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SEO Tips : Using the Revenue Sharing Model to Promote Your Site

Updated on July 9, 2011

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SEO Tips - Get Website traffic

The secret to getting lots of website traffic isnt really a secret at all, sure there are tons of little tweaks and tricks to irk out more views than your competition. But if you have researched your approach correctly, you shouldn't have insurmountable competition.

The trick to getting website traffic is to show up nice and high in search engine results for a well researched keyword or combination of words.

The easiest way to ensure this is to have lots and lots of backlinks.

There is lots of confusion about how to get a backlink and what constitutes a backlink, its not hard, you must be overthinking!

A backlink is quite simply a link that leads from somewhere else "Back" to your site, article, hub, blog or lens. The only rule is it should be coming from a a site outside of the domain that you are linking to.

There are other considerations to work on over want dofollow links and you want links from sites with high PR. But if you have zero, nadda, none backlinks than any backlink is going to help you.

Its nice to just get bunches or organic backlinks, but in reality, most of your top competitors are using automated software or hiring "SEO" firms to churn out rewrites and spins from Third World Content Mills. Its best to be proactive when attempting to compete in the "real" world.

I will give you some resources to understand those concepts better in a moment, but first Ill cut to the chase. You can make your own backlinks and you can earn from them! We are not talking riches, but 20-30 a month from each source, plus the backlink is a pretty good opportunity.

This doesnt mean you should forget on page search engine optimization and other valuable seo tips, it just mean that developing your first ten backlinks is easy and you can earn money online directly in the process

SEO tips: Sites that pay you to create your own backlinks!

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I discovered Xomba almost a year ago, it seems like a Hubpages, Associated Content, write articles for money type site (because it is) and was quickly put off by the interface and content.

A week ago, I went back to the site after reading about some other users success stories. A person I trusted claimed $30.00 in earnings from 80 links followed by $50.00 in earnings the following month from a total of 110 backlinks.

Xomba has a choice of Xombytes - which are short articles, or xomblurbs, which are nothing more than a link, a title and a short description.

In the first week, I submitted 50 bookmarks, I have received over 300 clickthroughs to my articles and approximately $2.50 in direct earnings. The Xomba site reports 900 views to my submissions.

Update: Almost a month later, with almost 100 Xomblurbs posted, Ive seen almost 1000 page impressions on my SHARE of pageviews and made approx $60.00..the approximations are to keep within TOS for both related sites

For the two hours max I spent I feel the returns will be enormous.

Xomba pays via an adsense impression sharing system, you can track and view your earnings via URL channels in adsense.

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I have been a member of this site for a little over 3 months, this site is another example of quite an ugly interface, that initially turned me off. I actually outsourced the backlink process in order to catch up with my backlog of hubs. I noticed rather quickly that the site was indexed very fast. My earnings via adsense have only been around 1.00 per month but the links generate around 600 page views to my hubs in a month.

Although, Adsense has only generated 1.00 per month, shetoldme also allows you to get revenue through the Chitika program, Chitika revenue has been almost .50 per day! I now use chitika on all my sites as it can be used in conjunction with adsense.

I do recommend you sign up with Chitika

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At this point, I am very new to the redgage program. Redgage does not use an impression style program to pay for backlinks, it has its own algorithm for computing revenue per page views. When you reach $25, they send you a pre-paid visa card all further earnings are sent to this card. They seem to be fond of giving out random bonuses for submitted content. many new users are reporting earnings of 150.00 in a month dues to random bonuses. This service seems to have a good following with the Squidoo crowd.

In 2 hours, I have made .05 cents in page view earnings for 8 submitted backlinks!, edit 1 day later with 18 backlinks and one featured story my earnings are nearing $5.00!

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Tagfoot doesnt directly fall in the same model. It allows you to bookmark and earn from ALL your bookmarks, so if you have a folder full of your own articles, than they are eligible to be earned from also. Tagfoot is an actual community and in order to be eligible to earn from the site you need to reach the ProFoot level. But attaining ProFoot is easy, so far i enjoy the site for its intended uses, not just for backlinks. You can find a lot of your hubber friends are already there!

As I am not a Profoot, I do not have personal experience about earning potential just yet. I joined almost 8 months ago but just learned about the revenue options recently. I have several hundred bookmarks so I am looking forward to discovering what options I have. They have a great twitter/tagfoot tool that would work well with the twitter system i described in another hub(link available below)

Tagfoot monetizes through impression sharing via Adsense, Amazon,Kontera and Chitika

After nearly a year of using this process and similar methods, I was spurred to create a toolbar that incorporates the needs of this process.

Feel free to use it yourself. free download - Cross compatible with all browsers, certified adware/spyware free.

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Some final thoughts and SEO Tips

Keep in mind the purpose of these sites are not for earnings, it is to create backlinks that will increase your main articles (or hub,or blog, or site, or lens) ranking in the search engine.

The submission process is easy! If you can get into the habit of publishing a new hub and than quickly submitting to these resources you will really get your hubs off to a running start.

You can easily make all 4 submission in less than 2 minutes, use a slightly different title with your target keywords, some general tags and either a custom summary or just paste some random text from your hub if your in a hurry. Do NOTget hung up on the details at these sites, stick your links up and move along.

But the added possibility of earnings is a great plus and the direct traffic potential of the user community of each site has its benefits also.

