Posting 29 Articles on High Authority Sites with Links for $49

How Good are These Domains? Really!

How Good Are These Domains? Really!

Firstly, I started with a list of 51 High Domain Authority sites. These sites were powered by user-generated content – community-driven with minimal or no moderation.

I needed to recruit a Virtual Assistant (VA) to do the following tasks:

  1. Create an email account
  2. Sign up to each of these sites
  3. Create a profile with a picture, bio and description
  4. Write and post articles
  5. List the successful postings in an excel spreadsheet

For the purpose of clear explanation, let me break down the entire process.

I used Odesk to find and recruit one person, using a recruitment script from a previous task. I created the premise for how I pitched for the job.

This is the exact copy that I used, and the position was filled by Cara Gilmore.

odesk-posting

I have tested this title and requirements on several tasks in the past, and each time, it proves to be successful.

Later, I went over to the forum on Digital Point.  Digital Point has a cluster of people writing articles for $0.01 – $0.05 a word. Since the marketplace is full of writers constantly advertising their services, it’s an ideal location to get the right person at the right price.

I used the same title and description to recruit Elisabeth Humphreys, a UK native writer who actually doesn’t live too far away from me.

When you recruit people from Digital Point, you can exchange email addresses. You can’t do this on Odesk. Exchanging email addresses gave me the flexibility to explain in detail the requirements of the job. Most importantly, it meant I could pay via PayPal, which saved on the freelance site fees and passed the savings onto the writer.

For the experiment, I didn’t want to use unique articles across all of the websites. In fact, I wanted to use 3-4 articles across all 51 sites. After seeing the poor quality of articles submitted to these site, I came to the conclusion that if poor quality articles are accepted, moderation of the submissions mustn’t exist.

None of the articles were written targeting the exact niche of my target website. Since most of the websites varied in industry, I decided to go with generic topics.

The challenge Elisabeth was faced with was threefold, namely:

  1. Did all the websites allow visitors to create profiles?
  2. Do the profiles and submissions get moderated and deleted if unsuitable?
  3. Could links be added to the articles?

I’ve already mentioned that some of the websites contained poor quality articles with links; however, webmasters do reconfigure websites so that future submissions are either moderated or not even accepted. You don’t know without trying, and this can often be time-consuming.

My assumption was correct. Elisabeth was only able to create 29 articles. Of those 29, only 19 accepted embedded links.

After creating the profiles, we waited about 5 working days. If the profiles were not deleted, the articles were added.

Since Elisabeth had made herself familiar with the process of uploading articles to each of the sites, all of them could be added quickly and one after another. Consequently, any tools that check for duplicate content, such as Copyscape, would not recognise any plagiarism. (At least that is what I thought in theory.)

Finally, a spreadsheet was created which listed all the sites the articles had been added to. It also stated whether an article had been accepted, deleted or was under moderation.

Periodically, I have gone back to the sites to check whether the articles are still live or have been deleted.

Here is a list of the approved site and statuses:

storify-logo

Storify.com

Domain Authority: 90

Status: Live link – indexed in Google

livejournal

Livejournal.com

Domain Authority: 95

Status: Live link – Not indexed in Google

behance-logo

Behance.net

Domain Authority: 92

Status: Live link – Indexed in Google

Change.org_Logo

Change.org

Domain Authority: 92

Status: Live link – Not indexed in Google

medium

Medium.com

Domain Authority: 82

Status: Live link – indexed in Google

slashdot-logo

Slashdot.org

Domain Authority: 95

Status: Live link – Not indexed in Google

ideastap

Ideastap.com

Domain Authority: 63

Status: Live link – Not indexed in Google

instructables

Instructables.com

Domain Authority: 63

Status: Wouldn’t allow embedded link

houzz

Houzz.co.uk

Domain Authority: 40

Status: Live link – Not indexed in Google

BiC-Logo-Large

Builtinchicago.org

Domain Authority: 58

Status: Live link – indexed in Google

futureofeducation

Futureofeducation.com

Domain Authority: 58

Status: Live link – indexed in Google

travelpod

Travelpod.com

Domain Authority: 58

Status: Deleted

Empowher

Domain Authority: 55

Status: In Moderation

Realitysandwich

Realitysandwich.com

Domain Authority: 67

Status: Live Link – not indexed in Google

become gorgeous

Becomegorgeous.com

Domain Authority: 49

Status: Deleted

boxlogo

kiwibox.com

Domain Authority: 49

Status: Live Link – indexed in Google

BP-Logo

Biggerpockets.com

Domain Authority: 78

Status: Live Link – indexed in Google

sportsblog

Sportsblog.com

Domain Authority: 78

Status: Wouldn’t allow links

logo-CT

http://www.creativetimes.co.uk/news/looking-after-your-car

Domain Authority: 54

Status: Hyperlink screwed

 

hometalk

Hometalk.com

Domain Authority: 67

Status: Wouldn’t allow post this time

 

fin-logo

Fashionindustrynetwork.com

Domain Authority: 54

Status: Link link – indexed in Google

glipho

Glipho.com

Domain Authority: 52

Status: Live Link – indexed in Google

guide2uganda

Guide2uganda.com

Domain Authority: 42

Status: Live Link – indexed in Google

writerscafe

Writerscafe.org

Domain Authority: 52

Status: Article not visible??

medicalmingle

Medicalmingle.com

Domain Authority: 41

Status: Live link – indexed in Google

bubblews

Bubblews.com

Domain Authority: 66

Status: Hyperlink screwed

best college hunt

Best College Hunt –

Domain Authority: 36

Status: Awaiting approval

wamda-logo_inside

Wamda.com

Domain Authority: 62

Status: Link Live – Not indexed in Google

The Problem:

Personally, I don’t believe that these links add value to the site anymore. Wait, hear me out.

Back in the day, I was building links using techniques such as forum signatures, forum profiles and blog profiles.  You could get a list of big sites, such as Adobe, Microsoft and Mozilla, which had PR as high as 8 to 10. You could add your links, but you needed to:

  1. Get them indexed
  2. Add links using a tiered approach

Unfortunately, you can’t base your link-building on PR anymore. However, I have found over and over again that the most relevant indicator of contribution is Page Authority (PA).

By building links to articles using a tiered approached, not only will the articles get indexed in Google quicker, but it will also improve the PA of the page. This is crucial in order for the link juice to be passed on.

The articles used in the experiment were live by the 14th of February. Two months later, there are still eight which have not been indexed. [Edit: It’s been pointed out that I forgot to mention that many of these links are also no-follow.]

I will be adding some Tier 2 links to these articles in order to push the indexing of the pages. I will also be able to see if they add any link juice to the money site.

About the Author Azzam

As a Digital Marketeer and Entrepreneur, I have been fortunate to have learnt from some of the best of the best. That is what I believe is critical to ensuring anyone’s success. Take what has worked for successful people and make owning it, knowledge first and then applying what you learn by taking action. Persevering on that path will bring about sure success, simple but effective formula.