How To Use Web Blog Network For Link Building

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Maybe You’re familiar with Private Blogs Network (PBN) and less familiar with Web Blog Network [WBN].
But actually, WBN is a great component to have in your SEO plan.
In our context, we call Web Blog to any web 2.0 site that enables writing and maintaining your own blog.
Few popular sites are Tumblr, wordpress,blogger, weebly and livejournal.

WBN advantages
• Initial cost is minimal compared to PBN
• Free hosting on public servers
• No need to pay for Domain name
• Easy to expand and add new sites
• Easy to maintain and manage
• Build on High Authority site

The most noticeable disadvantages are- Your URL is part of the domain, less flexible in materials and design, simple CMS.

Your network is something you need to develop and maintain.
One of the biggest mistakes is getting links from a site with a single article.
Most likely this page will not get indexed, and the link is worthless.
Google does pay attention to web2.0 sites and aware of the manipulation.
Thus, We are going to take a slightly different approach here.

The WBN is built from many different sites that may be related or not (more on that later).
It doesn’t need to be huge, 10-40 sites in a network are fine.
But, we’ll select quality pages and build content to it.
At the start, you’ll need to publish several posts and spend little time In the design (headers, colors, logo, etc.)
Later you’ll move to maintenance mode and will add a post once in a period.

All of the posts should include at least one image and text over 1000 words.
For that, you can spin high quality content or better buy some well-written posts.

How to find high PA tumblr sites?

Tumblr is a popular lightweight blogging platform.
If you’re not familiar with it, I suggest you start now.
It’s straightforward to use and maintain a blog with Tumblr.

Tumblr has domain authority, DA, of 98 at the time of writing.
Therefore, it’s super strong domain most fitted for link building.

The methods we’ll see here, are good for finding any High Authority Expired Web 2.0 sites.
But works extremely easily with Tumblr.

Whats great if using this method , you be able to find expired pages on these domains and to register them for your own use.
It can save the hard work of starting link building from scratch plus getting high authority links.

On Fiverr and other sites, you can find people selling valuable accounts of Twitter,BlogSpot, etc..
After reading this post, You’ll not need them and can do it yourself!

Tools we use
ScrapBox– to scrap and harvest domains
ScrapBox Free Adds on– to help in the searching process
Free Moz API – to check the domains strength
 Moz ,Majestic or similar links evaluation tool– to make second evaluation of the domain

Finding Tumblr or other web 2.0 Profiles accounts

ScrapBox can be an amazing tool for link building.
I already wrote on another way to use it with your SEO plan.
If you plan to buy it, don’t forget to use the discount link in my other post.

To scrap well, you’ll need to use proxies.
If making too many accesses to search engines using the same IP at a relatively short time.
a temporary block of your access or even black listing of your IP can occur.
You don’t necessarily need private proxies, shared are just fine for what we do.
One option is to scan for free proxies using ScrapBox, but usually, they burn fast, because many use them.
Better is to use cheap proxies service , price should be around 0.5$-1.5$ per one shared proxy for a month.
I use around 20 from here and it costs me 20$ per month.

If you use ScrapBox massively, you may consider using private proxies that cost more.
Just make sure that the proxies you use support Google search, this is important for what we need.

In ScrapBox, Install the following free addons:
ScrapBox Vanity Name Checker
The Vanity Name Checker allows you to check your Name, Brand Name or Keywords to see if accounts by these names are available for registration on popular Web 2.0 and Blogging sites.
You can find abandoned or deleted web 2.0 accounts and to register them again.
Some supported web2.0 sites are:
Tumblr.com, Weebly.com, BlogSpot.com ,LiveJournal.com,Twitter.com, LinkedIn, Reddit and YouTube.com.

ScrapBox Page Authority
You don’t want to register any free Web 2.0 name you find.
You should pick only the ones that worth with seo metrics parameters that are high enough.
For that, we’ll use ScrapBox Page Authority to filter the strongest accounts.

Harvesting for expired domains
Before using scrapbox harvester, we need to create Custom Footprint.
The Footprint will tell the harvester where to search.
In our case, it’ll be simple as: site:tumblr.com
Examples for other Footprints to find web 2.0 sites :

scrap for keywords

As you see, this is a very simple footprint, to know more on this subject read my easy link building post.

