Trackbacks are brilliant stuff. I programmed a trackback module into the trends script yesterday just to see what it yields. As long as you don’t use it to spam and stick to common standards, it’s the fastest deep link building method available. I noticed another trends script is also using trackbacks.
GTrends lists an average 600 different searches per day, that makes 200K pages a year. If you put five blog excerpts with a link on a page you have 1000K backlink opportunities a year, automated, if you use trackbacks.
I got 50% success rate in the first tests, so I put it on a cronjob and it seems to level out at 30% successful links. That seemed a bit much, so I checked the PingCrawl plugin Eli (bluehatseo) and joshteam put together for WordPress. They claim a 80% success rate using Eli’s result scraper, I guess 30% is not aberrant.
For trends, I can’t narrow my search down too much. I need the most recent blogs for the trends buzz. Too narrow searches might exclude the recent news and the script would lose it’s usability. Besides, I figure 10% trackbacks would already be more than enough, a few hundred lines of code with a css template for 100K backlinks a year ain’t bad.
I don’t actually have anything to blog about today, so that’s it.
[added 3-3] ****ing brilliant, 65% trackbacks are accepted, increasing traffic, bots come crawling, finally something that works. Now add proxies.
[added 3-3] bozo style “the script got 4 uniques yesterday!”
Can I be honest ? Dude over at seounderworld gave me a vote of confidence on the trends script and I felt embarrased as the demo looks like shit and didn’t do anything. For scraper basics fine, but it lacked seo potential.
So I added some CSS, validated the source, added caching, gzip, rss-feed, sitemap, and the trackback module. It got 300 uniques yesterday and 400 uniques this morning on its first day out, so it performs better now and I don’t feel so embarrassed anymore.
(nice impression of the trends audience by the way)
I’ll add some proxies to prevent bans and some other stuff, once that’s done I’ll refresh the download.