The Secret to Dominating Search Engine Rankings of Your Articles & Websites – InfoBarrel Earnings Challenge, Part 3

Increase Search Engine RankingNote: The methods described in this massive article are definitely not just applicable to InfoBarrel articles – you can use these same methods for any website.

I’ve already covered how to make $2,000 a month writing articles for InfoBarrel as well as how to come up with unlimited article ideas.  If you’ve been following along with me, you are probably starting to build up a nice base of articles.  However, maybe you’ve noticed that some of your articles don’t rank highly on Google, and you want to fix that.  After all, if people can’t find your articles via search engines, you aren’t going to earn any AdSense revenue.

This article is going to take a detailed look at different ways to build backlinks for your articles so that you can get them onto page one of Google’s search results, for your desired keywords.

Warning: This is a long article that goes into a ton of detail. You may want to bookmark it and revisit it as needed.

What Are Backlinks?

If you’re new to SEO (search engine optimization), you may not be aware of what backlinks are and how they affect the search engine ranking of your website(s).  Essentially, backlinks are links from other websites to your website.  Not every backlink is equal – certain backlinks (such as those from strong authority websites) carry more weight than others.  For example, I would much rather have a link to my site from CNN.com than I would a Blogger.com blog that I set up for myself.

Although no one knows exactly how Google’s search ranking algorithm works, it is widely believed that creating backlinks for your website is the best thing you can do to improve its search engine ranking.  This is in addition to all of the SEO factors that you generally have control over (e.g. URL, page title, keyword density).

In addition, there is a distinction between “do-follow” links and “no-follow” links.  In a nutshell, no-follow links are less desirable because Google supposedly won’t give those links any credit when they rank websites in their search results.  I’m not an SEO expert, so you can read more about do-follow vs no-follow  from someone else.

This isn’t really a general SEO article (I’m mainly focusing on backlinks), so if you want a truly awesome SEO resource, I highly recommend reading this WordPress SEO article posted at ViperChill.

A Note on Anchor Text

Whenever possible, you want the “anchor text” of your link to consist of the keyword(s) you’re trying to rank for in search engines.  For example, if I wanted my blog to rank for the phrase “online passive income,” I would make sure to link to my blog like this: online passive income.  This helps a lot when you’re trying to improve a website or article’s rank for a particular keyword.  As I’ve explained in detail in part one of this series, I rely heavily on Market Samurai to tell me which keywords are best, and which I will be able to easily rank for.

Experts will tell you that you should sometimes vary your anchor text, because otherwise it will appear unnatural to Google.  In my opinion, if you’re taking advantage of all your backlink options, you’ll have plenty of links where you don’t get to set this anchor text.  I think this will help provide all the variety you need, so don’t be afraid to consistently use your target keyword whenever you have the opportunity to set your own anchor text.

How to Create Backlinks Effectively

Let me start out by saying that there is a ton of material out on the internet about building backlinks.  Some of it is useful and some of it is garbage.  If you look around, you’ll find a ton of blogs and websites offering to sell you “4,000 backlinks for $50″ and other similar offers.  I really don’t know how credible these offers are, so if you do pursue them, do it at your own risk.  4,000 backlinks sound great, but if they’re all from garbage websites (like “link farms”) they may not help you much.

With that said, I’m going to go over a ton of free ways to build backlinks, and then go into a couple premium tools that I use and recommend.  If you’re just starting out or don’t want to spend money on improving your site’s SEO, I definitely suggest focusing on the free options.  More often than not, they are totally sufficient.

Free Backlink Options

Here is a list of sites where you can backlink your websites or articles for free.  One interesting thing to keep in mind is that many of these sites share revenue – in other words, you could make a little bit of additional income with them if someone clicks on an ad around your link.  I’ll give further descriptions of each individual option below.