Now that we know where to search ,let’s see what to search by using the keywords to scrap for.
One free tool that I often use to get ideas is, Keyword Tool.
Just type your keyword and click to get hundreds of keywords from the same seed.
For the word SEO I got 706 results, I can copy them all to my clipboard and use in the keyword box.

keywordtool.io serach example
You can easily make a list with thousands of words to scrap in only a few minutes of work.
Depends on your connection and the number of proxies you have, you may want to adjust the Harvester connection setting.
The rule of thumb is to use around 10 connection per proxy.

connection setting

Next is to select the engines for scrapping.
I usually go for Goggle, Yahoo and Bing.

Finally, You’ll get a list of harvested URL’s that are all tumblr blogs.
It’s time to use the Vanity Name Checker to find the available ones.

URLs harvested

Checking Profiles for Availability

After scrapping, we got a list of many Tumblr sites.
We are now going to run the Vanity Name Checker add-on with this list.
It’ll allow us to find available web 2.0 domains we can register.

Remove duplicate URLs and open the addon.
Click on Settings and un check all of the Web 2.0 sites except for Tumblr.

Vanity Name Checker

If you like, there is an option to tweak the vanity setting and make it faster by increasing the number of connections or timeout to wait for response.

vanity setting
Now use the Load button to import the results directly from ScrapBox Harvester.
load results

Run the checker and wait for results to complete.
When done, the status of all URL’s will become update.
Vanity Name Checker Results

Export the results to a CSV file and sort them by status, you should use only the ones with Status Available.
At this point, I got 246 Available from around 55k Tumblr posts.
For the ones I got errors, I can skip or change the timeout setting and run on them again later.

vanity what to expect

I save the “available” results with a  file name available.txt.
It’ll be used shortly for checking the SEO metrics.
Vanity Name Checker export


Checking Profiles SEO metrics

Scrapbox comes with the option to check Check Pagerank.
But, this is not very useful feature these days, because Pagerank is no longer updated since 5 December 2013.
That’s why we’re going to use the second add-on we installed- Page Authority.

The Add-on is based on Moz rank and it’s more relevant for us.
I know that Moz rank can be easily manipulated, that’s why we’ll add extra filtering later.
Who reads my posts knows that I’m ahrefs fan, but we’ll not use it this time.
I found it less effective in crawling web2.0 pages like Tumblr.

To use the Moz API , all you have to do is open a free account.
Login to Moz, go to free Tools and click on Generate a Key

The format in the add on is built from: your Access ID |Secret key | Proxy IP (optional)

Moz format

Put the data in the account setup.
Note: the ID and proxy IP are no longer valid, so don’t attempt using them 🙂

Open the Page Authority addon,
Load the available.txt file that you exported from the Vanity Name Checker and let it run.
load URL list

The Moz test API is slow, it has a delay in the free version and allows one query at a time every 10 seconds.
This shouldn’t be a big limitation for us since usually we have only dozens and up to hundreds of blogs we want to check.

moz page authority sorted

When the status of all URL’s is completed, export the list as CSV.
Open the CSV file using EXCEL and sort them by page Authority.
All the domains with page Authority of 1 can be dropped you want to find the best traffic website.

Most people will stop here (like the guys in Fiverr) and will send you a list of posts with page authority above 30.
You can say, wow! I’ll now hurry and register them right away.
But, wait there is more we can do.

The MozRank value can also imply about good pages, but it does not relay a measure.
What I do at this point, is going to Moz and type the page to see what it worths.
If taking http://jiroworld.tumblr.com, you can see it has 901 links coming from a single domain!
I don’t want to register such a blog, it has poor SEO value.


In other cases, I might see the SPAM score that is too high.
A score above 5, is not what I seek.
What you should look is a balance between links and root domains and not only high page authority.

Let me show you a list of domains I just find while making this post and choose to register.
All have many links and at least few dozens of root domains.

good wbn i fouund

You can also see, some has MozRank and links with value of zero from the Page Authority add-on ,
But when I checked them in Moz Open Site Explorer (in green), it was different!
Therefore, it’s always better to check even if takes more time.

So for me, the report of MozRank and links from the add-on are not the last word.
I use the PA as the first filter, which is a good start.

Next, is to put all the results in excel sheet along with my extra columns.
Few columns to add can be: Root domains count, links count, spam score, remarks I might have, others tools ranking.
Sometimes it can be “strong” blog that is porn or with high spam score or poor links profile.
Checking is the best advice here, even if it takes time.
The extra checking will give you, in the end, better results.

