Mar 152011
 
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I decided to try backlinks.com a few months ago to see if this service can actually make bloggers money.  The premise is of course a Google No-No and is about selling links on your pages or posts to advertisers.  These links are placed in a widgetized area and not even in the context of an article which further makes them stand out.

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Backlinks.com has actually a fairly good Alexa rating at under 8k ranking, but the main homepage itself is a PageRank of 0 and I would think is far too low for this popular of a service if it isn’t already being penalized.  In Backlinks.com you simply sign up and list your individual pages/posts that are a PageRank 1 and above.  These posts are individually listed and if you have dozens of posts it can take quite a bit of time to enter every one though you get to clone previous entries to save some time.  You choose a category/niche, as well as target audience for the links.

Once your articles are listed in the directory you simply wait until Advertisers purchase links, they do so by paying a monthly fee in which you make a certain amount.  The fee schedule for backlinks.com is here:

PageRank (PR) 1 homepage $.50 , subpage $.50
PageRank (PR) 2 homepage $1 , subpage $1
PageRank (PR) 3 homepage $2 , subpage $1.50
PageRank (PR) 4 homepage $3 , subpage $2
PageRank (PR) 5 homepage $4.50 , subpage $3.50
PageRank (PR) 6 homepage $12.50 , subpage $10
PageRank (PR) 7 homepage $30 , subpage $25
PageRank (PR) 8 homepage $75 , subpage $50

Remember, these are monthly payments and if you multiply let’s say 20 PR2 sub pages that sell backlinks, this would be an earnings of $20 per month from having the links on your site, which is $240 for a year. When using this service the real money lies in having hundreds of site pages/posts with PR3 or higher ratings, these can earn quite a bit.  You can also see that homepage backlinks can start commanding quite a bit per month when you get above PR6 though this is still a fraction of what you can get from selling to an advertiser directly.

For my experiment, I listed about 36 posts from DragonBlogger.com that were PR1 or above and I sold 8 links, this only earns me $4 per month which is hardly worth my time and the risk to my pagerank from selling backlinks openly. 

 

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The fact that you have to install a plugin with that lists javascript on your site constantly checking for the backlink only makes it easier for Google to find and penalize your site PR for using the service.  Combine that with erratic "backlinks code not found" issues due to using the W3 Total Cache plugin the posts would sometimes change to "inactive" status after failing a few checks.

As bloggers we all want to try to make money with our sites, but my official opinion is that if you want to try to earn money selling backlinks then this is not the way to do it.  It is far too visible and the payments are far too low.  At least if you sell a backlink with IZEA’s InPostLinks, PayPerPost or even links to advertisers directly you can embed those links in well written paragraphs and Google has little chance to know it was a sold link if you link to a site that is in the same niche as your own blog.

Now, I am not bashing Backlinks.com as a service and there are probably blogs with hundreds of listed pages that can make hundreds per month from selling backlinks on PR2, PR3 or PR4 sub pages.  Older blogs that have aged several years have the highest chance of having many sub pages with higher PageRank.  A new post will always start off with a PageRank of N/A and will take time to "age" and pick up pagerank so you never can list recently published articles in the directory.

As of this writing I am officially done testing the service and have removed the plugin and will no longer be hosting sponsored links from Backlinks.com as I don’t think the small payments are worth a risk to my blog PageRank rating.  The other thing is you have little control over what backlinks are bought on your site, they simply sell and you have no control to approve or deny the backlinks manually.  I have had several sell that weren’t good matches for my site as you can see below:

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Ditch Backlinks.com if you are using it, or don’t even start is my official stance.

-Dragon Blogger


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Justin Germino
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  • http://technicallyeasy.net Paul Salmon@Technically Easy

    Good call on ditching the service. Selling links is a huge no-no with Google. And as you saw, you don’t make much with regards to the punishment you could receive from Google.

    I’d rather just sell nofollow links from my blog on my own. At least this way I can control what gets displayed, and I may not have to worry about shelving-related links.

  • http://trafficcoleman.com/ TrafficColeman

    Yea..I don’t think this was a good look..but we all have tried new things out..I think your doing just fine the way you are now..

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  • Pumama@techsharing

    I think selling backlinks is not a good idea. Google don’t like that .

