Using blog networks for SEO

**Note update to this post 21 March 2012 Build My Rank or BMR arguably the most popular blog network has been de-indexed by Google see this post. In addition to this Authority Link Network (also mentioned below) and a number of others have also been targeted. It won’t be long before all major public networks have been brought down by Google. I have kept the article below in tact anyway but I wouldn’t be advising anyone sign up for highly public blog networks for now. **

One common SEO strategy these days is to write a guest post article and submit the article to someone else’s blog.

Blog networks work in much the same way. The site owner can write an article to post to the blog network and it will be posted to a number of blogs within the network.

Blog networks are basically a group of websites that are owned by the one person who allows people to publish articles to the sites usually for a membership fee. The blog network owner gets the constant stream of content keeping the site relevant in the eyes of Google and the member gets a link in the articles they submit.

In this article I’m going to go through the 4 networks I’ve tested and give you some basic information on each one. Note as usual there are no affiliate links in the list below as I’m not looking for products to promote.

A word of warning

Some people might see this as a bit of a grey-ish hat SEO technique. I would suggest that it’s really no different than guest blogging however I would also make sure you know what you are doing before you utilise blog networks like the ones mentioned here.

1 – Build My Rank (BMR)

BuildMyRank.com is one network that is talked about a lot at the moment with people getting some good results.

You pay per domain that you link to within your articles and the entry level plan is $59 for 5 domains per month.

BMR is quite strict with content so generally you would submit a fairly high quality article and one that hasn’t been submitted elsewhere even in spun form. This takes some extra work but networks with quality standards are a good option anyway because Google is getting better and better at judging onsite quality and the higher quality the more likely Google is to rate the site.

For more information check out this detailed Build My Rank Review (note the last time this was updated BMR was de-indexed and not worth checking out).

2 – Authority Link Network (ALN)

*Note the majority of ALN has recently been de-indexed by Google*

Authority Link Network is blog network that you can access if you have some of your own blogs to add to the network.

Unlike most other networks including BMR, ALN is free but it’s comprised of blogs from all people within the network not just the owner of the network.

To join ALN you need to submit 2 of your own blogs (your blogs have to have a Google Page Rank of at least PR2) and set them up to allow ALN to post articles to your sites. Note make sure you know what you are doing when you do this, these blogs are going to have a hell of a lot of not so great quality content posted to them so never use a site that is in any way important to you.

From there you can use their interface to post articles to the network. It supports article spinning so if you have an article with Spin Syntax that you have used for other purposes you can re-use it in ALN as it will produce a slightly different version of the article and not be a duplicate.

3 – Article Ranks (AR)

Article Ranks is another public blog network similar to BMR.

The system supports article spinning like ALN above and has plans ranging upwards from $39 / month.

As a result the quality of the content in the blogs is not quite as high.

Note they do have a free plan but to submit to the network you have to buy credits which in my mind is not a free plan.

 4 – Free Traffic System (FTS)

Free Traffic System actually is free! It’s a public blog network similar to AR or BMR but of course being free means the quality isn’t as high.

It’s probably the most confusing out of all of the networks presented here to use but again you get what you (don’t) pay for.

There is also a paid plan that supports more blogs but the free plan gives you 50 blogs to choose from which is a nice start.

Summary

All of these networks can be useful and once you have the procedures setup for adding posts to the networks it can be pretty quick to add articles.

There are quite a lot of networks like this out there that enable you to post articles to their blogs. Linkvana is another one which is quite popular although considerably more expensive than those mentioned here. There are also private networks that you can find that provide the same service.

Have you had any experience with blog networks?

Let us know in the comments below.

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16 Responses to “Using blog networks for SEO”

  1. Reihaan December 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    Exactly, This is the best way to get quality backlinks, as now google loves quality backlinks instead of spammy. The BMR is the one of the best solution i have found so far, and with this I got plenty of rank for my sites.

