Link Building Networks Finished! What to Do Next?

by NeilC
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I'm sure you've heard over the past couple of months about various popular link building networks and services running into problems and having sites de-indexed.

Well the latest victim seems to be the vastly popular BMR judging by what they posted here. That's ironic they just gained a link!

Anyway - if you've been using these type of services regularly and relying on them what the heck is going to happen to your rankings now as you lose a ton of links?

I'm sure they'll find a way to move on and I don't believe the "backlinks are dead" rumours at least not until the big G says they are.

So what's can you move on to next?

Well perhaps it's not so much about what's next and more about not looking for a quick fix. Diversify traffic sources so you don't rely on just one which could collapse at any time.

Good content attracts natural links and there are plenty of websites that do very little backlinking themselves but it depends on the type of site you create.

Niche sites need to be set up the right way so you don't need mass link building campaigns all of the time and then you don't need to rely on large networks.

How do you think this could change things over the coming months and how could it affect how you create your sites?
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  • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
    Gee I don't know.

    Maybe people will actually have to build real links?

    Either that or link networks will just get more and more sophisticated.
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  • Forget about backlinks. Work on content creation and then people will link to your site because you have great content. Like I just said in another post I think backlinks are way over-rated. I wouldn't even waste any time on creating backlinks. So yes I would say backlinks are dead. Would love to be wrong though.
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  • Profile picture of the author xohaibx
    Originally Posted by Chris Kent View Post

    I already tried that, doesn't work. Bad advice :p
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  • Profile picture of the author dcmarketer
    Neil,

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  • Profile picture of the author josephseeley
    I would say the next thing to do is to move to the next link building networks. Though I'd suggest the cheap/free ones. Not only do you lose less if they go down, but because they're cheap/free, no one is heavily promoting them so they're more likely to stay under the radar.
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    • Profile picture of the author 1byte
      Originally Posted by josephseeley View Post

      I would say the next thing to do is to move to the next link building networks. Though I'd suggest the cheap/free ones. Not only do you lose less if they go down, but because they're cheap/free, no one is heavily promoting them so they're more likely to stay under the radar.
      ...that's fine until Google cracks down on those too, which I believe is inevitable. I think the demise of BMR should make us all reevaluate what we're doing if we are into the backlinking game. I know I have, and I've determined the my direction will not be towards another link network.

      I'm going to focus on something that is more stable and long lasting, such as "article marketing" in it's truest form - article syndication. It has always worked for me, even though I've strayed from it from time to time and chased shiny objects that promised quick results. In the end, article marketing has stood the test of time.
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      • Profile picture of the author josephseeley
        Originally Posted by 1byte View Post

        ...that's fine until Google cracks down on those too, which I believe is inevitable. I think the demise of BMR should make us all reevaluate what we're doing if we are into the backlinking game. I know I have, and I've determined the my direction will not be towards another link network.

        I'm going to focus on something that is more stable and long lasting, such as "article marketing" in it's truest form - article syndication. It has always worked for me, even though I've strayed from it from time to time and chased shiny objects that promised quick results. In the end, article marketing has stood the test of time.
        That's definitely a good way to go. Adding in other link methods is of course a great idea in any case. The more varied your approach the more likely you are to survive.

        That said, Google took a long time to get to the current crop of networks though, and it missed far more of them than it hit. I'll take the quick money from easy rankings these networks make possible, and gladly use a relatively small portion of those profits over time to replace links from defunct networks. There's people who've made hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past few years promoting their websites with these blog networks. If it's worth using, it'll surely cover the costs of the next one (and one after that).

        This is Google playing whack-a-mole. There's more useful blog networks today than there was a year ago. It'll be this way until Google can actually determine quality of content algorithmically.
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  • Profile picture of the author ratracegrad
    Anyone know if highprsociety, dripfeedlinks, onehourbacklinks and linklicious.me were slapped also by Google?
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  • Profile picture of the author josephseeley
    High PR Society was. I don't know about the rest.
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  • Profile picture of the author jessiepadgal
    Some actual quality posts in this thread.

    I say guest blogging, all the way!
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  • Profile picture of the author paul nicholls
    building links for niche sites ie adsense, amazon and clickbank etc

    private networks are still an option but based on what just happened to BMR
    i think most people are going to stay clear fo a while

    personally i think if you only tackle low competition keywords and phrazes then
    things like

    blog comments
    guest post blogging
    a few article links
    and maybe some fiverr gigs

    should be more than enough

    but if your niche or the page 1 in your niche is super competitive then you maye have to look elswhere as using private blog networks do give you some powerful quality links

    im in the middle of doing some case studies and testing some link building methods and the results have been very surprising and interesting

    paul
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  • Profile picture of the author zaco
    The question is..did anybody get their site deindexed? I can understand a drop in ranking cuze u lost links but getting deindexed is the worst ,I heard people who used ALN got deindexed but I am not sure about BMR
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    • Profile picture of the author John Wood
      Originally Posted by zaco View Post

      The question is..did anybody get their site deindexed? I can understand a drop in ranking cuze u lost links but getting deindexed is the worst ,I heard people who used ALN got deindexed but I am not sure about BMR
      Well it only happened on a large scale earlier today so we won't know the results for a few days to see when/if rankings drop and if any kind of penalty will be applied for the sites using these networks as well.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kevin McNally
        Interesting to see how it pans out but if this was the criteria for getting sites deindexed I could wipe out my competition by pointing links to their sites using all sorts of link networks, forum profiles etc...

        Probably only cost about $50 at fiverr to get 10 gigs that would send some dodgy links from various sources to any site. Surely it can't be that easy ?
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        • Profile picture of the author mrtrance
          Originally Posted by Kevin McNally View Post

          Interesting to see how it pans out but if this was the criteria for getting sites deindexed I could wipe out my competition by pointing links to their sites using all sorts of link networks, forum profiles etc...

          Probably only cost about $50 at fiverr to get 10 gigs that would send some dodgy links from various sources to any site. Surely it can't be that easy ?
          I would agree with you on that if it was so easy to get a site deindexed you could just build thousands of such links to your competitor and dropped them easily. I think just the links will get devalued so just have to come back with some relevant and high PR backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
    I think the problem with the large link building site's like BMR is that they own the entire network which probably had some of their own written script on each blog they submit too to have it interact with their network. The issue is that easily leaves a trail for Google to sniff out over time. I dont think that link building networks are done for I just think they are going to have to find new ways of doing it so that its almost impossible for them sniff out and take down.

    And for people asking about sites being deindexed that used the BMR I have not personally seen any sites get affected. I am sure if someone heavily used their link network they may see a drop in rankings due to the missing links.

    I think that Google most likely joined as a member of the site then posted content on the network in various niches which would allow them to find the content posted over time. Most likely giving them enough information to have the ability to track the rest down. I think you will start seeing services having limited memberships in the future and possibly other things to limit Googles ability to find them.

    When there is a will, there is always a way. So no need to panic just yet over link building.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rukshan
    Link diversity makes a sense after this change, Few months ago, Private blog posts were enough to get rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author Domainate
    They'll get more sophisticated. That's typically what always happens. Even blog networks themselves were more sophisticated versions of earlier methods of buying links.

    That or things will switch over to gaming +1s, Likes and other stuff (which has already been on the rise). Google still has a long way to go to stomp out non-white-hat SEO..
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