Only slightly on purpose, I’ve added a new spin on the Great Link Building Service Experiment in the past few weeks. I’ve been neglecting the link building services! I haven’t actively posted any links to any of the sites in the past 4 weeks. All the sites stopped receiving new backlinks around April 1st.
Based on the past results and how busy I’ve become lately with my other sites, I decided to kill two birds with one stone. One, to see what would happen to the rankings if I ignored the sites for a month. And two, to use all the services to drive links to a review site I created last year that is for a seasonal based product, with sales peaking in mid Summer and then again in early December for the holiday season. So far I’ve seen a nice rise in keyword rankings for that site. After the summer I’ll crunch the numbers to see if the months worth of cost and effort was worth it in sales and increased traffic.
That being said, I plan to redirect the links back at these sites starting on May 1st and see what happens.
A bunch of people have asked what the competition looks like for the main keyword I’ve chosen. Like I’ve said before, on a scale of 1-10 for difficulty, with 10 being most difficult, I’d put my three word keyword at a 4 and the two word version at a 6. For reference, I would rate the keyword “insurance” a 10 on this scale, “car insurance” a 9, “car insurance quotes” an 8, down to “children’s toy car insurance policy” a 0. A snapshot from Market Samarui for the three word keyword:
I took this last week when the Build My Rank site was at position 5. No idea why MS is reporting 5 page links and 11 home page links since I’ve only linked to the home page. Probably just a bug in their link reporting.
Week 8/9 Link Building Service Results
Oddly enough, after a month of no new links, the Build My Rank site is still moving up and actually turned a profit for the month. It costs $59 a month, and so far the site has generated $67 in Amazon affiliate commissions for the month of April. Long term the site is still in the red since I’ve paid for BMR for 3 months running now. BUT if these rankings stick it could easily become a $500 a month site for me.
And also oddly enough, the Unique Article Wizard site which originally had done nothing is now sitting on Page 2, while the LinkAloha site has dropped to Page 4. Seems like Profile linking works, but only as long as you keep making the links, while article marketing seems to hold it’s position better when link building drops off.
Here are the Week 8/9 Results, remember this is after 1 full month of no new links:
Week 8/9 Update
My own manual SEO efforts (.net)
- Google Rank: None in top 200
- Pages Indexed: 9
- Yahoo reported Backlinks: 6
I’ve given up on my own SEO site. I’ve decided to keep this site as a sort of scientific control site and make no links to it. It shows that the other services are working and it’s not just on page optimization that is causing them to rise in the rankings.
- Main 3 Word Keyword Google Rank: 25 (-6)
- Harder 2 Word Keyword Google Rank: 200+
- Pages Indexed: 7
- Yahoo reported Backlinks: 4 (-4)
The UniqueArticleWizard site popped back into the running about a week ago, and even with no new links has not taken much of a hit in the rankings. Of course, it hasn’t broken page 1 yet either. While it’s certainly provided a benefit to the rankings here, it’s not enough to make the site any money on it’s own.
- Main 3 Word Keyword Google Rank: 30 (+10)
- Harder 2 Word Keyword Google Rank: 188
- Pages Indexed: 8
- Yahoo reported Backlinks: 76 (-48)
What’s interesting about the 1WayLinks site is that the number of reported backlinks continues to drop week after week since I stopped making new articles, but the ranking hasn’t really been hurt all that much.
- Google Rank: 42 (-27)
- Harder 2 Word Keyword Google Rank: not in the top 200.
- Pages Indexed: 9
- Yahoo reported Backlinks: 30 (-2)
The LinkAloha site took a decent dip this week. Apparently if you want low value profile links to help, you need to keep building them week after week. We’ll see if this service pops back up in future weeks once the links start flowing again.
- Main 3 Word Keyword Google Rank: 4 (+1)
- Harder 2 Word Keyword Google Rank: 114
- Pages Indexed: 8
- Yahoo reported Backlinks: 13 (-2)
The BuildMyRank site continues to dominate, even four weeks later with no new links made. It’s even moved up! I can’t wait to see if these kind of rankings stick in the coming months, since it will become my go to link building method for any new affiliate site I create.
How to explain it? I think it has something to do with the high PR sites and they way the posts are distributed and linked. UAW and 1WayLinks rely on user donated sites for their content distribution, which can be covered on other outlinks and have little or no PageRank. LinkAloha makes profile links on forums, which will never be linked off a high PR page for any amount of time. With BuildMyRank, every post I make spends time on a PR1-5 page, sometimes even with a link to my site on that high PR page. In addition, they ping and create backlinks for each and every article to make sure it gets indexed.
Whatever it is, it’s working far better than any other service and I like that more than anything else!