10 Quick Guaranteed Backlinks to your site

The 4 sites referenced above

Make your own blog and link to your hubs (for the purpose of backlinks Do not link your hubs to your blog)

Sign up for HubPages to create a backlink by writing an informative article like this one (to a site other than Hubpages)

You can also use these social bookmarking sites that are dofollow - if you follow all these steps your new piece of web real estate can have 10 dofollow backlinks in under an hour, 6 of which are monetized

FeedMarker update:

Create a Feedmarker Account

Because of the increasing costs of hosting this site, we've begun charging a one-time, $50 fee to create an account.

How ridiculous! Guess, its only a useful tool if you have a grandfathered account.

Good Luck

Added benefit: this technique when used on new hubs,articles,blogs,blurbs etc..leads to almost instant indexing, the article I posted directly after this one on Family Guard Dogs was indexed by google in under 6 hours!

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Thanks for visiting, I hope you found this article helpful. Feel free to ask any questions or point out anything you feel should be corrected in the comments below

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The Best of SEO Tips

Over the time that has passed since the creation of this article, much of my experience and process has adapted. The overall truth of this hub remains valid but a stronger philosophy has been developed - if this was helpful, I suggest that this will be far more helpful!

How to make a Passive Income Online Writing 

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    • Aya Katz profile image

      Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Sunforged, this looks like a hub I might be returning to several times to get everything out of it. At the moment, I'd like to concentrate on Xomba. Ngureco recommended it to me, but I have not yet signed up. I'm still on the fence. What exactly do you mean that in one week you submitted "50 bookmarks" there? Submitted how?

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      Here is an example of this very article "bookmarked" called a xomblurb at xomba.

      The required info, title,url,tags, description are the same as social bookmarking sites like digg/stumbleupon etc. hence the bookmark term

      I do suggest coming back as i will be adding up to date stats for some of the programs, a detailed hub on xomba and shetoldme (they are easily "gamed")and some generic backlink info

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      Andria 7 years ago

      Sunforged - thanks for this. Read it and will digest it. I use SheToldMe.Com but have Adsense switched off. I backlink on non-paying sites (ezine, AC etc) and even have (as yet unused) accounts with RedGage and TagFoot. Another I use is InfoBarrels - this one is a paying site, though you have to submit a full article.

      I need to pull my finger out and work harder :)

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      You should use chitika with shetoldme, I also use

      infobarrels but that isnt an example of a 30 second backlink so isnt on this list

      Im surprised you have a redgage account! I hadnt heard much about it in my wanderings but since its making money in my very first hours with it, I decided to include it.

      I have another dozen that i have experimented with such as infopirate! but not all of them were worthy of a recommendation

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      Linda Myshrall 7 years ago

      More than half of my bookmarks are your articles... You are a great teacher. Thumbs up on this one.

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      Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Sunforged, so you write a sort of blurb or squib of your Hubpages article, and then you link the URL for the whole article?

      How does Xomba get traffice? Why don't Xomba readers just go directly to Hubpages? Is it because they like to read a shorter summary first?

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      sunforged 7 years ago from


      Yes, you just write a very small 50 words or so description of your hub than post a link to your hubpage.

      Your original article or hub is deemed more important by search engines based on how many other places link to it..the point of the backlink isnt even to be seen or read its just another place on the web that points to you and makes your article seem more authoritative

      Xomba readers? Im not sure, I bet a lot of them are Xomba site users, just like here at hubpages, they just like that site, it has less stringent quality guidelines and a very quick submission process.


      Say I use the term "Buy Sunforged Art" as my keyword, my hub on hubpages comes up as the 3rd result after Amazon and when someone searches for "How to buy sunforgeds art" So I go ahead and make these backlinks, My hub may raise up to position 1 and position 5, is xomba, position 3 is shetoldme - position 7 is my blog, when someone searches and they look at the first page on google 5 or 6 of choices all lead to my article and the top rated article is mine too

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      Here is a real life example

      I have hub here called buy True Blood Season 2 finale

      if someone searches "Buy trueblood season 2"

      You will see my hub comes up in position 4 after Amazon, than the last two spots on the first page are xomba and shetold me ...all of those lead to the same place and they are all my submissions

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Great info, Sunforged! I joined shetoldme and xomba but haven't been keeping up with submissions - you've just lit a fire for me and I'm going to have to spend some time submitting.

      I have a question about Chitika as I've never heard of it - can it be used with hubpages or only with websites you own? Do you sign up through shetoldme or directly?


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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      Chitika is its own ad network, it cannot be used on hubpages, you have to be able to add the script to your site, it works rather well as it changes the ads to whatever the searcher was looking for!

      You could sign up here ...thats my ref link, it gives me a bonus from chitikas end, just like here at hubpages

      Chitika is not affiliated with shetoldme, it is a search-targeted advertising network.There ads are unobtrusive and attractive. I actually like the service I think it makes some of my sites look better since it shows highly targetted info.

      Then at shetoldme, there is a location for inserting your id just like you would here at hubpages

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      Hillary 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      You are awesome sunforged, and bookmarked. Thanks many times over.

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      Andria 7 years ago

      SF - you'd be surprised what I've got (account wise) but half of them I can't pinpoint why I joined. A few months ago, I went on a real mission to self-educate myself about online earning and I suppose I went on a mad flurry in order to tick all the bases I kept reading about.

      It's my email inbox that makes me smile ... emails from all these different places keep appearing, some of which I do use and some of which I don't.

