In this issue:
1. Tutorial – Spinning HTML in Articles
2. Update on Backlink Battleplan
3. Blog Networks?
In this newsletter I have an update on Backlink Battleplan, plus news of a blog network that actually might be worth singing up to (unlike so many others).
I've also got a follow up to show you HTML spinning to make your spun content even more unique.
OK, enough of an intro, let's get on…
1. Tutorial – Spinning HTML in Articles
In the last newsletter I showed you how easy it was to spin paragraphs, sentences AND words when spinning content with the Best Spinner
Today I want to take that a step further and show you how to spin HTML syntax so that your article code is even more unique, creating different visual layouts as well. This type of spinning requires a little HTML knowledge and can get a little confusing, so I usually create the spin in a text editor rather than the best spinner then paste it in.
While this type of spinning is probably not essential if you are spinning on the three levels we talked about last week, it is another string to your spinning bow.
2. Update on Backlink Battleplan
A few people have asked for an update on how the Backlink Battleplan is working out.
In a word – great!
We are trying the Battleplan on a brand new site, so it is not possible to tell you how rankings have improved over time, as it will take some time to get over the new site issues. I hope to be able to share real results in the future, but in the mean time let me just summarize our experiences with it so far.
The plan is well laid out and the instructional videos are so easy to follow, anyone from newbie upwards (my wife found the videos very easy to follow) would have no problem following the plan. The checklist is a great idea for this type of plan, as you simply follow it to the letter, ticking off items as you complete them.
The way it works is simple. Go through the checklist and follow each step. Once you have finished the checklist, go through it again if you need to. Repeat until your page is ranking where you want it to.
OK, so how long does it take to go through the checklist once?
Well, it's impossible to give an exact figure, because you have to do things like write & spin articles, plus other tasks that will depend on how fast you work. I originally gave the course to my wife to follow, but she had a bad reaction to some anti-allergy injections over the last two weeks, and has been quite ill. I have gone through the checklist myself and it took about 10 hours in total. The most time consuming bits were creating the content for the various submissions I had to do. Still, 10 hours is only a couple of hours per day spread over a week.
What exactly did I get for my 10 hours work? Was that effort worth it?
Well, firstly, I got a lot of backlinks. I haven't counted them all yet, and a lot of them are not indexed yet, but here is a summary picture of what one run through the checklist will give you (again I have blurred the backlink boxes to protect Shane’s system).
A thing to note – the arrows pointing into my site in the middle of the diagram do not all represent single links. Many are in fact multiple links from multiple sites.
So what happened to the site I was promoting with Backlink Battleplan?
Well, first thing to note is that it got indexed very quickly. Within 48 hours, Google had found 4 out of 5 "money pages" and rankings for several long tail phrases have been improving as the search engines are finding my backlinks.
Overall, I think this course is excellent, and I do highly recommend it to anyone. I know from the feedback I have received from subscribers that a lot of you agree with me. If you have bought the course, and have any comments you would like to make (good or bad), please do leave a comment at the end of this newsletter.
For more details on the course, see the Backlink Battleplan homepage.
3. Blog Networks?
What are they and are they worth considering?
They are what they sound like – a network of blogs. There are a number of commercial blog networks available (and a couple of free ones that Shane uses is his Backlink Battleplan course). You can sign up and post your content which is then syndicated to the network.
The first blog network I put any effort into was SEO Link Vine. The way that one worked was simple. You upload an article with spin syntax to their system and the article gets spun as it is distributed to blogs on the network. That means an article might get distributed to 100s of blogs.
The biggest problem I had with SEO Link Vine was that despite my articles seemingly getting distributed to 100s of blogs, I only ever found a small handful of backlinks using SEO SpyGlass. In fact, from around 10 articles and several hundred submissions, I had less than 10 backlinks that were visible. That means the backlinks were not getting indexed, and were not able to influence my rankings. As might be expected, my test site just sat there and did nothing.
