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 . . . .

My Product Review Blog Works!

Today someone searched Google with the question: “Do food mills peel and seed tomatoes”

This individual was directed by Google to BlogsNewsReviews directly to a review of the Oxo Food Mill.  Then the miracle occurred: the person clicked through to Amazon to look more closely at the food mill.  This is exactly how everything is supposed to work.  Since this blog is an affiliate of Amazon, had the visitor ordered a food mill, and perhaps they have, Amazon sends BlogsNewsReviews a small piece of the sale.

Another person typed “best swiss army knife”

and was directed to an article that addresses just that topic.  This has happened a few times now since the article asks just that question, has search “tags” about the various Swiss Army Knife tools, and specifically questions the value of getting the corkscrew when you can get a Phillips head screwdriver instead.

Organic Traffic

These visitors directed by search engines based on their own searches matching article contents are called “organic” traffic.  Organic traffic has not been referred here by another website or an ad (ad?  who has money for ads!).  The value of organic traffic is that it is a true connection between a person searching and a blog that has that information.  This is particularly exciting in the case of the food mill question — whether a food mill removes peels and seeds — since the article answers the question.  Whether the person buys a food mill or not, he or she got the right answer.  That’s organic and that’s exciting!

Is Technology Getting In the Way of Your Writing?

when writing tools break words stop flowing

You Can Write

But are the WordPress plugins’ “tools” and “features” and “settings” and “tags” becoming a  distraction?  Today the WordPress “admin bar” stopped showing up at the top of my blog site.  Ordinarily I can log in, write something, preview it as it appears on the site, click on the dashboard, go back in and edit.  Now I can’t do that and have no idea why.

WordPress Plugins are great.

But they don’t always get along.  And the ways they change the writing interface can become a real pain.  The HTML tab on my Add New Post interface mysteriously greyed out and stopped working awhile back.  I don’t know why.  I can still insert HTML by clicking “edit your profile” and clicking “disable the visual editor when writing.” It’s a pain.

And this latest glitch has my blog not recognizing me as an admin, so my own clicks register in Google Analytics.  Hmmm, another exciting computing problem to troubleshoot.  In the meantime, I’m not using tools, I’m repairing them.

Which plugin is causing the problem or what setting? Was there an automatic update that changed things?  Questions demanding turning things off and back on.  Fiddling.  Wasting time.

The goal of writing is to organize words to fashion a transparent window on ideas

When your reader notices the writing, he or she is not immersed in content.  The window is dirty, or it creates a distracting distortion or lensing effect, or in the worst case, your reader’s window has become opaque.

Writing tools need to be similarly unobtrusive.  If I’m looking at the little submarine window in WordPress and constantly wondering about font size or headers (which drive SEO, don’t forget about SEO).  Or thinking about anything other than communicating with my reader, the tool has become a filter or even an obstacle.

When writing tools are not easy and fun, and especially when they aren’t predictable, they discourage writing.  Is my blog going to stop working entirely?  When tools generate problems, they turn a writer into a tinker.   So today I realized that the technology that is supposed to let me share my work had generated so many idiosyncrasies that I am no longer writing.  I’m peering into a tiny box, wondering what will go wrong next, and worrying which conflicted setting is going to hijack my concentration.

Today I feel like doing a Thoreau

I want to, simplify, simplify, thoreau WordPress away, and abandon this do-it-yourself technological Rubik’s Cube.  Maybe I will buy a professional theme that comes with all the caching, and compression, and internal links, and everything else the plugins do.  I want to stop thinking about buttons and switches and think about words instead.

Postscript — Appears to have been a setting, discovered at the expense of about an hour.

Post post script:  Found a great plug-in that solved multiple problems created by other plug-ins.