Giant Funnels: Behind the Backlinking Curtain

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Giant Funnels: An Automated Backlinking Strategy 

We all remember the scene in the Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy learns how the Wizard works.

I  just read an article that shows how to set up sites, post articles, and direct traffic, while avoiding detection, to create a giant funnel.to a single niche site.   It’s a real eye opener.  Read it.

The Backlinking Strategy that Works

Having read it, you may have difficulty following the standard advice to beginning bloggers: Content is king, create awesome original content, do your SEO, make friends, brush your teeth.  Are we being sent on a fool’s errand down the Yellow Brick Road?

Highlights of The Giant Funnel

Spun Articles

It turns out that many of the articles you have been reading may have been “spun,” that is, computationally reworded with synonyms so that they don’t duplicate content, but say exactly the same thing as hundreds of other articles.

Mass Media

It turns out that accounts in social media are mass produced and operated automatically with content pointed to mass produced spun articles posted at sites set up to collect articles pointing to sites pointing to the . . .

Niche Site

The point of all this pointing is the niche site, the place where all the pointing to points to.  The niche site is where some percentage of the traffic is converted into sales.

Writing

It turns out that writing is nearly irrelevant to the automated giant funnel strategy. Only a few articles serve as the raw material for spinning.  Most of the work of funnel building is handled by software, some of it very expensive, that generates material, creates community, markets, while shielding the niche site from detection.  If you didn’t read the article, do so.  It’s pretty ingenious.

Where Does That Leave the Rest of Us?

Having listened to phrases like “content is king” and “create original content,” I have been handcrafting articles.  Now that I have looked behind the curtain at automated backlinking, I’m having difficult concentrating on writing more articles.

Don’t Get Me Wrong

I enjoy the process of writing, engaging with people, figuring out the puzzles of using plugins and widgets, and watching my site rise in rank.   According to Website Grader, which gives Blogs News Reviews a score of 99 out of 100, “Your website has an Alexa rank of 399,755 which is in the top 1.29 % of all websites.  Google rank is 1 out of 10.

Having been a blogger for six months, goofing around, learning the ropes and experimenting, it seems bizarre that my site should be in the top 1.29 % of anything.  Based on my ad and affiliate revenue, it shows me that a scant few blogs make any money.  

Hey, maybe most websites are just parts of the giant funnels!

I feel like a village cobbler who just visited a shoe factory 

What if I don’t want to set up all the picket fence sites, use software to clone articles and make “friends,” and become a giant automated funnel builder?  

What are the odds of manually building a successful funnel?  

What chance do any of us have of attracting readers or selling anything?

What do you think?  

Leave a comment and get some rank-1 DoFollow link juice.  Does it get any better?  Well, yes, but still . . . .

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17 Responses to Giant Funnels: Behind the Backlinking Curtain

  1. waiman says:

    Very interesting article and one I personally think is still open for debate (as ever). The SEO scen is constantly changing and though solid content is often said to be key, I’ve heard about people with high quality content sites lose rankings to ‘thin affiliate’ sites with the recent Google updates.

    I’ve also heard many who have thin affiliate sites with a ton of backlinks rank well and continue to do well for a good period of time. I’ve still seen many ‘poor’ quality content sites rank on page one for competitive keywords, yet looking at their backlinks, they are not necessarily high quality, just high PR.

    The jury is still out there as far as I’m concerned.
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  2. Ron from weightlifting shoes says:

    The hardest part about online marketing is that there are so many facets to it – and so many different ways to make money. I’ve been involved with it for over 5 years now, had some great highs and terrible lows. I’ve tried wearing all the different colored “hats”, been slammed and pampered by Google and customers alike, and through it all I learned some very interesting things. 1) Make the focus of your projects something that your are truly interested and you will find your time spent working on them more rewarding – financially and personally. 2) Stay away from the “hyped” crowd. Marketing techniques that draw attention fade out just as fast as they come. Stick to what works, good content, connections with people/groups and smart marketing. 3) Never be afraid to get into a niche just because it seems “saturated”. In an online world where 1 article written can funnel you tens of thousands of visitors, there’s no need to worry about overall competition levels. 4) Finally, and building on #3, try and stay ahead of the curve with your content. Be the first to write about something that is upcoming and you’ll likely remain at the top of the search results with the oldest links, most links and most social interaction.
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  3. Maria Pavel from Nursing Assistant Certification says:

