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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Link Building Cookbook

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Welcome to the Link Building Cookbook.

What is Link Building?

Link building is the process of getting websites to link to your homepage, or one of your website´s internal pages. An example link would be me telling you that this blog is written by Collin LaHay. The link to my blog´s homepage with the text collin lahay tells Google that this site is about Collin LaHay, and that this blog deserves to rank for a Google search of collin lahay. The more websites that you can get to link to yours, the higher you will rank in the search engine for that term, and the higher your Google Pagerank will be. Not only will you increase your websites rank for the term that the other sites link to yours with, but you will rank for a lot of other keywords once your pagerank increases.

In simple terms, the more websites that link to yours the more search engine visitors you will receive.

What is the Link Building Cookbook?

The Link Building Cookbook is a guide for webmasters to quickly find websites that they can get to link to their websites. In a nutshell, this guide provides hundreds of places to get to link to you so that you can get more search engine traffic in a lot less time than building links the standard way.

The Link Building Cookbook is updated very frequently, and features thousands of places where normal webmasters would not have thought they could build links to their website. This guide helps you find the diamonds in the rough, or in other terms, the best places to build links without paying heavy amounts of money.

Disclaimer

Before you begin your link building campaign, I want everyone to know that some of these techniques may be considered blackhat, greyhat, or some even border line unethical. Due to the nature of this frequently updated guide and the fact that these sites are normally used for purposes other than link building, I make no guarantee that these links will be permanent or that any of the sites mentioned in this guide are still online. For example, if you are reading a 4-6 month old post about a site that you can build links off of, the site may have shutdown since then but for the sake of this guide, I will leave all the previous posts mentioned.

I personally believe that since many people are using these secret underground techniques for maximizing their profits, I will show the rest of the world them freely on my blog. Feel free to copy any segment of the Link Building Cookbook onto your own blog, so long as proper credit is given.

April 6th Update

I have sorted the list by which links provide nofollow links, and which links are dofollow links. The dofollow links are to be used for raising your ranks in the search engines, as well as bringing your website new visitors. The nofollow link section is to be used only for getting new visitors to your websites and for branding purposes.

Part 1 - CBox - 400,000 free backlinks using Google [NOFOLLOW]

Part 2 - Two easy free links for all of your sites [DOFOLLOW]

Part 3 - Unlimited free .edu and .gov links [SOME OF EACH]

Part 4 - Free PR2 .edu blog posts [DOFOLLOW]

Part 5 - Free .edu backlinks using guestbooks [SOME OF EACH]

Part 6 - RSS Feed Directory List [DOFOLLOW]

Part 7 - Tagbox - Free PR6 sitewide links and hundreds more [NOFOLLOW]

Part 8 - Blog Contests Increase Website Traffic and Build Links [DOFOLLOW]

Part 9 - Build links from .edu forums [DOFOLLOW]

Part 10 - Dominate Digg to Double you traffic Dude [DOFOLLOW]

Part 11 - Mashable is your #1 Big Bad Boost for Beginner Bloggers [New system is NOFOLLOW]

Part 12 - Commenthunt Search Engine for Building Links [DOFOLLOW]

Part 13 - A few more free links with Shoutmix [NOFOLLOW]

Part 14 - 1,000,000 free backlinks to promote your sites! [NOFOLLOW]

Part 15 - BloggingZoom accelerates the blogging business [DOFOLLOW]

Part 16 - Mixx Movement - Join the Cause! [DOFOLLOW]

Part 17 - Get a free .edu blog [DOFOLLOW]

Part 18 - 200+ links that will all be PR2-3 [DOFOLLOW]

Part 19 - SocialMarker promotes rapid link building [DOFOLLOW]

Part 20 - Build links with Digitalpoint Co-op [DOFOLLOW, risky method]

Part 21 - Link Building with Flickr [New system is NOFOLLOW]

Part 22 - Link Building with Drupal [DOFOLLOW]

Part 23 - List your links on Listable [DOFOLLOW]

Part 24 - Link Building with Grazr [DOFOLLOW]

Part 25 - Link Building with Squidoo [DOFOLLOW]

Part 26 - Link Building with Unasked [DOFOLLOW]

Part 27 - Link Building with Gather [DOFOLLOW]

Part 28 - Link Building with Yedda [DOFOLLOW]

Part 29 - Link Building with Blurtit [DOFOLLOW]

Part 30 - Dofollow Diver [DOFOLLOW]

Part 31 - Link building with ThisIsByUs [DOFOLLOW]

Part 32 - AmericanTowns Website Marketing [DOFOLLOW]

Part 33 - Link Building with HELP [DOFOLLOW]

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Part 1 - CBox - 400,000 free backlinks using Google [NOFOLLOW]

Update: The links are all loaded via an Iframe. It is not 400,000 unique links so it does not provide you with an ungodly amount of search engine optimizing, although you can still use this technique to increase your website traffic.

The first ‘vulnerable software´ is CBox; a Tagboard software that bloggers and website owners can add to their website. It works much like the Wordpress comment section you see below all of my posts, but it crams it into a tiny box to fit anywhere on any website. The problem I found with it is, there is no spam blocking, no comment verification/moderation, and the Tagbox is cached in the search engine results. The end result is you can use google to find over 400,000 sites running CBox and add your anchor text link to everyone single one of them!

Google query to find an updated list of sites running this vulnerable software: allintext:[get a cbox]

Proof of concept: On the first page of results (at the time of this writing), I have found 6 websites to add my link to, and one of them has a pagerank of 3. The CBox is featured on EVERY single page of their blog with over 500 pages indexed in google. With over 1000 google pages more to look through, you can see how the professionals would charge you for this kind of knowledge, or keep it for themselves, but I prefer giving it away to my readers for free. Enjoy!

Part 2 - Two easy free links for all of your sites [DOFOLLOW]

If you are trying to build links to your site to increase your pagerank, and rank higher in Google and the other search engines, then you know that every link helps. I have some big link building posts coming later this week, but I figured that I should start with the basics.

If you have not checked out AboutUs.org, I recommend that you go to Aboutus.org/*yoursite*.com, and add your website as it is a free link and takes 20 seconds to setup. You can do this for every website you own.