1) Xomba

This site allows you to create bookmarks for your articles/websites that include 50-word summaries about what you’re linking to.  Similar to sites like Info Barrel, you can input your Google AdSense ID and have the opportunity to make money off your bookmarks, as Xomba shares 50% of its ad revenue with you.  Remember, the goal here is to create backlinks – anything additional earned is really icing on the cake.  Click here to sign up with Xomba.

2) She Told Me

She Told Me is another bookmark site like Xomba, with revenue sharing.  However, instead of a 50% AdSense revenue share, She Told Me offers a 100% share.  I find this to be a pretty ugly looking website, but hey, we’re just trying to build links here.  Like Xomba, you’ll need to remember to input your Google AdSense ID when you sign up.  When you sign up, you’ll get an e-mail from a guy named James, telling you that he manually reviews applications and that it could take up to a week or so to have your application approved.  Be patient, and just work on the other backlink sites while you wait for this one.

3) Snipsly

Snipsly is yet another article/bookmarking site with revenue sharing - this one shares 80% of AdSense revenue. I actually like Snipsly a lot because it’s powered by WordPress.  If you’ve written on a WordPress blog before, you’ll be quite familiar with how to post on Snipsly.  You might be thinking, “Wait! I have to write an entire article to get my backlinks from Snipsly?”  Fortunately, you don’t.  According to Snipsly’s FAQ, Three sentences should be the minimum post size.”

Similar to Xomba, you’ll probably want to write a very quick summary of the website or article you’re linking to, with the link to the article in the body of the text.  Make sure you use appropriate anchor text!  Here’s an image straight from Snipsly’s site on why you should use them:

4) MyCibb

Once again, this is another bookmarking site.  From MyCibb: “MyCibb.com is a DoFollow social bookmarking site, where you can submit your favorite blog posts, articles, news items and new websites. Being dofollow means the search engines will follow your links back to your website, and you get a backlink to your site. Please do not take advantage of our dofollow bookmarking, or we will turn it off. We are internet marketing friendly, but ask that you limit your submissions of sales type pages, and focus on submitting your quality content blog posts, news items and share articles.”

Each “news story” (i.e. bookmark) that you submit to MyCibb only needs to be 2-4 sentences long.

5) Shoutwire

Social bookmarking site.  Starting to notice a trend here?  I wasn’t able to determine if this site offers do-follow links.

6) RedGage

This is one of my favorites, for a few reasons.  First, it’s a revenue sharing site.  Second, I like the site design.  It’s isn’t annoyingly spammy like some of the others.  Finally, they have a daily contest where you can win $25 for building your backlinks with them (you get “raffle tickets” each time you submit content).  No, it’s not a lot of money, but I think it makes them stand out from some of the others.  There have been some people over on the Info Barrel forum who have won before, in case you were wondering if the prize is actually real.

To add a link or article to RedGage, you need to first go to Upload. Then, you most likely want to add a link (this is the easiest of all the options, but you can certainly pick one of the others).


You make money on RedGage different from the other sites.  Instead of linking it directly to your Google AdSense account, RedGage keeps track of your earnings and calculates them based on how many views your content receives (not the number of clicks).  Once you hit $25, you’re eligible to receive that money, and it’s pretty creative how they give it to you.

Once your RedGage funds are available (you have made a minimum of $25.00), RedGage will ask you for your contact information and ship you a RedGage Visa Card. This card will be like any other debit card and can be used at any place that accepts Visa.  From that point on, you’ll always be able to put your earnings straight onto the card, without needing to wait for anything to arrive in the mail.

As I’ve said already, the point of this is to build backlinks, not make money.  Any money you make while backlinking is purely a bonus.

7) Jevitt

You guessed it – this is a revenue-sharing bookmarking site that offers an 80% AdSense revenue share.  Much like Snipsly, Jevitt is a WordPress-based site.  Once you sign up and log in, go to “My AdSense” on the left sidebar to input your Google AdSense ID.  Your submissions should be at least a few sentences long, and links within your posts are “do-follow.”

