This weekend, I did a TON of reading on SEO, backlinking, increasing traffic and getting indexed for more keywords in the search engines… trying to find out how to increase traffic on this website.
In Wealthy Affiliate's training – we are told to:
=> create relevant content
=> Keyword research and pick low competition keywords at first
=> Publish often
=> Share on social media
=> Comment on other blogs
=> Get comments on your blog and create a conversation
===> I have not gotten far enough in the Wealthy Affiliate training to know all they teach about increasing traffic to a blog.
From all the research I did this weekend, I kept seeing over and over – the single most important thing to do to increase traffic to a blog is create content, content, and more GREAT content. Way to go, Wealthy Affilate! Thanks for teaching us the right things!
Me being as impatient as I am and not seeing much traffic from the search engines yet led me to doing some searches on backlinks — I was wondering if they were still as relevant as I remembered them being when I was doing SEO 3-4 years ago.
Backlinks are important.
If you are not on the front page of the search engines – you are not getting the lion's share of the traffic.
And really – positions 1, 2 & 3 get MOST of the traffic.
That's not saying you don't get some traffic for being in position #47 for a relevant keyword…
Everything I have learned for over 20 years of being on the Internet says build backlinks to get more traffic. Everything I read with more recent data – confirms backlinks are the way to go.
Dofollow links are better than nofollow links and all comments from blogs are nofollow unless you specifically look for dofollow blogs. Blogs that are using the “CommentLuv” plugin are dofollow.
So, if you are only getting links from blog comments – you are not getting any dofollow links.
Try searching for “blogs using CommentLuv plugin” if you want to comment on some dofollow blogs for better backlinks.
When I was doing SEO in 2010-2014 I was working for local businesses.
I have a list of 25-30 local directories we would submit our sites in order to get backlinks -sites like yelp, yellowpages, local.com, and angieslist.
This website is not a local business – it's global – so I needed to find a different kind of directory.
I found a list of Top Blog Submission Sites at Bloggerspassion.com – which is one of my new favorite blogs! He is getting around 70,000 visitors a month!
That is social proof – this is someone to listen to about driving traffic to a website!
All I had to do was:
==> make an account at each blog directory
==> submit site, description, email, and pick a category.
==> 3 of the sites required links/tiny banners on each page
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The blog submission sites I picked have great numbers as far as reputation go.
Measuring the Reputation of Websites
- Alexa Rating – calculated by how many people who have the Alexa toolbar/widget visit the site – so it's an odd calculation as people in niches other than SEO, web design, and Internet based businesses most likely don't have the Alexa widget and therefore have significantly lower Alexa ratings.
The lower this number, the better ranked the site is.
ShoutMeOutLoud.com wrote this about Alexa Ratings in December, 2017:
“2017 Update: Alexa is no more the same. So there is no point using Alexa widget or paying for Alexa services. You should rather focus on improving domain authority. Learn everything about domain authority here. This article is just for the archiving purpose. Soon, we will remove all instances of Alexa ranking from ShoutMeLoud.” ShoutMeOutLoud.com
Even though some feel it is less relevant than it used to be –
I still included the Alexa rating of these blog submission sites along with 4 other metrics.
- Citation Flow – measure of importance –scale 0-100 – higher is better
- Trust Flow – measure of authority/trustworthiness –scale 0-100 – higher is better
- Domain Authority – score developed by MOZ – predicts how well a website will rank –scale 0-100 – higher is better
- Page Authority – score developed by MOZ – predicts how well a page will rank –scale 0-100 – higher is better
10 Free Blog Submission Sites
Alexa Rating 6
Citation Flow 59
Trust Flow 62
Domain Authority 99
hubspot.com Free customer relationship management (CRM)
Alexa Rating 522
Citation Flow 46
Trust Flow 37
Domain Authority 89
Page Authority 74
Alexa Rating 80,410
Citation Flow 56
Trust Flow 52
Domain Authority 79
Page Authority 83
Alexa Rating 127,104
Citation Flow 47
Trust Flow 30
Domain Authority 71
Page Authority 56
Alexa Rating 437,989
Citation Flow 49
Trust Flow 37
Domain Authority 68
Page Authority 56
Alexa Rating 530,270
Citation Flow 55
Trust Flow 46
Domain Authority 68
Page Authority 44
Alexa Rating 569,135
Citation Flow 53
Trust Flow 53
Domain Authority 65
Page Authority 48
Alexa Rating 769,114
Citation Flow 46
Trust Flow 38
Domain Authority 59
Page Authority 47
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22% of them are follow links (about 8-9)
8 referring domains
7 referring IPs.
Unfortunately – this free backlink tool only lists 9 of the backlinks and they want you to pay to see them all – I don't need to know them all. All I want right now is a count.
39 backlinks is not bad! Remember, this blog is 32 days young!
I did not use this free tool to check how many backlinks I had before adding our domain to the blog submission sites – that would have been even more interesting – but I found the backlink checker after I did these submissions.
I did have a saved search from Market Samurai SEO Competition from before the blog directory submission
Brief explanation of what the abbreviations stand for in Market Samurai:
DA = Domain age in years
CF = Citation Flow measure of importance scale 0-100
TF = Trust Flow measure of authority/trustworthiness scale 0-100
IC = Index Count – # of pages indexed by bing
RDD = Referring Domains – unique domains pointing back to the domain
RDP = Referring Domains Page- unique domains pointing back to the page
BLP = Page Back Links – # of links pointing back to the page – does not include links from website itself
BLD = Domain Back Links – # of links pointing back to any page on the domain – does not include links from website itself
BLEG = Page .edu /.gov links – # of links pointing to the page from .edu /.gov
Title/URL/Desc/Head – keyword in Title/URL/Description/Head
Now that I have defined the abbreviations in Market Samurai – lets look at the change after I submitted to these blog directories – it was only a few hours difference – and submitting to these directories was the only change.So far, the only change I can see in Market Samurai is 2 more pages are indexed in Bing…
…within 3 hours of submitting my site to 10 blog directories!
I'm happy with that! We are heading in the right direction!
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