Case Study 1 – Final Update

Case Study 1 – Final Update

UPDATE 3/21/2012 – As of March 19th, 2012, Build My Rank’s network has been deindexed by Google, resulting in the service being suspended indefinitely.  I will keep you posted if/when the service reopens for operation.

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Okay, so I can’t remember if I said I’d have another regular update today, or if I’d just make a final recommendation, but honestly, I don’t need another week to reach a verdict on this one.  Here’s the deal –

BuildMyRank.com is *AWESOME*!!!

Don’t believe me?  The numbers speak for themselves…

As a refresher, here’s where my test site rankings started:

And here’s where we are now:

Pretty cool, huh?! 🙂

Obviously, most of the BuildMyRank posts I did revolved around my main keyword, so I’m not surprised to see the biggest gains there.  Overall, I’m very excited by these results – both keywords are kicking it on the second page of Google, which is impressive considering I’ve done absolutely nothing to this site besides kick some BMR backlinks to it.

The other cool thing is that I’m seeing improvements in the amount of money the site is making.  So far, for February 2011, the site has generated $26.22 in Amazon Affiliate commissions, compared to $7.84 for the month of February 2010.  Again, this site isn’t exactly going to make me rich as is, but the trend is going in the right direction 🙂

(PS – This coming Monday, I’ll be doing a post on how to scale up affiliate minisites like this one with my plan of attack for taking it from $20+/month to significantly more than that.  You won’t want to miss it!)

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That said, I do have a few qualifications to my recommendation…

#1 – If you plan to promote more than 20 domains, consider Linkvana instead. BuildMyRank offers a tiered pricing structure, and at 21 domains, the cost of the membership actually exceeds Linkvana’s flat $147/month pricing.  Although BuildMyRank is great, Linkvana’s network is still larger, which could make a difference if you’re promoting more than one site in the same niche.

#2 – BuildMyRank’s writer outsourcing program isn’t as strong as I’d like to see. If you plan to write your own content or outsource your content privately, this won’t make a difference.  But if you want to outsource your content creation through your backlinking program, I’d recommend Linkvana over BuildMyRank.

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However, on the whole, I’m really loving BuildMyRank.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that there are some features I like more than Linkvana (believe me, I’m as surprised as you are!).

#1 – Price. Honestly, if you’re promoting 20+ domains, then spending $150/month on a backlinking service probably isn’t going to break you.  But if you’re just getting started, spending that much may be out of the question.  BuildMyRank lowers this barrier to entry, meaning that even beginning web marketers can benefit from one-way backlinking.

#2 – Indexing tracking services. I absolutely *love* that BuildMyRank tracks whether or not your blog post has been indexed, and I love that if it isn’t indexed within a few days, BMR automatically throws a bunch of social media links at it.  Very cool 🙂

#3 – Analytics. For the price, BuildMyRank offers a surprisingly great analytics program that lets you track what keywords you’ve targeted, the PageRank of the sites your blog posts are hanging out on and a number of other metrics.  Throughout this case study, I found these to be super helpful in making sure I was on track with my marketing efforts.

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So the final verdict is this – yes, I highly recommend BuildMyRank, especially if you’re a lazy marketer like me.  The price is great, and the results speak for themselves.  Compared to the amount of time I’ve wasted trying to get other sites ranked with article directory submissions, endless social bookmarking, etc, it’s a huge time saver.

But don’t just take my word for it.  If you have a site that you’re struggling to move up the rankings, check out BuildMyRank today.  You get 10 free links when you sign up for a free trial, so you can see for yourself if the service is right for you (heck, you might even see a bump in your rankings from these 10 links alone!).

Sign up for your free trial of BuildMyRank now!

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Got questions about BuildMyRank?  Ask them in the comments below…

10 Responses to Case Study 1 – Final Update

  1. Jon says:

    You’ve built a great case for BMR here, Sarah. Nice. With a little effort you’ve managed to climb nicely in rankings and the site is paying for itself. Page 1 of the big G here you come!

    I look forward to your post on Monday. Scaling is definitely going to be an important part of the process and it’s easier to work on something that already has momentum. Best wishes.

  2. Paul says:

    Saw your comment at sistrix [like] and found myself here. Impressive site! Thanks for the review – I’ll try them both. My sites get *much* more traffic than new minisites, but new quality link resources are always welcome – *much more* traffic would be better!
    Stay at it. This is your thing. But never work too hard! In no time you’ll be giving hubby an allowance. 😉

    • Sarah says:

      Hey Paul – Thanks for stopping by! Just discovered sistrix myself – what a cool resource 🙂

      Definitely check out BMR – I’m really impressed with everything it does. My little site is still holding strong (Google algorithm changes be damned!), and I don’t think it’ll be too long before it breaks onto the first page.

  3. Dave says:

    Hi Sarah

    I came across your post on BMR as I am considering adding this to my linking program in a few weeks. Currently I have written articles for the usual directories as well as have several free blogs and web 2.0 sites pointing at my main site and I am currently in the middle of page two in Google for my main keyword. I have added UAW to the mix, pointing to the anchor sites mentioned above (per Pat Flynn’s linking sttaregy) and have ArticleRanks articles pointing at my main site. A lot of work and I hope it moves the site onto page one in a few months with repeated effort every week. BMR is something I may add but may hold off besuase I just purchased a large directory submission package from sumitedge = risky as I fear this sandbox thing from Google if too many links are being acquiered for sites less than two months of age.

    Thanks for the info on BMR! Great info!

    Dave

    • Sarah says:

      Dave – Sounds like you’re making some great progress with your website!

      Obviously, I recommend BuildMyRank, but I’d also recommend seeing how the other strategies you’re using pan out first. Depending on the competitiveness of your keyword, the things you’re already doing might be enough to get you onto Page 1.

      If, in a few weeks, you’re not there yet, then check out BMR. The links are good quality, and they definitely helped me get some traction with my minisites.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Prasad says:

    Hey Sarah, thanks for great case study.

    Was just confused by your earnings from that die cut machines website which was used for case study.

    When i did kw research in Google tool for “best die cut machines” and “die cut machines” i found both keywords has EXACT 22 and 720 monthly searches.

    So for such a low searches how you earned $26?

    Sorry for this but it will help me. As i am planning to start amazon product site which has 1,300 exact search.

    Thanks

    • Sarah says:

      Prasad – One thing to keep in mind is that whenever you refer people to Amazon through an affiliate link, you earn a commission on any of their purchases, not just the specific products you referred them to.

      A lot of the commissions that this site generated were for products other than die cut machines – products that people just happened to pick up as well, since they were already there and shopping.

      It’s one of my favorite parts about Amazon’s affiliate program 🙂

  5. Prasad says:

    Hi Mam, thanks for replying. I am struggling with affiliate from past 2yrs but no success yet. I will be glad if you can support me. Can i get any chat id to discuss my problems. Thanks

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Prasad – Right now, the best way to get in touch with me is via email, as working a day job prevents me from being on chat programs very often. However, if you email specific questions to sarah @ commonsensemarketing.net, I’d be happy to help as much as I’m able to.

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