**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.comÂ 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 ReviewÂ (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 NetworkÂ 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 RanksÂ 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.
Â 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.
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.