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This is a legitimate question - point of view so pls. don't get offended.

For the past couple of weeks I've been using link packets to post links with anchor text. I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about.

However, I have to be honest here, and you can call me a big softie, but I'm starting to feel like a sleezoid doing this type of posting. Is there any method of getting backlinks that gets results yet isn't dipped in the "sleeze" factor?

I don't mean to offend anybody doing this, but for me it's starting to feel like it's all about having pillage and plunder mentality where you have to develop a thick skin.

Anybody have any thoughts on this... Pls spare the mean comments as this was a legitimate question and point raised and not meant to offend anybody (seeing as I'm in the same boat too)..... Thanks

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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    There are lots of ways to get links, but you didn't clearly define what you are doing. Link packets are one thing, how you're using them is another.

    If your making quality comments, there's nothing wrong with blog commenting and forum commenting. There's article marketing, video marketing, social bookmarking, software marketing, satellite site building, RSS, podcasting, the list is huge.
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    • Profile picture of the author elcabron
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      There are lots of ways to get links, but you didn't clearly define what you are doing. Link packets are one thing, how you're using them is another.
      Hi Dennis,

      First, thanks for taking the time to answer this. Well, I'm using the packets exactly as instructed by the packet provider. In most cases this means just making a profile and posting an anchor text link in the bio. It's expressly mentioned (in most cases) that we should not comment.

      Yes, I have tried the other methods... for serp results though it seems nothing beats an anchor link. Although G's algorithm seems to be slowly changing from this...

      (To clarify - my need, as far as the link packets are concerned, is getting good serp results for my keywords)
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      • Profile picture of the author Hasan Barbary
        I'm not offended at all; your concern IS legitimate.

        Everybody's got a different comfort level, if you feel "sleezy" doing something, then stop.

        Having said that ~ you shouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

        If "hit-and-run" style profile creation strikes you as unsavory (you're not alone on that count), then may I suggest a "plant and grow" approach instead of "pillage and plunder".

        These sites want and need real contribution. So try to find 3~5 high PR sites dealing with topics that interest you, and stay awhile at each of them, just as you do here.

        The sites don't have to be in the exact niche your backlinking for, they just have to be places where you could make a modest contribution.

        Some of those Web 2.0 properties will even let you start a blog ~ so why not try that? Over time, with multiple posts, your blog URL will gain a decent Page Rank in it's own right. That is much more valuable to you and the search engines than a simple one-off profile.

        There are many ways to (ethically) skin the backlinking cat!
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        • Profile picture of the author elcabron
          Originally Posted by Hasan Barbary View Post

          If "hit-and-run" style profile creation strikes you as unsavory (you're not alone on that count), then may I suggest a "plant and grow" approach instead of "pillage and plunder".
          Thank you Hasan, very good points...
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        • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
          Originally Posted by Hasan Barbary View Post

          These sites want and need real contribution. So try to find 3~5 high PR sites dealing with topics that interest you, and stay awhile at each of them, just as you do here.
          What he said.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    The only reason I can think of for not commenting is that it slows you down. So comment if it makes you feel less sleazy. Personally, I take the time to make a worthwhile comment. If I like the site I'll log in once in a while to make more comments.

    Here's another way to look at it...these websites want to grow their community of users. While they'd probably would like you to participate, I'm sure many would rather have you join and be inactive than not to join at all. They have better bragging rights as far as the number of users go, which may allow them to charge more for advertising space. Some will delete an account if there is no activity for a specified time, say 90 days or 180 days, so it's not like they don't expect inactive accounts.
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    • Profile picture of the author elcabron
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      The only reason I can think of for not commenting is that it slows you down. So comment if it makes you feel less sleazy. Personally, I take the time to make a worthwhile comment. If I like the site I'll log in once in a while to make more comments.
      The instructions of the packets clearly state that in most cases posting will get you banned and you should not do it.

      Beyond this however, some sites are really cool and I actually keep track of them... But obviously most sites have themes that I have no connection to (e.g.: medical development, programming languages etc...).

      However, you do make quite a good point about site statistics (more users the better) etc as it relates to growing your site and building "weight." However some seem to be more private club type sites where they prefer the "intimate" setting... (e.g.: the site I have linked in my original post - bottom)

      So I guess I'm searching for an way to get results without feeling like I'm spamming - BTW is there any other way to gain serp results that rivals anchor text?
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by elcabron View Post

        The instructions of the packets clearly state that in most cases posting will get you banned and you should not do it.
        That's probably a precaution against hit-and-run comments rather than making a useful contribution. I can't imagine too many sites wanting people to join the community and then banning you for taking part in it. I suppose there could be a few, but I would think they were the exception and not the rule.
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  • Profile picture of the author elcabron
    Thank you guys... appreciate all the replies. Will take to heart all the advice given.
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