How much money do you spend on linkbuilding each month?

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Just wondering what some of you guys spend each month

And do you spend most of your money that you invest in your website on linkbuilding or something else?
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathy Curiel
    between 150 -200 usd easy a month
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  • Profile picture of the author CTonline09
    Under $80 a month no joke.

    Once you have a good link structyre and a site making money I tend to take over and do the linkbuilding myself.

    However to get started and put the foundation in place it costs me under $80 to outsource this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Praveen Kumar
    I am Almost Spend $295 for 45 PR5 One-way links.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
      I have a full time employee dedicated to link building. I also have pretty much all of the tools available. So, I spend a good chunk of change. However I make much more than I spend.

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      • Profile picture of the author BripTech
        As other users said, there are several options to be considered.

        A link building process involves:
        - social bookmarking
        - forum posting
        - blog commenting
        - guest post writing
        - article writing
        - new WSO purchases
        - other products and/or script purchases
        - link rental programs

        Just to name the ones that come to my mind.

        That said, I spend over $1000 every month but it really depends from month to month. If my monthly income is "at the minimum" I don't make any new purchase, but if my monthly income went good, I usually invest 90% of my extra money to test new products and new things.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    $700 - but that's ok because just one of my clients pays me up to £1650 for the results that gets, so I still make at least £1000 profit a month even if I had no other clients or any sites of my own.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Spartacus View Post

    Just wondering what some of you guys spend each month
    I spend nothing on SEO now. (I have done in the past).

    I think now that SEO's increasingly about quality and relevance, it's just not worth my while outsourcing any SEO.

    I can get high-quality relevant backlinks just by having my articles syndicated and take Google's top position for my long-tail keywords that way. Article syndication to relevant sites (i.e. not directories) really can be very powerful SEO.

    I suspect a lot of my niche sites' competitors who have far more backlinks than I do but rank so far below will start to work it out soon, though ... meanwhile, I'm enjoying my benefits from Google's Panda update while they last.

    Originally Posted by Spartacus View Post

    And do you spend most of your money that you invest in your website on linkbuilding or something else?
    Hosting's my biggest website expense. In fact it's my only website expense, really. I use an autoresponder, of course, but I suppose that's not really a website expense?
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Gosse
    I no longer spend any money on "link building".

    I have a new strategy called "traffic building". It requires relationships, communications and some capital. It's amazing because we aren't chasing the dragon that is a good result down the road. We are hitting the ground running with traffic and sales.

    The best part?

    When you get traffic and users like your sites, google notices

    I think that old school link building is less effective than ever.
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    • I don't think I spend any money on "link building", either.

      Oh, except for the $5 I slipped a Warrior on Fiverr just out of curiosity to see what link he was selling.

      I spend a lot of time building relationships, though. It is amazing to me to see how many people -- the smart ones, anyway -- respond positively when you put forth an invitation to work together. I'd love to talk about some of the things in the pipeline for my blogs but that would give away too many secrets. :-)

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    • Profile picture of the author David McKee
      Originally Posted by Brad Gosse View Post

      I no longer spend any money on "link building".

      I have a new strategy called "traffic building". It requires relationships, communications and some capital. It's amazing because we aren't chasing the dragon that is a good result down the road. We are hitting the ground running with traffic and sales.

      The best part?

      When you get traffic and users like your sites, google notices

      I think that old school link building is less effective than ever.
      Relationship building - it used to be called "word of mouth advertising" and is the strongest "link" (if you want to use that word) that you can create. I agree with this post most strongly, and while it takes a bit longer and requires a real dedication to over-delivering great content and products/services, it always pays off in the end.

      The very best traffic there is, is the traffic that is seeking you out on purpose!

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  • Profile picture of the author Dimitris Skiadas
    Using some very valuable sellers on Fiverr,the monthly cost for link building is not much,under 100$.But it totally depends on which level your business is.Money spent is very relevant.

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    • Profile picture of the author Spartacus
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      I spend nothing on SEO now. (I have done in the past).

      I think now that SEO's increasingly about quality and relevance, it's just not worth my while outsourcing any SEO.

      I can get high-quality relevant backlinks just by having my articles syndicated and take Google's top position for my long-tail keywords that way. Article syndication to relevant sites (i.e. not directories) really can be very powerful SEO.

      I suspect a lot of my niche sites' competitors who have far more backlinks than I do but rank so far below will start to work it out soon, though ... meanwhile, I'm enjoying my benefits from Google's Panda update while they last.



      Hosting's my biggest website expense. In fact it's my only website expense, really. I use an autoresponder, of course, but I suppose that's not really a website expense?
      How long have you been getting your articles syndicated? Did you see an increase in effectiveness after the Panda update? Do you use articles that are allready on your website or write new ones?

      Originally Posted by Brad Gosse View Post

      I no longer spend any money on "link building".

      I have a new strategy called "traffic building". It requires relationships, communications and some capital. It's amazing because we aren't chasing the dragon that is a good result down the road. We are hitting the ground running with traffic and sales.

      The best part?

      When you get traffic and users like your sites, google notices

      I think that old school link building is less effective than ever.
      Sounds interesting, but is it not taking you longer to start seeing results?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Spartacus View Post

        How long have you been getting your articles syndicated?
        About 2 years, give or take.

