There are two main things I find annoying about building backlinks through article submissions. The first one is creating the content; the second is finding good quality places to put it. When I first started doing this work myself I discovered that it was costing me a lot of time building backlinks which I should have spent working on the site itself.
I quickly found a solution to writing the content, well kind of a solution. I was introduced to outsourcing, which for those new to internet marketing will know, is normally completed by someone in India, Pakistan or the Philippines. I found contractors who would write my articles for me. I gave them the topics and they supplied the articles. Sounded perfect. Sadly the ones that I found didn’t have great English writing skills. Don’t get me wrong they were hard-working and nice people; however English was their second language. So I found that although it sped up the content writing process, I still needed to spend a lot of time proofreading and correcting the poor English in the articles.
The other stumbling block was finding good sites to post the content on, which would generate a quality backlink to my site. To start with, I manually did a search on Google for article directory sites, this brought back a lot of results, some were actual article directory sites, and others were people selling article directory submissions. I didn’t get too many good results. I did, however, find an article that gave me a search term to find heaps of article directories. For those interested the Google search is: “Powered by WordPress”+” Using Article Directory plugin”
This search bought back 4 million results. So I started to open each result, see if it was an article directory submission site, if it was I would set up an account, confirm my email address, record my user name and password in an excel file and move on to the next site. For the first time ever I reached page 27 of a Google search. Did you know that is as far as it goes? You can’t search any further past page 27. In the end, I had about 32 working directory sites. Just 32. What a painful experience.
So I started posting my outsourced, proofread articles. I logged into one of my 32 accounts, posted in the article, created the backlink and pressed submit. Then I did it again, and again, and again, you get the picture. I got it down to a fine art and could post about 20 per week including the time to correct all the mistakes in the article. What I did discover was that the accounts I set up often closed. The whole site disappeared. I couldn’t log in to post new content and I assume I lost my old links too. I also found out that many of the sites I created had very bad Page Rank, meaning the links I was creating were poor quality. This didn’t really help my ranking.
I continued this for a while until I was introduced to an SEO expert. I now create backlinks on autopilot. My rankings are great, traffic is flowing and the best bit is, I have my time back.
You can read more about my autopilot method to get Google Traffic here.