Backlinks - We were recently asked a question that generated the interest in writing this article. They wanted to know how many backlinks it will take to earn a 5 figure income. It might not be sketched in stone, but I have enough experience in this to give some reasonable advice.
Backlinks are links you place in articles to submit on other websites, directing traffic right back to yours. These sites however, should be viewed as quality sites by Google, instead of the article marketing and farming sites we have all heard so much about. Google has the ability to catapult those sites right out of the market, so it’s best to stay away from them all together.
Before I go into more detail about how many backlinks, I want to touch base on professionalism in our industry.
Professional Work Space Leads to Professional Results
Have you ever run across someone who believes you work in your pajamas out in the hammock, just because you work from home? Or, that you watch TV and eat bonbons while you take calls, write articles, or do some research? If you have, you are not alone.
There seems to be a few who don’t take our careers seriously, unless we are commuting to a brick and mortar location. Well, that’s OK, as long as WE take it seriously.
Are you currently set up in a spare bedroom with a computer and desk, or least in a designated area in the den with your very own corner glass computer desk, where you do most of your work from? If not, then I suggest you do so, in order to get into the professional spirit that your business deserves.
If you are considering the idea of going full time, you can’t be doing the work from a hammock.
Now, Back to Backlinking…
There are 4 different categories when developing your backlinks. You might go through each one, on your way to full time status. Here they are:
1. The website looks amazing, but has zero backlinks.
Unless you are very lucky, putting together a decent affiliate marketing website requires a bit of work. No matter what your subject matter is, it requires research, design, and content development. But, after all your hard work and effort it doesn’t matter how good it looks, because you won’t have many viewers without quality backlinking.
2. The website that has 5 to 10 distributed articles with backlinks.
In the beginning, distributing your backlinked articles is comparable to the work you did when developing your website. Locate quality sites and blogs that will accept guest content. Then, build a rapport with them.
However, I believe that this part of the job can be overwhelming for some affiliates, so they take the road of ‘hope’, which rarely leads to high volumes of traffic, if any.
3. The website that has 20 to 30 articles distributed with backlinks.
Many part time affiliates are doing about this much, which can bring in a decent amount of traffic for a part time income. This is often the scenario for those who are just looking for supplemental income, or a stay at home mom who blogs.
4. The website that has 100 to 150 articles distributed with backlinks.
This category is for serious full time affiliates only. But, we don’t discriminate…you just have to want it bad enough. Having 100 to 150 quality articles, distributed to high quality sites, means that you could easily have 200 to 300 links directing traffic back to your site.
Of course this status isn’t accomplished in one day. It might take up to a year, but is well worth it.
The Benefit of Guest Content
Google really pampers quality content and will most likely rank newer content higher than the older that has been sitting around a while. Anyone who successfully blogs knows this, and will welcome quality guest content. It is an easy way to keep their site current, and ranked high. If you provide this to them for free, they will in turn let you place 1 or 2 backlinks per article.
Just do a Google search to find these sites. However, before you try to make contact with them, learn what you can about them, such as their guidelines and what kind of material they are currently accepting.
Knowing this information in advance allows you to sell yourself with relevant subjects for them to accept.
Now, when you do make contact, make a couple suggestions of topics you think would benefit their site.
Once you build a relationship with several sites, submit about 10 articles with backlinks each month, spread throughout a variety of them. By the end of the year, that could be up to 300 backlinks directing new traffic to your site.
Eventually your sales or viewing audience will reach the point that you can afford to outsource some of your help. For example, if marketing is your expertise, but writing is not, hire a freelance writer to develop content for you. This will free up your time to do more marketing.
The High Tech World of Affiliate Marketing
Before I wrap this up, I just wanted to touch base on technology, because it’s an affiliate marketer’s best friend. Things such as meetings and webinars can be easily done through a video conferencing solution software program. Or, working on the road is far easier now with Smart Phones.
My point is that if we are on the Internet with our business, right in the midst of technology, we should know what is surrounding us, and what can take us to the next level.
If you have any suggestions, or questions, I would love to hear them. Please leave all comments in the comment box below.
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About the Author
James Martell is an affiliate marketer since 1999, working with his wife to assist others in internet based business opportunities, through webinars, ebook, and speaking engagements such as the Affiliate Summit. James and Arlene live in Vancouver, in a seaside suburb.