Getting Legitimate Backlinks

Well, it’s been a long time since my last post. Hopefully there are still a few people who read this blog :)

Things are going well. My internet business is still producing a livable income (though some months I have to wonder if it’ll all come together in time to pay the bills).

I was hit hard by the Google algo changes, but I’m slowly recovering.

Still, I wouldn’t trade this for anything. No one I know in my everyday life can say that they have complete freedom – not like this anyway. And I’m sure that some of them wonder if I’m not into some shady dealings. I mean, they haven’t got a clue as to how I make my living and I suppose that if I were on the other side, I would wonder too.

People are so quick to assume the worst though :)

Anyhoo…

Today I want to talk about something that is near and dear to anyone who has tried to get a web property ranked in Google.

Yes, it is the infamous backlink.

So, I’ll start by saying that the best way Google has of assigning value and credibility to your site is to use the incoming links you have from other sites to rank you in the SERPS. The strength of these links is taken into account and the link is actually like a vote for your website.

Some of you know this, others may not.

Did you also know that there is a multi-million dollar industry that was created as a result of this? That industry is link sales. Very few people are going to be able to get quality links without paying for them – especially if your site is new and no one knows you.

Buying links is against the Google rules. Do this, and get caught, and you can end up with a number of penalties against your website, up to and including getting your site banned.

According to Google, you should simply create a site so amazing that other webmasters are going to naturally link to you.

Really? Well, maybe it’s a good theory, but anyone who has run a site knows that it doesn’t come close to being true to life.

Yes, that’s what Google has been telling webmasters for years – To have people linking to your website  of their own free will. As far as they’re concerned, this is the ultimate way to determine site quality and worthiness. But it goes a bit far in it’s assumptions.

The reality is that very few people are going to be able to make it work the way big G envisions it.

First of all, you have to get people to your site. How are they going to get there if you are nowhere to be found? And even if they did find you, what is in it for them and why would they spend any time mentioning your site to their audience?

You could hope that they are going to find your content so riveting that they feel compelled to tell their audience about it, but if you have any experience with website ownership, you know that it doesn’t work that way in the real world.

A very small percentage of content may get shared that way because there is something highly unique about it, but the chance of that happening to you is almost nil. And even if you did manage to have one of your articles go viral, what are the chances that it’s going to happen again? I don’t know about you, but it seems like a risky way to build a business.

There is something missing in the equation.

While I do agree that Google has the right idea when they say that your site should pick up all it’s backlinks naturally, I do have a issue with what is realistically achievable doing it that way – without any spark to get it started, that is.

Not to say that it can’t be done, just that it is going to take a lot of effort over a long period of time (years, in some cases). Who really has time for that?

That’s when I came up with the solution.

It is mentionmysite.com

Essentially, it is a big exchange floor of website owners who write about each other. It is all done via email and a single, secure and private off-line database. And it is a way to get some great whitehat links. Well, that is, if you don’t want a ton of links at once.

You are only going to be able to rank one site at a time and you have to agree to submit a site that you are going to use to provide links. The service emails you a suggestion and asks if you would like to write about the site. It is completely up to you, but if you do, your website gets put on the list to be emailed to other webmasters.

Yes, this is my service. It has been a long time coming and even though the domain is brand new, I have been working for almost a year with other site owners and programmers to create something that is going to finally bridge the gap between what Google wants and what is realistically possible.

I am not charging for this at the moment, so you really have nothing to lose by checking it out!

Why am I doing this for free? Well, it really is the first time I have offered a service and what better way to launch something like this than to make it free? Yep, a free service that tackles the biggest problem webmasters face today! Not a bad deal at all. In time, I may offer an upgraded version for a small fee. Or I may leave it free and pay for it with ads on my site – I’m not sure yet. In any case, enjoy the links and let me know what you think.

In all likelihood, the links that you are going to get from this service are going to blow away most paid links in terms of quality. Sure, they may not be all high PR, but if you know anything about seo, that isn’t everything.

For anyone that wants to bypass the site and just get on the list and get started, you can sign up for it below:

 

Mention My Site is going to be a blog that deals strictly with webmaster issues and, in particular, backlinks. I know that not all the readers on this site are into making money online, so I am going to use that site for all my internet marketing posts and leave this one to talk about jobs, working for yourself, freedom and things like that.

Again, check it out if you have a site that you are struggling with.

Thanks.

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But it can really wear you down.

If you have been hit by the latest Panda and Penguin updates, this is something that hits very close to home.

Yes, it’s enough to make you want to quit.

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