Link Building & Traffic Building Tips

Suggarrae posted a bunch of great tips at WMW about how link building for Google has evolved over the last couple years.

To sum it up:

I can say it until I'm blue in the face, but it won't matter. Ranking IS, IS, IS a direct correlation of having a good site with good traffic *idependent* of the search engines. Good content is what gets you the good links which is what gets you the good ranks. A smart search engine is not ranking *new* sites on crap exchanges and directory listings for competitive terms. As someone else here previously mentioned in another thread - thinking in the little metal box of SEO=same old tired links=ranks is not the wave of *today*.

Well worth a read. Check it out.

Published: February 16, 2006 by Aaron Wall in seo tips


March 7, 2007 - 3:13pm

Aaron, have you heard of a service called Jetspinner and Jetsubmitter? I found it yesterday and it looks promising. It takes your articles, and converts them into 100's of new articles based on the source. Then it can submit them to the article directories for you. They claim this gets around the duplicate content rule mainly with Google. I'm wondering if this kind of this will work now, but will Google someday soon frown upon it? I mean, do they want us to rewrite articles by hand or will a software that spits out a fresh article that is unique be ok? just wondering what your thoughts are since it would be a great way to gain backlinks from the article directories.

March 7, 2007 - 8:39pm

I probably would not want automated software rewriting articles associated with my site, especially if I put my name on them and had them linking to my site. It could look a bit spammy, IMHO.

March 17, 2007 - 3:24am
May 20, 2006 - 8:53pm

1) I have a question about Alexa rankings; when I started my blog about 3 months ago, my ranking was at about 2,000,000. After 60 days, my ranking went to 750,000. Now it's about 170,000. I read the promo material on what the rankings mean but it is pretty confusing--especially since I figure it only ranks Alexa-based hits or Alexa-registered blogs. What is the real story?

2) Did amazon or ebay get high ranks by advertising? I doubt it. Do lousy movies get great box office because of great review? Not necessarily. It's a combination of luck, talent, timing, uniqueness, forecasting, among other things. I bet before the Iraq war, body armor websites were down on the list; I bet they improved drastically when it turned out G.I.'s had to buy their own. 99% of the traffic improvement tips and offerings are plain stupid or rip-offs. It's all common sense. Take a writing pad and a pen; start brainstorming, and follow up on the ideas that seem right. eBay was started by two people sitting at a restaurant, scribbling on a napkin.

May 20, 2006 - 10:11pm

Hi Al
Keep in mind that Alexa matters very little and is highly inaccurate when you are not in the top 5 or 10 thousand, and even then it has a bias toward webmaster resources.

Keep in mind I am not whining here...currently Alexa shows me in the top 5,000 and I have seen what my traffic and sales were even as Alexa reflected other things.

No matter how easy you think something is and no matter how common common sense implementation is something we all screw up. ALL websites could do far better by making a few tweaks.

Hi John
Matt was talking about using noscript for deceptive measures. I was not saying to use the tag to load page up with search spam.

I also pointed out in my book a good option would be to make static textual links near the page footer if your primary navigation was hard to crawl / spider.

March 20, 2007 - 12:16pm

Just popped into your site via google ads.... I had an error using seoeoite (Win Vista) and tried to look it up on google to find a solution. There was your ad..and here I am now not thinking about getting ripped off.


February 17, 2006 - 7:17am

I do agree on the crap exchanges; Do you think directories are devalued? I like directories for picking up good anchor text and deep links. is an expensive directory at $199 but 5 links is a pretty good deal. There are several other multilink directories that are less than $50.

February 17, 2006 - 7:19am

Do you have to link to a blog? is it ok to link to my company web site? or am I just being a link whore?

February 17, 2006 - 7:26am

the links go through redirects to remove incentive to spam

i don't think you appreciate how many people leave spam on this blog because it ranks well for so many seo queries and does not require registration to leave a comment

February 17, 2006 - 5:15pm

I do always consider my motivation for posting on forums / newsgroups /other blogs *cough* before doing so to avoid the sort of spamming we all know and love. Agree that crap exchanges made for sheer volume are worth jack, but still think an honestly thought out linking strategy will still currently pay dividends for most SME's.