  2. Anna December 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    Interesting read about blog networks. I can’t believe that I am actually reading a post about blog networks and SEO techniques…To be honest, I started blogging just some months ago, and I see incredible amount of help, e-books and amazing bloggers out there, just the one, you are. Cool!

  3. Jon Anscher December 17, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    I’m curious, wouldn’t this run into trouble with Google’s algorithms identifying who the original author of the article is?

  4. Robin Jennings December 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    I tried to use a particular guest blog website that was to connect blogs with fresh posts.
    The quality was rubbish and I must have received a constant stream of potential guest posts every 15 minutes non-stop over a week.

    I could have paid a top quality writer for all the time I wasted.

  5. Baadier Sydow December 19, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    Decent writeup Dan and I agree with you, this type of seo often falls into a little bit of a grey area. Dripmylink is a similar service that makes things look more natural and doesnt require article writing though I think the price is a bit higher than the networks youve mentioned.

  6. Dan December 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Hi Baadier, thanks for the comment. Yeah I think especially if you don’t need to produce an article it’s getting a bit grey as you are really just paying for links but a lot of common SEO techniques have a bit of grey in them I think.

  7. Dan December 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    Hi Robin yes a blog network and a guest writing community are 2 different things. Blog networks are just about publishing your content and getting backlinks.

    Guest writing communities like MyBlogGuest.com or the new Aussie one Guestr.com are about finding content for your blog or getting backlinks by manually trying to find a home for your pre-written content.

    I have had some good results with MyBlogGuest.com and I use it to feed my secondary blogs but I’ve never really got any content that is good enough to put on my main blog. Generraly though I think the quality has been better than you would get from a cheap VA from the philippines or India or similar. Probably not as good as you would get from a good content writer with English as a first language.

  8. Dan December 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Hi Jon, I’m reading this comment 2 ways so hopefully this answers your question.

    One way is you could be suggesting that the content is posted in more than one place thereby Google would decide that it’s a duplicate. However as the articles are spun for most of these networks, the exact same content is not published in more than 1 place. With networks that don’t use spun articles, I suggest giving them a unique article. Google is said to not necessarily list duplicate content in the SERPs (although it does and there are a lot of examples of this) but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t count the links in the content.

    The other way to read this is perhaps you are suggesting that because it’s not on your blog then Google doesn’t know who the author is? i.e. referring to Google’s authorship changes? If this is the case this doesn’t really matter, Google doesn’t know the author of the majority of the content on the web just yet.

  9. Dan December 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    Cool good to hear, thanks for stopping by.

  10. Dele December 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Except for BuildMyRanks(BMR) which you indicated, i am not too impressed with the standards of others and as you pointed out, using your main blog may in fact be counter-productive.

  11. Alex@friv December 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Thanks for making clear those concepts, Dan. i’ve just had a quick look at “Fast Attack SEO” (anyone here read it?), where Craig Marko mentioned about his Link building strategy. It’s quite clear and detailed but i have some problem with understanding what is BMR, ALN, etc. So, is there any different between having a post on those networks and having a guest post on high authority blog??

  12. Dan January 3, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Hi Alex, thanks for the comment. Yes I have read it, it was a huge help.

    I think having a guest post on a high authority blog would generally be better. I think the more effort required, the better the results. It’s easy to sign up for a blog network and submit content (which is virtually un-curated) whereas getting a guest post on a high authority blog is generally a lot harder and the site should have more authority according to Google I think.

    Doing both would be a good option.

  13. Anita Richard January 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    Dan I appreciate the way you respond to queries. I specially enjoyed your reply to Jon regarding Google.

  14. Dan January 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Thanks for the compliment!

  15. Udit Goenka February 28, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    I have heard very good stories about ALN and I am going to give it a try. But lately I have been using SEO destiny, the service is quite similar to BMR, ALN and others but the most important factor about these is pricing. SEO destiny is very cheap and at the same time quite awesome.

    I have also used BMR a while back, it’s good but it’s lil costlier.

    But anyways, thanks for the post.

    -Udit

  16. Dan February 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    No worries thanks for the tip on SEO Destiny I hadn’t seen it.

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