My site wasn’t ranking. I was expecting my 30 PBN links, social signals I ordered, and web 2.0 buffers I made to bring my site to the first page.
After all, my competition didn’t have the best link profiles…
- “High PR” blog comments
- GSA contextual article links
- Cheap, rented PBN links on weak domains
- Random blog comments
Hell, I even ordered 20 PBN posts from BHW just to be sure.
What was the problem? It turns out that the problem was my private blog network. No, it wasn’t set up incorrectly and it definitely wasn’t deindexed, but it wasn’t what Google wanted to see.
Fellow SEO, let me ask you a question: does it seem that the more PBN links you add after a certain point, the results are dwindled close to nothing?
Hear me out for a minute. Forget what the gurus told you about PBNs…
- PBNs are the holy grail of link building
- Create it once and reap instant rankings for life
- There is simply no better source of links than your PBN
No, I’m not going to be that one asshole that every group or forum has that claims PBNs or even SEO is dead. But I am going to tell you one thing: you can’t rank with PBNs alone.
But you probably already knew that.
But I promise that you haven’t gotten links from niche relevant authority sites in your niche without lifting a finger. Hell, I even got links from three of my top five competitors using this method.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Hidden Link Method.
Hidden Link Method
What comes to your mind when I mention link building with blog comments? I’ll tell you what I think…
- Automated crap with GSA, Scrapebox, and other SEO tools
- Manually finding relevant posts on blogs and leaving a thoughtful comment with my link
The latter of the two is a great source of links. But fellow SEO, let me ask you another question (last one, I promise): how many times do you check back to see your comment approved, but with the link removed? Or even worse, deleted and gone forever?
If you haven’t tried: I made 100 comments on niche relevant authority blogs and only 23 got approved. 8 of those had the link intact. Each comment was relevant to the article and written by yours truly.
An 8% success rate? Come on SEOs, we can do better!
The Hidden Link Method allows you to get links on relevant, high authority sites without spending time writing a comment or trying to find a natural placement for your link.
It all boils down to this one line of code…
That is the line of code that I’ve been teasing you with the whole article. Let’s discuss it, shall we?
This code places a link to your site with no visible anchor text. Here is a comment that I made on a test website…
Very informative. Thanks. <a href="http://seo.gl"></a>
and here’s what the reviewer saw when deciding whether or not to approve my comment
No sight of a link. You may be thinking that WordPress automatically removed the link or some other plugin acted upon the link and removed it. Here’s the actual code that is shown in the editor
Our link is there and will be there upon approval. Just in case you are wondering what it looks like upon approval
and just to be sure, let’s check the source code (you can check it yourself here)
Success. Google parses the source code of a webpage and will definitely see your link as it is in the source code.
By using this method, I was able to get 30 niche relevant authority links dripped for one month and went from stuck on page two to #4 for a highly competitive finance keyword.
Please note that when looking at your link profile on third party crawlers like Ahrefs, Majestic, and OSE you will see <a>noText</a> as the anchor text. This is completely normal and as long as your link profile doesn’t consist of only hidden blog comments, you’re golden.
So, what can we take away from this?
- Link diversity is important
- Getting links from comments is very easy
- You can get links on your competitors sites without them batting an eye
- You should subscribe to my email list to be updated when I share awesome methods like this (too much?)
EDIT: Akismet, a prepackaged plugin with WordPress, will show the link to the person approving the comment in a gray and almost invisible text that most authors will ignore and not bat an eye to. The good thing for is that although Akismet comes with most WordPress installations, it isn’t activated by default and yes: you can still get links from sites running Akismet with this method!
So, how exactly can we tell if a site is running Akismet? Sites running Akismet should be approached with a more conservative mindset, but keep in mind we are still hiding the link and most authors are not experienced with hidden links and will approve your comment.
Simply view the source code of the target page and search for Akismet. If it’s there and loaded in the header, then the site is running Akismet. If not, well… it’s not running Akismet.
The biggest takeaway is that we can still exploit these sites, but maybe leave a sentence or two instead of just a single word like “Thanks”.
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Until next time,