It’s incredibly important to have a system when it comes to monitoring your backlinks because things can get so confusing. Because creating a link profile is so important when it comes to ranking well on a Google search results page, companies and individuals are finding tons of creative ways to earn a variety of links—infographics, forums and comments, cross-linking, social media networks, contributing guest articles, etc. It’s best to start creating a strategy for monitoring your links early so you can benefit later as your backlinks start to add up.
Keeping everything straight is a great way to find new link building opportunities as well as make sure that no spam websites are pointing back to your site in any way (Google will bring your rankings down if you’re connected to spam-type websites). You want to make sure you have authoritative links, and you want to make sure that the links you have earned remain active, and the Monitor Backlinks tool is a way to make that happen.
How the Monitor Backlinks Tool Works
You sign up here first and then will have access to your account and your personal dashboard. On the dashboard you will have the option to add links or domains. You have two different options when it comes to adding your links, which are shown in the screenshot below:
If you choose the option where you connect with Google Analytics, you’ll also be prompted to add in your competition. This is a really great feature and it’s all automated, so you don’t have to do much work (side note: it can take up to 24 hours to gather all of the data). Once you choose what you want to do, you’ll have all of the different options discussed above and you’ll be able to see them all on your dashboard. As you can see from my sample dashboard below, I can filter all of my links to make things easier and even export the links if I wanted to back up all of the information:
If neither of these options work for you, you can scroll down the page just a bit and see three other options: Check your backlinks for free, import links from a CSV file, or bookmarklet (adding from the browser).
Monitor Backlinks Pricing Options
Prices vary from $19 to $99 per month with the option to create a custom package with a custom price. The particular trial that I used was the premium version, or the version that allows you to monitor the most backlinks, because it gives you access to everything. This package typically costs $99 per month, but you can try it for 30 days free. This is what I did at first and the plan I’m going to stick with after the 30 day trial.
The Monitor Backlinks Verdict: Easy to Use with Excellent and Relevant Options
First, this tool was incredibly easy to use. As you can see from the dashboard screenshot above, you have filters you can use that don’t take you to another page or leave you feeling like you can’t find your data. It’s really all there, in one place, and I know exactly how to see it and exactly how to add more domains and more likes (a big red “+Add” button is just what I need when worrying about something as confusing as backlinks).
Second, because I can connect with my Google Analytics, I really felt like I was able to get a clear picture of all the links without missing a beat. It wasn’t my responsibility or the tool’s responsibility to find the links—it was Google Analytics, which is something I trust. Overall I felt incredibly confident using this tool and I know that there are tons of possibilities the more I add to it.
Lastly when it comes to pricing, I would say that the tool is priced well. You have many different options and different plans (more than the usual 3), and I don’t think many would really need to monitor an unlimited amount of domains, so that brings down the price. In comparison to other tools of its kind, this one is definitely the best I’ve seen and something every serious link builder, guest blogger, or SEO should have in his/her toolbox.
A Few Issues with the Monitor Backlinks Tool
The thing I found a little bit confusing was the dropdown menus at the top of the screen, one labeled “dashboard” and one labeled “SEO tools.” It took me a while to realize that these even existed, and when you click on an option it takes you to an entirely new page that might be a bit confusing. Almost everything is in one place except for these few choices. Below is a screenshot of the choices you have that you could easily miss:
You also have a credit system for the Advanced Backlink Checker tool that doesn’t seem to be discussed much. This is something else that I missed, and I was left confused about how I earned credits and why I wanted them. I got an email from the CEO saying I earned one credit, and this left me confused. You can find your credits under your profile picture in the top right hand corner, and when you click it you see this screen:
Apparently you buy credits, but I wasn’t really aware that this was an option so I had to spend some time deciding if the Advanced Backlink Checker tool was really worth it. In the end, I just felt like any type of credit system was making things disorganized.
Cool Extra Features Monitor Backlinks Offers
What makes a tool go from great to absolutely amazing are the little extra things that the company does to help make your life easier. I found a few of these little hidden gems as I’ve gone through and used the tool:
- There is a live chat option at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen so you can ask any question, any time.
- CEO Razvan Girmacea actually emailed me as soon as I started my premium version trial to let me know who he was and how I can contact him if I need anything. This isn’t something I’ve found with any other tool, so it was a great feature.
- If you post your Monitor Backlinks custom link on your Facebook or Twitter page, the company will actually give you $25 for each user that signs up for a premium account.
