In my backlinking strategy for my first niche site, I used a service recommended by Pat Flynn over at the Smart Passive Income Blog. The service was Blog Blueprint, part of a larger package called SEO Blueprint. This is my review.
First of all, the service isn’t cheap by any means. For Blog Blueprint by itself, the cost is $57 a month, recurring. For an additional $10 a month, you get access to the full suite, which includes two additional services, Article Blueprint and Link Blueprint. For the sake of getting Article Blueprint, I opted for the full suite.
The idea behind Blog Blueprint is pretty simple. You provide the service with up to twenty short blog posts (at least 100 words) each day, including your desired backlink URL and anchor text. They then automatically post these snippets to their network of high PR blogs, giving you lots of one-way, PR 3-5 backlinks to your site. The promotional site makes a point to explain that these blog posts are verified for readability before being posted, and that each blog is retired after about 300 posts so that the link quality doesn’t get diluted.
I ran into a few problems with this system immediately. First of all, when using Market Samurai to check my backlinks, I discovered that nearly all of my backlinks were appearing on PR 2 blogs, which were below the PR range that the service was supposed to provide. I got only a couple of PR 3’s, one PR 4, and absolutely no PR 5 backlinks from the service as advertised. Also, I did find several of the blogs to examine for quality. While my posts were well-spun and read very well, most of the posts were pure garbage–broken English, misused synonyms resulting from bad spins, etc. On top of that, there were well over a thousand posts on each of the blogs I found, directly contradicting the sales pitch promises.
After two months of service and with the delivery of the service falling so far below what was promised, I didn’t feel that the $67 a month would ever be justified. So, I did the only reasonable thing and canceled it. Yesterday, I used Market Samurai again to check my backlinks. Not a single one of the backlinks that was created from Blog Blueprint still shows up. Apparently $67 a month to post a tiny snippet on a garbage blog isn’t enough to make it a permanent backlink.
Pat Flynn described Blog Blueprint as something that sounded “almost too good to be true.” Unfortunately, the sales pitch is too good to be true. The company has pushed its affiliate program incredibly hard to me since I purchased the product, and I did have an affiliate link set up on my Resources page up until now. I took it down, though, because I just cannot suggest this service to anyone. It’s too expensive for what it actually provides, and the sales pitch is full of outright BS.