On April 16th – I wrote How to Increase Traffic on Your Website – with Backlinks In that blog, I submitted this website to 10 high quality directories and used a couple of SEO tools and backlink checkers to document the change.
It's May 16th, it's been one month since that post and 2 months since we started this blog – and it's time to check the backlinks and other SEO metrics.
Here was the screenshot of the number of backlinks FreeTrainingWorkFromHome.com had a month ago.
One of my biggest concerns with these 8 backlinks I had a month ago was that 7 of them came from the same IP address! That's not good for linking habits. The search engines want to see diversity – they don't want you fishing for your links in the same pond.
A Lot Happened in One Month
Published 10 posts
Commenting on quality blogs in my niche a few times a week.
Sharing on social media daily, until Google told me I was sharing too much – I have slowed down. Social platforms – sharing bi-weekly: facebook, google+, twitter, pinterest and instagram. I really need to figure out what is a good number for each site.
I shut down another site of mine that was a web design/wordpress tutorial site. I had been selling something called the turn key blog – but once I found Wealthy Affiliate on March 12, 2018 – I found out that setting up WordPress for people was not needed anymore because the Site Builder in Wealthy Affiliate does that for you. I pointed the old domain to my new site with a 301 permanent redirect and a change of address in Google Search Console.
I just fixed and error I was getting after I switched this site from http:// to https:// (I think it's fixed).
I got my first 3 clicks from Google and 11 clicks from Bing in the last month.
Organic traffic! WooHoo. (remember my site is brand new as of March 12 – so a little over 2 months old)
Here is a screenshot May 16, 2018
The external backlinks – pointing to freetrainingworkfromhome.com went from 39 to 174 an increase of 374%
The Follow links went from 22% to 23% an increase of 4.5% (average is 20% – so above average)
The referring domains went from 8 to 42 an increase of 425%
The referring IP's went from 7 to 26 an increase of 271%
Overall, I am happy with these numbers. My link building efforts are heading in the right direction.
Next, let's check our links at the directories
As I look at the blog from April 16 – a month ago – I was on http:// – still had not switched over to https – which has me a little nervous about how this all is going to prove out. I am one who wants before, after and – oh geez. Are all those directory listings pointing to the http:// site? Deep breath.
I asked Site Support what day I switched to SSL – March 19th.
I just checked all of the links and yes – some of them only accept http.- so there is no avoiding having some http links. I don't know what people do about this when they add SSL and their address changes to https!!!!
reddit.com – Yes – https:// and I have answered a couple of questions in the reddit community.
hubspot.com No – https://
alltop.com can't find url – resubmitted Yes – https
blogarama.com – pending approval Yes – https
blogs-collection.com can't find url resubmit 5-16-18 Yes – https
blogflux.com pending 5-16-2018 Yes – https
ontoplist.com active 5-16 Yes – https
blogtoplist.com active 5-16 #24 in SEO/Marketing with 48 visits Yes – https
bloghub.com resubmitted site/ says added successfully 5-16 Yes – https
blogville.us says it may take 180 days to review – does not take https
8 are https and 2 are not
4 directories are active backlinks
6 directories are pending approval or not found & resubmitted
Just a reminder what these abbreviations stand for:
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/Header
So the info I have from Market Samurai is on the http://freetrainingworkfromhome.com and I was not yet putting both http and https into market samurai to check them both.
(these are before and after submitting to the 10 directories)
This one is a day later:
This is what I have been tracking ever since I noticed the numbers were different when I plugged the https site into market Samurai
On April 28th – I pointed my old website to https://freetrainingworkfromhome.com with a 301 redirect – and that may be why I had the Trust Flow drop of 17 points. Because that old domain was one where I helped hundreds of people start their blogs – a lot of those start up blogs were (and still are) low ranking blogs. Sometimes people don't put time into their blog – especially if they don't have training like Wealthy Affiliate gives to tell you what you should be doing.
Today, I stopped the 301 redirect.
So today, May 16th, here is the final Market Samurai report:
I'd say things are heading in the right direction. The only thing I am deeply disappointed with is the Trust Flow going down so low.
My other numbers are climbing steadily.
I started to get traffic from the search engines. 3 from Google and 11 from Bing.
One more really important metric – SALES!
2 Wealthy Affiliate referrals went Premium – $16
Other Affiliate Sales (this site only) $37.50
Total sales = $53.50
Not bad for the end of month 2!
I am going to add a screenshot of the last 30 days of Google Analytics so we have one more thing to compare next month. 🙂
Aw and why not! One more free tool to measure our progress. Moz Open Site Explorer
Market Samurai uses the metrics from Majestic – Moz is just another way to measure. Instead of CF and TF we have DA and PA
Let me know if you learned anything – have anything to add—
– or If you would like a free analysis of your site with Market Samurai!
Yep – free.
Leave me your domain name and a comment and I will answer with a screenshot.