If you’re interested in getting started with a free trial of Monitor Backlinks, visit this link. Here you will find pricing information and be able to sign up in a matter of seconds. Once you do sign up, come back and let us know what you think of the tool.
As you’re getting back into the swing of work after the long Memorial Day weekend, here are the posts you don’t want to miss:
- Penguin 4, With Penguin 2.0 Generation Spam-Fighting, Is Now Live Barry Schwartz confirmed on May 22nd that Penguin 4 is now live. As the post discusses, the reason this update is especially significant is it includes new technology for detecting and dealing with spam.
- Use These Secret NSA Google Search Tips to Become Your Own Spy Agency This intriguing article links to a 643 page PDF called “Untangling the Web: A Guide to Internet Research.” The reason it’s relevant to anyone with an interest in SEO is it goes over tons of examples of sensitive information that can be found through Google as a result of poor server and website security.
- Social Media Sharing on Steroids – Viral Content Buzz GrowMap.com was kind enough to let me publish a guest post about Viral Content Buzz. Even if you’re already familiar with the features of Ann Smarty and I’s social sharing platform, I’d love for you to jump in the lively discussion and add to the 35 comments that have already been left.
- Penguin 2.0 Losers: Porn Sites, Game Sites, & Big Brands Like Dish.com & The Salvation Army If you’re interested in seeing some concrete data about how the latest Penguin update has affected the rankings of sites across a wide range of categories, this post has some very interesting numbers from SearchMetrics.
- 19 New Filter Fields Available in Google Analytics Penguin isn’t the only new update Google has rolled out. They also updated Analytics with nineteen new ways to filter your data. This post covers the filters and provides some tips for making the most of them.
- Google Talks Back: Conversational Search Available on New Version of Chrome If you’re interested in learning more about Google’s new conversational search feature, Jessica Lee has quite a few details, as well as her own experience with trying it out.
Once you get a chance to go through them, be sure to leave a comment and let me know which link was the most useful to you!
- Viral Content Buzz: Why Social is The New Backlink Find out nine different places where you can promote your website or blog, as well as how you can use Viral Content Buzz to promote your blog’s best posts.
- 15 Things You Need To Know About The #NewGooglePlus “Infographics will display in a nearly-useful size, A Hangout is now any form of group communication & You can now send money through Gmail/Google” are just three of the fifteen topics covered in this image and video rich post.
- A Facebook Update In Real Life: If you’re in need of a good laugh, this 2.5 minute will do the trick!
- What should we expect in the next few months in terms of SEO for Google? Although 7.5 minutes may sound long for a YouTube video, since this one comes directly from Matt Cutts and addresses several important issues, it’s definitely worth watching the entire thing.
- SEO Experts Interview: What’s the Hottest New SEO or Social Media Tool This Year? Ann Smarty, John Rampton, Ashley Moreno, Jon Henshaw, Alexis Grant, Viktar Khamianok, Tyler Shannon, Scott Langdon and myself all share the SEO or social media tool that we’re currently the most excited about using.
- Penguin 2.0 and Future Google Updates Kev Massey covers several topics related to Google’s Penguin 2.0 update, including hacked sites, authority authors and result clusters.
- 5 Clever Ways Your Business Can Use Video to Drive Traffic Steve Young discusses how creating a parody, your own whiteboard animation and three other video strategies can help you drive traffic.
- Klout Integration Pushes Human Powered ‘Expert’ Answers Atop Bing’s Search Results Greg Finn goes over Klout’s official entry into the social answers space, as well as the impact this integration will have on Bing.
- Great Comment on “Repurposing Content: The Definitive Guide” If you missed this guide when it was originally published in January, bookmark and read the entire thing when you have some time. But even if you already checked it out earlier this year, be sure to check out the very thoughtful comment Eugene Farber recently left on the issue of “over-repurposing” content.
- How To Add Google+ Comments To WordPress Easily Find out how to add Google+ comments to your WordPress blog by using code, code for the Thesis theme or one of three plugins. Also get Just Ask Kim’s opinion on how this type of commenting system will impact a blog’s SEO efforts.
If you’re signed up to my weekly newsletter, you know what to expect from this post. If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for it yet, I’ve been using the newsletter to put together links to the best SEM & SEO content I’ve come across during the last week.
Since I’ve been really pleased with the feedback I’ve received about the newsletter, I decided to expand the format and publish the links & summaries here.