      I also have an awful habit of using any name other than the one I have here, as I'll eternally regret using such a foolish HubName :)

      I need to bring more order to my virtual wanderings. I think I've left bits of myself all over the 'net.

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      Les Trois Chenes 7 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Took your advice and backlinked all my hubs to xomba - but took all morning!!! Hope it works, but thanks for passing on your experience once more.

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      tnmarketing 7 years ago

      Great article some really good info here to get stuck into thank you

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      Papa Sez 7 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

      Hi sunforged, I'm new to HubPages and to online earning. Thanks so much for this very informative hub. I'll go ahead and try them now!

      By the way, what do you mean by this:

      "Make your own blog and link to your hubs (for the purpose of backlinks Do not link your hubs to your blog)"

      Why not link hubs to blog? or vice versa?

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      Andria 7 years ago

      I buggered off for a look at my RedGage account, to see how long I'd had it. Turns out I joined it in early August. Anyway, for the heck of it, I uploaded a link to a hub. Picked one, linked it, just to see.

      In and among I'll try and link more, make better use of the site. Be interesting to see what it does or doesn't do.

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      mercon 7 years ago

      nice tips... thx hub 4 share...

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      Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

      Wow - excellent information - I'll have to read it several times to absorb it all.

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      Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

      Great info,...this is a bookmark page definatly. Thanks for sharing.

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      Laura Marie 7 years ago from UK

      Great hub!!! I use most of these sites, and tonight I got alot of impressions to my site from shetoldme.

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      create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

      You have a wealth of information here in this hub sunforged. I will refer to this hub again and again. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise in this area.

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      Using this technique results in super speedy indexing by google

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      jimcain207 7 years ago

      Great hub. I appreciate all the info in detail and easy to understand. Count me as one of your fans.

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      Helen Cater 7 years ago from UK

      I now have this bookmarked. It is very informative, and I will pass the info on to everyone, as backlinks are a little hard for people to understand. You have mastered the art of simple, and easy to follow instructions. Thanks, I will be backlinking my hubs as soon as I can.

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      kirstenblog 7 years ago from London UK

      I just book marked this one as well! I have used a few of the sites you recommend but some of the others are totally new to me! I do have one question, when back linking content like a hub pages article how much will it really help if that content (article) just isn't very good? I mean I may have an interest in a topic and write something I think is good but low and behold I really am weird cause no one else seems to give 2 hoots about it.

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      kerryg 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for this write-up, sunforged! I have accounts at most of these sites, but haven't really used them as much as I should. Guess it's time to start!

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      ryankett 7 years ago

      Great hub mate, has really given me the kick up the back side I needed to get moving with Xomba... I have a little strategy myself, but lack the time to implement! I have been using for a while now, have scooped 134 of my 184 hubs and at some stage will catch up with my hub total! I intend to do the same now with this.... backlink all of my hubs from xomba. I am also eventually going to be building backlinks from my blog, (there you go, I am spamming now!)to all of my hubs and then backlinking every post of that blog from the same sites. It is never ending, but the hope is that somewhere along the way I see a massive vertical movement in the adsense graphs, lol. On a serious note though, has been excellent for me. Has become difficult to get a hub promoted now, but it has actually been earning me up to around $5 per week in Adsense and the hubs that I do get promoted often end up a place or two higher in SERPS... and thats just 1 single backlink! I believe that I am correct in saying that only promoted scoops provide a dofollow link? It is now very important that your descriptions are catching.

      Great hub, very sorry for the essay, and thanks for the backlink! hehe... (actually, is this box not nofollow?)

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      ryankett 7 years ago

      Dude..... I just signed up for Xomba via this hub, assuming that it would be your referral link? You should get on that mate! You would have earnt from me!

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      ryankett 7 years ago

      @MikeNV, all of these sites relate to your HUBPAGES earnings! These are free dofollow backlinks, so Sunforged is saying that by backlinking to a hub from these 10 sites would likely see your hub perform better in the search engines. This of course means more traffic. Shetoldme and Xomba actually pay you in adsense impressions, so threshold is irrelevant; although I wouldnt rely on any of these sites for an income.... an income as well as a dofollow backlink is a huge bonus.... I have made over $30 from; but I would have still used that site if it didnt pay that money.

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      ryankett 7 years ago

      @MikeNV, all of these sites relate to your HUBPAGES earnings! These are free dofollow backlinks, so Sunforged is saying that by backlinking to a hub from these 10 sites would likely see your hub perform better in the search engines. This of course means more traffic. Shetoldme and Xomba actually pay you in adsense impressions, so threshold is irrelevant; although I wouldnt rely on any of these sites for an income.... an income as well as a dofollow backlink is a huge bonus.... I have made over $30 from; but I would have still used that site if it didnt pay that money.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful Hub. I've come back to Bookmark it. It was on the Homepage when I first read it. (I wasn't logged in). So, I'm assuming all is okay with She told me, after that Thread on Forums.

      Thanks for being generous with info. Great Hub.

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      @papasez re-""Make your own blog and link to your hubs (for the purpose of backlinks Do not link your hubs to your blog)"

      Why not link hubs to blog? or vice versa?"

