I just joined Xomba.com and I've submitted a few bookmarks but then I realized that their posting rules say 'Bookmarks may not be created solely to link to your content from other sites. A link to your other work as part of a signature at the end of an article is acceptable.'. I'll just see whether or not they get approved.
So should I write articles there instead? I've searched the forums and experience with Xomba seems mixed. Various people have stopped contributing there while others still do: despite nofollow links it may still be possible to get decent traffic to hubpages.com?
Am I missing something or is Xomba still a nice venue to get backlinks?
You 100% should not bother with Xomba for bookmarks as they are also NoFollow.
But I can see no problem in using it for short articles solely to take advantage of AdSense.
I use it now for occassional articles and achieve a good CTR, I seldom exceed 300 words and write on some evergreen unfashionable stuff.
The type of stuff that isn't good enough quality for my Hubpages account, particularly at that length.
I am going to build up a portfolio of around 100 short evergreen articles on Xomba, with no images and no links, and then just leave them there to mature.
In terms of diversification across sites, I can't see the problem in using Xomba for a little extra bonus cash.
Ultimately though, due to the DoFollow attribute, I am confident that you would be better off using my very own site (Excerptz.com) which I am confident will better serve you in the long run (as long as you play by the rules).
Snipsly is also worth it for a quick backlink. You are a decent hubber, why not ask ThisIsOli for an invite to his ThisIsFreelance site, which he seems to have picked up recently?
Keeping nofollow and other restrictive stuff aside, if you manage to survive through their new policies then expect some high returns from the clicks generated on xomba articles.
@Bill Manning: Ok, that's a clear response!
@ryankett: Thanks for your elaborate answer. I think I can try something similar now that I have an account there anyway. I do prefer HubPages but shorter articles could work there, they do allow a link at the end of an article to a hub article here.
I do wonder though, isn't it going to take ages before these new sites (Exceptz, This Is Freelance) have a decent PR to start seeing effects in the search engine results?
On one hand I'd love to join new sites but on the other hand I'm wondering if it isn't better to learn the backlinking skills first on established sites.
@skyfire: Hmm, I'll see how AdSense works there. They do seem to allow shorter content which is easier to produce than high quality hubs.
Snipsly was launched in October 2009 and had a PageRank 3 by April 2010, and a Page Rank 4 within a couple of months after that.
SheToldMe was launched a few months before Snipsly and achieved a PR4 within about 5 months.
I can see no reason why I can't achieve the same. I can't speak for ThisIsOli, who follows a slightly different model (invites), but judging by the number backlinks he is building up I should imagine that he already has the first couple of PageRank graduations.
A couple of things you need to know though:
1) Its not the PageRank of the site which is counted for your backlink, but the PageRank of the page on which that backlink sits. Each new bookmark that you create on a bookmarking site or article is going to start with PageRank 0 for some time before the site passes off PageRank to your newly created entry.
2) PageRank updates are actually a constantly evolving thing, but largely only released by Google several times a year with a few exceptions. ThisIsFreelance could well have a PageRank 2, but it could be three months before PageRank tools are able to tell us this. Just like Snipsly could have a PageRank 3 or a PageRank 5. When you see largescale PageRank promotions and demotions, this only represents events which have occured in the weeks or months prior to the release of the info.
Feel free to go to backlinkwatch.com and enter http://www.thisisfreelance.com, I just did and could have sat there for years before the list of backlinks stopped emerging. I only allowed search engine robots onto Excerptz around three days ago, so very early days for mine, sign up in anticipation though because once it starts earning and PageRank is achieved I will soon be boasting via emails to all users
Food for thought
Although, once these new sites do become established, it is better to have joined as soon as possible.
Hi friends. Sorry to say this but Xomba is no longer the user friendly site it used to be. The sad but true thing is the site has indulged into seroius mistrust and stealing of authors income by hoodwinking them. Please read the articles below to know more:
http://hubpages.com/hub/Xomba-A-Writing … or-a-Farce
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/W … &hl=en
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