July 12, 2008
When people first learn about link building as a part of search engine marketing (SEO), they run across many different offers from companies willing to get links to their websites for them, for a price. They also see high PageRank websites offering to sell links on their site on a per month basis, in order to essentially pass that PageRank onto your site, giving your site more authority in the search engines. While this is a viable method the get authority for your website or blog, it can get very expensive, and frankly, it’s out of the budget for most bloggers or beginning website owners who just bought hosting, a domain, and a website design. The good news is that there are ways to find dofollow links (ones that pass authroity onto your site, as opposed to nofollow links, which don’t). I am going to show you 4 easy ways to get dofollow links to your site.
1. Comment on Dofollow Blogs. One of the easiest way to get some authority back to your site and a good start to your link building campaigns is commenting on blogs that are dofollow. This is beneficial for a few reasons. First, like I said, it passes authority to your site. Secondly, it provides an opportunity for traffic, since the owner of the site you’re commenting on is likely to visit your site, and people reading that blog might possibly come check your blog or website out.
Here are a few good dofollow search engines and lists:
2. Submit Your Site to Social Media Sites with Dofollow. There are tons of social media sites out there. Digg and Stumbleupon are some of the most popular. But, not all social media sites are created equal. Yah, sites like Stumbleupon can bring you great traffic, but the links on their site to your site are useless for search engine optimization. You need to find and submit your blog posts or your site’s pages to some dofollow social media sites in order to not only get link authority, but also possibly some traffic.
The following are some dofollow social media sites you should use:
3. Lastly, and arguably the best place for building traffic (in addition to the dofollow links) is to use forums that allow you to have a dofollow signature. if you can find a forum that is related to your site that allows you to have a dofollow link in your signature, it can be huge, because each post that you make not only gives you a backlink to your site (via the signature) but also is a marketing tool for your site. If your site is about the Nintendo Wii, and you are active in a Nintendo Wii forum with dofollow signature links, then everytime that you post, people have an opportunity to see your link in the signature, and possibly go to your site. If not, you still get the backlinks regardless, and since it’s a related site, it counts more than just a regular dofollow link (though those are important also).
Here are some lists of dofollow forums:
Hope these sites help you out in the search for dofollow links!
October 21, 2007
If you’re looking for a fantastic alternative to the Text-Link-Ads site and marketplace, then TNX.net (TNX pronounced as the word “thanks”, as in internet chat speak) could be your perfect solution. They target both advertisers and publishers in a great way. This site could easily surpass other text link ad websites, you just watch and see. Or even better, sign up and be a part of it all so you don’t miss out!
TNX.net is a great place to buy links and have them appear on other sites. They make it simple and easy. Once you access their site and see their global dashboard, you click on the “Create Campaign” button. You name your campaign and select all the kinds of site categories it will appear under. There are also little dollar sign symbols beside each category to let you know how much they cost, which I think is a very nice addition. You also get to choose the languages of the sites your ad appears on, along with the number of backlinks and the PageRank the site must have. Last but not least, you get to choose how much you are willing to spend.
Once you enter in all of this information (which takes about two minutes to do), the site will calculate approximately how many links you should receive for your campaign. With all of this, YOU get to control how your ad campaign runs and you get great exposure on quality sites.
If you’d rather be the one earning money by displaying links on your site instead of buying them, then TNX.net offers that as well. After registering it’s very easy to become a publisher. You just click the “Get Code” button in the sidebar of the dashboard and are presented with a few different copy-and-paste methods of inserting the code into your site. This is very quick and will only take a minute to do. After that, you are able to fill out a quick form and add your site for acceptance into their marketplace. TNX.net site submissions are moderated by real people, so acceptance could take a couple days.
However, after your website is approved within a very short period of time links will start appearing on your site, and there’s no hard work involved for you!
The TNX Point System
One thing I have yet to mention is that TNX.net runs using a point system, which makes it unique and more special than other link marketplace sites out there. TNX points can be acquired by purchasing them from TNX.net themselves (currently the cost is 1,000 points for is a little over a dollar and the price increases 2% per week, so hurry!), or even other members of the site. This can be an awesome money-making opportunity for some! TNX points are based on PageRank and here is an example of what you can get by having 20,000 points:
- 20,000 different PR0 pages from different websites
- 400 different PR1 pages from different websites
- 200 different PR2 pages from different websites
- 100 different PR3 pages from different websites
- 40 different PR4 pages from different websites
- 20 different PR5 pages from different websites
As you can see this is a very fair value, and often times you can get a lot more for your money!
