Welcome to the Think Links System!


Index/Table of Contents

Link Velocity - How Fast Should I Build Links?
Link Decay
LSI in Anchor Text
PageRank
Trust Rank
Hilltop
Deep Linking
Clustered vs Contextual Linking
Link Co-Citation and "Sacrificial" Links
Good Link - Bad Link Ratio
Be a Chick
Controlling PR/Link Juice - NOFOLLOW
Canonical URLs
Biggest SEO Secret
Outsource Writers
Camouflage Pages
Automation and Semi-Automation
Essential FireFox Plugins
Organization
Bookmarking
Ping Info
Submit All RSS Feeds and Blogs to RSS Directories/Blog Rolls
FREE Online Mass Pinger and RSS Submitter
Barbara Ling's Twitter RSS Feed Loophole
Link Indexing Services
Backlink Spy Tools
Sitewide Blog Links
WordPress Muti-User (WPMU)
Misc. Link Tricks
DoFollow List SERPs How to Find Popular Forums
Find vBulletin Forums with Blog Plugin
Directory Submissions
Templates for Links
More Benefits to Template Marketing
Web Scripts
Submit Photographs to the Top Photo Directories
Create Screen Savers and Submit to Screen Saver Directories
Make Videos Out of Your Screensavers
Video Portals with PageRank of 7 or higher
Create Shareware/Freeware for Link Building Strategies
Create and Submit Widgets
            RSS Blackhole
Blog Commenting to Build Links

Blog Comment Posting Software
Use Wikis for Linking
Link Exchange Clubs
Free Automatic Backlink Services
Private Blog Networks
Article Directory Submissions for Links
Using ScrapeBox for Article Syndication
Selective Article Submission
Community of Guest Bloggers
Create Podcasts from Your Articles and PLR
Convert Your Articles into Free Ebooks and Submit to Ebook Directories
Post PDF and/or Slideshow Versions of Your Articles to Doc Sharing sites
Write guides and "how to's" and submit them to
Create lists of useful resources
Post to Classifieds for Links and Direct Sales
Creative Hosting
Free Hosts
Cheap Secondary Hosting
Trade Reseller Accounts and/or Hosting
Press Releases
Exploit High PR/High Authority News Sites
Purchase Links
Exploit Top Refer/Top Site Scripts
Promote Your Referrals  - AKA promote the pages that link to you
Create a Contest
Submit Your Cool Site
Giving Awards to Aid Linking
Link Wheels, Link Pyramids, Mini Nets and Web 2.0 Sites
Top 50+ Web 2.0 Sites for Link Building:
Most Popular Social Sites - People Rank?
Ping.FM
Over 30 Sites That Work Like Twitter
Group Buzz
Yahoo Answers
More Sites Like Yahoo Answers:
Hijack Thousands of Links Using Scrapebox
ScrapeBox Tip
Newbie Question: Where do I start?
Affiliate Disclaimer

Note: Think Links 2012 is designed to be used with the Firefox browser so you can exploit a couple of plugins to help semi-automate many of the linking strategies included here. For more info see: Essential FireFox Plugins.

Note: Some of the strategies included here can be fully or partially automated by services and software. For an in depth guide to many of these programs, please refer to your copy of "You Be The Judge" which should be included in your download folder.

Think Links is more than a linking report. It's a powerful guide to creating your own cyber real estate network. While others are building neighborhood shops, our goal is to create a business that has "franchises" all over the internet. We want to be everywhere there is traffic.

Think Links takes linking a step or two beyond the normal linking products. We aren't linking to boost a single mini-site to the top for good keywords. Instead, we're building a network of resources that will be able to boost the rankings of many sites.

This won't happen immediately. It takes longer to build a shopping mall than a single store. But it is more powerful. Much more powerful.

By setting things up as detailed here, we are building a network of link wheels and other linking strategies that will look totally natural.

Getting links by the tons is easy. The key to this is really more about content (words). We cover this in more detail in Biggest SEO Secret-Content, but you should always be on the lookout for more content. The more content you have access to, the easier it is to build real estate and links.

"Words" are the building bricks of cyber real estate and SEO. The more bricks you have, the more buildings you can create.

Link Velocity - How Fast Should I Build Links?
There's a concept called "link velocity" and it concerns how fast a site gains links. The theory of link velocity is, the faster you gain links, the higher you rank. It's possible Google sees a site that's getting links quickly as a site that's "hot", and you get rewarded. Gaining links very quickly can often be "natural" and a sign of popularity.

Then, your site quits getting links, or gets them much slower and your ranking drops accordingly.This could be mistaken for the infamous "sandbox", but it's more of a glass half full/half empty point of view. Your site isn't being penalized, instead it is no longer being rewarded for having high link velocity.

The general wisdom was to create links slowly, over time. The thinking is that you should be links slowly and surely. If you go too fast, your site will end up the the Google "sandbox" (disappear for a few months).

Link velocity is just a theory...But it is something to think about. And, the more sophisticated the SEOers, the more likely they discuss link velocity.

We talk all the time about getting links "naturally". But what is natural? Isn't it natural for some sites to get exposure on national TV, then get flooded with traffic and links in a short time? Or written up in a major magazine or newspaper? Wouldn't links gained from these events be "natural"?

Why is it natural for a page to get links gradually, at a steady pace, over a period of time?

It's just my opinion, but it would seem that the "natural" way sites and pages get links is that they'll get more links when they are first posted, with the "link velocity" declining over time.

With everything considered, my advice is to get links as fast as you can, assuming you can maintain that pace for a period of time. However, if you do get links quickly, you should probably make sure your links are also found in the social networks as well. After all, if a site is gaining in popularity it would seem that people would be "talking" about it.

You also need to get links from a wide variety of sources and blend  many other strategies to make them look more "natural". Most webmasters seem to rely on only one or two linking strategies, which may be the real problem of the "sandbox".

Whether valid or not, you should at least consider the theory of link velocity. Build sites, blogs, Web 2.0 accounts and social accounts and test the principle of Link Velocity. Build links at different speeds to different network resources of your's and test it for yourself...Just don't accept that building links slowly and surely is the "best" route to take, without checking it out for yourself.

This is why we build gold, silver and tin sites...We use the tin sites to test (in addition to building links).

You can increase your links, traffic and reach this way without worrying about if you're getting links to your original site too fast or too slow.


Link Decay

Link decay is a concept being talked about recently and it makes very good sense. It's the opposite of link velocity. Link decay is when you lose links and the speed which you do so. If your sites are losing links, it may be a sign that your site isn't very good and/or you are using link spamming techniques.

If you think about it, it makes sense. Why would a site lose links at a faster rate than "normal" for that niche? And, it could very well vary from niche to niche. You may be able to build and lose links quickly in one niche, but the same strategy could be disastrous in another niche. Don't let seo "experts" tell you what is going on based on their own single example.

So if you are going to build links for the long-haul, you probably want to build them as fast as possible, but only in ways that these links will "stick". This means you can't create tons of spam links, then point these links to crap pages.

Here's a few relevant articles concerning link decay and link spam:

Do Link Spammers Leave Footprints?
Link builders guide to Historical Ranking Factors

Is it link decay theory? Yes. But both Yahoo and Microsoft have filed patents relating to link decay. Google has similar concepts.

So we know the engines are aware of the concept. I think it would be easy to keep track of the increase/decrease of linking over time, and the concepts of link velocity and link decay make sense.




LSI in Anchor Text

LSI is a complex, technical SEO subject. Instead of getting into every detail here, just understand what it really means is that search engines may look for other words in a page to help determine what the page is about.

It's very possible that Google doesn't use LSI in its rankings. Google bought the technology to LSI to use for Adsense, so they could place relevant adds automatically.

However, the concept of LSI still applies through the use of "themes", which Google very likely uses. Even though LSI probably doesn't exist for ranking purposes, I'll still use "LSI" to mean anything related to "themes".

For example, let's take the word "apple" used on three different pages:
apple => mac, iPod, iPhone, Steve Jobs, OSX
apple => records, Ringo, Paul McCartney, Liverpool, John Lennon, Hey Jude
apple => fruit, pies, brown betty, food

You should be able to see how all three pages about "apple" are all actually about different subjects, based on other words used on the page.

When trading, posting or creating links in any way, you want to use LSI keywords in your anchor text so that all your links on OTHER sites don't link to you using the exact same phrase...Having 100 sites use the exact same text to describe your site just doesn't look natural and likely reduce the value of the link.

"Anchor text" is the words in the CLICKABLE LINK, like this: Click for the Google search results.

"Google search" is the anchor text in the sentence above.

After you do your keyword research, you'll want to use your best keyword about 50-60% of the time, and another 9-10 phrases the rest of the time.

For example, LSI related anchor text may look something like this:
apple pie recipes
how to bake pies
dessert recipes
baking tips
...etc

Simply, mix up anchor text on OTHER SITES, using related but different keywords.


To find LSI related keywords:
Keyword Browse
Quintura

Google Search - Google now has a feature to display related keywords. Do a search for your keywords, then in the lower left-hand column, click "Related searches". This will bring up the SERP with related keywords listed at the top.

PageRank

PageRank is a way Google determines the value of the links pointing to a page. To over-simplify, PR is based on the number of links in Google's index and what percentage of them point to a certain page. The more and the better the links a page has, the higher the PageRank.

So same that PR is no longer important. IMO, it's still very important. However, what we see in the Google toolbar isn't the real PR. Google uses two PRs: Internal and External. What we see in the Google toolbar is External PageRank. It's just an estimate of the real, Internal PageRank Google uses to determine rankings in their search engine results pages.

While external PageRank isn't 100% accurate, I'd still rather have a link from a page with a PR of 5 than one with a PR0. On the other hand, too many linkers worry too much about PR. There are other factors that determine the "link juice" (the benefit the link passes on), such as Trust, Authority, Hilltop, etc.

Trust Rank
Trust Rank is another way Google determines the value of a link. How well respected are the sites that link to you?

Every link to your pages doesn't have the same value. For example, links from domains using .gov or .edu were thought to be more highly respected by Google than links from other extensions. Google's logic was that links from .gov and .edu aren't available to everyone and therefore have more "trust".

(This is further blurred by the possibility that SEOers have exploited this, so the value of .edu and .gov links may not be as powerful as they once were.)

Other sites may also be "whitelisted" and thus their links carry more weight, such as respected sites like cnet.com, Yahoo's paid directory, DMOZ/ODP, sites included in Google News (which are approved by hand) etc.

Other factors that could determine "Trust" that are "on site":

  • How long ago was the domain name registered?
  • How many years in the future has your domain name been paid?
  • Is the whois info hidden? If yes, what are you hiding?
  • How long has your site been up?
  • How long have the pages been published?
  • Do you have 50,000 pages all with the same creation date and time? How'd you do that?
  • And more...


All of the above likely factor into the link juice that's passed though a link.

Hilltop

Hilltop is a complex system believed to be used by Google. Without going into the gory details, understand the concept that the relationship between two sites can influence how much impact linking between the two sites has.

For example, the links between two sites that are known to be "affiliated" won't/shouldn't count as much as a link from a totally "unaffiliated" site.

"Affiliation" in this case is simply any biased relationship. This relationship can be determined by:

  • your domain name "whois" info
  • IP addresses
  • shared affiliate IDs. For example, do multiple sites use the same Amazon affiliate ID, or worse, the same Google AdSense info.

When building your network, try to understand the basics of Hilltop and link "unaffiliated" pages together. Try to be "stealthy" and not put affiliate info on everything you own.

This is another example of why third party resources can be so powerful. Try to play a little "spy vs. spy" and keep who owns the sites and pages as secret as possible.

Also understand that if you log into your Blogger account and your AdSense account on the same PC, Google probably knows you're the same person. So, if it's a Google property, play it straight and don't be as aggressive.

The use of third party hosting, such as free blogs, Squidoo, Hubpages, etc, are great for helping you hide your "affiliations". All of your resources don't share the shame host, IP or name servers. And, you don't need to register domain names, which use your personal info.

Plus, you save tons of money on hosting and buying domain names!


Deep Linking

Deep linking is the ratio of links to a site that link to the homepage or to interior pages.

For example, if half of all the links to your site link to your home page and half link to your other pages, you'd have a deep link ratio of 50% to your home page.

The more pages on your site, the lower the deep link ratio should be to you home page and higher to your other pages.

It's important that at least 50-70% of your links are deep links and point to pages other than your home page.

Clustered vs Contextual  Linking

A contextual link is like the one below:

"Hi, my name is Kurt and I have an internet marketing software site
with tons and tons of great application."

It's "contextual" because the link is contained in the content itself.

Here's an example of "clustered" links:
link 1
link 2
link 3

-OR-

link 1 | link 2 | link 3

See how clustered links are all "alone", seperated from the real content on the page and "clustered" together with other links?

You'll usually see these links in a side-bar, navigation table, or at the top and bottom of web pages.

Contextual links probably give a lot more value than clustered links. When using your network, use contextual links as much as possible.

If you pay for links, INSIST on contextual links...


Link Co-Citation  and "Sacrificial Links"

You know the old saying, "You're known by the company you keep"? This applies to links all over the web.

You've probably heard that linking to "bad neighborhoods" (spammy, low ranking pages) is bad. If we agree with this, then logically we may think that linking to good pages is a good thing. And it is very likely we inherit some of the good or bad from the pages we link to, as well as some of the relevancy of the pages that we link to and from.

Not only that, we may also inherit the good/bad of other pages by merely sharing a link on the same page. This is the main concept of Co-citation.

Let's say SiteC links to both SiteA and SiteB. Even though SiteA and SiteB are NOT directly linked, Google will use this "citation" and say the pages are probably related to some degree, simply because they both have links from SiteC.