8 ) Article Websites

As you’re probably aware, you can build backlinks through the submission of articles to various article websites.  These backlinks are arguably stronger than those from bookmarking sites, however they generally take longer to put together, since you typically need to write an article that is at least 250-300 words.  Nevertheless, you should consider using article submissions to build backlinks for your articles and other websites that revolve around more competitive keywords.

Some article sites will allow you to link to whatever you want in the body of the article (e.g. Squidoo), however others will limit your linking ability to the author’s bio/signature box (e.g. Ezine Articles).

Here are some that you should consider using:

Currently, I’m trying out this really awesome article-generating software that allows you to create articles pretty quickly.  I’m not going to mention it or promote it until I’ve had a chance to fully test it and see if it’s something I’d like to recommend to others.

9) Do-Follow Blogs

Commenting on blogs is one of the oldest tricks in the book for promoting your own blog or website (I highly recommend it), however most of the time, your comments are no-followed.  While your comments are still valuable (other people will still click your name and check out your site), it likely won’t help your website ranking as much as do-follow links will.

This site (linked above) is a directory of do-follow blogs.  If you check it out, you’ll notice that there is a wealth of blogs in all kinds of niches.  This should allow you to zero in on relevant blogs where you can leave your comments.

One important tip: Do NOT spam these blogs and do not post links in the body of your comment.  In many cases, your comment won’t be approved, and you’ll have just wasted 5 valuable minutes of your life.  Post a meaningful comment, and place your link in the “website” field of the comment.  If you’re tempted to make your “Name” the keyword you are targeting, look around at other comments on the blog.  If you see that people are using keywords instead of names, it’s probably alright to do so.

Credit where credit is due: I found many of the above backlink options through the valuable community at Info Barrel (within the forums).  It’s a great resource, and I wouldn’t have been able to find all of these backlink possibilities without it!

Premium Backlink Options

(UPDATE 12/25/11: I no longer use the tools described below – for a more recent article about my current backlinking methods, see this post.)

The reason there are only two choices listed here (given the fact that there are hundreds out there) is because these are two that I have used personally and highly recommend.  Each one is effective in a different way, but together, I’ve found it very easy to improve my ranking on Google.

1) Angela’s Backlinks (aka Easy Backlink Builder)

This service is probably the best $5 that I spend every month.  For $5 each month, you receive a detailed packet (in PDF format) of 30 different websites where you can leave do-follow backlinks.  This service is extremely valuable for two reasons:

  • ALL backlink sites she gives you are PR (page rank) 6 or higher. In other words, these are not your normal backlinks.  These carry a tremendous weight in terms of how much they impact your site’s search engine ranking.
  • Angela shows you step by step how to add your backlinks. You could easily spend 10-15 minutes trying to figure out where to place your link on these sites (not to mention, you would first need to research the site’s page rank and whether or not links are do-follow).  Angela basically cuts this time down to nothing, making it extremely easy for you.

The only negative thing I will point out is that Angela is HORRIBLE at website design.  She’s great at finding backlinks and laying out step-by-step instructions for you, but her overall design and use of font is pretty miserable.  Don’t let this distract you from the quality of this service though.

I can’t recommend this enough, simply because of how inexpensive it is and how much time it saves you.  I’ve used this service for two of my niche sites and have gotten to page 1 on Google fairly easily, for somewhat competitive search terms.  Try it out, and if you don’t like it after the first month, you can cancel it (and you’re only out five bucks).

2) Bookmarking Demon

Let’s face it – social bookmarking is tedious.  One of the reasons that I singled out many of the bookmarking sites above (given that there are hundreds or thousands out there) is because most of those sites share revenue, which is a nice added bonus for you.  Unfortunately, there are a ton of bookmarking sites that don’t share anything, and it would probably take you weeks or months to get through all of them.

That’s one of the reasons I purchased Bookmarking Demon.  Although it still requires some manual control, it automates much of the bookmarking process.  I’ve used Bookmarking Demon on every site I currently own, as well as many of my Info Barrel articles.  The software not only automates the bookmarking process, but it helps you batch bookmarking as well.  You can set it up to bookmark several websites at a time (although I wouldn’t recommend doing more than 3-4 at one time).

