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Small guide on how to use web 2.0 properties for backlinking

Small guide on how to use web 2.0 properties for backlinking


Recently I found a great list of web 2.0 directories and decided to act on it, since this strategy always gave me great results in the past. And some of my articles are already ranked quite well. So here is the list – web 2.0 properties download link. You are welcome to use it freely.

It has just PR5-PR9 sites and that fact is awesome. But of course you must know exactly what to do with these sites, in order to get maximum backlinking benefit.

So how to use web 2.0 properties for backlinking?

This method is very similar to posting on blog networks and guest posting. Essentially, it’s the same, except the fact that you create your site around the article(-s) you want to post there. So it’s old good “contextual backlinking”. It might not be as powerful as blog networks, but it’s absolutely free.

web 2.0 properties schemeFirst of all, you must use a keyword in your nickname (login), if possible, and in your blog url. So if you are backlinking to a page (remember, Google doesn’t rank your whole site as one, it ranks separate pages. That’s for those who still do SEO the old way  – get lots and lots of backlinks to homepage, hoping that everything will rank.) with keyword “sports cars”, you might as well create username “sportscarsbmw” and url that says something like sportscarsawesome.weebly.com. Your exact keyword will not always be available (because someone might snatch it before you), in that case just add a single word after your main keyword. You can use a number like “1” too. Plus it’s good for anchor text variety, which we will talk about in the next few paragraphs.

Secondly, it’s preferable to use unique articles (not copied or posted anywhere else on the internet), but highly spinned articles will work too. Since you will need big number of those web 2.0 sites, it’s smart to use some spinned articles here and there, because it will be expensive, or time consuming, if you will write these yourself. “Best Spinner” is the best software for spinning articles (sorry for the pun :) ).

Thirdly, the more you post on the same site, the stronger it becomes. However, you shouldn’t dump all your articles on one site – after 3-5 articles create another web 2.0 site, and so on. Keep on creating those little web 2.0 sites. And don’t abandon the first ones – publish at least 1 article in 2 weeks or so. This is laborious, but it will bring you optimal results.

Something about keywords – it’s good to insert your url with anchor text twice in the medium sized article, not more. As we mentioned before, you need some variety. You can’t create 10 web 2.0 properties with 20 links, which all have exactly the same anchor text –  “sports cars”. Add a word before or after your keyword phrase. Like “Jaguar sports cars”. That could be your anchor text. You could also vary your main keyword phrase and use “Bmw sportscar”, for example.

I wouldn’t go too far away from main keyword and use anchors like “fast auto” and similar ones. And although Google can pick up synonyms, your main article probably doesn’t have these keywords in the body, so it wouldn’t be so relevant. Oh, and do NOT insert your links in the first title/heading and first few sentences, that’s a clear sign for artificial backlinking for Google. Use them somewhere in the middle/end of the article.

If you have LSI (simply put – related keyword) in your main article on the page you promote, you can use it too. That way you can rank for 2 keywords, in a long-term. But don’t try to stuff every title and heading with main keyword and LSI keyword. Remember, you write for humans, not for search bots.  So LSI keyword for “sports cars” could be “Ferrari 458 Italia”, if you mentioned it in the main article at least 2-3 times.

Also, you must be aware that some of these sites are moderated (very few), and they could remove your content, if it has no value and it’s solely used for promotion of your product/service. Usually, it’s “wiki” web 2.0 sites. But these removals are rare. 90% Of your work will stick, so it’s good.

So how you can use those web 2.0 properties?

You can link directly to the page you want to promote (to improve rankings in search results), you can strengthen some of your important backlinks (by linking to your guest post, press release, etc), you can build link wheels and pyramids and other advanced stuff, but it’s not really recommended. Simple contextual links work fine. Just remember to ping all those web 2.0 sites you’ve created. And ping them again when you posted new article.

If you have any questions, ask in the comments below!

And please share this post with others :)

EDIT (7.04.2013): Don’t forget to use at least one picture with proper alt tag on each of your web 2.0 properties. Preferably, 1-2 pictures per article. Google loves pictures. And you can embed related video (-s), for additional authority “points”. It doesn’t have to be your video, but your own will be better, of course :)


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21 Responses to Small guide on how to use web 2.0 properties for backlinking

  1. Kit July 22, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your site. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues? A number of my blog visitors have complained about my site not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Opera. Do you have any recommendations to help fix this issue?