I suggest you take advantage of this by using what I call "sacrificial links". These are links to pages on sites that are so big and have so much authority, trust and link juice that adding a few more links won't change anything in their rankings.

Our goal is to "sponge" some of the "good" these sites have created and spread it to our own sites and pages.

For example, I have a site about pets and wildlife. There's a few sites in this niche that are so big and powerful, I will never over-take them. Sites like NationalGeographic.com, AnimalPlanet.com, etc. These even have their own TV stations in the US.

So what I want to do is add links to these highly respected sites all over my network, and at the same time include links to my own pages at the same time.

This will give my own site "co-citations" with the heavy-weights. It will also give the pages containing links to the heavy-weights the ability to inherit some of the "juice" those pages have earned. Again, if linking to bad sites is bad, let's assume linking to good sites is good.

Not only can we inherit many of the SEO benefits, we are also branding our own gold sites. If my site is listed next to NatiionalGeographic and AnimalPlanet and plastered all over my network, then people will start seeing my site as an EQUAL.

This is heavy stuff...

 

Good Link - Bad Link Ratio

Some links are considered better than others. For example, most people think getting a link from a page with a PR6 is better than a link with PR0...And it probably is.

Also, links from sites hosted on .edu and .gov are considered to be "good" links, and it's possible they are, although recent updates seem to point to .edu and .gov links not having any special juice.

There's a lot of webmasters that only seek out high PR links. However, getting only "good" links isn't the optimal way to get links.

I know a very hard core SEOer that constantly tested and researched everything he possibly could. What he found was that a natural pattern was FAR BETTER for getting links than was just concentrating on "good" links.

His tests showed that have a ratio of ABOUT 40-50: 1 was optimal.

This means that for every "good" link, such as .edu, .gov or PR5+, you should have about 40-50 links from pages with low PR, such as PR0, PR1.

And this makes sense...How natural is it for a site to only have PR5+ links pointing to it? It smacks of SEO manipulation.

Be a Chick

This same hard core SEOer also reports that you will double and even triple your link exchange success if the person contacting other webmasters is a woman.

As a matter of fact, this person hires a number of women that do nothing but call webmasters in order to get high quality links.

His advice is, if you exchange links, either pretend to be a woman or have a woman do it for you.


Controlling PR/Link Juice - NOFOLLOW
You can control and manipulate link juice on your own pages through your link structure. A year or two ago, Google announced that they were cracking down on "PR sculpting" and Matt Cutts has stated that Google prefers that you don't "nofollow/noindex" your site's terms of service type pages.

However, if you have multiple domains, I still suggest a little experimenting with PR sculpting on some of them. And, be sure to add nofollow tags to your affiliate links whenever possible.

For example, if you have the following pages:
TOS | About us | Contact | Disclaimer

You may not want to pass on link juice to these pages and save that juice for your real money pages. All you need to do is add the NOFOLLOW tag to the links of pages you don't want to pass link juice to:

A typical link to your TOS page may look like:
<A HREF="TOS.html">TOS</A>

Just add the nofollow tag like this:
<A HREF="TOS.html" rel="nofollow">TOS</A>

Same thing for affiliate links and other similar links...

...And you can conserve your link juice to pass on to other pages.

Also, you should structure your site to take advantage of this concept. After doing your keyword research, you should have a list of your "best" keywords. Build pages focused on these keywords, then create other pages to build links to these pages.

You want every page (or as many as possible) to point to your "best pages". But, you only want as few links as possible to point to your "other" pages, focusing all the link juice possible onto your "money" pages.

Just structuring your own internal linking strategy correctly can give your "money" pages a nice boost in the Engines.

Canonical URLs
"Canonical" URLs concerns that URLs can be written differently, even though they all point to the same place. For example, all of the following are the same page:
 

  1. http://Dombom.com
  2. http://www.Dombom.com
  3. http://Dombom.com/
  4. http://www.Dombom.com/
  5. http://Dombom.com/index.html
  6. http://www.Dombom.com/index.html

That's 6 different URLs that are technically correct, that all point to the same page.

However, Google will see these as 6 different pages, although Google has been trying to correct this for years.

This means, any links you get can be divided between all 6 variations, diluting any link juice you're trying to build.

To some degree you can control this by always using the same format to link to your sites and pages. If you use www. once, you need to use it every time.

Problem is, you can't control how others link to you. This means you may not be getting all the link juice you could be getting from the same number of links.

There's a couple of technical solutions. But if you are technical enough, you don't need my help. If you aren't technical enough, I'm not techy enough to help you.

What you need to do is ask your admin or host to either set up a "301 redirect" or create an .htaccess file for you that accounts for "Canonical URLs".

If they are good, it should be easy for them and shouldn't cost more than $10-20, if they won't do it for you for free. This should create an .htaccess file which you can use for your other domains on that same host.

If you want to try and do it yourself, you can google the following:

  • Canonical URLs + htaccess
  • 301 redirect + Canonical URLs
  • Intro to Canonical URLs
  • etc...

While a little techy for most, it is a great advantage for the linkers/SEOers that take the time...And even tough as it seems a little advanced for most, it is a very IMPORTANT linking technique that any SEOer needs to investigate further.


Biggest SEO Secret

Sure, links and optimization are important...But the essential element of SEO is content creation.

Without content, you don't need backlinks, page titles, anchor text, meta tags, etc.

And the more content you have, the easier and better it is for search engine marketing.

I've been doing SEO since 1996. I've had clients and done SEO for myself and friends. And it always comes down to "words". Sites with a lot of words have always been easier to get results than the sites with few words.

Search engines index words. And every word on every page you'll ever have is a "keyword", except of course the "stop words", which are common words like "the, at, on, a, for, to", etc. Every other word on the page is actually a keyword.

Sure, you may have primary keywords in your page title or meta tags, but the engines still index every other word. And these "other" words, can and do bring traffic from the engines.

The more words you have, the better chance you have for traffic. The more words you have, the more real estate you can add.

The more real estate you add, the more links you can get, and faster. If you believe adding links too fast is a problem (I don't), then if you only have one site, you'll only add 5 links a day, for example. But if you have 10 sites, you can add 5 a day to each, or 50 total links.

Search engine marketing is a numbers game...It's really all about "market share". Ask yourself the following questions...The questions are rhetorical, but the concept is the basis of all good SE marketing:

How many words are in the engines? How many of them are your's?

How many pages are in the engines? How many of them are your's?

How many links are indexed and counted by the engines? How many of them are your's?

There's no rules saying you can only have a small piece of the pie. It's your job to get as big a slice as you can. It is YOUR job to increase your market share.

And getting the biggest slice you can is the biggest step in SE marketing. Forget about ranking for a single keyword for a moment. The only way to get serious SE traffic is by having tons and tons of pages with words, and have tons and tons of links, pointing to those pages.

Massive content creation is the key to super SE marketing. With a bunch of content, you can grab cyber real estate. And each resource you create is another chance to rank in the SEs. And each of these can get high ranking.

Again, there's no rules that say you can only own one of the Top 10 spots in the results pages. Your ultimate goal is to own as many Top 10 spots for as many different keywords (of value) that you possibly can. And this can only be done through having content.

I won't get into creating content in depth here. My point is that as a serious SE marketer, you need to be constantly on the look-out for SE-ready content...

Here's a couple of concepts to get you started and will help streeeeetch your content.

Creating indexes of content. Go to one of the article sites and grab 10 articles. Place one each on 10 DIFFERENT sites/blogs you own. Be sure to keep the author's info intact, we aren't stealing. Add your own advertising and opt-in forms to the pages containing these articles.

Break down each article into separate paragraphs. Some larger paragraphs can even be broken down into more parts.

Take each part and use it as a description that links to the whole article. Surround the description in quotes.

You should easily come up with 40-60 descriptions using this method. Add each to a permanent "clip" using Spartan Multi-Clipboard. This will save them for you to use in the future.

Now create a new resource. Open Spartan and paste in 4-8 description at random to use as content. If you want, you can change a few words in each to make them more unique, but it's not necessary. You can also delete/add a few words to each, just to vary them a bit.

What you'll end up with is a page of different "descriptions" from 10 different articles, all mixed and matched in different orders.

You can repeat this over and over and over, using different combos, to create your cyber real estate network. Keep adding new articles and descriptions.

You can also use the same method with PLR, public domain and your own original writing. The key is to chop them up, then mix and match and add to other sites.

In my MadBomber forum, I teach a similar method...The goal is to come up with 100 paragraphs of info about a specific niche. Don't make all the paragraphs about one tight niche. Instead, focus on your specific niche, but also include other related topics.

For example, if I have a site about "poodles", I'll have about 10-15 of these paragraphs about "poodles". But I'll also add a paragraph or two about "dogs", "german shepards", "dog training", "dog food", etc., referring to LSI/themed related keywords.

And be sure to include a few affiliate products, or links to your own stuff. Make these good, solid paragraphs.

The goal is to have 100 good paragraphs with each being able to stand on their own. By this, I mean they will make sense and be of value no matter what other paragraphs are before or after.

Now create a sit containing all 100 paragraphs, or two sites of 50 paragraphs each. These will be your gold sites. Squidoo, Hubpages, etc are good to use for this. We'll name this site(s) something like "50 Misc. Facts about Poodles and Dogs". Be creative and change the title to fit your own needs.

Next take all 100 paragraphs and save them to a text file. As you create more real estate, use these paragraphs to build content.

For example, you have a Squidoo lens with 50 dog tips. Go to blogger.com and create a blog. Open your 100 paragraphs and copy 3-8 of them into Spartan. Paste them into your blog and say something like "Here's some random poodle and dog tips, for a big list of 50 poodle tips, visit this Squidoo lens".

What you've done is reused your content and then pointed people to "get more", in a natural linking style.

You should have a variety of keywords sprinkled into these paragraphs. Using the html editor in Blogger, pick a couple and put a few contextual links to any other resources you may have.

Think about it...I've used this same strategy for making pages for 15 years. It worked in 1996 and it is working now. Why worry about "duplicate content", whether it's true or a myth? My strategy works.

100 unique paragraphs can make 20 articles  of 5 paragraphs that are 100% unique.

You can make 100's and 100's of articles that are 80% unique, when compared to each other.

And by "unique", I mean unique INFORMATION, not just strings of words.

Writing individual "misc" tips is easier than entire articles. And with short attention spans, real people prefer reading lists and "tidbits".

You win.

You win in the SEs.

Your readers (REAL PEOPLE) win.

I go into far more detail in my MadBomber forum, as well as supply you with custom software to make this easier and more effective. This is a tremendous strategy to reuse content that I've used for 15 years with success, while creating pages that will be 60-100% unique, when compared to the other pages created this way.

Outsource Writers:

Writeswap.com is a site similar to Fiverr, but everything isn't $5 and it just has writers.

Textbroker - A good place to outsource articles. Different pricing for different quality of work.

Craigslist: Writers in Manila - Here's a Craigslist category for writers from Manila in the Philippines. You can check other cities across the globe for writers as well.

Camouflage Pages

One way to not look like a spammer is to use camouflage pages. You can do this a number of ways, but here's the basic idea.

Set up a few blogs. You can use Blogger, WordPress or even an html page that simulates a blog. Just make sure this page isn't hosted on anything that can be traced back to you. There's a list of 253 free blog platforms in the left frame. Use them.

Add a little content, it can be about anything that ISN'T commercial. Put up some jokes, a "journal" of what you did today, talk about your school, your job. Again, anything that isn't commercial.

Next go to Youtube.com and add a couple of the most popular videos you can find. You want your content to be of interest to the general public.

Now, spam yourself using comments. You can use the "commenter's" name to link to profiles, etc.

If you use html, just format the comments to resemble blog comments. Add a comment form and button. It won't work, and doesn't need to, but it adds to the page's camouflage.

Try to simulate (but NOT copy) some Google AdSense ads. But add links to your own silver and gold sites.

Now use a  link to this camouflage page in your profile pages. You won't look like a spammer or even a marketer.

Think about what others will see if they visit this page:

What you did today.

A couple of jokes.

A funny/popular video or two.

A couple of spam comments

Some AdSense.


You can easily get 4-12 links to your other real estate on this page without looking like a marketer. You can even allow a few "real" spam comments to really add camouflage for Google. 

Check out this example of a camouflage page. A page like this can be linked to aggressively if the video is good and popular.

The comments can be used for hiding links, helping with the SEO and Adsense relevancy, etc. I can "spam" my own comments so the comments look commercial while leaving the page itself "innocent".

If you notice the "Add This" buttons right below the video, this even gives the page the possibility of going viral. And going viral means traffic and link juice. 

Camouflage pages such as this are part of a very solid linking, SEO and traffic strategy. Again, look at this example of a example of a camouflage page and add your own elements. Add keyword filled anchor text to user names. Download a few free royalty-free icons to make your comments look more real. The possibilities are truly endless.

Automation and Semi-Automation

The Essentials of Multi-Clipboards

Everyone's PC comes with a clipboard that lets you copy and paste different data, like text, pictures, etc.

However, there's two majors problem with the regular clipboard:

1. It's limited to a single clip. One you "copy" something else, the last thing copied to the clipboard is erased.

2. If you restart your PC, whatever is in your clipboard is erased.

Here's an example, if I give you a list of 8 things to paste into Roboform, with a single clipboard, you copy, switch from this page to Roboform, paste, then switch back.

If you use a multi clipboard, you copy all the stuff you need, then only switch ONE TIME to Roboform, then paste each item.

I use a program called "Spartan Multi Clipboard". On my laptop, I use M8Clips. The are both similar and have the same functions. And I consider one or the other to be essential. Whenever I get a new PC, one of the very first things I load to it is a multi clipboard.