*It has been reported that this site has been taken down, but incase it ever comes back up I have left the post as it use to be* — Another super easy free link is on the wiki directory (Wikectory.com). Just go to http://www.wikectory.com/wiki/*yoursite*.com and add a link. I recommend that you add it to a category as well so that it brings some more traffic and gets your page indexed faster. Example code:

[http://MixedMarketArts.com Mixed Market Arts]

Mixed Market Arts is an internet marketing blog dedicated to giving away the best tips about marketing your blog or website, helping you search engine optimize, make money online, as well as increasing your traffic. MixedMarketArts.com is dedicated to giving away the tips and tricks the professionals don´t want you to hear.

http://MixedMarketArts.com

[[Category: Website Titles]] [[Category: Websites M]] [[Category: English]] [[Category: Internet]] [[Category: Marketing and Advertising]]
Source: My Page on Wikectory

There you have it, two free links for every site you own in under 60 seconds. Stay tuned for some BIG link building SEO posts coming soon. If you have not already, I recommend subscribing to the RSS feeds.

Part 3 - Unlimited free .edu and .gov links [SOME OF EACH]

In every webmaster forum and blog out there, the community always goes nuts over finding ways to get universities and government sites to link to you. This post is dedicated to helping those people save their money and allow them to get an unlimited amount of .edu and .gov links for free, all through the power of google!

The search feature in Google allows only results with that domain name or domain extension to show up. You can hack this feature to allow Google to find the most relevant university and government websites related to your sites.

Examples:
Google query: site:.gov blog [or site:.edu blog]
Results in: Google finds any .gov website that is running a blog or has a /blog/ directory. You can then visit these blogs and post comments (if you can find wordpress blogs like this one), and get hundreds of free .gov backlinks.
[Alternative queries: ‘blog´ ‘blogs´ ‘wordpress´ ‘comment´ ‘guestbook´ ‘2007? ‘2006?]

Google query: site:.edu *your niche* + blog
For example: site:.edu internet marketing blog
The top result is a .edu blog that links to a non edu blog, but that blog is related and is PR3 and has edu backlinks. That is also a great relevant place to comment, even if it is not directly a .edu. On the other hand, the third result was a PR3 highly related .edu internet marketing blog with zero comments. That is easy .edu backlinks!

You can easily replicate these queries to fit your needs, and it is highly scalable. You can find .edu, .gov, and if you are lucky, .mil blogs. If you are not as picky, you can just search specifically for the blogs without the .edu or .gov extension, and you can find some high pageranked blogs on the first pages of results. Play around with it, enjoy it, it´s free!

Part 4 - Free PR2 .edu blog posts [DOFOLLOW]

This is the fourth post in The Link Building Cookbook series of finding the easiest and best places to build links for your websites.

I own a personal blog on a .edu domain. The blog has a pagerank of two, and a few categories have a pagerank of 1. If you want a FREE .edu blog post, just reply here in the comments or email me (through the contact page at the top), with what you want the blog post to say. You can have up to two links, and links to the deep pages within your website are allowed. It must be family friendly links though. The blog posts will be permanent (or as long as the university stays intact!).

THIS OFFER HAS EXPIRED. IF YOU WANT A REVIEW ON THE .EDU BLOG YOU NEED TO ORDER A REVIEW ON THIS BLOG FIRST. You can visit the advertise page for more information on getting a paid review.

Part 5 - Free .edu backlinks using guestbooks [SOME OF EACH]

Guestbooks are the old school form of comments that you now see on all of the big websites and blogs. Guestbooks allowed you to place your name, email or website, and a brief comment on a big page of other comments. Although the majority has updated to using comments on their website, you can still find a lot of places to add your links on through guestbooks. Best of all, a lot of the old universities still have active guestbooks that you can get links from. Here are a few examples:

PR5
http://lsa.colorado.edu/guestbook-add.html
http://www.campusrec.neu.edu/partsearchten/guestbook.html

PR4
http://www.studentorg.umd.edu/phibetasigma/guestbook.php
http://nsa.union.rpi.edu/Guest/nsagb.php

PR3
http://www.public.iastate.edu/~bethanyt/guestbook.html
http://www.uaf.edu/webauthors/wagb.html

PR2
http://cratel.wichita.edu/guestbook/pblguestbook.php?action=view

PR0
http://aragorn.scam.ecu.edu.au/ronline/Board.php?AppID=97&TopicID=1&ClassID=0&mode=Topics
http://acm.poly.edu/~altecha/guestbook/gbook.php?page=1
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~amarna/phpfusion/infusions/guestbook/guestbook.php?rowstart=40

[Nofollow]
http://sea.unu.edu/wiki/index.php/MediaWiki_talk:Yourname

These are just a few examples of what you can find. If you are looking for more, I recommend utilizing a few google queries like I talked about previously.

Part 6 - RSS Feed Directory List [DOFOLLOW]

This is the sixth post in The Link Building Cookbook series of finding the best places to add links to your websites or blogs to help increase website traffic.

For all of you bloggers out there, I dedicate this post to showing you ways to get a ton of RSS syndication websites to link to your RSS feeds. Unfortunately these sites only help bloggers, but they help more than any standard link building technique. The websites update your feeds often, meaning they are giving you 3-10 backlinks to the MOST RECENT posts you have. This means in a year from now, you will still be getting 50-100 backlinks to the newest content you have. This results in your pages getting indexed very quickly, more authority will be given to every post, and google will crawl your website more. Enough garble… on to the goods!

* rssHugger.com (gives high authority)
* Feedest.com
* Postami.com
* 2RSS.com
* FeedsFarm.com
* RssFeeds.com
* Feeds4all.com
* Plazoo.com
* FeedBomb.com
* Page2go2.com
* Feedooyoo.com
* RSSmicro.com
* FeedFury.com
* Octora.com
* FindRSS.net
* FeedBase.net
* RSSmotron.com
* MoreNews.be
* DayTimeNews.com
* Rss-Feeds-Submission.com
* MillionRSS.com
* Yahoo RSS Guide
* MySpace.com News
* ReadABlog.com
* GoldenFeed.com
* BlogDigger.com
* RSSFeeds.com
* feed24.com
* Findory.com
* WeBlogAlot.com
* FeedBoy.com
* Chordata.info
* BlogPulse.com
* DayPop.com
* IceRocket.com
* Memigo.com
* Syndic8.com
* RSS-Network.com
* Feed-Directory.com
* Jordomedia.com
* Newgie.com
* Feeds2read.net
* NewzAlert.com
* Feedcycle.com
* Bloogz.com
* FeedShark.BrainBliss.com
* FeedPlex.com
* RocketInfo.com

Additional Sources: Toprankblog, Dotsauce.

