While this is a very good strategy for getting backlinks, you are probably not too thrilled with the workload. Who has time to build a website, promote it, lay out and implement a marketing strategy, and write multiple articles? Not that many entrepreneurs will have that kind of time. So, it's important to locate resources to help you establish the backlinks that you need. This can take the form of hiring people on your team to help you build or re-write PLR articles or to help with article submission to different directories. Also, you might want to consider article submission software to help automate the process and reduce your workload. We discuss all three options below.


Like software developers there are plenty of writing professionals who are willing to write custom articles for you. You can find some at exquisitewriting.com, Elance.com, Guru.com or at RentAWriter.com. DigitalPoint.com also offers forums for people looking to hire writers. Craigslist.com can give you access to local writers in your area, if that's important to you. You will have to buy the full rights in order to use them in the article directories.

In large bulk orders, you might be able to get away with $5-10 an article ranging within the 300 to 700 word range. While there are people willing to offer articles at very low prices, you may find that the quality isn't what you desire. It's important that you get ghost writers that will create unique, quality, articles as you will eventually be claiming them as your own. They will represent your personal and professional reputation on the Web.

For high quality ghost writers, you can expect to pay between $10 to $45 for articles ranging between 300 and 700 words, depending on the quantity you buy. The higher the volume you request, the more likely a ghost writer will cut you a deal. Repeat business is also a way to establish a sound relationship with writers who can offer better prices to you.

You can do a search to locate article directories to submit your articles to, but of course http://www.ezinearticles.com, http://www.goarticles.com, and http://www.articledashboard.com are some of the heavy weights you definitely want to use. There are literally hundreds more out there.

Since there are so many and the guidelines may be different for each site, there are companies that specialize in helping you to get your articles ready for submission to multiple sites. They will not only help proofread your articles, but help to tweak your resource box for the type of anchor text you prefer that will give your backlinks more weight. If you really don't want to spend too much time doing these, you can pay someone else to do it for you.


What is Manual Link Building and Who Uses It?

Manual Link Building is a the method of gaining incoming links by going to a search engine (search engines) and requesting various sites to link to yours.

Many people believe that the best way to get links is to hire a service that does all of the grunt work for you. After all, building links is patience-testing and tedious. But others believe that there is still a place for manual link building in the small business world.

Manual link-building is becoming less and less frequently used in business but it remains to be one of the the most inexpensive and effective ways for small businesses to rank well in the search engines. And it works especially well for local-specific businesses.

Most would agree that it wouldn't be the smartest move for small shops and local businesses to spend months (or years) publishing articles and participating in social networking until they start to get enough of their content linked to in order to improve their search engine rankings. Even if they do offer great content, this does not mean they will be linked to. This is especially true for the types of businesses who don’t really need to do business over the Internet. They still need to be found on the Internet, however.

If you run a small business or you are doing sEO for a small business, keep in mind that it is okay to find some local directories and manually request some links. Of course, those few top paid directories like Yahoo, BOTW, and Business.com, are the ones that Google especially admires so it can't hurt to request help from them as well. You can especially win out if you don't have much competition. Just a well-optimized website and a few quality incoming links could easily get you on the first page of any of the major search engines.

Another reason you might want to go with manual directory submission (even if you aren't a small, local business) is because the most respected and reputable directories have their own custom application script which means you must submit to them manually. Automated tools simply cannot fill in those unique forms. So directory submission services that use automatic tools to submit usually end up submitting to lower quality directories that won't really do anything to improve the ranking of your site. While automatic submission tools can fill in the forms on certain submit pages, they don't always fill in the date properly so the submission may be incomplete. But it's not uncommon in a situation like this that the report you receive says your submission went through when in reality it didn't. If the category is not identified correctly, a service will fail to submit as well. These are just a few reasons you want to steer clear of submission services that use automated tools.

You can, however, opt for submission services that do the manual link building for you, without using automatic tools.