Here's a video tutorial on how to use Spartan Multi Clipboard:

Spartan Multi Clipboard - $20

101 Clips - Free Version of Spartan - Limited to 25 clips. It works just like Spartan multi-clipboard, except there's no feature to keep clips permanently. However, the free version is still a tremendous time saver while doing our Think Links campaign.

Even though the free version is of great help, I still suggest you buy the full version and get to know how it works:

  • If you're on a linking campaign, every time you type something new, copy it into Spartan. There's a good chance you will need to use this info again during your campaign.
     
  • Every time you create a new resource, save the link in your permanent clips, both HTML and  BB (bulletin board) versions.. This makes it ever so easy to add you links to the next property you build.


Essential FireFox Plugins

We are going to do some serious automation. Now's not the time to get lazy. A hour or so spent getting this ready will payoff 10x during your linking campaigns.

If you want to be lazy and still get things done, this is the start. I won't give you a longer "pep talk"...It's up to you.

To get some motivation, read my descriptions and you should see the value.

Firefox Browser - If you don't have it, download the Firefox browser here. You don't have to switch full time to FF. Just make this your "linking browser".

FREE Plugins - The following plugins are required to get the most out of Think Links. After you've installed FF, start it up, then come to this page using FF. Next, just follow the links and you'll be given a link to automatically install the plug ins. After installing them, you'll likely need to restart FF.

SEOQuake - Offers a lot of SEO features. But for our purpose, we're just interested in one: PageRank. SEOQ will show you the PR of each link in the Google results.

If you are searching for .edu blogs, you can see the PR of each listing in the Google search results.

TIP: For our purposes, shut off every other function of SEOQ. This will speed things up greatly, as well as reduce your queries to Google. Note that using SEO Quake ofter requires multiple queries to Google. If you have Google return 100 results, SEOQ will need to contact Google for each of those results to get the PR.

If Google does "ban" you, it's only temporary. Try again in 24 hours. So use SEQ sparingly. 

NoDoFollow - When turned on, shows you which links are "follow" and which are "nofollow". Follow links are highlighted in blue and nofollow in red. As you research your linking resources, be sure to check that all of your links are what you think they are.

You can turn this off and on by "right click", then check/uncheck "NoDoFollow".

Selection Links - If you click and drag your mouse over multiple links, this plugin will open each link in a different tab in your Firefox browser.

Here's how you'll use it...I may give you a list of links, or you may find a bunch of links in the Google results. Just click and drag, and each page will open in a new browser tab. Now that all these pages are loaded, you can quickly move from one site to the next.

AutoFill Forms - AutoFill Forms is a free substitute for RoboForm for folks that don't want to pay for Roboform. This plugin will do a lot of the "typing" for us and is the most complicated of the plugins. Spend 30 minutes really getting to know it, it will be a real time (and finger) saver.

Here's an example of how powerful this is in combo with Selected Links. In parts of Think Links, I give you lists of links pointing to sites that use the same software. Even though these are totally different sites and on different IPs, you join them using pretty much the same info.

You click/drag over 10-15 of these links. Your Selection Links plugin will open each in a different tab.

Next, you fill in all the details on the first page and save this as a "profile" in AutoFILL Forms. (More detail below)

When you're done with the first tab, you click on the second tab and BAM! All the info is filled out for you automatically. Check to make sure everything is correct, make a minor mod and click on Tab 3 and BAM! Your info is filled out for you again.

Now I don't suggest you simply create profiles. Some of these resources have some very powerful features you will want use. However, the time saved is still the same. Once a profile for that type of site is filled out, and you visit the sign up page, your info will be filled out for you...More often than not, you will only have to hit "submit".

If AutoFILL Forms does miss something, type it in and copy it to your Spartan Multi Clip...Chances are, you will need to use it again somewhere.

AutoFILL Forms does take some time to get used to, but as you can see it is very powerful for our purposes, and will save far more time in the long run that it takes to learn.

Click Profiles=>Advanced deselect: Automatically select best matching profile 

Organization

Much of today's link building includes creating profiles on various sites. And...there's a few things you need to do each time you create a profile, blog, member page, etc.

Remember, our goal is to be more efficient and effective than the other linkers. We are creating mini-linkwheels and other linking patterns using all of these resources. We want to build PageRank and Link Juice for our own profile pages, blogs, links etc.

We're going to work a little smarter, not harder.

But working smart means taking care of little details now so our efforts aren't wasted later.

I suggest you print out the following and refer to it as you build your real estate empire. I will also repeat this throughout Think Links:

Basic Organization:

  1. Check that you don't need to be logged in to view profile page.
  2. Check to make sure profile page links are follow: Turn ON NoDoFollow plugin
  3. Each profile page you think is a "keeper" is bookmarked.
  4. Bookmarks are clustered in groups of 10-15 in folders by types and keywords. This is so all can be opened at once in tabs in future.
  5. Add the URL to a Spartan clip.
  6. Check for RSS pheed. If one exists, add the URL to your Spartan clip. Label it orange.
  7. Create an RSS.txt file so that you can include ALL of your resources that don't generate a pheed of their own into your own RSS pheed. You want to create as many RSS pheeds as possible.
  8. Submit each RSS pheed to the various RSS directories.  

Prepare some Graphics:

Head over to the Morgefile.com and find some pictures that will relate to your over-all network. Morgue File has the most liberal usage license of any photo gallery sites. All you need to do is change the pictures is some way. Read their license here.

Pictures of pets, landscapes, animals, places do well. Be careful of using pictures of actual people if you can see their faces. Using the faces of people may require a "model release form" and we don't want to mess with the legal issues.

Spend some time modifying the pictures into various sizes. so that you have a collection you can easily refer to and upload then the time comes, and it will. There will be opportunities to create photo albums, which in turn will generate RSS pheeds, which we can add our links to.

Using pictures does a lot to say you're not just a spammer and is an additional form of camouflage. I highly recommend it.

Create a List of 100+ Sacrificial Links

Sacrificial links are what I call links to other sites used to camouflage your own links. These links should not be competition for you, and should be to major sites where a few more links really won't impact them, like Youtube, Wikipedia, current news, etc.

Find links about pets, animals, humor, etc. and store them in a text file. These URLs will be very beneficial once you start bookmarking. You'll want to use these links along with your own links, so it doesn't look like you are only submitting your own stuff.

All this prep may seem like a lot, but think of Henry Ford. You want to create a "conveyor belt" system where you do one thing at a time. You don't what to whip out your bookmarking software, only to find you need some more sacrificial links. And if you don't mix your links with other links of interest, there's a far greater chance your accounts on the bookmarking sites will be banned.

When you do something over and over, link find links or graphics, you are faster and more efficient. Any time you need to switch task, you waste time.

You choice is a simple one: You can spend a little time now getting organized and collecting resources, or you can spend a lot more time in the future. You may even waste your time by creating forum, web 2.0 and bookmarking accounts, only to have them banned because you didn't use some common sense and prepare accordingly.

And losing links may not only waste your time, it could also cost you rankings. It is my belief that Google uses a concept called "link decay". If your number links are constantly declining, maybe your site isn't very good. Think about it.

Also:

  • Grab a Few RSS Feeds
  • Collect Some Popular YouTube Videos

Techniques and Strategies

Bookmarking

What is Social Bookmarking? From Wikipedia:

Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata, typically in the form of tags that collectively and/or collaboratively become a folksonomy. Folksonomy is also called social tagging, "the process by which many users add metadata in the form of keywords to shared content".[1]

In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine.

Most social bookmark services encourage users to organize their bookmarks with informal tags instead of the traditional browser-based system of folders, although some services feature categories/folders or a combination of folders and tags. They also enable viewing bookmarks associated with a chosen tag, and include information about the number of users who have bookmarked them. Some social bookmarking services also draw inferences from the relationship of tags to create clusters of tags or bookmarks.

 
Simply, bookmarking is adding links to favorite sites. And there's a lot of bookmarking sites, each giving us an opportunity to create more links.

There's also web site software that lets folks create their own bookmarking sites. Two of the more popular scripts are Pligg and Social Web CMS, which is an off-shoot of Pligg. If you're at all familiar with Digg.com, Pligg let's you have your own "Digg-like" site.

So you have the "major" bookmarking sites and thousands of Pligg and Social Web sites that you can use to create more links.

You don't want to be seen as a spammer and only submit links to your own commercial sites. Remember, these are "favorite" links users are posting. You can't post your "buy viagra" links over and over and get away with it.

You don't want to lose links. First, it destroys the work you put into getting the links, and losing links may very well be a ranking factor.

For best results, you want to have a lot of different sites you can submit, and these shouldn't be sales letters. Instead, write content and  articles bookmark these pages. Then point these pages to your sales pages and affiliate links.

Also, include a BUNCH OF SACRIFICIAL LINKS. These are links to major sites that have nothing to do with your links. Add links to your camouflage pages, funny and popular videos, news articles, etc. Then sprinkle in your own links that go to real content pages.

Then use some camouflage on these pages by faking spam comments and point to 1-3 of your profile pages. But don't directly bookmark profile pages. That's too obvious.

And the more content you have spread over the web the more you can utilize bookmarking. And by spread out, I mean on different sites, domains, blogs, IPs, etc.

The point is, you can transfer link juice you build. Create some pages with great content and link to those pages. Then use these pages to pass link juice on to your money pages. The better your pages are, the more aggressive you can be with your linking.

 
Here's a general linking plan:

Bookmark => Content/Camouflage Pages /Sacrificial

Content pages => Money pages

Camouflage <<=>> Content

Camouflage pages => Money pages

Camouflage => Profiles

Profiles => Content and Camouflage

I've heard from more than one friend that Squidoo has banned them due to "improper linking". Both used a lot of bookmarks. So be very "gentle" pointing to Squidoo (and Hubpages).

Instead, point to other pages, then point these pages to Squidoo.

 
One Warning:
When using Pligg sites, Pligg can be hacked so you download bad stuff. Make sure when you're visiting these types of sites your Virus protection is up to date.This is true even if you only use submission software and don't visit the sites directly.

You may even want to check out a program called Sandboxie, for protection above and beyond what any anti-virus can provide.

For even more protection, learn how to install and use VMWare Player. VMWare is like having an entire separate PC running on your computer. So when you run a program such as Bookmarking Demon in an instance of VMWare, all your passwords and login info is kept separate in your "main" windows. And if you get a virus in VMWare, just delete the VMWare folder and make a new one.

Note: While VMWare Player is free, you need a windows installation disk for VMWare to create a "virtual machine" for you. I suggest finding an old Windows XP disk online and use it.

VMWare can be a hassle setting up at first, but it has ENORMOUS benefits for white and black hatters alike. Think about the ability of having multiple "computers" all running on the same computer. One example is, I have an instance of VMWare set up to use a Internet Explorer proxy switcher. Since many link automation programs use IE to browse the web, this means the programs I run in VMware use a different IP address (via proxies) than does my "main" Windows computer, all on the same PC.

I recommend you run Bookmarking Demon in an instance of VMware. This not only lets you use multiple IPs/proxies with ease, it also protects you from the viruses and downloads you are likely to come across when submitting to tons of sites. Remember, when you submit to a site your PC has to visit that site. And if you use automation, you could be visiting 1000s of sites a day, increasing your risk for viruses over those folks that only visit a dozen or so sites.

There are plenty of submission options that will let you add your links to tons of bookmarking sites, both big and small.

A common blackhat tactic is to use "proxies" (fake/multiple IP addresses) and multiple email addresses to create multiple bookmarking accounts.

Social Bot - Inexpensive, very whitehat. $29.95. However, the makers of Socialbot often have sales around the time of holidays in the USA when the price is lowered to $7.77. For $7.77 it's a good deal. However I don't recommend paying full price for Socialbot.

Bookmarking Demon (affiliate link) - ($147) For hard core bookmarking, I recommend Bookmarking Demon. Far more powerful than the free/inexpensive applications above. But to get your full value from BMD, you need to have plenty of sites, pages and other resources to submit. Also, BMD has a learning curve.

There are also "trade" services, using the ol' "you bookmark me, and I'll bookmark you".

Piqq US : Exchange Digg.com, Stumbleupon and Propeller votes.

Ping Info

"Pinging" in our context is simply telling other sites that a page has been created or updated. There are a number of sites that check for recent updates and a ping is a quick "message" that basically says that a page has been updated, come check it out.

Google not only accepts pings, but it also checks this "ping" sites quite often, looking for updates. Pinging probably doesn't have much linking benefit any more, other than to make sure that a page gets indexed. But, being indexed is the first step in that page being able to pass on link juice.

Wordpress and other other blog platforms have their own pinging function. However, the built in feature in WP is limited and can even be dangerous. It will ping every time you make an edit in a page. So if you quickly edit a page a couple of times, you'll be pinging just as often. This could cause the ping services to think you are a spammer and ban your domain.

The built in WP ping function is also limited in the services it pings. There are huge lists available if you google "recent WP ping list" or similar. However, these lists are too big and require too much from your host/server. They can also contain duplicates, meaning you could be unintentionally spamming some services. Instead, look for a list that has the top 20 or so ping services to use.

I like to use (and suggest) a WP plugin called "Ultimate Plugins Smart Update Pinger". It will prevent WP from pinging to often.

Here's my list of ping services I'm using at the time I'm writing this:

http://rpc.pingomatic.com/
http://audiorpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.us/ping/RPC2
http://ping.blo.gs/
http://ping.blogs.yandex.ru/RPC2
http://ping.feedburner.com
http://ping.myblog.jp
http://ping.rss.drecom.jp
http://rpc.blogbuzzmachine.com/RPC2
http://rpc.bloggerei.de/ping/
http://rpc.odiogo.com/ping/
http://rpc.reader.livedoor.com/ping
http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
http://services.newsgator.com/ngws/xmlrpcping.aspx
http://www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates
http://www.feedgy.com/
http://zhuaxia.com/rpc/server.php

This list includes more services than are installed in WP by default, covers all the major ping services, but not too many to stress out WP.