Here are some of the benefits that I’ve enjoyed:

  • Ability to automatically bookmark at 100+ social bookmarking sites
  • Free updates (this is key, as many bookmarking sites change from time to time)
  • Automate your account creation at each site (it will even go into your e-mail account and handle all of the “verification” e-mails that you receive when you sign up to each bookmarking site)
  • Can automatically “ping” each bookmark once it’s done.  This allows Google to pick up on it more quickly.

The biggest downside to this software is CAPTCHA.  If you’re unfamiliar with CAPTCHA, it’s that anti-bot text that you usually need to type when you sign up somewhere (usually it consists slightly distorted text, to prove you’re human).

Luckily, Bookmarking Demon pulls this out for you and allows you to enter them as they pop up.  While this does take some time, it’s nothing compared to the manual bookmarking process.  I might spend 10-15 minutes entering the CAPTCHA words when bookmarking to 150 different sites.  I would guess it could take 10 or more hours to bookmark at 150 sites without this software (probably longer because you’d get burned out).

The software is somewhat complex (because of all its powerful features) and it might seem overwhelming to you at first.  Don’t worry though.  The creator of Bookmarking Demon includes three guides with the software.  There’s a beginner’s guide (28 pages), an operations guide (102 pages), and an “ultimate guide,” which contains a lot of great strategies for using the software (30 pages).  I definitely didn’t read these guides cover-to-cover, but they proved to be great reference material while I learned how to use the software.

This software definitely isn’t cheap, but if you’re going to go hardcore with your backlinking, it’s a tool I like to use and recommend to others.

Conclusion

Getting to page 1 on Google doesn’t happen overnight.  Backlinking takes time, but there’s no doubt that it eventually pays off.  If you’re motivated enough to use all of the above recommendations, I absolutely have no doubt that you’ll be on your way to having high ranking articles or websites.

Do you have other backlinking ideas or feedback about ones that I mentioned here?  I’d love to read them in the comments!  As usual, if you’d like to join me in my Info Barrel challenge and start making money writing articles, you can sign up here.  You have all the tools to crush it – now it’s up to you.

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49 Responses to “The Secret to Dominating Search Engine Rankings of Your Articles & Websites – InfoBarrel Earnings Challenge, Part 3”

  1. Great research Eric.

    Thanks for sharing.

    I’m thinking of investing in Linkvana. I have heard that its the best resource (if you can afford/justify) it.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Justin. I haven’t tried Linkvana, but I have heard of it before. I’d be curious to see what you think of it if you do try it.

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  2. I’ve gone on endless rants about this on the Info Barrel forum, but, I know…even after posts like this….people may be reluctant or hesitant to begin using Info Barrel. By ignoring a massively growing, albeit PR4 website, people are loosing a TREMENDOUS opportunity to do many things:

    1) Back in August 2009, I began telling people start claiming their database of overview articles that need to be written. Overview articles are special in that, whenever someone else writes an articles, that contains the main title/keyword of your overview article, their article will automatically interlink to you article. Right now, my article “people” has almost 11,000+ views, and is linked to over 900 times. Of millions of search competition, for the word “people”, Google has been juggling it around 300-500 in the search results.

    Justin (above) actually began to stake his claim on ALOT of these articles (he was a very wise man)

    2) Another benefit of getting in on the ground floor of a PR4 website is that one can begin to stake immediate claim to hot keywords/titles. You will find that, with time, it will become harder and harder to get the HOT titles….with Info Barrel’s growth, offerings, functionality, responsiveness of management, etc, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that this site will be flirting with the HubPages and eHows of the world shortly.