    There are lots of techniques to make a very reliable link building strategy. Some choose to rush things for their link building strategies so they would use automated tools. As a result, they are choosing to build low quality links over the quantity of the links. While others choose to do the link building process slowly but surely.
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  4. Amit, it is like a puzzle and one of the more fascinating aspects of blogging. To make it even more “fun” the search engines keep changing the rules mid-game!
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  5. Amit from Free Forklift Training says:

    SEO is like a puzzle, there are a lot of pieces you need to add. It requires a lot of time and work/or a large amount of money to pay someone to do your work. You need as many pieces as possible for the SEO puzzle, if you want to rank as high as possible with your website(s).
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  6. Rob says:

    Really good article, Astro Gremlin, I know what you mean, you can get so caught up in all the link-building shenanigans that you can take your eye off the ball and forget about the content which is the most important thing.

    Great comment from Steve Scott about keeping the spun content 2 tiers back from the site!
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  7. Thanks for the comment, Richard. Just read your great piece on how you promote affiliate products and can see that your approach is on authentic, quality content. Good to see it’s possible!
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  8. Richard says:

    I read that article as well. It describes a huge, complex link wheel process that funnels traffic to a niche site. It’s actually quite methodical and though it describes spun articles, it is a lot of work. I run my blog more the way that you do, but just trying to fill it with good content. Since I am doing it in my spare time, I’d rather concentrate on improving my content, rather than building huge link wheels. From my experience, it’s still possible to build up a blog and get decent traffic, but it takes time and consistency. Over time, your blog will grow in content and google will rank it higher and higher. You’ll get backlinks organically as well. As long as you’re consistent, I think your blog has every bit the same chance to be successful.
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  9. Steve says:

    Pat Flynns article is great. But you also have to think of one important factor. He wrote all of that before Panda.

    Does that mean it is now ‘wrong’?

    No. But there are certainly aspects that do not work as well. Particularly spun content. Spinning content on your main site is death for sites these days. The only variable is how long it takes to catch up to you.

    Perhaps for the 2nd and third tier properties it can work. Basically where you do not care about getting slammed in rankings and just want the link.

    But still, while it works Google Algorithm is getting smarter and smarter. One has to wonder if in the future these links coming in will not turn from a positive to a negative.

    I still stand by making as much content original as possible and keeping the spun and spammy content regulated to the links that link to the links that link to your niche site. (if you get that complicated logic diagram.) Lets be clear: Spun/Spam>2nd tier>Niche
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  10. Mac says:

    Though all the most effective techniques have already been explored, however, there is such a technique through which people can generate some unique and quality backlinks. Guest blogging is the technique that will help you to build quality and high authority backlinks. Everyone knows the power blogs have got. If people utilize their writing skills for writing on other blogs, they might get good exposure for their website and blogs.
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  11. AstroGremlin says:

    Thanks for the comment, Anish! No doubt the manual backlinking techniques do work and glad to hear that they “stick.” Just wonder how well handmade links can compete with massive automated campaigns? You make a good point that Google is very motivated not to be tricked for long.
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  12. Luke from blackberry developers says:

    I agree with the previous poster onm the point that all most effective techniques are already explored. Some new ways to get backlinks are often either illegal or of low quality (like spinning the articles – those are absolutely not interesting to read!). So if you want to get quality result you have to spend some time and some efforts.

  13. AnishG says:

    I think most SEO coaches and ‘experts’ make SEO look so complicated, while the key to success in SEO is really just keeping it simple. I mean, it’s all about good quality content and good quality backlinks, at the end of the day. Sure, there are countless backlinking strategies but come on, the basic ones like content submissions, web 2.0, social media, bookmarking, blog commenting, guest blogging, etc. really ‘stick’ and IMO those are what one should focus on. So-called ‘loopholes’ are barely ever long-term, and it’s a stupid thing to think one can trick Google.
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