Part 7 - Tagbox - Free PR6 sitewide links and hundreds more [NOFOLLOW]

With all of the publicity that the link vulnerable software CBox had from my earlier post, I have found a new software that you can easily add your links to. It is called Tagbox (go figure). Although it seems like it is a lot less popular (700 results compared to 400,000+). Although I would use only 700? lightly as that is more than most link builders gain in a long time. More importantly, you could say this is quality over quantity because if you look carefully, you can get a PR6 site-wide link. On many webmaster forums, a PR6 link goes for about $400-600/year. This is a PR6 link that is also on hundreds of PR3-5 pages as well. Like it says in The Link Building Cookbook´s disclaimer, a link worth $1000+/year most likely will be taken advantage of by many readers, so if you are reading this in the archives, don´t expect it to still be active. The link is FinalFantasyNetwork.com for the PR6 site-wide tagbox site.

To find the other 700+ links, you can use a google query of Powered by Tagbox.

Part 8 - Blog Contests Increase Website Traffic and Build Links [DOFOLLOW]

This is the eighth post in The Link Building Cookbook series, showing you the best ways to build links to your blogs or websites to increase website traffic.

One of the easiest and greatest way to promote your new (or old) blog is to run a contest on it. The general rule of thumb is to make a blog post on your blog announcing the contest that you are hosting, the rules, and of course the prizes. There is generally at least one new blog contest on the web per day, and it has even started a niche of blogs that blog only about blog contests. So… you are probably wondering why giving away cash, prizes, and gifts will benefit you. Here is why:

* Many anchor text backlinks from other blogs joining your contests
* Many trackbacks
* Many comments
* Lots of buzz
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* Lots of new website traffic
* Lots of new rss subscribers (potentially)
* New eyes seeing your website who would not have heard of it prior

Now skipping the reasons and benefits of running your own contest, I am going to kill two birds with one stone and enter a blog contest that I have read about yesterday.

A fellow internet marketer named Douglas Karr is currently running a massive contest on his blog to reward himself (as well as his readers) for reaching 1000 daily visitors, 1000+ RSS subscribers, and 1000 posts.

$1,000 Giveaway at The Marketing Technology Blog

The sponsors of this blog contest:

1. The Marketing Technology Blog
This is Douglas Karr´s personal blog. Doug has an excellent resume relating to technology/marketing jobs, which you can read in detail on the about page.

2. FormSpring
Formspring is a web2.0 website that allows you to easily build forms to use with your websites or blogs.

3. PPC Hero
PPCHero is a blog that covers exactly what it should, PPC! Their goal is to educate the world with basic PPC techniques.

4. Search Engine People
Search Engine People is a search engine marketing and optimization firm located in Canada. The company is very aged and assumed highly reputable, having begun operations in 2001.

5. EverEffect
EverEffect is a web design and online marketing firm based in Indianapolis.

6. Wrike
Wrike is a web2.0 website that helps you with project management and planning software.

7. Tracy Garnier
Tracy Garnier is a real estate agent located in Indiana.

8. A pound a day diet
A pound a day is a report that shows you an ‘easy´ way to lose a pound of fat per day.

9. Vontoo
Vontoo is a revolutionary voice marketing, broadcasting, and messaging software.

10. GoCollege
GoCollege is a micro investor of mine (with WordHugger), and it is dubbed as the number one college bound website on the internet

Yup, you guessed it. Blogging about the contest and advertising the contest sponsors was all that was required to enter the contest. I now have a 3% chance at winning $1000 + prizes. You can also enter this contest for a chance to win $1000, or else run your own blog contest to increase traffic and build links. If you do run your own contest, make sure to leave the link in the comments!

Part 9 - Build links from .edu forums [DOFOLLOW]

This is the ninth post in The Link Building Cookbook series that shows you the best techniques to build links to your websites and blogs.

While there are hundreds of forums running on .edu domains, few allow anyone to register and post comments threads with links to your websites. Listed below are four university forums that allow you to register and get free links to your website. To many, this sounds like a huge waste of time as all of the new posts will be PR0, but over time it will certainly be beneficial. I recommend spending 1-2 hours building links from these forums when you have some free time. Spamming them is not what is intended, please contribute something to the forum posts, as they are being kind enough to give you a link. If any blatant spamming continues, I will remove this post in its entirety.

(PR0)
http://learn.aero.und.edu/forums.asp?ForumID=130439

(PR2)
http://rpgclub.truman.edu/forum/

(PR4)
http://forum.adison.edu

(PR6)
http://*Removed at owners request*.edu

Part 10 - Dominate Digg to Double you traffic Dude [DOFOLLOW]

A little birdie on the syndk8.net blackhat SEO forum posted this and I thought it was worthy of public disclosure.

With all of the recent changes and updates at Digg, the administrators have seemingly completely changed the way their comment system is managed. All of the news articles from a long time ago have had all of the old comments removed, leaving only the most recent comments to be shown. This includes all of the previously popular Digg posts that are aged, have pagerank, are highly indexed and spidered, as well as the ones that rank for competitive terms in the search engines. With a few google queries, you can find some of these really old popular posts with 2000+ Diggs and generally pagerank of 2-4 with first page google results. You can then make a recent comment including any links (dofollow), which will be indexed fairly quickly and provide a backlink from an authority site. Although comment spam is pretty lame, I could see a lot of webmasters utilizing this technique because of the traffic you can potentially get. Digg pages are ranked highly for a lot of very competitive terms in google, those of which you would not have a shot at ranking with your own site. Some still get hundreds of visitors every day, all of whom who could see your URL in the comment. So if this kind of link building campaign is right up your alley, feel free to start mooching all of that incredible Digg traffic and authority… just don´t complain to me if they eventually find out and disable your accounts! For the record, I will not and will never use this kind of advertising for my blog, but as I stated in the link building cookbook, if others are profiting from a secret technique, I share it with my readers! So there you have it… you can now dominate Digg to double your traffic dude!

Part 11 - Mashable is your #1 Big Bad Boost for Beginner Bloggers [New system is NOFOLLOW]

This is the eleventh post in The Link Building Cookbook series, showing you all of the hidden techniques of building links to your website or blogs to increase website traffic.

