Archive for the ‘Link Building’ Category
Posted on July 7, 2010 - by Kelly Verge
Recently Andy Fletcher asked me to test a new product that he’s created. It’s called WP Syndicator, and it’s a plugin that syndicates your posts across 15 different web 2.0 properties. But that’s not all…
Andy is donating 100% of the sale of this plugin to Asthma research.
Even better, he’s offering WP Syndicator for $10 from now through July 19th! He’s running this insane sale because he’s trying to reach $10,000 by the 19th.
OK, enough about the cause and the deal. Here are the details on the plugin:
The WP Syndicator plugin was created to very nearly automatically syndicate your WordPress posts across 15 top Web 2.0 properties. What this means is that when you create a new post (or edit an old post) there’s an option to “syndicate” the post. When you click on that link, a snippet of your article will be posted to all 15 properties (or a subset of these if you choose). At the bottom of each snippet is a “Read more…” link back to your article/blog.
- First, each time you syndicate a post, that post gets 15 backlinks. Some are no-follow, but in the scheme of things, that’s of minimal importance.
- Next, many of these properties will bring in a certain amount of exposure in addition to the backlink. This means that they have the potential to bring in some traffic on their own. When this happens, the visitor is interested in the snipet, he clicks the “read more” link, then he sees the entire article on your blog. It’s a very normal user experience, so your visitors are happy.
- The plugin takes very little effort. Once you set up accounts at each of the properties (15 minutes if you’re SLOW), you simply click the syndicate link when you want to syndicate the article.
- The length of the snippet is configurable. If you want a longer/shorter snippet, just enter the number of characters in an option box.
- The plugin strips out all html formatting. I think this is good since I tend to place an image and an affiliate link near the tops of my posts. If my Blogger or WordPress snippets contained an affiliate link, they wouldn’t stay up long.
- Again, you can choose which properties to sign up for and even which of those you wish to syndicate to for each of your posts.
- All of this is done through the properties’ API’s, so there is no captcha nor are they as likely to change/break as frequently as those programs that are trying to do underhanded things. Andy says that he’ll keep the software updated if things stop working.
- For the few properties that have odd requirements, Andy has linked to detailed instructions (video) to show what needs to be done. It’s easy, and Andy has made it even easier.
- The plugin doesn’t/won’t syndicate automatically. If you have scheduled posts or use an autoblogging tool, the plugin won’t syndicate your posts by itself. You have to click a link in order to syndicate. Andy made this decision in order to keep this program from being abused by spammy bloggers. I completely agree with the decision, and in the long term it will help ensure than WP Syndicator doesn’t get slapped by these properties. However, since it’s a nice-to-have feature, regardless, It’s a small negative.
- The links back to your blog post aren’t keyword-based-links. Again, that’s not a huge deal if you’re doing other backlinking. In fact, this will help your backlinks look more natural.
When Andy told me how much he was going to charge for this plugin, I was stunned. It’s a one-time payment for a plugin that you can use to syndicate all of your blogs to 15 web 2.0 properties. Really at this price it’s a no-brainer. The small negatives really both have an upside, so I highly recommend WP Syndicator to anyone who runs WordPress blogs.
Get WP Syndicator Here!
Just a side note. The above links are “affiliate links” simply so that Andy will know who’s helping him with this charity effort. 100% of the sale of WP Syndicator goes to Asthma research.
Posted on June 25, 2010 - by Kelly Verge
Back around the beginning of June I was given the opportunity by Kelly Felix to review Bring the Fresh (Full Disclosure version). This is his latest project in which he has partnered with Mike Long.
Unfortunately I was sidetracked by a trip to Summer camp with the Boy Scouts, so I’m just now diving in.
I’d read some good things about the product, however, I really didn’t know any details before diving in. As I write this paragraph all I’ve done is scan the members’ area – I haven’t even read the sales page.
The volume of information within BTF is staggering. As an example, there are 48 videos, totaling more than 29 hours. Obviously it will take some time to go through this material.
