Asking for backlinks on website

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Hi all.



A quick question. I have a website that sees an average of 11,000 unique users a day. I offer digital downloads and see about 5,000 unique downloads a day. I do ask users to credit my website if they use the digital product (which is free) but not many do.


Anyway, my question is, I want to start giving away a free upgrade to our premium content is a user creates a back link on his/her website or blog. If I do this, is it a bad idea? Would the search engines see it as buying back links and throw me a penalty?


Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author msulcs
    I'm sure it won't harm your site, but only make it stronger.

    If you already are #1 on your main keyword, then you don't need to do that.

    In your place, I would protect the download with a content locker and either make people share your website on social media OR lock it with CPA offer. If you have 5000 downloads a day, you might earn several hundred to thousand dollars a day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Rock
    It would be frowned upon by Google and against their rules but I doubt that it would be bad enough to get penalized for and more than likely they wouldn't notice. If you would say jump to 1,000 links pointing to your site in one day it would be flagged as suspicious.

    Or if all of the links are from the same IP address block it would be flagged as suspicious and the links marked as low value but not penalized. I do believe this would not be an issue in your case though.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Here's how I'd handle your situation:

    1) Make your download terms sound stronger

    2) Make sure people have to agree to the TOS before they can download

    3) Run a scraper on all your file names and find all the places who have downloaded and stored your content

    4) Make sure you can prove ownership

    5) Reach out with a friendly but firm "TOS REMINDER" email
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  • Profile picture of the author romanepo
    frambles Anyway, my question is, I want to start giving away a free upgrade to our premium content is a user creates a back link on his/her website or blog.
    Your website already ranked for specific keywords,So dont Thick-rolled sales and marketing. Try to manage separately sales and back link management.
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  • Profile picture of the author niajax
    Asking for backlinks on the website is called link exchange, Linking request & Guest Post. Basically Asking for backlinks on the website simply means you're asking for a link from someone's website.

    It's a very old technique for link building & name of this linking technique has already many names.
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  • Profile picture of the author frambles
    Thanks for these suggestions
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  • Profile picture of the author Mattsaas
    What sort of digital downloads is it? I've seen similar types of setups on icon sites, and to be honest I always take the free download and don't credit the author.

    11,000 unique users is a lot! If you can crack how to get credit / get paid you will be doing well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Samuel Stinson
    Hi. The Golden Rule To Finally Getting

    Relevant Authority Backlinks!

    Backlinks come in various forms (some good, some bad), but the most coveted of all are "authority backlinks".

    These are the ones that have the most impact on your SEO success and ultimately your income.


    But how do you get these elusive backlinks?


    That's one of the biggest questions that plagues the minds of Internet marketers looking to increase their organic rankings and traffic.


    Yet, I can summon up in one word...


    VALUE.


    You MUST provide value. If you fail to do this, you'll fail... guaranteed!


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  • Profile picture of the author Ettienne
    Originally Posted by frambles View Post

    Hi all.



    A quick question. I have a website that sees an average of 11,000 unique users a day. I offer digital downloads and see about 5,000 unique downloads a day. I do ask users to credit my website if they use the digital product (which is free) but not many do.


    Anyway, my question is, I want to start giving away a free upgrade to our premium content is a user creates a back link on his/her website or blog. If I do this, is it a bad idea? Would the search engines see it as buying back links and throw me a penalty?


    Thanks
    Really depends on where the links are from. If they're random links from irrelevant sites (i mean, you won't know what sites these links will be on from what I gather), yes it can (will) do more harm than good. It's not 2009 anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author mostCPA
    I think you should use a CPA affiliate network that allow you do (incentive promotion)
    try this one: mostcpa.com and pick up some offers that agree with incentive and link your button of download with some code that ask users to make the action before downloading the material.
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