One of my favorite blogs that I subscribe to is Mashable.com. Mashable is the internet´s largest social networking blog, and frequently ranks in the top 10 blogs overall according to Technorati. Unlike most other extremely popular blogs (Techcrunch, Engadget, etc), Mashable receives far less comments on every post. This is an extremely good thing for you though! The main reason Mashable posts get less comments than Techcrunch for example is that Techcrunch usually leaves a post on the homepage for 10-12 hours, while Mashable can crank out 20 to 30 posts per day. So now that you have some background information on one of my favorite blogs, lets get down to business.

How can Mashable benefit my site/blog?

1. Mashable loves exclusive news, and if they write an article on your site/widget, you get a lot of traffic
2. Mashable has a lot of sites that copy their RSS feeds, including a PR8 link from Rojo.com which means if you get featured, within 48 hours you will have hundreds of anchor text links as well as all of that traffic
3. Mashable allows you to have your own profile page
4. On your profile page, you can list many RSS feeds to give your websites updated backlinks
5. Mashable.com is a pagerank 7 authority blog.
6. If you link to any post on Mashable, you will get a PR7 trackback from the homepage temporarily.
7. Every post has few comments, so you can easily stand out
8. Unlike most blogs, Mashable comments give a link back to your website, as well as your profile.
9. With a few comments, your websites can get indexed very quickly, and your profile page can get PR4-6
10. With a high pagerank authority profile, your updated RSS feeds will constantly get indexed and rank in Google
11. Everything takes seconds and is completely free!

How can I get started?

1. Increase traffic: If you have a groundbreaking story, cool new web2.0 website, social network news, or other exclusive story, email them.
2. Link builders: Register a free profile, add your RSS feeds to your profile, and make 5 comments per day

My experience (A possible outcome)

1. Mashable has featured both of my startups rssHugger and WordHugger.
2. WordHugger made over $1800 in the first 24 hours of the Mashable post
3. I have made about 25-30 comments, (Takes less than an hour over the course of a few days)
4. Every single comment shares some site authority when search engines read that page, and then they index my site again
5. Every comment also links to my profile, which is now a pagerank 5, and lists updated RSS feeds to share authority with
6. All of the links are permanent, and the WordHugger Mashable post has a pagerank of 5.
7. I have sponsored a contest, which resulted in hundreds more visitors, as well as making me $250 more profit
8. I can now contact the Mashable lead writer when I want them to do an exclusive story

All in all, Mashable is one of the few top50 (top 10 for that matter) blogs that actually helps out the little guys in return for sharing their opinion. I recommend all of you read Mashable and comment every so often on stories that interest you, as it will benefit both you and their site. Everything is free, and Mashable has definitely earned my respect. I will most likely continue to have my killer launches posted on Mashable before I submit any press releases anywhere else. All of my 30 comments will most likely be on pages that are PR2-PR5 when Google updates it´s pagerank again in a few months, making my comments worth even more authority than they are now. Everything is completely free, so I cannot stress enough how much I recommend making Mashable one blog that you participate in whenever you can. The blog has helped me to a great extent, and I know it can help you too.

Part 12 - Commenthunt Search Engine for Building Links [DOFOLLOW]

A great way to build backlinks is from related blogs. The problem that most people run into is the blogs do not have a Top Commentators plugin, or do not have search engine friendly blog comments. I have run across a blog search engine that lists only blogs that have dofollow enabled. So far, the list is pretty small, but I feel it has potential and should not be overlooked. The site is called CommentHunt.com.

The site brings up a lot of duplicate entries, so if one blog gets accepted EVERY single post shows up in the search engine. This is nice for if you want to build a lot of links, but if you search for something generic like internet marketing, you will get half of the results from one single blog. A lot of the blogs have disabled followed links as well, so be sure to watch out for those, or you can always report them. All in all, it is a decent link building tool, but since it is completely free, I cannot complain much about it. If it is something you like, use it, otherwise move onto the rest of the goodies that The Link Building Cookbook has to offer.

Part 13 - A few more free links with Shoutmix [NOFOLLOW]

After the big success of the public release of the tagbox link building method, I started digging deeper and found another exploitable tag box software that you can use to get some free links.

The script is called ShoutMix, and the main URL can be found at http://www.shoutmix.com/main/. I have looked at the widget and it is harder to track down in google searches, so I could not find a simple google query to find hundreds of links. I am sure there is one out there, so if any of you want to go ahead and look, more power to you!

In a worst case scenario and you cannot find a google query to build links off of, you can at least enjoy a free PR5 link:
http://www.shoutmix.com/main/chat.php. Do not spam the chatroom though, as that doesn´t benefit anyone. The chatroom is pretty popular, so your link may run off the page pretty quickly, so I recommend checking back every once and awhile to make a new comment. At any rate, your best bet is still to just use the main link building techniques in The Link Building Cookbook.

Part 14 - 1,000,000 free backlinks to promote your sites! [NOFOLLOW]

Update: Upon further inspection, the script loads itself from an IFrame, so the links will not pass as much PR, but you can still use this technique to increase website traffic. I had originally checked the google cache to see if the links were saved, but I later found out that Google grabs the most recent code if the cached page requests an iframe.

If the 400,000 free CBox links, the free PR6 sitewide links, or yesterdays free shoutmix links did not fully satisfy your link building desires, this post is to inform you that I have discovered the king of all free link injection techniques.

oggix

Mixed Market Arts would like to personally welcome Oggix, the solution to every webmasters search engine optimization needs. Oggix is a free shoutbox/tagbox/message board that allows you to post comments on the websites that run the widget. Every widget then promotes the main site by adding a text link that says By. Oggix.com - With a simple google query of intext:by. oggix.com, you can see that as of today there are 1,117,000 free links, with about 90% of them allowing you to post a comment with an anchor text link to your website in about 5 seconds. The best part is a lot of these are on the sidebars of free blogs, so your link will show up on EVERY single page dating back from years ago.

Now, like I see hundreds of other people doing daily, I could have thrown this technique into a 5 page Ebook (PDF), and sold it to 100 people on digitalpoint.com for a quick pile of cash. I choose instead to give it away for free so that everyone may benefit. My own request is that you submit this post to your social network of choice, or tell a friend about it. I recommend that you pick a random page number to start building links, and then if you pick 20 pages, you will have benefited greatly for your SEO work, and then this technique can help more than 5000 other bloggers. There is way more than enough links to share, so help a friend by distributing this technique, and you can be sure that there will be many more techniques to come!