    ….one observation, and general note about what you wrote about backlinks: I guarantee that ALOT of people, on higher PR/ranked websites were specifically conditioned to think that all they had to do was submit articles, and they would be indexed and show up high in the search engine results, with little to no recognition of the importance of backlinking. While this isn’t true in the case of EVERY article, in some cases, you’ll find articles that rank very high simply because of the inherent search engine authority that was produced as a result of the collective effort of dedicated and passionate members who essentially built the site from the ground up.

    These particular articles may be ranked high, yet they may have very few backlinks. Even if it means that I don’t begin earning on them immediately, I’ve really come to deeply analyze the sites/content of leading sites like HubPages, Squidoo, eHow, etc. People should use tools like Market Samurai to see if they can pinpoint weaknesses in their competition….and, just because they are all PR7/8 websites, DOESN’T mean that people can’t outrank them (at least eventually) with a (currently) PR4 site.

    The future of Info Barrel is VERY bright….Eric, it is really a very special place because they bring alot to the table that even the elites in this industry fall short on. Tens of thousands rallied to write for eHow, yet with little idea of even how revenue was shared. From the vantage point of an entrepreneur, if one it to use a site like this, it makes all the sense in the world to ensure that your time invested is safeguarded, that management is responsive, and that the community is helpful and supportive (among many other things)

    Wow…I wrote alot…I think I’ll stop now. lol

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Wow, thanks for the really thoughtful comment, Howie. I really appreciate you sharing your insight here (and always do).

    Of course I agree with everything you’re saying, and you make a good point – backlinks aren’t always necessary. I do currently have some articles ranking on page 1 and 2 of Google for my desired keywords, with NO BACKLINKS (granted, the keywords aren’t super competitive).

    I’ve also been trying to snatch up some overview articles – I wonder if the IB admins are planning on adding more to their list? The selection of good overview articles is slowly dwindling.

    Good keywords only get more competitive, and one of the best ways to overcome the competition is by building backlinks. That, combined with the increase in page rank and popularity of IB, is the perfect recipe for high earning articles.

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  3. Very well put together list, people can go through it one step at at time and i believe it when you say you have no doubt that readers will be on their way to having high ranking articles or websites.

    Article submission really isnt enough these days i feel, both in terms of ranking high and faster ranking, while ranking and seo does indeed take time, you can speed things up by getting back links from relevant, high pr and distributed sources.
    Good article, keep it up.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Stephen, I appreciate the comment! Article submission isn’t always enough on its own, but I’ve seen some pretty good results with it. You make a good point about finding backlinks from relevant sources. That’s something I didn’t explicitly mention. It is definitely a good idea to build your links on websites that are within your site’s niche (or article’s niche) whenever possible, so that your links come from relevant content.

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  4. Missy (dadbintheadmin) Reply August 13, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Eric, thanks for taking the time to go into SO much detail about the importance of backlinking. I have definitely noticed an increase in my adsense earnings since I started using backlinks to my Info Barrel articles. Not a huge increase, but it’s been very steady and it has proven to me that it works.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Glad to be of some help, Missy. :) Keep building those backlinks, and I think you’ll start to see more and more positive results.

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  5. Thanks for sharing. I am especially interested in the back link sites. I actually tried Angela’s banklinks, but found I got better ranking with article sites. But like you said for 5 dollars it is worth a try.

    Great article I enjoy reading your posts!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Definitely give all of the backlink sites a try. I’m surprised you didn’t find great results with Angela’s Backlinks – I think they’ve been awesome for me. Everyone works differently though, so you need to do whatever is working best for you. :) Thanks for the comment Diane!

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  6. A great comprehensive post on backlinking and Google rank Eric! I definitely agree that backlinking is huge for getting your articles to rank well in Google.

    I will definitely give Angela’s backlinking service a shot. I am guilty of not being into the habit of backlinking enough, but I plan on increasing my frequency of backlinking to help out my articles overall!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s great to hear, Keith, and thanks for the kind words. Hopefully your articles will be on their way to the top very soon!

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  7. I’ve been enjoying your series Eric, it’s very worthy of re-reading every now and then for ideas.

