Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Best Reviewer - A Site for Backlinks

I've just been sent an opportunity to try out a new site called Best Reviewer and it looks awesome! Basically if you have a niche like cupcakes and you have five different types of cupcake lenses ie chocolate, vanilla, banana, strawberry and orange then you go to Best Reviewer and write a 'review' on the top five cupcakes. Write a blurb on each individual type of cupcake and put the link to each of your individual lens at the appropriate section. Five backlinks for one article - what more could you want?

I think Best Reviewer looks like a cross between a top 10, 5, whatever number you want list (and we all know how successful they usually are) and a lensography!

I have seen a fellow lensmaster put a top 5 together where he only had lenses for 3 so he also linked to a government site and wikipedia so don't worry if you don't have enough lenses. You can link to articles, hubs, even zazzle designs as well as lenses.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Google Alerts - Keeping Up To Date

Do you use Google Alerts? This is a handy, free tool from Google. I use it on my username - lou16. It's handy to see if anyone blogs about you or links to any of your sites. I've found blogs that I think are interesting and they have linked to one of my lenses so I've tweeted them. I used to digg or stumble articles that linked to me (provided they were good and not cut and paste with a link that is), but as I don't really digg or stumble any more they just get either tweeted or a reciprocal link from one of my articles, lenses or hubs.

You can also use Google Alerts if you have a niche and use the alert for your primary keyword.

The Google Alert I mainly use though is my lou16 one and it was interesting to see which directories showed up first when I submitted a lens in my experiment last week - squidom showed up on an alert within hours!

How Do I Set Up A Google Alert?

It couldn't be easier, first go to Google Alerts
Next add your search terms and I leave it on everything, but you can choose to just be notified about blogs, news, videos etc. Decide how long you want your email to be and enter your email address.
Now you just wait for the alerts to appear in your mailbox.

On a personal note I'm back overseas next weekend, I'm hoping to have time to still post to this blog, but if I don't respond to questions it's just because I'm not at home and I will get back to you when I can.