If you have a wordpress website, one of the major things you will be engaged in is building backlinks to your site to improve your rankings in searches. When people type in one of the keyword phrases you are trying to rank for, you want them to find your site on the first page of Google or whichever search engine they are using!
I use submitting articles to other blogs as a great way of getting backlinks but one of the main problems that faces anyone building backlinks using this method is that when you publish an article, it needs to have ‘stickability’ and it needs to have ‘authority’. Publishing articles individually on ‘authority sites’ such as HubPages, Ezine Articles, Squidoo and so on gets great results but is time consuming – each article takes a lot of work and for this reason many people, myself included, use an article publishing service as well.
Every time an article I write for another wordpress blog gets published, the blog sends a pingback to my site. I found a great FREE tool that helps me to get full benefit from those pingbacks.
The tool is called Pingback Power and it is a free WordPress Plugin that can be downloaded free using the link provided from Dave Barker’s site. Dave has made this great tool available for free so please send him your feedback and let him know how you get on using it or with any suggestions you may have.
Download it as a zip file, save it on your desktop and then go to the dashboard of your wordpress blog, go to plugins choose add new and then choose the upload option and simply upload the zip file and activate it. Then at the bottom of the left hand bar in your dashboard, you will see Pingback Power, you can then see all your pingbacks on the main screen, export them either as a csv file or as urls only in a .txt file – you can also schedule the export of future pingbacks.
What I do to get my articles indexed and get the link juice flowing is this:-
1. Export all those pingbacks as a .txt file (I only need the URL but please see the video Dave has created for exporting as CSV if you wish)
2. Save them in an excel spreadsheet for reference as I like to add notes as to progress.
3. Paste each of the URLs into my browser to check that my article really is at that URL. I know that this exercise takes me time and I am sure there must be a way to automate this too – I just haven’t found it yet! However, whilst I am doing this, I use pingomatic to ping the URLs of my articles again when I find them which only takes a second for each one.
Once you are satisfied that the URLs in your list lead to ‘live’ articles, it is time to start work on them and promoting these too.
If you would like a tool to help you create ‘spun’ resource boxes that give you the opportunity to vary the URL and the anchor text within each resource box, you can use another excellent free tool called Spintaxer – access it here.
Other things you can do to get your articles indexed include:-
1. Load your list of URLs into a pinging device that will ping the whole lot automatically for you – http://pingdevice.com
2. Submit some of the URLs to IMAutomator. This is a service that will automatically submit the URL to some social bookmarking sites for you. There is ‘light’ version of IMAutomator at only $2.99 per month but there is also a higher rate subscription, giving you access to more tools.
3. If you use an article submission service, or when you publish manually on Ezine Articles, HubPages, etc., you will often have an author RSS feed on the site which you can submit to an RSS submission service such as http:www.feedagg.com this means that all future articles published by you on that particular site will automatically go into the RSS feed and so have a much better chance of getting indexed quickly. The picture shows the location of my RSS feed on Ezine articles – find your feed on your author home page, your profile page or sometimes it will be shown on the page where your article is published.