So without further ado, here are the six links you don’t want to miss:
- How to Contact Google Whether you have an issue with Google+, a Google Business account, AdWords, Analytics, Webmaster Tools, GMail or even YouTube, Kristi Hines has put together an incredibly useful post that will help you get in touch with an actual human being at Google.
- Will Multiple Internal Links with the Same Anchor Text Hurt a Site’s Ranking? According to Matt Cutts, “typically not.” To get the full scoop on this issue, be sure to watch his full video, which is just under two minutes in length.
- Meet AdWords Keyword Planner – The New Google Keyword Tool and AdWords Traffic Estimator Mash-up! This post from WordStream provides lot of great information and tips about how to use Google’s new AdWords Keyword Planner. In case you haven’t heard of this tool, it combines the Google Keyword Tool and AdWords Traffic Estimator into a new interface to make it easier than ever to find keywords for PPC and/or SEO.
- Getting the Most out of Facebook Custom Audiences In this post, the always informative Amanda DiSilvestro discusses the past, present and future of Facebook Custom Audiences. Throughout the post, she explains exactly how you can reap all the benefits this feature has to offer.
- 21 Things SMBs Can Do To Make Google Love Their Website This is a guest post that I actually wrote. Since I specifically targeted it at beginners, feel free to bookmark it or even print it out to use as a reference when you’re talking to someone about SEO/SEM for the first time.
- Penguin 2.0: How Guest Blogging Will Be Affected As Neil Patel discusses in this post, while he has no doubt that guest blogging will remain a valuable online marketing strategy, he does believe there will be five significant changes to it. Those changes are social signals, author rank, devaluing links, devaluing sites and co-citations.
While we’re on the subject of guest blogging, I just wanted to share that we’ve expanded our guest blogging service to offer Silver, Gold and Platinum packages. This makes it easy to get exactly the type of posts you want based on specific metrics like domain authority, PageRank and “social signals”. If you’re interested in getting all the details and pricing info, shoot me an email and I’ll send them to you.
Once you get a chance to check out all the posts, be sure to leave a comment and let me know which one you thought was the most informative!
I have to say that I’m quite proud to look back and see just how far Viral Content Buzz has come in a little less than seven months. But while we’re really happy with what we’ve accomplished, that doesn’t mean we’re going to sit back and coast. On the contrary, we’re happy to announce the rollout of a bunch of new features!
Since we’ve been gradually testing and adding some, here’s a look at everything we’ve added over the last few months, as well as our brand new features:
- Pinterest Support: Share any infographics or other images that you want through Pinterest. This VCB post has some tips that Pinterest newbies will find especially helpful.
- StumbleUpon Support: Just like Pinterest, we’ve now made it super easy to use VCB in conjunction with StumbleUpon. And as with all the sites we support, you have full control over exactly what you promote and share.
- Bookmarklet: If you want to use VCB with a single click in Firefox, Chrome, IE or Safari, all you need to do is grab the VCB bookmarklet here. And if you’re on your iPad, you can get a bookmarklet for it here.
- Scheduling Tool: This makes it really easy to control exactly when you want sharing to happen.
- Customizable Dashboard: Easily switch between a traditional scrolling layout and a Pinterest-style layout that puts multiple stories on each row.
- Labels and Folders: Under “My Projects,” you can use labels and folders to keep everything organized by topic, site, client or any other structure that you want.
- Karma: Our one-liner for this feature is “the more approved posts you have, the closer you are to being a trusted member.”
- Project Report: Easily see who shared what, and when they shared it. We’ve also made it dead simple to download and/or email a report.
Last month, Ann published a post detailing what the Labs section of Viral Content Buzz is all about. While I highly recommend reading her post, we’ll go over a quick summary now.
VCB Labs is all about coming up with tools and resources to help content marketers. Currently, there are three free tools that anyone can use. They are:
- Pinterest Analytics: Get stats for all images on your site that are being shared. This tool also provides features to help you encourage Pinterest users to share your images.
- Activity Analyzer: Put in any URL (including an RSS feed link), and you can see detailed information about its performance on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon and Google+.
- Twitter Chat Client: Makes it easy to start and engage in a Twitter chat simply by using our Twitter chat application.
