Blog commenting is a fantastic way to connect with others in your niche and promote your website while building relevant links to your site. Although ScrapeBox is infamous for its black hat usage of automatic commenting, resulting in much of the spammy comments you see online, it can be used for white hat SEO as well. ScrapeBox can quickly target authoritative and related web pages for you to manually leave engaging comments on, creating high quality backlinks to your website boosting your rankings.
I am assuming that you have already downloaded ScrapeBox. So, here are the steps to white hat blog commenting with ScrapeBox.
Step 1: Enter a footprint for finding pages that allow commenting
A footprint is simply a string of text that ScrapeBox will search the web for, and then scrape together a list of pages it finds with the footprint on them. Because we are looking for webpages to leave comments on, we will use a footprint that searches for pages with commenting enabled.
Below are some common footprints to find these pages with commenting enabled.
- “post a comment” inurl:blog -[Sign in]
- “reply to post”
- “leave a comment”
- site:.edu “you must be logged in to comment” (This is a good one because sites that require login usually don’t get spammed to death.)
- site:.edu “post a comment”
- “post new comment”
Step 2: Next, enter in your target keywords to identify relevant websites related to your niche.
If you don’t know the importance of targeting search engine keywords then you aren’t quite ready for ScrapeBox. In addition to your footprint, you will want to also let ScrapeBox know some keywords related to your niche market. This way it will only return webpages with commenting enabled that also related to your website.
Step 3: Sort by PR (PageRank)
Then click on “Start Harvesting.” Wait a few moments and you will receive ScrapeBox’s results, and when they load completely, sort them by PR and delete everything under your PR threshold. Because blogging is a growing trend you will often times receive a large list of websites with blogs enabled for commenting in your results.
The reason you create a PR threshold is because you want to be leaving comments on quality websites that Google trusts and views as authoritative, remember quality over quantity and pace yourself. Blog commenting is an ongoing task, so scraping your list can be done from time to time as well. This will help you avoid any penalties from acquiring links to fast or from spammy websites and will also increase the value of the links you create.
PR3 and above could be a good start. Note that for blog commenting it is best to sort by the specific webpage’s PR not that domain’s Homepage PR.
Here you can see sorting by PR.
Delete those below your PR threshold.
Step 4 (optional): Further filter your list and remove webpages with lots of external links
If your list is large and you want to further filter it for higher quality pages, check the number of outbound links. An outbound, or external link, is any link pointing to another website, the higher the number of external links the more diluted the “link juice”, or passed page rank, is. In other words, the value of a backlink is divided by the number of external links on a page. So, ideally, you want to comment on pages with fewer external links.
You can do this easily by using the “ScrapeBox Outbound Link Checker”. ScrapeBox’s Outbound Link Checker will analyze each page and count the number of external links on them for you. Just click on the menu item “Add Ons” and then click on “ScrapeBox Outbound Link Checker”.
This time, go to Load List > Load from ScrapeBox. This uses the list you are currently viewing:
Now filter out any links (webpages) that have too many outbound or external links. Try going with 50 and under for starters and see how much this filters your list by.
That is all! Now just save your results and you can use the list of websites that you have created to manually visit and leave quality engaging comments on.
You have learned how to quickly scrape together a list of webpages related to your niche market that allow commenting. You also learned to remove low PR pages so that the links you create are more valuable. Finally, you filtered out pages with a high number of external links to further increase the value of any links you create while you leave comments. As you can see, ScrapeBox is a great tool for quickly targeting a list of relevant websites that accept blog comments for building high quality backlinks to your site.
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Let me know if you have any questions or how ScrapeBox is working for you. Just leave a comment below.