I absolutely love TNX.net’s affiliate program. It isn’t based on a flat rate like most other sites. Check out this description, copied from TNX.net’s site:
“When you refer webmasters to TNX.net, you get 13.3% (as long as your account is active) of all TNX-points that are generated by their websites. In addition, you will receive 5% of all payments, made by referred advertiser (this option will work after paypal payments will be automated).”
All in all, I think TNX.net is definitely a great site in which to sign up for, whether you’re looking to sell ads and buy links or earn from displaying them. (If you ARE interested in buying links, there is a currently a limited time offer where you can get free points to use on free links!) As you can see, TNX.net offers a great system that is unique from any other. They have a simple and easy-to-use interface, good pricing, a fantastic affiliate program, and offer a lot of control to their advertisers AND their publishers. I don’t see much on the site that needs to be improved and it has great potential, and already thousands of members that are taking advantage of its great service.
October 5, 2007
There are many good reasons to link to your own articles and posts within your blog. Internal linking is very important, and if you’re not doing it then you’re really missing out on the advantages. First let’s review what internal linking is and how you can implement it.
If you write a post, do your best to link to past articles you’ve written on your blog within that post. Instead of writing many new paragraphs to explain something you’ve said before, just refer back to that post you’ve written before on the topic. If you’re writing a list post, such as one to gain more traffic (see, I did it right there!), then link back to other articles where you’ve written about generating traffic to a website. So why should you implement internal linking and why is it so great?
1. You’re giving your readers more information to chew on.
When you link to posts you’ve written in the past, you let your readers see more content they might not have noticed before. Not only are you giving more exposure to your old content, but you are keeping your readers on your blog longer and teaching them even more than you possibly could have otherwise. It’s a win-win situation!
2. You’re getting more traffic.
Dated articles that might not have been seen otherwise are now being pulled back into the picture! When you direct your readers from article to article with internal linking, you are getting more pageviews and exposing them to other content within your site. The more articles your readers see, the better! You get more traffic and have higher chances of receiving backlinks from your visitors’ sites if they notice a post that really stands out to them.
Plus, if you’re writing a linkbait or pillar post (or even just a list post), then it would be very wise to link to some of your other posts within it. Posts like that receive a lot more visitors and if you link to other articles, those have an even higher chance of being clicked on and read as well. Your traffic could end up surging through the roof if you have a really popular post that sends a lot of its traffic to your other posts too!
3. You’re receiving inbound links.
While it’s not as strong as receiving backlinks from other sites, links are links. Having inbound links is definitely a good thing, so link interally wherever appropriate. And not only can you help some of your other posts get more links, but you can link to them using keywords you’d like them to rank well for in the search engines.
4. You’re more likely to catch scrapers.
If you haven’t heard of it before, some people have blogs where they “scrape” content from RSS feeds. They take that content of yours, and that of others, and it is put on their own site. This is stealing. Your hard work is taken away from you while some other blog gets the credit for it. Not only that, but multiple content is produced, which is frowned upon by Google.
Internal linking can help fight against these scrapers. I recently noticed another site was taking content from the Super Blogging feed. I could tell not only because I received the trackbacks for all the posts being linked to, but also especially because when they put my articles on their site, at the bottom they were also linking to my feed post spotlights, which are only visible if you subscribe. (If you want to add links to the bottom of your own feeds, this can easily be done with Feedburner.)
If you link internally, you will get a trackback letting you know some other site is linking to your post. If you look at where your links are coming from, you could catch a scraper like I did. When I see someone else stealing my content and passing it off as their own, I don’t hesitate to let them know that’s not appreciated.
Let’s Wrap It Up!
If the four above aren’t good enough reasons for you to start linking internally to your own posts, I don’t know what else is. Surely you’ve heard it before, that internal linking is a great thing. If you’ve heard that advice in the past, now you’re hearing it again because I want to make sure you know it’s the truth.
Try to link to your own articles whenever appropriate, and if you like even consider doing a monthly review where you link to your best posts over the past month, to gain fresh exposure for those articles and more links. What’s to lose?