      A one way link is infinitely more valuable than a reciprocal link...this article was written with the salnt of hub promotion - so I said link blog to hub, if it had been about blog promotion, I would have said hub to blog - the ticket is one way

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      @kirstenblog - algorithms do not understand quality, its not quantifiable - a backlink is a backlink, dofollow and increased Pagerank make a backlink more valuable to you, a high quality article is likely to have more natural backlinks and increased page view time which should lead to a higher PageRank - so for the scope of this article, building backlinks that pay you and help you get indexed quickly...the quality of the site linking isnt a HUGE consideration, that being said, none of the sites I mentioned are low quality..some are new, one is beta, two are ugly...but they are of value

      I dont think your issue is the quality of the article, its probably the slant you use to promote the article, play with titles and really try and wrap your head around and experiment with the info that the keyword tool gives you..lack of traffic has nothing to do with how well you write...absolutely no relationship between those two factors..promotion and writing are two different animals

      but as ryan said above, good enticing copy inside your links is more likely to draw traffic in

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      sunforged 7 years ago from


      Ryan already responded well, if he hadnt, i would have just deleted your comment as i dont believe you read this article, or if you did you failed to understand some very basic principles..yet, you chose to make commands toward me "you need to focus more" ...your missing some important factors in web development and promotion if you believe that and all of the featured sites, except for redgage, share your impression..their is no payout level...and at a more theoretical level...there is no such thing as a payout level that is to high, just an affiliate that isnt worth paying costs money to track and register affiliates, to process fees and do related paperwork etc...this is a business, if 100.00 is outside what you believe you can make...than you probably will fulfill that prophecy

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      sunforged 7 years ago from


      logged in hubusers profile link is dofollow, any link placed in the comment box is nofollow.

      I didnt realize the Xomba link wasnt working for referrals, you would have been a powerful referral ive seen your output in the past..I send a message to tech support as Im pretty sure i have it set up right on my end...this is more of a help article than an earn article.

      Thanks for swinging by I think your at the level where you should be using link wheels, i believe you already know the methods from some past forum posts I have seen of yours

      @LadyE - The forum thread you are talking about WAS resolved in a positive way, I started that thread, the response of site admin was so good I later spent money on the site as an advertiser in addition to being a user. Even if you chose to play the super safe route....chitika(links above) pays better for me on that site and does not have any issues w/ TOS in relation to the site concept

      But as commented above, adsense earnings can be made extra 5-10 bucks a month for the life of the site and traffic can add up!

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      about MikeNV, now i see, what happened here..I disagreed w/ some poor advice about social bookmarking, specifically StumbleUpon you made in a forum thread..instead of responding you deleted your forum post and than made this comment here


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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      Just so the comments Ryan and I made are not taken out of context the post we were answering was

      "You need to focus more. Most of these programs set a threshold for payout above what they know the average person can do and make. So people sign up and work and work, and the money comes so slowly they lose interest. Then what happens is the company never has to pay. So it's just free labor. Corporate America is not stupid, they know this going in. Focus on the few places that make you money, then work those. A shotgun approach will not lead to sustained profits."

      since I now see the impetus for the post was misplaced spite, I will be removing it from my web property

      Nice to meet you Mike!

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      Miguel Gigante 7 years ago from Born in Portugal/Living in UK

      Thanks for this hum. Great tips. Will sign in for some of those...hope to make some money so you can make money too. ;)

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      fdoleac 7 years ago from Hollis, New Hampshire

      Thanks for all the great info. I am still trying to solve the AdSense sign up. Will probably use a new account.

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      BookFlame 7 years ago

      Jees, this has become a full time job! So many opportunities, so little time!

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      Update- Xomba earnings have started to break 2/ daily over the last week (4 consecutive days now!), just for submitted backlinks.

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      tim 7 years ago

      I had been on the net for 2 days trying to resolve my backlink problems. Never thought i'd find my answer in a hub. Thanks man.

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      successfulblogger 7 years ago from Los Angeles,Ca

      Nice Hub, I used your referral link to sign up for she told me.

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      bengriston 7 years ago

      I have several sites that I could do this on. Thanks for the tip, I can really use the money in the next few months if it can work out.

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      anglfire693 7 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Can't wait to start using this information! So thankful for this hub and the useful information!

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      Carolyn Blacknall 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I don't understand why you say to not link from your hubs to your blog. I thought that was what most people do. - Carol

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      Carol, you can either link from your hubs to your blog, or your blog to your hubs - just dont do both!

      In the scope of this article we were using a hub as the item to be promoted, if you substitute a blog for a hub, than by all means use a hubpage as your backlink(paid)

      Google likes "one way links"... reciprocal links going both ways are seen as just that..reciprocated, w/o merit ...just like someone fanning you on hubpages and you returning the cheapens the impact of the recommendation if you go both ways

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      JeannieRyan 7 years ago

      Wow this has been so informative! Thanks for the great info, you answered a lot of questions and offered great solutions! I'm definitely a fan!

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      PurpleOne 7 years ago from Canada

      I followed ryankett's link from a forum to this hub and it's really informative. I signed up for xomba before but think I will really dig in and try to use it now. Thanks.

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      Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Thank you for sharing all of these sites. For the past week I have been researching backlinking, ans trying to figure out what the best way to go about it is... So far, I am finding that the links I have made from my blog have not been found yet, tho ones I made before I knew there was a benefit to it (beyond the human reader) are noted by backlink finding tools.

      One question: Is it better to brand your self, by using one name across the web, or would having multiple names be better?

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      Derek James 7 years ago from South Wales

      Thanks for the information. I shall be studying this further. Will be glad to join your fan club.

