I've been reading posts about the wisdom of using sites like Squidoo, Hub Pages, and Blogger for building revenue sites and about whether or not they are useful for link building, or what magical formula to use, blah, blah, blah. Most of the posts seem anecdotal, wisdom regurgitated from some other post, or just plain outdated.
Can I get some of you to post your own recent experiences? Anyone else out there testing the waters with regard to these sites? Please if it's not your own experience, don't post it.
I'll get it rolling with the results I've experienced over the past couple months. I've been systematically posting articles to eight web2.0 properties and monitoring the results. The most consistent results I've received are from Squidoo and Blogger.
- When I post a properly optimized article on Squidoo or Blogger, that article appears in the Google serps for title keywords within days, sometimes literally overnight. If there are 30k-50k serps, it typically shows up in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd page. If it's a more competitive keyword, they'll show up in the first 10 or so pages.
- If I out source the building of a few hundred backlinks to those articles over the course of a couple weeks, they move nicely into 1st or 2nd pages for Google. For low competitive keywords they'll take the top of the page.
- I rarely put in more than one out going link to a target site in an article. That link will show up as a backlink for the target site usually within a couple weeks. Sometimes a matter of days. Does that mean the site is getting credited for the link? I don't know, you tell me.
- I'll post 30-40 articles in this manner for one target site. The sites and internal pages I target will get indexed and start moving up in serps within a couple weeks. For keywords with low competition, say 30k-70k serps the pages will move to the top of Google and Bing without a problem.
- The jury is out on highly competitive keywords. I don't work in those markets. Will cranking up the number of articles and backlinks to them have the same effect ? In don't know, you tell me.
In my experience posts to Squidoo and Blogger get indexed and credited to the target sites far faster than any blog network I could build. They have real content, not spun crap or low quality articles kicked out of a $3 service. Are they a pain in the ass to work with? Sure they are, Blogger is more forgiving than Squidoo and Hub Pages, but it's their aggravating TOS that keeps the quality high and the search engines serving up their content.
So.. will anyone else offer to tip their hand a bit and talk about their experience?