I thought I would stop by to say hi and have a bit of a chat.
What I really want to say, and what I probably do quite a lot, is that the above is just a small small section of what it really takes to rank. I don’t have lots of sites, I don’t have blog farms or super duper link wheels, but I do backlink, a lot, until I feel rather sick. BLUURRGHHHHHHHHHH. (SCUSE)
I know that a lot of people struggle with the backlinking, they can’t face it, they can’t face the spinning (urgh) and the looking for backlink sources. I hate spinning too, and although I own MAR I have had some great fun outsourcing that part of the equation lately. I will still do short 150 worders but when you can get 3 articles of 400 words spun for five dollars, just over 3,5 euros for me, then that is what I am going to do from now on.
Before we go any further with this and what it really takes to make serious money, here is a post that I wrote just over two weeks ago:
A couple of days ago I hit number 2 for a competitive term. I only wrote my article a few weeks previously on an aged sites and this is what it took.
- A pig packet of links from Backlinks Philippines
- I paid someone on Fiverr a um Fiver to write, spin and submit an article to hundreds of article directories.
- I wrote a shed load of 150 word articles on my new favorite backlinking system site Build My Rank (more on that soon), move over Postrunner there is a new boy in town
- I submitted 50 spins to Backlink Solutions
- I am still backlinking it now
ooh baby, I be rich innit?
Ranking near the top or the top of very competitive or highly searched terms is a big pot of gold.
But try doing it without spending any money and it is tough.
Yes, and I wish it was not this way. But it has become so much more competitive in just the last year that since I decided to begin playing tough the rewards have been piling up so think about your approach and get them links from anywhere you can. With Christmas coming I would say invest now in a couple of things and blast you way to the top.
If this all crashes and burns tomorrow we now have more than enough money to live on for 4 years (EDIT: just went legit and sorted out tax, goodbye money hello poordom) if we had to start again. And for what? Hard work and the price of a few weekends out a month.
Postrunner free for the first month then under $40
Build My Rank $59
Backlinks Philippines from $18 a run
Not even half a days wages for us now on many days. But it allows you to step up your game so much it is not even funny.
We are now a few weeks on from when I wrote that and I am now number 1 for the main term and 1 and 2 for a slightly more longtail. And weirdly also on page 2 for the same site. I have been plugging away, as you saw at the beginning of this post, and the rewards are great so far.
I expect it to change a lot as we near the real buying time. Last year I was getting 8000 visitors a day for a single competitive term and I did it all manually. Article directories, Infobarrels and the like and it worked. But I never beat position number 4. So I am not saying that it can’t be done all manually just with single article submissions to sites, but this year I want to not spend all day for months writing about 1 single topic. Yes, I felt very unwell by the end of it. I still have dreams now. This year I am going to get to number 1 for all the main terms for my niche or I am going to explode my head trying.
I keep seeing people talking about doing 3 articles for each piece of content they publish, an Ezine, an Infobarrel and a Hub etc. But after having been there and seriously done that for a year at least I really do want to help you out by telling you to look at different sources.
Use tools, they honestly work, or get creative. Have you subscribed to some of the large news sites that have many feeds for topics? There are some good ones that let you put dofollow anchor text in comments. Have you just sat down for a few hours and written non stop in a brain draining fury about 1 keyword and no variations for anchor text and then submitted them all to Postrunner or BMR? No? You should try it. The results are rather fuzzy feeling.
I know, from direct experience, that it is hard to get motivated to get real results. And the harder the term the tougher it is, but the rewards are lubbly jubbly. Yes, with a high number of links you risk a major Google dance for the search results, maybe even for weeks or a month, but if you carry on regardless and keep linking you will wake up one morning with a tidy sum in your Adsense or Amazon account and see that you have rankings to make your Grannie really proud of you.
But either way, plod on you must. Every day is an opportunity to get 1 position higher, 1 more sale, 1 more blue click love, but it can take time and you must believe that it works. Basically everyone reading this knows about as much as I do about the basics. No secrets here. Just rank for a keyword that people who want to buy type in and you make sales. Or rank for high paying adsense keywords if you must.
Then spend most of your time improving where they are in the serps.
What I really hope is that you just go bonkers for the next few months. You will then really see what Christmas traffic is all about. It gets crazy. I am glad I have my first real Christmas time behind me in this game, as it takes a lot of trust to know the traffic will come in droves in a month or two. It is starting already so get in there and be a success. What, you don’t like writing about the same boring item over and over?
Fine, more for me then.
Who said this was fun? It is just a job where you finally get to set your own hours. And watch the Wife get really annoyed about a fly, even though she won’t get up and get the fly swat. And as it is Friday I think I will finish early as there is some rather lovely Cava in the fridge with my name written all over it.
And for the search engines when they do finally begin to love poor old Dave’s site:
“How many backlinks do I need to rank?”
Who the hell knows? Are you number 1? No? Then you need more don’t you?
Never count how many backlinks you have made, just do them until you are the one to fear, not your competitors.