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Backlinking Tips

As a senior learning Internet marketing one of the hardest task for me has been the finding of effective ways to build Backlinks. This past week I was once again reminded of the need for this when I was reading Five Backlinking Strategies You Shouldn’t Waste Your Time With In 2012 by Robert Jones (nickname kezanari). I direct your attentin to this post as there are many great ideas in this article and in the comments that have been made.

As followers of this blog you will know that I am an advocate of James Martell of Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp fame. He was recently at Affiliate Summit in Las Vegas and returned with some words of wisdom from Matt Cutts. Matt was quoted as saying things like “I’m not a big fan of article marketing”, “article directories are low-value sites with duplicate, poorly written content that does not add value to the Net”, “I’d lean away from it”. In the above article, kezanari feels that doing mass submission of articles is a pure waste of time. Although there are a number of companies offering services to submit your articles to thousands of sites it appears that this is not the way to go.

The whole idea is to add useful content that visitors will want to read. By adding unique, quality information to the web Google will index your article and the Backlinks in these articles have a better chance of being clicked upon. Plus this will add to the value of your web page that you are hoping to get ranked.

I also took kezanari’s advice and read 18 Link Building Techniques by Ben Jackson on Mitz’s Website. I urge you to read this very insightful article. I for one was surprised to see that ezinearticles.com was still showing a page rank of 6. After the Panda slap I had completely given up on using this site. There are many useful resources in this article. Like others Ben recommends that you pick one method and master it. He also emphasizes the need for quality content. He stresses the need to write for visitors to your article rather than producing articles that are only geared for search engines.

With James, kezanari, and Ben all accentuating the idea of quality, unique content, guest posting is going to be one of the best courses of action. Members of James Martell’s Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp course have access to a course on guest posting.

For me, I have started with this idea of doing guest posts. I have found that I have enjoyed an increase in traffic for those pages to which I have linked back with anchor text. For those of us who are striving to be work at home seniors it is very necessary for us to learn as much as we can about the process of Backlinking.

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Backlinks, Backlinks, and WordPress Plugins

In the last few weeks I have been directing most of my efforts to finding backlinks for my sites. As a senior learning Internet marketing I am finding this a daunting task. Everyone agrees that backlinks are necessary to a successful site. Where they differ is how to find these backlinks.

It is not that difficult to write articles and post them to article directories. Certainly many marketers have had great success doing this. The problem with this method is that Google recently gave these directories a huge slap for not having high quality content on them. It seems to me rightly or wrongly if I am going to expend a great deal of time writing articles I want them published on sites that will give my sites a high ranking backlink.


As a result I have spend my time looking for sites that will allow guest blogging. There are many sites out there that are looking for others to fill up their sites with good content. In my search to find suitable sites I have been looking for sites that have a page rank of at least 3. I sometimes wonder if it is the fact that I am a senior working at home that these tasks seem so difficult. I am encouraged when I read that only a small number of site owners actually do the work of getting backlinks to their sites.

James Martell of Affiliate Marketers SUPER BootCamp fame offers a course called Backlinks Workshop. If you have read this blog before you will know that I am a big fan of James Martell. He is a down-to-earth honest Internet marketer who is willing to help others succeed. James has long been a proponent of finding quality backlinks. He used to advise writing for other webmasters and getting these articles posted with the understanding that the links in the articles would be left in place. However he now thinks that guest blogging is the way to go.

To this end I have been searching to find sites that encourage guest blogging and are willing to give a backlink to my sites. There is no sense in trying to say otherwise this process is slow going.

In an effort to help I posted a job on elance.com where I have had very good luck outsourcing some of my tasks. In this case it did not work. I hired a firm to try but it has turned out that they have had no understanding or experience with this type of task. This has been rather disappointing because in the past I have had good success in finding help.

