How to Make Money Link Building with WebSEO

Do you want to know how to make money link building? Better still, do you want to know what link building is, so you can make money the honest way from it? And if there were a solid, affordable way of building links to your website or blog, would you like to know all about it? Well, if the answer is yes to all three, pull up a seat, make yourself comfortable and I’ll tell you.

First of all, what do I mean by link building?

Link building, as I have doubtless explained at length in previous posts in this blog as well in one or two of my other “how to make money online” type blogs, is the process of obtaining relevant, keyword anchored, one way back-links to your website. You do that so your site’s authority grows as seen by Google and the other search engines. When your authority grows, your position in the search engines index will rise, eventually placing you at the top of page one for your main keywords. When that happens, you will attract a lot of organic search traffic to your site, which will, assuming your site is correctly set up, earn you money from your chosen monetisation method.

There are no hard and fast rules about link building, as it really depends upon the niche your site occupies and the keywords you are targeting. It depends upon how competitive your niche is and this is usually, but not always dependent upon the volume of search traffic those keywords attract on a regular basis. But that’s as deeply as I’ll explain niches and keywords for this post, as the real reason for it is to talk about how to make money link building. Or more especially, how to obtain sufficient back-links to make a difference to your site’s organic traffic levels.

Backlink Building

Traditionally, people obtained back-links to their site through the use of article directories, social bookmarking, forum posts, blog comments, web directories etc. Most of those methods are still as valid as they ever were, but they have been so diluted by spammers that Google doesn’t really give those links as much weight as they used to. Meaning you need other avenues of obtaining those all-important one-way, keyword anchored back-links that do still hold weight with the main search engines. These are best obtained from related blog posts where your link is placed in the content of the post. Its better if the blog itself already has plenty of SERPs authority to begin with, as this means it will pass on some of that authority in the link to your site.

But obtaining these high juice links is either difficult at best, or downright expensive if you choose to buy them. Ok, I just said a bad thing and will make amends. You should know that Google and the other top search engines do not condone the practice of buying (or selling for that matter) links to other sites as this is seen as attempting to game their system to artificially inflate your site’s SERPs authority, which in turn devalues the integrity of their search index.

Having made that point clear, you should also know something.

Your competition is buying links like there is no tomorrow and that is how they are staying at the top of the SERPs for their high power keywords and getting all the traffic and making all the money. If you do not compete on their level, you will never beat them. fact.

So the alternatives are not altogether palatable, but the harsh truth is you have to fight as dirty as your competition if you ant a slice of the same pie. Again, depending upon the competitiveness of yoru chosen niche, you will need to either spend a lot of money on buying links to overcome your competition, or spend years doing it the hard and (unfortunately) honest way and still maybe never getting there. So unless you’re prepared to settle for second best, you need a battle plan.

Another fact is that buying links is expensive and in some niches, beyond the pockets of mere mortals. There are other alternatives such as paid link schemes, but even these can work out expensive with a recurring monthly subscription that you have to keep up with or you’ll lose what links you have gained. Oh, didn’t you know that? Well now you do.

There is another alternative that takes an enormous amount of work, but will, in time, allow you to compete. That’s to build your own stable of supporting sites for your niche and try to dominate that way by using your supporting sites to link to your main money generating site. The downside is that you still need to get authority for those supporting sites and their number will often need to be in the several hundreds or even thousands for them to be truly effective. Oh, one other thing about that… it is also deeply frowned upon by the search engines to build and use a link farm to generate links to a website. So while I’m pointing out that it is an available option in the battle to beat your well equipped competition, I’m also saying that it is a no-no and you shouldn’t do it. At least don’t get caught, because the de-indexing of hundreds of sites that you may have put many hundreds of hours work into can be soul destroying…

Ok then. Where does that leave us?

Traditional methods of obtaining free links just doesn’t have the effect you need to overcome your competition any more (your competition are probably the ones who spammed the living daylights out of them already).

You can’t buy links because Google says you can’t (even though your competition seems to be able to do it with abandon and get away with it) and you probably can’t afford them in any case.

You can’t build your own link farm of supporting sites, because Google says you can’t (even though you can bet your competition has their own enormous link farm that seems to pass under the radar) and even if you did, it would take many months of hard work to start seeing any results.

