And I do it without any backlinking. Although I've got about 500,000 links to my site, they all happened naturally.
For most people, the model for internet marketing is:
articles + backlinks = rank = traffic
I want you to consider another, equally viable strategy, which is:
articles = traffic
Internet marketers obsess over rankings because that's how you make money. If you rank #1 for a keyword, you'll get more traffic than if you're on the second page. And the way they try to push their rankings to #1 is through backlinks. The competition can be fierce, and a savage battle to get to the top of the rankings.
But the reality is that what you're really going for is traffic. Instead of trying to snipe for any one specific keyword, you can blanket an entire marketplace - for the same amount of work. Go after hundreds and eventually thousands of long tail terms, and you'll see a steady rise of search engine traffic to your site.
And as long as you're creating high quality content that matches what your audience is searching for, you can avoid the Panda penalties that seem to be hitting many sites out there. Creating valuable content is what Google wants to do.
So, if you wanted to try this approach:
- Choose a niche that you're personally interested in, and want to make into a long term career.
- Figure out the big problems in your niche and provide real solutions that help people. Provide as much value as you can.
- Be real, open and transparent. Create a branded website that people can trust.
- Build up a list of the long tail keywords that relate to your industry. I have 30,000 in my list. :-)
- Create high quality valuable articles on your own website that match what people are searching for.
So if you hate backlinking, give this a try as a viable alternative.