Update: The network described below has passed to new owners and resides at another URL – however the founder, whom I have a lot of respect for, is currently working on another interesting project that allows users to post articles.
This is a quick update on my progress with ConnectContent and the increase in web traffic, and earnings, I’ve achieved in only one week. For those who haven’t read my introduction to Connect Content you could take a look now.
In brief, Connect Content provides a unique way to exchange links with a large pool of users. Links are one way and are not exchanged directly. There is a large pool of people inter-linking and links are not reciprocal.
In the traditional reciprocal link analogy User A would link to User B and User B back to User A.
Using Connect Content User A might link to User Y, User Y to User E, User E links to User Z, and so on.
Additionally there is a rule that links must be within a post of approx 150 words or greater. This is great because search engines tend to give much more weight to links within content, as opposed to a blogroll list or those sites that have 20 links in the footer.
Connect Content is all about connecting people with content to other users with relevant content, just as the name suggests! Because of this the process is fairly white hat, meaning you are unlikely to get penalized by the search engines for taking part.
Finally the Connect Content network costs just$12 per month to join, The fee has been put in place only to deter spammers and general rif raf. Other networks that enable users to get one way links cost in the region of $150 per month. Connect content is costs a negiligable amount of money.
So on to the good stuff, my increase in web traffic in only one week! And a general report on the links I have been given back to sites in my portfolio.
I’ll start by letting you know I have more than 10 sites that I run. Connect Content definitly represents the best value to web masters with a strong portfolio of sites – however even a user with 2-3 emerging sites can still benefit greatly.
So in just one week I have received 8 links in total to 6 of my sites. 2 sites have 2 backlinks each. And the links are great! People with sites on similar or complimentary topics have taken the time to write succinct posts on my topics and publish them on their own sites.
In return I have reviewed 9 sites in the Connect Content network and linked back to them. It’s kept me quite busy but it’s been fun and there has been a real reward.
On one of my 6 sites that received high quality links back I experienced a 50% increase in traffic and a 300% increase in adsense revenue.
On a second site that is only one week old I have received just one link back so far from the Connect Content community but I have managed to get the site listed in Google and am receiving 5-15 visitors per day from the search engine. Let me expand on that, I registered the domain name for this site only 9 days ago, had a blog up with around 5 articles, 3000 words of content in total and I have this site listed on google and recieving visitors within only a week on the network.
The above two examples illustrate the power of backlinks.
Some of the other links back to my sites may take some time to get picked up by Google as the mighty G tends to index sites more or less often depending on number of factors, primarily how important it thinks the site is (how many people link to you) and also how often the content is updated, or how ‘fresh’ your content is. In my experience a site liek our joomlabear.com gets indexed every 1-2 days by Google. Mainly because we have over 800 links back from people who use our templates (thank you to all the people who link back to us – we really appreciate it). We also update content on the site as regularly as possible – and if we are not writing content there is always activity in the forum and on the blog.
Anyway – if you are a webmaster with a few sites you want to push and you don’t mind writing some content and linking to other relevant sites then give Connect Content a go.
I honestly believe you won’t be disappointed.