Sphinn it! | Mixx It! | Digg It!

Part 15 - BloggingZoom accelerates the blogging business [DOFOLLOW]

BloggingZoom is a new digg-like website that is dedicated only to bloggers to help them increase website traffic. The website is fairly new (November 1st), but has had a massive product launch. I have been trying out the website for the past few days and I have had some good results. I have only submitted a total of 5 posts, but 4 of them have been Zoomed (Made it to the frontpage). The one post that did not make it to the frontpage was just a test to see if bad content made it to the frontpage, which it did not!I am glad to know that 100% of my ‘well written´ posts made it to the frontpage for maximum exposure.BloggingZoom was developed by an internet marketer named Courtney Tuttle. You can see he made a blog post featuring everyone that has made a review of his site, which I can assume I might be added onto later. I have no problems with Courtney Tuttle, but the other owner named Vic Franqui at BloggerUnleashed.com is a total fucking moron, so I will just skip that and move on to the site itself.

Although BloggingZoom is not as popular as Digg, it still has sent me a decent amount of traffic. So far, I have received 53 unique visitors from my 4 frontpage posts, which is very promising. BloggingZoom is dedicated only to bloggers, so if my predictions are correct, if someone had REALLY powerful linkbait they could get many bloggers quickly taking up their story leading to hundreds of links and thousands more visitors. At BloggingZoom´s current stage (Infancy) I am going to continue to promote my best blog posts so long as their community keeps zooming them to the front page! I recommend if you haven´t already, go back to your best blog posts from a few weeks ago and submit those. The more pages you submit, the better your chances of the majority making them to the frontpage. I recommend you leave 2 hours in between submissions though so that it does not appear you are spamming their system and result in zero zooms for all of your articles. Even if you do not have as much luck as I did, you can still be glad to know that you are still getting a few extra free backlinks!

Part 16 - Mixx Movement - Join the Cause! [DOFOLLOW]

This is the 16th part of The Link Building Cookbook series showing you the best places to build links to increase website traffic.

Mixx is a brilliantly designed and developed social news aggregator that displays news related to your interests and the topics are voted on by the community. I am a big supporter of Mixx because it is like the currently popular Digg site, but features a much nicer system and has the potential to become much bigger than Digg. Digg has tons of faults, which has resulted in a mass movement of long time Digg supporters flocking over to Mixx. Right now Mixx is still only a few months old (since their public beta) and is growing rapidly. If you have not yet already, now is the perfect time to test the waters and if it is something you enjoy, become a founding member. I am not a fan of Digg because great stories can get buried for no good reasons, and excellent stories do not always hit the frontpage. In my opinion, the top 10% of Digg users control 90% of the site. With Mixx, even an average-Joe can hit the frontpage with a few keywords that do not have a super wide audience, and on the opposite end of that scale is that the big sites can benefit a lot by landing on the homepage for some big tech news keywords. Mixx is for everyone, and unlike Digg, does not focus solely on the tech-savvy users. They have already made landing deals with Reuters, LA times, and many more providers and I expect we will see lots more in the coming months.I also love Mixx because I find a lot of great blog posts on it, a few of which have inspired me to make blog posts about. If you are a blogger yourself, you may find lots of inspiration with Mixx.Now is your chance to get in on the Mixx movement early so that when the site has taken a big market share away from Digg, your account will have lots of karma to help you get your greatest posts promoted. Update: A Mixx staff member left a comment saying that karma does not affect ranking, only votes.

Part 17 - Get a free .edu blog [DOFOLLOW]

*Looks like the host nuked the blogs, so I now declare this post obsolete.*

I was originally planning on not even writing this… but here goes nothing. I get a lot of people to email me about getting a free blog post on my PR2 .edu blog. Today I stumbled upon yet another university that gives away blogs, but the difference is with this one anyone can register as many .edu domains blogs as they want.

Obviously a university that is giving away free .edu blogs to anyone is going to be easily abused and prone to massive amounts of spam, but just for those of you looking to boost your page strength you can go ahead and get your own free .edu blog.

Please know that a .edu link provides zero extra benefit to a normal backlink, but for some reason people still crawl to the ends of the internet looking to gain more of them. If you come across people begging for .edu links (which you will if you read webmaster forums), go ahead and forward them to this post. If you really want to be evil, you could most likely even sell blog posts and blogroll links on your new .edu blog(s) for a profit.

Part 18 - 200+ links that will all be PR2-3 [DOFOLLOW]

For all of Mixed Market Art´s readers who are search engine optimizers or link builders… this post will surely help build your pagerank quickly and easily. I recently discovered a Linux site called the Linux Counter where they are tracking how many people are using Linux, where they are from, and a few other statistics. I was toying around with the site and signed myself up to be tracked. As a test, I signed up stating that I was located in Antarctica where only three other people had listed themselves to be shown publicly. There was no email verification to join and they even provided a search engine followed link to the URL I specified. If you want to build hundreds of links you can submit yourself once to every country (205 countries at the moment). All of the aged pages are PR2-4, so if you spend a decent amount of time submitting your sites to the entire list, you can expect a great PR update for minimal work when Google starts doing their updates. This is a very quick, easy, and most importantly free method towards mass link promotion. I recommend that if you are going to be using this technique, try doing a few per day on a set schedule so that Google does not penalize your site for building tons of links one day, and then very few the next few days.

Part 19 - SocialMarker promotes rapid link building [DOFOLLOW]

If you are a webmaster like myself, you know that time is everything. I am pretty lazy when it comes to doing tedious work for little gain, so I tend to avoid a lot of small things that would probably help in the long run. I have just discovered a website called SocialMarker that aims to fill in that void. SocialMarker is a website that is basically a browser for submitting links to over 25 different social news and social bookmark websites.

Here's what it does:

You go to SocialMarker's website when you have a blog post, website, or featured news article you want promoted. You enter in some tags, a description, and a title (keyword links to raise your rank on the search engines). SocialMarker will then bring you to around 30 websites that all allow you to post your link. The first time you use the service it may take 45-60 minutes to sign up to all of these 30 websites that you are posting on, but in the long run you can get your next few submissions down to about 10 minutes. These 30 websites all are aged and have pagerank/authority, so it is a great place to get anchor text backlinks from. You can submit all of your best sites with SocialMarker and you will save ample amounts of time, and gain all of these backlinks with ease. Now that I have already registered with the sites, it only took me about 8 minutes to submit the link building cookbook to the 30 sites. This will help that page rank higher in the search engines for link building cookbook and ultimately just Link Building.

