Creating Your Own Quality Backlinks – Humiliating But Necessary

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Maximum Humiliation

A couple months ago I stated that I was not going to create my own backlinks.  That I would wait till others backlink to me.  I was not going to shame myself by tooting my own horn, by begging for backlinks.  I was going to wait patiently until others backlink to me – let the website speak for itself.  But guess what – nobody has backlinked to me.  Four months have passed since this website went live and in that time no backlinks.  Nobody has been impressed enough to link to this site.  Surprised?  So am I.

So with a paper bag on my head I must admit defeat.  If I want backlinks then I will have to create them myself.  Climb to the rooftop of the tallest building and shout, “look at me!”.  How humiliating.

How to Create Backlinks – Article Submission

Article submission is the easiest way to create quality one way backlinks.  I signed up on ezinearticles.com and wrote 3 articles.  In each article I summarize one of the pages on this website. 

My method is simple.  I read a page from this website and then close the window.  Then I open my word processor and rewrite what I just read.  Same main points but new words.  The article version is shorter and more to the point.  The articles need to be at least 250 words.  My articles tend to be around 400 words and take about 30 minutes to write.  It is easy to do because it is not new material.  Just a summary of key points from this website.   At the end of the article I place one link to this site and one link specifically to the page being summarized.

The backlinks from this method are great because they are one way backlinks.  They link to you with out you having to link back to them – Google loves that.  Also, when you create the backlink you can use the keywords of your choosing for the anchor text.  This is good because Google uses the anchor text of a backlink to figure out what your page is about.

Get Your New Webpages Indexed Faster

Besides backlinks, another advantage of articles submission is that you can get your own webpages indexed faster by Google.  Normally for this website it takes up to a week before a new page is indexed by Google.  But if I create an article and backlink to the new page then the page gets indexed in under a day.  Here is how it works:   

  1. I create a new page on my website
  2. I write an article summarizing the new page
  3. At the bottom of the article I link to the new page
  4. My article gets published. Since ezinearticles.com is a popular site Google indexes the article within a hour.
  5. While indexing the article Google notices the link to my new page. Google discovers that the page is not indexed yet.
  6. My new page gets flagged by Google for immediate indexing

Besides getting backlinks creating articles is a great way to get new pages indexed.  For an example of one of the articles and the backlink have a look at my article Do Guest Posts on Other Blogs Really Bring Traffic.

How to Create Backlinks – Guest Posts

Guest posts are harder then article posts.  Creating articles is easy because unless you really screw up and do not follow the rules your article will be published.  Guest posts are much more difficult because they have a very selective gatekeeper – the blog owner.  It is up to their discretion whether your post gets published.  If he stubbed his toe just before reading your email requesting a guest post and therefore in a bad mood you could be denied just because his toe hurts.

You spend a few hours creating the perfect guest post specifically designed for a specific blog.  You send it to the blog owner and wait.  A few days later you get a rejection email.  ‘Sorry, but at this time I am not taking guest posts’, translation: your post was denied.  Now you need to decide what to do with the post.  Do you put it on your own blog or do you alter it and submit to another blog?  Either way time is wasted and the post is tainted by the stench of rejection.

Fortunately this did not happen to me.  I created a guest post and submitted it.  Within a few days it was approved and published.

What a great backlink.  A one way backlink from a popular blog back to my website.  Does not get better then that.  It was a great success – a perfect backlink.  The only problem was that nobody agreed with my post.  Not a single comment agreed, even the blog owner stepped in and stated that he does not agree.  But that is just a technicality, not really important.  Nobody agrees, I am wrong, I do not know what I am talking about etc…but I got my backlink.  By the way, I still think I am right, everybody else is wrong. If you want to disagree with me then see my guest post Put Time Into Your Guest Posts.

Organic Search Traffic Is Improving

The first couple months this website had backlinks, but they were all natural backlinks.  I frequented forums and made comments on blogs.  I did this not to create backlinks but simply because I wanted to be involved in the forums and blogs.   The backlinks came naturally, they came as a result of me simply participating in my niche.

