Last week, Pat Flynn (from Smart Passive Income) posted, in complete detail, the backlink strategy that pushed his niche site to a #1 ranking on Google. This epic post was very well received, as it immediately spread around the blogosphere and ignited a massive conversation (currently the post has more than 190 comments). It’s not any kind of “magic bullet” backlink solution – it’s a somewhat complex, highly effective strategy that can profoundly improve your site’s search engine ranking if implemented correctly.
Although the strategy makes sense when you read it, I figured that it’s probably difficult for many people to grasp the entire process as it pertains to their specific websites – in particular, I think a lot of people might struggle with finding a good way to track the process and backlinks that they create. I think I’ve designed a effective solution for this.
The Ultimate Backlink Tracker (v 1.0)
What I’ve done is taken Pat’s backlinking process and converted it into a comprehensive Excel file where you can track the entire process. It’s not some kind of crazy automated system – it’s simply a well-organized (in my opinion) set of spreadsheets, pre-populated with each step of the process. And yes, it’s free.
Here are the basic features of the backlink tracker:
1) The tracker is organized by tab, for each individual site – the entire tracking workbook currently supports 10 websites, however this will be expanded in the future (and you can certainly modify the workbook yourself if you have experience with Excel).
2) Simple navigation between sites and between the “anchor layers” of each site.
3) Support for the top article directories, Web 2.0 properties, and blogging platforms mentioned in Pat’s backlink strategy. Each of these items supports 6 articles/blogs, which should be more than enough for a single website.
- Allows you to correctly apply the principles of Pat’s strategy by giving you a template to organize the process.
- Keeps you motivated to continue the process because you won’t ever hit a point where you’ll think, “I can’t remember where I left off or what I still need to do!”
- The obvious benefit – helps you get to #1 on Google!
A Note About Updates
I expect to have future revisions of this tracker. As I use it more and get feedback from others, I will likely make revisions. In order to not be annoying about it, I’ll try and only publish a revision when I’ve made significant changes (or a lot of small changes).
It will be up to you for whether you choose to use any revised versions – as of right now, the only way to switch to a revised version would be to copy and paste any data you’ve already input in your current copy. This probably won’t be difficult, especially if you’ve only started recently, however I still want to point this out so that no one is angry later on.
Also, if I receive a lot of positive feedback about this tracker, I may hire an Excel programmer to build in some more advanced functionality into this Excel workbook. Hopefully I’ve done an adequate job as it is, but I’m not an expert programmer by any means.
Where to Download the Ultimate Backlink Tracker
I’ve decided that this tracker will be a “freebie” that I’ll give away to those who subscribe to my free “Muse Creation” newsletter (sign up form can also be found below). If you sign up, you’ll receive an e-mail with the link to download the Excel file.
Important Note: I really pride myself in having a valuable newsletter – I don’t send e-mail too often (I have a handful of pre-written newsletters that go out weekly for the first month or so), and I rarely ever promote products. Much like Pat’s newsletter (I highly recommend you subscribe to it if you haven’t already), I’m really just looking to share valuable information.
Why create a list then if I’m hardly ever going to promote anything? I look at my list as a way to stay in touch with subscribers. Occasionally, I’ll write an article here that I think you should read, and unless you check the blog regularly or subscribe to my RSS feed, you might not see it. My e-mail list is a great way to keep that line of communication open.
Also, I’ve had several people respond to my newsletters just to discuss a random topic mentioned in the newsletter, and it has led to other great discussions. For example, I’ve had the opportunity to grab a coffee and chat in person with a few different readers of My4HWW (who live around the Chicago area). Things like that really motivate me to continue writing new content and helping people whenever I can.
If you don’t want to keep receiving the newsletter, you can simply unsubscribe after you receive the download link for the backlink tracker. No hard feelings here. (Just keep in mind that revisions to the tracker will most likely only be sent out to current subscribers.)
I will soon put up a dedicated page up for this tool, announcing any improvements or other developments related to it. If you decide to try it out, please give me your feedback! I want to make this tool as helpful as possible, and can only do it with your feedback!
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