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Dominate the Search Engines with these 5 Link Building Services

August 31, 2010

Getting your website ranked highly on the major search engines for your keyword phrases is one of the best ways to bring in targeted visitors and make money from it. So how do you get those high rankings? One of the most important parts of getting them is through building keyword anchored backlinks to your site.

There are many different ways to build links but one of the most popular is by using services that help you do it. They come in various forms but typically what they do is distribute content (articles) that you write to numerous directories, blogs, web 2.0 properties, and other websites. They can work really well as a part of your overall backlinking strategy.

Here are 5 of the most popular of these link building services for you to consider:

1) Free Traffic System – I put this one first because it is completely free, easy to use, and works surprisingly well. It’s certainly not the best service of its kind but it does work, and you can’t beat the price. It’s definitely worth trying out.

2) Unique Article Wizard – This is one of the most well-known of all the link building (article marketing) services. It is also widely regarded as one of the best. You get a lot of link volume with UAW so you need to be careful not to overdo it.

3) Linxboss – It takes the least amount of work out of all the services on this list. You don’t have to write or spin any articles like you do with the others. All you do is plug in your link information and the system takes care of the rest. It’s relatively expensive and you don’t get a ton of links, but it can be very useful and you don’t have to spend any extra time writing.

4) Backlink Solutions – Here is one that’s balanced between the others as far as price, effort, and usefulness are concerned. They were one of the first link building services of this type and they’ve had their ups and downs, but have remained a solid choice. However, they aren’t accepting new members right now, so you have to join their waiting list if you want to use them in the future.

5) Linkvana – This one probably requires the most time/effort and it’s the most expensive, but it can work really well. They used to be THE place to go for this type of link building service but many others have caught up and even surpassed them. It’s still one of the best but not nearly as highly recommended as it once was.

Using any or all of these services should help your search engines rankings if you use them wisely and correctly. Don’t go blasting a million links to a new site from every service you can find. Doing things like that can often times do more harm than good.

I should also point out that you don’t necessarily need to use any type of service to help you build backlinks and you shouldn’t rely solely on them if you do use them. You can do it all yourself without spending any money and you should spread your links out among many different strategies. There are plenty of free ways to do it. However, using a service on the list above can certainly help quite a bit and make things a lot easier on you.

Alright, that’s it. Get going on your link building in one way or another right now. Your website traffic stats and bank account will thank you!

Not that I was planning to move to Philadelphia, anyway…

August 27, 2010

Have you seen the news that Philadelphia would like to charge a business fee to bloggers in the City of Brotherly Love? There’s a nice roundup of the online discussion of it over on WordStream. I guess my only question is— do they charge all home businesses this “fee”? Mary Kay reps, babysitters, who exactly has to pay? If they’re charging the 16 year old who mows your lawn, then I guess bloggers should pay up. If not, what exactly led to targeting bloggers in particular?

What do you think? At what point does a blog become a business and have to pay the required fees?

Confessions of a Social Media late adopter

August 22, 2010

I have a secret. For someone who writes a lot about social media, I’m not generally an early adopter. I don’t know if this is because I really don’t like cell phones, so platforms like Twitter and FourSquare weren’t a natural fit. Or because I tend to get addicted to technologies, so I try to avoid them as long as possible so they don’t suck yet more time out of my day. But the truth is George hounded me for about a year to join Facebook. (And I don’t even care to mention how long it took for me to “get” blogging.)

I didn’t want to. It was lame. I didn’t need it. Why should I? Then I joined about 18 months ago. How did I ever live without Facebook? And now I think that any business without a Facebook page is missing out on a monumental opportunity! Do you also want Google to exclude you from the search results?

I still don’t use Twitter a lot. Oh, sure I feed our Facebook page to it, but I leave most of the interacting to George. However, that will probably come to an end sometime in the next couple of months. Once I get a firm grasp on Linked In and Four Square— I need those for particular clients. But Twitter’s next.

So, why am I telling you all of this? Because I want you to know it’s not too late. If you don’t yet have a Twitter or a Facebook account, it’s okay. You haven’t missed the social media parade. In fact, it’s really just getting started.

For businesses, it’s often not that beneficial to be an early adopter. The best time for businesses to adopt a technology is around it’s peak. It’s usually easier (and cheaper) to get training at that point. Your clients and potential customers are already informed about the technology, so you don’t have to convince them that they should WANT to “like” you on Facebook. And there are plenty of people who are already knowledgeable to whom you can outsource the parts of social media that you don’t like or don’t have time to keep up with.

So, if you’ve been avoiding social media, you don’t have to continue to do so. There are some very simple and very effective ways to use Facebook, Twitter, blogging, Linked In and more that will help you make money online and won’t keep you from actually running your business. I’ll be introducing some simple tips and tricks over the coming weeks and months. So, make sure to check back often. But for right now, go sign up for Facebook and Twitter— and throw in LinkedIn while you’re at it. Leave a note down below if you’ve signed up recently, or if you don’t yet have an account and let me know what was/is holding you back.

