I posted this on my blog but thought it would help others here too
Should you do any kind of e-commerce on the internet today you will know that the two main criteria for success is content and backlinks. We all know that Google loves content and if they believe your website is full of relevant information, they will reward you with a high ranking for your chosen keywords if you meet criteria number 2.
Which brings me to backlinking. Hands up who hates backlinking? I do, I despise it but I do it because I understand the importance of it and I also know that my website is dead and buried without them. They are what oxygen is to the body.
Now I would guess that the majority of you are already getting backlinks to your money sites. We need that oxygen. We need Google to see how many other websites love us enough to give us a vote of confidence in our site by backlinking to us. I'll be honest here and I am certain this fits most of you guys as well and that is that the majority of your backlinks were the work of your good self.
Only a small amount of mine were actually given to me by visitors to my sites and after consideration, decided to put a backlink on their site to mine. Not that it matters a whole lot whether or not you got them either way. A backlink is and always will be a backlink.
What Type Of Backlinks Do I Need?
The method you use to get the backlinks is also of little or no consequence either, barring BlueFart methods of course, as long as we get a lot of individual webmasters voting for our site, we should occupy the top 3 of the search engines for not only your chosen keyword but for many long tail keywords relating to it as well.
Because of Google's secrecy, we do not know how many backlinks a site has to an accurate number. We can only get a ballpark figure. But when determining how many we need to get to number one we need this number to be as accurate as possible.
Or you could do what I do and not worry about this figure just simply backlink the crap out of it until you reach number one then double that amount to cement it there. Actually, I never stop backlinking my sites. We know that through natural attrition we lose some of the links so these need replacing but we also have to remind Google that we are still popular with other websites.
Okay then. We have our backlinks, now what? Well through my experiences what I have found is that even though we have 800 backlinks out there, we are really not sure how many of them have actually been indexed by Goggle. If big G cannot find them, we do not get credited with that backlink.
I am not sure about you but I have not mastered how to only get backlinks from real high PR websites. All my backlinks range from PR0 to PR9 and everywhere in between and it just could be that the Googlemeister does not visit many of the lower PR sites to locate my link which brings me to the point of what you are reading right now.
Should I Backlink My Backlinks?
Before I get into why you definately should backlink your backlinks let me explain how I came across this and what it has done for my websites.
I am a member of 1Way Links by Jonathan Leger. 1way links allows you to submit articles to the system with each article containing up to three links to sites of your choice. So, with 3 links per article and your monthly allowance of 250 submissions that is 750 links to your site each month.
I did some reserach a while back and discoverd that an article I sent to 150 websites did not correlate with the amount of backlnks I actually had so I started digging around and came up with 2 very simple reasons why this happened.
1. Some of the members of 1way links had cancelled the service meaning I lost those backlinks. The beauty of 1way links is that periodically the team scour the websites in the network and if they find a site has dissappeard, they allocate more links for you so that you get your alloted backlinks. So given time this was not a major issue.
2. Googlehead simply was not crawling some of the sites to give credence to the backlink. 1way links gets new members regularly and with new sites coming into the network it could take some time for them to firstly find them and then idex them.
As I said number one does not concern me as I know that will work itself out over time and I basically have no control over it but I can do something about reason number 2. I decided it was up to me to give the Googster a gentle nudge and remind him of these sites that need visiting, crawling and indexing.
How Do You Backlink Your Backlinks Effectively?
This part is for the uninitiated so if you are experinced, please bear with me. What happpens is the G visits site A to determine it's content etc and finds a link going out to site B. After it has finished it's business with site A it shoots over to site B to see what all the fuss is about.This leads to site B getting crawled, indexed and listed in the serach engine and one backlink being credited with it.
Now for Ghead to find all your links would be time consuming but what if we put all the URL's in one place so that when His Majesy visits that one place, it has access to every other website on the internet that links to you, thus boosting your number of credited backlinks.
Here Is How To Do It
I wont go into specifics about why here but Google loves RSS feeds.
Firstly, get a list of URL's that link back to you. You should have this as part of your backlinking. Or go to https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com
and input your URL. It will return a list of sites that link to you.
Next what we want to do is make a RSS feed that contains all of the URL's that link back to us. This is easy and free to do. Go to Create Your Free Hosted RSS Feed In Seconds
and open a free account. You then create an RSS feed by copy/paste your list of URL's and clicking the button.
This will give you a RSS URL something like hxxp://hostmyrss.com/feed/YOURKEYWORD
Make sure you name it as your main keyword and also keep in mind that you can only add 100 url's. If you have more, simply create another rss
Next, go to RSS feed Directory - Feedage.com
Feedage is the biggest RSS directory at the minute and Google is all over it like fly's on ****. It is free to open an account there and once you have done this you simply your add feed to feedage. Be sure to name this after your main keyword to.
You will end up with the URL to your feed as something like sixpackabs - Feedage - 18351266
Because of the love that BigG has with feedage, (search "RSS feed Directory" into Google), they will crawl your rss feed for sure. Also, other webmatsers looking for content for their sites will use your feed to populate their website giving you more backlinks.
Where To From Here
All you do now is when you publish an article that allows 2 or more links in them, make one link to your money site and the other link to your feedage url which will force Googlypop to visit it, find all your links, and index them, hopefully.
You have just backlinked your backlinks. Please monitor the progress of your work by checking at https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com