What Is Link Wheel?
For those of you that are not familiar with link wheel, it is basically a SEO link building strategy that is very popular and will help your website to rank on front page of Google. An example of a typical link wheel linking structure is shown below:
How Link Wheel Works
- The link wheel consisting Web 2.0 sites such as blogs, social network and article directories will inter link to each other as shown above and each point back to your money site.
- Articles submitted to these web 2.0 sites will contain 2 links, 1 will point back to the money site and the other link will point to the subsequent Web 2.0 site where the article is published.
- Subsequently, these web 2.0 sites are promoted via different kind of 2nd tier backlinks such as social bookmarking, RSS, forum profiles, etc…
Due to the structure of link wheel, it is extremely powerful in the eye of Google. However, this also leaves a foot print and Google will know that you are creating link wheel to promote the site purposely. Therefore, this traditional type of link wheel is not as effective as before. Instead of doing the old way, I would like to introduce you a new and safer link wheel strategy that works for me.
Proven Link Wheel Strategy
The link wheel strategy I am about to show you is very similar to the traditional type, but with minor tweaking to mitigate the risk of get caught up by Google. Check out the twisted link wheel strategy below:
As you can see above, the basic linking structure is still the same. The only difference is that instead of inter link these web 2.0 sites in a circle, we will terminate at one point before forming a circle. In this example, we terminate at Zimbio. Also, this link wheel will all point the link to a new web 2.0 sites instead of the money site. This is to protect our money site in case being penalized by Google if overdone. Eventually, the nominated web 2.0 site (can be any web 2.0 site that different from your link wheel network) will point to our money site.
So, in short, only 1 link will point to the money site for this link wheel strategy. However, this is a powerful link that has been promoted by the link wheel and hence all the link juice will get passed down to our money site eventually. The benefit of having this type of link wheel structure is to that your money site is safe guard.
This is only 1 network of link wheel that point to our money site. Once you finish it, you can create the second network, the 3rd, etc…to scale up the effort. However, bear in mind that when you create the subsequent network, you will need to pick different Web 2.0 properties to mix it up so that it looks natural.
List of Web 2.0 Sites Suitable For Link Wheel
The following web 2.0 sites are arranged in according to page rank, from PR9 to PR6. These are the sites that are extremely popular and trusted by Google.
On top of the list of web2.0 sites shown above, you can add in your favorite article directories to mix up the link wheel network.
Content for Link Wheel
Without further to say, unique content is the best, especially after the Google Panda update. However, if you would like to save some time and money for your content, I would suggest you to use a unique article on the nominated Web 2.0 site (where it points to the money site) and spin the content to at least 50% to 60% and submitted to the web 2.0 sites forming the link wheel. You can easily spin the content with The Best Spinner, a product by Jonathan Leger. However, do make sure the spun articles are at least readable.
This way, if you create one link wheel network, you only need 1 unique content + 5 spun articles. This will save you some time and money. However, if you can I would still encourage you to use unique content for all of them since unique content is Google’s baby.
Link Wheel Done – What’s Next?
Backlinks To Link Wheel
Good. After you have completed your first link wheel, you will need to start promoting the link wheel by building some backlinks to the web 2.0 sites forming the link wheel! Just think of any way you prefer to build backlinks to them, such as blog commenting, forum profiles, social bookmarking, RSS, etc…
When I build the backlinks to these web 2.0 sites forming the link wheel, I do not worry too much about the quality of the backlinks since these type backlinks are 3rd tier backlinks to a Web 2.0 sites, which will not hurt your money site. What I usually do is to order a few Fiverr Gigs on blog commenting and forum profiles backlinks to save my time.
Content Update for Link Wheel
One thing to take note is to update the web 2.0 sites forming the link wheel so that there are fresh content comes in from time to time. I will update it like 2 times a month or at least once per month.
That’s a basic overview of a link wheel strategy that works for me.
Do you create link wheel? Feel free to share your experience on link wheel by leaving me a comment below.