Have I Replaced My Salary Yet – Am I Making A Living Online?

August 9, 2010

It’s been just over a year since I was laid off from my full time job at Hewlett Packard Corporation. I was a JAVA developer there making a nice living which did make it hard to leave on my own. That said, my lay off didn’t come as a huge surprise since roughly 6 months prior to being laid off I told my boss that I wasn’t happy with the work I was being assigned, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to stay. So I was very blessed to get shoved out the door last July, because without that push it was going to be hard to leave that job despite being ready to leave.

Anyway, last July I started doing this “online thing” full time.

I know you might wondering:

So how has that worked out for you?

Have you replaced your nice regular paycheck at HP yet?

Well, yes I have!

Well actually it’s “yes we have”!

My wife Jill and I are running a web design and web marketing company, and we have fully replaced my salary. Now, mind you it’s a lot of work. We both put in about 30 hours of work every week, which amounts to a total of 60 hours a week between the two of us. So it’s not a cake walk by any means.

Right now, Jill handles most of the sales and networking, as well as managing our web design contractors and most of our web design client interaction. If that wasn’t enough, she’s busy becoming our social media expert. I’m in charge of the SEO, PPC, Internet marketing plans, managing our Internet marketing contractors, handling the business operations and the client interactions for our marketing clients. We do quite a bit of overlapping work when it comes to interacting with clients, acquiring joint venture partners and building relationships. It’s been working out really well for us, and the future is looking pretty amazing.

So, yes we have been able to make money online and so can you! In the coming months I will talk a lot more about some of the factors that have helped us build a successful business.

Before I Go!

Before I leave, I just wanted to say that I really do want to help you succeed, BUT everyday I get questions from people wanting FREE advice, and neither my wife or I have the time to answer everyone’s questions personally. If I answered every question I got I would have no time to run a business and no time to spend with my family. So, please don’t be offended if you email us and don’t get an answer in response.

We DO answer many questions posted in the comments in response to a post. We’ll also sometimes answer particularly unique questions in a blog post. And, of course, the content we create for this site is free. But if you have a pressing need for our expertise and want our personalized help in building your business, you can hire us for phone or in person consulting or training. Phone consulting is currently $200/hour (as of August, 2010), but we can help you save hours of looking for an answer online and trying to figure out things on your own.

If you’re anything like my wife, you’re probably thinking “Whoa, Nelly! $200 for the ‘privilege’ of speaking to one of the Mantys for an hour?” Let me explain how the process works. When you contact us to set up a phone consultation, you’ll send us 4-5 questions that can be answered in an hour (ranking them in order of importance, in case time runs out). We’ll then research the answers to your questions— we don’t charge you for that time. So, your “one hour” phone consultation may, in reality, take as many as four or five hours of our time.

Of course, if you have a business and are considering hiring us to design a website or for marketing services, we provide a one hour free consultation. However, that isn’t designed to be a time to answer all of your questions. It’s primarily a time where we can assess how we can best help you and which of our services are likely to benefit you the most. While you may get some useful hints and information out of it, if you want to “do it yourself” and just need direction, you’re much better off paying for a phone consult.

Anyway, we look forward to helping you succeed online and if you would like to see us build a step by step program on making a living online or any other type of program let us know in the comments below.

Do You Have the Online Money Making Mindset?

August 5, 2010

There is a certain mindset needed for making a living online. It can be the difference between becoming very successful and wasting your time and money for a while before eventually quitting. It’s not easy to make big money online and anyone who tells you differently is flat out lying to you! Therefore, you must truly know deep within yourself that you will never give up no matter what. You need a burning desire to becoming successful at all costs.

Too many people think that it’s easy to make money online or that they are going to get rich just by signing up for some program or buying an ebook. I can’t really blame them most of the time because that’s what they are led to believe by shady marketers and flat out scammers. But the truth is actually the complete opposite… It’s very difficult to make a living online!

Sure, you might be able to earn a little money without a lot of effort. But if you are looking to actually build a full-time income on the internet then you better be ready to do a lot of learning, a lot of hard work, and spend a lot of time before you get there. Having some money to invest into your online business will be very helpful as well. If it were easy then everyone would do it and nobody would have any money problems. Unfortunately, the world doesn’t work that way. So, you can’t go into it with the attitude of getting rich quickly or easily. It’s not going to happen!

What it really comes down is your money making mindset. If you truly believe you will succeed, and you are more than willing to put in the time and effort needed, and get up from all failures, you will be able to make a living online. Know that you will have to work hard to get there but it can be done. Nothing can stop you if completely you believe in yourself and never give up!

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