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A lot of people write about the benefits of niche blogging, namely the ease with which you can get a site to rank in Google for niche terms, and the financial benefits of good Adsense clicks and affiliate sales opportunities.

A problem few seem to address is how to get good back-links for a niche blog.

The problem with getting back-links for niche sites is that it is hard to find other relevant sites to get links from.

If you are doing niche properly, then by default there will be very few specialized sites like yours out there, and finding them can be problematic.

If you do blog searches on Technorati for example, you will find hundreds of spam sites, but very few of value. This is because search engine spammers use automated blogs to hit huge lists of long-tail keywords.

If you search Google then you will mostly find old static sites, but your chances of getting links from those sites is almost zero. If you refine your Google search to look for specific blogging platforms you will find what you are looking for, but you will need to develop specialized searches for each blogging platform, and going through the results list is time consuming.

There are Firefox plugins and other cheap software tools you can use to make life easier, but even with these products finding the right sites can be a slow process.

However, as I have been fortunate enough to be given a copy for the forthcoming release of Comment Hut to evaluate I now have a solution to this probem :mrgreen:

Comment hut will search for blogs on WordPress, Live Journal, Drupal and Type Pad, as well as two additional platforms that have not been formally announced yet :wink: You can search one or all of these platforms for your niche terms.

Furthermore, Comment Hut will ONLY return URL’s with ‘commentability’, i.e. only blogs on which comments are enabled.

It also allows you to set the minimum PR (Page Rank) of sites to be returned, so, if you only want to look for PR 3+ sites, it will do that for you.

The fact that it allows filtering by PR in itself acts as a spam filter, as spam sites almost invariably have no PR.

Once you have your list of URL’s you can export it to file, or just click the links in the page. There are a couple of export options, (Exel or HTML), again allowing you to click the list to open URL’s.

You can then order the list by PR to prioritize the sites you want to target, then go off and start commenting.

You can just leave link bait if thats how you want to play it. Personally I prefer to take the time to build collaborative relationships with other bloggers, working with them to mutually boost our SERPS on a given phrase.

The only things that seem to be missing from Comment Hut are the ability to search the mySpace and Blogger platforms. Though there are two new platforms available in the forthcoming release, mySpace and Blogger are not among them. That said, with the number of results it does bring back, you will have plenty to be getting on with!

As a little test I thought I would do a search on “fear of flying” as Mitch at harpzon.com is doing a case study on a site in that niche.


Above you can see some of the wordpress URL’s returned by comment hut along with their PR. In total I was able to find 118 PR3+ links containing the search term “fear of flying”. I have been through the lists and found a number of sites which are directly discussing fear of flying (as opposed to mentioning it in passing) that would make the best sources of backlinks. If you want you can check the list here.

The current price of Comment Hut is $97 which seems a little expensive, however, with products like this you have to remember that economies of scale are not working in your favor!

You can get the demo version of Comment Hut free, which will search wordpress blogs only, and return just 10% of the results… this gives you an idea of what it can do, but is in no way representative of the results the full version delivers…. there is a huge difference between the demo and full versions.
Also, to get the free version you have to supply a mail address… if you do this be aware that these guys do run mail campaigns and you will get periodic mail shots from them.

So, is it worth $97? Well if you are serious about niches then my honest opinion is yes it is.

I am no stranger to advanced Google searches, even so, this product is a real time saver and helps hook you up with others in your niche very quickly.

Whether you get your $97 back is down to how well you select your niches in the first place, and how many sites you build!!

I have no doubt that I will squeeze $97 back out of this software pretty quickly (I reviewed this software for a reason :evil: ).

If you have any further questions about Comment Hut both Paul and Stewart are very approachable guys and are contactable via their site.

For the record there are no affiliate links in this page, and after getting my grubby paws on the evaluation copy I was free to say whatever I wanted about it….

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    Comment by danielle

    wow this is a pretty crazy software. i can see how if you comment on blogs that don’t have a nofollow, you will definitely get back your $97 pretty fast.

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    Comment by Saman Sadeghi

    No kidding, this would come in handy for a comment whore!


