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Much like a car with a flat, if your SEO strategy consists of link wheels, then you’re not going to go very far, nor fast.

Learn the pros and cons of seo link wheels, and how a bad link wheel can destroy search rankings.

Using SEO link wheels as your primary SEO strategy was once the thing to do to increase search rankings and website traffic.

Not so much the case today as link wheels have become quite easy to detect with each search engine algorithm update.

In today’s post, I’ll shed some light on the pros and cons of using link wheels as your SEO strategy.

We’ll discuss why link wheels may or may not be the best link building solution for your website.

Again, link wheels do work to increase total backlink count, but only when used in the proper manner whereby links are achieved naturally.

Where did SEO link wheels come from?

Link wheels date back to around 2000 when SEO was becoming the talk of the town.

Before link wheels, many website owners were using simple directories as a way to increase link building and overall website traffic.

Before the complexities of search engines, it was quite easy to write articles based on a keyword that contained links to the website owner’s primary website.

Search engines would index these pages and most pages would start ranking in less than hours in some cases depending on the search engine.

What are SEO link wheels?

Link wheels are very common strategy used by website owners looking to increase backlinks and traffic to their website.

Run a quick search on “link wheel seo” or “seo link wheel” and you’ll discover how popular link wheels are.

Simply put, the link wheel SEO strategy consists of creating a pattern of links which link to together a chain of independent websites.

You create links between the website in hopes of leading visitors to your primary website to convert and become customers.

A great and simple example of this is using social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Squidoo, Hubpages, Slideshare and etc.

When you share items on these networks, you’re doing so in hopes that the person clicking on your shared link will visit your website and become a customer or sign up for a newsletter or other marketing opportunity.

How do SEO link wheels work?

To understand the nature of SEO link wheels and how they work, you must understand how both content and links work to transfer visitors across multiple websites.

In regards to linking, visitors click on hypertext or navigation links which navigate them to another related website.

This linking will continue until the visitor reaches the primary website which is the goal for website owner’s using seo link wheels.

This maze of what seems to be endless hyperlinking once helped website owner’s achieve increased search rankings in hopes of improving conversions and sales.

Another key component of SEO link wheels is content. As with any SEO effort, content is the major key, and the same holds good for link wheels.

Content should be well-researched and engaging with moderate linking throughout.

Content should not be stuffed with keywords and should be topically relevant in nature.

If the content is relevant to the parent site and is educational and engaging, the visitor will want to know more and click on links to find out more information.

Are link wheels a good SEO strategy for your business?

As we’ll discuss in the advantages and disadvantages of link wheels next, link wheels can be created in many ways to increase website rankings and overall website traffic of a website owner’s primary website.

Over the years as SEO has gained greater popularity to drive more website traffic to websites, link wheels have been used by everyone, for the good and bad.

If you’re considering using link wheels as your SEO strategy, consider the following points of interest before investing time, money and effort.

As for bad link wheel usage, some people figured out ways to create their own websites or mini-sites using generic or keyword-rich domain names and link back to their primary website.

This would artificially increase the number of links to the primary website and increase the website’s search engine rankings.

But with every good thing gone bad, taking such action today could get your website penalized or de-indexed by search engines.

As for good link wheel usage, link wheels have migrated from article directories to various other options like videos, blogs, social media, images etc.

With the power of social media and the opportunity for your content to go viral, social media sites have become the certified link wheels for website owner’s to use as a part of their SEO strategy.

Link wheel success via social media depends on how engaging and informative your content is to those viewing it.

It is quite easy increase website traffic using social media websites as link wheels.

Unlike traditional search marketing, the opportunity to game search engines using social media websites as link wheels still exists although at a lesser percentage.

Again, the main objective of using link wheels should be to encourage and promote natural linking, not artificial linking.

After all, if you don’t have what the customer wants in terms of content, they will move on to the competition to have their needs met.

Final thoughts about SEO link wheels

SEO Link wheels are a good option to drive quality traffic to your website.

However, using link wheels takes a major investment in terms of time, money, effort and knowledge to truly be effective.

There are not guarantees using SEO link wheels as your efforts could end up wasted.

There are many SEO alternatives for link wheels, one popular alternative is minisites.

Again, you must weigh and consideration the ramifications of all options when using link wheels as your SEO strategy.

Consider the points we mentioned and start small if you feel compelled to use link wheels or mini-sites.

There are many rewards to be had when implemented and executed in a manner that adheres to search engine SEO policies.

We want to hear from you. Have you ever used link wheels or mini-sites in a search-friendly and –safe way to increase search rankings and website traffic?

Meet Alvin Brown

He's an experienced and passionate serial entrepreneur, founder and publisher of Kickstart Commerce. Alvin possesses a great love for startups dominating their market using profitable digital strategies for greater commerce.

5 Responses to Good ole’ link wheels: Is your website’s SEO linked to a bad wheel?

  • Ras Guandi says:

    Alvin another great write up. I was searching for the new strategy for 2014 and your site came up. Of course I had to read your post. I am building local business sites and needed to have a good strat to rank them in a local market. Thanks for the information.

  • jual madu says:

    I have already tried a simple link wheel and it doesn’t bring my website to better rank. I think google enginers are smart people so that they know what we think.

    So maybe we have to think out of the box, not based on tutorials provided in internet. We have to craete our own way that is totally different.

    Nice to know this web, big thanks for your sharing.

  • Nasko says:

    Link wheel can’t get your site de-index and can’t lead to penalty – else the negative SEO will be simple as pie and you can easy rank removeing the competitors with creating link wheels! In fact google team says that anything that manipulating the SERP can have negative effect.

    Back in 2000 as you say – sorry, but I will say BS. Link wheel comes from e-book named “Project 1000” and much after 2000 (~10 years).

    Sorry, but your article is nothing related to link wheel – it’s just optimized for this term and have higher chance to got penalty and deindexed after this kind of SERP manipulation (I optimize in the same way).

    • Alvin Brown says:

      Hi Nasko,

      Thanks for sharing your opinion and insight. I do agree that any behavior that is not seen as natural will surely land a site in hot water with Google at some point. I’m not certain of the your definition of “links wheels”, but the definition I’m referencing in this article pertains to SEO’s who create a multitude of linked websites somehow linked back to client website for the sole purpose of attempting to boosting their clients website rankings. However, there are natural link wheels such as legit guest posting and users sharing a site’s content via social media websites. Link wheels can be done legally, but MUST be executed with the highest quality of content and sound search-safe link building practices (natural linking).

      As for Negative SEO, there are numerous sites that experience their competition redirecting bad expired domains or shady bulk link buying services as a result of links wheels. However, using disavow can help with the Negative SEO efforts as well as garnering a number of natural links on a consistent basis to outweigh the negative SEO.

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