22 May 11 5:17 pm
thats about what it takes. getting links is really the hard part to running a successful site. when commenting don't just do it randomly. find a few blogs within your niche and become a regular commentor. Subsribe to their feed, and try to be one of the top 5 comments when they add a new post. you will get more traffic in the top 5 comments.
Also, if you have become a regular commentor, you can approach the blog owner and see if you can do a guest post on their blog.
Where to get links from will vary from niche to niche. Basically what I tell people the most is find where people in your niche are going for information. this could be blogs, social communities, forums, or popular sites within the niche. Then find out what it takes to get a link on those sites where people are already hanging out. Some of them will be easy and free, and some may be a bit harder.
Generally when I see people struggling to figure out where to get links it comes down to a lack of proper niche research. if you know your niche, you will find where to get links from.
You can also use a tool like Traffic travis to analyze the sites you are competing with and see where they are getting links from.
There is no 1 answer that will fit every niche. I have several niche sites and where I go for links is different in every one. the two things that are consistent are forums and blogs. from there, I can usually find the other authority sites within the niche.
Also, think who would need help in your niche. Sometimes you can find related niches and get links from sites that aren't your direct compettitors easier than from sites you are directly competing with.
for example, with my personal development site, I am going to dating blogs, weightloss blogs, IM blogs, and other niche sites that have readers that would be interested in my personal development topic.