    Comment by SiteLogic

    Hi Danielle,

    Not all of the platforms have the no follow… and even if they do, if you can just ask the site owner for a link exchange, or even bribe them!

    I mean, rather than purchase reviews from Pay Per Post etc, why not offer the same amount to a blogger who already has PR on your topic to make some of the keywords link to your site….

    I have not tried this, but I bet you would get takers… after all the best pages will have long since gone to archive, and there is almost zero effort involved in inserting a link in an existing post….


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    Comment by HMTKSteve

    I get about ten “link exchange” offers every day. I turn 99% of them down. The only ones I agree to are ones where the link exchange is fair.

    Asking me to link a PR4 site to your PR0 sit is hardly fair. Sort of like those “review my blog for a link” scams that some bloggers love.

    I had someone ask me to do that for them and their blog had less traffic and a lower PR than mine! I told him I’d be willing to do the reverse and he decided I was not in his niche…

    Some people, eh?

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    Comment by SiteLogic

    Haha, funny story… but I didn’t say anything about having PR0, sites I want to promote are PR3+, but having PR does not get you the SERPS…. you need anchored keywords from relevant sites.

    Its well known that PR does not really mean that much when it comes to cracking specific keywords… otherwise every Google search you ever did would have a PR9 site at the top of the list and there would be no point in going niche in the first place!!

    Comment by SiteLogic

    One other point on this Steve, I dont look at it that way at all… all I consider is “will this exchange benefit me”. Ok they may benefit more on that particular exchange, but if it helps me claw my way up against other sites I will still do it.

    I recently swapped links with another site who had posts on Pixel Lotto… I cannot remember who had the greater PR or traffic… we were one spot off each other in the SERPs for that term, we traded links and both moved up a slot…. thats what link exchanges are about… SERP’s… not “who has the higher PR”…

    Comment by HMTKSteve

    Oh I do exchange links when they are mutualy beneficial, I’m just not going to review a PR0 site in exchange for a linkback! Nor will I do a link exchange with a site that is burying my link several layers deep.

    Comment by HMTKSteve

    I’ve even been known to write short blog reviews for other people…

    Comment by Jimi

    Interesting idea. Once you pull all those sites it would be nice to get their RSS feeds and just subscribe. That would be a nice feature if they had OPML files you could work with and you could then just put all the “Dofollow” sites in there and go back regularly…lol

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    Comment by SiteLogic

    How many do follow blogs do you think are out there though??? I reckon most are still no-follow… but re-visiting regularly is a good plan whatever the tag is!!

    Comment by Stewart Alexander

    Hey guys,

    Had to jump in here. The nofollow myth is costing you and can no longer remain silent about this.

    We’ve been testing this extensively for the past 7 months and see no evidence that in spite of what we’ve been told, the spiders do follow links even from blogs with the nofollow tags.


    No idea, but that’s what’s been happening and users of Comment Hut will back up every word I say, even users of the “Lite” version which only finds WordPress blogs.

    They have nofollow as default, but users have been getting great results using it. We give it away fro free and as Jeremy says, we will send you the odd email now and then in exchange for downloading it.

    I don’t normally jump in on threads like this. but it pains me to see people missing out because of what is “allegedly” supposed be nofollow.

    Maybe there is something about the nofollow, but I only speak from a point of view of results.

    My advice is, find a few blogs without Comment that have nofollow and make a few posts. Set Google alerts up to track what the spiders do and see what happens.

    If you’re happy with what you see, come on over to Comment Hut, download the “Lite” version and experiment some more.

    Jeremy has no idea that I’m posting this and I’ve no idea if he moderates comments , and if so, if he’ll let it go through.

    Regardless, you all have a fantastic day, question everything you’re told and all the est in your business efforts.

    Stewart Alexander
    Affiliate Relationship Manager
    Comment Hut

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    Comment by SiteLogic

    Hi Stewart,

    Couldn’t resist spamming my blog eh :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    The thing with no follow is an ongoing debate. I know that SE’s follow the links, but the question is how much rank you get, or whether they give SERP’s….

    I have been reliably informed that if you get enough (THOUSANDS) of no follows that they do in fact boost SERP’s… but you really want to go for follow links, which I believe I will be able to trade… having first identified sites with your program….


