But wait a minute, Ben says he still builds links, but he also says I should write Link bait.
Yeah, but Dave says that he still makes backlinks every day and that is what he does for most of his time. And he earns six figures a year, although I do not know what number those six figures begin with.
Yes, but what if making backlinks gets me in trouble with Google?
Well, maybe I should do some of the stuff Dave never really talks about. You know, building up a handful of other sites that all get loads of backlinks and look like real sites with affiliate links and everything, but are really just there to send himself a quality link from the support sites he made. Should I do that, spend months on a site just to give myself a link that I know will never get taken away from me and has some PR?
But that is a lot of work isn’t it?
Well, maybe it would be easier if I just went on Twitter and made friends like Leo says?
I do not think he really said that did he?
Well, something like that.
No, Leo is talking about branding a site to get referral traffic and to be the go to name for a product as everyone knows the brand name.
Nah, he just means I can go on Twitter and dick around and make a load of money, I am sure about it.
Well, if you say so.
And on and on and on it goes.
Look, I believe in backlinking my sites until they rank, it is what I do. But as times change I am also writing more content on my affiliate sites with no aff links in them. I am writing helpful content that will drive traffic and it will lead to bookmarks and emails being sent to friends and people linking to it naturally.
But my motives are money based. I do it to get more general links to my site overall and more traffic. And people will buy my stuff, well, Amazon’s among others.
Grizzly, doesn’t link (WTF), others like to go on FACEBOOK (urgle) I never will.
Bottom line is that we are all just a bunch of Dudes that believe in a way of working. We have found what works for us and we do that. Or we are in the process of doing so. You need to stop feeling like the sky is falling just because someone else makes money online in a different way. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Carry on and adjust with the times as need be.
Before I was in this game all you had to do to rank was stick a shed load of keywords on the page.
Next year it may be that you have to have a blue banana as a favicon, who knows? No one. We shall see what we shall see.
I tell you to build big sites but I still have some small sites that I have not touched in a a year that rank really well. I even have some new ones that are 5 pages long and rank OK. I contradict myself, I forget what I do half the time, and I am certainly no expert or know what is best for YOU.
Don’t believe what anyone says until you have tried it and seen for yourself. Work what suits you personally. If you want to build mini sites, go for it, I am not your Mommy.
If you prefer to only ever buy one domain name and put content about everything under the Sun on it, go for it. It works for Hubpages.
If you want to earn bugger all money then keep reading blogs and taking what is written as the Gospel truth and how you have to work now. It is all nonsense. Everyone works differently. Has their own perspective on things and sees this game differently.
I write keyword rich post titles, add an affiliate link, write 300 words and backlink the buggery out of it.
I also do stuff I don’t talk about much. I build up, slowly but surely, a network of quality support sites that are better than a lot of other peoples sites in their own right.
I adjust my content to suit the search engines as time goes by.
I save my money and contemplate world domination. But only in a way that means I don’t actually have to talk to anyone.
I love my Mum and my Wife and my Sister.
I have 3 Dogs and a stinky Cat.
I live in a house constantly in need of a Dog fur time machine.
Just because you do not it does not mean you have to go to the nearest Dog pound or tell your folks that they need to get jiggy with it because Dave has a Sister and he does really well online.
Test, follow your own path, and tell everyone else that you did it your way.
As far as I am concerned I will carry on as I am and move with the times.
To quote the Wife:
“I am happy as it means that at least if the Car breaks I can just go to the Car shop and say can I have another one please”