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      jenblacksheep 7 years ago from England

      So I read this hub on Sunday, followed your advice and set up a Xomba account. I've been adding a few hubs a day to my account. On Sunday my page views had doubled from Saturday and yesterday the were almost three times as many as Saturday. Good times! ... although I had no earnings yesterday.

      I just looked on Google and for a couple of my hubs the Xomba article comes higher than the Hubpages one. I'm sure it doesn't really matter since the traffic will get to hubpages anyway, I was just wondering if this was unusual?

      Great hub though! Can't wait to see the difference when all my hubs are up on Xomba!

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      @jenblacksheep - new content is usually placed high on google returns, it gets a news "boost" , in the long run, its not likely that xomba will stay on top of hubpages after the first reindex.

      If your using the keyword tool at SURE to use those keywords when you right your short BLURB

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      Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Sunforge, thank you for sharing this very informative Hub. I enjoyed it so much, that I'll re-read it over and make it work for myself. Greatly appreciated.

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      ryankett 7 years ago

      My Xomba account has been reactivated :) I am going to give it another go, just for bookmarks. The crazy thing is that I just found this hub as the second result for the search term 'start your own backlinking site' rather than intentionally - this must be hot hot hot!

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      funmoojo 7 years ago

      this hub is great given me several new sites idea i didnt realized before. xomba sounds great enough that i will give it a try!

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      happyflower 7 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Sunforged,

      i found your site via one of the forum discussions. thanks for the info. I have just signed up with Xomba through your link and have already published 4 blurbs. Will continue with the rest of my hubs and i look forward to an increase in traffic.

      thanks again.

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      SwiftlyClean 7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so very much, i will be reading this atime and again. I did open the accounts.and wrote a poem there at

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      TattoGuy 7 years ago

      I read this hub before and you are one smart guy, I have now decided to make some money and I intend to. Bookmarked this, cheers for sharing your tips !

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      Papajon 7 years ago from Berlin, Germany

      Hi Sunforged

      On the question of 1-way linker (ie blog to hub or the other way) is the bot clever enough to what clusters of hubs/blogs you have. If I link from blog A to hub B and from Hub C to blog A will the bot decide that I'm gaming the system?

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      Is google smart enough to figure out that you manage site A-C ? Blogspot domains all with the same gmail account associated? all using the same adsense account? all with daily traffic from your IP? All Wordpress sites on the same server?registered to the same person on ICANN? Yes, google is way past that smart.

      Will they "penalize" you for gaming the system, highly will know it when you are truly gaming the system. As long as the links grow at a natural rate you are fine, its completely appropriate for webmasters to link to other properties they control, why wouldnt they!

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      Papajon 7 years ago from Berlin, Germany

      Many thanks - great post and I appreciate the reply.

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      gunsock 7 years ago from South Coast of England

      Wow! I've only just caught this hub. Absolutely fantastic. Many thanks sunforged.

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      @RyanKett -hmm, glad I rank for such an odd term..I wonder if you are attempting to do that?

      @HappyFlower - feel free to PM me for any help with their system at Xomba, I have some new tricks up my sleeve, which will be released in an upcoming hub, ill share with my referral first though ;)

      Everyone else, thanks for the encouragement and Im happy to hear that you are finding success with these sites, keep us updated! and keep a look out for the Xomba tricks Hub that will be out in early 2010

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is all Greek to me, but I am willing to learn. Bookmarking this one! Thanks.

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      moanalisa 7 years ago

      This is very helpful in trying to understand the world of HP. Thank you!

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Hey sunforged I just feature this wonderful hub of your in my latest Hub which has a title, "Ways to Improve Your HubRank." Hope you'll like that Idea thanks a lot in advance and Happy New Year... :D

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      I got here from Generalhowitzer's article. Thanks for another view, I am surprised that I didnt comment on it the last time I viewed!

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      Ghostlytrue 7 years ago

      Fantastic Hub and good content. Excellent tips a good hub for someone looking to enhance their knowledge of SEO.

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Hey, great hub am signing up for those sites now!

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      Lady Libris 7 years ago from Independence MO

      Thank you! I'm just getting started, and I am quite sure I'll be using this hub as a reference.

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      Christa Dovel 7 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      With RedGage, did you import any content? And what would importing content do - make a duplicate?

      FeedMarker now has a one time $50 fee to sign up.

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      @ Christa, thanks for bringing that to my attention.

      How ridiculous! "Create a Feedmarker Account

      Because of the increasing costs of hosting this site, we've begun charging a one-time, $50 fee to create an account. "

      Ill edit the article accordingly.

      As for redgage, I suggest using the add URL function which allows you to write as little as you want to introduce the link.

      Even when you add feeds from your blog , it doesnt replicate the entire no duplicate threat

      of course, the duplicate content "penalty" is usually misunderstood and overblown

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      Fikayo Balogun 7 years ago from London

      once again i'm glad i'm your fan. i've made a list of the site you mentioned and i'm off to practice with my new hub on personal finance courses. thank you

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      liswilliams 7 years ago from South Africa

      definitely bookmarked! thanks so much

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      Farah 7 years ago


      This is a nice informative article. Am going to try backlinking by joining xomba, will try the rest later, one by one.

      Thank you

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      Seems like, there are other revenue opportunities at RedGage I was unaware of! Just received 25.00! for winning a daily contest.

