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Link Building Software For Bloggers

Links building software will always be in demand for as long as number of incoming links will continue to determine the ranking of your site and individual pages. While your blog permits you to build incoming links a more natural way – who wouldn’t like a little bit of automation? Huh?

Today I want to share a link building plugin I have learned about by reading Jack Humphrey’s post on WordPress Plugins for SEO and Link Building. I was wondering for a quite a bit what he was using to present Related Websites on his blog posts and now I got to experiment with that plugin myself. While the jury is still out on its usefulness – it seem to have a good promise…

Related Websites Plugin is free to download and install but before you get your API key that will make your blog full participant within the service – your blog have to be manually approved. I can tell you right away that Kevin Gillett, developer who also maintains the service is pretty strict and if you blog doesn’t publish unique content – you can just ignore this post all together.

Niche blogs filled with PLR content will not pass the manual validation – so please don’t try to submit it!

This very fact was what made me to continue using plugin even after I’m seeing some strange results. Getting incoming links from quality blogs is very important and manual approval process seem to ensure it, or so I continue to hope.

What Does Related Websites Plugin Do?

Main promise behind the plugin is a targeted traffic to your blog and it accomplishes it via several means:

  1. Related Websites dynamic link exchange. You can either insert a code where you want the related websites to be shown on your blog post or it will do it on its own. It really is up to you. You can’t control which sites will appear but you do have control over number of sites and if you want to show excerpt or not as well as few styling options. Although name states “Related Websites” in my experience through observation on my own blog – relevance is not very high. And only the fact that blogs are decent quality makes me feel more comfortable about it.
  2. Related Posts option. As a bonus you can display your own related posts on your posts and in your feed. Quite nice option if you don’t already use some form of Related Posts plugin, as it allows you to create highly relevant internal links structure. I haven’t tested this option as I use Simple Tags plugin to accomplish same but based on what I see on Jack’s blog – it works very well.
  3. Boost your authority through the above. Yep – number of incoming links from quality blogs “theoretically” should help you become more authoritative. I don’t know how well this plugin will do for this option as I have been using for a short time and have no results to show.
  4. Get you traffic. This one does work although I think it will greatly depend on quality of your headline writing. My own results are sub-par to say the least.

I have started using plugin about 2 weeks ago and while I have seen a quick and large boost of number of incoming links – it just dropped all of a sudden. I plan to give it a bit more of time to see if it improves but as you see in image below – I currently link out to more blogs then I get back.


I do have to say that there is a Paid version of the service that supposedly creates a more favorable spread of links and traffic but I haven’t tested it so I can’t speak on the fact. While I will continue to test the plugin – you might want to check it out for yourself, while free option is still available.

UPDATE 08/19/09: While you are still welcome to test the plugin for yourself – I have disabled it on my blog since number of links to me dropped to Zero. While I understand the underlying idea as stated by Kevin in comment below – personally I’m not satisfied with re-distribution of links plugin currently provides.

My personal recommendation – until author figures out how to create a consistent, even distribution of links don’t install it or shoot for paid version as Kevin promises it will provide you with positive traffic flow. Big idea behind this plugin is to help you rank better and if Google were to use current numbers provided by this plugin – I link out to whole bunch of blogs getting nothing in return, sorry – not going to work for me.

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21 Responses to “Link Building Software For Bloggers”

  1. Interesting concept, but I’m not too sure on it. If you’re displaying a link on your site then you’re pretty much saying that you recommend it. I’m not prepared to link to anything that I haven’t personally checked out, be that a product or a site. I personally wouldnt feel comfortable linking to an unknown site, although I understand that others don’t feel the same way.

    I also monitor who is linking to me, and don’t display pingbacks because of the number of splogs out there.

    It’s a very interesting concept though. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
    .-= Melinda | WAHM Biz Builder´s last blog ..Hitting the Wall =-.

  2. Used to be? What changed?
    .-= Melinda | WAHM Biz Builder´s last blog ..Oars and Bed, Above the Line or Below It? =-.