The other thing that I wanted to share with all of you is the finding of two new great plugins for WordPress both FREE. The first is Broken Link Checker. This plugin will check your WordPress site as often as you set it up to check (72 hours) looking for broken links. You will receive an email to let you know that there are broken links that you need to check. The wonderful thing about this plugin is as your site grows it can be difficult to find exactly where there are broken links.

The other great plugin is Efficient Related Posts. This plugin looks for posts in your site that have related content and it links the posts together. If you use tags in your posts this works like a charm. It finds the related posts and puts the links at the bottom of the posts as you publish it.

This has been my week and I am off to look for more Backlinks. I am wishing all other seniors who are learning Internet marketing success in their endeavors.
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Building Traffic With Backlinking

There are many courses that teach you how to build a website, how to research a niche, and how to use keywords. I have taken several of them and I have bought numerous eBooks on these subjects. One of the areas that I am having trouble with, as a senior learning Internet marketing, is driving traffic to my sites. If you have built a beautiful site and filled it with great content but are not seeing lots of visitors you will know what I am talking about.

Just like Real Estate where location, location, is everything; for Internet marketing position, position, is everything. To get a consistent amount of regular traffic for your site you need to get it on page 1 in the Google search results for your keywords. It is estimated that if you manage to get on the first page in Google for your niche you can expect the following traffic: (more…)

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Social Bookmarking

Bookmarking to Build Links

Social bookmarking has become an important part of online marketing of niches. Sites such as Digg, Del.icio.us, and Technorati permit users to link their sites and other sites they admire. Visitors to these sites can add these links to their favorites. Having your links added to others’ lists will produce more links.

The increase in links will produce more traffic to your sites. Place your sites on the Social bookmarking sites yourself. The links can then be shared and sometimes voted up. This is something that happens at Digg.

The object is to get enough people voting for your post so that it becomes a front page item. This placing of your article gives it a chance to attract more attention and might result in thousands of clicks through a day. The idea of social bookmarking is to contribute something useful and interesting to the site. In this manner you will gather more links and visitors to your site.

Let the article you post include your site and in the process of contributing useful information you will attain links from others. Your site might talk about growing tulips and you are seeking a way to get it highlighted in the garden niche. How to grow tulips might seem boring and not a new idea.

You stumble upon an article connecting people who grow tulips and lung cancer. The article makes a connection between growing tulips and reducing lung cancer. If you post this it might attract not only the gardening crowd but also the health conscious visitor. Both segments will share your links with others.

Even if you feel your sites are not making breaking news don’t be discouraged and don’t worry about how many people are picking up your links. This takes time and practice. Use the social bookmarking sites to add backlinks to your sites and over time it will increase your ability to attract others to your bookmarks.

Your first priority is to get the index page of your sites bookmarked. As you go through the process of setting up your bookmarks don’t do it all at once. This may be perceived as spam. Look for other sites from other marketers that are of interest to you and bookmark these.

Become a good member of all the social bookmarking sites and one who is willing to contribute. You want to let people know who you are and what interests you. Upload your image and look for other friends with whom you can interact.

Be careful about how many links you add per day. Monitor the number of links that you add in anyone day and vary the sites to which you add links on each day. Keep it to ten or less per day and you should be fine.

As you build a reputation and have been at it for a while you might be able to add as many as 50 a day. Remember to add the bookmarks of others to your list. Check the front page and vote for some of the stories there. Bookmark a story at FoxNews.com every once in a while, or a funny YouTube video. This helps make your profile look a lot more legitimate in the eyes of the community.

There is a free web site http://socialposter.com to help you post. I am currently going through Dan Brock’s Deadbeat Super Affiliate course. I have only purchased the basic course but his module on social bookmarking alone is worth the price of the course.

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Traffic for Your Web Site

All internet marketers but particularly seniors who work online have trouble finding ways to generate traffic to their web sites. We all know that traffic=sales=revenue but how do we go about finding the traffic. We are told to build backlinks and more backlinks. As a struggling senior online marketer how do we find avenues to do this? We are told to write and submit articles to the approximately 230 article directory sites, to join forums and leave links back to our sites, and to blog about it. Is there any time to sleep? Here is a new free way to get those backlinks without all the hassle.