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      Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Congrats on the win. :)

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      Peter Freeman 7 years ago from Pen-Bre, Cymru/Wales

      I was already a member of Xomba but I joined RedGage and SheToldMe after reading your Hub. I was thrilled when I got a couple of bucks bonus for having one of my videos featured. Really is a fun way to promote my articles.

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      Erlfly 7 years ago

      thanks so much! learned alot.

      more SEO keywords:search engine optimisation tips,seo advice,seo tips

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for all the info, advice and first hand experince!

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      Arren123 7 years ago from UK

      Thank you for sharing, some great info, I will be using some sites myself, thanks again, great hub

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      seamist 7 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      I signed up at tagfoot about a week ago. After bookmarking nine of my hubs, they restricted/banned my account for promoting my own articles. I wrote support a letter and explained that I did not know there was a limit to bookmarking your own content. They opened my account. Next time around, I bookmarked seven articles of other people's content. After bookmarking seven articles other than my own, I figured it would be okay to bookmark at least one of my articles again. Right after I bookmarked another one of my articles, they put my account on restriction. I wrote support again and asked exactly what the rule was on bookmarking my own content, they failed to answer my email. When you account is restricted there, if you pay them five dollars, they will reopen your account again. I liked my mentor, but they run their program sucks. Futhermore, unless you're a bigfoot, the links are not do-follow. Consequently, if you're looking to promote your site, I would not suggest tagfoot. However, there were no problems with bookmarking my own content at Shetoldme or Redgage. One thing I noticed though, initially, most of the bookmarks with Shetoldme ranked fairly high in Google's search. However, after a couple weeks, I can find the bookmarks in Google's search engine results. Go figure. All I can say is this backlinking is frustrating. I also read in one of Potpie girl's advertisments for one of her products is that in some cases, social bookmarking can have a negative effect on helping further your search engine ranking --- she did not give a reason though.

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      sunforged 7 years ago from


      When promoting your own content through any venue you should have distinct user names and and enough web properties that no service could ever know they were all in fact managed by you, ...that being said I had no idea Tagfoot was so strict, personally I wouldnt consider 16-1 ratio as being ok once you were warned, lol! I really appreciate you sharing your experiences about tagfoot. What your describing regarding shetoldme is an example of the "google fresh content" boost , hubs enjoy it to..when you publish youll see the content on top of the serps for a couple of days or so than its lost and reindexed..the purpose of the backlinks is for a backlink to boost your money article in this case your hubpage...its only a short term boon that you earn or see these links on top ..BUT - when your consistently creating new articles and consistently creating new easy backlinks you will ALWAYS have some content getting the fresh can even beat impossible odds to rank on top during trend times

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      Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Hi sunforged, I can't see the comment from Seamist that you are responding to, but tagfoot has become very strict regarding posting your own content. I really like the site, but am losing credibility there because I have posted too much of my own content as my own bookmarks. I still use it for myself because I like it but am a bit frustrated right now.

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      Thanks lakeerieartists, I have approved the comment in question,

      I can understand any of these sites anti-self promotion policies,when you create new accounts for promotion purposes they simply just shouldnt have the same user names. Or start multiple accounts so its not so obvious

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      seamist 7 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      Hi Sunforged

      You must have misundertood my post. It was not a 16 to 1 ratio, it was a 7 to 10 ratio. I bookmarked 10 of my own to 7 of someone elses. Anyway, I think it's ridiculous of them. In a way, the way they charge you $5 to reopen your account, it almost seems like a scam. How many people do you think have their accounts banned, and the member pays 5 bucks to get it reopened. When their are so many social bookmarking sites out there, I don't think they are worth it. So far, I have good luck with Shetoldme, Redgage, Folkd, and Snipsly.

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      Anthony Goodley 7 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      I just signed up for xomba. When i checked my links were nofollow. I have not spent any time studying the web site yet so maybe its something I am missing that I need to do there?

      Or they have changed their policy possibly? Are others having their links no followed too?

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      this is very helpful, Thank you SIR, Maita

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      mywebs, You are correct, Xomba links do BECOME nofollow, they should be dofollow at time of posting, this was news to me as they were dofollow when i checked after using the service..BUT they still serve the intended get quickly indexed and earnings when the xomba links are topping the rankings due to "fresh content" bonus.

      A few months after drafting this, I get the best earnings from Xomba, I have been sent a $25 check card from Redgage and I get consistent earnings via chitika from shetoldme...but if you are limited in time..i guess shetoldme may have the best longterm Result or BL POWER

      @Maita, Im glad to have helped, Ma'am

      @seamist - sorry I did miss the ratio...I wouldnt pay to reinstate an account, I would just start another from a diff ip..coffehouse or library, something like that

      I havent been able to really put much time into their sevice as of late..far to time intensive process for me at this has a good community, my be better used by those who want to participate both ways

      its probably pages like this one which send users over solely to backlink that ruined it for everyone, sorry!...diff usernames for content and promotion accounts, I hope!

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      kevin1877uk 7 years ago

      Hiya sunforged, brill hub, wicked info, thanks for sharing. I join Redgage and with a few hours I made .04 cent from just a few links

      take care and thanks for a great hub, keep up the good work

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      babyching 7 years ago from Beijing, China

      Awesome hub! I'm ashamed to admit that all of these websites are new to me. I'll be using your referral codes to sign up and check them out. Thanks for all the wonderful information sunforged.