    Comment by Shawn

    I totally ignore nofollow – I just get as many links as I can. I have NEVER found evidence that nofollow even matters. Let’s not forget that G isn’t the ONLY SE in town, and when you remember that…well, nofollow doesn’t carry the weight it supposedly has does it?

    Comment by SiteLogic

    It depends what you are doing… a nofollow is better than a nolink :roll:

    Some people think they are clever trying to use no-follow’s in link exchanges, someone tried that on me this week…. the idiot….

    Comment by Florchakh

    Jeremy, why don’t blog often? It’s definitely the best blog post I’ve read today :evil:

    Stewart – why do you make people wrong? There are two options:

    First one – you don’t know how to analyze 7 months of testing. We already know that spiders follow “nofollow” links, but no matter on that, thanks to Google Toolbar you can use simple text, user will copy to browser’s address bar and Googlebot will visit anyway. But we are talking about SEO benefits. All companies excluding Ask.com announced their algorithms don’t carry SEO power for links with rel=”nofollow”, right?

    Second one – you do “white PR” for your product.

    Both of them don’t promote well your person, in my humble opinion. However, you can show me a keyterm that you have done by using only “nofollow” links. It might be much interesting :mrgreen:

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    Comment by SiteLogic

    Hi Florchakh,

    Because this site makes no money… I have been looking at other things… besides I dont like being “chained to my blog”… I dont like this idea of “you must set your posting frequency”… I prefer to write stuff that I am interested in when I feel like it…

    I rule my blog… my blog does not rule me :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Comment by Florchakh

    Guess why I don’t write 5 new posts to my personal blog, daily. Hell, I have already collected more than 40 ideas for new posts, just don’t have more time for writing. And that numbers is still counting :mrgreen:

    Hope someday we became rich fatcats, then we will blog more often :twisted:

    PS: Call me Bart, srsly :smile:

    Comment by SiteLogic

    Yeah I have some more posts I will be writing… nog 40 though!!

    Comment by SiteLogic

    Oh yeah, regarding rich fat cats blogging more often… I have just bought content for a new site and will be buying more for some other sites….

    I will have to see how long it takes to get my money back on that content… but I am hopeful it will not take too long… if I have picked my niches well…

    Comment by Florchakh

    Lack of time is not the worst thing in our business. After one week some of ideas are outdated, that’s makes me sick more than lack of time to write :mrgreen:

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    Comment by SiteLogic

    Well I have a day job so things are a little more stable, but yeah you learn one thing and before your done you have to learn something else….

    Programming is like that… I can now do EXACTLY THE SAME THING in many different languages, and they are all out of date :mrgreen: :mrgreen: !!

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    Comment by Florchakh

    Fortunately I’m not programmer, also I don’t have a day job. Also I can say it’s really cool to see how your competitors conquer SERPs in your niche when they have a bigger company budget to waste. Okay, sometimes there appears a need to seek for another niche :mrgreen:

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    Comment by SiteLogic

    I have a lot to learn about SEO, and I am not wasting my own money on it either!

    I am using my small income from the sites I have to pay for services… I will see if I can build it up…

    I had a choice of buing links or buying more content… I thought I would go for the content and shop for links later…

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    Comment by Florchakh

    Will you swallow that if I tell you can get gigabytes of content for free? Worth content, I mean :wink:

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    Comment by SiteLogic

    Yes I believe that.. I would be interested to know what kind of content…

    1) is it original (not already on the internet)

    2) is it in English

    3) is it still readable, i.e. NOT re-written using a thesaurus

    If the answer is yes to all 3, zip it up, you have my mail address ;-)

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    Comment by SiteLogic

    I actually have a couple of ideas on sources of content, which I wont post here. If you want mail… you may already be doing this yourself… or that may be the source of your content… would be good to swap notes….

    Comment by Florchakh

    When I tell there are some SEO secrets that noone shows widely, I mean sources of content, inter alia. Well, I can only say you can find out one of them from newest post on my blog, that you still haven’t commented :wink:

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    Comment by MrGPT

    Awesome tool! Thanks for letting me know about it :) .

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