Are Back Links Over Rated?

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I feel like back links are over rated. Everyone is spending their time worrying about PR link this and that. I spend my time cranking out 10 blog posts a day, 300 a month. I did links in the beginning, but now I just crank out the content. What do you guys think? Content is king no?
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonmorgan
    I feel like back links are over rated. Everyone is spending their time worrying about PR link this and that. I spend my time cranking out 10 blog posts a day, 300 a month. I did links in the beginning, but now I just crank out the content. What do you guys think? Content is king no?
    You tell me. You're cranking out 300 blog posts a month, are you seeing results?
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    • Profile picture of the author laurencengirard
      Just started a few weeks ago so I will let you know. So far looks good.
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  • Profile picture of the author MayfairNoble
    Originally Posted by laurencengirard View Post

    I feel like back links are over rated. Everyone is spending their time worrying about PR link this and that. I spend my time cranking out 10 blog posts a day, 300 a month. I did links in the beginning, but now I just crank out the content. What do you guys think? Content is king no?
    How much time is it taking you to write these posts?

    Could you be doing better by spending this time generating backlinks?

    If the blog posts are proving to be more efficient then obviously stick with them.

    Just think about your time, it's precious, use it wisely.
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    • Profile picture of the author laurencengirard
      Takes me about 30-40 min per post since I'm using references.
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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    hmmm... 10 a day, really? What are your results? Where are you ranked, what is your traffic like?
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    • Profile picture of the author laurencengirard
      Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post

      hmmm... 10 a day, really? What are your results? Where are you ranked, what is your traffic like?
      Sometimes it's not 10 a day, but I had a week where I did that. I do at least 5. My traffic is around 100 uniques per day and it went up a few weeks ago. I'm on page one for a bunch of posts.
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  • Maybe you could alternate - say you dedicate 4 hours a day to send out the 10 articles, spend your 4 hours the next day generating backlinks then swap back
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  • Profile picture of the author Giftys
    Originally Posted by laurencengirard View Post

    I feel like back links are over rated. Everyone is spending their time worrying about PR link this and that. I spend my time cranking out 10 blog posts a day, 300 a month. I did links in the beginning, but now I just crank out the content. What do you guys think? Content is king no?
    Content is King only if it's good content, relevant content, well-written content and so on. That said, it's not just about content. It's everything working together. Google wants links coming in. They'll tell you that themselves. The work must also be done in that area to increase your quality score and keep traffic coming in. The content alone won't do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Originally Posted by laurencengirard View Post

    I feel like back links are over rated. Everyone is spending their time worrying about PR link this and that. I spend my time cranking out 10 blog posts a day, 300 a month. I did links in the beginning, but now I just crank out the content. What do you guys think? Content is king no?
    Are you scraping other sites?

    Is it one site, If so why would anyone need 10 post per day?
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    • Profile picture of the author laurencengirard
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Are you scraping other sites?

      Is it one site, If so why would anyone need 10 post per day?
      It's one site and they are all original. I work for demand studios and they just crank out 5,000 articles a day. More content -> more traffic.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by laurencengirard View Post

        It's one site and they are all original. I work for demand studios and they just crank out 5,000 articles a day. More content -> more traffic.
        Ahhh...!

        So your an Ehow publisher?

        So you don't own a site, you write content for others, is that correct?
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      • Profile picture of the author Neil K
        Originally Posted by laurencengirard View Post

        It's one site and they are all original. I work for demand studios and they just crank out 5,000 articles a day. More content -> more traffic.
        On demand studios/ wiki how/ ehow etc all work by picking out long tail search phrases with low competition and high search volumes. So not much SEO is really required. Also, they are probably an authority by now owing to brute force/media attention and a lot of people naturally backlinking to them.

        Building backlinks does work really, really well. But that does not mean content does not play a role. More the content-> bigger your website-> better for Google. Of course, the content must be original and sensible. It's a combination of both that does the trick. Backlinking alone with brute force (I hired three people to do it for me full time) really works, but like I said, only up to a point. Once you're on page one, things like on site, content size of site, age of domain all start making big differences.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    You don't tell us where you rank in the SERP, or your traffic. So it is hard to judge if this is a good thing or not.

    With that much content, is this one site or multiple sites, is it possible that your readers will have trouble finding anything else they want to read on your blog.

    Google tells us they judge a site partially on how many back links it has, so I think that is from the horse's mouth, wouldn't you say?

    I have a couple of blogs that I have not done a single back link for, and I publish three articles per day, except weekends. I have had many of my articles land on the first page of Google, even the number one spot. Best as I can tell, they don't have a single back link.

    I am going to put my faith in back links, sorry but you don't convince me. As soon as I get some details taken care of, I will be working on back linking.
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  • Profile picture of the author schttrj
    Link building is just a part of your SEO strategy! It continues over the time...Along with your content.
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  • Profile picture of the author jitterbug978
    Content is King but if no one ever finds that content its the same as buried treasure... Backlinks are what guide people to your content.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by laurencengirard View Post

    What do you guys think? Content is king no?
    People will disagree with me on this I am sure, but for SEO purposes, no content is not king. For getting visitors to return, click on what you want them to click on, or to sign up for your email list, yes content is important.

    For SERP rankings, I do not believe content is all that important.

    You can find thousands of websites that are complete garbage content wise that have #1 rankings for competitive keywords.

    Plus SERP's cannot really sort out what is really well written and thought out content versus content that was just thrown together in 5 minutes.

    For getting people to keep coming back and tell their friends about your site, etc... content matters a lot. For SEO, not so much.
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  • Profile picture of the author designerjack
    Originally Posted by laurencengirard View Post

    I feel like back links are over rated. Everyone is spending their time worrying about PR link this and that. I spend my time cranking out 10 blog posts a day, 300 a month. I did links in the beginning, but now I just crank out the content. What do you guys think? Content is king no?
    Backlinks isn't only about Page rank...

    Backlinks will help you show relevancy to the search engines.

    If I had time to show you the Post from Google, they some what stated that... backlinks are important for relevancy to the searchers.
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