Build My Rank officially died on March 19th 2012. In their valedictory post, they confirmed that Google had found and de-indexed most of their network, which was about 22,000 websites with pagerank of greater than 1 (and some going up to PR6). For those who are unsure what (BMR) Build My Rank was about, it was a blog network, which allowed to to join for a monthly fee and then post unique content to their network, which was then placed on one of their high PR blogs. You could post unlimited posts, as long as they were unique, and a lot of webmasters and seo experts used them to rank websites. Build My Rank had a good reputation in the seo world – their network delivered high rankings for those who used it.
But Google took a different view. Since late February, they have been hunting and de-indexing all networks that they deem to manipulating their search ranking algorithm. Some SEO experts believed that the Build My Rank army would be spared as it did not accept spun content, but the hammer came down hard on it.
This leaves webmasters and SEO firms with a dilemma; they have websites dropping in the search results thanks to loss of links, and they need to replace those links. Most of all they need to replace links with new links that Google approves of and will not de-index.
Here are some alternatives to Build My Rank and the other networks that I have used to help build my blog:
Guest posting has always been around, but webmasters looking for a push-button solution always avoided it, because it involved sending out a lot of emails to other webmasters in your niche, asking if you could submit a guest post, and then writing high quality articles for those that accept the offer. Build My Rank created more of an easy way out which was popular at the time.
Now that the easy solutions have been nuked, guest posting is now back in fashion, and several guest posting exchanges have been set up to make it easier for webmasters to get in touch with each other. They also provide the best way to get back links.
Some guest post exchanges you may wish to try are My Blog Guest and Guest Blog Genius.
Web 2.0 sites are websites like Squidoo and Hubpages which allow people to write on their platforms and allow you to place a link in your article in return. Some are intensely social, like Squidoo, and others provide you with standalone subdomains, like yolasite.
In my opinion, the social web2.0′s are more powerful – the more social you are the more you get embedded in the internal linking of these sites, which means there is more chance that the page you have set up on there gains pagerank, which then gets passed to your money site.
Before you start, read the terms and conditions of the platform you have decided to write on, and make sure your content is unique, gramatically correct and engaging. Pay attention to detail – on sites like Squidoo, getting the correct tags on your Squidoo lens can ensure it is featured on high PR tag pages, which in turn helps your lens. Don’t forget to visit other people’s lenses, like them and leave comments – they will do the same in return, which which help legitimize your lens. Hubpages works in a similar way to Squidoo – again, engaging with the community will ensure that your hubscore remains high enough for your links to be do-follow.
Some people reading this will sigh at the extra work the social aspects cause – but it’s all about barriers to entry. Your competitors will be too lazy to bother, and will thus miss out on a high quality link.
On the non social web 2.0′s like yolasite and blogspot, you only need to make sure that your content is good quality – don’t be tempted to put spun rubbish on these sites – your subdomain is likely to get deleted, and you will lose all your work.
Build My Rank Alternatives:
One old school method of getting links is leaving blog comments on blogs in your niche that have high page rank. Most blogs these days no-follow their comments, but there are still some that have comments as do-follow.
The best way to find these blogs is to search for sites that have the comment luv plugin. You can do this by searching for the “enable commentluv” footprint in Google (just type that phrase into the search box with quotes).
Build My Rank Alternatives Conclusion
When you opened this article you were probably hoping to find the name of a blog network just like Build My Rank, that had escaped Google’s wrath. I’m sorry to say there don’t appear to be any that have escaped. Some network providers have hastily set up new networks in the hopes of carrying on their trade as before, but the new nets have similar problems to the old ones, in my opinion, and it won’t be long before Google finds and deindexes them. My advice is not to waste your time and money on these networks. Proof of this can be found on most of the Build My Rank reviews that you’ll find from bloggers everywhere. Like the demise of Build My Rank, accept that the age of the blog network is over and knuckle down to finding other types of links for your sites.