Keep in mind, we've ranked this training on our difficulty scale: slightly advanced. Also, there are a couple softwares that we use in order to get the most out of this method.
With that all being said... enjoy:
Alexander here with another post for you guys. You guys loved my first post, building a private blog network from scratch. However, the initial investment of time and money, and the knowledge required to build the blog network was holding you guys back. Today we're going to be building our own Tumblr blog network. These links will help you diversify your current link profile, dilute your anchor text to avoid over optimization penalties, add link juice from different sources, and even allow you to make some money selling links to clients.
- Authoritative Root Domain
- Google PR of 8
- Majestic TF of 89
- Majestic CF of 92
- Moz DA of 98
- Moz PA of 96
- Completely free domain registration (no paying ridiculous prices for domains in auctions)
- Unsaturated (no competition, compared to actual blog networks)
- No worries about deindexation of domain
- No need to worry about unique A/B/C class IPs
- Links originate from one root domain
- Easily crawled by 3rd party tools (no hiding links from competitors)
Now, as you can see, there are a lot more pros than cons, so let's jump right into it.
Before you can register these gems, you need to scrape them. I recommend GScraper over Scrapebox, mainly due to it's speed and updated features, compared to Scrapebox. If you are going to use GScraper, I also recommend the proxy service so you don't burn through your proxies in the first few minutes. We recommend that you have both tools, but you can spend nothing and still get free authoritative Tumblr domains by doing the following:
- Using public proxies to scrape
- Using GScraper basic to scrape and filter
- Checking dead Tumblr's with free online tools
If you are a new GScraper purchaser, you will get their proxy service free for one week. If you do not have Scrapebox or GScraper, the creators of GScraper have published a free version here (watered down, of course).
We are going to be looking for Tumblr users that have changed their Tumblr blog URLs. This means that the URL is free to register, and this is what us marketers see: a free subdomain with powerful links hosted on the root of an authoritative website. Sound good? I thought so.
The first thing that you're going to want to do is load up GScraper and go to the options tab. Make sure your settings are like mine (if you are running it on a home PC or a weaker VPS, feel free to lower the number of threads):
You're going to need footprints for the next step. Now, there are ways to make footprint creation harder than it is, but we want to make it quick and simple by only using one footprint. That footprint? Take a look:
Such a simple thing can yield so many results, it's amazing:
Now, there are two ways to go about the next step. You can either choose to have niche targeted blogs, custom tailored to all of your sites in one market, or, you can have blogs from all niches and set them up as general blogs, linking wherever and whenever you'd like. There are benefits and drawbacks to each, but that is up to you. I'm going to be going with the second option, as we will get more results and be able to build a larger network in a smaller amount of time.
Since I am going with the second option, I will be using a generic keyword list from FuryKyle, but you can use any keyword list you'd like. Also, since you are using GScraper, there is an option for you to generate random keywords with their built in keyword tool:
If you're using the first option of niche tailored and targeted blogs, you're going to want to generate a list of relevant keywords with tools like Scrapebox; if you don't have Scrapebox, UberSuggest is a good online alternative.
Just to make sure we're all on the same page, this is what your GScraper "Scrape" tab should look like:
Now, you're going to either want to load up your proxies (not recommended, if you do so, lower the threads to 100), or use proxies provided by GScraper (all new purchasers of GScraper get a 1 week trial of their proxy service automatically, this is great if you have a tight budget), this is what I use and personally recommend. You get access to millions of proxies (literally) and can burn through them without worrying about bans by Google. These are the kind of stats that you are going to get with their proxy service:
As soon as loading everything and setting up your proxies, you're going to want to let GScraper scrape for a bit, or until it's done. You can stop it in the middle of its scrape if you are using a larger list of keywords, but, if you are using a smaller list, I recommend just letting it finish. This process usually takes several hours, depending on the size of your keyword list.
After it is done, you're going to want to load the scraped URLs from GScraper back into the program by using the "List Import" function (I scraped for ~50 seconds to get the URL list below):
Now, you're going to want to choose "Trim to root domain" (bottom middle):
It should take a second, and then you'll end up with a cleaner list. Now, you're going to want to remove duplicate domains (again, doable from the bottom middle options).
Export these and you're all set with the second step.
Now we have around 5,000 Tumblr subdomains that we can check (keep in mind, only from scraping for ~50 seconds) with tools such as Scrapebox. As mentioned previously, you can use free online tools for this as well. It is a bit slower, since there are limits, but it is definitely doable. I recommend TomAnthony's Bulk HTTP Status Code Checker if you don't have Scrapebox. Since I do, I will be using it for the last part of this tutorial. Download the Mass Alive Checker if you are a Scrapebox user and pop that baby open.
Load your URLs and set the threads to 100 (again, keep them at 20 if you are on a low spec VPS or on a personal computer), it should look like something in the picture above.
We're going to initiate the check by clicking start. Scrapebox finished this in around 20~ seconds, the end result being:
To ensure the results are accurate, lower the threads after the first check to 10, and recheck the failed (click the button on the bottom middle). You should end up with a lot less dead Tumblr blogs. Now, just export these onto your desktop and let's get to the fun part.
Remember when I mentioned the bulk HTTP status code checker above? Well, we're going to triple check our domains with that. Put your exported URLs in the box and wait for it to do its thing. This will show us only the 404's after it's done (sort by status code in the end). Feel free to export these and check their stats.
To check their stats, you can use a variety of tools. I usually like to check the domain and page authority first, using this free tool (they say the limit is 10, but it checks more without a problem).
You can also check the PR (outdated), TF, or CF (bulk checks can be done with a Majestic premium account).
As soon as you pick out the domains you want, just go ahead and register them on Tumblr!
Some tips when creating your Tumblr blogs:
- Clear your cookies, history, and cache after each successful blog creation
- Use tools like Hola and ZenMate to change your IP address
- Do not register more than one blog per account (do not put all of your eggs in one basket, if the account gets banned, everything is gone)
- Keep your username, password, subdomain stats, and URL in a spreadsheet (for the love of God, do not use Google Drive) for easy access
Now you're on your road to building your own blog network. The best part? It's free. These Tumblr links can help you diversify your anchor profile, spice up your current link building methods, or just serve as your only set of links, when trying to rank on Google.
To your success,
The Drip Apps Team