Every time that you have create a new page or created a new account on a blog or Web 2.0 site it's a good idea to ping the page or site, just to help it get indexed.

1. Copy the URL of your profile page or blog

2. Click on one of the ping services

3. Paste your URL into the ping service and fill out the info.

Pinging tells some directories that a page has been added, or modified, and to come check it out.

Google loves many of the sites in the ping services lists, so it's a good way to help get pages indexed quickly.

Each time you add something new, Ping it. When you go to one of the ping sites listed on the left, enter your URL.  If you use Ping O Matic or Pingoat, when the results page comes up, bookmark this page and add it to another bookmark folder in Firefox.

Next time, all you have to do is open all the ping bookmarks in tabs, and you'll automatically bookmark each page saved this way. Don't over-do it. I would only use Pingoat and Ping O Matic 2-4 times in each bookmark folder.

If you only have a page or profile or two, use these free services. I suggest you mix up the ping services and try to rotate through each as you add more and more resources.

Ping-O-Matic
FeedPing
Pingoat

Pingler

My Page Rank

PingMyBlog.com

Autopinger

Feed Shark

Pingates

PING.IN

King Ping

Ping 4 Free

Syncr Ping Service

Ping for Squidoo Lenses

Mass Pingers

If you have a bunch of pages you need to ping, check out one of the following "mass" pingers:

Ping Device - A free online "mass pinger". Use if you have multiple URLs to ping.

Pinger The Mass Host Ping Tool - A good, free Windows desktop program that will ping a large list of URLs. Useful for pinging bookmarks, articles submitted to directories using Article Marketing Robot, etc.


Submit All RSS Feeds and Blogs to RSS Directories/Blog Rolls

Every time you create a blog, twitter account, article directory profile, Web 2.0 account, etc, you should check to see if it exports an RSS feed. If it does, be sure to submit the feed to the popular RSS feed directories:

URL's PR
http://blogbridge.com 6
http://blogdigger.com 6
http://bloggapedia.com N/A
http://blogged.com 6
http://bloggernity.com N/A
http://blogpulse.com 6
http://blogs.botw.org N/A
http://blogs.com 7
http://blogville.us 5
http://boingboing.net 7
http://feedminer.com 0
http://feeds2read.net 4
http://feeds4all.com 4
http://feedsee.com 5
http://feedsfarm.com 4
http://feedster.com 7
http://globeofblogs.com 6
http://icerocket.com 6
http://newsisfree.com 7
http://ontoplist.com 5
http://plazoo.com N/A
http://rssfeeds.com N/A
http://rss-locator.com 6
http://rss-network.com N/A
http://search4rss.com 6
http://syndic8.com N/A
http://technorati.com 8
http://topblogarea.com 5

Or for faster results, I recommend:
RSSBot

RSS Submit - This used to be the premier RSS directory submission software. BUT IMO, it's now pretty much worthless and in need of an update.


FREE Online Mass Pinger and RSS Submitter:


1. Bulk Feed Creator - Use this to convert a bunch of links into an RSS feed. You can add up to 50,000 links to your feed.
http://www.bulkping.com/rss-feed-generator-creator/

2. Copy the URL from your feed in step #1 and submit it to the RSS aggregators:
http://www.bulkping.com/free-rss-submit-online/

3. Mass ping your RSS feed here:
http://www.bulkping.com/


Barbara Ling's Twitter RSS Feed Loophole


Thanks to Barb Ling for this little trick that creates an RSS feed for your Twitter accounts. At the time I wrote this, Google was indexing and ranking Twitter accounts. Having an RSS feed for your Twitter accounts can help you build links to them. Plus, using RSS you can easily post your Twitter feeds on WP blogs, etc.

First, you need at least two accounts. Twitter actually creates an RSS feed for "lists". However, you can't put the Twitter account that creates the list into the list itself. Therefore, use a second account to add your first account (or multiple accounts of yours) to a "list". Then grab the URL of the RSS feed for this list and submit it. This RSS feed will contain tweets from all the accounts in the list.

Your RSS feed will use this syntax:
https://api.twitter.com/1/TwitterAccount/lists/ListName/statuses.atom

TwitterAccount: Substitute the name of the Twitter account that created the list.

ListName: Substitute the name of the list you created.

Note: Technically, this is a "atom" feed and not standard RSS, so it may not work in all applications that accept RSS...But it's "close enough" for many.

Link Indexing Services

The following services are all indexing services that work in basically the same way. They create RSS feeds for your links, then ping those RSS feeds. They are worth checking out if you are using some of the automated tools to create tons of accounts, article submissions, etc.

Linklicious - Has free version. 

Nuclear Link Crawler - Also has a free version. Is probably the best of the 3 tools listed here at the time I wrote this.

Backlinks Indexer - Has a 5 day free trial.

Backlink Spy Tools

Another great way to find links is to examine the links the top competitors for your keywords use.

Use the backlink spy tools to discover how and where they got their links. They reveal a lot of info about the links to sites.

Enter the domain name/URL of your competition and check out the results.

Then try to duplicate their efforts. Anywhere your competition is, you want to be, if possible. Also, see if there are any footprints to the backlinks they have. Is your competition using bookmarks? Commenting on Wordpress blogs? Creating forum profiles on certain forum platforms?

Backlink Watch
BacklinkDomain Analyzer
Spy Competitors

Open Site Explorer
MajesticSEO

ahrefs.com
SEOMoz

SEO SpyGlass


Sitewide Blog Links

Top Commenters [keywords]
Recent Comments [keywords]

The Google searches above will find WordPress blogs with two types of plugins:

  1. The Recent Comments plugin:
    "recent comments" "powered by wordpress" [keywords]

  2. Top Commenters plugin
    "top commenters" "powered by wordpress" [keywords]

They both do what they say they do...Recent Comments is a plugin that takes the most recent comment made on the blog and generally add a link to the person that made the last comment.

Top Commenters plugin works the same way, except it will create a link to the person that has made the most comments on a blog. When you find these blogs, you'll want to check and see how many comments you need to make to become a "top commenter".

Both of these will give you links "site wide"...Meaning every page on the blog will give you a link. If you find the right blogs, you could get 100's of links very easily.

However, there is a drawback, and in most cases these links will be temporary. New comments will be posted and someone will make more comments than you, and your links will disappear.

Click on either link in the Left Frame and a general search for each search will appear in this frame.
 

I suggest that you add a keyword or two AFTER the search query you'll see in Google, then do another search, to make your search more unique.
 

With both of these link strategies, you need to check each blog and make sure you are getting links. Sometimes the owners of the blog won't have a live link activated.

When viewing a blog, check the links after "Top Commenters" or "Recent Comments" and see if they contain links to other sites. Make sure the links aren't all pointed to the blog you are reading.

If you can find a blog that isn't that active, had a bunch of pages and uses one of these plugins, you can gain links very quickly and they may last for a while.

Bookmark these blogs. They can be tremendous assets.

Automation Tip: I like to use Firefox for this and create a folder just for these blogs. Every-so-often I will go to my Firefox bookmarks and select the folder, then select "Open all in tabs". This will open each blog in a different tab and I can quickly navigate from one to the next, adding more comments as needed.

If you find good sites like this...DO NOT SPAM THEM!!! They are giving you tons of free links. Do NOT force them to turn off the plugins. Instead, take the time and make some helpful comments.

Scrapebox tip: Use both of the footprints:
"top commenters" "powered by wordpress" [keywords]
"recent comments" "powered by wordpress" [keywords]

Enter both footprints, including some custom keywords, then use Scrapebox to find blogs and blog pages with good PR.

Sort the list by PR, then run the dofollow/nofollow addon in Scrapebox. This will let your search for WP blogs using the Recent Comments and Top Commenters plugins, starting with the blogs with the highest PageRank and that also use "dofollow" links.

WordPress Muti-User (WPMU)

This one's getting a little tougher and may be over-used due to excessive usage by SEOers.

Wordpress MU...The "MU" stands for "multi user" and it's a Wordpress plugin that allows the owner of a blog to give away free WP blogs, in essence making the owner a little like Blogger.com.

By searching for these sites, you can create FREE WP blogs on a wide variety of IP addresses. You don't need to pay for domain names or hosting. The trade-off is you are defendant on the site owner.

Because WP is free and WPMU is free, they are often installed on "unprofessional sites". By this, I mean regular folks who may not have the money or desire to keep things running smoothly. They may even let their domain names expire. Therefore, there is a little more risk with these sites in terms of longevity and the time and effort it takes to find WPMU blogs...You'll run into quite a few WPMU sites having some "errors".

However, there's still tons of potential from these blogs. They make for great camouflages sites. They give you greater IP diversity...So if you can find WPMU sites, you'll be able to create a blog of your own for free.

When searching for WPMU blogs, you may want to try this little trick:

  1. Do a search using the footprints below.
  2. When the Google results page appears, click on the "Show Options" link in Google. A column will appear on the left.
  3. Click the  "Specific Date Range" link
  4. Enter a time period that is 3-4 years old, with the newest time a year ago. This will try to locate WPMU blogs that are 1-4 years old. Older sites "may" be more stable. And they are definitely more mature and likely to have more authority. You may not find any, depending on your keywords, but give it a shot.

These blogs are WordPress blogs, so if you are familiar with WP, then you will be totally comfortable with WPMU blogs, although you do have less control. You can't change the templates or add plugins.

But you can add links to your posts and comments. And most WPMU blogs create an RSS pheed, giving you yet another RSS pheed to submit. Be sure to locate and save the URLs for your blog as well as your RSS pheeds.

You can ping these blogs using the ping tools listed above.

Add your WPMU RSS feeds to your collection and submit each and every one of them to the RSS directories.

WordPress MU footprints:

You'll be blogging seconds later [keywords]
inurl:wp-signup.php
inurl:wp-signup.php [keywords]
inurl:wp-signup.php + "Must be at least 4 characters"

"gimme a blog" "powered by wordpress mu" site:.edu
"gimme a blog" "powered by wordpress mu" site:.gov
"gimme a blog" "powered by wordpress mu" site:.ca
"gimme a blog" "powered by wordpress mu" site:.com
"gimme a blog" "powered by wordpress mu" site:.org
"gimme a blog" "powered by wordpress mu" site:.net
"gimme a blog" "powered by wordpress" site:.edu
"gimme a blog" "powered by wordpress" site:.gov
"gimme a blog" "powered by wordpress" site:.ca
"gimme a blog" "powered by wordpress" site:.com
"gimme a blog" "powered by wordpress" site:.org
"gimme a blog" "powered by wordpress" site:.net


Misc. Link Tricks

KeywordLuv - KeywordLuv is a WordPress plugin, which rewards commentators by separating their name from their keywords. In other words, it lets you use your choice of keywords as the anchor text used in the links , instead of your user name, which is the norm.
KeywordLuv [keywords]

CommentLuv - Will add the first item of your RSS pheed after your comments on a blog. It's a great way to get links.
CommentLuv [keywords]

LinkPartners - LinkPartners.com lists websites that exchange reciprocal and swap links with other sites.
LinkPartners [keywords]

DoFollow List SERPs

The following links link to Google search results for websites that list DoFollow links for bookmarks, forums, blogs and sites.

DoFollow Social Bookmarking Sites
DoFollow Forums
DoFollow Blogs
DoFollow Sites

How to Find Popular Forums

Creating forum profiles for the sake of creating link juice is probably past being useful. However, popular forums can drive traffic directly and give some link juice through forum sigs.

Here's some footprints for some of the most common forum platforms:

BigBoards List of popular forums
"Powered by vBulletin" + [keywords]
"Powered by phpBB" + [keywords]
"Invision Power Board" + [keywords]
"Powered by WowBB" + [keywords]
"Powered by SMF" + [keywords]

- Post Legit comments and include your sig containing a link...Problem is, many non-marketing forums don't allow sigs or even outside links in posts.

However, most will let you add a link in your profile...Then link to your profile page a few times from your network. Many forum profile pages allow you to add a lot of content and links. Make sure you make a few legit posts and don't just create profile pages. Some forums will delete users that have no activity.

Search google using:
"keywords" + forum
"keywords" + phpbb (or SMF or vbulletin or other popular forum software name)

Omgili Forum Search Engine -
This can be helpful in finding related forum posts.

Here's some directories that list forums. Use them to find major forums to create accounts. Also, if you have a forum, submit your forum to these sites. Start with Big Boards, as it's the best.

directory.big-boards.com
boardreader.com
forumshowcase.com
forumurl.com
forumvirus.com
forumsindex.net
forumregistry.com
forumsinfo.com

- Xrumer (forum post spammer tool) This is more of a warning than a recommendation: Xrumer is a hard core blackhat program responsible for a large part of forum spam. It's like $500 and very secretive. They don't sell to everyone...And probably wont' respond to your emails, either for sales or support.

Remember your organization:

  1. Check that you don't need to be logged on to view profile page.
  2. Check to make sure profile page links are dofollow
  3. Each profile page you think is a "keeper" is bookmarked.
  4. Bookmarks are clustered in groups of 10-15 in folders by types and keywords. This is so al can be opened at once in tabs in future.
  5. Add the URL to a Spartan clip.
  6. Check for RSS pheed. If one exists, add the URL to your Spartan clip. Label it orange.
  7. Create an RSS.txt file so that you can include ALL of your resources into your own RSS pheed. You want to create as many RSS pheeds as possible.

Find vBulletin Forums with Blog Plugin

vBulletin is a popular forum platform that offers an upgrade that allows users to create their own blogs. This can be a very good resource for link builders. And almost all of them give you an RSS feed URL.

