How Many Backlinks Do You Drop Into A Blog Post?

hellonwheels

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I use web 2.0 blog platforms & .edu & .gov blogging platforms to create
my own blog posts and drop in some backlinks.

I'm wondering how many backlinks are "safe" to add to the post?

Should I be making it look like "natural" linking...like "natural" to Google?

My idea of what Google thinks is "natural" would be like a webmaster
giving me one link to my site.

Isn't this what Google wants to see? Aren't "natural" backlinks supposed to
be a "vote" of confidence for my site from another site?

Google finds these "votes" and moves my site up in the SERPs, right?

My backlinking method isn't "natural" and I realize that.
My method is more like a "forced" or "unnatural" method.

I've put up to 12 backlinks into a blog post but lately,
have been dropping that down to 2 backlinks.

If Google finds 12 backlinks in a blog post, could that hurt the site I'm
linking to?

I read that Google only "counts" one link from a specific URL to another
specific URL.

Is that true?

What are your backlinking tactics when using Web 2.0, .edu & .gov
blogging platforms?
 

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The problem, especially with the edu an gov blogs is not google but any mod or admin that looks at your blog. Put a whole bunch of them in there and your chances of getting deleted rise quite a bit. With those types of blogs I usually do a double pass, I put up a few articles and then go back later and add in a link or two. They seem to stick better.

On the web2.0 sites I usually go with 2 or 3 per article. I know with my networks I never put more than three in any one post and usually only one or two.
 

hellonwheels

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Thanks, Volund. Those are 2 really good points: 1) watch out for the mods and
2) writing the post but coming back later to drop in the backlinks.

I will do #2 and test the method.
 

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I tend to stick to 2, sometimes 3 in rare instances.
 

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Naturally I used any kind of ways to put my site on #1 Google, but I never tried to use any backlinks from .edu / .gov or else or I just can say it is hard to be fair play I guess..
 

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The best practice is 2-3 and it would be much better if you link to a relevant page on authority website like wikipedia.
 

hellonwheels

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The best practice is 2-3 and it would be much better if you link to a relevant page on authority website like wikipedia.


You mean to link to an authority site from my main money site right?
 

hellonwheels

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And the web 2.0's too. Linking to authority sites makes your content more legit in google's eyes. Spammy sites / link farms don't do this but you have to stand out ;)

Thanks! That's an excellent tip! I'll start doing that today.
 

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Scripteen is exactly right on this.

For my web 2.0 slave sites, I always have 1 or 2 outlinks to authority sites, and then I link to my money site once or twice.

It's good to find PDFs on .edu sites and link to those. What kind of spammer would ever do that?

Also, think about article length, time of uploading (spread the articles out in time), using interesting formatting like pictures/videos/samp tags/quoting etc.

I personally feel that links will be more powerful if they are indexed with the article. If they are added later on, this might look suss to Google - although this is just a precaution I take, not based on evidence as such.
 

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I would say that you should limit it to 2 or 3. If you do anymore, it will start looking really spamming.
 

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I personally feel that links will be more powerful if they are indexed with the article. If they are added later on, this might look suss to Google - although this is just a precaution I take, not based on evidence as such.

Amen! Somebody who use his head ;) Not that I would expect less from Micallef.
 

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If you make 12 OBL from a blog, then remember to link to 12 different url's!

Also remember to link to relevant high authority sites, that are not in direct competition with your site.
 

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max 2 to one page from 1 post
max 3 in one post
 

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It's just like keyword density it all depends on the amount of actually valuable content around it. Don't go more than 3 though
 

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What's natural? Look at a real blog and you'll see posts with no links in the text, then you'll see one that might have 10, then one with 2. There's absolutely nothing natural about having exactly 2 or 3 in every post. That actually should raise a red flag. If you wanna do it right, you can scrape posts from real blogs and plot the probability distribution that there will be a certain # of links in every post.

I'm not saying it actually works this way, just that it's the way to really seem natural. I do have my suspicions about Panda though. All those article directories have the signature of having a similar amount of external links in the text of every article. That may be how they seemed to smack all of them, even the small ones. Zero evidence for that though.
 

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I just build constantly small amounts of different types of links, I don't rush the process b/c it is best to simulate natural link building, after some time i increase a bit and repeat everything
 

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max 2 to one page from 1 post
max 3 in one post

According to a test (don't remember the URL) only one link counts. So if you have 2 links on a source page, both pointing to the same target page, only one will count (first).
 

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2 or 3 would be a safe bet. If you put any more than that, Google will ignore them and maybe even put your site on a 'watch list'.
 
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