Now I know a lot of our readers are hyped for this post after I promised in Part 1 that I would reveal search queries that would help you find .edu and .gov backlinks as well as dofollow blogs that you can comment on.

Well, after much debate I realized that I can’t exactly just give away all the secrets in the toolbox. As a result, the goal of this post is to open your eyes to the power of search queries by training your mind to focus on finding authoritative sites that are do-follow and will accept your comments. It’s now come time to unleash the power of search queries! Link builders of the world: Get ready, set, go!


How to Find the Links?

Once again this is where the power of search queries comes into play. By simply entering in a few search queries you can literally discover hundreds, if not thousands, of blogs that support the dofollow movement; you can comment on them and get a free backlink. Here is a couple of the most effective search queries to effectively target both do-follow blogs and .edu sites that you can comment on:

Do-follow Blogs

"KEYWORD HERE" "powered by wordpress" "leave a comment" -"no comments"

“KEYWORD HERE” "Remember my personal information" "Notify me of follow-up comments"

Simply replace your keyword in the “KEYWORD HERE” section and enter this query into Google to find thousands of blogs that you can comment on! (Notice how I said comment and not spam?)

Now these blogs aren’t guaranteed to be do-follow. But these search queries do help filter out the majority of the no-follow blogs since they are targeting special phrases that are found on do-follow blogs. Take this strategy further and you can search for do-follow blogs based on “do-follow images” that are usually found on the homepage of the blog. This topic has already been covered extensively, so if you wanted to read more about it then check out an older post from SlightlyShadySeo here.

.edu Links

student blog topic site:edu student blog (in Yahoo)



site:edu wiki

These queries will help you find .edu sites and blogs that are open for commenting as well as Wiki’s that are editable. Once again not all of them will be do-follow, and a good majority will probably be school-specific, but at least you’ve done the hardest part and actually found a couple of high-quality .edu blogs that you can comment on. To find more niche-specific blogs simply add your keyword into the query, just make sure that it’s in quotations. From there you will need to focus on getting your comment approved.

How to Get Your Comment Approved?

There's lots of different theories out there but what I found to be the secret touch is= to be friendly! You’d be shocked if I could share with you some of the great link deals and relationships that have evolved from the simple lines of “Hey where you from? I’m from Toronto and … I like hockey/I live near a park with lots of dogs/the sky is blue over here what’s your weather like?” Catch my drift?

These responses are unique and don’t mirror the spammy comments these bloggers receive on an hourly basis. Just goes to show that sometimes you need to think out-of-the-box when it comes to link building: especially if you are trying to stay ahead of the game.

When trying to comment on dofollow blogs you need to remember my favorite word= EFFICIENCY! Don’t just waste your time submitting comments to every do-follow blog. You need to get your comment approved from niche relevant sites with authority.

Now keep in mind that the queries mentioned in this post are still relatively basic! They are merely examples of how you can search for certain terms and phrases that are associated with do-follow blogs. In case any of you were hoping for the magical link building solution within this post then I’m sorry if I disappointed you, but to make it up to all of you I have a couple of great freebies on the house.

Awesome Freebies :)

Here is one of the best do-follow blog lists currently in circulation; there are many available but most are just duplicates and aren't categorized by niche like this one. Or you can try using a dofollow search engine like this one, but be warned that the results are somewhat limited (some other ones are better but cost $$). However, if you use SEOQuake it has an option to place a line through the nofollow links; saving you a considerable amount of time.

By now I think you’ve gotten the vibe of my posts and hopefully figured out that my main focus here at SEP is on link building. That being said if you have any burning questions or topics that you would like to see discussed please feel free to post your ideas and suggestions and I will certainly respond and take them into consideration for future posts!

Paul Teitelman

I'm a SEO Manager here at SEP and am responsible for overseeing the organic ranking of clients for their major keywords. When I'm not in front of computers my main passions are drumming, hockey and hanging out up north at my cottage in Muskoka.

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67 Responses to “The Power of Search Queries for Link Building: The Basics and Beyond Part 2”

  1. This is a fantastic post. Enough material to work on. Thank you.

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  3. A Tucson SEO says:

    Thanks for the shout we really do appreciate what you are doing. We also wrote about your blog about a week ago. Again thanks… This puts the social back into social media!