Here's a couple of footprints you can use to find vBulletin forums that give away blogs:
“inurl:/blogs/all/" Powered by vBulletin® business + keyword
“inurl:/blogs/all/" Powered by vBulletin + keywords

Directory Submission

Types of Directories:

  • Paid
  • Free
  • Niche

You will want to submit your sites to various directories. Sites hoping to become "authority" sites can and probably should be submitted to at least a few of the paid directories.

You don't need to submit every site to every directory, and you shouldn't. However, you should try to get as many of your sites a few dozen dozen directory links whenever possible. And try to mix up the linking footprint so that each of your sites isn't in the same directories.

Also, instead of just worrying about high PR (mistake), try to find some niche directories you can submit to. To do this, get creative with your Google searches:

  • "keywords" + "add URL"
  • "keywords" + "add link"
  • "keywords" + "add site"
  • "keywords" + "add your site"
  • "keywords + directory"

Use broader, more general keywords for this...And just by changing keywords, you should be able to find a number of niche directories, assuming you have a semi-popular topic. This should help you find places to add your links that are relevant to your pages.

Directory Submission Resources:

The Strongest Links - If you don't have any submission software, start here. Includes paid and free web

Directory Submitter - Semi-automatic software will submit to 350 directories for free, upgrade to 2200 directories for $47.

Fast Directory Submitter - Has free trial version that will submit to 150 directories.

DirectoryBot  Submits your sites to 500 directories for you.


25 Directories of SEO
Friendly Directories
 Top
romow.com/ 6
bigweblinks.com/ 6
isedb.com/ 6
directory.v7n.com/ 5
gimpsy.com/ 5
wowdirectory.com/ 5
2listnow.com/ 5
submit4backlinks.com/ 5
2searchsmart.com/ 5
webworldindex.com/ 5
blueangels.net/ 5
dirsearches.googlepages.com/ 4
info.vilesilencer.com/main.php?rock=niche.php 4
strongestlinks.com/ 4
digitaldir.eu/ 4
platinax.co.uk/blog/18-web-directories/ 4
directory.iserv.com.au/ 4
yeandi.com/ 4
directoryarchives.com/ 4
seoma.net/ 4
best-free-search-engine-list.com/ 4
webseodesign.com/resources/free-directory-listings.htm 3
worldwidewub.org/ 3
info.vilesilencer.com/ 2
seo-help.org/directories/ 2


Templates for Links 

Creating web site and blog templates to use for marketing is a great way for artistic and creative marketers to promote.

From a linking point of view, there's two main benefits for creating free site and blog templates to give away.

1. Submit them to various free template directories and get links to your site from the template directories.

2. Include your link to the bottom of the template. As others add use your templates on their sites and blogs, they'll be linking to you giving you the potential for site-wide links, unless they remove the link. (Rumors are Google is cracking down on this.)

Note: There are quite a few great CSS template directories to also take advantage of, if you use CSS in your template design.

Warning: Most clipart sources do NOT give you the rights to include their art in templates that you give away or sell to others. I suggest you only use original art and graphics, or MorgueFile.com. Morgue File has the most liberal usage rights you can find on the Net.

Template Directories:

Note: Clicking on a link should open the site in the right frame ==>

DinoThemes Login-Has RSS for comments, so make a comment, grab RSS URL and submit it!
FreeWP Themes No Link in account
ThemesBuzz login
ThemePack Login
WP Themes Park login
BG Themes Upload Zip (Less than 1 meg)
Template Panic Need Demo and Download Link - License enter "Linkware"
I WordPress Themes Needs URLs to (130×100) and (350×450) PREVIEW PICTURES
Templates Free No Link They add their own link to template footer Up to 7 days for approval
ThemesJunction Requires Screenshot and Demo
WP Themes Free


HTML Templates

OSWD.org
OpenWebDesigns
FreeWebTemplates
JustFreeTemplates Submit HTML, Joomla, WP
TemplateHunter
OpenWebDesigns
FreeSiteTemplates - Accepts many different types
Template Navigator Accepts many different types 130x100 & 350x450 PREVIEW PICTURE
Templates4Net Accepts many different types 130x100 & 350x450 PREVIEW PICTURE
FreeCSS Free CSS showcases straight HTML templates that can be converted/ported into various systems
MyFreeTemplates 130x100 & 350x450 PREVIEW PICTURE
2dWebDesign

Blogger Templates
BTemplates
AllBlogTools

Joomla Templates
Joomla24
Joomlaxe
Joomlart
Forum for Joomla
FreeJoomlaTemplates

Note: Artisteer makes templates for all the platforms above.

More Benefits to Template Marketing

In addition to submitting to the various directories to build links, template marketing can be used in many ways...Here's some thoughts to get your brain's creative juices flowing...

- Use as content for your own sites and blogs. Just like writing articles, you can use templates and themes as content to build sites and blogs around.

Example: If you have a dog training site you are trying to promote, create a couple of dog related Blogger templates. Next, create a Blogger blog that focuses on giving away your dog related Blogger templates.

Same for WP themes, HTML, Drupal, etc. Use a WP blog for WE themes, Drupal for Drupal templates, etc.

You can build a nice little network of sites and blogs using templates as your main "content".

- Excellent for Bookmarking. Let's say you have a WP blog that gives away some good looking WP themes. This is PERFECT for bookmarking! Create the blog just for the purpose of gaining "link juice", without any advertising on it. Now bookmark this site and get some links. Then use this blog to link to your money site(s).

This is why building networks of sites and blogs is so important and effective. And by using a blog to give away blog templates, you can get away with getting links and bookmarking more easily than you could if you were bookmarking your dog training site directly.

- JV with the major Authority sites in your niche. Make some relevant templates and a link to your site as well as their's in exchange for a link to one of your assets.

- Add promos in the download folder. For example, you create a theme for WordPress. Include a html page that links to affiliate programs that would appeal to WP bloggers, such as plugins, ebooks, etc. Name this page using an exclamation mark (!) as the first letter:

!ReadMe.html
!OpenFirst.html
!Bonuses.html
!Secrets.html
!specials.html

By using the ! in the file name, this will make the page listed first when they open the folder. Plus, the ! draws attention and adds importance. And by using .html files, your users can easily just click on links. Make it as easy for them as possible.

This is essential, as not everyone that downloads your templates will use them. If they just open the folder, you have a chance to reach them using this marketing method.

- Sell yourself. If you have any skills related to Internet Marketing, be sure to include your contact info in your !ReadMe.html file.

- Trade ad space in your !ReadMe.html file in exchange for a link to your download page.

- JV with someone with a good email list that appeals to bloggers or webmasters and create a special, custom package of templates just for his or her list members.

- Create Niche Themes. Think SEO related keywords for template names, keywords, etc. Lean to the more popular keywords as opposed to long tail.

- Be Timely. Think ahead and anticipate seasonal themes like Christmas or Thanksgiving.

- Sell or give away packages of templates with "resale" rights, hoping they will go "viral".

- Use templates as a way to build an email list. Give away a small collection of templates in exchange for their email address, then create more templates. Each time, email your list announcing a new free template (along with your marketing message).

- Social Marketing. Just like email marketing, use creating a new template as a legit reason to announce it across all the popular social sites. Giving away a free template is far less likely to be seen as spam than a pure marketing message.

- Make  sure your templates and themes are one of a kind. Use popular templates as inspiration, but don't blindly copy them...This could get you in legal trouble.

- Use high-quality, vibrant graphics. While normally you want to really optimize your graphics, your first priority with template marketing is to catch the eye of potential users.

- Submit your templates to the correct categories. Don't get your submissions deleted because you didn't select the correct category.

- Drive traffic to the directories that keep stats on the subject. Having your template become "popular" is a great way to promote it.

- Include any exrta files with your templates. Do you have photoshop files?  Include them. Make it as easy for others to modify your templates as possible.

- Make Up To Date Templates. If you create a WP theme, make sure it is compatible with the latest version of WP. Same with Drupal, Blogger, etc.

- Try other types of templates and themes. This report mostly focuses on HTML, WP, Blogger and Drupal templates and themes. However, many social sites also can be a great way to market themes.

Sites like:
Myspace
Twitter
Facebook
eBay
Craigslist

Plus:
Email Templates
Power Point
Word
OpenOffice Templates

...and more all have huge potential markets for template marketing concepts.

Create Assets!

Developing these things is the creation of assets. In addition to content, a product is being created. These products are real assets and can be :

Sold
Traded
Used as Bonuses to build lists
Ultimate Link Bait by including your link
Used for web site/blog content

Even licensing concepts like "Paypal me $5 for the right to use my template without a link" are into play as you own more and more of these assets.

Web Scripts

Creating CGI, Perl and Javascripts is similar to creating templates for linking and promotion. 

1. Submit to various script directories and get some links from them directly.
http://www.cgi-resources.com
http://www.hotscripts.com

2. Add your link to the footer of the scripts, so as webmasters install your scripts, they also include links to your site.

Submit Photographs to the Top Photo Directories

Do you a site(s) where photos are relevant? If so, take some pictures and submit them to these directories. Your profile pages have link juice:

http://flickr.com
http://www.sxc.hu/

http://www.morguefile.com/
http://www.realimagebank.com/
http://www.creatingonline.com/
http://gimp-savvy.com/
http://pdphoto.org/
http://www.freephotos.com/
http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/
http://www.photobreed.com
http://www.picturestation.net
http://free-stock-photos.com
http://www.picturestock.de
http://www.webshots.com
http://www.picturestation.net

http://freeimages.co.uk
http://www.intuitivmedia.de
http://www.FotoDatenbank.com
http://www.GetThePixel.com
http://www.photocase.de
http://stock.d2.hu
http://www.graphicsource.de
http://www.visipix.com
http://www.bigfoto.com
http://www.creativity103.com
http://www.freestockphotos.com
http://www.freeimages.com
http://stock.b-man.dk
http://www.imagepoint.biz
http://www.openphoto.net
http://www.picswiss.ch
http://www.imagecase.com
http://www.istockphoto.com
http://www.foto-archiv.at
http://www.laterramagica.com
http://www.photoknack.com
http://www.photospin.com
http://www.royaltyfreephotos
http://www.imije.com
http://www.imageshop.com

http://gal.mvc.ru
http://www.sxc.hu
http://www.pixel-picture.com
http://www.dieblen.de



Create Screen Savers and Submit to Screen Saver Directories

Using your photos (or grab some relevant pics from MorgueFile), make them into a screen saver and submit to the various screen saver directories. Be sure to check the licenses of the photos and graphics to make sure you're legal. Many of the popular shareware/software sites have a category for screen savers.

Use keywords as your business name, as this will be your anchor text. Also, 1 or 2 screensavers won't do much, you'll need to create and submit dozens, as not all directories will link directly back to you. But there are 100's of screensaver directories.

Screensavers can use graphics other than pictures...You can get creative and use textures, clip art, and even videos...ScreenSaver Factory will even let you use Flash files (I think).

Here, the primary goal is to build links, but if you create quality screen savers, people will install and use them. ScreenSaver Factory let's you add links to your pages from the screensavers, giving you opportunities for "desktop marketing. This is "PROBABLY" most effective for forums where you want repeat traffic.

I recommend:

Screensaver creation software: ScreenSaver Factory 4
Submission software: PromoSoft (submits software and screen savers to relevant directories)

Make Videos Out of Your Screensavers

Also, once you're done with your screensavers, it's pretty easy to use the same graphics/photos to create videos using Camtasia or other video software that you can upload to YouTube, etc.

Of course you aren't limited to photographs to make videos. Video camera, digital cameras and desktop recording software all all options for creating content for videos.

The point is, you don't need "video",  to make a video. You can use still pictures to create slideshows. Add some royalty free music, quotes, jokes, tips, trivia and you've got yourself a video ready to be uploaded to tons of places.

Of course, if you have videos, even better!!!

The do a google search for "free royalty free music" and add to your videos as an intro or exit music to give them and extra touch.

The downside of video is how long it takes to upload them to each account. If you create videos and submit it to 10 different sites, you will need to upload each video 10 different times. So be sure to submit to only the most popular/biggest video sites. Actually, I suggest you submit to the 5 or so biggest sites, then mix up a couple of others sites to upload to from the list below, giving your videos different linking patterns, as well as different viewers.

However, video sites can not only give you some serious link juice, they can also give you viewers and traffic. At the time I'm writing this, YouTube's search engine is actually the second most used search engine on the Net, ahead of both Yahoo and Bing. Think about it...

Video marketing can be very rewarding for many...If you are serious, consider using these paid services to speed things up...

TubeMogul

HeySpread (Pay as you go)

Traffic Geyser

Tip: Windows Movie Maker is free and included on just about every modern Windows PC and is great for making slide show videos.

Video Portals with PageRank of 7 or higher:

http://youtube.com 9
http://ustream.tv 8
http://mogulus.com 8
http://blip.tv 8
http://vids.myspace.com 8
http://ifilm.com 7
http://metacafe.com 7
http://dailymotion.com 7
http://getmiro.com 7
http://atomfilms.com 7
http://multiply.com 7
http://lulu.tv 7
http://photobucket.com/ 7
http://expertvillage.com 7
http://funnyordie.com 7
http://current.tv 7
http://viddler.com 7
http://video.msn.com 7
http://brightcove.com 7
http://collegehumor.com 7
http://motionbox.com/ 7
http://videoegg.com/ 7
http://videobomb.com


Create Shareware/Freeware for Link Building Strategies

Very similar to the screensaver concept is to create a simple shareware/freeware program for your niche.

Then use PromoSoft to submit it to over 700 shareware directories.

Free/shareware can also be great link bait, as you post the download link on your site and others will link to it.

