Not much has happened so far and I’m going to give my efforts the benefit of the doubt and say that they will take longer than a few weeks to take affect.
One problem I’ve had is how to find out if my new backlinks have been picked up by the search engines.
I’ve been using the Yahoo Site Explorer which is good for a freebie but I’m not sure how many of the links that are pointing to my site it shows. Also I hear it will be turned off at the end of the month.
I gather that links to your site should be pinged to help Google and the other search engines find them quicker or at all but so far I have not had much luck doing this.
I found a couple of free apps called Pinger and Ping List that claim to do it for you but they take so long (for me at least) to go through the list of urls you give them that I haven’t used them much.
I could just wait and let Google and co. find them of their own accord but today I ordered a job on fiverr.com from a guy who claims he will ping a list of 50,000 backlinks for $5. I put in three orders and sent him just under 150,000 urls to ping for $10.
Now that I’ve done it I am a little bit worried that he might actually be able to do what he claims and suddenly all those links will be picked up by Google and I will be sandboxed to hell! Hopefully it won’t work as well as he claims and just a handful will get indexed. Also only a small amount of those are pointing directly to my sites.
So what do you do to get your backlinks indexed? I also have a tool called Scrapebox which I’ve not used but think I read somewhere it can be used for pinging links?
Also, once Yahoo Site Explorer gets turned off what will you use to track links?
I’ll post back with an update if anything happens to all these links.
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