Advanced Google Search Operators – The Link Building Connection

advanced google search operators

In a previous post, I established how useful commenting can be as a traffic generation strategy.

What I did not say there is how to locate and target blogs for commenting en masse and also that commenting can be a source of targeted backlinks.

In this post, I want to show you how to rapidly grow the list of blogs you comment on using nothing other than Google search operators and build highly relevant backlinks to boot.

Some have argued that commenting is an old-fashioned SEO strategy. This post will not go in defense of commenting for backlinks, that subject has been well treated by others before me.See Neil Patel’s An Advanced Guide to an Effective SEO Commenting Strategy.

This post is just a raw guide showing you how to find blogs to comment on while gently introducing you to a number of Google search operators.

For those of you who have no heart for raw codes of this nature, continue reading and I will show you an easy way to get this done without all the copying and pasting.

Some Sneaky Advanced Google Search Operators

The search queries below can help you gun down on niche-related sites to link from. All you have to do is copy the entire code into Google’s search box and replace “Add keyword here” with the keyword you are targeting. (Hope I did not need to tell you that ;) ).

Sidebar: Note that if you have SEO Quake or a similar browser extension running, it may lead to Google block on your search as spam. Disable the extension before searching with these queries.

Finding WordPress Blogs inurl:blog “post a comment” -”comments closed” -”you must be logged in” “ADD YOUR KEYWORD” inurl:blog “post a comment” -”comments closed” -”you must be logged in” “ADD YOUR KEYWORD” inurl:blog “post a comment” -”comments closed” -”you must be logged in” “ADD YOUR KEYWORD” inurl:blog “post a comment” -”comments closed” -”you must be logged in” “ADD YOUR KEYWORD”

Adding your keywords to the searches enable you locate related sites. If you cannot find a related site to link from, you may have to widen your search. For instance, instead of using “Under Cabinet TV” you may need to narrow down to “Cabinet TV”.

Finding ExpressionEngine Blogs “powered by expressionengine” “ADD YOUR KEYWORD” “powered by expressionengine” “ADD YOUR KEYWORD” “powered by expressionengine” “ADD YOUR KEYWORD” “powered by expressionengine” “ADD YOUR KEYWORD”

Finding BlogEngine blogs “Powered by BlogEngine.NET” inurl:blog “post a comment” -”comments closed” -”you must be logged in” “ADD YOUR KEYWORD” “Powered by BlogEngine.NET” inurl:blog “post a comment” -”comments closed” -”you must be logged in” “ADD YOUR KEYWORD” “Powered by BlogEngine.NET” inurl:blog “post a comment” -”comments closed” -”you must be logged in” “ADD YOUR KEYWORD” “Powered by BlogEngine.NET” inurl:blog “post a comment” -”comments closed” -”you must be logged in” “ADD YOUR KEYWORD”

Wondering why I added BlogEngine and ExpressionEngine? I have noticed – can’t quite explain why – that these blogging platforms are quite popular with academics and government agencies and those links  can easily translate to high authority and PR.

Finding Directories and Submission Sites

intitle:add+url “your key word”

intitle:submit+site “your key word”

intitle:submit+url “your key word”

intitle:add+your+site “your key word”

intitle:add+site “your key word”

intitle:directory “your key word”

intitle:sites “your key word”

intitle:list “your key word”

Most directory links may not be so valuable as they typically link to your homepage like, but you still need them to achieve link diversity to appear natural before the search engines.

Finding Relevant Forums

“Powered by SMF” your keyword

Phbb your keyword

“powered by IPB” your keyword

MyBB your keyword

“powered by PunBB” your keyword

“Powered by Phbb” your keyword

“Powered by vBulletin” your keyword

Quality Link Building with Squidoo Lenses “new links plexo” “add to this list” “your keyword” “add to this list”

Many don’t realize that many Squidoo lenses have high PR and most of them are DoFollow (not that I think it matters that much.)

