Case Study: Top 3 On Google With Just 8 Backlinks
As I started using SEOJet when it was first developed, the biggest advantage it gave me is that I didn’t have to waste any links.
Every link that I built was part of a plan that used proven data build an awesome link profile.
What I didn’t realize was something even more powerful was happening.
Because my links were all so laser focused my rankings began to rise much more quickly than they should have.
Guest Post Tracker
One of the websites I built and own is GuestPostTracker.com. It is a huge curated list of guest blogging sites.
So naturally I target key phrases related to the guest blogging niche in my SEO.
Keep in mind the website is less than 1 year old as of writing this article.
The link map I built was for my list of blogs that accept guest posts page found at https://www.guestposttracker.com/blogs.php
The key phrases I am targeting on that page are:
- guest posting sites
- guest blogging sites
- guest post sites
- blogs that accept guest posts
- guest posting
Let me show you what my link map for this page looks like inside of the members area of SEOJet:
The link map essentially gives me about 20-30 backlinks I need to obtain that link both directly to my web page and also those links that link to me.
Here is an example of a link that links to my web page would look like on the link map:
So when you get a new backlink to the page you are doing SEO for, you simply look at the link map and choose a Primary link that is blank and get that link.
In this case the anchor text for the link is “full url”. So I would go out and get a link that has the full url as the anchor text.
Once the link is published you simply come back and enter the details. Then SEOJet helps you keep track of how your link building is going for that page.
Here is an example of a published link:
I have literally just been filling out the link map, following exactly what it is telling me to do.
Here is where that page on Guest Post Tracker ranks on Google for my keywords:
- guest posting sites – top 3
- guest blogging sites – top 3
- guest post sites – top 3
- blogs that accept guest posts – top 5
- guest posting – top 20
The crazy thing is I am only about 60% done completing the link map.
And if I don’t get to the #1 spot after the map is completely filled up, SEOJet automatically adds more links to it and I keep going.
Here is the most surprising thing about using a link map to do SEO.
If you look at each of the top 6 websites that rank for “guest blogging sites” you will be amazed at how many backlinks each of the websites have pointing to their pages compared to Guest Post Tracker.
Here are the top 6 websites with their respective number of links pointing to that particular page:
- www.petersandeen.com/list-of-guest-blogging-sites/ – 178 links
- https://www.effectivebusinessideas.com/blogs-that-accept-guest-posts/ – 79 links
- https://www.guestposttracker.com/blogs.php – 8 links
- https://www.shoutmeloud.com/list-of-50-best-blogs-that-accept-guest-posts.html – 124 links
- https://bloggerspassion.com/list-of-100-plus-blogs-that-allows-guest-blogging/ – 73 links
- https://blog.kissmetrics.com/guide-to-guest-blogging/ – 648 links
Do you see anything that stands out like a sore thumb?
I have 8 links pointing to that page compared to an average of 200+ for everyone else.
How is that possible? How did I get to the top 3 spot with just 8 links?
This is why it is so important that you start link building with a plan in place.
From the beginning I have been building the type of links that I know Google wants to see. I guarantee that none of my competitors did that. They just got a ton of links and rose to the top.
Note: My entire website is all about guest posting and two of those top 6 websites actually link to my home page and so I think that plays a part in why I can get to the top 3 with so few links. But this shows you why building a link profile based on proven stats is so important.
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