The follow-ups to this post will give more details about the quality of the content.
I’ll follow along using the BTF methods and will show real results, where possible.
Finally, I’ll compare the information within the course to the sales page to determine if the product matches the sales copy.
Posted on January 21, 2010 - by Kelly Verge
Posted on December 7, 2009 - by Kelly Verge
Thanks in large part to the efforts of Travis Sago, nearly all Internet Marketers are very familiar with the concept of article marketing (or Bum Marketing, as Travis coined). With article marketing, you post your articles (content) on popular and high-ranking article directories with the intent of driving a percentage of the readers to your sales page.
However, article directories can also serve two other important functions: authority and backlinks.
When you post a bunch or articles all surrounding your niche and each of these articles points back to your product (which is also tied to your name), you can build yourself as an authority in that niche. Obviously the articles must be informative and accurate. Done correctly, this can lend quite a bit of credibility to the claims you make in your sales copy. As with article marketing, the more people who see your articles, the better, so the larger directories work best.
The third use for article directories is to build backlinks.
For this purpose, not only is it good to post your articles on the higher-ranking directories, it’s also good to post your articles across many different directories. This gives your backlinks the IP diversity that Google prefers. Some people might claim that posting the same article to many different directories will lead to the “duplicate content penalty.” That’s just not the case. While many of the articles will show in Google’s supplemental results if you search for a phrase from the article, multiple copies of an article can and will show up as backlinks within the Google Webmaster tool.
The below list is a great group of article directories to post to. It’s a good spread of high and low PR sites so that the links look more natural. For those who are on a tight budget, you can post your articles manually. For those wishing to automate, every one of these article directories are included within Article Post Robot. This program is a one-time purchase (unlike many of the subscription-based backlinking products), and it works very well. Click here for more information about Article Post Robot.
(The PageRank shown below indicates the rank of the directory’s home page. Some of this authority is passed down to your articles, but your actual article will be PR0 unless you build it through further backlinking.)
Finally, please note that there are hundreds if not thousands of article directories. This is simply a large, sorted selection of them.
Posted on November 18, 2009 - by Kelly Verge
RSS feeds have made it much easier for people to digest a great deal of information from different sources on the web. The information is streamlined so one can go through much more information than is possible via a web browser visiting a list of sites.
A side benefit for those of us with our own websites is that RSS feeds can be submitted to RSS directories. These directories are meant to be a way for people to find relevant feeds.
They are also a source of good, quickly-indexed backlinks.
This is all fine if you use a platform such as WordPress that creates an RSS feed for you. However, what do you do if you’d like to create a feed for a static website – or even a feed with a list of pages you’d like to do some linkbuilding for?
WebDevTips has a site that lets you manually create an RSS feed from any page(s). I’ve even heard of people using this little trick to get forum profile pages indexed very quickly (Angela’s/Paul’s/Terry’s/etc.). Since there are a couple of errors with the procedures they have on their site, below is a step-by-step for those who need it.
- First, visit this site.
- Choose the number of links you need in your feed then fill in the information. The intent is to create a feed for a site with sub-pages, so you’d normally use the root URL in the “Site” area then the URL for each of your sub-pages in the other sections. If you’re using this technique for something different, you can just place a different URL in each block.
- Fill in details for each page on the list, then click the “make the code” button.
- Following the instructions on that page, copy/paste the code into a new file named your_filename.rss. Please note that when you’re editing the file, you’ll need to change the following text:
- At the top of the file, replace
- Upload the file to your server, then validate the feed by entering its URL at http://feedvalidator.org.
- If all is good, you can now submit your new feed to RSS directories. Feel free to use whatever method you normally use, or if you don’t have a list of RSS directories, check out my list.
If you’re following XFactor’s Adsense method and using XSite to create your mini-niche sites, this is a great way to get an RSS feed “out there” so that the spiders will quickly find and index your site.