Warning notice: while this post is easy to digest, it also contains a lot of crap.
I’m sure almost every search marketer has been in the situation of thinking “so how am I going to tell this friend/ prospect/ client that his website is crap in a polite way?” in at least more than one occasion. Some people are in the situation of being able to decline such opportunities while others even publicly talk about the fact that they won’t do work for certain websites. However, numerous companies will happily accept to build links for a crappy website, because they only see the big bag of money that this new client will be bringing in. For this last group, I’ll be diving into the art of getting links for crappy websites today.
This starts with analyzing the link profiles of the competitors of the crappy website. Neglect the good links from high authority domains. Let’s face it: these sites probably won’t be linking to your client, so you’ll just have to focus on websites that look like or are just plain crap and settle with links on resources page #4. Together with 99 more crappy links.
– After this, you can submit your crap to dozens of SEO friendly directories that all look the same and almost instantly accept all kinds of crap. You’ll end up with a few links from AdSense overloaded pages that get crawled even less than a suncream salesman visits Norilsk, Siberia. But the website you’re promoting is still crap.
– You can try to create bait by painting your crap gold. You’ll be getting some attention and might even attract a few links from people saying “Hey, look over here, I’ve found golden crap!”. But it’s still crap.
– You can try to get people to write about or review your crap. The quality of the links you’ll gather usually correlates with the amount of money you’re able to pay, but it’ll only get you links of a certain quality level. These links will be from posts or pages stating “this company sells great crap, so check out their crap website!”. But it’s still crap.
Ok, I guess you get the point by now. My point is that you may have to think twice, if you’re planning on earning a quick buck by accepting nearly everything. You might fool search engines for a short while, but eventually, search engines will come to the same conclusion that the visitors of your client’s website have already came to: the website is crap and shouldn’t be ranking where it does.
In stead of promoting crap, make sure to start with improving the website, for example by changing the website structure, its layout or by adding quality articles. And I don’t mean adding 297 crappy turnkey articles, but quality stuff that people might actually enjoy reading and may be willing to link to.