Most of the 30 websites you will be submitting to are crawled by the search engines extensively, so you can expect 30 quickly crawled backlinks to get your site indexed very quickly as well.

Not only does SocialMarker increase the speed at which you can submit your sites to these websites, but it is absolutely free. Most of the sites it uses are also social news websites, so if someone happens to vote for the post you submitted, you might even hit the frontpage which would bring tons of traffic as well. All in all, this is a completely free method that is very easy to use and can be replicated over and over again. Many products try to sell a similiar system, but I use SocialMarker because it is easy to use and completely free. It nearly does all of the work for you by filling in the forms and having a copy paste section at the bottom. Try it out and tell me what you think!

Part 20 - Build links with Digitalpoint Co-op [DOFOLLOW, risky method]

A few years ago the giant forum we know today as Digitalpoint developed a mass link exchange program called the DP Co-op Advertising Network (aff). After signing up, you then add 3-5 links on every one of your pages, and this earns you more linking power (coop weight). The more weight you have, the more links to your site you receive from other members in the coop. You can choose up to 15 anchor texts and there are over 30,000,000 available links in the network today. Sites have been using it to rank #1 for Debt credit cards bankruptcy and loans. Such a simple method is allowing them to outrank massive authority sites like Wikipedia, but the main concern is how long will this gravy train last and when will Google do something about it?

Google staff already know about the network, but have not yet done anything to prevent people from quickly ranking for popular terms. I just want to clarify that I would NOT recommend this technique to anyone that is going to be doing a long term link building campaign for their blogs, but I would recommend it for made for adsense sites, and even blackhat/greyhat temporary high profit earning sites.

Now while the coop has existed for years, it has only recently been in the news again when it has had a few popular posts inquiring what Google is going to do about it. To see some negative posts about it, you can check out BlogStorm´s say as well as a another post about it.

I can tell you that I will not be running the DP Coop on my blog, but I will be using it for a few of my other websites.

Do any of you use the coop, or have any of you used it in the past?

Part 21 - Link Building with Flickr [New system is NOFOLLOW]

A lot of my readers have been giving me excellent feedback stating that they love my link building strategies that I give away in the link building cookbook. Link building is important because nearly every blog wants additional search engine traffic, and building links is the best way to get it. I thought I would feed everyone´s link building appetite by releasing yet another tip that you won´t see anyone else telling you.
Introduction to Flickr

Flickr is a free image hosting site that is now owned by Yahoo. It stores thousands of images and serves millions of visitors every month. Flickr allows users to make comments on the pictures that are uploaded by other users.

What few people realize however, is that Flickr allows you to post links inside the comments that are auto-approved, followed by the search engines, and even pass pagerank/authority. Flickr also allows you to use some HTML to pick your favorite anchor text that you are looking to rank for in the search engines.
Why should I build links with Flickr?

Flickr is a massive site and is growing at a rapid rate. Flickr is already a Google Pagerank 9 site, which means it is looked highly upon by the search engines. There are over 73,000,000 pages cached by Google on the site already. In other words, there are over 50,000,000 opportunities to get your blog noticed!
How can I build links with Flickr?

There are a few ways to do this. I will provide you with a few different options because I know that a lot of my readers prefer the ethical link building, while others prefer the evil methods that receive the maximum results.
Extremely Unethical Method

Browse around everywhere spamming comments with your link in them. The comments provide little value and are simply copy/pasted material with your HTML link embedded in it. You do not care if the person who uploaded the image removes your comment because you are simply going for quantity over quality.
Unethical Method

You make a lot of comments on random pictures you take little interest in. The comments you make are masked to sound like you truly care about the person when you couldn´t seriously give a damn. An example would be Nice picture, do you mind if I use it over at my blog that shows you how to make money blogging?

This would get a few people who would delete it as spam. The remaining people would think you are serious and reply back thanking you and giving you permission (or not) to use their work. You would then never bother using their pictures on your blog, but are just keeping the link from the Flickr page.
Ethical Method

Nearly the same as above, but you would only comment on the pictures that you would actually use in a blog post. I know a lot of bloggers that have a picture at the top of every blog post, and the majority of them find those pictures off Flickr. You could meet a lot of photographers and have permission to build those links, although there would certainly be fewer of them. You would get full permission to use their pictures on your blog as well, avoiding any copyright problems.
Recommended Tip

If you are a frequent Digg user, you should have noticed that a lot of the images that get popular and hit the homepage are from Flickr. This is because Digg users know that Flickr is owned by Yahoo and is on some huge high bandwidth servers. You can use this to your example and find the Flickr images that were made popular on Digg. This will result in you getting a Flickr link (good in itself), combined with a lot of strong links that will make that Flickr page have a high pagerank. Depending on how fast you are at getting these comments posted, you may even see a huge spike of traffic flock over to your blog.
Proof of Concept

I recently saw a photo from Flickr hit the frontpage of Digg (1500+ diggs so far) and thought I would use this as my case study. The Digg article is called Frontpage with 19 Diggs? The link to the Flickr photo is here.

By doing a quick backlink search on Yahoo, we can see that the Flickr page is fully cached/indexed and is one of the strongest links to the Digg page, excluding Digg linking to itself. A screenshot is posted below:

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The next time Google updates their pagerank system, I am sure this Flickr page will have a decent pagerank from that Digg frontpage alone. Since it hit the frontpage about 6 days ago, your links might even receive traffic for the next three weeks while the Digg post is still ranking in the recently popular in the last 30 days section.

As a reminder, there are many more Flickr photos that are popular on Digg, and I recommend that you do the research yourself instead of commenting on the proof of concept I listed above. The reason behind this is that there are over three hundred people who will also be wanting to post their link, so it will definitely stand out if we all build links on the same page. There are over 50 million potential links, I am positive we can all find enough for ourselves!

Part 22 - Link Building with Drupal [DOFOLLOW]

This is part 22 of my series called the link building cookbook that aims to be the ultimate free guide on how to build massive amounts of links without paying one penny!

