372 High Quality Backlinks in 30 Minutes! And Growing!

In three days I have nearly quadrupled my inbound links (110 to 482 on Yahoo), and it all came from 30 minutes of easy work. More to the point, all of these links are linked to my homepage with the keyword phrase “Affiliate Marketing Tips.” Wanna know how I did it? I used a remarkably fresh new method by Michelle MacPhearson, called “30 Minute Backlinks.”

So now you’re wondering what kind of black-hat stuff I’ve managed to dig myself into right? SEO is grueling, hard work right? Nobody gets quick results with a puny amount of work, right? Well I can tell you the whole thing is completely legitimate. The basic idea is to take advantage of web directories that have high PR, yet are virtually unknown to the majority of webmasters! How can this be you ask? They are software directories!

Software directories… I can hear you laughing already. Like what is a software directory going to do for me? Well what if I told you that Michelle lays out no less than 5 different ways you can create your own customized, branded, software in less than 30 minutes? The beauty of this system is it doesn’t even really matter too much if nobody ever uses your software… though it would be nice of course. The trick here is that you’re getting your software placed in the directories with the keywords you choose as the linking term, coming back directly to your site. These are all one way links coming from good PR sites!

I’ve only used one of the five examples that Michelle discusses – so far I’ve made myself a toolbar for FireFox and Internet Explorer. You can check it out here if you want – it’s got some cool tools on it for affiliate marketers. The best part was, I didn’t need to know a single line of code to produce this toolbar. If you can spell your name and type in your internet address, you can be a programmer!! Well, not quite, but you get the point.

So basically she lays out five different ways to make a cool bit of software, targeted to your niche, which you can then upload to hundreds of sites around the internet – sites that want your listing- even crave your listings! You see these guys want to have the biggest, hugest link directories out there because that is their reason for existence.

The best part is, it is completely free and takes very little time to implement. (The video series itself costs a bit, but it is very reasonable). Anyways, I don’t want to make this too “salesy” – really I’m just kind of stoked that I managed to triple my backlinks with so little effort, and I wanted to share that tip with you. Check it out, and let me know how it works for you!

(UPDATE) As of today (April 9) this domain is up to 631 inbound on Yahoo. I’ve done nothing additional since this posting aside from leaving 3-5 comments on some other blogs.

(UPDATE) April 10 – Yahoo now shows 785 inbound. This is the gift that keeps on giving!

(UPDATE) April 19 – My backlink tool appears to be dead, I now have 0 inbound from each of the big 3! Can anyone recommend a better link checking tool? Argh.

7 Responses to 372 High Quality Backlinks in 30 Minutes! And Growing!
  1. Fariez
    April 11, 2008 | 7:08 pm

    Nice article Jonathan. Thanks for sharing your experience about getting links easily.

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  2. Backlink Builder
    April 25, 2008 | 2:19 pm

    Great tip, just uploaded my first peace of “code” 😛


  3. Scott
    June 18, 2008 | 4:51 am

    Hi Jonathan

    Just found out about 30 minute backlinks today and wanted to know what you think about the product now? I checked your backlinks (to this blog) and I only see a few backlinks from software sites.

    I could be wrong but looks like the major SE’s aren’t giving you much link love.

    Would you still recommend this product? If so, why?


  4. Jonathan
    June 18, 2008 | 6:28 am

    Hi Scott, thanks for the excellent question. It is a bit misleading isn’t it?

    Yes, I would still recommend 30 minute backlinks. The problem with this site is that for a long time (unknowingly) I had a setting turned on in WordPress that caused all traffic to redirect from http://jonathanboettcher.com to http://jonathanboettcher.com. Somehow that managed to split the inbound links. I’m working on a way to combine all the inbound links under the www. but I think it will take time.

    To get a more accurate picture, go to your link checker tool and run BOTH the links above (with www and then without). Last time I checked I think I had 250+ on one and 800 or so on the other. (Just re-read your question and realized I hadn’t checked how many links come from software sites… I’ll have to do that).

    So in short, yes I believe it does work, and I think it is a good way to get backlinks. I’ve just done the same process for another of my sites; in a week or so perhaps I will post on my results from that as well.

    Having just come from my analytics account, I can tell you that in the last month 68% of my traffic has come through search engines (versus referral or direct), so I think they’re being fair to me. Unfortunately, nearly all of that is from Google, so I have yet to really crack into Yahoo/MSN. Any suggestions?

  5. Scott
    June 18, 2008 | 7:47 am

    Hi Jonathan

    Thanks for your response. Well, at the risk of seeming like I have plenty of time on my hands lol, I did a quick link check.

    Here’s what I found using http://tools.marketleap.com/publinkpop/

    indexed: g = 6, y = 6, msn = 0

    indexed: g = ~62, y = ~89, msn = 1

    MSN can be a pain and you may want to submit your site at least to MSN via something like http://search.live.com/docs/submit.aspx?FORM=SUNO

    In terms of backlinks:
    g = 5, y = ~371 of which I only saw about 6 links from software sites

    g = 5, y = ~917 of which NONE seem to be from software sites

    Keep in mind, I only used marketleap’s tool. My question is, do you have any idea how many people have downloaded your toolbar and / or do you know if you get any traffic from your toolbar/programme?

    I ask because if the link love is weak but traffic is arriving from people who install the toolbar then maybe this technique could work.

    Can you monitor who downloads and if any traffic comes from the toolbar or whatever program you submitted?

    Thanks again

    Scotts last blog post..Celebrate St George’s Day at Crown Bingo

  6. Jonathan
    June 18, 2008 | 8:26 am

    LOL – thanks Scott!

    Well. This is very enlightening. I just looked through my 915 inlinks on yahoo and all I can say is “UGH!”. That matchingtracksuits site must have a bug on their page or something that causes my domain to be linked to in their template or something. Very strange. I guess I should contact them – my domain doesn’t even show up in their source code though???!??!!

    So I tried something else here – I googled – “Affiliate Marketing Tips” toolbar – to see what came up (that’s what I called it). Sure enough, there are a number of sites that carry it. Some have nofollow links pointing to me, and others don’t. Looks like at least some of them are trying to keep the google juice from leaking out.

    In regards to actual downloads, I never honestly expected very much from that, given the nature of the software, and I was surprised the other day when I checked it to find 2 downloads (yes, you can monitor them). Far more than I ever expected (lol). Probably some other affiliate marketers looking for ideas for their own toolbar, is my guess.

    The catalyst for the initial post was the fact that when I initially tried this method, the only thing I had done recently (or at all, for that matter) was make a couple of comments on other blogs. 30 min backlinks was pretty much the only link building effort I put out at the time, and I watched the numbers rise quite dramatically in the few days immediately following that work. I never checked the actual links (hindsight is 20/20) to see which domains were linking in.

    I just did the backlink thing for digitalframeguy.com yesterday, and I just checked the link tool. So far I’ve got one software site (www.softviewer.com/download_detail.php?softid=76091) linking to the domain, and it doesn’t use my keyword phrase in the link. (See the links line).

    I’ll keep a close eye on this in the next few days to see what happens. I wonder how my choice of directories affects my results? I basically took the low hanging fruit from the free submission tools; perhaps actually paying for a submission tool would improve my results by getting me into better directories. Might be interesting to test.


  7. Ian
    September 15, 2008 | 8:18 am

    Great advice – am going to give this a go! Woo!