Can Outbound Links Boost Your SEO?

Make money on the webWe are always hearing about the importance of getting backlinks to your site and internal linking to get ranked in Google but what about outbound links?

As I was doing forum commenting for the Quick Start Challenge and the Turn $100 into $2000 Challenge I saw a lot of debate about outbound links or external links as some people prefer to call them.

An outbound link, if you don’t already know, is a url that you have on your site that links to another website.  When you think about it the world wide web is formed from links from one site to another and enables it to be what it is. does

By linking out from your site, you are “voting” for the site you link to. That is the whole point of getting backlinks to your site.

When other sites  link  to your site you get a backlink from that site which is one of the factors that Google takes into account in it’s ranking algorithm.

But what if you link out to other sites?

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Turn $100 into $2000 Challenge Week 2 Results

Well, it’s the end of week 2 of the Challenge. I can’t believe how the time has flown.

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I am in Spain on a 4 week break and it’s quite a challenge in itself to spend the time doing this as well as everything else I want to do for my detox nichel.  I was not expecting to be doing this challenge when we left so I am doing this on top of everything else.

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How To Build SEO Back Links Following The Google Panda & Penguin Algorithm Changes

I’m not happy. Not happy at all. I think I have taken a hit from Penguin. The traffic to my detox blog has dropped off again in spite of the SEO back links I have been building since Google’s Panda.

Google launched Penguin, their latest algorithm change, on April 24th and I have noticed that my search engine traffic has been going down and down since then.

Some of it may be the time of the year of course as the majority of people are searching for information about detox in the earlier part of the year. Still it makes me wonder.

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iWriter Review – Is It Good Value For Money?

I recently had an email from Brad Callen telling me about his new project iWriter. Brad is the brains behind the software Keyword Elite, SEO Elite and Affiliate Elite as well as a lot of other products and has a good reputation so I thought I would take a look.

iWriter is a site where you can get articles written very cheaply or get paid to write  articles.


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The thing that appealed to me was the fact that the articles are very cheap compared to a lot of other sites. But I did wonder about the quality. What do you get for your money?

Choose your writer quality

Writers are rated as basic, premium or elite so you can select the quality of the article.

Once you register at the site you can request articles of 150, 300, 500, 700 or 1000 words. A 500 word article written by a basic rated writer will set you back just $3.00. For a premium writer you will be charged $5.00 and $8 for an elite writer.

I decided that I would put them to the test. Not one to go overboard I just ordered one article of 500 words and selected a premium writer.

Order your article

Once I had funded my account I had to complete a description of the project, the category, article length, the grade of writer, my keywords, the tone of the article either friendly or formal, the purpose and finally any special instructions.

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When you have used the site for a while and you have found some writers that you like you can choose for your project to be submitted to them only.

I asked for my article to be written in short paragraphs with headings to make it easy to read. You get an email notification when your article is ready and I was surprised that mine was ready in a matter of hours.

This is fantastically quick as you have to wait at least 7 days at some sites for your articles.

Accept or reject

You have to review the article within 3 days and you have the option of accepting it or rejecting it. Unfortunately the writer had not taken any notice of my instuctions and had written a very long first paragraph with no headings.

I also noticed that she had only used my keyword in the article title and not at all in the body.

I assumed that as I was asked for my keyword the writer would automatically use the keyword throughout the article. Some of what she wrote was not true although I was not going to hold that against her but I had to reject the article.

I felt bad having to reject the first article I requested but there was just too much to rewrite myself had I accepted it. I did wondered if I would get some sort of black mark for this.

I have since read that the writer has to write a review of the requester to say if he approved the article quickly or not. Writers are told that it’s better to write for a requester with a good rating so they get paid quicker.

Writers  get paid 81% of the price of each article which I have read is good.  But it doesn’t seem like much to me especially for the lower word count ones.

I submitted a request for another article to be written, only this time I decided that it was better not to assume anything and requested that the keyword should be used at least twice in the article and once in the title.

