01 Jun 09
17 Nov 10 2:19 am
Well, I am not Mark :) but I use AMA. And I am happy with it.
The thing with search engines, as has been mentioned before on the Affilorama forum, is that they do not always show you your backlinks even if they know about them. And when they choose to show backlinks, they certainly do not show all of them.
What I had done to see if AMA was effective was to conduct a test. I submitted some articles which had links to certain articles on my site. And the articles on my site allowed pingbacks. Only the articles on AMA had backlinks to these particular articles on my site. I found that pingbacks came in regularly, meaning that my articles were indeed being published on blogs and these blogs were pinging back my site (through the backlinks embedded in the articles submitted to AMA).
The pingbacks come only from sites where pingback is enabled, so if there are sites that do not have it enabled who publish my articles as well, it means that there are more sites at which I have backlinks than what I see through the pingbacks.
That's how I know that I have backlinks generated through my AMA article submissions.
Of course, it also comes down to personal experience and preferences. if you are not happy with a certain service, it is your option to get another one or eliminate it altogether. But I would advise you to conduct tests to see what's working for you and what's not.
I hope that helps :)