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      Drew Bobbitt 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great informative hub. I have bookmarked it for future reference. Thanks for all the information Sunforged

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      gramarye 7 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Wow! so much to learn and so little time to learn it. Thanks for your tips it speeds up the learning process!

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      Jasmine 7 years ago

      I love this hub so I´m bookmarking it now! I´ll keep coming back to further build my writing strategy on your guidlines and I´ll make sure to use some of your referral links! Thanks!!!

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      Ru-an 7 years ago from South Afirca

      Thanks for the great hub. I cant figure out how to submit at spurl though, and how do you check your earnings at xomba if you dont add your adsense id? I dont get it.

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      Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

      Great Hub Sunforged. I've bookmarked it to re-read from time to time. Thank you for sharing it. :)

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      mtsi1098 7 years ago

      this is probably the third time I read like Cagsil are bookmarked

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      Mieka 7 years ago

      I backlinked this hub, like everyone else in the comments section seems to have done :)

      I've been a member of xomba and snipsly for some time now, and I'm always bookmarking my hubs there, but I haven't made any money off of them. They do not give me a lot of traffic either. I'm going to try out Redgage now, I've researched it a bit and your hub was very helpful.

      One question though about the visa card. Do you need the spend that money on something, or could you just transfer it to your bank account?


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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      @Mieka, the purpose of backlinks is not to gain traffic from the backlink themselves...its to make the article that is backlinked appear higher in the search results.

      The Visa card that Redgage provides is a pre-paid cc, you need to use the card just as you would any can not be directly transferred to a bank account

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      Mieka 7 years ago


      I know the backlinking on these sites is mostly for the purpose of the link, but some people have been reporting lots of traffic coming in from those sites too. I'm just not one of them :)

      Thanks for clearing up the credit card bit, I couldn't find the answer to that anywhere else.

      And keep those hubs coming, I think I read almost every hub you wrote :)


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      johnyater 7 years ago from Hamilton, Ohio


      Thank you for the hub. I have just signed up for both Xomba and SheToldMe. I noticed that while Shetoldme is a dofollow link, Xomba appears to be a nofollow link. Is there a certain level to get to before links become dofollow (like hubpages score)or is there some other reason? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      Johny, Xomba is dofollow, but it very often will reach first page rankings so it works well for both earnings and funneling traffic to your main money article

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      ryankett 7 years ago

      @Sunforged - Just seen your comment.... I have thought long and hard about starting my own revenue sharing backlinking site, like Snipsly, but I decided to stick with developing a couple of blogs. Protecting myself from bad content, and spam, is too much work.... I would be devestated if I lost my AdSense account, James at SheToldMe and Austin at Snipsly have both mentioned the incredible amount of work that they have to put in every single day. Not for me!

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi SF - I checked a few Xomba articles and bookmarks using view source and the links were nofollow? The links on the front page are dofollow though.

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      Yes, Susana, originally when they are posted they are dofollow, soon after they become nofollow. I still suggest the service for its front page stickability

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      ryankett 7 years ago

      Also Susana S (sorry for hijacking your hub Sunforged), the nofollow attributes only really relate to Google SERPS.... other engines, such as Yahoo, will treat all links as equal whether nofollow or dofollow. At least, this is my personal justification for continued use at Xomba.

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      No, Im all about conversation! But the other search engines do recognize the nofollow attribute, but perhaps it isnt factored the same..I know yahoo loves me! not sure why yet.

      Thisisoli was able to send me a few links confirming this a few months aback

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Thanks for the great effort you went to in putting this monumental Hub together, sunforged. Totally awesome! Bookmarked and will be visiting you often. : )

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      Leigh of 7 years ago

      Xomba is coming up as nofollow for me. Correct?

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      I enjoyed reading your hubs Sun, so far I read 3 of em but plan to read them again in the days ahead I am on skimming spree...

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, thanks for all this info. I have been here for about seven months now, and I realised that I didn't know that much! I do use Redgage and have already got the 25 dollar card, and it is the second main site that I use. I found that Shetoldme didn't seem to generate a lot of traffic, but I might keep going. thanks again nell

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      Super Chef 7 years ago from Around the world

      Very Very interesting read learned a lot thanks sunforged.

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      Jen King 7 years ago from Wyandotte Michigan

      Question about reciprocal links:

      I'm reading too many articles about this I think. It's getting jumbled up in my head, and of course you will get different opinions of how to go about.

      Anyway - say I have an article published on a site with the keyword "dog". I also have a hub with the same kw. I should only link one to the other - one way.

      On the other site I have another article with the kw "cat" and also I have a matching hub. Again, only link one way.

      Now, additionally I have linked the "dog" article to the "cat" hub. Is this considered reciprocal?

      dog article has one link to dog hub and one link to cat hub.

      cat hub has one link to cat article and one link to dog article

      wish I could draw a picture, it's hard to lay it out for you :)

      Mind you the hubs & articles that share the keyword are unique. I didn't spin them, I wrote to different aspects of the same keyword.

      Am I worrying too much about it? Don't want to shoot myself in the foot.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Another great hub from you, I really enjoy all information you gave to me. I also a member of Xomba. And I am waiting my second check from Google. I hope we can learn from here and get nice income from internet.....amen. Good work my friend.

