I recently created a tutorial on how to find expired domains so that you can start to add private links to either your business or niche websites to help land them on the first page of google. This technique is nothing new and becoming more and more common place in the SEO world. Even more do we see this happening with niche websites as both Jon Haver and Spencer of Niche Pursuits have produced a lot of content on this process as well as their results.
I figured that I would also show some of the results that I have been getting with my private network. I purposely have only added links from 5 separate domains to show results with not only niche sites but business websites and youtube videos. The power of in context links from high page authority sites (PA) is no joke.
For most people that start out trying to build up a network I feel that 5 sites is probably a pretty good starting point. Depending on your keyword research and the terms you are targeting it may be enough to rank your site and start generating some profits. If 5 domains isn’t enough then 10 is probably going to get you into the money. Again, I have tested using strictly 5 links so that everyone can see the types of results that I am getting and what you could expect provided that you have done the keyword research correctly.
Example 1- Local Business Site
As you can see this site was sitting on the second page of google for quite some time. I had done the usual citations and web2.0 properties as well as relevant comments. What makes this site a bit different is that the actual business name was extremely competitive. There are around 3000 other businesses located in the US with the EXACT SAME NAME. The results you are seeing here are for the actual business name keyword. I have provided the site with 5 links and then let google do it’s thing. The effects of private links take place pretty quickly as you can see the jump to the first page. The site now bounces between the 4th and 5th spot daily and I am guessing it will take one more link from my network to take that number 1 spot.
Example 2- Youtube Video for a low/med competition keyword
I had a youtube ranking on the first page that bounced between the middle spots on the first page quite frequently. I gave this URL the exact same treatment as above (this is for a local service with a bit of competition). After shooting 5 links at this video it has now taken over the 1 spot in google for it’s main keyword.
Example 3 – Niche Website (Medium Competition with Ecom sites on page 1)
This is a fairly new niche website that I created roughly 5 months ago. After my usual SEO backlinking strategy and finally coming out of the sandbox it hovered around the 50th spot of google. While that is an improvement, we all know that there is no money to be made on the 5-6th pages of google. 5 links from my private sites with an average PA of 35 have boosted it into the 20th spots and it routinely will show up on the second page of google. This site is very close to generating revenue and I have no doubt that a few more links will get it to that spot.
What is also interesting is that after adding links from the expired domains the site also starting to jump for some secondary keywords. I have all my keywords tracked by serpbook and after ONE LINK take a look at the jump this keyword took
This site is fully deserving of more links to it’s inner pages for secondary keywords and I think we will soon have an authority site on our hands. The best part? All of these terms have 5000+ exact monthly searches. I have high hopes for this niche site and will continue to add both content and private links until it generates income for me.
Why Have You Only Used 5 Links?
I am sure many people are probably wondering why I only added 5 links and didn’t rank the site in the 1 spot and tell how many it took. Simple, most services that I see offering packages for private links start with 5 links a month. I wanted to show what most people could expect after a package of 5 links. Now, results could be different as I have no idea what quality domains they are offering and the quality of your websites that are trying to be ranked. I will say this…. My niche site was created with me writing only the first page article and then both VA’s and Textbroker provided the rest of the content. This is a site that I feel most people are capable of creating on their own.
Interested in Building Out A Private Network?
Let’s take a look at the costs if you have been interested in either building a private network or considering purchasing a package
- Quality Expired Domains at Auction- 75.00
- Privacy 9.99
- Hosting 60.00 yr
For one site, you are looking at roughly 140.00 for set up costs alone. Yes, you can save money on hosting coupons etc but for QUALITY DOMAINS this is pretty much the standard….you certainly will end up paying much more for a few and if you are lucky maybe a bit less. 140.00 gives you essentially 1 domain linking back to your site. You will need a bit more than that so let’s multiply that number by 5 and see what it would cost to generate the types of results that I have just showed.
140.00 x 5 sites = 700.00
That’s 700.00 INITIALLY and providing you set up the sites yourself and write all the content. Now, if you have multiple sites you can spread the costs a bit because you now can rank more sites and generate more money. However, if you only have one site this isn’t really feasible for most people if you are trying to “test and tinker” with ranking the site.
What I have noticed in the last few months of performing keyword research and analyzing the top 10 spots in google is that any type of niche site on the first page is USUALLY using expired or private backlinks. They are easy to spot and this seems to be the new trend. I feel like the days of completely whitehat SEO might be over for niche sites. What I feel is an important metric to starting a site in a new niche is “how much am I willing to spend to rank this?” because you won’t be outranking anyone that is using high PA links that they have 100% control of.
How can I start using Private Links?
Simple, I am going to be opening up my link network to 20 members….. That’s it 20 members and it’s shut down. This is truly a private network and once the sites have been linked out they will no longer be offering links. I want this network to be a bit different than the other services out there, links will ALWAYS remain on the home page and there is a limit to the number of links a site links out to. Each site has an average of
- PA- 35
- Trust Flow – 17
- Citation Flow -20
I have personally reviewed and purchased each site in the network to maintain it’s integrity. Now, most services are offering link packages with a recurring monthly fee so that you get 5 links per month. I realize that a monthly fee is a bit much for people starting out and many people are weary of investing that type of money into a site that they aren’t sure will perform. My network is simple, you get 10 links for a flat rate of 250.00. Do the math, that is $25 a link! You can use them on whatever sites that you would like to use and when you want to use them. Add links one at a time and test your ranking to see what it takes to land on the first page and then use the remaining links the keep you in the top of the SERPS. It just doesn’t matter. If you have multiple sites then you can of course split up the links and link to different sites. Once your links are in place the network will shut down. No new links will be added from new members so this truly is limited and WILL BE CLOSED once the spots are full.
All sites in the network have a pre developed “persona” as a blogger with different interests and multiple interests. Some people have interests in technology yet have recently been told by a dr. that they need to lose weight etc… You will need to get creative with your articles that you submit but these are ready for a lot of different types of articles.
If you are interested in getting more information on membership to this private network then email me personally at simplebutwellmarketing (@) gmail dot com or fill out the form in the sidebaar to get instant notification on when the network will open to the public. I will be happy to answer any questions as well as notify you when the launch is live. Remember, this is a great deal with only 20 spots and shut down for good.