    You may want to add mention of bookmarkdofollow.com as a easy method of getting dofollow bookmarking backlinks and posturown.com as another dofollow article marketing source which (like sniply) is on the wordpress platform.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Brian, I appreciate it. Great suggestions for bookmarking – I feel like I probably left out a TON of other great backlinking sites, so maybe I will later put together a more comprehensive backlink guide for people to reference.

    Thanks again!

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  8. Great write-up Eric. I’d heard about Angela’s and had been thinking of giving it a shot… I just signed up now though after reading your article – we’ll see what happens,

    dinesh

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Dinesh, much appreciated. I think you’ll enjoy Angela’s backlinks – I’ve had a lot of success with them, and to me, the real value is with the instructions she provides (about how to actually place your link on each of the sites). Saves me a ton of time. Best of luck to you!

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    dinesh Reply:

    yeah, it’s definitely really detailed and the screen shots are key. I also like that in most cases she tells you how to find your ‘public url’ so that you can ping the page or just check up on it down the road to see if the link is still live

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Oh yeah, I love the screen shots. And you’re right, it’s great to see where your actual public link is visible, so that you know the backlink was actually created.

    dinesh Reply:

    Hey Eric – As a quick follow-up, I’ve been doing Angela’s for about a week now. Definitely seeing some solid pick-up. Pretty cool. I actually even went ahead and purchased some of the previous months packets. Good find there for sure.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the follow-up, Dinesh! I’ve noticed some pretty good results too, so I’m glad to hear it’s working for you as well.

  9. Dude, MyCibb is no follow.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    If that’s true, then the are openly lying on their website. Thanks for the heads up.

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    james Reply:

    No problem man, You got a very neat wordpress theme by the way!Is this adsense friendly?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I’m not sure if it’s AdSense friendly (as you can see, I don’t put up ads), but I know at the very least, there are plugins that integrate ads inside posts.

  10. Very well laid out article. I have been using snisply and xomba as well as Angela’s Backlinks. I will try the other sites you mention here. I am currently using service of TheLinkJuicer that I think worth to mention here because it is quite different from the rest. It is using combination of artcile submission to blog network and social bookmarking sites as well.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Monica, I appreciate it. I’ll have to take a look at TheLinkJuicer sometime. There are so many tools and services out there that it can be pretty overwhelming!

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  11. FWIW, eric…

    As of today, I think Info Barrel just got about 100 times more appealing to just about everyone….

    Look at the placement of the “Author Info” box now….notice anything different?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    This is awesome, Howie. Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

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  12. Hey just a comment about finding great places to get backlinks. What I do is use Market Samurai’s SEO competition module. Look up a decent niche or micro niche keyword – any will do really. Get the top 10 results, then identify any sites that appear to be run by other affiliate marketers. Then use the Anchor Text Analysis results for that site (Click the little arrow right next to the DA column). Market Samurai returns you a great list of urls that will usually include those places to post a comment or an article with a nice keyword-rich urls. I just make a note of it and compile my own list. Kind of the poor-man’s way of doing things (or those that don’t feel like spending $5 per month like me!)

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I love their SEO competition module and find myself using it almost daily. The one thing I did not know about was the anchor text analysis. This is REALLY awesome (I just tried it now). So awesome, in fact, that I’m going to write a blog post about it. Thanks Eric for pointing out this useful way to get more backlinks!

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  13. Hey Eric,

    I haven’t played around much with bookmarking, though I have tried RedGage a while ago in the past. Do you find that it makes much of a difference or is the difference minimal?

    Love the list of article directories, by the way. :)

    Christina
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Christina,

    Although I think bookmarking can make a difference, I’m not a big fan of doing it. I think article marketing is better, though it obviously takes up much more of your time. Based on discussions I’ve had with writers at InfoBarrel, however, there are people that use bookmarking almost exclusively as part of their backlinking strategy, and it definitely has a positive effect on them.

    Thanks for the comment!