UBot Studio allows you to create simple software programs. It isn't as easy to use as the sales letter says it is. You will still need a good grasp of programming logic and concepts to use Ubot. However, if you have an idea for a simple program, you may be able to get someone with Ubot to create a program for you fairly cheaply.

If you have an idea for a more complex piece of software, or Ubot can't handle it, check out many of the freelancer sites to see if you can get it done.

Create and Submit Widgets
Widgets are the "next big thang". To be honest, I'm just catching on myself...So instead of giving you incorrect or incomplete info, here's Google's SERPs for:
How to Create Widgets

If you can't program and don't want to hire a programmer, you can quickly and easily turn a blog into a widget:
WidgetBox.com

Then, submit your widgets to the following widget directories:
Google Widget Directory - More info
Yahoo Widgets
Netvibes Widget Directory
RateitAll Widgets
WidgetBox
Widget Gallery

Next, turn your widgets into Facebook applications:
App Accelerator

RSS Blackhole

This is a blackhat technique to make content look as if it is being updated so you can ping it...And pinging is a good thing. The goal is to exploit ping sites so that our pheeds have the best chance possible of being picked up by other sites.

I won't get into blackholes much in this report, but will say a blackhole is designed to create unlimited RSS "updates" using a variety of tactics. This allows the RSS pheed to be pinged over and over.

If you understand the concept of "doorway" pages, a blackhole is kind of a doorway page maker for RSS pheeds.

One of the main goals of a blackhole is to have your RSS pheeds constantly indexed in all the RSS search engines that the big time spammers/scrapers use. This means, they'll be using your RSS pheed (content and links) on all of their pages, possibly creating tons and tons of links to your pages, all on autopilot.

For more on RSS Blackhole secrets and techniques, join my BombSquad advanced SEO forum.


Blog Commenting to Build Links

One way to find blogs to post on is by using Google's blog search engine:

http://blogsearch.google.com/

Just enter some keywords and Google will find relevant blogs that contain the same keywords.

  • Once you do a search, look for a link that says:
    Sorted by relevance Sort by date
     
  • Click the "Sort by date" link and that will give you the freshest blog posts. Or, if you're more interested in relevance you can use the "sort by relevance".

Also, I like to click the "preferences" link on Google and make sure I have 100 results on each page. This is very time-saving...

Some people will only post on blogs that have a certain PageRank or that don't use the nofollow tag.

FREE Firefox plug in that reports the PR as well as highlights any nofollow tags on the page:
http://www.quirk.biz/searchstatus/

Nofollow tags are usually hidden in the html code, but this plugin lets you see them without checking the page's code. Do note that you have to select this option...Right click on the plugin's logo at the bottom of Firefox and make sure to select "Highlight Nofollow Links". If selected, any links that contain the nofollow tag will be red.

Blog Comment Posting Software

Posting on other's blog can not only build links, it can give you direct traffic as well as branding.

One thing to note is that many blogs contain the "nofollow" tag on their links. This means, that in theory, you won't get "credit" in Google for the links. "nofollow" really isn't an accurate name, as Google does follow these links, it just doesn't count them...At least, that's the theory. There are more than a few SEOers that don't worry about the "nofollow" tag and claim they still pass link juice.

I recommend having some "nofollow" links...You can still get traffic by making good posts on popular blogs, plus not having any "nofollow" links at all just isn't natural.

There's some programs that will find blogs automatically for you, searching for blogs that meet a certain PR and/or don't use the nofollow tag:

Free Blog Comment Finder Software:

Comment Hut
Real Link Finder - Neil Shearing has released a FREE program to find blogs that have comments and don't have the nofollow tag.
Comment Kahuna (free - email registration required)

Paid/Automatic Blog Comment Poster:

ScrapeBox - Scrapebox sells for $97 on the Scrapebox homepage. However doing a google search for Scrapebox discount will reveal a few places where you can get $40 off the regular price, making it $57. For $57 I consider Scrapebox to be an essential investment for anyone into SEO and linking.

Scrapebox has an automated comment posting (spamming) feature. But I've never used it to post a single automated comment. There's no need.

Instead, using Scrapebox's powerful research capabilities to find targeted, high PR blog posts to comment on MANUALLY is where the real value is for Scrapebox.

Using Scrapebox for "white hat" commenting, you:
  • Enter some blog footprints and keywords
  • Scrape Google, Bing, Yahoo and AOL results for blog posts based on your keywords
  • Run a PageRank check on the results
  • Run a nofollow/dofollow test on the results with low PR.
  • Sort by PR and save as an HTML file.
  • Open the file in Firefox and use the "Open Selection" to open about a dozen blog pages at a time.
  • Check to see which blog posts you can add USEFUL comments to.
IMO, this is the most powerful way to use commenting on blogs for SEO and linking benefits.

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Use Wikis for Linking

Wikis can be sources of valuable links. And there's many wikis on the web...Remember, wikis aren't limited to Wikipedia. However, in most cases you will need to not only post high quality content, but also be creative in finding ways to get your links to stick. For example, you may have to create a page of excellent content in order to justify a wiki link.

Here's some footprints you can use in Scrapebox or directly in Google/Bing/Yahoo to find wikis for potential linking opportunities:

"Log in / createaccount"
"Login required to edit"
"Main Page""discussion""edit"
"There is currently no text in this page, you can search for this page title in other pages or edit this page"
"This page has beenaccessed""Privacy policy"
"This page has beenaccessed""Privacy policy""wiki"
"This page was last modified on"
"Toolbox""This page was last modified
"Wiki:About"
"isa registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.,"
"wiki inurl:.edu"
"wiki/index.php?title=Special:Userlogin&returnto"
This page was last modified on""wiki"
allinurl:".com/mediawiki/index.php"
allinurl:".com/wiki/index.php"
allinurl:".edu/mediawiki/index.php"
allinurl:".edu/wiki/index.php"
allinurl:".info/mediawiki/index.php"
allinurl:".info/wiki/index.php"
allinurl:".net/mediawiki/index.php"
allinurl:".net/wiki/index.php"
allinurl:".org/mediawiki/index.php"
allinurl:".org/wiki/index.php"
allinurl:"http://mediawiki."
allinurl:"http://wiki."
allinurl:"http://wikka."
inurl:"wiki/index.php?title="
inurl:/wiki/index.php/Viagra
inurl:wiki/index.php?title=Special:Userlogin&returnto
wiki inurl:.edu


Link Exchange Clubs

Here's a list of active link exchange "clubs". I don't recommend using only these services for your linking, but if you use them in combination with many of the other strategies listed here, they are a potent part of your marketing mix.

There's also reciprocal link software like SEO Elite and IBP/Arelis that will seek out link exchange partners, but I've found this to be too labor intensive...

QuidProQuoTM Reciprocal Link Checker Software - QuidProQuo is a Windows reciprocal link checker that makes sure your link partners keep their end of the agreement.

Free Automatic Backlink Services
247 Backlinks
BacklinkSEO
Social Monkee

Private Blog Networks

Private blog networks are a number of blogs all owned by the same person/service, for the purpose of posting comments on in order to get links. The blogs are usually set up on a variety of servers and hosts, using multiple IP addresses.

They are a major convenience service, eliminating the time and effort it takes to find blogs that will approve and publish your comments.

The major benefit, however, is that blog networks allow you to get CONTEXTUAL links that appear in the content of the blog posts themselves, instead of the "comments" section of a blog page. This is an important and powerful difference.

Most have pretty high standards for the quality of your posts and some require original, never-spun content. Most all of the networks have very high standards for the sites they will accept.This is actually a good thing, as it protects the entire network from poor comments and spammy sites.

IMO, blog networks don't work all that well by themselves. Where they really excel is when they are included in a mixture of other linking campaigns.

LinkVana - (affiliate link) LinkVana lets you add posts containing a link to your site(s) across a vast network of blogs.  You can write your own post or pay for someone else to write it for you Dave Kelly is an extreme SEOer and you're gaining access to his own network that took years to create. Note: I'm an affiliate for LinkVana because I believe in it and its owner, Dave Kelly.

More Private Blog Networks:

LinkOrbit
Rank Jumpers
SEODestiny
Build My Rank
(BMR)
TrafficKaboom


Note: When comparing prices, Linkvana is the only service that allows for unlimited domains. So if you have a bunch of domains that need to be promoted, Linkvana quickly becomes the most economical.

Article Directory Submissions for Links

After the Google Farmer/Panda update, using the major article directories doesn't have the same impact for SEO as it did before.

However, I do believe that it can still be a helpful part of your linking mix and adding a few articles to the major article directories is a good addition to your linking campaigns. In addition to the little SEO benefit you can get from the major article directories, if you submit good articles there's a chance your articles will be picked up and published on authority sites in your niche. Having your articles "syndicated" by major sites can add a real boost to your SEO/linking efforts.

IMO, you're probably best off just submitting to the top 3 article directories by hand and spending the time saved using automated submission to the secondary article sites using a program such as Article Marketing Robot.

My own experience has been that you need to submit to these 3 major sites:

  1. http://www.EzineArticles.com
  2. http://www.ArticleCity.com
  3. http://www.GoArticles.com

Of course, if you have your own favorite(s) or have had success using more/other article directories, keep doing what you're doing.



Using ScrapeBox for Article Syndication

Here's a quick way to use Scrapebox to help you find authority sites to offer your articles for syndication.

This shows that Scrapebox can be used in many legit ways.

While not perfect and this method does grab some domains like Youtube and Squidoo, etc, you should be able to bypass the obvious sites that don't apply.
  • Enter this footprint in the Harvester box:
    "Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=" -site:ezinearticles.com
  • Enter some relevant keywords in the keyword box
  • Click the "Start harvesting" box
  • Wait for results
  • Click the "Check PageRank" box
  • Select "Get Domain PageRank" - This will give you the PageRank of the homepage/root domain.
  • Sort by PageRank, with highest at top.
  • Click "Import/Export URLs & PR" button and save as html.
  • Open the html file in your favorite browser and check out the sites to make contact with the webmaster to see if they will post your articles.
Logic:
The search footprint:
"Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert="

...is to find articles that have been re-posted from Ezinearticles.com. If sites are publishing EZA articles, there's a good chance they'll also take your stuff, especially if it's good and exclusive. I suggest you try to make deals where you can include 2-3 in content (contextual) links, in addition to your sig for maximum benefit.

-site:ezinearticles.com  - This part of the footprint will eliminate EZA's own pages from the search results. Note the - at the beginning. Don't forget it, or else all you'll get is EZA results, which is the exact opposite of what we want.

You can alter the footprint accordingly for other article directories. Remember to exclude those directories by using the - sign just in-front on the directory's domain in the search footprint.

While PageRank isn't perfect for detecting "authority", there's probably some type of correlation between the two, and you may as well start looking at sites beginning with the sites with the higher PageRanks.

Also, you can bypass EZA's waiting time and other hassles, as well as control the sites your articles are posted on, which you can't do by submitting them to EZA for syndication purposes.

And by finding your own sites to syndicate to, you create your own backlinking footprint.

Selective Article Submission

By this I mean that instead of posting articles to directories, you look for high quality, well-known and respected sites and offer guest articles. You give the site free content and they give you free, high quality links back to your site.

To find sites that accept guest articles, try searches such as:

"keywords" + "guest author"

"keywords" + "submit articles"

...etc.

Here's a more comprehensive Google query I "borrowed" from Planet Ocean. Just paste the whole thing into Google, and change "your keyword" (in red) to your keywords:

"your keyword" "submit * article" OR "submit * articles" OR "add * article" OR "add * articles" OR "featured writer" OR "featured writers" OR "featured author" OR "featured authors" OR "featured contributor" OR "featured blogger" OR "guest author" OR "guest writer" OR "guest blogger" OR "guest post" OR "submit * tutorial"
 

Getting some links from highly respected authority sites in your niche can do wonders for your links and your rankings and is a linking method without a footprint.

Here's another footprint...This one you can use to find Wordpress blogs that use the Article Directory plugin. These blogs accept articles and often have "instant approval":

intext:"Using Article Directory plugin · Theme by Dimox" intext:"wordpress"

Community of Guest Bloggers

Myblogguest.com - A site that matches writers and publishers. Use it to get content for your sites or as a way to find blogs for you to post content in exchange for link juice.


Create Podcasts from Your Articles and PLR

If you have some written content, it's pretty easy to convert it all to audio. And once in audio format you can make podcasts. There's many podcast directories that can be used for linking purposes, plus give you some extra exposure. And once you have a good podcast, you can submit it to iTunes for tons of possible exposure.

Creating a podcast is basically having audio files and learning how to set up RSS feeds to tell people that you have a new podcast.

Here's a google for how to create a podcast.

One suggestion is to take Private Label Rights (PLR) content and convert it to audio podcasts. As audio, you don't have to worry about it being duplicate content. If you have a decent mike and voice, just read some relevant news (using your own words), then add the PLR content for a nice podcast.

Text to Voice Converter Software converts documents into WAV audio file. It lets you use PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files, html/web pages, and convert them to speech automatically.

Convert your articles and blog posts into iPod audio automatically with Odiogo.com.