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      forlan 7 years ago

      I am confused to get profoot in tagfoot. IS tagfoot give us money.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      I signed up to tagfoot sometime ago. I tried to get my adsense up and running, but there is a qualifying 1000 points before you become profeet. I havent been doing too much there, so I guess I have to become more active and earn to adsense rights. It is a pain, but hey ho! Im afraid I get a bit impatient and the site is rather hickle pickle, I think. Another good hub :)

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      Alison Graham 7 years ago from UK

      Really useful stuff, thank you very much.

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      mwatkins 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      You have so MANY USEFUL tips and hints I can't wait to read more! Thank you for tips that I consider Gold Mines in this industry! ;-)

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      Tony 7 years ago from At the Gemba

      Thanks for a very informative hub..

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      I like your no-nonsense approach to presenting information that is easy to understand. So have become a fan. Write on.

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      piks 7 years ago

      Wow this is great. Cant wait to register and try these out. Thanks for this great post!

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      Audrey Selig 7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks for the great suggestions. I am already working on them.

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      adorababy 7 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      I could not agree more with you. The SEO industry is certainly looking up promising in the future to come.

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      rcgal 7 years ago

      Hi, thanks for posting. I had heard of Xomba, but not some of the other resources you mentioned. I tried Xomba some time earlier, but never saw any money from it. I guess I'll go ahead and link my hubs and a couple of other sites there to see what happens.

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      Krishna 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent article, will try all the articles listed above....

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      annmeadows 7 years ago from Mobile, Al.

      Thanks, I'm signing up for them now.

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      annmeadows 7 years ago from Mobile, Al.

      Guess what? I've already made 2 cents!

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      L M Reid 7 years ago from Ireland

      I have already signed up to Xomba and shetoldme but I just added a few links and forgot about them. Thank you for showing Me the error of my ways lol.

      I am going to go back there and start to add links in the volume I should be doing. I will also join the other ones you suggest here. Thanks for the information and the kick in the you know what to get me working on my backlinks again. have bookmarked this excellent hub thanks

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      Dave Sibole 7 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

      So much to learn. Having a hard time grasping it all. Thanks for sharing. I love the help I receive here at Hubpages. Hubbers are the best. Thanks for another great Hub.

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      Teresa Schultz 7 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      This is definitely a hub that can help many - you are very helpful with all the advice you give. I joined SheToldMe yesterday and am waiting for acceptance (hopefully!) - and have been a member at Xomba for some time now, but need to check out all your other ones you mention too. Was on RedGage day before yesterday too and have not yet joined - I couldn't find more details anywhere on the site about them saying something along the lines that a tax form has to be submitted (was wondering if that meant only the U.S. members.)

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      heathrowlondon 6 years ago

      Yes I agree, great article.. I think I just learnt a thing for two :)

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      Atlanta Web Design 6 years ago

      Great hub, I use several of these site, but you mention some great ones I had not heard of before.

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Awesome. Thanks so much.

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      Seo 6 years ago

      It is a great idea to make your blog comments do follow. I’ll be joining the movement on one of my wordpress blogs soon. Thanks for all the helpful info you provide on your site!

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      Medical Records Software 6 years ago

      Hi, Really an informative post, very useful in improving the website status interms of traffic, pagerank, search engine results, etc.

      Thanks for the post.

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      creativesudhir 6 years ago from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh (India)

      Dear Good Information

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      Ariadna 6 years ago

      I've been using SheToldMe and Xomba for my backlinking - pretty happy with the results; haven't used TagFoot yet - will check it out. Another nice site for backlinking and 60% Adsense revenue share I would recommend is Ongobee - they promote your postings real well, plus the revenue split is good.

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      Tom_Radford 6 years ago from London

      Yeah...I'm gonna do all this soon as Google see fit to give me an Adsense account. Good advice, cheers.

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      TopUniverse 6 years ago

      Excellent suggestions sunforged, I have noted all of the options.

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      Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

      I am still a newbie here and jumped right in, wrote a bunch of hubs, and now I'm starting to research, and I am also very "internet" lingo illiterate. This is the first hub I bookmarked as I found it to be easy to understand and informative with genuine tips on improving traffic. Thanks.

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      almasi 6 years ago

      Thanks for an up and useful and informative hub.

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      freehans 6 years ago from Philippines

      Very nice, helpful, and informative hub. But I wanna know what made you generate an earnings of $2.50. Did it come from adsense? amazon? or ebay? I wanna know because the information you have given on this hub makes me want to sign up in Vote up

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      Glemoh101 6 years ago

      I like this hub , i think the best sites in sharing adsense revenue are 1-hubpages 2-shetoldme

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      ravko 6 years ago

      This page was very educational for me, I will be bookmarking it so I can find it again, you have really helped me with a lot of questions I had on getting traffic...I'm off to sign up for Xomba, thanks again...

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      Very resourceful. I joined redcage and Xomba unfortunately messed up on xomba by bookmarking an article which they then regarded as duplicate content from another site and blocked my account.-(

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      sunforged 6 years ago from

      I have heard that about Xomba as of late. But, Im under the impression that if you contact them they will reinstate your account.

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      Wonderful tools here for beginners. I am reasonably confident in my ability to generate quality hubs, but am virtually clueless about SEO and working the money-making end of things. This provides a good place to start with back links, and provides a clear explanation of what they are.



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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      On Xomba if you back link to hubpages you will get banned. They give no reason at all why they have banned you.

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      busylazy 5 years ago from web

      Tagfoot is no more. You should check and see for yourself.

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      Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

      Very valuable! Voted up and sharing, thank you.

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