The second article was done in no time at all and was written exactly as I had requested so I was happy to accept it. They all have to pass copyscape too so you know you have an original article.

Spin tags included

Each article that you receive also includes a separate text file containing your article with spin tags throughout the article.

If you spin articles for distribution to article syndication networks for backlinks this saves you time and money as most service charge between 2-10 dollars for “spin ready” articles. With iWriter you get them absolutely free.

I used them twice again but I had to reject the last one as well. I asked for an article to be written for my detox niche and the writer wrote one about detox for dogs!

It never ocurred to me to specify that my article should be about detox for humans. I had selected the Health & Fitness Category and not Pets so I had to reject it. I hope this is not going to be another black mark for me!

I requested a second article which again was delivered very quickly and was perfect. I had only selected a basic level writer this time as I wanted the article for spinning and distribution so it was good value for money.

I will continue to use iWriter and hope that the they can keep up the incredible speed of delivery and that they don’t put up the prices.

Have you used iWriter yet? If so,  what ws your experience?

Setting My Goals For Making Money Online In 2012

I know that a lot of internet marketers have already got their goals for 2012 all mapped out already. December seems to have crept up on me this year and I have to confess that I have only just got to thinking about setting goals for making money online in 2012.

What about you? Have you set yours yet? It’s not too late.

I’m sure you have heard the expression attributed to Benjamin Franklin:

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”

It’s so true. Another way of looking at is if you don’t know where you are going how are you going to get there?

When I first started online I had no clear picture of where I was going. I just sort of bumbled along trying this and trying that not really getting anywhere fast.

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I Am On Page 1 Of Google For My Keyword “How To Make Money On The Internet”

I am shouting from the rooftops because I am on the 1st page of Google for my keyword “how to make money on the internet”.  Whoohoo! It’s a very competitive keyword phrase too.

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Get On The First Page Of Google To Make Money Online

make money onlineAlison Rothwell became an expert in SEO simply because she needed customers for her new online store. When she left her corporate job to set up an online business and no one was buying her products she was determined to find out why.

She resolved to learn all she could about internet marketing and search engine optimization and eventually got her site to the first page of Google for her keywords much to the dismay of others who had older and more established sites.

Other webmasters noticed her and asked for her help. Now she teaches others all about SEO. In this article Alison explains how to improve your Google Page Rank.

5 Killer Tips to Improve Your Google Page Rank

Improving your Google Page Rank will of course have a knock on effect to your position within the natural search results. But don’t make the mistake of concentrating solely on Page Rank. Improving Page Rank should be a part of a well organized SEO strategy. With that in mind here are 5 tips to help improve your Google Page Rank.

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SEO Optimization Tool – 3 Cool Tips

An important part of making money online is getting traffic to your website or blog. One way of getting traffic is through SEO optimization. An SEO optimization tool that you may not have considered before is Google Alerts.

It’s not a tool for doing SEO but a way of measuring your results. It’s a free tool and I am all for taking advantage of them when it comes to making money online.

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Bookmarks Favourites- How to Become a Favourite Online

make money on the webThere are many types of social websites that you can find online, including an entire group that bookmarks favourites for people. These are websites like Digg and Furl, which allow people to save copies of any website or page that they desire and share it with people.

StumbleUpon is another good site that bookmarks favourites, and it operates on the same principles as the first too. You really have to take the time to utilize these sites effectively in your marketing if you want to find success with them.

If you are able to get your content ranked high on one of these sites, you will be able to generate more traffic, better visitors, and many useful backlinks for your business along the way.

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Social Bookmark Submission- Tips and Guidelines

make money on the internetDaniel Thorley is an young entrepreneur who’s been there, done it and got the T shirt as they say. He is passionate about helping other aspiring internet marketers to grow their businesses so they can make money on the internet.

Daniel discovered that building relationships is the key ingredient to getting traffic to  your websites and buying products or services. One way of doing this is through social bookmarking. Here is his excellent article about how to do it.

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