Wow, time certainly does fly doesn’t it? When I kicked of this experiment sitting in coffee shop back in February I though six months was going to be an awfully long time, yet here we are. Actually, I started by registering the sites in January and started building links in early February, so it’s now actually been over 7 months.
I took some readings at the 6 month mark and they haven’t changed much at all from the final results below, so these rankings have stuck for about 5 weeks at this point without any more link building what so ever.
So, for those of you that don’t like to wait, here are the final results for my main three word targeted keyword:
- The Build My Rank Site: #1
- The Unique Article Wizard Site: #5
- The 1WayLinks Site: #8
- The Link Aloha Site: #71
I think the biggest takeaway here is that the majority of the services I tried actually work. Now that being said, Google is constantly looking to improve their search algorithm and these rankings might not hold forever.
But heck, I’m ridiculously excited by these results. Last month the BuildMyRank site made over $250, and the 1WayLinks site earned about $30. Yeah, I’m not going to retire on that money, but if the rankings hold those sites will bring in over $5000 in the next year with the holiday season bump. And considering the effort it took to make all five sites and use these backlink services for the past 6 months totaled well under 100 hours.
So do the math here. If I spend 20 hours to make one site and all the backlinks to get it on page one, I can probably do 20 sites in the next year in my spare time at around 8 hours a week.
Maybe you’ve noticed that I haven’t been posting much on the Electron Plumber lately. Now you know why!
Backlinking and SEO have always been the weak link in my website strategy and now I’ve really found something that works. The top three services really did far better than I was expecting here.
Here is the final breakdown, from worst to best:
- Google Rank: 63
- Harder 2 Word Keyword Google Rank: not in the top 200.
- Sub Page 3 Word Keyword #2: 179
- Sub Page 3 Word Keyword #3: 101
- Pages Indexed: 9
- Yahoo reported Backlinks: 10
- PR: 0
- Links Generated: 2500
The LinkAloha site took a dive in the past month, but only because it’s dropped back into the dreaded SANDBOX. The main home page is indexed, but that page no longer appears in the search results for the main keyword I’m targeting. The #63 ranking is actually for a sub page. Don’t forget that the Google algorithm penalizes/sandboxes PAGES, not whole sites. If your whole site is gone from the index, it’s almost surely a manual de-indexing by a Google Quality Engineer.
Since LinkAloha v1 uses auto generated profile links, it’s likely that only a small percentage of them are found and recognized by Google and I probably have too high a mix of keyword targeted links. I’ll have to adjust the mix between the keyword targeted links and the “junk” links here.
- Main 3 Word Keyword Google Rank: 8
- Harder 2 Word Keyword Google Rank: 141
- Sub Page 3 Word Keyword #2: 200
- Sub Page 3 Word Keyword #3: 106
- Pages Indexed: 10
- Yahoo reported Backlinks: 57
- PR: 1
- Articles Generated: ~1150, 3 links per article
The 1WayLinks site makes a very respectable showing here in the experiment, ending up on page one after the full six months. Note that I tried very hard to use 1WayLinks in it’s raw form here to make the experiment fair. But from what I’ve read one of the greatest strengths of 1WayLinks is that it outputs a full and accurate listing of every URL your article is published at. Most people using 1WayLinks successfully say that building an RSS feed for that link list and/or using the built in spinner to backlink those older articles and that RSS feed in future 1WayLinks articles really makes the service take off.
- Main 3 Word Keyword Google Rank: 5
- Harder 2 Word Keyword: 142
- Sub Page 3 Word Keyword #2: 65
- Sub Page 3 Word Keyword #3: 144
- Pages Indexed: 9
- Yahoo reported Backlinks: 6
- PR: 1
- Articles generated: ~900, 1-2 links per article
Ok, so I crapped all over UAW at the start of this. I take back every bad thing I said! It was a few months after the other services had started showing rankings and UAW was no where to be found. Then around month three the UniqueArticleWizard site started to climb in the rankings and ends up at second place.
- Main 3 Word Keyword Google Rank: 1
- Harder 2 Word Keyword Google Rank: 34
- Sub Page 3 Word Keyword #2: 23
- Sub Page 3 Word Keyword #3: 20
- Pages Indexed: 8
- Yahoo reported Backlinks: 16
- PR: 2
- Arties Generated: 98
The BuildMyRank site did far better than I had ever hoped at the start of this experiment. I figured if any of these services could get onto page one for my chosen keyword then it would be a great addition to my link building toolbox. Not only did three of the services get me into Page 1, but this number #1 ranking is really like striking online gold. The current good ranks for the subpages with very little targeting shows just how strong these BMR articles are.
Since hitting #2 this site was on a $150 a month pace, now at #1 it looks like a $250-300 a month pace for affiliate earnings.
This site is obviously the keeper here. I’m going to start more heavily targeting some sub keywords using multiple services and see if I can’t kick this site up into the $500-$1000 a month range.
And so that’s it! Check back as I’m creating a write up and final review of each service I looked at here. Also, every once in a while I’ll report on the general health and earnings of the top site in this experiment as I continue developing it.