  4. Thank you for the tip about how to go about to find do follow sites and consequently an .edu link, this is something I have been working on with no success. I hope this useful hint will set the ball rolling.

    You have also provided a link to a very comprehensive list of do follow blogs. I guess there is no more excuse on my part, lot of work to be done aha!

  5. Thanks for a great post, Paul, and nice tips on how to search for blogs. I agree that sometimes one should think out of the box when it comes to link building and SEO.

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  7. Paul says:

    @Comparison/posicio… Thanks glad you found the information helpful!

    @Tucson… No problem thanks for the great list!

    @Joseph… No more excuses is right! Now you just need time (and a little patience)

    @Julia… Thanks for the kind words :)

  8. diorockout says:

    nice post, i learn much..

  9. Max says:

    Hey Paul,
    Great post. I have to confess that targeting dofollow blogs is a new tactic…that makes complete sense :) I look forward to trying this out, especially for niche sites.
    Thanks again.

  10. Gert Hough says:

    I am teaching online stuff offline :-) and just today I said that I will do a blogpost of the daily to do's I recommend regarding online stuff that matters.

    There are lots of other combinations that I teach such as using "commentluv" together with the keyword and using a firefox plugin and free software that will show you which blogs are DoFollow.

  11. Paul says:

    @dio… Thanks enjoy the tips!

    @Max… There's new link building tactics all the time. Many are implementable they just take time, effort, and of course, a little bit of patience. Hope you get some nice results from dofollow blog commenting!

    @Gert… You're absolutely right about the "commentluv" plugin. You can search for that as well as the "top commentators" query for some great results. Like I mentioned there's so many queries out there; you just need to start thinking about what specific phrases are associated with do-follow blogs and then go after them!

  12. Syd McKeever says:

    It's amazing how much stuff you can do with a li'l ol' Google search. Awesome tips!

    Finding nofollow .edu's seems a lot like needle in a haystack business for me, even when using smart search queries.

    Thanks for the hints!

  13. George says:

    The queries you listed do not target do-follow blogs. You've simply posted some fairly obvious queries to find WordPress blogs, of which most are nofollowed. For instance, this blog would be returned by your queries, and is clearly nofollowed.

    Yet you've stated "these search queries do help filter out the majority of the no-follow blogs since they are targeting special phrases that are found on do-follow blogs"

    This is clearly untrue, although most of the previous commentators seem to have taken your word for it. I suspect they will be quite disappointed should they actually try these queries.

  14. Link Building is not such a tough process when you hit it from the right angle!

  15. The SEO Quake tip is the best one for checking whether links are no-follow with the minimum of fuss. It simply lines no-follow links through if you have ticked "Line through no-follow and no-index"

  16. Thanks for the tips. I would use it to make a site of mine rate better if search results.

  17. Paul says:

    @Syd… It really IS amazing what you can do with Google search queries! And you are right about finding nofollow .edu blogs; it's very tough and takes a lot of time. You may even need to expand on the search queries mentioned in this post.

    @George… Thanks for you honest feedback. However, I did mention that "these blogs aren’t guaranteed to be do-follow"…I have personally found many do-follow blogs using these EXACT search queries but it does take time and patience. For instance if you expect every blog to be do-follow you will be gravely disappointed (like you are now). Even the exclusive lists of "do-follow blogs" contain about 15% – 20% (roughly) of no-follow blogs; it's just the way it is when searching for do-follow blogs.

    P.S. Our blog is NOT no-follow for the record! But I wouldn't exactly call it a do-follow blog either; we have restrictions on what we pass as do-follow= just like most bloggers do when approving comments!

    @Jacques… Gotta love free tools that make our SEO and link building efforts more efficient & easier!

  18. Metaspring says:

    Super post there! Comprehensive and well collated material. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Love Poet says:

    Some pretty awesome tips. I've heard of some search phrases being used to find links, such as "KEYWORD HERE" "submit link", but haven't heard about anything like what you suggested. Great article. Bookmarked.

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  21. Portland SEO says:

    Great techniques. I look forward to checking out the list of "do follow" blogs. I typically add "" to my search query. I do this with all the blogger domains because they all use nofollow.

