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There’s been a debate going on in the internet marketing, SEO and link building forums about the use of document sharing websites to help drive traffic to your site AND get you some top notch, free backlinks to help boost your rankings.
Well, I believe-and this is the consensus on the web-that this strategy is still very effective and can definitely help you get top quality backlinks for FREE, so this is why I put this short guide together for you. 🙂
All you need to do is follow the upcoming few straight-forward steps and you’ll be well on your way to getting backlinks to your individual articles, instead of just your home page, for example. The result will be a good, sustained spike in your website’s traffic and, for those of you who are monetizing your content, an increase in conversions and profits.
Step 1: Select Your Best Content From Your Website.
So let’s begin. First of all, you need to pick out the best content you have published that has a high level of reader engagement, preferably. Obviously, you can just take a look inside your Analytics accounts to see which pages have the highest number of views.
Don’t forget to include those pages that have a lot of comments, despite not having as many page views, as the content must have been interesting to get all that engagement from your readers, right? 😉
So when you have finished copying and pasting the urls of your selected articles into a new Notepad or Word document, you’ll be ready for the second step:
Step 2: Completely Rewrite Your Article Manually.
This is the hard part. Google, as I’m sure you know, will penalize you for duplicate content. So in order to play it safe and make sure you don’t get “slapped”, you will need to completely rewrite your articles. How many times you do this depends on how many document sharing sites you want to submit to.
I would advise against trying to spin your article 47 times so that you can submit it to EVERY document sharing website that’s on the list further down this page. Google is smart and can detect a spun article, especially as they usually do not make sense or read well.
A good goal is to aim to rewrite your article at least five times. Then select the top five from the list and submit each version of your article to these sites that have the highest page rank.
Alternatively, you can submit different articles, once rewritten, to each PR category. For example, you could rewrite your article six times and then submit one version to issuu.com (the only site that has a PR of 9 on the list), and then another to one of the sites that has a PR of 8 and so on and so forth.
You could also just concentrate on submitting your re-written content to sites where you believe your content is best matched. You could then develop a presence, or authority over time with those particular document sharing link-vehicles.
Not all sites listed will apply to your game plan anyway. For example, authorstream.com is used for sharing PowerPoint presentations on the web.
Step 3: Create PDFs From Your Website’s Content.
As each PDF is created you’ll need to do the following:
- Save it to a “Document Sharing Submissions” folder on your desktop.
- Give the name of each .pdf file the same title as the article page itself (this helps to make the PDFs more search friendly).
- Divide up the PDFs into day 1, day 2 and day 3 folders. ***IMPORTANT***Please note that no more than 5 PDFs are to be submitted per day to each document sharing website. Doing so will look spammy and could get your account deleted or frozen!
Step 4: Create Accounts at a Variety of High PR-Rated Document Sharing Websites.
This step is very easy, but a little time consuming. Simply create accounts at each of the following document sharing sites listed below.
As you do this, you’ll want to keep track of the username and password you used to set up each account. So, use a spreadsheet to record these details, as well as the progress of all your PDF file submissions to the various sites.
If you’d like a copy of a ready-made spreadsheet for this task, send a quick email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll make sure to get a copy to you. 🙂
By the way, you will also need to remember the email address that you use when creating accounts with all these different document sharing websites. This is in case email confirmation is required during the account creation process. A Gmail account will suffice.
To save time, I recommend submitting the first 5 articles from your “day 1 PDFs” folder to each document sharing site as soon as you have set up the account. You might as well while you’re there, right? 😉
Be sure to also record the sites that have been submitted to in your spreadsheet as you go along. OK, here’s the master list of document sharing websites to use for getting you free backlinks:
PR 9 – issuu.com
PR 8 – scribd.com
PR 8 – slideshare.net
PR 7 – docstoc.com
PR 7 – keepandshare.com
PR 7 – calameo.com
PR 7 – docs.zoho.com
PR 6 – 4shared.com
PR 6 – smashwords.com
PR 6 – yudu.com
PR 6 – memoware.com
PR 6 – authorstream.com
PR 5 – ziddu.com
PR 5 – empressr.com
PR 5 – pdfcast.org
PR 5 – slideserve.com
PR 5 – divshare.com
PR 5 – 2shared.com
PR 5 – uploading.com
PR 5 – depositfiles.com
PR 5 – uploaded.to
PR 5 – slideboom.com
PR 5 – divshare.com
PR 4 – edocr.com
PR 4 – glasscubes.com
PR 4 – filefactory.com
PR 4 – datafilehost.com
PR 4 – wikiupload.com
PR 4 – yourfilelink.com
PR 4 – files.com
PR 4 – crocko.com
PR 4 – slingfile.com
PR 3 – gazhoo.com/main.gaz
PR 2 – midupload.com
PR N/A – ziddu.com
PR N/A – glasscubes.com
Step 5: Submit all the PDF’s You’ve Created to Document Sharing Websites.
Step 6: Track Your Results.
If you’d like to see how successful your articles were with all the various document sharing websites that they were submitted to, do a quick backlink analysis over at Majestic SEO after a week or so.
Just copy and paste your article url into the main search bar and hit the magnifying glass-like search button. The system will generate a summary for you and you can click on the “Backlinks” tab to see where they came from.
You might need to register a free account to be able to see the results, but you’ll only be doing yourself a favor by doing that anyway.
Hopefully, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find several new links from some authoritative places-or new quality backlinks where you had ZERO before!
This is a sure-fire way to get more exposure for the best content that you have to offer on your website-it’s just a matter of following the six simple steps outlined above.
Remember, if your content is unique and solves someone’s problem, there’s no reason why that one article can’t generate a ton of free backlinks for you now and for a long time in the future.
One more thing to note is that this shouldn’t be your ONLY link building strategy. You need to be implementing a variety of techniques to ensure your link building success over time, which will also serve to improve your Page Rank. There will be more to come on this subject later, so stay tuned. 🙂
Over to You
Were you even aware that this link building strategy existed?
Have you tried this before in the past, but forgot all about it?
Are you continuously using this technique for free backlinks and are you seeing great results?
Let me know in the comments section below and have a brilliant, successful day. 🙂
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