged

This flexibility offers you nearly infinite creative opportunity to let the world know with many word combinations just what a reader can expect when they click on your name. 

Leave enough of these kinds of anchor text keywords around the Internet and you may become the featured guest for a long interview.  By an “edgy” talk radio show or local law enforcement.

You can add a boost to the overall gestalt, at least for a human reader, by promoting an exciting post title from the CommentLuv pulldown menu.  “Mom Gets 40, Dad 41: Gender Inequity?”  “Sharpening Tips and Do They Really Make a Difference” or “Diplomatic Conversation Starters with Standoffish Neighbors.”

To set these choices, get CommentLuv  Premium, and in your settings select a list of your best post AND page titles to promote when you leave a comment.

Going the Distance

Now these standard techniques are going to, of course, promote your featured article.  Moreover, choice keyword anchor texts for your homepage are going to notify Google of its relevance to those keywords.  Make it a habit of commenting on five, 10 or 20 sites a day the search engines soon get multiple clues about the topics in your homepage content.

Put It on Turbo

Here’s the really cool tip.  What if instead of the standard homepage URL, you put in the URL of a specific post?  Let’s say you have a landing page deep in your site and you enter its full address instead of the standard homepage URL.  Now the keywords you select are going to serve as anchor text for that specific article.

Let’s assume you’re getting a little bored with the ax murderer thing and want to branch out into arranging and photographing flowers.  Instead of your usual ax murderer homepage, you enter the full link to an article called “My Favorite Funeral Wreath Designs.”  Now you also diverge from your usual keywords, and type after your name “@ lilies and ferns.”  For a comment on another site, you could use the same article URL but this time put “@babies breath” or  “@black roses.”  For these comments you can also select a nice article from your collection, say, “Natural Fertilizers for Amazing Fern Growth.”

Example of Premium CommentLluv Turbo Settings

See below how relevant keywords are set up to anchor Astro Gremlin’s “home” link which is really an article.Screen shot of Premium CommentLuv

 

Look at What You’ve Done

By using different URLs for your new “home” link with selected relevant keywords, you are directing traffic to a targeted part of your blog.  I don’t know if the selection of relevant feature post adds any extra oomph to the search engine’s perception of this new target.  But it couldn’t hurt. 

Put some relevant keywords into your comment itself.  This isn’t hard.  Tell the writer that their prose is flowery yet peaceful and makes you want to visit often.  Who knows if this adds a fourth level of CommentLuv  Premium turbocharged relevance to your anchor text?

Call to Action

If all this power has made you a bit feverish, you may want to splash some cold water on your face.  Now it’s time to buy your very own license to wield CommentLuv  Premium with the force and finesse of a champion lumberjack. 

The CommentLuv Plugin

Just click on the CommentLuv ad.  It’s right up there.  You’ll thank me when you start turbocharging  your anchor text keywords with CommentLuv  Premium.

Comment Treasure

photo of treasure to show the value of commentingThe treasures of commenting were lost on me until I had blogged for several months.  

Ana Hoffman who runs a leading site on increasing site traffic sent me a link to an audio by experts on the secret formula of successful bloggers.  

I wrote up their advice in an article about the blog triad.  My blog was lacking a full third of the blog triad!  

What I was missing: community engagement.  

This meant I had few backlinks from other sites.  Backlinks are links back to your site from other blogs.  The more popular the site the better.  Backlinks increase your blog’s potential value in the eyes of search engines and alert people, too.

I started following my own advice at the end of September.  I started commenting.  A very smart guy named Steve Scott set the bar high: comment on 20 sites a day.  I didn’t comment at that rate, but Steve’s advice rang in my ears.  Comment!

Here’s what happened to my backlinks. 

 

Backlink data courtesy of Majestic SEO 

 

 

 

All this commenting also had an effect on search engine traffic. Search engine traffic data courtesy of SEMRush

 

 

 

 

My Alexa ranking got better, too.  

Alexa ranking keeps track of your site’s reputation, authority, popularity – whatever you want to call it.  It equates to eyeballs on your blog.  

I wrote an article about Alexa ranking and you may agree or disagree with its accuracy, importance, or value.  I got the free Alexa toolbar tool and started watching my scores.

I even started writing down my Alexa rankings.  

On October 27 my Alexa ranking was 361,914. By November 15 it was 238,556.  On Nov. 30 it was 205,540.  At this rate my ranking should be zero quite soon!

During this time I engaged a bit in social networks.  I posted to my handful of friends and fans on Facebook, and sent tweets to my 150 Twitter followers on new posts and old posts using a plugin called Tweet Old Post. But I didn’t work very hard at social media.  My Twitter-based Klout score is a joke: 15.  I influence one person.  I’m pretty sure than person doesn’t know I influence them (which, frankly, is a relief because that would be a lot of responsibility).

Sure I kept writing blogs.  Actually fewer blogs.

So the changes were due mostly to commenting.

Tips on how to comment:  Read the article.  If it makes sense and you have something to offer, gop ahead and comment.  Try to say something meaningful that shows you read the article, have additional info, or an opinion.  Address the author by name to show you are actually paying attention.

Real Treasure

Here’s the real treasure.   You engage with the blogging community.  You get free advice and guidance.  You learn the tricks of the blog trade. You make online friends. There are some really decent, helpful people out there.  Some even visit and comment on your site. Look around this site and you will see comments from some very savvy bloggers.

After you comment, subscribe to their e-mail lists and learn more.  Ana Hoffman’s list sent out the audio that held the blog triad secret.  Oh, there is treasure out there!

A comment secret.  Sssshhh.

I got CommentLuv Premium on September 29, just about the time I started commenting more.  CommentLuv lets you leave links to your posts.  Here’s a story about the details of rewarding your readers with CommentLuv.

Start commenting and watch the treasure accumulate. 

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