Maintaining Your Blog

As I wrote at the beginning of the post, you better take a different approach from what
Others do, to success in SEO.
Having a thin blog post is what most people do.
1-3 pages of content, throwing links to their pages and that’s it.
It can turn out to be harmful or of no use.

I want to talk about few points on how to make it right.

1) Use your own content or high quality spinner
For tier one links, some will only use premium content and not spun one.
It’s a matter of risk and budget.
The worse thing is to use scrapped content, I would avoid it, because this can turn to be
Duplicated over many sites and will surely won’t get search engines credit.

2) Make your posts above 1000 words
Don’t use 200-400 words for your content, everyone else is doing that.
It is a proven fact that longer content ranks better.
I already wrote about this in few occasions.

3) Have only relevant content per Blog
As in today world of SEO, link relevancy is the king.
The impact of getting links from anywhere is not the same as getting few relevant ones.
So, If it’s sports blog don’t publish posts about fashion (unless you’re selling a sports T-shirts 🙂

4) Add 1-3 photos or/and videos to each post you have
Combining multimedia in your posts has to effect of making the post more genuine and real.

5) Add a picture or logo to the page and update all available fields
Don’t leave fields like title and description empty, put something there.
If possible, add your e-mail (create a free one) it should be unique e-mail per blog.

6) Putting links
Don’t add links at all in the first week you start your blog.
This can be suspicious and smell like manipulation if putting links right ways.
Wait for the site to get indexed, in our case, most likely it’s already indexed.
Just type the full URL in Google and check it.

indexed page
After a week, you can start adding links to the posts.
I’ll add one link per post, pointing to the page you are targeting and at least another one to another relevant high authority site.
Taking the SEO niche example, I can point links to neil patel’s blog, searchengineland.com, Moz, Google,ahrefs, etc.. and one link to my targeting site.

The link placement should be randomized, it can be anywhere in the post.
Even so, links have slightly higher value if they come in the first 100 words of your post.
Anchor text should also be of all types: Branded Anchor, Naked Anchor, Generic Anchor, No Anchor, LSI, partial match and a combination of all.
Off course, Exact Match Anchors can be used, but with caution.
Putting internal links to your posts is also a good advise.
But, don’t link more than twice to your targeting page.

7) Schedule Your Posts
One good way to maintain your blog is to Schedule Posts to different times and days over a period of time.
Prepare a few posts and then slowly post them.
With Tumblr, you can do this easily.
At the bottom of the post click the arrow next to Publish and choose Schedule.
The format can be relative date  (e.g. “next Tuesday, 12am”)
Or absolute date and times (e.g. “mm/dd/yy 13:05am” or “mm/dd/yyyy 11:23 a.m.”)
schedule posts in tumblr

By posting once in a while, you keep your blog running and can use it to get more links naturally in the future.
If you like to automate your things you can use Tumblr bot as TumbleNinja

Issues with WBN

To be honest, Web Blog Networks are not the holy grail of SEO.
Here are few SEO issues that rise with them :

•  Blog posts are not easily detected by search engines.
•  The number of links to a relevant site should be limited,
after all, you don’t want to get 1,000  links coming from the same blog to your pages.
•  Many other people that use the same technique is not something good for SEO
• Many of the blogs you found were blocked and accounts deleted for some reason.
What you publish has a meaning and you should be careful not to publish material that can cause people to report on your blog.
•  Sometimes It’s hard to find relevant blogs tailored specifically to your niche

Having said that, You can still gain from WBN!
Just Do it right.
Your biggest advantage is the domain strength that enables you to open a blog and with just few strong links
To raise the PA quickly.
Knowing the issues can come only to help about what to expect.

Type of network to Build
There are few points of view to look on that.
I like to build WBN network from related sites.
What does it mean?
That site’s content is somehow related to each other and there is a “line you can draw” between all sites.
Like, if having one blog focusing on SEO,  the second can be marketing, the third social media, etc..
It gives few advantages:
• I can link from all blogs to my target site.
• More niche related links
• Can create powerful connection between all blogs

Some will prefer to have many niches covered.
This is not good for SEO, it may be good if you sell links to others.

Wrapping up

Keeping your links profile diverse is the key point for your SEO efforts.
The more relevant domains referring to your pages, the more types of links you have it can
Help your SEO.
Web Blog Networks are just another type of backlinks you should have and Tumblr makes it easy.
If you used such blogs, let me know about your experience right below.

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