I have learned over the years how important it has been for me to have my own network of websites when I need a few higher quality links to assist in ranking websites. These types of links come from sites I have built by using aged domains which I purchased from auctions at Godaddy or through Namejet that were related to my niches.
Why don’t I just buy links? It adds Up!
Buying links one at a time from some of the retailers just becomes too expensive over a long period of time. Good links from non-budget retailers range in cost from about $3.00 a month for a PR 3 link on up to $30.00 a month for a PR 6, depending on factors like outbound links, category of link, age of the domain and its pagerank. Furthermore, the added administration of monitoring the links is another task I could live without.
Other suppliers of homepage backlinks will not supply you with the locations of the links, which you purchased from them as well so, you must purchase on trust alone. Being that there are so many scammers online I prefer to stay far away from networks that do not supply link locations.
Building My Own blog / Link Network
I started building my own network of domains about 4 years ago and over this time I have built up a nice set of sites. The overall total to-date is over 200 and usually when starting a new project I like to purchase 5 – 10 aged domains to add to this network. Of course as you buy more sites you will need more places to host them so you have name server and IP diversity, which is incredibly important, no actually it is crucial in today’s internet.
Hosting The Domains
I got started using hosting services such as Hostgator, Host9, Bluehost, Hostmonster, Accuweb and others that allow for at least 10 addon domains. Starting with 5 different hosts is a good starting point I feel and keeps your expenses low. Sometimes with hosting coupons etc. you can purchase a whole year for about $30 per account. You may like to read my Hostnine Reseller Hosting Review before starting your own blog network.
*NOTE – Do not use sites that promise SEO hosting. None of these provide the safety you need with these types of networks. Believe me I have been burnt by trying this in the past so please do not repeat my mistake. Here is a good article on the cons of SEO hosting.
Setting up my domains on the hosts
This is how I go about setting up the domains on each of my hosting accounts. First we will start with the accounts that are the regular hosting accounts.
On these accounts that allow addon domains I will add up to 10 domains on each. If you are just starting out I suppose you will be adding either 1 or 2 domains, which is fine.
So if I have 5 different hosting companies that allow addon domains I can host up to 50 sites in total. The total amount of sites per hosting account depends on the amount of niches you are in or planning to build sites around. The reason for this is because you do not want to link to your money sites from more then one domain on each of your hosting accounts. This is important to maintain your name server and IP diversity.
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Software for Each Domain
I like to randomize the software I install onto these blog network domains. I believe that only using wordpress or another software on all sites could possibly cause some issues if not now in the future. The software I currently use sometimes depends on what is available on each hosting account but for the most part I find the better hosts provide a nice selection.
So the current types of sites I am building for my link juice networks are:
- Media Wiki
- Moin Moin
- Wikka Wiki
- Tikki Wiki
I am building out my domains using these types of software because it allows me to use my favorite link building software Ultimate Demon to post to each and everyone of these kinds of sites. This simplifies posting by allowing me to schedule all my postings plus the program then keeps track of all the URL’s for me.
Lets talk about where to find the auctions and domains
I keep this part as simple as possible, as it can be time consuming at times.
My preferred method is to use a site called Register Compass. This site builds a list of domains that are up for auction through a few different providers. At times there are 10’s of thousands if not 100’s of thousands of domains for sale. Register Compass allows me to narrow down my searches by all kinds of factors such as, Page Rank, Incoming Links, Mozrank, and also niche relevancy and keywords. It is a monthly fee of $37.00 but I recommend to signup, find the domains you need then unsubscribe if you can not afford paying for more then one month. There is also the choice to signup for a quarterly and yearly subscription for a discount as well. I currently am paying yearly as it saves me 25%.
My second method, which I do not use anymore, but some of you may want to is to use a program called scrapebox. It currently provides an addon that scrapes Godaddy’s domains for sale list. It allows you to search for domain names that have a certain keyword that you provide into the box. After hitting go it will come back with a list of domains that meet your criteria into the harvest box. After scrapebox returns the list, I will then check to see if the domain has any pagerank and then I will check if it is indexed. After doing those two checks I will do one last check and that is to check to see if the pagerank is fake. You can do this also using scrapebox as again it provides as addon just for this purpose.
Once I find a few domains I will login to either my Godaddy account or to my Namejet account and being my bidding. Remember when bidding to always have a maximum amount you will bid in mind because many times the amount that is bid by a competing bidder will be outrageous.
Receiving your New Domain
Once I have received my new domain, which at times can take a week, or so, I like to install and put content on them immediately. If the domain has some content archived in wayback machine I will try to rebuild that but if not I will write something unique to post onto the site. I usually end up doing the first postings manually and then at that time I setup a special login to use for posting with Ultimate Demon and add it to my sites list.
Last but not least
To help getting going faster building out a link network and to leverage it for more IP and name server diversity there is a great membership at a place called Fight Back Network. FightBack Network was built just for this reason to help us build links on either high pr sites or from niche relevant sites within unique content that has a contextual link to our money sites. Using this network along with my own I have found ranking for some difficult keywords to be much easier. As far as costs go, currently they are offering two memberships and they are $14 a month and $47 a month along with 14 days trials as low as $1.00. You can learn much more about it here.