For me, SEO Link Vine was a total waste of time and money.
Recently I heard good things about another blog network, but this one worked a little differently.
1. They did not accept spun content.
2. Each article was only submitted to one blog.
OK, those sound pretty negative things to those who want quantity over quality of backlinks, BUT, and its a big but…. This network has improved my rankings. More on that in a minute. First, let me tell you why this one works.
1. Only quality content is accepted so that the blogs in the network maintain a certain level.
2. Blogs in the network are on AGED domains and vary from PR1 to PR7. Your articles will be distributed in a random manner to one of these blogs. Obviously there are a lot more PR 1 blogs than PR 7, but that is only to be expected.
3. They automatically bookmark your articles on social networking sites for you to make sure the content gets indexed. This means that they achieve a 95% indexed rate. Yes, that means 95% of all articles submitted to their network are currently indexed and pushing link juice through to your site.
4. Blogs are on multiple class A, B and C ip addresses.
5. Articles can be as short as 150 words. For every 150 words in your article, you can include one link. That means a 450 word article can include 3 links.
6. There is an option to get their writers to create the content for you at a rate of $2 per link. I have used the service myself (50 links for $100) to create one link articles, and it took about a week to get them created.
OK, so how have my rankings improved?
Well, you remember when I mentioned SEO Link Vine above, and the fact that it did not influence the rankings of my test site? Well to put numbers on this, I was trying to rank for a term that has around 140,000 competing pages in Google (when searched in quotes). When I started and finished my SEO Link Vine experiment, my page was stuck at #278 in Google. It actually stayed around the 270-300 position until July of this year, and then I got a few more backlinks to the site which moved it up to the 170 – 190 range. It has sat there for the last few months as I haven't touched that site at all.
Enter this new blog network service.
They offer a 10 link free trial, so I took them up on it. I setup 10 links, 6 of which were to this test site. Within a week, my site had moved up to position #120.
This was quite encouraging, so I signed up for their service. Since then, I have added another 20 links back to this site, and yesterday, the site sat at #40 in Google for my keyword term. Not all of those 20 links are indexed yet, so I am waiting a few more days to see where the site settles.
I have been really impressed with the service and I am sure you will be too. I highly recommend you sign up for your 10 free link trial.
If you do, can I suggest a few tips:
1. Use all 10 links to promote a single page on one of your sites. I personally used the homepage of my site, but you can use any page.
2. Choose a phrase that does not have too much competition. My experiment focused on a phrase with 140,000 competing pages in Google (searched in quotes), but I would recommend that as an upper limit for your experiment. In fact, I with only 10 links, I would choose something with 50,000 or less.
3. Stick to the exact same link text with all 10 links.
4. To get your 10 free backlinks, create 10 articles with one link in each, rather than longer articles with several links per article.
5. Record you rankings for that phrase before you start, and then a week or two after your articles have been indexed in the system.
6. Leave a comment in this (or future newsletter) on how your 10 link experiment went. I would love to hear if you have the same kind of successes I had.
Before I leave this, I wanted to show you a couple of screenshots. These come from within the Dashboard of my account.
The first one shows the PR distribution of my articles.
NOTE: The PR values are the domain PR, not the PR of the page my article resides on.
I realize that as blog posts slide off the front page of the blog, they will move to pages that have no Page Rank (at least initially), but even with that, my rankings have not slid too much when this has happened – something that surprised me. The fact that the content page is indexed, does mean that you continue to receive backlink juice when this happens (albeit less per link), and this is a big advantage over other blog networks that I have tried where backlinks just disappear because the blog quality was so poor, and individual pages were not indexed.
The second screenshot shows the percentage of article indexed. There are two lines on here. One is the network indexing rate, and the second is my own personal article indexing rate:
Again, this network shows huge potential, and my current results suggest that this will be one of my own link building strategies for some time. Do go and sign up for your free 10 link account now, and grab 10 free backlinks.
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