That’s Not All
In addition to all the new features that are live and ready to use, we’ve got several more in the pipeline. Keep an eye out for:
- Facebook Page support
- Google Plus support
- Being able to create & send multiple Tweets at once, and then they’ll automatically be spaced out based on the settings you choose (similar to Buffer)
Ann and I truly appreciate all the users who are helping to build VCB into an awesome platform, so be sure to let us know what you think about all the new features in the comments!
Well it’s that time of year again folks. Christmas is over and we are about ready to bring in the new year. Since 2012 is coming to a close and the new year is mere hours away, I thought it would be fun to post a short video outlining some of my New Years resolutions for 2013. Enjoy!
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!….
Que the music…
Since it’s a the end of the world as we know and we aren’t going to be here tomorrow anyhow I have gone absolutely crazy with the pricing on our guest blogging services.
Guest post today are $75. per post. That’s a whopping 50%. discount off the normal rate.
To get started simply call 281-727-0848 ext 5 or contact us.
Have a happy and safe Armageddon!
Whether your site falls outside of Google’s AdSense program or you’re simply not happy with your current payouts and are looking for an alternative, T3Ads wants to help you maximize the value of your traffic.
What is T3Ads?
Although T3Ads is a new concept, the team behind it has a lot of experience. The platform was developed by T3Leads, which is a company based in Encino, CA. Since 2006, they have provided affiliates and merchants with the tools they need to maximize the value of their marketing efforts. T3Leads’ areas of expertise include US and UK payday loans, debt settlement, home loans, auto finance, home insurance, debt relief and home improvement. They’ve built an especially strong reputation around their payday affiliate program.
Because T3Leads has been working with affiliates for over half a decade, they have seen just how difficult it can be for publishers in many verticals to properly monetize their sites. As the company grew to over 20,000 active affiliates, they had the opportunity to talk to more and more publishers. During these discussions, they noticed that the same issues came up time and time again. Common complaints included lack of human support, unclear policies, low payouts and constant fear of accidentally doing something wrong that would immediately result in a permanent ban.
After continuing to hear these complaints and realizing that Google was in no hurry to change their AdSense policies, T3Leads decided to tackle the problem on their own.
5 Reasons to Use T3Ads
Because the entire platform was built around feedback they received from actual online publishers, T3Ads has several key features that set it apart from other advertising program. Whether you have a single blog or a network of websites, here are five reasons to test out T3Ads:
- 24 hour live support means that if you ever have a question, instead of waiting for days to receive an answer (or never getting one at all), you’ll have an answer within minutes.
- Instead of constant fluctuations, you’ll receive transparent information that explains exactly how your payouts are calculated.
- The easy to use platform makes it dead simple to create ad units and place them on your site.
- T3Ads is far more open with the types of sites they accept, as well as sources of traffic.
- Publishers get full control over how they monetize their site thanks to the ability to easily customize ads.
If you like what you’ve read about T3Leads and their new advertising program, all you’ll need to do is visit their site and complete their simple signup process. And since the company truly cares about taking care of its customers, if you have any questions when you visit the site, all you’ll need to do is grab your phone and call the number in the upper right corner of the site.
Even though the temperature is rising towards 80 degrees outside my office today, I’m still a sucker for the all things Christmas. So, in the spirit of giving, I’ve decided to run a special guest blog post offer. Our standard rate for guest blogging is $150 a post. But because nonstop Christmas music and more glasses of eggnog than I can count have revved up my Christmas spirit to full blast, I’m offering discounts as big as Santa’s belly through the end of December:
- $75 a post for agencies
- $100 a post for individual site owners
That’s a massive savings of up to $75 per post!
(since I don’t want to end up like Bob Cratchit, this deal requires an order of at least 10 posts)
I’m no Grinch, but this deal really is going to end on 12/31. Since the last thing you want is to start 2013 with regrets about not saving money on a proven service, order today so you don’t miss out!
To get started simply call 281-727-0484 ext 5 or simply contact us.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Just wanted to share a quick announcement about a very special offer we’re running:
Black Friday Special Offer: Guest Blogging Blowout
From Black Friday to Cyber Monday (Nov 23 to 26)
- Only 5 Slots Available
If you’ve been thinking about our guest blogging services or know someone who has a guest blogging need, this is the deal to take.
Our normal rate for guest blogging is $150 per post. But from Black Friday though Cyber Monday, we’re knocking $100. off this rate. The first 5 customers who order at least 10 guest posts will get them for just $50. a piece. I must be loco! This offer will end as soon as the 5 slots are taken, so don’t miss out on a chance to get some great links and awesome exposure!
Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!