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15 23 readers of this site went ahead and got a link building service called SEO Content Network going. SEO Content Network, A.K.A. SCN… is a network of privately owned sites that you can post articles to, to get backlinks from. (apologies to Sister Margaret for ending last sentence with a preposition )
I’ve been testing out SCN for about 2-3 months and on a whole slew on keywords… WAY too many keywords to name here, though.
I tested out about 50 different urls and keyword combinations and pretty much everything I linked to using multiple anchor texts moved up in the rankings.
Here’s the nitty-gritty of what you probably want to know about SCN
- Network size is small-ish 720 sites, will grow as membership grows.
- You can add videos, podcast links, pictures etc… to your posts making them seem more real and the more real your submissions look the better the results will be due to making the time spent on url last a little but longer and helping boost the sites quality and turn them into possible permanent traffic sources.
- Pricing plans range for reasonable to unreasonable. One pricing level is 997/month and is really only good for someone providing seo services because seos make a profit of 1k/month per client usually, at very least, if they’re doing things properly.
Anyhow, is this an effective network used properly? Yes
The better your articles are, and the better your “hooks” are, ie author resource boxes and compelling anchor text links, the better you will do with this service.
But what I just wrote is basically just normal article marketing tips that we should all know.
I’m not sure if your video embeds submitted will play automatically to drive up page views for your videos, which seems to be a ranking factors, for videos.
With SEO Content Network, you can schedule your posts, you can drip feed them to a set number of blogs, posts so as not to reduce the effectiveness of any spun content submitted.
If you submit one unique article and give certain parameters, instructions to the SCN submissions interface, it will then spin your unique article for you and send it out to desired number of blogs, and for XX # of days.
Before we get into the potential controversy of value and costs/link obtained we should know that SCN gets 100 or so social signals to each blog post made on their network. They’re basically doing for their network what all of us should be doing for our own sites, and that’s getting some web 2.0 links, and social signals.
Also, not to sound like a schill for SCN but some of their sites are spot-on-relevant for certain niches and these are traffic generating sites, meaning that, if your anchor text is compelling then you’ll get temp-to-perm traffic from your submissions (just as you would with article ranked highly on major article directories, but private network submission sallow for more freedom in anchor text and what-not).
I’ve presented an idea to them for review that they seem OK with developing, and if they go through with it I think it will be a really safe way to get backlinks and traffic from your submission efforts.
To remain fair and unbiased, I’d like to recall a comment made by one of the readers (Paul) here which is that for 997/month a lot more can be achieved seo-wise without relying on just one network for your backlinks.
But even I don’t have a pressing need to generate 1000 backlinks/day so the lower levels SCN offers are more appealing and realistic… to me anyways.
But as I mentioned before, if you’re an seo looking for new backlink sources and your 100 clients only need 5 links a day generated, then your all set here with SCN, despite it being just one source for backlinks.
Do I recommend this service as an effective link building service, Yes if cost/link obtained is taken out of the equation (and if I didn’t procure us all a discount ). I know there’s a lot of readers on this site who are making big money as seos and if you’re looking for a replacement for ELN, SEOLV Elite, or any of the other high priced networks which OBL-backlinks-bombed themselves out of existence, it’s good to know that there’s a new network out there that’s done fine with panda 3.3.
Because I tested out so many urls with SCN, I’m not going to describe all their pre-and-post rankings here, but one thing I do want to mention, something that surprised me, was that I took a piece of PLR content, modified it to include an introductory paragraph, and got it to page 2 for a pretty high volume keyword. This really surprised me, because I used
- PLR content for site content being linked to, inner url too
- Spun article submissions set to a level a lot higher than they recommend using
- 4 anchor texts, not as much variance here that I would use moving forward, post panda 3.3
I also had another campaign going for another site and this campaign was devoted solely to 1 site, and I actually forgot these campaigns were going because the submissions were scheduled out for months at a time in advance. Traffic to that test site grew slowly every month, despite rankings not exactly soaring.
If you decide to go ahead and get SCN, please follow their best practices, and star toff with a lower/lowest level membership and go from there.
I talked to Dan at SCN and he tells me that retention rate of clients is pretty high, higher than most services I’m aware of, even my own, and mine kicks ass so go figure! ? This means that the client’s paying 9997/month or whatever…are happy.
If I was a reader of this blog, I’d be reading this review wondering, “Does Dan highly recommend this, or sorta recommend it or what? Would Dan use it himself, does Dan use it himself”
Well, I “sorta” recommend it. I see people cancelling Backlink Banzai memberships, and even my own offering due to budgetary concerns, so not everyone has the coin for this, but that’s really not my issue, not unless I want to become/present myself as another MMO guru teaching you how to make more money so you can afford more services like this.
Brass tacks… As it stands right now, SCN is effective, it works, and if they employ some of my other ideas then it will be something with far-reaching permanent value, and not go the way of all other blog networks which historically get hit and devalued.
I didn’t sign up for an affiliate link for this service yet, but I did manage to secure some lifetime discounts, coming soon.
For right now, I’d like to see a Cordial and Polite discussion started here in the comments section in case there’s something you want to know that I omitted, that perhaps Dan can answer for us, or I will come back and update/improve the post here.
UPDATE: As promised, for those who want it, a discount has been provided for me, for us for you whatever….
Since I pressured them to give us discounts, the discount is as follows
- Join at Basic level and get upgraded to Advanced level (500 daily backlinks) for free
- Join at Advanced Level and get All Start level (1k backlinks/day) for free
Once you join at either level, email daniel AT seocontentnetwork DOT com and tell him I sent you to SCN to procure your discount
Here’s aff link to use to get the discount.
UPDATE 2: WTF I forgot to add that the discount availability ends at end of this month, so is a limited time kinda thing, but discount is for life, so I am told…