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    Link Building on Free Web Hosts

    A lot of people have been talking recently about parasitic hosting on "web 2.0" sites like Squidoo and Hubpages and such.

    But what about building a huge link network for your sites on a large number of free web hosts?

    Free Webhosts lists 265 different free web hosting services.

    That's means that your site could gain backlinks from 265 different domains. That should improve your rankings quite well!

    Of course, you would still have to build links to your pages on all of those 265 web hosts -- and that's no easy task.

    But it is a doable task.

    I did some of this a few years ago, but I didn't do it well and I didn't measure the results at all.

    I think that I'm about to kick off a major effort in this area. It will require a lot of content (at least one page per host) and it will require a large amount of time to register with these free web hosts and set up pages on their systems. I remember this process being quite labor intensive.

    What do you think?
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    Sounds like a great idea. Maybe have individuals do this on their spare time for spare change. I like the idea.

    Now I have more area to play aside from wordpress.com

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    I think I want to write those articles for you for that.

    But really, that sounds pretty brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavenecko View Post
    I think I want to write those articles for you for that.
    I think there will be a lot of article spinning going on with these sites.

    But if you're ready for some new topics to write on, send me a PM.
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    Seems like a lot of work. In that many of the free hosts are marginal and disappear.

    However, the idea is a good one. In my opinion I would look for the stable "web 2.0" sites and build out mini sites with original content. Over the course of a few years, you would have a nice mini network that could be sending you traffic as well as provide link love.

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    I looked into this some time back; here's my take. I'd recommend a variation (see below), after the comments.

    1) Many free hosts are small time operators who fold up after some time. if they can't sustain their activities. While directories (I used freewebspace.net, but I'm betting the others will also be similar) do have some, many of the 265 entries won't exist now.

    2) Of those who exist, quite a few don't offer php or mysql; if so, wordpress is out, you have to rely on simple html. That makes it less attractive from a SEO standpoint; Google seems to love Wordpress better than html...

    3) Some are post-to-host; you spend crazy amounts of time posting on their forum instead of minding your business. Others are ad supported; while this is ok (assuming you're looking for the link juice and don't mind giving away the ad spots) - do check that the ads are not going to have an adverse effect... popups, popunders, iframes and the like which are a SE no-no.

    4) Some do offer subdomains; some don't, they require you to have your own domain (or you could use a dot.tk, but that's again less valuable from a search engine standpoint.)

    5) Next - you could have a one-pager out there, but it wouldn't really give you any great linkjuice. Many of these sites don't allow cron or other autoblogging options; plus, you need to devote the same kind of traffic building techniques on each of these to make them valuable enough to pass on linkjuice; not to mention the content adding.


    That said, there are 2 - 3 ways this can work; but it's more like a partnering or team effort than an individual effort.

    If you can get about 5-10 people, each working to build a small network like this; and each person creates even 10 such sites, you'd get anywhere from 50-100 sites in a extended network; and they can provide backlinks to you, in return for your links to their sites.

    Second alternative - have someone employed on a dedicated basis, to add articles and so on to this. You're right about this being labor intensive; but you can find people from the Philippines or India who would do a full time job for a reasonable amount (less than 500 a month). Here again, sharing the cost across a larger team can help.

    Third alternative - build it up as a network of article directory type sites, relying on the ad income + contributions from would be bum marketers to build both the content and the viewership..



    If you are open to partnering, I'm game...

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    I have done some experiments. Until and unless those free hosting web 2.- properties are as effective as Hubpages, mahalo etc. They don't very encouraging improvement in rankings. 1 Hubpage = 5 web 2.0 properties existing around.

    I agree with Bogart as well.. Many such web 2.0 properties appears and disappears after some time (like a flood of social bookmarking sites).

    One should have a smart selection of such web 2.0 properties and test accordingly. Moreover, to give some good results, these web 2.0 pages needs some support further (say you'll bookmark these pages to top 20 or more do-follow bookmarking sites)... Man... It is a lot of job but good approach is..

    Choose some real good web 2.0 properties
    create pags with unique content
    And bookmark each page
    SEO girl...


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    Quote Originally Posted by ChillingBreeze View Post
    One should have a smart selection of such web 2.0 properties and test accordingly. Moreover, to give some good results, these web 2.0 pages needs some support further (say you'll bookmark these pages to top 20 or more do-follow bookmarking sites)... Man... It is a lot of job but good approach is..

    Choose some real good web 2.0 properties
    create pags with unique content
    And bookmark each page
    I think that you hit the nail on the head. Rather than a large amount of free sites that may disappear, build a smaller network of 20-30 quality sites. A smaller number will allow you to add a few good articles to each and do some proper link building.

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    Would this concept work for a free social networking site too? Such as making up a few blogs or pages on things like myspace, gaiaonline, xanga, etc, and just posting your links?

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    That is already in use. Xanga, vox, etc are massively used these days.

    Quote Originally Posted by gavenecko View Post
    Would this concept work for a free social networking site too? Such as making up a few blogs or pages on things like myspace, gaiaonline, xanga, etc, and just posting your links?
    SEO girl...


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