But while you should keep it in mind to put internal linking to use, don’t forget that linking to the posts of other bloggers is also vital! If you want more people to notice your blog and read it, you’ve got to be community involved. Here at Super Blogging I link to other blogs whenever their content is fantastic and assists in getting a point across. I also try to do weekly roundups of great posts in the blogging world.
So keep up that great linking, and if you have any questions feel free to ask! :)
September 6, 2007
Backlinks are a huge part of being successful when you’re a blogger. The more links you have, the higher you rank and the better PageRank you get. So if you haven’t been working extremely hard on gaining backlinks and you’ve just been going with the flow and waiting for the links to come to you, then all I have to say is, you’d better start.
AddURL.nu is a great site that currently contains close to a thousand “100% SEO friendly, free, non-redirect, non-reciprocal, and general” directories. Whenever you submit to one of these directories that AddURL lists, that’s another backlink gained. If you submitted to all of the directories, then you’d have nearly a thousand extra backlinks.
But of course, manually submitting to each of those directories yourself would take a while. If you don’t have the time but you’ve got the money, AddURL.nu’s owner charges $290 and he will hand submit your site or blog to every single directory listed. You can use four different titles and two different descriptions. It’s important to not just work on one keyword, but several (more on this later). But of course, most bloggers don’t have the money. But if you don’t, that’s okay. Still do try to submit to as many directories as you can whenever you have the free time.
Whenever you enter in your information to submit to the directory, under site title don’t enter your blog’s name – enter its keywords. For example, this blog is called Super Blogging. But when I submit to directories, I target my keywords. Under the title I use things like ‘Make Money Blogging’, ‘Free Blogging Tips’, etc. That’s right, on different directories I use more than one. Don’t just submit the same title every time – try to evenly spread out submitting under around four different keywords. Varied anchor text is important.
And usually directories offer your link to be featured, free, or reciprocal. Never buy a featured link, and don’t link back to them for a link (which is reciprocal). Instead, just take the free one. All the directories can be, and are, FREE.
Building links isn’t easy, unless you cheat and do one of those viral trains. I made the mistake of doing one, and I hate myself for it. Don’t get tangled up in one of those. Instead, do one of the best things you can do for getting backlinks to your blog and go with AddURL.nu. I promise you that if you stick to submitting to all the listed directories, not a minute of your time will be wasted. Every single link is worth it.
August 21, 2007
I always find those high prices of advertising on other blogs ridiculous. A hundred dollars for a review? Twenty bucks for a link in their sidebar that only lasts a week? It’s basically like they’re stealing your money. It can be downright hard to get visitors to your blog, especially if you’re new to the whole concept. And it’s even harder if everyone is charging insane prices to “help” – but really, they’re only thinking of making money for themselves.
Super Blogging is now offering advertising for an unbelievably cheap price of only five dollars.
It’s far from easy to get the amounts of traffic that you want, or even that high PageRank you dream of. Advertising on Super Blogging can help you with that, and the price is cheaper than any other out there.
For only five dollars, your site will be listed in the “Recommended Sites” section of the sidebar with your choice of anchor text. Your link will remain there until September 21, so think of all that exposure you’ll be getting – and the higher rankings you’ll receive – for that extended period of time! Just hurry and order now so your link can be up there longer. :)
Did I mention the other bonus I’m throwing in FREE OF CHARGE? After the campaign ends on September 21, I will create a post that features the links to all of the sites that purchased advertisement, so you’ll get even more exposure and another link with your same anchor text.
And remember, all of that for only five bucks. It’s a fantastic deal, and you can order quickly and easily via Paypal. All you’ve got to do is fill out the form here. Use your Paypal email so I can send you the bill, and then just let me know what site you want me to link to and the anchor text you want to use. Once I’ve received your payment, your link will go live in the “Recommended Sites” section.
So let’s review. Until September 21 your link, with your choice of anchor text, will appear in my sidebar on every single page of this blog. In that time period you will receive higher exposure, rankings, and increased PageRank. Once this campaign is over you will be linked to with your anchor text YET AGAIN. And all of that for only five dollars. So what’s to lose? All you can do is gain. So contact me now and get in on the publicity before anymore time is wasted. :)
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