Building links (getting backlinks) is one of the more important ways to get a site indexed and ranked in the search engines. Directory and social bookmark submission is one of the ways to get some lower value links.
I use Linkvana for another component to my link building strategy, probably the most important. Whenever, I get a thread of value I want to promote it. I want it to rank in search engines. I want searchers to find it. I want them to visit. I want them to be impressed with it. I want them to join. I want them to contribute.
It is one thing to get a site indexed for its main keywords; but what about the topic of individual threads? They will have different combination’s of keyword(s). Thats were I use Linkvana to get my threads ranking for a number of keywords and combination’s ie the long tail searches). The anchor text of the incoming links is the key. Linkvana does cost $150 a month, but I strongly believe that for my sites it is well worth it. After a couple of months of starting to use this, I was able to significantly increase traffic and revenues to easily cover it across many sites.
Linkvana works by allowing you to set up as may projects as you like (and these can be multiple sites). Then for each project you type as many blog posts of 100-200 words and include within that blog post a keyword rich link to a forum thread or site. I even create links to a threads tag page to help search engines index and crawl them. You then set Linkvana to release 1 blog post a day, or 3 or 2 to 5 or randomly across their network which are all on different IP addresses.
I like to check where threads rank at search engines. If they rank on page two, I usually can get them to page one with the use of Linkvana. I will target specific forum threads and get as many links to them as needed, then periodically return them to get some more links. Multiply that by 100’s of threads across many sites, is that worth $150 a month to you? It is to me.
Even though the Google link: operator only shows a small random sample of all the links it knows about, I do set up a Google alert for link:http://www.url and always get surprised how many of the Linkvana links turn up in that sample! I also get a weekly email of the pdf of the top 100 keywords used to find my sites from Google Analytics. I use that to find other keywords to target with the use of Linkvana.
I highly recommend Linkvana. If you don’t want to trust me, then just sign up for the free trial, or sign up for a month or so and see what happen. You got nothing to loose, except the $150 for the first month (assuming you like the results of the free trial!).