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  24. Trevor says:

    Awesome post about using search queries to find backlinks. Especially about the "….powered by wordpress" lol. That is thinking out of the box.

    Keep up the good work.

  25. Thanks for your tips

  26. I just built yet another list of dofollow sites, but my favorite format is the river, where the most recent posts in the list of feeds rise to the top. Then I browse for blogs to comment on. This gives me a few more options when I can't find recent related posts. I usually find a few posts. Well, I put this list into an OPML file and now use my feed reader to browse them.

  27. says:

    The Power of Search Queries for Link Building: The Basics and Beyond Part 2 | Search Engine People Blog…

    after much debate I realized that I can’t exactly just give away all the secrets in the toolbox. As a result, the goal of this post is to open your eyes to the power of search queries by training your mind to focus on finding authoritative sites that…

  28. The dofollow list you provided in your link is indeed very helpful. Thanks a lot.

  29. This is a great post, and really helpful for finding links. I've used some of these tactics for finding .edu links and also dofollow blogs. You have to really look at the authority and niche to get the best results, as you mention, and you can typically find several good ones that are related unless you are in a very obscure niche.

  30. Shlomo Artzi says:

    This is a very helpful article on dofollow blog commenting – thankyou!

  31. Shaun Stotyn says:

    I am just starting to get into the whole SEO thing and am quickly discovering that it's a much more difficult field to learn than I thought it would be initially. I am so glad I found this site and I have been reading through many of the blogs.

    I must admit that your blogs on link building have been very informative and give me confidence that I can learn SEO. I will be back often. Thank you for your insights Paul.

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  33. Gregor says:

    Good advice but I think you have to emphasise that comment 'spam' isn't good SEO! In moderation, yes, but spamming is just that – spam!

  34. gotta love that tip for finding .edu forums. I have been using it to find .edu and .gov blogs for over a year but never figured to use it to find forums !!

    Thanks !!! Added you to my blogroll.

  35. Problem is most of the dofollow blogs are now nofollow because of adult and pharma sites spam.

  36. @PortlandSEO – Your statement about Blogger blogs being ALL nofollow is simply not true. With Classic style Blogspot hosted blogs, yes. But not the New layout styled blogs, you can hack the template to remove the reference to nofollow on the commenting author's link.

    Clarification of NoFollow Hacks Blogspot Blogs

  37. Thanks for this post, I am only using “KEYWORD HERE” “Remember my personal information” “Notify me of follow-up comments” now I know that there exist a
    “KEYWORD HERE” “powered by wordpress” “leave a comment” -”no comments”. Maybe Ill try to use this one, thanks again. Free Gift Box Template

  38. chineseguy says:

    Very practical information on link building, I wonder is the relevency of the link is very important?

  39. Thanks for the tip on finding dofollowers with G, will use it to find more blogs to add to my search engine.

  40. thanks for the tips and resource of finding dofollow blog. i love reading link building tactics

  41. Paul Teitelman says:

    @everyone! Thank you all for your kind comments and words of encouragement. Didn't even realize that this post continues to attract so much attention.

    You've all inspired me to focus on providing more informative and resource type link building posts in the future, so stay tuned for more soon!

    P.S. @Shaun… don't get down on yourself! Everyone needs to start somewhere within the SEO industry and then work your way up: everyone does it, including yours truly :)

  42. Brad says:

    Here are a few of my favorite searches to help find those special links:

    Hope your readers find them useful.

  43. Marget says:

    Excellent Post. Really usefull for me as a SEO. Thanks mate :)

  44. Thanks for the reference to the Google search. I love to read and I have seen such an increase in traffic and ranking from reading and commenting on dofollow blogs.

  45. automated link manager…

    2. Make sure the site’ s outbound links are to relevant sites. “ Thanks, Capt. Obvious!” Ok, while it is pretty apparent that you don’ t want your link sitting next to a“ Cheap Viagra” link, it is still important that the site link out to m…

  46. Hannah says:

    You can also use the inurl: and intitle: code to find these sites where you can do link building and commenting on.

  47. tuco says:

    wow excellent information.I'm finding do follow blogs by using query like "remember my personal information".Apart from that i tried some dofollow drivers but not satisfied.Is any other methods are there like query…
    Medical billing

  48. Sarahbabs says:

    I typically add "" to my search query. I do this with all the blogger domains because they all use nofollow.

