We’ve all seen it time and time again, epic content ranking for awesome search terms.
How does it get there?
Great content and promotion play a big part when trying to bring in the top spots now. Social sharing, natural backlinks. After all, this is what google wants to see right?
What about those of us who want to rank Amazon, Adsense or any type of affiliate website for that matter?
The natural backlinks don’t come easy and in most cases they don’t come at all. Would you link to a site like that?
Probably not because chances are you haven’t even heard of it. The truth is sites like that are made to collect commissions and that’s it… Rank and Bank.
This is one of the methods I use to make an income, the 3 step income method involves keyword research, a website and backlink building.
The 3rd step can be the hardest, building links and ranking on the first page.
So let me introduce you to a simple link building method that’s perfect for these little sites.
What You Will Learn
- How to build a strong web 2.0 network
- How to setup expired Tumblrs within minutes
- How to scrape expired web 2.0 sites
- Why this works so well and gets results
What Kind Of Results Can You Expect From This?
After many late nights and energy drinks, I’ve pumped out some great results.
This all came down to testing and tweaking this method until I found my own sweet spot. I was shown this strategy from a buddy of mine and it works really well for both of us.
This one here is a fresh two week old page that I used for a recent test (more on that test soon).
I’ve already seen some great results considering the competition is pretty strong.
Some more current stable rankings from the same website I’m working on at the moment-
What about some bigger search terms?
This is an old keyword I no longer track, it now sits pretty at 3rd. Here is my last recording from last year, ranked with nothing more than expired web 2.0s.
So What’s This All About?
I’m talking about building a high authority expired web 2.0 network to your money site.
I buy or scrape expired sites like the ones in the image then point them to my main websites.
Sounds good right?… juiced up web 2.0s ready to go.
We have some great advantages when doing this…
- They already have natural backlinks
- They are aged
- Have good page authority, usually 30+
- Ready to drop links and send juice
If I was to build a fresh network it would take some time before the power started to kick in. I would have to use something like GSA search engine ranker to power them up.
You can expect an increase in rankings within 24 hours sometimes. It really is instant clean juice right to your website.
Although not as strong, this is just like a private blog network but with web 2.0 blogs that are free to use with full control over your links.
How To Build Your Deadly Web 2.0 Network
When starting a new network I base my start point on a standard number of expired blogs. I start with 24 then let it sit for two weeks once finished to see the full impact.
Sometimes more is needed or that could be enough to get me what I want. I use loads of Tumblr blogs and that’s because I can set up so many in a short amount of time.
You should be able to get yourself stable on the second page with ease. The first page is also very possible depending on the competition.
Let’s get this bad boy started.
Step One: Finding The Expired Blogs
This really comes down to how much time you have. When I first started I would purchase them but of course, there are some advantages to this and some disadvantages.
Buying them can be good to save time, you can pay the seller extra to get them all signed up for you ready to go. The disadvantage is you don’t really have control over what you get sent…. The quality isn’t always the best.
Not many people sell Weebly or Over-blog.com.
However, if you ask them to do a custom scrape for you, they usually will.
There is also a seller on Affiliate Hustle who sells all 3 if you ask him.
Scraping Them Yourself
This is by far the best way however, it takes the longest. If you don’t have time to sort through them when done this might not be the best option.
But you can expect to find gems like this….
What You Need To Scrape Them Yourself
- Keyword list
- A Little Time
I use Scrapebox so I’ll give you a rundown on the process I go through to find nice juicy expired blogs.
Just use the default settings to start with, they work fine when starting out.
First you need to gather some proxies, it’s important to use private proxies to get the best results. Go with 10 and load them into the proxy section. Click “Use Proxies” if it’s not checked already.
You will need to upload some keywords. You can find some general large keyword list online by doing a Google search or give this old 100k list a try. Scrapebox also has an in-house scraper if you want to scrape some keywords right from the software.
In the top custom footprint bar is where you enter the site you want to scrape, For example, I’ve entered “site:tumblr.com”
Next Click “Start Harvesting”.
When the harvester pops up choose the engines you would like to use from the left. The ones I’ve ticked below work great.
At the bottom double check that you are using server proxies, you want to save your own proxies for the next steps.
Now start harvesting, I leave mine going for 24 hours and that’s enough time to collect a large amount of URLs.
Once the harvest is done you should have millions of URLs, it’s time to trim things down.
First you want to click “Trim” and a drop down menu will show up then click “Trim To Root”
The same goes for removing duplicates, click “Remove\Filter” then “Remove Duplicates”.
Now in the top menu click “Addons” Then “Show Available Addons”. You want to install “Scrapebox Alive Check” then open it up.
You should now see the alive checker window popup.
You can then import the URLs from the harvester in the bottom left corner. Also, make sure you tick “Use Proxies” because now we need our private proxies to keep things running smooth.
The last thing to do is click “Setup” and delete whatever’s in there then enter “404”. Now click “Ok” then “Start”
Once finished click “Export” on the bottom right then “Save All Alive To Harvester”.
You should have a list of expired web 2.0s you can use as backlinks to your websites. There is one more step and that’s finding the most powerful ones. I do this by checking the Page Rank.
As we know Page Rank is dead now but it’s still a good filtering system. The higher the page rank the older they are and the chance of finding ones with awesome backlinks is higher.