Drop My Link to The Rescue

Yes I know,  using the methods above can be very tiring, but the sunny side is that it shows you how to use Google search operators. I always love to have a knowledge of how tools I use work so I can extend that knowledge beyond where that tool stops.

advanced google search operatorsThat brings me to a free service called Drop My Link, which allows you to use advanced Google operators without the dizzying exposure to long queries.

Hopefully, the beginning part of this post will increase your appreciation for the effort the Team behind Drop my Link put to provide this simple but useful service.

Advanced Google Search Operators Takeaway

This post is ideally a reference material, something you would have to come back to from time to time as you build backlinks to your site.

If I were you, I would bookmark it and be generous to link to it from your blog. ;)

What do you think? Do we still need to use comments as a link building strategy?

Let’s hear from you in the comments!

About Yeremi Akpan

Yeremi Akpan is the founder of Pro Blogger Tips. Connect with him on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook. You can also hire him to provide content marketing services for your business.


  1. Nitesh Ahir says:

    hey Yeremi,

    this is really a great one! i just love your blog… i just come to konw that how to find great blog…

    thanks for sharing…

  2. Robert Tyson says:

    Thanks for another great resource Yeremi. You keep the quality really high on your blog. Please keep up the good work.
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  3. Simmeon says:

    Hey mate,

    The Google search queries work a treat, used them in the past with awesome success. You can find some “Gems” that are undiscovered. Mostly used them to find .edu websites that allowed user creation, handy share.
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  4. Ya these queries are updated version of few last queries, It makes sense to find new source for getting back links.

  5. bloomtools says:

    thanks for this really useful post. these are really helpful to search better and have more relevant results in google. will need to check the others. thanks for this really helpful post.
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  6. Hey Yeremi,
    Another eye opener here. I have been using Drop My Link and I think you just added more species to my soup making it sweeter ;)
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  7. Thomas says:

    fantastic list. I tried the search operators for blog commenting at an edu site and it worked like a charm. Thanks very much
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  8. Ash says:

    Hi Yeremi,

    I really like this post; very useful and informative.

    Thank you very much for the kind sharing.


  9. Wade says:

    I have finally given up on link building! lol! It can be a very tedious job. When I first started, I built links every day frantically, now that the blog is a little more popular most of my traffic comes from social media sites, which I found out later help you in the search engines anyway! Great tips for someone like me!
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  10. janny says:

    Hi Yeremi, Thank you very much for the kind sharing.
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  11. Really good blog post.

    I can recommend using the | to tell the search engine “and/or”

    I was linkbuilding and found when I use “My key word” “leave a reply” “add new comment” “post a comment” -”comments closed” -”you must be logged in” it returned to few search results. So I changed it to : “my keyword” “leave a reply” | “add new comment” | “post a comment” -”comments closed” -”you must be logged in” and viola went fro 3 results to 2,5 mio.

    This might be a rookie mistake, yet something you should be aware of when link building through commenting. And remember to give good quality comments aswell, dont spam!

    Hope this helps?

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  12. Body Check Supplement says:

    Hello Akpan,
    Hello there! Thank you for your blog. Link building will be really easy for your sharing search operators. Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

  13. Hi Yeremi, thanks men for sharing this blog to us, especially searching blogs that really relevant to us, by the way I would like to ask, do you have any idea how to search blogs within specific country then ranked in or whaterve Google has..thanks men.

  14. jackson says:

    Hey Yeremi, thats a great informative blog dude, got to learn many new thing from here. I just have a question, “How to find direct commentable blogs or sites? ”
    Please reply me on my mail..

  15. John Marsh says:

    Wow!!! you made my day. All this while I was busy searching for Good quality links. Your post has really given me an all new direction to create links. Dude I have a query. Don’t you think that such pattern of searching quality links won’t be a kind of footprint for Google? how we can improve the think link quality?

  16. This is one way backlink fastest I’ve ever read. in this way we can get quality backlinks. good post,. I love it. thank you

  17. Totally complete guide. Some site give it a little, and hide it much. Thanks for sharing. Bookmarked,
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