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Backlink phobia

cnthmurray
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Backlink phobia

I've read all the advice I can find, I've watched dozens of videos, but I've still hit a brick wall with backlinking! Either all the blogs I find seem to be nofollow, or when I put in a comment, my link shows as HTML. Should I outsource? And if so, any suggestions for a good place to outsource to?
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Outsourcing is an excellent option however you should learn the technique before you give it to others to perform for you. There are many techniques used in building backlinks that are not beneficial to your site over a long period.

Your backlinks should have the appearance of natural link formation. Avoid mass backlink acquisition as this sudden appearance of links will alert Google which may disallow your site receiving credit for the links.

Elance and Odesk are excellent sources to find someone to perform your backlink building. I would recommend creating a video that will instruct your potential hires on the method you would like used to build your backlinks.

In order to produce an instructional video you need to learn how to build backlinks yourself. Also, in negotiating a fee without any knowledge of what it takes you will be unable to know what level of productivity to expect from your virtual assistant.

Good Luck!

Margene
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cterao
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Have you tried places that openly welcome backlinks such as forums with comment luv?

Or article marketing where you can put backlinks in your resource box?
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cnthmurray
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Thanks for the advice. I have already done Mark's training on backlinking, in addition to Matt Carter's and several others, but I just don't seem to get past my mental block.

I have posted Ezine articles with links, and put links from on of my sites to the other, but that's all so far.

I'll try the comment luv tip, but can you suggest a reason why the HTML code still shows in my forum comments after I've posted them? The formula I'm using is

<a href="http://www.yoursite.com">anchor text</a>
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cterao
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The forum may have disabled HTML or <a href> codes in order to prevent people from posting a bunch of spam comments just to get backlinks to a pill site or whatever. [edit: hmm... I didn't realize it but the "V-pill" is a banned word on Affilorama...]

I wouldn't use forum signatures unless the goal was to get real people to click on the link and visit your site from an on-topic forum. Just my personal preference on the matter, though.
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Clayton
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jmpruitt
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Another thing you have to realize is that forums dont use HTML they use a different style of Code. also you have to make sure the forums allow linking. many dont because of people spamming for links and not contributing to the community. forum marketing only really works if you know the niche personally. dont use them just for links.
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cnthmurray
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Thanks again for all the tips. As a complete newbie, and an elderly one at that, I kind of feel that I'm standing on one spot with roads leading away in every direction, so I have no idea which one to follow! But I'm determined to go through with it somehow, because this is my only 'retirement plan'.

Jamie, I downloaded your report - thanks! It has some really helpful ideas, and it also made me realize that as someone who has never really 'socialized' online, I was confusing forum posts with blog comments, which explains the code problem.

I also agreed with what you say about spamming and making useless comments etc. I think that half my backlinking problem is because I hate the idea of leaving posts or messages just for the sake of a link. I've actually ended up a couple of times leaving comments or posts even when I couldn't put a link in them.

Anyway, I see that you practice what you preach!

Maybe I should write a Senior Citizens' Guide to the 'new and dangerous' world of internet marketing!
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LOL, well, since Im not a senior Citizen YET (im only 35) I don't know how well I could do that one. the thing is , there are hundreds of ways to get backlinks. posting just for a link is no good in a forum, or really any form of social media.

Blog commenting is the same, if you have something of value to add, then leave a comment. When I am link building through any social setting, I look at as a way to engage people, if I am allowed a link too, then I will take it, but the engagement and relationships are the front line.

I am not a very social person, by nature. In fact, I was just discussing with my GF how I sometimes felt like I was fake, because I am not generally very sociable. But, being social online and bieng social offline are different. i love social media, and getting to know people. going out on the town with people is another story. scares me to death LOL

When I get to chatting with people online, my focus is to help the people on the other end. If they happen to check out my site, thats great, but my primary focus is to help them as much as I can.

Generally when I see people struggling to do that it is because of 1 of two things, which I talk about extensively in my guide. Either they are in a niche they don't know or they are too worried about what other people will think.

I have been on both sides of that, and neither one is good for you. if you are in the wrong niche, you simply need to find one that you actually know something about. if it is fear stopping you., push through it. People probably don't think about you nearly as much as you think.
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cnthmurray
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Thanks again. I'll keep all this in mind. I also watched your 'sneak peek' video - really interesting. Anyway, I'm off to see what other ways I can use to get backlinks. Maybe I can find something that's not so difficult to start with!
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You might want to check out the services that were recommended on this thread: Can I Outsource Backlinking?

There are also link building services available in the Affilorama Services forum.
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The problem is that it is very hard to find decent blogs and forums to post comments on, UNLESS you are in the make money online niche. This is quite frustrating. To me, the make money online niche is a bit of a pyramid scheme in which you have a whole lot of guys selling you expensive products that supposedly will allow you to "crush the competition". But in the end most people end up in the same niche trying to get their own slice of this pie.
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There are 3 different types of link codes that most websites will accept:

1. <a href="http://www.YOURSITE.com">YOUR KEYWORD</a>

2. [~url=http://www.YOURSITE.com]YOUR KEYWORD[/url] - take out the ~ character, I placed it so as to prevent this turning into a click-able link

3. [link=http://www.YOURSITE.com]YOUR KEYWORD[/link]

The bottom two are mostly used in forums and in signatures. They are called BBCcodes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBCode

Blog comments and the like usually use the <a href> code. You'll be able to tell if they do by looking below the comment box at the "Allowed HTML Codes" area. It's just usually labeled "<a>"

As for the BBCodes the board owner has control over whether or not people can use them. Look for something like "BBcode=off" or something to that effect to determine if you can place a link. If it's off, or specifically if the [url] code is turned off then you can't place a link. It'll just post up your code as is.

The [link] code is rarely used but there are still a few boards out there that utilize that code so it's good to know just in case. Then there are some boards that have their own code specific to their board. I've seen some weird stuff like

"YOURKEYWORD":http://www.YOURSITE.com

These special ones are usually listed somewhere near the comment box so people will know what to use.

If you can't figure out which type of code to use, take a look around and see which failed attempts other people have tried. If you notice that the [url] tags are being posted as is then you can cross that one off the list and try a [link] or a <a href>.

Then there are some sites that won't allow you to post anchor text and will show your HTML code but turn the URL into a link. And there are also some places where you can't embed any click-able links whatsoever. They'll just turn into regular text.
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