The traffic chart above is from a site I refer to frequently here. It’s of my Germany Travel Website http://www.EverythingAboutGermany.com/ which was the second site I ever created, back in 2004. The data begins when I put the site on my new server in March of 08.
I like showing you this site because it’s proven several SEO myths that are taught by so-called SEO experts wrong. One of them is that manual linking is no longer effective! 98% of the links pointing to that site are a result of some form of manual linking! If you do a link check, you’ll see that most of the links are from:
And what’s really cool about this is that I haven’t touched that Website for over a year! I haven’t built links, added content, nothing! Some of the content on the site is duplicate content too. The only thing I have done is something most SEO “Experts” will tell you is a bad idea and that is changing the template of the whole site. I changed the template of the entire site, so it looks better, several months ago and the typical traffic pattern stayed the same.
So does manual link building still work? 5,000 unique visitors per month tell me it does
Just to be clear, when I say “manual linking” I’m referring to anything you do manually, which results in an incoming link. The opposite of manual linking is natural linking, which is when others link to your sites and pages because they simply like it.
I’m not saying natural linking is not effective. Natural linking is the best kind of linking!! BUT, for some sites you just need to give them a push and I want to make it clear that there is nothing wrong with doing this, as long as it’s in moderation!