    • Aleks July 22, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      Hi, Kit!

      I have some minor issues (slightly different margins in sign up box), but nothing big. I would say forget about IE, it’s just 13% of the market share. It will soon extinct.

  2. Bradly August 10, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    I am truly glad to glance at this weblog posts which includes plenty
    of handy data, thanks for providing these statistics.

    • Aleks August 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

      Thank you, Bradly!

  3. Peter August 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm #


    Is link wheel work out fine? I heard its a bad idea. I need your confirmation since we are in 2013 already.

    Thank you

    • Aleks August 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

      Hi, Peter!

      Personally, I don’t know why a lot of SEO guys like these link wheels. They are time-consuming (if done manually) and they don’t give you any stronger links than good old direct linking from web 2.0 to your site. And then a little bit of backlinking for each of your web 2.0 blogs. Even if you use a backlinker, it’s a waste of time paying for these wheels.

      Link wheels are mostly used by automated softwares though. To cover up whole “unnatural” look thingy. They try to “hide” hundreds of links with those highly-sophisticated link patterns. Doesn’t work very well either. The premise of link wheels is that they are powerful and safe. Not really..

      I would say don’t try to re-invent the wheel. Contextual links and links from relevant high-pr domains still work and will work. As well as videos. Bookmarks too. Then .edu/.gov links. Podcast submissions. And more .. :)

      Thanks for your question!

      Best wishes,

      • Peter August 19, 2013 at 10:04 am #

        Thank for your kind reply Aleks.

        As I was reading this post, did you really mean to post 3-5 articles maximum to each and every web 2.0?

        Is profile creation in .gov and .edu still safe and effective way?

        Thank you Aleks! And I hope to get another help from you.

        Best wishes to you and your sites.


        • Aleks August 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

          Hi, Peter!

          You are more than welcome.

          Oh, sorry for confusion. I just re-wrote it (change might not appear for some time, I’ve installed cache plugin recently).

          What I’ve really meant was this – use more than just 1,2 or 3 web 2.0 sites for all your updates. If you have just few of them, create a new one after 3-5 articles.

          If you do profile creation, don’t create more than 2-3 links a day. Because it’s not that safe to do more. I would say it still works, but it isn’t that great, since those poor forums were spammed a lot in the past. Plus the links are not contextual. That’s why links from signatures are much better (but it requires more time). Most of these forums approve registrations manually now, and if they see a keyword in username, they will deny your application.

          Thank you for the wishes! :)

          Best wishes,

  4. Hasan August 17, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Very nice info mate specially love your web 2.0 domains list.


    • Aleks August 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

      Hi, Hasan!

      Thanks for comment! Glad you liked the post.

      Best wishes,

  5. Pietro September 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    Hey, really great articles here!
    This morning I spent more than 2 (maybe 3!) hours reading some of your articles. I started with this one that I found by google, I was looking informations about web 2.0. Thank you very much, everything was very clear, and maybe in the next future I can stop to buy this service from seoclerks/fiverr and similar sites and do by myself.
    Also the article about pinging was great and with useful links.
    Definitely I will now save your site for the future updates!!
    (Just the disabled right-click was a little annoying… ;-) )

    • Aleks September 14, 2013 at 9:29 am #

      Hi, Pietro!

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked my articles :)

      Yes, Caching plugin disables everything, to make site faster. It still is quite slow.
      I’ll need to get a better hosting in future.

      If you wanted to quote something or download a picture – let me know. I’ll get it to you asap.

      Best wishes,

  6. Tomoko September 30, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    Having read this I thought it was really enlightening. I appreciate you spending
    some time and energy to put this content together.
    I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both reading and posting comments.

    But so what, it was still worth it!

    • Aleks October 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      Thanks, Tomoko!

  7. Aleks June 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Thanks for honest backlink to my article! :) Appreciate it.

  8. Peter August 16, 2013 at 3:41 pm #


    Your post really help a lot. It refreshes everything that I learned in the past and ADDS new insight.

    Thank you!

  9. Aleks August 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Hi, Peter!

    You are welcome! Glad I could help.

    Best wishes,


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