        Originally Posted by Spartacus View Post

        Did you see an increase in effectiveness after the Panda update?
        I saw a big increase in rankings for my sites from the backlinks I was getting from syndication, certainly. (A lot of article marketers did - we were all saying so at the time). I was nervous about whether this would be a flash in the pan or be maintained, but so far at least, it's been maintained.

        Kicking all those article directories off the front pages of SERP's was also certainly a real shot in the arm for article marketers. It's even easier for us to rank our own sites, now that we've got rid of the "article directory marketers".

        It may not last for ever, of course.

        Eventually, even some of the dinosaurs who still believe in "numbers of backlinks" and "automated submissions" and so on will wake up to the fact that the game's changed.

        Originally Posted by Spartacus View Post

        Do you use articles that are allready on your website or write new ones?
        I always publish all my articles on my own site first. I'm not giving other people's sites the initial indexation-rights to any of my work. So, yes, they're all from my sites.

        I'm reaching some good quality relevant sites through a sort of syndication network I've gradually built up a little over the last couple of years, and others simply by writing for syndication and (after I've finished everything else I want to do with an article) dumping a copy in EZA from where they can become more widely syndicated, sometimes with surprisingly good results (traffic and backlinks - and I don't mean from EZA itself, obviously - that's just a "stepping stone").
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  • Profile picture of the author David McKee
    Most of the people here, no matter what they said they spend, are actually spending much more because, as is a habit with the self-employed, they do not factor in the cost of their own time.

    That being said, my "outside" expenses are nearly zero because I employ essentially the same methods that Alexa mentioned above (you would do well to real all her posts on article marketing and then do what she does) - but if I had to put a monetary amount on the hours I spend writing good content, posting, putting that content in Article Syndication sites (important point), doing some social networking in FB and Twitter, and forum posting/research - then the amount is probably in the vicinity of $1000 - $1500 per month of billable time.

    You really cannot ignore the fact that your own time is the most valuable asset in IM, and usually the most overlooked. Outsourcing is a great way to save this time if you trust the people you are outsourcing to - remember they are presenting your face to potential customers when they write content for you - currently, I don't trust anyone that much.

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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by David McKee View Post

      M if I had to put a monetary amount on the hours I spend writing good content, posting, putting that content in Article Syndication sites (important point), doing some social networking in FB and Twitter, and forum posting/research - then the amount is probably in the vicinity of $1000 - $1500 per month of billable time.

      You really cannot ignore the fact that your own time is the most valuable asset in IM, and usually the most overlooked. Outsourcing is a great way to save this time if you trust the people you are outsourcing to - remember they are presenting your face to potential customers when they write content for you - currently, I don't trust anyone that much.

      -DTM
      That's EXACTLY why I do outsource the linking stuff.

      I can get someone to work on my network of sites and get half a dozen other providers to do work for my clients and it takes an hour a month of my time.

      I'm the opposite of you - I don't spend my time on this stuff so I don't have to factor it in. If I do spend time on IM stuff it's because I want to and not because I have to in order to make money.

      Isn't that the goal of many people getting into IM - to free up their time?

      Going from a normal 9-5 job to an online job might be what some people want, but I think that getting yourself setup so that YOU don't need to do the work for your online business is a big part of many people's motivations.

      So, while to some people it seems like writing all their own content is important because it's their primary value add to their business - for another person it might be the main thing they outsource, so we all have different models and different goals and priorities - which is great.

      But it does mean that often when people are talking about IM best-practice, they sometimes forget that what to them makes perfect sense as a business model - is actually the opposite of what makes sense to someone else.

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    • Originally Posted by David McKee View Post

      Most of the people here, no matter what they said they spend, are actually spending much more because, as is a habit with the self-employed, they do not factor in the cost of their own time.
      OMG!

      I used to make $55/hour in the IT field, so it just cost me $9.17 to eat my breakfast cereal!

      And that session sitting down in the small room where it rains... Priceless.

      ...Ahem.

      The cost of your own time is a fallacy unless there is work you could be doing during that very same time that after taxes and expenses generates enough cash to pay someone *else* to do it.

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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

        The cost of your own time is a fallacy unless there is work you could be doing during that very same time that after taxes and expenses generates enough cash to pay someone *else* to do it.
        Yes; interesting.

        I agree with the broad perspective of this reasoning, but I also think that to an extent it may be one of those things which, although undeniably true regarding any specified individual example, is arguably a little less true collectively than the sum of its parts: a kind of economic "Simpson's paradox", as it were - attractive and quotable, but perhaps not quite as straightforward and obvious on examination as it sounds at first glance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Juan L Costa
    I used to spend about $300 month until five of my sites disappeared from the rankings three months ago.
    I'm done with traditional backlinking and SEO in general, I'm not longer obsessed with it.
    As Brad says, there are better ways to get traffic, let Google to find out about you by itself.
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  • Profile picture of the author dillipbytes
    From my experience, I can say that link building is quite essential for getting a good position in SERP. Yes, the past ways of link building is outdated both in quality and number after recent updates in different search engines. Yet the importance of this is still there & it is the fastest way of SEO to achieve ranking. Last week ranking of one of my client for a particular keyword jumped from 139 to 28 just after 3 backlink. Hell, that's why I am still getting so much offer in OD. don't want to believe me. Please don't, that is my secret.
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