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  14. Hey,
    Just wanted to say thanks for the above info. This is a strong article and I will be using some of the social bookmarking sites you suggested. Peace.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem Justin, glad it helped you out!

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  15. Hey Eric,

    I’ve purchased Bookmarking Demon (on recommendation of Glenn from Viperchill) and although it did gave me spikes in traffic, the CAPTCHA process is a pain, that really gave me the sh*ts that it takes so much time.

    Also a lot of the CAPTCHA’s are unreadable (and you can’t get a new one) so your submissions are denied. I would say 10 to 15 % of my bookmarks were placed and the money paid for that was not worth it.

    Market Samurai on the other hand is a much better tool for (different in retrospect) getting traffic to your site. I’ve read Pat’s post on backlinking and that in my humble opinion is the better way to go. Also you know Articles are posted and submitted.

    I’ve come along way reading all your posts, nearly there :)

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    Eric G. Reply:

    You’re definitely right about the CAPTCHA process being a pain with BMD. I’ve gotten used to it, and it’s something that’s easy to do while watching TV. I also find that only about 50% of my attempted bookmarks wind up getting submitted, but at the end of the day, I still feel like I’m able to create bookmarks much faster than if I were to try to do them manually.

    I agree that Market Samurai is awesome – by far my favorite SEO-related tool.

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  16. This is great info and Thank YOU for your resources. If it’s OK with you, may I use this as a guest post on http://TheEssentialeBooker.com?

    And, yes, Info Barrel is great. I recommend using EzineArticles for great backlinks, writing for Demand Media for quick cash, and using Info Barrel for unending royalties.

    Thanks for the info, again, am subscribing as soon as I stop writing. ;)
    Kaete Mariaca recently posted… Why eBook Authors Need a Platform

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Kaete, I appreciate the comment. I don’t really want the entire post taken and re-posted somewhere else, but you may take an excerpt of the post and use it, as long as you provide a link back to my original article. :)

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  17. The link to Easy Backlink Builder doesn’t seem to work…

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I know, I’m not sure why that site doesn’t work anymore. I’ll look into seeing if there’s an updated URL…

    Thanks!

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  18. i read a lot of online advice and most of it is too vague or too salesy and yours i find JUST RIGHT! Thank you Eric for consistently educational, easy to follow great recommendations.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem! Thanks for the comment, Wendy.

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  19. Eric, first of all thanks for your great educational blog. I been searching for info to get started with affiliate marketing and the like for a while now and your blog made me actually take action. You said in a post that the low results make you less of an authority in this business but I find it very realistic and honest. I think the income reports were the most impressive to me, so keep up the good work! Also I tried these backlink directories, while some helped my first info barrel article others don’t seem to work anymore, you might consider to update the post. Mycibb, shoutwire and jevitt are the ones that probably don’t exist anymore, thanks again for the rest of them though!

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  20. Excellent Article Eric.
    Some of these Article submission and bookmarking sites should come in handy in the future.
    Thank You
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Jim!

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  21. Hi Eric,

    thanks for this information. I really bookmarked it for future preview.

    Can you tell me if any of the provided social bookmarking sites accept articles in a language different than EN?

    Regards,
    Rui from Nova York
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Rui. I’m honestly not sure which sites accept articles in languages other than English, unfortunately.

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  22. So this thread is four years old, and I hear that Google changed its algorithms so that massive amounts of backlinks don’t boost you in SEO and can even hurt you in some cases. I have no clue if this is true or not, since I don’t know much about this stuff (I didn’t even get half your post). But if it is, do you have any new or updated SEO tips? Apparently, things like keywords and keyword density and article headers and tag phrases are all important. Any advice on how to use those for SEO?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hi Joey,

    You’re right that many of the old strategies don’t work as well anymore. Now, it’s all about building QUALITY links. They’re more difficult and take longer to build, but are much more powerful. I don’t consider myself an expert SEO, so I’ll refer you to an awesome site with great content about backlinking: http://www.backlinko.com

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