As most of you know, I love finding innovative places that my readers can build links, and today is no exception. Drupal is a massively popular open source framework for websites. The homepage for it is located at drupal.org, and that is the target for todays link building campaign. Drupal is a community focused system, so their site allows users to register and fill out a profile. Inside your profile you are allowed to link to your homepage (I would assume it is supposed to be for your site that is using Drupal). However, no verification is done so you may put your own blog inside. You will get your own user page and a link to your blog will be dofollow (good for search engines), but it does not stop there.

Inside your profile you can enter in as many interests as you want. Every single interest you type in has a separate tag page. For example, if I said I was interested in the keyword make money blogging, my profile (and a link to my site) would appear on the drupal tag page.

Now if you were to enter a large amount of keywords (I would say 20-30 is more than enough), you will have built 20-30 small links as well as a stronger link from your profile. All of these links will also increase the PR of your profile page, which ultimately brings more authority over to your domain. If you are one of the people who only looks at the short term goals, please know that a few older profiles have pagerank 6, and the drupal.org has a pagerank of 9. Drupal is an authority powerhouse, so enjoy leeching some of that search engine love.

Total start to finish time for building these 20-30 (or 200) links is around 10 minutes, so I recommend anyone that is interested in a bit of greyhat unethical link building to give it a shot.

Part 23 - List your links on Listable [DOFOLLOW]

4/21/2008 Update: Right now, the site is redirecting to lifehack.org. Either the site has closed down, or the website was temporarily hacked. Try visiting listible.com and if it redirects you, then you can save your time by skipping this post, as it would be no longer valid.

For those of you who love building thousands of links from my different methods, you are in for another treat. While normally I blog about secret techniques that nobody else is talking about, this one has been a bit popular on Digitalpoint. I cannot take credit for this one (21/22 is a pretty good record I would say), I still want to tell you about it. Every single link counts and so I wanted to let those who haven't heard about Listible join the fun.

Listible is a super simple website that displays lists about nearly everything. If you have a list about blog posts that are related to soccer, you can make a list for it. There are literally zero rules for what kind of lists you can build, meaning I can even make a list called Test List12345 when it has zero purpose. Well, make that one purpose. You can add resources to every list, which include a search engine friendly link to your favorite site! Since Listible is completely text (other than a logo), the search engines absolutely love it. Some pages are PR4-7 and you can put your link on all of them (so long as it is somewhat related). Otherwise you can make your own lists (some useful, some not). At any rate, more free PR4-7 links are always awesome so if you do not feel like spending $20-200/m on more links, go hit up Listible.

While Listible will be a great link building method for awhile, it already looks like it is getting a lot of porn spammers on it so do not expect this gravy train to stay. Until Google drops the hammer on this site, feel free to nuke it up with some of your links!

Part 24 - Link Building with Grazr [DOFOLLOW]

Grazr is a web2.0 service that allows you to create widgets to monitor online sources and share the results. What the heck does that mean?!? Other than sounding a lot like an RSS clone, I have no idea. If you really want to figure out what the heck they do, go visit it, but being the vigorous internet marketer and link building deviant that I am, I only see the great link building capabilities. Grazr is a pagerank 6 authority site in the eyes of the search engines, and you can easily get a few pages on the site that link to every new post you make. In a nutshell, it is like an untapped RSS syndication that links to your blog posts the moment you write them. It is this site, along with the other popular ones in my RSS feed directory list that allow my blog posts to be cached by Google in under three hours.

Steps to getting your own free power links:

1. Register on Grazr.com
2. Visit the big create button.
3. Hit the data button and enter your RSS feed URL.
4. Go to info and make a title and hit save.
5. Go to share at the top. It should have a page with some links in it.
6. If you see the links, you now have three separate pages that link to your RSS feed.

As an extra bonus, you will get a temporary link to your RSS feed pages on the PR6 homepage. This will help those pages get indexed and cached very quickly, which is good for you. Make sure to welcome Google when it visits you more often now! I would like to thank EB for showing me this site in the first place.

Part 25 - Link Building with Squidoo [DOFOLLOW]

While I do realize that a lot of you may have already heard of Squidoo, I still wanted to make a post about it to let the users who haven't heard about it get a chance at using it, as well as being able to use this post as a reference in future link building posts.

Squidoo is a huge community powered site that allows users to write about topics they are experts in. In return for writing these articles (they call them lens´), Squidoo shares half of the advertising revenue with you and also gives you anchor text backlinks inside your articles.

Squidoo has previously been hit with a Google penalty for being so heavily spammed with pharmaceutical and casino related articles, but it is still worth the time to write a lens about something and include links to your site/blog in it, as nobody can compete with free backlinks! Even after the penalty has hit them, hundreds of their pages still rank in the first few pages of Google and send monstrous amounts of traffic to the pages.

Part 26 - Link Building with Unasked [DOFOLLOW]

Unasked is a service that is much like Yahoo Answers. Users of the site ask a question, and the other users of the site do their best to answer them. The more correct answers you give, the higher your ranking is on the website.

While you can post links when you answer your questions, they are 100% nofollow (just like Yahoo Answers), thus making answering questions useless for linking purposes. However, every question you answer links to your profile where you can set your own homepage with a dofollow anchor text link. If you want to build one more link to your site, sign up at Unasked.com and then answer a question or two so that your profile page will get indexed quickly, and enjoy the extra unique backlink.

Part 27 - Link Building with Gather [DOFOLLOW]

e the ultimate link building resource on the web.

Gather is a place where you can share the things that are important to you with tons of different people. Boring right?

If I were to write my OWN description of what Gather is, here is how I would describe it:

Gather is an extremely popular site with over 700,000 pages indexed in Google. It has an incredible amount of pagerank, authority, and trust. Google crawls the site daily because it is filled with so much content. Gather allows internet marketers and link builders like ourselves to write up quick articles and plug a few backlinks in them.

Gather is much like Squidoo, except it seems that the internet marketing world has not yet caught on. Unlike Squidoo, Gather has NOT received a penalty and deals with a lot less spam than Squidoo does. At the end of the day, you can publish tons of articles on Gather and receive hundreds of QUALITY backlinks to your websites to increase your search engine traffic over a long period of time.

For those of you who like seeing a finished example, here is a quick article that I submitted about why is online dating getting popular.

What are you still reading for? Go crank out some backlinks!

Part 28 - Link Building with Yedda [DOFOLLOW]

Yedda is another site that lets users ask questions about any topic they like. Other users of the site then answer the question and the best answer is voted on by the community.

With a little planning, you can get automated emails for when a question is asked that relates to your keywords, and then you can answer the question and build links from it.

