I received this PM on one of the forums I visit (it’s not the Warrior Forum):
|Hello *removed*,from one of your recent posts I can see that you reached top #2 for a great keyword within 4 weeks.
I’m really impressed, could you let me know how did you build links in the beginning to your site?
There’s lots of info that seem a bit contradictory about this, I’d really appreciate some tips
Thank’s, Have a nice day.
I thought I’d share my answer here too.
My keyword, and the niche were chosen for me. I used tools to check trending keywords, and then picked one with decent search traffic (22k exact match), that also had some secondary keyword.
I couldn’t get the EMD, but I do have both keywords in the keyterm in a .com domain.
The niche is hair/beauty/celebrity. Not the best for monetization, but I thought I could rank it, get some decent traffic and use it to hide some black hat activity. Obviously, I am monetizing too, with CPA, some beauty stuff from market health etc.
The content, and site
The site uses a custom Thesis set-up, with thesis 1.84. the written content was “curated”, which is just a posh WF Guru way of saying “scraping content, but giving credit to the source”.
So, I scrape news articles about celebrities, and stuff to do with hair styling. Then I add a few sentences in front, and at the end. I LEAVE THE LINKS BACK TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLES.
I think Google likes outbound authority links. Lots of people share this idea, I can’t prove it conclusively… but from what I’ve seen I think it’s helping.
The site media rich, with images and video. Each post takes me about 3 minutes to do. Most of that is removing non-relevant content and adding a little bit of humor to the posts.
I have a clear place to report DMCA complaints, because I expect someone will complain I’ve stolen their content at some point. I have a special email account just for DMCA complaints that I check everyday. I’ve had one complaint in 6 months.
The sidebar widget contains a FB like box, with 1200 likes bought from fiverr. The likes were delivered in 2 hours (express gigs), and I also got a custom URL for the FB page. Twitter feeds are also set up, although no tweet have been made so far.
In fact, I’m still not happy with the content or the custom theme but it’s worked for ranking purposes so far.
Once I had 6 posts, 2 pages, and the privacy/dmca/contact stuff set up I started linking.
As standard practice, I import a set of accounts for social backlinker pro, and also bookmarklovers (good if you have social hub builder to build the accounts and link it up for you). This means I have a steady stream of social links from the word “go!”.
I’ve been testing various services, including linkvana, backlinks genie and link aloha. But I have only used BLG for this project so far. A simple “aladdin” project with express settings, split between 2 keywords for the homepage URL got me into the index within a day.
At the same time, I had made 50 guestbook links (this is now on schedule daily on my dedi) split across the pages. Cheap easy links like this are sometime nofollow, and often won’t allow you to choose anchors. This is fine, it’s great! Anchor diversity is very important, the anchor weight will come from more expensive links….
I have a full time blog commenting VA. I don’t know what other people are paying currently, but I get 60 comments per day 5 days per week for $75. That makes each comment cost 25 cents. The approval rate is about 70-80%, and the same ratio is dofollow. My VA uses gravatar.
She promotes lots of my sites at the same time so the hair/celeb blog was getting about 8 manual blog links per day, half of which target the main term and homepage. This has now been happening for about 3 weeks.
I also have some very powerful links, this will sound like a shamelss plug but my homepage has 8 PR4-7 dofollow links going to it built by my very own PR Plunder which I have sold on this forum, and other forums for the past year. I sell it for $27 on http://prplunder.com , or you can build the links manually if you have a way to scrape the targets (scrapebox or hrefer). I’ve recently discovered that Tumblr’s IP pool is much, much larger than I thought, so the tool is more powerful that anyone (including me) had previously thought.
I have another VA who uses SeNukeX and AMR for me. Now, this may sound like I’ve managed to win the ranking by spending lots of money. However, my SX/AMR VA is s**t at writing content. Well… what I mean is the content is good enough, but they don’t rewrite it, or spin it properly.
It means the same content is getting submitted over and over again, and the links are in very similar places. I had him do this for a week, but I could do just the same amount in a single day, and have even better results because I am not a lazy/bored person who just does the bare minimum because I would rather be doing something else…
For those of you tight for money, you can buy articles from odesk for $1.50 each. Buy 4 of them, spin them altogether, use tokens in SeNuke and in AMR to mix the link locations. You can use both those tools for a trial period. So in total it costs you $6, or nothing if you want to write the content yourself. It cost me $60 to get my VA to do it, because I don’t have enough time to do everything myself.
These links (about 400 of them) were boosted with XRumer and guestbook spam. You can get someone to do this for $5 on fiverr. I only sent about 6k links at the SX properties. Many are still not indexed because the content variation is so poor.
Most of the links have been direct, with little work on the tiers except for automated monthly services like BLG, and XR at my SX links. Guestbook spam dilutes anchors, and increases link/IP diversity. The main links are the blog comments and the high PR ones. I intend to spam those pages too to boost the link value.
Expensive links (VA, SX etc) should be your target anchors, cheap links should be different, almost random achors.
Get enough direct links, AMR and SX are great for this, so are cheap links if you don’t go mad. Blog commenting is free if you do it yourself, make sure you get as many dofollow as you can or you’ll go mad writing the comments.
I’ve mentioned a few tools here and there, PM me if you have any questions about them. I haven’t posted affiliate links, but I do offer bonuses/discount on some of them, just ask me about any of them if you’re interested.
I’ve come a very long in the past two years. But take it from me, I don’t consider myself above average in intelligence, or work ethic, or focus. I had to work hard on improving those things, and then reinvesting almost everything I’ve made into outsourcing, tools etc. Once you start rolling, it starts snowballing and it’s great fun!
I hope that’s answered your question, Mr. PMer!