For the last month I have been actively generating backlinks via articles and guest posts.  Again I can only assume that this is why my organic search traffic is continuing to improve.  It is still a small number but improving.  It seams that backlinks do work.  It is humiliating and pride must be swallowed but creating backlinks is a must to improve your organic traffic.

Organic Traffic For This Websiteoraganic traffic increase due to backlinks

Forget your pride, ignore your shame, humiliate yourself – create your own backlinks.  Go out there and brag about how great your are.  Because if you don’t then who, besides your mother, will?

  1. May 10th, 2009 at 21:01 | #1

    It’s great you’re so honest. And since I’m in the same position as you, I’ll definitely be coming back more to read on your progress :)

  2. May 14th, 2009 at 17:28 | #2

    I just love your site. I had a good laugh quite often. I think your writing style is so funny and you got good humour. It is just the way you write which is very attracting. Please keep it up and don’t change your style.

  3. July 28th, 2009 at 15:30 | #3

    Great article. Had clear my many doubt’s now i know how easy to get PR. Thanks

  4. January 4th, 2010 at 05:39 | #4

    Have to agree – great post. I found you through web career girl, whom I found through Ezine, and I’m not sure if I’m using the word “whom” properly.

    Totally agree with your content. Can’t see how this site makes money, but lovely, lovely…did I say this yet?…lovely content.

    Thanks for the tips, I’ll be using them more often in my EzineArticles push for their Hundred Articles in a Hundred Days contest (using that to keep me disciplined, I have 4 in 3 days so far to add to my 35 previous articles).

    On article backlinks, I want to ask: I’m using the XFactor style of article marketing – quantity of articles in popular, not-niche-related topics – and I’ve been published across a number of sites…but none related to my niches.

    What say you? Do you find the PR increases with “authority” backlinking, or simply quantity?

  5. January 12th, 2010 at 14:52 | #5

    your article has inspired me to again start building my backlinks. I got bored and left this exercise in between earlier.

  6. January 20th, 2010 at 18:39 | #6

    Backlinks, ah the thrill of it all. I’ve just launched my site and (strictly non-profit) and am going to rely strictly of organic results to promote it so I’m looking for info on getting the ball rolling.

  7. March 6th, 2010 at 01:36 | #7

    Young Man,
    I do not seem to find your name in your profile; nonetheless, you are on the RIGHT TRACK!
    Clearly, you are understanding and also freely sharing your information, which IMHO is the key to success.
    Being authentic, sharing your successes and failures with others is paramount to creating a good life on and off line!
    Good on you! Keep it up!!
    Dale

  8. June 9th, 2010 at 00:50 | #8

    I just came across this article and couldn’t agree more. Just getting a site up and run thing is only the beginning. Without making creating back-links to you site a key part of your daily activity, your site will most likely just sit there. Thanaks

  9. July 15th, 2010 at 03:14 | #9

    Roman, just to let you know, I found your site from a guest post you did on a site where the owner did not agree on your post. I do not remember what the site was, but the article was titled something like “How to be a blogging star” or something like that. I have been back to your site quite a few times since then. So, negative opinions are not always bad. I just started a new blog a few days ago and I am trying to learn all I can. Your site is just what a newbie needs, someone who is just a little more advanced, rather that wildly successful. We can relate to you much better. Love the honesty and the humor. The statistical information is awesome, as well. Keep it up, I think this site will be successful.

  10. July 29th, 2010 at 20:53 | #10

    I love the honesty of your post & couldn’t agree with you more about guest posting! I’m not a big fan of creating backlinks, especially guest posting for the same reason you mention! However, I’ve learned the importance of it & will keep trying. Thanks for your insight.

  11. September 3rd, 2010 at 01:22 | #11

    I’m just getting started in this whole backlink process, promoting and building your site can be a consuming task. I enjoyed the artical and will continue to come back for updates, I also will link your site to mine. Thanks
    Rob

  12. November 13th, 2010 at 08:20 | #12

    I found my keywords “personal prophecy” in my first successful website took me 260 articles until I reached number one spot on google

  13. December 1st, 2010 at 04:07 | #13

    Great information, I just wrote a article on ezinearticles and followed your directions, I guess there is a small waiting period before a article is published, so we will see what happens.
    Thanks

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