For example, I subscribed to the keyword ‘online dating´, and received an email with someone asking how do I get a girlfriend, through which I answered, try joining a free online dating service and linked that to Datepad.com. (Source)

This is a very simple, very effective, nearly automated way of building related links to your site. The best part is, you might even get some decent traffic from it as well. Since there are so many possibilities and different variables with this technique, I will just leave the URL and my example, and you can figure out how to optimize it for your own sites.

Part 29 - Link Building with Blurtit [DOFOLLOW]

As of late, I have been finding ways to build links with Yahoo Answers clones, and I have found another one that provides dofollow anchor text backlinks. The site is called Blurtit. Since the site is basically the same as link building with Yedda, I don´t believe I need to add any step by step instructions. Answer a question, include your link, and then repeat!

Part 30 - Dofollow Diver [DOFOLLOW]

The dofollow movement happened a long time ago where bloggers decided to make every comment on their blog search engine friendly to the person who left the comment. The idea was to increase comment participation by rewarding those who left comments. The idea has had both a lot of good and bad coverage. I personally do not use dofollow links because I get so many low quality comments that are made purely for promotional purposes and I believe comments should be made for participation of the blog posts. That is why I reward my top commentators with dofollow site-wide links on every page of my blog, rather than on every blog comment.

At any rate, there are still hundreds of blogs using dofollow comments, and my friend from the Link Building Bible blog has created his own dofollow search engine which he has dubbed the dofollow diver. The dofollow diver is a hand edited custom google search engine that allows you to search for a keyword you are trying to rank on, and it will find related blog posts that you can leave a comment on for an anchor text related backlink to your site.

The dofollow diver is clearly not the first search engine of its kind, considering I have even made a blog post about one back in November called commenthunt. The difference however, is that nearly all of the dofollow search engines take huge lists of blogs, create the search engine, and then market it. The problem with that is many of these blogs turn off dofollow later on and so the search engines are giving links to blogs that are not dofollow. The dofollow diver is a constantly updated list that purges blogs that are no longer dofollow.

Aside from just finding dofollow blogs, the dofollow diver goes above and beyond by also listing blogs that have top commentator status (like mine), as well as those running the comment luv plugin.

If you are looking for some free easy links that come from a related niche to you, the dofollow diver is the place to go!

Part 31 - Link building with ThisIsByUs [DOFOLLOW]

For those of you who keep up to date with my link building cookbook series, you have read my post about Squidoo, the website that lets you write articles and allows for backlinks to your sites.

Today´s link building post is about a similar site, one where you can register and write about anything and earn a share of the advertising revenue. The advertising share is 50% to the writers, 10% to the commentators, and 5% for all the referrals. The remaining 35% goes to the site owner(s). The website I am talking about is called ThisIsBy.us

While I know some people do write and optimize posts or traffic and revenue, I only use the site for backlink purposes. Whatever you decide to do, I recommend you at least try the website.

For link building purposes, you can register, login, and write an article about whatever you want, and have it be however long you want. If you are really lazy, you can write a one sentence article with a link to your site.

To get the most out of your link building campaign with ThisIsBy.us, you should include a bit of content and some optimized titles and keywords.

You can see my example article about real estate investments, as well as my one on free online dating.

The sky is the limit on how many links you can build, so start slamming those keyboards and enjoy the long term search engine traffic that my tips bring you!

Part 32 - AmericanTowns Website Marketing [DOFOLLOW]

In doing so, I am proud to announce the first user-submitted link building tip from a reader of mine named Ben, who owns and operates a site called EveryCall.us.

The site Ben offered me to share with you is called AmericanTowns.com. Rather than explaining it myself, I will partially quote Ben´s email (with a few minor spelling edits to the quote).

[…] it's a website which has local sites for each city. I've used this website in the past to announce site launches, new features, [and it has] driven quite a bit of traffic for my efforts.

What interests me most though is that you can write an announcement or press release and then use the American Towns Press Services to have them send your story or release to local news outlets to possibly get picked up. This lead to an enormous amount of press for a past project [Postacrime.com/press] and eventually a 5 minute interview on Fox News […] Not to mention your stories on American Towns will generate backlinks and some traffic…

In my opinion, this is an excellent tip because of how detailed AmericanTowns is. The site will not only help you build backlinks for any posts you might write, but it also has the potential of sending you targeted LOCAL traffic, as well as the possibility of local offline exposure. Just taking a quick glance at their site, and by navigating to my city it looks like they are looking for anyone who blogs in the city and they get a free link, so head on over to your city and see if the writers are doing anything similar.

AmericanTowns just received a $3.3 million dollar investment, so you can assume they are here to stay.

AmericanTowns looks like a great free way to promote your website, so head on over there and enjoy Ben´s free website marketing strategy. If you are looking to learn more about AmericanTowns, you can read their about page. If you have a lot of luck with them, be sure to give me an update as I would love to see how AmericanTowns has helped your site.

Part 33 - Link Building with HELP [DOFOLLOW]

This is a link building goldmine that you all should spend at least 30 minutes using because it is an incredibly simple, long term link building site that will help build your pagerank and increase your search engine traffic for very little effort.

Today's link building tip is a site called Help. The site is much like Yahoo Answers as well as my previously mentioned posts about Unasked and Yedda. The difference is that HELP.com is a lot bigger and has a ton of members that you can build links from. Unlike the other smaller question and answer sites, HELP.com is gigantic and is now owned by CNET. By being owned by a multi-billion dollar company, the first thought that crosses my mind is that there is no webmaster who will manage the sites on a day to day basis, so my links will stay there forever.

A few months ago when I was testing out the site (to see if it was worthy of a post on my blog), I did one example post. Just checking back on it now, the link is still there and the page even has a pagerank of 1. This link took about 15 seconds worth of my time, so that is why I am recommending you spend a few minutes building links with HELP.com today so that you can get the benefit of the pagerank boost for the minimum amount of work involved.

HELP.com is an authority website with a strong pagerank 6/10, and it looks like that number isn't going down anytime soon. Go to HELP.com, make an account, find a few random questions, answer them, and find a way to include your link. (Update: Upon testing, you cannot insert HTML into comments, so you cannot get any anchor text links. However, if you are the one asking the question you can include as many dofollow anchor text links as you want. So start asking simple questions! ) You will thank me later when the next Google toolbar pagerank update happens. :-)