    • TheSpotter says:

      Well for one – understanding that blogs are not same as static site – you have to give a LOT of link love to get some in return. That doesn’t mean it has to be low quality and that is why I made this post with understanding that people will check it for themselves. I liked enough the idea of manual approval of participating blogs so quality of links should remain decent.

      As I have mentioned – it is still in evaluation but it does shows promise and I wanted to share. Will it work for you or not is a personal decision.

      You do have more options to control who you are linking to with a pro version but am not interested in it right now. I look at this plugin as technology in testing and that is what I do on this blog – I test things 🙂 I share things, I clearly state when I’m not 100% sure – you read, you make your own decisions and determinations 🙂

    • TheSpotter says:

      You know you brought a good point and I just changed “Related Websites” to “Possibly Related Blogs” to properly represent that it is only a possibility and not necessary recommendation.

      Thanks for HUP!

  3. Related Posts option. I only use the wordpress-23-related-posts-plugin. I like it very much. hehe
    .-= Premium Themes Directory´s last blog ..4 Top Premium WordPress Theme Clubs =-.

    • TheSpotter says:

      I have approved your comment as am exception since it was coming from actual human – but please review policy and next comment will be spammed if not complied.

      Thanks you

  4. Just looking at your stats page your links are on the way down because your destination traffic is higher than your source traffic. Also being a member gets your content a potential source for some of my other link building tools (like related tweets).

    If you want a free month trial of the pro account please let me know and I will send you a link. I think it really is a tremendous value. But don’t take my word for it… try it. (this offer goes for anyone reading this comment)
    .-= Blog Traffic Exchange´s last blog ..Related Tweets =-.

    • TheSpotter says:


      I wish that “on its way down” would accurately describe the situation. As it stand right now number of sites and blog posts linking to me 50% down from even that low number shown in picture above.

      I wanted to share the idea of the plugin and its “potential” benefits but at current rate I will be linking out to whole bunch of blogs without getting anything back 🙁 I highly doubt I will retain this plugin at that point and even less inclined to test paid service, right now

      • exactly my point. until your traffic comes back into balance your links are not being shown and hence they are on the way down. The moment the traffic balances your links will be shown again. The links are all temporary and any limitation is also temporary. A pro account would not only stop the limiting but attempt to keep it running at a positive ratio.

        Free accounts are limited to even or worse traffic exchange it is simply the way the free accounts work and a main reason why blogs with lots of quality content should become pro.

        Please take me up on my one month free pro trial before making your decision.
        .-= Blog Traffic Exchange´s last blog ..WordPress Plugins =-.

  5. A SEO consultant told me that if Google had better ways to index pages and rank them then no one would look for ways like commenting to get backlinks. Of course nothing can stop the spammers. They are always there. Still that sliver of dedicated bloggers looking to elevate online discourse exists. Let’s hope their efforts count for something. Thanks for the information on the software.

  6. Robert says:

    How are you getting on with this? I am very keen to see how well it works over longer periods. I suppose it’s because I am very sceptical about any software that claims to improve your SEO.
    .-= Robert´s last blog ..Ten Steps of SEO: Step 2 Keyword Research =-.

    • TheSpotter says:

      Robert – see my note below the post, it was added after post was published – I have discarded this plugin due to reasons outlined by the Note

      • Why not try the free pro account trial that I am offering?
        .-= Blog Traffic Exchange´s last blog ..Increase Traffic To Your Blog, pt3 =-.

        • TheSpotter says:

          Kevin, it is actually simple – one month might not be enough to see the SEO benefits of using this plugin and my budget currently doesn’t include paying $20 for something that hasn’t proven itself yet.

          Thanks for the offer but I will have to decline it. I did state in my Note that your paid membership, according to you ,offers more even distribution of traffic to be fair to all sides.

  7. jafeth says:

    Sounds great…but the site is not working actually.
    .-= jafeth´s last blog ..HOW TO GET MORE TRAFFIC WITH YOUR BLOG – DO FOLLOW LISTS =-.

  8. N says:

    I must I agree with you when it comes to paying for untested software, still I wonder if there genuine ground-breaking SEO software out there.
    Thanks for keeping us posted about your evaluation of these apps.


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