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What a chore of a task it is lol

From writing endless guest posts for other blogs within your niche through to commenting on other blogs a few days a week. I can feel like it's never ending and while it is the far, FAR cheaper option than paying SEO experts (and this is coming from the guy who spent £200 for a SEO REPORT which was basically a Fiverr PDF being emailed to me!) it isn't half a heck of a slog

I'm going through another round of guest posts at the moment and am doing about 20 of them. So that's 20 x 800 word articles (16,000 words). Each article has to be slightly different in how it drives the narrative and fit in with a different demographic on each site but continues to include the import anchor terms I want to rank for.

I know if I want 'flash in the pan' type traffic I could just spend £100 on Facebook ads or whatever but that doesn't come with the 'user intent' that I get when people reach my sites via Google!

I've even read quite a few posts on SEO forums like WarriorForum and Digitalpoint from people asking if building backlinks is dead but I just don't get how else Google would ever rank content.

If it has 2 sites about elephants and 1 has 200 links to it which are total trash websites and the other has 50 links to it from relevant websites to do with animals and safaris it will always rank the 2nd website higher than the first...

I don't get what other metric they could use rank which is why I sadly can't see an end to the need to have to build backlinks to your site!
 
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If you ever want to write a guest article for granny bloggers I would be happy to host it. However I imagine you need sites with a high D. A. Are there any sites that are easy to get back links from without writing the 800 word article and how does google decide what your niche is?
 

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If you ever want to write a guest article for granny bloggers I would be happy to host it. However I imagine you need sites with a high D. A. Are there any sites that are easy to get back links from without writing the 800 word article and how does google decide what your niche is?
Well Google Doesn't decice, I suppose you decide.

So if your blog was about gardening then the more high ranking gardening sites that link to you the better. I would imagine it goes off things like existing keywords that you are using in your content.

So if you wrote a blog post about 'green plants' if you had a backlink to that article from a higher ranking blog which also covered 'green plants' it would see that as good link juice compared to say a link of a mummy blog or something
 

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I belong to a couple of granny blogging face book groups but most of the blogs on there are pretty low D.A. I have written a couple of reviews for Silver travel advisor which allows back links but I wondered if there were any easy ways to get back links that don't look spammy.
 

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Well I'm pretty much done with my latest batch of guest posts so will see how that pans out for me.

I'm also currently paying for SEO Software to help with long tail keywords and all that good stuff. Once you get into it it's pretty fascinating

So like if you wanted to write about 'golf clubs' that's a very broad term and the top ranking sites would probably be golf related or amazon so instead you would use a keyword research tool and set some filters like



Minimum Words 3
Volume (The number of searches for this term per month) 500
CPC (Cost per click, so how much Google Ads would charge. Minimum £1



You then end up with a lot of great ranking keywords you can write about and that are showing as low (green) score for difficulty! These will give you high traffic, they show INTENT to buy due to the CPC and you can see that you will rank well for them as there isn't much competition!



Really interesting stuff if your site(s) (like mine are) are reliant on organic Google Traffic compared to say just getting your traffic from social media
 

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Still have loads to learn about this stuff. Found the totally blogging info really useful. Some places assume a level of knowledge I just don't have but will just keep plugging away at it til I get there.
 

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Where's the Totally Blogging site gone? After saying that I went to click on it, no links on the site, doesn't come up on google. Nooo, if I have to go back to the 3 inch thick 'wordpress for dummies' book I think that will finish me off
 
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Where's the Totally Blogging site gone? After saying that I went to click on it, no links on the site, doesn't come up on google. Nooo, if I have to go back to the 3 inch thick 'wordpress for dummies' book I think that will finish me off

Its still there but there is nothing on the front page https://www.totallyblogging.com/ or the 'earn from your blog' page https://www.totallyblogging.com/category/how-to-earn-from-your-blog/ - @Jon - FYI for you.
 

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Its still there but there is nothing on the front page https://www.totallyblogging.com/ or the 'earn from your blog' page https://www.totallyblogging.com/category/how-to-earn-from-your-blog/ - @Jon - FYI for you.
the front page has white text on a white background for me.

The earnfrom blog page say '
Nothing to Show Right Now

It appears whatever you were looking for is no longer here or perhaps wasn't here to begin with. You might want to try starting over from the homepage to see if you can find what you're after from there
'
 

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Where's the Totally Blogging site gone? After saying that I went to click on it, no links on the site, doesn't come up on google. Nooo, if I have to go back to the 3 inch thick 'wordpress for dummies' book I think that will finish me off

Its still there but there is nothing on the front page https://www.totallyblogging.com/ or the 'earn from your blog' page https://www.totallyblogging.com/category/how-to-earn-from-your-blog/ - @Jon - FYI for you.
It's slowly being moved over to TMS Blog you can see 'Totally Blogging' on the menu bar. Moving each page over involves quite a bit of work as it's not just a 'copy and paste' job so I've been trying to do 3 a day but now I'm busy with battling this Latest Google Update by adding 100000001 internal links to existing content which out of nowhere has now started ranking well on Google!
 
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It's slowly being moved over to TMS Blog you can see 'Totally Blogging' on the menu bar. Moving each page over involves quite a bit of work as it's not just a 'copy and paste' job so I've been trying to do 3 a day but now I'm busy with battling this Latest Google Update by adding 100000001 internal links to existing content which out of nowhere has now started ranking well on Google!
ah, thanks, tried a few sites and this is the clearest
 

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ah, thanks, tried a few sites and this is the clearest
I'll get there! should be able to carry on migrating pages over on Monday but just got too much going on today sadly

I clearly need to employ staff or something lol
 

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I'll get there! should be able to carry on migrating pages over on Monday but just got too much going on today sadly

I clearly need to employ staff or something lol
Maybe you should. I just read a book called 'Life Leverage' which is about getting other people to do your boring stuff for you. I did have to leverage a wagon wheel to help me get through it though.
 

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It's a ballache like. You'll be alright though at least you're putting the effort into researching this shit, I'm just commenting on posts, yoasting the hell out of my own ones and hoping for the best lol
 

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The practice has changed a lot. Guest posts are one way but you could try using directories, offering to help journalists, sponsorship opportunities…. There are a range of tactics which can work.

Just depends on the niche.
 

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The practice has changed a lot. Guest posts are one way but you could try using directories, offering to help journalists, sponsorship opportunities…. There are a range of tactics which can work.

Just depends on the niche.
See I need the decent DA which is what guest posting gives me as I only do it on sites higher or near my DA.

Directories tend to be quite lot ranked as do a lot of other 'all in one' information sites so there isn't much authority to be had just by having your link on there
 

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