Click “Check Pagerank” then “Check URL Pagerank”
Once you have done that you can then export them to a text file by clicking “Export URL List”
You should have a decent list of URLs to go through once done. It’s time to sort through them and find the available ones.
Step Two: Claiming Those Gems
Before we get into this, not every Tumblr is going to be free. Scrapebox checks for 404s however, most of the time Tumblr still won’t let you sign up to them.
There is really no way around this unless you create or find a bot that checks real 404s. Scrapebox is good but it does lack in this department.
Find yourself a website that checks Page Authority. I go with 99Webtools, because it can check 50 at a time for us.
You might need to grab yourself some extra e-mail addresses to register the blog if you don’t have any already. I purchased 1000 from these guys about 6 months ago and I still have plenty left.
This next step is very important!
You should use a different IP each time you sign up a new account.
You can stretch it out to 3 accounts per IP max, if you use the same IP to sign up a large amount of Tumblr blogs they will soon start banning them.
I’ve made this mistake before, I got lazy made 10+ accounts then when I checked them a month later they were all gone.
You can use a program called Private Internet Access for VPN access, so you can change IP with the click of a button.
Once you have a VPN setup, open up Tumblr and have your URLs ready in the page authority checker. All you need to do now is take the username and try to sign up with it.
Keep doing this until you find the free accounts.
Step Three: Dropping The Links
This is by far the easiest part, this is why expired web 2.0 network builders like to use Tumblr to drop links to their money sites.
You don’t need fancy articles, all you need is a picture and a few lines of text. Tumblr is an image platform so it makes sense just to roll with it.
Just like that, a link is created in seconds, sure it takes a while to scrape them but it’s worth it!
If you want to buy them then that’s fine they work just as well, you will usually need more of them to get more juice that’s all.
The only other thing I do is upload an avatar and I might change the themes on some of them every now and then.
When it comes to the Weebly or Over-blog.com blogs you will need to upload an article, this is why I don’t do as many when starting out. I want to see what the Tumblr’s will do first.
Step Four: Keyword Ratios
Branding plays a decent part in ranking now so getting the right ratios can make or break your rankings. I’ve had rankings drop off the radar within 24 hours just because I used my exact match keyword 1 to many times.
I use the expired web 2.0 networks for branding and keyword variations. I save the big pushes with exact match keywords for my private blog network with strong domains if I need to.
What I typically do is sort my expired web2.0s from weakest to strongest. I’ll use the weak ones for naked URLs and branding anchor text, with the stronger ones I’ll use keyword variations.
I head over to LSI Graph to get some variations to use.
To finish it off for good measure I’ll add a few exact match anchor text on my strongest web 2.0s just in case Google wants to give it that extra push for me.
And that’s how you create an epic web 2.0 network…. It’s not over yet though, there are some issues to address.
What Have Tumblr And Weebly Changed Recently?
They have changed a few things over the last few months or so but it hasn’t had any negative effects. In reality, it become a blessing in disguise making it easier to find better blogs
Let’s start with Weebly and the “we won’t index you saga”.
As you could imagine this became a problem, Weebly is telling us our free account won’t index the blog.
This is really just a good business move on their part forcing free users onto a paid account, well……
We can force things as well!
All we need to do is run a force index with the Google Url Submitter, this ignores the robots.txt and crawls the site anyway.
Tumblr’s Sneaky Little Redirects
This recently just happened over a month ago and now a lot of network builders have come to the conclusion that Tumblr is useless for link building.
Instead of just linking out to your money site link, Tumblr has a new redirect in place like this href=”http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z” + your URL.
I just had to test this for myself to see if the juice still flowed, after all Tumblr plays a big part in this strategy.
Two weeks ago I ran a test with 42 expired Tumblr blogs and these are the results…
This was a fresh page so these jumps are very good especially the bottom one.
Then a week later the rankings have increased even more. You might notice these from the start of this article, the bottom keyword is sitting at 16 with a keyword competition of 41… not bad at all.
So, Tumblr still passes juice and Weebly will still index. Everything is all good!
Why Do These Work So Well?
This really comes down to age and the backlinks they have.
You build private blog networks with expired domains because they’re aged with backlinks, It’s the same concept.
In most SEO campaigns you will find web 2.0s being used and for good reasons. They work for all types of scenarios like diversity or pushing ranks.
The difference when using new ones is they’re fresh and take time to power up with the other tiered links you need to build to them.
Using expired web 2.0s to get me stable on the second page for my keywords then pushing them the rest of the way with my own personal private blog network works really well.
Remember, Google want’s to see that Authority.
Wrapping It Up
If you want a quick and easy way to grab some good backlinks then buying Tumblr’s and throwing up those links is a fast way to do it.
You can build massive networks ready for links to existing or new websites you might create.
It’s up to you if you want to use these web 2.0s for one site or multiple sites. I link out to 2–4 websites max so I don’t have too many outbound links spreading the juice around.
When scraping the sub domains this video from Dillon who has helped me a lot in the past with this will explain the scraping if you have trouble or you prefer videos.
You don’t need to limit yourself to the web 2.0s mentioned above, that’s just what I prefer to use. There are many footprints you can input into the scraper.