Since podcasts use audio files, they can be rather large and take up space on your host/server. Here's a list of sites that will host your podcasts for free:

If you need hosting for your podcasts, host them on one of the podcast hosts listed below:
http://blogmatrix.com/
http://cyberears.com/
http://jellycast.com/
http://libsyn.com/
http://mypodcasts.net/
http://ourmedia.org/
http://shockpod.com/
http://switchpod.com/

Now, submit your podcast to the podcast directories listed below. 

http://gigadial.net/public/ 7
http://allpodcasts.com 6
http://blastpodcast.com/ 6
http://epnweb.org/ 6
http://blogdigger.com/ 6
http://podster.de/ 5
http://bloguniverse.com/ 5
http://podblaze.com/index.php
http://audio.weblogs.com/ 5
http://getapodcast.com/ 5
5
http://genwi.com/ 5
http://amigofish.com/ 4
http://britcaster.com/ 4
http://idiotvox.com/ 4
http://everypodcast.com/ 3
http://hardpodcafe.com/index.php 3
http://dramapod.com/ 3
http://apodo.com.mx/ N/A
http://archive.org/ N/A
http://audiofeeds.org/ N/A
http://castregister.com/ N/A
http://freshpodcasts.com/ N/A
http://itunestracks.co.uk/podcasts/ N/A
http://naturepodcasts.com/ N/A
http://omn.org/
http://ourmedia.org/ N/A
http://pocketcasting.com/ N/A
http://pocketcasting.com/ N/A
http://podcast.co.za/ N/A
http://podcastdirectory.com/ N/A


Convert Your Articles into Free Ebooks and Submit to Ebook Directories:
Ebook2u
Ebook Jungle
EbookTags
Idea Marketers
Jogena
Published.com



Post PDF and/or Slideshow Versions of Your Articles to:

Submitting content to "doc sharing" sites has major benefits, including links and traffic. Try to have a link to your pages and blogs on each PDF page. Many of these doc sharing sites also allow affiliate links. When you have an option, be sure to use the PDF format so Mac users can access your files.

Also, to get more downloads, be sure to include a "cover image" for each PDF. And if the conditions are right for you, include "giveaway" rights so your PDFs have a chance of going viral.

URL's PR
http://www.slideshare.net/ 8
http://www.scribd.com/ 8
http://www.box.net/ 7
http://www.docstoc.com/ 6
http://www.slideboom.com/ 6
http://www.myplick.com/ 5
http://www.slideserve.com/ 5
http://www.divshare.com/ 5
http://www.calameo.com/ 5
http://www.Calameo.com 5
http://www.slideburner.com/ 4
http://www.gigasize.com/ 4
http://www.docuter.com/ 4
http://www.edocr.com/ 4
http://www.gazhoo.com/ 3
http://www.re-pdf.com/ 3
http://www.e-library.net 3
http://www.youpublish.com 3
http://www.lssuu.com 0
http://issuu.com/ N/A
http://pex.webexone.com N/A
http://www.4shared.com/ N/A
http://www.authorstream.com/ N/A
http://www.esnips.com/ N/A
http://www.keepandshare.com/ N/A
http://www.yudu.com/ N/A
http://www.esnips.com N/A
http://www.gazhoo.com ---
http://www.smashwords.com ---
http://www.yuyu.com ---


 
Write guides and "how to's" and submit them to:
Work.com.

Create lists of useful resources (including a couple of your relevant link bait pages, screen savers, videos, freeware, etc) for your niche and submit them to the "list" sites:
Listible.com
Listverse
ListafterList
Listphile
OnmyList
Whatali.st

Post to Classifieds for Links and Direct Sales

URL's PR
http://classifieds.yahoo.com 9
http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites 7
http://base.google.com 7
http://backpage.com 6
http://olx.com 6
http://usfreeads.com 5
http://SaleSpider.com 5
http://locanto.com 5
http://inetgiant.com 5
http://ClassifiedAds.com 4
http://CityNews.com 4
http://classifiedads.com 4
http://ablewise.com 4
http://WebClassifieds.us 4
http://webclassifieds.us 4
http://classifiedsforfree.com 4
http://classifiedsforfree.com 4
http://geebo.com 4
http://adoos.us 4
http://adpost.com 4
http://epage.com 4
http://adoos.com 4
http://american-classifieds.net 3
http://stumblehere.com 3
http://classified-ads-4free.com 2
http://worldslist.com 2
http://oodle.com N/A


Creative Hosting

A major part of your linking strategy is to create your own M A S S I V E link network.

By creating tons of pages across many hosting platforms, not only are you creating linking opportunities, you're also creating more pages, which means more words, which means more opportunity to get more pages ranked for more keywords.
 

Free Hosts
Here's a review of 100+ free hosting services.
Freehostia

While these can be very undependable, they can be of great help in expanding your network. Throw a few pages up, then link in and link out. Remember: If you don't FTP to your domain at least once every 30 days, most free hosts will disable your account.

Again, just 20 pages on 10 different free hosts is 200 pages. If you put 20 links on each page, that's 4,000 more chances for you to create links to all your other resources.

Cheap Secondary Hosting
As soon as you can afford more hosting, you should always be looking to expand, especially while building your linking network.

It isn't as easy as it seems,  I have had a less than 50% success rate with hosts. This means anything from not getting log in passwords to cgi and or php not working, etc. But it still can be a good way to increase your network exposure.

Again, the point here is that hosting 50 pages on each of 10 cheap hosts, with 20 links on each page is 10,000 link opportunities...

With this network of links, you'll be able to dominate long tail niche after long tail niche, often within a day or two of adding a new domain. And, you'll be very active in the "semi-competitive" niches, as well.

Suggested Googles: (Note: Don't limit your searches to only Google. Try all the engines to find cheap hosting.)
"Discount hosting" (cheap, budget, etc)
"cheap hosting + free set up"
"cheap hosting + free set up + $3.95" ($4.95, $5, $3.97, etc. The point is, add some  common low prices to help find low cost hosting. If you want to pay $3.95 a month, search for "hosting + $3.95 a month".)

Trade Reseller Accounts and/or Hosting

If you have a reseller account, VPS or server, think about trading hosting with others. This can be a fantastic way to expand your IP base without any additional costs. Simply trade basic hosting for similar services.

A couple of warnings:

Know and trust who your trade partners are. There is a little risk to giving someone access to your hosting service. At the very least they will know your niches just by the content you host on their server. At the worst, they could be mass spammers or do illegal things.

Do not use "add on" domains, either for giving or receiving. I won't go into the technical details, but addons are often treated like sub domains by the search engines, depending on how the server is set up, which isn't good for our purposes. If you can't set up a "reseller" account, even for a single domain, then don't mess with trading.

Press Releases -
Best used with link bait type pages. If you can come up with a "newsworthy" and interesting article, a press release can be very beneficial. Most major news outlets sites are very well respected and getting a link from one of them can drive major traffic as well as give a high trust link.

Also, you can gain some links just by having your release included in the press release directories.

I'm not an expert with online press releases, but they can play a vital role in your own linking campaigns. But I do know that the more interesting and less promotional your press release is, the more likely it is to be picked up by major media outlets.

Try this tip: Instead of writing boring stuff about your site, pick a newsworthy topic, such as an anniversary of a popular event. Write about the event, combining article and press release styles. Then, simply refer to your site in the middle of the press release as an expert or for a quote, adding a link.


Best Free Press Release Sites:
URL's PR
http://www.meditationden.com 5
http://www.hypnobusters.com 5
http://www.gamerscorner.co.uk 4
http://www.bignews.biz 4
http://www.ideamarketers.com 4
http://freepressindex.com 4
http://www.pressreleasepublic.com 3
http://www.release-news.com 3
http://www.pressreleasecirculation.com 3
http://www.healthprspider.com 3
http://newsreleaser.com 3
http://www.pressmap.de 2
http://www.yourfreepressrelease.net 2
http://www.information-online.com 0
http://www.booshplr.com 0
http://pressexposure.com N/A
http://www.a.mooladays.com N/A
http://www.freepressrelease.com ---
http://www.prlog.org/ N/A


Exploit High PR/High Authority News Sites

These sites can pass on tons of link juice. In return, you must make very high quality and relevant contributions. These are the type of sites that if you don't have anything relevant to link to, you create it just for the purpose of getting a link or two.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com

http://abcnews.go.com

http://usatoday.com - Become a member

CNN I-Report - Gives you a blog and lets you write news articles. Articles can be picked up by Google and Yahoo News, giving traffic and link juice.

http://22.tmz.com

http://espn.go.com and make relevant comments. Link comments to your ESPN blog. Add links from ESPN blog to your other rescources.

http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/index.php - Create profile and add link to your sig.

Make links to your posts and/or comments and bookmark and ping the page with your links.

Again...You need to be very smart and slick to get links to stick on these sites, but these links are worth the effort.

Try similar strategies using newspapers from:
Top 100 Newspaper Sites in USA

Purchase Links
You can always buy links....But Google's really cracking down on this. If you do go this route, I suggest you avoid public link selling sites and instead approach the site directly. Having said this, the right link on the right site can pay off big time.

Be careful, there's a lot of fraud concerning the real PageRank of a page. Be sure to check out the true PageRank using a couple of different free Real PageRank Checkers before giving anyone any of your money.

To check out the value of links, visit webmaster forums such as www.digitalpoint.com and www.webmasterworld.com .

If you do decide to pay for links, insist that you get a contextual link and not a clustered, "sponsored" link.

Exploit Top Refer/Top Site Scripts -

This is a bit sneaky, but we can clean it up a bit...And you need to be aware of this concept, as many, many blackhatters exploit this.

Have you ever seen a site or blog the displays the "top referrers"? A referrer is another site that links to the blog or site. If your link sends the most traffic, then your site's link is listed #1.

By using a "descriptive search" (I won't give the specifics, you'll need to figure it out) locate sites and blogs that display the "top" referrals. There are even some popular server log/stat programs that give the general public access to these stats. Find these pages indexed in the engines and you can get a link...

On a page of your's that gets good traffic, use an iFrame with the dimensions of 1 pixel by 1 pixel so that their page is accessed every time your page is, but isn't visible. This will appear to make seem you are referring them traffic.

To clean this up a bit, actually include a link to them on this page. However, it's still blackhat as you will be inflating the REAL traffic you send as the iframe will load each time your page is accessed, however this doesn't translate into a click on their link each time.

There's usually a big difference between pages views and click throughs, so you'll get "credit" from their site each time your page is viewed.

Again, you want to be aware of this technique and make sure you tighten your own sites' referral leaks. Do you have a Top Refer script on your site or blog? Are your top referral stats available/indexed in the search engines?


Promote Your Referrals - AKA promote the pages that link to you.

Make sure any page that sends you traffic is indexed. It's one thing to get a link, it's another to make sure that link is indexed.

Look at your site stats and make a list of every URL that has sent you traffic. Create a page on another site/blog containing all the links and submit it to the search engines, ping it, etc.

This is particularly effective with older sites. It's possible you already have tons of links from other pages, but those other pages aren't indexed. Make sure they are.

This is a major advantage for those that will take the time.  If you have an established site, I'll guess that 30-50% of your links aren't indexed and it's probably easier to get those pages indexed than to go out and try to get the same number of links.

Also, if you submit a press release or an article to a directory, find those pages/URLs and link to them from your own pages you know get spidered and are indexed.

Create something like, "see our keyword press release" and/or "see our syndicated keyword article.

Apply the same strategy for any photos, software, templates, screen savers you submit. Find the pages that link to your stuff and grab those URLs and add them every place you can, including your "One Big RSS Pheed" .

You want to link to your links as much as possible.

Instead of putting all of your effort into building links, ration some of your time making sure your existing links are actually indexed and you are getting all the link juice you can.

In some cases, a few links to your articles on an article directory can give THAT page a good boost in the engines. Optimization and linking isn't just for your own sites, but for any and all of your assets.

Also, sign up for Google Alerts and any time you find your site mentioned /linked to in a good way, add links to those pages to your network.


Create a Contest

Contests can be great for getting links. Not only can they be submitted to contest directories, they are a great form of "link bait" and can payoff many times the cost of the prize in free publicity and links.

Contests are also a natural for press releases. Plus, start a contest for content for your site. $100 for the "best article about ____ " can generate pages and pages of content.

When creating a contest, just be sure to post your rules and terms. If you're having a contest for the best article on "dog training", tell people you are the only judge, that they can enter as many articles as they want, and that you have the rights to publish all entries, etc.

After you create a contest, add them to these contest directories:

URL's PR
http://Online-Sweepstakes.com 5
http://Contestalley.com 4
http://Cashnetsweeps.com 4
http://Contestlistings.com 4
http://GrandmaJam.com 4
http://SandysRealm.com 4
http://Flamingoworld.com 4
http://SweepsTalk.com 3
http://ContestGuide.com N/A
http://Contesthound.com N/A
http://Cyber-sweeps.com N/A
http://FamilySweeps.net N/A


Submit Your Cool Site - If you have a really good site, submit it to Cool Sites of the Day type sites:
Cool Site of the Day
Yahoo Picks
AskMen
Blackstump
CSOTD
TopsiteoftheDay
 

Giving Awards to Aid Linking- Take Advantage of the Human Ego

Everyone likes to be a winner!

Instead of requesting a link exchange, notify (quality) sites they have won your "best <keyword> site" award.

Send them the code they need to put on their page to display the award, including a link back to your site. Because of "ego", many webmasters will add the link (I mean award) to their sites.

Giving an award is far more effective than asking for link exchanges. And all you need to do is spend just a little time to create an award graphic (or have it done for you).

Also, put a form on your site to have folks submit their site for your award review. If accepted, send them your award code, containing a link back to your site.

If you're selective, you'll have high quality sites linking back to you.

Awards can be as simple as adding some stars or smiley faces before the link. You can rate them by giving 4 or 5 stars/smileys, etc. But be sure to give them a good rating.

Check your clip art collection for good looking award graphics...Or, here's some places to get free award graphics:

For $1, you can get a high-quality graphic from I-Stock without having to link back to the graphic site:
iStockPhoto: Trophies


Link Wheels, Link Pyramids, Mini Nets and Web 2.0 Sites

In about 1997, Michael Campbell wrote "Revenge of the Mini Nets". It was about how to create a network of sites and inter-link them. A decade later some folks think they reinvented the "wheel" when they came up with fancy terms such as "link wheels" and "link pyramids". No matter the name, they're really just mini nets.