You can’t buy into paid link schemes because Google say you can’t (even though your competition almost certainly does… again, without getting caught) and their ongoing expense makes them a big commitment to make for the average person. They also require you to write the original articles that will be submitted to the network of sites yourself, which is time consuming in the extreme.

So what’s left?

WebSEO

What’s WebSEO? This is a compromise for people who can’t afford to pay the recurring monthly subscriptions to the paid link services. It gives you a one-shot at producing a big cache of links from one, two or more of the major link building services for a one-off fee.

The benefits are obvious and some not so obvious but of great importance. The obvious benefits are that you get a guaranteed batch of keyword anchored back links from authority sites for any campaign you are currently working on for a one-off fee, rather than having to pay for the monthly subscription. But it gets better. You don’t have to write any articles. Saving you a heap of time.

Maybe less obvious but of vital importance is that if you were to sign up for one of the monthly services and place your links and then cancel your subscription, your links disappear with your subscription. This doesn’t happen with WebSEO.org. Once your one-off submission is accepted, the links get placed and they stay in place for good. I’d say that is a major benefit, wouldn’t you?

Does it work?

Yes. I can personally confirm that a website of mine that was nowhere in the SERPs climbed to page one in Google’s main data centre for a relatively competitive keyword in the weight loss niche within just two weeks of using the service. It absolutely works.

Please use the link above to head over to the site and see for yourself. Its not an affiliate link, so I’m not actually making anything from this. I just wanted to give you the heads up that it is there for anyone who needs it to use.

You will need to sign up for it, which is free. This allows the Admin to verify you are not a spammer, as they don’t want any of that messing up the works of what is destined to be a very highly sought after service for those who do not want to commit to an expensive monthly subscription service.

Once you’ve been approved, you simply log-in, then click on the link service you require from their list of alternatives and pay via PayPal. You submit the keyword anchored links you want to promote and they go away and do the rest. Simple!

You can use this system as little or as often as you need, when ever you need it. No strings attached, no on-going fees, no article writing and no worries. How bad is that?

So give it a try. What are you waiting for?

Terry Didcott
The Honest Way

How to Make Money Blogging

How to make money blogging is something a lot of people want to do, but few will ever achieve it. My last post How to Make Easy Money with SEO, went some way to explaining how it can be done, so I’m not going back over all that again. In this post I actually want to take a look at WordPress mu, or Multi-User host sites.

What are WordPress mu Blog Hosts?

WordPress mu blog hosts are similar to standard WordPress blog software with the added ability to “host” multiple blogs from a single domain, in the same way that free blog hosts such as wordpress.com do. It can be done one of two ways. With the add-on blogs acting like subdomains of the main domain like this:

blog.mydomain.com

or they can act like pages of the main domain like this:

mydomain.com/blog

The more popular method is the first example, which is the way it’s done by the big blog hosts such as wordpress.com, blogetery.com, blogdrive.com…etc. There are hundreds of free blog hosts using this software that are springing up all over the place, with more being added to the mix every day. This is good for bloggers who want to set up an easy to use free blog using the popular WordPress system and of course with access to their great themes.

So how does this tie in with how to make money blogging?

Well, anyone can set up a WordPress mu blog host. If you have a robust enough hosting package (a standard reseller is probably the minimum) you can set one up on a suitable domain and offer bloggers the ability to set up their blogs on your host. Of course you don’t go and do this for nothing, unless you’re feeling particularly benevolent and like working for nothing. You can turn it to your advantage and make money with it. How?

You can set up your own WPMU host with a revenue sharing system so that when bloggers create blogs and put up their own adsense, you take a small percentage of their earnings. Same with eBay affiliates, Kontera or anything else you care to include. If you get enough knowledgeable bloggers to set their blogs up on your host and they start making money for themselves, you get a percentage, which is only fair seeing as you are providing the platform fromwhich they are making their money. You are paying for hosting and some of your time is given over to maintaining the system.

Everybody benefits!

Free blog hosts such as blogetery.com, blogdrive.com, blinkweb.com etc all allow you to place ads, or they plave their own ads and you provide your adsense id. You make money and they take a percentage. It’s a system that works very well and it would be a perfect world except for one nasty great big fly in the ointment.

Spammers.