There was a time when I thought building the best looking, most useful website was the way to strike it big on the internet. I worked hard at it, too, and take pride in my websites. I soon realized that a great website didn’t put a single penny in my pocket. What was the problem? Nobody was coming to my sites, because they were virtually invisible. I needed to rank higher in the search engines (some didn’t rank at all) and get more traffic. Luckily, Viral Link Network (VLN) solves that problem. While other software is bloated and practically requires a degree in computer science to install, Viral Link Network is as easy as it gets. The way I look at, it doesn’t matter how good a piece of software is if I can’t figure out how to install it, or if the process is overly-complicated.

Once you have Viral Link Network up and running, you’ll wish every other piece of software was that simple. Once you go to the site and sign up for free, (yes, VLN is free!) you are taken to a page that has a special offer. While it’s optional, I would highly recommend getting it if you are serious about building links and getting your site seen. After that you will enter the member area. How easy is it? Just click the download link that says “Download Now”. Save it, then use the installation key that’s provided to you. Every thing is laid out step-by-step in the guide that comes with your free download.

The makers of VLN are interested in helping people get links to their sites, too. You will notice on the welcome page that there is a Fast Mover Bonus. The only catch is that you have to install Viral Link Network within the first seven days of signing up. Of course, you will want to be up and running right away, but it’s a nice touch that they want to encourage people to get the most out of the software. But is the software itself any good? Some earlier attempts at automated link building were adequate for their time. However, they left too many virtual fingerprints by using the same IP address for each back link. The problem is that it’s very easy to catch on to that, and link building that’s done that way is often counterproductive, because you can be penalized for it. That’s why I appreciate that Viral Link Network uses many different IPs when building links. To put it simply, there is plenty to like about Viral Link Network.

The fact that it’s a smart and powerful piece of software that’s free and easy to install makes it what I consider a true no-brainer. Don’t forget to grab the special offer, too. When you download VLN, you will start getting traffic to your websites like never before. Take advantage of it now, you’ll be glad you did.


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Successful Article Submission

To help boost your web site’s visibility and drive free traffic to it frequent submissions to article directories is a good path to follow. Article directories work by allowing authors to post their work for website owners to use. The return for the author is that the attached resource box to the article contains their link back to the author’s web site. Web site owners who choose to use these articles must leave this intact and so valuable backlinks (or inbound links) are created.

One of the most popular directories is Ezine Articles. Be sure to read and follow their guidelines. Here’s how to successfully submit an article to EZA:

First, stop focusing so intensely on keywords. I’m not saying forget about them – just realize there’s more to a successful article than a bunch of phrases repeated over and over again. EZA wants articles that present something beneficial to the reader (and Google wants to be able to present a link to your EZA article in good conscience too).

Keywords are important for Google to be able to see what the article is about, so use them, but don’t overload your article so that it’s awkward to digest. It sometimes helps to read it aloud.

Second, pretend you’re the reader and not the writer. What would you hope to learn if you were conducting a search for that keyword? Now you don’t have to give away the farm, but you can’t make it so shallow that it leaves the reader unsatisfied, either. Practice making sure you serve a nice appetizer to your audience so they’ll click through your link for the full course.

Third, remember what you learned in high school about writing a good essay. You don’t have to use formal English rules 100% of the time, but it’s nice if you work on making sure the information flows. Articles don’t need to be long 500 – 1000 words is normal. The better written and thought out that the article is the more likely it will be selected to be used on other web sites and the more backlinks it will garner.

Think of it like this:

  • Main idea presented in the introduction
  • A couple (or few) paragraphs of supporting statement
  • Conclusion that sums up the information
  • Call to action – this one’s added especially for marketers and should go in your bio box

To be successful your article should be informative, creative, and produce curiosity in the reader to learn more.

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