Typically today, most folks refer to link wheels as a network built with Web 2.0 sites. Some claim they don't work any more, while others claim they are still going strong. The truth is, you can build a mini net with any type of sites, it's just today there as so many free options that it makes sense to use them.

In general, a link wheel has the sites linking to one other site, which links to one other site, etc:

Squidoo => Blogger => Wordpress => Your money page

And a link pyramid has all of the 2.0 sites linking to your money page, but not to each other:

Squidoo => Your money page
Blogger => Your money page
Wordpress => Your money page

IMO, people get into trouble when they link a site to another with very similar content, even if the content is spun. They also will use the same user names for each account. These user names are often the URL for the account. So on one account you have CamperJohn linking to another CamperJohn on another site, with either the same content or spun content.

Also, be sure to add other types of media besides just text, such as relevant pictures and videos. This seems to really help SEO, plus there's a saying "If it looks like spam, it's probably spam." Just adding a pic and/or a video to your 2.0 content goes a long way to protecting your assets from human eyes.

I also believe it's best to mix up the linking patterns...It's OK to cross-link a couple of 2.0 sites, just don't do it all the time.

Another powerful use of 2.0 sites is to use them as buffer sites to protect your money sites. For example, you want to test out the latest "Link-O-Matic" program but don't want to risk your money sites getting banned. Use a 2.0 site instead. Point the links at it. As it (hopefully) gains link juice, you will pass that juice on to your money sites by linking to them.

Warnings:
  • Never put Adsense on a site you are testing aggressive linking tactics! Actually, it's best to give all your sites some time to "mature" before adding Adsense.

  • Be careful with some 2.0 sites. Blogger, Squidoo, Hubpages and possibly others have closed accounts due to "excessive linking". I believe this comes from real people reporting spam, such as spammy blog comments as opposed to some type of automatic detection using software, but I'm just guessing.

  • Remember: The older a resource is and the more work you put into it, the most conservative you should become with your linking efforts. On the other hand, you must take gambles and test different strategies and software programs to take full advantage of all opportunities. But do your testing on new accounts that you've added just a little content to.
After you have your money site(s) set up, the next thing you should do is get 5-20 Web 2.0 sites added to your mini net. Then ping, bookmark and submit the RSS feeds.

Top 50+ Web 2.0 Sites for Link Building:

http://blogger.com N/A
http://multiply.com N/A
http://tagged.com N/A
http://wordpress.com 9
http://my.opera.com 8
http://livejournal.com 8
http://tripod.com 8
http://typepad.com 8
http://weebly.com 8
http://tumblr.com 8
http://angelfire.com 7
http://wikidot.com 7
http://webs.com 7
http://squidoo.com 7
http://yola.com 7
http://wikispaces.com 7
http://officelive.com 7
http://xanga.com 6
http://areavoices.com 6
http://ucoz.com 6
http://gather.com 6
http://webspawner.com 6
http://blog.com 6
http://shutterfly.com 6
http://wetpaint.com 6
http://onsugar.com 6
http://doodlekit.com 6
http://flixya.com 5
http://devhub.com 5
http://insanejournal.com 5
http://blinkweb.com 5
http://spruz.com 5
http://zoomshare.com 5
http://ohlog.com 5
http://livelogcity.com 5
http://blogetery.com 5
http://thoughts.com 5
http://snappages.com 5
http://yousaytoo.com 4
http://mywapblog.com 4
http://lifeyo.com 4
http://getjealous.com 4
http://inube.com 4
http://spi-blog.com 4
http://blogge.rs 4
http://blurty.com 4
http://2itb.com 4
http://myblogsite.com 4
http://blogreaction.com 4
http://bloghi.com 4
http://bcz.com 3
http://iblog.at 3
http://blogster.com 3
http://weblogplaza.com 3
http://blogpico.com 2
http://evood.com 2



Most Popular Social Sites - People Rank?

Many years ago, I theorized that Google would some day include human elements in how they rank pages. I called this "People Rank" and it seems that the activity of people is playing a large role in how Google ranks pages via the major social sites.

In addition to the SEO potential of social sites, they offer the possibility of a "double whammy" in that they can also drive traffic directly to your pages.

Despite sites like Twitter having "nofollow" links, it's pretty clear that Google not only follows Twitter links, but in some cases gives links in Twitter a lot of "juice".

One example seems to be Google loves links that have been "retweeted" many times. It also seems to like links that have been "liked" or given other social "proof".

And even though sites like Twitter have "nofollow" links, you find many Twitter accounts with very high PageRank. Note: Twitter has been changing the URLs of Twitter accounts alot over the past 6 months. It seems the apply a redirect, then it takes Google a month or two to adjust PageRank.

Again, this can change almost daily, but at the time I'm writing this (Jan. 27, 2012), Dr. Mani's Twitter account page has a PageRank of 5. I bring this up because I believe much of the PageRank is from internal pages, specifically when people follow other people creating internal cross-linking.

And it's this ability to follow others in Twitter, add friends in Facebook, etc., that creates an opportunity to leverage internal links.  If you follow 1000 people and have 1000 followers in Twitter, you have 2000 internal Twitter links pointing at your account page.

Yes, I admit this is theory. But there is some pretty good circumstantial evidence that Google is giving credit to "likes", "retweets" and internal links on the major social sites. And because you can also get traffic directly from these sites, I believe you should look to incorporate them into your SEO strategy.

Be sure to at least set up these social networking accounts and get a few friends/followers in each:
Twitter.com
FaceBook.com
LinkedIn.com
Google +


I also suggest you add a couple of these social sites to your linking mix:
URL's PR
http://tumblr.com 8
http://orkut.com 8
http://Ning.com 7
http://myyearbook.com 7
http://Meetup.com 7
http://bebo.com 6
http://MyLife.com 6
http://Tagged.com 6
http://hi5.com 6
http://Badoo.com 6
http://43things.com 6
http://friendster.com 6


Ping.FM

Ping.FM is a free site that acts like a central control panel for a number of social and web 2.0 sites. By simply logging into Ping.FM you can automatically post to any or all of the accounts you have set up in Ping.FM.

The first thing you need to do is create accounts at the Ping.FM compatible sites.  After you have create the sites, you give the login info such as username and password to Ping.FM.

One consideration is that if you choose to post to more than one account at a time, you will have duplicate content. Sometimes this may be OK and other times you may want unique content across your accounts. I suggest you mix it up, even to the point of creating multiple Ping.FM accounts.

Also, you don't need to sign up for every compatible account. Sign up for the biggest ones and maybe a few others, just to mix things up.

Ping.FM also gives you the ability to add an RSS feed. When the RSS feed updates, so do all of your selected Ping.FM accounts. There's many uses for this...One is setting up a Wordpress blog and using your blog's RSS feed to update Ping.FM. Now anytime you update your blog you can update your network of sites automatically.

Ping.FM is worth investing some time learning how to use it best for your own situation. Pick an afternoon to create your accounts, then another afternoon just messing around with Ping.FM. It's a very powerful free service that will save you tons of time in the future.

http://delicious.com
http://flickr.com
http://friendfeed.com
http://identi.ca
http://jaiku.com
http://ping.fm
http://status.net
http://tumblr.com
http://www.aim.com
http://www.bebo.com
http://www.blogger.com
http://www.brightkite.com
http://www.facebook.com
http://www.linkedin.com
http://www.multiply.com
http://www.myspace.com
http://www.myyearbook.com
http://www.ning.com
http://www.photobucket.com
http://www.plaxo.com
http://www.plurk.com
http://www.streetmavens.com
http://www.tagged.com
http://www.typepad.com
http://www.wordpress.com
http://www.yahoo.com
http://yammer.com
http://youare.com

30+ Sites Like Twitter

Here's over 30 micro-blogging sites that work like Twitter. Most are dofollow and all have RSS feeds. The great thing about micro blogging sites is that you don't have to create tons of content to publish a post.

Posts to these sites can and do get indexed and I've seem some account pages have a PR as high as PR6. In order to get a decent PageRank for your accounts, follow other users with high PR as well as get some external links pointing to your account pages.

URL'sPR
http://identi.ca7
http://blip.pl6
http://cirip.ro6
http://bentio.com/home6
http://www.qaiku.com/5
http://www.wadja.com/5
http://twitxr.com5
http://meemi.com/4
http://gogreendeals.com/statusnet-0.9.0/index.php/4
http://republicmodernmedia.com/statusnet/index.php/4
http://fucktwitter.researchlab.jp/3
http://wholele.com/index.php/3
http://sowetointernetradio.com/sowetoonlinetweetz/3
http://darteros.com3
http://www.khaces.com/3
http://www.tricorns.com/beta/tweet/3
http://vtamil.com2
http://mylifeisdoc.com/MLID/index.php/2
http://www.dreadmama.net/status/2
http://kir030403.kir.jp/tsubuyaita/index.php/2
http://ubuntu-wisconsin.org/status/2
http://gourmetgastronomer.com/twitter/index.php/2
http://www.mygamecoach.com/statusnet/2
http://www.oudesluys.com/status/2
http://friends-hood.com/2
http://tracara.cdradio.com.mk/index.php/2
http://yatam.com2
http://quaksen.de1
http://sns21.com1
http://fcg-media.com/team/index.php/N/A
http://midiassociais.net/network/index.php/N/A
http://spnbabble.sitepronews.comN/A
http://www.blam.bombsquadkittens.comN/A
http://www.travisfantina.com/status/N/A



Group Buzz

SYNND is a service where members combine to promote each other's links through bookmarking and other social platforms.


Yahoo Answers

Although a "nofollow" link, Yahoo Answers appears to be a powerful tool for linking.

A few quick notes:
  • You need to provide real quality in your YA responses.
  • When post a link in YA, it needs to point to a quality content page.
  • You need a Level 2 account or higher to post clickable links.
  • Use proxies if using multiple YA accounts.
Tip: You can buy Level 2 Yahoo accounts at Fiverr.

I like to add a few Yahoo Answers links to my mix. They do seem to help.

More Sites Like Yahoo Answers:
http://www.linkedin.com/answers 9
http://askville.amazon.com/Index.do
http://www.mahalo.com/answers/ 7
http://www.answers.com 7
http://answers.google.com 7
http://www.gutefrage.net 7
http://www.life123.com 7
http://Helium.com 6
http://www.quora.com 6
http://www.justanswer.com 6
http://www.go2web20.net 6
http://www.allexperts.com 6
http://ask.metafilter.com 6
http://www.answerbag.com 6
http://omgili.com 5
8
http://able2know.org 5
http://www.webanswers.com 5
http://www.theanswerbank.co.uk
http://kgbanswers.com 5
http://akaqa.com 5
http://www.blurtit.com 5
http://www.fluther.com 5
http://aolanswers.com 5
http://www.genon.ru 5
http://www.querycat.com 5
http://www.askmenow.com 4
http://www.mosio.com 4
http://whyzz.com 4
http://www.askeet.com 4
http://vorum.ru 4
5
http://www.snappyfingers.com 4
http://ask.fm 4
http://simplyexplained.com/index.asp 4
http://uclue.com 4
http://www.bitwine.com 4
http://www.hiogi.de 4
http://need-help.org 3
http://www.imshopping.com 3
http://www.quomon.com 3
http://grupthink.com 3
http://www.weegy.com 3
http://questionville.com N/A
http://www.funadvice.com ---
http://www.maybenow.com ---
http://www.question2answer.org N/A


Hijack Thousands of Links Using Scrapebox

Here's a excellent 6-part video series how how to use Scrabebox to find tons and tons of links. The techniques can be a little blackhat, but the concepts are something you should be aware of.

Here's the first video in the series:


Here's links to the other 5 videos on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGpZLeB2lFw&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJykiosain0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU_jSRpvnRI&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjgOVSUo22A&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBSRdXXdcZQ&feature=related




Scrapebox Tip

Scrapebox gets has a bad reputation as a blog comment spammer. I admit, it can be used to spam. But I have NEVER used it to spam a single site and I still think it's an essential piece of software for an SEOer to own.

Here's one wa Scrapebox can really pay off...I won't go into exact details, but here's the general concept: Let's say you have created an account on a site like Twitter, Facebook, etc., that allows you to "follow" or "add friends".

One way to get a good PageRank for you own account is to follow/friend those that have high PageRank for their own accounts. Here's how:

In Scrapebox enter:
site:TheDomain.com + keyword

Note: The keyword above is optional...

Click: "Start Harversting"

After Scrapebox collects the URLs, run a Check PageRank => Get URL PageRank for each URL.

Sort the list by PageRank. This will give you a list of accounts with the highest PageRank for that keyword.

Repeat with other keywords, if you want/need.

Follow/friend these accouns. Even if they don't follow you back, you can still leverage some of their link juice.

Here's a "secret" page where you can get Scrapebox for $57. If you can afford it, I strongly suggest you get it.

http://www.scrapebox.com/cheapskate



Newbie Question: Where do I start?

Everyone is different, with different skills, interests, talents, resources, money to spend and niches. This makes it impossible for me to give "one size fits all" suggestions on how YOU should proceed with your business.

However, start with:

- A good, quality site.

- Setting up 10-20 Web 2.0 sites and blogs

- Set up Twitter, Facebook, Linkdin and Myspace accounts.

- Hook up these accounts on Ping.FM

- Gather as much content as you can.

Once you have these in place, start using various linking strategies in this report. The goal is to use a variety of strategies and get a good mix of resources.

Each time you add a new resource:

- Submit and save the RSS feed URL, if it has one.

- Ping the resource.

- Bookmark the resource. You don't need to over-do it. Just get 10-20 bookmarks to each and use a variety of bookmarks for each resource.

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