  49. Todd Schafer says:

    I had hoped that Market Samurai would take care of this (they have a promotion section), but have been largely disappointed.
    Looks like I'll have to go back to using this bulky code. Thanks!

  50. Webbyrå says:

    I am curious about one thing… It must be easy for google to figure out that a certain page uses dofollow, and not nofollow… Based on the recommendation given from google 2005 regarding dofollow, isnt it possible that they would whey backlinks from sites (using dofollow) less…?

    • Ruud Hein says:

      For external links Google seems to use nofollow as a way to find suspicious links, as a way to establish which link targets may be (too) commercial in nature, and to flag which sites are "into" SEO and which aren't.

  51. buzzparas says:

    well landed here from "followlist" blog and i can say it was worth to read your article as i was not aware with the searching techniques used to find do follow links. thanx a lot

  52. Herber says:

    If you are looking for blogs, you can also use these on the google blog search (e.g. site:edu dog). The Advanced Search options also let you customize the query even more and will let to see exactly how they use the query.

  53. Paul, as an seo specialist myself, I note that you don't seem to touch on the need for inbound links to a target site to appear "natural" in Google's eyes (although I am sure that you agree with the concept).

    I find that as long as I generate a 'rounded blend' of dofollow and nofollow links to my client sites (especially now that Google appears to give weight – even though no "link juice" as such – to nofollow links, too), a positive increase in rankings follows accordingly.

    As an example, I am happy to run a keyword-rich link to one of my client's sites (in this instance, a site promoting digital dictation and business process management products and service offerings) using digital dictation
    as the anchor text — regardless of whether or not you allow it to be "dofollow" or "nofollow".

    It's as much about being "natural" and having related content in the immediate vacinity of the link (see my reference to: "…a site promoting digital dictation and business process management products and service offerings…" as an example of exactly that) as it is to having a dofollow attribute to pass on "link juice".

    Love to hear your thoughts on this – especially now that three years has passed since you first wrote the above article.

  54. Charles says:

    I do SEO for a living as well. @Bruce, your point about "natural" is well taken. Lately, I've kind of adopted a natural strategy by pretty much randomizing my link building efforts. There's something oxymoronic about "engineering" a natural link building campaign. I do have a set of resources for every client, but I apply them in pretty much a random fashion. There's virtually no footprint. Even I don't really keep track of what I did and when. I know that may sound amateurish to a lot of SEO people but I've been in the business for 10 years and get to page 1 for all my clients, or they don't pay me a dime.

  55. Its like I have been searching dofollow links all my life. Surely they are important.

    I use footprint as :

    "barcode generator" commentluv
    "barcode generator" keywordluv

    and so on replacing my main keyword(barcode generator) with other related keywords. I have even make a personal software for searching google my own way.

  56. Jim says:

    I look forward to checking out the list of "do follow" blogs. I typically add "" to my search query. I do this with all the blogger domains because they all use nofollow.

  57. Trevor says:

    By adding "keyword luv" or some variation of it's footprint to your google searches you can find blogs where the owners are willing to exchange quality comments in exchange for a link. I have found that this help to get comments approved. Thanks for posting this information

  58. Lori says:

    Really great info, especially good for niche stores like mine trying to get noticed by search engines – its definitely hard to do. Thank you so much for sharing the comment luv search tips especially – never realized how many great blogs there were out there!

  59. Though I've missed the first part of the tutorial but glad to get this one! I'll try to check out the first one soon to get the overall and clear concept about advancing the rank. Thanks for the elaborate discussion.

  60. Walter says:

    The trouble is a lot of dofollow .edu blogs which do allow comments are full of spam comments. I would think that sharing a page with some of those links is more harmful than the gain related to the authority domain link.

  61. All lists with do-follow blogs are outdated! There are guys who were at a moment do-follow, and after a while, they changed their blog structure again.
    @Walter Spam is everywhere :), it's hard to overpass it.

  62. firstseofirm says:


    The info you provided about Do-follow Blogs and .edu Links is really helpfull..

  63. Melissa says:

    It is really hard to compete nowadays because Google became too strict on all the links. Google Panda and Penguin were already a nightmare and makes us hard to stand up again.