February 17, 2006 - 7:19pm

Spammers? Are they really out there? I can't imagine anyone wanting to put up comment spam on your blog. Can I leave you a glowing testimonial? Your book was the missing link I needed to get great results. One question I do have is about no script tag, you talk about it's use in your book. I was comment spamming Matt Cutt's blog and I asked him about it.

John Tourloukis Said,
October 26, 2005 @ 9:42 pm

Jorge made a comment about spamming using the no script tag. Is the no script tag ok if it corresponds to your java navigation? is there a better way?

Matt Said,
October 27, 2005 @ 12:29 am

John Tourloukis, I’d be very careful if you’re thinking about stuffing things into the noscript tag. It doesn’t do much good in ranking, and if someone turns off JavaScript and sees a bunch of different text that wasn’t visible before, that can look bad.

Just wondering your thoughts on the subject,

May 27, 2006 - 10:53pm

Hey Aaron,

I must say really, seeing you managed to get literally to the top, it really says a lot of stuff about your book, but does it also tackle stuff directly, I mean, get this program, do that, go to that page , and do this.. etc... real strategy for a new site...

Asking since I'm interested in the book

December 10, 2006 - 7:39am

I don't know if the approach I have taken with my AdSense project has any possibility of success long term. In your experience do I have any chance of getting good PR links? Although I have read many spam pieces about SEO, I have never had a clear indication that changes I have made had any positive effect.

Any suggestions for elementary improvements I should make please?



May 28, 2006 - 5:21am

My book does give lots of tips in the manner of do this do that and a checklist for that sort of stuff, but its greatest value comes from the tips about thinking laterally and tips to help you think up things that your competition may not think about.

The creative thinking parts are not in easy bake format because I don't know enough about the mind and sociology to break it down to that level, especially when you consider how unique many markets are.

July 2, 2007 - 8:23am

"I posted here about the idiocy of content remixing schemes."

yes but you're not syndicating water downed content.

If its your content, having 25% of the versions indexed isn't good. But 25% of the articles you distribute getting indexed in Google is great compared to the 1% or less you'll see if you without spinning the articles first.

You're trying to increase your distribution, everything helps

March 16, 2007 - 5:01am

I just found Jetspinner and Jetsubmitter myself the other day, and my initial impression was something that creates crap articles from the original...

However, when I read more closely AND (important) watched the video demo, I discovered its not like that at all.

The way it works is that you take your original article and YOU create different versions of individual words, phases, even paragraphs. The software then randomly uses these variations to create new articles.

The really COOL thing about this is that all these variations are written to make sense, so you get entirely legit articles (unless your grammar and spelling sucks, in which case, there's no help for you anyway and you might as well "throw momma from the train..." :-) ).

Its difficult to explain - I recommend you go watch the demo video instead - it makes perfect sense once you see it, and I am NOT some spamming black hat type myself, so I would slam this bad if I thought it was no good.

Trust me, you WILL work to get a good result. It aint hands-off, push-button. BUT, it is very effective.

No affiliate link, no axe to grind, just check it out *IF* you want a great way to create quality article content and submit it quickly to the article directories.

Fini. :)

Fred Myson
July 17, 2007 - 11:40am

Todd is absolutely right. With article spinning you get more rewards from your articles submitted in the article directories. Why settle for 1% when you can get 25%? It's no longer news that the search engines no longer give value to all the SAME links from all the SAME article in DIFFERENT article directories. But if you spin your article the right way before submitting it, that SAME spun article will have DIFFERENT links in the search engines, therefore multiplying your efforts effectively.

You can learn more about using this incredible LEVERAGE in my free report that Google hopes you NEVER read- "How You Can Seduce The 900-Pound Google Gorilla"

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