  • Dana @ Tablet PC Info

    For me, the payment is too low. We can easily get that payment that higher via digital point forum. So, I will not try their service.

  • http://BasicBlogTips.com Ileane@Basic Blog Tips

    Thanks for the research and the heads up Justin. I’m not brave enough to take on an experiment like this.

    • http://website-in-a-weekend.net/ Dave Doolin

      I’m not either Ileane!

      • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

        Yeah, I was brave enough to try it. Even if it hurt my PR I had to know for myself.

  • http://tek3d.org Tuan @ Technology News

    I realized the awful payment from Backlinks since reading your post about revenue sources of this blog. Your blog is so popular and the price for text links should be much higher. I could sell some post links for over $30 each.
    Anyways, this service is not worth trying.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

      Most people sell a permanent backlink in post as you just mentioned, so for $30, this would be 10 months at $3 per month at backlinks.com rate for a post with a higher PR. Backlinks.com can also sell multiple links on the same post, so potentially 1 post with PR4 or PR5 could have 3 links on it all making $3 per month each which is $9 per month or over $100 per year just from links on 1 post. Ultimately though, I think the damage to a blogs pagerank and standing with Google are not worth using the service.

  • http://authopublisher.com Ivin

    Not really worth it. Especially if you run the risk of being penalized eh?

  • http://www.iblogzone.com DiTesco

    I have heard of BackLinks before but never tried them. IntelliLinks seems to be way better, revenue wise. Anyway, the rates are extremely low and the risk is too high. Not the ideal scenario most definitely. I’m curious, how much do you think they charge their clients or advertisers, considering that there is no info about it over there on their website?

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

      I haven’t heard of intellilinks, perhaps I should review them next.

  • http://rumblinglankan.com Nishadha@Make Money Online

    The rates are very low for the risk, Google is always finding new ways to fight link selling and automated widgets are the easiest to find I guess.

  • http://blazingminds.co.uk/ BlazingMinds

    I had checked out this site before and wasn’t really to sure about it, so thanks for the heads up on the situation, I’m certainly going to be strearing clear of the site from now on, I much prefer to sell ads on my site via sites such as Buy Sell Ads and Advertise Space.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

      Right, these were links only as opposed to banner ad space. There aren’t too many sites that facilitate that, but LinkWorth is an alternative that I recommend more (even if it is a manual process)

  • http://www.vergent.net jenn @ t1 service

    I’m gonna say this is a big NO. Google has been pretty clear about their position on selling links! Don’t do it! And don’t buy them, either!

  • Eric

    Yeah way not worth it at all… Imean I have been working hard for months to get ranked… No where close yet. To think 4 bucks a month could penalize you in google? Shoot that ain’t worth it at all!!!

  • http://www.jocurile.us/ Alex@Jocuri

    I was on the other side of backlinks.com and they charged a hell lot then what you got payed, I think they are taking 50% commission or something like that.

    An other thing I didn’t like is that you can actually get published on a page of which google know it’s selling links, which might not do you good at all, but you would practically pay to get penalized.

    As a publisher, it does have potential as long as you have lots of high PR pages, although I think you can make much more money with banners or something similar.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

      50% is not abnormal in the blogging arena, where IZEA, SponsoredReviews and others already charge 50% premium to advertisers. I know DiTesco mentioned Intellilinks, did you check out this service yet?

      • http://www.jocurile.us/ Alex@Jocuri

        Hey Justin,

        I just signed up for Intellilinks and I am prospecting for a publisher that meets my demands.

        I like their interface and I can see that they are even telling how many pages does the website have. The prices seem reasonable…

    • http://bd24x7.com/ এ কে এম বোরহানিছ

      Hello Alex .
      Currently i am using backlinks.com and i get 800 point at first 12 days .Some time the points go up and down , Do you know why ?

  • Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing

    I[m rather surprised to even see another service of this kind coming out this late in the game.

  • Tate@DoFollow Backlinks

    This will really help build my resource list of place to send other people. Thanks a lot!

    I am always looking for more ways to make more money with my blogs. A tip that I have learned – if you can be one of the first people to comment on other peoples blogs, that will help you even more with some organic traffic, which will help boost your page rank.