These bastards get into every great idea and bugger it up for the rest of us. They’re not content to set up a few blogs here and there and make them legitimate with original, relevant content. No, they have to spam a crapload of blogs that are all crap with little or no useful content that has been scraped from other sites just for the quick killing. They don’t care what the search engines do because they get in, work fast and get out before anyone knows what has happened. Along the way, they create a bucketload of crap sites that Google takes one look at and, realising they are spam sites, gets tough and de-indexes them. And so they should.

Except that’s not the end of it.

Google have lately been going around and de-indexing many of the host domains that may harbour these spam blogs. Notice I said may harbour them.

This is certainly not good for all the legitimate blog owners who have worked hard on their real blogs on these hosts as it means their hard work is gone up in smoke along with the host domain, because when Google de-index a domain, all sub-domains are similarly de-indexed.

Just like the pompous, arrogant and sadistic schoolmasters of a bygone age that would thrash the living daylights out of a whole class of boys to “punish” one boy who did something wrong.

Google are punishing all the innocent bloggers just to get at the spammers who may or may not have created blogs on these WordPress mu hosts.

This is wrong and unjust and unfair.

Honest bloggers should not see their hard work penalized just because of a few bad apples in a barrel, such as spammers. I agree that Google should do all they can to stamp out spammers, because they are the bane of all honest bloggers and website owners who are trying to make a living from attracting honest, organic traffic from the SERPs. But it should be done intelligently and Google surely must house more intelligent heads under its umbrella than most places. So how about using that intelligence to beat these stupid spammers, rather than blanket tactics like de-indexing a whole domain?

In fact, if you take that logic and apply it to the real world, which is the domain that hosts more spam blogs than all the others put together?

Blogspot.com

I don’t see that being de-indexed anytime soon. If Google’s logic were to be followed to the letter, then to stamp out more spam blogs than any other tactic possibly could, they should de-index blogspot.com

Ok, now that we have that out in the open, how about applying some common sense intelligent reasoning here. We all know that Google’s index needs to be as relevant as possible to make people’s surfing experience the best that can be achieved. That means making sure that no crap spam blogs are allowed in there. We also know that is a huge task to undertake, as these bastards are everywhere and they are a real pain in the arse.

But Google employ a small army of people who regularly inspect websites and blogs for spam or for violations of their quality guidelines. The serps are forever being tweaked and are more fluid now than at any time in the past, with new site coming in every day. Spam sites get found out soon enough and are dealt with. But there is the ability for any person to report a site they believe is in violation of Google’s quality guidelines and these sites can be checked visually in order to either uphold the information given by the reporter, or to ascertain if the site in question is actually legitimate and the reporter was causing malicious damage to a competitor.

It seems that either way, the site gets de-indexed first, which means the person reporting a site steals a march over their competitor for a few weeks until the site owner can go through the annoying process of begging for a re-inclusion. Is the same thing happening to so many WPMU hosts as well?

No one really knows the real reason why so many WPMU host domains are being apparently randomly de-indexed with all their blogs being taken out with them. We can only conjecture and maybe make educated guesses based upon Google’s characteristic way of working. But whatever is the real reason, it is unfair to the honest bloggers that have built their legitimate blogs on these hosts to be penalized along with any spammers.

We don’t see blogspot.com, or blogetery.com or tumblr.com or any of the other bigger free blog hosts being de-indexed. There are planty of small WPMU hosts that are provided for university students that outsiders cannot join and they don’t get de-indexed. Likewise, there are plenty of small message boards and forums that also provide free blog hosts to their members, which outsiders are not allowed to join, but I have heard that these are some of the domains that are being targeted.

I have my own WPMU host that I run for a certain forum and so far it has been allowed to continue unmolested. All the blogs on it are legit and there is no way spammers can create blogs on it, because only forum members, who have first been vetted to ensure they are in fact real people can join. I hope, for this reason alone it is allowed to remain indexed and its blogs to flourish in the serps, because they are relevant, legit and comply with Google’s quality guidelines.

I also hope that Google sees sense and stops de-indexing these domains willy nilly and instead targets the individual spam blogs themselves. That way is better for everyone. It’s certainly fairer.

Then we honest online marketers can get on with growing our legitimate online businesses unhindered because this is how we make money blogging.

Terry Didcott
The Honest Way